Thursday, October 25, 2012

Switched, Too by Diane Burton: Interview & Excerpt


Be careful what you wish might get it.

Down-sized astronaut candidate Scott Cherella leaps at the chance to go into space. He just has to pretend to be the captain of an Alliance of Planets starship. His lifelong dream quickly becomes a nightmare when sabotage erupts. To save the ship and crew he has to depend on an uptight, disapproving colleague.

The only time Veronese Qilana broke the rules tragedy resulted. She vowed never again. Now, to protect the real starship captain, she'll have to deceive the crew by helping the imposter. They must work together to uncover the saboteur and get the crew safely home. In doing so, they discover opposites really do attract.

Scott came closer. “No, you are not leaving until we get something straight.”
He was a large man with broad shoulders. Almost against her will, Veronese backed up. When he came closer still, she could retreat no further. She flattened her palms against the wall behind her. He towered over her by at least fifteen centimeters. Once before, a Terran male had tried to frighten her with his presence. She would not allow Scott to do the same.
She straightened her shoulders. “Do not try to intimidate me, Captain.”
“If I wanted to intimidate you, Lieutenant Qilana,” he spoke very softly, “I would not do it like this.” His voice, purring softer than a felox, resonated within her. The sensation excited and—all claims to the contrary—frightened her.
This was different from the other experience. Then, she had feared the man. Now, she was uncertain what frightened her. Scott or something inside her.
Mere centimeters separated them. Heat radiated from his body. Warmth rushed through her. When he placed one hand on the wall next to her head, an odd sensation settled in the pit of her stomach. His fingers brushed her ear and she shivered.
He began to smile, a coaxing smile accompanied by a feather-like stroke of his knuckle down her cheek. His mouth was so close she felt the warmth of his breath. This time the odd sensation settled lower in her abdomen. Her logical mind tried to analyze her body’s reaction. Perhaps she had contracted a viral disease. Fever, chills, stomach disorders often characterized Terran ailments. If the symptoms persisted, she would have to consult the medical officer.
“The way things work, Lieutenant,” he said in that deceptively soft voice, “is that I give the orders and you obey.”
Still thinking about the odd sensations she was experiencing, she stared at him.
He stepped away. “What? Did you think I was gonna kiss you?”
“I’d rather kiss a Wookie.” She slapped her hand over her mouth.
He threw his head back and laughed with abandon then reached out and ruffled her short hair. “You watched Star Wars. I knew there was hope for you, kiddo.”
Hope? She feared not. They would be fortunate to return to Serenia without more catastrophes.


Welcome Diane! Thanks for stopping in and taking time to answer some of my questions.  Tell us about your current release.


Switched, Too is a space adventure romance in which a cocky downsized astronaut candidate leaps at a chance to go into space. He just has to pretend to be his twin, the captain of an alien starship. With his reluctant co-conspirator, they have to return the crew to their home planet before a saboteur kills them all. In doing so, they discover opposites really do attract. Switched, Too is the second book in the Switched series but is a stand-alone book.


Where do you research for your books?


Alas, I cannot do my research in real life by boarding a starship and cruising around the galaxy at faster-than-light speed. What a bummer. I’m forced to read science fiction romance by authors like Linnea Sinclair, Susan Grant, etc. (a real hardship LOL), watch sf movies like Star Trek (love the last one, can’t wait for the sequel—another hardship) and surf the Net for more info.

What do you think makes a good story?


Engaging characters, good storytelling and a satisfying ending.


What are your favorite TV shows?


So easy. “NCIS”, which I’ve watched since the beginning, love the camaraderie between the characters; “Castle”—love the interplay between Castle and Beckett, really like his mother.


What songs are most played on your Ipod?


Easier to tell you artists: Enya, Springsteen, Beach Boys, The Who and Broadway musicals.


Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers? If so, what are they?


Don’t give up. Surround yourself with people who will support you, yet give you honest advice about your work.


Morning Person? Or Night Person? How do you know?


Definitely a morning person. I’m at my most creative first thing in the morning when the house is quiet—just me, a cup of coffee and my laptop.


What would we find under your bed?

Dust bunnies running amok.


Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?


Change happens. It’s how we deal with it that counts.


Do you have a Website or Blog?

My website  along with all the usual “stuff” features a view of the universe from the Hubble Telescope, which I change every week or so.


My blog has two features: “Monday Morning Musings” in which I explore different topics from writing to family to baseball (I’m a diehard Detroit Tigers fan) and “Meet the Author Thursday” in which fellow authors chat about themselves, their books or a topic of interest.


What’s next?


This winter, I’m releasing the first book in the Outer Rim series about strong women on the frontier of space. In The Pilot, a fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pants cargo hauler will do anything to save her brother, even join forces with a by-the-book official bent on revenge.


In Spring 2013, look for Switched, the Aftermath, the third book in the Switched series. The consequences of twins switching places leads to unexpected danger, true identities exposed and decisions made in haste are questioned.


Diane Burton combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction, and romance into writing romantic fiction. She is the author of the Switched series, about twins exchanging places—from Earth to a starship and the reverse. She is also a contributor to the anthology How I Met My Husband. Diane and her husband live in Michigan. They have two children and two grandchildren.

Besides her website and blog (mentioned above) Diane can be found around the Internet at:
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Diane Burton said...

Laurie, thanks for having me today.

christine warnerc said...

Wonderful interview! Enjoyed the excerpt!

Had to laugh that dust bunnies run amok under your bed....they've totally taken control underneath mine. That's a spot I never think to really vacuum! lol (but I might have to do it now!)

Good luck with the book Diane!!!

PuttPutt1198Eve said...

"Dust bunnies running amok?" The space under my bed is inhabited by the very same beings. I send the dog under there once a week or so to clean it up!

Diane Burton said...

Thanks for stopping by, Christine and Eve. So, the dust bunnies inhabit the space under your beds, too? Those traitors! Good idea about the dog except mine were always too big to get more than their heads under--even during storms.

Jessica Subject said...

Great interview! I, too, love Castle. And the dust bunnies. Yeah, I have them, too. Seems they never go away. LOL

All the best, Diane! :)

Diane Burton said...

Thanks, Jessica. Castle is so yummy--esp when he's being a father and son. Love the way he deals w/ the women in his life.

Linda Andrews said...

You're lucky the dust bunnies are under your bed. Since ours is a platform they roll around my bedroom and down the hall.
The Switched series sounds great. Are you going to write a series around the women spacepilots, too?

Diane Burton said...

Thanks for commenting, Linda. The new series is about women on the frontier of space, with the 1st book being about a space cargo hauler and, boy, does she have an attitude!

miki said...

Hi Diane,

i'm glad to have discovered you thanks to the haunted house^^

thank you for the opportunity to win book 2

all the best

Karen Arrowood said...

A morning person, huh? You and my daughter. Sometimes I wonder how morning people exist... I have to have coffee before I can even talk to anyone, much less drive to work.
Anyway, I enjoyed reading this exceprt. I wonder how someone who isn't a starship captain can actually pilot the darn thing? I hope I never have to find out. :-)

Thaks for this opportunity.