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Author Interview with Veronica Scott – "Wreck of the Nebula Dream"

Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library full of books as its heart, and when she ran out of things to read, she started writing her own stories. Married young to her high school sweetheart then widowed, Veronica has two grown daughters, one young grandson and cats.

Veronica’s life has taken many twists and turns, but she always makes time to keep reading and writing. Everything is good source material for the next novel or the one after that anyway, right? She’s been through earthquakes, tornadoes and near death experiences, although nothing is as stressful as meeting a book deadline. Always more stories to tell, new adventures to experience—Veronica’s personal motto is, “Never boring.”

I’m delighted to have Veronica Scott with us today. From our conversations over the last few weeks I have come to realize that she is a fabulous woman and it’s my honor to have the chance to promote both her and her novel, “Wreck of the Nebula Dream”.

Interview with an Author: 

Hi Veronica, Thanks so much for taking the time to answer a few of my questions!
After finishing your novel, I couldn’t help but wonder; are you planning on writing any more books in the same universe as “Wreck of the Nebula Dream”? There are a few characters I would love to know more about!
“I have been mulling over a sequel for the D’nvannae Brother Khevan and the “Socialite” Twilka – readers have been asking me what would happen next for the two of them (which is always wildly pleasing for a writer! LOL!). When I wrote WRECK I had the glimmering of a sequel plot regarding their future and last weekend I woke up with the fullblown story in my head. So I’d say that’s a definite yes! Going to be some challenges there, for both of them.
I could see writing a sequel about Paolo, maybe as a young man…don’t have a plot for Gianna yet but never say never!
And Rafferty & Casey have a few adventures I could write about….”
What is next in the writing world? Do you have another book already in the works?
“I have another science fiction romance currently out on submission, set in the same Sectors universe, but not involving the characters from WRECK. This new story takes place entirely on a planet and involves a Special Forces captain and his team trying to rescue one very stubborn lady who isn’t sure she wants to be rescued.
 
I write paranormal romances as well, set in Ancient Egypt (my PRIESTESS OF THE NILE was published by Carina in January this year) and have two more Tales of the Nile stories almost ready to start the submission process.
 
And of course I always have more plot ideas queuing up in my head, clamoring to be written! But having a day job and a long commute cut into my writing time.”
The faces in the engines; can you tell us more about them?
“Actually, I recently published the deleted Prolog to WRECK on my web page at http://veronicascott.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/was-the-nebula-dream-jinxed-deleted-scene/, which explains who the face is. I was working from similar incidents that were rumored to have happened during the construction of Titanic, since my novel is a loose re-imagining of the famous maritime disaster.”
Did you write “Wreck of the Nebula Dream”as a science fiction with a dash of romance or romance that happens to be science fiction?
“I guess to me WRECK is a science fiction adventure and going all the way back to Flash Gordon, if you’re going to have SF adventure, there MUST be romance! Flash had Dale Arden; Kyle Reese had Sarah Connor; Aragorn had Arwen…..I really enjoy a strong hero and heroine in the middle of exciting times who also fall in love.”
Was there one book or author that ensnared you and ensured your devotion to the written word?
“Actually, as far as science fiction, what motivated me to be a writer was movies. When I was growing up, our local TV channel ran a LOT of old movies, like the Flash Gordon serials and “Forbidden Planet”. I wanted MORE, but the only way I could have more stories of the kind I loved was to write my own. I still have my first, illustrated novel about the Queen of the Sun, her sisters, their winged horses (in that famous writer’s-box-under-the-bed) that I wrote at age 7….but I did read voraciously, including everything by Andre Norton and Anne McCaffrey.”
If you could have one author read your work; who would you choose?
“If we’re not limiting this to authors who are still with us: Anne McCaffrey. If we’re talking about current authors, I’d be amazed and honored to have Nalini Singh read one of my books someday. I’d be holding my breath the whole time, hoping she liked it!”
And my final question for you today;
If there was a recipe for “Wreck of the Nebula Dream” what ingredients and instructions would it contain?
“Ok, I’m totally not a chef! I can make a mean batch of pumpkin pies from scratch and that’s about IT. But here goes:
 
“Veronica Scott’s Cure for a Boring Afternoon”
Take one strong willed businesswoman….intrigue her with a highly capable Special Forces officer who’s coming off a bad mission…mix in a mysterious assassin/bodyguard and an “Is she for real Socialite?”, plus a pair of cute children….toss them all into a space going luxury liner, add a heaping cup of disaster…and STAND BACK!”
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Love it! A million thanks to Veronica for taking the time to do this interview with me!
If you want to know more about her and her novels you can visit her blog here, or follow her on twitter here.
Before you go, be sure to stop by the giveaway Veronica and I have put together for you! You can win a copy of her sci-fi novel or a $10 Amazon Gift Card. There are 6 prizes in total and the contest is open internationally.  
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“A reimagining of the Titanic disaster set in the far future among the stars…

Traveling unexpectedly aboard the luxury liner Nebula Dream on its maiden voyage across the galaxy, Sectors Special Forces Captain Nick Jameson is ready for ten relaxing days, and hoping to forget his last disastrous mission behind enemy lines. He figures he’ll gamble at the casino, take in the shows, maybe even have a shipboard fling with Mara Lyrae, the beautiful but reserved businesswoman he meets.

All his plans vaporize when the ship suffers a wreck of Titanic proportions. Captain and crew abandon ship, leaving the 8000 passengers stranded without enough lifeboats and drifting unarmed in enemy territory. Aided by Mara, Nick must find a way off the doomed ship for himself and several other innocent people before deadly enemy forces reach them or the ship’s malfunctioning engines finish ticking down to self destruction.

But can Nick conquer the demons from his past that tell him he’ll fail these innocent people just as he failed to save his Special Forces team? Will he outpace his own doubts to win this vital race against time?”

You can purchase this book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords (multiple formats)!

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Sci-fi Ebook and Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Veronica Scott; author of “Wreck of the Nebula Dream” has offered up aaaaall kinds of goodies to share with my fabulous readers. Not only is she giving away three electronic copies of her book but also three $10 Amazon Gift Cards which you can use to buy whichever books your heart desires. (Or anything else for that matter!)

You have ten different ways to enter the giveaway; you’re welcome to stick to one or go for all ten!

Title: Wreck of the Nebula Dream
Author: Veronica Scott
Genre: Science Fiction

“A reimagining of the Titanic disaster set in the far future among the stars…

Traveling unexpectedly aboard the luxury liner Nebula Dream on its maiden voyage across the galaxy, Sectors Special Forces Captain Nick Jameson is ready for ten relaxing days, and hoping to forget his last disastrous mission behind enemy lines. He figures he’ll gamble at the casino, take in the shows, maybe even have a shipboard fling with Mara Lyrae, the beautiful but reserved businesswoman he meets.

All his plans vaporize when the ship suffers a wreck of Titanic proportions. Captain and crew abandon ship, leaving the 8000 passengers stranded without enough lifeboats and drifting unarmed in enemy territory. Aided by Mara, Nick must find a way off the doomed ship for himself and several other innocent people before deadly enemy forces reach them or the ship’s malfunctioning engines finish ticking down to self destruction.

But can Nick conquer the demons from his past that tell him he’ll fail these innocent people just as he failed to save his Special Forces team? Will he outpace his own doubts to win this vital race against time?”

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You can purchase this book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords (multiple formats)!

Thanks for stopping by and best of luck!

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HAPPY STAR WARS DAY!!!

You can tell I’m excited by the fact that I used caps in my title. :P SEE!! ^

So… It’s Star Wars Day – if you didn’t know this already I’m a little bit disappointed but also a little happy that I got to be the one to share it with you! (This is also the reason half your feed on whatever social media platform you prefer has been filled with the cryptic message “May the 4th be with you!”)


You may not know this about me, but yours truly is an avid Star Wars fan. I vividly remember the first time I ever watched “A New Hope”. It was at my sisters house and the incident with the tauntaun was pretty horrific for my young brain. But I survived and subsequently became addicted. That movie was the reason I fell in love with all things extra terrestrial… and Harrison Ford. It was a slippery slope from there; I devoured the next two movies and as many books on the topic that I could possibly get my hands on. Star Wars novels remain to this day some of my favorite works of science fiction. There are a few series that I have read…. many… many times.

I’m not sure why I never reviewed most of them; perhaps I just assumed that they were so good that everyone must know about them already. I’ll have to rectify that rather terrible oversight in the not too distant future.

So yes… this is a little off topic for me – I usually only post books and keep the personal to a minimum. But IT’S STAR WARS DAY, so I hope you’ll forgive me.

I was sincerely hoping that the major ebook retailers would get on the boat and have a sale or two on Star Wars ebooks I could share; but they all missed out on this one. Even the Kindle Daily Deal is sadly lacking any Star Wars reference. (Their only nod to the day is the Complete Saga for Blu-ray on sale… not even the Trilogy, you have to get the whole darn thing. -sniff-)

I’ll exit even further from my usual topics and we’ll talk about paper books and memorabilia instead.

Barnes & Noble is having a Star Wars Day Sale – it features all kinds of books (paper), Star Wars Gifts, Comics; all on super sale. TODAY ONLY.

I know… I know… It’s beautiful.

Indigo Books and Music is also featuring a Star Wars themed event; with some Star Wars products on sale.

And that seems to be it for the book-ish websites… if I’ve missed something good (especially in regards to Star Wars ebooks), feel free to yell at me in the comments. I’ll happily print a retraction if you find something good!

Here’s to a fabulous Star Wars day… and of course… May the Fourth be with you!

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Book Review: "Bypass Gemini" by Joseph Lallo

“In a distant future, Trevor “Lex” Alexander was shaping up to be the next great race pilot until a fixed race got him banned from the sport. Reduced to making freelance deliveries, he thinks his life can’t get any worse. That’s when a package manages to get him mixed up with mobsters, a megacorp, and a mad scientist. Now his life depends on learning what their plans are, and how he can stop them.”

I was suprised as all get out to discover that fantasy author Joseph Lallo was also publishing science fiction novels. Who would have thought! Since I enjoyed The Book of Deacon, I knew I had to give this one a try.

I’ve read very few indie science fiction novels, primarily because my standards for this genre are very high. You have to be able to make the ‘science’ aspect blend with the story well enough that the reader isn’t asking themselves whether or not your high-falutin’ technological idea is actually plausible. Lallo did a remarkably good job of pulling it off, I tip my metaphorical hat in his direction.

Now, in my mind it seems perfectly logical that “Han Solo” be the first name that pops in when smugglers are mentioned; don’t fret, I’m not about to make a comparison. Han Solo might just be one of my favorite sci-fi characters so I would never suggest anyone else could hold a candle to him… That being said, Lex was a fun, multi-layered character and I immensely enjoyed the humorous way he was portrayed.

The story was well written and had only a few minor errors in it that were relatively easy to bypass. I really enjoyed the mix of humor and creativity. It wasn’t at all what I expected, having read his other novels, but I honestly couldn’t tell you what I did expect.

At this point I feel I must mention; if you read this book and at some un-named part of it you find yourself cross-eyed, staring at your nose and giggling… please, for all that is good and holy in the world, return to this blog and LET ME KNOW. It would ease my mind a great deal knowing that I am not the only one that was affected in this particular manner. (Just writing this is a struggle, I’m resisting the urge to repeat the previously mentioned performance!)

If you like the thought of a book with humour, mad-scientists, weapons of mass destruction, action a-plenty and the possibility of involuntarily going cross-eyed for a brief moment; definitely go and read Bypass Gemini.

I look forward to getting my hands on the sequel, Unstable Prototypes!

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You can find Bypass Gemini on Smashwords, Amazon, Kobo Books and Barnes & Noble.

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‘Powers That Be’ by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

Powers That BeStrange things were happening on the icy planet called Petaybee. Unauthorized genetically engineered species had been spotted, while some people were simply disappearing. None of the locals were talking to the company, so the company sent disabled combat veteran Yanaba Maddock to spy. But a strange thing happened. With her relocation to the arctic planet came a return of Yana’s health and strength. And the more she got to know the people of Petaybee, the more determined she became to protect her new home….”

I love Anne McCaffrey for her Pern series, and while it will always be my favorite of her works, it doesn’t make the others any less worth reading.

I recently came across Powers That Be, and craving a good science fiction I had no choice but to try it out.
I wasn’t disappointed.
Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough make a brilliant team if their creation is any indication. As science fiction this story is unique, well thought out, written in the quality you would expect for such well respected writers, as well as utterly captivating.
There are also two sequels to this story, something I love to discover about books I’ve enjoyed.

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Author: Dan Brown

Everyone knows Dan Brown as the author who wrote the controversial semi-religious thriller, The Da Vinci Code. And as intriguing as it was, what about his other books? Angels and Demons the prequel to his famous book cum movie is probably the second best known.

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Regardless of the popularity of these books, I found myself enjoying one of his other books the most.
The title is Deception Point and it combines believable futuristic technology with a remarkable ‘keep you on your toes’ storyline. As well researched as his other books I would definitely recommend it for an afternoon (or evening… morning… late night…) read.

The only thing I’d say to him is he really needs to get another book out there, as it is getting harder and harder to find good, well written books that I haven’t yet read.

Common Danny Boy! Don’t disappoint the fans!