Thursday 25 July 2013

Guest post and GIVEAWAY: Cross Genre – Why Has It Taken So Long?

Today, I am thrilled to welcome Sandra Harris onto my blog to talk about something close to her heart, so over to you, Sandra...

It seems that for years, to satisfy my reading experience, I have needed to purchase two types of book. Romance and science-fiction/fantasy. I love reading Mills & Boon (Presents). One of my favourite authors is Terry Pratchett. However, a combination of romance and science-fiction seemed to be something that publishers deemed an unmarketable item. The novel had to be either a romance with science fiction elements, or a science fiction novel with romantic elements.

Why? This is something I could never figure out. I’ve been told it’s because distributors couldn’t pigeon hole it. I’m left scratching my heading thinking, So why can’t you just introduce a new segment for Science Fiction Romance? Fortunately for me, the astute ladies at Soul Mate Publishing recognize that there is a demand for cross genre work, especially of the romance nature.

Alien, Mine is a science fiction adventure with a romance at its heart. To separate the romance from the adventure would diminish the story – and vice versa. It would be like tearing H2O molecules apart. Which is fine if you want hydrogen and oxygen (plus the odd quantum particle), but not if you want water. In the case of cross genre fiction, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

So, how long have you hankered after cross genre romance? Do you scour the net for hours searching for that paranormal/historical/suspense thriller romance? Can’t find it? Then get thee to Soul Mate Publishing and make like a kid in a candy store!


One lucky commenter will win a Kindle copy of Alien, Mine so don't forget to say 'hi.'


Torn from modern day Earth and stranded on the far side of the Galaxy, Sandrea Fairbairn must use every particle of courage she possesses to adjust to her new life and live for tomorrow/a new day.

Eugen Mhartak, a general in the Tri-Race Alliance Army, refuses to bow to the merciless Bluthen. Haunted by the loss of far too many innocent lives he has vowed to drive the ruthless invaders from Alliance space.

The strength and valour of Eugen Mhartak attracts Sandrea as no man ever has, but she struggles to read the enigmatic general’s heart. Determined to help him triumph over the Bluthen she uncovers a diabolical plot against the Alliance.

Drawn by the courage and exotic beauty of Sandrea, Mhartak battles to overcome the barriers of cross-cultural differences that separate them and claim her ardent interest. He must conquer his deepest fears to be the man she needs. When his principles are betrayed by his own government and he is faced with the impossible prospect of taking Sandrea’s life in order to save his home planet, Mhartak desperately searches for a way to keep safe both his world and the magnificent woman who has stolen his heart.

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About Sandra

Born in the far north of Australia, yearly cyclones, floods and being cut off from civilization for weeks at a time were the norm. An outrageous imagination helped occupy Sandra’s mind.

An abiding interest in astronomy and a deep-seated need to always see the good guys win naturally influences her writing. Not satisfied with the amount of romance in science fiction novels she set out to redress the balance.

She currently lives in sunny South East Queensland, Australia, with her husband and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, who doesn’t seem to realize she comes from royalty and should act in a more appropriate manner.

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  1. Thanks for having me over, Aurelia. :)

  2. Hi Sandra, great to see you over here. Hi Aurelia...

  3. Hi, Maria :) Thank you fro dropping by :)


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