Eva Caye, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Loyalty.
Genre: Science fiction romance
Cover artist: self
Length: 169,200 words / estimated 478 pages
Heat rating: book – warm; Easter egg – fairly explicit
Tagline: The cost of being Imperial
Blurb: The dangers of being Imperial mean Princess Anne, Prince Brian, and Prince Christian must set aside their petty differences to support each other through thick and thin. As they struggle to find compatible mates, security issues come to the fore!
Lord Andrés Encino, for example. As honorable as a man can get, he nevertheless represents true danger to Anne simply because he has a photographic memory, and she is the principal heiress to Empress Felice Sinclair's ultra-secret stargate science. Anne sets aside her fears to pursue an intimate relationship with the immensely talented designer, which means her Sentinel Lieutenant brother Brian must also investigate all the Encino family secrets that could lead to security breaches.
As Service Lieutenant Prince Christian Sinclair battles his own insecurities, hoping to find a lady who could withstand the Imperial social scene, his ship is called upon to investigate the sudden disappearance of the Stargate Fleet, including Mother, Anne, and brother Josef. Their travails expand dramatically as the Imperial Family copes with the consequences of the Crandon Stargate Fleet Battle and the persistent attempts of the Atticans to either capture or destroy all stargate scientists!
What is the cost of being Imperial, in isolation and friendship and love? And how can they find partners willing to live with the security requirements needed to maintain not only their own safety, but that of the Empire?
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Sentinel Lieutenant Prince Brian Sinclair, 24; Service Lieutenant Prince Christian Sinclair, 23 ; Princess Anne Sinclair, 22
Someone knocked on the door. Walking into the sitting room, she called, "Enter."
Brian stuck his head in with a smirk and a glance around the room before coming in and closing the door. "No Andrés? I heard from the Palace Sentinel command post you had his name put on the register this morning."
"Given that I have never done so before, I suppose they couldn't wait to tell you. But no, he did not spend the night," Anne snarled, flinging herself onto her front couch. "So, where is Cotton Candy-Brain? Still in your apartment sleeping herself out? Why are you here?"
Brian snarled back, "God, you would have to bring her up." He flung himself onto the couch, too. At her curious look, he grumbled, "We were in bed when I noticed she had a relatively fresh scar on her belly. I figured she had had her contraceptive implant taken out."
"God. Was this before or after you took her?" Livid for him, she realized this was the first she had heard of any lady trying to trick one of her brothers into a pregnancy.
"Before, thank God. I'm just glad I leave all my lights on when I am gone, and had neither time nor inclination to turn them off at the time." He slouched morosely. "I came over to tell Mother right away. Trinity will now be banned from Palace events for five years. I had Sentinel Command pull her doctor's records this morning, to be sure."
"I know you sleep with commoners. What about the ladies? Was she the first Royal to pull this on you?"
"Yes. She was the first Royal I'd even bedded in two years. We had a few flings in February, when I took her to some clubs and so forth. Then we hooked up at the Adamov Ball, and then I was too busy after that. But for the Inaugural Ball I wanted a Royal for show, so I thought of her first. Serves me right."
"How do you check on the commoners?"
"I have the scan function of my wrist phone programmed with the unique shape of an implant. Sometime during the evening, when I have my arm around them, I check to see. If the light flashes yes, I turn it off and say it was just a notification of some sort, which, of course, is not a lie." He snorted before turning up a grin. "But hey, you and Andrés?"
Anne shrugged. "He's spent the night on my couch several times. I usually just message down to tell them when it happens. But since he will be here today as well as tomorrow, and since I've finished my part of the New Brittania assignment in Mother's lab and have no more University classes, I figure I'm ready to start a new stage of my life. Though it is by no means certain, mind you. He just wants to have clothes handy for when we do take the leap. So I told him to bring an overnight bag, which will set off Sentinel if I don't already have the notification in place."
Brian nodded. "Do you love him?"
"He… fascinates me. At least as much as I do him. I had never had anyone in my life before like him. I don't know if that is love or not." She focused on Brian. "What do you think?"
He shook his head and warded her off with both hands. "Oh, no you don't. I've never been in love. I'm not about to comment on a situation about which I know nothing." He returned her stare. "What does Mother think?"
Anne laughed. "She thinks it's high time I had some fun. Even gave me some pointers I don't remember from the book. I wonder who has the book now?"
"Don't ask me; I haven't lived in the Palace for four years. I can get you another copy, if you like."
"Sure." She laughed again. "I can see myself, pouring over it with Andrés looking over my shoulder. It should provide a lot of inspiration." After a beat, she returned to her original question. "So, why are you here?"
"What, I can't just come tease you anymore?" Brian grinned at her frown but suddenly turned serious. "To tell the truth, when I heard you had him put on the list, I remembered Zhaiden's breakdown when Renee was abducted. Do you want Sentinel to place a detail on Andrés?"
Anne fell silent for an entire minute before tears began creeping down her face. Brian slid to her side and took her hand. "What's wrong, Annie?"
Looking up and into a distance, her voice wavered. "I guess I am as much a danger to him as he is to me, huh?"
He put his arm around her. "Well, yes, but that is true for all of us. And true for anyone we might meet. But that's the purpose of Sentinel, to protect us all, so you might as well take advantage of it."
Anne sniffed and nodded gravely. "I'll tell him tonight. Will you be around if he has any questions?"
Hugging her to him, Brian assured her, "You bet."
|To Be Sinclair series|
What is the most important thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started writing?
I constantly research and edit. At first I just wanted to get the major actions and dialogue down, but now I continuously edit for consistency, grammar, and fleshing out the scenes with pertinent information, such as burn therapies.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
I never know where it will take me. Sometimes I feel like I am accessing a portal to a parallel future dimension in which my characters live. I spy upon them and let the visions gather until I have to write the scene. Then I 'watch' the scenes in my head and whisper to the characters, questions like, "What are you feeling? Why did you do that?" In some respects, it's a god-like power of omniscience, but in other respects I cannot change things; they will act out the scenes until I write what THEY do and think. I know the overall plot before I start, but otherwise I am simply their scribe
What is your work ethic when it comes to writing?
Get it down, rewrite, explore every angle, put yourself in your character's position to understand him or her thoroughly, then research the hell out of everything. And then send it to the beta readers, rewrite if they make significant suggestions, send it to the editor, rewrite according to her suggestions, back to the editor for a final check, and one final edit.
How do you cope with stress as an author?
Although I write all the time, it's my passion so I suffer very little stress, no matter how focused I get. Most of my stress comes from beating myself up when I find another inconsistency I missed the first hundred times I edited! I have wrist phones and shuttle ports, so when I find a wristphone or a shuttleport, I go nuts until it is uploaded to Amazon or Smashwords one more time.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
Absolutely! I include a ton of personal experiences, mostly my own, but I do not hesitate to include others.
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn't normally read your genre, and why?
I wrote Dignity for many reasons, but overall I wanted it to be a book that would entice romance readers into reading science fiction. I wanted to see more great female scientists in literature, so naturally she had to fall in love and learn how to deal with emotions she's never experienced before!
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I usually read non-fiction, but I have so many interests it would be hard to narrow them down. I would say my personal library has about 20% spiritual or religious books, for I was a 'seeker' for many years.
What do you think is the future of traditional publishing?
Traditional publishing will always exist until every e-reader can be charged with solar power and have books downloaded directly via satellite. Many of my family members live where internet access is impossible without satellite dishes.
Do you plan to branch out into other genres?
Absolutely. The To Be Sinclair series does not have 'aliens', though there are life-forms on many planets, so I have some 'alien contact' synopses in my Books to Write folder. I have about 25 items in my Working Files folder, at least a third of which are non-fiction, though some will end up as articles, blog posts, and short stories instead of books.
What was the proudest moment of your life so far?
My first five-star review, which I wrote about here: http://www.evacaye.com/my-first-five-star-review/. Turning away from the lowest point in my life to become an obsessive author, and then sending my first book to my first reviewer and getting a five-star review was like winning an Oscar for a debut performance.
What do you like to do when you're bored?
I'm never bored. There's too much to do and learn! I suffer major depressive disorder, which is characterized by real physical symptoms, like lack of energy, inability to perceive your surroundings, I could go on and on. When I have energy, I garden or clean or do something fun; when I have no energy, which is the usual state of affairs, I write or do research online or crochet, just to feel like I'm being productive.
If you were a color, what color would you be?
Please underline which statement is more like you:
"I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed."
"I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because I do things as fast as possible."
Please complete the sentences
I love pizza with fresh veggies.
I'm always ready for a chat on Facebook.
When I'm alone, I am either reading, writing, or sleeping.
You'd never be able to tell, but I'm a pretty good tarot reader.
If I had a halo it would be shaped like the headdress of Nefertiti.
If I could travel in time, I'd save the Library of
what the future will be like in 1000 years. Alexandria
I can never stop reading spiritual books because I believe miracles are simply a science we don't understand yet, though a few people have passed along some good 'clues' along the way.
The To Be Sinclair series: Dignity; Majesty; Fealty; Royalty; Dynasty.
Books Coming Soon
Evan's Ladies (an add-on novel to the series, consisting of four novellas, expected May 20, 2013); Nobility (summer 2013); a finale the title of which I will not divulge until its publication, and two series prequels tentatively titled Enter the Goddess and Undying Dawn.
Find Me Here
Smashwords author page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/evacaye
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Eva-Caye/e/B009F50NF8