December 15, 2012

4 SciFi Romance Writers Throw Down #rlfblog

Lust Rebooted.

Today the Romance Lives Forever blog is in the capable hands of four Science Fiction Romance writers, Christine d'Abo, Ria Candro, AM Griffin, and Cynthia Sax. Ladies, tell us about your books!
Thank you for inviting us to join you here on Romance Lives Forever. The four of us are all Science Fiction Erotic Romance writers published with Ellora’s Cave. Three of us had stories release yesterday. Writers visiting Romance Lives Forever are often asked how they come up with their ideas. In Science Fiction Erotic Romance, this question is often refined, asking about how we come up with our worlds. We all create unique wonderful worlds and we all have different inspirations behind these worlds. We’re hoping that by sharing a bit of our process, other writers will find their inspiration also.

Christine d’Abo – Lust Rebooted

Normally when I’m creating a new universe, I first make a determination as to what things I want to change and keep the same as our reality. Then I have to make sure I stick within my own rules throughout the course of the book. If you are able to do that as a writer, you will normally have people asking for the next book in the series. Even if you had no intention of doing another one, your readers will have become so invested in the universe you created that they will want more.

Ria Candro – Bonded

Most of my ideas originate from dreams. I came up with the idea for the Mating Ritual series after a dream featuring some yummy alien hunks. I knew they would be a race of technologically advanced warriors whose females had died off, and who were willing to travel far and wide in order to find their mate. Oh, and they’d be accustomed to sharing her, too. From there my Spygian warriors were born, complete with tan, chiseled bodies, long, dark hair, and barely-there loincloths. In my upcoming release, Bonded, (Mating Ritual #2), Inara has four delicious Spygians who are more than eager to make her their own...but first they must convince her to reveal the secrets she’s hidden for so long.

A. M. Griffin - Dangerously Mine

In Dangerously Mine I introduce my readers to two different worlds: Xenaris and Sonis. For Xenaris, the trading planet, I wanted to make it seedy and uncomfortable. Taio and his men find themselves on Xenaris because their vessel breaks down, otherwise they would never travel to such a place. The short time they are on Xenaris, Taio witnesses a couple getting pick pocketed, the owners of the local markets are price gauging him and his crew, the market is overcrowded, the heat is unbearable and he witnesses the slave market in full swing. By the time he leaves Xenaris we understand why Taio dislikes it so much and why he didn’t want to land there in the first place.
I wanted Sonis to have the opposite feel from Xenaris. Although Sonis is a desert planet with two rotating suns, the suns represent light and hope. Eva, my heroine, often finds herself looking up at the sky or welcoming the sun’s rays on her skin. Where Xenaris was over crowded, Sonis is a new and growing world. Sonis is filled with bright colors and artwork, suggesting of their relaxing and calm attitude.
In the follow-up books that I’m writing, I expand more on the science-fiction aspects of the worlds that I’m building. I love writing sci-fi. There are no rules and the possibilities are endless. My characters and worlds are subjected to my every whim.

Cynthia Sax – Warlord’s Bounty

Warlord’s Bounty is the first of a four story series. The first three stories are set on three very different planets with three very different Warlords (although they are all brothers).
Khan, the Warlord in Warlord’s Bounty, is the best warrior. He is as tough and hard and unforgiving as the arid planet he lands upon. This planet, situated closest to the sun, is blasted with heat. The water is all underground. There isn’t much life above the surface. Beings living on this planet have to fight as fiercely as Khan fights to win the woman he loves.
Murad, the Warlord in the second story, governs a planet with a longer orbit. His planet resembles Earth’s Serengeti. There are rainy periods followed by even longer dry spells, technology being utilized to make the planet more habitable. Murad’s happy-go-lucky personality is suited to his planet. When things are good, he celebrates, laughing and joking. When things are bad, he fights for his people and for the woman he loves.
Berke, the Warlord in the third story, governs an ice-covered planet. It is farthest from the sun and as cold as the Warlord who governs it. Berke and his people artificially control their surroundings with technology. Berke controls his emotions as precisely and this causes big problems with the woman he loves.
The inspiration behind these worlds were the studies I’ve been reading about how seasons, temperatures, even humidity influences moods. I also LOVE researching the wildlife, plant life, and weather in different regions.

Writers, how do you build your worlds? Readers, what fascinates you about fictional worlds?


Author: Christine d'Abo

Title: Lust Rebooted
Genre: Science Fiction Erotic Romance
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Length: Short Novel (30K - 45K)
Heat rating: Erotic
Zoe is all alone on an outpost monitoring a lonely quadrant of space. It’s nearly Christmas and all she has for company is her computer AI, Rupert. She isn’t expecting a present from Xion Corporation to help pass the time, but when she opens the box to find a sex bot, a whole world of steamy entertainment possibilities come to mind.
When Zoe activates Sam she doesn’t realize the trouble she’s in for. Sam takes Zoe to sexy new heights and Rupert does a stellar impersonation of a jealous boyfriend. Zoe struggles to ground herself in reality despite her growing lust, but it’s becoming more and more obvious she’s falling in love. But with who--Sam or Rupert?
When a computer virus is unleashed on the outpost, Zoe must choose--or risk losing them both.

Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with olives and chicken. Strange, but the mixture is amazing in my mouth.
I'm always ready for football!! I love watching it and will turn on the games at a moment’s notice. My husband is to blame.
When I'm alone, I talk to myself. Well, I usually tell people I’m talking to my dogs, but let’s be honest here. They don’t care about my writing issues.
You'd never be able to tell, but I’m terrified of heights. I’ve learned to do things that will put my limits, but step ladders still terrify me.
If I had a halo it would be neon red with sparkles on it. Who am I kidding, I’d never get a halo.
If I could drive a submarine I'd go to the bottom of the Caribbean ocean and check out all the fish.
I can never go scuba diving because of a lung issue. This makes me sad.

Find Christine d'Abo Here


Author: Ria Candro

Title: Bonded
Genre: Science Fiction Erotic Romance
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Length: Novella (15K - 30K)
Heat rating: Erotic
When Inara crash lands on a deserted planet, the last thing she expects is to run into two stunning men from the planet Spygia--who claim she is their mate. While she’d love nothing more than to indulge in a steamy encounter--or two or three--with these gorgeous hunks, she’s on the run from the barbaric Malucons who decimated her home planet of Chivea. And she’s on a mission to find her cousin, the only other Chivean survivor. Nothing, not even the promise of paradise to be found in the Spygians’ arms, is going to stop her.
When Inara refuses to be bonded to them, Neichon and Valeron strive to uncover what secrets she’s hiding before they unveil a few of their own. How will their reluctant mate react when she learns she’s destined for, not two, but four Spygian men?

Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with onions! (But not before a date with my hubby, lol).
I'm always ready for some fun.
When I'm alone, I usually read a lot.
You'd never be able to tell, but I can drink most men under the table.
If I had a halo it would be a little bit twisted...just like me.
If I could travel through space I'd search out some Spygian warriors of my own!
I can never watch scary movies because I’m too much of a wimp!

Find Ria Candro Here


Author: AM Griffin

Title: Dangerously Mine
Genre: Science Fiction Erotic Romance
Dangerously Mine
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Length: Novel (45K - 70K)
Heat rating: Erotic
After aliens invade and conquer Earth, Eva is transported to a distant slave trading planet. Escape and freedom are her only priority, but none of her martial arts training prepared her for what she faces. She finds herself enslaved to the warrior King Taio. Eva’s drawn to this sexy alien male who ignites her heart and body.
Taio is disgusted with the idea of owning a slave--until now. From the moment he sees her, he knows Eva is his for the taking. Torn between lust and duty, Taio knows nothing will stop him from protecting his little warrior.

Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with sausage and pepperoni.
I'm always ready for the end of the world, although I hope it never happens.
When I'm alone, I watch mindless T.V. I love anything that won't make me think too hard. I don’t want to solve mysteries or anything. This usually means I’m watching hours of cartoons.
You'd never be able to tell, but I have a pretty warped sense of humor. If you don’t know me very well you’ll think that I am a very serious person. You’d never be able to guess all the crazy thoughts that go round and round in my brain.
If I had a halo it would be because I put so many others needs before my own.
If I could work out every day I'd be a stripper. You know, work hard for my money.
I can never work out every day because I’m quite lazy.

Find AM Griffin Here


Author: Cynthia Sax

Title: Warlord’s Bounty
Genre: Science Fiction Erotic Romance
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Length: Novella (15K - 30K)
Heat rating: Erotic
The bigger the bounty, the more dangerous the fugitive.
Warlord's Bounty
Khan, a Chamele warlord, has a huge bounty on his head. His enemy is willing to pay an outrageous amount to secure him. Khan wants to be apprehended, especially if the bounty hunter capturing him is a brown-eyed female with razor-sharp daggers and an even sharper tongue. He’ll allow her to subdue him sexually, his passion and prowess not inhibited by restraints, and when she collects her bounty, he’ll collect his revenge, killing his enemy and claiming his little bounty hunter forever.
Zeta doesn’t do forever. She captures the worst scum in the galaxy and trades them for credits. Khan is fierce and sexy and the most dominant male she has ever encountered, but he is also a fugitive, and once she sates herself with his body, she’ll betray him. It is her job.

Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with pepperoni only. Yep, I’m not a fancy gal. Heck, I’d eat it merely with cheese.
I'm always ready for Nutella! I’m Nutella-powered. I LOVE it!
When I'm alone, I spin around in my kitchen. The hubby wanted to put in a center island but I nixed that idea. A center island would cut into my spinning space.
You'd never be able to tell, but I’m not a great cook. Yeah, I’m a BBW who can’t cook. The hubby still eats what I make but that’s because he loves me.
If I had a halo it would be dented, seriously dented, and likely stolen.
If I could go into space I'd definitely play real life asteroids... and likely die but man, would it be fun!
I can never run out of story ideas because reading buddies send me at least one new story idea a day. They’ll challenge me to write a Warlord story or a ménage with an android. It is a blast!

Find Cynthia Sax Here


  1. Good morning ladies! Thanks for being on RLF. As a Scifi author myself, I strive for believability, trying to make sure my worlds have a ring of truth. I've taught myself to observe and think "how would this work in the Tarthian Empire" -- and then adapt it accordingly. Most of my writing takes place there right now. As a reader, I look for the same thing. I also want originality. Is a book rehashing an old theme or revisiting it in a new way? I'm always up for a new look at a story.

    1. Hi Kayelle, believable is the key. It's hard to read something and you're going "huh?" the entire time

  2. Thanks so much for having us here today, Kayelle. I completely agree with you. Even though my stories take place on fictional worlds, I always strive to ensure they are believable, which sometimes means explaining how alien devices work. (And trust me, that can be tough to do!)

    1. Don't I know it. One of my characters is a technophobe and is boggled by the technology of his times. That way, I didn't have to explain anything. When asked how something works, he shrugs and says "the wonders of technology" and tells his sweetheart to ask an android who's standing by. ;)

  3. Thank you for hosting us, Kayelle!
    (passes the jar of Nutella and a spoon)
    We're absolutely THRILLED to be here (that's not the royal we - LOL - that's me presuming to speak for Christine d'Abo, Ria Candro, and A.M. Griffin)
    I LOVE your world building, Kayelle.
    That's one of the reasons we choose this topic to talk about so we could hear your thoughts.
    So where did you start with the Tarthian Empire? Do you remember? It is such a huge interesting world.

    Oh, and for readers, our buy links have changed (as Ellora's Cave moved to a snazzy new site)

    These new links are...
    For Christine d'Abo's Lust Rebooted

    For Ria Candro's Bonded

    For A. M. Griffin's Dangerously Mine

    For my (Cynthia Sax's) Warlord's Bounty

    1. Thanks, Cynthia. I created Tarth and the empire many years ago when I was playing with the idea of writing scifi. But when I saw how few chances there were to break into publishing, I despaired of every accomplishing the goal. I then discovered that my "too touchy feely for real scifi" books were actually scifi romance -- an entirely different genre that was taking off like a (pardon the pun) rocket. So I delved into big time world building and spent several years developing the world and its laws and languages. I even have a tour of the empire on my website. So it's gratifying to hear you say that you love my world building. It was a labor of love.
      I've repaired the links to your books. It's bizarre, because when you sent me these I updated them at the time, but the blog didn't update them properly. I'm not sure why. However I've tested these and the newly added ones work just fine. I'm glad you posted in the comments, because I hadn't realized they were the old ones.

    2. Ahhh... blog posts can be temperamental.
      No worries!

      I can tell you've spent a lot of time in your world, Kayelle. It shows in the richness of your writing. So are you a plotter? (for others, that's someone who plots her book before she writes it - I'm a pantser, someone who writes by the seat of her pants, not knowing what happens next)

    3. I'm a big plotter, but I also let the moment take me where it will. I've had characters come to life and take over and ended up writing their own books before. Best laid plans and all that. ;) So I just say I'm a plotser. LOL

    4. I'm a pantser, Kayelle, which is challenging but so much fun. I explore the worlds alongside my characters. I usually visualize a scene ahead and I never know what is around the next corner!

  4. Hi Ria!!!!
    (hugs my blog buddy)

    I do borrow pieces from known SciFi universes.
    I think it would be impossible not to.
    When I think of traveling through space, I see the view from the bridge of the Enterprise.

    But then, I borrow pieces from Earth also.
    I assume the science of Earth applies to the science of other planets,
    which is a BIG assumption.

    So when I try for believability, I try for believability for today's human reading buddies. I doubt my stories will be believable 100 years from now or in some other Galaxy.

    There's probably a big sexy alien somewhere reading my story, laughing his a$$ off, and thinking "silly humans."

    1. LOL - you're so right. Imagine if the world is obliterated and technology dies off, then slowly rebuilds (that happened in my fictional universe). In the future, readers rediscover past books and can't tell fact from fiction. They would have a hard time figuring out scifi romance, wouldn't they? I can picture them trying to understand how we had so many different alien races to contend with!

    2. OMG... that's a major plot bunny, Kayelle!
      Or aliens seeing movies projected into space assume that's what our world is like. Vampire-type aliens think they've found a similar species and they trek here and...
      (this is why I have 100's of stories to write)

    3. And why I end up with ideas up the ying yang and no time to finish them all. >_< But I love it!!

  5. How FUN! I love reading scifi, and the technology is fun to imagine! I think no matter what, the "other"ness of an imagined world is kind of a deep-seated fascination, so that's always a draw for me. Looking forward to enjoying the worlds you've all dreamed up!

    1. Thank you. There is nothing like visiting an alien place, even if it's only in our imaginations.

    2. Hi Fedora!
      (gives you a big hug)
      I know you're a big supporter of the SciFi romance community and we adore you for it!
      What have you been reading lately?

  6. Thank you for hosting us Kayelle!

    1. You're welcome. I'm excited to have writers in my genre visiting. It's like old home week. ^_^

    2. LOL That was how we feel about being here!!! (big hugs)

  7. What fun interviews! I loved reading about your world building. It's fascinating and informative. The worlds you write about are so believable, I'm sure it takes a lot of imagination to come up with so many details.


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