I've asked my Publisher to make the first book in the MIND Series free until September 7th. I have SIX books done so far. I'm debating writing another if I can find more readers! The story isn't done in my head, but the Romance Market is a harder sell than ever before. For me, the story is just as important as the couple's romance, which has been an issue in the past.
I've been told my books don't have enough romance. Conversely, others have said there is too much!? I've also been told my books should be labeled as SciFi with Romantic Elements. With so much advice from all sides, I had to go with my gut. Each couple ends up together by the end of the book, so that's why I've kept it in the SciFi Romance genre.
If you have friends who like TV shows like Doctor Who, Ancient Aliens, Killjoys, Agents of SHIELD, Heroes, Firefly, or Star Trekwith a bit more Romance, feel free to give them the link to MIND: The Beginning!
After Dina Ranger loses telepathic contact with her twin brother, Duncan, she breaks into his apartment and stumbles onto a special government unit responsible for monitoring the psychic population. She's offered a job where she can use her psionic gifts to help people.
Stranded on earth over a hundred years ago, Liam of Shria is searching for a metal needed to repair his ship when he finds Dina inside an alien escape pod and narrowly saves her after she trips the alarm.
As the mystery and their relationship deepens, Liam helps Dina learn the truth behind her abilities while uncovering a plot to rebuild an ancient weapon, exposing dangerous secrets about the alien presence on earth that may change the future forever.
According to Wikipedia "The actual term "shipping" was originated in the mid-1990s by internet fans of the TV show The X-Files, who believed the two main characters, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, should be or were engaged in a romantic relationship."
It's good to note that most TV shows before and since X-Files had some sort of relationshipping going on. The internet is responsible for finding like-minded people who can band together to make their 'ship known. With the age of twitter, this poses a very tough problem for writers who 1. don't necessarily think about hooking up characters and 2. risk losing an audience one way or another.
For me, personally, I think it's a very bad idea to listen to a fanbase IF you already have a solid grasp on who your character is and what their plot trajectory is from the start. Conversely, fans can see things that writers don't always think of and if you are flexible with your characters, there is no harm in making minor tweaks it if fits with your main plot. Thirdly, listening to your fanbase and then doing them wrong, is the biggest risk of all.
That leads me to Voltron and one of the main characters Shiro. There are many, many, many 'ships going on in this universe. Keith and Axca, Keith and Allura, Keith and Lance, Keith and Shiro, Shiro and Allura, Shiro and Pidge, Pidge and Hunk, Lotor and Allura, Lance and Allura, I could go on and on and on.
Me personally, I was a Lotor and Axca then Lotor and Allura shipper until he went nuts. Most of the other cast are teens, so I didn't really think about it much. Shiro is my fave but I honestly never shipped him with anyone. (I wanted to keep him for myself LOL)
Two of the biggest shippers out there are Lance and Keith or Shiro and Keith.
From what I've seen on twitter and the net, a fan blackmailed the Animation Studio, Writers, and others in 2017 to make the Lance Keith ship a reality or he would release unseen animated cells from an upcoming season. I didn't delve too much into it because it's just crazy on so many levels, but regardless if the Voltron Team had plans to make Shiro gay from the beginning it felt like fan service after they announced it at Comic Con this past July.
I honestly don't know if that was their plan. I don't think so because if that were the case there could have been plenty of hints at in the first season. Lance was already flirting with all the girls (a whole different blog about why fans ship him with other guys), Keith seemed to click with Allura (like the original version), Pidge is a little on the young side to worry about an actual relationship while being the smart one in the room, and Hunk is so likeable and usually the comic relief, and we all know they rarely get ships anyway.
Giving them the benefit of the doubt, I went to bed excited last night to see what would happen. And I sit here now, five hours later, after reading a dozen tweets with well-deserved backlash for something called Bury Your Gays. It's a trope where gay characters get into a relationship and one is quickly killed off. I don't necessarily agree with all on the list in that link, but many of them are guilty of this trope. It feels like they did this with Shiro and his partner Adam. They had one flashback scene where they barely looked at each other, no physical contact, and then Adam was killed without Shiro being able to see him.
Everything else about the season was amazing. This was a letdown.
This beautiful, wonderful character deserved better. I mean, he's like the torture guy for this show in the first place, but if you weren't going to actually make him gay from the start, you should have at least made up for it with a good story worthy of Shiro. This was not it.
I'm not going to get into the Keith and Acxa ship and why everyone is mad that they're heading that way, it makes sense to me, he's half Galra and always (in my eyes) saw Shiro as an older brother. I didn't pick up on any crush, but I can see how that's relatable to many people.
I know the actors, writers, and many of the team are active on social media and interact with their fans. Fans, I'll say this to you. I get it. I understand. Please also understand that writers aren't perfect either and I'm sure they didn't do anything to purposefully hurt anyone. Give them a chance to fix it in the upcoming seasons. Writers, this is tricky ground. I know you have so many people you need to listen to in this game of series production. Listen to why people are mad, not necessarily the ones who are trying to force their version of the characters on you, but why they're seeking proper representation.
The LGBTQ community is only asking to see themselves on screen, fairly, truthfully, and seen as normal, just like we see hetero-ships on TV, in the Movies, and in Books. They can help the worlds you create thrive and be more realistic and inclusive. But everyone need to remember that negativity and combativeness don't always solve the problems. Use your voices. Tell your stories. Welcome others and we'll all be stronger for it in the future.
Staff Sergeant Hannah Coriveau dedicated the last five years to the Space Military Command. Heading back to Earth, she’s ready to begin civilian life and reunite with her parents and the boyfriend she left behind. The person she’ll miss most is Garish—her wingman, best friend, and the one who made her regret not being single.
Senior Airman Colin Garish wants his squadron leader. Bad. After spending so much time by her side—both in the Martian skies and on the red planet—being her friend isn’t enough. When Hannah learns of her boyfriend’s infidelity, Colin is there to comfort her.
Before Colin has the chance to confess his feelings, Hannah receives worse news from home. Her father is dying. Seeing her devastation, Colin remains the friend she desperately needs. But in her grief, she pushes him away. Will Hannah let him back in her life when they land on Earth? Or will Colin never get the chance to win her heart?
The shuttle lurched as it landed on the runway, jerking Hannah forward against her restraints. She and her crew had finally reached their destination. Earth’s moon. So close to home, and yet still so far away. With her mission almost over, she looked forward to outlasting the rest of the squadron during physical therapy then returning to the ones she loved. But first, she had to complete shutdown procedures. She pulled down levers and flicked off switches in unison with the rest of the squadron. A well-rehearsed dance they’d perfected when landing on Mars. This time, they flowed through the sequence with ease, as if they landed space shuttles every day.
The engine slowed in its vibrations until it stopped for the first time in two hundred and fifty days. Powered down. But tremors still quaked through Hannah’s body from the inertia. While the squadron waited for the noxious fumes to be blown away, she dreamed of sleep. Just a few hours to rest before she started reconditioning her body for Earth’s gravity. She’d tried to nap while in the crew quarters, but they’d been too close to their lunar landing for her to relax. Ramped up on energy for the past twenty-four hours, her excitement now wore thin, coming down from the rush.
And what was with Colin’s marriage proposal? He knew she had a boyfriend already. Was he delirious? Or maybe very homesick.
“Staff Sergeant Coriveau, is your squadron ready to depart the shuttle?”
Hannah glanced at four eager faces, guys she’d spent the last five years with. “As ready as we’ll ever be, Chief. We’re all very anxious to get back home.” And have a shower. Eat better meal bars. Sleep.
“In time, Staff Sergeant. We’re ready to open the shuttle doors.”
“Understood. See you soon.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jessica E. Subject is the author of science fiction romance, mostly alien romances, ranging from sweet to super hot. Sometimes she dabbles in paranormal and contemporary as well, bringing to life a wide variety of characters. In her stories, you can not only meet a sexy alien or two, but also clones and androids. You may be transported to a dystopian world where rebels are fighting to live and love, or to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.
When Jessica is not reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to go to fitness class, listen to BTS, and walk her Great Pyrenees/Retriever her family adopted from the local animal shelter.
Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at jessicasubject.com.
Welcome to Lucky Valley where nothing is quite what it seems.
Lily Goode wasn't aware she had an inheritance waiting for her in the form of a huge Victorian house in Lucky Valley, Colorado. Life might finally be coming together for her. That is if you don't count the endless home repairs, dealing with eccentric Aunt Polly who claims they're both witches, and Nolan Dawson the handsome home inspector who seems to have it out for her, then, sure, life is grand. Oh, and not to mention the strange hallucinations and garden gnomes who are far more than lawn ornaments.
If mysterious accidents don't do her in, then the rebellious gnomes just might. With the help of Aunt Polly, it's up to Lily to discover who's sabotaging her new home and trying to drive the Goodes out of Lucky Valley once and for all.
In the town of Lucky Valley, Colorado, nothing is quite what it seems. As Lily Goode is quickly finding out…
Her hands trembled as she gripped the railing. Nolan briefly placed his hand over hers, as if to steady her. They crept toward the bedroom.
Thump. Thump. Rattle. Thump.
Lily and Nolan reached for the door at the same time and pushed it with the tips of their fingers. The wood creaked as it opened.
Crreeaak. Thump. Bang.
They tilted their heads to look in.
“Dam, blasted. I…”
The sound was faint, but Lily heard the muffled words as if they came from underwater.
“Where’d ya goya wee varmit…”
“Who’s there?” Lily demanded.
Lily leaned closer to Nolan and tried not to make a sound as she stared at the room. A bed was in the middle next to a small dresser with a white porcelain bowl. The dresser slid an inch to the right and the foot of the bed lifted off the floor before thumping down.
Nolan again tried to push her behind him but she resisted and moved to see who was causing all the noise. The bed bounced in a steady rhythm. She slowly leaned to the side to peek along the hidden edge of the bed. The sound stopped. A gnome stood facing the corner like a punished child. Another gnome lay on the floor.
“I think Dante is right. It’s the creepy gnomes.” Lily stared at the little statues, watching for movement. A chill worked its way up her spine.
Nolan placed a hand on her arm. She jumped a little in surprise at the contact. He inhaled through his nose, and whispered, “Ghost.” The word came out on a white puff of breath.
The bed lifted higher than before and crashed down. When Lily turned her attention back to the gnomes, they had not moved, but there was a pair of transparent legs sticking out from under the bed. The ghost’s stained pants were frayed at the bottom hem and his boots were caked in dirt—if that was even possible.
“Uh, this house is not yours,” Lily said. “Go to the light. Begone spirit.”
“What are you doing?” Nolan whispered.
“Banishing him?” Lily shrugged. How the heck was she supposed to know what to do?
“How do you know it’s a him?”
She pointed at the floor. “I assumed from the pants and boots, but I guess it could be a girl.”
“All I see is a couple of gnomes.”
The ghost’s feet kicked, and the bed lifted up only to fall with a bang.
“Stop that!” she ordered.
The ghost cackled and wheezed and did it again. This time, he shimmied until his feet disappeared under the bed. All noises stopped.
“Is he gone?”
“Maybe?” She shrugged helplessly.
“Do you see him?”
Lily turned to Nolan and grabbed his upper arm. “Nolan, if I was really in a hospital with something in my brain making me hallucinate, you’d tell me, right? I mean, you’d tell me if I was insane or none of this was real, right?”
“I’d be all right with that. Because, if you expect me to bend over to look under the bed to see if there are any big-bad scaries lurking beneath there, I’m telling you now that I don’t think I’m brave enough. I’ve seen how this horror movie ends. I’m not about to get sucked into a dark vortex by Cackles the Cowboy Clown.”
“Dark vortex?” He arched a brow.
“Every little kid knows about the dark vortex. It’s why we know not to go into closets or look under the bed.”
“I don’t think that’s a real—”
“Lily, do you want me to look under the bed for you?” Nolan asked, his tone aggravatingly calm and reasonable.
She nodded. “Yes.”
Nolan suppressed a grin. He lowered onto his hands and knees, threw the draped covers out of his way, and leaned close to the floor to look under the bed.
Lily felt a chill along her arm. She held her breath. Her eyes moved before her head turned. She came face to forehead with a ghost. He stood a couple inches from her face. When she glanced down, she saw his whiskers shift with a smile. “Boo!”
She gasped, jumping away from him.
The ghost crowed a high-pitched sound, holding his stomach and slapping his thigh as if it were the funniest thing in the world. “Oo-ee-ee-ee.”
“I don’t see anything,” Nolan said, still looking under the bed.
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NYT & USAT Bestselling Author Michelle M. Pillow is an award-winning romance writer with over 100 published books over the course of her nearly 15-year career. She is best known for her Quirlixen World including the series: Dragon Lords, Space Lords, Lords of the Var, Galaxy Alien Mail Order Brides, and more.
Michelle is always up for a new adventure or challenge, whether it's a paranormal investigation of an old Vaudeville Theatre or climbing Mayan temples in Belize. She was a refugee extra on SyFy's Z Nation (2016).
Flora Bock will never forgive the Anferthian invaders for murdering her birth-parents. Growing up with the grandson of her sworn enemies is living a nightmare—until the day she sees him through the eyes of a young woman. But giving her heart to him is the ultimate betrayal of her parents’ memory.
A life in peril…
There are precious few places in the galaxy where Fander K’nil is safe. One look into Flora’s beautiful, hate-filled eyes is proof enough that Terr is not one of those places. He must keep her at a distance and stay alive long enough to fulfill his destiny. No matter what his heart desires.
An empire at stake…
Just as Fander and Flora begin to discover the depth of their feelings for each other, they are thrust into a deadly game of politics and assassination with an enemy who stops at nothing to stay in power. With the lives of everyone they love at risk, they must find a way to avert a new invasion before it’s too late—even if it means making the ultimate sacrifice.
USA Today Bestselling Author Lea Kirk loves to transport her readers to other worlds with her science fiction romance Prophecy series. At the age of six, she fell in love with all things sci-fi when her dad introduced her to Star Trek. When she not busy writing, she’s hanging out with her wonderful hubby of twenty-eight years, their five kids (aka, the nerd herd), and a rather spoiled Dobie mix pup.