The Ares Ascending Series

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“One look back and she knew she’d sell out half the colony just to be in his arms again.”

In the 25th century, the recently widowed Prince Jack Windsor escapes his grief after the death of his wife and child by fleeing to Mars to solve the mystery of the dormant HMS Ares. When Harlow Hanson, the Robin Hood of the Martian colony, sneaks aboard to plunder the ship in order to save her people, the Ares springs to life and begins communicating with her. Prince Jack realizes the woman stealing from him is the key he’s been searching for.

Harlow awakens the ship and the grieving prince’s heart, but all too soon, she’s forced to betray him. Still fighting to believe in her, Jack will give up his crown and all he’s ever known for the love of this beautiful thief and her rogue colony, while the fate of two planets hangs in the balance.

Praise for Stealing Ares

“Whether you’re a sci-fi fan, a romance, devotee, or someone who enjoys a beautiful story of survival, it’s impossible not to fall in love with Harlow Hanson.”

—Katherine Nicholas,
author of The Unreliables

“A romance stretching across a divided world. Harlow struggles with a past that never lets go and enters a relationship that ratchets up the suspense of the story, making it impossible to put down. Stealing Ares delivers.”

—Sharon Grosh,
author of Lazarus Rising

Stealing Ares is an inventive and creative adventure that will have you thinking about the characters’ plight between readings… With innovative ideas… and tender moments that will have all readers falling in love with Harlow and Jack.”

—David McDaniel,
author of The War for the Quarterstar Shards series


So What’s the Difference?

LOSING ARES by Kim Conrey

When my Ares Ascending protagonist, Harlow Hanson, was a child she had a speech and language disorder. Though the story does not linger on this in depth, it has to do with mixed expressive receptive language disorder (MERLD). Many people hear this and do not understand the difference between speech and language. They believe it all has to do with simply mispronouncing things. Therefore, they believe if a child can pronounce words correctly then they are not hindered. However, a child may pronounce words correctly yet not understand (receptive) what is being said to them. They may try to answer you and not be able to get the words out fast enough (expressive), and they may be perceived as rude or inattentive. Caregivers may also be told, “She sounds fine to me!” But they haven’t tried to dialogue at any depth with the child to learn that a conversation gets difficult quickly. This has to do with language disorder and the way it is processed in the brain. There is a difference. Click here for more at—a fantastic website that explains this difference.

I have a child in my own family who struggles with mixed expressive receptive language disorder (MERLD) and felt strongly that there should be more representation of people in literature (and film) with speech and language disorders. I’m a huge fan of The King’s Speech, but we need more stories like that.

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