Monday, February 24, 2014

Meet the #Author Monday - Melisse Aires

Please tell us a bit about yourself:

I’m the married mom of three grown daughters, and am proud they are all readers. I live in a small town and have a day job in medical insurance(are your eye crossing yet? Lol.) So while very ordinary on the outside, I tend to have way too much imagination. Writing is my outlet.

Tell us about Her Cyborg Awakes: I decided to showcase the first in my SFR series, Diaspora Worlds. This book is now permafree! Book four, Neon Orchid, comes out in March.

What inspired you to write this particular story?: I wanted to write an SFR story with a more ‘traditional’ feminine heroine—not a bounty hunter or soldier. A character without a lot of training or any type of super power.who seems weak--but who still manages to attain what she wants most.

Please share a favourite snippet from your book: This is in the beginning—Sabralia gets an idea!

The palace was on a hill overlooking a wide bay. Long stretches of white sand contrasted with the pristine blue green waters of the sea. This was a beautiful world, with a warm climate and abundant forests and meadows. It would be an ideal agricultural world, but Sirn had not opened it to colonists, and none of the native life forms were sentient. Sirn only used it for military installations and his palace. Sirn held hunting parties now and then, and the dangerous beasts had been removed from the palace and spaceport area. The women of the Common Harem did not have access to this section of beach because it stretched close to the spaceport, and Sirn did not want them distracting his men. But she had been deemed not a security risk to the spaceport. She’d been married to Sirn since her teen years and had no military or spacecraft education, nor was she flirtatious as far as their records indicated.
A wonderful, scary idea came to her as she floated, letting a gentle wave glide her to shore. The beach! That was the answer!
Alfyt and the cyborgs would be tremendously busy during the feast. She would tell Qy to prepare a luxurious pallet, with food and drink, at her special place on the beach, because one of the Commanders wanted to be entertained outdoors, by the sea. Later she would lie and tell Qy her man had visited while Qy was at his nightly maintenance—her mind raced with the plan. She would hide on the beach until the feast ended and the Commanders left.

Which comes first for you – a character's looks, personality or name?: Personality. I sometimes fiddle with names for quite a while.

Any tips for aspiring authors?: Don’t give up! Look for ways to learn, there is so much available.

Questions for fun:
What super-power would you choose?: Flight!
Coffee, tea or wine?: Coffee
What is your favourite book? (aside from one of your own!):Tough one!  Lifelong—Prince Caspian/Narnia Series
Favourite genre and why?: Scifi romance. Why—what could be better than that?
Favourite colour?: Red
Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us!


Sabralia lives a lonely but luxurious life in Emperor Sirn’s Harem, her only companion is her obedient servant, Qy, a cyborg. Her life has largely been controlled by others, but when Sirn demands his Harem pleasure his Commanding Officers at a victory celebration, Sabralia makes a daring plan to hide to avoid rape by Sirn's men. 
The Palace is ambushed and her cyborg gets her off world. The impossible has happened−Qy the gentle cyborg becomes the man he once was, the warrior Kaistril. Pursued for valuable information, Sabralia is thrust into dangerous, unfamiliar situations where she must stand up to the challenges, or lose the man she loves. Sensual Sci-fi Romance. Novella 

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