Happy new year all!
I ended December on a high note with three successful releases.
Nerds Like Us by BLMorticia, Breakable Faith and Taken and Crowned by Michael Mandrake. For today's post, I'll focus on my latest one, Taken and Crowned which released on December 22nd.
Authors, have you ever had an idea that terrified you so much you decided to write it anyway? That's what happened here. First off, I know very little about sci-fi. Other than the viewing Star Trek and a few Star Wars movies, I wouldn't consider myself a sci-fi geek. And I say that admirably, not slighting anyone because I really agonized over how to write this book. But this muse, really both of them, like to challenge me. Michael especially though because he's always, yes I know I talk to him as if he was real, talked me into a plot I had to spend a lot of time researching.
Now, authors should love research. I'm no exception. But there are certain things you can't find on the net. Also, by this being speculative fiction, I'm coming up with a lot of ideas on my own based on absolutely nothing.
So how did I prepare? I did some research on smaller planets in the solar system, I wrote notes. I watched a couple of videos about space on YouTube, did some digging on the NASA website, and read a couple of gay romance sci-fi books to make me feel comfortable that my ideas weren't a copy cat. And believe me they weren't. My species of crocodile shifters was totally made up. To my knowledge, no one had thought of that.
Then there was studying about crocodiles themselves. This was a dark sci-romance with MPreg, so I watched videos on crocodiles and how they mated. Although I'd done some reading, I still didn't have a clear idea of how a baby with a croc and human would happen. Even after I wrote and did edits, my explanation wasn't clear to my editor. I rewrote the male pregnancy part three times, even up until the final day before pre-order. I hoped and prayed that it worked and several who have reviewed said it did.
What's interesting about this book was not only doing a sci-fi, but also writing a new kind of character. I hadn't written a nonbinary character before and I asked for help during edits for that as well.
All in all, it turned out better than expected. The book has done well in KU and sells well too. Thankfully, my agonizing seemed to pay off and as with other books, this one begs for a sequel with side characters.
If you're interested in reading Taken and Crowned, it's on Kindle Unlimited or can be purchased for $3.99. Below is the blurb, buylink, and a link to the first chapter posted on Wattpad.
|Banner by Scott Coatsworth at QueerSciFi|
Tagline: Ambrose’s family tradition destroys his plan to be a forever bachelor.
Although Ambrose doesn’t wish to be with anyone long term, he must find a spouse immediately. According to the rules, no one inherits the throne unless they’re married. Additionally, his father wishes for Ambrose to seek a human. Despite not being elated with the decision, Ambrose figures doing the necessary requirement of mating and impregnating will be enough.
Max, who identifies as non-binary, is tired of being shamed and manhandled. They wish to make a living off their “hobby” but it’s not in the cards. Relationships aren’t even on their list of things to strive for, and they don’t want to change. Unless the person is a certain Hollywood star they have a crush on, Max isn’t interested.
When Ambrose meets Max at their place of employment, Max refuses to give the alien king-in-waiting the time of day.
Little does Max know Ambrose’s calm exterior is a cover up for the monster willing to go great lengths to claim them for a partner.
This title is a standalone dark romance with forced mating, dub-con, MPreg, and smartass aliens who hate to be wrong. On page violence, rough sex, and knotting are included.
Amazon Link – http://mybook.to/TakenCrown
Link to read a chapter of the book here
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Romance and erotica author Sharita Lira believes that love conquers all. Writing sexy stories of people who might be complete opposites, but somehow make a lasting connection that often leads to a happily ever after.
Happily married and mother of two, Sharita never allows complex plots to deter her from writing the story. Inspired by heavy music, attractive people she’s seen in person and on the internet, Sharita always has a tale on her brain.
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