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Category Archives: Science Fiction Romance

Romance with a futuristic, speculative, or science fiction theme and/or settings

Tundra 37 by Aubrie Dionne. 
I’m here to talk about Tundra 37, the second book in my New Dawn series, which releases today!!! Don’t worry if you haven’t read the first book. Each installment can be read separately and still make sense. So here goes my guest blog…
Why I chose a frozen planet…
For Contrast:
The first book, Paradise 21, was mainly set on a desert planet. I wanted a completely different landscape for the next book, Tundra 37.
In Homage to Hoth:
Some inspiration came from the frozen ice planet of Hoth in Star Wars. I loved the abominable snow monster-called the Wampa, and the horned tauntauns, which Luke Skywalker and Han Solo ride across the frozen plain. I wanted to create my own ice world with its own unique inhabitants. In Tundra 37, you’ll see alien mammoths with hair that can extend and pull you into their mouths, and tentacled beasts that live in an underground ocean, covered by ice.  They were immensely fun to write and provided great obstacles to torture my characters with.
Because of My Personal Experience with Cold Weather:
Living in New Hampshire can sometimes feel like living at the North Pole. Temperatures fall below freezing from December to March, and we get Nor’easters that can dump up to ten feet of snow. I wear pants underneath a long skirt, two of more sweaters, a hat, gloves, a scarf, and knee high boots all winter long. Suffice to say: I hate being cold.
I remember one day way back in high school where I almost passed out from the cold. I was playing piccolo in the marching band at the Turkey Bowl, which is always way too far into November to sit outside for several hours. First came the shivering, so bad that my teeth clacked together, then a hazy dizziness, and then numbness all over. A clarinetist kept yelling my name to keep me awake. He may have been teasing me, but he also kept me from passing out that day. People say write what you know: and in this case, I know a lot about being cold. 
My question to you: Would you rather crash land on a desert planet or an ice world? 
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About Aubrie Dionne
Georgina, welcome to Romance Lives Forever! Tell us about your latest book.
My latest book is actually part of my very first series. Though I am traditionally published under my real name, this time I wanted to offer some novellas that are really out of the box for me. Hence, The Twin Planet Series was born, of which latest is The Alliance.
Q: What is the genre, and does it cross over to other genres? If so, what are they?
The genre is sci-fi/fantasy romance. The characters aren’t human, so I’m not sure if it’s sci-fi or fantasy. A real niche genre, I know, but oh, what fun to write! Sci-fi fans would enjoy the series, and I know most romance readers would love it. After all, my characters have heart, yearn to love and be loved.
Q: What did you enjoy most about writing your first book?
I think it’s the setting. The Catch, #1 in The Twin Planet Series, is set in a jungle on a distant world. Such a setting was so integral to the plot, I was thrilled to expand on it, and allow it to help develop some unique abilities of the characters, one of which was traveling by light energy stored within my heroine’s body.
Q: Where do you start when writing? Research, plotting, outline, or…?
Because I have been traditionally published, an outline and synopsis is vital if you want to sell on synopsis and three chapters. So I begin there, but it’s really rough at that point. Then I after I know the setting, basic plot, and characters, I start writing. Once the characters are speaking to me, I can finish the outline, and do some research and just let the story play itself out.
Q: What genres and authors would we find you reading when taking a break from your own writing?
I love Carl Hiaasen, I love Norah Wilson’s Dix Dodd series, and LR Hall’s mysteries or one of Carol Schede’s stories. I don’t read as much sci-fi as some may expect, but I am reading Hiding Space by Linda Andrews. I think I must therefore be a cozy or funny mystery reader. I want to be entertained, though, so any good book will do that.
Q: If I was a first time reader of your books, which one would you recommend I start with and why?
I would recommend The Catch, with the added recommendation to just relax, let your imagination flow and let the characters entertain you. Once you’ve read The Catch, read #2 The Lure. The more of the series of short novellas that you read, the more is revealed about a unique solar system, and its people, who love and live much as we do.
Q: What do you hope readers take with them after reading your work?
I would love for readers to see what was told 2,000 years ago. The greatest thing is love. Love redeems, forgives, gives pleasure and uplifts. Love conquers all.
Q: If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
Anyplace warm!! I love the heat, and since I live in Canada, I don’t get that for much of the year. I love palm trees.
Q: What song would best describe your life?
This is tricky, because I rarely listen to music. I really can’t say. Classical music soothes, so any instrumental piece by one of the great composers speak to me most of all.
Q: If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?
Bash away at something. Heck, I’d be a hammer. There is a definite, primal, aggressive part to my personality.
Q: Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
I would find housewares, calendars, fancy cheeses and wines, comfy furniture. Think some high end boutique mixed with a deli, and a Lazyboy section, and I’ll be there browsing.
Q: If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Hmm, let me see. How about: “Works mornings only. Do not expect much after lunch.” Silly, but it’s true. I’m by far the most productive early in the day.
Q: What is the one question you wish an interviewer would ask you?
I think I would like to have asked, “How does your childhood still influence you today?” I think we take with us all those things that happened to us during the early years. We can carve away at that shape, but never truly eliminate it. My early years were rough and rocky, but they made me who I am, and I like that person. I guess if you want to know more, you’ll have to interview me again, hmmm?
The Time Star – a time travel (not in The Twin Planet Series)
Coming Soon
The Capture  #5 in The Twin Planet Series
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