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I was thinking about romance and sci-fi, and pondering the cross-over of the two genres. Some really amazing books have been written by golden age sci-fi writers who have included romance, even though they’re not writing romance novels. Think about Restoree by Anne McCaffrey, or Time Enough for Love by Robert Heinlein, or Dream Park by Niven and Barnes. Little ole me wrote, Daughter of the Moon, books 1 and 2, and they were very much sci-fi and romance, as was my Laricon’s Ways.

Cover: The Winner: Romantek Book OneThis ties in with my most recent book, The Winner: Romantek Book One. In that story, Audrey Beacon finds her one true love in the most unlikely way, through a time-travel-like dream that turns into reality. Even her hero, White Star Smith, doesn’t expect the overwhelming desire and emotion he feels for the woman in his virtual reality-scape.

I think putting the two things, sci-fi and romance, together is a natural, though romance often goes along for the ride rather than being the main event. So many of us like a good space opera, but it makes it more approachable to add a little (or a lot of) romance in the mix. Think about the new Star Trek (the alternate reality). In both of those movies, Spock has a romance with Uhura. Talk about an unlikely pairing, and yet it works. It works because someone, in this case the screenwriters Orci and Kurtzman, used their imaginations to figure out how to have a romance without pinning Kirk down to one woman on his own ship. Spock and Uhura, although very important characters, were secondary to Kirk’s story. Kirk’s story couldn’t be hemmed in by an ongoing romance on board the Enterprise. And yet, how does Carol Marcus fit in, in Star Trek Into Darkness? If you remember the original series, you might have a hint. The alternate reality movies needed the romance, but it was a backseat passenger during the wild ride.

The Winner: Romantek Book One is about the romance of the two main characters. The romance takes center stage. The sci-fi and time-travel elements are vehicles for that romance. When you read The Winner, you’ll discover a new world, a world in which dreams might become reality, and travel to different eras, different exciting situations, can be as simple as going to sleep. Dreaming takes on a whole new meaning!

If you like sci-fi, if you like time-travel, and, of course, if you love romance, you’ll enjoy The Winner: Romantek Book One. Take a look here, read the blurb and/or the excerpt, I think you’ll be intrigued. If you’d like to jump right in, here’s how, through Amazon: The Winner (Romantek). Or, for all the formats, pop over to Blushing Books to get your copy today.