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Pirate Queen’s Rebellion 
Cynnara Tregarth, welcome back to Romance Lives Forever. We’re excited
to interview your character, Lady Alexa Vandercruys from the book, Pirate Queen’s
Rebellion.
Genre: Science Fiction romance, BDSM romance
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover artist: GD Leigh
ISBN: 978-1-62300-534-4
Length: 74,486 words
Heat rating: 5 flames
Tagline: The woman of his heart is his sworn enemy. The man who
haunts her dreams can destroy everything she works for. Together—they can save their
universe.
Blurb:
The Federated Planets have known war from within and without.
Lord Alan Robertson, Gamma Quadrant’s Overseer understands and battles the conflict
daily. Only Lady Alexa Vandercruys, renowned technological genius, willingly helps
him to protect their quadrant from raiders and space pirates.
Yet things aren’t always what they seem.
In truth, a pirate protects the people, while FP authority siphons
their sector’s resources. The captivating Pirate Queen Captain Dria Von Carnelian
is their savior, and once she has Lord Alan in her grasp, she plans to show him
the error of his ways. Even if he haunts her dreams at night and drives her crazy
by day.
When Lord Alan learns his ally, Lady Alexa, is actually the pirate
queen of his worst nightmares and wildest dreams, he’ll have to put aside his prejudices
to save his worlds…and win the heart of his sexy scourge.
Buy links:
Barnes and Noble, Amazon, ARe coming soon
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Lady Alexa Vandercruys (aka Captain Dria von Carnelian), early
30-something, scientist/pirate
Lord Alan Robertson, late 30-something, overseer of Gamma quadrant.

Interview with Lady Alexa Vandercruys

Tell us about yourself.
I am a scientist first
and foremost. Though my family might wish it different, I adore science. It’s precise,
and there are so many permutations in things that you can repeat tests and get not
only the same answer but variations on the theme, depending on the test. I love
exploring the world around me, especially that of the Gamma quadrant, which is where
I make my home. The crystals found on one particular planet of this quadrant are
special to my family and to myself as I made my name with how they work and their
practical applications in science.
I take my responsibilities
very seriously, especially those of position within the ranked families of our society.
I might not always agree with how things are done, but I do believe in caring for
those without the same advantages. It does mean however, that I do find myself at
odds with those in power, including the Overseer of the Gamma quadrant.
What do you think is your strongest point?
I stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves. I use
my abilities and my rank to better others. Perhaps I can be a bit rash at times,
but my strength lies in the fact I use my mind and my resources efficiently, sometimes
ruthlessly to protect those who fall under my protection.
What do you wish was different about your life?
I miss my parents desperately. Because of what happened in the
past, I didn’t get much time with them after I was ten years old. They were whisked
off for their protection and very rarely do I get to see them. Due to that, I often
wonder what my life would’ve been like to be raised by them completely and not by
my grandfather.
If you were given your fondest wish, what would it be?
It would be to have a Federated Planets government without corruption
and that truly considered everyone from the least among us to the fully vested.
I know it’s idealistic, but if I could have that wish come true, it would be that
one- I think many things would fall to the wayside because there would be better
balance if we had a clean government where everyone was treated equal and possessed
equal opportunity.
Describe a place of perfect refuge.
I don’t know if I have a perfect refuge.
There is a conservatory on Hypatia, my home. When I’m there, I relax as it reminds
me of one of my favourite places on a world I can barely go visit nowadays to protect
my parents. Otherwise, my only other place of refuge is my bedroom. It’s a place
where I let go of myself, indulging in my passionate nature.    
What do you wish I had asked you? Please ask and answer it
now.
Ride Me Baby 
I wish you would have
asked me about who annoys me the most. The answer to that is easy—Lord Alan Robertson,
Overseer of the Gamma quadrant. Well, him and his staff. I’ve tried for weeks, no
months now to get help for those in our quadrant who’ve been starving or promised
goods from the other quadrants, but have received nothing. Yet, every time I go
to talk to Lord Robertson, his second-in-command, Trag, brushes me off and dismisses
me like I’m a useless woman. Treat me like crap, will you? Just you wait. You’ve
just unleashed something you can’t call back. You won’t deal with one of the foremost
scientists in our universe? Then you’ll deal with people who won’t take no for answer,
people who aren’t afraid to steal from the rich and the greedy. You can deal with
the Pirate Queen, Captain Dria Von Carnelian. Long may she kick your sorry ass.

About the Author

Cynnara Tregarth loves stories of all kinds and always wanted
to write. When she finally moved to Florida,
she knew she it was time. In 2003, her dream came true. Since then Cynnara has never
looked back, instead gazing on the vista of genres waiting to be conquered.

Previous Books

Games Empaths Play
Treaty of Desire
Match Game: Ghost Style
Cupid Shoots, She Scores
Dragon Chef: Pixified
Love Games
Mark of the Blood (Book 1 of the Marauders)
Call of the Wylde (Book 2 of the Marauders)
Ride Me Baby

Books Coming Soon

Bardic Tales (Book 3 of the Marauders)

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RLF Gem Award 
In August, Romance Lives Forever had 29 posts in a 31 day
month. Here are the top posts (judging by page views). 
The RLF Gem Top Blogger Award authors:
1. Naomi Bellina
2. Jennifer Garcia
3. Cynnara Tregarth
4. Christine Donovan
5. Lexi Post
Honorable mention: Ella Quinn and Anita Philmar
Authors who guest with us are promoted on Facebook, via
Triberr to thousands of potential readers, are featured front page in the daily
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My thanks to all who took part this month. You made Romance
Lives Forever a great place to discover new books and authors.
Other participants this month in alphabetical order by first
name are:

Calisa Rhose, Codi Gary, Cindy Matthews, Denysé Bridger, Desiree Holt, EE
Ottoman, Elizabeth Ashtree, Forbes Arnone, Jacob Z Flores, Jennifer Kamptner, Marilyn
Baron, Nicole Morgan, Robin Danner, Sadie Grubor, Taylor Brooks, Tina Gayle, Tonya
Callihan, Willa Blair.
Call of the Wylde 
By Cynnara Tregarth
I know right now, many of you are
thinking that Cynnara Tregarth is a superhero junkie. You are not wrong in this.
I love my superheroes- but that’s another post for another time. You might think
that I’m a huge fan of Underdog! I loved the show growing up, and I probably always
well. Yet, this weekend, there were two specials on the Science Channel which made
me think about the genres I love and how they really truly affect me personally
and professionally. Thus—we’re talking outer space.
The final frontier—to go where no
man has gone before. My father is a first generation Trekker. I grew up watching
the first sets of reruns on television. I watched the original cartoons of Star
Trek. The vision of Gene Roddenberry created for that universe within his
“Horatio Hornblower to the stars” is something that’s permeated the way
I view things. I am a Trekker. I’ve been to Trek only conventions, I’ve met the
actors, and I’ve read the books. I’ve even met some of the authors who write Star
Trek novels. (I am beyond jealous- it’s on my list of things I want to do!) The
messages that Gene, the actors, the scriptwriters are part of who I am—I treat everyone
as being worthy of my attention and as being equally fascinating.
One of the things I learned from Star
Trek was how people view themselves and their culture versus others. “Let That
Be Your Last Battlefield,” an episode in the third season of the original series,
the story of Cheron hit me hard as a child. To me, it was a lesson in how humanity
was humanity, regardless of looks and there are so many other reasons for war, this
should not be one of them. It’s funny to think that now as a writer this episode
still comes into play. My book, Treaty
of Desire
, deals with a treaty that people on both sides need but others are
trying to break. One of the underlying themes of the story deals with purity of
both the shifters and the Fey. I didn’t realize until reviews came in, just how
much this episode and Star Trek impacted not just my life, but my writing. My themes
often reflect different things I’ve learned from Star Trek and from Star Wars. In
fact, I laugh over the Tribbles in Star Trek. Loved Harcourt Fenton Mudd- the con
man of the universe and the trouble he caused. Then there’s Q. *sighs* Oh, there
is so much a writer could do with Q that sometimes I wonder if I had been given
the chance to play with that entire concept, just how I’d have played it out. In
the books, there’s a book entitled, Q-in-Law. If you’ve never read any of the Star
Trek: The Next Generation books—I highly recommend it if you are a Q lover. It gave
me happiness and laughing like nothing else. It also provided me with inspiration
found in Games
Empaths Play
.
So, I tend as a writer to look toward
the stars in my life. I grew up during the time of Star Wars and let me tell you
right now- I was determined to marry Luke Skywalker when I was old enough. In fact,
we won’t talk about the fanfic I wrote through the years. But that writing stood
me in good stead once I started creating my own universes. I admit that I had a
crush on Luke Skywalker for the longest time, okay, if you push, I’d still say I
have that crush—but don’t tell my fiancé. He thinks he’s a Han Solo sort and yeah.
We won’t go there. What has always intrigued me about Star Wars is how the world
seemed to embrace Star Wars and its mythos as its own reality and at the same time,
being part of our own mythos as well. I love myths and legends, so finding out more
on where George Lucas got the ideas on the Force, Jedi Knights, and other concepts
fascinated me then and as a writer, it’s still fascinating. In fact, I often look
to ancient religions and beliefs of others for various ideas to bring to the table
when it comes to my stories.
There’s nothing like the story arcs
in Star Wars to make the geek in me to go “Oooohhh!” The writer in me
is in awe while the editor in me is whimpering. Trust me, the editor in me whimpers
because of the continuity issues that would have to be kept straight. Can we say
notebooks, index cards and more? Yes, yes we can. But at the same time, it’s what
I do now for my series books. It helps me to keep track of everything I need to
do and track for my characters as they learn, grow, and hopefully resolve everything.
My friends over the years have asked
if I love sci-fi more than any other genre. The answer is no. But I find that sci-fi
allows me to create technology that isn’t available yet. Fantasy allows me to use
magick and play with Elves. (There is a story there, one we won’t talk about. LOL)
Mysteries allow me to murder and get away with it. Romance is in everything I do—because
love is part of life. But sci-fi has been a huge influence on my life and in my
writing. I look to those who wrote Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Logan’s Run and others. I’m
grateful to them. Without their stories, without them stepping forward, I would
have no place to start. I am lucky I came to Doctor Who when I was young. I saw
Tom Baker’s run and fell in love with quirky special effects and a love for all
things British. It still plays in my writing today. (I would not turn down an offer
to write for Doctor Who or a revival of Torchwood with Captain Jack Harkness. *sighs
happily*)
Ride Me Baby
My writing has grown because of these
masterpieces. I’ve learned pacing, how to write cliffhangers, and how to tease relentlessly
those who read my work. It’s all fair since I wait and whinge when I have to wait
for new movies, new seasons, and new books! But I’ve also learned something else—when
you develop a series that comes alive to so many people, you have an obligation
to see it through to the end. You must give it your best at all times and plan for
it completely. As long as you do that, you can play in that world and give joy to
so many people.
Which is why I’m so happy with my
upcoming story, tentatively called Pirate Queen’s Rebellion. It’s a world that I
developed when I was dealing with the aftermath of my mom’s death and my own health
issues. I spent time indulging in my sci-fi fun and figured out that I wanted to
write something sci-fi but with a romantic twist. What I hadn’t counted on is that
the characters would demand more from me than I originally planned. Yet, in the
end, I’m beyond thrilled with the world created and the universe that’s now there
to play in. It might be some time before I come back, but at the same time, it’s
fully developed that I can drop in at any time. That to me, is a gift that a writer
prays for all the time.
So, take the time to look to the sky.
Find your path to your writing. Find the path to your joy. Sometimes you might find
that a bit of science fiction might just lead you to a path you never considered.
It might be just the thing you need to ease the pains of the day or to launch you
in a new direction for your writing. Either way, you might just say, “It’s
a bird, it’s a plane, no—it’s a spaceship!”

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Love Games 
As the Reviews Come–the Good, the Hope and the Returns
By Cynnara Tregarth
Reviews can be a controversial topic on reader boards as well
as writer boards. What’s interesting is that there are many places where both overlap–a
need to thank those who give reviews and figuring out ways to share the review without
violating copyright of review site policies and the like. These days, there are
a lot of hoops to jump and honestly, authors want to give credit where credit is
due. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible, which is a shame. Yet, there are many
ways in which to thank those people who give out reviews, shout out about the reviews,
and give honest thanks to our readers–because without them–published authors are
writing to empty space.
Let’s talk first about thanking those who review us. Whether
they work for a review site, independently review us, or offer to review us–authors
always need to thank that person. It’s not an easy job reviewing a book. I know,
I used to be a reviewer. In fact, I still do reviews from time to time, but not
under my own name. There’s a balance that reviewers must take, even with authors
they love- they must tell the truth about the quality of the story, how it made
them feel, and if they recommend the book to others to read. Often times, you’ll
see reviews where it’s from “Anonymous.” Most authors skip those reviews
because many of them either love or hate the book and don’t explain why. Plus, they’re
wary of anyone who won’t sign their name or even their reviewer name to a review.
I can’t blame them, so if you want an author to respond to you–sign your review.
It’s that important. If you don’t, you can’t expect them to realize you’re taking
your job seriously.
Authors, you need to make sure you take the time once a week
to go over any reviews you receive and to thank the reviewers. It’s damn good policy,
and if you’re a newly published author, it’s the best way to get your name in the
door with established review sites. It’s also good to respond on places such as
Amazon, B&N, ARe, and the like whenever possible. Sometimes, I’ll see a review
and if there’s an email addy, I might write the person to thank them for a review.
Even if I think the review wasn’t the best I ever had, it might point out something
I can learn from it. That alone is worth thanking the reader.
How do you share the joy of great reviews? I think this is where
most authors look at each other and shrug. It’s hard sometimes to know how to effectively
use reviews and the best places to use them. When I thank the reviewers, I ask if
it’s okay to blurb pieces of it for promotion. If it’s a review from a review site,
I know I can as long as I give credit and I don’t use the whole thing. Pick two
or three of the best sentences, make sure you include the reviewer’s name, the review
site and then include it on your emails, put it on your website, and you might even
want to post it on Facebook, Twitter, and the like. Why? Because showing that you’re
getting great reviews for your book will encourage people to buy the book and it’ll
help spread by word of mouth that people like the book, not just you and other authors.
Let me say one thing about Facebook and reviews. I’ve seen bunches
of them over the past year or so. Some are fantastic because they’re not the same
old “Look at what So-n-So said about my book!” Personally, those get boring
fast and people will scroll over them without looking. But if couch the review in
such a way like ‘”Harley was one of the most exciting characters I’ve ever
fallen for in a romance!” – says So-n-So from XXY Reviews Can you believe that
she loved my character in ABC Romance? Check out how much she loved it!’ Then you
manage to both showcase the review and allow the person to go see more of the review.
In turn, you know there will be a link to buy the book. It might result in a sale
for the author or it can grow a readership for the review site as well. This is
a nice thing for both author and reviewer. So please, mix it up out there with announcing
new reviews for books. It’s important to really pump it up so the reviewer’s review
is showcased, not just the book itself. I can’t say that enough. Yes, we authors
want to sell books, but we need the reviews to help us do that. Without them, we’re
basically selling on our own and we need their help to do more.
Sometimes authors get fan mail. It’s exciting. It’s fun, and
occasionally, it can be scary. I think we have all heard the stories both good and
bad throughout the years. In fact, visions of Stephen King’s book, Misery, go through my head when I get fan
mail at times. Authors love corresponding with readers by and large. Sometimes though,
we’re not sure what to say to some of the questions we get asked. I write erotic
romance and once I was asked, “Do you practice all the positions you write
about in your books? If so can you send me detailed descriptions on how to do them,
so I can practice with my boyfriend?”
It took me a couple of days to figure out how to respond to that
email. First, I had to get over the shock, then I had to decide how to answer the
question without hurting the reader’s feelings. This is a big thing to most of us
authors. We’re readers too. We wouldn’t want the authors we enjoy to be rude or
curt when writing us back. But at the same time, there are moments when we’re very
surprised by what we’re asked behind closed emails. Authors try their hardest to
be honest, yet kind to readers who email them, but occasionally, you have to cut
off contact or tell the person not to write to them again, because they’re delving
into an area they don’t belong. It’s not often, but it does happen. It’s sad, because
it makes an author afraid to reach out to the next reader to emails them. So, let
me apologize now, in advance on behalf of all authors who’ve had this happen to
them. We don’t mean to be slow in replying and hesitant in some answers, but please
understand, sometimes there’s a fine line between our author side and the private
side our lives.
Occasionally, authors and readers email each other and from that,
a great friendship grows. Over the years, I’ve been fangirl to many authors. I’ve
been lucky to talk to them online, on the phone and in person at various conferences.
It’s something that many readers dream about. In fact, even authors have other authors
they dream about wanting to meet and become friends with over time. My list grows
exponentially over the years, I think. One of my greatest treasured meets was when
I met Mercedes Lackey in person before I was published. She is one of the biggest
reasons I write. When I met her, I burst into tears, because before me sat the one
woman who I knew made it huge in the fantasy market and made a living in it. She
was my dream made manifest. Over the years, she and I have emailed, I’ve talked
to her husband (come to find out we went to the same high school, just missing each
other by a year!), and she’s always encouraged my writing path, telling me that
I can do it, that the only thing I’m missing is believing in myself to take that
step into submitting my fantasy work to one of her publishers. (She knows me well.)
I think it’s the penultimate of what an author and reader can share together.
Reviews are a way for reader and author to meet and talk about
an author’s work. It’s a chance for an author to thank the reader for taking the
time to read them and discussing what they liked and didn’t like about the story
itself. Don’t forget that it’s also good to let people know that you’ve gotten this
review from this great reader. It shows that you care about the reader and it gives
you a chance to show others just how much readers like the story and what their
saying about it. Remember too, sometimes that contact between reader and author
can go from review thanks to a possible long term friendship. It’s happened to many
people. Just as reviews come in–they show the good, the hope in us all, and the
returns of many more to come.

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