Today, I am excited to welcome back Cheryl Brooks as she celebrates the release of her new CatStar Chronicles novel, Virgin.
He’s never met anyone who made him purr…
Starship pilot Dax never encountered a woman he wanted badly enough. Until he met Ava Karon…
And he’ll never give his body without giving his heart…
Dax is happy to take Ava back to her home planet, until he finds out she’s returning to an old boyfriend…
As their journey together turns into a quest neither expected, Ava would give herself to Dax in a heartbeat. Except he doesn’t know the first thing about seducing a woman…
Make sure you stick around to the end. We’ll be giving away two copies of Virgin to two lucky readers.
Rules of the Game
Hello, my name is Cheryl Brooks, and I write Science Fiction Romance.
Hmm… Sounds a little like an introduction at an AA meeting, doesn’t it? That analogy is probably justified, because writing science fiction is rather addicting. I mean, where else can a totally hot, sexy Zetithian hunk like Dax Vandilorsk fall in love with Ava Karon, a woman who looks human but can breathe underwater? That’s the premise of my latest book, The Cat Star Chronicles: Virgin, which is the seventh book in that series, and I had an absolute blast imagining underwater cities, bizarre aliens, and futuristic, planet-sized versions of Las Vegas.
I love writing Sci-fi romance because the opportunities to use my imagination are limitless, though I do try to remain within the bounds of universal physics. There are also certain laws that must be adhered to in science fiction that other paranormal genres don’t have to follow. For example, if you’re writing about magical creatures such as wizards or fairies, basically, they can do anything. Not so with aliens. They may have certain innate abilities, but, like Ava’s ability to breathe underwater, those abilities are natural for them, not magical.
Another law I follow is that my stories remain within the Milky Way galaxy. Distances between galaxies are so incredibly vast, that I don’t think our civilization or any other will ever travel even to the nearest galaxies. Interstellar distances are quite astronomical enough. I also set my series in the distant future, giving our society and others plenty of time to figure out how to get from one part of the galaxy to another within a reasonable amount of time. That, I believe is the chief stumbling block to any story that involves hopping from planet to planet. Readers must be able to buy the idea that rapid interstellar travel is possible.
Another part of the fun in writing Sci-fi is that I can use other science fiction movies and books as a springboard. I dearly love putting Star Trek or Star Wars references in my books in the hope that somewhere out there, Trekkies and Star Wars fans are finding them and going, “Ah ha!” However, even though I grew up watching Star Trek, I still have a problem with Scotty beaming up a living creature and have it still be alive when it rematerializes. Seems to me someone would have to be standing by with a defibrillator to shock them back to life—but that’s probably just the nurse in me talking.
But why does science fiction have such a broad appeal? Is it simply a tantalizing peek into the future, or could it be that the depiction of that future gives humankind hope that, yes, we may still be around a thousand years from now—still doing what we’ve always done; living, dying, and falling in love. Unfortunately, that part about falling in love usually isn’t the primary focus of science fiction. What I’ve tried to do is to shift the emphasis from the scientific to the sexy and romantic. I can still create exotic new worlds, but as long as I follow those few simple rules, the technical details often take care of themselves.
That’s how I feel about science fiction as a writer, but what appeals to you as a reader? What would you like to see more of? Or less of? Inquiring Sci-fi writers want to know…
Cheryl Brooks is a critical care nurse by night and a romance writer by day. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America. She is the author of The Cat Star Chronicles series and lives with her husband, two sons, five cats, five horses and one dog in Indiana. For more information, please visit http://www.cherylbrooksonline.com/.
Want to purchase Cheryl’s novel?
- Slave at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Warrior at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Rogue at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Outcast at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Fugitive at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Hero at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Virgin at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Stud at Amazon or the Book Depository (February 1, 2012)
Contest Time! Cheryl is giving away two copies of Virgin. To enter, all you have to do is answer this one question: [regarding SF/SFR] What appeals to you as a reader? What would you like to see more or less of? Remember, you must answer the question in order to be entered. (US/Canada only)
As always, there’s more ways of getting your name in the hat (remember, these aren’t mandatory to enter, just extra entries):
- +1 for each place you post about today’s contest on your blog, social network, or anywhere you can. Digg it, stumble it, twit it, share it with the world. Wherever you share it, make sure you add a link to it along with your answer.
- +1 to any review you comment on, however, comments must be meaningful. Just give me the title of the review and I’ll be able to figure it out from there.
- +1 If you are a follower of Literary Escapism on Facebook and/or Twitter
- +10 Purchase any of Cheryl’s novels (listed above), or any novel, through LE’s Amazon store or the Book Depository sometime during this contest and send a copy of the receipt VIA email for your purchase to: jackie AT literaryescapism DOT com. Each purchase is worth ten entries.
The winner must post a review of the novel someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out.
I have not been contacting winners, so you will need to check back to see if you’ve won.