Category Science Fiction novel

Top Ten Science Fiction Cats of All Time

I need your help with this one because–horror of horrors!–I have only eight cats on my list. I relying on the Internet to help fill out this list, so don’t you let me down. If you think of a deserving cat, leave a comment! Here are the ground rules I used: I’m a little loosey goosey about […]

The SFR Brigade Presents One Last Triumph

If you haven’t checked out the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, you really should. This group of writers contains some of the major voices in women’s science fiction, including Catherine Asaro and Linnea Sinclair. Some members write romance set in futuristic settings. Others, such as Mr. Valentine, write more traditional science fiction, but emphasize strong female leads and […]

Mirror Shattered

In the spirit of book releases, and seeing that Ed Hoornaert’s The Triumph of Tompa Lee is only weeks away from release, Mr. Valentine is hosting a cover reveal for a great new science-fiction romance by KG Stutts: Mirror Shattered. Mirror Shattered is the second book in a sci-fi romance series by new author KG […]

Triumphant Cover Reveal

And now, alas, for some shameless commercialism. Amazing how different it feels, though, when it’s my commercialism … noble, almost, or at least artistic and marvellously important, as opposed to crass. Without further apology, here’s the cover reveal for The Triumph of Tompa Lee, my upcoming science fiction adventure with dollops of romance. Leave a […]

Greetings from Toronto

I’m in Toronto, visiting family.  If you’ve never visited the Big TO, you should; as cities go, it’s beautiful and overall great. Beyond the skyline, though, the thing that strikes me is the city’s impressive cultural panorama.  It’s one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse cities in the world. Nearly half the population was born in […]

On Diversity

I loved this post from Ryan’s “Torrent of Diapers” blog.  Love that title, too! As someone who cut his teeth writing category romances and has featured French Canadian lead characters, Japanese  leads (that book didn’t sell, though), and Native American leads, I feel strongly that the issue of an author’s race/gender/sexual orientation is largely irrelevant. The events that […]

The Trials, Tribulations, and Triumph of Writing Sequels, part 2

In my previous post, I introduced three issues I found I needed to be careful of when I began writing sequels. Issue #1: Lots of names from previous books Issue #2: Lots of recapping Issue #3: Assuming that readers identify with protagonists because they read previous books For the beginning of this article, originally published at Savvy […]

Top Ten Things Readers Hate about Books

The Paranormal Book Club recently asked their readers what is the “ONE thing you CAN NOT stand about a book when reading it?” While this is not a scientific survey, the results are nonetheless interesting. In a classic example of procrastination, I spent way too much time categorizing the issues, and I hereby present the results […]

Release Day! Tribulations of Tompa Lee

If you’re a writer, you know what the release day of The Trial of Tompa Lee (a science fiction novel packed with adventure, romance, and humor) means to Mr. Valentine.  If you aren’t a writer, think opening presents on Christmas. Or slipping the keys of your first car into the ignition for the very first time. […]

2013 Nebula Award Finalists Announced

The Nebula Awards are, along with the Hugo Awards, science fiction’s most prestigious awards. Unlike the Hugo, which  are chosen by fans, the Nebulas are voted on, and presented by, active members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. As a member of SFWA, Mr. Valentine can vote between March 1 and March […]