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Giveaway and Interview - Valerie Parv on Love Among Aliens

ANNOUNCEMENT:  The winner of  Valerie's contest is Teresa Ashby.  Congratulations Teresa.

Please welcome Valerie Parv to the blog today.  Valerie has come to talk to us about her new novel BIRTHRIGHT.  This is a romance novel with a difference - set in outer space


Romance is all about the characters

According to international best-selling author, Valerie Parv, the framework of any romance novel is so basic it’s often mistaken for a formula. Man meets woman. They’re powerfully attracted to each other but a major problem keeps them apart. Solving the problem while getting to know each other leads to their happy ever after. Valerie says what makes every story unique is who these people are and how they solve the problem to earn their HEA (that's  authorspeak for 'happy ever after', in case you didn't know).

Valerie, you're primarily known as a contemporary romance novelist.  Why have you written a romance novel about space and aliens this time? 
This story has taken me to the stars, but it’s really not that big a stretch. I’ve always followed the space program, enjoyed science fiction, and been a Trekkie since forever. I have a big “thing” for David Tennant, the only Doctor Who that matters! And don’t get me started on Torchwood’s John Barrowman, the sexiest, most fascinating character in SF for years. They have all the qualities a hero needs.

So you're big into science fiction?  I see.  I know about Star Trek and Doctor Who, they've been around forever, though I haven't seen them in years.  Totally out of  the loop that way.  I had to Google Torchwood and John Barrowman, they're a bit too recent to come in the area of my scant knowledge of all thing sci-fi. Yes, Barrowman is hero material for sure. Tell me something, Valerie.  Space and aliens - how do they fit into romance? 
As long as two…beings…are attracted to each other, and have a problem to solve before they can be together, it doesn’t matter whether they’re humans, vampires, werewolves or aliens. Modern romance has room for many different stories and characters, in my case, gorgeous foundling and resident genius, Adam Desai and sexy SF writer, Garrett Luken. Then there’s Elaine Lovell, a media psychic who tells everyone she’s an alien, although no-one believes her. While writing, I could see Charlize Theron playing her in a movie.

Your imagination is obviously fired by science fiction characters.  If you could be any science fiction character, which would you choose?
I’d probably be Amy Pond who gets the best of both worlds – to marry her hero, Rory, and have adventures with The Doctor in the Tardis who like the characters in Birthright gets the best of both worlds. What’s not to love?

The companion to the most recent incarnation of Doctor Who?  Fantastic serial.  I haven't been able to get it in years, though I used to be a fan many moons ago. Yes, I get your point.  Thank you Valerie.

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About BIRTHRIGHT

Former police officer turned deputy governor, Shana Akers, is used to handling high-stakes situations. But after learning that a space shuttle mission about to be launched from her island home may have a shocking secret agenda, she must turn for answers to the man who has challenged her mind and emotions for years.

Scientific genius and space center director, Adam Desai, is a truly self-made man. Found adrift at sea as a baby, he knows nothing about his origins until two VIPs attending the launch force him to confront the truth about his past, changing everything Adam has ever believed about himself.

Faced with a danger that threatens the entire world, can Adam and Shana find the strength to trust not only each other, but the mysterious VIPs whose unusual abilities defy logical thinking? Especially when it becomes clear that they'll need all of their combined resources to reclaim humanity's...BIRTHRIGHT.

Birthright a near-future romantic suspense available now on Amazon http://amzn.to/WDRPdW 

Reviewed:http://rbhfantasy.blogspotcom.au/2012/12/birthright-by-valerie-parv.html?spref=tw


Valerie has very kindly agreed to give away a copy of Birthright for Kindle, personally authorgraphed, to one lucky commenter.



Comments

  1. What a great interview, Maria and Valerie. And this sounds like my kind of book. :0)

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    1. I have to admit, Suzanne, it is very good. And what a premise for a romance novel. You have to admit it's different.

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  2. I feel honoured to 'meet' you, Valerie. I've just checked your website and am thrilled to see that the author of Fighting Fire has won the 2012 VP award. I was one of the judges who highly rated this story. I've been fortunate enough to be asked to judge the contest for several years now and really enjoy it. It's a fantastic opportunity that you offer writers, Valerie.

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    1. Hi Cherie, Bronwyn and I are just getting to the end of edits for her winning novel. I don't expect her to be unpublished much longer at the rate she's going. Seems you and I have great taste.

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    2. Hi Valerie, Cherie's also a very talented romance novelist. I love her work, especially her historicals, although her contemporary work is very enjoyable too.

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  3. Hi Valerie,
    You really do get around. Last week it was Melbourne, Australia and then Nadi, Fiji, and now here you are in India! Is there any chance that you've got access to *Beam me up Scotty* technology and haven't told us? I have always been a fan of sci fi and romance, it seems natural to combine the two. I have Birthright on my Kindle and I promise to get to it. I truly look forward to it.

    Thanks for having Valerie as your guest blogger, Maria.

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    1. *Waves to Serena* one of the few people who have "starred" as a heroine in one of my books. A Transporter would be brilliant given Australia is so far away from everywhere. And a Replicator please. Hope you enjoy Birthright, too.

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    2. Should add that I'm not done yet. On Jan 26 I'll be in Bathurst as their Australia Day Ambassador, then in Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide on a workshop tour for Writing Australia. I really DO need a Transporter LOL

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    3. Oh, it's my pleasure to have her here, Serena. I can't believe that Valerie feels far away from everywhere in Australia - being in India and grabbing time to write and get through the TBR pile I have as a reviewer, television, especially of the sci-fi variety has eluded me. I feel more up to date now after having Valerie visit...

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  4. What a great interview and the book sounds amazing! I love SF (I'm a Trekkie too) and Birthright sounds very much my kind of thing :-) x

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  5. Love the science fiction element of this book and can't wait to read it

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  6. Great interview, Maria. Birthright sounds fascinating, Valerie. Looking forward to reading Adam's and Shana's story.

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    1. Great to see you over here, Jennifer. I'm reading BIRTHRIGHT at the moment and am finding it fascinating.

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  7. Hi Valerie! Hello Maria!

    Interesting to read your answers, Valerie to Maria's questions!

    BIRTHRIGHT has a unique premise which made reading it so different!

    Thanks for hosting Valerie, Maria.

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    1. My pleasure, Nas. What an unusual premise for a romance novel. I'm thoroughly enjoying reading it right now.

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  8. That's another reminder that Birthright is sitting on my kindle TBR. I've always been a sci-fi fantasy reader though it comes and goes in spasms. Great interview Valerie and Maria

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    1. Thanks Fiona. Good to see you here. Seems we all have a TBR pile and a TBR file now. Hope you enjoy my book when you get to it. A little SF mixed with romance turned out to be a lot of fun.

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  9. Hi Maria and Valerie! I LOVED this story, it's not a fave genre of mine but it was truely as the saying goes, I was hooked from page one. I love reading behind-the-scenes like this interview, thank you ladies for sharing!

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    1. Ye, I'm really enjoying it Tash, it's a really exciting read.

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    2. Happy to hear that, Maria. Happy reading.

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    3. "Hooked from page one" - you made me very happy, thanks, Tash.

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  10. I really enjoyed Birthright & have my own copy so don't enter me in the draw :)

    I'm a sf fan & totally agree with Torchwood, the Doctor and ST - great stories & characters :)

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    1. Thanks Jemi. Of course I only watch John Barrowman, David Tennant, and Star Trek as research. Purely research LOL

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  11. Hi Maria fabulous interview! Valerie Birthright truly was a stunning read and I for one am recommending it to all I know the book has all the elements to be a shining star on the shelves !

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    1. Bless you Desere. Your fabulous review on Amazon is entered in the review contest my agent is running via my blog.

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  12. I'm seeing this book everywhere. I do love the premise.

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  13. I should add that review contest is open until the end of January. If you review Birthright and put a link on my blog valerieparv.wordpress.com (and you CAN be honest), my agent, Linda Tate, is giving a $50 Amazon gift card to the review she judges the best.

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  14. Welcome Valerie! This is my 1st time here and I am sure I will comeback here. :)

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  15. Thank you so much! I am absolutely delighted to have won and I am looking forward so much to reading Birthright :-) x

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