Category The Tribulations of Tompa Lee

The SFR Brigade Presents a 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 […]

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 […]

Starry Nights

Welcome to the SFR Brigade’s 3rd Midsummer Blog Hop. The theme is “Starry Nights”–which works out perfectly for me, because my heroine, Tompa Lee, and hero, Ming Mengliev, first made love under the stars. Jane Austen famously omitted marriage proposal scenes, but I offer my lovers no such privacy.  To celebrate the blog hop, I’m sharing […]

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 […]

The Trials, Tribulations, and Triumph of Writing Sequels

My last post, Top Ten Thing Readers Hate about Books, has turned out to be the most popular post I’ve ever done on this blog. That popularity inspired me to follow up with a related article I wrote recently for Savvy Authors  (which is a great resource for writers–I recommend it). You see, many of […]

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. […]

The SFR Brigade Presents (plus music that will leave you thunderstruck!)

Today, Mr. Valentine presents another instalment from his brand new novel, The Tribulations of Tompa Lee–and share some music he finds both enjoyable and hilarious. First, the writing! Tompa and a small band of war refugees are pursued by bloodthirsty alien Klicks as they race across Palla Pelly Park. Palla Pelly is this planet’s equivalent of […]

Agent Oboe Seven

Today, Mr. Valentine presents another instalment from the soon-to-be-released The Tribulations of Tompa Lee. Last week you read about Tompa’s meeting with an important alien visitor: a Detchvilli who has chosen the name Sir Charles for his dealings with humans. Detchvilli’s adore human music, and he has brought his woodwind quintet to the embassy in […]

A Touch of Futuristic Humor

Most everything Mr. Valentine writes includes touches of 1) love and 2) humor. The love element may provide a character’s motivation (it’s one of the most powerful human emotions, after all), or it may be the focus of the story, as in my early Silhouette romances. The humor element … well, it just keeps creeping […]

The Best Weekend Ever

What was your all-time best weekend ever? The weekend you got married? Lost your virginity? Won the lottery? Mr. Valentine just had his best weekend ever. Here are the top ten reasons why: 10) The weather was sunny and warm, even for Arizona. Unlike back east, this has been one of the mildest winters in […]