Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Release Day Party: Break Out by Nina Croft

Entangled Publishing officially launches August 2 with a fabulous line up of books but to give you a sneak peak of what Entangled has to offer
Break Out is being offered as an early release
and is now available for just .99

Today we're celebrating with a guest blog from Break Out's author Nina Croft
BTW if you'd like to have Nina as a guest at your site, I am her publicist for Entangled so you can contact me to set up interviews and guest blogs with Nina

Space Operas, Vampires and Living Forever.

I first came across the term, space opera, a few years ago when I saw a publisher’s submission call. I looked it up on Wikipedia, and here’s what it says:

Space opera is a subgenre of speculative fiction that emphasizes romantic, often melodramatic adventure, set mainly or entirely in outer space, generally involving conflict between opponents possessing advanced technologies and abilities…. Perhaps the most significant trait of space opera is that settings, characters, battles, powers, and themes tend to be very large-scale.

Well known TV examples are Star Trek, Battlestar Gallactica, and my all time favorite, Firefly. And I realized that I’ve actually been a huge fan of space operas for most of my life.

My novella, BREAK OUT, book 1 in the Blood Hunter series, is primarily a space opera. It has romance, adventure, it’s set in outer space, and it involves opponents with advanced abilities. But it also has something not included in the Wikipedia definition—vampires.

My hero, Ricardo Sanchez is a vampire. Rico has been around for a long time. He was born in the Middle Ages on Earth and he’s seen a lot of changes. Like me, he’s also a big Star Wars fan, which is probably why he’s ended up as the pilot of the space cruiser, El Cazador. He sees himself as a sort of Han Solo with fangs—he’s living a dream.

As a vampire, Rico is immortal and that’s one of the reasons I was happy to include him in my space opera. I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of immortality—what people would do to gain it, what price would they pay, how they would cope if they did somehow find a way to live forever—and this is the main theme running through the Blood Hunter series.

Break Out is set in a future where man has fled to the stars. There they have discovered the secret of immortality—Meridian. Unfortunately, it’s exorbitantly expensive and only available to a select few, and a new ruling class has evolved—the Collective. Everyone in the universe dreams of getting enough credits together to pay for the Meridian treatment and join the Collective. Everyone that is, except Rico, who is already immortal.

Everything has a price. The price Rico paid for immortality is that he lives with a darkness within him. A darkness that craves blood and death. He’s accepted it and has a code, which he tries to live by, and most of the time he succeeds. He’s also found that plenty of sex helps keep the darkness at bay, and that’s really not a problem for Rico, because he likes sex. But there’s also another price—Rico has never allowed himself to love, because mortals have a bad habit of dying and leaving him. And then he meets Skylar…

In the later books, I’ll explore further the price of immortality. Because the Collective are going to find the price is higher than they thought. And some of them are going to decide it’s too high.

So what do you think—would you like to live forever?

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BLOOD HUNTER SERIES - Book One by Nina Croft

The year is 3048, Earth is no longer habitable, and man has fled to the stars where they’ve discovered the secret of immortality—Meridian. Unfortunately, the radioactive mineral is exorbitantly expensive and only available to a select few. A new class comprised of the super rich and immortal soon evolves. The Collective, as they’re called, rule the universe.

Two-thousand-year-old Ricardo Sanchez, vampire and rogue pilot of the space cruiser, El Cazador, can’t resist two things: gorgeous women and impossible jobs. When beautiful Skylar Rossaria approaches him to break a prisoner out of the Collective’s maximum security prison on Trakis One, Rico jumps at the chance. Being hunted by the Collective has never been so dangerous–or so fun!

Title: Break Out
Author: Nina Croft
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance/Vamps
Length: Novella
Release Date: July 5th, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-937044-04-6


“An exciting roller coaster ride… Loads of fun!”
~ Julia Rachel Barrett, Award-winning author of Captured

Here's a quick excerpt from Break Out:

Rico pressed his comm unit. “Tannis?”

“What?” Her tone was grumpy, and he suspected what he was about to say wouldn’t cheer her up any.

“If you’re not already strapped into anything right now, you might want to consider it.”

“What the…”

He closed off the connection and settled back in his seat, locking his safety harness in place. Everyone was still standing. Was no one capable of taking orders anymore?

“Sit,” he roared.

Rico gave them ten seconds to comply, then hit the new coordinates. The Cazador slowed, shuddered, but before the ship had time to come to a complete stop, he hit the boosters and sent her into overdrive. The engines shrieked as she spun and shot off in the opposite direction, the force of her speed pushing him back into his chair.

Behind him, someone crashed to the floor. They really should have listened.

It was only seconds before he saw the speck of the space cruiser on the screen. They were hurtling toward it, but he didn’t slow down. They had to do this quickly, before the other ship realized what was happening.

The ship grew bigger, definitely the same one from the attack the other day. If attack was the right word. He locked on the lasers and fired. The Cazador wasn’t powerful enough to do any real damage, but he was betting he could still wind them up.

Now was the moment they should retaliate. But he didn’t think they would. Of course, if he was wrong they would all be space dust in about two seconds, and while he liked to think he was never wrong, there was always a first time.

The other ship wouldn’t even have to shoot. They could just keep going, slam into them and El Cazador would be smashed into tiny little pieces. The bigger ship probably wouldn’t sustain more than a scratch.

He held his breath, fighting the urge change course as the image of the space cruiser filled the screen.

Mierda. He was wrong. They were going to crash.

At the last minute, the cruiser veered. The power of her back-thrust washed over El Cazador, rolling her, and for a minute, he hung upside down from the harness. He ignored the crash and subsequent yelp as someone collided with the ceiling.

When the ship righted itself, the screen was empty. Rico released his breath and assessed the place for damage. A few red buttons blinked on the console, but nothing too drastic.

Skylar was picking herself up off the floor. He should have guessed she’d be the one to disobey orders. She winced and rubbed a spot on her hip, but otherwise she appeared okay. Perhaps he would offer to kiss her bruises better… later.

Check out the smoking hot reviews:

5.0 out of 5 stars One Hot Vampire/Space/Alien Romance HOT HOT HOT, July 2, 2011

I've not read much sci-fi/space opera romance, but if they are all like this,
I may be hooked. The story begins with Rico running for his life and doesn't stop
the fast paced race until the very end. He's one hot hero. I love that he's not
stupid and stayed one step ahead of the heroine.

Skylar is one tough cookie, too. She's vulnerable yet strong, and isn't afraid
to ask for what she wants. I found myself cheering her on when she would
one-up Rico--no easy task.

Ms. Croft created a whirl-wind story that ate away my afternoon with a fun world
and an even funner cast of characters. I loved this book and can't wait for
the next installment. I have to know who Al is!

5.0 out of 5 stars A Sizzling Hot Space Opera Complete with Vampires!, July 2, 2011

Breakout by Nina Croft

Skylar is on first solo mission as an elite intelligence officer. Disconnected
from her team, she's completely on her own, and this mission cannot fail.
She's trained for every situation, except a sexy vampire rogue who
wants to take advantage of her and taste her blood. She can't give
in to her desires, because if he gets close enough, he'll learn too
much and her mission will fail.

Combine space ships with vampires, pirates, and romance, and you get
Breakout by Nina Croft. The characters are so vivid, they jump off the
page and talk right at you, and the brilliant dialog made me laugh out
loud several times. The chemistry between Skylar and Rico starts hot
and doesn't stop heating up, until I thought the ebook would burst
into flames on my computer.

A must read for science fiction romance fans.

5.0 out of 5 stars Space Vampires? Yes please., July 3, 2011

When I first saw Nina Croft's Break Out all I could think was vampires in space?
Really? But it's Nina Croft and she's a master so you have to give it a try just
to see where her imagination will take you.

This story could have become trite and stereotypical at any point with a
lesser author but Nina Croft is a master of the craft, making the ability for
her readers to suspend belief effortless. Skylar is a mind blowing heroine,
both vulnerable and strong while Rico makes you wonder if it's possible
for a Kindle to actually melt in your hands. But when you put them together?
Let's just say a nun would need a cold shower with the sparks these two give off.

If you're looking for a vampire novel with a bite then this little gem
should definitely be on your to-read list.


Silke said...

Live forever?
I'll quote Queen: "Who wants to live forever."
I don't.
I think I'd hate it.
I'd love a do-over, but I wouldn't want to deal with the downsides of immortality. I think eventually you'd get bored.
I could deal with being twenty for forty years, though. :) I'd have absolutely no problem with that!

Shea Berkley said...

Would I want to live forever? Nope. Too painful to watch everyone I love die while I keep living. I do wish we could find a way to make our bodies less breakable, though.

Great post. I totally dig the Hans Solo vibe of Rico. Happy release day!

Danielle said...

Live forever? Absolutely! There will not be enough time in this life to see and do everything I want to. The world is too big a place; I simply need more time! :)

Nina Croft said...

I'm with you Danielle. You might live to regret it but I'm still at the point where it seems a better option than the alternative.

Silke - yes I think boredom would be the biggest problem in the end and is what the Collective suffer from - not Rico though!

Yes, Shea, the everybody dying on you would be hard and make you vary wary of getting close to anyone - hmm - who does this sound like?

Laurie said...

I never have enough time! To live forever would be the best thing ever but then to go along with that I'd want youth, beauty, and riches.....ah well, dreams are great! LOL
Following along on this tour and LOVING IT!!!! Thanks so much!

Laurie's Thoughts & Reviews

Clarissa Yip said...

I'd love to live forever but that's because I don't have enough time to do things. lol. Otherwise, I think I'd be happy with however long I have.

Great party!

Nina Croft said...

Yes, Laurie, I want youth and beauty and riches as well - then I'd never be bored!
Clarissa - if you had more time you'd just take on more work - I know you!

Lisa Kessler said...

I love writing vampires and reading vampier fiction because of the immortality question... How do you stay relevant when the world around you changes and you don't.

I would only want to be immortal if my loved ones were too! LOL Way too lonely to see everyone else go without me...

But it would be cool if my loved ones were with me! :)

Great blog Nina! Good luck with the book!

Lisa :)

Nina Croft said...

"How do you stay relevant when the world around you changes and you don't."
I think that's the thing Lisa, you have to learn to change as well.

DANIELA said...

If I'd get to share my life with the man I love, I think I'd like to live forever.


Beverly said...

Just stopping by to say hi - nice post. I am participating in this tour too - great book! Happy reading.

Roxanne Rhoads said...

Thanks for dropping by everyone- glad you came to support the new release of Break Out

Jen B. said...

I don't want to live forever. However, I do plan to be one of those crazy active older people that everyone marvels at! Yup, that's the goal! Thanks for the giveaway.