12/9/16

SOUL-LOVE AND SCI-FI


I'm guest blogging at Liza's Multiverses today!
I'll be talking about creating the Soul-Love Series


Link Here

Kaye


12/7/16

ALMOST HOME IS ON KINDLE NOW!

AH book link to Kindle





Almost Home Blurb

Boston, December 1966

They share a love so profound nothing can separate them…

Musician Nick Zelmenis is in love with ballet dancer Krista McBaine, has been since they were teens. They finally figure out how to share their love and stay together for keeps. But change always happens. When Nick’s band is offered a record deal they wonder if this will tear them apart. On top of that they must separate from each other before the holiday. Then Nick is caught in a raging snowstorm while traveling on his Yamaha trying to make it home. If that isn’t enough, he must tap his unused supernatural gifts, not sure of what the outcome may be. Will his psychic abilities help him find a way back to Krista or will they end up alone without each other on Christmas?

~*~*~

Check it out! It's cool it's sweet it's sensual sixties psychic retro reminisce. Groovy!


© copyright Kaye Manro 2016

12/5/16

ALMOST HOME IS ALMOST HERE

I'm so excited! I've been working toward this release goal for a while. And it is almost here!


Almost Home is a sweet sensual love story featuring Nick and Krista and their first Christmas together, including the things they must overcome to be with each other for the holiday.

As I contemplate the essence of this story, I think about how much it takes in reality to actually maintain a love of this caliber. Even though they are young, it's as if they have had to work hard in other times and other places to grow and obtain the deep abiding kind of dovetailing soul love they share. An interesting concept.

Of course this is a romance. And as we know, in this type of story the love always shines through no matter how many obstacles a couple must face or overcome. 

So is it possible in real life to obtain the kind of heart pounding soul yearning sensual attraction and love relationship we usually find in romantic fiction? Some say yes, it is. What are your thoughts or experiences? 

And also why is it that we love romantic stories so much?

If you come up with the best answers to these two questions by December 10, you can score a sweet Amazon gift card for Christmas on behalf of Nick and Krista and their story, Almost Home.  

Leave your answers in the comment section here with contact info or leave your answers on my Facebook page.

See you inside Soul-Love,Kaye


© copyright Kaye Manro 2016



12/3/16

DANCER GIRL ~ A LOVE SONG



A Nick and Krista excerpt


After Krista had gone to the dance studio Nick got down to serious work on his new song. He had made notation lyrics and guitar work ideas in the notebook he always kept on the table by their bed. 


He retrieved it from the bedroom. And for the next few hours Nick planted himself on the settee in front of the bay window of their Brownstone flat, notes open, guitar on his lap lost in his new song. For Krista.




DANCER GIRL

I saw you there
After so long we were apart
Ready to start
Your dancer girl moves
Rise on your toes
Beautiful dancer girl shows
Turn around and see me 
Loving you 
Needing you
dancer girl
Saw it all as you performed
Your turns so true
Your body in magical motion
Across the floor with devotion
and I already knew
Beautiful dancer girl
I love you
Love you
Spin around and see me
As you glide by me
So full of light and life
You perform your pirouette
I won’t forget…
How I love you
Love you 
dancer girl 
Turn around look at me
My beautiful 
dancer girl
Soaring across the floor so free
I won’t forget…
How I love you
Love you
dancer girl
I'm here you'll see
Turn around and look at me

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Coming to Amazon Kindle December 6 2016


© copyright Kaye Manro 2016



11/29/16

ALMOST HERE



Another end of year month draws to a close, and I can't help but wonder where it went. It seems like yesterday I was deep into October and my little story, All Hallows Ever which is on Kindle. 

As the last days of this month are leaving, I am deep into my sweet holiday romance, Almost Home. Last season I didn't get a chance to promote it when it went up on Kindle only a few days prior to Christmas. 

Now Almost Home has a brand new book cover created by the talented Nika which I will debut here on the SF blog soon.

So if you didn't get a chance to read Almost Home with Nick and Krista last season, this will be the perfect time to do so. 

The new release of Almost Home, a holiday Soul-Love story will be out soon.

Stay tuned.

Kaye 


© copyright Kaye Manro 2016


11/19/16

SEX SCENES ~ WHEN TO HOLD OR HIT




I've been known to write descriptive sex in my stories. I’m certainly not opposed to graphic love scenes in SFR {science fiction romance} And I have a SFR series coming soon on the horizon that contains tech as well as hot sex. But that's not to say all books should contain this type of scene, and that includes the Soul-Love Series.

We all know books with lots of sex are everywhere these days. Not just graphic language but heavy sex scenes are easy to find. Authors are told highly erotic books sell better. Hmm maybe.

There are stories that do not lend well to heavy graphic sex scenes. For example, in the Remember Him Yesterday books, it isn't likely because it doesn't fit with the characters nor the essence of these stories. 

On the other hand, descriptive sex does work for other authors, other books. Some of my best friends write mainly erotic romance, being good at both crafting a story and writing sexually graphic scenes.

Lately I've been thinking about why we, as a society, want our entertainment to be so heavily sexually laden. Movies, books, everywhere. Are our lives so boring or void of good times that we seek out this sort of entertainment? Do we need the kink to add excitement to our lives, or maybe it’s just that we like the darker side of… hmm?

According to spiritual/sex/relationship guru, David Deida there is a darker side to our sexual desires. And he's not labeling dark as bad. He does say, however, we should work on our “enlightened selves” if we want to grow and have a stellar life as well as intimate sex with our partner.

Can I write the Soul-Love Series as sensual without having heavy graphic sex and still capture readers’ attention? What if I want to convey something else? Like spiritual love or soul level intimacy? I say yes and sure. Nicholas Sparks does it every day. 

That's not to say Nick and Krista don't have a rollicking good love/sex life. They do. And it is there.

Yet their love scenes land somewhere between highly sensuous and esoteric. Aside from developing the characters and the other elements of this story, deeper levels of emotion and love is what makes Remember Him Yesterday and the other Nick and Krista stories really kick, not over the top sex.

If your characters and/or story doesn't warrant heavy graphic sex, don't throw it in the book just because. Know when to hold or hit. And stay true to your idea. 

See you inside my books.

Kaye 

Note: Portions of this article is re-posted from another blog I wrote a while back. 


© copyright Kaye Manro 2016



11/17/16

ANCIENT ALIENS


But on the other hand what about
(continued from previous post)


Let’s not forget that for several years the History Channel has aired the extremely popular show, Ancient Aliens. Investigators circle the globe in search of evidence in their quest to determine whether life on Earth began in outer space and if aliens influenced mankind in ancient times. 

Did extraterrestrial beings visit Earth and share information about technology and influence human religions? And more importantly, if aliens visited the planet before, will they return? Or could they still be secretly among us? Alien theorists believe that the answer to these questions is a resounding yes.

Personally I love a good alien tale. In several of my Science Fiction Romance stories, cultures are advanced enough to travel across the galaxies at FTL. Yet they aren't out to steal a planet’s resources, or overtake any worlds. 

In my SFR series, An Alien Presence, the aliens are on missions of exploration, finding new cultures that are ready for deep space travel, and mentoring them into the FTL space age. They only take a look at the ones that are actually on the cusp of deep space travel.

And so in one of my SFR stories {Forbidden Love} which is out of publication date and no longer available at this time, goes something like this: 


When an alien from an advanced culture ventures upon an Earth-like planet, his scanners tell him he has found a primitive warring culture that will not accept a peaceful alien encounter. His species is from an alliance of planets who believe in letting cultures develop on their own. So he can’t hit the orbital controls quick enough to leave. But something happens and his ship malfunctions so he crashes into the surface.
And so it goes... 

Good fodder for a SFR story, but that is just what this is, a story.

In the Soul-Love Series there are aspects of futuristic technology hidden beneath the surface of the story themes. Though Remember Him Yesterday and the second novel, Barefoot Dancer are more about the love between soulmates.

In the third book of the series, Distant Vision, alien contact is right out front. Alex, a soulful space pilot goes on a long reaching mission to find the woman he has loved from afar, and with whom he is in telepathic contact. Against the judgment and advice of the Council of Planets, he is determined to find the woman of his fitful dreams.



Read more about Alex and Ramie's story by Linking to the premise posts on this blog:  Here and Here  

The idea of alien contact is fascinating for sure. Least that's how I feel and why I enjoy writing these types of stories. 

Stay tuned for more on the Soul-Love Series, updated often.

Kaye Manro

© copyright Kaye Manro 2016


11/16/16

ALIEN CONTACT AND WHAT IS REAL





A few years ago physicist Stephen Hawking shook the scientific community with his views: That the human race could be devastated if aliens were to learn of our existence and venture to Earth, he warned.

But could, or would extraterrestrials really invade Earth?

Aliens have already viciously attacked our spacecraft, savagely kidnapped us, heartlessly conducted experiments on us, and mercilessly aimed their death-rays at us. But of course, all of these crimes have been committed only in our Science Fiction books and movies.

Other experts who, like Hawking, have devoted their careers to thoughtful exploration of the possibilities of alien contact say that we don't have anything to fear.

These scenarios play on our most primal human emotions of losing the resources we need to survive, among other fears, says Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI).

In reality, it isn't logical to think that aliens would want to do either of those things, he said. Anything that we have here, they could find where they live, If there was a resource found on Earth that did not exist on the aliens' home planet, there would certainly be easier ways to get or make the resource than coming here to ravage our planet, or other less evolved ones.



David Morrison, Director of Space at NASA-Ames Research Center said, Any communication that may occur would likely be in the form of radio waves sent from one civilization to another.

We're listening, Morrison said. And we can assume that any civilization that we receive a signal from is more advanced than we are.
Morrison doubts that an advanced alien civilization would come here to harm us in the first place. If a civilization can last for hundreds of thousands of years, it almost surely has solved the problems we have.

Even if aliens knew about us and could travel here they wouldn't be likely to send an army or the equipment needed to launch an attack on the Earth, says Science Fiction author, Jack McDevitt. Although contact between humans and aliens has been a key part of many of McDevitt's books, he doesn't think that it's likely to actually happen. Any civilization capable of this feat would not want to delegate its fighting force to the task, he said, We have bigger problems to worry about than aliens attacking, McDevitt added.

Are we still too primitive to be considered for advanced alien exploration? In other words, alien cultures advanced enough to travel across the galaxies stand beyond our comprehension, Morrison said. They don’t need us, probably wouldn’t even be interested in us, and most likely would never bother to come here in the first place. 

But on the other hand...

 Watch for the second part in this post called Ancient Aliens.  Including a look into the third Soul-Love book, Distant Vision.

Kaye Manro

Note: Portions of this post appeared on the SF blog a while back titled Aliens Among Us. It was rewritten now to include other info. It also seems fitting to re-post it at this time. 


© copyright Kaye Manro 2016


11/12/16

SAY HELLO AND THEN GOODBYE




I usually don’t write or share personal info on the SF blog, but just for this post, it seems like the right thing to do. Since the love I recently experienced with another influenced the Soul-Love Series with a big hit.  

Over the past several years I was involved in a highly impactful love relationship which did prompt much of the feelings and deep abiding love between Soul-Love characters Nick and Krista.

Though the basic storyline veers off into more Sci Fi elements—Nick’s psychic abilities and the actual events that are discovered in the upcoming main Soul-Love novel Remember Him Yesterday—the undertone and over the moon love theme was surely influenced by true life happenings.

My guy and I met many years ago when we were very young. And madly in Love. I was living in Boston at the time studying, yes, dance. And true, he was a musician playing the bars. On and off throughout the years we would come back together, but something would always interfere and push us apart.  

We are older and wiser now, right? When we rekindled out special love, we thought this time it would work. Once again we fell headlong over the moon for each other. We had plans to settle down together, to travel and to finally end up in a place we both know as special. But alas, we were just too different still. Our lifestyles didn’t match and who we are had changed a lot though we tried hard to make it work.

Just recently after many ups and downs we decided we probably shouldn’t be together this time around. We will always be close, but actual living together is not in the cards for us. At least not right now. Will it ever be? Who knows. Love is weird that way. Especially when the two involved are both highly creative with similar personalities. It looks very good on deeper levels but sometimes the surface reality just pushes you apart.

That’s what happened to us.

And so, it is with a song and a tear that I say goodbye to a love that is meant to be, yet isn’t.

Eu te amo and Tchau, my love. I will never forget…


The main novel, Remember Him Yesterday featuring Nick and Krista, will release in late 2017. Other Nick and Krista stories, Again Hope and All He Wanted will be out in early 2017. All Hallows Ever available now on Amazon Kindle.

See you inside my books

Kaye


© copyright Kaye Manro 2016


11/11/16

MORE NICK AND KRISTA



Again comes a hero and his heroine... 






And if I dance you will never stop creating your songs...


Stay tuned for more adventures and stories featuring Nick Zelmenis and the love of his life Krista McBaine. 




Coming Soon...


© copyright Kaye Manro 2016



11/6/16

A NEW AGE DAWNS



How did the Age of Aquarius enter popular culture? It surely is associated with the counter-culture war protests of the 1960s and 1970s, and with the New Age movement.

Astrologers say The Age of Aquarius is an astrological age, which shifts roughly every 2,150 years. It’s defined by the sun’s position at the time of the March, or vernal, equinox. The Age of Aquarius begins when the March equinox point moves out of the constellation Pisces and into the constellation Aquarius.

The arrival of the Aquarius age has been associated with harmony and understanding, sympathy and trust. And that brings us to the 1967 smash-hit musical HAIR, with its opening song Aquarius.The song opened with the lines:

When the moon is in the Seventh House
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars
This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius


It’s hard to describe how HAIR affected people when it opened in the mid sixties. It subsequently ran for 1,750 performances on Broadway and then 1,997 performances with simultaneous productions in cities across the United States and Europe, and accompanying recordings (the original Broadway cast recording sold three million copies back then).

Almost single-handily in the late 1960s and early 1970s, this Broadway musical brought the Aquarius Age concept into popular culture.

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Characters Nick and Krista are surrounded by the happenings of this era-- the 1960's anti war protests and counter culture revolution are part of what they would see often.





© copyright Kaye Manro 2016


Kaye Manro


11/3/16

MY NEW BOOK IS ON AMAZON KINDLE ~ CHECK IT OUT!


Cool Sixties ~ Great Lovers ~ Music And Dancers And Fun!
Join Nick and Krista for a groovy adventure!





All Hallows Ever ~ Premise
by
Kaye Manro


Boston, October 1966

When musician Nick Zelmenis finds out his band must dress in costume to perform at the All Hallows Eve music gig he is in a reluctant quandary over what to wear. His lover ballet dancer Krista McBaine and a few good friends come up with a groovy Sci-Fi costume idea for the band’s big night. But a devastating incident occurs just before the show and everything falls apart. Nick must pull out all the stops and call upon his innate psychic abilities. He knows beyond doubt if he can’t figure it out fast something tragic is going to happen to the one he loves. 


Available on Amazon Kindle now!




© copyright Kaye Manro 2016



11/2/16

MOKA ANYONE?



Back Bay, Boston 1966

Nick makes espresso in a Moka pot every morning for he and his love, Krista before they start their day...


Brewing the best Moka


One of the favorite things character Nick Zelmenis loves, from Remember Him Yesterday  and other Nick and Krista stories, is drinking and brewing true authentic espresso. Since his family is from the Baltic region of Latvia, he is naturally drawn to this strong and aromatic coffee.

Nick shops Boston's Market Place to find and stock the best blends and newly roasted coffee beans for his special Moka espresso. 

Here, straight from Nick Zelmenis and 1966 Boston, are a few tips on how to brew the best espresso using an authentic Moka pot. 

Says Nick:

I moved into my current Brownstone flat with Krista and we use the Moka every day, cooking the coffee on the gas burner in our kitchen. If you have fire, water and coffee, you can make a Moka. Fill with cold water, add coffee, tamp but don’t press the grounds into the basket, screw the pot tight and put it on the fire.

Moka or Cafe-tera as it is called in the old country, where my family is from is found in every kitchen there. As my grandmother says, if you want to brew something strong and good a Moka is the way to get your best espresso. And that's not bad for a cafe-tera invented back in 1933 

How it works:


The Moka uses pressure to force hot water through ground coffee, and the groovy shaped pot lets the resulting syrupy liquid bubble up into a top chamber through a chimney. 

It comes in three main parts: The bottom section holds the water for boiling. The top section will receive the coffee. In between is a metal funnel with a perforated disk set into it. This is where you put the coffee grounds, before dropping the funnel into the mouth of the water boiler and letting the thin end of the funnel submerge.

When the water boils, the pressure forces the water up through the funnel tube and through the coffee, and then out through the chimney and into the pot steaming the brew into espresso.

Why so good?


The Moka makes a strong brew, it’s good and with a little care it can be amazing.

Stick some decent coffee in the basket, screw the pot shut and up the gas on your stove. In a few minutes you have a far out brew worth getting out of bed for. Yeah.

According to my Grandmother, the
secret to the best espresso? Take the pot off the heat just before it’s done. Remove it from the heat as soon as the thick part of the coffee has come out. If you watch with the top of the pot open, you’ll see the first syrupy swirls of coffee flow down the outside of the chimney. As soon as you see this, reduce the flame to its lowest setting. This will give the water a little more contact time with the grounds.


The rest of the liquid, still black and thick, will gush out and you want to grab the pot off the heat as soon as this flow starts to pale. You know how many coffee houses will make you a long espresso just by letting the machine run longer, washing more water through the grounds? The pale liquid from your Moka is the exact same stuff, and will taste woody, bitter and burned.

Stop the flow early. I put a bowl of cold water next to the stove and dip the pot’s base in there. It stops the flow. You’ll soon get used to the timing.

Most homes in the old country where my family is from have one size for everyday use, and at least another bigger Moka for family occasions. 

Our Moka is a four-cup and it’s far out just right for Krista and me.

I prefer something medium for the Moka and I grind my own beans—but I’ll talk on grinders and the best coffee beans at a later time. The brewing method will still extract all the flavor, but that flavor will be better rounded, and not one-note bitter like you’ll get at the coffee houses here in Boston and elsewhere.

I say get a Moka pot if you want the best tasting and grooviest espresso around.

Nick Zelmenis

Guitarist, singer/songwriter, main character from
Remember Him Yesterday


Nick's Moka Espresso



Note: Moka pots are still available today though not as popular as other machines for making homemade espresso.

Kaye Manro

© copyright Kaye Manro 2016


10/29/16

AN OCTOBER IN BOSTON ~ 1966






Nick And Krista Excerpt:
by
Kaye Manro

Before The Gig

Inside their brownstone flat a few days before the gig, Nick and Krista, with a bottle of wine in hand, collapsed together on their flowered sofa exhausted from all their prep work.

“Whew, I think we just may pull this off,” he said and took a big swig of wine. He handed her the bottle and she gulped down a drink.

Krista lay her head on Nick’s shoulder. “Yeah, music man, I think we just might.”


"God, it'll feel so good just to hold you with no one else around for a change."

"Alone at last," she added.

"Come on baby.” He picked up the bottle and hauled her with him as he stood. 

“Let’s get some rest.”

“And sex,” she giggled as he carried her to their bed...


© copyright Kaye Manro 2016

10/25/16

LATE OCTOBER


NICK AND KRISTA



End of October

The sleepy brown leaves
Nod down their heads to the winter
Yellows and grays
Paint the sad skies today
And I wonder when you’re coming home
I know you’re in San Francisco
Staying with your sister
Who’s a mother to be
Her husband is way down in Florida
But I’m still in Boston can’t you see
Wishing you’d come home to me
Life here is easy
I’m sure you recall
How it’s so warm and breezy
In the summer and fall
But winter is upon me
And I’ve got no heat here
I miss your fire so sweet
girl,
 I miss your fire so sweet
And I wish you would come home to me…

{modified DF lyrics}






© copyright Kaye Manro 2016