Space opera – Yep, It’s Still Romance

Welcome to my blog! Today I have Nina Pierce talking about space operas!

Here’s Nina!

I’m a voracious reader. Okay, so that isn’t so much a confession as a statement of fact. But the truth that my reading tastes lean toward all things romantic—definitely is.


For a very long time I didn’t realize that everyone wasn’t falling all over themselves to find stories where the protagonists were not only tracking down the serial killer, but also working to deny their attraction for one another. I mean it’s not like I was picking up Harlequin books, which is synonymous with romance, I was enjoying the paranormal worlds of Jessica Andersen and JR Ward or the futuristic worlds of Anne McCaffrey or the historical settings of Amanda Quick.


Yep, some would say these are romances disguising themselves as another genre. I say poppycock. (I can use that word here, right? *vbg*) Romance comes in all flavors, including science fiction. And they’ve even got a cool term for it … space opera!


Space Opera – Subgenre of science fiction that emphasizes the romantic adventure, set mainly or entirely in outer space.  (Wikipedia)


For a science fiction junky like me who cut her teeth on television programs like Star Trek and Stargate and movies like Logan’s Run and Total Recall, this new subgenre is feeding my inner geek Goddess as well. I love the idea of new worlds where humans are fighting for their own corner of the universe and where true love can still be found.


In my newest release, A TOUCH OF LILLY ( the heroine is a Chicago detective turned bounty hunter, seeking revenge in deep space. I loved being able to let my muse loose to create a galaxy very different from our own, complete with aliens, futuristic weapons and of course a sexy hero. Yeah, there’s a sci fi feeling to the story, but at its core, this novel is very much a sexy (read that … adult) romance.


What about you? Are you a romance junky? Have you ever read a space opera before? What did you think (or why are you avoiding them)?



Ex-Chicago detective LILLY D’ANGELO has a secret she doesn’t share with anyone. A master of the one night stand, she’s given up ever finding a soul mate and thrown herself head first into her career. That is, until she captures the wrong alien. Kidnapped and sold into the sex slave trade, she’s shipped into deep space. Barely escaping with her life, Lilly now travels the galaxy working as a bounty hunter using her secret talents to bring down criminals and seeking revenge on the one male who ruined her life.


Agent DALLAS SAWYER works for deep space’s version of the FBI. After a disastrous mission that left several of his team members murdered, a president executed, and Dallas near death, he’s determined to take down the assassin targeting government officials. When a sexy human female gets between him and his goal, Dallas and his alien partner find themselves on the receiving end of a passionate night they won’t soon forget and a proposition that may very well blow up in their faces.


Because in deep space … true love can happen with just a touch.



A_Touch_of_Lilly_Cover_for_KindleDallas swigged the last of his Regent’s ale. Anyone who’d been watching would believe the human’s alcohol consumption would have him waxing the floor with his face. The fact he staggered away from the bar barely caused a ripple of interest. But when he bumped into the Braugtot alien disguised as a human female on the dance floor and made a rather lewd body motion—several aliens took notice.


“Baby! How about you dump this loser Ka’al and come home with me?” The words slurred from Dallas’ mouth as he wrapped himself around the Braugtot’s body. From the smell he even wondered if it was really female. But whatever the sex, the jealous Ka’al reacted just the way he’d hoped.


Rrracht narctch, rraollk.She’s with me, asshole. Beefy hands grabbed his shirt and flung him through the air. Dallas landed unceremoniously on the nearest table, breaking up a quiet conversation between two Xericks.


Sometimes he hated this part of the job. Dallas came up swinging. A left hook to one head and a right uppercut to the second and the male Xerick went down, taking out several unsuspecting Drikspa dancers. Dallas ducked as a chair flew.


Alcohol, male hormones and boredom created the diversion they’d hoped for. The fight spread like a virus through the tavern. Dallas avoided a tussle between two Ka’als, took down another Ickbata and made his way toward his partner, hoping Thaegan had managed to stop Lilly before she got through the door with their man. A very unladylike scream from the front of the bar confirmed that the alien had things under control in that area.


Dallas pushed his way to the door, watching Grebetz slip out onto the street, a Xerick close at his heels. “Gamma Team. Phase two. Znedu loose. Track him and report.” It was all he got out before meeting up with Thaegan and Lilly.


“Roger that,” echoed in his ear.


“I’ll let you up if you stop fighting me.” Thaegan had the woman face down on the floor, her arms behind her back. The Ka’al was more than twice her size, still Lilly kicked and bucked, trying to work herself free. As the fight around them escalated, Lilly’s body stilled, but not her mouth. Dallas didn’t know many dialects, but it was clear Lilly knew the word asshole in all thirty-two common languages of the Nebulae Galaxy and several more he’d never even heard of. He had no doubt the words she strung with it would have gotten him several weeks detention from the nuns at St. Christopher’s Academy back home.


He bent low and met her eyes. “Lilly, we have no intention of hurting you.”


The fear in her eyes softened to confusion and immediately hardened to anger.


Well, didn’t this just suck? Lilly had no idea how’d she’d gone from mentally counting her reward to a face plant on the sticky floor of the tavern. No amount of maneuvering had budged the three-hundred-pound Ka’al holding her down. And now the man who would star in her nightly fantasies for the next month stared at her with an amused expression.


Though Lilly knew fighting wasn’t going to get her anywhere, she screamed her frustration and kicked out, trying to dislodge the monster holding her down. She only managed to slam her foot into a table leg, which just pissed her off all the more. Dallas didn’t do a very good job of hiding his amusement.


“If you know the asshole doing chiropractic on my spine, could you kindly ask him to let me up?” she asked, her tone dripping with sweetness.


Dallas nodded and the Ka’al stood, hauling Lilly to her feet in one effortless move. The alien’s mahogany skin glistened with the coppery sheen of a man under stress. His muscular chest, barely covered by the deeply V’d tank top, heaved. Holding her down had taken no effort, but the energy she’d tried to use on the Znedu was still high and the Ka’al was paying the price of touching her.


Lilly’s body pulsed and throbbed. Her nipples were oversensitive and her sex tingled. There was no way in hell these two guys weren’t also feeling the effects of the current snapping in the air. If the residual energy she’d pulsed through the Znedu hadn’t done it, then her anger at being stopped at the door would be enough to have these males dropping to their knees. If only the Ka’al would let go of one of her hands, she might be able to do a little more work up close and personal.


Lilly leaned toward Dallas and yelled over the confusion, “I didn’t need saving this time either, but thank you again.”


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Full BodyUSA Today bestselling author, Nina Pierce, grew up in a house full of readers. Nina’s discovered the passionate side of romance with her sexy stories. For her, it’s all about the sweet scent of seduction mixed with the heartwarming aroma of romance.

Nina resides in New England with her high school sweetheart and soul mate of twenty-eight years and several very spoiled cats who consider her “staff”. When she’s not writing she enjoys spending time with her three grown children, one love-sick son-in-law and a heart-melting grandson.

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Keira here again.

Thanks for being here, Nina. Sounds like an interesting book!

Sweet, sexy dreams!



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