Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Special Guest Asta Idonea Writes About the Future of Technology

I'm very pleased to host Asta Idonea on my blog today. She's got a great post on the boundless possibilities of future technology. Don't forget to check out her book FIRE UP MY HEART published by Dreamspinner Press!

Writing the Technology of the Future
by Asta Idonea

Fire Up My Heart is set in the not too distant future, but one of the things I love about creating a futuristic setting is the chance to create a different world and imagine new technology.

For Fire Up My Heart, the main innovation is the wrist chip. This computer chip has replaced pretty much everything: currency, smart phone, passport, personal records etc. All is available with a scan (to make a payments or access data) or a tap (to open the in-built web browser, which pops up like a hologram in your palm).

Would I like that myself? I don’t know. Personally, I’m holding out for transporters to cut inter-continental travel down to a matter of seconds, or a technology that allows me to think-write. Whenever I imagined a scene for my next story, my brain would automatically convert it to a typed document. That would be invaluable! I so often craft great scenes in my head when I’m not in a position to get them down on paper/screen. Imagine if dialogue was recorded as you thought it, so you didn’t have to try to recreate it later.

What technological advances would you like to see in the future?

Fire Up My Heart 
Author: Asta Idonea
Released: 25 May 2016
Buy Links: Dreamspinner Press | All Romance eBooks
Amazon US | Amazon UK
Novella: MM Sci-Fi Romance
Heat Level: 2

Blurb: London bartender Fane thinks he’s hit the jackpot when he finds a rare and expensive service Bot discarded in a dumpster, and he takes it home to get it working again. The Jo-E brings some much-needed companionship to Fane’s lonely life, but there’s something different about this Bot, as indicated by its odd behavior. Fane’s developing feelings toward Jo-E trouble him, and things go from bad to worse when a robotics engineer arrives on Fane’s doorstep, demanding the return of his property. Fane is forced to choose between a hefty reward and following his heart. Giving in to his forbidden desires might get him killed—or change his life forever.

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About the Author
Asta Idonea (aka Nicki J Markus) was born in England, but now lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She has loved both reading and writing from a young age and is also a keen linguist, having studied several foreign languages. Asta launched her writing career in 2011 and divides her efforts not only between MM and mainstream works but also between traditional and indie publishing. Her works span the genres, from paranormal to historical and from contemporary to fantasy. It just depends what story and which characters spring into her mind! As a day job, Asta works as a freelance editor and proofreader, and in her spare time she enjoys music, theatre, cinema, photography, and sketching. She also loves history, folklore and mythology, pen-palling, and travel; all of which have provided plenty of inspiration for her writing.
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

I'm off visiting...

I'm visiting one of my new friends Francis James Franklin at his blog today. The topic is Why I love science fiction and science fiction romance--and has an excerpt from my new story, ELUSIVE RADIANCE.

You know you want to...

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Key To The Word

Okay, blogging is an interesting pastime. But there's a certain amount of maintenance that goes with it, including tagging your posts, writing regularly, disseminating the post link, etc. And one of the things I do occasionally is check to see how people are getting to my blog.

Which can lead to some interesting keywords--such as:

Aidee, Aidee Ladnier, - these are expected. These are keywords to lead directly to me. Good job keywords!

aidee ladnier naked - Hold on there! No nudity on the blog!

mm, buy mm, m/m erotica books, m...m - these are good. I do write male/male pairings.

quirky characters, quirky stories, quirky writing, short stories with quirky characters - also good as my tagline is "because quirky characters fall in love, too..."

unromantic proposal - okay, I own this one. I wrote an entire post about my husband trying to be romantic and failing due to my incredible unromantic streak

waiting for the one - also one of mine. I wrote a blog post about my characters Forbes and Oliver (who will be returning in a revamped and expanded version of The Applicant soon!) and how as humans we often find ourselves waiting during our lives.

frequency illusion, cognitive bias - again, another blog post, this one about how cognitive biases like frequency illusion can help writers sell books.

ghost spam is free from the politics, we dancing like a paralytics - I have no idea where this one came from. Weird.

klockwerk kraken, why tentacles, kraken bed set - these are all probably from my book last year, The Klockwerk Kraken.

Wow. I had no idea that people were finding my little blog in such interesting ways.