TODAY’S GUEST BLOGGER~RESEARCHING THE FUTURE~ LAURA LIDDELL NOLEN~ THE ARK

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Researching the Future

Laura Liddell Nolen

 

When I set out to write my first book, I didn’t think much about how much time I’d spend researching. The book is set fifty years in the future, just after World War III, so I thought I’d have more leeway in coming up with technology. After all, the sky is the limit- future tech hasn’t even been invented yet! But the more I wrote, the more I felt the need to ground Char’s universe in realistic, nearly-current technology. I also found myself double-checking little details about stuff I thought I knew. Handcuffs, Braille, motor boats, Kevlar, so-called “assault rifles,” you name it, I looked it up!

 

Although I did have lots of fun with the cars. Automobiles of the 2060’s won’t drive unauthorized users, and if they think you’re trying to commit a crime, they shut down entirely. Considering the GPS systems we use today, it wasn’t that much of a stretch. So that gave me some fun rules to work with, especially when you add an escaped convict trying to fight her way into space.

 

The spaceships were another story- definitely fun, but requiring way more research than any other part of the book. There are two main kinds of spacecraft in The Ark. The first are Off-Planet Transports, which hold ten thousand passengers and blast off from earth. They’re a lot like modern-day rockets, but they have thin, aerodynamic spokes that hold the passengers.

 

The other kind, obviously, are the Arks.

 

Arks are a hybrid of a space station and a spaceship. They’re too big to blast off from the earth, so they were constructed in space, like a space station. But they have more propulsion capabilities than a station like the ISS, for example, because they aren’t meant to stay in orbit. They’re travelling to a planetoid in the Kuiper Belt, which is a considerable distance from earth. In that respect, they’re like spaceships.

 

Each Ark is designed to hold a hundred thousand people for several years. Certainly, there are enough resources on earth right now to feed a tiny fraction of our population for a very long time, but you need somewhere to put all that food. Plus, you need terraforming equipment, farm animals, and any other– ahem– remnants of human civilization you want to preserve. So I knew the cargo hold had to be big.

 

Eventually, I decided that the North American Ark would be shaped like a doughnut, so that the outer rim is much bigger than the center rim. That’s why I put the cargo hold as far out as possible- it’s got tons more space

 

In researching space stations, almost the first thing I discovered is that gravity is really, really good for us, and its absence can wreak havoc on all our body systems. My ship had to have it- most of the time, anyway. So the North American Ark spins, pressing its cargo and occupants outward. Somewhere near the middle rim is the “sweet spot,” where the amount of simulated gravity is one g- the same as the force of gravity on earth. Naturally, the Guardians took the sweet spot for themselves.

 

Which leaves the rest of the Ark, including the cargo hold, for everyone else. The outer rim is a dark, heavy place- full of perfect hiding places for stowaways and their ilk. Here’s hoping Char can find it before Central Command finds Char.

 

The wildest part of it is, this spaceship design isn’t nearly as original as I’d thought! While looking up historical spacecraft, I stumbled onto a few ideas that never became reality. And folks, as unbelievable as it sounds, there once were plans for a real-life, doughnut-shaped ship. I present to you the Stanford Torus, a marvel of modern imagination and possibility. The 70’s were a magical time, clearly. There are lots of differences between the North American Ark and the Stanford Torus, but the similarities are striking. I’m going to use as much of this as possible in writing the sequel to The Ark.

 

So happy researching, everyone! May your internet searches be ever fruitful, bearing only the happiest of results and the silliest of cats.

Thank you for stopping by today! What a delight to have you with us today!

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Pump Up Your Book Presents The Ark Virtual Book Publicity Tour

Title: The Ark
Author: Laura Liddell Nolen
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 239
Genre: YA Scifi
Format: Paperback/Kindle/Nook

There’s a meteor headed for Earth, and there is only one way to survive.

It’s the final days of earth, and sixteen-year-old Char is right where she belongs: in prison. With her criminal record, she doesn’t qualify for a place on an Ark, one of the five massive bioships designed to protect earth’s survivors during the meteor strike that looks set to destroy the planet. Only a select few will be saved – like her mom, dad, and brother – all of whom have long since turned their backs on Char.

If she ever wants to redeem herself, Char must use all the tricks of the trade to swindle her way into outer space, where she hopes to reunite with her family, regardless of whether they actually ever want to see her again, or not . . .

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Meet the author…

Laura NolanLaura Liddell Nolen grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where she spent lots of time playing make-believe with her two younger brothers. They supplemented their own stories with a steady diet of space- and superhero-themed movies, books, and television. The daughter of a comic book collector, she learned how to handle old comics at an early age, a skill she’s inordinately proud of to this day.

Laura began work on her first novel, The Ark, in 2012, following the birth of her daughter Ava, a tiny rebel and a sweetheart on whom the novel’s main character is loosely based. Completion of The Ark was made possible in part due to an SCBWI Work-in-Progress Award.

Laura loves coffee, dogs, and making lists. She has a degree in French and a license to practice law, but both are frozen in carbonite at present. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and two young children, and their dog Miley, who is a very good girl.

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BLOG TOUR~NINA MASON~ THE DUKE’S BEDEVILED BRIDE…Royal Pains, Book 2 with Rafflecopter #Giveaway

 

Today, we are featuring The Duke’s Bedeviled Bride, book two in the erotic historic Royal Pains series by Nina Mason. The series, set in Scotland and England during the Restoration period, is available in e-book or paperback.
Buy it now at Amazon.com

 

Here’s the blurb:

The tawdry tale of the Duke and Duchess of Dunwoody continues…
Maggie Armstrong, the long-lost illegitimate daughter of the heir
presumptive to the throne, is bedeviled by her husband’s limited
definition of fidelity. After observing him in a ménage à trois at the
court of King Charles II, she is determined to bring him around to her
way of thinking—by any means necessary.

Robert doesn’t mind being punished for his transgressions. Rather,
he enjoys being whipped, especially by his beloved bride. Unfortunately,
her heart might not belong to him alone. His younger brother, who he’d
sent abroad to clear the way for himself, is coming home sooner than
expected, and Maggie’s feelings for Hugh may not be as dead as her
husband had hoped.

Both duke and duchess soon learn, to their peril, Hugh Armstrong is
not the honorable man they’d been led to believe. Insanely jealous of
his brother’s situation, Hugh will stop at nothing to strip Robert of
all he holds dear—including his life.

But the real danger for Robert and Maggie is not the villainous
Marquess, but the growing friction betwixt Catholics and Protestants in
Restoration Era Great Britain.

Can their love survive the trials that await them?

Here’s the trailer:

Here’s the link to the Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Here’s a little about the author:

Nina Mason, author
 Nina Mason is a hopeful romantic with strong affinities for history,
mythology, and the metaphysical. She strives to write the same kind of
books she loves to read: those that entertain, edify, educate, and
enlighten.

She is the author of The Queen of Swords, a darkly erotic Scottish paranormal
romance/urban fantasy; The Tin Man, a political thriller; Devil in
Duke’s Clothing, an erotic historical set in 1680 Scotland; The Duke’s
Bedeviled Bride, the follow-up to Devil in Duke’s Clothing; Starry
Knight, the first book in a new PNR/UF series; and Dark and Stormy
Knight, book two in The Knights of Avalon series.Born and raised in Orange County, California, Ms. Mason
currently lives in Woodstock, Georgia.

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 The Duke's Bedeviled Bride by Nina Mason
MY THOUGHTS:

WOW!! “The Duke’s Bedeviled Bride” is the second part of this riveting Erotica Historical Romance. What a tale!! You absolutely MUST read Book one, “Devil in Duke’s Clothing”, in the “Royal Pains”series, FIRST! This story is NOT a stand alone, in my opinion.

With passion, jealousy, danger, BDSM, deceit, Court intrigue, betrayal and romance, the reader is taken on a journey of torment, a bit of torture, and a delicate balance between love and hate . Simply put, an Erotica Romance fan’s delight!

The characters are complex, to say the least. The storyline is powerful, compelling, and intricately weaves passion, erotic romance into a tale of intrigue and yes, love.
While, there are scenes that will probably be offensive to some readers, I feel they brought more authenticity and realism to the story. Life is about deceit and betrayal at times, not all roses and sunshine.

The heroine is strong, determined, sacrifices all and comes though stronger and more determined.
Ms. Mason is an amazing storyteller, one who draws readers into her stories and holds them in awe. If you DO NOT enjoy Erotica Romance, than turn from this story, for it is passionate, with scenes of Eroticism, whipping, dominance, BDSM, a threesome, and much more, which is tastefully written. With this said, if you enjoy Erotica Romance, this is an awesome read! This story is about much more than sex, and passion, it is about finding true love, and the betrayal, lust, and jealousy of a family member, as well as Court intrigue. I can’t wait to read more from Ms. Mason! ! Well done!

* Received for an honest review from the author *

**Will be cross-posted on My Book Addiction Reviews dot com**

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating : Wild Ride
Reviewed by : AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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