Of books, that is.
I grew up watching Star Trek and Space Family Robinson re-runs on TV. And I loved the original Star Wars movies. But what do they all have in common? They're not hard core sci-fi. They're all space opera—a lighter mix of action adventure, romance and human relationships set against the background of exotic galactic locales.
As an adult, I fell in love with Jayne Ann Krentz's fabulous Lost Colony romances, featuring space travelers trapped on a planet which enhanced their traces of ESP, and gifted them with additional paranormal abilities. She had discovered a way to write romance against the backdrop of light sci-fi.
So when I wanted to write a shape shifter romance in 2007, I turned to space opera as the perfect venue for my story of action, danger and sexy romance. Tyger, Tyger, Burning Bryght takes place aboard Orion, a space cruiser and transport ship in a galaxy far in the future.
The sexual mores of the planet Bryght are a bit different than ours—they're governed by male and female mating moons. The hero's needs are exquisitely basic—mate or go insane. And since he's Orion's navigator, and the only one who can steer the huge ship safely through the asteroid belt around Bryght, the heroine's goal is basic, too. Save him, save the ship, save herself.
Neither of them bargain on the most powerful force in the universe—love. What begins as a sexual encounter quickly becomes a powerful love story. The hero doesn't actually say, 'Baby, this is bigger than the both of us,' but he realizes it. (Dang, maybe I should've borrowed that line).
I was lucky enough to find a publisher, Samhain Publishing, who saw the demand for stories like Tyger. Recently Romantic Times writers Faygie Levy and Elissa Petruzzi noted that 'it's among the independent presses where the genre is thriving, with books by authors like … Cathryn Cade.' Although they have broadened their genre base considerably, moving into the mainstream as one of the major epublishers, Samhain is still accepting sci fi romance submissions.
Readers loved Tyger, too, and to my delight, The Orion Series was born. And along the way, I discovered more space opera. What space opera fan hasn't seen Firefly? Or the new Star Trek movie, with all the great insider jokes? Or one of the best comedies ever, Galaxy Quest?
I love romance, in all its guises. Romantic suspense, Steampunk, Gaslamp, romantic comedy, erotic romance and paranormal.
If you do, too, pick up a sci fi romance today. You'll be surprised and delighted by what you find inside. Gadgets, exotic beings and locales, and heart-thumping adventure.
And maybe you'll decide it's the perfect venue for that romance you've always wanted to write.
Stop by my website for a pair of Free Reads, novellas set on the planet Frontiera. While you're there, read excerpts from Tyger and the other books in The Orion Series.
... red hot romance!