June 22, 2014

Interview: Anne Kane author of Her Cyborg Lover @annekane #RLFblog #SciFiRomance

Her Cyborg Lover 
Title: Her Cyborg Lover
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Author Name: Anne Kane
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Natalie's loved and lost and she's not so sure she wants to risk her heart again. She's willing to settle for a challenging career as a space-pilot instructor and a succession of no-strings attached lovers. But that's before her boss saddles her with the last thing she wants—a new partner.
Jebediah recognizes his perfect match in Natalie from the moment she seduces him on a dare. Everything that makes her a top-notch pilot, from her fearlessness to her passion, make a night in her bed both challenging and unforgettable. Too bad she cuts Jebediah off the moment they're assigned to a mission in the outer limits of Alliance space.
A dangerous confrontation with a brutal enemy, an exploding drive engine and a traitor close to home throw everything into perspective. Natalie is going to have to put the past behind her and risk it all, because when your partner is also your lover, failure is not an option.
A Romantica® science fiction erotic romance from Ellora's Cave

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Interview with Anne Kane

Why did you write this book?

Because I love to write, of course! I wanted to write a book with a strong heroine who wasn't afraid to embrace her passionate nature. One of the things I love the most about science fiction is that I can write strong female characters without having to sacrifice their feminine side. In Her Cyborg Lover I was able to have my heroine be a top fighter pilot, and interact with an equally strong hero. It made the growing relationship between the two very interesting!
What is your favorite genre to read?
My favorite genre is definitely romance, with a happily ever after ending. Having said that I like a lot of different sub genres. I think fantasy and science fiction would be the two top ones, followed by suspense, mystery and the occasional contemporary. I get enough reality in my day to day life, so I like the books I read to embrace all the possibilities of the author's imagination. Some of my favorite authors are Christine Feehan, Kelley Armstrong, Jayne Ann Krentz, Dakota Cassidy, Lori Handeland Patricia Briggs.
What is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
My favorite fictional character? Oh, that's a tough one. I think it would be a toss-up between Elena Michaels (from Kelley Armstrong's Bitten series) or Mercedes Thompson (from Patricia Brigg's novels) These two actually have a lot of character traits in common, not the least of which is their ability to stand up for themselves. They also give the men in their lives a real run for their money. No hysterical, swooning female vapors for these two!
Do you enjoy films and/or TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I actually don't have a lot of time to watch TV, so a show really has to capture my attention if I'm going to go to the trouble of watching it. The most recent one to do that is Bitten – the series based on Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series. I've also enjoyed the Firefly series (WHY did they cancel that??) Battlestar Galactica, all the incarnations of Star Trek, Star Wars, the Dollhouse, Andromeda….. Are you seeing a pattern here?
What are you working on at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
Right now I'm working a novella for a boxed series which will release in September. The boxed series is a collaboration with six other amazing authors and is titled Seductive Fortunes. I am really excited about this project as it is my first attempt at Indie Publishing!
Please tell us about your latest book.
Natalie's loved and lost and she's not so sure she wants to risk her heart again. She's willing to settle for a challenging career as a space-pilot instructor and a succession of no-strings attached lovers. But that's before her boss saddles her with the last thing she wants—a new partner.
Jebediah recognizes his perfect match in Natalie from the moment she seduces him on a dare. Everything that makes her a top-notch pilot, from her fearlessness to her passion, make a night in her bed both challenging and unforgettable. Too bad she cuts Jebediah off the moment they're assigned to a mission in the outer limits of Alliance space.
A dangerous confrontation with a brutal enemy, an exploding drive engine and a traitor close to home throw everything into perspective. Natalie is going to have to put the past behind her and risk it all, because when your partner is also your lover, failure is not an option.
A Romantica® science fiction erotic romance from Ellora's Cave

Excerpt

"Delta Class Scout ship. I order you to identify yourself, or be prepared to handle the consequences."
A deep male chuckle rolled through the comm link. Natalie blinked. Laughter? Was the idiot actually laughing at her? He was so going to eat her dust, and that would be before she grounded his sorry ass for the next decade or two.
Thirty years of practice gave her the edge every single time one of the cadets pulled a stupid stunt like this. Engaging the infrared overlay on the cerebral interface, she mentally plotted the other ship's most likely course. Only an experienced space jockey understood that the shortest route was rarely the quickest, or the easiest.
Sure enough, the idiot darted between the two large asteroids directly in front of him. A seasoned pilot would know that the combined gravitational fields of the rocks created a braking effect on any smaller object caught between the two of them. Real-life one on one versus theory in the classroom. She could almost feel sorry for the pilot as he struggled to wrest control of his ship from the two inanimate objects.
Almost, but not quite.
She circled around the trap, putting herself directly between the rocket jockey and home base. Let him watch her tail for a while before she slapped him into the brig. Waggling her wings in an insulting salute that the unfortunate pilot couldn't possibly miss, she veered toward home base.
She hadn't quite finished congratulating herself on such a swift victory when her ship careened sideways, almost colliding with one of the smaller asteroids in the field. What the hell?
She jerked her head up, hardly able to believe the display in front of her eyes. The smaller ship had freed itself of the gravity well and moved to parallel her before turning so that his thrusters aimed directly at her side. When he fired them, the shock hit the pilot ship with all the force of a herd of thundering moon-cats.
Crap! This kid had balls. Balls and the makings of a star-class fighter pilot—if she didn't kill him first.
Getting the ship back under control, she reined in her temper and concentrated on chasing the smaller ship. It had been a long time since anyone had actually given her a run for her money. She wasn't sure she liked it. "Pilot, you just bought yourself a serious amount of time dirt-side. Again, I say, identify yourself."
No answer.
"Who the hell are you?" Her voice harsh with suppressed rage, she gave the pilot one last chance to reply.
"Obviously a better pilot than you." His voice was smooth and low, with a trace of male humor showing through. Arrogant, definitely arrogant.
She felt a grudging respect for his lack of deference. He had her on the run and he knew it. "I doubt that. I got careless and you got lucky."
A disbelieving snort echoed through the com link. "I'm an excellent pilot. I don't need luck."
"And your name?" She didn't recall the last time she'd spent this much time trying to extract information from a cadet. Who the hell was this guy? A few seconds passed, and Natalie realized the cadet was going to ignore her yet again.
Turning the mode to private, she called up the avatar. "Can you get anything on that ship? A registration number? Something to trace the pilot?"
"Negative." If an avatar could shake its head, she was sure it would be. "There seems to be some type of blocking involved."
Natalie's eyebrows rose in surprise. Blocking identification protocols was strictly forbidden, and would require way more tech savvy than most of the cadets were capable of. "Can you identify the blocking procedures?"
Maybe she could get the man's identity in a round-about way. She snorted ruefully. When had she started thinking of the pilot as a man, not a boy? When he'd outmaneuvered her back there, or when he'd had the backbone to not answer her demands, not give her his name?
With that attitude, he'd go far in the military. Again, if she didn't kill him first.
Who the hell was he?

Author Bio

Anne Kane lives in the beautiful Okanagan Valley with a bouncy Jack Russell terrier, a cantankerous Himalayan cat, a bossy little calico cat and too many fish to count. She spent many years trying to fit in and act normal, but finally gave up the effort. She started writing romance, and her fate was sealed in 2008 when she won a publishing contract with Red Sage Publishing and just a month later Changeling Press accepted her first submission. Since then she had published more than thirty stories in a variety of sub-genres.
Her hobbies, when she's not playing with the characters in her head, include kayaking, hiking, motorcycles, swimming, skating, karate, playing guitar, singing and of course, reading.

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