Tuesday, February 9, 2016

What is Space Opera Anyway?? With Author Jayne Fury

Guest Blogger: Jayne Fury talks about Space Opera

Ask ten people what space opera is and you'll either get a blank stare or a different answer in each response. What is space opera and how does it fit onto Romance lit? Let's tackle the first question.  A picture is worth a thousand words, right? Here are some contemporary examples that you might recognize:

1. Star Wars
2. Babylon 5
3. The Dune series
4. Firefly

Are you getting the idea, now? Of course there are much less well known and more definitive space opera examples. Generally, the genre fans all agree that the father of space opera was E.E. "Doc" Smith.  The very first space opera was Skylark of Space.  But it's generally agreed that it was 1934 whenThe Lensman series began when Space Opera got traction.  Thats a little obscure and you don't need to read Lensman to get an idea of what it is, you know what Space Opera is. You just may not have given it a name before now. But what's the difference between space opera and SciFi?

Here's a short list of space opera elements:

1. A flawed hero
2. A Princess/Prince
3. Scale
4. A means by which to travel either through Space or Time

And of course there's Space which isn't necessarily scale and being in space doesn't naturally qualify as Space Opera.  Space Opera has to have epic scale. Whether on a ship or in a far away galaxy, you're not in Kansas anymore in a space opera.  There is usually no 'science' in a space opera. For some it's a bit of a guilty pleasure and that's where the Romance Genre and SciFi cross - in Space.

The heroine/hero needs saving.  There's an evil, yet muscularly ripped villain or other evil Force (see what I did there?) The hero saves our damsel.  Sounds a lot like a Perils of Pauline or historical romance scenario, right? There might be a "mothership" or a cause that needs fixin'. The hero is nearly always flawed and is on the redemption trail. Depending on the author, you may have steamy or sweet romance in the genre crossers. And you can flip that, and have the heroine be flawed and the hero need saving.

Let’s not be sexist about this, after all.

For instance, my book Freedom Bound, which is being released currently in serialized format of episodes, has bodice ripping ninjas in space. And by that I mean the heroine is doing her own bodice ripping. She is the main protagonist. Highly capable meets flawed with a corporate suzerain evil empire looking to bring them down. There’s space travel, there’s intrigue, a little spice and a lot of campy fun. It’s a romance and it’s space opera.

If a bodice rips in space, can you hear the shuddered sigh?

Bodice Ripping Ninjas in Space! Freedom Bound is Firefly meets Buck Rogers with a bit of boudoir. Follow the series on convoluted romps through space with smart, super sexy females and their companions. Happily for now, guaranteed.
Welcome to the Solar Flame universe where corporate suzerains control our heroines’ lives. How do they win sovereignty over their own lives and their loves? In Freedom Bound, Corrie Scott, late of Frobisher Corporation finds herself unleashed in enemy territory alone for the first time in her life. But she is plagued by the threat of corporate slavery. She and the devilishly handsome Mat Parker must battle through ridiculous red tape, space pirates, and backstabbing double crosses. Can they trust each other long enough to win this dangerous game?

Grab ALL the episodes of this serial!

Buy links:
Episode 1, Freedom Bound: Prologue

Episode 2, Freedom Bound: Unhinged

Episode 3, Freedom Bound: Mateu

Episode 4, Freedom Bound: Coriander

Freedom Bound Amazon Series Page

Jayne Fury is a SciFiRom author who writes pulpy serials about bodice ripping ninjas in space. She lives on her urban farm in the Pacific Northwest with her three cats, five chickens and extremely tolerant husband. If asked, she will deny that she's creating nest in her office out of old socks and wooly pooffs. She is also a performer in Tacoma's one and only Ukulele Sing-a-long Circus. Her serialized fiction project, FREEDOM BOUND,  is currently publishing on Amazon.com

Where to find Jayne!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Keep Calm and Let The Blurb Queen Help Promote Your Story

Hello, world! There's a brand new royal in the house. 

Today we go behind the scenes of writing to visit one of the indie helpers who are skilled at making us readers want to buy THIS book.

The Blurb Queen is here to help you take your fabulous story, the one you've crafted from your heart, into which you've poured your imaginings, angst, humor and pathos ... to YOUR readers
You have 3 chances to grab readers' attention in the frenetic pace of today's world and make them notice your book.
They are

  • Cover
We all judge a book by its cover. That evocative, gorgeous pose or scene that immediately sets a mood we want to be in--if only for a few hours.

  • Title

Titles are a real attention grabber. Do those few words make us chuckle? Sigh? Send a chill down our spine? Draw us in and make us want to know their meaning?

  • Ad copy or blurb
This little chunk of writing must work HARD and FAST. The potential reader may have paused to read this far, but they are waiting to be convinced that yes, this story is worthy of their time and their money. 

They want a tag line, a succinct idea of the story, and 

Depending on the genre you write, your blurb must set a certain mood, and do it without wasting a single line.

Also, there are several key pieces every successful blurb must contain--or it won't do its job. The reader will cast one last doubtful look at your cover and then flip to the next potential purchase.

Most writers love writing! But ... most of us don't love distilling the essence of their wonderful story into selling ad copy. Why? We're too close to the story, we've spent weeks or months inhabiting the skin of the protagonist(s). 

Step back and condense all of that into a few short lines?? No-o, say it isn't so!

Well, sorry, it is so. Fortunately for you, some of us actually love writing those pesky blurbs--for ALL GENRES. The Blurb Queen is one such lovable odd-ball.

For more info, including contact forms, visit TheBlurbQueen.com

Contact her today and get the help you and your story deserves.
You may also Like her page on Facebook & Follow her on Twitter.

Cathryn Cade
aka, The Blurb Queen
who also writes 
sci fi/contemporary/paranormal 
... all red hot romance
RT 4.5 Stars and Night Owl Reviews TOP PICK
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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Am Writing Sci Fi Romance

Happy New Year!

Winter is a busy time for writers in the Inland NW. The weather outside is frightful, so time to get busy indoors. 

I love snow. But I can only stay out in it for so long before extremities begin to chill even through layers of boots, coat, hat, mittens, etc.  The DH and I take Copper the golden retriever for a daily brisk walk--he loves snow--and then get back to work, me & Copper in my office and DH in his new wood/metal shop.

Happy to report I've written 55K of CYBORG PLEASURE; the Space Madam's Warrior.

I'm lovin' this story! Look for it to debut in late February on all sales sites.

Here's a SNEAK PEEK ...


Best-selling author of sci fi romance
RT 4.5 Stars and Night Owl Reviews TOP PICK
… it’s hot in space, red hot!
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Friday, December 11, 2015

HONEY FOR NOTHIN' ... and Two Hot Guys for You!

Merry Christmas! Mele Kalikimaka! Happy Hanukkah! 

Hope your holidays are merry & bright, and you aren't

too stressed making it perfect for everyone on your list.

My gift to you? More hot biker goodness.
HONEY FOR NOTHIN', Book 2 of Sweet & Dirty BBW Romance   has not one, but 2 hot alpha bikers.

Keys, Kit & Remi's story debuts Tuesday, December 15
on your e-reader, phone or tablet.

Pre-Order your copy today @
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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

SFR Brigade: Why Sci-Fi Romance?

SFR Brigade: Why Sci-Fi Romance?: by Cathryn Cade When people find out I’m an author, they ask what kind of stories I create. When I say Sci Fi Romance, I receive a c...

Sunday, August 30, 2015


Celebrating with friends & readers this week. Come join the fun!

Only .99 cents for the book that was #7 on all of Amazon ... now with added scenes and feisty tyger fun.

I love my job ...

Monday, June 29, 2015

Welcome to the Sci Fi Romance Brigade's Red Hot Main Course!

You've made it to the SFR Summer Cafe!

Hope you're ready for some Sizzling Starters 

with ML Skye & Misa Buckley         and

The Red Hot Main Course 

with me, Travis Luedke, Teresa Noelle Roberts,      Gabriel Belthir and Charlee Allden!

Summertime is starting out HOT here in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Our little resort town by the lake is sizzling in the high 90-100's this week. We spend our days on the lake enjoying the cool water, or out early to walk & bike, then inside with the air conditioning on.

Maybe it's to balance my sizzing hot SFR, but I'm always trying to come up with something cool and refreshing for summer suppers. So here's my offering for the Cafe; 

'Cathryn's Lemon-Dill Coleslaw Salad'
This summer salad is delicious with chicken, fish or burgers. Keeps well in tightly closed container in frig.

Into large bowl,
Slice or shred 1 medium head of green cabbage (bagged slaw works great too)
Add thinly sliced and chopped
  • 1/2 of a cucumber 
  • 1/4 c sweet or green onion (I also add chopped chives from my herb bed)
  • radishes
  • sugar snap peas
  • carrot
  • cherry tomatoes, whole or halved
Dressing: 1 cup mayonnaise (lite mayo is great)
                 juice of lemon to taste
                 minced fresh dill or squeezed tube dill (look for this in your grocer's produce                                       refrigerated section)
                 salt & pepper to taste

YUM! Enjoy. And now, on to the other Cafe activities ... RED HOT SFR!

I'm thrilled to announce that my popular 
LodeStar Series is complete! 

To celebrate, Book 1, STARK PLEASURE
 is now FREE on all sales outlets!

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And as always, stay tuned in for my next RED HOT Sci Fi Romance, coming later in 2015! 'CYBORG PLEASURE', Book 5 in The LodeStar Series

Cathryn Cade
Best-selling author of sci fi romance
RT 4.5 Stars and Night Owl Reviews TOP PICK
… it’s hot in space, red hot!
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