What Makes Sci-Fi Romance Sexy?
By Kathy Kulig
People who are crazy enough to explore the far reaches of the universe, where unknown dangers lurk, cannot be wimps. Heroines in sci fi romances must be kick-butt and feisty, and the heroes, hunky-alpha types. Pretty much a given. When you throw these two types of characters in life-threatening, challenging situations on a planet, trapped inside a space ship, etc., they’re either going to kill each other or create an uneasy alliance. Either way, sparks are going to fly, and the journey is going to be a hot, sexy and volatile.
Since I was a kid, I was a huge sci fi fan. I watched all the old sci fi movies—the really old black and white ones—and read lots of sci fi and fantasy books. As I got older, I discovered romance books and fell in love with those. Soon after, the subgenres of sci-fi and paranormal romances came along and I was in heaven.
In outer space, when things go wrong, they go really, really wrong. A character can’t call 911 for help, or when food or shelter is scarce, head to the local Giant grocery store or Home Depot. Unusual alliances or crooked deals form. Survival of the fittest or with the most power and force wins and lives.
In my novella, Dragon Witch, http://amzn.to/Qxnxa7 black market trading is rampant and space ship captains ( even honest ones ) have to resort to mercenary acts in order to survive, even when they want to save colonists in danger. People adapt and find clever ways to survive. The heroine in this story has a secret which keeps her alive and accepted in her newly settled colony. In such high risk stakes, betrayal means survival and can make finding love impossible, or almost.
In Damned and Defiant, http://amzn.to/TejVGi demons from another planet must steal lifeforce energy from mortals in order to keep their alternative universe from self-destruction. What happens when a mortal woman falls in love with the immortal demon who is only on this world temporarily? Can he leave her? If he stays, his world will be destroyed.
Sci fi romance starts with the same boy meets girls themes but adds the most intriguing, heart wrenching twists. Add in other-worldly backdrops and I think you’ll find some of the most imaginative romance stories out there.
What are some of your favorite sci fi romances???
Thanks so much for having me as a guest Niina.
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Pages: 157 pages
Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing on Aug. 2012
Form: E-book (from the author for an honest review)
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy
Series: Demons in Exile #3
Amazon: Buy / $6.19 (Kindle) ( EU price, click to see yours )
Barnes & Noble: Buy / $6.37 (Nook)
Ellora's Cave: Buy / $5.95 (E-book)
Excerpt: Chapter 1
"Mortal women surrender to Dante’s seductions. He is a Drone, an immortal who feeds off their lifeforce energy—the chi that keeps his kind alive. When his dimension is on the edge of destruction, Dante must seek the help of one special woman.
Haley Moore is a Sha Warrior—a mortal with excess lifeforce energy. She has always had a strong attraction to Dante and when they meet again he thinks luck is on his side because his quota of chi energy would be obtained after one scorching scene with this mortal. But the problem is that he is overwhelmingly attracted to her and once with this woman won’t be enough.
Haley tries to draw out the man buried deep within the demon. Their fierce, undeniable passion unravels his plans and threatens her life. Can Dante bear to abandon her when he leaves Earth forever? Dante will have to choose whether to return to his world or to give up his immortality and share his future with Haley." ~ From Goodreads
The story is interesting, and promises to be sexy. If I had known this was third book in the series I would have read the others before, but as it is the story wasn't a complete stand alone, parts of it didn't make sense to me.
Dante and Haley started off weird, it almost felt like abuse ( see I should have read the books before, had I been aware of the other books in the series ) which didn't make me happy in the beginning of the book - but as the book moved forward I got more into it and as I got to know Dante and Haley it got plenty better.
The romance was plenty hot, there was one way the couple got together well in. In my opinion paranormal romance needs to be hot, and Damned and Defiant sure was. Come on a alien species who lives of sexual energy? Has to be hot. ;)
In closing, read the books in order and you'll be giving this a higher review, I believe. This book is for you if you want something else than vampires and werewolves out of your paranormal romance!
( sorry for the short review everyone, life is hectic here plus the upcoming flu is draining all my energy )