Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Jamie Lynn Miller Bio and Interview

As promised in my previous post here is a lovely interview with the lady herself.

Interview:

Me: We know you are an author and therefore enjoy writing but what interests you apart from writing?

JLM: I enjoy glass blowing, yoga, going to comic book conventions, bowling, photography and riding the biggest, fastest roller coasters out there.

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Me: Are you a ‘typical’ author who reads as much as she writes? If yes, what are your favourite genres to read?

JLM: Oh yes, very much so. I've been a voracious reader since I was a child. Besides m/m contemporary romance I like to read sci-fi and mysteries.

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Me: Have you always wanted to write Science Fiction or was your interest in other genres first?

JLM: Actually no, surprisingly enough, even though I've been a sci-fi fan since I was six years old when Star Wars first came out. I've been writing contemporary romance for 5 years. Inspiration for An Endless Sea of Stars struck pretty much out of the blue. It was a pleasant surprise! And then I wondered why I'd never written sci-fi before! I've already started the sequel.

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Me: I know a lot of authors have no say in their covers, do you have any say and are you happy with the covers you have on your books?

JLM: With the exception of Memory's Prisoner, I've designed all of my own covers. I'm a graphic designer in my "day job". So I've been extremely lucky in that I always get what I want! :-)

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Me: How hard is it to write believable characters in a Science Fiction setting and do you think writing aliens is easier or harder than human characters?

JLM: An Endless Sea of Stars is an Earth-based book. While I do mention various species of aliens I don't have one as a main character. But I have written aliens in several fanfic stories and I find them more interesting to write than human characters. Because you can do anything with them. Humans have limitations. But aliens can have wings or breathe underwater or even become invisible. Endless possibilities!

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Me: I know most authors hate the question ‘where do your ideas come from’ so I’ll ask instead, what influences your writing ideas?

JLM: My tag line pretty much says it all - "Men in uniform…and out". I've just got a thing for law enforcement or the fire department and now I've spread out into my fictional Interstellar Exploration Alliance, where they all wear uniforms as well. :-) And with my contemporary fiction, real life experiences I've had with the police and fire department have greatly influenced my story ideas.

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Me: Are your family supportive of your writing and what do they think of your stories?

JLM: Only my husband knows that I write m/m fiction. The rest of my family would not be supportive so I have no desire to ever tell them. But that's okay, because my husband has been my biggest cheerleader from day one. He's all I need!

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Me: Did you want to be a writer as a child or did you have a different ambition then?

JLM: While my main focus was always on art, since I was a little kid, I think I always knew I'd get into writing at some point. I was always writing short stories and took as many writing classes as I could in high school. Then I found fan fiction in 1995 and that was truly the start of my writing career and what led me here today.

Me: Thank you so much Jamie for your kindness in answering my questions. Readers if, like me, you want to read An Endless Sea of Stars you will find the buy links in my previous post.



AUTHOR BIO:
Jamie Lynn Miller has been writing fiction since childhood and decided to take the plunge and go pro in 2008, finding to her amazement that people truly enjoyed her love stories. She’s a romantic at heart, and her tales reflect the desire we all have to find “the one,” persevering through trials and heartache for that happy ending.
Jamie has a degree in fine arts and has spent the last twenty years working as a graphic designer, though she’d much rather be writing. She was born in Chicago and still lives there today with her husband and their two furry, four-footed children, er… cats.
If she’s not brainstorming story ideas, you can find Jamie at a sci-fi convention, in front of a furnace doing glass blowing, or on a mat twisted into a yoga pose.







So I hope you are here because of my heads up about Jamie Lynn Miller's blog tour.

First here is the cover of her lovely book



and moving straight on here is the lady herself (and if you want to know more about the lady or her book my interview with her is in my next post).


Romance among the stars

Many thanks to Ilona for having me here today to talk about my new novella, An Endless Sea of Stars.

I've been a sci-fi fan since 1977, the year that a little film called Star Wars hit the movie screens. I was only six years old back then. While my friends wanted to go see Bambi I was begging my dad to take me to Star Wars. My mother thought I was nuts and refused to go, saying my dad was just wasting his money because I wouldn't understand the movie. Seven days later and seven consecutive trips to the movies with my dad and she had to admit she'd made a mistake. :-)

To this day Star Wars remains a big part of my life. My home is filled with about a thousand pieces of memorabilia and photos of myself with many of the actors. I also love shows like the original Battlestar Galactica, Stargate SG-1, Firefly, Buck Rogers, Babylon 5, Fringe, Doctor Who and Alien Nation. I also read sci-fi novels voraciously.

So why it's taken me to this day to write my first m/m sci-fi novella I have no idea! LOL! But inspiration finally hit and An Endless Sea of Stars was born.

This is Book One of the Genesis Project series, which follows the lives of a test pilot and an engineer as Earth strives to build a starship that will take them beyond the Milky Way and into deep space. My friend Gina calls the book a "futuristic romance" and I love that description. While it has sci-fi elements to it, the story takes place entirely on Earth with its focus on the love story between Toby and Cade.

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

BLURB:

The year is 2121. While Earth has conquered exploration of the Milky Way, we have yet to develop an interstellar engine to take us beyond our own galaxy. Thus the Intergalactic Exploration Alliance and the Gemini Project were formed.

Lieutenant Tobias Dekker is fresh out of the IEA academy and determined to be assigned to the Gemini engineering team. Putting career above all else. He knows from experience that relationships have no place in the Alliance. Commander Caden Flynn is equally determined to see the Gemini prototype take flight to uncharted space. The engine is his late father's design and he wants nothing more than to be the test pilot that breaks the next light speed barrier.

Two men dreaming of a sea of stars find that it's instead an ocean here on Earth that brings them together. Can Cade convince Toby to open up his heart and take a chance on love and explore the universe with him, side by side?

EXCERPT:

Toby rolled his eyes and crossed his arms over his chest. “Anyone ever tell you you’re a smartass?”

At that Cade finally let loose with his suppressed laughter. “I had you going there, though, didn’t I?” he smirked.

Toby waved his hand in dismissal. “Yeah, yeah. I’ll have you know that’s never happened to me before. I would’ve gotten us outta there. I just needed another minute…or two,” he finished with an embarrassed grin.

“You know, I really should report this to Hank,” Cade quipped as he finished removing his wetsuit. “But!” he held up his hand before Toby could say anything. “We can forget about the entire thing if…” he trailed off for a second and rummaged in his duffle bag, pulling out a bottle of Kentucky bourbon and showing it to Toby. “…you have a drink with me.” He shrugged one of his shoulders. “Since I couldn’t get you to a bar with me I thought I’d bring the bar to you.”

Toby paused. Alone, in the dark, sharing a few drinks. This wasn’t a good idea. He should politely decline and say they needed to start heading back. But his mouth was apparently not listening to his brain, because before he could stop himself…

“Deal.”

A very pleased smile crossed Cade’s face and he reached over and squeezed Toby’s bare shoulder before turning back to the duffel bag and producing two plastic cups. A few minutes later they had donned their t-shirts and shorts and were relaxing on the bow, sitting close enough that their shoulders were almost touching. The clouds had dissipated, revealing millions of stars twinkling in the clear sky and a full moon reflecting on the water.

Cade took a swallow of bourbon and turned his head toward Toby. “I can’t get over what an amazing feeling it was, being down in those caves tonight.”

Toby took a drink as well. “Been through those caves ‘bout a hundred times. But like I said earlier, there’s something different every time. It never gets boring.”

Cade looked up toward the sky. “It’s like being out in the stars. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it.”

Toby couldn’t help his wistful, and envious, sigh. “Closest I’m probably ever gonna get to the stars is in one of the flight simulators.”

“From what I hear you’ve made some fabulous improvements to those simulators,” Cade said. “I wish I’d had you building and programming them when I was in flight school.”

Toby turned to look at him. “How did you know I was on the simulator team?”

Cade shrugged, took another drink. “After we met I took the liberty of looking into your Academy history.” He grinned. “I was curious as to who was going to be teaching me.” Cade shifted so that he was turned more fully toward Toby. “And I was damn impressed at what I read. You need to stop selling yourself short when it comes to your dream of working on the Gemini project. You’re in the top two percent of your class, Toby. Alliance Command is not going to overlook that when they hand out assignments next month.”

Toby shook his head. “Don’t you think they’d want someone older, more experienced, working on something as monumentally important as Earth’s first hyperdrive engine?”

“Just because you haven’t been in space doesn’t mean you’re not qualified to work on a starship engine. It’s about technical expertise, not flight time.”

Toby now turned to face Cade, a tinge of excitement in his voice. “Tell me about that. What’s it like up there? I’ve gotta admit that as much as I want to experience it for myself, it makes me kinda nervous, too.”

“It’s a lot like scuba diving, actually,” Cade began, then tipped his head up toward the sky, his voice gone quiet. “Surrounded by an endless sea of stars instead of water. It’s beautiful. And so serene. But there’s so much more out there to explore than in just our galaxy.”

Toby couldn’t help but smile at the passion and wonder in Cade’s voice. “You said we’re close to breaking barrier three?”

Cade nodded and finished off his drink, poured himself another and topped off Toby’s. “The engine tests we’ve been running are really promising. Captain Hoffman’s team is burning the midnight oil.”

“From what you told me last month it sounds like you are, too.”

Cade blew out a breath. “You know how badly you want in the Gemini program? That’s how badly I want to pilot that next barrier flight. It’s going to come down to myself, Logan Ramsey, Kenji Tran or Padma Singh. And they’re all damn good test pilots.”

“Well let me give you some sage advice that a friend of mine gave me,” Toby said with a grin. “Don’t sell yourself short.”

Cade gave him a look. “Now who’s the smartass?”

Toby just laughed and knocked his cup against Cade’s. He settled back to look up at the stars, and Cade did the same. They let the quiet of the open ocean surround them for several minutes, nothing but the sound of gentle waves against the hull.

“Does this place have a name?” Cade asked quietly.

“Not that I know of,” Toby answered.

“Then I think we should call it Dekker’s Cove.” He once again turned his head to look at Toby. “Thanks again for taking me out here. This is your spot and you didn’t have to share it with me.”

Toby turned his head to look back at Cade, his voice sincere. “I wanted to. I knew you’d appreciate how special it was.”

Cade pinned him with a gaze full of hope and desire. “There are a lot of things I’m finding are special down here.”

Toby’s breath caught in his throat. It would be so damn easy to give in to Cade’s flirtations. To say the hell with it and just reach over and touch him. Because Toby knew that’s all it would take. One touch. But then what? A summer fling, like they were teenagers away at camp? Toby just wasn’t wired like that, for one-time hook ups. Especially with someone like Cade. He knew he’d want more and he knew it’d never work. He just needed to keep reminding himself that it was Cade’s friendship that was most important, what he really wanted, was the only thing that
would work between them. But it was getting harder and harder to do with each passing day he spent with Cade. His heart was warring with his head. And he honestly didn’t know which was going to win.

The moment stretched on between them, Toby knowing Cade was waiting for something from Toby, but he didn’t trust himself to speak.

Cade glanced away, then back. “Toby, I…”

And Toby’s stomach somersaulted, certain of what Cade was going to say next. He wasn’t ready for this…

“…I have to leave tomorrow.”

Toby blinked and released a breath he didn’t realize he’d been holding. “Wh-what?” he stuttered, completely caught off guard by Cade’s words, so far from what he had been expecting.

Cade sighed. “I’m needed back at Alliance HQ. I found out this morning but was putting off telling you.”

“That – that’s okay. I understand,” Toby replied, trying to hide his disappointment.

“I even brought a holo vid of a rugby match I was hoping to show you tomorrow,” Cade grinned and Toby chuckled. “Next month, okay?”

Toby nodded. “Next month.”

Next month. One last chance for Toby to sort out his feelings for Cade. And be able to live with that decision with no regrets. He had a sneaking suspicion that was going to be easier said than done.



BUY LINKS:

Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/ng25ocw
LuLu (Paperback and epub): http://tinyurl.com/qe5oeal
Kobo: http://tinyurl.com/nvj3toh
Barnes and Noble: http://tinyurl.com/ow92qj2
Also available at the iBookstore

CONTACT INFO:
Jamie Lynn Miller

jamielynnmiller@live.com
http://www.jamielynnm.wordpress.com
http://www.facebook.com/jamielynn.miller.3

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Special day tomorrow

It's my second eldest's 30th birthday (Happy Birthday son) and I have Jamie Lynn Miller guesting on my blog :D

I have also finished the snowman for the yarn bombing and have a large amount of baby blankets done for Preemie's UK. Whilst doing that I listened to a few more audio books and finished the last of the Haven City series.

Audiobook: The Martian by Andy Weir Narrator:R C Bray Narration: 5 Story: 5
Audiobook: Catch The Lightening by Catherine Asaro Narrator: Anna Fields Narration: 5 Story: 5
Audiobook: Outcast Mine by Jamie Craig Narrator:Jack LeFleur Narration: 5 Story: 5
Audiobook: The Martian by Andy Weir Narrator:R C Bray Narration: 5 Story: 5

Monday, October 27, 2014

Just two more days

until Jamie Lynn Miller visits my blog!!

Meanwhile I have been catching up on some series' reading and am now up to date on the Shibari Auction House series by Sean Michael, the Love Slaves of the Alphas series by various authors, the Cat Star Chronicles series by Cheryl Brooks, the Lupinville series by Alica Cain and I'm currently reading the last book in the Haven City series by Zoe Perdita.

With the one I read for review as well that averages out at two books a day for the last week! I think maybe I read too much :D