About Nina Croft

Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain. Nina writes all types of romance often mixed with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.

A Diversion in Time…

Right now, I’m working on Flying through Fire, book 6 in my Dark Desires series. The books are essentially space opera (I got the urge to write them after watching Firefly for the third time) and follow the adventures, romantic and otherwise, of the crew of the space ship, the Blood Hunter. But along with the space stuff, there also more than a hint of paranormal, as Rico, the pilot of the Blood Hunter, is a vampire. My editor refers to the series as Vamps in Space, but in fact there are far more than vampires; there are werewolves, demons, aliens and more recently, dragons (actually alien/dragons.)

Flying through Fire is supposed to be the last book in the series. I’m really struggling with it, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I just don’t want it to end. So when I got the chance to write a short story for inclusion in an anthology, The Dragon Chronicles, I thought why not take a look at what happens after the end of Flying through Fire. And so my story, A Diversion in Time, came about.

The Dragon Chronicles (The Future Chronicles)

 

Dradragon chroniclesgons. They are more than a memory from an age of wizards and heroes. These winged, fire-breathing beasts soar through the traditions of many lands, and through our dreams. In their many guises – Western or Eastern, reptile or lizard or serpent, wyvern, hydra, basilisk – dragons embody everything that we humans call magic.

A Diversion in Time 

At last there is peace in the Universe. But some people just aren’t interested in peace, so once the dust has settled, the crew of the Blood Hunter set off in search of a little excitement. They are heading back to Earth and going back in time.

Along for the ride, are a couple of stowaways. Angel, a young werewolf in search of adventure, and Kronus, an ancient dragon, seeking to regain the power his people once wielded. But when things don’t go entirely as planned, can the two overcome their differences and help each other find what they are looking for?

The Dragon Chronicles releases on April 30th and is available for pre-order here!

About Nina Croft

Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain. Nina writes all types of romance often mixed with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.

Winter is Over…

When we made the decision to move to Spain (we’re English) I never imagined the winters would be quite this cold. We’re about as far south as you can get—you can see the Mediterranean from the house—but we’re also up a mountain, at around 3000 feet, and the seasonal changes can be quite dramatic. From the arid, brown landscape in the heat of the summer to the snow and freezing cold in the winter.

But once the winter is finally over—right about now—we get the lush green of spring. So here are a few things I love about March in the mountains in Spain:

P5020004Almond blossom…speaks for itself.

 

 

 

 

Not having to wear a whole load of layers!

Everything is coming to life, orchids are springing up everywhere and soon there will be a carpet of wildflowers.

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Perfect horse riding weather. My mare, Gencianna, has three modes—in the winter she’s a mad bitch (my fault I don’t ride enough, I’m a definite fair weather rider!) in the summer she’s a lazy cow (then again so am I) but in between she has moments of near perfection.

 

 

And finally…writing—after all I’m a romance writer, and spring is the season for romance! And even better I can sit in the sunshine and write rather than huddled by the fire!

So what do you love (or hate) about March?

About Nina Croft

Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain. Nina writes all types of romance often mixed with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.

Things to do in 2015…

I spend a lot of time thinking about writing goals, but I very rarely consider making personal ones. So today, I’m going to think about what I’d like to change in my personal life. They won’t be huge, because I quite like my life the way it is, so I’m not looking to make any major changes. Instead, I shall come up with five smallish things I’d like to achieve. So here goes…

 

1. I occasionally go running. I’m not very good, but I enjoy it. The problem is, I live on a mountain and I’m crap at running uphill. My favorite route has this one long uphill stretch. At the moment I have to stop twice to recuperate. So I’d like to improve my fitness levels so I can run all the way!

2. Train Grunt. Grunt is my BAD dog. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI love him dearly, but he’s bred for hunting and he likes chasing anything that moves, cars, bicycles, goats… So this year, we’re going to do some serious training. I want him to be able to sit at the end of the drive while the shepherd goes past and not spontaneously combust.

3. Get a sun tan. Frivolous, I know, but last year, for most of the summer, I wasn’t allowed near the pool and was banned from sunbathing. So this year I plan to take in a few rays, preferably while floating on the pool, reading a book, and drinking a frothy cocktail!

Gencie flirting4. More horse riding. Last year we didn’t do much at all. This year I plan to get out more. I’ve already committed to doing a 20km ride in February so we have a few weeks to build up to it.

5. And finally, try not to fret about things I can’t change.

 

So do you have any personal goals this year?

About Nina Croft

Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain. Nina writes all types of romance often mixed with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.

Taking Control…

I love celebrating Christmas, but just not yet. It’s way too soon to start and each year the decorations seem to appear earlier and earlier.

In a former life, we often took a holiday in the run up to Christmas to get away from all the fuss. Now, we live on a mountain in a really remote area of southern Spain, so it’s easy to ignore.

On Christmas Eve, we’ll put up the decorations, and then I will get into the festive spirit—I promise.

In the meantime, there are other things to celebrate. Like the release of TAKING CONTROL, my latest Brazen contemporary romance which comes out on Monday, 15th December 2014.

And even more reason to celebrate, TAKING CONTROL is on sale at only 99 cents up until release day. So order your copy now!

“…one read you definitely want on your kindle this Christmas to warm you up…” — Kiwi Book Nerd

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Q20YF3A

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A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…
Why play nice when you can be naughty?
Jessica Bauer is aces when it comes to security, but the PR side? Not so much. Now she has a chance to take over Knight Securities―if she plays nice with the next client. Unfortunately, that client happens to be Declan McCabe. And it’s too bad someone wants him dead, because after he broke her heart ten years ago, Jessica would have cheerfully murdered him herself.
Declan has taken his dad’s not-so-reputable company and turned it around, and in the process, he’s attracted the attention of some vicious killers. The only perk is being reunited with Jessica, who Declan still wants so much he can barely see straight. But Jessica has a plan of her own. She’ll protect Declan. She’ll have unbelievably hot sex with him.  And when the job is finished, she’ll move on. Except that this time, Declan isn’t so willing to walk away…

About Nina Croft

Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain. Nina writes all types of romance often mixed with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.

Sci-Fi Favorites!

I have a new release this month. It’s something a little different for me as it’s not really romance. It’s a short story called No More Lies, in a sci-fi anthology, The Telepath Chronicles, which contains fourteen stories all on the theme of telepathy.

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No More Lies – Blurb

They promised her a world with no more lies. A better world.

Kaitlin grew up as part of a covert operations group, using her particular talents for what she has always believed to be the greater good. But when her twin brother disappears, Kaitlin must decide where her loyalties lie.

 

I mainly write romance now, but in all sorts of sub-genres, including Science fiction. But Sci-fi was probably my favorite genre long before I ever got interested in romance. I grew up reading Arthur C Clarke, Robert Heinlein, Frank Herbert, Anne Mccaffrey and many more.

There is so much scope in science fiction, just about anything can happen, the possibilities are as limitless as the universe itself. All the same there are certain tropes that draw me back again and again to both books and movies. So here are my top ten favorite sci-fi tropes:

 

  1. Robots – think Terminator, best robot movie ever!
  2. Aliens – think Aliens, just about my favorite film.
  3. Time travel – Terminator and Doctor Who.
  4. Genetic modification – Gattaca.
  5. Space colonization – Aliens, Dune, Firefly…
  6. Telepaths – The Telepath Chronicles – honestly, it’s great – try it!
  7. Evolution – Planet of the Apes?
  8. Cloning – Never Let me Go, The Island.
  9. Cyborgs – Star Trek, Doctor Who.
  10. Artificial Intelligence – 2001 A Space Oddyssey

 

Any other sci-fi addicts out there? If so what is your favorite sci-fi trope?

About Nina Croft

Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain. Nina writes all types of romance often mixed with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.

New Tricks

Going back to school isn’t only for children. I don’t think we’re ever too old to learn new tricks (despite any sayings to the contrary.)

This month, my fabulous older sister gave up her extremely lucrative career as a mad scientist to move half way across the country and go back to school. Next month, she starts an MA in Creative Writing at Lancaster University.

It’s a huge move and I’m madly jealous. I’d love to study writing full time.

Sadly, it’s not going to happen for me. Mainly because I like my life the way it is too much and right now, I live in Spain a long way from the nearest university.

But I love learning new stuff and I’m always signing up for online courses. Usually some sort of how to write course and lately I’ve studied:  Creating Conflict, Deepening POV, Improving your Platform and many more.

Recently, I’ve been branching out and have signed up to learn computer programming (in an attempt to conquer my technophobic tendencies) and a course titled: The Violent Universe: exploring the deadliest places in the universe, from black holes to supernovae. Can’t wait for that one to start.

Pool  2On the less cerebral side, when we first relocated to Spain I learnt loads of new skills. We moved into a somewhat dilapidated farmhouse and neither I nor my husband had any experience in construction (I was an accountant!) But we learnt as we went along and did all the work ourselves including building the swimming pool (and it’s still holding water ten years later—something that surprises me every day.) We also learnt to pick almonds, dry figs, make wine, drink wine (actually I was already pretty good at that one.)

 

My latest learning experience is barefoot trimming –probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever learned—at least physically. I have a mare called Gencianna, and I recently made the decision to have her go barefoot. After years of shoeing her feet were a mess and the last year has been a process of rehabilitation. She’s coming on really well but once she’s good, she will still need trimming every few weeks and I’d like to be able to do that myself. The most difficult part is learning to understand the hoof and know what needs to be done, but I have a fabulous woman teaching me and I’m loving the process of learning something totally new.

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So what about you? Are you learning anything new right now? Or is there anything, however frivolous, that you’d really like to learn?

About Nina Croft

Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain. Nina writes all types of romance often mixed with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.

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