Monday, January 09, 2006

Alien Sex


Here's a nice picture for your viewing pleasure.

"Could I interest you in alien sex?" Now that I've caught your interest, here's where that question came from.

Those are the words I shouted out to everyone who walked by my table at my first Romantic Times booksale in New York City. Of course, the fact that I had the original painting for the cover art of The Huntress helped stop readers in their tracks too.

The Huntress was my first foray into the world of Erotic SF. Prior to that I wrote SF/Romance with my first two books of Down Came a Blackbird and Covenants.

I've been a SF and Fantasy geek since I was seven years old and read George MacDonald's The Light Princess, about a princess whose "gravity" had been taken away from her at birth by an evil witch. Not only did this princess never cry, she floated all the time because she was weightless. George MacDonald was a master punster and he explored all the meanings of the word gravity in this whimiscal story. I loved it because it didn't talk down to me and I learned all kinds of new words like gravity and melancholy.

If anyone is interested in reading the book that started me on the road to ruin with SF and Fantasy, here's the url where you can read that delightful fairy tale written by George MacDonald back in 1865.

You can find many classic books at this website, including Lousia May Alcott, Hans Christian Anderson, Jane Austin, Rudyard Kipling, Jules Verne and even Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's original novel about Dr. Frankenstein.

The first story I ever wrote was for my baby sister Mary. I must have been about fourteen years old then because Mary was about eight. In this story, I sent Abbott and Costello over the rainbow into the land of Oz. Of course, I no longer have that story, although my sister still remembers how thrilled she was because I wrote a story that was just for her reading pleasure

I never thought it was anything special, just a little thing I scribbled down to entertain my sister. For years and years I was an avid bookworm. I devoured books like candy.

I'm a late bloomer to writing and now I'm making up for lost time by creating my own version of Erotic SF, starting with Rulagh, the reptilian exo-biologist from The Huntress.

I wanted a real alien hero, not a Fabio clone. So, when I researched the chupacabras or goatsuckers for The Huntress, I also researched reptilian reproduction and found out that for most reptile species, the males have a double penis.

Needless to say, when The Huntress debuted I received rave reviews. Then at Fictionwise, The Huntress zoomed to the Number One position in Erotica for eight straight weeks and against all the genres, zoomed to the Number two slot beating out Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code during those eight weeks. Then, on August 16, 2005, on my baby sister's birthday, The Huntress won First Place in the Dream Realm Awards for Best SF Erotica.

Thank you for blogging with me. Now that I've rambled about my past and about The Huntress, I want to offer a special prize drawing. All you have to do is email me at selkiewife@verizon.net with Silver Expressions Drawing in the subject line. I'll pick out one winner for an autographed Trade Paperback copy of The Huntress and contact this lucky winner in order to send this autographed book via snail mail.

Barbara Karmazin

15 Comments:

Anonymous annalisa said...

Barbara,

Congratulations on your book, The Huntress, receiving first place in the Dream Realm awards for best SF Erotica!

That's so cool! :)

10:43 PM  
Blogger Barbara K said...

Thanks Annalisa.

The award is gorgeous. It's a solid glass sheet mounted on a stand with a catwoman's nude torso centered in the middle of the words,
Dream Realm Award for
EROTICA
The Hutnress
by Barbara Karmazin
2004 a.d

Barbara K. aka Selkiewife

10:50 PM  
Blogger LSB Author, Darragha Foster said...

I love the cover for "The Huntress."
The book, itself, is about two down the list. I'm almost finished with a YA book, then I go back to entertaining myself with big girl stuff!

11:57 PM  
Anonymous annalisa said...

Your award does sound gorgeous from your description! :)

1:05 AM  
Blogger bamabelle said...

Barbara,

Wow, congratulations on the success of The Huntress! That must be so exciting. I'm glad you were so extensive with your research too. You really uncovered a couple substantial pieces of information lol!

1:15 AM  
Blogger Meljprincess said...

Hi Barbara!
We met at that RT conference in NYC. I had a black leather jacket, and tons of piercings. I read THE HUNTRESS and LOVED it. I'm looking forward to a sequel. CONGRATS! on your award. You definitely deserve it. Nice to "see" you here. Melissa

PS. You had me at "2 penises". *G*

9:04 AM  
Blogger snowflake said...

Congrats on the award, Barbara. I've the ebook and really enjoyed it.

10:20 AM  
Anonymous Rae Morgan said...

Barbara --

I loved The Huntress and Rulagh is a hottie. And I love scifi romance with sex in it. So write faster.

Rae Morgan who went to Archon 29 and saw a lot of women just like us!

1:57 PM  
Blogger Barbara K said...

Hi there Darragha!

Great to see you here too.

Your book, The Orca King, explores a unique version of shapeshifter.

Thanks for stopping by.

Barbara K.

2:23 PM  
Blogger Barbara K said...

Thank you, Bambelle.

I have The Huntress II on the drawing board for 2006.

There will be many more exciting adventures and HOT loving for my characters on their "troubleshooting" mission in another star system for the Interstellar Humane Society.

Barbara K.

2:25 PM  
Blogger Barbara K said...

Hi Meljprincess!

I remember meeting you at the RT convention. Are you planning to go to the 2006 RT Convention in Florida? I'll be there too.

And yes, I have the sequel to The Huntress on the drawing board for 2006. Grin!

Barbara K.

2:27 PM  
Blogger Barbara K said...

Thank you, Jenny.

I love it when readers let me know how much they enjoyed my stories. I'm very pleased you've already read and enjoyed The Huntress.

The Huntress II is on the drawing board for 2006.

Grin!

Barbara K.

2:29 PM  
Blogger Barbara K said...

Hi there!

Waves back at Rae Morgan!

When and where is the next Archon Convention?

Barbara K.

2:31 PM  
Anonymous shellya said...

Hi Barbara,

Congrats on your award.

Nice website. Enjoyed reading the excerpts for The Huntress and your other books. :)

4:58 PM  
Blogger Barbara K said...

Thank you, Shellya.

So far, I've had no complaints about any of my books. The rest of each story continues just as good as the excerpts posted at my website.

Barbara K.

6:29 PM  

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