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Lightwave: Clocker by AM Scott #RLFblog #SciFi #SpaceOperaAM Scott, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

Lightwave: Clocker by AM Scott

Genre Space Opera
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
Her secret frees trillions…
Discovery risks them all.
Saree’s got a secret. A big one. She tunes space fold clocks—the only thing allowing safe travel between star systems. She’s the only human Clocker. The security of trillions relies on Saree’s freedom. And they can never know.
Despite her best efforts, rumors fly. With a bounty hunter on her heels, Saree jumps on Lightwave Fold Transport, the safest option. But she quickly regrets her snap decision. Lightwave’s crew are mercenaries she barely escaped as a child. Do they suspect who she’s become?
Can Saree keep her secret life safe? She’d rather die than blockade and blackmail systems for a crime lord or evil corporation. And there’s worse out there…
Race across the universe, one step ahead of danger with Saree and the crew of Lightwave. Get your copy of Lightwave: Clocker, Folding Space Series 1.0, before freedom ticks away, one nanosecond at a time…
What species/races of people are in your book?
Lightwave: Clocker follows the human crew of Lightwave Fold Transport and the only human fold clock maintainer, Saree, but the universe includes many different species. There are many oxygen-breathing bipedal mammals, similar to humans, but there is a egg-laying hivemind reptilian species (the Sa’sa, the primary fold clock maintainers,) and lots of non-oxygen breathing species too.
Do you have non-sentient creatures or animals in your story? If so, what are they?
Not yet!

Language and Culture

What languages are spoken in your story universe?
The main language is Galactic Trade, but many humans retain ancestral languages and the aliens have their own as well.
If you created a language for the story, what is it called?
The Sa’sa have their own language requiring access to their hivemind to know what time they are speaking of. Without the hivemind, it’s very difficult to know if they’re speaking of the present, the past, or even the future. Maybe.
Please give us a few words in this language and their translation.
It’s never written down, but since the Sa’sa look a bit like velociraptors, there’s a lot of hissing and teeth-clashing.
In the culture of your story world, what is different from ours?
Faster-than-light travel is possible by ‘folding’ space. To fold space and not get lost, you need coordinates and the correct time. If you have the wrong time, you disappear! So, there are clocks at every fold location that must be tuned to a universal standard. The Sa’sa are the only species, until Saree, that can access the universal standard through their hivemind.
There are also artificial intelligences, including an ‘evil’ one, called Galactica. It wants to destroy all biological, sentient life, but it can’t tune fold clocks. And the Sa’sa suicide when captured, so Galactica must find a way to tune clocks, or a species that will under its’ control.
What special laws are important to your story world?
There is a ‘live and let live’ mentality across the universe, but each species and world has their own rules and laws. Might makes right is often the rule between species, but the fold clocks aren’t targeted, because the Sa’sa ruthlessly exterminate everyone involved in a conflict destroying a clock.
Humanity has many of the same problems they have now, including slavery and exploitation.
What rights (such as equality) are challenges for your characters?
Freedom is the main issue for my characters. They just want to do their jobs and survive on their own, not under the control of others.

Story Setting

Describe one of the worlds where your story takes place.
My universe is wide and varied. In the “core” the star systems and worlds are highly regulated and controlled; each species has a stranglehold on their people. Some planets are controlled by military, religious or other dominating groups.
Lightwave travels the “fringes” of known space, the “wild west,” which can be human or other species. I use our constellation names to specify the star systems and worlds Lightwave travels to, even though many of these worlds are nowhere near each other in reality. I use real names where possible, and if a world is named something like “HAT-P XXX” or “HD XXXX” I’ll often name the worlds after a scientist involved in the discovery of the planet. Wikipedia is my friend!
The main ‘world’ in my series is the Lightwave, a space ship capable of folding space, a ‘fold transport’ or ‘folder’ for short. Lightwave stays in space, and has two shuttles, Alpha and Beta, for taking cargo and passengers to stations or worlds. Lightwave can transport up to eight additional standard shuttles. They make a living transporting shuttles from star system to star system.
What makes this world unique?
Most of Lightwave’s crew grew up together, part of a mercenary force called Phalanx Eagle. When the crew was teenagers, their parents broke away from PE because their contracts became morally repugnant. During the PE contract that caused the breakaway/mutiny, Saree’s parents were murdered. She grew up in the human colony on the Sa’sa homeworld.
Tell us about the age of the culture in your story, i.e., are the people part of an ancient civilization, a newly formed group within an established culture, pioneer colonists, etc.
Lightwave’s crew comes from a mercenary/military background, trying to fit into the customer service world of shuttle transport. They’re rather like a stagecoach across the Old West. Saree is an orphan, most of her childhood spent in a less-than-ideal group home. She travels the universe under cover as a research scholar, searching for remnants of Old Earth music. Specifically, she’s looking for filk, the folk songs SF fans write to celebrate their favorite fandoms. That job lets me put a lot of fun pop culture details in my books. For example, much of book 3 is set on a space station with a science fiction convention, called LizCon.
What food or drink is available to your characters?
There’s a huge variety of foods. One of my supporting characters, Loreli, is a transgender chef trying to finish the space travel part of her formal training, so I get to make up amazing food!
In what ways was it helpful to have a map (or sketch of one) for your story? (Provide a link to an image, if available)
I use Wikipedia’s constellation map constantly for Lightwave’s travels across the universe.
Again, this map is from our planet’s perspective. In reality, many of these stars are hundreds of lightyears apart, but I treat them as a ‘flat space’ map. I’m writing space opera, not hard science fiction!

Character Physiology

What are the physical characteristics of the race/species of your main characters?
My main characters are humans.
What physical differences exist in the way your characters communicate (i.e., telepathy, empathic abilities, etc.) with each other?
Mostly, they don’t have any special abilities. Almost everyone has an e-torc, a necklace-like cell phone that allows holographic displays.
What differences, if any, exist in the way your characters reproduce?
Most space travelers store eggs/sperm/genetic material frozen on a planet to prevent DNA damage by radiation.
Are there more than two genders in your story world and if so, what are they?
Human sexual characteristics are easily changed by body (DNA) modification. Most humans stay the way they are born, but changing isn’t unusual or taboo, unless you come from a strict religion-based world.

Sharing World Building Expertise

Please give us three tips you find helpful when creating a story world:

  • Write it down! I built a spreadsheet so I could remember the details.
  • Be consistent. If you create something that doesn’t work later, find a reasonable explanation for your change, like a main character suddenly realizes they’ve been taught the wrong thing all along.
  • Use history as a guide, but modify it so your world isn’t an exact copy.

When you researched for your story setting, what kinds of things did you learn?
I learned a lot about the current state of space exploration, the new telescopes and satellites NASA and other countries are using/launching. Actually, a tweet about NASA launching a deep space atomic clock—a GPS-capability for deep space probes—is why I started creating this universe!
What things should writers avoid when building a science fiction world?
If you’re going to use current physics, make sure you’re right! If you’re making up a new system of rules, stay consistent or have realistic reasons for variations.
Share a resource you found helpful when researching for your story.
Here’s the specific story that got me started on the Folding Space Series:
What’s your advice for writers who want to create a solid background for their story world?
Use the research out there now, and use history. If you’re going to use history, try to find something a little different, maybe not western societies. Or, modify it heavily. While my universe has underlying characteristics of the Wild West, the specifics are not western necessarily.

Where to buy Lightwave: Clocker

Publisher: Independent, Lightwave Publishing LLC


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After twenty years as a US Air Force space operations officer, AM now operates a laptop, trading in real satellites for fictional spaceships. AM is a volunteer leader with Team Rubicon: Disasters Are Our Business, Veterans Are Our Passion.






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Meet Eve Star from Only a Good Man Will Do by Dee S Knight @DeeSKnight #RLFblog #romanceWelcome Eve Star from Only a Good Man Will Do by Dee S Knight, a new erotic romance.

Eve Star

Age: 30
Gender: Female
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Profession: Manager of a bar
Ethnicity: American
Species (for scifi/fantasy characters): Human
Please provide a physical description of your character.
5’10”, long, chestnut colored hair, it’s naturally wavy no matter what she does to it. She has brown eyes, and a nice figure—large breasts, full hips and very narrow waist. She’s been told by uncounted men that she’s beautiful and desirable, but she shrugs and says, “I’m just me.”
Please tell us a little about your character.
I left home early on. Never got a degree though I graduated from high school with good grades. Ended up stripping in order to pay rent and found that I kind of enjoyed it. Someone mentioned that money was better in Europe, so I scraped up enough to get myself to Berlin and started off. Before I knew it, I was a huge success, making more money than I could have imagined. I met a few men, too, but none like Luigi. He gave me a home in Florence and then he gave me a son. Then…he took everything but my son away. That’s how I ended up back in the States, managing a bar in small town New Hampshire. I’ll do whatever it takes to care for Timmy and to see that he gets the best I can afford.
Who is the significant other in your character’s life?
Damn if I haven’t fallen for a teacher at the school where Timmy goes, Daniel Goodman. He’s a snob at times, and full of himself, but he’s really a reflection of his name: a good man. I love him fiercely, but he told me sup straight from the beginning, he needs a wife who can fit the role of headmaster’s wife, and that can never be me, not with my history. For now, I’ll take what I can get from him because, well, I love him.
How does your heroine dress?
She made a lot of money dancing in Europe and she didn’t skimp on clothing. So for work at the bar she wears tight jeans and an open collared blouse—better tips . When she takes Timmy to Westover Academy, she dresses in the classy and stylish clothes she brought from Paris and Milan.
How educated is this character? Is she book smart, self-taught, widely-experienced?
She has a high school diploma but didn’t go to college. She’s life-smart, having learned by hard work and not always in the best of conditions.
What is your character’s viewpoint on wealth? Not necessary, nice to have, important, obtain at all costs?
The man she thought loved her in Italy was wealthy and he treated her to a beautiful house, jewels, fine food—everything she might have wanted. But when he kicked her out for getting pregnant, she discovered true wealth is only good when it provides for and protects those you love. Now she’s happy with what she has: enough money to pay for her son’s schooling and live reasonably well. She’s happy with that.
What special skills does your character rely on?
She knows people, can read them. And she’s very persuasive. She has a clever mind—she tells Daniel that she thinks through chess moves five and six ahead, so she’s strategic and uses that to her advantage.
What is your character’s family like?
Is she close to family?
She is not close to her mother. There’s no word about her father. But she has her child, Timmy, and that’s all the family she needs. All she’s likely to have since Daniel has made it clear that they’re friends with benefits only. She knows she could call on him if she needed help, but is he family? No. Not that she doesn’t dream…
Does she have children?
A son, Timothy Knowles. Knowles is Eve’s real name—Lauren Knowles—but she’s used her stage name for so long, it feels like who she is. Timmy is six and attends Westover Academy as a residential student. Eve has recently become afraid that if she keeps him home she’ll hover too much. But she longs for the weekends when she can pick him up and spend time together.
Does this character see morality as black-and-white, or with shades of gray?
Eve definitely sees shades of gray. She doesn’t consider herself a bad person because she lived with Luigi and eventually had his child. How could anything that gave her Timmy be bad? That doesn’t mean that she doesn’t recognize a mistake when she makes one. Like falling for Daniel, another man who might want her as a mistress but nothing more. How could she have been so foolish? But was their lovemaking immoral? No, not in her eyes.
If someone from your character’s past showed up, who would she most want it to be, and why? OR who would she most NOT want it to be, and why?
Eve truly would NOT want to see Luigi Donatello, Timmy’s father. If he showed up, it would only mean trouble. He made it clear when he tossed her aside that he was finished with her. His arrival back in her life would mean disaster for her and especially for Timmy.
Can your hero keep a secret? If not, why not? If yes, why?
Absolutely! In her life away from Westover Academy, she is known as Eve Star. Anywhere around Westover she is the fairly well to do, Lauren Knowles. She wanted the best for Timmy, and to Eve, that means enrolling Timmy in Westover. For that to happen, she keeps two personas—and the secrets that go along with the subterfuge.
If your character could make any one thing happen, what would it be?
For Timmy to grow up in a household with two parents and lots of love.

About Your Writer: Questions for your character to answer about you.

To honor the person who chose to share your story, please answer at least four of these questions. Questions with more than one point should be considered one question. You may answer as many more as you like.
Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
Dee is used to writing about mostly happy characters. I’m not Unhappy, but I do have issues. I think that’s why she chose me to be her heroine. And she needed a more free-wheeling person to be Daniel’s foil. Gosh! I love Daniel! I’m so glad Dee chose me to be his great love.
Why do you think your writer loves to write?
She has all these stories in her head. The woman thinks about plots and characters all the time! If I wanted to have a rational conversation with her it would be difficult because she’s always going off on plot tangents for a new book. She’s impossible!
What do you wish your writer would write next?
What other character from your book do you think your writer should write a book about? Care to tell us why?
Well, I didn’t meet Daniel’s brothers until the end of our book, but I think Dee should write about one of them next. Maybe *tapping finger on chin* Jonah.
Is there anything you’d like to say to your writer?
Thank you for giving me Daniel to love! He’s the best—a true good man—and I’ve never been so happy. Timmy has a real dad now.

Tell us about Only a Good Man Will Do

Seriously ambitious man seeks woman to encourage his goals, support his (hopeful) position as Headmaster of Westover Academy, and be purer than Caesar’s wife. Good luck with that!
Daniel Goodman is a man on a mission. He aims to become headmaster of Westover Academy. For that he needs a particular, special woman to help him set high standards. Into his cut and dried life of moral and upright behavior, comes Eve Star, formerly one of Europe’s foremost exotic dancers. Her life is anything but cut and dried, black and white. Daniel is drawn to her like a kid to chocolate. Nothing good can come of this attraction. Or can it? He is after all, a good man.
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A few years ago, Dee S Knight began writing, making getting up in the morning fun. During the day, her characters killed people, fell in love, became drunk with power, or sober with responsibility. And they had sex, lots of sex. Writing was so much fun Dee decided to keep at it. That’s how she spends her days. Her nights? Well, she’s lucky that her dream man, childhood sweetheart, and long-time hubby are all the same guy, and nights are their secret. For romance ranging from sweet to historical, contemporary to paranormal and more join Dee on Nomad Authors.
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Big Horn Storm by Kim McMahill @kimmcmahill #RLFblog #RomanticSuspenseKim McMahill, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

Big Horn Storm by Kim McMahill

Genre: Contemporary Western Romantic Suspense

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Niki Garat tolerates her job and the city, but she lives for her summer vacation with her grandfather at his sheep camp in the stunning Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming—until this year. When the U.S. comes under attack, including an aggressive attempt by foreign invaders to locate nuclear missile silos scattered throughout remote western lands, the serenity of her mountain refuge is shattered. As area ranches are commandeered, neighbors and friends, including Deuce, her childhood infatuation, band together. Throughout their struggle to stay alive, Niki begins to understand what came between her and Deuce, but before past mistakes can be corrected they must endure a terrifying manhunt and a desperate fight for survival.

Where to buy Big Horn Storm

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Kim McMahill grew up in Wyoming which is where she developed her sense of adventure and love of the outdoors. She started out writing non-fiction, but her passion for exotic world travel, outrageous adventures, stories of survival, and happily-ever-after endings soon drew her into a world of romantic suspense and adventure fiction. Along with writing novels Kim has also published over eighty travel and geographic articles, and contributed to a travel anthology. Kim currently resides in Colorado, and when not writing, she enjoys gardening, traveling, hiking, and spending time with family.
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