I'm delighted to welcome fellow SFR Brigader Cynthia Sax to my blog today. She's got a new science fiction romance out, one featuring a warrior cyborg and a sexy engineer. Before we take a closer look at Releasing Rage, I asked this USA Today bestselling author to give me a writing tip. We both share a passion for travel, so this is one I can definitely get behind.
By Cynthia Sax
Tara and I both love to travel. (hugs Tara) For me, there’s nothing more inspiring, more likely to kick start the muse than a different neighborhood, city, country.
When Rage and his cyborg brethren in Releasing Rage were escaping the Humanoid Alliance, traveling through space to get to the Homeland, I pictured the time the hubby and I took a commercial flight during a meteor shower.
When the cyborgs were restricted to the battle station, I recalled how I felt when we took a transatlantic cruise. We were confined to a vessel in the middle of an ocean. We couldn’t leave even if we wanted to. We saw the same faces every day. We were on the captain’s timetable, at his mercy.
And when any of my characters step into a new place, I think of how I felt the first time I visited Tokyo. I didn’t know the language. People dressed differently. I had no idea of the customs and I was nervous about inadvertently insulting anyone.
Of course, we don’t have to travel as far away as Tokyo to get that ‘strange lands’ feeling. The first time I walked into Starbucks, I was completely lost. Other people were zipping through the line, placing orders that sounded like they were issued in a different language. There were customs I wasn’t aware of--where to wait, what order to get things in. The place smelled different, had a different vibe to it.
Ideas flowed into my brain. What if an alien visited a Starbucks? What if a non-coffee drinking new grad was instructed by her billionaire hero to get coffee for him? What if, instead of coffee, all of the people ahead of me were ordering types of sexual encounters? What if they were CIA operatives communicating in top secret code?
Whenever I’m stuck creatively, I’ll change my physical location and usually something breaks free. What do you do to kick start your muse?
by Cynthia Sax
Half Man. Half Machine. All Hers.
Rage, the Humanoid Alliance's most primitive cyborg, has two goals--kill all of the humans on his battle station and escape to the Homeland. The warrior has seen the darkness in others and in himself. He believes that's all he's been programmed to experience.
Until he meets Joan.
Joan, the battle station's first female engineer, has one goal--survive long enough to help the big sexy cyborg plotting to kill her. Rage might not trust her but he wants her. She sees the passion in his eyes, the caring in his battle-worn hands, the gruff emotion in his voice.
When Joan survives the unthinkable, Rage's priorities are tested. Is there enough room in this cyborg's heart for both love and revenge?
About Cynthia Sax
USA Today bestselling author Cynthia Sax writes contemporary, SciFi and paranormal erotic romances. Her stories have been featured in Star Magazine, Real Time With Bill Maher, and numerous best of erotic romance top ten lists.
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