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A Galactic Holiday Blog Tour - Interview with the writers AND a guest post!

As part of the A Galatic Holiday Blog Tour, today I am lucky to be joined by three lovely ladies, Anna Hackett, Stacy Gail and Sasha Summers, who took time out from their busy schedule to answer a few questions about their (now released) Sci-Fi anthology A Galatic Holiday. Not only that, but they also managed to provide us with a special guest post as well - that's two posts for the price of one!
 
Not only that, but they are also running a VERY kick ass competition for this tour as well! Read on for details!
 
Take it away, girls!
 
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1)    To kick off this interview, can you tell me a little about yourselves?

 

Sasha – I’m a mom to four great kids, a wife to my high school sweetheart, and a big time fan of romance and happily ever afters. I grew up in a house chalk full of story-tellers so I guess becoming a storyteller was fate. :)

Anna – I’m a mining engineer by day, a writer the rest of the time and a huge lover of novellas and short stories. I’m also a mom to a very active toddler and married to the man of my dreams. We currently call Africa home.

Stacy—as of two years ago I was totally dedicated to my career as a figure skating coach!  I’m still dedicated, but only on a part-time basis. :P  Much to my amazement, my writing career has taken off kind of like a runaway horse, so I’m doing my best to hold on for the ride (and I can’t wait to see where it takes me!).

 

 

2)    What made you want to get into writing?

 

Sasha – Honestly, I just loved the stories I was writing for me so much that I wanted to share and connect with other readers.

Anna – I was a reader first. A voracious, read-anything-I could-get-my-hands-on reader. I was inspired by my favorite authors to try my hand at writing my own stories.

Stacy—I’ve always been into writing!  When I was a competitive skater I’d have long stretches in between events, so I began writing to pass the time.  I wrote my first 300-page novel when I was fourteen. :)

 

 

3)    To Sasha - I had the privilege of reading and reviewing your book Medusa: A Love Story and found it fascinating. What was your idea behind that novel?

 

Thanks Dan. Your review is one I’ve printed and have tacked on my wall to keep me from giving up now and then. I’ve always loved Greek Mythology – always – but sensed Medusa’s tale had more to it. Then I had a very vivid dream, the scene where the hero is running through a field looking up… I woke feeling so sad, hopeful, determined… The rest of the story came very easily – you could say I was a little possessed.

 

 

4)    So tell us a little more about A Galatic Holiday. What’s it about?

 

Sasha – well Carina Press put out a special submission call for a SciFi Holiday anthology. I’d never written for a submission call before, but thought the concept was too fun not to try… so I wrote it. All three of our stories have the same SciFi Holiday theme, but different (and awesome) tales.

Anna – A GALACTIC HOLIDAY is three sci-fi romance novellas that feature the holidays. But it’s more than romance under the mistletoe! There’s action, awesome sci-fi worlds, high-tech gadgets and plenty of adventure.

Stacy—If you can imagine a mash-up between any feel-good Christmas movie and Star Trek or Blade Runner, you’ve got A GALACTIC HOLIDAY.  All three of these stories have oodles of sci-fi magic and holiday cheer to satisfy lovers of both themes. ^_^

 

 

5)    How did the idea come about?

 

Sasha – for me, Riley (the heroine) came first. She was a complete departure from any heroine I’d ever written, which was fun. I used the old, make things bad –now make things worse tool to put her and Leo (hero) through the ringer. I loved the story that emerged.

Anna – when I saw the call for stories featuring science fiction and the holidays, I was intrigued by the combination. I decided to explode the winter holiday of Yule and instantly envisioned an ice planet called Perma. After that came Brinn and her rival intergalactic trade negotiator, Savan Bardan.

Stacy—The main characters of HOW THE GLITCH SAVED CHRISTMAS, Reina and Edison, are pushy; they’ve been nagging at me for a couple of years, at least.  When Carina Press asked for sci-fi submissions with a holiday theme, these two pushy personalities insisted this would be the perfect place for their debut, so I really had no choice. I had to tell their story. :P

 

 

6)    When is it out?

 

December 3! YAY!

 

 

7)    Who would you say are your writing heroes?

 

Sasha - Oh so many… and because I read all the time, I discover new authors I adore. I love Stephanie Dray, Suzanna Kearsley, Diana Gabaldon, George Orwell, etc

Anna – In the romance world, Nora Roberts and Nalini Singh. In the action-adventure world, Wilbur Smith and Matthew Reilly.

Stacy—oh, wow, there are so many!  Stephen King is the first one who comes to mind, along with Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.  But I also love the fresh voices of Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter) and Lilith Saintcrow (Dante Valentine novels), and romance writers such as Shannon Stacey and Bella Andre. My #1 writing hero, though, will always be JK Rowling.  Always. (:)Professor Snape quote *sniffle*)

 

 

8)    For any aspiring writers out there, what advice would you give to them?

 

Sasha – Never give up. Write the story in your heart and keep at it. It will never be easy, but it wouldn’t be half as rewarding if it was. And Good Luck!

Anna – Just write. Sit down and write, write, write – no excuses. Make it a habit.

Stacy—write every day.  Even if it’s just a paragraph or two, and even if it’s terrible.  Don’t talk about it.  Do it.

 

 

Chilling Out in the Future

 

Did you know that television accounts for largest share of most people’s leisure time? On average, people watch 2.5 to 4 hours of television per day! It is by far the most popular way to chill out.

 

Ever wondered how we’ll chill out in the future? Will we still watch a lot of television? See what the characters in A GALACTIC HOLIDAY do to relax:

 

Sasha: There’s not much down time on Galileo Station, everyone has a job to do to keep the place running. But when they are chilling out, they’re normally converging in the cafeteria, enjoying a meal and conversation, together.

 

Since the heroine (Riley) has lived a primarily isolated existence, down-time doesn’t compute for her. Her idea of relation: fixing things. She’s kind of neurotic that way, tinkering and tweaking things until they’re at their peak performance. I guess it’s kind of a survival thing too. Leo (the hero) is a bit more laid back. He enjoys laughing and hanging out – and slowly helps Riley warm up to the idea. :)

 

Stacy: In HOW THE GLITCH SAVED CHRISTMAS, surfing the ‘net goes at the speed of thought if you have neurolinks wired directly into your wetware, like the hero Edison Wicke.  But even for those who don’t (like my heroine, Reina Vedette) multi-media goggles are all the rage and are nearly as fast as neurolinks.

 

But for Reina, what free downtime she has isn’t wasted vegging out on the web.  She has a need for speed, and she gets that on her slick bike, a frictionless Maglev cycle powered by hydrogen cells.  Though some critics say that people who ride these “death traps” are only quicker in finding their deaths, for Reina that’s all part of the fun.

 

Anna: WINTER FUSION is set on the ice world of Perma. The heroine, Brinn and her fellow Permas are used to ice and snow…actually, they revel in it. So no surprise that chilling out for them is quite literal!

 

Permans love to ski, sled, snow-skate and ice fish. Family is important to them, so these activities are family affairs. And when they need to warm up, relaxing centers around family get-togethers with lots of food and singing.

 

In contrast, the hero of the story, Savan is from Rendar—a high-tech, energy-dependent world. Everything they own and do consumes energy. They are constantly on their Syncs (future versions of a tablet), indulging their latest passions or catching a VelocityBall game. So yes, they watch a lot of futuristic television.

 

Needless to say, the heroine Brinn has her work cut out for her teaching Savan how to appreciate Perman life (-:

 

So if you’re looking for a different way to chill out these holidays, why not do it sci-fi style?

 

A GALACTIC HOLIDAYCarina Press | Amazon | B&N | All Romance

Anna Hackett Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Stacy GailWebsite | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Sasha SummersWebsite | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

 

 

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Thanks for joining me on my blog today, girls! Don't forget to get involved in the prize pack that they current have going on. Link is below! Get your entries in!

 

 

A GALACTIC HOLIDAY PRIZES

 

 

 

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UPCOMING BLOG TOURS:

 

  - 5th December - Interview with Sasha Summers
 
- 7th December - Guest Post
 
- 8th December - Author Spotlight

Day two of the Trapped on Draconica Blog Tour - How Greek Mythology Inspired Fantasy

Ok, so yesterdays blog post seemed to be quite popular - let's do something different today!

 

A while ago, I did a review of Sasha Summers book Medusa: A Love Story, which I gave an overwhelming positive review of (for good reasons). So today, it makes sense that we discuss something quite close to my heart - Greek Mythology.

 

Please click on the link below and show some love as we talk a bit about the power that Greek Mythology has had over the fantasy genre. Don't forget to leave a comment for Sasha as well!

 

GREEK MYTHOLOGY AND HOW IT INSPIRED FANTASY

 

 

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UPCOMING BLOG TOURS:

 

  - 5th December - Interview with Sasha Summers

Pandragon Reviews - Medusa A Love Story

Anyone who has read the description on my websitewill know that I am a huge fan of Greek Mythology and I am always interested in anything to do with it. I even quite liked the films Clash of the Titans and Immortals – although I wouldn’t go so far to say that they were classics of the genre – and of course the classic stop motion films of the old days.

 

So I must admit I was very interested in hearing about a love story set around Medusa, seeing as most stories portray her as a monster. Having her as a kind of tragic character sounded like an interesting take on it – so I decided to give it a go. I therefore present my review of Medusa – A Love Story by Sasha Summers.

 

 

About The Author

 

Sasha is part gypsy. Her passions have always been storytelling, history, romance, and travel. She writes lyrical romantic fantasy, steamy contemporary, and sci-fi romance. Her first play was written for her Girl Scout troupe. She's been writing ever since. She loves getting lost in the worlds and characters she creates; even if she frequently forgets to run the dishwasher or wash socks when she's doing so. Luckily, her four brilliant children and hero-inspiring hubby are super understanding and supportive.

 

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Blog: www.sashasummers.com

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/sashasummers/

 

You can buy Medusa, A Love Story on Amazon:

 

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Medusa-Story-Loves-Olympus-ebook/dp/B007WSV5JI/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1337812533&sr=8-2

Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Medusa-Love-Story-Sasha-Summers/dp/1937254518/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337812533&sr=8-1

 

OR

 

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/medusa-a-love-story-sasha-summers/1110296522?ean=9781937254513

 

Cover

I must say that I like this cover. Simple but effective. A rotting temple with snakes and a fallen statue – foreshadowing the events of the book. It’s nicely put together and, whilst it doesn’t really leap out, it does show the events of the book very well. Subtle, but effective.

 

 

Overview

 

This is actually the third book I’ve read from Crescent Moon Press (the others being Wasteland and The Curse of Gremdon) and I had to be honest I wasn’t too swayed by either of those books. However, I did enjoy this book very much and loved the interesting take on a classic myth. Whereas Medusa is often portrayed as a monstrous character that Perseus has to overcome, here she is portrayed in a more sentimental and tragic light.

 

For those who know the story of Medusa (and minor spoilers here if you don’t) Medusa was actually once a beautiful maiden that was raped by Poseidon in Athena’s temple and then transformed into a beast by Athena as punishment. That is how the story kinda goes for Medusa here and it really works well. Miss Summers is able to really capture the emotion of the piece and we feel for the character. I felt so sorry for Medusa – she never does anything wrong and yet she always seems to get punished for it. Used as a plaything for the god Poseidon and then betrayed by Athena (a goddess whom she loves and worships), you can’t help but hope some good comes for her. All she wants is to fall in love but everything seems to work against her. I don’t think it’s giving away too much to say what her eventual fate is, but even so I thought her punishment was really harsh.

 

Ariston is the hero of the piece, a Greek soldier whom falls in love with Medusa and he truely is a heroic and likeable character. This is a man that is willing to go through hell (literary) to save the woman he loves. Even when he learns of her curse, that still doesn’t stop him going to her. I won’t say too much – but the scene where Ariston and Medusa meet again after she has been cursed will definitely break a few hearts.

 

The subplot involving the Gods was well put together and never once felt like a distraction to the main plot. Poseidon is a really d*** that wants nothing more than to outdo Athena. And even Athena is a treacherous cow. I liked the way that they were portrayed as humanly as possible (after all, the Gods did have the emotions of humans) and that made them more realistic for me.

 

If I did have ONE complaint with the book it would be the formatting. It just didn’t look right to me and the pages were laid out like a word page, meaning that there was a lot of empty space at the end sometimes. It’s kinda hard to explain – but write a few sentences on a word document and then justify the words and you’ll see what I mean. But that’s the only negative comment I can really make about this book and it really didn't hammer my enjoyment of the story.

 

 

PROS (if looks could kill):

  • Interesting take on the Medusa myth.
  • Story is tragic and has great pathos.
  • Strong characters and God’s feel believable.
  • Excellent read for those who enjoy a good romance.

 

CONS (snake eyes):

  • Not overly impressed with the page formatting of the book.

 

 

Summary

 

Speaking as someone who isn’t actually an expert in romance (although I am prepared to accept it), I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was an interesting take on the myth of Medusa and one that will not disappoint. Whether you know the story or not, I recommend this book if you want a good, sometimes heart wrenching, romantic read.

 

FINAL SCORE: 5/5

 

 

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