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A new book in Pauline Baird Jones’ Project Enterprise series will soon be released.  I have to say, of all the books that are being released this summer, this is the one I have most anticipated.  If you too are looking forward to Maestra Rising, read on.  Pauline is visiting today and offers some insight into one of her characters.

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Guest Post
by Pauline Baird Jones

One of the questions I get from readers is how on earth did you think of that? Lol

I also get some looks that (I think) “you don’t look like you wrote that.”

One friend read a book of mine, and told me, “I thought you were nice!”

I told her, “I’m nice because of what I write.” [Slightly wicked grin here.]

My hubs claims I kill him in every book. That is a huge exaggeration. I’m pretty sure I haven’t killed him for at least ten books. Lol

I do find the inside/outside thing interesting on a personal and authorial level. Someone once told me that writers answer—or try to answer—the questions of their lives in their fiction. I didn’t believe this at first. There is nothing obviously like me in any of my stories. My characters are brave and do hard things. I am not brave and do hard things because I don’t have another option and I’m usually crying inside.

But, I have noticed, that in a lot of books, my heroines deal with an issue that I do struggle with: what they appear to be on the outside as opposed to who and how they feel on the inside (as noted above). It’s like an ongoing identity crisis for me and my characters. lol

I think this bubbles up in my fiction (and in my life) because I came of age during a time where women’s roles were going through momentous change (a long time ago!). I grew up in a world with one set of expectations, and came of age with a whole new set of expectations.

And because I am shy, I knew that the person people saw was not who I thought (felt) I was. I find I still struggle with it as I enter these “golden” years. (What??? Who came up with that description for getting old??) It feels like the disconnect between the outward me and the inward me is getting wider—though my comfort level with myself is getting better (or I’m just more resigned. Lol)

So, yeah, identity still comes up in my books. There’s a scene in Maestra Rising where Nivi is dealing with her identity and what it means:

“I don’t know what to do.” Her tone was flat.

He took another step closer. Now just the Urclock separated them. He lifted a hand, resting it on stone that was both warm and cool. No lines of light ran across its surface, as it did when Nivi touched it, but he felt the spark of energy in it, where his hand rested.

Her lips trembled and she shook her head. “I always know what to do, but I don’t.”

Her gaze met his again. “It matters so much and I—”

He stepped around the Urclock and carefully took her hands in his. This time she didn’t flinch. Her back was straight, but she swayed on her feet.

“You are weary,” he said. Moose eased her carefully close. She leaned into him.

“I don’t know what to do,” she repeated, her voice muffled against his chest.

He stroked her hair. “You don’t have to know everything.”

“But I do—I did.” Her body shuddered in a sigh. “I was always afraid this moment would come. That the others—that everyone would know.”

“What would they know?”

“That I didn’t know everything.”

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Despite my issues, and Nivi’s, I had a wonderful time writing this book and I hope that readers will enjoy it, too. Thank you so much for having me visit your blog today, Riley! I always love stopping by and you’ve helped me find so many fun books!

Perilously yours,
Pauline

About from Maestra Rising

She’s a gifted scientist. He’s a robot with a human mind. Can they save a lost ship and find love among the stars?

Nivi awakes from cryosleep plagued by guilt. The scientific genius had hoped her people would avoid war if she went into cold sleep, but she learns her sacrifice was in vain. And now a vicious enemy approaches a stranded Earth spaceship.

Desperate to reactivate the technology she needs for the rescue, Nivi enlists the help of an attractive robot with a human consciousness and wisdom beyond his years…

Moose survived slavery but never forgot the feeling of worthlessness it forced upon him. After living in the body of a robot for years, he sees an opportunity to help the brilliant Nivi if he becomes human once again. In a new body with new dangers, he worries that the genius scientist will never see him as more than the robot he once was.

Outnumbered by a relentless foe, Nivi and Moose attempt to put their desires on hold to ensure humanity’s survival.

With time running out, can they defeat the enemy and enjoy a future filled with love?

Maestra Rising is the eighth novel in the epic Project Enterprise sci-fi romance series. If you like gripping adventures, captivating characters, and emotional out-of-this-world encounters, then you’ll love Pauline Baird Jones’ thrilling saga.

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About the Author

USA Today Bestselling author Pauline Baird Jones never liked reality, so she writes books. She likes to wander among the genres, rampaging like Godzilla, because she does love peril mixed in her romance. Loves chocolate, bacon, flamingoes, and mid-century modern anything.

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