A Space Battle Leads to a Sexy Starry Night ~ #MySexySaturday

My Sexy Saturday bannerIt’s Week 57 of My Sexy Saturday! This week, we’re traveling the universe as we turn the spotlight on sci-fi romance. Today I’m sharing a seven paragraph snippet from my space opera, Alliance: Diplomatic Relations, published by Amber Quill Press. In the snippet, Shayan hears Rulik’s voice for the first time in the midst of a space battle.

cover for Diplomatic RelationsAlliance: Diplomatic Relations
by Lyndi Lamont
Science Fiction Erotica (M/M, M/F/M)


First in the Alliance series… a diplomatic delegation from the planet Mhajav arrives in Lodur, capital of the planet Zigan, with the intention of establishing diplomatic relations between the two worlds. Both planets seek an alliance because of raids on their merchant vessels by space raiders from both worlds.

But no two worlds could be more different.

When Rulik answers a distress call from a space ship being pursued by outlawed raiders, he meets the man he’s been waiting for all his life. An alliance between their worlds will bring them together, but the ensuing diplomatic crisis threatens to tear them apart. Only Rulik can solve the problem, but will it be at the loss of his hopes and dreams?


“This is Captain Rulik of the Ziganese vessel Borivoy,” a voice announced in Ziganese.

The deep masculine tone sent a shiver down Shayan’s spine. Like many Mhajavi, he was bisexual, but, in truth, he preferred men. He wondered what this Rulik looked like. The Ziganese were as fair as the Mhajavi were dark, so his skin would be pale, perhaps with a ruddy tone, his eyes some variety of blue, and his hair blond or reddish in tone. Shayan’s heart rate increased with anticipation.

“Greetings, Captain Rulik,” Chaitani answered in the same language, mandatory for all Mhajavi venturing into space. “This is Chaitani of the science ship Anila. What are you doing in our space?”

There was a deep chuckle, sending more shivers through Shayan. “If all goes well, saving your hides. How long can you hold out?”

Just then a blast shook the ship. The raiders were within firing range.

“Evasive action,” Chaitani ordered, set her mouth in a grim line. “Captain Rulik, with rescue at hand, we will hold out as long as possible. If we do not survive, promise me you will fry the bastards.”

Rulik’s laugh had a reckless quality to it. “With pleasure. But I hope it won’t come to that. Over and out.”

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Read a longer excerpt here.

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#RockingSummerRomance Interview with @DianaLRubino

SummerToday we have an interview with Diana Rubino, author of Fakin’ It, A Bloody Good Cruise and A Necessary End.

Q: Which comes first, characters or plot?

Since I’ve been writing bio novels, I already know the people involved and what happens to them, but one of my books, set during Prohibition, I deliberately created the characters first. They didn’t have anything to do until I devised the plot. It turned out really well.

Q: Plotter, pantser, or somewhere in between?

I draw up as detailed an outline as possible before I start—otherwise I get lost along the way and the structure is real wobbly.

Q: What is the one question you wish interviewers would ask

What is your basic philosophy on life?

Q: Among those that you’ve written, which is your favorite book and why?

I had a blast writing A Necessary End, a ghost romance centering around Booth’s insane plot to assassinate President Lincoln. I’m a huge Lincoln buff since 3rd grade, and always wanted to write about these events. I’m fascinated with the paranormal, so it was the right combination of paranormal, romance, history, and a peek into the head of a madman.

Q: Have your characters ever taken over the story and moved it in a direction totally different than you had in mind? What did you do?

Yes, and I’ve let them…it shows they’re taking driving the plot, which is what you want them to do. You don’t want to jam your characters into actions and reactions just to suit your plot.

Q: Do you have a “must have” book for writing?

One that I still use is The Writer’s Little Helper by James V. Smith. It has a graph of plot points to help you insert the highs and lows of your plot. I find it very helpful. No More Rejections by former agent Alice Orr is excellent for beginners, and a great refresher course for more advanced writers. I’ve read it twice in a row and made notes—it has a lot of common sense stuff, but tips you don’t want to forget. I joined Writers Digest Book Club when I first started out, and recommend their books, you can’t go wrong with any of them.

Q: Any advice for new or even seasoned authors?

Don’t ever give up on your dream.

And just for fun: which do you prefer?

Ice Tea or Lemonade?

Both! I enjoy making Arnold Palmers, or iced tea sweetened with fruit juice.

Lake or ocean?

I spent a great part of my child in Oceanport, NJ, where my grandparents lived, so I feel a very strong bond with the ocean. Even in winter I need to see it once in a while.

Ball cap or floppy hat?

Ball cap when bicycling, huge floppy hat when golfing. My golf league ladies call me the ‘hat lady’.

In the car –  Air condition or open windows?

Above 90 degrees, A/C all the way!

At home –  Air conditioning or open windows?
I only put the A/C on when it gets unbearably hot—I much prefer open windows.

Here’s a look at Fakin’ It, Diana’s fantasy romance, which received a Top Pick award from Romantic Times.

Fakin' It coverBlurb:

SciFi novelist Judi Somers is so enamored with her imaginary hero, Race Parsec, that she begs her best friend Felix, a not-so-mad scientist, to create a clone with every single one of her ideal man’s characteristics. But as Judi and Felix work on the perfect being, Judi finds herself more and more drawn to its creator, and begins to wonder if Felix is actually the man of her dreams after all. Once the android, Leo, is off the lab table and in the flesh, will she be able to tolerate his perfection? Or can a mere mortal like Felix ever give her the wonderful life she always dreamt of?

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I’m a self-confessed history nut, my favorite eras being Medieval and Renaissance England, and all American history. I’ve written several novels set in England and the U.S., two time travel romances, a vampire romance, and a fantasy romance, FAKIN’ IT which received a Top Pick award from Romantic Times. I’m a longtime member of Romance Writers of America and the Richard III Society. In my spare time, I bicycle, golf, play my piano and devour books of any genre.

Connect with Diana online at:
website: http://www.DianaRubino.com
blog: http://www.DianaRubinoAuthor.blogspot.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dianarubino
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DianaLRubino