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Behind the Book: Nebula Nine

The (mostly) true story behind the writing of the novella.

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What do you know, it’s Behind the Book day again! It just keeps happening, but don’t despair. I will eventually run out of books to peer behind the curtains at. I know, that’s wrong, but couldn’t figure how else to say that. Lol 

Today I am interviewing me about Nebula Nine. But first, let’s look at what it is about: 

Lives at risk. Time out of whack. Is it a test? Or a trap?

Special Forces Temporal Agent, Jane Jones finds the thrill of going where she’d never gone before giving way to wondering what is wrong on Nebula Nine Space station. Is the Agency testing her loyalty? Or has she jumped into a trap? As her doubts grow, so do her fears of destabilizing her own timeline and disappearing from existence. And who is Ryder Jaxon?  

Ryder Jaxon doesn’t trust anyone. And he sure doesn’t trust things that only he can see. So when he starts seeing visions of the station blowing up, and he has to work with a woman he wants to trust, he wonders if he should take a long vacation. 

It’s a trip into crazy for both of them and as they race to stop a madman intent on destroying the station. But when they realize how completely they have both been betrayed, they must make a choice that will change more than their past history.

And now for the interview:

Me: This book had an unusual beginning, did it not?

Myself: Why yes, yes it did. I was participating in a reader event in Las Vegas and they wanted to gift attendees an anthology of science fiction romance stories set in a) space and b) based around gambling (because the event was in a casino).

Me: You had one huge problem with the gambling part.

Myself: I did. I’ve never gambled. Lol I had to look up the basics of poker to set one of my scenes. And then I promptly forgot it all. If you could talk me into playing poker (which would be very hard), you’d win. 

Me: So, other than the casino part, how did you figure out this story?

Myself: Well, I started by asking myself who and what is this story about? And because my brain is freaking crazy in there, I suddenly pictured a time traveler arriving to fix something that has gone wrong in this space station. Of course, the hero had to work on the space station, but then the story took over and it even surprised me. 

Me: So how does it relate to Project Enterprise?

Myself: In several of my PE books, I have these traveling time agents who are supposed to fix time. In some books, they are the good guys, in others they are not. My agent, Jane, senses that things are not what they should be, but even she isn’t prepared for what she learns. 

Me: This ties into another story?

Myself: It does. More time agents show up in my Pets in Space 2 story, called “Time Trap.” When Pets in Space 2 went off sale last spring, I released it myself, but it is only available to buy from my website (I sell it at .99 and my “profit” margin on .99 is truly awful.) 

Me: Do you have plans for any more nefarious time agent stories?

Myself: Well, not at the moment, but my brain may barf up one again sometime. Lol I’m trying to meet my production schedule for this year, but Life is kicking my butt again. I need to figure out how to write while I’m sleeping. 

Me: Well, thanks for doing this while you’re awake. I don’t even, if you’d been asleep. 

Myself: Oh, I don’t know…

Me: Say goodbye

Myself: Goodbye…for now!

Perilously yours,

Pauline

P.S. Be sure to read the Monday excerpt!

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