Thursday, 16 August 2012

Welcome Samhain author, Robyn Bachar!



 Welcome to my site, Robyn! I don't think we've met before so I'm really happy to get to know more about you and your work. I have heard endless good things about Samhain so I'm sure you are more than happy with your publisher - I'd love to hear more about them!

Let's get started with the interview...

1)   Did you set any goals for 2012?          This year has been filled with very dramatic changes for me, and I didn’t set any writing goals other than to write when I can. Plus my muse tends to rebel when I give her demands for daily word counts other than in November (National Novel Writing Month). She’s very temperamental.

2)   What is the best part of the writing process for you?         It’s that aha moment when I realize something about a character or plot point and everything just clicks. I love that moment.

3)   The worst part?         Writing the dreaded synopsis. Blurbs are even worse, but I have a special hatred for the synopsis. I don’t have a talent for summarization, and trying to boil down my novel into a few paragraphs is a special kind of torture.

4)   What is the book you wish you’d written?         Right now I’m very jealous of Tiffany’s Reisz’s The Siren, because that book is sooo good. I couldn’t put it down, and I can’t wait for the next book in the series to come out.

5)   Favourite author/s & book/s?         My all-time favorite romance author is Nora Roberts. She brought me back to reading romance, and I’m very grateful for that. My favorite book is hers is Dance Upon the Air, the first in the Three Sisters Island trilogy. I try to read it every fall, and I love it more with each re-read.


6)   Tell us about your latest release?         Nightfall is a space opera erotic romance with a M/F/F m√©nage. It has a bit of everything—epic space battles, laser gun fights, galactic political intrigue, and steamy love scenes. I had a blast writing it, and I’m working on the sequel now.

7)   Tease us with a blurb/short excerpt.         Here’s the blurb, but really I think the warning does it best. Writing the warning is one of the most fun parts of being a Samhain author.

When a wounded runner stumbles into her workshop, sculptor Talena Spenser’s comfortable, quiet life is shattered. Aiding the escaped slave risks losing more than just her freedom. She is in phase, when Cy’ren females are overwhelmed by the drive to mate.
Mordacki Loren, shadow sword of House Nightfall, knows the pain of losing a mate. He never intended to take another. But Talena, raised by humans with little knowledge of Cy’ren ways, leaves him no choice. As the mating lust consumes them, Dack promises to honor her wishes—even if that means letting her go.
Scarred and hardened by a munitions accident that sent her Alliance career up in flames, Carmen Hawke joined the Cy’ren resistance as captain of the flagship Talon. When old flame Dack returns from a mission with Carmen’s childhood friend and first love, Talena, in tow, the temptation to allow someone—or two someones—close to her again cracks her emotional armor.
Pursued by an unknown enemy, the trio works together to discover the secrets of Talena’s past, and to uncover a threat that could destroy the fragile peace of the Cy’ren homeworld.
Warning: If the epic space battles, gunfights and swordplay aren’t enough to get you going, strap yourself in for a male-female-female threesome that’s scorching enough to fire your engines into overdrive.

8)   What is your favourite attribute of the hero and heroine?         Dack, Talena, and Carmen are all survivors. They’ve been through tough times, but they never give up. Together the three of them are a force to be reckoned with.

9)   What’s next?         I’m working on Morningstar, the next book in the Cy’ren Rising trilogy. In November Fire in the Blood, the next book in my Bad Witch urban fantasy romance series, will be out in ebook. I’m also continuing to work on more books in that series as well.

10)                  Tell me where you write?                  Anywhere there’s noise. Silence is distracting to me, so I’m happiest in a busy coffee shop, or at home with the TV on.

11)                  Where would you like your career to be in 5 years?                  I’d love to be able to write full time. Also, my mom recently visited a psychic who told her that my books would get a big movie deal, which would be awesome. But I’ll only agree to a movie if Joss Whedon directs it, and I suspect that after Avengers he’ll be a tad bit busy. Just a smidge. (I saw Avengers three times, by the way. I’m an addict.)




Nightfall
by Robyn Bachar

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BLURB:

Her heart says “never”. Her body says “now”.

When a wounded runner stumbles into her workshop, sculptor Talena Spenser’s comfortable, quiet life is shattered. Aiding the escaped slave risks losing more than just her freedom. She is in phase, when Cy’ren females are overwhelmed by the drive to mate.

Mordacki Loren, shadow sword of House Nightfall, knows the pain of losing a mate. He never intended to take another. But Talena, raised by humans with little knowledge of Cy’ren ways, leaves him no choice. As the mating lust consumes them, Dack promises to honor her wishes—even if that means letting her go.

Scarred and hardened by a munitions accident that sent her Alliance career up in flames, Carmen Hawke joined the Cy’ren resistance as captain of the flagship Talon. When old flame Dack returns from a mission with Carmen’s childhood friend and first love, Talena, in tow, the temptation to allow someone—or two someones—close to her again cracks her emotional armor.

Pursued by an unknown enemy, the trio works together to discover the secrets of Talena’s past, and to uncover a threat that could destroy the fragile peace of the Cy’ren homeworld.

Warning: If the epic space battles, gunfights and swordplay aren’t enough to get you going, strap yourself in for a male-female-female threesome that’s scorching enough to fire your engines into overdrive.

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EXCERPT:

The bridge crew stared at the chronometer as it ticked down the last seconds until the Talon pulled the slaver ship out of lightspeed. Though it had started life as a simple passenger transport, the Talon had been torn apart, rebuilt and modified to ambush slaver ships. If they calculated it right, the slavers would appear within firing range, and the Talon would disable their engines before the slavers even knew what happened.

If they calculated it right. A few meters off and the ship would slip their net, or crash into them. Fortunately, none of the previous missions under Carmen’s command had gone horribly awry. Her navigator, Rizzoli, was retired Alliance military, and he knew his craft. They’d pulled ships a bit too far out of range before and had to chase them down, but the Talon was faster than it looked.

The chrono hit zero, and the slaver ship appeared off the Talon’s starboard bow, right on schedule.

“Fire,” Carmen ordered.

“Aye, Captain,” Jace replied. Four beams shot from the Talon’s cannons, but instead of impacting against the hull, the energy dissipated as it hit the protective wall of an energy shield. “Weapons ineffective.”

Carmen cursed inwardly. Slaver ships almost never had shields—this was a bad sign. “Raise our shields and fire again. And broadcast the boarding warning.”

“Aye.”

The automated message warning the slavers to surrender and prepare to be boarded droned from the Talon as it fired. Again their weapons hit the slavers’ shields, and this time their target returned fire. The deck rocked beneath Carmen’s boots as the Talon shuddered, and she turned to Sam’s station. “Damage report?”

“Minor damage to the starboard engines. They’ve got upgraded cannons. Cut right through our shields. If you’d let me modify our cannons—”

“Not now, Chief. I want to know why that ship’s still moving, Lieutenant Commander Harrow.”

Jace glanced at her, his brow creased with annoyance. “I’m not familiar with their shield configuration. Our cannons aren’t affecting it.”

“Charge the EMP,” she ordered.

The crew paused around her, and she noticed their hesitation with another silent curse. Using the EMP was risky, because it drained their ship of almost all their power for a few minutes. The slaver ship would be dead in space, but it put the Talon in danger if reinforcements arrived. Carmen was already concerned about the situation, because a ship that should have been a nice, fat transport was showing teeth. She’d risk it.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Robyn Bachar was born and raised in Berwyn, Illinois, and loves all things related to Chicago, from the Cubs to the pizza. It seemed only natural to combine it with her love of fantasy, and tell stories of witches and vampires in the Chicagoland area in her Bad Witch series. As a gamer, Robyn has spent many hours rolling dice, playing rock-paper-scissors, and slaying creatures in MMPORGs. Her new series, Cy’ren Rising, was born out of a lifelong addiction to space opera movies and TV shows.



Robyn will be awarding $20 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and a $10 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn host.

Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here:  http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2012/06/virtual-book-tour-nightfall-by-robyn.html
 
Comments? 

7 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting me today. :)

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  2. It sounds fascinating. This is definately a story I would love to read.

    I too love Nora Roberts irish series.

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  3. I haven't read Dance Upon the Air. I'll have to check it out. As a librarian, I love when authors share their favorite books/writers.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

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  4. I love the idea of you having 'aha moments'. I can actually picture it. I'd buy a ticket for the movie.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  5. Thanks for the great post. Your book sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read my first "space opera".

    e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

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  6. Just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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