Guest blogger Myra Nour

Take Me To Your Planet
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Writing Futuristic Romances
by: Myra Nour

Do you want to zoom away in a spaceship? Or be captured by a hunky alien? Perhaps your fantasy is to be whisked off to a far future society, where all diseases have been eliminated? Or maybe you’d prefer a society closely aligned with Earth’s medieval period-complete with warriors, sword fighting, and castles.

No matter how diverse all these different ideas seem, they all have one theme in common-they can all be found in futuristic romances.

Do you need to be an astronaut or have been abducted by aliens to write about other worlds? Certainly not! Studying the masters of s/f and fantasy for style is a great start. Look at the various ways the masters handle their worlds, such as: Issac Asimov’s technical expertise, Poul Anderson’s humorous touch, Andre Norton’s magic, or Robert E. Howard’s dark/magical adventures.

One aspect you need to consider is how hard you want the science to be in your story. In other words, do you like writing technical information with lots of details about the future society? Or do you prefer to concentrate on the characters/storyline and have softer science? For example, in Love’s Captive, the society I created is based on the Medieval system. It’s something I’m interested in, and I don’t care to read or write hard science fiction.

If you choose to go with hard science-you better have your facts straight or fans will call you on it. Study articles or books on science facts, recent discoveries, and future ideas. Maybe you can gleam something to incorporate into your story.

A good way to get the feel for what you want to write is to study your favorite authors style. There’s a reason you like their books-so study their works and see if you can incorporate some of their style into your work. Of course you must find your own writing voice, but imitation is the best kind of flattery. And there is no reason to reinvent the wheel. If you love Dara Joy’s Alpha males and the s/f plus fantasy elements she infuses into her stories, then perhaps that style would work well for you too.

Articles are a great resource in helping you seek information, check your facts, or maybe give you ideas. A good site where interesting articles can be found about different aspects of writing s/f romance stories, are at Science Fiction Romance.

I discovered several intriguing articles, such as Creating Believable Aliens, Worldbuilding, and Cursing in Alien Tongues. I think these would be worth a good “looksee”.

The different terms you hear in connection with the genre may confuse you. Is your book s/f romance, fantasy romance, or futuristic romance? Don’t worry about it. Write your story first. Later you can consider how to classify it. Friends can help by giving you feedback. Also, critique partners and writing groups can give their two cents worth. Ultimately your publisher will assign the subgenre they feel is appropriate for your work.

Now, write that exciting book!



Heart of a Dragon

Volarn Chronicles:  Book 2

Author:  Myra Nour

PublisherNew Concepts Publishing.

Length:  514 pages

Sub-Genres:  Sci-Fi


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Can Eric, a tough, handsome Green Beret from Earth, convince Kasha, the stubborn warrior princess of Volarn, that he loves her? Not before they experience adventure in the haunted wastelands, discover a baby dragon, and explore the hot, sensual side of their relationship.

Travel back to Volarn for more magical romance and new adventure with King Rhamus’s sister, Kasha, and Olga’s brother, Eric. If you loved Love’s Captive, be enchanted with Volarn Chronicles Book Two. Find out what secret makes Kasha run from love. Follow the characters’ fox and hound game of love, as each pushes the other to their limits, climaxing in a daring rescue that changes everything. Be warned, this book is filled with humor and love that knows no bounds. And an adorable, goofy dragon that will win your heart, so that you will be asking “How do I adopt a dragon of my own!”



I’m optimistic; happy unless something really bad happens; a good listener and friend. My best compliment came from a friend who said I was a ‘Steel Magnolias’. She thought I was kind and gentle when she met me, but then found out the difficulties I’ve had in my life, and added a “backbone of steel” to that assessment.

I was an LPN for a total of 8 years; became interested in the mind more than the body, and helped put myself through college working as a nurse. Graduated cume laude with a BA in Psychology and MA in Counseling. Until several months before I graduated with my BA, when I met Simon, I was a single mother of two small children.

I worked odd jobs until I landed my first job working in my college area – as a social worker for physically and sexually abused children. Then, I found my nitch, as a college counselor. Loved it! Spent the rest of my career in this area, except for 3 years when I taught Psychology and Sociology at a local college. Loved this even more!!

My Simon has been very supportive about the whole writing process. We both agreed that when our financial circumstances would allow, that I’d quit work and write full-time, and that happened in 1998. I’ve been very lucky. After 24 years of working in a profession that helped people, I am able to do something for myself – writing.



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14 Responses to Guest blogger Myra Nour

  1. Ava September 18, 2012 at 7:31 am #

    Hello Myra!

    That’s such a wonderful and exquisite treasure you have for a husband! From what I see here of your works (they sounds amazing!) he must be all puffed up in the chest and super proud of you :)

    I wish you the very best of success with all of your works!

    dragonlady 029 @ aol . com

    • Myra Nour September 18, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

      Thank you Melanie. We’ve been married 31 years this October, so I see I need to update my info.:)

      Yep, Simon used to edit all my books until he got too busy in his career. Now he is retired but he is helping me run Book & Trailer Showcase.

      Also thanks to everyone that responded to this post. If you love dragons and hero’s who are sweet, charming and a soldier – then you’ll love Puff and Eric!!


  2. Melanie Rovak September 18, 2012 at 7:39 am #

    Your book sounds great! Thank you for the tour and giveaway. Bboo04(AT)hotmail(DOT)com

  3. Kerry September 18, 2012 at 7:50 am #

    I love ALL scifi – so this sounds great! Good Luck

  4. nurmawati djuhawan September 18, 2012 at 9:17 am #

    wow…i love the book’s cover so much…purple is my colour :)
    i must confest..i’ve never read ur book before (because i;m not knowing about myra’s books)
    but if i have a chance to win in..i’ll read and tell my friends from my book’s club..

    thx again for the chance of win…very interesting from what i read from the blurb ..

    chiko jubilee at gmail dot com

    • nurmawati djuhawan September 18, 2012 at 9:18 am #

      oh i’m sorry..this is the right email : chikojubilee at gmail dot com

  5. Victoria Zumbrum September 18, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    I would love to read this book. It sounds awesome. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me.

  6. Viki S. September 18, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    I want to read this so bad just because of the baby dragon ;). Thank you so much.


  7. Maria D. September 18, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    This definitely sounds like an interesting series! Good guest post too…Simon does sound like a great husband:)

    Thanks for the giveaway

    junegirl63 at gmail dot com

  8. Jennifer Bielman September 19, 2012 at 1:56 am #

    This book sounds awesome. Thanks for the giveaway

  9. pam howell September 19, 2012 at 3:07 pm #


  10. bn100 September 19, 2012 at 11:26 pm #

    The book sounds good.


  11. Adisty September 25, 2012 at 8:30 am #

    Nice post. I love your book cover. The book also sound good.
    Thx for the giveaway

    akakage_sora at yahoo dot com

  12. Olga September 26, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    Hello Myra. Thanks for the chance to win this book! Olga_Sergejeva at hotmail. co. uk

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