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Guest Author Anna Kyle with Omega Rising

Published June 12, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

The weekend is speeding by – hope you’re having a good one 🙂 I’m thrilled to have the fab Anna Kyle visiting today to chat about her new release Omega Rising.

 

So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

Anna KyleI spent my youth reading about and dreaming of horses and scheming (unsuccessfully) how to convince my parents to get me one. That led to writing my first “book” about a girl and her horse at 13. I wrote that little gem over Christmas break. It was, um, not awesome, but the experience was fantastic and turned into a lifetime love of writing. As an adult I read everything from histories to mysteries but romances are definitely my favorite. These days I’m writing the paranormal romance series, the Wolf King, at World Weaver Press. Skye Falling was published last summer and was an ARe bestseller. Yay! The origin novel, Omega Rising, just came out June 7th. Yay and Whee!

Lol, I remember being a horse-crazy kid as well – though, no I never managed to convince the parents to get me one either 🙂 Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

Not really. Coffee, naturally, because I do much of my writing in the morning and without coffee my books would make readers sleepy and cranky because that’s how I’d write.

Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

I write paranormal romances. I’ve been a huge fan of the genre since I picked up my first one years ago. The stakes are higher in paranormals, the heroes hotter and heroines sexier, the romances steamier. Yum and may I have another?

Only if you’re sharing 😉 What five things could you never do without?

1 My animals. I have two dogs who keep me laughing and a horse who keeps me sane during the crazy-busy slices in my life.

2 Pizza. Salty, saucy, cheesy heaven. OMG is it lunchtime yet?

3 Books. I know, rationally, that I have too many books in my house. There are stacks and piles of books in every room. But I also know without a doubt that I must have more.

4 Scented candles. I burn Early Morning Mist by Hannah’s At Home nearly every morning. Hey, I guess I do have a special ritual. Although I do change up the scents from time to time. I’m wild and crazy like that.

5 Family and friends because I’m not a monster.

Tell us a bit about your new release.

Omega Rising is a paranormal romance filled with sexy shapeshifters and magic and murder. Cass Nolan is a sleep-deprived, overworked stable owner whose life is upended after Nathan Rivers arrives at the barn one day looking for work. He isn’t what he says he is but that’s cool, because neither is she. Cass knows what she wants and that is the sexy wolf who is determined to keep his distance.

Ooh, sounds interesting. What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

I adored Cass and Nathan together. Their push me/pull me relationship was fun to write. I also loved putting the horses I’ve known in real life front and center in the novel, which is where horses, especially mares, like to be.

Aww, it’s lovely when you can fit some little pieces of your own life into your books. What was the hardest part about writing it?

Writing The End. Lucky for me I get to write two more books in the series.

Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

Nathan. Did I answer that too quickly? I love all my characters equally but I freely admit that Nathan is my #MCM Man Crush Monday.

Hehe, I think if we don’t fall a bit in love with our own heroes there’s something wrong! So, in case anyone isn’t convinced yet, why should we run out and buy it right now?

Omega Rising is filled with sexy shapeshifters and magic and the romance between Cass and Nathan is delicious, in my humble opinion. The reviews are good so far (*knocks wood*). Did I mention there were horses? There are horses!

I do love horses in romance books 🙂 If you want to see more the book details are here:

Cover - Omega Rising by Anna KyleBlurb

Cass Nolan has been forced to avoid the burn of human touch for her whole life, drawing comfort instead from her dreams of a silver wolf—her protector, her friend. When her stalking nightmares return, her imaginary dead sister’s ghost tells her to run, Cass knows she should listen, but the sinfully hot stranger she just hired to work on her ranch has her mind buzzing with possibilities. Not only does her skin accept Nathan’s touch, it demands it. Cass must make a decision—run again and hope she saves the people who have become her family, or stand and fight. Question is, will it be with Nathan or against him?

Nathan Rivers’ life is consumed by his quest to find the Omega wolf responsible for killing his brother, but when the trail leads him to Cass and her merry band of shapeshifters, his wolf wants only to claim her for himself. When evidence begins piling up that Cass is the Omega he’s been seeking, things become complicated—especially since someone else wants her dead. Saving her life might mean sacrificing his own, but it may be worth it to save the woman he can’t keep from reaching for.

You can get your hands on a copy here:

Publisher: http://www.worldweaverpress.com/store/p102/Omega_Rising.html

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1123639558?ean=2940153211206

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1snxquH

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/omega-rising-2

All Romance eBooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-omegarising-2014457-153.html

And don’t forget to follow Anna on social media:

Twitter –  http://www.twitter.com/sandsoftime5050

Website – http://www.annakyle.com

Take care x

My Sexy Saturday 11/06/16

Published June 11, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Hope you’re having a good weekend 🙂 I’m joining in the My Sexy Saturday blog hop today – and this excerpt is from my fairy-tale inspired romance, Scarlett Legacy. Hope you enjoy x

 

castle5The length of the huge room was lit with glowing candle-bulbs, set in wall scones that seemed to float near the ceiling. Mirrors lined the walls, reflecting and multiplying the dozens of dancing couples. Music from a string ensemble floated on the air, and she smelled the mingling scents of incense and mulled wine. As she stared in complete wonder, feeling like she was in a cross between a fairytale and a regency novel, Sophie nudged her yet again. Really, the woman was getting a little pushy. She’d been quite happy in her own little fairytale imaginings.

When she glanced over, the young woman was gazing at her with amused expectation and nodding toward the bottom of the curved staircase. Natalia’s breath caught in an entirely different way, heat flooding through her. Damian stood at the bottom of the stairs. The only adjective that came to mind was ‘dashing’. He wore a formal tux, the material tailored perfectly to his toned body, the crisp white shirt setting off his tanned skin and the dark unruly hair that just brushed the collar. A glittering pin held his deep red cravat in place. It glowed in the light and looked extremely expensive. The look of utter appreciation that filled his amber eyes as he stared at her made her legs shaky and heat run down her spine.

Her feet didn’t seem to want to move and she needed yet another nudge to start down the long staircase. It seemed to last forever, but then he was taking her hand in his warm one, and somehow the fact that it was still as rough and calloused as it had been in the woods centered her. He smiled at her.

“You look stunning, Natalia. You put every woman here to shame with the light of your beauty.”

She found herself smiling back. From most people, such a compliment would seem contrived or completely over the top, but the complete sincerity in his voice told her he meant every word.

“Thank you,” she murmured. “You clean up pretty good yourself.”

couple“May I?” He gestured toward the dancing couples and she nodded, though not without some trepidation. She hadn’t been lying when she said she wasn’t much of a dancer.

She shouldn’t have worried, since her partner had obviously done this before. He skillfully twirled her around the floor, his arm securely around her waist in case she mis-stepped. Natalia felt as though she was flying, as her feet carried her gracefully around the floor. Her skirts swirled around her, making her feel ridiculously feminine. She could feel the heat of his body, his hand secure in hers, and the sense of rightness only grew. When the song stopped, her cheeks were flushed, but she could have stayed in that moment forever.

 

sl rough 4Blurb

What if the fairy tales were not only real, but had it all wrong? Come meet a Big Bad Wolf like you’ve never seen before.

When Natalia rents a holiday cottage she is looking for peace and quiet, a place to reassess her life and recover from her failed relationship. Instead she finds a man who turns her world upside down.

However, people and things are not as they seem, and Natalia begins to find that legends are real and fairy tales have a basis in reality. As she grows closer to the enigmatic Damian she finds herself tested as danger and passion go in hand in hand, and everything she thought she knew about the world will be questioned.

After years of waiting Damian had given up hope that he would ever find his destined mate, and he certainly never expected her to be a sassy American who has no idea that his world even exists. Can he convince Natalia to believe in the impossible, and more importantly, can he protect her from those who seek to destroy his people.

You can find Scarlett Legacy on Amazon here:

https://www.amazon.com/Scarlett-Legacy-Shelli-Rosewarne-ebook/dp/B00YFPOG3I/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1465562277&sr=1-3&keywords=shelli+rosewarne

Take care x

 

Guest Author C.A. Bell with Nancy’s Curse

Published June 10, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Well, weekend is here – though I must admit I would be looking forward to it more if I didn’t have a horrible synopsis to write! Still, that’s for later 😉 For now, I have the fab C.A. Bell dropping back to chat about their new release. The Nancy’s Curse trilogy is now out as a complete series, and you can get on ebook or in paperback. Magic, spirits and ouija boards – just what we ordered for the weekend!

 

Nancy's Curse Out NowSo, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

C.A.Bell was born and raised on the outskirts of London, England, but for the past three years has resided in a much more rural town of Shropshire, where she married and made a home.

She is author to numerous erotic fiction stories, including, The Architect, Sex, Lies, and Sinful Wives, The Shame Train, and many more.

As well as putting together her own collections of erotic shorts and naughty poetry, she is also a contributor to many anthologies and online magazines.

Currently she is working on a number of projects which include a novel she started some time ago, book two of The Architect, and running her new website dedicated to erotica readers and writers, Bell, Book and Erotica.

Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

Not really. I was always good at English in school, but I never wanted to be a writer. I just suddenly found myself writing one day after a break up. I found the love of my life but we had to go our separate ways due to personal circumstances. And then I found myself writing as an escape from the harsh reality that was life, and trying to live out the fantasy that I wanted with him.

That’s really sad 😦 I suppose at least something positive ended up coming out of it though. Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

I like to do a basic plot on paper before I start, but other than that, no. I tend to just write when I can for as long as I can.

Sometimes that seems like the best way to do it 🙂 Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

I write in the erotic genre. I’m not sure what drew me to it. I think because it is my favourite genre to read, I have more fun writing in it. I do plan to venture out of the genre in the future, but for now, it’s erotica and all sub-genres.

I’m the same way, I always end up writing the genres I love to read most. What five things could you never do without?

My mac, coffee, mobile, music, and family. (Not in that order).

Never Say Goodbye Teaser 11Hehe, we won’t make you choose an order (I have a bad feeling if was me the caffeine might win lol). Where did your inspiration for your new release come from?

Halloween! It’s my favourite holiday. I love the whole atmosphere that comes with autumn and the build up to the 31st. My family and I always go way over board with it. So, the inspiration came from my love for Halloween and all things supernatural and witchy.

Ooh, another Halloween lover! It’s one of my favourite holidays as well. What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

Not knowing what was going to happen. I always have a basic outline when writing, but I tend to let the characters evolve and take me on a journey rather than the other way around. So, the not really know what was going to happen was the most enjoyable part for me.

Hehe, glad to see another pantser 😉 What was the hardest part about writing it?

Making sure everything added up and was believable. When you write about ghosts and witches it can get a bit fantastical. So, trying to capture the reader’s imagination and suck them into a world of make-believe, if you like, was hard. But I think I did it

I think that can often be the hardest part about writing stories with fantasy or paranormal elements – making those parts believable and grounded in reality. Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

Ooo, that’s hard. Obviously I love the lead female, Nancy. But I love the lead male, Jack too. Oh, and there’s Maggie, the tarot reader, she’s lovely. Nope, I can’t choose. I love them all.

It’s like picking a favourite child, isn’t it! Why should we run out and buy it right now?

Because it contains everything you could possible want or need in a book. Sex, romance, suspense, heart ache, mystery. The list goes on. I guarantee there will be characters and situations you will love. And you’ll occasionally get the goosebumps.

If you’re convinced (and I know I am!) the book details are here:

Complete Trilogy final paperback coverBlurb

Sometimes white magic can turn dark. Even with the best intentions.

When Angelica, a white witch, placed a protective curse over her granddaughter, Nancy, in a bid to keep her safe from society and her own powers until she was old enough to understand, she had no idea of the consequences.

On the 31st of October, a grown up Nancy holds her annual Halloween party. Only this year she strays away from her traditional festivities that include her famous Halloween punch, and dancing to the Monster Mash, and opts for a spookier night. With the help of her friends, Nancy will be holding a séance with her new Ouija board. But little does she know that the protective curse her grandmother secretly cast over twenty-seven years ago is lifted that very night. 

A spirit is summoned and Nancy begins a journey of sexual desire and love that she will never forget.

Was this summoning pure coincidence, magic, or something else? Only time will tell.

Lies, secrets, covens, dark forces, and nightmares lie just around the corner for Nancy. But at the end of it all, will she be able to help the man she has fallen for and fulfil his wish of putting his wandering soul to rest? And will there be a price?

Will true love conquer or be taken?

Nancy is about to find out. 

You can get your hands on a copy here:

Ebook:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nancys-Curse-Complete-Trilogy-BELL-ebook/dp/B01FG70NF8/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1462960137&sr=1-1&keywords=nancy%27s+curse+c.a.bell

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Nancys-Curse-Complete-Trilogy-BELL-ebook/dp/B01FG70NF8?ie=UTF8&keywords=nancy%27s curse c.a.bell&qid=1462960334&ref_=sr_1_2&s=books&sr=1-2

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/cbell09

Paperback:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nancys-Curse-Complete-Trilogy-Bell/dp/153317945X/ref=pd_ecc_rvi_1

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Nancys-Curse-Complete-Trilogy-Bell/dp/153317945X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1462960334&sr=1-1&keywords=nancy%27s+curse+c.a.bell

CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/6264644

And don’t forget to follow C.A. Bell on social media: 

Website: http://authorcabell.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010696021804

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cbellAtrix09

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1951042.C_A_Bell

Hope you have a good start to the weekend. Take care x

Wednesday WIP

Published June 8, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Here we are on Hump Day 😉 Hope you’re having a good week so far. Mine has been a bit up and down, busy and tiring at work but meeting a friend tonight for a wee catch-up and possibly some cocktails – so can’t complain at that! Since it’s mid-week, I thought I’d share a teaser from my current WIP. This is just going into next round edits now so hopefully should have a release date for you soon. The response from my wonderful beta readers has been awesome so far 🙂 Hope you enjoy!

 

wolves-and-werewolves-fire-and-ice-the-wolf-pack-23828159-240-320Niko cursed as pain shot through his body. Goddamn it! He hated being helpless. Damian was holding him up on one side, and when he staggered another arm went round his waist and a slight form fitted herself under his arm. He didn’t need to turn to know who it was. He could tell from the scent, floral shampoo, Chanel perfume and something light and earthy that was purely her. This had been a bad idea, the scent was going to get into his house and he’d never get rid of it.

It wouldn’t be so bad if it didn’t make his cock twitch every time he caught a fucking whiff of it. If he’d been young and not quite so cynical he would have thought it was the scent of his mate, but then he’d been caught out once before on that. He could only assume it must be because she was related to Iyana. Even thinking her name caused him to flinch and deflated his erection beautifully. Yeah, that must be it. Because she was related to the heartless woman who actually had been his mate, before leaving him without looking back, there must be some kind of genetic chemistry. It was awkward, and definitely uncomfortable, but he would live with it. He had to, there was no other option.

Natalia fussed around them, fluffing up pillows and moving tables back out of his way. With the two others aiding him he managed to collapse into his chair, not quite holding back the grunt of pain as he did so. Damn it, he was weaker than he’d thought. He had been genuinely convinced that the doctor was over-reacting, that a day or two maybe with a nurse and he would be fine on his own. Based on the effort required just to get through the fucking door though, he might have to re-think things.

“Here, take these.” Her soft voice feathered down his spine and it was an effort to get his body under control again. He was seriously not going to be sporting wood in front of the pack leader and his mate.

bfsgraywolf1Looking up she was holding out a glass of water and a handful of tablets. He took the glass gingerly.

“What are they?” He eyed the pills a little suspiciously.

“Pain-killers, which it looks like you need right now, antibiotics to speed up the healing. That’s what you want, right?”

There was a challenge in her eyes, and he grunted crabbily at her, snatching the pills and downing them all with the water. Bratty little girl. If he’d been feeling better he’d have made her pay for that. Ways of doing that flashed into his mind and he bit back the groan that was threatening to rise up. This had been a terrible idea, having her in his house, around him all the time, was pretty much going to amount to torture.

 

Aww, do we feel sorry for him? 😉 Lol, hope the rest of your week goes well – take care x

Monday Catch Up

Published June 6, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Well, Monday rolls back around. Hope you’ve all had a good weekend. Mine has been great, had my parents visiting, which was lovely, and they even brought some gorgeous sunshine with them 🙂

2016-05-11-1462971004-479389-writerSadly back to reality (and the day job) today, but have been getting lots of things booked in this weekend so at least have some things to look forward to! Booked for the Romance Novellist’s Association (RNA) Conference in July. Will be the first conference I’ve been to and the line-up looks really interesting – some good panels and talks plus am putting in to possibly get some meet-ups with industry people. To be fair I’m not expecting too much to come out of that, but the experience and practice should be good. So, exciting but a little bit scary!

If I do get appointments booked though then will need to get my submission polished up quick and write a dreaded synopsis for it lol. Lots to get done this month 🙂

Anyway, hope your week gets off to a good start. Take care x

Guest Author Faberge Nostromo with L’Wren, Hawk and the Doves

Published June 3, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Hope you’ve all had a good week. I have my parents coming up to visit today, which am really looking forward to 🙂 In the meantime though the weekend is off to a great start, with the fab Faberge Nostromo dropping by to visit. She’s chatting about her brand new sci-fi romance – L’Wren, Hawk and the Doves. If you’re looking for something a little different for your weekend reading, then look no further!

 

Thanks so much for being here, Faberge. So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

Lost in space, yet still boldly going, I returned from the forbidden planet a long, long time ago to live a quiet life in a small town called London.

The minimal research I’d done lead me to the conclusion that my identity would best be protected if I masqueraded as a mild mannered IT consultant by day and a writer and musician by night and at weekends.

Available for musical soirees at the drop of a hat, I write steamy SF romances while waiting for a set of replacement dilythium crystals for the broken warp core on the ship.

Hey, well if the ship isn’t fixed by next week do feel free to come back with a few songs 😉 Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

Oh always. Just always. It’s who I am.

Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

I’m usually on the move when I’m writing. I very rarely get to write at home as I have this day job thing and that usually has me away from home during the week. I might not be seeking out new life and new civilizations – well, except I am in my writing, I suppose – but my ongoing mission to be a writer continues irrespective of the planet I’m on.

OK, so I don’t actually travel to other planets, but when I’m on trains and buses and the London Underground I’m invariably still writing. Sometimes it’s hastily scribbled notes (using a rather nice Mont Blanc fountain pen in a rather nice Moleskine notebook) or typing one fingered into my Android smartphone or my iPad (Word docs saved to Dropbox) or, more luxuriously when time and space allow (usually a coffee shop in central London around the Trafalgar Square area), I sit with a latte and my Macbook Air and write properly – then it may well be in Scrivener which is a sort of digital corkboard and post-it notes sort of thing.

Not everyone likes Scrivener, it’s a kind of writing Marmite. It supports plotters rather than pantsters and being a dyed in the wool pantster it’s not my ideal thing but it has a number of very useful features. Try it, is my suggestion, there’s a free trial version…

But my main suggestion, giving that my writing space is virtual, on the move and a constant challenge is – write.

Just bloody write.

Where you can, however you can, whenever you can. Writers write. If you’re “going to write a book one day” you probably won’t.

Hmm, I must admit to being a complete pantser, which may explain why I’ve never really clicked with Scrivener. But yes, completely agree with the advice – write, write write! Speaking, of tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

SF – well, SF romance. I started with a contemporary romance drifted into a paranormal short then realized I needed the freedom of creating brave new worlds, explore new civilizations and boldly going to be able to flesh out the plots in orbit around my head.

Hehe, I’m getting the slightest impression of a Trekkie coming through 🙂 Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

I honestly, genuinely, totally could never be anywhere without Winnie The Pooh.

I do love Winnie the Pooh – though never a big Pooh fan, always loved Tigger and Eeyore. What five things could you never do without?

Pen, paper (or laptop/tablet/phone), guitar, ukulele and another guitar. Or two.

Tell us a bit about your new release.

L’Wren came to me first just as a name, sadly triggered by the death of Mick Jagger’s girlfriend (or ‘squeeze’ as the tabloid press might have it).

I’d always had mixed feeling about the name, thinking it a bit affected or even totally made up but it seems to be a genuinely acceptable version of Lauren, the feminine of Lawrence, both of which derive from the Latin word for a bay tree. Ceasar wore a crown of laurel leaves, so it goes back a looong way.

Bay leaves are green, of course, so L’Wren had to be green too didn’t she?

There it was then, a blank page with the name of a green girl on it…

Hawk then swooped in – well, he would swoop wouldn’t he? At first there was a chance that Hawk would just be L’Wren’s surname but pretty quickly Hawk had ideas about being an entirely separate character all of his own. He was plainly in some sort of juxtaposition to L’Wren based just on his name alone – a wren being a tiny songbird, small, and brown whereas a hawk is a big fearsome, noble thing.

Opposites attract though, so I went with a bit of gender stereotyping. L’Wren stayed female while Hawk became very male.

And the most male thing a boy can do is… be a starship captain! Then he gained the first name Saker, which is an Arabic word meaning falcon.

You could argue that his name translates as Hawk Hawk? But I’d get upset if you did.

The Doves crept into the title in the same way as I like to imagine the wardrobe crept into C.S Lewis’ thoughts.

Maybe not.

Already having two very different birds flapping about in my head and plot I realised that there were some more to flock along. The conflict aspect that sprang to mind of having a hawk and a wren seemed to be calling out for a peaceful resolution… hence doves were required. However, I shifted the conflict to a different planet and decided that my doves would also be from another world. Their role then grew until they were interplanetary peace-keepers, flying in to resolve a conflict that had proved all but impossible to deal with.

I needed to hint at some ambiguity about them, they are mysterious and secretive, so their names were a long time in the research. In fact all the names in the book were researched in some depth. I wanted an otherworldly feel to names of both places and people, and to use language that reflected not only different cultures but also highlighted the gender aspects of the plot.

So my doves became Anchises and Cytheria, names from classical Greek mythology linked to each other. The planet they came from had to reflect their status as peacekeepers, as doves, and it became Turacoena. Well, it had to…

Sounds interesting, and I do love the thought process behind it. Where did your inspiration for it come from?

Well, it’s really just a standard boy meets girl who both meet boy and girl who might be girl and boy while boys and girls fight it out over boys being boys and girls being girls thing…. in space.

Simple.

Well, maybe – I wanted to challenge preconceptions about a number of things. Science fiction itself, for starters. Captain Kirk trekked through the stars on his five year mission to seek out new life and new civilisations and boldly have romantic liaisons every week with aliens who, while some of them might be green, were always scantily clad and totally, totally unambiguously female and heterosexual. There was never any doubt about gender or sexual orientation.

Had he never read ‘The Left Hand Of Darkness’ by Ursula Le Guin? Well I have, and he should too.

It’s a bit of a daft idea that gender and sexuality are a social constant across the universe so my two worlds in L’Wren, Hawk and the Doves have totally different views on the subject. I’ll let you read the book to find out what the twist on the Dove’s home planet of Turacoena is (no spoilers here) but the war, on the planet Ourania, that the doves are seeking to bring an end to is all about gender.

Ourania is a planet divided by gender, with rigid social and geographical structures in place. Gender is everything yet sexuality, because of this, is flexible. Within their respective social and geographical confines homosexuality is the norm and outside heterosexuality is expected. It makes total sense on Ourania, trust me.

Into the mix comes the relationship between L’Wren and Hawk. They each have a past, and a future, and the Doves, with their innate empathy, bring challenges that neither of them expects.

And the Doves themselves have to confront the emotional feedback and physical demands of dealing not only with the heightened atmosphere around L’Wren and Hawk but with their own past and the secret they have to keep.

What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

The way it took me by surprise. Suddenly I had not only characters doing things I never saw coming, I found I had a starship that was redesigning itself as my character wandered its corridors, rooms and shuttle craft hangars.

What was the hardest part about writing it?

Tying up the ending! I realized I had various things happening that needed to come to a conclusion – or at least point the way to… a sequel.

Ooh, we do like a sequel! Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

Oh the Doves. I shall say no more to avoid spoilers. I hope you like them!

Why should we run out and buy it right now?

Because it might make you think again who you are, or at least what gender means and what, really, is sexuality.

If you want to see more, the book details are here:

Well, maybe – I wanted to challenge preconceptions about a number of things. Science fiction itself, for starters. Captain Kirk trekked through the stars on his five year mission to seek out new life and new civilisations and boldly have romantic liaisons every week with aliens who, while some of them might be green, were always scantily clad and totally, totally unambiguously female and heterosexual. There was never any doubt about gender or sexual orientation.

Had he never read ‘The Left Hand Of Darkness’ by Ursula Le Guin? Well I have, and he should too.

It’s a bit of a daft idea that gender and sexuality are a social constant across the universe so my two worlds in L’Wren, Hawk and the Doves have totally different views on the subject. I’ll let you read the book to find out what the twist on the Dove’s home planet of Turacoena is (no spoilers here) but the war, on the planet Ourania, that the doves are seeking to bring an end to is all about gender.

Ourania is a planet divided by gender, with rigid social and geographical structures in place. Gender is everything yet sexuality, because of this, is flexible. Within their respective social and geographical confines homosexuality is the norm and outside heterosexuality is expected. It makes total sense on Ourania, trust me.

Into the mix comes the relationship between L’Wren and Hawk. They each have a past, and a future, and the Doves, with their innate empathy, bring challenges that neither of them expects.

And the Doves themselves have to confront the emotional feedback and physical demands of dealing not only with the heightened atmosphere around L’Wren and Hawk but with their own past and the secret they have to keep.

What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

The way it took me by surprise. Suddenly I had not only characters doing things I never saw coming, I found I had a starship that was redesigning itself as my character wandered its corridors, rooms and shuttle craft hangars.

What was the hardest part about writing it?

Tying up the ending! I realized I had various things happening that needed to come to a conclusion – or at least point the way to… a sequel.

Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

Oh the Doves. I shall say no more to avoid spoilers. I hope you like them!

Why should we run out and buy it right now?

Because it might make you think again who you are, or at least what gender means and what, really, is sexuality.

If you want to find out more the book details are here:

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A world torn apart by gender, a dangerous peace mission, a starship in peril… Can anybody’s sexuality be certain under pressure?

If your emotions could be felt by another, if the desires you kept hidden were revealed and reflected back on you, would you—could you—deny and control those needs?

And if sexuality and gender aren’t what they seem, does it change who you are?

The mission of the starship Sulaco, its captain Saker Hawkings and first mate L’Wren James, is to deliver the mysterious alien empaths Anchises and Cytheria to the planet Ourania, a world at war with itself.

Where sex is power and gender decides everything, the Dove peace negotiators must interact strictly male to male and female to female with the warring factions to broker a lasting peace.

But can they keep hidden the secret loss that drives them and still control their own empathic responses to the desires and needs of others—the desires that they themselves feed?

And while Hawk and L’Wren struggle to save their ship and face up to the challenges of duty, passion and their own sexuality, with one Dove dangerously injured and the other missing in action, only the truth about Anchises the man and Cytheria the woman can save one of them—but which is which?

And you can get your hands on a copy here:

Pride Publishing – https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/lwren-hawk-and-the-doves

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