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Romance Goes To The Stars, and Giveaway!


Romance Goes To The Stars, with a Giveaway

We have Australia’s queen of romance, Valerie Parv, talking about her latest book, Birthright. This novel blends romance with her other passion, space travel, resulting in a story which one reviewer describes as “a romantic suspense like no other I have read before.”

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Over to you, Valerie...

Hello and thanks for inviting me to talk a little about my new writing adventure.

Amazingly, this year marks the 30th anniversary of my first romance novel, Love’s Greatest Gamble (Harlequin Mills & Boon, 1982). To see where the time went, I only need to look at the shelves of books and hundreds of translations since then; everything from romances and suspense, to non-fiction and the craft of writing. The best-known is The Art ofRomance Writing  (Allen & Unwin)

You’d think after so many books, I’d have done it all. But if I’ve learned anything in this business, it’s that there are always new challenges. I’m excited that Birthright is my debut digital-first novel on Amazon and Nook, with other formats and print edition to come.

Having a book I can’t physically hold feels strange. How do I pat it, and display it casually on my coffee table? The upside is knowing it’s accessible to anyone with an ereader. No ereader? Amazon’s free Kindle app means the book can be download directly to a PC, laptop or cellphone. Excuse me while I have a “squee” moment.

The coolest discovery I’ve made is that I can “sign” and personalize my ebook just as I would a hard copy.  Readers go to http://www.authorgraph.com/authors/valerieparv to make it happen.

What’s next? I loved the alien characters in Birthright so much that I’m currently writing a follow-on book, Earthbound, with a final chapter in the saga, Homeworld, after that.

And can I mention that I’ve also written an original romance movie script this year which is scheduled for production next year, and my agent, Linda Tate, has volunteered to help cast the male lead. What? A writer has to do her research.

It’s been suggested that I should think about writing my life story, but how can I when I’m so busy living it? Can’t wait for the next exciting installment.

What gets you excited about Valerie’s books? What would you like to see happen next? A comment will win a  download of Birthright for Kindle, personally authorgraphed by Valerie.

 

Valerie Parv is one of Australia's most successful writers with more than 29 million books sold in 26 languages. She is the only Australian author honored with a Pioneer of Romance award from RT Book Reviews, New York. With a lifelong interest in space exploration, she counts meeting Neil Armstrong as a personal high point. So it's no wonder she's taking romance to the stars and beyond In Birthright, her most ambitious novel yet. She loves connecting with readers via her website valerieparv.com, blog valerieparv.wordpress.com, @ValerieParv on Twitter and on Facebook.

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.

Published by Corvallis Press USA 2012.

 
Buy Links:

Amazon

Amazon UK

B&N

 

26 comments:

  1. Wow- you are one busy (and talented) woman! I love finding out all the sub-genres of romance, and this is one I certainly haven't heard of. It sounds great!

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    1. Hi Shelly, I'm not sure it actually exists as a sub-genre. One of the exciting aspects of ebooks is the ease an author can cross genres, blending the best of several so we're seeing new books that defy categorizing.

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    2. Hi Valerie!

      Welcome to Romance Reader!

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    3. Hi Shelly!

      This is an amazing story! Love among the Aliens. A fantasy on a fabulous world created by Valerie!

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  2. Hi Nas! Hi Valerie! Like wow! Amazing author! Love the sound of this book and the sound of an author so fresh and excited after a long career.

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    1. *Waves to Denise* one of the joys of writing is being unable to know it all. There are always new challenges where we can "boldly go."

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    2. Hi Denise!

      Lovely to see you!

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  3. I love that I can download the Kindle and Kobo apps on my iPod Touch.

    That would be a dream opportunity to get to help cast the male character from a book you wrote. Too bad, Valerie, it's your agent not you who gets this honor. :)

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    1. Hi Stina, actually that's a bit tongue-in-cheek. We would both love to cast the male lead, doesn't mean we'll get to do it. The movie is a completely original story. I'll write the book-of-the-movie later this year. Hmm. Maybe I can cast the star as a cover model...

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    2. Hi Stina!

      Thanks for coming by!

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  4. That's really cool. I've heard of signed ebooks, but haven't seen one.

    It's great seeing Valerie here. Congrats to her on her 30th anniversary!

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    1. Thanks Medeia. It was cool enough "signing" the contract with the publisher electronically. A real buzz that I'm "signing" books the same way. Thanks for stopping by.

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    2. Hi Medeia,

      Good to see you here!

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  5. Congrats on the new release. I think it's wonderful that you're so excited about a new project after writing so many books.

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    1. Hi Shelley,

      I suppose switching genres (or subgenres) and variety is the key to keeping the excitement fresh.

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  6. Congratulations on your new book! It sounds like a good one.

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    1. Great to see you here, Sherry. It's something different all right.

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  7. Hi Nas, Hi Valerie. Neat post! I love this story for reeling me in from the first page, I knew I was onto something special and the story amazed me to no end. I'm not a huge sci fi fan but I love Birthright and I love that I've had a positive experience with stepping outside of my comfort zone and trying something different :)

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    1. Hi Tash,

      It's nice to step out of your comfort zone once in a while - a sort of adventure really.

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  8. Congrats, Valerie! The book looks fantastic! And AuthorGraph is awesome. Now readers don't have to travel to a book signing to get an autograph from their favorite author. :)

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    1. Thanks for coming over, Cherie. Yes, AuthorGraph is amazing.

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  9. I just adore the cover of Birthright - it just screams for you to pick up the book!

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  10. The 30th anniversary of your first book? Wow!! A big congratulations!! Good to see you're still writing.

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  11. Valerie is busy! How fun and exciting to be in a business for 30 years and still have new adventures and challenges. This keeps things interesting, doesn't it?

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