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Pets in Space was been awarded the Top 5 in Best Books of 2016 by the Library Journal

Pets in Space was been awarded the Top 5 in Best Books of 2016 by the Library Journal! No. 5 out of all the original fiction published in 2016! I am so excited as you can probably tell lol.

Congratulations go to Pauline Baird Jones, Veronica Scott, Cara Bristol, Susan Grant, Laurie A. Green, Carysa Locke, Lea Kirk, and Alexis Glynn Latner, and to me (had to include myself) on this prestigious award. Awesome job, ladies!! 

A little background for this award: 
From their website: “Library Journal is the most trusted and respected publication for the library community. Built on more than a century of quality journalism and reviews, LJ provides groundbreaking features and analytical news reports covering technology, management, policy and other professional concerns to public, academic and institutional libraries. Our hefty reviews sections evaluate 8000+ reviews annually of books, ebooks, audiobooks, videos/DVDs, databases, systems and websites.”

We were completely unaware that Pets in Space had been chosen. As you can imagine, we are all thrilled! Thank you and kudos for doing a fabulous job of storytelling, ladies!

I’d also like to say a warm thank you to Vikkas Bhardwaj, the cover model.

I would also like to thank the wonderful Narelle Todd from Get My Book Out There. She handled all the marketing and promotion for the anthology, kept all of us organized, and went far above and beyond to make sure the book had a successful launch despite the U.S. suffering from two storms of the century (one of the East Coast and one on the West Coast) during the release! This would have been devastating to most people, but she handled the situation with a professionalism that shone through Hurricanes and Cyclones. Her patience, guidance, and creativity helped showcase Pets in Space. Thank you and hugs for an awesome job well done. xoxox

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Interview with Greta van der Rol

Author Spotlight – Greta van der Rol

Greta van der Rol

Thanks so much for having me here, Susan. It was great to chat with you recently about the stars and astrophotography. And just that one sentence says a lot about me. Although I have a degree in history and I can’t add up to save my life, I love reading about astronomy, exoplanets, Pluto, Rosetta and all the fascinating things happening in the universe. And I love my camera.

I suppose one of the reasons I write space opera is because of my interest in space. Who wouldn’t want to hop around the star systems having adventures? I adore Star Wars, can’t wait until December when Star Wars VII will hit the screens. Way back in the seventies I enjoyed the original Star Wars (A New Hope) and ABSOLUTELY ADORED The Empire Strikes Back. Saw it four times in the first week, I did – and many, many times since. Mind you, in my books I try to make my science a bit more realistic than George Lucas did. You can’t just hop over to the next planet if the hyperdrive dies.

I’ve always read science fiction – Asimov, Heinlein, Clarke, McDevitt, Moon and the like. But I always felt that they glossed over, or ignored, the romance component of life as we know it, so my space opera includes a dollop of romance. My Iron Admiral books are set against the prospect of inter-species war (that’s the space opera bit) but they’re about two extraordinary people having to cope with each other, as well as the forces intent on causing a galactic catastrophe. They’re the first two of my Ptorix Empire series. My Morgan Selwood books are set in a universe where Humanity has faced the possibility of extinction at the hands of the machines, and rebuilt itself over thousands of years. That’s why Morgan is a very human cyborg. Nobody wants artificial intelligences to take over again. I introduced Morgan and her world in my novelette, Supertech. She goes on from there to star in a full length adventure, Morgan’s Choice, where she meets my favourite admiral, Ashkar Ravindra. I’m told I do hot admirals well. 🙂

The Demon's Eye
My most recent publication, The Demon’s Eye, has joined A Matter of Trust in The Dryden Universe. I’m one of a number of writers who have set our stories in a shared universe under a collective commons copyright. That means while I retain copyright for my story, other writers can use my settings and my characters in their own stories, rather like fan fiction. It’s an experiment. It worked for Star Wars, Star Trek etc. Dryden has more alien species than my other two universes. But you’ll find another hot admiral in AMoT. I can’t help myself.

Back to that camera. Photography is what I do when I’m not writing or cooking. My subjects are almost always landscapes or animals. I have a particular passion for photographing movement, capturing that moment in time that’s often too fast for us humans to actually see. Flying birds and breaching whales are special favourites. And because I love animals, I’ve also written a couple of paranormal books about weretigers. I donate any profits from those to two charities – the David Shepherd conservation group that helps wild tigers, and Carolina Tiger, a shelter in the USA that aids some of the many thousands of tigers in the USA which are bought as domestic pets by deluded people who soon find they can’t cope with a five hundred pound wild beast in their backyard.

I’m always happy to connect with readers. You’ll find me at http://gretavanderrol.net. There are links to my books, my photos (I sell some on Dreamstime, Canstock and RedBubble) and my social media profiles.

Please – come and say hi.

http://gretavanderrol.net/
http://twitter.com/GretavdR
http://www.facebook.com/Greta.J.vanderRol

**** I can’t help but note that I absolutely LOVE Greta’s books!!!

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How to Self-Publish a Best-Seller – Interview with Jonny Andrews

Some exciting news: I was featured on the Audience Hacker Podcast, and my interview just went live today!

I had a really great chat with Jonny Andrews regarding writing and self-publishing. During our time, I shared my journey as an author, as well as discussed writing and living right. There are even some tips to publishing a great book!

Check the interview out at http://www.audiencehacker.com/se-smith/

Let me know what you think of my interview. Just quietly, this is my first ever podcast.

 

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RomCon Reader is out

handdrawn-coffee_1b-021114-ykwv2RomCon have launched a new emagazine, RomCon Reader, and it looks fantastic. It is one of those richly visual mags that are best read online. It gives the illusion of turning the pages of physical magazine without the hassle of what to do with the mag when you are done reading. Who wants more work, right?! There’s reading to be done! LOL

You’ll find great articles by romance authors of all genres – Michele Callahan, Cynthia Woolf, Jennifer Zane, Sharon Cramer, Shannon K. Butcher, K.L. Docter, Eliza Gayle, Elizabeth Essex, Angela Payne and Victoria Blue.

And you will also find me on pages 12 – 15 where I talk about how I got my start writing sci fi romance.

Make yourself a cup of tea or coffee and take a few moments to yourself and enjoy this great magazine: http://www.romcon.com/romcon-reader

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