Tuesday, 31 March 2015

The Legend of the Gypsy Hawk - Sally Malcolm

About the book...
The Legend of the Gypsy Hawk – Sally Malcolm
‘Come then, and I’ll tell you the tale of the Gypsy Hawk and her wily captain – the infamous Zachary Hazard …’

To Amelia Dauphin, freedom is her most prized possession and she will stop at nothing to keep it. Daughter of a Pirate King and the youngest captain in her father’s fleet, she lives on the island of Ile Saint Anne, where pirates roam free and liberty reigns.

Zachary Hazard, captain of the Gypsy Hawk, hasn’t been seen on Ile Saint Anne for six years but his reputation precedes him. To Zach, liberty is the open water and he has little time for the land-bound pirate island.

But when he hears that Amelia’s people could be in danger, he has no choice but to return. And what begins then is a desperate fight for freedom and a legend in the making …

A swashbuckling pirate adventure. Pirates of the Caribbean for adults with a sizzling romance at the heart!

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About the author...
Sally lives in London, England with her American husband and two children. She is co-founder and commissioning editor of Fandemonium Books, the licensed publisher of novels based on the American TV series Stargate SG1, Atlantis and Universe. 

Sally is the author of five of the Stargate novels. She has also written four audio Stargate dramas. And recently she completed work on three episodes of the video game Stargate SG-1: Unleashed which were voiced by Stargate SG-1 stars Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping and Chris Judge.

The Legend of the Gypsy Hawk is the first in the Pirates of Ile Sainte Anne series.

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Guest post...
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...

I’m in the lucky position of being able to split my writing time between historical romance and science fiction.  For the past ten years I’ve been writing and editing novels based on the US sci-fi shows ‘Stargate: SG-1’ and ‘Stargate Atlantis’ and this year my first historical romance, ‘The Legend of the Gypsy Hawk’, was published by Choc Lit UK.
‘Stargate’ fans will know that the franchise literally blends history with sci-fi – one of many reasons I love it.  Yet despite that, I couldn’t help thinking that science fiction and historical romance made strange bedfellows.  However, I’ve been delighted to find a huge cross-over between fans of ‘Stargate’ and fans of historical fiction.  This got me thinking about what I love about both genres and wondering whether sci-fi and historical romance are really as different as I’d first thought.  It turns out, they aren’t.   Here are five reasons why:

1. A whole new world
Whether a novel is set among 18th century pirates or in post-apocalyptic America, the first thing the writer has to do is bring that world alive for the reader.  The opening chapters of Suzanne Collin’s ‘The Hunger Games’ are a brilliant example of world building where we’re introduced to concepts like ‘reaping’, ‘tributes’, and ‘tesserae’.  Now think about a novel set in 18th century London where we meet ‘scavengers’, ‘Longshore thieves’, and ‘Scuffle Hunters’.  With clever use of language, both sci-fi and historical fiction can take you into a strange new world.

2. An undiscovered country
In these new worlds people think, talk and act differently.  They aren’t like us.  In ‘The Hunger Games’, society has reached a point where its chief enjoyment is watching twenty-four children fight to the death on television.  To the reader it’s abhorrent – just as abhorrent as hanging a child for stealing a loaf of bread, or gibbeting the rotting corpse of a pirate on the docks at Wapping.  As L.P. Hartley wrote, ‘The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.’   The same is true of the imagined futures of science fiction.

3. Timeslipping
The huge popularity of ‘Outlander’, both the TV show and Diana Gabaldon’s novels on which its based, is a perfect example of how sci-fi and historical fiction have literally merged; time-slip, as a sub-genre of romantic fiction, is increasingly popular.  But the alternate timeline has long been a sci-fi staple and it’s actually pretty common in historical fiction too.  Think about novels such as Philippa Gregory’s ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’ or Hilary Mantel’s ‘Wolf Hall’ that re-imagine the past, creating possible histories, possible versions of events with which historians can (and do!) quibble.  Is that so different from imagining possible futures?  I don’t think so.

4. Holding out for a hero 
Every book has a protagonist, but in both historical and science fiction the protagonist can be truly heroic.  In both genres the canvas is broader, the stakes are higher, and the story is as sweeping as you like.  Katniss Everdeen ignites a revolution that changes her world.  So does Anne Boleyn.  The heroes and heroines of sci-fi and historical fiction have epic destinies to fulfil that can be literally world-shaking.

5. Stepping beyond the horizon
And finally, there’s escapism.  Sometimes we just want to slip into a story that takes us away from the tedium of daily life.  We want to experience worlds more vivid, more exciting, and more epic than the one we inhabit, and whether those worlds are in the past, the future, or in a galaxy far, far away there will always be a sci-fi or historical novel to transport us there. 

These are just five reasons why I think science fiction and historical romance aren’t so very different.  But am I right?  I’d love to know how many other fans of both genres are out there and what it is about historical and/or science fiction you love most...

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  1. Really enjoyed reading this interesting post, Sally - thank you!

  2. Excellent post with points well made. Kirk often visited lands not as advanced as his own. I recall an episode in the Wild West :-)