THE BUILDING OF EMOTION, OR HOW I GOT HOOKED ON K-ROMANCES

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Recently I watched the man-on-man movie BROS. About a minute of the movie, half way through, was dedicated to the confession of feelings/emotions from one lover to the other. That complex interaction took eight, thirty minute episodes for the BL (Boy Love) K-drama, SEMANTIC ERROR (available on Rakuten Viki). I can’t stop watching it, wondering how the storyline was constructed, how the direction and editing was done–so genius.

If I’m ever going to be an exceptional writer of romance, the slow burn of emotions is what I’m aiming for.

This month, I’m re-editing all my work, and republishing it. I’ve spent over twenty years working on sci-fis and over the last ten years publishing my novels (stand-alone contemporaries with elements of science and sci-fi) and two series (LEGENDS OF THE GOLDENS (mostly urban fantasy) and AGES OF INVENTION (mostly historical, time travel, sci-fi).

I have worked hard with my published critique partners to make my stories accessible to my audience (a scientific generalist author with three advanced degrees needs to do that).

What makes my work stand out to me (as opposed to other sci-fis (both hard and soft/social sci-fis)) is a knowledge of how things really work in our physical reality and an ability to communicate such. I also increase the intensity of my characters with internal dialogue that is so prevalent in asian webtoons, webnovels, and screenplays.

What I’m most focused on in my stories as romances, is illustrating how no matter how negative the behavior of some, there is always a positive to come out of it. Yep, you got it. I’m addicted to HEA (Happily Ever After), as should any rabid romance writer.

Besides fixing my over ten novels to be republished with what I’ve learned over the last ten years, I’m preparing to send my last completed novel (SPACE FOR US, a sci-fi romance (SFR) and space opera) out to hundreds of agents and editors for the first time. SPACE was a three-year project in which I worked on all the items of improvement listed above. What makes this different from other hard sci-fis (instead of angular metallic spaceships) is the propulsion system is based on buoyancy. SPACE FOR US literally tells the story of how boundaries fall and space is created for relationships to evolve (whether it’s a relationship between two people, or two civilizations in nearby solar systems).

Buoyancy as a motive force for spacecrafts comes from buoyancy cubes kept within the fuselage of my spaceships. Another name for buoyancy cubes is the name I’ll give to this series of novels: SQUARE BALLOONS.

The heroine in SPACE FOR US works at a military base in aerospace forensics (as did I) and the hero is what I always wanted to be, before writing novels, that is: an astronaut.

I really enjoyed my secondary character who’s an A.I. and the growing humor that ensues as our artificial conscious being gets used-to her human avatar body.

At present, I’m working on two new novels: THE CHARIOTEER (an A.I. growing up to thwart the actions of a corrupt government that created it) and THE WALL BETWEEN US (as a continuation of the SQUARE BALLOONS SERIES, fleshing in the society and romance of the alien Sledanis from Proxima Centauri. The Sledanis are people who marry-in/live-in relationship clouds, but when they return to Earth to spy on us, they end up isolated in individual bodies and must learn all over again how to form healthy relationships).

How could I end this post without the assurance that LEGENDS OF THE GOLDENS has at least one more novel coming after DANCING DRAGONS (VAMPIRES IN SPACE, where our Aminali golden hybrid brings a big old naughty vampire, Drake, to his knees).

Recent News: November 2016

Well, it looks like I need to work on the depth in my writing skills, and/or keep closer to the formulas readers desire (at least, according my requesting editors and agents). 

I have, at present, three novels I intend to indie-publish before the end of the year–a chance to promote all three while I put them on pre-order with Amazon. 

Two of the novels are from a new genre (similar to The da Vinci Code, historical sci-fis, or non-formulaic steampunk), a series I call Ages of Invention.

The two novels from Ages of Invention are Entangled (the image above) and Fly Like An Eagle. Both are also time travels.

The third novel is my only contemporary romance, Open Season, about tennis at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships. I can’t wait to work with the artist on this cover.

At present my WIPs are a full-length sci-fi space opera thriller titled Flat Spin and two sci-fi novellas titled Too Pretty and Other.

Please go to my Facebook page, SBK Burns, where I’ll be posting sci-fi and horror short stories and excerpts from my novels.

Also, if you’re a geek like me and want to read nonfiction ideas about my experiment (an analog of our expanding universe) or philosophies on consciousness, life, and death, please visit my Union of Opposites website.

Hoarder Followup

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Though I find myself hanging in there with the housework, even though I have loads of writing and editing to do everyday, I’d rather get my readers interested in how my writing life is going–what I’m learning–than talking about household organization, no matter how important that is.

So, here goes my umteenth incarnation as a blogger:

Right now, I’m hoping I hear something from the agents and editors I pitched to at RWA Nationals, that is, before I self-publish the two novels in my Ages of Invention Series. 

Have all the covers for the two novels ready to go. I just need to start handing out advanced reader copies for review.

And I’m anxious to finish my WIP space opera, to get to working on a young adult science fiction novella.

I’ve never enjoyed history more than that in the novels of my critique partners, and because of my background in science, I’d like to learn as much as I can about the way people thought about science throughout history. That’s what led to the writing of my historical science fictions.

The Union of Opposites website (theunionofopposites.com) explores different kinds of consciousness that I use in my stories. The site is philosophical and built on my published experiments, but it helps me create a new world of thought for my future novels.

That’s all for now. I’ll keep  you posted. 

Thanks for looking in,

S.B.K. Burns (Susan)

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of Raves for Legends Series

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Over forty, four and five-star reviews averaging over four stars for the two main novels of Legends of The Goldens Series, appearing on Goodreads and Amazon.

G00dreads:

http://www.amazon.com/S.-B.-K.-Burns/e/B00GFWV5PQ/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Amazon:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7200786.S_B_K_Burns

A Goodreads Giveaway almost completed with almost 200 people requesting the 10 free paperback copies of Love Me, Bite Me. Winners will be announced soon.

Giveaway:

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/170999-love-me-bite-me

If you’re wondering about the series, take a click on the  AUTHOR SHOUT link below where you’ll find my interview and discover how I came to write about the alien psychic vampires (the Goldens) and also some tips on writing.

AUTHOR SHOUT LINK:

http://authorshout.com/author-interview-archive/author-interview-s-b-k-burns/

COVER REVEAL: LOVE ME, BITE ME

LOVE ME, BITE ME, the second book in the LEGENDS OF THE GOLDENS SERIES is in PRE-ORDER for 99 cents at Amazon. It’s the continuing story of Chastity (from A FAR FAR BETTER THING free on Kindle and Nook), the human/Golden hybrid that has the Golden community on edge. She’s fallen for her high school quarterback, who has decided to become officially changed into a vampire at San Diego’s Comic-Con. If she bonds with him before that, she might save his soul, but poor Chastity doesn’t even know how to kiss. So she finds a Zander of the future to practice bond on. Unfortunately practice Zander falls for her and has to compete with her real Zander of his past.

Chastity also appears in subsequent books in the series published by Soul Mate: FORBIDDEN PLAYGROUND and DANCING DRAGONS. She’s the wise Golden elder aunt to her nieces and nephews, the main characters in those books. And she appears prominently with Zander in DANCING DRAGONS.

Now for the cover reveal:

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TO PRE-ORDER, CLICK THIS LINK http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0105GC6PU?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

A FAR FAR BETTER THING STILL IN THE TOP 100

A FAR FAR BETTER THING prequel novella to the offbeat and quirky LEGENDS OF THE GOLDENS SERIES of sci-fi, paranormal psychic romances continues to be downloaded and in Amazon’s Best Seller Ranking for several months. 

FREE: Please download this introduction to the series where the first Golden/human hybrid, Chastity, is naturally born and creates havoc within the Golden community.

http://www.amazon.com/Better-Thing-Legends-Goldens-Book-ebook/dp/B00SI9NOX0/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

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