Space. The Final Frontier. These are the voyages of M.J. Schiller…
As I release my first in a sci-fi romance trilogy I had to give a nod to StarTrek, one of the oldies but goodies. I’ve always been kind of charmed by the whole concept of life among the stars. From Will Robinson of Lost In Space, to George Jetson, to Buck Rogers, I loved them all! Having said that, I have to admit I was drawn more to the romance aspect than the sci-fi. I liked some of the general premises of science fiction works, but the detailed world building based on scientific fact¬—like you’d see in Ray Bradbury—not my thing. I like the space setting, and some of the cooler, more intriguing aspects of space travel, but don’t get me too mired in minutia or my eyes sort of glaze over. Remember, I was English girl, not science girl. I know many people are into that, and I respect it, but it’s just not my strong suit. But give me a space opera, and I’m all yours, baby!
And now I’m going to let that little sciency/spacy inner geek out. I sure hope there’s at least one of you out there that gets me. I’m talking about a deep, abiding love for space scoundrels. Remember Harrison Ford in Star Wars? That’s my kind of hero! Part scamp, part heart of gold hottie! That first kiss he shares with Princess Lea—before he turns good guy and fights for the Rebels—still one of the best kissing scenes on film I say. One of my favorites, anyway. Here’s the dialogue leading up to it:
Princess Lea: You make it so difficult sometimes.
Han Solo: I do, I really do. You could be nicer, though. Come on, admit it. Sometimes you think I’m all right.
Princess Leia: Occasionally, maybe…when you aren’t acting like a scoundrel.
Han: Scoundrel? Scoundrel? I like the sound of that. [He starts to massage Leia’s hand]
Leia: Stop that.
Han: Stop what?
Leia: Stop that. My hands are dirty.
Han: My hands are dirty, too. What are you afraid of?
Han: You’re trembling.
Leia I’m not trembling.
[Han moves closer.] You like me because I’m a scoundrel. There aren’t enough scoundrels in your life.
Love it! It’s the equivalent of Rhett Butler’s, “You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.”
And then there’s this great exchange:
Princess Leia: Let go, please.
Han Solo: Don’t get excited.
Princess Leia: Captain, being held by you isn’t quite enough to get me excited.
Han Solo: Sorry sweetheart. I haven’t got time for anything else.
There are so many more wonderful, charming space scoundrels, Capt. Kirk, Buck Rogers, Lt. Starbuck (Dirks Benedict from Battlestar Galactica)…I could go on and on, but I’ll save that for another blog…or two. In the meantime, let me tell you a little bit about my Knight. He’s not a scoundrel. Quite the opposite. But he’s still sexy as all get out! He’s a very honorable man. Courageous. Strong. But when he falls in love with a princess of his own, will he break the laws of The Academy of the High Order to be with her? You’ll have to read to find out. ;)
LEAP INTO THE KNIGHT by M.J. Schiller
Romantic Realms Collection 3
Amazon - Coming November 1st!
Sir Darius Lee is a Knight of the High Order.
But when Darius discovers a stranger in his room in the middle of the night, and the intruder turns out to be a beautiful woman, he begins to question how he is meant to live his life.
Princess Megan of Bethyea is being held captive.
But when two knights help her to escape and bring her back to her home planet, she finds the home she knew no longer exists.
When The Council of Twelve questions Darius about his relationship with Maggie, she tries to flee from The Academy of the High Order to prevent him from losing his knighthood.
Will Darius and Orion find Maggie before she leaves Albion? And if they do, how can they face the decision of The Council? And what about the feelings Orion has developed for the princess?
About the Author:
MJ is a lunch lady in the heart of Central Illinois. My gosh! Can you get more folksy than that? She met her husband at the University of Missouri-Columbia and now she has a nineteen-year-old (how did that happen?) and seventeen year old triplets! She loves to read, karaoke (where she can pretend she is a rock star) and spends WAY too much time on Facebook. She grew up in St. Louis and still has family there.
The author is giving away on digital copy of this title. To enter, please leave a comment letting us know who your favorite space scoundrel is and then fill out the rafflecopter below. Good luck!