I’m pleased to announce that His Lowborn Heart, my new space-regency novel is now available from Lyrical Press. You can find your digital copy at iTunes, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble, and even order a dead tree edition (if you’re a technophobe).
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It started, as these things often do, at a table in the corner populated by the bad kids. In this case, the table was at RWA Nationals in New York (2011, if you’re keeping track), and the bad kids were several members of the SFR Brigade. I don’t remember who started the conversation, but it turned towards the mixing of SF with other Romance genres. There are SF Westerns (Firefly), SF Men-in-Uniform (Zoe Archer’s 8th Wing books), we theorized, but what other genres might work. Someone around the table said “what about Regency?” and at that moment, His Lowborn Heart was born.
Space Regency. It shouldn’t make sense, but the pedigree seemed sound. Noble titles have been part and parcel of Science Fiction for as long as I’ve been reading it (heck, even Leia Organa-Solo was a Princess). It took very stretch to spin out a vast Imperial society, and through that a line for the haves and the have-nots (an important barrier in the book).From there, the other tropes of Regency settings just fell into place. Riding and gambling make an appearance, much as they do in any good regency, though instead of horses, the local riding beast is a theropod dinosaur, the ostralope (There’s a whole post on ‘lopes in this quarter’s newsletter, which comes out at the end of the month, so if you’re not yet signed up, now’s a good time). Instead of Royal Hussars, we have fighter pilots, and instead of Napoleon menacing the continent we have an implacable alien parasite.
I tried to subvert some of the common Regency tropes as well, bringing in a sense of class struggle between my haves and have nots. The aliens even reflect this; like the French Revolution, they want to overthrow the royal order, and replace it with an idealized egalitarian society. It created a great, thriving world into which I could put my cast of characters and their loves and rivalries. It’s a twist on Regency, or a twist on Space Opera, or possibly a beautiful child of them both. It’s Space-Regency, and it’s coming in just three weeks.