Tuesday, April 3, 2018

World Building with High and Low Tech @CailinBriste

By Cailin Briste

The characters of both my Sons of Tallav and A Thief in Love Suspense Romance series inhabit a world that is a mishmash of current and futuristic technology. People drive cars. Sure, they have auto-drive capability and don’t run on gasoline, but I don’t explain the details of how they work. The reader gets the idea of a motor vehicle with four wheels that moves along roadways or throughways which is all they need to understand what’s happening in the book.

On my domed world, transport is provided by trams. An image probably popped into your head when you read the word trams. Good. That’s what I hope for in my novels. I want a reader to connect to the familiar with any story set far into the future, because I also use shuttles, space darts, air cars and other futuristic tech that isn’t as easy for non-sci-fi readers to picture. Sci-fi lovers have no trouble with my sci-fi light style, but I want my readership to expand beyond sci-fi romance lovers by allowing others to enjoy dipping their toe in the genre.

One reviewer of Shane: Marshal of Tallav said, “The world was an odd (but pleasing) combination of old world elements (horse & buggy), current (cars) and futuristic (space travel & advanced medical options) that I was surprised to find delightful!”

One of the best things about writing science fiction romance is the ability to experiment with each world and society you invent. Tallav is just as the reviewer described because it was founded by wealthy individuals who wanted to create an aristocratic pastoral society. The setting for the A Thief in Love Suspense Romance series is a standard Federation planet. It’s an average world for a galaxy-spanning civilization. Most citizens don’t take a space-capable shuttle from home to the spaceport. They’re consigned to the streets and throughways below. Much like most people today don’t use helicopters to get from point to point. On a Federation standard planet every home has a med-bed to provide routine medical treatment. And yet even on these advanced worlds, the poor or desperate fall through the cracks. A hovel is still a hovel.

I have yet to create a world in which all the technology is futuristic. Perhaps that would be the setting for a Silicon Valley type society. But even today’s Silicon Valley has people living in RVs along the streets because, although they work there, they can’t afford to live there. Yes, that could be an interesting planet.

A Thief in Love Suspense Romance
My next release is due out April 23, 2018 and available for pre-order now for $2.99. How to Steal the Pharaoh’s Jewels is book #2 in the A Thief in Love Suspense Romance series. This series of novellas is best read in order. The love story in each book is complete, but each book builds on the previous one. You need to read Sebastian and Darcelle’s story before you pick up Cade and Bassinae’s friends-to-lovers romance.

It Takes a Cat Burglar by Cailin Briste

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When Darcelle Lebeau throws off the invisible chains that keep her bound to her family, she discovers a new vocation. Tempted to enter the illegal playground of a man she nicknames Matou, she becomes a cat burglar in training. Deeply ensnared with each task he entices her to fulfill, she fails to discover his identity and true intentions.

Sebastian St. Croix, a wealthy businessman, has a dark side. He’s a thief, a cat burglar who steals art and historical objects. For one year, he trains Darcelle to become his assistant, remaining incognito, observing her from afar. His admiration grows along with his desire for her with every phase-one challenge she completes. Phase two will test the limits of his control. Hands-on personal training? Yes. Sex? No. With his sister’s happiness at stake, nothing, not even the tempting Darcelle Lebeau, can interfere with accomplishing the biggest break-in of his career.

How to Steal the Pharoah’s Jewels by Cailin Briste

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Cade’s fantasy is to seduce his best friend if he isn’t murdered first.

His comfortable routine as a member of Sebastian St. Croix’s cat burglar team is shattered the day he’s pinned in a crushed car. In a moment of clarity, before everything goes dark, he realizes he’s in love with his best friend, a woman who has sworn off intimate relationships for life.

It’s taken Bassinae years to overcome a past filled with physical abuse and embrace the truth that she is a powerful, capable woman in her own right. Tamping down a case of nerves, she’s ready to take on a larger role as a thief in Sebastian’s next caper. If only Cade would stop acting like a lovelorn idiot. She needs her best friend’s support to help steal the Pharaoh’s jewels.

Set in the distant future, this sci-fi suspense romance has action and adventure as well as a sizzling romance.

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