Six Sentence Sunday – Unacceptable Risk

This is my very first time trying Six Sentence Sunday. If you’re unfamiliar, the idea is that a bunch of authors all put up a blog post on, well, Sunday, with Six Sentences from a published book or a WIP.

For my first time, here’s a big first for Plix and Edison from my futuristic romance, Unacceptable Risk:

For a long moment, their eyes held, and she was left with no doubt as to whether he grasped her meaning.

“Please.” Plix didn’t know how their faces had gotten so close, his breath warm on her face as he whispered, “For me.”

Her eyes fell closed again, the lashes brushing his cheek, and as she parted her lips to speak, she could feel the warmth of his skin.

For the first time in all these years, she felt his mouth.

His kiss.

 

Guest Blog By Jenna McCormick + Giveaway!

Happy Monday, ladies and gentlemen! I am so excited to introduce Jenna McCormick, who’s here to talk about  the balancing act of writing science fiction romance. It’s also this blog’s very first guest author giveaway, so be sure to leave a comment to enter to win a copy of Jenna’s fantastic new novel, No Limits.

Striking a Balance

Okay, first a big, fat thank you to my host, author and fellow science fiction romance writer Jeanette Grey. We SFR writers are a unique and rare breed and must stick together in the wilds of modern blogdom. Okay, I made that word up, but still, you get my meaning. You’re not going to find us everywhere. We catch a lot of guff from both Science Fiction writers because we don’t write the “real” stuff and from romance writers who “Just aren’t interested in all of that technical razzle dazzle.”

            Being a science fiction romance writer requires an even thicker skin than someone who writes in another, more popular romance subgenre. With every submission, we stand a chance at being rejected, not just for the story itself, but for the elements of that story, those unique little touches that transforms a standard boy meets girl plot into a science fiction romance reader’s dream come true.

            Those elements in my book, No Limits include:

  1. A futuristic setting. New New York City, built on the remains of our current day city to rise above the pollution of the original concrete jungle.
  2. Technological enhancements to everyday life. A credit chip installed in the top layer of skin to turn an old fashioned handshake into a binding financial transaction. Personalized health guards to obliterated foreign DNA before it has a chance to infect a person. Replicators to provide that perfect pair of leather boots in your size.
  3. A cruise in a spaceship that ends is sieged by pirates.

            And many more. I knew starting out this book that it was going to be a futuristic erotic romance but finding that balance that made it acceptable to readers who wouldn’t usually pick up a science fiction romance while still making it a book SFR lovers would enjoy wasn’t easy. I thought about what made SFR my favorite genre and it all boiled down to finding and highlighting the human condition. Because no matter how many kick ass gismos I invent, or how heated a space battle becomes, this is a story about two people finding love despite insurmountable odds. The human (oid) condition and all its glory.

No Limits: By Jenna McCormick Kensington Aphrodisia

All Genevieve Luzon wants is to be loved by one man, a seemingly impossible task in New-New York City at the start of the twenty second century. Sure, she can buy sex as easily as order a pizza on a Friday night, but finding a forever kind of love among her self-centered peers is no easy feat for the unemployed off-world vacation coordinator. When an old friend offers her the position of secret shopper to test out the male prostitutes, Gen can’t think of a good reason to refuse. Hell, if she can’t find Mr. Right, she might as well try on a sampler of Mr. Right Nows.

Yet the perks of her new position don’t compare to the strange attraction she has, not for one of the prostitutes, but a candle that seems to warm places of her she never knew existed. When a man appears out of the flame, Gen is sure she’s found the one. Rhys is an empath, made a slave by the Illustra Corporation and he’s everything Gen could ever want. Except available. Because Rhys is on a mission. One that might claim his life. He must try to free his people, consequences be damned. Now, Gen must choose between turning her back on the only man she’s ever loved and the monumental task he has set for himself. Should she risk her life fighting a war hidden from polite society against those who wish to control us all?

Is love really worth fighting for?

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Giveaway: Tell me what you do or do not like about SFR. One random commenter will receive a free copy of No Limits.

Scientists Like Data, Damn It ! (AKA, How to Launch a Book and Lose Your Mind)

So, unless you didn’t get the message from my talking about it semi-exclusively for the past month, I launched a book in December. It was called Unacceptable Risk. It was my first M/F novella. My first science fiction romance (SFR). My first book with Samhain. My first attempt at a blog tour.

First, first, first, first, first.

In other words, it was maddening.

While not all SFR writers are necessarily science-types, I am. I like the scientific method. I like variables and controls. I like baselines. And in this case, all I have are variables. A million of them. And now I’m just staring at my lab table, waiting to see what on earth emerges.

So when people ask me how the blog tour went, I tend to bury my face in my hands and groan.

Mind you, I’m intentionally writing this before any results have come in. I won’t see sales numbers from Samhain until later this month, and information from Amazon, B&N and other distributors will take even longer. Even when it does all come together, though, I’ll never really know to what extent the promotion helped.

Here’s all I do know:

  • Writing guest posts and interviews is frustrating and fun and awesome and difficult and great. As an introvert, I don’t like talking to myself, and as a little bit of a depressive, I’m even less comfortable talking about myself and trying to sound positive at the same time. That said, I had a lot of really cool opportunities to talk about the book and about my process. I think I even learned some things being forced to write about it.
  • The people who hosted me were amazing. Such cool people, such cool sites. I was so intimidated when I first started contacting people to ask for guest post spots, but in the end, even the people who couldn’t book me were nice about it, and the people who could were doubly so.
  • Anyone can do this. Seriously, anyone.

There are a few other things I think I know, but some of them are still a little too amorphous to really put in a list. I suspect that a two week blog tour may have been a little overambitious. Toward the end, the number of comments left on posts started dropping off on sites that didn’t also include a review, which was a little frustrating considering I was offering free books to commenters. (There’s nothing so disheartening as the idea that you can’t even give your book away.)

I suspect that talking about myself and my books will get easier as I go. I suspect that even the sites where the giveaways weren’t terribly successful may still end up being productive because just getting some name/title/cover recognition has to be a plus. I strongly suspect that it was a really, really good thing to go through this experience and realize just how doable it is while promoting a niche genre novella, so I’ll be  better prepared for the future.

And I suspect that, the next time I have a new book to promote, I’ll be undertaking this whole thing all over again.

And probably losing my mind.

Speaking of guest blogging, I’ll be hosting my first ever guest blogger/giveaway tomorrow. My friend and fellow SFR writer Jenna McCormick will be here talking about writing and crossing genres. Be sure to stop back and say hi!

Obligatory Happy New Year Post

Hi there! It’s been a crazy end of the year over here in the Grey household, what with getting (and staying) sick over Christmas, launching a book, seeing family and starting a possibly overly ambitious home improvement project. But I thought I’d check in for a second to say Happy New Year and maybe reflect a little.

2011 felt like it passed by in a blur. It was my first full year of working on writing full-time, which has been an interesting experience. I’ve loved the freedom, and for the most part I’ve managed to stay motivated, but my guilt at not bringing in a real paycheck bogged me down a lot. In that time, I wrote and published two novellas and a handful of short stories. I also wrote my first novel (though for the moment it’s still sitting under the bed collecting dust until I can bear to take a machete to it and hopefully turn it into something salable).

2012 has all the promise of being even better and hopefully more productive. My one resolution is to try and stay more positive and recognize successes instead of getting bogged down in feeling inadequate.

My goals include:

  • Edit and begin querying Novel #1
  • Write Novel #2
  • Write and publish at least one novella
  • Write and publish at least three short stories

That should keep me busy, I think.

How was your year? What are you looking forward to?

I hope it was great, and that next year will be even better.

xoxo, -Jeanette