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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.