My guest today is Cynthia Sax. I met Cynthia through the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, the best place to find new authors and their books. I love her post since she mentions my two favorite quest or mission movie series--Mission Impossible and Indiana Jones. Whenever I watch those movies, I mentally tick off the steps from Joseph Campbell's The Hero's Journey.
Cyborgs, Socialites and Missions
By Cynthia Sax
I LOVE reading, writing or watching stories/movies with missions, whether it’s a quest for the Holy Grail, a CIA themed thriller or a delicious SciFi romance. The characters have a purpose. They’re often going on a trip. There’s danger and twists and the constant question about whether or not they’ll be successful.
Whenever I hear the word mission, I think Mission Impossible, the Tom Cruise movies. I usually hum the theme song hopelessly off-key. I think spies and secrets and life or death situations. The action is heart pounding. The stakes are high. If they fail in their missions, the world and humanity will be in peril.
I also envision Indiana Jones and his quests to uncover archaeological treasures. Again, there’s action and secrets and thrill after thrill. The stakes are as high. The Nazis might win or a plague might take over the world or there will be some other dire consequence.
There are many missions in SciFi romance also. Jileena, Diane’s heroine in The Chameleon, is given a covert mission by her father. She must travel to the Outer Rim to negotiate an agreement. There are consequences if she fails. There is danger even if she succeeds.
Rage and the other cyborgs in my latest SciFi romance release, Releasing Rage, are assigned missions by their human masters. At the beginning of the story, they are tasked with battling the Mantidae, huge insect-like aliens intent on migrating through human-populated areas. If they fail in this mission, humans will die.
The cyborgs give themselves a mission also – to escape their servitude and free themselves. Rage is willing to end lives to achieve this liberation. One of the humans he might have to kill is his curvaceous female engineer, Joan. Will he achieve his mission? If so, at what cost? Could the price of freedom be love?
Yes, I’m humming the Mission Impossible theme right now. (grins)
What are your favorite mission movies or books?
Half Man. Half Machine. All Hers.
Rage, the Humanoid Alliance's most primitive cyborg, has two goals--kill all of the humans on his battle station and escape to the Homeland. The warrior has seen the darkness in others and in himself. He believes that's all he's been programmed to experience.
Until he meets Joan.
Joan, the battle station's first female engineer, has one goal--survive long enough to help the big sexy cyborg plotting to kill her. Rage might not trust her but he wants her. She sees the passion in his eyes, the caring in his battle-worn hands, the gruff emotion in his voice.
When Joan survives the unthinkable, Rage's priorities are tested. Is there enough room in this cyborg's heart for both love and revenge?
About Cynthia Sax
USA Today bestselling author Cynthia Sax writes contemporary, SciFi and paranormal erotic romances. Her stories have been featured in Star Magazine, Real Time With Bill Maher, and numerous best of erotic romance top ten lists.
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Thanks for coming today, Cynthia. Thanks, too, for mentioning The Chameleon.