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HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Pauline Baird Jones

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BROADLY SPEAKING AUTHORS FOR FEBRUARY 2012 I hosted the February Broadly Speaking for Broad Universe this year and had the pleasure to discuss one of my favorite topics, Romance in Speculative Fiction , with three wonderful writers: Brenda Cooper , Alexa Grave , and Pauline Baird Jones . You'll get to meet all of them this week. Today Pauline Baird Jones picked six. Click here to listen to the podcast or go to: http://broadlyspeaking.posterous.com/february-2012-romance HEIDI'S PICK SIX Pauline Baird Jones 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? I was at Twisted Gears last weekend and everyone kept asking me which was my favorite book. I told them, "That's like asking me to pick which kid is my favorite." LOL! But if you promise not to tell, I'd have to say Doc from GIRL GONE NOVA is probably my favorite. She really surprised me as she started to emerge from the fog. I liked her, then I didn't like her, then I loved her. The other chara

SECRET WRITERS: Alexa Grave

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BROADLY SPEAKING AUTHORS FOR FEBRUARY 2012 I hosted the February Broadly Speaking for Broad Universe this year and had the pleasure to discuss one of my favorite topics, Romance in Speculative Fiction , with three wonderful writers: Brenda Cooper , Alexa Grave , and Pauline Baird Jones . You'll get to meet all of them this week. Today I have secret writer Alexa Grave. Click here to listen to the podcast or go to: http://broadlyspeaking.posterous.com/february-2012-romance Secret Writers ALEXA GRAVE Some writers use pseudonyms to separate their personal and writing lives, and some use them to have different names associated with different genres they write in. I'm not either of those writer types, though. Alexa Grave is who I am when I write, plain and simple. All the way back in high school--days that are too far in the past for my taste--I was working on my first novel. This novel will never see the light of day, but the pseudonym I created while writing it w

PATHS TO PUBLICATION: Brenda Cooper

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BROADLY SPEAKING AUTHORS FOR FEBRUARY 2012 I hosted the February Broadly Speaking for Broad Universe this year and had the pleasure to discuss one of my favorite topics, Romance in Speculative Fiction , with three wonderful writers: Brenda Cooper , Alexa Grave , and Pauline Baird Jones . You'll get to meet all of them this week, starting today with Brenda's path to publication. Click here to listen to the podcast or go to: http://broadlyspeaking.posterous.com/february-2012-romance PATHS TO PUBLICATION Wow. I had an easy path, comparatively. I have been good friends with writer Steven Barnes for decades, and he introduced me to his collaborator, Larry Niven. Larry and Steve and I shared an interest in yoga, and through enough twists and turns for a novel (which I won't subject you to), Larry and I began collaborating as well. We sold a number of short stories, and I began to sell short stories of my own. One day while walking around Lake Sacajawea in Longview

SFFS: Snippet from Greenshift #9

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SFFS Snippet A TALE FROM THE AMBASADORA-VERSE: GREENSHIFT Greenshift is a novel set in the Ambasadora-verse one month before Ambasadora begins. DESCRIPTION: David Anlow, a fleet captain forced into early retirement and jaded by an ex-lover, now spends his lonely days shuttling around a group of scientists for hire. Boston Maribu, Mari to her friends, is one of his passengers, a young botanist who is as beautiful as she is naïve and innocent. When Mari asks David to teach her about more than just piloting the Bard , nights on their ship heat up and their feelings for each other mature into a relationship neither expects. But a suspicious new client shows up with wicked plans for Mari, and the soldier inside David comes alive, ready to fight for the young woman who stole his heart. SNIPPET #1 SNIPPET #2 SNIPPET #3 SNIPPET #4 SNIPPET #5 SNIPPET #6 SNIPPET #7 SNIPPET #8 -- "That was a bad move," Sean said. "You're playing a risky game with

Book: Greenshift (A Tale from the Ambasadora-verse)

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Books Greenshift is here! This is a new novel set in the Ambasadora-verse . It's the first of many stand alone stories which don't necessarily follow the main arc of the epic Ambasadora series. Greenshift takes place one month before Ambasadora begins. DESCRIPTION: David Anlow, a fleet captain forced into early retirement and jaded by an ex-lover, now spends his lonely days shuttling around a group of scientists for hire. Boston Maribu, Mari to her friends, is one of his passengers, a young botanist who is as beautiful as she is naïve and innocent. When Mari asks David to teach her about more than just piloting the Bard , nights on their ship heat up and their feelings for each other mature into a relationship neither expects. But a suspicious new client shows up with wicked plans for Mari, and the soldier inside David comes alive, ready to fight for the young woman who stole his heart. And here are the stops along my Virtual Book Tour (VBT). Some of them w

SFFS: Snippet from Greenshift #8

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SFFS Snippet A TALE FROM THE AMBASADORA-VERSE: GREENSHIFT Greenshift is a novel set in the Ambasadora-verse one month before Ambasadora begins. DESCRIPTION: David Anlow, a fleet captain forced into early retirement and jaded by an ex-lover, now spends his lonely days shuttling around a group of scientists for hire. Boston Maribu, Mari to her friends, is one of his passengers, a young botanist who is as beautiful as she is naïve and innocent. When Mari asks David to teach her about more than just piloting the Bard , nights on their ship heat up and their feelings for each other mature into a relationship neither expects. But a suspicious new client shows up with wicked plans for Mari, and the soldier inside David comes alive, ready to fight for the young woman who stole his heart. SNIPPET #1 SNIPPET #2 SNIPPET #3 SNIPPET #4 SNIPPET #5 SNIPPET #6 SNIPPET #7 -- She couldn't see anything but the sea and sky reflected in the dark glass, but she could hear m

PATHS TO PUBLICATION: Shirley Brosius

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PATHS TO PUBLICATION I had already written a devotional book for women when I approached publishers at writers conferences about a second book. Someone suggested that since two friends and I already had a speaking ministry called Friends of the Heart, we should write a book together. So we wrote Turning Guilt Trips into Joy Rides . Our background: In 1998 Janine Boyer and Kim Messinger had asked me to mentor them as Christian leaders. We began meeting weekly at 5:30 a.m. to discuss Christian books and five years later decided we would like to form a ministry team. We have now spoken in five states, and we lead about 15 events each year. Who we are: Kim is a first grade teacher and a volunteer youth leader at her church. She has one son in college and another in high school. She enjoys taking care of her Newfoundland, Mercy Grace, cooking gourmet meals, and singing, especially with her husband Matthew. Janine works in a family business along with her husband Dave and serves a

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Tony Rauch

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Tony Rauch 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? The boy in “cool spaceship, man” (from an upcoming collection: as I floated in the jar, Eraserhead Press, spring 2012) His parents shop at thrift stores, so he wears only drab old clothes and thus has an ‘old man’ vibe about him, even though he’s just a kid. 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? 5. Who are you reading right now? Re-reading the biography: Wyatt Earp, Frontier Marshal. He was an interesting figure – very independent, didn’t take sides in matters, and thus had few friends, but was also thus trusted as he didn’t take sides in matters. Re-reading: Return to the city of white donkeys, by James Tate. Imaginative prose-poem stories, kind of similar to Richard Brautigan’s Revenge of the lawn in tone. I’ve been watching a lot of DVDs from friends and the library. Mad Men and Breaking Bad, which I think are really interesting in

SFFS: Snippet from GREENSHIFT #7

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SFFS Snippet A TALE FROM THE AMBASADORA-VERSE: GREENSHIFT Greenshift is a novel set in the Ambasadora-verse one month before Ambasadora begins. DESCRIPTION: David Anlow, a fleet captain forced into early retirement and jaded by an ex-lover, now spends his lonely days shuttling around a group of scientists for hire. Boston Maribu, Mari to her friends, is one of his passengers, a young botanist who is as beautiful as she is naïve and innocent. When Mari asks David to teach her about more than just piloting the Bard , nights on their ship heat up and their feelings for each other mature into a relationship neither expects. But a suspicious new client shows up with wicked plans for Mari, and the soldier inside David comes alive, ready to fight for the young woman who stole his heart. SNIPPET #1 SNIPPET #2 SNIPPET #3 SNIPPET #4 SNIPPET #5 SNIPPET #6 -- He was in his early twenties, she guessed, not much older than she was. And very good-looking, reminding h

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Frances Pauli

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Frances Pauli 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? I’d be hard pressed to pick one, in particular relating to The Changeling Race trilogy. The cast is way too dear to my heart as a whole. However, one character that I could easily put at the top of a long list of "favorites" is Old Mary. Honestly, I never intended for her to be much of a character. She had other ideas, and said so loudly enough to get my attention. She offered compelling evidence, a depth of character I’d missed at first glance, and I had no choice but to incorporate more of her into the series. She begins as my protagonist’s landlady, the owner of an Irish pub that she’s come to detest for its representation of her past obsession with fairies and Fey lore. The little pixies have disappointed her. They’ve failed to live up to her fantasies, and now Mary is forced to work in the shadow of her own squashed dreams. Now with that kind of a story, what could I do but help he

Cover: Fortune's Hero by Jenna Bennett

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Covers A new Science Fiction Romance series from Jenna Bennett ! Last year, space smuggler Quinn Conlan was on top of the world. He had everything a man could want: a fast ship, a great crew, a gorgeous girlfriend, lots of money, and adventure and excitement around every corner. That all changed when he agreed to ferry a shipload of weapons to the beleaguered planet Marica, currently under siege by Rhenian forces. Now he’s stuck in a prison camp on the moon Marica-3, subjected to weekly sessions with the camp’s “medical team,” and praying for a quick death before he breaks under the torture and spills everything he knows about the Marican resistance. When the opportunity presents itself, Quinn takes a Rhenian med tech hostage and heads into the inhospitable interior of the small moon. There, he has to keep himself and Doctor Elsa Brandeis safe from the deadly flora and fauna, as well as hidden from the prison guards searching for them, all while formulating a plan for getting h

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Jessica Subject

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Jessica Subject 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? In my most recent release, Never Gonna Let You Go, I would have to say Melina. When I set down to write this story, she showed up as a complete surprise. But I had fun writing her tale. Overall though, Katrina from my Mark of the Stars series is my favorite. She was the very first character who spoke to me back in 2008, and she was named by my daughter. 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? 5. Who are you reading right now? Alien Proliferation by Gini Koch. I actually have a bunch of science fiction romance and young adult books on my immediate TBR list. 6. Pop culture or academia? 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? 8. Where do you find your inspirations to write? I find inspiration in everyday things, conversations I overhear, news stories and articles, and more. Though my very first as well as my most recent story id

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Kerry Downing

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Kerry Downing 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. As a child, my family took a two week vacation every summer. My dad would rent a camper and off we’d go to the west coast. I’ve been to every state west of the Mississippi, but very few east of there. I didn’t really appreciate the trips as a child … probably just like my kids didn’t appreciate the trips I’ve taken them on over the years. All I wanted to do at the time was to be home with my friends. It was summer break and here we were traipsing all over the country! Sorry if I was too much of a pain, Mom and Dad. As an adult, the most frequent place I’ve visited is California. Specifically, the area north of San Francisco. I love it there, and if I can figure out how to afford to live there someday I will. As a child and young adult, I wasn’t very adventurous. I was happy to just stay around the town where I grew up … the occasional trip to a nearby lak