Thanks for inviting me, Alicia. Today is an exciting day for me. It’s Launch Day for my new book, The Pilot, and you’re my first stop along The Pilot Launch Tour. The Pilot is the first of the Outer Rim novels. The Outer Rim is comparable to our 19th century Wild West. As on any frontier, women on the Rim have to be strong enough to make their own way without–sometimes in spite of–men. The Pilot is about cargo hauler, risk taker Celera d’Enfaden who must work with rule-bound official Trevarr Jovano to save her brother from a galactic gangster.
Sounds fascinating, Diane. Even though I’m not into Sci-Fi, you always pique my interest. Thank you so much for allowing me to be your launch spot for your tour. And thank you for taking the time to answer my questions so we can get to know more about you.
What do you love that most people don’t like and wouldn’t understand why you do?
I love science fiction and fantasy movies. My sisters think I’m nuts and my husband (who introduced me to Star Trek, btw) indulges me by taking me to see movies he doesn’t get (e.g., Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter). Fantasy stretches the imagination as does sci-fi. I think I like sci-fi best because it shows the possibilities for our future. I’m not crazy about dystopian movies even though I loved the Matrix series and I think my reason is the hope for mankind at the end.
I agree with your sisters, LOL. But, I guess the sci-fi fantasy thing is working for you. I am also not crazy about Dystopian movies. I find them a little depressing.
What do you want readers to come away with after they read The Pilot?
That they had a fun adventure and enjoyed a satisfying romance.
I’m sure you’ll deliver on both counts. You usually do.
If you were stranded on a deserted island and you could have 3 (inanimate) objects, what would they be?
My Kindle, fully loaded so I wouldn’t run out of things to read; a satellite phone to talk to my family, oh, and to call for rescue; and a solar-powered charger to keep both operating.
I think you cheated a little with the call for rescue thing, but I’ll allow it. <g>
Share with us your favorite…
Movie: Star Wars IV, A New Hope (the very 1st movie)
Music: oldies (1960’s)
Place you’ve visited: Colorado
Place you’d like to visit: Alaska
TV show from childhood: Lunch with Soupy [Sales], a local kids’ program in Detroit
TV show from adulthood: NCIS
Sports team: Detroit Tigers
Which do you prefer: Board games/card games or television? card games, esp. Cut Throat Rummy, a family favorite
Now, tell us a little about The Pilot…
Determined to bring order to the frontier, rule-bound official Trevarr Jovano refuses to tolerate those who disrespect the law. So when an indie pilot refuses to obey, he seizes her ship and cargo. If he backs down, he’ll lose respect. If Celara can’t deliver her cargo, she’ll default on her loan and lose the only home she’s ever known—her ship. In this excerpt, she’s at a tavern enjoying a drink with her friend who just praised him.
Sounds fantastic. Please share an excerpt:
Celara pushed her chair away from the table and climbed up on it. “Quiet down, you Rimmer scum.”
The patrons laughed then quieted. Someone paused the Seinfeld vid.
She lifted her drink again. “A toast, Rimmers. Let’s hear it for the wonderful, fantabulous, yada, yada, yada, Administrator Jovano. May he live long enough to enjoy good health.”
To her surprise, silence met her toast. No one raised their glasses or mugs, even in jest. Everyone was looking at her, standing on the chair.
No, they were looking past her. Only thing behind her was the door. Kleema groaned and buried her head on her arms on the table. Booted footsteps rapped on the rough-hewn plank floor then stopped behind her.
“Thank you for the compliments and the good wishes for my longevity.” The baritone-and-chokiris voice sounded just over her shoulder.
If ever there was a need for a personal cloaking device, it was now. Or a magic ring with which to disappear. Sec Admin Trevarr Jovano stood behind her. Waiting. She swore she could feel him breathing.
Undaunted, she turned around. As the room tipped, she reached for the back of the chair. “Whoa, those mudslides sneak up on you.”
Missing the chair, she grabbed the closest thing—Trevarr Jovano’s black-clad shoulders. Beneath her fingers, the strong muscles contracted. “Hey there, Admin Man. Heard my toast, did you?” She grinned down at him.
He wasn’t smiling. “You should sit down before you fall down. Or better yet, go home and sleep it off.”
A dark fury swept away the sweet tranquility of two, tall Kruferian mudslides. “I can’t go home, you snake. You stole my home.”
She swung a round-house punch at him, missed her objective and would have fallen ignominiously off the chair had he not caught her. For several long secs, he held her tightly against his chest, her feet dangling off the floor a good twenty-five centimeters. His green eyes caught hers and darkened.
The heat in the room rose ten degrees. Her heart tripped, the air leached out of her lungs. His eyes. She could drown in those green depths.
The Pilot is available at: http://amzn.com/B00AE6OH4K
See Diane’s website http://www.dianeburton.com/ for other retailers for The Pilot and Diane’s other books.
Diane Burton combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction, and romance into writing romantic fiction. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America as well as the Mid-Michigan, Young Adult and Fantasy, Futuristic, & Paranormal RWA chapters. She is the author of the Switched series, about twins exchanging places—from Earth to a starship and the reverse. With The Pilot, she begins a new series about strong women on the frontier of space. She is also a contributor to the anthology How I Met My Husband. Diane and her husband live in Michigan. They have two children and two grandchildren.
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