Guest Post: Author Sara Brookes +Giveaway

Filed in Giveaways , Guest Post , Sara Brookes , The Geeky Lover Posted on May 14, 2010 @ 6:01 am 19 comments

We are really happy to have Author Sara Brookes here again. This week her new book Midnight’s Ghost, book 1 in the Starr Runner Series was released and she is here today to talk a bit about women and Science Fiction. Please give her a warm welcome. And don’t forget to check out her giveaway at the end of the post. 

Women don’t like science fiction.

Right off the bat, I have to say that sentence above is a lie. However, a vast majority of people will try to tell you otherwise. See, at some point in time, someone drew a conclusion that women don’t like science, math, astronomy, comic books, etc. Those things were considered innately “dorky” and something women wouldn’t be drawn to. I suppose their logic was women were the caretakers and therefore too prim and proper?

Now personally, I love everything society keeps telling me I’m not supposed to like. Be it comic books, science fiction movies, action/adventure movies, video games, etc. In fact, even though I haven’t done it in a while, I have pulled all-night gaming sessions because I got so caught up in the game. Wow, I’m all those things *and* a caretaker. Imagine that.

The argument women don’t – and can’t – enjoy these things is weak, at best. I have seen more than enough examples to put this absurd theory to bed. Those things I’m “not supposed to like because I’m a woman” extends to books as well. I know what I like to read and I make no apologies for it. Same as liking all those other things I’ve listed above. It seemed natural for my writing to follow what I like as well. I’ve always subscribed to the concept I write what I myself would curl up with to read. Since I spent a vast majority of my childhood being taught the night sky by my father, it seemed only natural for an intense interest in space as I grew up. In fact, whenever there was a school project to be had – it was a pretty sure bet I was going to do something involving space. So, again, it seemed only natural that I would take a stab at writing science fiction myself. And Midnight’s Ghost was born.

The pace of this book is nothing like my paranormals, but that is on purpose. It matches the story as it unfolds before you – fast, intense and at one point, heartbreaking. The hero is this book is probably the most broken man I’ve ever written (in fact, I know so because I’ve been working on the next book in this series and he’s *killing* me) and I hope readers find the same soft spot in their hearts for him as I have. This book is also different because the H/H know each other right from the beginning. They had a relationship in the past and events have brought them back together again. Add all of that to high-action, intense space battles on a ship that sometimes has a mind of its own and you’ve got yourself a space opera.

And proof – women do like science fiction.

Love sci-fi romance or want to give it a try? Here’s your chance – Book Lover’s Inc is going to be giving away a copy of Midnight’s Ghost to one lucky commenter. Just leave a comment here on this post and a winner will be drawn at random. Want to know all about what you’re entering for?

The timeline is excruciating.

Taran has three days to get her former lover – whom she’s barely speaking to – and the mysterious teenager she knows nothing about from one planet to another. Given the fact her ship, Eidolon, is the fastest in the star runner fleet, Taran knows she can make the run in the time Wallace has allotted. As the best – and only – female pilot, she’s got something to prove.

As if things weren’t complicated enough, Wallace, and the teenager he has in tow, are both escapees from the harshest prison facility in seven galaxies. Not only is Taran putting her career on the line, she’s got the Intergalactic Patrol hot on her heels. It isn’t long before unresolved feelings and tempers flare to life again and Taran is left second-guessing her decision of putting everything she stands for on the line.

Her determination may just cost her everything.

One man who feels no remorse for a crime he committed and one woman pilot determined to fulfill her promise equal one impossible mission.


Just leave a comment about the post or ask Sara a question to be entered to win a copy of Midnight’s Ghost.

Please leave us a way to contact you(email in blogger profile or twitter name is okay).

Giveaway runs till Thursday, 21st May and the winner will be announced on Friday.

Open to everyone who own’s a email addy. 

Good Luck everyone!

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  • Lucy May 14, 2010 at 6:15 am

    I don't like SF film, but I do like SF books!

    lucybeugelingramos at gmail dot com

  • Moonsanity May 14, 2010 at 7:35 am

    IF I was immature I would say "BITE ME!" to those who claim women don't like Sci Fi but I'm calm and mature so I'll hold back. Seriously, I can remember reading my first science fiction classics when I was in high school for a class and LOVING it. I can't imagine not reading Arthur C. Clarke or Ray Bradbury.

  • Victoria May 14, 2010 at 10:15 am

    The Cinderella photo w/robot looks like the robot from Lost In Space. Yes, I just told you how OLD I am. I haven't read SF in a long time. I've been caught up in PF. They are similar so I think I will enjoy your book.

    I love the "broken man" in books. Why is this book so much faster in pace than your others? Love fast action filled reads.

  • Barbara E. May 14, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    I don't think anyone ever told me I wasn't supposed to like science fiction, so I went ahead a fell in love with the genre. The new scifi romances are a wonderful addition as well. Midnight's Ghost sounds like a great adventure, and I'd love to read it.

  • Sara Brookes May 14, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    @ Lucy I love the films/television but the sci fi books just capture my heart!

    @ Moonsanity Oh my goodness, I'm going to have to dig through my bookshelves now and find some Clarke now that you've mentioned it!

    @ Victoria – I know who that is, so I've revealed how old I am too. ;^) I also write PR/UF which I do a longer, slower build of action – though they have just as much. With this series, the action hits right out of the gate and barely lets up, plus the story moves faster because they are shorter in length.

    @ Barbara I've run into quite a few people (read: men) who are offended for some reason because I'm interested in science fiction – not like they have a market on it.

  • Beth May 15, 2010 at 1:52 am

    Sci-fi was my first reading 'addiction'. Already loved sci-fi before I ever picked up my first sci-fi book after seeing Star Wars and (the original)Battlestar Galactica in the theaters the summer they were released(two times each).
    As to comic books, I still have a box of those I collected as a teenager.
    And at 43 years old, I still play about 5-10 hours a week on the Playstation 2(role-playing games mostly).
    I still buy straight sci-fi books along with my paranormal romance, futuristic romance and urban fantasy books. In fact, my favorite sci-fi author is female-Anne McCaffrey, whose been a sci-fi author since the late 60s.

    This book sounds like something I would enjoy. Adding it to my TBB list.

  • Sara Brookes May 15, 2010 at 5:19 am

    @ Beth My dad was the one who got me hooked into sci-fi because of his love for it. I *love* to here from other women who break down this stereotype of what we're not supposed to like. I still have my comics, read all sorts of sci-fi and love my XBox 360 (when I have time to game).

  • Victoria May 15, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Sara – You got me. I will be reading your work shortly :).

  • joder May 15, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    I'm a huge SF fan! I grew up on the orinal versions of Star Trek, BSG, and DW and have continued through the latest incarnations. I love the excitement and worlds created in these stories.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  • melspur May 15, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    SF has become a much more accessible genre now and has changed completely in the last five years or so, there is now a romantic element to lots of SF books that appeals to women, that wasn't there before.

  • Sara Brookes May 15, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    @ Victoria Yey! Glad to hear, hope you enjoy. :^)

    @ joder The excitement of it is wonderful. That trill makes it all worth it.

    @ melspur I know exactly what you mean, and that's a wonderful thing!

  • EVA SB May 16, 2010 at 2:05 am

    In real life I've always been the geekiest person I know and I've loved scifi since forever.
    I'm also a SAHM though I am a caregiver rather than caretaker (housework = not my thing)

  • Sara Brookes May 16, 2010 at 6:06 am

    @ Eva I think there's a large group of us who classify housework as "not my thing". LOL

  • SusiSunshine May 16, 2010 at 6:13 am

    @Sara @Eva Not my thing either!

    I'm so happy to find some other scifi addicts here. Finally not the only girl who likes them.

    Great post Sara!

  • bianca_riot May 16, 2010 at 6:57 am

    i love sci-fi, there are some great movies and books of sci-fi, but i love the books more, because obviously in a movie you cant include the whole book. I also love the books because they're your own interpretations and there is such a wide range as to where your novel can go in terms of plot and characters.

    sounds like a great read! count me in 🙂


  • mbreakfield May 16, 2010 at 8:40 am

    I love all those things you mentioned, except for math. Math and I don't get along, too well. I'm a comic book reader from way back.

  • Sara Brookes May 16, 2010 at 11:34 am

    @ Susi Thanks for having me over here Susi!

    @ Bianca_riot Not to discount movies, but books are always waaay better because you can just get so much more in than 2 hours of a movie can get you. That's why I'm not always fond of "movie adaptations" of books.

    @ Mbreakfield My daughter and husband are the math whizzes in our family because I don't get along with it either!

  • Sullivan McPig May 19, 2010 at 4:05 am

    Great post!
    I've often seen this misconception been dragged out and among my friends there are a couple of women who love comics and scifi and such, but when I point this out, the often heard answer is: Oh, but they aren't your typical sort of woman, now are they!



  • Sara Brookes May 19, 2010 at 5:30 am

    @ Sullivan Isn't it lovely, those misconceptions? I've never been described as normal and that's perfectly find by me. *G*

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