I have always been intrigued with cyborgs. They’re half man, half machine, are deliciously conflicted between emotion and logic, about who they are. But I never really saw them as hero material until I read Laurann Dohner’s Burning Up Flint. As soon as I read that book, I knew I would, some day, write a romance with a cyborg hero.
I also knew I wanted to do two things with the cyborg stories I wrote.
1) I wanted to share how they could be mass manufactured. Yes, I wanted to talk about cyborg babies! (grins) But I didn’t know how cyborgs could be ‘born’ and then ‘grow.’ They have both mechanical and organic parts. How could these ‘grow’ at the same rate?
It wasn’t until I was talking to product innovators and scientists at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas in January that this how clicked with me. I went to a 3D printer presentation, with the innovator talking about medical uses for the device, sharing how the printers were getting smaller and smaller. Directly after that presentation, I sat in a presentation with a scientist talking about how regular Joe scientists were cloning beings in their basements.
This was a light bulb moment. I now had a (wild) theory roughly based on today’s science (as with all SciFi, it is about what COULD be possible).
2) I also wanted to explore why cyborgs, beings designed to be the perfect soldiers, would rebel against their manufacturers. Soldiers are loyal. They would only rebel for dark, possibly disturbing reasons.
These dark, possibly disturbing reasons would make the series challenging to sell to existing publishers (and this ended up being true. Publishers weren’t interested in a cyborg series.). It wasn’t until this year that I felt ready career-wise for self-publishing.
I had answers for both of the things I wanted to accomplish with the cyborg story.
Then ALL of my favorite cyborg SciFi Romance writers went on breaks with their series. I had no delicious cyborg stories to read!
What does a writer do when that happens?
She writes her own stories.
Releasing Rage is the result. It is a book of my heart, one of those special stories writers are gifted with from time to time. I had been seriously thinking about cyborgs for five years, completing research out of personal interest, crafting stories in my head. All of this, combined with some perturbing recent events (like #GamerGate and a female-disrespecting Nobel Prize winner), was poured into Releasing Rage.
Is there a story you really want to see written? Have you considered writing it yourself?
About Releasing Rage
Half Man. Half Machine. All Hers.
Rage, the Humanoid Alliance’s most primitive cyborg, has two goals–kill all of the humans on his battle station and escape to the Homeland. The warrior has seen the darkness in others and in himself. He believes that’s all he’s been programmed to experience.
Until he meets Joan.
Joan, the battle station’s first female engineer, has one goal–survive long enough to help the big sexy cyborg plotting to kill her. Rage might not trust her but he wants her. She sees the passion in his eyes, the caring in his battle-worn hands, the gruff emotion in his voice.
When Joan survives the unthinkable, Rage’s priorities are tested. Is there enough room in this cyborg’s heart for both love and revenge?
About Cynthia Sax
USA Today bestselling author Cynthia Sax writes contemporary, SciFi and paranormal erotic romances. Her stories have been featured in Star Magazine, Real Time With Bill Maher, and numerous best of erotic romance top ten lists. Sign up for her dirty-joke-filled release day newsletter and visit her on the web at www.CynthiaSax.com