Monday, August 6, 2012

"Nightfall" by Robyn Bachar - Virtual Tour and Giveaway

Today we're welcoming author Robyn Bachar to the blog on her tour with Goddess Fish Promotions for the erotic space opera, Nightfall.

Robyn is giving away a $20 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour, so comment today AND follow her tour (if you click on the banner over there on the left, it'll take you to a list of her tour stops)! The more you read and comment, the better your odds of winning. You could be introduced to a great new author AND win a GC!

Thank you to Robyn for answering all my questions.

Why do you write in your genre? What draws you to it?

I write romance because to me, as a reader and an author, it’s important to know that no matter how bad things get in the story that everything will work out happily ever after. I’ve always been drawn to several genres, from sci fi to historical, but sci fi was one of my first loves. My dad and I watched reruns of classic Star Trek together when I was a kid, and the idea of exploring new worlds and saving the galaxy stuck with me.

What research or world-building is required?

Everyone does world building a bit differently. I approach it from the perspective of a role playing gamer, because I’ve spent a lot of time playing RPGs and running other players through them. I imagine what I’d need to know in order to explain a scene to my players and think of what questions they would ask. You never know when someone’s going to insist on traveling through the impenetrable forest, so you’d better know what’s on the other side.

Name one thing you learned from your hero or heroine.

Never underestimate a sculptor. Talena, the main heroine in Nightfall, informed me that even though she’s not a fighter like Dack or Carmen, she’s not afraid to pick up a pistol and shoot back at the bad guys.

Any odd or interesting writing quirks, habits or superstitions?

I can’t write without noise. Many authors need silence to avoid distraction, but for me silence is a distraction. If it’s quiet, it makes me paranoid. I prefer music, and I’m addicted to my film score station on Pandora, but I also can write while the TV’s on. One of my favorite shows to write to is Ghost Hunters.

Plotter or pantser?

Yes, both. I try to create an outline before some books, especially if it’s a project for National Novel Writing Month. Having some sort of structure helps me to keep writing if I’m stuck on a scene or a chapter, because I can skip it and move on to the next. Nightfall, however, was a book that came to me and demanded that I write it, so I discovered it as I went along.

Look to your right – what’s sitting there?

My cat, Basement Cat. He is staring at me, trying to telepathically inform me that it is dinner time and I should walk away from the computer. I am allergic to cats, and yet we have two of them. My roommate and I often post pictures of them on Twitter, because they’re a constant source of cuteness. They’re also a constant source of destruction, yowling, epic kitty wrestling matches, and cat hair, but we don’t mind. Much.

Anything new coming up from you? What?

Fire in the Blood, the next installment of my urban fantasy romance series, the Bad Witch books, will be released in November. I’m currently working on the sequel to Nightfall, Morningstar, and I’m having a ridiculously fun time torturing the hero.

Do you have a question for our readers?

Who is your favorite romance hero? I loved writing Dack in Nightfall, and he’s one of my favorite heroes from my own books. Recently I was able to get my favorite Dark-Hunter books (Dance with the Devil and Seize the Night) signed by Sherrilyn Kenyon at a conference. I may have jumped up and down afterward and squealed with fan girl joy. I love Zarek and Valerius.

Her heart says “never”. Her body says “now”.

When a wounded runner stumbles into her workshop, sculptor Talena Spenser’s comfortable, quiet life is shattered. Aiding the escaped slave risks losing more than just her freedom. She is in phase, when Cy’ren females are overwhelmed by the drive to mate.

Mordacki Loren, shadow sword of House Nightfall, knows the pain of losing a mate. He never intended to take another. But Talena, raised by humans with little knowledge of Cy’ren ways, leaves him no choice. As the mating lust consumes them, Dack promises to honor her wishes—even if that means letting her go.

Scarred and hardened by a munitions accident that sent her Alliance career up in flames, Carmen Hawke joined the Cy’ren resistance as captain of the flagship Talon. When old flame Dack returns from a mission with Carmen’s childhood friend and first love, Talena, in tow, the temptation to allow someone—or two someones—close to her again cracks her emotional armor.

Pursued by an unknown enemy, the trio works together to discover the secrets of Talena’s past, and to uncover a threat that could destroy the fragile peace of the Cy’ren homeworld.

Warning: If the epic space battles, gunfights and swordplay aren’t enough to get you going, strap yourself in for a male-female-female threesome that’s scorching enough to fire your engines into overdrive.

When they reached the docking level, Talena hesitated at the door leading into the terminal. “This is as far as I can take you.”

“Come with me.” Dack placed a hand on her shoulder, and she shied away as though the contact burned.

Tempting, far too tempting. She licked her lips as she resisted the sudden desire to kiss him, stepped back and bumped into the wall behind her. “No. I’m happy here. At least I was, until you showed up. Now go.”

“Don’t you want to be free?”

Talena frowned. He thought she was still a slave? “But I—” she began, but was interrupted by the flare of a laser bolt exploding near them.

“The door,” Dack shouted as he drew his weapon and returned fire.

Talena slapped her palm against the scanner as a volley of bolts hit the walls around them. The door opened and Dack grabbed her arm and hauled her with him as he charged through it. More shots followed as they rushed into the arrival area, and crew and passengers scattered. The door shut and Dack blasted the scanner, jamming the lock and keeping the security team from following.

They hurried on into the terminal and more shots zinged their way, this time from ahead of them. Dack skidded to a halt next to an arrival counter and ducked behind it, pulling Talena down with him.

“Let go of me,” she demanded.

Dack peered around the corner of the counter and jerked back as a bolt scored the floor near him. “Malenson’s between us and my ship.”

“That’s your problem. Let go!”

“I can’t leave you here. They’ll arrest you.”

“You put a gun to my head. I think they’ll understand.”

The computer screen on the counter above them exploded, raining pieces of plastic over them. Dack grimaced. “The Eppes aren’t real understanding.”

Panic gripped Talena, and she struggled to breathe past the fear. He could be right—she didn’t know about this mysterious Eppes group, but the authorities might not care if she was coerced. She’d helped a runner, and now she was as guilty as he was.

“Stay behind me. I’ll clear the path, you get the door. Ready?” he asked.

No, she thought, but she nodded. Better to get it over with before she fainted from terror.

Robyn Bachar was born and raised in Berwyn, Illinois, and loves all things related to Chicago, from the Cubs to the pizza. It seemed only natural to combine it with her love of fantasy, and tell stories of witches and vampires in the Chicagoland area in her Bad Witch series. As a gamer, Robyn has spent many hours rolling dice, playing rock-paper-scissors, and slaying creatures in MMPORGs. Her new series, Cy’ren Rising, was born out of a lifelong addiction to space opera movies and TV shows.



  1. Very interesting post, I enjoyed it.

  2. An increasing number of writers seem influenced by gaming's interesting!


  3. I don't really have a favorite hero. I love the strong, yet romantic type.

  4. You are a new-to-me author and after reading your interview today, it should be fun following you on your tour this week.

    So tell me, what exactly is a space opera? Can't say that I've ever heard that term before.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  5. My favorite romance hero.... ohhh.... I actually have two: Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, and Ian Mackenzie from Jennifer Ashley's The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie :-)
    Great interview! I love a good tortured hero-- so torture away! ;-)


  6. @Karen H in NC: A space opera is sci-fi with epic drama, but not so much science. Star Wars could be considered space opera.

  7. I don't really have a favorite romance hero. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  8. My favorite romance hero is Jacob from the Vampire Queen series by Joey W. Hill.
    I found out about this book tour at the goddess fish website. I was very intrigued by the sound of this book.
    You are a new author for me and love finding new authors. Congrats on the release of your book.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

  9. As a Jane Austen fan I could say Mr Darcy, but I also love Col. Brandon.


  10. Sounds like an interesting, different read.


  11. @Julianne Thanks. :) I have a Joey W. Hill book on my TBR pile, I'll have to read it soon.

  12. Congrats on the new release. I think maybe my favorite right now is Dragos from Dragon Bound. Nightfall sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it.


  13. I would say Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice.

    strive4bst at yahoo dot com

  14. Kudos to a fellow Illinoisan and RPG-gamer! lol
    Robyn's writing sounds right up my alley, and I'm adding
    Nightfall to my want list :D

    In answer to the question, my favorite (thus far) romantic character has to be the brooding werewolf Quentin from the old original Dark Shadows series (both the TV show AND the book series by Marilyn Ross, I believe).

    LOVED the interview, and thank you for the sweet giveaway <3

    Mary DeBorde M.A.D.
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail dot com


So... inquiring minds want to know: what do you think?