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Featured SFR Author: Veronica Scott

I doubt Veronica Scott needs much of an introduction, so I’ll just say she is a tireless supporter of the SFR genre. Oh, and she writes superb books.  She has two books in our raffle, so be sure to enter.

THE BOOK

Star Cruise: Marooned (A Sectors SF Romance)

MaroonedFinal-FJM_High_Res_1800x2700Meg Antille works long hours on the charter cruise ship Far Horizon so she can send credits home to her family. Working hard to earn a promotion to a better post (and better pay), Meg has no time for romance.

Former Special Forces soldier Red Thomsill only took the berth on the Far Horizon in hopes of getting to know Meg better, but so far she’s kept him at a polite distance. A scheduled stopover on the idyllic beach of a nature preserve planet may be his last chance to impress the girl.

But when one of the passengers is attacked by a wild animal it becomes clear that conditions on the lushly forested Dantaralon aren’t as advertised – the ranger station is deserted, the defensive perimeter is down…and then the Far Horizon’s shuttle abruptly leaves without any of them.

Marooned on the dangerous outback world, romance is the least of their concerns, and yet Meg and Red cannot help being drawn to each other once they see how well they work together. But can they survive long enough to see their romance through? Or will the wild alien planet defeat them, ending their romance and their lives before anything can really begin?

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VERONICA

Best Selling Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance author and “SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happily 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.

Three time winner of the 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!

Find her at: Her Blog  |  @vscotttheauthor  |  Facebook

Mini Interview

Q. When did you realize SFR was a genre?

A. When I was getting ready to publish Wreck of the Nebula Dream in early 2012 and first began conversing with Heather Massey of The Galaxy Express. She and her blog really opened my eyes to the wide world of SFR authors and readers. I’d been reading SFR before that of course, and enjoying it very much, but hadn’t really examined the idea that SFR was its own genre. I’m extremely enthusiastic about SFR standing on its own. Helps bring more attention to all the good stories out there, I believe, and provides a home for those of us who prefer more romance along with the science fiction underpinnings, as readers and authors.

Q. What SFR book had the most impact on your reading and/or writing?

A. My two “foundation authors” are Andre Norton and Anne McCaffrey (her Pern Dragonrider series and Restoree primarily). I read science fiction of all kinds voraciously but books by those two always left me fiercely wanting to write my own worlds because I loved the ones they’d created SO much. I realize neither of those are exactly SFR, but that’s my answer! Part of my motivation to write was that I felt there needed to be much more romance along with the adventure. Write what you want to read, as they say.

Q. Do your books lean more SF or Romance?

A. In the futuristic world of the Sectors that I’ve created, I assume a lot of SF concepts but I don’t talk much about any of it. People use the tech but they don’t explain or analyze it to each other. I’m much more focused on the characters and their journey through the events of the story, which includes a romance with a Happily Ever After. Like any other author, I’ve got solid worldbuilding going on, but many of the infinite details are known only to me (unless they’re needed for the story at hand) . I feel it’s on me to be consistent and present a realistic frame for the stories to occur so the readers can suspend disbelief and just enjoy the story.

Veronica’s question for readers:

What was the best SFR story you ever read and what about it captured your imagination so strongly?

Answer for one entry in our giveaway for  the Blog Lovin’ Prize Bundle.

 

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24 thoughts on “Featured SFR Author: Veronica Scott

  1. The first time I noticed the combination of scifi and romance was that movie Ice Pirates. Yep. Then I started noticing it in other scifi books and movies. I read a lot of Alan Dean Foster as a kid, especially the Flinx & Pip series and it was very sweet whenever Flinx fell into a romantic situation.

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  2. The best scifi story I have ever read has to be The Last Hour of Gann by R. Lee Smith. The completeness she gives to her worlds and her characters in this (and in all of her books) is what makes this book so memorable. I could read it again and again and get something new from it each time.

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  3. Why are you making me choose?! For straight SFR, Marcella Burnard’s Enemy Within. The emotional conflicts and complexity of the protagonists drew me in. For scifi with a romance plot, Rachel Bach’s Fortune’s Pawn (and the rest of the series). I want to live in that universe and visit the locations: they’re so vivid! Also, I want to hug all the characters.

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  4. What was the best SFR story you ever read and what about it captured your imagination so strongly? This is such a hard question, there are so many.

    So I am going to answer with the first Sci-fi book I ever read, though it is not a romance. The Forgotten Door by Alexander Key. I probably read in 1965 when is first came out. I still have my copy of it. It grabbed my imagination and opened my mind to possibilities. I have been a fan of the sci-fi genre – romance or not – ever since. Though, I will admit, now that I am all grown up, I do enjoy the romance very much. Anne McGaffrey totally hooked me.

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    • I remember the Forgotten Door as being awesome. I picked up a copy at a garage sale about a year ago and have been trying to get my 11 year old son to read it because I know he would love it! I would go back and reread it myself if I didn’t have so many other SFR books on my to-read list!

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    • I’ve never read that one but I’m with you – my favorites weren’t SFR either, but led me to the genre. And McCaffrey’s books were wonderful IMHO. I still have my copies of the entire Pern Dragon Riders series.

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  5. I loved Conflict of Honors by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. I don’t know that it was the first but it is the longest running series I follow. Not only by number of books but also years.

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  6. I am fairly new to SFR having only discovered it about a year and half ago. But so far my favorite is Shielder by Catherine Spangler. I love the way Nessa was so independent, brave and clever after being shunned by her people for so long. And I love how Chase had to deal with his inner demons while still being compelled to do the right thing.
    I’ll give honorable mentions to Hold by Claire Kent (Zannie Adams) and to the Huntress by Michelle O’Leary.

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    • I just recently discovered Catherine Spangler (where have I been???!) and now I’m devouring all her books. Going to do an interview with her soon for my column over at USA Today/HEA. Must look into the others you mentioned, I love recommendations (which is part of why I asked the question today) – thanks!

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  7. Oh, love SFR! My favorite is Evangeline Anderson with her Brides of Kindred, Laurann Dohner and her New Species, or Kiersten Fay or Sherrilyn Kenyon *happy sigh* Love them all!
    Can´t wait for my chance to try this one!
    Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Saturday!
    //Linda

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  8. An Accidental Goddess by Linnea Sinclair was my first SFR book. The story has a great plot and the H/H reluctantly develop a very strong relationship. I’m always hoping for a sequel because I would love to see more of these characters!

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