Ella Drake revealed the cover for METALMARK, her forthcoming science fiction romance from Lyrical Press. It’s steamy and gear-y in all the right places:
Here’s the set up:
Space pirate Kristy Ryan is having a bad day.
First, her pilot and lover, Andrew Bennet, picks a fight with her.
Second, the Military Space Alliance comes across her ship when she’s running a not-so-legal job.
Third, she finds out her father, a notorious space pirate himself, disappeared while working for the MSA.
Fourth, and the final straw, the MSA is blackmailing her to continue the dangerous mission her father started.
What else could go wrong?
|Cover design by Kanaxa|
At the end of the workshop, the audience asked the panelists some great questions including one attendee who wanted to know what the panelists thought the hardest part of writing sci fi romance is. Many of the authors including Aguirre and Pape agreed that deciding which genre to focus on, sci fi or romance, is difficult. In order to sell books, they pointed out that many sci fi romances are either futuristic romances with more of an emphasis on the relationship, or science fiction stories with a slight romance edge, but with more description of science and technology.What the above passage says to me is that authors are experimenting with a wide range of SF-romance blends and frankly, that benefits readers. The choices exist if you know where to look.
|Via Alien Love Song post by P.I. Barrington|
If you’re looking for “the next Adele” in the sense of “the next pop phenomenon,” however, then the female-singer-songwriter genre may not be the right place to search at all. Says Rob Cavallo, who signed a scrappy little punk band called Green Day and is now chairman of Warner Bros. Records: “In this business, you’re trying to uncover that proverbial needle in the haystack. It’s not about following—if you follow, you’re dead. ‘The next Adele’ will look and sound and feel different.”
Traveling unexpectedly aboard the luxury liner Nebula Dream on its maiden voyage across the galaxy, Sectors Special Forces Captain Nick Jameson is ready for ten relaxing days, and hoping to forget his last disastrous mission behind enemy lines. He figures he’ll gamble at the casino, take in the shows, maybe even have a shipboard fling with Mara Lyrae, the beautiful but reserved businesswoman he meets.All his plans vaporize when the ship suffers a wreck of Titanic proportions. Captain and crew abandon ship, leaving the 8000 passengers stranded without enough lifeboats and drifting unarmed in enemy territory. Aided by Mara, Nick must find a way off the doomed ship for himself and several other innocent people before deadly enemy forces reach them or the ship’s malfunctioning engines finish ticking down to self destruction.
But can Nick conquer the demons from his past that tell him he’ll fail these innocent people just as he failed to save his Special Forces team? Will he outpace his own doubts to win this vital race against time?