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Friday, April 27, 2012

An Interview & A Giveaway with Imogene Nix

One man, one woman, one psychotic alien. Now the race is on to save humanity. Past. Present. Future.

Mellissa Davis is your average bookstore owner and aspiring romance author until one day an electronic book pad slides through the mail slot of her little bookstore. Now all she has to worry about is a sexy time travelling stealthship captain, staying out of the way of the bad guy and saving the universe, past and present. Not much to ask…

Duvall McCord, an up and coming stealthship captain travels to the past to stop the Ru’Edan leader, Crick Sur Banden, destroying the Earth Empire of the future. His mission? Retrieve the handbook for the Elector. He doesn’t count on love, or saving the woman of his dreams. But time is running out. This warrior must do everything he can to stop the plot…
Welcome, Imogene, how long have you been an author?
Imogene: I was only talking to a friend about that the other day. As I’m sitting here writing, it is just on 12 months. Which is really really scary, because in so many ways, it all happened too fast. But then again, maybe it was because I had some lucky breaks along the way and found some excellent support systems too.
Congratulations, what is your favourite genre?
Imogene: Fave? Probably SciFi Romance very closely followed by Romantic Suspense. After that? Straight Science Fiction and then Naval History Fiction.

If someone hasn't read any of your work, what book would you recommend they start with and why?
Imogene: It would have to be Starline, because that is where you are introduced to almost all the main players in the universe. Only one turns up later and that happens in Starfire.
While most of the books are able to be read independently, you will definitely get more out of reading the series. Oh, and in order too, because there are lots of spoilers through the books otherwise.
Sounds interesting, what is the biggest surprise you’ve discovered about the writing process?
Imogene: I always used to laugh about authors who talked about their character talking to them. Well, now I fully understand that.
*grins* Can you tell us about one of your current works in progress?
Imogene: I am currently working on Starburst, which will be the last book in this universe. It is the story of Meredith and Chowd. Great characters with lots of layers.

Name one thing readers would be surprised to know about you.
Imogene: I make wine and am addicted to chocolate. Oh, I also love incubating chicken eggs and
watching the chicks hatch and grow.
Interesting, name your top three writing goals?
Imogene: Top three? Okay, I would love to make it to the NYT Best Seller List, Have people say my books are on their pre-order lists, write at least 100 books.
Those are great goals, mine are quite similar. If you had a warning label, what would it say?
Imogene: Personally? Warning: Scatty female with dog in tow.
LOL, If you had the chance to meet one of your characters privately, who would it be and what would you do?
Imogene: Chowd – because he needs hugs and love. I’d talk to him. Ply him with chocolate and wine.
*grins* that sounds like a fun night. I'd like to thank Imogene for joining us today. Please enjoy the excerpt below and read on to find out what her giveaway is...

“Who are George and Eliza?” McCord peered at her, making her jump at the sound of his voice. She had missed the thud of boots on the flooring during her musings.

Mellissa gulped, wishing the floor would open and engulf her. How could she explain without him thinking less of her, not to mention her characters? George, a rough tough space Captain, and his protégée and maybe sometime lover, Eliza? Was it really something you could just blurt out? “Umm, they are characters in a book,” she said.

“A book? Of course, they were still huge in your time. In ours, only the rich have them. The rest have bookpads.” He smiled. “Who was it by? I might be able to access a copy for you.”

Her discomfort deepened. “Umm, I was writing it.” Her cheeks grew rosy.

“Really? Wow. What kind of book is it?” He looked at her, and she was sure his interest seemed genuine. She cringed at the thought of telling him it was a romance. After all, wasn’t it maiden aunts that wrote this sort of stuff anyway? Let alone read them.

Uh oh, she knew what to expect, she thought to herself. “Umm, it was a Sci Fi Romance.”

He looked at her. “You know, some of the most enduring books from your time are romances. Fancy that.” He grinned, and she could feel the air clear a little. She still felt embarrassed, but not as much as she had.

“Yeah, in my time, romance writers are sort of, well, you know, the bottom of the pack…gaining ground though. We actually have whole associations dedicated to reading romance.” She grimaced up at his face in embarrassment. What must he think of me? I’m some kind of old spinster? But wasn’t that what I was on the road to becoming? an insidious little voice in the back of her head quietly asked. Thinking how she wished her character, George, could be half as sexy as Duvall McCord, she had to mentally remind herself that here stood a real rough-and-tumble Captain and not some figment of her imagination.

“Well, there is definitely a career waiting for you as a writer of romance.” He grinned. “Come on and I’ll grab you a coffee, and you can give me the lowdown on your characters…was it George and Eliza?”

She hopped up quickly and followed him to the mess. Really, it seemed funny how quickly she had settled into ship life, she mused. “So, do you believe in romance yourself?” he asked, and he seemed just as surprised as she did by the question.

“Romance? Yes, absolutely.” Her enthusiastic answer surprised him. It radiated clearly on his face, the way it screwed up slightly. “That’s why I own a bookstore and am writing a novel.”

“Hmm, yes, but did you live alone?” His query zeroed in on a spot she didn’t really like to explore. “I mean, is there a man in your life?”

His gaze zeroed in on her again. She hoped, in fact had prayed, that there was more to the question, and then reminded herself it couldn’t be real. Her imagination still looked for the possibility of a relationship that didn’t and couldn’t exist.
Imogene has generously offered to give away a pdf copy of 'Starline' and 'The Star of Ishtar'.
You all know the drill...
Follow this blog, and leave a comment with your email address. We'll announce two winners on Monday April 30th, 2012
Best wishes,
~Author Jennifer Labelle~


  1. I must be living under a rock to have missed Imogene and her works!

    I enjoyed both the interview and the excerpt. I know what I'm adding to my must have list!

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  2. This one looks really good! I haven't read any of her books yet. Great interview and excerpt. (I am a follower.)

    Michelle V

  3. I haven't read anything of Imogene's except for the excerpt, but that is enough to make me want to read more from her. Please throw my name in the hat. Thank you.

    follower: ilona
    felinewyvern at googlemail dot com

  4. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

  5. Fantastic interview! And I loved the excerpt. I haven't had a chance to read any of her books yet and would LOVE to!

    Congrats Imogene! Best of luck to you in your career!

  6. Hi Imogene,
    thank you for the chance at such a great giveaway. i love the cover, it's gorgeous and the excerpt was wonderful. i can hardly wait to see what happens next between these two. :D

    do you design the cover of your books yourself or have alot of input on what they look like? i know some authors have almost no say in what their book cover will look like.

    tammy ramey

  7. Thanks for the interview and giveaway! I'm a follower



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