Just over a year ago, S.C. Mitchell shared what it takes to blend fantasy and romance in this blog. Today, he returns with a look at how love matters in outer space in a story reminiscent of H. Beam Piper‘s Little Fuzzy.
A big thanks to Kathy for hosting me today!
It was a little over a month ago, I launched my new series, Hearts in Orbit, with the first novel, The Blarmling Dilemma. The Hearts in Orbit series allows me to combine my love of romance and science fiction to create a new universe filled with romantic adventure. Think of it as a sexy combination of Star Wars and Sleepless in Seattle!
Just before Christmas, The Blarmling Dilemma spent over 2 weeks on Amazon’s top 20 list for Science Fiction Romance.
“They’re not animals. They’re people!”
Phoebe Callista’s pleas fall on deaf ears and she’s forced to rescue two helpless Blarmlings from certain death. Fleeing across a backwater sector of the galaxy, with Galactic Marshals in hot pursuit, Phoebe falls into the hands of a handsome but determined bounty hunter.
Rigel Antares has captured wanted criminals throughout the galaxy rim, but he’s never come across anything like Phoebe Callista. The gorgeous blonde is playing the innocent and something deep inside of him wants to believe her, but Rigel has problems of his own—a ship that’s falling apart and an unscrupulous Galactic Marshal looking for any excuse to send him back to the prison planets of the Theiler System.
An intergalactic circus, vicious space pirates, and a planet full of backtechers cross their paths as two hearts go into orbit to save a pair of adorable Blarmlings.
Rigel sighed. Without the full rap sheet, he didn’t even know exactly what she’d stolen. It could be anything from a subatomic particle to a Ramuligan Horned Calophant. He’d hoped she’d just hand him the merchandise. Maybe a bluff?
“You know I’ll be searching your ship.”
The woman nodded, but her eyes never left his. “You will find no stolen biological specimens on this ship.” Her gaze never wavered.
The statement, and the honesty behind her words, floored him. Rigel wanted to believe her. Her sincerity and defeated attitude made him feel like a pirate. Deep in his soul, something knotted. Should I let her go?
Realization of what he’d been tempted to do hit him like a gut-punch and new resolve flowed through him. Oh yes, this woman was dangerous. With just one look in those incredible emerald eyes, he’d almost melted.
Phoebe Callista was possibly the most dangerous criminal he’d ever faced.
About the Author:
S.C.Mitchell grew up an avid reader of comic books, science fiction, and fantasy literature. He’s been writing stories for over thirty years. In 2010, he left his job as a computer desktop support specialist to pursue his passion for writing full time. He is a member of the Romance Writers of America as well as the Wisconsin chapter.
As a writer of paranormal and sci-fi romance, fantasy, and science fiction, Steve crafts unique and wondrous worlds where his characters explore, romp, and fall in love. Whether traveling through dark, demon filled dimensions, the edge of wild space, or ancient mythological heavens, his heroes and heroines, guided by their adventurous hearts, discover hidden strengths on their pathway to enduring love.