Why I Write Sci-Fi Romance by Starla Night – Guest Blog and Giveaway


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Why I Write Sci-Fi Romance by Starla Night

I think I write Sci Fi Romance to have fun with the various cross-cultural misunderstandings – and ultimate happy endings – that I ran into during my travels to Greece, Japan, and the UK.

As an adventurous girl from the Pacific Northwest (USA) I felt pretty open-minded before I took off on my multi-year jaunts. But let me tell you – there’s nothing like being starving, grabbing a jelly-filled donut from a Tokyo 7-11 and realizing mid-bite that the substance inside is not jelly. Even if yellow curry is more filling, your brain does a little backflip of unhappiness. And don’t get me started on the fermented soybeans or live animals (guppies, squid, etc.) that pass for delicacies. No extra tentacles for me, please!

Despite the surprises, kindness is the same the world over. Nice people try to help you when you’re lost, cute kids share a smile, and other travelers invite you to take pictures together. Everyone oohs and ahhhs during the same moment of incredible beauty, like popping firecrackers over a river or a brilliant orange island sunset.

My optimistic self wants to believe that this kindness carries over to the rest of the universe. I’m a romantic at heart. If big, sexy, tattooed aliens ever did land on Earth seeking romance, I hope they’d take a “try to get along with the natives” tack. That’s why the dragon shifter aliens in my Dragon VIP series (7 Virgin Brides for 7 Weredragon Billionaires) try to learn about humanity and blend while retaining their unique alpha alien outlook. And, of course, there is romance!

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Dragon shifter CEO Malachite “Mal” Onyx doesn’t have time for relationships. But the domineering billionaire has no choice – either marry a human female and produce dragonlets or return to his home planet Draconis and take the claw of Empress Horribus.

Where can he find a willing bride? Preferably one who is lush and curvy, with soft brown hair and sparkling green eyes, and who makes his soul light on fire. Like that shy, secretive intern, Cheryl…

Drooling over smoking hot dragon shifters under the pretense of drawing them is a definite perk of Cheryl’s graphic design internship. Especially the hard-bodied CEO, who’s as ripped as Superman and flies, too.

But when her next “duties as assigned” turn out to be marrying him, she has to think hard before turning Mal down. There’s something sweetly endearing about his impossible demands, and the toe-curling kisses offer their own irresistible enticement…

Read an Excerpt:

Mal, a hot dragon shifter alien, must find an Earth woman to marry or he’ll be recalled to Draconis — and his company will be destroyed. But where to find a mate? Please enjoy this super fun excerpt!

~*~*~*~
Mal stood and paced in front of his desk. “Where does one find a wife?”

“I have researched this.” With relief, Alex turned on the wall screen and began his PowerPoint presentation. “On Earth, potential mates find each other in many ways.”

Pictures of park benches, sandy beaches, and couples walking dogs appeared on the screen.

“Once found, these mates look into each other’s eyes and know the other is ‘the one.’”

Mal grunted. On Draconis, it was more common for the female to spray her chosen mate with lustful hormones. Then any nearby males would be instantly driven into the mating frenzy.

Human eyes must have some mesmerizing power. Perhaps hypnosis? He would carefully watch for it.

“Then,” Alex continued, “the male proposes—”

“The male proposes?”

“Yes.” Alex hesitated. “The female can propose, but it is rarer.”

Everything just got much harder. Mal scrubbed his face. “How does the male prevent an uninterested female from becoming enraged and gnawing his arm off?”

“Humans lack frontal incisors.” Alex tapped his flat, human-form teeth. “However, you will need to exercise caution.”

Both dragons chewed on their situation for a long moment. Although they had crossed solar systems and built a billion-coin company, they were shockingly unprepared for this event.

When they left their scattered places in the Outer Rim, no female dragon would have ever selected the poor, low caste males for her partner. Now Empress Horribus wanted Mal for a husband. How things had changed.

Alex cleared his throat. “There is, luckily, an organization called a ‘dating site’ where mate-ready women gather.”

Oh, good. “Excellent research.”

Alex brought up an internet browser. “I started an account. You must complete these questions. One: What is your ideal day?”

“The day we emerge triumphant over our arch-rivals, the Carnelians.”

Alex typed in the answer. “Two: What are your qualities, such as strengths and weaknesses?”

How easy. “My strength is lifting fourteen tons, and my weakness is lifting only two tons with my wing bone fingers.”

Alex’s lips pursed. He was impressed with Mal’s honesty. But only a clear-eyed view of his true strength and weakness could let him run a successful company, so the woman he married also had to know.

“Three: What qualities do you desire in a woman?”

“I don’t understand the question.”

Alex studied it. He also had no idea what it was asking, so they reviewed the answers of other males on the site. “Age, hair color, and other physical descriptors of the female. Also her interests and specializations.”

Huh.

“I have no preference,” he said. Males didn’t prefer females. They went crazy with lust or stayed out of the way.

“The answer is required to proceed.”

Mal leaned back in his chair and tossed out the first words he could imagine to describe attractive females. “Beautiful, kind, unlikely to bite off a male’s snout… Quiet, and peaceful, and also shy.”

Alex typed.

An image formed in Mal’s head, and he described her. “She blushes when she speaks. But everything she says is on target. No wasted words. And she’s always working, always drawing her pictures.”

“Like Cheryl?” Alex suggested, naming the shy graphic design intern who had worked for them for six months.

“Yes. With wavy brown hair that comes down to here.” He indicated his shoulder.

“Also like Cheryl.”

“It makes you want to stroke her. And sparkling brown eyes as though she knows a secret you haven’t figured out.”

And she was soft. Squeezable. His hands palmed the ghostly image of her curves, hugged by the ample jeans and dark, secretive hoodie.

Thinking about Cheryl made a kick in his taut belly and a humming in his blood. It demanded action.

He surged to his feet.

“That finishes the profile,” Alex said. “Now to meet—”

“Forget the profile. I figured out a faster solution.” Mal stormed to the door and threw it open. “Alex, out. Cheryl? Get back in here!”

~*~*~*~
What happens when Cheryl is called back into Mal’s office? Find out here.

About the Author: Starla Night was born on a hot July at midnight. She hikes, scuba dives, and swims naked in the ocean. She writes about smoking-hot dragon-shifter billionaires and steamy alpha merman-shifters at StarlaNight.com. Her first sci fi romance, Dragon VIP: Malachite, is part of the Other Worlds Collection, a special $0.99 boxed set bundle of 20 PNR and SFR novels for a limited time. Preorder now!

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Comments

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  4. Tokyo sounds like such an interesting place to visit. I wouldn’t have expected a doughnut to have a yellow curry filling either. I wonder what people who live there think of the sweet doughnuts that are sold in North America and Europe? 🙂

    Congratulations on your new book as well!

    • It was! Ha ha, they probably don’t mind too much — there are some Western-style donut shops over there. The advantage is that Japanese people can read kanji and can tell whether they’re buying a donut filled with jam or, uh, not-jam. Actually, I had one filled with whipped cream one time that was delicious! It was called an “Angel Cream” donut, which I thought was kind of sweet.

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  9. Thank you, Long & Short Reviews, for having me today! I love this site and I’m so excited to stop by as an author, since I’m usually here as a reader!

    • Long and Short Reviews says:

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