I had so much fun world building in Beyond the Next Star. On the planet Lorien, the inhabitants speak the language Lori. Be sure to flip to the back of the book for a Lori dictionary – after you read the book, of course! Granted, we’re at the same disadvantage as Delaney in that our human vocal chords can’t growl at the correct depth to truly achieve a precise pronunciation…but we humans do our best.
Super excited to chat with the Words & Whimsy Book Club tomorrow at 8pm!! Get ready for some fun conversations about vampires, aliens, romance and all things fabulous.
During my forty-five minute commute to and from work, I listen to dozens of songs, and while I’m singing and thinking about my book—because if I’m not writing my book, I’m agonizing about what I’ll be writing next—the feelings that those songs evoke in me often transform into the soundtrack of my story. These songs are a few of my favorites, but more than that, they’ve influenced my writing, and hopefully, evoke the same feelings you’ll experience while reading my new sci-fi romance novel, Beyond the Next Star. Listen and enjoy on Spotify!
Inspiration collage for the planet Lorien – the setting of Beyond the Next Star! Developing the depth of Lor and Lorok culture – their language, customs, food, government, predators, architecture, etc – was one of my favorite parts of writing this story, only second to developing the romantic plot. Of course, lol!
The hardcover edition of Beyond the Next Star and my FIRST hardcover edition EVER is officially in my hands!! #happydance … Delaney McCormick is not an animal, but after being abducted by aliens and witnessing the murder of her only friend, she pretends to be one. Must she continue the charade, acting like an animal to hide from the murderer waiting on her misstep? Or can she trust her new owner with her secrets… and her heart?
Want recipes that are “out of this world”? Literally for the dishes that Torek makes in Beyond the Next Star, LOL! His “rainol e lokks” is based on my Titi Hedy’s traditional Puerto Rican rice and beans, which my dad makes to perfection. Sign up for my newsletter to get recipe cards!
My husband and I hiking at Tallulah Gorge State Park last year! This was an AMAZING trip – highly recommend it! And it was during a similar hike in North Georgia on New Years Eve that inspired me to write Beyond the Next Star. Nothing like a 5-hour hike in negative degree weather on the wrong nature trail to make you day dream about being abducted by aliens LOL!
I LOVE characters who reveal their hidden depths throughout a book. Torek is seven feet of battle-hardened muscle, and although he enjoys and is quite capable in his role as commander of the Onik guard, his caring concern and selfless pursuit of Delaney’s health, happiness and pleasure are depths that Delaney discovers at the risk of losing something far more precious than a bad first impression: her heart.
One of my favorite themes in Beyond the Next Star is Delaney’s emotional journey as she slowly discovers her self-worth in the most unlikely of circumstances. She felt fractured long before being abducted by aliens, but like coal under pressure, maybe she can create something precious and beautiful and indestructible, too. It’s not easy to see yourself with new eyes, but nothing worth having is ever easy to attain.
COVID-19 may have stopped our in-person event, but it won’t spoil our fun! Come join Space Coast Book Lovers online… for FREE! This No Ticket Required virtual event will be held on Friday, June 26th & Saturday, June 27th!!! Join #SCBL2020: Going Virtual’s Facebook Group to get all the details. I’ll be presenting “Decide Your Fate: Alien Abduction Adventure” on Friday, June 26 at 10am. See you there!