• Ordinary people. Extraordinary romance.

    Ordinary people. Extraordinary romance.

Quotes from The Alien and the CEO, a short story alien romance

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My next, newest short story, The Alien and the CEO, Book 3 of the Slakerian Empire series, is now available for purchase on Kindle, iBooks, Nook, Kobo and other venues!

Vivi Soria’s anger couldn’t grow any larger. A foreign investment firm, Slakerian, Inc., has convinced the board of directors to sell her on-line matchmaking service, Hunting4TrueLove, against her wishes. She’s out of a job. Then she discovers possible fraudulent activity in the deal. Whether she’s owner or not, she sets out to find the truth.

Commander Jakes Echabarne of The Baldain, a class four vessel of the Slakerian fleet, is on his last mission. He’s slated to administer Slakeria’s repopulation directive on its newest colony. Vivi’s matchmaking program is needed to link Slakerians and recruited humans. A looming deadline and an unexpected glitch in forces him to kidnap her to debug the software.

Vivi demands to be taken home, but she’s already in deep space. Can she convince Jakes to arrange a return voyage to Earth?

Jakes knows the odds of her request. Can he convince Vivi to join him at the new colony?

Author note:

Mr. Right, Mr. Wrong, Mr. Alien, the first Slakerian Empire book, was to be a stand-alone short story. I never expected to turn it into a series. One day, I wondered about Dax Richque’s commanding officer. Was there a story for Jakes Echabarne? I paired him with the CEO of the matchmaking software the Slakerians needed to link their citizens with human mates.

Paul Landaeta was to be #3, but halfway through Jakes story, I realized, chronologically, Paul’s story had to be #2. How could his Earth-bound story happen before Jake’s ship-bound story?

Natalie is based off a story I heard about a dying woman telling her co-workers she was moving abroad for a job. She just didn’t tell them abroad was heaven.

That nugget stayed in my computer’s notes section, simmering and waiting for the perfect story to appear.

Future stories will include Ivy Mitchel, our bad I.T. chief; an architect; and possibly the Slakerian Emperor himself.

I’ll keep you updated of future releases.

Blessings!

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The Alien and the Girl in the Rain, an alien short story romance

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The Alien and the Girl in the Rain

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My newest short story, The Alien and the Girl in the Rain, Book 2 of the Slakerian Empire series, is now available for purchase on Kindle, iBooks, Nook, Kobo and other venues!

Curiosity overcomes any moral objections Natalie Cardellini has at meeting an on-line dating match. After all, a cup of coffee and a few minutes of conversation isn’t a lifetime commitment.

Natalie doesn’t have a lifetime. The diagnosis of an inoperable brain tumor gives her less than six months to live. What harm can come of a glimpse into what-might-have-been?

Lt. Paul Landaeta is on a recruiting mission to Earth, using a computerized dating service to fill his quota for new Slakerian citizens. When a woman matching his date’s description leaves without contact, he figures he’s been stood up.

The next day he sees her dancing in the rain and is instantly smitten. Can he convince her to leave Earth and join him?

Is Natalie’s conversation with him real or a figment of her tumor’s cruel sense of humor? Hope is a precious thing to a dying woman. Dare she risk reaching out for it?

Author note:

Mr. Right, Mr. Wrong, Mr. Alien, the first Slakerian Empire book, was to be a stand-alone short story. I never expected to turn it into a series. One day, I wondered about Dax Richque’s commanding officer. Was there a story for Jakes Echabarne? I paired him with the CEO of the matchmaking software the Slakerians needed to link their citizens with human mates.

Paul Landaeta was to be #3, but halfway through Jakes story, I realized, chronologically, Paul’s story had to be #2. How could his Earth-bound story happen before Jake’s ship-bound story?

Natalie is based off a story I heard about a dying woman telling her co-workers she was moving abroad for a job. She just didn’t tell them abroad was heaven.

That nugget stayed in my computer’s notes section, simmering and waiting for the perfect story to appear.

Future stories will include Ivy Mitchel, our bad I.T. chief; an architect; and possibly the Slakerian Emperor himself.

I’ll keep you updated of future releases.

Blessings!

 

 

 

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Warrior archetype

Prepare for NaNoWriMo

Nothing strikes terror into the heart of a writer more than the phrase, “prepare for NaNoWriMo” unless it’s actually taking part in NaNo.

What is NaNo? From their website:

“National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. 

On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.”

50K in one month is daunting. I’ve written that much in the official NaNo month of November; during my writing group’s preferred Winter NaNo-February meeting to March meeting. On my own, I NaNo’ed one May and, most recently, this past July. One of the key elements to a successful writing month is to have an outline. Yes, I know some people like to sit down and let the words flow, but with a daily word count of 1,667, it’s not practical.

My accountability buddy, Kim, and I have challenged each other to complete NaNo next month.

NaNoWriMo, Step One

The first step is deciding what to write. For me, it’s a no-brainer—the next installment in my Enchanted Forest fantasy romance series. The clues I sprinkled about in the first book, Snow White and the Eighth Dwarf (available in January), pointed toward using the Red Riding Hood tale as the foundation. (I’m toying with Red Riding Hood and the Big, Sexy Wolf, or Red Riding Hood in the Big, Very Bad Wolf as titles. What do you think?)

NaNoWriMo, Step Two

The second step is to find my characters. As the fairy tale does this for me, I need to zero in on their personalities. I’ve tried various way of refining personalities, including using the Meyers-Briggs test, but this time, I decided on using mythical archetypes.

I have a seventy-two card deck of Carolyn Myss’ Archetype Cards. Using my spidey/author sense of drawing cards, this is what I picked (or the cards picked me).

For Oliver, the wolf in my story:

The Warrior—strong, skilNothing strikes terror into the heart of a writer more than the phrase, "prepare for NaNoWriMo" unless it's actually taking part in NaNo.led, disciplined, toughness of will, hero, self-sacrificing.

The Shapeshifter (He is a wolf after all)—skilled at navigating through different levels of consciousness, projecting any image that serves his personal agenda.

Child wounded—blames all dysfunctional relationships on childhood wounds.

Athlete—dedication to transcending physical limits

For Red (possibly called Rhoswynn or Rosewynn):

Nothing strikes terror into the heart of a writer more than the phrase, "prepare for NaNoWriMo" unless it's actually taking part in NaNo.

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The Hermit—Seeks solitude to focus intently on her inner life. Serves her personal creativity.

Dilettante—Delights in the arts without having to be a professional.

Monk Nun—Selfless devotion and single-minded dedication to Spirit. Removed from the real world.

How do I take these attributes and mold compelling relatable characters? I’ll explore that question in my next post: Prepare for NaNoWriMo:Plot, as well as introduce the archetypes for the secondary characters.

Are you participating in NaNo this year? What preparations are you making? Please comment below and let me know the details.

Blessings!

 

 

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