Some might think it an odd fit that an author of historical paranormal romance also writes science fiction romance. They don’t have anything in common, do they?
- Adventure? Check.
- Action? Check.
- Fun world building? Check.
- Sexy heroes? Check.
- Kick-ass heroines? Check.
- Hot, hot love scenes? Check, and check!
My voice changes a little bit when I’m writing sci-fi romance. I can use more colloquial language, and also I get to make up metaphors, similes and references (ex. He’d seen the blatant interest in her eyes. The way she looked at him as if he was the last drop of water in the Gephel Sand Wastes.) My sci-fi heroes and heroines use plasma blasters for weapons rather than rifles and swords, and they fly spaceships instead of riding on horseback, but doesn’t really matter if they happen to be in England, Mongolia or a distant galaxy. My constant is that I write about daring men and women having adventures and falling in love (oh, and having hot, hot sex).
Here’s my question for you, readers: what are the constants that you look for in a romance (aside from the happily ever after)? Do you love adventure? Do you crave intense turmoil between the hero and the heroine? Or do you look for humor and witty dialogue?
One lucky responder will win not only a copy of my sci-fi romance COLLISION COURSE, they’ll also win a copy of PUSHED TO THE LIMIT, a sci-fi romance written by Nico Rosso (who also happens to be my husband)!
And be on the lookout for CHAIN REACTION, my next sci-fi romance, out January 6 from Carina Press, and THE LIMIT OF DESIRE, Nico’s next sci-fi romance from Liquid Silver books, available in November.
Excerpt: COLLISION COURSE BY ZOE ARCHER
In Mara’s quarters, Kell quickly shucked off his uniform, his movements mechanical though his mind and gut churned.
Why he was so angry? It shouldn’t matter if the clothes belonged to her one-night stands. It shouldn’t matter to him that she even had one-night stands.
But it did. It mattered.
He stared at Mara’s unmade bed. It was definitely wide enough for two. Had she brought them here, those men? Did she get these sheets twisted by writhing around with some brash space privateer? The image of her, sweaty and wild and sleek on the bed, came all too quickly into his mind, but it was him he pictured with her, not a swaggering pirate.
As he stepped into his civilian pants, he felt the strange urge to find those random men and beat them into cosmic powder. For fuck’s sake, get a hold of yourself. He didn’t even feel jealousy about the women he did take to bed, let alone a smuggler he had no intention of bedding. A smuggler with creamy hair and taunting eyes.
This is about the mission, he reminded himself. Nothing else.
Still, after picking the one shirt that wasn’t either transparent or cut down to the navel, Kell took a grim satisfaction in using his regulation blade to shred the rest of the men’s clothing. He threw the remains into a waste compartment.
Brilliant. Why don’t you just piss on them while you’re at it?
He finished dressing, and was glad there wasn’t a mirror in her quarters. He didn’t want to know what he looked like.
If the expression on Mara’s face was any indicator, he looked damn good. He ambled back to the galley, dressed in his closest approximation of a smuggler. She sat in the cockpit with her seat swiveled around to face him. Her eyes went wide, and he waited for her to laugh. Instead, a flush crept across her cheeks and she slowly licked her lips.
He glanced down. His pants were standard black cargos, and he’d strapped his blaster back onto his thigh. The shirt was also black, sleeveless, and cut for a smaller man. It fit Kell a little snugly, revealing every ridge and contour of muscle. Judging by Mara’s glazed eyes, she didn’t mind at all.
Today, Zoe is giving away two books to one lucky commenter: her own Collision Course, and Nico Rosso's Pushed to the Limit. To enter the draw, answer Zoe's question above: what are the constants that you look for in a romance (aside from the happily ever after)? The contest will close at midnight tonight, and the winner will be announced tomorrow morning on this thread.