Meet the Blarmlings

On the outer rim of the Milky Way Galaxy, planet ESL-37659 (Blarm) spins its way around twin suns.

Planet to Nibiru.

The heavily forested planet is home to an indigenous species named (in the galactic common language) Blarmlings.

Blarmlings, for the most part, resemble the Teddy Bears of old Earth, though they have opposable thumbs, dense silver fur, and glowing purple eyes. These adorable little people (Oh, don’t you dare call them animals) also possess the ability to read minds.

Blarmlings

When Oolo and Lart, two of the Blarmlings, are taken captive by a galactic research conglomerate, it sets in motion events that will change the galaxy forever, and bring together two star-crossed lovers.

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New release!

Today I am proud to announce that my next novel will be released from Soul Mate Publishing this coming Wednesday (Dec. 3rd)

The Blarmling Dilemma

Hearts in Orbit: Volume 1

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Blurb:

“They’re not animals. They’re people!”

 

Phoebe Callista’s pleas fall on deaf ears and she’s forced to rescue two helpless Blarmlings from certain death. Fleeing across a backwater sector of the galaxy, with Galactic Marshals in hot pursuit, Phoebe falls into the hands of a handsome but determined bounty hunter.

 

Rigel Antares has captured wanted criminals throughout the galaxy rim, but he’s never come across anything like Phoebe Callista. The gorgeous blonde is playing the innocent, and something deep inside wants to believe her, but Rigel has problems of his own—a ship that’s falling apart and an unscrupulous Galactic Marshal looking for any excuse to send him back to the prison planets of the Theiler System.

 

An intergalactic circus, vicious space pirates, and a planet full of backtechers cross their paths as two hearts go into orbit to save a pair of adorable Blarmlings.

 

Hearts in Orbit – Volume 1: The Blarmling Dilemma is a science fiction romance set in the far-flung space traveling future, and sets a new course across the galaxy that leads to love and adventure.

The day I predicted the future.

The 60’s television series, Star Trek, showed us a future with automatic sliding doors, cell phones, mobile medical devices and so much more. Science fiction has always been a good measure of the things we really want science to give us, and so many times science delivers.

 

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In my latest novel, Hearts in Orbit: The Blarmling Dilemma (coming this winter from Soul Mate Publishing), I wanted to create a future world where women had attained equity in the universe. That meant I had to address birth control. Thus, I created (predicted) the Tyvar Process, a medical procedure that assured 100% birth control and was easily reversible when needed.

 

Today I stumbled across this: http://www.cnet.com/news/remote-controlled-chip-implant-could-be-the-future-of-contraceptives/

 

Now for sure, as my book is as yet unpublished, I can’t take credit for inspiring this, and I’m sure this is something many people have been envisioning for many years, but it wasn’t something I was aware of when I wrote the chapter. It makes me think I have to come up with something even more futuristic for the next book.

When the voices stop.

My characters speak to me constantly, and sometimes at the most inconvenient times. It’s nothing that I’m worried about. In fact, it’s something that I count on to draw me through the story I’m writing. When I’m writing, I’m living in the world of my characters, and communicating with them.

There are times when my characters drive me from a comfortable bed, interrupt a meal, or keep me from the next chapter in that wonderful Soul Mate romance I’ve been reading. They can be quite irritating, but they are completely essential to my storytelling, so I let them get away with it, because the only thing worse than my characters jabbering at me…is my characters NOT jabbering at me.

It happened last week. I’ve been working on my sequel to Son of Thunder. Nott, the Norse Goddess of the Night, and Tyr the God of Courage (minor characters from SoT) had been dragging me along through their story ever since Christmas. Suddenly, their voices just went silent. Nott has wondered off to take a nap, and Tyr just looks at me and shrugs. I seriously didn’t know what to do with them.

The silence in my head was deafening.

I took a few days off, played around with some ideas, but they never started talking to me. In the silence, though, I heard a cry. A cry from another galaxy…another time.

A novel I’d started last year, set in the far flung future, suddenly hyper-jumped front and center in my mind. Rigel, the galactic bounty hunter, and the beautiful Phoebe, his bounty in more ways than one, are suddenly filling my ears with their story.

“You promised you’d get back to us.” And I had. Things can only remain on the back burner so long before the pot melts. So I’m leaving the Norse gods behind, and rocketing off to another galaxy, at least for the next few weeks.

Wish me luck.

Steve

Star Trek vs. Star Wars

Star Trek vs. Star Wars

 

I’m spending a lot of time in space lately, working on two novels at the same time (not something I would recommend) that both take place in the future. These two stories, however, take place in two very different futures.

Hearts in Orbit is my new romance which takes place in a bright future, where people live for the most part in harmony and technology is used to benefit the human race. A beneficent galactic government guards and protects, provides education and stimulates opportunity for the people of the Federated Planets. There’s no hunger or need. I see this as my ‘Star Trek’ world. It’s that utopian future so many of the early science fiction writers embraced. Threats to the galaxy’s peace come from external sources (alien cultures, asteroids, viruses, etc.). For the most part, people have found a way to work out their problems and live in peace with each other. Well, except for Mari and Rigel (my H/H) who will have a bit of internal conflict on their way to falling in love.

Destany: Cloud Fist is a dystopian space opera I’m playing around with. Think of it as Battlestar Galactica meets Hunger Games. It’s a dark galaxy with various human factions fighting over limited resources. Greed, fear and self preservation motivate the action. The conflict comes from within. People against people. Beliefs against beliefs. This is my ‘Star Wars’ world, and this is NOT a romance. Michael has to struggle just to survive in a galaxy full of conflict. If you’re looking for happy ever after, look elsewhere.

I love Star Trek and Star Wars. These two epic science fiction franchises are both inspirational in their own ways. I think that Star Wars tends to give us a sense of who we are, while Star Trek gives us a vision of where we want to go. Getting there, of course, will make for some fun storytelling, and I plan to revisit both of these worlds in my future writing, but most especially the dark world of Destany: Cloud Fist.

Political forces thrown into an epic fight for the heart and soul of the human race is a great backdrop for drama and storytelling. I have to admit, I am many times drawn to the ‘dark side’ in my writing. In my last novel, Amulet of the Fallen God, I discovered just how much fun it was to write from the viewpoint of my villains. Good and Evil are rarely absolutes and it was as much fun to find the humanity in my villains as it was to find the shortcomings in my heroes.

That said, I consider myself an optimist. While I will continue to write about dark, decaying worlds (Star Wars) I still think it’s possible for us to achieve a much brighter (Star Trek) future.

Until next time,

Steve