by Veronica Scott)
Today our first stop is the hot side of the galaxy, with some very steamy science-fiction indeed. My guest is USA TODAY and New York Times best-selling author Eve Langlais, who was kind enough to answer a few questions for us and make some reading recommendations.
From her website, this is what Eve has to say about her heroines and her novels:
"My heroines, they kind of run the gamut. I have some that are shy and soft spoken, others that will kick a man in the balls and laugh. Many of them are chubby, because in my world, girls with curves ROCK! Oh and some of my heroines are a teeny tiny bit evil, but in their defense, they need love too."
Consistently in the top Amazon science-fiction romance best-seller lists with multiple books, Eve writes some of the hottest prose around, with humor and world building to spare. Welcome, Eve!
Q: What's your favorite line from your newest book?
Eve: From Seth, my newest sci-fi release, this is the line that makes me snicker, "Hey, do you think having alien nanos would explain my love of probing things?"
And from my still-in-progress alien romance, Heroic Abduction, comes this giggler:
"I am a galactic knight on a quest to bring righteousness to those in need."
"I've seen your idea of help and it's kind of disruptive, violent and misplaced."
"Oddly enough, you are not the first person to remark that. But, I don't let a few bumps along my path sway me from my purpose."
"If your purpose is to cause chaos, then I'd say you succeeded."
Q: What's your guilty pleasure?
Eve: Chips and dip. I'm a total chip-a-holic lol.
Q: How do you celebrate when you finish a novel?
Eve: I celebrate by ordering in and giving myself a day or two off from writing. I can never stop for long, otherwise the voices in my head get too loud.
Q: I know that feeling. What's on your to-do list?
Eve: I'd love to make it somewhere tropical one day and see if I can actually relax, lol. While I've lived across Canada and spread my wings recently and visited a few conferences in the U.S., I've yet to stray farther. One day, I'd like to sink my bare toes in a white sandy beach and swim in some warm ocean water.
Q: What book by another author would you recommend to readers who are new to reading science-fiction romance?
Eve: Finding good books in the science-fiction romance genre isn't easy. We're still a small niche in the romance world. But there are a few that stand out! Probably my favorite would have to be Kaitlyn O'Connor. Her aliens and cyborgs are so clueless yet alpha, and her world creation so riveting, that I've gobbled most of her series right up. When I want some cyborg with lots of steamy action, I turn to Laurann Dohner. Other ones to check out are S.E. Smith, Donna McDonald and Evangeline Anderson.
Q: Laurann Dohner is one of my personal favorites and guilty pleasures as well. I love her New Species series, which gave me something of the flavor of Lora Leigh's early Breeds books. I've just added her Haunting Blackie: 8 (Cyborg Seduction) to my Kindle, based on your recommendation. I interviewed S.E. Smith for a previous Sci-Fi Encounters column!
Here's the story for Seth (courtesy of the author):
This spy is on a mission — for love.
An excellent athlete who is highly intelligent, charismatic — without modesty — and handsome too, Seth has it all except for the girl. But not for long. Like it or not, he's determined to win her heart — and get in her pants. So what if it means letting the military replace a few parts and becoming the world's first cybernetic spy? Cool missions, a hot chick, awesome toys; it all sounds like a dream come true until the military decides to terminate their billion-dollar experiment.
But they didn't count on their project soldier fighting back.
While we're in the mood for some sizzling SFR, here's another recommendation:
Made For Her by Jessica E. Subject (blurb courtesy of Decadent Publishing): After terrorists murder the love of her life, Major Mikayla Jones trains squadron after squadron of the clones her husband helped develop to take to the skies. When she discovers a young clone of her husband in her newest class, her world spins out of control. How can she command the look-a-like when she can't help but yearn for him to fill the ache in her heart?
Dare was created to be the best. As the first Daniel clone to leave Onatria Labs, he needs to prove he is more than just a DNA copy. To do that, he must rely on the wife of the man who donated his genes. But when she refuses to train him, Dare faces discharge and a return to the labs. Can he convince Major Jones to finish his training—and find a way into her bed? Or will long-kept secrets unhinge the entire clone project?
Creed of Pleasureby Cathryn Cade (blurb courtesy of the author): Her mother's people are renowned for their sensuality, but can her human side go along when she must seduce a man to survive?
Orphaned in New Seattle, Earth II, with only his older brothers between him and the human and alien predators prowling the rough docks, Creed Stark grew into a man with one burning desire—never to cede control of his body or emotions to any living being. Joining a sect of fighting monks, he lived a life of physical control and chastity, until the wild planet of Frontiera called to him to come and mine her treasures.
Now he's a wealthy man, but still trapped in the solitary life of a frontier miner. That is, until his eldest brother, space magnate Logan Stark sends him a living gift. She's a concubine, skilled in the art of seduction and giving a man pleasure beyond his wildest dreams ... or is she?
Half-Serpentian or not, in the crime-ridden streets of New Seattle, Earth II, Taara Ravel can't defend her quirky cousin and herself against an enemy they can't even see. Then Stark agrees to whisk them away to safety on the new planet of Frontiera—but only for a high price.
One the lovely blonde will have to pay with her body.
And two more with very different plot twists and turns …
The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fisher (blurb courtesy of Macmillan): Asha and Pax — strangers and enemies — find themselves stranded together on the border of the last human city, neither with a memory of how they got there. Asha is an archivist working to preserve humanity's most valuable resource — information — viewed as the only means of resurrecting their society.
Pax is Manti, his Scarab ship a menacing presence in the skies over Sanctuary, keeping the last dregs of humanity in check. Neither of them is really what they seem, and what humanity believes about the Manti is a lie.
With their hearts and fates on a collision course, they must unlock each other's secrets and forge a bond of trust before a rekindled conflict pushes their two races into repeating the mistakes of the past.
Captive (The Survival Race) by K.M. Fawcett: I was riveted by Captive and how Addy copes with the world she's been dropped into. I loved the character of Addy!
Here's the blurb (courtesy of Hachette Group): The last thing Addy Dawson remembers is a blazing inferno and freezing river water overtaking her lungs. When she awakens, Addy finds herself on a strange, alien planet, trapped in a cell with no doors, no windows — and to her horror — a naked warrior who claims to be her mate.
An alpha gladiator, Max is forced to breed and produce the finest specimens for the Survival Race, a deadly blood sport created by the alien rulers of Hyborea. To rebel means torture-or worse-yet Max refuses to become the animal his captors want him to be. But their jailors will not be denied, and soon Addy and Max find themselves unwilling players in this cruel game. Pushed to the limit, they will risk everything for the chance at a life free from captivity. And though fate brought them together as adversaries, Max and Addy will discover that when they're together, there's nothing in the universe that can stop them.
AT THE MOVIES
The movie that comes to my mind for this column is an oldie but goodie: Starman from 1984, starring the incomparable Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen, directed by John Carpenter. "An alien takes the form of a young widow's husband and asks her to drive him from Wisconsin to Arizona. The government tries to stop them." No spoilers, but I usually cry at the ending … it's a perfect, poignant ending, so enjoy!
Amazon best-seller Veronica Scott is a two-time recipient of the SFR Galaxy Award and has written a number of science-fiction and paranormal romances. Her latest release is Magic of the Nile. You can find out more about her and her books at veronicascott.wordpress.com. Please e-mail Veronica at email@example.com about content related to this column. Due to the volume of mail, e-mails may not be answered personally, but all will be read.