Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Ages of Invention Series by S.B.K. Burns

Ages of Invention
Book One
S.B.K. Burns

Genre: PNR, Sci-Fi,
Time-Travel, Steampunk

Date of Publication: December 2016

ISBN: 1521172862

Number of pages: 320
Word Count: 79290

Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde

Book Descriptions:

She’s Hume’n, a member of the lower class, with one 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 also 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 disintegrates in the past, leaving only his overwhelming lust for Dawn’s past-life double, 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.


Before Dawn had
finished the second suggestive sentence of her self-regression, she was here in
the misty Lowlands of Scotland, not far outside Edinburgh. As on her previous
trips, she was literally in Lily’s body, experiencing all the woman’s senses
and emotions, but none of her thoughts. So frustrating.

Fly Like An Eagle
Ages of Invention Series
Book Two
S.B.K. Burns

Genre: PNR, Sci-Fi,
Time-Travel, Steampunk

Date of Publication: February 2017

ISBN: 1520680112

Number of pages: 318
Word Count: 83,197

Book Description:

It’s 1824 Philadelphia at the opening of the Franklin Institute of Science, and one of its founders, Samantha’s father, wants her to marry his business partner, a much older man, to keep their war industry dealings secret.

Looking for a way out of the arranged marriage, tomboy Sam finds it in Eagle, the half Native American son of the man she is to marry.

Eagle brings Samantha into his spiritual world, his bimijiwan, in order that she might stop their father’s preparations for an ironclad Civil War at sea. To do this, Sam might have to convince Benjamin Franklin to abandon his kite experiment.

Fly Like An Eagle:

Samantha had
most probably escaped to the house. Migizi (Eagle) would return her shawl,
hoping by the time he caught up to her, she would have put on something a
little less fetching.

Her father had
been wrong about him. Leaving me alone with Ronaldson’s nubile daughter? Look
at her as a sister? He’d have more success taking flight by jumping off a cliff
and flapping his arms.

About the Author:

Both romance and science have been central to the life of S.B.K. Burns (Susan). As a teen, she wrote romantic musicals between quarterbacks and cheerleaders. After a career as both a science teacher and advanced degrees in science, she began a ten-year journey of paranormal romance novel writing. Her ten books include two series: LEGENDS OF THE GOLDENS (about psychic vampires that protect humans from the baddies, even when the humans are not too keen on getting saved) and AGES OF INVENTION (alternate science history/steampunk: where Electress Sophia of The House of Hanover (ancestor to today’s British royalty) runs a time machine where she helps our heroes and heroines save the great scientists of history.

Interview with S.B.K. Burns

Where do you get inspiration for your stories?
When it comes to my series AGES OF INVENTION, I think of great mathematicians and scientists on which our contemporary society is based. Then I try to imagine what it might be like for these inventions (like smart-phone computers) to come into existence years earlier (genre: steampunk). I want to create characters of the time that are interested in reading, fine arts, and theater arts.
How did you do research for your book?
Once I’ve chosen an era of technology, I look up all the information on the year the story starts. One important theme for me is prejudice and how to make the romance between the two main characters forbidden in their societies, and what they do about it. (By the way, highlighting and researching just one year is a good way to get your feet wet in historicals, if you want to write a period piece, or just want to highlight a bit of history. Most historicals take lots of time to write (maybe one book per year or more), so for me that would be a considerable challenge in the future.)
Do you have another profession besides writing?
I was a science teacher, an engineer, and an applied mathematician. Now I enjoy developing my own science philosophy and cosmology based on my published research ( Once a month, I spend my time taking pictures of the setting full moon over a ridge toward the Pacific (posted on my Facebook page). What caught my eye at first was how, like the setting sun, it changes its shape and color as it sets behind mountains, trees, and houses. I also enjoy taking duration photos of stars peeking out from behind and between the wispy clouds.
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
This takes some thought. At first I thought of famous scientists. Then I thought about taking the risk to be there 65 million years ago, maybe just before the dinosaur-killing meteor so I could see an actual T-Rex up close and personal. But I decided that no matter where or when I traveled, it wouldn’t be as entertaining as I imagine it to be. That’s why my husband never tells me where we’re going on our anniversary. He wants me to be surprised. If I knew anything about where we were going, I would imagine it to be far more exciting than anything in this real world can be, and I’d disappoint myself!
What is your next project?
I’m working on three projects at the moment:
  1. Flat Spin: a SFR (an adult Science Fiction Romance) that is based on my experiences working in aerospace forensics at a US Air Force base. (Out Spring of 2018)
  2. Other: a young adult (YA) space opera sci-fi about android-like Earth explorers out to save real human descendants on a planet going into an ice age because of declining solar radiation from a dying sun. (Out Summer of 2018)
  3. Just A Little Drop Of Black: This is my NANOWRIMO, African-American contemporary where I resurrect my dark-phase albino heroine from LEGENDS OF THE GOLDENS SERIES as an emergency physician who volunteers with firefighters, and especially one reluctant Cameron who is fire chief and ex Navy SEAL. He wants to marry into his culture and she’s not black enough to qualify. (Out Fall of 2018)

For more updates on my writing, go to my author page.
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