Monday, March 16, 2015

Book Blast & Giveaway: Stars Apart by Skyler White

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SilkWords is the go-to source for interactive romance and erotic fiction.

With gorgeous custom covers and a clean, sophisticated design, the SilkWords site offers a secure, upscale reading environment. In addition to content on their web site, they offer stories for purchase in the standard e-book formats.

SilkWords is owned and operated by a full-time mom with a background in genetics and an RWA RITA-nominated, multi-published sci-fi romance author.

Their technology guy and site designer was the founder of Microsoft Xbox Live.

SilkWords features two formats that allow readers to choose how the stories will proceed.

Pick Your Path:

Will she or won't she? With which man (or woman) in which location? With Pick Your Path romance, you decide. Romance and branched fiction are made for each other, like picking your favorite flavor of ice cream...positions, partners, and paraphernalia, oh my!

Reader Vote:

Readers vote at choice points and decide how the story will continue. These stories are a great way for readers and authors to connect. It’s exciting to be part of a developing story!




clip_image004Stars Apart

Skyler White

Genre: futuristic fantasy erotica

Publisher: SilkWords

Date of Publication: March 14, 2015

Cover Artist: Indie Designz

Book Description:

Astra, a trapeze artist in an illegal interstellar circus, falls for a powerful renegade magician, and the attraction between them is strong enough to draw the ruling coven, the painful past, and the fury of space down upon them.







Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be? 

 No, I wanted to be (in order) a fairy, a ballet dancer, a choreographer, a theater director, a theater professor, and an online entrepreneur.

When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?

For a long time it felt presumptuous to call myself a writer, but I was talking about the difference between writers and storytellers with some other writers and the obsessive love of language and two of us shared put us on the “writer”  of the (probably false) dichotomy, and I’ve been comfortable with it ever since.

How long did it take to get your first book published?

5 years

What is the name of your latest story, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?

It’s a quasi-Pick Your Path story in which readers get to weigh in and determine the crucial events about a trapeze artist in an illegal interstellar circus who falls for a renegade magician bringing the ruling coven, the painful past, and the cruelty of space downon them. 

Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?

Silkwords – they’re an exciting addition to the online erotica field and doing things (reader vote, multiple narrative, shared world) no one else is.

How long does it usually take you to write a story, from the original idea to finishing writing it? 

About a month.

What can we expect from you in the future?  ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre? 

Lord, I wish  I knew!  I really enjoy writing for Silkwords, but I have a full length novel I’ve started and I co-write a series called The Incrementals with Steven Brust, and we’re planning another one.

What genre would you place your books into? 

There’s almost always some element of the supernatural in what I write, but individual stories range from erotica to SciFi/Fantasy to magical realism.

What made you decide to write that genre of book? 

The supernatural so useful symbolically and so interesting, but most of all I really love the readership.  People who read SFF are the most generous-minded readers out there.  They bring such radically open minds to the story that it give the author space (sometimes literally!) to do anything.

Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite? 

Olivia the vampire from “and Falling, Fly” is probably my favorite, but I really do love them all.

Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?

God, I wish!  The closest I have is to look at my week every week on Sundays and see where there are holes in my schedule where I can make a writing appointment with myself. 

Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?

 Something in between, but when I find the title, that’s when I know the story is probably going to be okay.

How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books? 

There’s always a bit of an Easter egg in my character names, some game I’m playing or rule I’ve established, but it’s different for each story. 

Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?

 I have the dominant characteristics for the primary and secondary characters in mind before I start, but they always evolve and the tertiary people can end up really surprising me. 

Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..") 

 I won’t say morals, more like questions.  In “Falling” for example, I was asking myself “what is the nature of adult (vs adolescent) female desire.  “Dreams” was about marital fidelity.  In “Stars,” I think I’m wanting to ask about magic and sex.

Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?

Depends on the book.  Non-fiction I read in paper, most fiction I read I listen to on audiobook, or read on kindle. 



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The child of two college professors, I left high school to pursue a career in ballet. Since then, I’ve worked in theater and advertising, earned a Master’s degree and appeared on reality TV, and if you can find a “career path” in that, you have a better eye for pattern than I do.

My debut novel, ‘and Falling, Fly‘ was named one of the top sci-fi/fantasy books of 2010 by Library Journal, Barnes & Noble’s Sci-Fi Blog, and Dear Author. My follow-up, ‘In Dreams Begin‘ was accorded the same honor by Fantasy Literature. ‘The Incrementalists,’ co-written with Steven Brust, was one Publisher’s Weekly Top 10 Sci-Fi/Fantasy titles for Fall 2013, and recently, I've started exploring indie publishing with "Offerings," a serialized sacred erotica.

I write angels and scientists, demons, faeries and revolutionaries, secret societies and sacred sex because I’m interested in the places where myth and modernity tangle. I’m a mother and a rebel, a wife and a romantic. I’m a liberal living in Texas, an existentialist witch, and a sucker for paradox – lucky thing, right?

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