(PRWEB) January 31, 2005
Skye Dakota is not your typical science-fiction heroine. She doesn't wear body armor or single-handedly fight off alien invaders. She isn't in the habit of shouldering a handy laser cannon and she's not out to overthrow an evil intergalactic empire.
As a matter of fact, Skye Dakota is a pretty typical small business owner, proprietor of The Dragon's Lair, a bar that serves the mining planet of Petit from its orbiting space station. And everything about her that makes her a successful businesswoman comes into play when danger and intrigue suddenly erupt into her life in THE DRAGON'S LAIR, the new science fiction title from Brighid's Fire Books by first time novelist Lisa Guilfoil.
Women business owners are the hot new political and economic force these days. According to the Center for Women's Business Research, women owned businesses employ more than 19 million U.S. workers and generate $2.5 million in sales. The evidence of their ascendance is everywhere, from the corporate giants that vie for their business to the politicians who woo their votes.
There is a lot about Skye that businesswomen in the 21st century will relate to, even if they've never run an enterprise on a space station. Like Skye, they are concerned about issues such as affordable health insurance for their employees, access to markets and the regulations that sometimes get in the way of doing business.
Like most women business owners, Skye takes good care of her people and even tries to protect them when things get dicey. She is quick to spot a way to turn a personal disappointment into an entry into a new market. And she uses the independence, discipline and flexibility that made her a good boss and a good businesswoman in order to confront the dangerous rival who seems to want to remove his competition -- permanently.
"There aren't many authors in science fiction who create a character like this," says Brighid's Fire Books editor Dawn Rivers Baker. "As a woman business owner, Skye is very believable. It just so happens that the qualities that made her business so successful are the same ones that wind up keeping her alive. That's an idea that any woman who runs a small business would find intriguing."
The Dragon's Lair (ISBN 0-9713278-2-3) is scheduled for release on March 1, 2005. Trade paperback (perfect bound) release, 424 pages with no illustrations, cover price $19.95, wholesale price $12.97. For review copies, contact Brighid's Fire Books.
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