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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Excerpt: Mated to the Alien Series by Kate Rudolph + giveaway

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Braxtyn?
Braxtyn features Braxtyn NaZade and Vita Minnick. Brax first appeared in his brother’s book, Shayn, alongside his twin brother, Dekon. He’s a half-Detyen, half-Oscavian mechanic who just wants to be an artist. Cinnamon roll? Maybe, I’ll let you be the judge. And he gets into a bit of trouble when a mysterious stranger abducts him from his new home on Earth.

That mysterious stranger? Vita. She was sold into slavery as a child and is now free and working as a bounty hunter. She’s tough, she can take care of herself, and she doesn’t know what to do with a man who treats her like she’s precious. I love her.

They don’t make sense at first, but the Denya Bond knows what’s up. They’re fated to be together… as long as Vita’s enemies don’t destroy them first.

Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
In terms of marketability, I think my Alien Outlaws series would be the best to translate to a movie or TV show. It has an ensemble cast, a rollicking sci-fi plot, and some twists and turns. It would be awesome to see any of my stories on the big screen, though, so Hollywood, really, I’m right here! Come calling!

How long have you been writing?
I’ve probably been writing since middle school, and I’ve been telling stories my entire life. I know for a fact that my (now defunct) account goes back to 2002, so I’ve been around on the internet for a good few years. But it took me a very long time to actually finish anything. I started writing a few novellas and short stories in 2013/2014 and they were the first things I ever finished. And just that process of finishing something really jumpstarted the rest of my career. Once it was possible to have a complete story, even if it was only 5000 words, it suddenly seemed possible to get a whole novel completed… someday. And that someday was 2016, when I completed Bear in Mind which was my first novel length story. And now I am able to write multiple novels in a year. Practice really does make things easier.

What is something unique/quirky about you?
I am a roller derby skater! I first started roller skating when I was a little kid since my aunt owned a roller skating rink. In fact, my parents met at that roller rink, so skating might just be in my DNA. Then about nine years ago I saw a flyer for a new team that was recruiting skaters. So for the past several years, on and off depending on where I was living, I’ve been skating roller derby. It’s fun, and a bit frightening, and if you have any inclination to find a sport full of awesome people, I’d suggest giving it a try.

Do you see writing as a career?
Writing is my career. I was fortunate enough to be able to transition to writing full time in 2017 and I hope I am able to continue to do so. I try and write every week day and I’m always looking for new ways to work on my books and get them into hands of readers. But it’s not just writing that is a career, it’s publishing in general. It’s producing different kinds of books, getting them into formats like audio and print, keeping in touch with readers, and learning how to be an entire marketing team all as one person. It’s tough, but I get to do all of it while wearing pajamas, which is a pretty nifty trade off.

What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision?
I didn’t really like to read until middle school. At the time if felt like that was SOOOOOOO late in my life, but now, looking back, I was about twelve? But my best friend was a reader, and school always encouraged us to read, and until seventh grade I just didn’t like it. And in seventh grade I figured out why.

The books people gave me sucked.

Okay, maybe that’s not fair, but they didn’t appeal to me. And then we read The Westing Game in middle school and it’s the first school assigned book I remember loving. And, weirdly, one of the few I actually liked. And yet I was an English major in college. I never said I made any sense.

But along with The Westing Game I somehow stumbled across The Vampire Diaries by LJ Smith (more than a decade before anyone would have thought to make a TV show) and Anne Rice. And that was it. I love love love genre fiction and that’s how I finally started to love reading.

And it’s because of those books that I knew I wanted to write. I started out with fanfiction, mainly of Harry Potter, and then moved on to trying to finish my own stories. It took a long time. Every January I’d make a promise: this is the year I’m finally going to finish my novel. And it was a different novel every year. And by December I’d have a few thousand words and no hope. It wasn’t until about 2013 that I was able to finish any original fiction, and I started publishing in 2015. This year marks my five year anniversary and it was absolutely the right decision to make. I’ve grown as a writer and learned so much over the past few years and I can’t wait to see what the next five years brings.

What do you think about the current publishing market?
The current publishing market is both terrifying and exhilarating. The last decade has seen an explosion in opportunities for authors to make a living, or at least pay some bills, telling the kinds of stories that didn’t used to be published. But there is A LOT that a person has to learn to do it successfully. And there are people out there who will take advantage of the unknowing, those who will ask for a lot of money to teach things that are readily available online for free. And those that will take thousands of dollars to publish an author’s book when she could do it herself for much less. So if you’re looking to publish, make sure you do your research. It’s scary, but it’s also fun.

Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
I’ll confess, my writing method is pretty boring. I sit down and plot out the main structure of what I’m going to write, going chapter by chapter and doing a sentence or two. They’ll read like “Vita kidnaps Brax” or “Sexy times.” I also usually do character sheets with basic information: age, physical description, important history, etc. Then I start at chapter one and go through to the end. And I usually only write one book at a time, though sometimes I’ll work on other projects to make sure I don’t get bored. So sometimes I’ll work on my main story in the morning and then do a short amount of work on a different story in the afternoon just to stretch some different creative muscles.
Braxtyn (Mated to the Alien #8) 
by Kate Rudolph
January 10, 2020
170 pages
Genre: SciFi Romance
She’s hunting a bounty, not a mate…
Vita Minnick has one job: hunt down lowlifes who owe her boss money and deliver them for a profit. When a ticket for Braxtyn NaZade comes up it should be a job just like any other. But from the moment she sees him, Vita can’t help but think he’s… different. She’s not going to fall for one of her marks, but what if there’s been a mistake? 

Brax doesn’t owe anyone anything…
When a masked woman steals him away from Earth, Brax knows he’s in trouble. At first, he just wants to go home. But when he catches sight of the red headed huntress all his plans change. Who would have thought his fated mate would be the one to abduct him? 

When a betrayal rocks Vita’s identity to the core, she and Brax will need to work together to get to the bottom of the mystery… and to get justice. But can a Detyen claim a bounty hunter who refuses to be tied down? Brax might have found his denya, but he’ll need to convince her he’s worth the risk… before they both perish.

Read Braxtyn for fated mates, a heart-melting hero, a tough and world-weary heroine and adventures that are out of this world!

Braxtyn is the eighth book in the Mated to the Alien series about a race of aliens doomed to die if they don’t meet their fated mates. The series can be read in any order and there are no cliffhangers!

The space was another thing that was taking some getting used to. They’d lived on Honora Station for so long that he’d forgotten what it felt like to be able to stretch his arms without risk of running into a wall or smacking someone else.
“Ow,” hissed Deke.
Okay, the smacking someone else was still a bit of a problem, but Deke was his twin so that didn’t count. “Watch where you’re going,” he shot back.

Shayn (Mated to the Alien #7)

Kayleb (Mated to the Alien #6)

Krayter (Mated to the Alien #5)

Cyborg (Mated to the Alien #4)

Stoan (Mated to the Alien #3)

Tyral (Mated to the Alien #2)

Ruwen (Mated to the Alien #1)

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Kate Rudolph is an ex-derby girl who lives in Indiana. She loves writing about kick butt heroines and the steamy heroes who love them. She's been devouring romance novels since she was too young to be reading them and had to hide her books so no one would take them away. She couldn't imagine a better job in this world than writing romances and sharing them with her fellow readers. 

3 ebook copies of Mated to the Alien Volume One (featuring books 1-3 in the series) 
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  1. I like the covers and would like to read them all.

  2. I like the cover. I am always looking for new authors to read. This book sounds like the kind I would enjoy reading.

  3. Thanks for sharing my books! They were a blast to write!

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  4. I really like the covers of these books. The cover for Kate Rudolph's SOULLESS is what first made me aware of her work. The scale like things on her aliens' bodies stand out and make the covers and therefore the books and author memorable.

    1. Thanks! I work hard on my covers so I am so glad to see this. :D


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