Get Social blog hop #getsocial17

Blogs are social media, and that means we socialize with each other. So join the crowd here at the GET SOCIAL Blogger Event between June 4 – 17 to meet some new people.

Introductions are in order, so:

Who am I?

I’m a writer named Ed Hoornaert. Don’t let all those Flemish vowels scare you, because the last name is easy to say: hor-nert, like Little Jack with a ‘T’ on the end. I currently live in Tucson, Arizona, though I’ve also lived in Vancouver, Chicago, Nelson, Gilford Island, Clearwater, and Avola, the last five places being in British Columbia, Canada.

What else is worth knowing about me?  Well, I’m a certifiable Harlequin hero, having inspired N.Y. Times bestseller Vicki Lewis Thompson to write her Rita Award finalist Mr. Valentine. I started out writing romances for Silhouette Books, but these days I concentrate on science fiction romance.

In addition to novelist, I’ve been a teacher, principal, technical writer, salesman, janitor, and symphonic oboist. I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart for umpteen million years. We have three sons, a daughter, a mutt, and the galaxy’s most adorable grandson — and soon (next month) it will be TWO grandsons. Woohoo!

What do I write?

Here’s a taste of my most recent science fiction romance, Newborn.


She was born to kill. Not love.

Jo Beaverpaw is born fully grown, well-armed, and impatient to tackle her Destiny … which is to kill her alien nation’s most wanted fugitive. Her life is pre-programmed and straightforward – until she meets the sexy bodyguard of her intended target.

What if Schwarzenegger’s robot assassin in the original Terminator had been a bad-assed (yet petite) female?  Find out in Newborn.

Now that we’ve been introduced,
say hello in a comment
or join the hop / visit another person.





  1. Great to meet you. I found you through the #getsocial17 blog hop. Congrats on your upcoming grandson.

    1. Thanks for the congratulations, Kristina. We’re getting excited.

  2. ratmom · · Reply

    I’m part of the Social Blogger hop too. Sounds like you’ve done a lot of been to a bunch of places. I’ve lived in Las Vegas for the past 30 years, so not much traveling going on. Your book sounds really interesting.

    1. Maybe you don’t need to travel, seeing that you live one of those places that people come to for vacations.

  3. Hi Ed nice to meet you!

    1. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. thebookwormmomblog · · Reply

    Newborn sounds really interesting. I’ll have to check it out.
    It’s nice to meet you. I’m stopping by from the #getsocial17 blog hop.


    1. I imagine you’ll stumble across more than a few interesting books during this blog hop — though none, of course, as exciting as Newborn!

  5. krazaykris · · Reply

    It’s nice to meet you Ed! I can’t believe you helped inspire Vicki Lewis to write Mr. Valentine. That’s so awesome.

    1. In truth I did nothing other than sit there at a critique session with Vicki and all of a sudden she got the idea for a book about a male romance writer. Reality is more blase than fiction — I’m nowhere near as sexy as the guy Vicki created.

  6. Nice to meet you Ed! Thank’s for sharing a little about yourself. Stopping by for the #getsocial17 event. Have a wonderful week.

    1. The hop is about meeting new people, so thanks for stopping by!

  7. Nice to meet you! Visiting from #getsocial17

    1. Your avatar picture of a maltese reminded me of the old joke, “On the internet, know one knows if you’re actually a dog.”

  8. Stopping by for #getsocial17… I like the synopsis for Newborn… I’ll have to check it out!

    1. That is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  9. Nice getting to know ya 😀

    1. Thanks so much. One of my sons worked for a few months in Copenhagen. He loved it, but thought the city was too expensive for his wallet.

  10. Nice to meet you Ed – I’m stopping by for the #getsocial17 event.

    For What It’s Worth

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Karen. Great picture of a sheltie, by the way.

  11. Nice to meet you! 🙂 #getsocial17

    1. Same to you, Lily!

  12. New to your blog, stopping by as part of #getsocial17 event. What a fun life you have lead. Thanks for sharing more about yourself!

    1. Looking back on my life, I don’t have too many regrets. If I really, really wanted something I usually at least tried to achieve it.

  13. *Waves* Hi Ed! Popping over via #getsocial17

    Nice to meet you 🙂

    1. Waving right back at you, Melissa.

  14. Wow! How cool because I actually read Mr. Valentine and loved it! Very neat that you’ve done so much, and now focus on sci-fi romance. I always enjoy meeting couples that have been together forever. Makes romance novels so real. Hugs…RO #Getsocial17

    1. Mr V is a pretty good book, if I say so myself. As for being together forever, don’t tell anyone, but our anniversary is in a week and a half. How can I say this without making myself seem old? It’ll be 48 years, but I was still in my cradle when we married.

  15. Hey Ed! Thanks for joining in on the event! And wow! You’ve had some adventures in your life! Love that you’ve done a bit of quite a few things. 🙂

    1. Although now I’m pretty settled, I wanted adventure. So did Judi. She enabled my adventures and I enabled hers.

  16. Hello Ed! Nice to ‘meet’ you. 🙂

    1. Bonjour, Buzzy!

  17. I’m loving this blog hop!

    1. Thanks for dropping by, Erin.

  18. Hi Ed, nice to meet you.

    I love a good Sci-Fi story, but alas, I haven’t read one a long time. 🙂 #getsocial17

    1. “Hey, Aleen, there’s a good one staring you in the face right now,” he says modestly.

  19. What an honor it must be to inspire another writer’s work like you did for Mr. Valentine. You wrote for Harlequin/Silhouette? Awesome! I have heard that other men have as well. Your new books look especially great. Hope you have much success with them. Thanks for letting me visit. I hope you get a lot of writing done this weekend! #GetSocial2017

    1. Yes it is, though I sure didn’t do much inspiring. At a critique with Vicki, one of the unpublished sci fi writers said she wished she could submit my short story to the Writers of the Future under her name. Vicki heard that and she got the idea. A month later (she’s a fast writer!) the book was written.

  20. It sounds like you really enjoy BC living! British Columbia is beautiful. I have family and friends there. #getsocial17

    1. BC is my spirit’s home. One of my sons works on a research project at UBC.

  21. Oh nice to see that you live in Tucson. I’m actually about to spend the next month in Tucson and Yuma for work – it will be my first trip. I hope I don’t die of heat stroke 😉


    1. You might if you aren’t careful! My brother-in-law used to say that when Northerners come down here in the winter, they think they’ve died and gone to heaven, but if they come back in the summer, they realize they’ve gone the other way. Drink plenty of water and then drink more water. Use sunscreen. Stay in air conditioning as much as possible.

  22. Hi Ed! I’m stopping by from the Get Social event. I have to say I’ve spent a good half hour on your blog. You definitely know how to entertain! I also love the idea of a lot of your books! I haven’t seen too many male romance novelists in books stores so you’ve definitely piqued my interest. I think a lot of us could learn from you on how to draw an audience in with our blog posts. I love your bio as well!

    1. Wow, that’s a HUGE compliment, Adria. There are more male romance writers than you realize. Back when I wrote for Silhouette, they insisted guys use a female synonym. If you’ve ever heard of Donald Maass, a high powered literary agent, he told me once that he wrote romances under a pseudonym when he was just starting out, and I’ve met a couple other guys. When I switched to SFRom, I made the decision to publish under my own name. While I stand by that decision, my sales would indicate that it has hurt my bottom line.

      Thanks once again!

  23. It’s really a wonderful place to place own views and freelance writeups.I would be happy if you check out my blogs too..

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Siba!

      1. That’s great of you I got noticed.

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