Please welcome Susan Laine with
An Island In The Stars
Thank you kindly, Sandra, for having me here today. Hello, readers. I’m Susan Laine, an author with Dreamspinner Press. I’m here to talk about my upcoming novel, An Island in the Stars. It came out two days ago on June 12, 2017.
Sam, a geeky college freshman, has bigger problems than lusting after Marcus, sexy jock, college junior, and his big brother’s best friend. Chasing after a beanie caught in the winter wind turns into a tumble down the rabbit hole for them both—science fiction style.
Sam and Marcus find themselves trapped on a tropical island in the middle of a strange ocean on an alien moon. The sole structure is a ruined temple devoted to the art of love. Flustered, confused, and unable to return home, they need to figure out a means of escape from a hostile jungle teeming with dangerous life-forms.
In this tale where opposites attract and secret crushes are revealed, two very dissimilar young men discover they actually have a lot in common after all, but it will take their differences as much as their points of connection to survive on an island in the stars.
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The topic today is writing style and favorite quotes.
I come from an academic background, so I have a bad tendency to use big words. A lot. Sometimes, especially when writing younger characters, that can mess things up for me and for the boys I write about. Thankfully, in this story Sam’s a smart one, and Marcus is no dolt either. In case you pick up the book, though, know that there’ll be complicated, pretentious science words in there to muddle things.
As for my favorite quotes… I don’t typically quote other people or authors in my stories. I do sometimes have song lyrics or snippets of movie dialogue but that’s rare. Inspirational quotes, for example by the Dalai Lama, is stuff I like to share on social media because they’re positive and upbeat.
As for my own stories, I don’t usually write with any specific quotes in mind, that I’d choose words based on the expectation that people will be quoting from my stories. Just how I roll, I guess. Though I write romance, I do however like to make statements about certain things, especially ones that effect future generations.
In any case, here’s an exclusive teaser excerpt with a section I wouldn’t mind readers quoting:
Marcus grew serious. “You’re really antigun. Or are you just anti-NRA?”
Sam growled, baring his teeth, righteous fury flashing in his eyes. “What? Haven’t we seen enough fucking school shootings already? Those NRA enthusiasts are psychos anyway. They put their points of view above the lives of innocent kids. That’s just all kinds of wrong. The right to bear arms was written in a different time and no longer applies. I bet those guys don’t give a flying fuck about all those dead kids. They forget their names and faces on purpose. As long as their rights exist, they don’t care who dies because of them. Bunch of selfish, violent assholes.”
Marcus smiled, liking this strong side of Sam’s personality. “Gee, tell me how you really feel.”
Sam grunted. “If even one person needlessly dies because of your rights, then your rights are wrong.”
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