Hello to all of you Romance Junkies out there! My name is Cheryl Brooks, and I’m here to talk about my latest release, the third installment in The Cat Star Chronicles series of erotic science fiction romance, Rogue.
What makes an author smile the most? Big advance checks? Sales beyond all expectations? Talk of movie rights and megabucks?
Nope, that’s not it—though these things are wonderful, to be sure. What makes an author smile is the same as for anyone involved in a creative occupation: Appreciation for the work. No one likes to hear that the project they’ve put months of time and effort into isn’t worth the time or the money for a reader to spend. No, what we like to hear is “Run, don’t walk, to your local bookstore and see for yourself. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll kiss seven bucks goodbye!” This is what makes it all worthwhile. It’s the ooh’s and ahh’s over the shiny new cover, the smile on a friend’s face when they hold their own copy in their hands for the first time, the gasps and giggles as they read, the sound of pages anxiously being turned, the obvious absorption in the story and the frustration they display whenever they are interrupted, the laughter, the tears, the wide-eyed blush during the love scenes, and, best of all, the right emotion at the end, whether happy or poignant. These are the things a writer enjoys the most. Bad reviews will hit you in the chest with the impact of a coronary, but good ones are like getting a shot of joyous energy. I’m already getting reviews and emails from readers who are loving this story, and, needless to say, it makes me feel very happy.
Now for a peek at the book! Imagine daily life inside a palace on an alien world where guards, princes, slaves, mercenaries, and politicians all thrown in together—and most of them are reptiles. There’s the usual good natured banter and bickering, palace intrigue, political unrest, and, of course, romantic liaisons. So what happens when Kyra Aramis, a young piano teacher from Earth arrives to teach piano to the Princess? One thing is certain, nothing will ever be the same, especially for Tychar and Trag, the two gorgeous Zetithian hunks who are the favorite slaves of the Queen. They’ve been pampered pets for twenty years, but Kyra’s presence changes everything.
In the first book in the series, Slave, I just wrote it, not caring about what others would think. It was my story, and I let my desires, imagination, and sense of the absurd run wild to write the book of my heart. Since it was published, I’m told I need to consider what my readers want, but something tells me they want the same things I do: fun, excitement, and sizzling romance with a little action thrown in.
I’ve had great fun with the books I’ve written, and Rogue is no exception. I think reading should be fun. I don’t want a story that leaves me feeling drained and depressed; I want one that will make me smile, stimulate my imagination, and leave me dreaming of passionate, enduring romance. This is what I set out to do with every book I write, and I hope I’ve succeeded. But you be the judge. After all, it’s your opinion that matters the most!