A Romance Novel with…an Alien Abduction?
Kara Leigh Miller
Yes, you read that correctly. There is an alien abduction in my newest novel, Death of a Waterfall. Okay, I’ll let you in on a little secret: it’s not an actual alien abduction. The heroine is dreaming that she’s been abducted by aliens. Hmm…that still doesn’t sound much better, does it? All right, how about I just show you the scene so you can see what I’m talking about? Here it is:
The sand felt warm beneath her skin. The water was crystal clear for hundreds of miles. A school of fish, a catfish with whiskers so long they reached out and tickled her toes. She giggled and pulled her feet to her body. The sun, high in the sky cast a bright hue, blanketing everything its rays touched. She looked to her left–a mom with an infant, breastfeeding and smiling. She looked to her right–a dad playing catch with a baby.
The outer edges started to turn dark, the circle of objects bathed by the sun became smaller and smaller and smaller until only she was affected by its rays. She looked up. It wasn’t the sun. A grossly large halogen lamp was suspended above her head. She tried to shield her eyes with her hand, but she couldn’t. Her hands were strapped to a table. Her entire torso was strapped down. What happened to the beach? The sand? The sun? The fish-filled water?
Something cold, hard, made of metal was poking at her. Muffled sounds circulated the space around her. Aliens? That was crazy. She hadn’t been abducted by aliens. But what was that thing standing over her then? Blue skin, camouflage hair, two brown marbles where there should’ve been eyes, and no nose or mouth, just a piece of white cardboard.
Icy cool juice pulsated in her body and tingled in her veins. Sweet, glorious sleep.
The heroine is in a state of drug induced consciousness here. She knows something bad has happened to her, she just doesn’t know what – yet. So, where did I get the crazy idea to mention an alien abduction in this scene? It’s a rather funny story…
I belonged to this weekly critique group that met every Thursday night and there was this guy there, Giovanni Valentino (http://giovannivalentino.blogspot.com/) who is a jokester to the core. He never misses an opportunity to crack a joke and make people laugh. Well, every single time it was his turn to critique a given piece of writing, his comment was always the same: “It would be better if it had a car chase or alien abduction in it.” That became the running joke in the group.
So, as Giovanni and I became closer friends and eventually critique partners, I knew I had to give him an extra special nod in my book. But how? And where? When this scene was ready to be written, I knew it was perfect! Honestly, when I first wrote this alien abduction, I did it just to be a smartass. But, it went over very well with my critique group and of course, Giovanni loved it, so I kept it.
What the strangest thing you’ve ever written or read in a romance novel? Share your thoughts in the comments below and one lucky commenter will win a PDF copy of Death of a Waterfall. Giveaway open until August 5 2013 @ 11:59pm EST with winner announced shortly after.
Teghan Jacobs didn’t think anything could be worse than learning she’s pregnant by a man she’s been dating less than six months. Boy, was she wrong. Her mother, whose drowning in the river of denial, refuses to take a side on the issue. And her overbearing, manipulative father threatens to disown her and cut her off from her trust fund if she doesn’t have an abortion.
Donnie Marks couldn’t be happier. The woman he loves, the woman he fought so hard to be with, is going to have his baby. Life has never been better. But when she shows up in his dorm room, sobbing and heartbroken, he learns the horrible truth of what happened. He vows to get revenge on the man who’s responsible: Teghan’s father.
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Born and raised in the small town of Mexico, New York, Kara was an only child who was forced to find ways to entertain herself. Playing make believe with her Barbie dolls and stuffed animals was her first real taste of storytelling before she became old enough to develop a love affair with the written word. In early 2010, Kara picked up her very first erotic romance novel, and she was instantly hooked. She loves to write contemporary romance, erotica, and young adult romance.
She’s the author of several erotic novellas, The Georgia Corbins, a YA romance, and a handful of short stories. Kara is an active member of the CNY Writers Haven and the CNY Romance Writers. In addition, she’s a Senior Editor at Entranced Publishing.
Today, Kara resides in New Haven, New York with her husband, five kids, three cats, and two puppies. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s thinking about reading and writing. And when she’s not doing that, she’s spending time with her family and friends.
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