A bit of good news. It looks like The Empire is a finalist in the 2011 Next Gen Indie Book Awards; in the Romance category if you can believe it. I would have preferred in the SciFi category, but I'll take it.
I'm hard at work on the 2nd novel in the series, The Rebels. This one is far more action-packed then The Empire, but it is still a psychological thriller with a side of romance.