I'm delighted to welcome Jeanne Adams back to The Romance Dish today. A former marketing executive, Jeanne has also worked in interior design and landscape design as well as the funeral and cemetery business. Now a full-time writer and consultant, Jeanne lives in the D.C. area with her husband, children and dogs. She loves working in the garden, running with her dogs, hanging out with her family and Halloween. She really loves Halloween!
Jeanne joins us today to talk about her newest book, a Sci-Fi romantic suspense novel titled The Tentacle Affaire. I can't wait to dive into this one!
Learn more about Jeanne and her books at her website and connect with her online at Facebook and Twitter.
Little green men. UFOs. Men in Black.
What do you think about all that stuff?
When I was a kid, I was a huge fan of Sci Fi Saturday! Which was a program on my local television station. It was rotated with Elvira, Mistress of the Dark and other Saturday night scary stories we watched during slumber parties and sleepovers. All those movies gave my active imagination a real ramp up for telling stories about what might happen “out there.” I also adored reading books by the legendary Andre Norton, and brilliant storytellers like Anne McCaffrey and Ursula LeGuin. Elizabeth Moon, Mercedes Lackey, Patricia Wrede, and Jana Oliver (just to name a few) have continued that tradition. I truly mourn the loss of Anne and Andre, as well as Ray Bradbury and Issac Asimov. I recently re-read Rendezvous with Rama. It’s as fresh and current a storyline today as it was revolutionary for its time. All of that, combined with growing up as the Apollo missions began and ended, and the Space Shuttle missions started up, gave me a thirst to know about what’s out there in the deepest reaches of space.
Star Wars. Star Trek. Deep Space Nine. I’ve watched them all. I think books and programs like those teach us to dream, to reach deeper and farther, and, like old fashioned fairy tales, remind us that sometimes the fairest face may hide the foulest heart.
My newest adventure in writing, The Tentacle Affaire, came to me as an idea about 10 years ago. At the time, I hadn’t sold commercially yet, and I was toying with the idea of technology vs. magic. It morphed into aliens vs. magicians. When I sold my romantic suspense novels to Kensington Publishing/Zebra and my first suspense novel came out in 2008, I put the paranormal/alien/magic story aside and concentrated on blowing things up. Grins. While I love that (my short romantic suspense novella, Deadly Delivery is coming out before Halloween), the story that became Tentacle Affaire lurked in the back of my mind, calling to me. It needed to be told. Those characters had gained life, then I’d put them in the equivalent of Cold Sleep for ten years! Bad Writer! Well, finally, I made time, dusted them off and pulled the story out to see if it still had something to say.
In Tentacle Affaire, the first Slip Traveler Novel, Cait Brennan, retired marine, supposedly dead in the 9/11 attacks at the World Trade Center, is back on Earth to retrieve a pet. An ugly, interstellar pet. Not the most taxing task, so she’s excited to get some down-to-earth time, maybe check out some of her favorite DC nightspots. That’s all going well until her next door neighbor, a philandering senator, is killed. The killing is brutal and messy and Cait’s across the hall neighbor is immediately suspicious of Cait, something she can ill afford. Little does Cait know that her neighbor Aiden Bayliss is a magical protector – an Adept – charged with protecting DC. When she does find out, she has to reconcile the fact that magic DOES exist on her planet, a planet she’d thought so mundane. Aiden, for his part, has to accept that there really ARE aliens out there, and Cait, though human, works for them.
I didn’t get too techie. I know I don’t like that in my reading that much. I love Tom Clancy, but I find that I skim over the “…the lever that pulled up all the charts of the ocean’s depths was to the left of the button that could send them all to hell…” kinds of descriptions.
I kept The Tentacle Affaire fast and active, and really, really sexy. (Okay, disclaimer, I can’t write Sylvia Day sexy, but suffice to say, it’s hot enough!) Tentacle Affaire is Men and Black merged with a dash of Game of Thrones and a big dollop of Harry Dresden-esque magic-in-modern-society.
Cait and Aiden will be back in another adventure, continuing their blossoming romance. In the meantime, it sure was fun to write Tentacle Affaire and I hope it's fun for you to read it!
So, what do you think? Are we alone in the Universe? Do you think we’ll “make contact” in this lifetime? Or are we too backward still to be contacted? Or will WE be the ones doing the contacting?
I’m picking the setting for the second Slip Traveler Novel. Which do you prefer? Edinburgh, Scotland? Savannah, GA? Or Boston, MA?
If you could have a walk on role in any sci-fi or fantasy type story, like Once Upon a Time, Supernatural, or Star Trek (or any of the other wonderful ones we’ve seen), which one would you pick?
One commenter today will win an autographed paper copy of The Tentacle Affaire, a Washington, DC Starbucks mug and a coffee gift card from Starbucks, along with some alien green jelly beans.