A short while back, fellow SFR writer and Brigade member Jenna McCormick announced that Kensington wanted to contract one of her Science Fiction Romance books. Kensington no less! We at the Brigade were so excited we wanted to rejoice and throw her a release party right then! But we waited. The contract was signed, the book cover art produced (lovely cover) and now the time is here! On January 1, 2012 No Limits released at Kensington Aphrodisia.
Happy release Jenna, and thank you for being my guest today.
Thanks so much to my host and wickedly cool SFR writer Kaye Manro!
How Close is Too Close?
As any SFR writer will tell you, one of the best parts about the subgenre is that anything can happen, as long as it is backed by some scientifically based explanation. Any fantasy you’ve ever had can come true, your hero and heroine can be equipped in whatever way you see fit, can interact on a different level than in a standard romance. That kind of omnipotent power is really a head rush. Imagine, creating a world populated by big strong handsome men whose only wish is to see to your every desire?
Okay, so that’s my fantasy, because I hate asking for things. It would be stellar to have a mind reader, or at least a mood reader who knew when to hold, fold, to walk away or to run. Less arguing, especially when I was exhausted or frustrated or just plum tuckered out of words. From that idea I created Rhys, the empathic warrior monk, and a hero who irritated me like no other hero has ever done before.
Why? I knew exactly what I wanted for Gen, my recalcitrant heroine. A man who knew how to please her, to give her what she needed if she didn’t even recognize the need herself. He was an empath, a man on a mission, part of which includes keeping Gen happy so he can continue to take corporeal form. Sounds terrific, doesn’t it?
Yeah, not so much. It became clear very quickly that a man with that much insight is dangerous to a woman’s thought process. He knows just how to distract or divert her and at the same time he doesn’t need to explain why he’s doing anything. It gives him an incredible amount of power over the woman in his life and Gen, once she figured out what he was about, fought him tooth and nail. I really loved this heroine, she’s fantastically spunky.
Sometimes fantasies need to stay there because the wanting is so much better than the getting. Here’s an example (PG rated) from the book.
Pulling back she stared into his face. His eyelids stayed closed, dark lashes casting shadows under his eyes. A small smile played across those firm masculine lips.
Her breath escaped in a whoosh. “You’re doing it again, aren’t you?”
His eyes open as his brows drew together. “Doing what?”
Her shoulders sagged and she rose up from the couch, needing to put some distance between the two of them. “What it is that you do— pull my strings. Your emotional puppet master tricks.” A cold metal weight took up residence in her gut. She could never trust what she felt around him, because she’d never know if the feelings were genuinely her own. She couldn’t trust him, couldn’t trust herself….
This relationship had toxic written all over it.
“Gen,” Rhys tossed the blanket back and she quickly averted her gaze to the view of the half-frozen lake out the window. Fat dopey flakes fell from the sky and began to blanket the frozen ground. She needed to get rid of him before they were snowed in here together or she’d lose herself in the constant quest for what only he had been able to give her. A sense of her own value.
So tell me, have you ever wanted something, gotten it and then been disappointed by the result? One random commenter will receive a copy of my latest release No Limits. And please, join me on the No Limits Blog Tour for a chance to win a Kindle Fire!
No Limits: Now Available from Kensington Aphrodisia
All Genevieve Luzon wants is to be loved by one man, a seemingly impossible task in New-
at the start of the twenty second century. Sure, she can buy sex as easily as order a pizza on a Friday night, but finding a forever kind of love among her self-centered peers is no easy feat for the unemployed off-world vacation coordinator. When an old friend offers her the position of secret shopper to test out the male prostitutes, Gen can’t think of a good reason to refuse. Hell, if she can’t find Mr. Right, she might as well try on a sampler of Mr. Right Nows. New York City
Yet the perks of her new position don’t compare to the strange attraction she has, not for one of the prostitutes, but a candle that seems to warm places of her she never knew existed. When a man appears out of the flame, Gen is sure she's found the one. Rhys is an empath, made a slave by the Illustra Corporation and he’s everything Gen could ever want. Except available. Because Rhys is on a mission. One that might claim his life. He must try to free his people, consequences be damned. Now, Gen must choose between turning her back on the only man she’s ever loved and the monumental task he has set for himself. Should she risk her life fighting a war hidden from polite society against those who wish to control us all?
Is love really worth fighting for?
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