Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Entangled by S.B.K. Burns‏

From an early age, S. B. K. Burns recited Shakespearean sonnets or snuck a read of a Broadway script from her parents’ theater magazine.

Having worked in the world of science—oceanography, biomedicine, and aerospace engineering—she brings these experiences to her sci-fi paranormals imbued with her idealistic philosophy that merges science with spirituality.

She’s Hume’n, a member of the lower class, with a chance to change her life…

In an alternate, twenty-first century Boston, Dawn Jamison is a hair’s breadth away from earning her doctorate degree—a degree that would allow her entrance into the upper class, to become the unemotional and self-disciplined Cartesian she is now only pretending to be. To reach her goal, all Dawn must do is overcome her forbidden attraction to the Olympic-class weightlifter Taylor Stephenson who’s just crashed her lectures on past life regression. She must teach her group of misfit students how to travel back into their past lives—and, oh, of course, figure out how to save the great scientists of the early eighteenth century before they’re inextricably caught up in a time loop.

He’s Cartesian, a member of the upper class, and supposed to know better…

Coerced by his politically powerful, wheelchair-bound brother into spying on Dawn’s past-life regression classes, Taylor knows better than to give into his desire to claim Dawn as his own. But his past-life entity, eighteenth-century Colin, has no such inhibitions. When Taylor and Dawn meet up in Scotland in the 1700s, all the discipline he’s forced on his twenty-first century self is powered into the past, leaving only his overwhelming lust for Dawn’s past-life double, alchemist and witch, Lily.

Unable to escape their sexually obsessive past, Dawn and Taylor find themselves in a race against the clock at the epicenter of a world-altering time quake of their own making.

Q) What inspired you to write this story? 
SBKB) A dream about a young woman crawling toward the edge of a Scottish cliff that overlooks a fjord. The land is obscured by fog, and there’s the sound of bagpipes in the distance.

Q) How long did it take you to write? 
SBKB) Entangled was completed in six months as part of our PALs (published authors) Challenge of our local San Diego Chapter of Romance Writers of America. Of course, additional editing, polishing, and pitching took almost a year part-time.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing? 
SBKB) I get to highlight my experiences, and my take on those experiences, of sex, science, and romantic love (not necessarily in that order).

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing? 
SBKB) The better I get at editing with a critical eye, the more difficult to find a book I can read cover to cover just for the fun of it.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
SBKB) I looked through all the books of my favorite authors, scientists, and romance writers. Though the philosopher Spinoza comes pretty close, because he was such a good-hearted, upstanding, and compassionate guy, I really have to say I want to be exactly who I am. My dreaming mind is immensely entertaining. I’m so grateful.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it? 
SBKB) A big old, two quart, plastic bottle of Kikkoman, low sodium, soy sauce. I don’t even think it needs refrigeration.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I supposed readers, my audience, will determine which of my stories they like most. So far, I’ve written, or am working on, science fictions, sci-fi romances, paranormals, urban fantasies, comics, plays, and one contemporary romance about tennis I’m shopping around.

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