Thursday, October 23, 2014

Interview and Giveaway Alien Attachments by Sabine Priestley

Can you tell readers a little bit about yourself and what inspired to write in this particular genre?

I’ve always been a geek. I grew up watching Lost in Space and Star Trek (probably dating my self there J). When the writing bug hit, it hit hard and I was reading a lot of Gini Koch. She’s got a great Alien series Sci-Fi Rom and I just had to create my own world.

Please tell us about your latest release.

Alien Attachments is about a woman who discovers she has amazing powers called psi. Along with the psi, she discovers aliens are out there and some of them are really hot. There’s a lot of action, an undeniable bond, a crumbling empire and some steamy sex.

Do you have a special formula for creating characters' names? Do you try to match a name with a certain meaning to attributes of the character or do you search for names popular in certain time periods or regions?

Names either come to me right away or I struggle with them. Right now, for example, I’m fleshing out a thriller. I know my characters fairly well at this point, but none of them have names. I need to nail them down pretty soon. For me, it’s more of a gut feeling. I’ll know it when I find it. I think the only thing I would add is that I have to make sure there aren’t too many similar sounding names in the same story. That leads to unnecessary confusion.

Was one of your characters more challenging to write than another?

Fortunately no. Each one has a strong personality and comes across easily to me.

Do you have a formula for developing characters? Like do you create a character sketch or list of attributes before you start writing or do you just let the character develop as you write?

It’s definitely more organic for me. They develop as the story progresses.

What is your favorite scene from the book? Could you share a little bit of it, without spoilers of course?

One of my favorites to write was the scene near the beginning were these nasty Torogs go after Dani and Jared. This is where she realizes that aliens are real, they’re on Earth and they’re trying to kill her. Good times!

What is the most interesting thing you have physically done for book related research purposes?

I recently interviewed a local police chief. That was cool. In the near future I’ll be going to the Sheriffs headquarters where they keep the homicide evidence and the morgue. Obviously these things weren’t for my Alien Attachments series J

With the book being part of a series, are there any character or story arcs, that readers jumping in somewhere other than the first book, need to be aware of? Can these books be read as stand alones?

The books are designed to be read sequentially however I’m trying really hard to make sure that each book is a satisfying read in and of itself. The biggest arc has to do with the Portal Masters and an alternate form of psi. That all comes to a head in book three.

Do any of your characters have similar characteristics of yourself in them and what are they?

Does my wishing I had psi count? I write strong female characters and I like to think I fit that description.

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? How do you deal with it?

That’s when my characters aren’t talking to me. I hate that. It usually means I’m trying to push them in a direction they don’t want to go. I can usually fix it by changing the direction of the scene. If that doesn’t work I have to walk away for a day or two. They eventually start talking again.

Do you have any weird writing quirks or rituals?

Not really. Unless you count writing while standing up. I try to stand as much as possible.

Do you find it difficult to write in multiple genres?

I find it invigorating.

When did you consider yourself a writer?

That’s a good question. Before I was published I used to feel almost guilty calling myself a writer. Especially when I got that question “Have you published anything?” I eventually sorted it out. You spend that many hours writing and you’re a bloody writer.

What are your guilty pleasures in life?

Chocolate and wine.

Other than writing, what are some of your interests, hobbies or passions in life?

Travel. I love seeing different cultures and trying different food. I love the beach and long walks. I also enjoy making stuff. I’m currently fiddeling around with seashells, tiny little people and resin.

What can readers expect next from you?

Books two and three of the Alien Attachments series and that thriller J

Where can readers find you on the web?

Would you like to leave readers with a little teaser or excerpt from the book?

Here’s a bit from the scene I mention above. Dani’s talking to Jared who is a human support agent for the aliens.

“Earth Protector? You’re kidding right?”
“No. Pretty much what it sounds like. Cliche as it may be, we are not alone in the universe.”
Dani held Jared’s gaze. She’d heard what he said, but couldn’t process the words. They sat on her brain like little beings, patiently waiting to be let in. Knock, knock. Dani let out a nervous laugh. Maybe if I ignore them, they’ll go away. Jared didn’t blink. Or maybe not.
“So you’re not an EP?”
“Nah, I’m human, just like you. I’m what they call a Support Agent, or SA for short. I do what I can for Ian and the other EPs, but I’m based with Ian.”
“So you’re a spy.”
“Support agent, not secret agent,” Jared said. “Although, we are a secret.”
“You’re a spy for aliens.”
“Stop it. It’s not like that.”

Alien Attachments
Book One
Sabine Priestley

Genre: Science Fiction Romance

Publisher: Lyrical Press an imprint of Kensington Books

Date of Publication: Aug 18th, 2014

ISBN:  9781616505660

Word Count: 73K

Cover Artist: Renee Rocco

Book Description:

Finding one’s psi-mate is something every Sandarian hopes for, but when Ian Cavacent accidentally starts the bonding process with the Earthling, Dani, he has to fight his desire with every ounce of his being. If the process is completed, it would be both political and financial suicide for Ian and his family.

A natural klutz, Dani somehow always manages to land on her feet and win those mixed martial arts matches she’s so fond of. At home on Cat Island her balance is thrown when bazillionaire Ian takes notice.

Unfortunately some butt-ugly Torog aliens also take notice sending her life spiraling out of control and into Ian’s arms. But Dani isn’t the type of woman to let some alien voodoo decide her future or her mate…no matter how gorgeous the man is or how much pleasure he gives her.

For centuries the Cavacents have mined Earth for a precious element, carnium, while protecting the planet from other alien species.

Thanks to the Torogs, Dani and Ian must flee to Sandaria. As Dani learns to use her newfound psi powers, the empire crumbles around them.

Will their love be strong enough to keep them alive and get them back to Earth?

Available at Amazon BN Kensington Kobo Google Play iBooks


Waves of pleasure radiated out from his touch. She looked up into his eyes. They truly were the greenest eyes she’d ever seen and as she watched, they began to glow.
Oh, shit. Dani took a slow, shaky breath. She stood in the arms of an alien and this was the point of no return. Did she want to return?
His thumb brushed her lower lip.
The heat in her grew.
Her name was a rumbling growl that reverberated deep inside. She tingled everywhere.
He leaned forward, his mouth brushed her ear. “I’ll leave if you want me to, just say the word.”
He kissed her neck, tentatively, questioningly.  The heat of his lips melted any resolve she may have harbored. The thought of him leaving her now, in this state, was unbearable. Aroused on every level, she reached her arms around his neck and pressed against him.
This must be a dream. She moaned as he nipped his way down her neck causing little sparks of pain. Her entire body rippled with the effect. If I wake up now, I’m killing the person responsible.

About the Author:

Geek. Mother of teens. Wife to her very own alien.

Lover of sun, sand, science, and the stars.

Sabine lives in Florida with her husband, kids, cats and whole mess of characters in her head.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

September 29 Spotlight
CBY Book Club

September 30 Character Interview
Eden Ashe

October 1 Spotlight
Lisa’s World of Books

October 2 Spotlight
Anya Breton Author's Blog

October 3 Spotlight
Geeks In High School

October 6 Interview
Eclipse Reviews

October 7 Spotlight
Houston Havens  

October 8 Interview
Viviana, Enchantress Of Books

October 9 Spotlight and review
Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess

October 10 Spotlight
Booklover Sue 

October 13 Character Interview
Darkest Cravings

October 14 Interview and review
In Between The Pages 

October 15 Spotlight
Share My Destiny

October 16 Spotlight
Soaring Eagle Publicity

October 17 Spotlight
Emma Weylin

October 20 Interview
Pembroke Sinclair.  

October 21 Spotlight
Books N Pearls 

October 21 Spotlight
Sizzling Book Blog    

October 22 Review
Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock

October 23 Interview
Fang-tastic Books

October 24 Spotlight and review
Vampire Romance Books

October 27 Interview
Roxanne’s Realm


Esperanza Garcia said...

I love a good story with a thickening plot! Hope I get a chance to read your works~

Vanessa N. said...

This one sounds really good. I haven't read many stories with aliens so I can't wait to read it. What's your favorite genre to read? Thanks for the chance.