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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

TOP TEN REASONS NOT TO READ MY BOOKS


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Lately my sales have been - well, let's just say I'm not buying a yacht (rowboat) anytime soon. So I began to wonder why readers aren't buying/reading my books. Here's what I've come up with:

10. They don't like well-written stories about two people falling in love.

  9.  They have a medical condition that prevents them from getting too excited by sexy love scenes or fast-paced action.

  8.  Books containing humor and heartfelt emotions like love and joy conflict with their pessimistic view of the world.

  7.  They don't like romance books because they aren't realistic like books about maniacal serial killers, zombie wars, sparkly vampires or space ships. (Actually STAR CRASH has a space ship. No vampires - yet.)

  6.  Reading stories that might include cute kids, puppies, and kittens gives them hives.

  5.  They only read (insert preferred genre of fiction here,) and books that focus on the growing relationship between two people can't possibly be as exciting or interesting.

  4.  They only read romances written by (insert favorite romance author's name here,) because - well, just because.

  3.  Their lives are so full and exciting already reading is a waste of time that they could be using to climb mountains, fight alien invaders or zombies, make love, explore the universe, and sleep.

  2.  They don't want to contribute to the growth of my massive ego which believes reading my books will entertain them and make them a better person.

  1.  As for the Top Reason Not To Read My Books I'll leave that for them to decide and I'd love to hear what they are. Just remember that every time they don't read one of my books a Joss Whedon show gets cancelled, a fairy dies, and an angel doesn't get his wings.


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Friday, March 21, 2014

Did You Ever Wonder

Once upon a time, a long time ago, I took an art history. One of the things that stuck with me was the impact technology had on art. Before photography, artists tried to meticulously recreate the world the saw. Afterwards, artists created the impression of what they saw.

It was a subtle shift, yet it gave birth to the many incarnations of modern art.

Now computers are changing the photography.

What will happen to art when we have interactive holograms and virtual reality?

What form will future art take?  Will retro art have supporters or will everything be electronic and subject to anniliation by a stray solar flare? Would museums still exist? Would artists?

It's a silly question really. Humans will always interpret the world around them. And I strongly believe art is encoded in our DNA. I just hope I live long enough to visit a virtual Louvre or Tate.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

My Favorite Sci-fi Shows

There was a Firefly marathon on the SyFy channel this past weekend and it amazed me. It seemed like it had just been a couple of years since the show was on. It’s been twelve. Twelve years! How could anything so fun and so forward thinking, have been so far in the past?

Then I realized that all of my favorite sci-fi shows are from years gone by. Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica. I can probably only tell you one sci-fi television show or movie that is on right now and I’m afraid to name it. Afraid that if I do I’ll jinx it and they’ll cancel it. That seems to happen to every show that my husband and I like.

What is this amazing forward thinking show that has become one of my favorites?  Almost Human. It stars Karl Urban as Detective Kennex who has been matched with a robot, named Darian. In this future, there are not enough cops so every human cop is matched with a robot. But none of them are like Darian. He is the only one that is Almost Human. The only one who can feel.

I love Karl. That alone is reason enough to watch. He’s gorgeous and he happens to be talented and one of my favorite actors. He’s been in many of my favorite movies. The Lord of the Rings, Riddick, The Bourne Ultimatum, and Red. His roles have run the gauntlet from the lord of the Rohan horsemen, to a warrior of a future religion, to a assassin and an FBI agent and now a cop.

Why do I like Almost Human? Because the future, though grittier, is not so unlike the present as to not be recognizable. Because the robot has come so far as to be Almost Human. Because it reminds me of some of the best science fiction. Like those books by Asimov and Philip K. Dick.


Try it out and see if you don’t agree.
Monday, March 17, 2014

Akia's Choice nominated for a RONE Award - by Vijaya Schartz

BOREALIS IX: 
AKIRA'S CHOICE
Novella
by Vijaya Schartz
Part of the Borealis Space Station Universe Series
$1.99 everywhere
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in Nook:
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IND'tale Magazine just revealed their nominees for the RONE Award and Akira's Choice is one of their favorite stories of 2013.

5 stars - exceptional - recommended read - Ind'tale Magazine
"Wow! If readers want to see and feel and believe they are in deep space, then "Borealis IX: Akira's Choice" is the perfect choice! With a touch of romance, the vivid descriptions and beautifully developed characters masterfully presented by Schartz create a virtual world that invite the reader not merely to observe, but to walk amongst them and participate... This is a delicate art, and Schartz wields her weapons with precision and skill. Banzai!"

BLURB:
When bounty hunter Akira Karyudo accepted her assignment, something didn't add up. Why would the Trans Planetary Protectorate want a kidnapped orphan dead or alive?

She will get to the truth once she finds the boy, and the no good SOB who snatched him from a psychiatric hospital. With her cheetah, Freckles, a genetically enhanced feline retriever, Akira sets out to flush them out of the bowels of the BOREALIS space station. But when she finds her fugitives, the kidnapper is not what she expects.

Markku, a decorated rebel soldier, stole his nephew from the authorities, who performed painful experiments on the boy. Stuck on Borealis, he protects the child, but how can he shield him from the horribly dangerous conditions in the lawless sublevels of the decrepit space station?

Akira faces the worst moral dilemma of her career. Law or justice, duty or love. She can't have it both ways.


HAPPY READING:

Vijaya Schartz
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Friday, March 14, 2014

Time-Travel Is Sci-Fi, Right?


According to Wikipedia, time travel is an off-shoot of science-fiction. My book series, Tennessee Waltz, is time-travel plus sparkles--fairy sparkles that is.

And the final book in the series is almost here!
What started back in 2011 with Kiss Me, I'm Irish,




and Kiss Me, I'm Home in 2013 



has finally come to fruition with Kiss Me, I'm Home.


Well, almost. It's currently in the editing process, but I wanted to give you a peek of the cover!

Here's the teaser:


The prickly Morgan Lee Faye has a penchant for family TV dramas and a dislike for the people around her, but she's the best travel agent in Tennessee. So good that she catches the eye of the mysterious proprietor of Avalon Travel Agency, Mr. Kane. 

If Morgan accepts the job, she's promised adventure around the globe and gold for her pocket, but she worries the offer is too good to be true. It is. And Kane isn't the only with a creepy agenda. Her co-workers all seem to want a piece of Morgan's secret—even the two office hotties. 

Honestly, she just wishes they'd all go away so she could watch Little House On The Prairie.

From Nashville to Avalon, faerie mischief is back! 

I'll let you know when the book is officially released in the next few weeks. In the meantime, grab a copy of the first book Kiss Me, I'm Irish on St Patrick's Day, when it will be 99 cents!
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Cover Reveal: Double Takes by K. Vale

Sorry I'm off topic today. If it's any consolation, my upcoming release is in my Shooting Stars series. Unfortunately for anyone who's reading this looking for a sci-fi-related topic, the stars in question are of the rock and roll variety.

But I can't not share my lovely new cover created by the fabulous Valerie Tibbs!

 Boosh!  I love it so! Double Takes is slotted for an April 28th release from Liquid Silver. :-)

Here's the blurb:

Ah, the life of a rock star. Everyone thinks it’s nothing but sex, drugs, and rock and roll.

Not for Giovanni Savale.


For the lead singer of Three Deaf Mice, a band that reached its pinnacle in the late nineties, it’s nothing but an ugly divorce with a custody battle, money trouble, and now the nightmare exposure of starring in a reality television show. When his producer decides to cash in on an infamous interview Gio did years ago, and give the self-confessed bisexual rocker an onscreen boyfriend, things really hit the fan. Gio is certain his sexual experimentation back in his drug-abusing days meant nothing  —  after all he’s been married for nine years, clean and sober for nearly as long, and he has a son. And Gio is not remotely attracted to Kyrie, the funny, flamboyant actor they choose for his love interest. Of course, Lance Garrett, the mysterious and sexy owner of the local antique shop, Double Takes, is a whole different story. The guy has Gio planning out a future he never imagined. With the threat of losing all custody of his ten-year-old son, ghosts from the past returning for revenge, and the cameras rolling, can Gio keep his head above water and his heart from getting broken?


-Kimber Vale
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