By Azura Ice
Attention K Mart shoppers, we have a sale on—whoops!
Thump, thump, thump, thump, thump! Slam!
Sorry. I walked into the wrong building. Although those sparkly, Halloween thongs on that display were really cute. Anyway, my pumpkins are a little bigger than those were.
So, how is everyone today? Been reading and fueling your mind, and of course, your libido? Purchased any futuristic or sci-fi romances?
Well, word on the cyber block is that futuristic and sci-fi romances are gaining popularity. What the big publishers don’t realize, however, is that readers have been searching for these categories of romance and can’t find many of them unless they turn to e-books. Seems like only e-publishers know what a cash cow these categories are becoming. And another word is that the big publishers insist mixing futuristic and sci-fi with romance doesn’t sell. Hmm. Really? Maybe they should talk to readers and get the dirt straight from them instead of the bean counters.
These two categories open a Pandora’s Box of ideas, settings, characters, gadgets, worlds... Then add romance to it and ka-pow! Hold it. Not *that* ka-pow, the *other* ka-pow. You, over there by the coffee maker! Ka-pow as in a big bang. The kind where...aw, forget it. I swear. Get a bunch of women together talking romance and hunky guys and it’s a sex and chocolate free-for-all.
Anyway...what was I talking about? Oh, yeah. Futuristic and sci-fi books.
When you mix these two categories with romance and create the big ka-pow—stares hard at the chick giggling over at the coffeemaker—you have a book that often hits the Top Ten e-Book charts. Readers enjoy unique material as long as it’s written in a way they can suspend their beliefs. However, I think fewer writers tackle sci-fi because of the amount of world building and research that goes into writing the genre. Futuristic is easier since it typically involves a much shorter time leap into the future. Often futuristic involves changes in society and government; whereas, science fiction can leap into soft sci-fi, moderate, militaristic, or hard sci-fi that’s very techie.
I prefer writing soft sci-fi to moderate where I spend a lot of time creating the world and making sure that it’s believable and will support what the plot is about.
Lace, Lightning, and Multiple Orgasms, one of the 1 Night Stand books, is soft sci-fi with a dash of cyberpunk. Book one of The Sky Streamer Series, Conquering Venus (not the planet, a woman, lol), is a little more intense and deals with a post-apocalyptic Earth. And my Crimson Bane Battles, book 1 and book 2, center on futuristic post-apocalyptic for all you m/m fiction readers out there.
Decadent Publishing is one publisher willing to publish wonderful sci-fi and futuristic books, so if you’re looking for these categories, always check Decadent’s cyber shelves. And if you’re not a reader of these categories, and you’re looking for unique fiction to try, why not grab a few of these books and open your mind to the wonders of not only the universe, but other dimensions...and some hot loving with a lot of ka-pow.
All right, that tears it. Hey! You over by the coffee maker, I want to have a word with you...!