March 4, 2013

SF Romance: Destiny @BookstoGoNow #RLFblog



Destiny

KC Maguire, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Destiny.
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Publisher: Books to Go Now
Length: 10,000 words approx.
Heat rating: 7 out of 10
Tagline: What if you could live forever with the one you love? All you have to lose is your humanity.
Blurb:
In earth's future, humans are becoming more like robots and robots are becoming more human. As Joe Baker's friends and family undergo the Transition - a procedure enabling humans to upload their personalities into robotic replicas - Joe discovers that his android companion, Destiny, is developing sentience. And falling in love with him. Joe's conflicted feelings about becoming a machine and his growing fondness for Destiny confuse him about his own future. His best friend, Cutler, is pressuring him to
Transition before it's too late. Does Cutler know more than he's saying? If Joe Transitions, he can be with Destiny forever, but at what cost? As he pursues his options, Joe learns some startling truths about the Transition and the
nature of humanity ... and love.
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What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Joe Baker, retired, middle aged
Destiny, android, ageless
Cutler, middle aged, Joe’s best friend and BPB agent (ie Biosphere Preservation Bureau)

Interview

Tell us about your story's world. What is it like in this period or place?
This book is set in earth’s future when humans are uploading their consciousness into androids so they can live forever. Most think it’s a wonderful advancement, but Joe is afraid of losing his soul, the thing that makes him essentially different and that differentiates him from the technology that surrounds him.
What inspired you to write this book?
Reading “Alone Together” by Sherry Turkle who is a psychologist working with robotics at M.I.T. She talks about how technology that is supposed to bring humans together often ends up making us less human.
Which character in your current book do you think readers will like the most? Why?
Destiny. She’s a na├»ve, innocent robot who accidentally becomes sentient and falls in love with her roommate, Joe.
Why do you write?
It makes me happy to communicate ideas to others and to create new worlds for us all to play in.
When you write, what things do you want close at hand? (Coffee, water, chocolate... pictures of gorgeous hunks for inspiration...?)
LOTS of coffee! Can never have enough!
When you're not writing, what would we find you doing?
Playing with my kids. They’re 2, 5 and 7 – really fun ages.
Are you a plotter, or do you prefer to make it up on the spur of the moment?
Yep, I’m definitely a “fly by the seat of my pants” kinda girl. A writing instructor once told me to let the characters go where they want to go and do what they have to do. This has always worked for me.
Looking back at your first book, what do you wish you had done differently?
I think I should have given my heroine more guts and spunk, but you live and learn.
What's your writing schedule like?
Very random, frantic and completely disorganized.
Any advice for new authors?
Believe in yourself. Find others who share your passion and don’t be afraid to share ideas with them.
When an idea hits you, what do you do to capture it?
Lots of sticky notes on the bedside table.
Which of your books was the hardest to write and why?
I think this one was. With science fiction, it’s very hard to create an effective balance between action and world-building. The reader has to have enough information not to get lost in the strange new world the writer has created, but not too much that it gets in the way of the action.
What are you currently reading for fun? Anything for research?
I love the new YA science fiction books. I just started reading “Cinder” which I’m very much enjoying so far.
What's the best gift you ever received?
An Amazon gift card with a sufficient amount to buy my first Kindle.
If you could time travel what era would be your first stop?
Ooh – would have to go to earth’s future and hope we haven’t made too much of a mess of things.
Do you believe in luck?
I’d like to say I believe in “Destiny” – no pun intended (well, maybe …)
What kind of music do you listen to while driving? Same question when writing?
When driving, I listen pretty exclusively to audiobooks. I can’t listen to music when writing. I need quiet to focus.
Do you play any musical instruments?
Piano (badly).

What's your favorite movie?
I’m a sucker for a good old fashioned rom-com. Don’t know how many times I’ve watched “When Harry Met Sally”.
Are you the eldest, middle, baby, or only child?
Eldest.

Please complete the sentence

I love pizza with my kids.
I'm always ready for a trip to the movies.
When I'm alone, I read, read, read.
You'd never be able to tell, but I was born in Australia.
If I had a halo it would be silver/blue.
If I could fly I'd circle the world.
I can never sleep because I have too many ideas going around in my head.

Previous Books

Dear John (as KC Maguire) http://amzn.com/B008D5324K

Books Coming Soon

Ivory Tower (coming out at amazon.com)

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March 3, 2013

Yoga of Writing @romancebysusan #RLFblog




Romance Lives Forever welcomes author Susan D Taylor to the blog for an article about writers and writing.
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The Yoga of Writing, by Susan D. Taylor

The yoga of anything, to me, means the place to find steady endurance. A place to be grounded and move effortlessly. That is one of the primary definitions of yoga. The Sanskrit root for yoga means to yoke or bind. Minds out of the BDSM red room. LOL. Yoga is an encompassing way of life used to ground the restless mind while centering the “self” within the body. In this way it is possible to move beyond focusing on the issues plaguing the physical, intellectual, and emotional self. To be ultimately free.
So then what is the yoga of writing? My interpretation is a place to find the ability to write without hindrances. For some people that place might be a physical location. Office, desk, laptop. For others it’s a state a mind: peaceful, exhilarating, motivated. Or this yogic state is as simple as a quality within the atmosphere.
For me, the yoga of writing is all of those and none. The yoking I experience from writing is the very grounding of my mind when I’m prepared and able to find creative release. The release experienced in a yoga class, a yoga mat, or a yogic moment, are the same. A small “aha” or something of an epiphany in understanding. In writing it is the moment of transcending one realm beyond the chair where I find the ability to be free to create the movement in a story or simply a sentence that resonates. Those moments for me do not last long. The human experience, my skill level, what’s going on in life impact the occurrence, and breath of creativity. But if I am aware of what I need to get there, it is possible to find my way back.
For some writers, blocks occur and it is discovering how to get around these walls or veils. Learning to let go, I accept maybe not today. I am free to simply be. The more we push or pull, Newton’s laws may be invisible and in affect. For every action… We must be careful to create open spaces in our lives where our judgments are left at the door and we are permitted entrance without regard for what we produce or not.
The yoga of writing is more acceptance than anything else. Learning to find and own who I am at this moment so that it is possible to show up again and again. The steady grace of coming back each day, and willingness to start again whether it be sitting at a desk, walking with my dogs, or on the mat.
Namaste.
Favorite quote:
“Sexy is a strange thing. I'm not sure it has to do with sex. Sexy has to do with not knowing what's coming next. It's unpredictability.”
― Christopher Walken
Susan Azpillaga-Taylor,
RYT 200 Yoga Alliance

Author of Secret Desire

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March 1, 2013

RLF Gems: Blog Stats for Feb 2013 #RLFblog



RLF Gems

In February, Romance Lives Forever introduced two new features. Cover Love is a short intro to a book and includes only a blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. We use it if one of our scheduled authors is unable to appear, and no other material is on hand. If you would like to submit your book for this feature, see the FAQ page for more information. The other was a full week dedicated to one publisher. There will be four this year, including Liquid Silver Books in June, and JMS Books LLC in September. For February, it was the Boroughs Publishing Group, “Where Story Matters.”

There were 7 posts by Boroughs, 17 author interviews, 3 book releases, and 1 article for 28 posts in a 28 day month.

There were unusual ties this month. Jerrie Alexander and Keta Diablo shared a spot because their posts went up the same day. Boroughs took first, third, and fourth place, and three people had even numbers of hits for fifth. Here are the top posts (judging by page hits).

1. Boroughs Publishing
2. Jerrie Alexander / Keta Diablo
3. Boroughs Publishing
4. Boroughs Publishing
5. Vicki Batman
5. Allie Ritch
5. Donna Cummings

Authors who guest with us are promoted on Facebook, via Triberr to over 549k potential readers, are featured front page in the daily Romance Lives Forever Paper.li ezine, and the blog has its own hashtag (#rlfblog) on Twitter. This year, we also created the Booklover's Guide to Romance Lives Forever with links to guest authors' books and social media. It is 110 pages crammed full of who to follow and what to read. The FAQ page provides updated downloads of optional interview questions, and a guide to the blog. You can also grab our button to promote your visit.

My thanks to all who took part this month. You made Romance Lives Forever a great place to discover new books and authors.

Other participants this month in alphabetical order by first name are:
Ashlynne Laynne, Brita Addams, Chris Karlsen, Helena Harker, Janet Elizabeth Jones, Jennifer France, Kara Leigh Miller, Lorrie Struiff, Lynda Kaye Frazier, Paloma Beck, Raine Delight, Serena Zane, Tara Fox Hall, Vicki Batman, Victoria Blisse

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