Honorary Chick Veronica Scott

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Welcome Veronica Scott with her fabulous new book, Star Cruise Outbreak. If you love SciFi Romance you will love Veronica. She is most definitely Kicking Ass!

A.S. ~ I loved Nebula Dream and can’t wait to read Star Cruise Outbreak. Tell us why you write about cruise liners in space? What makes the genre and these stories special?

Veronica ~ I was always fascinated by the events of the Titanic sinking, which led me to write Wreck of the Nebula Dream. For that book I had to design an interstellar cruise ship in great detail, and then of course destroy it! But as time went on, I found I still wanted to write more novels set on a cruise ship that didn’t suffer a disaster. So I’ve made the new starship Nebula Zephyr my “village” and plan to tell many stories set on board this upgraded vessel. You can have a huge cast of characters and lots of adventures on a big cruiseship. I’m always fascinated by how people react to intense, crisis situations, and of course I LOVE romance.

A.S. ~ What’s your favorite scene in the book? Why?

Veronica ~ I enjoyed writing the scenes about the actual disease outbreak – the mystery of why people are falling ill, the tension over who will survive and will a cure be found. But I also enjoyed telling the story of my hero and heroine, who both have PTSD from their experiences in the ongoing war against an aggressor alien race. Here’s the beginning of one of my favorite moments with Emily and Jake, having dinner in her quarters, when they’re still finding their way to each other’s heart.

She clinked her glass against his, and they drank the toast in companionable silence. Then she set her glass on the small table and leaned closer. “Tell me about the day we met on Fantalar.”

He was so surprised by the change of subject that at first he thought he must have heard her wrong. Distressed, he put his glass next to hers on the table and fumbled for the right words. The last thing he wanted to do was ruin the easy, relaxed mood they had going “No, really, I don’t need to talk about it. I know you don’t like people thanking you for saving their life. I was just one guy out of what? Hundreds you operated on?”

“Too many, for sure. Sectors Command kept throwing men and women into that battle zone, and the enemy kept chewing them up.” She blinked and focused on his face, her blue eyes sparkling. “I want to hear your story of the time you met the Angel of Fantalar.” She rubbed his arm gently, her touch warm and oddly soothing. “I warn you, I probably won’t remember any of it even when you do tell me. I-I recall bits and pieces, flashes of those weeks, but considering what came after, sometimes I think I’m lucky I made it home knowing my own name. But I will appreciate hearing about your perception of events.”

He still wasn’t sure she genuinely wanted him to unpack his combat experience as it related to her, but she kept her hand on his arm and nodded encouragement, so he decided to start the story. If he could tell it was distressing her too much, or triggering a flashback for either of them, he’d stop. Having made up his mind, he took one more sip of wine and said, “I was on a Team operating way behind enemy lines. We’d strike and run before the bastards knew what hit them. Played cat-and-mouse games for months, softening up the Mawreg and Betangray forces, keeping them off balance. We were one of a bunch of small groups doing the same thing.”

She nodded. “I was embedded at several forward operating bases in the Sector over the time of my deployment out there. I know.”

“We were effective. The enemy hated us, put a huge bounty on our heads.” He gave her a proud grin. “I wish I could tell you some of the things we pulled off, but it’s all classified. Can’t discuss the details.”

“No problem. I can guess. So what happened that brought you to me and my beach?”

“I don’t know if we got cocky or the enemy got smart, but there was an ambush.” He leaned against the couch and closed his eyes. He could smell the stink of the Mawreg in his nostrils, hear the explosions faintly. “I got caught in a blast, not too bad, could still shoot. My buddies got me out of there, along with Frankin and Boddie, who were injured worse than me, at least initially. We were on the run, hunted hard, calling Command for extraction. And there was another ambush. Squad was decimated. Six good operators, gone. Nothing left to bury. Jayna and her partner, Sills, got me out. We’d lagged behind, because of my leg, so we missed the primary blast.”

“Jayna was on your team?”

He nodded. “Yeah, she’s a tough customer, good to have at your six.”

“Good to know, reassuring. I’ll make a note to call her if I ever need backup and you’re not available.”

“You sure you want me to keep talking?” He searched her face, but she seemed calm.

“You haven’t got to the part where we met.”

“Emily—”

“This is the one time I’m making the offer to go back to Fantalar, Jake, so if you want to go there with me, you need to tell me the rest of the story. Unless it’s too much remembering for you tonight?” She cupped his cheek with one soft hand. “I don’t want to force you to talk about it.”

The memories had a death grip on him now, although he could shut up if she needed him to. But she was encouraging him to continue, and he’d never told anyone the full details of his encounter with her. So he swallowed hard and continued as Emily leaned on the pillows with her elbow and watched his face.

A.S. ~ How much of you is in your characters? If none, where do they come from?

Veronica ~ I usually write tough Special Forces heroes, probably as a combination of men I met when my late husband was in the USMC, plus the influence of my admiration for exmilitary author friends I’ve made, as well as science fiction heroes such as Corporal Hicks in “Aliens” and Kyle Reese in “Terminator” (both played by the same actor!). I admire the way the real ‘operators’ are such tough, smart, indomitable guys, yet dedicated to protecting and defending. If I’m ever in a dire situation, I want someone like that as my partner. The heroines are strong women because I don’t have much patience with Too Stupid To Live characters. I’ve had more than a few tough situations in my own life – in business and in physically dangerous moments – where I had to be a KickAss Chick, so to some extent I ask myself, what would I do? And then that informs how my heroines act and react. But I’m not Dr. Shane in the current book, or Mara in Wreck of the Nebula Dream and they aren’t me – I hope they’re fully formed women on their own, with influences from me!

A.S. How do you do research for a cruise ship in space? How much do you have to know about space travel?

Veronica ~ I did a lot of research for creating the original Nebula Dream, and expanded on that a bit for the new Nebula Zephyr. I had done intense research on the Titanic, and tried to take what was cutting edge for them – like one of the first ever on-board swimming pools – and transform that into a futuristic feature. So my cruise ships have a ‘beach deck’ with a combination of holograms and real water and sand, for example. I also researched travel blogs on the cruise industry and sailing experiences, cruise line home pages, union information for staffers, job postings, news accounts, books about the logistics of sailing in big ships like aircraft carriers…..I don’t explain the working of my future scifi world, any more than we explain how an elevator works when we ride in one, you know? I was exposed to the real science of current space travel in my many years at the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, and for my novels I opt to take a strictly fictional approach! No physics, all imagination!

A.S. ~ Please tell us more about Star Cruise Outbreak?

Veronica ~

She saved countless soldiers in the wars … but does she have the weapons to fight an outbreak?

Dr. Emily Shane, veteran of the Sector Wars, is known as “The Angel of Fantalar” for her bravery under fire as a medic. However, the doctor has her own war wounds–severe PTSD and guilt over those she failed to save.

Persuaded to fill a seemingly frivolous berth as ship’s doctor on the huge and luxurious interstellar cruise liner Nebula Zephyr, she finds the job brings unexpected perks–a luxe beach deck with water imported from Tahumaroa II, and Security Officer Jake Dilon, a fellow veteran who heats her up like a tropical sun.

However, Emily soon learns she and Jake didn’t leave all peril behind in the war. A mysterious ailment aboard the Zephyr begins to claim victim after victim … and they must race against time and space to find the cause and a cure! Trapped on a ship no spaceport will allow to dock, their efforts are

complicated by a temperamental princess and a terrorist–one who won’t hesitate to take down any being in the way of his target. If anyone’s left when the disease is through with them …

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A.S. ~ Now for some fun! Rapid Fire Questions:

Favorite Things: Cats, chocolate, reading, roses, romance of all genres, purple, long blingy earrings!

Pet Peeves: Being bored, being stuck somewhere without a book to read

Addictions: Nalini Singh novels, Project Runway, ancient Egypt, Twitter, blueberries

Kick Ass Superpower: I wish I could fly but I do have a slight touch of “the sight” (I come from a long line of Irish forebears) and occasionally have premonitions that come true. No lotto numbers tho!

Of all the cool tech in your world, what are top three you wish you had now? The blaster, definitely. The antigrav technology. The “rejuve resonator” which is a machine that can cure anything and restore person to perfect health.

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A.S. ~ Thank you for stopping by, Veronica. You are most definitely a KickAss Chick! Where is the best place for readers to connect with you?

Veronica ~ You can always find me on Twitter! @vscotttheauthor https://twitter.com/vscotttheauthor

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Best Selling Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance author and “SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Veronica Scott square photoToday Happily Ever After blog, Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing her own stories.

Three time winner of the SFR Galaxy Award, as well as a National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, Veronica is also the proud recipient of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal relating to her former day job, not her romances!

Veronica recently played Crew Woman in the all star audiobook version of Harlan Ellison’s “The City on the Edge of Forever” Star Trek episode.

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Connect with Veronica

Blog: https://veronicascott.wordpress.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/vscotttheauthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Veronica-Scott/177217415659637?ref=hl

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Veronica-Scott/e/B006CUCJ92/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Honorary Chick ~ Eloisa James

Eloisa James american_largeToday we’re honored to have the fabulous historical romance author Eloisa James as our Honorary Chick. Most of you probably know Eloisa writes stunning Regency romance with funny and sometimes misguided heroines and wonderfully alpha heroes. Recently she released My American Duchess and I have to say, I loved this book.  For these reasons and so many more, we crown Eloisa James as an Honorary Chick.

AS ~ Welcome Eloisa. The KickAss Chicks are thrilled to have you here.

EJ ~ Thank you! I’m thrilled to be here.

 

AS ~ Since February is the month when everyone’s attention turns to romance, let’s start with something fun. What’s your ideal way to spend a Valentine’s Day date?

EJ ~ At a spa resort alone with my husband. We would have a couples massage (that’s a fantasy right there, because we tried it once, and Alessandro hated being massaged), and then I would have every other treatment they had in the whole place, and then we would go out for an elegant dinner.

 

AS ~ It’s nice to dream even at poor Alessandro’s expense. 😉

 

AS ~ Can you tell us a little about your latest book, My American Duchess?

EJ ~ My heroine, Merry, is an American, pursued by a duke who is very, very English. It was a lot of fun to write: Merry and Trent create a lot of fireworks, and then there’s a cast of snooty English lords and ladies. Add in an adorable rescue dog, a rented pineapple, and a poetic aunt…  I’m very proud to say that My American Duchess is #6 on the New York Times bestseller list—which I attribute to the fact that a lot of people are looking for a sexy story that makes them laugh!

 

AS ~ Eloisa, after all these years writing lovely English heroines, why did you decide to write about an American?

EJ ~ London itself! My family and I were living in London all last year. All of the awkwardness in the book was taken from real experiences. I learned about the practice of renting pineapple for dinner parties while visiting a historic house, and instantly realized that a young American lady would have no idea that a pineapple on the dinner table could be rented—she would definitely ask for a slice.  And cause a scandal by doing so!

 

AS ~ We’re all dying to know, what’s up next for you?

EJ ~ Seven Minutes in Heaven will be out next February. This is the follow up to Four Nights with the Duke and is the story of Eugenia and Ward. They were children featured in the original Desperate Duchess series. I’m writing it now and having such a great time with it.

 

AS ~ Well, I know I can’t wait for this one. Thanks so much for joining us today. You definitely fit the bill as an honorary chick. We wish you all the best with My American Duchess and Seven Minutes in Heaven.

 

eloisajames_webFor those of you who need a bit more Eloisa, here’s some Fast Facts:

Eloisa James is a professor of English literature, specializing in Shakespeare. She teaches at Fordham University in New York City. Oxford University Press published her academic book in 2000. After graduating from Harvard University, Eloisa got an M.Phil. from Oxford University, a Ph.D. from Yale.

With the exception of a year in Paris, and another in London, Eloisa lives in New York City during the school year and in Florence, Italy, during the summer. Her husband is a cavaliere, an Italian knight.

Eloisa James is the daughter of poet Robert Bly (winner of the American Book Award for Poetry) and short story author Carol Bly. Her father is a big fan.

Eloisa James’s godfather was the poet James Wright, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his Collected Poems. Among those poems – and one of Wright’s most beloved – is a poem written for his goddaughter, Mary Bly (aka Eloisa James).

 

New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers. Her novels have been published to great acclaim. A reviewer from USA Today wrote of Eloisa’s very first book that she “found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar”; later People Magazine raved that “romance writing does not get much better than this.” Her novels have repeatedly received starred reviews from Publishers’ Weekly and Library Journal and regularly appear on the best-seller lists. After being a finalist for a RITA—the top award in the genre of romance fiction awarded by the Romance Writers of America—over ten times, she won in 2013.

After graduating from Harvard University, Eloisa got an M.Phil. from Oxford University, a Ph.D. from Yale and eventually became a Shakespeare professor, publishing an academic book with Oxford University Press. Her “double life” is a source of fascination to the media and her readers. In her professorial guise, she’s written a New York Times op-ed defending romance, as well as articles published everywhere from women’s magazines such as More to writers’ journals such as the Romance Writers’ Report.

Fun Guy Friday – Sometimes They’re Too Cute

Happy Friday everyone. Andie (A.S.) here to share something really fun with you. I’m in the holiday spirit after eating myself into a coma yesterday. This video shows the best and worst of people all at once. Well, it only shows the best, but the worst is the reason this incident happened in the first place.

You may or may not know that I’m married to a fisherman. Sometimes things cross into my world that don’t get seen by most people. In this video you’ll see a very sweet side of these boys from Alabama. I just think it’s the cutest thing.

 

And now just for fun and because our friends perfectly fried several turkeys yesterday. I want to share this video of what not to do. lol

 

Fried, baked, roasted or smoked, I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Setbacks and Forward Thinking – A.S. Fenichel

Hey there, it’s Andie here. I’m going to get a bit personal here, so you’ll have to forgive me. It’s Thanksgiving week and it’s always a tough one for me. My first husband, Jimmy became ill on Thanksgiving day and passed two weeks later. The funny thing is, thirteen years later, I don’t even think about it until I find myself tearing up for no particular reason. Then I look back and let the memory roll over me. As horrible as it was, it’s part of who I am now. Not that it defines me, but tragedies and joys mold our hearts and minds. So for a week out of the year, I can be a bit sad and retrospective.

I’m blessed to have remarried a wonderful man, Dave who understands and will cry along with me. He never knew Jimmy, but he accepts that Jimmy is part of our family and always will be. From year to year I don’t remember being sad at Thanksgiving, but Dave tells me, I always am and gives me that, “it will all be okay look.” He’s right, of course. It will be okay. It is okay. Life is good and on Thursday we will go to a big party with eating and drinking and people who are a complete distraction from any possible sadness. We live far from family, but our neighbors have adopted us and they are a hoot to party with.

On a professional level, my setbacks in 2015 were a slow moving story that still isn’t finished and a rejection from the publisher for the completion of a series I really love. We’ll just have to see what happens with that one.

Revving Up the Holidays by A.S. Fenichel

I have a holiday book that I’m happy to have the rights back to and will rerelease this week. I think you’re really going to love Revving Up The

 

Holidays.

Looking forward to 2016 I have some wonderful projects ahead. Besides finishing the slow mover, I have a three book contract for a historical series. Tainted Bride is the first of the Forever Brides series and will hit the shelves in September. The rights to my early work are still trickling back to me and I’ll keep self-publishing those titles. I hope to work a few other miracles and write a brand new paranormal series, but that one’s a secret, so you’ll just have to wait.

I hope you all have a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the people around you whether family by blood or the family you’ve collected along the way. They are all precious.

Cheers

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A.S. Fenichel reads from Deception!

Happy blog day! Yup, It’s my turn to read to you, so pull up a chair and let me know what you think. I’m reading from Deception, Book 2 of the Demon Hunter series. Dorian and Lillian know about each other and have perhaps been in each other’s company a time or two over the years, but this is the first time they meet. Lilly is on a personal mission and Dorian has been assigned to follow her. Not the best way to meet, but….

 

 

 

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