Love Me Some Aliens
Yeah, I’m sure you’ve seen it before… Authors drooling over some yummy guy in tight pants (maybe a al 1800’s – okay so I’ve done that too… think Colin Firth) ahem or pictures of some hunky naked man-chest (that used to be my avatar!) But seriously, how the hell do we visualise an alien?? And when we get them visualised what exactly do we want from them? (And I’m not just talking smut!)
I’ve done it a few times… (Visualised, ladies!) Start with Chowd from Starburst… I had to gaze upon Jonathon Rhys-Meyers image for days (yes I wiped up the drool, thank you!) When I reached the plan, I found another yummy man and followed those up with the Reunion guys. Let me tell you… I had an awful lot of fun finding the males for those covers!
By the time I’d hit Hesparia’s Tears I was comfortable in the worlds I was creating and the characters. Galan was perfect for a woman who had no future left on earth. Strong, confident and determined. (Not to mention super sexy!)
Then I wrote Cedun in Tangled Webs (Sex, Love & Aliens anthology – my new release)… Ah man! Visions of Henry Cavill were there… In spades! And yes, he was soft, caring, considerate… Almost perfect!
Actually, it’s funny because I wrote Tangled Webs quickly, the story kind of unfolded in my mind. I didn’t even have an idea for it, then Bam! There it was. It took about a week to write the first draft – and I only started once Beachwalk Press shared details of the Anthology. (It was a perfect match in my own mind! Thankfully my publisher agreed with that!)
I also learned I like to use Earth and Pseudo-Earth planets as settings for my books. I guess because it allows me to draw upon what I know and am comfortable with. (Sounds odd, given I have written mostly SciFi novels and novellas!)
I have to be honest, I like my aliens to be at least humanoid though a few extra enhancements are welcome. I like a sculpted face and body, a lack of body hair (ohh yummy!) and even an extra dose of super-strength or super intelligence. It all works for me.
One thing I do think sets a lot of alien characters apart, is that they have the facility to be both strong and weak. Stronger in that they have the alpha tendencies of “protect my female” yet the weakness that lets them truly understand their women… and the emotional roller coaster we seem to ride sometimes! (Come on, I’m sure we’d mostly like a greater dollop of that from time to time!)
But I have to admit, when I look to the writings of my go to SciFi Romance authors, it’s hard to go past Branden Kal-Paten (Linnea Sinclair Games of Command) and any of Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed (vampires created from alien blood-lines) oh and who can go past Afra Lyon? (Anne McCaffrey Damia)
See what I mean? Strong and weak in generous dollops.
Okay, so you want to know what I’m currently working on? As funny as it seems, I have the rights back to my first ever series, Warriors of the Elector (a SciFi Romance! So I’m currently re-editing book 3)
One man, one woman, one psychotic alien.
The race is on to save humanity. Past. Present. Future. Mellissa Davis is an average bookstore owner and aspiring romance author—until the day an electronic book pad slides through the slot of her bookstore.
Now all she has to worry about is a sexy time travelling stealth ship captain, staying out of the way of the bad guy and saving the universe, past and present.
Duvall McCord—an up and coming space captain travels to the past to stop the Ru’Edan leader, Crick Sur Banden, destroying the Earth Empire of the future.
His mission? Retrieve the handbook for the Elector.
He doesn’t count on love, or saving the woman of his dreams. But time is running out and Duvall must do everything he can to stop the plot… and save Mellissa.
Tangled Webs in Sex Love & Aliens
In the course of a single day Gia Montgomery loses her job and discovers that her boyfriend—now ex-boyfriend—is a two-timing sleaze. After downing a bottle of wine, she catches sight of Cedun in her backyard. He’s the Ba’Tua heir who has been living on Earth for several years. Gia struggles to ignore the strong attraction between them, because she’s sure he’s seeing someone else. Someone very close to her, in fact.
When the situation with her ex turns nasty, Cedun finally has a chance to set things straight between himself and Gia, but nothing is as simple as it seems. Cedun must protect Gia and sort out an impossible love-life tangle before it’s too late.
Content Warning: this title contains sexy aliens and feisty heroines, together with enough action—of every kind—to keep readers on the edge of their seats