Friday, October 24, 2014

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Tropes Vs. Worldbuilding In SFR


I'm going to riff off of Donna S. Frelick's post about Authentic Settings A Challenge In SFR because she raises some interesting points and I wanted to unpack them a bit. Here's the least you need to know:
Those of us who write SFR tend to be science and space geeks from early childhood.  We seek out any opportunity, slim though it may be, to stand close to something, uh, space-y.  Field trips to an observatory, to the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum or, if we’re lucky, to see a launch at Cape Canaveral bring squeals of delight.  But you have to admit, we have greater challenges finding a way to immerse ourselves in setting details for planets that exist only in our minds.

That’s why, in a way, I “cheat” by setting parts of my stories here on Earth.  (That’s true of the first two of my Interstellar Rescue series, at least.  The third book, Fools Rush In, is set entirely in space.)  It helps me as a writer, but I think it also helps the reader relate to the story.  If some of the places are familiar, then a reader new to SFR might have an easier time accepting the introduction of more alien places and ideas.
After reading Donna's post, I was reminded of a book by Margaret Taylor called A FIRST LOVE NEVER DIES (Spi-Corp #1). (Thanks to passenger K for the heads up!). Read the blurb for this book:
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Cover For Jessica E. Subject's THE STAR PRINCESS

Author Jessica E. Subject recently unveiled the cover for her forthcoming Beyond Fairytales sci-fi romance THE STAR PRINCESS (Decadent Publishing). Enjoy!



New Adult Erotic Sci-Fi Romance

(unofficial blurb)

In one week, Princess Ro’sa will board a spaceship, leaving her home on Minjet to be with her betrothed on Earth. The only problem is, she detests the prince’s selfish and arrogant ways, preferring to spend time with his personal aide, a man who stirs her desires in ways she never imagined possible with his radient blue eyes and smouldering lips. And oh, the way he touches her.

Will she find a way to be with the man who steals her heart, or be forced to marry the egocentric prince?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

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Donna S. Frelick Blogs About Authentic Settings In SFR at Spacefreighters Lounge

At Spacefreighters Lounge, Donna S. Frelick blogs about Authentic Settings A Challenge In SFR:

Those of us who write SFR tend to be science and space geeks from early childhood.  We seek out any opportunity, slim though it may be, to stand close to something, uh, space-y.  Field trips to an observatory, to the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum or, if we’re lucky, to see a launch at Cape Canaveral bring squeals of delight.  But you have to admit, we have greater challenges finding a way to immerse ourselves in setting details for planets that exist only in our minds.

That’s why, in a way, I “cheat” by setting parts of my stories here on Earth.  (That’s true of the first two of my Interstellar Rescue series, at least.  The third book, Fools Rush In, is set entirely in space.)  It helps me as a writer, but I think it also helps the reader relate to the story.  If some of the places are familiar, then a reader new to SFR might have an easier time accepting the introduction of more alien places and ideas.  Of course, my ulterior motive is to hook these new readers and draw them in.  If they like the first two books in my series, then I’m hoping they’ll follow me into the more alien territory of the third book.
Head on over and let her know what you think!

Joyfully yours,

Heather



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TAMING THE ALPHA: Forthcoming Boxed Set With SFR Stories

Keep your eyes peeled for TAMING THE ALPHA (December 2014), a boxed set that will include a few sci-fi romances including one from Ella Drake (who thoughtfully alerted me to the news)!


Joyfully yours,
Heather


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Library Journal's Best Books of 2014 Includes Anna Hackett's AT STAR'S END

File this under super news: Anna Hackett's AT STAR'S END (Carina Press) made the Library Journal's Best Books of 2014 e-original romance list!


Congratulations, Ms. Hackett!

Joyfully yours,
Heather