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Darker Temptations Relaunch: Secrets, Surprises and #Giveaways

As you may have noticed, Darker Temptations has been undergoing some changes.  Its time for a relaunch.

So what’s new?  We’ll still be blogging a common theme every two weeks, two themes per month. But not daily and with a leaner team of bloggers.  Now we’ll be here every Tuesday and Thursday, blogging on paranormal and science fiction mysteries, romance, evil doers and much, much more.  We may even write an original story or two.  And it starts now!  With a party.  Come join us for…

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Secrets

At most great parties, secrets are spilled.  And this is a great party, so we’ll share our secrets for the first theme. Each one of us–Marcella Burnard, Tina Christopher, Sabrina Garie and Viki Lyn–will reveal one secret about ourselves in our post. It can be anything. And we mean anything.

Don’t feel left out. We’d love for you to share your secrets with us. We won’t tell. 😉  Shy?  No problem, just  share your insights on our secrets.  We’re offering incentives.

Surprise Giveaways

At the end of our two weeks of secrets, they’ll be an author gift basket giveaway.  Each author gets to choose from one of the following three items to put in the basket:  1) an ebook; 2) a print book; or 3) a gift card.  We aren’t telling. Secrets, remember?  So the winner will receive four surprise prizes.

How do you win?

Easy. Comment on the blog post of our authors.  All commenters will be assigned a number and entered into a raffle. A winner will be chosen with  random.org, which selects numbers at–you guessed it–random.  You can increase your chances of winning by commenting on several authors’ posts. There are four of us, so if you comment on all four of our blog posts, we will assign you four number in the raffle. If you comment on just three, then you’ll be assigned three numbers, and so forth.

Come and join the fun.  What’s your secret?

 

SFR: Putting the Sexy into Sci Fi

Why do I write Science Fiction Romance? Well, I have loved sci fi since I was a little girl – Doctor Who, Star Trek, Space 1999 – I watched anything and everything that had stars and spaceships. Of course, I also loved Star Wars and being taken to see A New Hope at the theatre is one of my earliest memories. And probably responsible for my liking romance amongst the stars.

I mean, how can one watch Star Wars and not be aware of Han and Leia’s romance? It was truly a case of two hearts on a collision course, warp factor 10 with all shields down (sorry). The perfect backdrop to an epic tale of good winning over evil.

Science fiction is about humanity discovering space, with its new worlds and endless possibilities. In doing so, it’s about people being people and all that entails, be it warring with species it doesn’t understand, overcoming hardships and misunderstandings, fighting for something better and, because they are human and have feelings, falling in love.

But science fiction doesn’t just have to be in space – it can be Earth-bound, set in a future where the aliens have come to us (Men In Black and The War of the Worlds), or where a more advanced humanity sends someone back to the past (Terminator)

I wrote the latter as the plot to my latest release TIN CAT. Protagonist Hunter Grey is sent to capture a criminal bent on reshaping history. But time travel affects the body, so his is modified to cope with the stresses, as well as having adaptations to help him track his prey. He is, in short, cybernetic – and this is one of the areas that makes sci fi so much fun to play with.

A year after the accident that put her in a wheelchair, Amber Gerald has more or less gotten used to living with her impairment. It doesn’t make a difference to running a comic book store anyway, and the customers have been the best support group she could have wished for.

When she rescues an abandoned cat, Amber has no idea that she’s interfering in the mad scheme of a time travelling bank robber. Or that the man that walks into her store dressed like Blade is about to become her bodyguard.

Between being an unwitting owner of an android cat and falling for a cybernetic bounty hunter, Amber finds her life a whole new level of weird as science fiction becomes a very real factual threat.

Space is Dark. Right?

Someone forgot to check my references. It’s my only excuse for how a science fiction romance writer ended up keeping such excellent company as the authors you’re meeting here on Darker Temptations. I’m Marcella Burnard. I do write SFR for Berkley Sensation. I’m told it’s grim scifi, which perplexes me. Sure there’s blood and violence and sex (not all in the same scene – truly). I thought it was all in good fun. Rollicking adventure. Apparently, I should increase my medication dosages. Kidding.

The thing is – I don’t like pulling my punches. I love strong, capable heroines with brains and courage. I want them to have heroes who can give them a run for their money. The problem is that such a stellar pairing requires some pretty horrific odds to overcome if the couple is going to earn a happily ever after. How many of us, in real life, willingly change unless the pain of NOT changing overcomes our resistence? Right. In fiction, I just get to make that ‘pain’ = bloodthirsty aliens with a sinister agenda.

In my real life, I live aboard a sailboat with my husband and our felines. At the moment, I’m sitting aboard someone else’s boat while mine awaits a trip to dry land so I can spend a week scraping the marine life off the bottom. Yeah. That’s right. I live with a man and four cats in about 300 square feet. One the water. Except when that 300 square feet of living space isn’t in the water – it’s blocked up on dry land. No wonder I write about space ships, hostile environments and alien life forms. No wonder my editor says it’s all a little dark. She’s never had to sand barnacles off of fiberglass before.

Don’t think that won’t show up in a future book somewhere. Something must grow on spaceship hulls.

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