Brielle and the Alien Geek
Intergalactic Brides Book 1 by Jessica Coulter Smith
Narrated by Su Hendrickson Genre: SciFi Romance
The moment Syl sees Brielle, he realizes the sassy Earth woman is exactly what he needs in his life.
Brielle has waited faithfully for her fiancé to return from Terran Prime, only to discover she’s been engaged to a lying, cheating bastard who tosses her out on her rear the moment he’s back on Earth. Not one to go down without a fight, Brielle will do anything to ensure her survival - even sign up for a bride exchange on another world.
Syl has lived his life in his lab, always preoccupied with his experiments. But the moment he sees Brielle, he realizes that perhaps his life has been missing something after all. Wanting and having are two different things. What would an exotic-looking female like Brielle want with an alien geek like him?
A knock sounded at the door, making her frown. She rose and went to answer it, more than a little surprised to see Ryoku and Kel on the other side.
“I thought I was clear that things were finished between us,” she said.
Kel held out a container of food. “You left without your dinner. We thought you might be hungry.” She accepted it grudgingly. “Thank you, but I meant what I said. Maybe we can be friends, but I won’t see the two of you romantically.”
Ryoku and Kel shared a look.
“What will it take to change your mind?” Kel asked.
“I don’t know that you can.” She shrugged. “Wait for the other brides to arrive and see if any of them appeal to you. You may find I’m not what you really want. Like I told you earlier, you don’t know me well enough to make the decision that you want me for a mate. We haven’t even known each other twenty-four hours. That’s just moving way too fast for me.”
A shadow fell across the door. “Problem?”
Brielle smiled at the one male she’d wanted to see for days. “Everything is fine, Syl. I believe these two were just leaving.”
Syl might not be a warrior, but his muscles bulged as he folded his arms over his chest and stared at Ryoku and Kel, obviously waiting on them to take their leave. She’d found him charming and possibly the nicest Terran she’d met, even nicer than Reyvor. Too bad he didn’t seem interested in her as a mate.
Victoria and the Alien Doctor Intergalactic Brides Book 2
Doctor. Hero. Alien.
Time is running out. Victoria Mathers has tried everything. Her daughter has a rare cancer that hasn’t responded to any of the treatments human medicine has to offer. If she can’t convince the sexy alien doctor to help her, she knows she’ll watch her child die. Victoria will do anything to save her daughter, even if it means bonding with an alien for the rest of her life.
Per Earth’s rules, Xonos isn’t allowed to treat humans, unless they’re one of the new human-alien pairs. However, looking at the small human child who is obviously suffering tears at his heart. It’s been his life’s work to save people, and he isn’t sure he can stand by and watch an innocent child die when he might be able to help.
What starts as a simple arrangement quickly turns into something more as Xonos and Victoria grow closer. It isn’t long before she realizes that she yearns for his touch and she wants so much more from him than he may be willing to give. Love was never mentioned when they struck their bargain, but now she’ll settle for nothing less.
Award-winning author Jessica Coulter Smith has been in love with the written word since she was a child writing her first stories in crayon. Today she's a multi-published author of over seventy-five novellas and novels. Romance is an integral part of her world and she firmly believes that love will find you at the right time, even if Mr. Right is literally out of this world.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Don’t stop writing! I started a book in high school. For whatever reason, when I was seventeen, I stopped writing. I found the book file again in my early twenties and worked on it some more. Then stopped writing again. If I hadn’t taken years off here and there, I would have had several finished books by the time I published my first story. And maybe I would have submitted a book to a publisher a little sooner. I hate thinking about all the time I lost, the words I didn’t write, the stories that weren’t told.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Why not both? I think you can give readers the elements they love most in a story, and still make it your own. There are countless retellings of Cinderella or Beauty and the Beast. Yes, they all share a common theme, but each can be unique in their own way.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
As someone who’s had writer’s block a few times, YES! If I get stuck and can’t write, it usually means one of two things. Something in the story isn’t working. Or... my brain is getting fried and I need a break. When that happens, I either take 2-3 days off to watch TV and read, or I find one of my partially written stories in another genre and focus on that for a day or two. It’s usually enough to give my brain a reset, then I go back and read the last two chapters again. I either figure out where I went wrong, or the ideas start flowing again and I pick up where I left off.
Pen or typewriter or computer?
When I worked on the first book I had published, it was a combination of pen and computer. I’d print the last few pages or last chapter I’d worked on and keep it with me. When I had a moment, I look over the pages and hand-write any changes before adding more to the story. I’d often carry a pad and pen in the car with me if we were going somewhere (and I wasn’t the one driving).
Over the years, arthritis and carpal tunnel have made it difficult to hold a pen for long. Now I do all of my writing on the computer.
Do you see writing as a career?
Of course! Even when writing wasn’t my full-time job, it was still a career. I didn’t realize it at the time, though. When I lost my job in 2010, I hunted for a new one for months. After six months of no interviews, I felt discouraged and told my husband I couldn’t find a job. His response? “You have one. You write books.”
I’d always been told writing couldn’t be something I could do full time. It was a side job or hobby. To hear him tell me I already had a job... It stunned me. And then I became determined to prove him right, and everyone else wrong.
My royalties from my books now pay a large percentage of our bills, so yes, I consider writing to be a career. It’s not an easy one, or even a stable one. Anyone who wants to write for a living needs a lot of determination and a thick skin. They’ll need both in order to succeed.
How long does it take you to write a book?
That’s a tough question that doesn’t have a simple answer.
A lot of things factor into how long it takes me to write a book. If I’m focused with few interruptions and know where the story is going, I’ve written a 50,000 word book in less than a week or a 25,000 word novella in two days. But I also have partially written books that are sitting in folders. Stories that have waited years to be finished. Why? Because I don’t know what happens next. Or don’t have the time to finish them.
On average, I write a 50,000+ word book per month, as well as another 10,000-20,000 words on other stories. But I type over 100 words per minute, so when I’m focused, know where I’m going with the story, and I’m not interrupted every ten minutes, I can write 3,000 words in about half an hour.
I think I owe my computer lab teachers an apology for all the griping I did on typing test days back in high school. Those tests really helped my speed and accuracy, and without them, it would probably take me a lot longer to write a book.
What do you do to relax?
The R version involves broken beds, so let’s go with the PG version.
I’m not only a writer, but I’m also a reader. Whether it’s romance, horror, mystery, or young adult fantasy, my shelves and e-reader are full of them all. I’ve binge read three or four novels in a day. But I also enjoy watching TV series with my husband on his days off, or crafting. While I’m not the most talented person when it comes to crafts, I’ve discovered a few things I enjoy—like making jewelry, bookmarks, and resin pieces.
If I had enough land, and still had a horse, my way to relax would definitely include trips to the barn. There’s no better smell than horses, dirt, and hay. I miss being around horses—A lot—which is why you’ll sometimes find them in my books.