Guest Author: Diane Burton

My friend and fellow West Michigander Diane Burton was a guest here on this blog last fall with her cozy mystery series (you can read that post HERE), but I knew Diane first as an author of science fiction romance. I’ve read her Switched series, and more recently I’ve been reading the books in her Outer Rim series. I absolutely love to read about strong women, and the main characters in these stories definitely qualify! I’ve linked the book covers below to my reviews on Goodreads (as of today – June 6 – I’m still reading The Chameleon so I’ll attach that review when I get it finished). I’ll let Diane tell you about these books. Here she is!

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The Outer Rim—the Frontier of Space

Several years ago, I had the idea of writing a series about strong women on the frontier of space—the Outer Rim. I ran that idea past an editor at Harlequin, because they were looking for stories about strong women. Of course it didn’t fly. HQ didn’t want space adventures. In fact, they weren’t looking for anything futuristic, as science fiction romance was called back then.

Fast forward to 2012. I’d just self-published an out-of-print sci-fi romance (Switched) to which I had the rights back. Was that an eye-opener. I’m not saying the money rolled in, but my “paychecks” (auto deposits) from Amazon made me sit up and take notice.

The Pilot (first book in my Outer Rim series) was finished, so I thought what the heck, self-publish it. That book really took off. I followed up with two more in the series, The Chameleon and The Protector. I love the fems in these stories. They are so different and yet the same.

The PilotCelara (The Pilot) may be tiny in stature, but her personality is huge. She’s a red-head with a temper to match. All her life, she’s had to fight for everything. Now she has to fight the Sector Administrator to get back her starship. Not only is the space freighter her livelihood, it’s her home, and he confiscated it to make a point.

 

The Chameleon Cover

Jileena (The Chameleon) is a dainty blonde who’s perfected the image of the spoiled, rich, bubble-headed daughter of an industrial magnate. In reality, she’s her father’s smart, savvy aide in social situations where she’s his eyes and ears. She’s determined to prove to her father that she can do more. She’s capable of managing his empire. If it means leaving “civilization” for the frontier, she’ll do it.

 

 

The ProtectorRissa (The Protector) is a big, raw-boned dark-haired tavern owner. She can heft unruly patrons the way she lifts kegs of ale. Confidence and determination hide her vulnerability. When she rescues two teen girls hiding out from traffickers, Rissa has to rally the inhabitants of the frontier colony. No mother should ever lose a child to slavers—the way she did.

 

No matter their appearance, all the heroines in the Outer Rim series have spines of steel, guts, and grit. Nobody will stop them from their goal, not the heroes who want to protect them. And especially not a galactic gangster.

Writing about the Outer Rim is like writing about the Old West, except for starships instead of wagon trains. Just like the people who headed West in the 1800s, people who wanted adventure or to reinvent themselves headed to the frontier of space. The colonies grew from numbered outposts to named villages. A fem alone had to learn to take care of herself. If it meant fighting for what she owned, she’d do what was necessary. I’m working on another book in the series. It, too, will have a strong fem as the main character.

Although I like my creature comforts (indoor plumbing, please!), I’d like to think I could survive and thrive on the frontier like my heroines.

All books in the Outer Rim series are available in digital and print formats. Each book is a stand alone and need not be read in order.

Buy links for the series:

The Pilot (An Outer Rim Novel: Book 1) is available at AmazoniTunesB&NKobo, and Smashwords.

The Chameleon (An Outer Rim Novel: Book 2) is available at Amazon,  KoboB&NiTunes, and Smashwords.

The Protector (An Outer Rim Novel: Book 3) is available at AmazoniTunesKoboB&N, and Smashwords.

Diane BurtonAbout Diane:

Diane Burton combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction and romance into writing romantic fiction. Besides the science fiction romance Switched and Outer Rim series, she is the author of One Red Shoe, a romantic suspense, and the Alex O’Hara PI mystery series. She is also a contributor to the anthology How I Met My Husband. Diane and her husband live in Michigan. They have two children and three grandchildren.

For more info and excerpts from her books, visit Diane’s websiteblog, and Amazon Author page. You can connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and Pinterest.

Diane invites you to join her Reader Group on FB, and sign up for her Newsletter to be alerted about her new releases!

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About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Kiyono/e/B0067PSM5C/
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43 Responses to Guest Author: Diane Burton

  1. Diane Burton says:

    Thanks for inviting me, Patty. This post reminded me of how much I enjoyed writing this series. I have one more planned. Another strong woman, of course. 🙂

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I’m about halfway through The Chameleon, and I read The Protector earlier. So I guess I’ll have to read the fourth book, too! But don’t abandon your Alex O’Hara series!

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  2. Your heroines do sound wonderful, Diane. Good for you for pursuing publication and finding those readers who love your stories!

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  3. I love a strong woman character. Sounds like a great read that you benefitted from self-pub- awesome! Best of luck with your release!

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Diane’s heroines are some of the strongest women I’ve ever encountered! Thanks so much for visiting, Maureen.

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    • Diane Burton says:

      Thanks, Maureen. It’s been a long struggle (over 20 years). Now it’s rewarding to have my books out there

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  4. pamelasthibodeaux says:

    Great post Diane! You are a gifted writer. Good luck and God’s blessings.
    PamT

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  5. nitethyme says:

    The sci-fi series sound great! Linda Nightingale

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  6. Joselyn says:

    This series sounds very exciting. I love the comparison of the Old West and space as frontiers. Interesting thought.

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    • Diane Burton says:

      Thanks, Joselyn. When Joss Whedon came up with the concept of Firefly, that is how he viewed it, and the series reinforced that concept. I started writing The Pilot before I knew about Firefly. I loved the way the Frontier was portrayed, complete with riding horses and flying in spaceships.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Diane’s stories do read like old time westerns, other than the characters and the weaponry. Hope you get a chance to read one sometime.

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  7. Diane Burton says:

    It was, Joselyn. Too bad the network didn’t “get” it. The fans showed them! As much as I loved the movie spin-off, I didn’t like the way Whedon killed off some main characters. Shame!

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  8. darcyflynn says:

    I’ve always been a fan of science fiction. Diane, your Outer Rim series sounds fantastic and I enjoyed reading your analogy of the Outer Rim with the Old West. Sounds like the perfect summer reads for me!

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  9. jeff7salter says:

    From your descriptions, I’d say some of these would make terrific movies. I wonder which actresses you’d pick for each of those starring roles?

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    • Diane Burton says:

      How interesting you would say that, Jeff. As I write them, I “see” my stories as movies in my head. I’d pick a young Angelica Huston for Rissa. She’s tall and not pretty, but she’s captivating. For Jileena, I’d pick Reese Witherspoon. Blond & bubbly yet very savvy. Now for the hardest, Celara. Bette Midler just popped into my head. A young Bette–more attitude than appearance. I loved her in Outrageous Fortune. Celara is so in-your-face, just like Bette. Thanks for asking.

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      • jeff7salter says:

        great choices. It’s funny — I often select actors or actresses with the proviso “as they were in such and such” (which might have been 25 years ago or more). It’s much harder for me to pick a current young actor/actress because in my mind they’re mostly a blurr

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I agree, Jeff. These stories would make terrific screenplays. I bet you’d watch them, too!

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  10. Enjoyed learning more about you and your books, Diane! I can’t wait to read them! I love sci-fi romance and your Alex O’Hara series just screams fun. Hope you are having a spectacular Monday!

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  11. This sounds like a terrific series. I can’t help thinking there could be a Star Wars connection.

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  12. I can attest to the strength of Diane’s characters. I read The Protector and Rissa is AWESOME. Loved every aspect of the story. You will not be disappointed with this series.

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  13. Those books sound great. I think I’ll get them for myself and my teen daughter.

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  14. Very interesting,Diane! Thank you for visiting us today.

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  15. I love your strong women protagonists, Diane! You’re right – the Outer Rim is like our historical frontier – and it took strong women to forge our country back then, too. I have your books on my TBR list!

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      You’re going to love these stories, Elizabeth! Thanks so much for stopping in.

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    • Diane Burton says:

      Thanks, Betty. The fun part of writing sci-fi romance is setting the story wherever I want. In a metropolis or the frontier. On starships or horseback. I hope you enjoy the stories.

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  16. Alicia Dean says:

    Oh my gosh, late to your post…so sorry! I admire you for having the imagination to create these sci-fi worlds. That is way beyond my scope of talent. The ones I’ve read are excellent…wishing you the best!

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