Monday, November 29, 2010

Guest - Frances Pauli

Good morning, everyone! Today's guest is Frances Pauli, who will be discussing Science Fiction and Romance.

Despite a tragic predilection to paint, Frances finally discovered her calling as a writer sometime in her mid thirties. As a lifetime reader of Science Fiction and Fantasy, the stories that clamber for her attention inevitably fall into the Speculative Fiction category.

She currently resides in Washington State with her husband, two small children, and a host of unusual and exotic pets.

Frances eats far too much chocolate, drinks far too little wine and does her best to get the stories out and on paper before they drive her completely insane.

More info on Frances and her writing as well as free reads and links to her books can be found at:
Science Fiction and Romance: a match made in the heavens.

I grew up with the classics of science fiction. I watched Captain Kirk battle alien reptiles every Sunday evening. I played with the neighbor’s toy Battlestar Galactica ships that actually shot little red missiles across the room. I saw the original Star Wars at the drive-in, lying on sleeping bags in the back of the family station wagon. The original--the first time around original. I fell in love with Buck Rogers.

I had a privileged childhood, from a Sci-fi perspective. I also read voraciously, and in hind-sight, primarily on the romantic end of the spectrum. I loved Norton, and McCaffrey and Lee. I devoured McHillip and Wrede. I didn’t know I was a romance reader, even though it seems obvious now. There was no such thing as Science Fiction romance, you see. I simply had a pension for women authors. Ahem.

Imagine my surprise, many years later, to find an entire sub-genre overflowing with the best parts of my early interests. Imagine my bliss. Today, not only can I ask for a little sci-fi in my romance—or romance in my sci-fi, take your pick—I can publically announce that I found the Han and Leia thing to be the best part of Star Wars. I did. I have no shame.

 It’s a brave new world, genre speaking. The romantic sub-plots may have been “sub-plots,” but they made the whole phenomena magical from my romance-junkie perspective. And now, heaven help me, now the
reading universe if filled to the brim with stories tailor made for folks like me--people who gave their full attention to the Troi/Riker, Troi/Worf, Worf/Dax saga regardless of the larger plot picture.

You know who you are. Thankfully, we’re not alone any longer. Point me at the SFR buffet. I have a lot of catching up to do.


Lords of Oak and Holly
Releasing Dec. 15
from Devine Destinies

When her interpretation of a traditional holiday scene loses Maris the annual ice sculpting competition, her favorite season takes a turn toward dismal. The rent is due, and her landlady won’t accept a fourth place ribbon. So when the enigmatic, Lord Brayce, arrives with a last minute commission, Maris jumps at the chance.

And as her host’s icy exterior begins to melt away, Maris finds there is far more to him than meets the eye, and his attentions leave her wishing this particular job could last forever.

But when Brayce’s family arrives for the holiday, Maris is plunged head over heels into a world of secrets and an age old conflict between brothers.

Can an ordinary girl survive at the center of a battle straight out of myth? And if her impossible suspicions are correct, what are the odds that Maris can win her prince?


Dimensional Shift
releasing Nov. 24
from Awe-Struck e-books

Chloe came to the Three Lakes area for the peace and quiet. She happily abandoned the world of retail management, suits and promotions to work as a hotel maid catering to the local tourists. Until Andrew
Paige showed up—a suit of the worst kind, the kind that makes her knees tremble.

When Andrew offers her a job at his hotel, Chloe is hell bent on resisting, but the Dimensional Shift is no ordinary hotel, and Chloe is immediately tossed into the world of inter-dimensional tourists, their odd accommodations, and a string of thefts that threaten to ruin her chances at romance.

While learning the ropes, dealing with the Shift’s unusual guests, and trying to determine if the boss’ interest in her is strictly professional, Chloe uncovers a plot to steal the hotel’s dimensional keys. With the help of the town gossip, her alien abductee neighbor, and her new invisible best friend, Chloe confronts an inter-dimensional crime ring and a host of complications that make romancing the boss look like the least of her troubles.


Tina Donahue said...

Your books sound wonderful, Frances - may you have many happy sales! And yes, I'm also a chocoholic. :)

claudia celestial girl said...

I wondered if you could tell us what some of your favorite sci-fi romance books have been? My all-time favorite is Justine Davis' Lord of the Storm. I also like her time-traveling familiar Rejar and Mine to Take.

Any others?

Susan Macatee said...

I grew up loving sci-fi too and always grasped at the stories with even a hint of romance in them. But it's only been recently that I've discovered authors like Susan Grant, Catherine Asaro and Linnea Sinclair.

Good luck with your book! I really do think the science fiction romance genre will continue to grow.

Frances Pauli said...

Oh, I love Linnea Sinclair. I just read the whole Unearthed series by C.J. Barry that was fun. Some I liked better than others, but she has a nice, light space opera feel that I enjoyed a great deal.
Nexus Point by Jaleta Clegg is a fantastic romantic science fiction, and my all time favorites are the classics from before they really had an SFR label. I love McCaffrey's Crystal Singer trilogy and anything by Norton, Lee or McKillip.

I agree about the genre growing as well. It's just way too much fun to fizzle. :-)


Jacqueline Seewald said...


I enjoy both sci-fi and romance.
Your books sound very enjoyable.

Pauline B Jones said...

Frances! Congrats on the releases! Seriously, an SFR Christmas story! Love it!!! Nice "typing" to you here!

SharonJM said...

This is the reason that I am grateful for these chats. The opportunity to read about new authors. Now I have more books to add to my TBR list. I too enjoy romance and science fiction.

Sarah J. McNeal said...

Like you, Frances, I loved science fiction before I read romance. I love it even better with romance in it. Great blog, Frances. I wish you every success with your books. They look wonderful

Frances Pauli said...

Thanks for all the great comments! I think the best part about all of this, is the people you meet who "get" what you're talking about.



GA Lanham said...

Ah, a woman after my own heart. I, too, grew up on Star Trek, secon generation Trekkie, as well as McCaffery and McKillip and Beagle. I love well written fantasy with a lyrical twist, and of course, the romance. Let's face it, we're romantic beings at heart.

I too was extremely heartened to discover more and more science fiction romance, fantasy romance, paranormal romance, etc. It's been a treat.

Awesome topic to pick. ;)

GA Lanham
author An Unlikely Place (sci fi romance)

Patricia Green said...

Great intro, Frances. It's always a treat to find out what makes a good author tick. I think your experience encapsulates where the female SF/Romance reader is coming from.

Asylumgirl said...

Wow, definitely sounds inriguing.

deidre_durance at hotmail dot com