*glances at nearest neighbor's house* Was that too loud? Well, pfffft, I DON'T CARE. You can tell I don't care because I'm wearing my I-don't-care face along with my Hello Kitty PJs. Why am I doing all this? Because the RT website is spotlighting A GALACTIC HOLIDAY! *throws confetti* Why not hop on over to see what's going on? ^_^
I'm thrilled to see all the buzz about this anthology. Of course, when I heard Carina Press wanted to do a mash-up of sci-fi romance with a holiday theme, I was all over it like white on rice. I mean, how magnificent is that concept--taking the holiday spirit that embodies a sense of love, family and giving, and setting that in the frame of a time that's far in the future? I LOVE things like that. Which probably explains why I also adored the mash-up concept of a cute cheerleader named Buffy who was also a hardcore vampire slayer/superhero.
For me, things that might seem counterintuitive at first glance have more impact when fully realized, because they're unexpected. After all, it's not very impactful when, say, a mild-mannered, not-scary psychologist helps a kid deal with his ability to see dead people. But it's a solid kick in the gut when it's discovered that the mild-mannered, not-scary psychologist is a ghost who's haunting this kid, and the person who has to work through the reality of death is HIM, not the kid.
Mash-ups. They're BRILLIANT.
You know what's also brilliant? Those fantastic people who get mash-ups. And that's why I'm loving the interest in A GALACTIC HOLIDAY. I'm amazed that so many people get it. Whether it's the Victorian era, contemporary times or the far-flung future, the need to come together to renew the bonds of family and friends, and bask in the spirit of giving is universal. And when it's housed within a sci-fi frame, the meaning of the season--peace of earth and good will toward men, women and androids--is that much more impactful.
You've heard what my fave mash-ups are. What's your favorite?
And as promised, I've got another excerpt from my sci-fi holiday novella, HOW THE GLITCH SAVED CHRISTMAS (it's the first-kiss scene between tough-gal Reina Vedette and the oh-so yummy Edison Wicke *SQUEEEE!*). Hope you like it. ^_^
Interested in more of HOW THE GLITCH SAVED CHRISTMAS? Check out the blurb on my BOOKS page, or take a look at its detailed storyboard on Pinterest.