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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sheep Book Review: Chasing Constellations (USG Constellation #1) by HA Fortman

Chasing Constellations (USG Constellation #1)
by HA Fortman 

Elisa Jones has just graduated college with her journalism degree and now she’s trying to make her way in the world alone. Without any idea what to do, Elisa turns back to her first love - cold serial killer cases. She decides to follow up on a lead she found that the police overlooked. It's a clue that takes her to California, where she thinks she might be able to assist in uncovering the killer.

Commander Turock Gav’rin is on the hunt for a fugitive, one that has taken him across the stars to a small blue planet with worlds of potential. Hiding who he really is, “Chase Ricter” has to find and capture his fugitive before any of the natives discover who, and what, he truly is.

Elisa and Chase are thrust on an adventure that will test their very beings. A twist of fate brings them together in a collision that will set their worlds on edge. Will the two of them survive as mighty hunters? Or will they lose it all as they become the hunted

Chasing Constellations takes place in the late 1960s and introduces us to Elisa Jones who has just graduated from college and strikes out on her own to California hoping to continue to follow the serial killer case she has researched over recent years for her thesis. Hoping to gain some closure from the unsolved murder of her parents and justice for the victims of the case she has followed, after establishing residence in California she approaches the local police to share the information she has uncovered where she is all but tackled by Chase who is an alien commander for the USG and the journey begins.

This was an intriguing tale that poses an alternate fictionalized story based on a historically famous serial killer case. The premise of the story is fun and the romance between Elisa and Chase steamy with some seriously interesting smexy going on. I would have liked to see more world building regarding what exactly the USG is other than being alien enforcers out to capture a presumed criminal. I also had some difficulties with the beginning of the story where Elisa repeatedly spouts the phrase "if I were a man." While this was likely for the time frame in which the story takes place, she seemed to repeatedly bristle at the slightest provocation and spout this line.

There were also some editing issues of note and while I am a frequent reader of ARCs and tend to overlook most minor flaws, there were multiple occasions where it was pretty obvious that the spellchecker chose an alternate word from what was intended and this was overlooked. So perhaps another round at the editing table would not be amiss. 

Overall Chasing Constellations is a unique and entertaining tale that has a satisfying conclusion, I am curious to see where the future installments will lead, and definitely look forward to reading more from this world. I received this book with a request for my honest review without any compensation whatsoever, other than the joy of reading a new book.

3.5 Sheep


About the Author:
HA Forman loves to read, and has since she was a small child and reads everything from horror to classical.

Recently she decided, with the encouragement of her friends and family, to start writing her own books and publishing them. While she's always written stories, most of them ended up in the trash or being covered in dust as they were forgotten about. Now, however, she's starting to share her stories with everyone and publishing them.

She lives in South East Michigan with her husband and son, and their two dogs and two cats. Living and loving being able to share her creative nature with everyone, she hopes that you'll enjoy her stories as much as she enjoys bringing them to life.


  1. Sharon what a great storyline I think I may need to try this one

    1. Denise did the review, but the author had me at...well, the cover of a sexy alien ;) I've added it to my list too :)