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Read an excerpt from Spaceport: Dangerous Obsession
About Shelby Morgen
Shelby must be insane. What else would have led her to start an online publishing company? Shelby shares her belief in electronic publishing with her long-time friend and business partner, Bill, her husband of 30 years. Perhaps the insanity is contagious.
Shelby loves writing off-beat tales that defy as many rules as possible. She likes chocolate with her peanut butter, suspense with her romance, and kink with her sex. She's always had a hard time keeping science fiction, fantasy, and paranormal from mixing with her kink. Fortunately for Shelby, electronic publishing has opened many new doors for cross-genre authors and artists.
Author, editor, publisher, and Slayer of Pirates, Shelby Morgen, A.K.A. Margaret Riley, has the coolest job ever -- she's the keeper of dreams. Visit Shelby's websitewww.ShelbyMorgen.com for her latest releases. For a head's up on new stuff, you're welcome to join her Yahoo! group, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ShelbyMorgen/join. Email Shelby at ShelbyMorgen@yahoo.com or blog with Shelby and Treva at Loose Change, their Publishing Insider's blog: http://treva2007.livejournal.com.
About Marteeka Karland
Erotic romance author by night, emergency room tech/clerk by day, Marteeka Karland works really hard to drive everyone in her life completely and totally nuts. She has been creating stories from her warped imagination since she was in the third grade. Her love of writing blossomed throughout her teenage years until it developed into the totally unorthodox and irreverent style her English teachers tried so hard to rid her of.
Want to see what's up with Marteeka? Check out her website at www.marteekakarland.com or join her Yahoo! group at firstname.lastname@example.org. Marteeka always welcomes e-mail from her readers. You can reach her at email@example.com. Check out Marteeka's blog here: marteekakarland.blogspot.com.
Marteeka also takes great pleasure in writing with fellow author Shara Azod. You can see works by this dynamic duo here:sharaandmarteeka.artisteer.net.
An Interview with Shelby Morgen and Marteeka Karland
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Shelby and Marteeka, thank you for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Spaceport: Dangerous Obsession.
Shelby: Holly, thanks so much for having us! It’s great to be here again.
HH: First, what can you tell us about this fantastic series and how you both came to be involved in it?
Shelby: Spaceport the series started with a 100 word Flash challenge on the Changeling Readers’ loop. I love the broken hero archetype. I wrote a 100 word short about a guy paying for oral sex at a concession booth outside a spaceport docking area. It was a cash transaction, nothing more, no emotion, no connection, just physical release for a ship captain totally alone in the universe. The little short was just so heartbreakingly sad that I had to write him a book. Only then there was this world. This space station, and all these people traveling through it. They all had stories needed telling. By the end of the first chapter, it was a multi author series. Now, several years and 30 books later, Spaceport has yet to be kicked off the air by Fox.
HH: So where did the idea for Dangerous Obsession come from?
Shelby: It was Teeka’s fault. I asked her to explain Google Docs (Cool online collaboration app) and she opened a new doc to show me how it works, and invited me in. And she typed a line. And another one. Like watching the book type itself. And when she stopped, I took up where she'd left off. And next thing you know we had a feathered heroine running for her life, and a reluctant hero deciding he really had to save her, from herself, if nothing else.
Teeka: It was Shelby’s fault. She was whining. I'm not used to her whining. Much. So I just did what any good little author would do. I beat her into submission. :D
HH: What was it like working together on this work?
Shelby: FUN. I was kinda stuck on my current WIP at them time, so I needed fun.
Teeka: FunnY. Shelby got a kick out of the typos disappearing on their own. It amused me no end. Our writing styles are a bit different and the differences made for some mental stretching that gave me a brain cramp. But I felt wonderful at the end! It flowed easily and smoothly and made me broaden my horizons. Loved it!
HH: What do you like best about Joiandra and why will readers relate to her?
Shelby: She’s determined to be her own woman. She comes from a society where working as a professional companion is not only legal, but highly coveted. But she leaves all that behind because she wants more.
Teeka: She loves food and has very… creative ways… to use her food creations.
HH: What do you like best about Mikhail and why will readers love him?
Shelby: Mik never set out to be anyone’s hero, but he’s determined to do the right thing, no matter what. It’s kinda hard not to fall for a guy like that.
Teeka: He does pretty creative things with food too.
HH: What makes this book unique compared to the rest of the series?
Shelby: Us. (Well, you ASKED…)
Teeka: Did I mention the creative things with food?
HH: What else do each of you have in store for lucky readers?
Shelby: I'm currently working on another Spaceport, Backup Plan. This one’s a bit darker, built around the idea of body farming for organ donations. Naturally there’s a kick ass female in trouble, and an unlikely hero who’s determined to save her.
Teeka: I'm working on another Wolfsblood story, Shadow Wolf. There’s a reluctant hero and a heroine who loves to hate him.
HH: Any future collaborations?
Shelby: We don't have anything planned, but I wouldn't rule it out, either. Did I mention this book was fun?
Teeka: As long as there are creative things done with food.
Shelby: Teeka really likes bananas.
HH: What would we find in your to be read pile right now?
Shelby: Harry Potter. I decided a long time ago to wait till the series was done to read them, then I just never got started. Now I'm about halfway through. I try to leave myself a little bit of time to read every night -- something not work related. Keeps the world in perspective.
Teeka: Uh… literary porn? Research only, you understand.
HH: What plans do you have for the summer?
Shelby: More. Write more, edit more, read more… and finish things. On time, even!
Teeka: VACATION!!!! Me and the family are taking a 4 day 3 night vacation! I'm SO excited!! I don't even want to talk about “on time.” If I turned in anything on time, my editor would probably die and since no one else wants me, I'd be up a creek.
HH: Thank you!
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