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Guest Blogger: Cynthia Sax
Friday, December 14th, 2012

Thank you Delilah for inviting us to cause chaos on your blog today. This is a release day for three of us and we can’t think of a better place to spend it! We know you love SciFi erotic romances as much as we do!

We thought we’d start from… well… the start, talking about the very first words readers see – our titles. Names are so important and the name of a story is no exception.

Christine d’Abo – Lust Rebooted

My story is a mix of erotic sci-fi, adventure with a dash of comedy. The main challenge that the heroine Zoe is faced with is the arrival of a sexbot named Sam and the jealous reaction from her sentient computer, Rupert. One wants what it can’t have, and the other has what it can’t appreciate. Zoe is faced with the choice of having to save one over the other when their computer mainframe is infected with a virus. I wanted a title that would show both the erotic nature of the book, and still somehow capture the computer elements.

Ria Candro – Bonded

I came up with the title for Bonded once I discovered the plot of my story. The heroine, Inara, has a mission to complete, and discovering she’s meant to be mated to a pod of Spygians goes against everything she’s planned. Much as she’d love to indulge with these dreamy hunks, she can’t afford to be sidetracked.

Here’s a brief excerpt from the story highlighting her dilemma:

Ah, that was right. How could she forget about the Spygian mating ritual? She didn’t know much about it, other than that all pod members were to be present. The thought of what it might possibly entail sent a shiver of lust raging through her body. She almost wished she truly was his mate…

Forcing herself to stand straight and strong, she looked him in the eye. “I’m afraid we have a problem then, for I cannot promise anything more than a night of bliss.”

She barely had time to see his face fall in clear disappointment before the leaves crackled and Valeron appeared in the clearing, his arms full of dead branches. Reading the tension in the air, he stopped cold, his gaze going from her to Neichon and back again.

Finally he moved toward the center of the clearing and dropped the branches to the ground. “We’ll probably need another batch.”

“It’s already growing dark.” Neichon’s gaze lifted upward, to where the pink and purple fingers of dusk already crept across the sky. “I’ll get some more wood and check for sight of the Malucons while I’m at it.”

As Inara watched him leave the clearing, she fought the unaccountable feeling that she’d just let something magical go. That was a ridiculous notion. She had her own destiny, and it was not to be bonded to a pod of barbarians. No matter how sexy, delicious, and utterly f***able those barbarians might be.

Of course her Spygians are determined to convince her she’s right where she belongs.

A.M. Griffin – Dangerously Mine

Dangerously Mine was originally a self-pub called Taken: Eva. When I got picked up by Ellora’s Cave I had to change the name because they already had a book named Taken. Per their policy, they don’t publish books with the same title, which is a really good policy. I can’t be expected to compete against Jaid Black.

I have to admit, titling didn’t come easy for me. Many of my author friends actually have expressed joy with titling their works (which makes me want to hurt them).

Mine was easy to come up with. Eva Smith is taken from Earth and sold into slavery to an alien. She’s petite and feisty, so being anyone’s slave was not sitting well with her. Throughout the book she is constantly reminding Taio (her owner) that she is not his slave. Taio of course doesn’t believe a word of it. Regardless of what Eva thinks or says, Taio has claimed Eva for himself.

Dangerously took more work to come up with, but when it finally popped into my head it clicked. Eva is a martial arts expert and as I said before, doesn’t want to be owned or controlled by anyone. She finds herself in a couple of fight scenes, one of which she ends up killing one of Taio’s Royal Guards.

Hence, the title Dangerously Mine was born!

Cynthia Sax – Warlord’s Bounty

Khan, the hero of Warlord’s Bounty, is the Warlord of Chamele 2, the richest and, in Khan’s opinion, the best planet in the Chamele system. This has made Khan a target. He has a huge bounty on his head, placed there by his enemy. Zeta, the heroine, is a feisty bounty hunter, seeking to collect the bounty on Khan. Although she is aware of the saying “the bigger the bounty, the more dangerous the fugitive”, she needs the credits for a bounty-hunter school she supports. She’s determined to get her big, bad male, in more ways than one.

Warlord’s Bounty was the perfect title, a marriage between the careers of a strong heroine and an even stronger hero. It was also a nod to Delilah’s wonderful Warlord’s Destiny which I absolutely LOVED. Lord Tetrik was a yummy hero, very much a Warlord.

Writers, what are the stories behind your titles? Readers, what are some of the best titles you’ve read?

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Lust RebootedLust Rebooted

By: Christine d’Abo

Zoe is all alone on an outpost monitoring a lonely quadrant of space. It’s nearly Christmas and all she has for company is her computer AI, Rupert. She isn’t expecting a present from Xion Corporation to help pass the time, but when she opens the box to find a sex bot, a whole world of steamy entertainment possibilities come to mind.

When Zoe activates Sam she doesn’t realize the trouble she’s in for. Sam takes Zoe to sexy new heights and Rupert does a stellar impersonation of a jealous boyfriend. Zoe struggles to ground herself in reality despite her growing lust, but it’s becoming more and more obvious she’s falling in love. But with who—Sam or Rupert?

When a computer virus is unleashed on the outpost, Zoe must choose—or risk losing them both.

Buy Link:
http://www.ellorascave.com/lust-rebooted.html

Christine d’Abo’s Website:
http://christinedabo.com/

 

csBondedBonded

By: Ria Candro

When Inara crash lands on a deserted planet, the last thing she expects is to run into two stunning men from the planet Spygia—who claim she is their mate. While she’d love nothing more than to indulge in a steamy encounter—or two or three—with these gorgeous hunks, she’s on the run from the barbaric Malucons who decimated her home planet of Chivea. And she’s on a mission to find her cousin, the only other Chivean survivor. Nothing, not even the promise of paradise to be found in the Spygians’ arms, is going to stop her.

When Inara refuses to be bonded to them, Neichon and Valeron strive to uncover what secrets she’s hiding before they unveil a few of their own. How will their reluctant mate react when she learns she’s destined for, not two, but four Spygian men?

Buy Link:
http://www.ellorascave.com/bonded.html

Ria Candro’s Website:
http://riacandro.wordpress.com/


Dangerously MineDangerously Mine

By: A. M. Griffin

After aliens invade and conquer Earth, Eva is transported to a distant slave trading planet. Escape and freedom are her only priority, but none of her martial arts training prepared her for what she faces. She finds herself enslaved to the warrior King Taio. Eva’s drawn to this sexy alien male who ignites her heart and body.

Taio is disgusted with the idea of owning a slave—until now. From the moment he sees her, he knows Eva is his for the taking. Torn between lust and duty, Taio knows nothing will stop him from protecting his little warrior.

Buy Link:
http://www.ellorascave.com/dangerously-mine.html

A.M. Griffin’s Website:
http://www.amgriffinbooks.com/

 

Warlords BountyWarlord’s Bounty

By: Cynthia Sax

The bigger the bounty, the more dangerous the fugitive.

Khan, a Chamele warlord, has a huge bounty on his head. His enemy is willing to pay an outrageous amount to secure him. Khan wants to be apprehended, especially if the bounty hunter capturing him is a brown-eyed female with razor-sharp daggers and an even sharper tongue. He’ll allow her to subdue him sexually, his passion and prowess not inhibited by restraints, and when she collects her bounty, he’ll collect his revenge, killing his enemy and claiming his little bounty hunter forever.

Zeta doesn’t do forever. She captures the worst scum in the galaxy and trades them for credits. Khan is fierce and sexy and the most dominant male she has ever encountered, but he is also a fugitive, and once she sates herself with his body, she’ll betray him. It is her job.

Buy Link:
http://www.ellorascave.com/warlord-s-bounty.html

Cynthia Sax’s Website:
http://cynthiasax.com/

26 comments to “Guest Blogger: Cynthia Sax”

  1. Tawania
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      · December 14th, 2012 at 9:32 am · Link

    I love SciFi Erotic Romance, and these titles definitely have me intrigued.
    Thanks :)
    tl.etheridge31(at)gmail(dot)com



  2. Cynthia Sax
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      · December 14th, 2012 at 9:53 am · Link

    Thank you for allowing us to party at your site, Delilah!
    (big hugs)
    Release day!
    Woot!



  3. Christine Houser
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      · December 14th, 2012 at 10:14 am · Link

    I love all different kinds of genres but I like to lean more towards the erotica end of things, because it is written about but not talked about to much and it is kind of taboo in my community. I love finding new authors getting there books and making recommendations on facebook, twitter and my local library. I love to see how risky you authors can go to take us as readers to a new level of wow. One of my favorite authors who like to mix it up is Lora Leigh and her Breed series half animal half human super sexy :)



  4. Cynthia Sax
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      · December 14th, 2012 at 10:22 am · Link

    Oh, I’m glad, Tawania.
    I’ve read Lust Rebooted, Dangerously Mine, and Ria’s first book in the series, and you’re in for a treat!



  5. Cynthia Sax
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      · December 14th, 2012 at 10:23 am · Link

    Christine H,
    Yes! A new reading buddy!
    (hugs)
    Because I love Lora Leigh’s Breed series also!
    Weren’t they yummy?



  6. Christine Houser
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      · December 14th, 2012 at 10:29 am · Link

    I love her books and the first one I have ever read of hers was Bengals Heat and It turned me on to her and I look forward to everyone of her books. I like the way that she wasn’t afraid to cross the line… :)



  7. Cynthia Sax
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      · December 14th, 2012 at 10:45 am · Link

    YES! TIGERS!
    I love tigers, Christine H.
    It is wonderful to find an author you simply meld with.
    That’s magical!



  8. ronnie cornett
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      · December 14th, 2012 at 11:09 am · Link

    I’m so glad it was brought to my attention! I’ve read Lora Leigh’s Breed series and love it…now I have a new series to love and review….yeah!



  9. Becky H
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      · December 14th, 2012 at 12:26 pm · Link

    I must say, my mountain of TBR had lost a bit of it’s peak since I had read several books the past couple of days. Then I read this! Well that peak just mounded right back up. ALL of these sound absolutely delicious and are now on that mountain. Hope to get to them soon. Thank you so much for sharing. Time to go read. *walks away shaking head muttering “so much to read so little time.”* ;-)



  10. Rue Allyn
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      · December 14th, 2012 at 12:34 pm · Link

    I’m looking forward to all of these. Great blog today, ladies.



  11. A. M. Griffin
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      · December 14th, 2012 at 2:20 pm · Link

    Thanks everyone for all the great comments! And thanks to my release day buddy Cynthia Sax for her wonderful answers!



  12. Cynthia Sax
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      · December 14th, 2012 at 2:49 pm · Link

    Hi Ronnie!
    (big hugs)
    Our releases are SciFi
    and I don’t think anyone really writes like Lora Leigh
    but I hope you’ll find some new-to-you writers today!



  13. Cynthia Sax
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      · December 14th, 2012 at 2:54 pm · Link

    Hi Becky!
    (hugs)
    I KNOW, right?!
    I’ve been a big fan of Christine d’Abo’s for years so I’ve gobbled up most of her backlist but now I happily have added A.M. and Ria to my writers to watch!



  14. Cynthia Sax
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      · December 14th, 2012 at 2:55 pm · Link

    Thank you for dropping by, Rue!
    (hugs)



  15. Cynthia Sax
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      · December 14th, 2012 at 2:56 pm · Link

    A.M.!!!!!
    (big excited hugs)
    Happy release day!!!!!
    What are you doing to celebrate?



  16. Cynthia Sax
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      · December 14th, 2012 at 2:59 pm · Link

    I LOVE how I’m a green alien raccoon with my innards hanging out. That’s SO appropriate!



  17. A. M. Griffin
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      · December 14th, 2012 at 3:39 pm · Link

    Release day party will be at home hanging out with the fam and dogs, just where I want to be!



  18. PaulaL
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      · December 14th, 2012 at 7:49 pm · Link

    Where’s the Nutella? Where’re the cabana boys? Cynthia can;t be here, it’s way too sedate! I figured Cynthia as guest blogger at Delilah’s….



  19. Cynthia Sax
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      · December 14th, 2012 at 8:41 pm · Link

    LOL
    I love you Paula!
    (passing you a jar of nutella and a spoon)



  20. Susan W.
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      · December 14th, 2012 at 9:59 pm · Link

    All four are new to me and they sound really good! I love Lora Leigh’s Breed series! Lucas and Mercury are my two favorites. I love the primal side of them!

    suz2(at)cox(dot)net



  21. Cynthia Sax
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      · December 14th, 2012 at 10:39 pm · Link

    Hi Susan!
    (hugs)
    I love the Breed series too!



  22. Ria Candro
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      · December 15th, 2012 at 10:21 am · Link

    Thanks everyone for stopping by. There’s nothing quite like sci-fi romance (and yes, I too prefer the heat in mine :twisted:), and I’m honored to be among these super-awesome authors!



  23. Cynthia Sax
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      · December 15th, 2012 at 11:07 am · Link

    Awww… (hugs Ria)
    The feeling is mutual!



  24. Fedora
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      · December 16th, 2012 at 1:43 am · Link

    LOVE sci-fi romance, ladies–used to read a ton of straight sci-fi before, and am psyched that sci-fi romance seems to be a growing genre–yippee!!



  25. Cynthia Sax
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      · December 16th, 2012 at 11:05 am · Link

    Hi Fedora!!!!
    (hugs)
    Yes, big hunky aliens need love too!
    I’m a big fan of SciFi romance which is why I write it. Gotta give back to the genre I love.



  26. Z
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      · December 18th, 2012 at 3:49 pm · Link

    I recently read Delilah’s book, Ravished by a Viking, I was expecting a old time Viking story not a futuristic one. It has wetted my appetite for the next Icelandic Chronicle. I don’t read a lot in the Syfi genre but when I do, I do enjoy it.
    Z



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