Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Guest Author Veronica Scott Talks Scifi Romance

By Veronica Scott

Thanks for having me as your guest today! I’m very nostalgic returning for a visit at Paranormal Romantics since I spent a couple of fun years blogging here earlier in my career.

I always like to include an element of the ‘inexplicable’ in my science fiction, something that my hard headed military heroes or the other human characters can’t explain but accept when they encounter it. I’ve had reviewers refer to it as my element of mysticism. I just know that part of me craves a universe where all things cannot be known.

 For the Badari Warriors series, which deals with genetically engineered soldiers created by an alien race to fight my Sectors civilization, there are various mysteries. The Badari feel they have ancestral memory, passed down from the race originally used by the evil Khagrish scientists to be the template for, and DNA donors to, this twisted science project.

One of the beliefs the Badari hold especially tightly is that their people worship the Great Mother, a benevolent, nature-based goddess. She often manifests her presence in dreams. The excerpt below the blurb is one such dream episode.

The blurb:  Taura Dancer has been pushed to her limits by alien torturers known as the Khagrish and is ready to die when suddenly the lab where she’s held as a prisoner is taken down by an armed force of soldiers.
The man who rescues her from a burning cell block is Jadrian of the Badari, a genetically engineered alien warrior with as many reasons to hate the Khagrish as Taura has. This set of shared past experiences and the circumstances of her rescue create an unusual bond between them.

Safe in the hidden base where Jadrian and his pack take her, Taura struggles to regain her lost memories and overcome constant flashbacks during which she lashes out at all who come near. Only Jadrian can recall her from the abyss of her visions and hallucinations.

As the war against the Khagrish continues, it becomes increasingly critical to find out who she really is and how she can help in the fight. Until she can control her terrors and trust her own impulses, Taura’s too afraid to pursue the promise of happiness a life with Jadrian as her mate might offer.

When he’s captured by the dreaded enemy, will she step forward to help save him, or will she remain a prisoner of her past?

This is the third book in a new scifi romance series and each novel has a satisfying Happy for Now ending for the hero and heroine, not a cliffhanger. Some overarching issues do remain unresolved in each book since this is an ongoing series but romance always wins the day in my novels!

The excerpt:
Being in her own bed in the familiar cave was a balm to her nerves after the tumultuous events of the day and Taura soon fell asleep, tumbling into a dream. She stood in the middle of an endless grassy plain, surrounded by wildflowers. Birds of all colors flew overhead, singing and chirping with abandon. Feeling something was missing, she put her hand to her neck and realized Jadrian’s amulet was gone. Spinning in a slow circle, she tried to figure out which direction she’d come from, so she could retrace her steps in an effort to find the precious necklace.  In the distance a grove of beautiful, tall trees grew in a perfect circle. She wandered in the direction of the trees, deciding that was as good a choice as any and wanting to see the glade enclosed by the sturdy sentinels. In the blink of an eye, Taura found herself walking past the first tree, strolling in the welcome shade and heading for the sunlit opening ahead. Now a sense of urgency overtook her and she walked faster through the ring of trees. As she entered the clear area at the heart of the grove she caught a glimpse of a woman leaving. Taura only saw her long white hair and the edge of an elaborately embroidered lavender gown.

“Hello? Wait!” She hastened toward the spot where the other had exited but as she approached the trees, she became confused and skidded to a halt. There was no path through the grove she could see. Immense trunks blocked her progress and no matter how she maneuvered or where she stepped, Taura was unable to leave the sunlit central area to follow whoever had been waiting here.

Baffled and frustrated, she retraced her path to the center of the grassy area and perched on a smooth boulder, which was shaped as if to be used as a bench. Why am I here?

There was no answer but as she glanced at the grass surrounding her seat, a flash of bright blue drew her attention. Rising, she plucked the amulet she’d been seeking from the greenery and placed the black leather thong around her neck with a sigh of relief. The stone was cool to her touch, reassuring in its unchanging appearance.

When she raised her eyes to the trees again, she inhaled sharply. Jadrian stood there, smiling at her. She stretched her hands out to him and took a step—
And sat up in the bed, surrounded the soft glow of the nightlight and the sparkling mineral accents in the rough stone walls. A bit disoriented, Taura stretched and glanced around the chamber. At least it was a peaceful dream.

A few minutes later, she strolled out of the bedroom area, more rested than she’d been in months. Jadrian was making tea over the fire, and he glanced up at her approach. “A smooth night then, finally? No dreams?”

Taking the steaming mug from him, she settled on her chair and leaned against the cushion. “No bad dreams anyway. The last one I had was lovely.” Since he showed more than polite interest, she described her dream to him in detail right through to the end, when he’d appeared in her vision. Taura chuckled a bit self-consciously.  Dreams never made much sense when the scenes were recited to another person. “And then I woke up.” 

Surprised by his silence, she glanced across the fire at him. Jadrian’s eyes were wide and glowing with golden fire. He’d risen to his feet. Afraid she’d upset him without realizing it, she set her cup on the nearby rock serving as a table and reached out to him. “What? It was a good dream, I swear.”

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Author Bio and Links:
USA Today Best Selling Author
“SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happy Ever After blog
 Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing her own stories.
Seven time winner of the SFR Galaxy Award, as well as a National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, Veronica is also the proud recipient of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal relating to her former day job, not her romances!
 She read the part of Star Trek Crew Member in the audiobook production of Harlan Ellison’s “The City On the Edge of Forever.”

Book one of the series, AYDARR, is currently on sale for $.99!
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Veronica Scott said...

Always fun to be a guest here - thanks for having me over :) !

Diane Burton said...

We're always happy to have you here, Veronica. I love this series and have started Jadrian. My heart aches for Taura. She is so lost and has such terrible memories--definitely a case of PTSD. I haven't read this excerpt yet. Excellent.

Maureen said...

Congrats on your new release!

Elizabeth Alsobrooks said...

Great to see you here again, Veronica. Looks like you have a great series on your hands.