Thursday, March 01, 2007

Ask Five with.... LINNEA SINCLAIR!!!

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Romance Reviews Today is honored to have the fabulous Linnea Sinclair as our guest today! She is the multi-talented, RITA award winning author who has made her name in Science Fiction Romance. You won't want to miss her latest GAMES OF COMMAND.
In the meantime, get to know Linnea Sinclair:

1. What is the title of your latest release and what’s it about?

GAMES OF COMMAND just hit the shelves Tuesday, February 27th! What I think is so fabulous about the book is that my CAT is actually on the front and back covers. But I’m sure readers are interested in more than just my cat (though Daq, my cat, can’t understand why that would be so).

GAMES OF COMMAND is a fast-paced, fun space opera romance. Captain Tasha “Sass” Sebastian wants nothing more that her sordid secret past as a mercenary to stay buried forever. But when she’s assigned to a former enemy’s flagship as part of the new Alliance personnel integration program, she fears it’s only a matter of time before the bio-cybe admiral finds out who she is—or rather, who she used to be. Especially as one of their first missions is to locate a double agent who is far too familiar with Sass’s past life and could easily use that as a bargaining chip to insure his escape.

What Sass doesn’t know is that there are games—very deep and dangerous games—being played at the highest levels of the government in both the Empire and the Coalition. Her life and the lives of Admiral Branden Kel-Paten, the renegade Jace Serafino and Sass’s best friend and her ship’s chief medical officer, Eden Fynn, are all in jeopardy. In order to survive, Sass may have to trust Admiral Branden Kel-Paten, whose bio-mechanical augmentations deem him a very lethal enemy…or ally.

But Branden Kel-Paten has a surprising secret of his own: he’s loved Sass for years. Yet Sass doesn’t know if his feelings for her are real…or something programmed into him by the enemy who’s already proven to be far more powerful than any of them could have foreseen.

The book is high-action, twists and turns, passion, fun and oh yes, has two cat-like loveable critters called furzels. Just see the cover art. Daq insists. He’s available anytime for…PAW-tographs.

2. How do you come up with ideas for your stories?

For the most part, everything starts with the ubiquitous “what if…?” But other than that, it could be words in a song, a line from a movie, something I overhear in conversation in a bar, a newspaper article…anything.

3. How do you stay motivated?

If I didn’t write, I’d explode. That would not only ruin my office d├ęcor but it’d be hell to clean up.

4. Which authors have influenced you over the years, whether for their writing or for their friendship?

I’m a great fan of CJ Cherryh’s. I love her world building, her vast intergalactic landscapes, her characters, her aliens…well, I love her books. I also think Anne Perry—I love her Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery series—is the mistress of pacing.

I’ve been blessed to be befriended by a number of wonderful authors who’ve been supportive of my career: Susan Grant, Robin D Owens, Isabo Kelly, Stacey Klemstein, Monette Michaels, Mary Jo Putney, Dee Lloyd and of course, those in my local and on-line RWA chapters (SWFRW, FF&P and RWA-Online.) Since writing is such a solitary profession (well, other than the 500 or so people who live in my head), friendships like these are a treasure.

5. What’s coming up in the near future for you?

I’m just now finishing up THE DOWN HOME ZOMBIE BLUES, which is a combo science fiction romance and police procedural (rather like MEN IN BLACK meets HILL STREET BLUES with romance). Then I jump into CHASIDAH’S CHOICE, the sequel to my RITA winning GABRIEL’S GHOST. After that I have a couple ideas that my agent and I are very excited about—but that’s all I can say the moment.

I also have a number of conferences and workshops scheduled all over the USA in 2007-2008. So check my website and please, come out to meet me! I’m disgustingly friendly and love to meet my readers!

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Thank you, Linnea! To learn more, check out her website by clicking here.

3 comments:

Gerard said...

I come from the realm of Fantasy and Science Fiction and I can tell you one thing: Linnea Sinclair is very good at inventing worlds, not worlds, universes. And she adds to that the spice of romance.

I also note that "I have a couple ideas that my agent and I are very excited about". Ahah!

Mimmi said...

I love Linnea Sinclairs stories. I saw her new one on the table when you first walk in at Borders~~kudos, Linnea!!

Caffey said...

I have one of Linnea's Sinclairs in my TBR, GABRIEL'S GHOST. I too couldn't find from her site if any books were related so I'd know which order to read them in. I've read a little SF but only with a lot of romance in them. This have that, right? They do sound great at her site too.