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Veronica Scott Talks Pets In Space and Shares an Excerpt

The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl welcomes author Veronica Scott about the new anthology, Pets in Space. Take it away Veronica!

Veronica Scott Talks Pets In Space and Shares an Excerpt

Pets In Space

Pets In Space

What does the title of this anthology signify?

I can’t imagine not having pets, whether I’m living here on Earth or in outer space. So late last year author Pauline Baird Jones and I were talking about how much fun it would be to put together an anthology of science fiction romance stories involving pets and Pets In Space was born! I myself have two rescue cats currently, Jake and Keanu, who supervise my writing from the chair next to the desk, so I made a cat one of my two space pets and created an alien pet to be her sidekick.
We also wanted to have the anthology benefit a pet-related charity so we selected Hero Dogs, Inc., which supplies service dogs to veterans. Susan Grant, one of our authors, is a veteran and most of the authors have relatives who served in the military, so it seemed like an excellent fit for a partner.

Space Pets

Space Pets

Does the name of your cat character in the story have some special significance?

The human hero is Owen Embersson and I picked that name for him because I was envisioning a big strong, Viking-like ex-soldier to be the cargo master for my spaceship. So I hope the name would convey those attributes to the reader. I recently did a character interview with ‘Owen’ and here’s how he explained his cat’s name:

“She’s pure white, so I named her Moby, after Moby Dick the whale in that old book from Earth. Not that I’ve read it, too long and antiquated. I figured she’d enjoy eating a whale and she was going into the ocean of space. I don’t know, seemed good at the time.”

The alien pet is named Midorri and I simply invented that when she first appeared in my novel Star Cruise: Outbreak as the pampered pet of a princess. I liked the sound of the name!
We also commissioned an artist, Nyssa Juneau, to do sketches of all the pets in the anthology, so here are Moby and Midorri.

I’ll share a short excerpt from Star Cruise: Stowaway, my story in the anthology, where Owen and Tyrelle, the stowaway are discussing pet names. Tyrelle has been held in the sickbay and the two pets have been visiting her (because they have the run of the ship). Turns out Tyrelle can ‘talk’ to the animals.:

Midorri chirruped and slithered to the floor, going to the portal, where she scratched at the door with two of her six feet.
Owen rose to let her out.
Moby promptly entered, jumping to the bed and rubbing Tyrelle’s face, arching her spine and purring loudly.
“When one leaves, the other arrives. You’re the keeper of the animals?” she asked.
“Moby’s mine. I rescued her from kids in a rough port town as a kitten a few years ago and brought her with me to the Zephyr. Midorri belongs to the entire ship, but she spends a lot of time in the cargo bay, with Moby, hunting vermin.” He sat, trapped in the small chair. “The Zephyr’s not infested or anything, we run a tight ship, but there’s always a few space rats.” I can’t believe I’m talking to this beautiful woman about rats.
She laughed, scratching under Moby’s chin for a moment and staring into the cat’s green eyes. “Yes, this one likes you very much and the name you gifted her. Midorri is not the other one’s name, you know, but she told me she doesn’t mind answering to it.”
“I vaguely remember my grandmother telling me a story or a poem from old Earth, something about cats having three names,” he said, the memory surfacing full blown. Thoughts of his grandmother hadn’t crossed his mind in decades, but now he could picture her, smell the cookies she baked, hear her voice. “The one people called them, the one the cats called themselves and a secret name no one ever uses.”
“I like the idea.” Her cheeks displayed charming dimples as she smiled. “Even I don’t know Midorri’s secret name.”

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Anthology Pets In Space

Anthology Pets In Space

Even an alien needs a pet…
Join the adventure as nine pet loving sci-fi romance authors take you out of this world and pull you into their action-packed stories filled with suspense, laughter, and romance. The alien pets have an agenda that will capture the hearts of those they touch. Follow along as they work side by side to help stop a genetically-engineered creature from destroying the Earth to finding a lost dragon; life is never the same after their pets decide to get involved. Can the animals win the day or will the stars shine just a little less brightly?
New York Times, USA TODAY, Award Winning, and Best selling authors have eight original, never-released stories and one expanded story giving readers nine amazing adventures that will capture your imagination and help a worthy charity. Come join us as we take you on nine amazing adventures that will change the way you look at your pet!
10% of the first month’s profits go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

Star Cruise: Stowaway by Veronica Scott
Cargo Master Owen Embersson is shocked when the Nebula Zephyr’s ship’s cat and her alien sidekick, Midorri, alert him to the presence of a stowaway. He has no idea of the dangerous complications to come – nor does he anticipate falling hard for the woman whose life he now holds in his hands. Life aboard the Nebula Zephyr has just become more interesting – and deadly.

Pets In Space anthology is available 10/11/16 via the following…

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Author Veronica Scott

Author Veronica Scott

Best Selling Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance author and “SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happily Ever After blog, Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing her own stories.
Three time winner of the SFR Galaxy Award, as well as a National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, Veronica is also the proud recipient of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal relating to her former day job, not her romances! She recently was honored to read the part of Star Trek Crew Member in the audiobook production of Harlan Ellison’s “City On the Edge of Forever.”
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Excerpt from Married to the Cyborg

The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl is happy to present this excerpt from the soon to be published Married to the Cyborg by Cara Bristol.


Scene setup:  In this scene, Penelope has been mingling with guests at the AOP gala attended by aliens from across the galaxy. She needs a moment to recharge, so she goes in search of a quiet place.

She stopped outside a door marked OBSERVATORY – PRIVATE.

Did that mean keep out—or did it mean it was a place for solitude? Probably the former, but she could always plead ignorance. The UT she wore in her ear allowed her to communicate with almost everyone, but just because she had a universal translator didn’t mean she could read and write every language. Maybe OBSERVATORY – PRIVATE was the Drusilian’s way of saying, “Welcome, come on in!” Besides, if they didn’t want her to enter, the door wouldn’t open, right?

She palmed the entry scanner, the door slid open, and she stepped into nothingness.

Walls vanished as if no barrier existed between her and the infinite expanse of space. Instinctively, she leaped back with a cry. When she wasn’t sucked into outer space, she realized the floor, ceiling, walls were formed from some kind of glass, but not a type she was familiar with. This material showed no reflection at all. She inched a foot into the room, relieved to find solid floor beneath her slippers. Bolder, she crept inside. The door slid shut. Penelope gulped. Emptiness swirled around her. It was disorienting to be surrounded by nothing yet feel solidness beneath her feet. The Drusilians must have amazing abilities to create something like this.

She loved traveling to new worlds—and space stations—and experiencing alien technology up close and personal. There was so much to see and to learn! As endless as space itself, the galaxy contained infinite wonders. Since the launch of Sputnik centuries ago, Terra had achieved great technological strides—evidenced by her standing on an alien space station. But there was so much more to learn from other races on other planets.

Extending her arms, so she didn’t slam into a wall she couldn’t see, she advanced. Finally, she touched an invisible barrier. Energized glass? A force field?

Penelope peered into the black. Stars, solid points of light, extended out to forever. She was alone in the silent vastness.

She marveled, taking a cleansing, tension-releasing breath.

A rough hand clapped over her mouth, and she was jerked against a massive, solid form. “Do exactly what I tell you, and you won’t get hurt,” a gravelly voice rasped in her ear. A hard, male body flattened her against the transparent barrier.

Married to the Cyborg is currently in editing and will be released later this month (September). Download instructions will be provided in an upcoming newsletter issue. Subscribe here.
About Cara Bristol
USA Today bestselling author Cara Bristol has been the no. 1 best seller in science fiction romance, bdsm erotica, and holiday fiction on Amazon. She’s the author of two science fiction romance series featuring tough alpha heroes: the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance cyborg series and the Breeder science fiction romance series, which emphasize character-driven stories written with a touch of humor and sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. Cara lives in Missouri with her own alpha hero, her husband.

Connect with Cara via the following: Author Newsletter, Author Website, Facebook Author Page, Amazon Author page, Goodreads Author Page, Personal Facebook or Twitter.

Excerpt From Besotted

The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl is happy to present this excerpt from the recently published novella Besotted by Elle Clouse.

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Tamsyn paused a moment at the gate, looking up at the brick mansion with trepidation. Five years since graduation from the academy and the prince had arranged a reunion. She looked forward to seeing old friends, but the struggle to graduate niggled the back of her mind as if it were yesterday.
She sighed, brushed the imagined wrinkles from her taffeta gown and pushed open the wrought iron gate. The windows leaked light, and the music from the ballroom almost drowned out the horse drawn carriages that traversed the streets behind her.
She was late.
“Miss Bradford, a pleasure to see you again.”
“Gilly!” Tamsyn had been so focused on the front door she didn’t see the footman. “How have you been? Is Edgemont still treating you well?”
“Yes, Miss. Always. A fairer master I couldn’t find.” Gilly smiled, his eyes lined with wrinkles. The old man had been employed at the prince’s estate as long as she could remember, and he’d always been kind to her.
“Good. Is the gang all here?” She was lingering. So much had changed since they’d studied together, yet so much remained the same.
“Yes, and they are waiting for you.” Gilly pulled open the front door. Incense and laughter wafted out, reminding her of their last soiree. They’d all had such high hopes five years ago. Had any of them attained their dreams? Did they still think she needed protecting?
Pushing her insecurities aside, she crossed the threshold into a realm she rarely entered. Although permitted to attend the academy, Tamsyn had never fit in amongst the sons of the titled wealthy. She hadn’t been the only woman or the only commoner, but that never kept some from reminding her of her low birth. An anonymous grant had paid for her tuition, and she’d never looked back.
The foyer was empty save for another footmen standing ready to take her wrap. She handed over the cashmere knit to bare her shoulders and chest, a peacock green corset hugging her bosom and narrow waist. Her sparrow brooch accenting her endowments. Her late mother would be proud of her attempts to fit in among her peers. Although Tamsyn had never cared what people thought of her, her mother knew the value of public opinion.
Tamsyn tucked a wayward curl behind her ear and considered her path; left, straight, or right. The most ruckus sounds rolled in from the left, so she turned right into a parlor. Edgemont had redecorated since she’d been there last. No longer beige and olive green, now crimson and gold accented curtains dominated the windows. The furniture and cushions bore some shade of red or gold, and couples sat or stood around the room sipping champagne.
Eyes turned toward her, and she fought the swell of her throat. She was a woman without an escort, how risqué. She lifted her nose and scanned the room. No familiar faces. She strolled to the next adjacent room, the stares of former classmates and their companions following. Did they recognize her? Did the red hair hide her identity? She’d spent so many years dulling the hue with teas and dyes that her true color shocked some.
“Tamsyn!”
She jumped at the sound of her name. A familiar, lanky gentlemen pushed past the billiards table. His pale blond hair was worn longer than she remembered and pulled into a low ponytail. He wore a wrinkled shirt, and his necktie hung around his neck. Before she could dodge him, he snaked his arms around her and embraced her.
“Tamsyn, aren’t you a bit of jam!” He set her down and pulled a curl taut then released it. It bounced back into place. “I thought for sure you’d show in your military uniform.”
“Lir Coleman, that’s no way to greet a lady.” Tamsyn swatted at his hand when he tried to tug another curl.
“Ha, you may be an extraordinary woman, but you’re no lady.” He bumped her with an elbow and laughed. “You and I both know you can best most of these men with one arm behind your back.”
“Don’t say that too loudly, or I’ll have to prove it.” She laughed and brushed her skirt. “And I’d prefer my uniform to this…finery.”
Lir smirked, his gaze sweeping from hem to curl. “You put every other lady here to shame. You just need to stop fidgeting, or you’ll give yourself away.” He grabbed her hand and led her forward, past the classmates he, moments ago, shoved aside to greet her.
He pulled her into another room further back in the house, a private study with two more happy faces.
“You lot owe me a guinea. I told you she’d come.” Lir flourished his hand toward her as if presenting a prized horse. “May I present Tamsyn Bradford, Head Mistress of Her Majesty’s School for Exceptional Ladies.”
Tamsyn blushed. “That hasn’t been announced, yet.”
The gentlemen before her clapped and smiled.
“No, but I have an inside source.” Lir waved over a taller man, his hair golden blond and wild as the wind. She’d recognize the prince’s swagger anywhere, in school uniform or wearing the latest fashion.
“Edgemont.” Tamsyn nodded. “Am I to believe you had a hand in getting me the position?”
“Lord, no, Tamsyn. I know better than to interfere. You earned it fair and square.” He pressed a glass into her hand and raised his own. “To Tiny Tamsyn who’s made it the farthest than any of us! Hip hip!”
“Hurray!” The three men all shouted in unison.
The second man, with dark slicked back hair and a patch of stubble on his chin, stepped forward and clapped her on the back. “Congratulations. If anyone can launch a battalion of lady fighters, it’s you.”
“Thanks, Zeke.” She smiled up him. “It’s nice to see you all. You must tell me what you’ve been up to since Lir already blabbed my exciting news.”
“I’m working for my father, but that’s no surprise. He sent me to the academy to aid in his research.” Zeke sipped his champagne. “It’s all quite boring, I promise.”
“You can guess what His Highness here has been up to.” Lir drained his glass and set it aside. “Nothing but tot-hunting when he’s not running his mum’s errands.”
“What more is a prince to do?” Edge joked.
“Leave a mark on society, that’s what.”
They all turned toward the new voice, one Tamsyn had hoped to hear. Tall and blond like Edge, this man was built like an ox and barely fit into his suit. His eyes were a piercing blue like Edge’s but held compassion.
“Ah, Tamsyn Bradford, let me introduce my twin brother Slademont Foust.” Edge led her forward with a hand on the small of her back. Tamsyn had met Slade once or twice before, in school, and she’d been smitten each time.
Slademont met her gaze then bowed. She curtseyed, and heat rushed through her as he took her hand and pressed his lips to the back of it. His skin was coarse but warm, and he ran his thumb over her knuckles before releasing her.
Tamsyn glanced at Edge and it seemed he hadn’t noticed their moment. He hugged his brother around the shoulders, and side by side, Slade dwarfed his brother. “He’s a machinist, don’t you know? Works on all those giant engines that make trains and airships move.”
“That’s right.” He smiled at his brother, a dazzling sight that made her heart skip a beat. “Keeping all those fancy designs, you create, working for the normal folk.”
Edge laughed. “Rightly so. Designing them is more fun than building them. Too dirty.”
“There’s nothing wrong with a little hard work.” Tamsyn’s gaze kept seeking Slade, and her heart thrilled when their eyes met. Never in all her years had a man made her react that way. Time to change the subject. “What about Axel, will he be joining us?”
Edge guffawed. “That old pirate had better things to do than visit his prince. Something about a new opera? A soprano? I don’t care.”
She turned to Zeke. “How is your sister?”
“Good. She should be done with school soon, and I do believe my father has a debut ball scheduled, already.” Zeke topped off all their glasses with champagne before he sat down on a plush armchair. “Although, when I told her what you’ve done, she said she wanted a transfer. I doubt she could take a knock like you, Tiny.”
“Wait, this is Tiny Tamsyn?” Slade strode to her side. “The woman who wrestled Edge to the ground first day of classes? I’d have paid anything to see that fight.”
“I let her win.” Edge snickered and sat at his desk, glass in hand.
“He had that black eye for a month.” Slade picked up her hand and inspected her knuckles. “I thought I was the only one able to wallop him.”
“He brought it on himself, you know.” She smiled up at Slade. “He said no man could best him in a fight. And none did.”
Slade bellowed with laughter, throwing his head back. “He never mentioned that!” He wiped a tear from the corner of his eyes as his laughter subsided.
“Tamsyn was ours from that moment on,” Zeke said. “And we wouldn’t have it any other way. Feared by every male student, revered by every lady. Top of her class in every subject from history to telegnosis. I might have failed arithmetic if it weren’t for her.”
“Just being a good friend.” Tamsyn smiled. She’d forgotten the late night study sessions with Zeke. Toward the end of their final year, he reviewed all his work with her.
Slade glanced at his brother. “Speaking of being a good friend, Edge. You invited all these people to your house, and you’re hiding in your study. You should get out and mingle.”
“Yes, we should all get out and go have some fun.” Edge jumped up from his desk and pressed Slade and her together as he passed. “There is plenty of champagne, and I shall call dinner. Then we can dance. Come along.”
Slade offered her his arm. “If we play along for a bit, he’ll get distracted. Then we can be left to ourselves.”
Alone with Slade. If her heart rate was any indication, she was in trouble. No one had ever piqued her interest like he did. It had been easy to ignore when they’d both been busy with coursework and easier still when they’d lived separate lives. But now that she had his undivided attention, she was doomed.

  

Besotted
is now available at Amazon US, Amazon UK, Amazon CA, Amazon AU, B&N, iBooks or Kobo.

You can learn more about Elle by visiting her Webpage: http://elleclouse.com.

Why is grammar so hard?

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Why grammar programs aren’t ready to go on their own yet.

One would think that teaching a computer to learn would be harder than teaching it to write correctly, but learning how to build a car, or hack into the Federal Bank might actually be easier than writing a novel with proper grammar, dialect, and regional expressions.

Cars are made in a precise order, with precise actions.

The bank has a specific code, and possibly an eye scan you need to acquire to enter its vault.

To properly write a person speaking, the program needs to know the grammar used in that region, and also the standard grammar which should be used in the non-dialogue parts of the story. Only problem is, there isn’t one standard. In the USA, there are three main manuals: The Chicago Manual of Style, The Associated Press Stylebook, and The Elements of Style, and rest assured, they do not agree with one another on all points. But in specific categories there are even more style manuals, the total exceeding thirty different manuals depending upon the field you work in.

And even if a program coded every rule and could figure out which manual to use for the purpose at hand, it would still get into trouble as the examples provided by my grammar program shows.

Our language is messy, creative, whimsical, and ever-changing. Then to make matters worse, we make up expressions that make no sense to anyone not from the region. Australia is notorious for their strange expressions like ‘flat out like a lizard drinking’.  Is that lizard thirsty or tired? Are we even talking about a lizard at all?

England’s no different. It’s gone completely pear-shaped with sayings.

And the U.S.? We have our own weird sayings like “Going postal” which I could not get my Australian friends to believe was a real saying. Worst yet: we still use illogical punctuation rules created due to our crappy printing presses back in the 17th century.

But how does a computer deal with these illogical phrases and multiple rules on punctuation? This is far trickier than duplicating an eye scan and hacking a code.

In fact, it might even be harder than comprehending emotions…

No…I think emotions will still be harder. We cry when we are happy and sad. We laugh through pain and in joy. We sulk prettily when we want something, and truly sulk when we don’t get it. We connive, we plot, we manipulate, sometimes to make something better, and sometimes for revenge. Honestly, we have got to be the most inconsistent and confusing creatures on Earth.

Hacking into the Fed Reserve would be child’s play in comparison to understanding and successfully emulating a human.

Yet by working with Carla as her ‘grammar program’ for years, her program can clean up not just the grammar issues, but the factual issues as well, while she “becomes the character” and teaches it about emotions in all their messy splendor. Her program has managed to categorize all the nuances of emotions, facial tics, etc, and in book 2, he develops into a human, superior in all ways.

My program has no such aspirations.

Here’s a few of the funny changes my program wished to make to my novel Public Secrets:

 

What I wrote: What my program thinks I should say
“You can get away after the book.”

—Editor wanting her to finish writing the book before Carla takes a vacation…

“You can get away from the book.”

 —Sure you can. Just run! Books are really slow!

“I can see why,” she murmured.

 

“I can see why” she murmured.

—For some reason, the program wished to remove the comma. Evidently ‘murmured’ is not considered a replacement for ‘said’ in its data bank.

He remembered the deference she’d been shown by both the attendant and the captain. He remembered the difference she’d been shown by both the attendant and the captain.

—Liza loses all respect for the program…

His ill-tempered assistant reamed a porter for bumping the luggage against the frame of the elevator door.

 

His ill-tempered assistant dreamed a porter for bumping the luggage against the frame of the elevator door.

—Liza bangs her head against the door.

Shouldn’t an ill-tempered assistant at least dream of killing the porter?

How the hell had she gotten herself into this situation?

 

How had the hell she gotten herself into this situation?

—Who let Yoda in?

Steadied by these positive thoughts, she decided she didn’t want to be killed while cowering in the ceiling. Steadied by these positive thoughts, she decided she didn’t want to be killed while covering in the ceiling.

That makes so much more sense!

 

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Public Secrets

Book 1 of the AI Sci-Rom Series

By

Liza O’Connor

 

Blurb

Carla Simon is a best-selling novelist besieged by death threats and lawsuits because her stories keep turning out to be true. She is considered an extraordinary researcher, uncovering facts unknown by field experts.

The truth is far simpler and more disturbing. Carla has a software program that “fixes” her mistakes and rewrites her novels so they are error-proof both in presentation and in content. The result is beautifully written and completely accurate stories about real people and events.

Some of those people want her silenced forever. When a woman, mistaken for Carla, turns up dead in New Zealand, she must face the hard truth about her program. But first she has to survive the assassin who has never failed to deliver on a contract.

 

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About Liza

Liza O’Connor was raised badly by feral cats, left the South/Midwest and wandered off to find nicer people on the east coast. There she worked for the meanest man on Wall Street, while her psychotic husband tried to kill her three times. (So much for finding nicer people.) Then one day she declared enough, got a better job, divorced her husband, and fell in love with her new life where people behaved nicely. But all those bad behaviors have given her lots of fodder for her books. Please buy these books, because otherwise, she’ll become grumpy and write troubled novels instead. They will likely traumatize you.

You have been warned.

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Guest post: 5 Facts About Keir’s Fall


The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl welcomes guest blogger Pippa Jay, who is sharing with us 5 facts about her new story, Keir’s Fall, Book 2 of the Redemption series.

Take it away Pippa!

5 Facts About Keir’s Fall by Pippa Jay

1. The original title was Lost Serenity, but after a major rework the ‘Lost’ became inaccurate and I couldn’t call it just ‘Serenity’ (not unless I wanted a lot of confused, possibly cross Browncoats after me).

2. Keir’s Fall began as part of the original draft for book one, but it soon became apparent it needed to be a separate story.

3. The original version also contained a secondary storyline following Quin’s granddaughter Kauri, but it was removed to cut down on excessive POVs. Kauri’s Tale will be another book in its own right…eventually…

4. The Nercaandi began life in a Doctor Who fanfic called Gamehouse that evolved into a story involving Quin and Darion, before becoming part of Keir’s Fall. Jakhani is relatively unchanged, but Tyra-Lee was called Sylvi and was the rather creepy assistant to a crotchety elderly woman called Madame Dione, a chess champion.

5. Tyra-Lee, like Queen T’rill of Metraxi in Keir, was based on my memories of Princess Ardala in Buck Rogers and Princess Aurora in Flash Gordon. Both vain, dangerous, twisted and powerful women who undergo varying degrees of redemption. However, there’s also a trace of Anne Rice’s Queen of the Night – Asha’s absolute refusal to believe she’s wrong, and that everyone will simple adore and worship her no matter what she does. ‘No’ simply isn’t in their vocabulary.

Keir’s Fall


A seductive tyrant. A lost hero. And a galaxy about to fall…

It’s been a year in paradise for Keir and Quin, but now the idyll is over. After Quin falls sick, they return to the hidden sanctuary of Lyagnius, and what she learns there will not only change their lives, but set them on a journey that could separate them forever.

When Keir falls victim to a ruthless Nercaandi Empress bent on conquering the galaxy with her cybernetic army, it will take all Quin’s diminishing powers and the help of her son to find him. But what waits for her aboard the tyrant’s ship will test her strength and the limits of their love, and put everything she cares about at risk. Including Keir.

With the galaxy itself about to fall, will she be able to save him?

Keir’s Fall, Book 2 of the Redemption series. is currently available at Amazon, Smashwords, Kobo, All Romance eBooks, B&N and coming soon to , iTunes, Google Play, and even a print edition as well. You can add this to your Goodreads shelf as well.

Book One – Keir – is available for just 99 cents/Euros/pence until the end of December 2015.

For more information on Keir and other stories by Pippa Jay, you can check out this interview with her, visit her Web page or sign up for her no-spam newsletter!  You can also stalk Pippa on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+ or Wattpad

About Pippa Jay:

After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 22 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.

Pippa also regularly posts on these Blogs: Adventures in Scifi, Spacefreighters Lounge, Romancing the Genres and SFR Brigade.

Her works include YA and adult stories crossing a multitude of subgenres from scifi to the paranormal, often with romance, and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), the 2015 EPIC eBook awards, the 2015 RWA LERA Rebecca (2nd place), and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place)

Sojourn’s Future–And you get a say!

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Sojourn’s future

When Sojourn entered the ship as an ensign he was one day old.

Sojourn on ship (400x640)Good thing Captain Longfellow requested he be aged to twenty since a ship was not place for a baby. Otherwise, his obnoxious crew mates would have tossed him in the recycling unit the first time he cried out in hunger.

Born with the thoughts of Blue, the King of Terranue, and his three parents, Sojourn knew without a doubt he was born to do something fabulous.

Normally an ensign is promoted or dumped after six months. An Outbound ship has no room for a slacker. Initially Sojourn expected to be promoted within a month. Every time the captain called him to the brig, he expected a promotion. However, thus far, each time he’d received a scolding and brig time.

Sojourn is certain the reason he can’t get promoted is because Captain Longfellow knows Sojourn is only a year old, and thus treats him like an overly tall baby.

When he breaks through the Ensign Barrier, his speed to captain is horrifically fast. Horrific because ensigns aren’t taught a thing about being a captain. In a single day he was promoted from ensign to acting lieutenant then to captain.

But his trials, tribulations and grand teamwork, not to mention an advantageous marriage, are just what we needed to kick off the new Series called IN SEARCH OF SENTIENTS. Sojourn and his fabulous crew of aliens, spirits, and humans will go forth to discover new forms of sentient life and bring them into the folds of the Council of the Universes.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the sentients they will find.  Here are some possible covers and the key aliens involved. I would love to know which books you would like to read first, so rank which of these should be book #1.

The Planet Will

Will the planet If you recall in book 3 of the Multiverses, Captain Longfellow shared a story in which Drogan warned him the planet they intended to land upon was actually a sentient being. While the planet didn’t mind people stopping to pick his vegetables and fruits, he did not like being hurt. Thus, they landed on a rock, did not take weapons while gathering food, and left quickly when one idiot crewman tried to cut a giant diamond out of the ground with a pen laser. The ground literally opened up and swallowed him.

Well, since the captain left, someone placed a satellite beacon in the planet’s atmosphere with a high risk warning, which has stopped everyone from visiting the planet. The poor planet has been starving ever since. When Sojourn arrives to stock up on fruits and vegetables that won’t make anyone sick, he ignores the warning and sets down on the large rock. The place is no longer the Garden of Eden Drogan had described. Everything is dying. The planet needs meat, but it has to be from something evil. The planet Will refuses to eat nice people. Drogan believes this is a job the Gods can handle and thankfully, he might be able to contact one of them.

Loving Drogan

Loving Drogan2 400x640Drogan is vital for the path of light and that is his top priority, but he mentally and physically longs for someone to love as well.  Now that Captain Sojourn has a huge ship capable of quantum leaps previously thought to be impossible, their search for sentients will be much faster and easier. First Science officer Drogan led the team designing the ship’s new quantum mechanics, and they are beyond state of the art!

One of his crew is a brilliant young woman, beautiful both inside and out. Only Drogan doesn’t think he has a chance to win her heart, given he’s blue, with gills and webbed hands, so he tries his best to keep his distance.

Destiny is smart, but it’s nothing to how smart Drogan is. In all ways he is the greatest sentient she had ever known. She has no idea if they are compatible species, sexually speaking, but she secretly loves everything about Drogan and would be most willing to give it a go, only he doesn’t seemed interested in her as a female. She has no clue how to let him know of her interest without taking a big risk that doing so will get herself sent home from the finest ship ever built. Dare she risk everything for a chance for something that may not even be possible?

Camo

camo 2 5 400x640Camo lives on a reptilian world of extreme violence. Her father plans to give her to the strongest and deadliest of his warriors. Not willing to be Vitor’s twelfth wife in five years, she escapes and hides in the jungle. She knows they will search for her, but no one is better at disappearing than her. When a ship arrives, naturally, the warriors accuse the sickly white creatures of stealing her. Upon meeting some of the sentients, and discovering them to be brave and honorable, she asks for asylum on their ship. However, the captain has other plans for Camo. He needs her to step up and become Empress of the planet. The current violent leaders will not do.

The Gods approve the change and will move all the truly evil sentients to the planet Will if she will step up and lead her people to the Path of Light.  But no female has ever been leader before. Who will even accept her claim as Empress?

So pick your choice!

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Liza is a multiple genre author of 17 novels. A Late Victorian Series, The Adventures of Xavier & Vic, plus a spinoff, A Right to Love, is an ongoing series.    A Long Road to Love is a humorous Contemporary Disaster Romance series of five books. She has two single books. One is a humorous, bad boys contemporary novel with ghosts, called Ghost Lover, the other is Untamed & Unabashed, a spinoff from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Now, she’s rolling out her Science fiction series (with romance & humor) called The Multiverses. The first four books are slotted for last half of 2015.  In addition she hopes, if she hasn’t dropped from exhaustion by then, to re-release a sometimes humorous/suspense thriller called Saving Casey

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Interview with author Jenna Bennett

It is a pleasure to welcome Jenna Bennett (Jennie Bentley), who is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Do It Yourself home renovation mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime and the Savannah Martin real estate mysteries for her own gratification. She also writes a variety of romance for a change of pace, including the award-winning Soldiers of Fortune science fiction series.

Welcome Jenna to The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl and thanks so much for taking the time out your busy schedule to talk about your Soldiers of Fortune series.

What does the title of this novel, series or set of stories signify?

The books in the series (so far) are Fortune’s Hero and Fortune’s Honor.

The Good Fortune is a space freighter whose crew was arrested for ferrying weapons to the insurgents on a planet called Marica, which is under siege by Rhenian forces, the military from a neighboring planet called Rhene. The Rhenians are afraid of invasion into their nexus through a wormhole in Marican space, and because Marica is a poor, agricultural planet without much in the way of defensive forces, they’ve decided they ought to go in and ‘protect’ Marica.

Fortune’s Hero is Quinn, the captain of the Good Fortune. When the first book starts, he’s captive in the prison colony on the moon Marica-3, being put to the question. He escapes, and then spends the rest of the book trying to figure out how to get back into the prison to get the rest of his crew out.

And Fortune’s Honor is about the ship’s translator, a young man named Holden Sinclair. In the second book, the crew has made it downside to the planet Marica. Holden comes across Quinn’s old girlfriend, who was the one who betrayed them to the Rhenians in the first place, and has to make a decision about whether to leave her in the bad place she’s in, or help her get away.

Do the names of the characters in your novel have some sort of significance or importance to you? If so, give a few examples…

Not to me personally, but I do think about the meaning of the names when I name my characters. Quinn’s last name is Conlan – Irish – which means hero. Holden Sinclair’s last name means clear and bright. Elsa Brandeis is Quinn’s love interest in Book 1, and her last name is made up of Brand and Eis, which means Fire and Ice in a combination of Northern European/Germanic languages. Quinn calls her the Ice Bitch, until he gets to know her.

What prompted you to write in this genre and who or what inspired you to?

That’s a long story…

Back in February of 2010, I was a member of a group blog called The Working Stiffs. It was mostly a group of mystery writers, which is mostly what I am.

One of our members was named Wilfred Bereswill, and he loved to write short fiction. I, on the other hand, can’t write anything short, and Will knew it. For February 2010, he challenged us all to a flash fiction contest: write a complete story in 200 words. (He told me later he made it 200 instead of 100 because he knew at 100, I’d simply refuse to try.)

Nobody else seemed to have a problem, and I’m nothing if not competitive, so I kept at it until I had something resembling a complete story that was exactly 200 words. (I had to massage it to get there. It was more when I first wrote it.) And for some reason, it was about this guy sitting in a prison on the outer edge of the back-beyond of space, wanting to die. I had never considered writing SF before – although I do occasionally read it – but that’s the character that came into my mind for the story.

Funnily enough, when we posted the stories on the blog and invited the readers to guess who had written what story, everyone thought Will had written mine.

I didn’t do anything more with it for six months or so, but Quinn kept popping into my head every so often. He had a story he wanted me to tell, and he wasn’t about to be quiet until I did. I finally gave in.

I eventually sold the series to a publisher as a four-book series, so I got the last laugh after all. I really can’t write anything short.

Will passed away a couple of years ago, very suddenly, but not before the first book was released, and dedicated to him.

What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer and do your characters reflect some of these attributes?

Having a sense of humor, I guess. It’s pretty important for survival in any situation, whether as a writer or not. And yes, the first book is full of gallows humor. Quinn knows he probably won’t survive, isn’t even sure he wants to survive, but he manages to find the humor in the situations he’s in anyway.

What makes you laugh?

I’m a typical writer. I love word puns. 🙂

What kind of research did you have to do for the novel, series or set of stories that was different from others?

I’m really not an SF writer, so I had research space and space ships and physics and all sorts of things like that. Boring stuff. I’d much rather just write a story about people, you know? People are the interesting things.

What are you a fan of and is this reflected in your writing?

I’m a huge fan of Lois McMaster Bujold, so there are similarities to her books. And while I wouldn’t say I’m a fan, I grew up in Europe, where the memories of WWII were still alive and well while I was a girl. My parents lived through it, and so did several of my teachers. My mother would get very uncomfortable every time the air raid siren would go off, even though she knew they were just testing to make sure the sirens still worked. I had blackout curtains on my windows into the 1970s and 80s. We used them as roller shades at night. As a result of growing up with constant reminders of The War, the Rhenians have some distinctly Nazi-like traits. A lot of what I write deals with racial prejudice in some way, and this series is no exception. I also like things like real estate and architecture – former real estate agent – so all my books are full of descriptions of buildings.

What’s next?

There’s supposed to be two more books in the series: Fortune’s Hope and Fortune’s Hour. The first is about Toby Flatt, the Good Fortune’s mechanic, and the last about Isaac Miller, a mercenary who’s been riding with the crew for a couple of years, keeping them safe. They’re long and complicated books to write, though, so it’ll probably take me a couple of years to get there, in between the mysteries. After that, I have an idea for a romantic suspense sort of story set on a space station (most likely) in a different universe than this one, but who knows if I’ll ever get around to writing it. Too many ideas, not enough time.

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Again, thank you Jenna for answering these questions and helping us to become better acquainted with both the Soldiers of Fortune series and yourself.

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Interview with an Author: Rinelle Grey

It is a pleasure to welcome Rinelle Grey, author the science fiction romance series, Barren Planet Romances.

Welcome Rinelle to The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl and thanks so much for taking the time out your busy schedule to help us get to know you.

Thanks for this opportunity!

What does the title of this novel, series or set of stories signify?

The title of my series, Barren Planet Romances, began with the first book, which is set on a polluted planet that has a very harsh winter. It’s a challenge for the inhabitants to survive, and I wanted the series title to reflect that too. The word barren has a double meaning, in that it also refers to my protagonist, who is unable to have children. It is less obvious at first how it fits with the second book in the series, which is set on a heavily populated planet, but in this case, it is the government who is restricting it’s population from further increasing. As a second tie in, this planet has moved most of their food production off planet, a fact that’s going to become a problem for them very soon as they run out of rocket fuel! The other books in the series continue these themes as well.

Do the names of the characters in your novel have some sort of significance or importance to you? If so, give a few examples…

The names don’t have any particular significance to me, but they have come to do so after living with the characters for so long. For most of my fantasy/sci-fi romances, I tend to make up names by putting together sounds/syllables until they sound good. It is interesting that at least two of my heros have names beginning with T though!

What prompted you to write in this genre and who or what inspired you to?

I didn’t even realise that I was writing sci-fi romance initially. I just had this idea where a spaceship crashes on a planet, and ran with it. It wasn’t until I was trying to figure out where it fitted into the Amazon categories that I realised sci-fi romance was a genre. Now I’m enjoying exploring all the other great writers who write in this genre too!

My love of sci-fi in general though was inspired by my husband, who used to tape Stargate every week and bring it around to my place to watch together. He followed this up by introducing me to Star Trek, and the rest is history. I always loved the episodes with hints of romance in them, so it’s not really surprising that I put the two of them together.

What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer and do your characters reflect some of these attributes?

Sane? Who said I was sane?

Seriously though, I think a willingness to roll with the punches, and adapt on the fly is essential to being a writer, both for fitting my writing in around my family, and for coping with my characters, who always throw in the unexpected. This is definitely reflected in my characters, who have to cope with some unusual and unexpected challenges, that make my dealing with paint spilled on the floor or the sudden need for a bandaid seem like child’s play.

What kind of research did you have to do for the novel, series or set of stories that was different from others?

I’ve had some really interesting research for this one. A lot of it centering around meteor strikes, and the damage they do. I found a really cool online tool that allowed you to set the size, material, impact speed of a meteor, and centre it’s hit at any point on a map of the Earth. That was fun to play with!

What makes you laugh?

I seem to spend a lot of time laughing at silly YouTube videos my daughter or husband are watching lately. Oh, and my mum’s dogs, they’re always up to trouble.

What makes you cry?

This is a harder one. Usually anyone going through a tough time, especially one I can relate to.

What are you a fan of and is this reflected in your writing?

I’m a big fan of a lot of different sci-fi shows – Stargate, Star Trek, Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, and of course, Star Wars. You’ll definitely see reflections of the situations I’ve watched reflected in my stories. In fact, the first book in my Barren Planet Romances series is a popular trope in these series, the handsome pilot is stuck on a planet, thinking he will never get home, so he falls in love with one of the local women.

Again, thank you Rinelle for answering these questions and helping us to become better acquainted with you and the Barren Planet Romances series.

If you read a Rinelle Grey story, you can trust in a happy ending. Love will always triumph, even if it seems impossible… Rinelle Grey writes feel-good romance usually in science fiction or fantasy settings. Her heroines are independent and headstrong, and her stories are hard to put down.

The first book in the Barren Planet Romance series is available for free on Amazon, iBooks and Nook.

Rinelle grew up in a remote area of Australia, without power, hot water, or a phone, but now lives with all of those and her (happily ever after) husband, daughter, chooks, ducks and veggie garden.

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Guest Post: Taking New Orleans into the Future?

The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl welcomes author and guest blogger Pauline Baird Jones.

Pauline is here today to talk about what inspired her to take New Orleans into the future in her An Uneasy Future Series.

Take it away Pauline!

Taking New Orleans into the Future?

It is exhilarating and heart-breaking to come to the end of a series. You type that last “The End” and you’re SO happy, then you look around and “What’s next” hits you upside the head. I had started a romantic suspense series, set in present day New Orleans, called The Big Uneasy, but I wanted, I needed to be writing some made-up science fiction. I chortle with glee at making it up (though I think my high school science teacher thinks I started making it up back then…)
And then Heather Massey at Galaxy Express, wrote a blog post wish list that included some science fiction mystery and I got that idea bulb over my head. I was already researching New Orleans, what if I followed my Bakers—and New Orleans—into the future?

But—what future? What would New Orleans be like in the future?

At first I went all Jetsons in my head. It would be all shiny and new and—not New Orleans. New Orleans doesn’t mind shiny, but it clings tenaciously to its past, too. So I started looking at the past to get clues into its fictional (but possibly possible) future.
There were things I wanted to keep for sure: the music, the food, the parties, the easy, the people. I saw this meme on Facebook in July with this quote attached:

“In other cities, as Old World cultures broke down, people became Americans. In New Orleans, as Old World cultures broke down, people became New Orleanians.” –Joe Logsdon

That hasn’t changed that much, or hadn’t went circumstances moved us on to a new adventure. I really wanted my future New Orleans to be as connected to the past as the New Orleans we lived in for 18 years, the city that care forgot until Katrina.

That would be the other thing that would be the same: the weather. No sassy weather control machines in the future, at least not yet (I love that about SF, you never have to say never). My New Orleans would be about managing the weather, not controlling it.

So future New Orleans—New Orleans New—began to emerge from the fog inside my head. There would be changes, because, hey, future! But generally the changes emerge from trying to solve problems which often created other problems and problems are the engines of plots…

One of the biggest problems New Orleans has right now is that so much of it is below sea level. (I almost had a heart attack when I was driving next to the river and looked up to see an ocean sized ship going by ABOVE me.) They’ve spent a lot of years drying out land, only to have it flood and building levees and—

Hmmm…I had some alien first contact in my Project Enterprise series. What if first contact with aliens got out to general populace and the world got some shiny new technology—like anti-grav platforms able to raise entire cities right out of the swamps and flood zones? There’d be all kinds of benefits. Land that had been concrete could be farmed. Green spaces returning would benefit the atmosphere. Throw in some anti-collision thrusters and let the good times roll? What could possibly go wrong?

Cue disaster incoming soundtrack here…

Let’s face it, Mother Nature is going to stay the same, now and into the future. She’ll look at our shiny tech, laugh and bring it.

In Core Punch, boy does she bring it. The Hurricane Naming Board calls it Hurricane Wu Tamika Felipe (WTF—oops!) and it earns it moniker in spades.

Oh, those unintended and unforeseen consequences that we find out about in Sucker Punch.
And because this is a mystery series, too, there’s murder, a crime solving duo—one an alien cop on an inter-galactic exchange program, the other a Baker descendent who has been having trouble getting a date because she’s related to most of the police force (The Bakers tend to be a bit prolific), all of it with New Orleans style and with a futuristic twist.

I probably won’t be alive when 2061 arrives, so I’ll never how close, or how far off the mark, I am with my vision of an Uneasy Future. But it sure was fun visiting it, if only in my imagination.

What do you think the future of New Orleans, or your city will be like?

Spinning off The Big Uneasy and Project Enterprise…

Welcome to An Uneasy Future!

About An Uneasy Future Series

Welcome to New Orleans’ and

An Uneasy Future…

Earth date: 2061 Location: New Orleans New (NON)

Welcome to the future. Much has changed in future New Orleans, but some things never will. The food. The music. The weather. The crime rate…


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Core Punch

A kiss may be all they have life expectancy for.

When an intergalactic cop exchange program serves up an alien partner for NONPD Detective Violet Baker, she can’t help wishing the handsome alien would be a little less Joe Friday about keeping the pleasure out of their business. Yeah, he’s kind of purple and she can’t pronounce his name to save her life, but he’s almost the only guy in the New Orleans New police department that she’s not related to.

Dzholh “Joe” Ban!drn has come a long way hunting the evil that has infiltrated Vi’s floating city. When he meets his charming partner, he discovers another reason to stamp out evil. If only he wasn’t keeping so many secrets from her…

When an epic hurricane heads their way, they are sent dirt side to New Orleans Old (NOO) on a rescue mission. But murder and sabotage strands them in the heart of the raging storm.
As they fight for their lives, Joe realizes that the evil he’s hunting is actually hunting them….


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Sucker Punch

Vi never liked math and aftermath isn’t floating her boat either…

Hurricane Wu Tamika Felipe has moved north. Yeah, the storm almost killed Detective Violet Baker, but it also blew some romance her way. Her uptight partner, Dzholh “Joe” Ban!drn actually kissed her.

But there’s no time for any follow-up kissing, much to Vi’s regret. They are hunting something very bad. Something that tried to kill them while they were dirt side during the storm.

And has now escaped up into New Orleans New.

It’s not business as usual, though there is some deja vu in there, when Vi and Joe get sent to a FEMA camp to check out a dead body.

Until that body turns into a trail that might lead to the evil it. Or to its next victim.

Just when Vi thinks things are crapeau enough, the MITSC (Men In Top Secret Color) show up and take over their case. Are they after Joe or the evil it?

Before they can find out, the evil it lures them into a trap.

It’s ‘it’ versus them and it hasn’t lost yet…

Thanks Pauline for giving us a glimpse of what inspired you to write this series!

About the author: Pauline never liked reality, so she writes books. Sixteen of them, actually. She likes to wander among the genres, rampaging like Godzilla, because she does love peril mixed in her romance.

You can learn more about Pauline and her stories through the following:

Website: http://www.paulinebjones.com

Blog: http://www.paulinebjones.com/BlogWP/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorPaulineBairdJones

Twitter: https://twitter.com/paulinebjones

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/247227.Pauline_Baird_Jones

Guest Post: The villains of ES Siren

The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl welcomes guest blogger Shona Husk, who is the author of the Shadowlands, Court of Annwyn, the Face the Music and the new ES Siren Series. Today, she share with us the challenges of keeping villians consistent throughout the course of the ES Siren series.

Take it away Shona!

The villains of ES Siren

Writing a 9 book series with three author is no easy task, especially when each set of three forms its own mini trilogy (as well as each book standing alone and with its own hero and heroine). Keeping the world building straight was one thing, but keeping a villain consistent over three books was something else…

Villains are interesting characters because they have to believe that they are the hero of their own story otherwise they can come off rather flat. Like any character they need motive. We had two human villains in ES Siren the delightful Lieutenant Andrew Zane and the driven Nadia Kajewski.

But as in life the villains, or obstacles aren’t always human, so we also had the classic conflict of character against nature, which on Siren was a micrometeoroid shower. You can’t write a story set in space without looking at the dangers. Again though, we had to keep the impact consistent and ramping up through each book of the trilogy.

The first three books (Yours to Uncover, Yours to Command and Yours to Desire) feature our nasty villain, Lieutenant Andrew Zane. He worked well as our evil antagonist because he looked so baby faced and normal, yet beneath it all he was hungry for power and control. Being a lieutenant meant he wielded a fair amount of authority, but he hadn’t earned it in any way. He hadn’t worked hard for his army stripes, his family’s wealth and power had guaranteed it.

Keeping Zane in character wasn’t too arduous because one of his biggest flaws was his ego. Every heroine in the first three books was aware of it, and they’d all been hurt by him in some way. Using sex meth was one of his most despicable ploys to get what he wanted from women. He is one of those men who makes a person’s skin crawl and makes them hope like hell he gets what is coming to him. I’m happy to say that karma catches up with him big time in book 3 – trust me, you’ll have to read about it!

For the second trilogy (Mine to Hold, Mine to Keep and Mine to Serve) the characters were scrambling to stay alive after a micrometeoroid shower hit the three ships in the fleet. One ship was crippled. With no help coming and in the middle of nowhere we had to rescue people and patch up ES Siren.

It can be tricky to put in the sexy times when there is the threat of death….however the threat of death can often make people do thing that they wouldn’t usually because there is nothing left to risk.

The villain of the last three books (Ours to Embrace, Ours to Share and Ours to Save) really does believe she’s the heroine of her own story. That’s because she’s a genuine fanatic, though she wouldn’t see it that way, of course. Nadia Kajewski is completely convinced that everything she does is for the greater good of humanity. Anyone who disagrees is swept aside – often permanently!

Nadia is interesting because she doesn’t conform to common ideas of what a fanatic should be. There are no wild eyes or flowing beards. She’s middle-aged and even a bit frumpy. She abhors vulgarity and bad language and takes no joy in violence. On the other hand, she commits numerous murders without turning a hair. For her, the deaths of innocent bystanders are unfortunate, but they’re necessary sacrifices for the cause.

Nadia, isn’t cruel. She’s not mad or psychopathic or wicked. But she is absolutely chilling.

Conflict in a book can come from many places, both within the character and from the world around them. If the universe is throwing micro meteoroids then the characters had better be in danger—that means putting the characters in a room that is losing atmosphere and showing what happens when a ship is torn apart. A human villain must also act not only for their own purpose but against the hero. The stronger the hero the better the villain needs to be. After all it is through the villain we learn about the hero, their strengths and weaknesses and what they will do to overcome.

A villain can make or break the hero’s story.


Thanks again for sharing this with us and giving us this look into the villians of the ES Siren series.


Ours to Embrace


Ours to Share


Ours to Save

SHONA HUSK is the author of the Shadowlands, Court of Annwyn and the Face the Music Series. You can find out more information about Shona and her edgy romances at www.shonahusk.com, sign up to her newsletter or follow her on Twitter @ShonaHusk and Facebook www.facebook.com/shonahusk.

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