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Monday, December 31, 2012

Kick-Butt heroines of Science Fiction - Vijaya Schartz

The wonderful thing about writing science fiction heroines, is that they can truly be whatever I want them to be. They don’t even need to be human. They take charge and operate beyond petty gender discriminations, wielding the power of true freedom... unless, of course, I blast an alien grenade into their sophisticated advanced society. That’s always fun to do. After all, without conflict, there would be no story.

But not all futuristic societies are advanced. Sometimes civilization goes backward, my heroine is whisked into a parallel universe (SNATCHED), alien intervention or human warfare destroys dreams of freedom. Then my heroines must restore balance to their world.

Sometimes they are hard core military by choice, like Tia in Anaz-voohri or Zania in Snatched. Sometimes I like to throw them into the fray against their will and watch them flounder and cope, as I imagine the worst possible situations to defeat them. Of course, among all these great qualities of strength and courage, they also have flaws and weaknesses. They usually perform well under pressure... until I find their breaking point. Even then, I still want to be them.

I love my kick-butt heroines. Whether they wield a sword, like in the CHRONICLES OF KASSOUK SERIES, a blaster, or a bazooka, like in the ANCIENT ENEMY series, they confront their fears with courage, and after much suffering, they usually save the day... or the man they love, like in ALIEN LOCKDOWN.

Fiction reveals the writer’s soul. We usually write about what we know. Like my futuristic heroines, I’m a meditator, a fighter, a former gymnast, a skydiver, and a Martial Arts black belt (Aikido). I love Japanese swords and learned how to use them. I believe that even in future warfare, there will be a place for sharp blades. If an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) or a solar flare renders all electronics useless, say goodbye to your fancy weaponry. My heroines can still rely on a length of good steel.

No sniggering, erotica readers. The blade is meant to slay whatever soldier, tiger, or alien demon wants to ruin the day. Of course, there are sizzling love scenes in my books as well. My heroines do deserve their rewards. But I prefer to avoid dubious metaphors.

You can find all my titles in eBooks mostly everywhere in most formats. I also have a few available in print. Some are out of print and only available used. More print books are coming out soon. Find my titles on:

Here are a few titles to consider:

KICKING BOTS - Ancient Enemy Book Three

Dr. Melissa Campbell, head researcher at the San Francisco Center for Disease Control, asks an eminent colleague for help to protect her precious vaccine, one that could end the deadly alien plague. She didn't expect to get a crazy renegade like Bennett Sevastian for a bodyguard. She hates military types, and this genetically enhanced super-soldier is pure testosterone, hot-headed, quick-tempered, impulsive, impatient, and downright impossible. But these are dangerous times with riots in the streets, and rumors of alien invasion. In a breathless race against time, experience the decisive battle for humankind, one that will decide whether Earth belongs to humanity, or to a powerful alien race...

“As always, Ms. Schartz's dialogue is believable and authentic and her characters hero-worthy. I loved Melissa's smarts, compassion, and daring... a veritable thrill-ride, with some twists and turns... exciting, suspense… an unpredictable path that so engrossed me, I found it hard to put the book down. Great ending to a great series!” 4.5 lips - Two Lips Reviews
"Begins with a bang and keeps the fireworks coming. As much as Melissa and Bennett try to fight their feelings for each other, it is too strong for them to deny..." Sensual Reads - 4.5 stars - Sultry
"... Bennett. Sexy, balls to the walls Bennett. Ladies man, his own military militia and a devilish sense of humor. A sensational and fantastical alternate universe, painted and laid out for me with every wondrous word. I really enjoyed every lie and betrayal, every scary new path on their journey to get to the truth and save the world as they know it."
Book Junkie - 4 stars
"I really enjoyed this book. Even though I hadn't read the previous two... I have always been interested in the mysterious disappearance of the Anasazi and this story nicely filled in the blanks... exceptionally well written. I am definitely going to have to find the previous books and check them out as well." - The Romance Studio - 5 hearts - rated very sensual.

SNATCHED

Snatched from a post‑apocalyptic battlefield by galactic traders, Zania is sold to a clandestine ring of fighting Amazons, on a planet lush with green jungles and teeming with deadly felines. She resents the gorgeous and overzealous Viking champion, Svend, who saves her life but too easily accepts slavery. Adulated by a woman who claims to know her, hated by the jealous Amazon queen who fancies Svend, Zania seeks escape...
But Svend knows the price of rebellion, and on this seemingly peaceful planet, ruled and defended by machines, nothing is what it seems, not even Zania herself... Among the rumbles of a volcano threatening to explode, an insurrection is brewing, and no one is safe...

"...plot twists too numerous to list... Alternate Earths... Zania and Svend fight for their lives... spurned lovers... volcano... Can they find happiness when their world is coming apart?" - Candy - Sensual Reads - Sultry - 4.5 stars
"Brimming with action from the first page... ripe with hidden agendas, evil villains, toothy tigers, brave heroes, and cowardly sneaks. Oh! And do not forget, exploding volcanoes. A well-scripted adventure... thrills and chills on each new page... a diverse array of characters endowed with personality and pizzazz. Pick it up and prepare to be swept away in an escapade of intense science fiction excitement." - Laurie, Coffee Time Romance - 4 cups
"I loved this book... a great Sci-Fi Romance... action packed... mysteries and surprises everywhere... keep you wanting to continue reading to find out what happens... Even if you do not read much Sci-Fi romance, I would recommend this story... filled with characters you love and hate... will leave you satisfied in the end." - Felicia Wright - Paranormal romance Reviews

ALIEN LOCKDOWN:

the year is 3033, and deep in the bowels of the underground galactic prison, something has gone terribly wrong. Rhonda Alendresis never wanted this prison job. When the civilians vanish and an earthquake damages the nuclear reactor, she must go down to repair it with Captain Perfect himself, Cole Riggeur, who always plays by the rules and never trusted a woman in his life. But deep in the underground penitentiary, the most wicked convicts in the Galaxy are loose, and a treacherous shape-shifter plans his revenge. Disconnected from the Garrison, against impossible odds, Cole and Rhonda now face their greatest challenge... trusting each other in order to survive.

REVIEWS:
"The action reminded me of an INDIANA JONES movie and the romance was equally intense." --Paranormal Romance Reviews

"...the fantastic anticipation only a ticking bomb can generate, I was enthralled from page one" --Lynn Lowe - Ecataromance

"...suspenseful, gripping saga of survival, betrayal, and hope...the resourcefulness and courage that occurs when a person refuses to admit defeat and die." --Dena - Fallen Angel Reviews - 5 angels

Vijaya Schartz
Blasters, Swords, Romance with a Kick
Friday, December 28, 2012

Science Fiction Romance in 2013


It appears Apocalypse 2012 was scuttled, so it's back to what really matters...sci-fi romance in film in the coming year. Must say I'm a bit relieved...after all, we're talking Henry Cavill here. Henry and one of my favorite writers, Christopher Nolan.

Which brings me to a keenly anticipated movie in 2013: Man of Steel




I could stop there, but I suppose there are other films coming out in the SFR genre worth mentioning. 

Another title is Star Trek Into Darkness. It has Zachary Quinto (who's best role was on 24 being annoyed by the beloved Chloe).



Star Trek Into Darkness also has Benedict Cumbersnatch and will be worth watching just to see an actor with that name. Plus 'love will be tested', so there's that.




Another SFR film coming in 2013 is Oblivion, starring a post-Katie Tom Cruise.




The pitch promises 'romance, adventure, and uninmaginable danger'.

These are just a few SFR films heading our way like an apocalypse comet in the new year. For a longer list, visit Movieweb.com.


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

We've survived


Congratulations on surviving 2012 - the Year of the Mayan and Zombie Apocalypses.

Here's to a great 2013.






Friday, December 21, 2012

NEW PAPERBACK RELEASE - RED LEOPARD - Vijaya Schartz

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In charge of the fortress of Kassouk in the King's absence, what is Terek to do when a Goddian spacecraft lands in his medieval backyard, and the striking woman leading the galactic party insists on colonization?

Galya, the Goddian Princess commanding the geological vessel, is bent on finding a crystal with unusual hyper-conductor properties. And the futile resistance of the local population isn’t going to stop her. Not even that defiant tribal chief nicknamed Red Leopard, like the infernal feline that follows him everywhere.

Terek and his band of swordsmen and felines must defend their people’s freedom, no matter the cost. But with this unexpected arrival, an old prophecy surfaces, taking new meaning and carrying a new threat... When political intrigues, greed, murder and betrayal tip the scales, whom can Galya really trust? Her fellow Goddians? the Mutants bred to serve her race? or her primitive Human enemy?
"action packed, fast paced story... I can't wait to read the next book in the
Chronicles of Kassouk series." 5 angels - Fallen Angel Reviews


"This book was so good. The plot, characters, setting, everything was laid out in detail; vivid and believable. I was completely lost in the world Vijaya created and loving every second of it."
- 5 stars - Shawna K. - Goodreads.com
"Packed with action and adventure. Galya ... a tough warrior... a sweetness about her that makes her easy to like... I loved how Rascal was Terek's faithful companion and defender throughout nearly the entire story... I really liked Red Leopard."
- The Hope Chest Reviews
Although this futuristic romance novel was already available in eBook in all formats, it just came out this month in paperback. I'm so glad those of you who prefer to hold a book in your hands can now enjoy this award-winning series. THE CHRONICLES OF KASSOUK started with WHITE TIGER, and RED LEOPARD is Book Two.

Book Three, BLACK JAGUAR is scheduled for paperback release in February, and the other titles will follow shortly a few months apart.

Noah's Ark, which is a prequel, the beginning, was published last in eBook and will also be last to come out in print. Each story can be read separately, but if you are like me and you like to read a series in the right order, here is how it stands right now:

NOAH'S ARK - The beginning
WHITE TIGER - Book One
RED LEOPARD - Book Two
BLACK JAGUAR - Book Three
BLUE LIONESS - Book Four
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Happy Reading

Vijaya Schartz
Blasters, Swords, Romance with a Kick
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

TASTE THE DREAM

The other morning I woke up from the most vivid dream. Usually I tell myself I'll remember this dream or this dream would make a great story, but of course, with few exceptions within minutes of waking the dream has faded or I realize that what made perfect sense in the dream world is totally incomprehensible in real life.

I dream in color. There's sight, sound, sensation and sometimes even smell, but I don't recall ever having a dream that included  taste - up until this one. I woke from this dream with the taste of apples, vanilla, cinnamon and whipped cream on my tongue.

My sweet preference is chocolate, the darker the better. I'm not a big fan of pancakes, waffles or pies, but in this dream I was eating a dessert that seemed to combine all three. The dessert wasn't beautiful to my eyes, just a layered concoction of apple pie filling, pie crust, waffles, crepes and whipping cream, but with each bite flavor burst on my tongue, rich and delicious. I never wanted to stop eating it. The tastes lingered on my tongue long after I woke.

As writers we're told to use the five senses in our writing - sight, sound, taste, touch and smell. This is great advice. Using the five senses helps the reader connect with the characters and the story. In romance this is especially important to help create deep point of view. While sight, sound, touch and smell is used in books, I rarely read taste. And sometimes when it's used in love scenes I find myself giggling. Her breasts tasted like honey. Can breasts taste like honey or nipples like cherries? I won't even go into what other parts of the body taste like.

With the approaching Holiday we're often overwhelmed with tasks and overlook the wonderful sights and sounds, smells and tastes of the season. During this busy time be sure to pause and enjoy these experiences. Don't wait to dream them.

To help you get into the spirit I'm offering a FREE download from Smashwords of my short story THE CHRISTMAS VILLAGE.

While waiting to purchase another house for her Christmas Village collection Sara falls and hits her head. Transported to a fantasy world she falls in love with a man in her dream. Is she willing to give up real life to be with him? Or should she trust that he'll be there when she wakes up?

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 Here are a few paragraphs from THE CHRISTMAS VILLAGE where I've used the sense of smell to set the scene and draw the reader in.


A few minutes later he returned carrying a tray. Placing it on the bedside table he sat down next to her. The firm mattress sank only a bit with his weight, but the motion vibrated throughout Sara.

Fragrant steam rose from a rich beef stew. Warm, crusty bread slathered with golden butter made her stomach quench. But it was the masculine scents of leather and fresh air clinging to King Dravid and the look of desire in his eyes that made her mouth water.

He tore off a piece of bread and lifted it to her lips. Melted butter dripped over his fingers. Sara opened her mouth and caught the liquid bead running down the back of his hand with her tongue.

Wishing everyone a VERY MERRY (and tasty) CHRISTMAS and a SAFE & HAPPY NEW YEAR!



Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Holidays - Frantic or Fun?

I've decided this year and the following years to come to have fun for the holidays. It's a choice I am going to make. For many years I've put too much pressure on myself to make sure of having that perfect meal, perfect gift, perfect holiday outing. But with age comes wisdom, lol, and I've learned that life is never perfect. So I give myself permission to have a messy, unpredictable holiday season. No exceptions. Period.

I hope everyone has a beautiful, loving holiday season and if you feel like winning a prize or two, drop by my blog. I've joined over 200 blogs for the the Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop. I'm giving away a $10 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble, winners choice, while there are three grand prizes for the hop.

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $200 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more
Friday, December 14, 2012

Christmases Yet to Come


Given that this the holiday season, I thought I'd give my imagination free rein to conjure up images of Christmases yet to be.

Smart houses of the future will have a pocket in the eaves with fiberoptic lights which emerge only when the homeowners decide. Said lights can be programmed to your specific color scheme and can change according to the holiday. The luxury upgrade will mimic shapes like candy canes and icicles. They will, of course, blink according to the music of choice.

No longer will folks have to wade through dusty attics and musty basements to unearth all those lovely yard ornaments. The house of the future will have holographic lights (and possibly plants to reduce maintenance) that can display your Santas and Frostys in 3 pixelated dimensions. Given enough money, some folks can have the holograms in motion, perhaps even depicting Joseph and Mary's trials in finding a place to stay for the night.

The house of the future will be able to provide white Christmases all around as solar panels power snow machines using shower and washing machine water. Icicle makers will be extra and programmable into shapes and lit with fiberoptics.

Inside, I image future inventors will borrow from Dr. Seuss and have a Christmas tree like an umbrella that you can unfurl and set up in the location of your choosing. More expensive models will be synthesized from your household waste. You can of course pick color schemes and ornaments, and hey, why not make it a family affair and have everyone pick their favorite doo-dads. Those in too much of a hurry can select from the latest designer models.

Holographic stockings will hang by equally pixelated fireplaces and tiny cubes will provide holographic nick-knacks of creches, santas, reindeer and anything else that suits your fancy.

As for meals, just program in your old-fashion dinner just like mom used to make (when mom had an oven) and all your favorites will appear sans lumpy gravy, burnt rolls or cold corn.

Happy Holidays! 
Linda
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

MEMORY OR LACK THERE OF

Before I get into my post, I wanted you to see my new cover for my latest release.  As I write this on November 28, the book isn't out yet, but I hope it to be by the time this blog is posted.  Thanks for your consideration.

I have to apologize to my blog mates.  I thought I'd written and posted my blog for the 21st of Novmeber.  Was I surprised today when I checked for it and didn't find it.

So I thought I'd write this blog on my fading memory.  It's not like I have Alzheimers or anything like that.  I'm just forgetful.  I leave myself notes, mark it on calendars, make lists and I still forget to do things, like write and post a blog.

I attribute this so our busy life styles.  There is just so much more to remember now.  We have to multi, multi, multi task just to keep up.  There is little time for recharging and if, like me, you have insomnia, there is even less time to recharge.  Now you might think that because I have insomnia I'd get more done, and to some extent that is true.  I get more writing done on my books, but other things fall by the wayside more often than not.  Insomnia gives me a lack of concentration.

Have any of you seen UP?  In the movie there is a talking dog who gets distracted by every squirrel he sees.  He'll be talking and suddenly, "squirrel".  Thats the way I feel.  I'm going along, doing my thing and "squirrel" something else takes my attention away.

None of this is really an excuse as to why I forgot the blog.  It just is what it is.  How many of you are suffering from the too much to remember disease?  I'd really like to know that I'm not alone.
Monday, December 10, 2012

THE HOLIDAYS IN SPACE - by Vijaya Schartz

I always felt as if I came to this world from the future... with a short detour through medieval times, to be revisited later. So now that I'm back writing about the future, let me describe for you what the holidays look like on a space station.

I'm not talking about our puny International Space Station with its handful of astronauts and cosmonauts dining on shiny packages of pureed food. Imagine a giant five mile wheel spinning in space, creating its own artificial gravity, sheltering several thousand people... an honest to goodness, fully operating space station. It has deflector shields, titanium bulkheads, docking bays for spaceships of all sizes and shapes, duty free shops displaying goods from the far reaches of the universe. Many visitors pass through, as this space station is a major stop on the space routes. Besides its civilian population, it has military personel and well trained security forces. Get the picture?

The holidays have expanded to include many cultures around the universe, who celebrate the winter solstice, the return of longer and warmer days after the cold season. Think big. All religious traditions like to celebrate on such auspicious dates... although establishing corresponding dates in space might require complicated algorhythms. That's where computers are helpful.

The festivities would last at least a week and would include foods and drinks from alien worlds, some populated or colonized by Humans, and others by other races. There would be religious celebrations in temples and churches. The Christmas carols might sound different on an alien musical instrument.

I'm so excited to be writing science fiction romance again. For most of the year I took a break from science fiction to publish the first four novels in my medieval romantic fantasy series, The Curse of the Lost Isle. Now, I get to set my next story on a space station where I'll live it for a while. I love the smell of metal grease on the bolts of the docks, the clanks of expanding and retracting metal under the temperature changes.

If I made you nostalgic for a space station, visit the novellas of the BOREALIS series. Mine is titled BLACK DRAGON, and I'm plotting another to be released from Desert Breeze next year.

In the meantime, you can find all my eBooks in all formats and paperbacks at the regular online stores. Here are the links:

Vijaya Schartz
Blasters, Swords, Romance with a Kick


Friday, December 7, 2012

Science Fiction Romance Fashion Tips


When it comes to Science-Fiction Romance fashion, why does it often seem metallic and a little gray and gloomy? 

Or weird and kooky?






Why can't Science-Fiction romance be softer? Prettier? And well, pinker?


It can for one lucky winner. I'm featuring a contest on my personal blog where the grand prize is a Juicy Couture pink velour tracksuit, which was featured in my Science-Fiction Romance series Apocalypse Babes

After all, handling the aliens, zombies, conspiracies, and romantic angst that come with SFR, one needs the extra comfort and indulgence that comes with designer velour. It's as important as a light saber, people. 

So imagine yourself curling up with one of the SFR books featured by the great authors of this blog, wearing the comfy and fashionable and PINK tracksuit.

Cause you'd make SFR look even better.




Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Decorating - A Family Affair

My husband loves to decorate the inside of the house for Christmas.  He refuses to decorate the outside. We have a very simple outside a few garlands, a wreath and my Moravian Star. But inside the house, he is a decorating fiend. 

This year, he added a second 7-foot tree to the festivities.  We've always put the tree up in our dining room in front of a wall of windows at the front of the house.  But we don't spend a lot of time in that room so we never enjoy the tree.

While I was skeptical at first, I am enjoying having a tree in our living room now.  And those figurines in front of the fireplace are musical.  My kids spend a lot of time playing them, usually all at the same time. I run and hide from the noise, it's better for everyone's piece of mind.

I love ornaments, obviously since I have enough to decorate 2 trees, but I really love the flight and space decorations.  My Sky's the Limit Hallmark series planes made it onto both trees. However, my Journeys into Space series are still in boxes packed away. In particular I miss the Man on the Moon and the Rocket.  But they are light and sound ornaments and with the new pre-lit trees, my husband won't let me plug them in.  One of these years, I'm going to buy a string of lights just for my space ornaments and have them in my office.  

What's your favorite Christmas Decorations?  Are you an inside or outside decorator?
Monday, December 3, 2012

A Christmas Miracle?

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Since they're upon us, I hope no one is stressing over their writing and holiday shopping. Visiting family can sure pull you away from a manuscript faster than a house fire. And congratulations to everyone who did NaNoWriMo this year, whether you finished or not. Any progress is good progress.

I've been busy accidentally deleting almost finished manuscripts and rewriting them. Eep. It was supposed to have been the fourth book in my Legends & Lovers series, due out next fall. It also felt like a colossal failure. I fought for every word in that novel and hated most of them. I'm not sure if it was a subliminal deletion or a genuine accident. The recovery of my flash drive didn't work.

But it means that I had to start over. When I told most of my friends about the loss, they all looked on in horror. "Wow, how are you not freaking out?" they asked.

I'm not sure. I was just so mad at the characters for being lame and the plot of being so weak and far-fetched (yes, even for a fantasy novel), it was almost a relief to have lost it. I'd been considering changing the hero's occupation and parts of the plot. Now, with a blank document, there was my chance.

I started over at the beginning of November, even though I said I wasn't participating in NaNo. I try to write 2,000 words at a time when I sit down to do it, but I didn't want the pressure of trying to do that every day. Sometime working at my own pace is better. I did take comfort in the NaNo guest authors. They reassure me and remind me that I'm not the only writer who struggles. That's always good to know.

I've currently only managed about 30,000 words. But the fresh start and the second chance are like a breath of fresh air. And I won't be as ashamed to show this one to my critique partners.

So, have you ever lost an manuscript and how did you handle it?
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

THE CHRISTMAS VILLAGE

Well, I made it through Thanksgiving. Turkey is cooked and eaten (well, most of it anyways.) The Autumn decorations have been removed and the Christmas ones are going up.


I love decorating for Christmas. The day after Thanksgiving it took me most of the morning to drag all the bins of decorations out from under the house. Since this year will probably be the last in our current home before hubby retires and we downsize and move to Florida, I decided to put up my Christmas village. I have hundreds of pieces in the collection, so it's a BIG job.

I started the village just after I married forty years ago. I'd seen the adorable, tiny houses in catalogs and high end stores, but the price tags were way out of our hamburger and mac cheese budget. So I did the next best thing. After the holidays I went to the craft stores and bought the plaster houses that you paint yourself and created my own village. From 1972 through 1998 I managed to build a sizable village. Each piece I painted has its own story and every villager is like part of my family.

Here are some pictures of my Village.





In 2000 I wrote a short fantasy romance story based on my Christmas village, called what else THE CHRISTMAS VILLAGE. It was published in an anthology. Recently I decided to go the self-publishing route with some of my backlist, so with the Christmas season coming I re-released THE CHRISTMAS VILLAGE through Amazon and Smashwords.




While waiting to purchase another house for her Christmas Village collection Sara falls and hits her head. Transported to a fantasy world she falls in love with a man in her dream. Is she willing to give up real life to be with him? Or should she trust that he'll be there when she wakes up

http://www.amazon.com/The-Christmas-Village-ebook/dp/B009FN83NE
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/238736

Have a Very Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year!


Monday, November 26, 2012

Revolution - Season Finale


Not sure if you are watching the new series Revolution? I wasn’t so interested in watching when first saw the previews. The concept was somewhat interesting about the power being turned off, but I was thinking not very plausible. But when I heard J. J. Abrams was producing it, I decided to give it a shot. I loved what he did with HEROES. Well, I am hooked. It is one of the shows I try to find time to watch because I never know where it is going to go next.

Well the season finale is on tonight and it will be interesting to see what type of cliffhanger we are left with. The sneak peeks hints that all the missing puzzle pieces of the plot will be tied together. I’m thinking, hmm… More like what twist are they planning? I hope it blows my mind away. I’m not sure the power is going to be switched on for any length of time! How else could they have season two?

Friday, November 23, 2012

What I'm reading

Having just finished writing another long book, my brain decided it was time to take a break. And what do I like to do when I take a break. I love to read. Reading relaxes me almost as much as sleeping. But more than that reading helps me to discover a new way of thinking.
Take, for example, the novella I just finished.
First, it's a novella. Hello? I can't seem to think of many stories shorter than 90K words. And yet here someone squeezed a mystery into a very short amount of space.
But best of all, the author had cleverly made a play on several fairy tales all in one spot. There was a frog prince, reference to Humpty Dumpty and Cinderella, throw in the Big Bad Wolf villain and it was very fun and enjoyable read.
Oh, and there was a dragon.
What was the story?
The Cleverest of Them All.
And so before the tryptaphan kicks in, I just want to say that The Cleverest of them All is an amazing example of how a talented writer can breathe new life into our favorite fairy tales.
Monday, November 19, 2012

RESEARCHING THE FUTURE - by Vijaya Schartz

Really? Sci-fi writers actually research? Many think only historical writers have to go through this process, but research is a great part of writing a science fiction story, romance or otherwise.


Futuristic societies have to be believable to the reader. Instead of researching historical facts, the sci-fi author must research modern science in order to project where the next logical evolutionary step will lead, and what kind of future society it will likely engender.

Creating an unfamiliar world and making it real to the reader, whether in the past or in the future, requires the same skills, the same kind of imagination that projects into a world with different sets of rules, a different political climate, different dress codes, eating habits, different laws and ethics, different religious beliefs, different taboos, etc.

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Even if your science fiction borders on Fantasy, it still has to be believable, and the best way to anchor the reader is to root the world you created into what is already known, whether in science, or even in other works of popular science fiction.
One only needs to go to a sci-fi convention to see that for the fans, blasters, laser guns and space torpedoes are an accepted fact, whether science agrees or not. So we must navigate a fine line between what is true, what is likely, and what is pure fiction. Besides, what is impossible now will be possible sometime.

Did you know that serious scientists are already working on a portal to other dimensions? If you ask me it could be dangerous business to open even a tiny hole in the fabric of our multiverse. It could invite unwanted guests, no matter how small... pathogens for example.

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Of course, we do not have to be scientists ourselves, although a few sci-fi authors are. But we must have an understanding of what is possible and what is not.

I grew up in France, reading Antoine de St. Exupery (The Little Prince), but his view of the planets and the universe is not believable, even to children. Of course, he wrote philosophy, not science fiction. Now I watch THE BIG BANG THEORY with delight, including the reruns. Something unlikely, as Dr. Sheldon Cooper defines it in the sitcom, would be that "at the edge of every black hole is a little man with a flashlight looking for a circuit breaker."

So in order to remain relevant and believable, yes, authors of science Fiction must keep a hold on the pulse of scientific progress, on what is being written in their genre, and without being a total geek, educate themselves in the new technologies that might someday run our lives.

I was once told I came from the future, and I tend to believe it sometimes. The future speaks to me. I have visions of what it may hold. Some of them end up in my books. So if you want to know what the future holds, give them a try. Find my eBooks and paperbacks on:

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Vijaya Schartz
Blasters, Swords, Romance with a Kick
Visit my website HERE

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Host Brings Together YA and Sci-Fi Romance


In light of the last movie release of the Twilight Saga (Breaking Dawn 2 in theaters now!), Stephanie Meyers' writing fans will get a different taste of something a little less vampy and sparkly.

THE HOST, according to the Amazon blurb, is about a girl named Melanie Stryder who refuses to fade away. 

"The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, didn't expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she's never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.

Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature, THE HOST is a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the essence of what it means to be human."

Sci-fi romance has usually lingered as a niche genre. I'm hoping what Stephanie Meyers did for the paranormal genre, she'll do for sci-fi romance--cracking it wide open and bringing it to millions of new readers. A movie will help with that, along with all the great sci-fi romance authors and books you'll find here and at every e-book vendor, just waiting to be discovered.

I say bring it!

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