Saturday, April 25, 2015

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SFR Shindig: Alisha Rai's Top 3 Post-Apocalyptic Romances

There is nothing I adore more than a good post-apocalyptic romance. I would literally cut a reanimated corpse for a good post-apoc romance. 

Luckily, zombies, you can keep your heads for now, because there's a number of authors already writing what I love. May I present, in no particular order, my current favorite post-apoc romances:

Friday, April 24, 2015

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SFR Shindig: LGBTQ Romance in Science Fiction by Alex Powell

Hello all! My name is Alex Powell, and I'm a Science Fiction Romance author. Today, I want to talk to you about LGBTQ romance in Science Fiction.

I love writing Science Fiction, because it's a genre that gives a writer complete freedom to create a whole new world, and to give that world whatever rules they want. I have to admit, I get easily bored with contemporary fiction, and what makes me happy is exploring a world that an author put a lot of work and love into creating.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

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SFR Shindig: PJ Schnyder's Top 3 Reasons for Loving Sci-Fi Romance

My first full length novel was a science fiction romance...that will never see the light of day. I had a lot of writing craft to learn. But, it was the prequel to my Triton Experiment series and I love coming back to it with every new story in the series. Here's why:

1) Hope

Romance, by definition, has a Happily Ever After (or at least a Happy For Now).

I have the opportunity to build incredible futuristic worlds rich in detail and diversity, explore big questions, and end each of my books on a positive note.

Not all books end this way, but science fiction romance always does. It's a promise between myself and my readers.

2) It's About the Characters

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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You're Invited To the SFR Shindig!

Spring has sprung in my neck of the woods, so therefore what better excuse to throw a little sci-fi romance party? No matter the weather or place, anytime is a good time to have fun with this genre!

For SFR Shindig, I invited a group of authors who write SFR and romantic SF to come aboard and asked them to surprise me with a post about an SFR-related topic of their choosing. Some of the authors you may know, and others you might be meeting for the first time. This genre is full of smart women writing entertaining adventures. I hope you have fun reading the posts and learning about their books!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

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Everything Needs A Boost

I was telling my husband about Delilah S. Dawson's post about authors and self-promotion (for another perspective, read S.J. Pajonas' response) and we wound up having a long conversation about marketing. During the conversation, he reminded me that the horror film PARANORMAL ACTIVITY basically sat on a shelf and went without distribution for two years. For a film that became such a monster hit, that is a long time in the film world.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY has been a runaway success and spawned multiple sequels, but it didn't get instant theatrical distribution upon completion. It almost goes without saying that getting distribution can be very difficult to attain for independent films that lack big stars (and by “big,” I mean A-list). It's mainly because Steven Spielberg saw and pushed PARANORMAL ACTIVITY that it received a green light for its high-profile, multi-screen theatrical release. Here's the path the film took according to its Wikipedia entry: 

The film was screened at 2007's Screamfest Horror Film Festival, where it impressed an assistant at the Creative Artists Agency, Kirill Baru, so much that CAA signed on to represent Peli. Attempting to find a distributor for the film and/or directing work for Peli, the agency sent out DVDs of the movie to as many people in the industry as they could, and it was eventually seen by Miramax Films Senior Executive Jason Blum, who thought it had potential. He worked with Peli to re-edit the film and submitted it to the Sundance Film Festival, but it was rejected. The DVD also impressed DreamWorks executives Adam Goodman, Stacey Snider, and finally Steven Spielberg, who cut a deal with Blum and Peli.

And this article via The Guardian explains that: