A Perfect Bond
Fallen Star Series
Genre: Erotic Romance and Soft Science Fiction
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Date of Publication: March 1, 2016
Word Count: Aprox. 26,000
Cover Artist: Latrisha Waters
When Destiny walked through the doors of a bar on the science station Elmertia works on she thought all her dreams had come true, until the mysterious man disappeared without a trace. Tormented by that one brief contact she throws herself into unlocking the secrets of an alien’s nanites until an ultimatum from her employer threatens to lose her not only her dreams, but her future.
Drawn to the small female he met by chance Manik searches for a reason to return to her station. When the crew of pirates stumble across a woman in stasis floating in space who has cranial implants and nanites the medic has found the perfect reason to return to one of the universes most knowledgeable scientists and the female who has been haunting his thoughts.
With time running out on her research, Ellie is shocked by the sudden arrival of her mate and his proposal, but she has more to lose than her life’s work. Being with Manik might cost her everything including her life.
Where are you from?
I’m from Brisbane, Australia.
Tell us your latest news?
I’ve just signed on to write a second series for eXtasy Books. Project Destiny will hopefully be out later in 2016.
When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing about five or six years ago, more as a hobby than anything to get some of the ideas I had floating around in my head down on paper. I found it hard to sit down and read a book without all these ideas taking over and distracting me from the stories I was reading. I didn’t start to write seriously with the intention of trying to sell my work until about three years ago.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I think anyone who sits down and puts pen to paper with the intention of writing something is a writer. Being an author is something else entirely and I didn’t consider myself one of those until I’d finished publishing my first book.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I love paranormal romances, especially vampires and shape shifters, so it was a natural progression to write something I loved. I think every paranormal story I read inspired me in some small way.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I’ve been told my writing has a certain innocence to it, which is strange considering the explicit sex scenes in my stories, but I don’t think the two are mutually exclusive. I think my style will evolve the more I write to become something that is unique to me.
How did you come up with the title?
I read through the story a few times when it was finished and looked for a phrase or line of dialogue that described not only the story, but the relationship between the main characters. Some titles jump out at you while you are writing first draft, but this one took a bit of work.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
No, I don’t really put messages in my novellas. If anything one constant in my stories is that love comes in all shapes and sizes and can start in a myriad of ways.
How much of the book is realistic?
Considering it’s sci-fi, not that much, but I do try to make the relationships reasonably realistic. I try to avoid having my characters suddenly in love with each other. Lust, yes, most definitely, but some of my stories finish without ‘I love you’ being said. There is always a HEA and a commitment, but I think love grows over time and that’s how I tend to write.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
People? No definitely not. Each character is crafted as a unique individual, with fictitious histories and different combinations of personality traits. They may share traits with people I know, but I haven’t based a whole character on a person before.
Events is a bit trickier. I think when we write, we all take experiences and situations we’ve been in and use them to flavour our writing to give it a feeling of authenticity. It’s hard to write about something you’ve never experienced unless you do a lot of research and talk to people who have experienced it.
What books have most influenced your life most?
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.
Psychology books by Robert A. Johnson.
Warrior’s Woman by Johanna Lindsey was the first sci-fi romance I ever read and I was fascinated.
J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood were the first paranormal romances I read and have a had a huge influence not only on my reading habits, but also my writing.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I don’t think I really have a mentor, I don’t have a lot of contact with other writers, but I’m definitely influenced by my favourite writers. If there was one writer that I aspire to write as well as it would be Nalini Singh.
What book are you reading now?
I’m working my way through Viola Grace’s Terran Times series. I like novella length stories as they only take a couple of hours to read.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Not recently. I’m always up for trying new authors so if your readers have any suggestions I’m all ears.
What are your current projects?
Currently I’m working on the first book in my new Project Destiny series. It will be another series of novella length sci-fi romances.
What would you like my readers to know?
A Perfect Bond will be available from eXtasy Books from the 1st of March and will be on Amazon by the 8th. Other sellers include ARe, Smashwords, Google Play and iBooks and it will be available at these outlets by the end of the month.
The first two books in the series: Silver’s Captive and Branded by Kesh are available now.
I pulled Manik through the front door, past our lounge room and down the short hall to the last door, my bedroom. The soft lighting of night had flicked on when the door had opened and allowed us to see our way. Prixy would normally be watching something on the holo tube, but the apartment was silent and empty. I’d worry about Prixy tomorrow, right now I wanted to strip Manik out of his clothes and explore every inch of his body with my lips and tongue.
The door slid closed behind him and I realised I needed to explain a few things before we could get started.
$20 Amazon gift card