The Legends of The Goldens Series is a collection of quirky urban-fantasy romances, about vampire good guys—psychic orbweavers who create, or weave together, real universes. They can shapeshift, telepath, teleport, heal—and make love, not war, with their fangs. Instinctively they rescue both humans and vampires, even when neither is too keen on being saved.
Part human. Part alien. Being superhuman doesn’t make them immune to love. Or to heartbreak.
Akeelah never asks to be different. She sure doesn't ask to be a hybrid. She doesn't want to be a psychic orbweaver like her people—able to create new worlds with only a thought.
She. Just. Wants. To. Be. A. Girl. More precisely, Saffron’s girl.
Saffron's her best friend, a hybrid like her—and hot. Being superhuman doesn’t make him immune to love. Or heartbreak. His one focus—Akeelah.
Coming into their powers and against the wishes of their android guardians, together Akeelah and Saffron practice their psychic skills.
Because of the dangers of orbweaving, the guardians they trust take Akeelah away, zap her memory.
Saffron can't live without Akeelah. All he wants is her memory restored, so she knows she's in love with him.
But trust is rare in a world full of deception, androids, and aliens—even when two people love each other.
Eco warrior, Maggie Maclaurin, can somehow see through Andrew’s conjured fraternity disguise: he’s a psychic cousin to the vampires, and with those flying dragon tattoos undulating suggestively across his naked chest, positively an endangered species, definitely in need of saving.
But when real vampires make a pact with the corrupt government to bring a little more nasty onto campus, Maggie’s chaotic human vibes keep Andrew from protecting her, make him sick, each time he comes in for a nibble from the neck of this attractive, yet headstrong young woman.
Can Andrew forget about his self-centeredness long enough to gain Maggie’s trust, so he can save her from the vampire’s fangs, and, if he does, who will save her from his own?
Creating Accessible Worlds
I come from the highest levels of geekdom. An engineer who is really an applied mathematician. So I shouldn’t be able to write anything that is accessible to the general public. Correct?
The first book in my Legends of the Goldens Series, Forbidden Playground was first named Weird Cosmology and before I wrote romance, I created the novel as an out-and-out science fiction.
No matter how fantastic the worlds we build—if they’re too heavy into preachy science and lack the intimate musings of real people with thoughts and dreams and attitudes—then they won’t entertain the reader. And for me, entertainment is the most important goal of writing.
To entertain myself, making the writing process fun, and to entertain as many potential others as I can, means making my imagined world accessible to the reader.
That doesn’t mean I can put a full moon rising in the west (which it never does) just for effect. Just as Regency romance authors do their due diligence of research, so must our writers of the paranormal.
Don’t worry. It’s not that difficult. You don’t need to go beyond a junior high school science education to flesh out a paranormal world. I taught junior high science. And I have to say, unless you’re writing a fantasy in which you can make up the rules as you go along, you need to, at least, review some of that textbook information if you want to make the rules of the worlds you create believable.
Back to Weird Cosmology. A cosmology is the story of your world. To make it believable you need some kind of theme or personal philosophy applied to make it come alive. As a research scientist, I published an experiment in a physics journal. The experiment: a very thin droplet of water is injected and expands into oil. Basically, it was a simple model of our own expanding universe and how things in it like massive stars and black holes form as information and energy flow from inside the droplet to outside, from outside the droplet to inside. It’s information and energy flow that create the shape of the droplet and our world.
One thing my expanding water droplet did was vibrate. Droplets expanding faster, vibrate faster. In a primitive way, they experience the passage of time based on the speed with which they expand and vibrate.
Those vibrations in that experiment made me wonder about complex forms of consciousness, like human consciousness and that of my psychic, shapeshifting, telepathing and teleporting Goldens.
Thus arose the higher-vibrational, more-concentrated, more-rapid orbweaving skills of my Golden characters and the conflicting slower-vibrating skills of Earth humans like the Maclaurins (who figure prominently in both books of the Legends Series).
Because supernatural powers require lots of concentration, my psychic characters needed lots of down time. They didn’t know how to chill out like the humans did with their awesome laid-back powers. So they traveled to Earth to find out. They hybridized with humans and thus my Legends began.
Since these were my first novels, and they involved lots of concepts about human consciousness, it was easier for me to set them in a world as contemporary as I could make it. My stories were located—as much as possible—in the near present on—what I call—a near Earth.
Since it’s easier to write about what we know, I suggest first-time authors use what they know about contemporary Earth society (and science) then tweak it a little, as I hope I’ve done.
Good luck in your orbweaving or world-building—whatever you want to call it.
Susan (S.B.K. Burns)
Before dedicating herself to full-time writing, Susan earned two advanced engineering degrees and worked in the fields of biology, oceanography, biomedical, and aerospace engineering. That knowledge, and the experience of working with a smorgasbord of mostly men, continues to populate her science fictions, urban fantasies, steampunks, and other paranormal romances.
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