Science Fiction – I love it!
In times past, the woman’s place in SciFi was the fainting virgin, but SciFi has evolved! If you haven’t been reading this series, you should check out the first book. It features a strong-minded woman. In the 80’s we were fed a steady dose of bodice rippers… (Don’t get me wrong, they could be quite hot to read, but times have moved on!)
For me, Science Fiction allows an opportunity to explore universes that aren’t discovered and to play with the strengths I love to give my heroines. In fact, the worse the situation they find themselves in, the more I love it. Under fire? Yes, grab that laser pistol and save the hero! What’s that a wormhole? Darn, heroine it’s time to try out the evasive maneuvers you’ve been practicing for years.
Met a sexy alien and not sure you’re compatible? Go for it!!
I can actually attribute my love of strong heroines to a particular title. Some years ago I came across a book called Angel And The Bad Man. Great title, huh? The heroine was a reasonably mild mannered woman who’d lived a difficult life. She’s seen her parents murdered as a young girl and as the only known survivor she’d been placed into witness protection. Years later and she’s faced with a similar situation, seeing a murder and an ex-criminal is the only one who can save her. Nothing quite goes to plan and she’s shot…
But I also like softness in the heroines. They can be the toughest of the tough but have a hidden softness that they only reveal to the heroine, and there’s the gooey centre. Sigh…
So take a moment to check out my SciFi titles – I can guarantee you a strong heroine and her perfect mate!
by Imogene Nix
Genre: Science Fiction/Futuristic Romance
The Reunion Trilogy, Book 3
The end game is looming, but whether the last of the Ito family will find his happily ever after is in the balance.
Tomi Ito must deal with the knowledge that the woman he's loved forever, Gillian Edgemont, thinks he's abandoned her in her time of need. But when he's abducted, she's there to help save him.
Gillian is running from the wreck of her life and the unrequited passion she holds for her former boss, Senator Tomi Ito. When he follows her to Vega II so does the danger that's been dogging the Ito family.
As the finale looms, does it include a future for Tomi and Gillian? Or will it all turn to ashes?
In the main cabin, she could hear bangs and groaning equipment. The scene on the view screen changed to the belly of their craft. She could see a man dangling in the air, and in the water, someone clutching another person. She said a silent prayer that one of them was Tomi.
Tension rose in the cabin, thick and heady. The rescuer plunged into the cold waters. A harness was handed over and gripped while the officer dealt with the other. From the movements, Gillian could tell that the person was panicked. Slowly, the first harness rose and she could tell it wasn't Tomi, as the person had long hair and bare legs. She sucked in a breath as the second person in the water was assisted into another harness, then he or she rose with the rescuer. Even though she craned, the outline of the officer obscured her view. She sucked in an unsteady breath, clenched her hands together, and waited.
When Gillian was sure she could last no longer, the door opened with a bang. She quickly looked up, anticipation sizzling along every nerve ending.
There in the doorway was Tomi, wet and shivering, but very much alive. In his arms was a woman, bedraggled and dirty, but he held her so tenderly that any hopes or dreams Gillian harbored melted away. There was never any hope for her and the feelings that burned in her chest.
Without a word, Gillian turned away and fought the sting of tears in her eyes. She noted the sounds of joyous reunion between brother and sister, but she kept her gaze averted, to give them privacy, she piously told herself. When the pilot ordered them strapped in, she breathed a silent sigh of relief. She knew that this torture, him being so close but now forever so far away, would come to an end sooner rather than later.
Just as she was sure she'd be spared, Tomi spoke. "Gillian, thank you for coming to find me."
The clog of tears filled her throat, but she managed to croak, "It was nothing."
"It means a lot to me." He reached out and touched her hand, and she bit back the gasp that rose.
Nerves in her hand jumped and thrummed, but she ignored them. "Honestly, I'm just pleased I could help." She glanced in his direction, taken aback by the directness in his gaze before the woman beside him shuddered. He scooped her closer and Gillian turned away.
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