The Bachmann-inspired romance novel

A character based on the former presidential candidate crash lands in Siberia, and romance ensues

Published May 21, 2013 8:35PM (EDT)

When the plane carrying presidential candidate Danielle Powers, "full of firebrand pluck and red state sex appeal," crashes in Siberia, sparks fly with the only other survivor, the mysterious Steadman Bass. What happens next? You'll have to read "Fires of Siberia," the new novel inspired by Rep. Michele Bachmann and her aborted run for the presidency, to find out.

The $2.99 e-book, out June 1 from eccentric New York–based art-trash publisher Badlands Unlimited and author Tréy Sager, promises danger and steamy love scenes in the Russian wilderness as Powers and Bass try to survive. Here's their first encounter:

“Who are you? What’s your name?”

“Steadman Bass,” he answered flatly, yanking the glove from his hand and thrusting his paw toward her.

They shook hands, and Danielle felt the hot vitality of his blood. His hand was surging with warmth. His fingers were weathered like a workman’s, but his touch betrayed a grace and kindness his face otherwise kept guarded. She wanted to stay fastened to him, so essential was the heat.

But she let go.

And the man walked hastily away.

Ironically, the real Bachmann is flying to Russia next week as part of a congressional delegation to investigate the Boston Marathon Bombings and why more wasn't done to follow up on Russian officials' warnings about the Tsarnaev brothers.

A spokesperson for the publisher told Salon that they've sent a manuscript to Bachmann. "Waiting to hear back," Badlands spokesperson Micaela Durand said.

Check out the full cover art here (you won't be disappointed).

By Alex Seitz-Wald

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