This started as a guest post for a Facebook party, only one person entered so I decided to extend the entry period through August 1st to give more people a chance to enter. Go to my Facebook post and comment with an image of a book you especially liked.
Releasing Rage is a gritty and disturbing book with triggers for some, judging by some of the negative reviews. The book is free to download on Amazon if you would like to check it out.
I had actually read the last book in the series first then I went back to Releasing Rage and read every book in the series. This book got me thinking about writing a Cyborg Series of my own. I’ve read many cyborg romances since before I started my series and even afterward. I picked up bits and pieces of what I call cyborg lore from other books plus the fated mates aspect of genetic mates.
In the Aledan Series, this future Earth has been devastated by an interstellar war. Chelle is living in a world ruled by overlords that have enforcers called gangers. An interstellar war with aliens, was the perfect venue for cyborgs, another common trope, and Vyken Dark was conceived.
GIVEAWAY FROM CLARISSA LAKE aka CHRISTINE MYERS
Cynthia Sax’s Releasing Rage introduced me to cyborg romance and steered my focus to writing a cyborg romance series. While I used some of the same tropes my series is set in the universe of the Aledan Series which I published under my real name, Christine Myers. I am giving away your choice of Ebooks under either name. To enter, comment with a picture of a SF/ Fantasy book that left you feeling changed somehow. I will put everyone’s name on a wheel of names to choose 3 winners. Aug 1st is the last day to enter. Winners announced Aug. 2 This giveaway is not associated with Facebook.
I started reading cyborg romances a while before I decided
to write my own. While doing beta reading for T.J. Quinn on her Cyborg Reborn
Series, I started reading cyborg romance by other authors. I started Cynthia
Sax’s Cyborg Sizzle series with No. 10 Seeking Vector. Of course, after
that, I had to go back and read the entire series. Pretty soon, I was reading every
cyborg romance I could find.
Eventually, Vyken Dark was born.
I spent years writing and polishing my Aledan series and
creating the Aledan universe. The heroine Michelle “Chelle” Marlow is living in
the ruins of the fictional city of Farringay on an Earth devastated by alien
interstellar war. Cyborgs were made to fight wars.
Even though I used a number of the same tropes familiar to
cyborg romances, I wanted it to be different than the others. Some cyborg
series have them escaping misguided natural humans who want to destroy them
once the war is over. They seemed to forget that even though the cyborgs are
genetically and cybernetically enhanced, they are also human beings.
Some series have cyborgs that are more machine than human.
Naomi Lucas’ cyborg shifters are enhanced with animal DNA. Marie Dry’s cyborgs
But not all cyborgs were made for war. Nellie C. Lind’s
cyborgs are made for love in her bound by her series. While some cyborgs were
made for war, there was also a line of cyborg lovers.
“Can’t find Mr. Right? Why not create him?
MedAct is the company that can make all your
dreams come true! Just give them a call and let them create the perfect man for
you. But remember, you can never give him up. It will kill him, literally.”
Only they don’t all die. Some go rogue, and
some go insane. Something sinister is going on at MedAct, but no spoilers here.
I really enjoyed this series and devoured each of them almost as soon as they
In my series, the cyborgs start out being
treated like property, but when the public learned that they were created from
human embryos, they demanded human rights for the cyborgs. After that, they
were committed to a finite length of service and freed.
Befriended by a Federation Spacefleet admiral,
Vyken Dark is encouraged to go back to post-apocalyptic Earth after the war
instead of going to live in the cyborg colony on a world called Phantom.
Because of his unique relationship with the Admiral, Vyken wants to grant his
friend’s dying wish. There is a group called the Civil Restoration Enclave,
trying to rebuild a pocket of civilization just south of Chicago in the former
he finds his female, the one female he can sire offspring with. Vyken later
believes the Admiral convinced him to go back to Earth because the gene pool
there would most likely have produced his female. That does happen for him, but
Vyken also discovers thousands of cyborgs still in stasis at the facility.
some respects, it’s kind of like the wild west, and the cyborgs are the new
lawmen in town. Or the Vikings of the future, ruthless warriors bred and
conditioned kill with abandon until there are no more enemies to kill. What’s a
cyborg to do when the killing stops?
keep them motivated, they are promised they will find their genetic mate to
breed and make a family, to love and be loved. While I never actually said as
much in the story, I am pretty sure Vyken Dark didn’t really believe in that
he finds her, he is sexually attracted to her, but he doesn’t quite know how to
translate his attraction to her into a relationship. Most courtship customs
have been forgotten in post-apocalyptic Chicago. However, Danya’s father,
introduced in the Cyborg Awakenings Prequel, came from a family that
valued books and reading. He collected books wherever he found them and taught
her mother to read as well as Danya.
Danya never had a real romance, she had read about romance, so she knew that dating
was mainly about spending time with a prospective mate. My whole Cyborg
Awakening series is a prequel to the Aledan series.
why do I now have Clarissa Lake as the lead writer for the series now? I am
retired from my day job with a modest retirement income that allows me to write
and publish but the return on the hours invested would make pathetic wages. I
plan to write some shorter stories based on both series next year and plot some
longer works in the Cyborg Awakening Series with Clarissa. There may be a box
set of Cyborg Awakenings in the Future.