Saturday, April 9, 2016

To Critique and Partner or Not?

I don’t have critique partners or a critique group. The one and only time I tried anything of that nature was in junior college. It was an evening creative writing class and I lasted through the first time I had to read my WIP and receive feedback, and it was SO not this introvert’s comfort zone…I left at the break and never went back. I have wonderful, professional editors and I rely on them. They will tell me if I’ve taken a left turn or done something TSTL with my plot. As you might guess, they’ve had occasion to do that a time or two!  My process is my process and I don’t feel the need to bounce story issues off other people or gather inputs as I go, etc. Shrug. I get that it works great for other people, which just proves yet again that there’s no one “right way” to write. Thanks goodness.

On to something more exciting for me – this past week I did the cover reveal for my next science fiction romance novel, Star Cruise: Outbreak. Here’s the pretty cover, from Fiona Jayde. The book will be out on April 18th.

The story:
She saved countless soldiers in the wars … but does she have the weapons to fight an outbreak?
Dr. Emily Shane, veteran of the Sector Wars, is known as “The Angel of Fantalar” for her bravery under fire as a medic. However, the doctor has her own war wounds–severe PTSD and guilt over those she failed to save.
Persuaded to fill a seemingly frivolous berth as ship’s doctor on the huge and luxurious interstellar cruise liner Nebula Zephyr, she finds the job brings unexpected perks–a luxe beach deck with water imported from Tahumaroa II, and Security Officer Jake Dilon, a fellow veteran who heats her up like a tropical sun.
However, Emily soon learns she and Jake didn’t leave all peril behind in the war. A mysterious ailment aboard the Zephyr begins to claim victim after victim … and they must race against time and space to find the cause and a cure! Trapped on a ship no spaceport will allow to dock, their efforts are complicated by a temperamental princess and a terrorist–one who won’t hesitate to take down any being in the way of his target.  If anyone’s left when the disease is through with them …

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