Monday, November 28, 2011

Queenie's Brigade by Heather Massey - Interview : Featured Author

Captain Michael Drake desperately needs an army to save Earth after a crushing defeat by alien invaders. When his damaged starship docks at a remote prison colony, he discovers Earth’s last best hope—an army to replace the one he lost.

But, Queenie, the feral goddess ruling the prison, has other plans for the rugged star ship captain. After imprisoning Drake and seizing his ship, she prepares to lead her blood-thirsty band to freedom before the invaders track them down.
Despite her intentions, Queenie secretly falls for the sexy, hotshot captain. Drake makes it plain he wants to win back Earth with her by his side. But is following her heart worth betraying her people?

Reader Alert!: Captain Michael Drake burns with desire upon seeing Queenie’s endless parade of tight-fitting outfits, even while he knows that claiming her will have to wait until he can convince her to join him in the fight against alien invaders.

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Does travel play in the writing of your books?

I write science fiction romance, so absolutely. It’s like being a cosmic travel agent because I have the pleasure of entertaining readers with heroes and heroines who journey to far-flung, fantastical settings. We may not be able to visit other planets or galaxies in our lifetime, but I like to take readers there in stories.

Tell us about a favorite character from a book.

I adored Alpha from Catherine Asaro’s Alpha. The heroine is an advanced android who is evolving in terms of sentience and artificial intelligence. As she develops awareness of new emotions—and her attraction toward the hero—she’s at a very vulnerable point in her life. The hero provides her with acceptance and emotional support even while she’s kicking his butt! That dynamic is very exciting for me.

What is your favorite meal?

I love, love, love Indian food. I used to work for an Indian couple and they’d occasionally invite me to sample their home-cooked meals. That was my first introduction to the cuisine and as a result, I am now a palak paneer fiend. And a samosa fiend. At least once a month is a Tasty Bite night in my house.

What book are you reading now?

A Pirate’s Passion by KS Augustin. Before that, I read the Cybershock anthology of cyberpunk romances from Samhain Publishing. I pretty much read science fiction romance all the time because it offers a lot of diversity and great, empowering heroines.

Tell us about your current release.

Queenie’s Brigade is a science fiction romance (Red Sage Publishing). Think: The Dirty Dozen in space, but with a Latina gang leader in one of the key roles.

Here’s a brief description: After ruthless invaders occupy Earth, a military starship captain must convince the headstrong leader of a remote prison colony that her band of convicts represents Earth’s one and only chance for freedom.

The story promises readers the following:

*a smart, charismatic, and honorable Alpha hero with a touch of angst
*a kick-butt Latina anti-heroine in search of redemption
*a biracial romance (of the enemies-to-lovers/opposites attract variety)
*high stakes & high-octane action-adventure space opera featuring underdog heroes

Queenie’s Brigade is a dark, edgy tale featuring a take-no-prisoners (!) romance. Here’s an excerpt:


Minutes—or was it hours?—later, Drake awoke to an onslaught of pain radiating throughout his entire body. He felt as though he had been turned inside out and rubbed across steel spikes. The hard cot upon which he lay only compounded his discomfort. But even those sensations paled beside the return of his memories from the recent attack: First in brief flashes, then in steady pulses, and then finally in a crashing, furious wave.
Relief flooded him that he wasn’t dead, but…. What the hell? They must have the ship by now. What’s happened to my crew? And why did they bother keeping me alive?
The questions faded, though, when Drake noticed something else—a presence nearby. A warmth. As he inhaled, a rich, almost too-sweet scent permeated his senses despite the odors of dirt and dried blood.
He cracked open one eyelid, followed by the other, and found himself facing a set of thighs beyond a barrier of pale green metal bars. Female thighs. Braced apart, their sensuous lines were bound in a pair of tight black pants.
Drake had to know more. He groped and clawed his way into a sitting position. The sight tore away his breath. Standing outside his cell was some kind of feral goddess, an Amazonian warrior from the land of myths. She was tall, dark haired, and curved like a nymph. Black hair flowed wildly, a tumultuous river of glossy tresses extending down to her hips. These hips were crisscrossed with two gunbelts, fiercely accessorized. Her dark clothes stretched tightly everywhere except her torso, where they exposed a dangerous amount of ample cleavage.
Deep brown eyes regarded him brazenly, expression guarded. Yet her silent study of him betrayed her curiosity. How long had she been standing there, watching him? More importantly, who was she?
Behind her, five swarthy men stood in a row. Though their clothing appeared mismatched and threadbare, each bore weapons ranging from daggers to handguns to rifles strapped to their limbs and backs. Their eyes promised death.
Despite the dour welcoming committee, perhaps now Drake would discover the answer to his questions. Perhaps he could leverage his life into some kind of hope for his crew, if they were still alive. Perhaps. But the sight of the stunning woman suddenly left him bereft of thought. He tried to shake this unfamiliar feeling off, no doubt a result of his lingering exhaustion.
Irate at such a piss-poor performance, he rose to full height. Ignoring the pain and his swollen left eye, he bore himself as he would aboard the bridge of his ship. He crossed his arms, displaying muscles sculpted from years of combat training. “I’m Captain Michael Drake of the UFE Relentless,” he said in his customary rumble. “Who are you?”
“I’m the woman who wants your ship’s codes,” the stranger said, her husky voice laced with threat. “And

I’m the woman who’s going to get them. You don’t need to know more than that.”

What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?

That my Muse is a russet potato named Tularkey.

Do you have a Website or Blog?

My author site is While there, you can download a free, three-chapter excerpt of Queenie’s Brigade (multiple formats available). There’s also a free, near future sci-fi romance you can grab called Heroes Are Forever.

My blog is where I cover a wide variety of science fiction romance topics for your reading pleasure.

Heather Massey is a lifelong fan of science fiction romance. She searches for science fiction romance adventures aboard her blog, The Galaxy Express.

When she’s not reading, she’s watching cult films and enjoying time with her husband and daughter.



Bratty said...

Wow that looks a lot like the cover girl from Kim Knox's Gambit. What do you say? Congratulations on your new release!

Kaye Manro said...

Queenie's Brigade is a very cool SFR read. Thanks for sharing a part of you in this interview, Heather. Good luck with this book!

mike draper said...

Best of luck with your book. I like the cover, Queenie looks like she could be Lisbeth Sandler in the next Millennium Series.

Heather Massey said...

@Bratty You have sharp eyes--I do believe it's the same gal! And probably the same gun, LOL! Thanks for stopping by.

@Kaye Thank you very much!

@Mike Thanks for visiting, and for your kind words. I was very happy with this cover because it strongly conveyed the tone of the story. Kudos to cover designer Lyn Taylor!

Pauline B Jones said...

Fun interview and excerpt, Heather! Got my copy on my TBR!

(Pauline tells herself, she WILL finish her novel so she can read again! She will, she will!)

Huge congrats!

Heather Massey said...

Thanks for your support, Pauline! Hope your writing goes well.

Andrea said...

I love the cover and enjoyed the excerpt. I'll definitely check out your books.


Heather Massey said...

Thanks for your interest, Andrea!

Laurie said...

Andrea is the giveaway winner. Congrats!!