Hey, all! Author K’Anne Meinel is finishing up a science fiction novel and she’s looking for a title. That’s where YOU come in. She’s running a contest that gives YOU a chance to name the novel and lend your name to a character in a forthcoming novel. How cool is that?
SEE BELOW FOR INSTRUCTIONS!
I have a confession…I am a secret Trekkie. No, I don’t go around wearing pointy ears or talking Klingon. No, I have never been to any of the comic-cons or conventions where you dress up as your favorite character(s). No, I am not a furry, either (gross). I have, however, been a fan since the 1970s of the original Star Trek show, with all of its overly dramatic, overly acted, kitschy kind of ambiance. I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to see the first Star Trek movie when it came out back on December 6, 1979.
It was one of the few things my father and I had in common that we could share, our love of Star Trek, and later our love of Star Wars. Okay, okay, I know there are those who think you shouldn’t mix the two and I’ve committed heresy by mentioning them in the same sentence, however, they all have their good points.
I am also a cinephilia. Before you all get excited about that word, it means: A person with a passionate interest in cinema (also cinemaphile), or, informally, a movie buff. I collect movies, including GalaxyQuest, Terminator, ET (of COURSE!), The Martian, The Arrival, The Abyss, Signs, and a host of other known and not-so-well-known science fiction movies.
I collect a lot of other movies as well. I love romance (no surprise there), but westerns (and I mean REAL ones with John Wayne, Gary Cooper, Jimmy Stewart, Maureen O’Hara, Katherine Hepburn, and other great actors), as well as quirky and out of circulation movies. I have in my collection over 1000 movies, and, as this picture shows you, quite a display of them. Since I took this picture, I have run out of room on these shelves for all my movies, even turning them sideways. About one-third of them now are DVDs.
I never thought I could write a science fiction story. I mean, I write romance. I write murder mysteries. I write action-adventure. I usually write a lot of drama within those genres. In 2011, I started a science fiction novel. I originally thought it would be a novella, but no, there was more to that story than even I anticipated. It would plague me for years as I watched the movies, again and again. Recently I decided to finish it. I won’t tell you what I named it, or even show you the cover I made back then, because it would defeat the purpose of this blog, and predispose you to the point of the contest. After publishing many Prudence MacLeod novels for Shadoe Publishing, it made me realize, that yes, I CAN write a science-fiction novel, with lesbian characters, and I can make the story believable…thank you Pru for the inspiration!
And, that’s what we get to now. The point of the contest is your HELP IN NAMING my science fiction debut novel. I have the meat of the story. I have the two lovers who fall in love in space. I have the drama. I even have my synopsis, which reads: While hiking the mountains and deserts of Arizona with her best friend, D.O.G., Ryley Graham hears a whirring noise. Thinking D.O.G. has cornered a rattlesnake, she rushes to protect him only to be blinded by a light seemingly coming from nowhere and everywhere simultaneously.
Waking up 510 years later, she is confused by the technology and “people” that surround her. Skeptical when she is informed she is aboard a spaceship that explores wormholes, it takes a great deal of effort to finally convince her she isn’t in a government-owned facility and isn’t part of some huge experiment or conspiracy.
Adjusting to the odd lifeforms that coexist on the ship, Ryley begins to accept that she can never go back to Earth 2015, and begins to contribute her own unique knowledge and skills to their survival. As Ryley makes new friends, one of them begins to stand out…
Mercédès is half human and half android. She is struggling to understand her human side and the odd feelings she is developing for this Earthwoman.
Learning about love, and learning to love will be a huge challenge as Ryley and Mercédès begin to forge a future. What impact will it have when they discover the real reason Ryley was taken in the first place?
Now, I need YOUR help in NAMING the book! I have found the artwork that will help me when we are ready to go with this book in say 6-8 weeks, but I thought I’d ask for help from readers of fiction and fan fiction who happen to enjoy science fiction.
The winner of my last contest got named in this book, so, I offer not only the possibility for the winner in this contest to name this new book, but also get a chance to be named in my next book. I will send a paperback copy of THIS book ANYWHERE in the world (this world only, all other worlds, galaxies, and planets are excluded from this contest and if you ARE entering from any other worlds, galaxies, and planets please let me know so we can have another conversation, possibly a book deal), and, if you know anything about shipping a book out of this country, that gets expensive…so, put on your thinking caps and come up with a name for my yet, as unnamed, novel and you get to have a signed copy!
Something I would like to mention is yes, one of the main characters, Mercédès, is half-human and half-android. No, don’t think Data from Next Generation or even Seven of Nine from Voyager and certainly not Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator. Think Vanessa Williams with machine parts in her beautiful body. (If you don’t know who Vanessa Williams is, um, what planet are you from?) With THAT in your fertile imaginations, please help me to get a title for my yet as unnamed novel!
HOW THE CONTEST WORKS:
1) you go to MY blog and SIGN UP (it’s okay if you’re already a follower, you can qualify by signing up with the other participating blogs). YOU HAVE TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY.
2) you go to the other blogs where you read this and SIGN UP (it’s okay if you’re already a follower, we won’t use our stun guns on you). Please, if you aren’t already followers of these other blogs, please sign up!
3) you put in your two-cents about what YOU think the book should be named, based on the synopsis as well as what you would like to see on this cover. (Don’t worry, we won’t be reading your minds, you have to type out a response for us to consider). Just COMMENT in the comment section at the bottom of my blog!
4) Winner will be informed on the blog, all over social media, and, be named in my next book by being named a character (first name, or both…no financial compensation in any galaxy will be forthcoming for this honor).
5) Here is the cover for your inspiration:
Got that, everybody? GO TO K’ANNE’S BLOG (link above, number 1) to sign up with your suggestions for the title for her forthcoming sci fi novel.