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An Interview with Veronica Scott about Star Cruise Songbird

The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl welcomes back author Veronica Scott to talk about one of her older sci-fi romances, Star Cruise Songbird.

Cover for Star Cruise Songbird

Welcome again Veronica 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 about Star Cruise Songbird.

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

So far I’ve written seven stories in the STAR CRUISE series, most of which occur on the interstellar luxury liner Nebula Zephyr. (One is a prequel before the characters go to work on the ship.) It’s along the lines of the love boat of the stars as a new couple takes front and center each time but the crew is always there. STAR CRUISE SONGBIRD, which is a novella, was the fourth book in the series and was originally written for the second Pets in Space® anthology.

Grant Barton, the hero of this book is a former Special Forces soldier and has an alien warbird from his home planet, which also served with him in the military. This character combination represented a nod from me to Andre Norton’s famous Beastmaster (the novel not the movie), who was always one of my favorites among her heroes, and his eagle.

Karissa Dawnstar, the heroine, is an interstellar rock star, worn out with touring and being compelled by her manager and an airtight contract to perform other promo activities. The manager controls every aspect of her life. She’s fed up and wants to walk away from it all. She’s traveling aboard the Nebula Zephyr to return to her home planet and perform at a huge concert but along the way she has to do a performance on the ship and film a music ‘trideo’. Grant is assigned as her bodyguard and of course…the inevitable happens and they fall in love but there are many obstacles to the Happy Ever After.

The Star Cruise Series

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

Speaking to the rockstar romance element of this story, I love the genre with a wild passion, in books and in movies and I always thought I’d like to write one, but I primarily write scifi romance. So I decided to write my rockstarstory and place it into my own futuristic world. I had so much fun doing the research, watching a number of documentaries and concert films, and reading accounts of life on the road. Karissa has her own story of course but she’s going through many of the classic rockstar tropes. Success isn’t always what a person expects it to be. And it’s very challenging for Grant to step out of his world into hers.

As far as scifi romance itself, I grew up devouring science fiction of all types and wanting to tell my own stories with a lot more romance involved. Andre Norton was a particular favorite of mine as a Young Adult reader (but of course there was no romance in her books). I’m drawn to the infinite possibilities inherent in scifi and the fact that as an author I’m not at all constrained by the realities of life on Earth. But there must be romance or I’m not interested in writing it.

A recent fun development is that I’ve joined the social media platform Tiktok and I’ve been making video book trailers to showcase my backlist (fifty books and counting!) to a new world of avid readers. The trailer I did for STAR CRUISE SONGBIRD really garnered a lot of attention, lucky for me. Here’s the link if your readers would like to view it for themselves (you don’t have to be a member of Tiktok to watch it): https://www.tiktok.com/@veronicascottauthor/video/6990679582340861190

Of course recently scifi romance has received a great deal of public attention as a result of readers on Tiktok discovering and championing Ruby Dixon’s Ice Planet Barbarian series, which has been amazing fun to watch. The whole phenomenon certainly encouraged me to give Tiktok a try and I’m enjoying it immensely.

What is the best way for readers to interact with you? I’m pretty active on social media, especially twitter and Tiktok, but also Facebook. I also maintain a blog and there is a ‘contact me’ e mail there. Thanks for having me as your guest and giving me the chance to talk about one of my favorite books!

Veronica Scott

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.

Seven 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 read the part of Star Trek Crew Member in the official audiobook production of Harlan Ellison’s “The City On the Edge of Forever.”

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The Five Seasons of Terranue

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The eldest bull, Solomon, stepped forward and mind-spoke in a deep gravelly voice. “We are blessed with five seasons, each six weeks long. We call them Angry Days, New Life, Full Life, Dry Days, and Hard Life. Some reward, while some test the will of the Sargons.”

As the elder bull explained each season, Dmitri tensed with worry.

Dry days and Hard Life concerned him the most, and both were right around the corner. They were already in the third week of Full Life, which was, in the Sargon’s opinion, the best of seasons with just enough rain and warmth that life on the planet flourished.

Dry Days

Dry Days

In less than four weeks, Dry Days would begin. The sun would strengthen, and no rain would fall. Grass would die, and the river in the valley would shrink to a dwindling stream.

By the end of dry days, the water ceased to flow.

By the end of dry days, the water ceased to flow.

Dry Days led to Hard Life when the temperatures would suddenly plummet as the winds shifted, bringing storms from the North. Snow would bury the valley, sometimes up to fifteen feet deep.


20 ft of snow,

Hard Life: 20 ft of snow,

With Angry Days the north and south would battle for dominion bringing lightning storms and hard winds.

Angry Days: Tornadoes, Hail the size of skulls and Lightning galore.

Angry Days: Tornadoes, Hail the size of skulls and Lightning galore.

“Eventually, the warm south winds will prevail, melting the snow and filling the entire valley with water and mud to replenish the soil. Then New Life arrives and all that survived the testing seasons will burst forth in celebration.” The elder bull’s reverent voice echoed within Dmitri’s head as the other bulls resonated a deep moan.

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The start of New Life

Full Life: The second of two very fine seasons.

Full Life: The second of two very fine seasons.

The dramatic tonal conclusion did nothing to quiet Dmitri’s worries. Sixty percent of the planet’s cycles would be hell for humans to survive, and they had only three weeks to prepare.

Surviving Terranue


Surviving Terranue


Liza O’Connor


 Leading a colony of frightened people on a new world is rarely easy. The human colonists of Terranue have as their leader, Tamsarandem, the only Soul-bond of Three that has ever existed. Unfortunately, some perceive the innate kindness in the shaman’s choice of leaders as a weakness, thus, challenges begin. From the moment they arrive on the planet, self-survival instincts take hold among the colonists, putting the survival of the colony at risk.

To survive, they must act for the good of the colony rather themselves, even when their natural instincts tell them to do the opposite. First, they must befriend the dominant intelligent life form on the planet, long-haired blue cattle, only slightly smaller than the blue bull Tamsarandem brought with them. Second, they must find a way to survive three of the planet’s five seasons. Otherwise, they’ll be baked, frozen, and pummeled to death. Third, they must protect themselves from the giant bears, saber tooth lions, and T. rexes that roam their planet. But worst of all, deep within the planet, a seed of evil grows, waiting to devour every living creature on the surface.

Every day in their new paradise is a challenge to survive. Despite all the advantages the Gods have provided, success is neither easy nor certain, and people are rarely as good as they need to be.

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Liza is a multiple genre author of 16 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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If You’re Seeing This Post, Then Redshirts Has Won the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel

Great Way to dedicate an award acceptance!


In which case: Whoo-hoo!

(I wrote this up so that when the award was announced, if Redshirts won I would be able to press a button and have it post, because I am otherwise occupied at the American Library Association conference this weekend. If it doesn’t win, of course, then none of you will ever see this, and I will delete it at some point. I recognize this explanation is a little meta. But then, so is Redshirts.)

The other finalists for the award were Iain M. Banks’ The Hydrogen Sonata; Lois McMaster Boujold’s Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance; James S.A. Corey’s Caliban’s War and Kim Stanley Robinson’s 2312. This is a very fine field of finalists, any of whom would of course have been an excellent winner. I was thrilled to share a slate with all of them.

As I was unable to be at the Locus Award Weekend…

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#AtoZChallenge Orbit Definitions & Origins


A-Z Blog Challenge Topic: Orbit Definitions & Origins

I originally set out to illustrate the uses of the word ORBIT within the sci-fi genre. However, as I conducted my research on this topic, I discovered that the word ORBIT is used in many different contexts. Therefore, I had to better understand the definitions and uses of this word in order to better understand the different contexts.

What are the definitions for the word ORBIT?

The word ORBIT has many different definitions and can be used as a different term depending on which science discipline it is associated with. The terms are associated with the following science disciplines: Anatomy, Astronomy and Physics. Below are the various definitions of the word ORBIT from from Merriam-Webster online dictionary and the science discipline the term is associated with:

Definition 1 of the word ORBIT refers to a term used in Anatomy.
Anatomy Definition (noun): the bony socket of the eye
Origin of ORBIT: Middle English, from Medieval Latin orbita, from Latin, rut, track, probably from orbis.
First Known Use: 15th century, unknown

Definition 2 of the word ORBIT refers to three terms used in Astronomy.
Astronomy Definition 2a (noun): a path described by one body in its revolution about another (as by the earth about the sun or by an electron about an atomic nucleus); also: one complete revolution of a body describing such a path.
Astronomy Definition 2b (noun): A circular path.
Astronomy Definition 2c (noun): A range or sphere of activity or influence
Origin of ORBIT: Latin orbita path, rut, orbit
First Known Use: 1696, Most likely first used in this context by either Edmund Halley or Issac Newton

Definition 3 of the word ORBIT refers to three terms used in Physics.
Physics Definition 3a (transitive verb): to revolve in an orbit around: circle
Physics Definition 3b (transitive verb): to send up and make revolve in an orbit.
Physics Definition 3c (intransitive verb): to travel in a circle.
First Known Use of this term of ORBIT: 1943, most likely first used in this context by Werner Heisenberg

Finally, I have the appropriate definitions, origins and the different uses of the word ORBIT. I can now continue the research on how the word ORBIT is used within the context of the science fiction genre and I will post the results when completed. I hope you will look forward to this as much as I am in conducting the research.

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