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Guest Post on Star Cruise: Outbreak

The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl again welcomes author Veronica Scott as a guest blogger to talk about her story Star Cruise: Outbreak.

Take it away Veronica!

Guest Post on Star Cruise: Outbreak by Veronica Scott

Thanks for having me as your guest today!

I decided to focus on Star Cruise: Outbreak for this interview because it was recently honored with a double SFR Galaxy Award mention and I thought it might be a timely topic. The novel also received a third place award in the Judge A Book By Its Cover contest, judged by professional book sellers, which was exciting but mostly due to the artistry of Fiona Jayde, who does all my wonderful SFR book covers.

What kind of research did you have to do for this novel?

It was my usual combination of many various topics that would come together on board the interstellar cruise ship Nebula Zephyr. I had to research the cruise industry, to have lots of cool amenities for my passengers, and so I looked at travel blogs, the union for cruise ship workers, job listings, books on running large ships successfully, etc. I also did ‘research’ by watching current reality shows like “Below Deck,” and I read the synopsis of every single episode of the old TV show “Love Boat,” trying to get a feel for what overall story and worldbuilding elements contributed to it being such a successful program. And of course long ago, I’d done my research into Titanic for the book Wreck of the Nebula Dream, so I still have those notes on cruise ships and the passengers.

I also had to do extensive research into communicable diseases, with emphasis on the types found on cruise ships or other closed environments. I read up on Legionnaire’s disease and even brain eating amoebas. Yes, watching the TV shows on cruises was more fun than perusing medical sites, but I had to create a plausible and terrifying illness for my cruise ship, and keep the symptoms and prognosis believable as the crisis continues. I don’t know about you but if I read too much on sites like WebMD and the Mayo Clinic, I start convincing myself I have every single disease known to man LOL. I do know I don’t have the one afflicting the Nebula Zephyr.

And the third aspect I researched was PTSD, particularly for medical personnel who served in frontline combat hospitals. There were several nonfiction accounts from fairly recent events like Iraq that were grim but useful. My heroine, Dr. Emily Shane, is known as the “Angel of Fantalar” for her deeds in frontline combat, but she’s quite self-critical for not being able to save everyone. The cruise ship is a totally new environment for her and in the beginning she’s not sure how well she’ll fit with pampered passengers. Most of the crew members are military veterans like her, however, and she finds common ground with them.

Do the names of the characters in your novel have some sort of significance or importance to you?

I can’t usually quantify how I arrive at my character’s names – I just like the ‘sound’ and my Muse kind of goes “Oh yes, your heroine’s name is Emily and your hero is Jake,” as in this case, and I start writing. Actually, when it comes to names, I had more of a process for how to name my cruise ships. I researched what sort of names the modern day ocean-going ships tend to have and I decided to use the world “nebula” as the first half of the title, and also in my head, as a class of luxury interstellar cruise liner. For the second word of the names, I went with something more ethereal and evocative – “dream” for my original novel and “zephyr” for this one.

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

Veronica's Influences: Forbidden Planet and Flash Gordon

Veronica’s Influences: Forbidden Planet and Flash Gordon

Since my Dad loved science fiction, one of the first movies I ever remember seeing (on late night TV) was “Forbidden Planet,” so I guess you could say I was imprinted with scifi early on. The local TV station also broadcast the old episodes of the 1930’s “Flash Gordon” serial with Buster Crabbe daily and as a little kid I was blind to the outdated production techniques and acting, and totally enthralled with the stories. In fact, I keep a framed photo from one of the Flash episodes next to my writing desk and a small Robby the Robot on my bookcase as reminders of my scifi ‘roots’. But I always felt there needed to be more romance in everything scifi, so I supply that element in my writing.

I’m also fascinated by disasters and how people act and react, going back to the fact that my mother’s family had a belief that one of their distant relatives survived the Titanic as a second class passenger. Living in the age of the internet, I’ve come to sadly accept that the lady probably wasn’t related to us, despite the unusual surname, but the story still inspired me. I’ve also always been drawn to medical mysteries, especially the work of epidemiologists tracking down outbreaks, so it was a nice extra to be able to include some of that mystery in this novel. My father was one of the few people in the country to contract and survive a certain disease as a young child, thoroughly mystifying the medical authorities of his time, and the story of how they eventually tracked it back to the source fascinated me.

What makes you laugh? Currently?

My brand new grandbaby, the antics of my cats and certain episodes of the “Big Bang Theory” TV show.

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

I’m not aware of anything special I do to remain sane as a writer. I just am one and I write like I breathe. I don’t even try to explain the process by which my Muse (or subconscious) generates my fiction. I do believe very strongly as a human being in never giving up, no matter the situation, but also looking for unusual or different ways to problem solve if the straight ahead approach isn’t working. My characters very much do that. They don’t panic in the crisis, they’re hopeful and they believe in romance and the Happy Ever After, just as I do!

She saved countless soldiers in the wars … but does she have the weapons to fight an outbreak?
Dr. Emily Shane, veteran of the Sector Wars, is known as “The Angel of Fantalar” for her bravery under fire as a medic. However, the doctor has her own war wounds–severe PTSD and guilt over those she failed to save.

Persuaded to fill a seemingly frivolous berth as ship’s doctor on the huge and luxurious interstellar cruise liner Nebula Zephyr, she finds the job brings unexpected perks–a luxe beach deck with water imported from Tahumaroa II, and Security Officer Jake Dilon, a fellow veteran who heats her up like a tropical sun.

However, Emily soon learns she and Jake didn’t leave all peril behind in the war. A mysterious ailment aboard the Zephyr begins to claim victim after victim … and they must race against time and space to find the cause and a cure! Trapped on a ship no spaceport will allow to dock, their efforts are complicated by a temperamental princess and a terrorist–one who won’t hesitate to take down any being in the way of his target. If anyone’s left when the disease is through with them…

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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 “The City On the Edge of Forever.”

You can learn more about Veronica Scott by checking out her Blog, her Amazon Author Page, and by following her on Twitter or Facebook.

Interview with an Author: Cynthia Sax

It is a pleasure to welcome Cynthia Sax author of Hers To Command.

Welcome Cynthia 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 and your stories better.

Cynthia Sax: Thanks for having me Patty. I’m excited to be here.

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

Cynthia Sax: Carys, the heroine of Hers To Command, is a battle station Commander. She has a genetic anomaly that makes her compatible with TWO cyborg warriors. They will do anything to claim her, to keep her safe. Ace and Thrasher are truly Hers To Command.

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

Cynthia Sax: Carys, the heroine of Hers To Commander, is a tolerates-no-backchat type of Commander. Her crew don’t use her first name. I doubt they know it. They refer to her as Commander. I liked that she, a female many perceive as tough and strong, had a soft, feminine name. That shows the two sides of her. In public, she’s tough. In private, she has a soft heart.

Ace and Thrasher are cyborgs, half man, half machine. Cyborgs are viewed as weapons, as objects by their manufacturers. They’re given model numbers, not names. They choose their own names.

Ace is the more logical warrior, more machinelike than human. He chose a name that reflects excellence. It is also short, practical. Thrasher is the more emotional, more human warrior. His name conveys movement and emotion, specifically passion and frustration.

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

Cynthia Sax: I’m a long time cyborg romance reader. I love the delicious cyborg stories told by Laurann Dohner and Eve Langlais. I felt I had my own unique stories to add to this amazing niche.

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

Cynthia Sax: I think it is very important that we write what WE want to write. Yes, we can try to make our stories a bit more marketable but we should love them. We should find joy in what we’re writing. Our happiness is the only thing we can truly control in this wonderful business.

The cyborg series is a prime example of that. When I proposed the idea of Releasing Rage to my agent, she didn’t want to shop it around. She said there was no market for it.

I wrote it anyway, Indie published it and it is, by far, my best selling story. I truly believe my passion for the niche shows. Readers feel the love.

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

Cynthia Sax: I do quite a bit of research for every story. Very little of it, ironically, is put on the page. But I consult with scientists and engineers and, of course, Google is a good friend of mine (grins).

I like to know everything in my stories is plausible. Maybe it isn’t the norm. Writing about what usually happens can be creatively restrictive, not-very-exciting and a bit predictable. But it COULD happen.

For Hers To Command, specifically, I did quite a bit of research on air battles, on battle strategy, on the gravity fields around planets and moons, on whether or not a cow would venture into a dark, cool cave (that is rare but it happens). My search history is a mess. (grins)

What makes you laugh?

Cynthia Sax: I LOVE truly bad jokes, especially puns. I’m PUNderful. One of my great joys is finding the perfect bad dirty jokes for my newsletters. They’re unabashedly awful. If you don’t groan while reading them, I haven’t done my job properly.

What makes you cry?

Cynthia Sax: Oh boy. What doesn’t? In romance novels, it is that tough heroine trying her best not to cry, fighting a losing battle against the tears. Or a hero who feels he has failed his female in some way. That gets me.

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

Cynthia Sax: One of the earliest books I fangirled over was Felix Salten’s Bambi. I must have read that library book a hundred times. Coming from the country, being a farm girl, the honesty of that story got to me. Bad things happened in the story, just as I saw it happen all around me in nature. But there was still hope. There was still optimism.

That is what I try to convey in the cyborg series. My cyborg world is dark. Bad things happen. But there’s optimism. There’s love. There’s hope.

Hers To Command

Three Battered Hearts. One Perfect Love

Ace and Thrasher share a special bond. They’ve never acknowledged that connection and have never fully acted on it. The Humanoid Alliance kill cyborg males like them, deeming the warriors to be defective. Now that Ace and Thrasher have escaped, they don’t trust the cyborg council and their brethren to react any differently. Physical love is too risky for them to consider.

Until they meet her.

Carys is the Commander of a Rebel Battle Station. She has dedicated her lifespan to seeking vengeance against the Humanoid Alliance and the cyborgs who killed her daughter. On her battle station, she makes the rules, and if she wants to kiss, touch, and pleasure two mysterious warriors, she will. Nothing, not even enemy warships and a mass cyborg rebellion, can stop her.

In the midst of a war, enemies can become lovers and loyalties can change in a moment. Can a forbidden relationship between two cautious cyborgs and one unbending human Commander survive?

Hers To Command is Book 8 in the Cyborg Sizzle series.
Due to the number of returning characters in this story, you’ll enjoy Hers To Command more if you’ve read the other stories first. This is a MMF BBW Cyborg SciFi Romance and is available through the following outlets:

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About Cynthia Sax

USA Today bestselling author Cynthia Sax writes SciFi, contemporary and paranormal erotic romances. Her stories have been featured in Star Magazine, Real Time With Bill Maher, and numerous best of erotic romance top ten lists.
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Interview with Author Shari Elder

It is a pleasure to welcome Shari Elder author of Race to Redemption.

Author Shari Elder

Author Shari Elder

Welcome Shari 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 and your stories better.

Thanks for having me Patty. I’m excited to be here.

img_0592What does the title of this novel, series or set of stories signify?

The title, Race to Redemption, captures several essential components of the story. Let’s start with race. The heroine Elaina, is a storm racer so racing and race technology are her livelihood. At one point in the story, Elaina and Erik find themselves racing through the desert with mercenaries on their tail and two sick friends who need to get to a hospital. Finally, Erik, who is a doctor, finds himself racing against time to save people he cares about who are suffering from some mysterious ailment.

Redemption is what both the hero and heroine need from their pasts.

The series title, Green Rising, signifies the emergence of a rebel coalition with a different vision for organizing the political, social and economic system of their corner of the galaxy.

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

I grew up on science fiction and fantasy. In ninth grade, my English teacher assigned Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke. That book blew me away and I’ve never been the same since. It showed me we can play with the rules of how we organize our lives (e.g. five and ten year marriage contracts). It is my first lesson in how powerful stories are in creating and sustaining the assumptions about good and evil, right and wrong, past and future that we use to organize our lives and society. The Overlords, the aliens in the story are thought provoking (I can’t say more without spoiling it if you haven’t read it.). For me, writing in this genre seemed as natural as breathing.

Why romance then? Because I can’t resist a happy ending, and romance is guaranteed to give it to you.

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

Great question! For me, staying sane as a writer requires creating some structure, getting the right sustenance, knowing when to take a break, an¬¬¬¬d never, ever giving up. Translating all that to personal attributes you get persistence, discipline and a dependence on coffee. Now that you asked, I must admit most of my heroes and heroines would be classified as tenacious and disciplined. Coffee I did make optional. I’ll have to write more of a free spirit in a future book.

What makes you laugh?

My daughter. She is a teen-ager and knows how to wind me up. When that doesn’t work, I watch MASH and Frasier reruns.

What makes you cry?

Any child in pain. Even just the thought of any child feeling pain.

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

Doctor Who, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, world mythologies and animals. So, no surprises I wrote science fiction, fantasy and paranormal romance. Aliens and shifters rule!

Anything else you want share with us today?

Yes! I’ve set up an Amazon giveaway that lasts until December 23. Just clink this link and enter for the chance to win one of five copies of Race to Redemption. Good luck and thanks for stopping by. https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/f02e2dc7ad79f489

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Thanks so much Shari for answering these questions today and for letting us get to know you and your stories better.

More about Shari Elder

By day, Shari crawls out of bed, mainline coffee, walk the dog, gets her kid off to school, hops on the metro, and saves cities within the four walls of her office. Usually by email.

At night, the other Shari emerges. She takes off the suit, curls up on the couch and let her imagination play, with words and images until stories take shape (while periodically checking on my teen-ager, hiding out in the bedroom and plotting world domination). As her alter ego, she save cities in a cape and spangled tights, wander space and time on a surfboard, fly over the Himalayas on feathered wings, make six-toed footprints in indigo talc snow on the sixth planet in the Andromeda galaxy or eavesdrop on Olympian gods while pretending to whip up a bowl of ambrosia.

In all these wondrous worlds, romance and passion blossom. Shari can’t resist a happy ending. And she particularly prone to writing happy endings for those who have given up on ever getting one. That gives her immense satisfaction.

Join Shari on her journey. The best ideas emerge from team work.

You can learn more about Shari via Facebook, Twitter, Web/Blog or Pinterest.

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Race to Redemption

Race To Redemption

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A woman who lost everything.
Intergalactic storm racing champion Elaina Carteret had it all – fame, wealth, men – until a horrific accident took it away. To get it back, she agrees to pose as Lainie Carter, medical transport pilot and corporate spy. Her risk-taking attitude infuriates Dr. Erik Johansen, who runs the outpost with an iron hand, a permanent scowl and the tightest bod on the planet.
A man desperate for redemption.
Unable to forgive himself for a past tragedy, Erik works himself into an early grave. He has no patience for the insubordinate Lainie Carter, who can’t take an order, disrupts routine and flames his body to ash.

A planet at risk.
When the outpost is attached, they’re thrown together in a race across the desert to stop a deadly biogenetic weapon As a fragile trust blossoms between two damaged hearts, their pasts resurface and threaten their growing bond.
Be warned: anal sex, bondage, menage sex, gender neutral characters.

Interview with Author Natacha Guyot

It is a pleasure to welcome Natacha Guyot who is a French researcher, public speaker and author of both fiction and non-fiction publications.

Author Natacha Guyot

Author Natacha Guyot

Welcome Natacha 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 and your latest publication, Dream Crusher, better.

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

Dream Crusher relates to a threat featured in the novella. The universe is called the Dantek System Records, based on the system where the story takes place. I don’t plan a direct sequel to Dream Crusher, but will continue to write more stories, whether featuring the protagonists of the novella or brand new characters. This is also why I chose to include a bonus short story in said universe, Homeless, in the print version.

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

I have loved storytelling since I was a child and creating new worlds is one of my passions. That was why I have always written in the Science Fiction (or Fantasy) genre. Even my nonfiction and academic works relate to Science Fiction. Dream Crusher was originally a short story and liking the characters and the world as I did, I decided to expand on everything and this was how I realized I would continue to write in this universe. Among my greater inspirations to write Science Fiction, you find Star Wars (including many Expanded Universe titles), C.J. Cherryh’s Serpent’s Reach, Anne McCaffrey’s Dragons of Pern. Joseph Campbell’s work has also been very inspiring to me.

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

Wrestle with the stories and characters to make them understand I will only write one project at a time, but will still engage in note-taking for any other projects. Trying to tell the characters to keep quiet by my bedtime is going better but I still recall my Clairvoyance Chronicles villain decided to tell me his whole background (since Stone Age) at 1am one night. I try to keep organized folders pertaining to individual writing projects, as well as a document for bullet point short/vague academic papers. (You can find more about my writing process with my Digital Quill’s Writing Tips blog series.) Organization, perseverance, patience and learning not to be a perfectionist and burning out are reflected in several of my character, but not necessarily in a single one of them.

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

I had to work more on the history of the system where my story takes place, how humans came to live there a few generations ago, and what happened between the other species. I needed that from the start, but more so as I realized it would become a novella and a universe where more stories would take place. Developing the different cultures, at least to a point where I could understand the interactions was important to me. It tends to be a pattern in my writing as I tend to have multiple groups interact to different degrees in my fiction. Works I wrote when younger tended to be more focused on two groups, but in the past years, I tend to have more than two. I always have solid character background and the extent of the world building depends on what I need for the given story.

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

I was playing a lot of videogames while working on this project: Star Wars: The Old Republic, Mass Effect 2, Torchlight II, and the immersive aspect of gaming inspired me for how I depicted some of my settings. I am not a huge comic book fan, but I love the Yoko Tsuno series and it has had influence on several of my stories, including Dream Crusher, whether with the multi-species or Morden’s heterogeneous team. I am overall a huge Science Fiction fan, whether in books, TV shows, video games or movies. And I love compelling female characters (some of my favorites are Dana Scully from The X-Files, Leia Organa and Mara Jade from Star Wars). Dream Crusher is my first title with a male protagonist, but I consider Vahika of great importance in the story and naturally had several supporting female characters develop as I wrote the novella.

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Thank you Natacha for stopping by and answering these questions and letting us get to know you better! For more information about Natacha and her works…You can connect with her via NatachaGuyot.org | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | LinkedIn.

Dream Crusher

Dream Crusher

Natacha Guyot is a French researcher, author, and public speaker. After studying at Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle and King’s College London, she relocated to Texas in summer 2016. There, she has embarked on a new academic journey: she started doctoral studies in Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas.Her main fields of interest are Science fiction, Gender Studies, Children Media and Fan Studies. Besides her nonfiction work, she also writes Science Fiction and Fantasy stories. She is a feminist, nerd, Christian, cat lady, book dragon and Earl Grey drinker.

Her new Science Fiction novella, Dream Crusher, is coming out in Kindle and paperback format in November 2016.

Interview with Author Jay Shaw

It is a pleasure to welcome Jay Shaw author of The Hunted.


Welcome Jay 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 and your stories better.

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

The Hunted refers to the human X2 gene carriers who are being hunted by the Arcadians as part of their plans for galactic supremacy; but it’s also a nod to the demons we all carry within us. The ghosts from our pasts, and the expectations of whatever society we inhabit. Everyone has something someone else covets and desires, and there’ll always be those who are prepared to go to great lengths to obtain what they want, no matter the cost.
Gosh, I just read over that and it sounds heavy, I promise there’s romance in there too, lol.

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

Ever since I first saw Star Wars I’ve been in love with the romance and otherworldly action of science fiction, the what if and the wonder of worlds undiscovered, and sexy space pilots – let’s not be forgetting them. Science Fiction, and Fantasy, provide a playground and scope for my imagination to play in. It allows me to create worlds and characters in glorious technicolour, so when you look up to the stars at night, maybe, just maybe, you’ll wonder what my characters are up to, what new adventures, hardships, love, and mysteries are befalling them out in the vast ocean of space, in galaxies you’ve never heard of but long to explore…Ahem, yes, well, you see what I mean. I’m completely hooked.

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

Honestly, I’ve got no clue. I don’t consider myself to be all that sane. My characters talk to me at all hours of the day and night, they argue about what their dialogue should be and they demand to have their own books. But determination, honesty, a rock solid vision of the journey and how you’ll get there, even when the road is rough and paved with naysayers, a sense of humor, and an ability to function on four to five hours sleep come in handy. My characters do tend to reflect some or all of these attributes in varying degrees. Whether they’re aware of it or not is a different story, and sometimes the reason for the story in the first place. A character’s growth is something we all enjoy, especially if we can relate it back to our own lives in some way.

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

For the Dragonus Chronicles series I haven’t had to do traditional research, since I created the world from scratch. If I need something I imagine it and create its pros and cons based on what I need it to do or be within the story. I think the most research is on weaponry so that I have comparisons on which to base my made up ones. Readers are intelligent and most of the time if a character accepts something as part of their world then the reader will too. In The Space Colonel’s Woman (Dragonus Chronicles I) the main character is a search and rescue chopper pilot, so I watched a lot of those ride-along TV shows so I could learn the radio lingo and their operating procedures while caring for patients. Mostly, it’s more about remembering which spaceships you blew up, and what physical attributes belong to which character. This last is extremely important when working with an entire galaxy of players.

Wolfhaven (book one of Duality) had me looking up the hierarchy of wolves, their global territories, and images of isolated Alaskan towns.

In the new year I’m beginning a series of stand-alone contemporary romances. The first of which is set in Africa in the world of rhino poaching – not an area of personal expertise, so there’ll be plenty of research for that one.

What makes you laugh?

This is the hardest question ever, lol!
I think I’ll have to go with the spontaneous laughter brought on by good food and drink, and having family and friends around.
Oh, and the seatbelt scene from Robin Williams’ movie RV

What makes you cry?

Stubbing my toe
The opening scene of Star Trek 2009 – every single time I watch it!
Chopping onions
Happy endings
Sad endings
Characters connecting in a beautifully crafted moment

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

Food, music, books, movies. Whenever a character needs any of these and it fits, the one that appears in the story will invariably be one of my favorites; or in the case of food, whatever I’m hungry for at the time of writing. As a reader I’m a fan of feeling as if I’m right next to the characters on their adventures. I like to include texture in my writing, if the sun’s shining, I want to feel the heat of it on my shoulders, breathe in the dry air, and squint because it’s reflecting off the crystal buildings of the alien city on the horizon. Every little visual helps with the illusion of escape.

Thank you again Jay so much for stopping by and letting us get to know you and your latest story better!
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The Hunted by Jay Shaw

The Hunted by Jay Shaw

The Hunted, A Dragonus Chronicles story
Abducted without a trace, Colonel Mark Holden remains in the clutches of Arcadia’s Grand Chancellor – a maniacal dictator who continues to enslave and experiment on X2 humans.

Meanwhile, far away on an alternate reality Earth, Julia Holden lives a life she no longer belongs to. She spends her days rescuing those who cannot save themselves, and pining for her lost love.

Can the Arcadians achieve galactic domination, or will Hayden rescue Mark before his genetic secrets are stolen?
And when Phoenix City calls, will Mark and Julia return to fight for the hunted?

Jay Shaw is a New Zealand author, a mum of two teens, and a lover of books. She’s an incurable romantic who stays up early and sleeps in late, writes in bed, loves both action and romance movies, survives on a diet of M&Ms, bottled water, and steak with mushroom sauce.
Jay has a preference for tall, dark-haired, military men in thigh holsters and combat boots, but isn’t opposed to the occasional shirtless cowboy in tight denim.
Her favorite books to write are fantasy and sci-fi stories about characters who will ultimately find their one great love. A love all of time and space will lie down and be still for.
You can find out more about Jay Shaw and her stories by visiting her Facebook page, Amazon Author Page, Goodreads Author Page, and of course on Pinterest.

Interview with Author Maggie West

It is a pleasure to welcome Maggie West author of Abandoned in Time Book 1 in the Doorways to the Past series.

Welcome Maggie 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 and your stories better.

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

The series is called Doorways to the Past. It reflects the fact that the time travel in this three-book series happens in the past. The characters live in present day and travel to the past.

Do the names of the characters in your novel have some sort of significance or importance to you?

No, not really. The main character is Ali. I think I just liked the name!

What prompted you to write in this genre?

I am actually not a big science fiction fan as a rule, but I do enjoy time travel stories. I thought it would be fun to write some short stories where the same character has the ability to travel back in time and see what happens.

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

I did have to do some research for this series since first Ali travels back to the 1940s during World War II in Abandoned in Time. Then in Caught in Time, she travels to the 1970s (cool, man!), and in book 3 she visits her family farm in the 1930s. I love history so this was a labor of love to search for details I needed to tell the stories.

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

Like I mentioned, I love to read about history and this made writing about time travel to the past appealing to me. It’s fun to imagine what people from present day would do and how they would handle situations that are foreign to them.

Abandoned in Time (Doorways to the Past Book 1)

Abandoned in Time (Doorways to the Past Book 1)

A mysterious note on the library floor says to meet at the abandoned tire factory. Who is it meant for? Certainly not Ali, but she shows up anyway.

Abandoned in Time is available at amazon.com.
Learn more about Maggie West via the following:
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Interview with Author SA Hoag

It is a pleasure to welcome S.A. Hoag author of The Wildblood series.

Welcome S.A. 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 and your stories better.

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The Wildblood Series

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

The Wildblood are genetically engineered humans, and a very specific set of these ‘Gen Ens’. Before World War Three, a tiny percentage of them slipped away from the corporations that created them. Most were accidental. A few were not. The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood starts nearly two decades after the war, concentrating on an isolated city of a few thousand that gathered there after and rebuilt what they could. The original survivors are content with their lives. Their children, however, are not. They want to break their isolation, and to know what the outside world is.

Some of these children, adults now, are different. Most are unaware. The trio that know have gone to great lengths to hide themselves, to hide their secret from the rest of The Vista, Problem is, there’s someone dangerous, someone from the outside, that knows what they are.

Do the names of the characters in your novel have some sort of significance or importance to you?

The original draft of The Vista was written a very long time ago (c. 1998), and I don’t specifically remember naming the characters.

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

I’ve loved reading and watching post-apocalyptic for ever. Writing it just seemed the natural thing to do next. After reading the draft that had set in a box for ages, I can say watching Mad Max (the original one) had a decent amount of influence on The Vista, to a point. Then the characters took over and went off with their own ideas. (PS – I loved the remake.)

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

The research was interesting. Weapons, wilderness survival, nuclear winter, gardening in the Rocky Mountains. I skipped genetic engineering because I think my brain would have exploded.

What makes you laugh?

Funny stuff. Monty Python is brilliant.

What makes you cry?

Anything that makes my kids cry.

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

Sci-fi! Star Trek, Star Wars, I could go on. There are subtle references to several in The Vista.

What else would you like readers of the Everyday Fangirl blog to know about yourself and your stories?

I knew before I got to high school that I wanted to write books. I did, too, dozens of short stories I thought someday I’d turn into novels. Oh, how I wish I had those spiral notebooks full of wild ideas and teenage musings.

I still have the ideas from many of those stories – some of them make me cringe. There are always new ideas too. Some are amazing, some are just silly. A few will become more than ideas as I add books to my list of those that are published.

For now, I live in the desert and many nights, in between writing and sleep, you can find me out watching the stars. It’s dark, out here in the desert and I can see so many stars that weren’t there before. I make time to write now. The tiny seeds of stories demand that I write them down. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy creating them.
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The Wildblood series is available in both ebook and paperback formats. My latest release, Renegades The Wildblood Book 2, is available starting October 20, 2016.  Check out my website, http://www.topaz08.com, for the latest news and updates on The Wildblood series.

Thank you so much S.A. for stopping by and letting us get to know you better.

Interview with Author JC Hay

It is a pleasure to welcome JC Hay author of DUBAI Double Cross.

Welcome JC 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 and your story better.

DUBAI Double Cross

DUBAI Double Cross

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

I’ve included a place name in each of the titles in the series – largely because cyberpunk stories tend to use generic western cities, and I wanted to call attention to other great centers of technology. Dubai, for example, is very technology forward – they just started another big tech incubation project that is geared to design the future.

What inspired you to write in this genre?

I like to joke that I blame the animated series Robotech. Sure there are transforming robots, and giant aliens, and sweeping space battles, but there’s also a hideously complicated, often messy and realistic love triangle at the center of that story. love literally conquers all by the end. That really set me up to expect romance in my science fiction, and to start writing it as well. I’ve never looked back.
For cyberpunk aesthetic, though, I have to blame Blade Runner – the combination of futuristic and 40s-era retro really spoke to me.

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

Patience, planning, and the ability to roll with it if something changes. This is an industry that is constantly changing and shifting, whether it’s a change in billing algorithms or characters who take off to do their own thing mid-story, you have to be flexible enough to bend and not break. I like to think Elise – the heroine in Dubai Double-Cross – has a lot of those same traits. She’s a meticulous planner, but always has the ability to adapt as new information comes in.

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

This series is the first time I used a real-world place as a setting. Even eighty years in the future, there are going to be elements of the city that haven’t changed. I had to do a lot of research to get the cities to feel right, and I hope I’ve been able to do them justice.

What makes you laugh?

I love sloth videos. If I find I’m feeling overwhelmed, I have a set of them bookmarked. I can’t watch them without smiling and feeling better. I really ought to put a sloth in one of my stories…

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

Happy Endings! Seriously – I read and write romance because I like to see people find their happily ever after. Especially people who are not the “typical” romance heroes and heroines. One of the reasons I like cyberpunk is that it gives me a reason to pull in the thieves and hackers who aren’t usually front and center in a romance story, and give them their own true loves.
I’m also a fan of technology in general – I read way too many futurist journals and blogs. They give me a never ending set of inspirations for innovative tech and twists.

Thank you again JC for stopping by and letting us get to know you and your latest story better!

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Author JC Hay

Author JC Hay

JC Hay writes romantic science fiction and space opera, because the coolest gadgets in the world are useless without someone to share them.

In addition to Romance Writers of America, he is also a proud member of the SFR Brigade (for Science Fiction Romance), the Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance chapter, and a proud member of RWA’s PAN (the published authors network).

DUBAI Double Cross

DUBAI Double Cross


His newest novella – Dubai Double-Cross – is the first story in the Corporate Services series, a set of connected cyberpunk romances set eighty years in our future where the limits of humanity are being stretched and tested. You can purchase your copy here.  

You can find out more about JC Hay via…

Website: http://jchay.com
Facebook: facebook.com/AuthorJCHay
Twitter: @j_c_hay

Interview with Author Dena Garson

It is a pleasure to welcome Dena Garson author of Rege’s Rescue.

Author Dena Garson

Author Dena Garson

Welcome Dena 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 and your story better.

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

Cover Reges Rescue

Cover Reges Rescue

Rege’s Rescue had a working title of Sin City because of the song that inspired the book (House of the Rising Sun). I changed it only after finishing the book and realizing that while Rege may have rescued Amethe she was actually saving him from a lonely existence.

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

I often search names that have meanings that spark something with me with respect to the character. For example, the setting for my book Mystic’s Touch was ancient Egypt so I looked for Egyptian names that had meanings that made me think of my characters. In the case of Rege and Amethe I searched a variety of names and ended up just blindly typing something until I found something that “felt” right. Amethe was actually taken from the word amethyst simply because, well – I like the stone, and it’s said to have healing properties and can give a sense of peace and calm.

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

I’m a fan of sci-fi – I grew up on Star Wars, Star Trek, and Doctor Who. I love to read romance. It seemed only natural to combine those two and come out with a sci-fi romance. Rege’s Rescue practically wrote itself after the first scene popped into my head.

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

I don’t remember doing any true research (which implies fact finding). I did a lot of digging into sci-fi art for space ships, space ports, and clothing inspirations to help build my scenes though.

What makes you laugh?

A lot of things – My kittens’ antics chasing balls of trash or that mystical red dot. My boys’ silly jokes and even their farts. Friends relating funny happenings. Silly memes on Facebook. I love to laugh. I think we should all do more of it!

What makes you cry?

I rarely cry, but I will tear up over deep emotion – either really sad, like loss of a loved one or lost love, or overwhelmingly happy stuff like winning a writing contest.

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

If you mean tv/movies and/or music I love Doctor Who, Big Bang Theory, Firefly, the Marvel Universe (but I admit that Aquaman has me looking over that DC wall these days!!). I listen to hard rock (original hair-band fan here!) and go to lots of concerts each year. I am also a loyal Dallas Cowboys fan and watch more pro football than my boys. I suppose it’s reflected in my writing to the extent that music inspires me and affects my mood and I love the characters I see in my favorite movies and tv shows.

Thank you again Dena for stopping by and letting us get to know you and your latest story better!
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Dena Garson is an award winning author of contemporary, paranormal, fantasy, and sci-fi romance. Her sixth book, Mystic’s Touch, won the 2015 Passionate Plume for Futuristic/Fantasy/Sci-Fi as well as the 2015 Reader’s Choice Award for Science Fiction/Fantasy/Time Travel. Ghostly Persuasion finaled in the 2014 Passionate Plume and the 2014 Reader’s Choice Award. Your Wild Heart finaled in the 2016 Passionate Plume for Paranormal Romance.

When she isn’t writing you can find her at her jewelry workbench playing with beads. She is also a devoted Whovian and Dallas Cowboys fan.You can find out more about Dena and her stories by visiting her Website, Blog, Facebook Page, Facebook Author page, Twitter, Goodreads or you can signup for her Newsletter.

Interview with Author Teresa Noelle Roberts

It is a pleasure to welcome author Teresa Noelle Roberts, author of Buck, Naked.

Welcome Teresa 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 and your latest story better.

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

My most recent book is a science fiction romance called Buck, Naked. On one level it’s a play on the familiar expression. My hero is named Buck and in this book he gets to get naked—in a way that involves what he’d called “wholesome adult fun”—for the first time in many years. On a deeper level, it touches on the way that his heroine, Aleema, must strip away all his defenses in order to save him—and ultimately herself—from what they both endured as POWs. (Which includes alien medical experiments that left neither of them precisely human. Good times!)

The series name, Chronicles of the Malcolm, is a nod to one of my favorite science fiction TV shows, the short-lived but wonderful Firefly. The captain in that series was named Malcolm Reynolds and was played by Nathan Fillion in delightfully tight pants.

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

I love romance, obviously, and also love science fiction. It was inevitable I’d eventually turn my hand to science-fiction romance. This particular series started with a call for an anthology submission that quickly outgrew short-story length and eventually became Thrill-Kinky.

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

You’re assuming I am sane, which is dubious. Imaginary people talk in my head and I’m willing to make tremendous sacrifices so I have the chance to tell their stories. People who aren’t writers think that’s pretty crazy.
To stay as sane as I am, I rely on a good support network, a wonderful spouse, and a sense of humor that allows me to see the ridiculous in just about every situation. All my books involve some humor, even in dark situations, and Buck, Naked and the rest of this series, as well as my Duals and Donovans paranormal series, both feature a team—or in the case of the Duals and Donovans book, an extended family—who’ll do anything to take care of and protect each other. And I write romance, so everyone ends up with a wonderful, supportive spouse (or spouses), who becomes part of the team/extended family for the rest of the series.

What makes you laugh?

My cats’ antics, word-play, my husband’s geeky goofiness, Phil Foglio’s Girl Genius comics, and the way Joss Whedon blurs tragedy and comedy.

What makes you cry?

I’ll rarely let myself cry over real-life problems, which is probably why I’ll bawl like a baby over random things.
So what sets me off? The way Joss Whedon blurs tragedy and comedy, of course. The Helms Deep scene in The Two Towers, every damn time. Every book Joey W. Hill has ever written, but in a good way. Dreams about my best friend from college; he died in 1994, but I’ll still wake up in tears. I’ll weep at a military funeral in a movie and will embarrass myself at real-life ones by crying more than the dead person’s relatives.
Hell, in certain moods I’ll cry over well-done commercials!

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

I’m a huge fan of the science fiction TV shows Firefly and Farscape, both of which feature a wonderful ensemble cast of “space scoundrels” who end up fighting against a powerful enemy. Chronicles of the Malcolm isn’t fan fiction but if you’re also a fan of those shows, you’ll see some influences.

Thank you Teresa for stopping by today and letting us get to know you better.
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About Teresa Noelle Roberts

Teresa started writing stories in kindergarten and she hasn’t stopped yet. A prolific author of short erotica, she’s also a published poet and fantasy writer—but sexy science fiction romances, BDSM-spiced contemporaries, and hot paranormals have become her favorite things to write. She also writes romantic comedies with a friend under the pen name Sophie Mouette.
She shares her Massachusetts home with her husband, a Leo in law enforcement, and three cats. She and her husband would visit travel all the time if she could get the dang teleporter to work.

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To save him, she must strip him bare.
Security expert Buck’s senses are inhumanly keen, to the point he can see through time and space, and that’s just the start of his odd abilities—thank you, alien captors. He also experiences paranoia, flashbacks, and the occasional hallucination—thank you, PTSD. No wonder he fears he could hurt one of the crewmates he lives to protect, the closest thing to family he has left after the destruction of his home planet.
Brilliant scientist Aleema can teach him how to use his modifications without triggering PTSD. She’s survived the same meddling aliens and suffered even more dramatic alterations. At least her unwanted immortality means she’s had time to figure out how the modifications work and use the knowledge to aid other survivors. Helping Buck means spending some serious time together.
Time enough to fall in love.
Just as happiness seems within their grasp, Aleema realizes one of Buck’s modifications dooms him to an unthinkable future. To save him, she must place herself in the hands of their common enemy and leave Buck to face his worst fears without her.

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Chronicles of the Malcolm — adventurous, sexy, science-fiction romance

In the 26th century, humans and numerous alien races share the galaxy. Technology has advanced massively. Old Earth is a vast preserve and museum, and humans have spread to the stars. But some things remain the same. Love, lust, and money are the forces that motivate both humans and other sentient species. Politics can get ugly. And crime can pay very well indeed.
The Malcolm, an independent interplanetary freighter, prefers to steer clear of both politics and crime, at least the kind of crime that doesn’t involve rescuing the occasional slave or exploited child on planets where such abominations are legal. Captain Mik and his loyal, if eccentric crew—Mik’s overprotective alien husband Gan, adventurous human mechanic Rita, bouncy cat-girl (and trained assassin) Xia, and PTSD-haunted ex-soldier Buck—usually succeed in keeping things only a little bit illegal. But when a seemingly legitimate job goes supernova, the crew finds themselves up to their armpits in interplanetary conspiracies, and on the run from assassins.
It’s the perfect time to fall in love!

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