Thanks for stopping by today dear RhiReaders! You know I ♥ my new job so much and one of the things I love is getting to invite the authors I'm working with to talk to my wonderful fans. Please welcome Jess Anastasi today, her new release has great crossover elements of military scifi and romance. Seriously, if you haven't read the reviews yet... everyone is raving about it so you don't even have to take my biased word for it. lol Enjoy! -- Rhi
Damage Control is one of those books that ended up being written because it was the kind of book I wanted to read, but had trouble finding. In fact, you’ll find that pretty much all of my sci-fi romance books are (I think) straight down the line 50% sci-fi and 50% romance.
Though there are a lot of romances out there with a sci-fi setting, and in turn, a lot of sci-fi books with romantic elements, I really love the ones that devote as much time to character and relationship building, as they do to world-building and setting. Personally, I get the most satisfaction out of being totally immersed in a world, and then focusing on the characters who live there and the way their relationships--both romantic and other--evolve in the situations they find themselves in throughout the story.
The Valiant Knox series had its beginnings after I watched and loved the newer Battlestar Galactica TV show. It’s a dark, gritty sci-fi, but I always wanted a little more time devoted to the character’s romantic relationships, and forever hoped that Apollo and Starbuck would somehow end up together. I wanted something more like the epic romance arc of John and Aeryn on Farscape.
Any BSG fan will definitely pick out the similarities -- Lee “Apollo” Adarma on BSG who, for a time, is the
CAG, or Captain of the Air Group,
to Leigh “Alpha” Alphin who is the CAFF, or Captain of the Fighter Force. Then
there’s also the fact that they’re both military based on a huge ship and
involved in (two very different) wars. That was my nod to being a huge BSG fan,
but I think that’s where the similarities end.
But back to the whole cross-over concept. I’m hopeful that this particular mix of romance and sci-fi will appeal to those who love romance, but are a bit unsure about sci-fi, and those who love sci-fi, but aren’t huge romance fans, breaking into the boundaries of each separate genre and bringing them together.
Especially now that the Knox has been secretly infiltrated by the enemy.
Mia Wolf’s new commander is icy, no-BS, and completely gorgeous. His glances send heat searing through her. Neither of them can afford to make this mistake, yet desire takes hold, consuming them. For the first time, Leigh’s iron sense of honor falters as his heart fights for love… and against an enemy trying to destroy everything they hold dear.
Jess has been making up stories ever since she can remember. Though her messy handwriting made it hard for anyone else to read them, she wasn't deterred and now she gets to make up stories for a living. She loves loud music, a good book on a rainy day, and probably spends too much time watching too many TV shows. Jess lives in regional Victoria, Australia, with her very supportive husband, three daughters, one ball-obsessed border collie, and one cat who thinks he's one of the kids.
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