Sunday, July 20, 2008

Author Supernova: Rowena Cherry

We’ve all had this moment: Sitting before our television, not in the mood for any one show in particular, and channel surfing with a vengeance worthy of Genghis Khan. A million cable channels and still nothing to watch.

Suddenly, your eye catches a highly intriguing image, maybe an ancient ruin or an exotic ocean denizen. You continue to watch, mesmerized. The remote, now clutched in a warm palm, slowly descends back to the armrest.

Identification titles flash upon the screen. You’ve stumbled upon The Discovery Channel. Program after program unfolds, from Hubble’s Greatest Hits to Krakatoa: Volcano of Destruction. Now you’re hooked, caught in a web of immersing documentaries and enough brain candy to sate you for weeks.

If any one author rivals such a mother lode of esoteric lore, it’s Rowena Cherry. Her willingness to uncover the most far-flung facts in the name of science fiction romance is a hallmark of her prose. There’s a layer to her work that goes beyond transcends the characters and story. Every book is a tour guide to the fun and fantastic.

Rowena Cherry is the author of books such as FORCED MATE, INSUFFICIENT MATING MATERIAL, and the upcoming KNIGHT’S FORK. Notice the theme? Unabashedly irreverent, she gives new meaning to the phrase “word play.” Like that classic game of strategy, what’s it called...oh yeah, chess!

Ms. Cherry has stated that “The central premise of my alien Djinn is that the legendary beings we call jinn, djinn or genie were aliens, and they acted like original wolves.” What a jazzy premise! On her Web site, she features a handy Djinn family tree.

In a word, fun!

Not only is she an exuberant author, she also operates a number of blogs, the foremost among them being Alien Romances. There’s lots in her universe to explore, and we’ll dig into more of it later.

Speaking of exploring, it’s time for a free book! Ms. Cherry has kindly sent me a wonderful package of goodies in addition to my own prize so there will be giveaways all week!

The winner of today’s giveaway will receive an autographed copy of FORCED MATE. Here’s a tidbit about the story:

As the next god-Emperor of Tigron, Prince Tarrant-Arragon is renowned for his sexual prowess and has his choice of lovely young women ... whether he wants them or not. But the Earthling mate of his dreams is not only a feminist and the secret daughter of his greatest enemy, but she has sworn to thwart Tarrant-Arragon or die in the attempt. He knows that when she finds out whose bed she’s in, she’ll either castrate him or kill him.

Sounds like a winning combination to me! The deadline for the drawing is Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at 9 p.m., EST. In order to get your name in the proverbial hat for a random drawing (contest limited to U.S. residents), please leave a comment for this post. Share an intriguing fact you recently discovered, and welcome Rowena Cherry to The Galaxy Express!

Joyfully yours,