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The (Mostly) True Story Behind the Writing of Lost Valyr: Project Enterprise 7

Behind the book MarqueeToday I’m heading into the booth to interview myself about what went on behind the scenes while writing Lost Valyr. It will be a tough, cutting-edge interview of myself and I will get the truth or die trying.

Myself: Goodreads says you’re already dead.

Me: Oh right. Okay, I’ll get the truth or live again. How is that?

Myself: Meh. 

Sorry about that. Before we head into the booth, let’s take a quick look at what Lost Valyr is about. 

She’s a scientist in the wrong galaxy. He’s an alien in the wrong century. Can their love reset a terrifying future? 

Dr. Rachel Grant knows her way around the Garradian tech on the Kikk Outpost. But the technology she encounters in an alien medical lab stumps even her brilliant mind. With a little help from her scheming parrot sidekick, she manages to push the right buttons and transport them to an uncharted planet…where they find a recently defrosted alien, who heats up Rachel.

Valyr wasn’t going to warm up to the bright-eyed scientist anytime soon…not after she pried centuries of cryosleep from his cold fingers. But waking up in the wrong century is nothing compared to the robots targeting his still-frozen team. And their situation only gets worse when he discovers the spiderweb of destruction trailing in the robots’ wake. With their backs against the wall, Valyr is blown away by Rachel’s determined passion in the face of impossible odds… but they’ll need more than a chemical reaction to survive what is headed their way. 

Lost Valyr is the seventh standalone book in the explosive Project Enterprise sci-fi romance series. If you like heart-pounding chemistry, ragtag bands of misfits, and action-packed space battles, then you’ll love Pauline Baird Jones’ rollicking romance. 

Buy Lost Valyr to defrost a fast-paced interstellar love story today!

cover artLost Valyr is currently on preorder at all the usual vendors (Amazon, Nook, Kobo, iBooks, and GooglePlay). Perhaps we’ll find out why in the interview. Which we’ll get started now.

Me: So, you’re about to release the 7th book in a series you didn’t plan on writing and that you stopped a couple of books ago. How did that happen?

Myself: It was partly an economic decision. The original series continued to sell well and some fans reached out to me and asked for more. But it was also a personal decision (because I publish myself, I get to write what I want to write). I missed it, too. And when it started to turn into a series, I had the vague idea of it branching off with various Project Enterprise ships going places in space. 

Me: There are rumors that you also listened to the fans by bringing back some of the original characters this time? 

Myself: Yeah, when I wrote Found Girl I had this vague idea—

Me: [under my breath] You get those a lot…

Myself: [clears throat] —this vague idea of connecting different Project Enterprise ships in a wider story arc. I think readers overall liked the story, but they wanted to know what was going on with the original characters. It might have been a [really slow] light bulb moment for me. Possibly. 

Me: Are you calling us slow learners?

Myself: I’m trying not to. 

Me: Oh. Well, good. So what original characters can we expect to read in Lost Valyr?

Myself: Fan favorite Doc from Girl Gone Nova will make some cameo appearances. And Colonel Carey from The Key and Tangled in Time

Me: —the book you wrote while tanked up on Diet Dr. Pepper?

Myself: You could make the case for that. Lol

Me: There is also another tie-in, is there not?

Myself: I introduce the characters who will star in my Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3 story. 

Me: You’re also scattering clues all over the blog about Lost Valyr?

Myself: Yup. If you read my informational posts all month, you’ll get some clues to some of the plot elements. 

Me: Something else happened that you didn’t plan?

Myself: I set an upper word limit of 60,000 so I could get the book out sooner. (Let’s face it, fewer words to edit, etc, the faster the book can come out.)

Me: And what is the word count?

Myself: [mumble, mumble}

Me: I missed that?

Myself: Almost 100,000 words. But it isn’t as long as The Key, Girl Gone Nova or Steamrolled. It’s not an official BAB (big a** book). 

Me: More of a mini BAB. Okay, there is also a character from Found Girl who shows up in Lost Valyr?

Myself: My villain. [Chuckles evilly]

Me: You creeped me out this time. 

Myself: I creeped me out. 

Me: The heroine is a bit different this time, too?

Myself: Rachel took me a while to figure out, but I ended up liking her a lot. I hope readers will, too. And her sidekick in this book first appeared in “Time Trap.”  He was also a fan favorite. 

Me: What do you hope with from this release?

Myself: Other than fame and a movie deal? LOL I hope readers enjoy the dive back into the original Garradian Universe. I’m grateful they loved my people and place enough to ask for more. And if you hate it, tell me later. Lol 

Me: Well, I think we’ll wrap this up now. It’s run a little long. 

Myself: You asked the questions. 

Me: You didn’t have to run on and on. 

Myself: Which you are doing now…

Me: Sorry. Well, that wraps things up here. If you have additional questions for Me or Myself, post them in the comments! And we both hope you’ll check out Lost Valyr and stick with us as run up to the release on July 10th!

Perilously yours,


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