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Eva Caye, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, Loyalty.
Genre: Science fiction romance
Publisher: self
Cover artist: self
Length: 169,200 words / estimated 478 pages
Heat rating: book – warm; Easter egg – fairly explicit
Tagline: The cost of being Imperial
Blurb: The dangers of being Imperial mean Princess Anne, Prince
Brian, and Prince Christian must set aside their petty differences to support each
other through thick and thin. As they struggle to find compatible mates, security
issues come to the fore!
Lord Andrés Encino, for example. As honorable as a man can get,
he nevertheless represents true danger to Anne simply because he has a photographic
memory, and she is the principal heiress to Empress Felice Sinclair’s ultra-secret
stargate science. Anne sets aside her fears to pursue an intimate relationship with
the immensely talented designer, which means her Sentinel Lieutenant brother Brian
must also investigate all the Encino family secrets that could lead to security
As Service Lieutenant Prince Christian Sinclair battles his own
insecurities, hoping to find a lady who could withstand the Imperial social scene,
his ship is called upon to investigate the sudden disappearance of the Stargate
Fleet, including Mother, Anne, and brother Josef. Their travails expand dramatically
as the Imperial Family copes with the consequences of the Crandon Stargate Fleet
Battle and the persistent attempts of the Atticans to either capture or destroy
all stargate scientists!
What is the cost of being Imperial, in isolation and friendship
and love? And how can they find partners willing to live with the security requirements
needed to maintain not only their own safety, but that of the Empire?
Buy links:
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Sentinel Lieutenant Prince Brian Sinclair, 24; Service Lieutenant Prince Christian
Sinclair, 23 ; Princess Anne Sinclair, 22
To Be Sinclair series


What is the most important thing you do for your career now,
as compared to when you first started writing?
I constantly research and edit. At first I just wanted to get
the major actions and dialogue down, but now I continuously edit for consistency,
grammar, and fleshing out the scenes with pertinent information, such as burn therapies.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
I never know where it will take me. Sometimes I feel like I am
accessing a portal to a parallel future dimension in which my characters live. I
spy upon them and let the visions gather until I have to write the scene. Then I
‘watch’ the scenes in my head and whisper to the characters, questions like, “What
are you feeling? Why did you do that?” In some respects, it’s a god-like power
of omniscience, but in other respects I cannot change things; they will act out
the scenes until I write what THEY do and think. I know the overall plot before
I start, but otherwise I am simply their scribe
What is your work ethic when it comes to writing?
Get it down, rewrite, explore every angle, put yourself in your
character’s position to understand him or her thoroughly, then research the hell
out of everything. And then send it to the beta readers, rewrite if they make significant
suggestions, send it to the editor, rewrite according to her suggestions, back to
the editor for a final check, and one final edit.
How do you cope with stress as an author?
Although I write all the time, it’s my passion so I suffer very
little stress, no matter how focused I get. Most of my stress comes from beating
myself up when I find another inconsistency I missed the first hundred times I edited!
I have wrist phones and shuttle ports, so when I find a wristphone or a shuttleport,
I go nuts until it is uploaded to Amazon or Smashwords one more time.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
Absolutely! I include a ton of personal experiences, mostly my
own, but I do not hesitate to include others.
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn’t
normally read your genre, and why?
I wrote Dignity for
many reasons, but overall I wanted it to be a book that would entice romance readers
into reading science fiction. I wanted to see more great female scientists in literature,
so naturally she had to fall in love and learn how to deal with emotions she’s never
experienced before!
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your
own writing?
I usually read non-fiction, but I have so many interests it would
be hard to narrow them down. I would say my personal library has about 20% spiritual
or religious books, for I was a ‘seeker’ for many years.
What do you think is the future of traditional publishing?
Traditional publishing will always exist until every e-reader
can be charged with solar power and have books downloaded directly via satellite.
Many of my family members live where internet access is impossible without satellite
Do you plan to branch out into other genres?
Absolutely. The To Be Sinclair series does not have ‘aliens’,
though there are life-forms on many planets, so I have some ‘alien contact’ synopses
in my Books to Write folder. I have about 25 items in my Working Files folder, at
least a third of which are non-fiction, though some will end up as articles, blog
posts, and short stories instead of books.
What was the proudest moment of your life so far?
My first five-star review, which I wrote about here:
Turning away from the lowest point in my life to become an obsessive author, and
then sending my first book to my first reviewer and getting a five-star review was
like winning an Oscar for a debut performance.
What do you like to do when you’re bored?
I’m never bored. There’s too much to do and learn! I suffer major
depressive disorder, which is characterized by real physical symptoms, like lack
of energy, inability to perceive your surroundings, I could go on and on. When I
have energy, I garden or clean or do something fun; when I have no energy, which
is the usual state of affairs, I write or do research online or crochet, just to
feel like I’m being productive.
If you were a color, what color would you be?
Please underline which statement is more like you:
“I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed.”
“I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because
I do things as fast as possible.”
Eva Caye

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza with fresh veggies.
I’m always ready for a chat on Facebook.
When I’m alone, I am either reading, writing, or sleeping.
You’d never be able to tell, but I’m a pretty good tarot reader.
If I had a halo it would be shaped
like the headdress of Nefertiti
If I could travel in time, I’d save the Library of
Alexandria and see
what the future will be like in 1000 years
I can never stop reading spiritual books because I
believe miracles are simply a science we don’t understand yet, though a few people
have passed along some good ‘clues’ along the way

Previous Books

The To Be Sinclair
series: Dignity; Majesty; Fealty; Royalty;

Books Coming Soon

Evan’s Ladies (an add-on
novel to the series, consisting of four novellas, expected May 20, 2013); Nobility (summer 2013); a finale the title
of which I will not divulge until its publication, and two series prequels tentatively
titled Enter the Goddess and Undying Dawn.

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KC Maguire, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, Destiny.
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Publisher: Books to Go Now
Length: 10,000 words approx.
Heat rating: 7 out of 10
Tagline: What if you could live forever with the one you love?
All you have to lose is your humanity.
In earth’s future, humans are becoming more like robots and robots
are becoming more human. As Joe Baker’s friends and family undergo the Transition
– a procedure enabling humans to upload their personalities into robotic replicas
– Joe discovers that his android companion, Destiny, is developing sentience. And
falling in love with him. Joe’s conflicted feelings about becoming a machine and
his growing fondness for Destiny confuse him about his own future. His best friend,
Cutler, is pressuring him to
Transition before it’s too late. Does Cutler know more than he’s
saying? If Joe Transitions, he can be with Destiny forever, but at what cost? As
he pursues his options, Joe learns some startling truths about the Transition and
nature of humanity … and love.
Buy links:
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Joe Baker, retired, middle aged
Destiny, android, ageless
Cutler, middle aged, Joe’s best friend and BPB agent (ie Biosphere
Preservation Bureau)


Tell us about your story’s
world. What is it like in this period or place?
This book is set in earth’s future when humans are uploading
their consciousness into androids so they can live forever. Most think it’s a wonderful
advancement, but Joe is afraid of losing his soul, the thing that makes him essentially
different and that differentiates him from the technology that surrounds him.
What inspired you to write
this book?
Reading “Alone Together” by Sherry Turkle who is a psychologist
working with robotics at M.I.T. She talks about how technology that is supposed
to bring humans together often ends up making us less human.
Which character in your
current book do you think readers will like the most? Why?
Destiny. She’s a naïve, innocent robot who accidentally becomes
sentient and falls in love with her roommate, Joe.
Why do you write?
It makes me happy to communicate ideas to others and to create
new worlds for us all to play in.
When you write, what things
do you want close at hand? (Coffee, water, chocolate… pictures of gorgeous hunks
for inspiration…?)
LOTS of coffee! Can never have enough!
When you’re not writing,
what would we find you doing?
Playing with my kids. They’re 2, 5 and 7 – really fun ages.
Are you a plotter, or
do you prefer to make it up on the spur of the moment?
Yep, I’m definitely a “fly by the seat of my pants” kinda girl.
A writing instructor once told me to let the characters go where they want to go
and do what they have to do. This has always worked for me.
Looking back at your first
book, what do you wish you had done differently?
I think I should have given my heroine more guts and spunk, but
you live and learn.
What’s your writing schedule
Very random, frantic and completely disorganized.
Any advice for new authors?
Believe in yourself. Find others who share your passion and don’t
be afraid to share ideas with them.
When an idea hits you,
what do you do to capture it?
Lots of sticky notes on the bedside table.
Which of your books was
the hardest to write and why?
I think this one was. With science fiction, it’s very hard to
create an effective balance between action and world-building. The reader has to
have enough information not to get lost in the strange new world the writer has
created, but not too much that it gets in the way of the action.
What are you currently
reading for fun? Anything for research?
I love the new YA science fiction books. I just started reading
“Cinder” which I’m very much enjoying so far.
What’s the best gift you
ever received?
An Amazon gift card with a sufficient amount to buy my first
If you could time travel
what era would be your first stop?
Ooh – would have to go to earth’s future and hope we haven’t
made too much of a mess of things.
Do you believe in luck?
I’d like to say I believe in “Destiny” – no pun intended (well,
maybe …)
What kind of music do
you listen to while driving? Same question when writing?
When driving, I listen pretty exclusively to audiobooks. I can’t
listen to music when writing. I need quiet to focus.
Do you play any musical
Piano (badly).
What’s your favorite movie?
I’m a sucker for a good old fashioned rom-com. Don’t know how
many times I’ve watched “When Harry Met Sally”.
Are you the eldest, middle,
baby, or only child?

Please complete the sentence

I love pizza with my kids.
I’m always ready for a trip to the movies.
When I’m alone, I read, read, read.
You’d never be able to tell, but I was born in Australia.
If I had a halo it would be silver/blue.
If I could fly I’d circle the world.
I can never sleep because I have too many ideas going
around in my head.

Previous Books

Dear John (as KC Maguire)

Books Coming Soon

Ivory Tower (coming out at

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Bellakentuky, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, A Matter of the Mind.

A Matter of the Mind.

Genre: Science Fiction Romance

Publisher: The Boroughs Publishing Group
Cover artist: The Boroughs Publishing Group
Length: 26 Pages
Heat rating: 4
Tagline: Sometimes
it takes a second glance to appreciate what’s in front of us, then a long revealing
stare to find true love.
Blurb: Kathryn Oaks is a beautiful thirty-four years old career
woman, a world-class athlete, MENSA member, and a PhD in Physics and the Medical
Sciences. Her analytical mind is taking her to the pinnacle of her career, she has
been chosen as the Chief Medical Officer aboard Project Pandora, a space ship preparing
to embark on an extended mission to a distant planet. But, Kate isn’t without personal
problems and maintaining intimate relationships is one of them. So her heart sinks,
as the rest of the crew is announced and she learns that the Chief Flight Engineer
is a man she loathes, a man who is her complete opposite, a man who is every bit
as smart as she is, but also is something she isn’t, a person who lives life to
its fullest. But, strange things can happen when hurtling through uncharted space.
And Kate is forced to face her inner demons. Perhaps, she isn’t everything she thought
she was, and he isn’t everything she thought he wasn’t. A Matter of the Mind is
part of The Lunchbox Series, a line of short romance stories published by The Boroughs
Publishing Group. These stories are meant for quick entertainment. They can be purchased
individually as E-books at all major online retailers. They can also be purchased
in groups for a discount at the Boroughs Publishing Group website.
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Kathryn Oaks, 34 years
old, Chief Medical Officer
Jeffrey Palladino, 33
years old, Chief Flight Engineer


How did you get your start
in the industry?

I’ve written fiction since high school. Then, about three years
ago I began to market my short stories in earnest.

If you could change something
about your first book, what would it be?
I would have made it a little longer. Still, it was a personal
triumph to have it published.
What do you enjoy most
about life?
love my wife. She is the thing I enjoy most about life.
If you could choose anyone
to be your mentor who would it be?
That’s a tough one. If I really had to narrow it down to one
it would be Janet Evanovich. I love Stephanie Plum and Janet’s writing style.
If you could give the
younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Be true to yourself and don’t worry about everybody else so much.
Do you have a muse? Describe
this person, please.
It is definitely my wife, Clarisa. She is the smartest, funniest,
most creative person I know. She makes me laugh all the time and is a constant source
of inspiration. One of her favorite things to do is to pretend she is dead somewhere
in the house until I find her. And then I say, “You’re not dead.” And
she smiles. She’s done this for years and it still makes me laugh.
What does “balance”
mean to you as a writer?
It means to write in a style that puts the reader into the story.
They don’t feel as if they’re reading a story, they’re living it.
Do things your family
or friends do ever end up in a book?
Yes, my most recent story (which is not a romance. I tend to
genre jump from time to time) is loosely based on an event that happened to my son.
If anyone is interested (horror/thriller genre) it is currently a finalist in the
America’s Next Author 2012.
What are some jobs you’ve
done before (or while) you were a writer?
I have been a professional photographer most of my life.
What kind of books do
you read when taking a break from your own writing?
What do you think is the
future of epublishing?
I’m too new to say. But I do think the industry is going to continue
to evolve rapidly for the next decade.
What was the proudest
moment of your life so far?
In 2003, I wrote, produced, and directed a satirical short movie.
It was done in a small town in Florida
using local people for actors. It took four months to complete the project. We did
the premiere showing at a large meeting room in a historic building. So many people
showed up that the fire marshall
wouldn’t let anyone else in. At the end of the movie, the cast got me up on stage,
and the applause was thunderous. It lasted so long I was beet red with embarrassment.
There is no other creative experience like making a movie.
Imagine you get to go
on a dream vacation, but you have only one hour to pack and leave, and it starts
as soon as you finish this interview. What will you take with you and where will
you go?
My wife, my camera, my laptop, a toothbrush and toothpaste, and
I would go to South Africa.
What is your favorite
holiday and why?
I love Christmas because it brings up all kinds of warm fuzzy
Where were you at midnight,
on December 31st when the new century started?
Believe it or not, I was DEATHLY sick in bed with the flu. It
was horrible!
What do you like to do
when you’re bored?
If your life became a
movie, who would you want to play you?
Ben Stiller
If you were a color, what
color would you be?
My favorite color is red.
Which statement is more
like you?
“I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed.”
“I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because
I do things as fast as possible.”

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with LOTS of cheese.
I’m always ready for a movie.
When I’m alone, I surf the net.
You’d never be able to tell, but according to the medical
profession I’m overweight
If I had a halo it would be dripping
with cheese
If I could do anything for my wife, I’d take her on
a trip around the world
I can never run because I have bad knees.

Previous Books

The author with his cats

Books Coming Soon

Spring Fever

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Welcome AR Norris to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, End of Eternity (The Telomere Trilogy, #3). Your heroine is from an all female planet. Tell us abou that!
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Buy links:
Books on Board:
Barnes and Noble
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
Cover artist: Jenifer Ranieri
Length: Novel-length
Heat rating: Sensual
Can a woman raised on an all female planet learn to trust and
open her heart to a man? Can a man living alone with only his duty step into the
galaxy and acknowledge his feelings for an untrusting woman?


Luna thought her journey away from her people’s world was over.
Now, she’s forced to join the lost daughter in her journey with Captain Noah Bonney’s
crew to learn why these women coexist with men. Something unbelievable to the all
woman race. Adding to the confusing change in Dokkaebi directive and teachings,
is the presence of the gold-eyed man that stirred something in her heart. A forbidden
attraction that goes against all her teachings and her people’s ways.
Damani Wassack isn’t happy with the situation either. Telomere
Watchers lead secluded and separate lives. Yet now, he and the other watchers must
come to the surface, show all their secrets and work with outsiders. If that weren’t
enough, he can’t get that sneer from the man-hating warrior woman out of his mind.
Or her fierce dedication, strong spirit, and sense of duty and honor. The package
is appealing, and completely impossible.
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
The Dokkaebi, Luna, is in her early 20s and a fierce warrior
trained from childhood to defend her planet, her people and the all-encompassing
Damani Wassack is in his mid-thirties and a Watcher, a secret
society who silently watch the remaining Telomere’s. The moment the Telomere loses
their soul it is the duty of the watcher to kill the Telomere and see them off to
the new plan of existence.
How did you get your start
in the industry?
I got my start with short and flash stories contributions in
ezines and anthologies back in 2009. It wasn’t until 2010 that my first novel was
accepted by a small independent press of ebooks.
What is the most important
thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started writing?
I outline against a plot arch. When I first started, I just blurted
out the story in a big blob and it took twice as long to organize and revise the
story into some semblance of logic. It also left me cutting out huge sections of
content that by that time I’d become attached to, even though it made no sense for
the story. By learning how to follow a sound plot arch and outline I can get the
story in my head out on paper with little pain and more success.
What do you enjoy most
about life?
Oh, lots of things. I had a brain tumor in 2011 and it put everything
in perspective. Mostly I enjoy being able to wake up in the morning and have another
day of the chaos that is life. My crazy teenagers and their constant woes and victories
towards becoming adults. My even crazier little boys who are learning the ways of
kid-dome. Then, of course, there’s the two stupid canine babies and the sadistically
evil cat. Through all of it is Hubby at my side, my constant partner.
Do you have a muse? Describe
this person, please.
Yes, her name is Anthor and she’s the scary demon that is my
subconscious. On good days, she’s flirting with me and connecting the research dots
of documentaries and reports my ideas sparked from.
On bad days – which are more often than I’d like – she’s glaring
at me with her purple glowing eyes and fury-wielding whip. She’s beating the crap
out of me, pushing me along with no reason or end result in sight. If I get off
track, she gives me this icy silent treatment that often brings me to tears and
leaves me begging her to speak to me.
What kind of books do
you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I read SF mostly, but love murder mysteries, horror, and contemporary
paranormal/speculative romance. I have a passion for older works, like stories from
late 1800s all the way through 1950s. I just love watching the evolution of words
and story structures.
What do you think is the
future of epublishing?
Will print go extinct? No, but I’m practical about the trend.
Literature needs to follow the reader’s preferred medium to stay alive. Most people
use the electronic medium now more than print. Letters have evolved to email. Phone
chatter has evolved to text/instant messaging. Newspaper distribution is evolving
to internet. Magazines are evolving to ezines. In line with this trend, print runs
are evolving to epublishing.
None of those original things – letters, phones, magazines and
newspapers – are going away any time soon but they are becoming less important in
today’s society.
Imagine you get to go
on a dream vacation, but you have only one hour to pack and leave, and it starts
as soon as you finish this interview. What will you take with you and where will
you go?
Definitely head to a beach along the Mexico coast. I’d
hollar at hubby and the kids to pack and then grab my Kindle, swimsuits, shorts,
t-shirts, and my hygiene stuff. The rest of the time would be spent ensuring the
family has everything they need and making a list of things to buy on the way or
when we get there.
What is your favorite
holiday and why?
Thanksgiving, without a doubt. It’s always been my favorite because
it’s the holiday where the only expectation is to gather your family and friends
to eat and hang out. There’s no stress of gift giving, dressing up to the nines,
or fulfilling childhood dreams.
What do you like to do
when you’re bored?
I have time to get bored? LOL, in the rare moments I have nothing
to do and nowhere to go, I usually pick up a book and dive in.

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with pepperoni.
I’m always ready for a Bruce Lee movie or a trip to the beach.
When I’m alone, I know the kids are up to something.
You’d never be able to tell, but love scenes embarrass me.
If I had a halo it would be very,
very crooked and slightly smudged
If I could do anything I’d take a long nap.
I can never go on an international trip because I’m
too picky of an eater

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Twitter: not if my life depended on it

Quarantine by Lisabet Sarai.
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved science fiction. In grade
school and high school, I devoured everything I could find by Bradbury, Asimov
and Heinlein, immersing myself in the worlds they created. As I grew older, I
discovered new authors: A.E van Vogt, Robert Silverberg, Neal Stephenson,
Sherri Tupper, Bruce Sterling. My hunger for startling, enlightening future
visions was never sated, though as time went on I became frustrated by the
difficulty of separating the wheat from chaff.
I fantasized about writing my own scifi, but aside from a
few short stories, I never dared. I could visit the worlds of others, but I
wasn’t confident enough to create my own. Then I became Lisabet Sarai, a
published author. Nevertheless, it has taken almost thirteen years for me to
undertake a full length science fiction novel.
Quarantine was
released last week. It’s a dystopic M/M erotic romance, set in a near future America  ravaged by disease and natural disasters and
ruled by a shadowy cabal known as the Guardians of American Greatness. Half the
population is illiterate. American technology is ridiculed the way Japanese
tech was derided in my youth. And homosexuality is a capital crime.
I prefer “soft” scifi to the “hard” rockets-and-robots
stuff. I’m most interested in stories that begin with a simple premise about
future society and then explore the ramifications. I’ve tried to do that in Quarantine.
I have to admit, however, that writing this book was the
toughest thing I’ve attempted since I began publishing. About half way through
the book, I lost faith in my vision. I didn’t write a word for nearly six
months. Mostly it was stubbornness that made me pick it up again – along with
some instructive conversations with my crit partner. I’d already invested so
much time and energy in the darn thing, I couldn’t stand the thought of not
finishing it.
But I still worry – not about the romance or the sex but
about the science fiction backdrop. In writing scifi, there’s a constant
tension between originality and believability. You want to demonstrate radical
changes in technology and their societal impact – but go too far and you’ll tip
over into fantasy, where everything is magic and there are no constraints. (I
view the fantasy genre as quite distinct from science fiction). Actually,
though, in the case of this book, I’m concerned that my view of America thirty
years from now doesn’t show enough change. I really wonder whether my future is
Of course, my readers will likely treat Quarantine first and foremost as a romance. I’m on less shaky
ground there, I think. But the book is still the most serious thing I’ve
written, and the most political, too. I’m hoping that at least some readers
will appreciate more than the tender kisses and the hot sex.


When love is forbidden, the whole world’s a prison.
Dylan Moore will do anything for freedom. Seven years ago, a
gay plague spread to heterosexuals, killing millions and sparking brutal
anti-gay riots. The Guardians rounded up men who tested positive for the
homogene and imprisoned them in remote quarantine centres like desolate Camp Malheur.
Since then, Dylan has hacked the camp’s security systems and hoarded spare bits
of electronics, seeking some way to escape. He has concluded the human guards
are the only weakness in the facility’s defences.
Camp guard Rafe Cowell is H-negative. He figures the lust he
feels watching prisoner 3218 masturbate on the surveillance cameras must be due
to his loneliness and isolation. When he finally meets the young queer, he
discovers that Dylan is brilliant, brave, sexy as hell – and claims to be in
love with Rafe. Despite his qualms, Rafe finds he can’t resist the other man’s
charm. By the time Dylan asks for his help in escaping, Rafe cares too much for
Dylan to refuse.
Dylan’s plan goes awry and Rafe comes to his rescue. Soon
they’re both fugitives, fleeing from militant survivalists, murderous androids,
homophobic ideologues and a powerful man who wants Dylan as his sexual toy.
Hiding in the Plague-ravaged city of Sanfran,
Dylan and Rafe learn there’s far more than their own safety at stake. Can they
help prevent the deaths of millions more people? And can Rafe trust the love of
a man who deliberately seduced him in order to escape from quarantine? 
I want to thank Kayelle for having me as her guest here at Romance
Lives Forever. 


More than a
decade ago LISABET SARAI experienced a serendipitous fusion of her love of
writing and her fascination with sex. Since then she has published four single
author short story collections and seven erotic novels, including the BDSM
classic Raw Silk. Dozens of her
shorter works have been released as ebooks and in print anthologies. She has
also edited several acclaimed anthologies and is currently responsible for the
altruistic erotica series COMING TOGETHER PRESENTS.
Lisabet holds more degrees than anyone needs from
prestigious universities who would no doubt be embarrassed by her chosen genre.
She loves to travel and currently lives in Southeast Asia
with her highly tolerant husband and two cosmopolitan felines. For more
information on Lisabet and her writing visit Lisabet Sarai’s Fantasy Factory (
or her blog Beyond Romance (

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
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