Duel Citizenship

I couldn’t believe it when I reached the seventh novella in my Scifi Romance series, The Department of Homeworld Security. These stories are just so much fun to write!

For Duel Citizenship, I wanted to explore another favorite Scifi trope of mine—Little Green Men (and Women). I had so much fun coming up with the Vegans and the entire miscommunication that resulted in their arrival. More than any other alien in this series, the Vegans are making a big difference for Earth!

I have so many exciting plans for these green guys and gals. They also have one of the most well-developed backstories of any aliens I’ve developed. I can’t wait for it to unfold as this universe expands!

Duration of Stay

The sixth novella in my Scifi Romance series, The Department of Homeworld Security was never supposed to happen, mainly because I had intended to kill off one of the main characters back in Tied up in Customs. I’m so glad that I didn’t!

Duration of Stay features Zemanni, the shapeshifting assassin who got himself into serious trouble in Entry Visa, and an overzealously helpful Earthling named Brooke.

I love showcasing aspects of our existence that are much more awesome than we think. Celebrating the little things in life is important to me. Duration of Stay ended up incorporating that by showing how big of an impact something like coffee, video games, and… “affectionate moments” can have on a sentient who’s never experienced those things before.

This was another favorite of mine, and Zemanni is still popping up in this universe.

An alien assassin could get used to life on Earth…

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Entry Visa

I always joke that my Book Club had to wait for way too long for the fifth novella in my Scifi Romance series, The Department of Homeworld Security. They would listen to me talk about this new alien, Craig, from the Lyra system, and asked over and over when he would appear on the page. I had an idea for his story, but wasn’t sure where to put it in the line up.

We get to meet Craig in Entry Visa. The biggest challenge in writing this book was keeping Craig in the background. He is just so larger than life! I did my best to keep the focus on Henry and Vay, who are probably the sweetest of my couples (but still manage to keep the heat cranked up!). Craig still ended up being everybody’s favorite. In fact, he might just be the most popular figure in the entire series!

Part of that is probably because of my own deep love for the Lyrian. I spent two years making a four-foot tall puppet version of him! It… wasn’t supposed to be that big… But it gives great hugs and does indeed have four arms.

There I go again, talking about Craig when I should be talking about Henry and Vay.

Entry Visa was another story that had its origins in a concept that also matched the coalescing direction of the series. The first line of the blurb says it all:

“When Henry’s parents died unexpectedly, he dealt with his grief the way any healthy biologist would—by moving into their cabin to begin searching for Bigfoot.”

This is another story that packs a lot of emotion into a short space. Henry is dealing with the loss not only of his parents but of the mysterious woman that he met on Christmas Eve. I wrote Henry and Vay’s first encounter as a short story that I published first here on this blog.

The stakes get really high in this book, and we get to see more of Zemanni, the Scorpiian assassin that everybody loves to hate.

A second chance they never expected…

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