Guest Post – Cynthia Sax

Love During Wartime With Cynthia Sax

Part of the magic in S.A.’s The Vista is that, even in the darkest times (a grim post-apocalyptic future), we can find love. We can find hope. Her characters are survivors of a near extinction level world war yet they gravitate toward each other, forging a bond.

In Releasing Rage, my most recent SciFi romance, there’s a war waging between the Humanoid Alliance and the alien, insect-like Mantidae. Rage, the cyborg hero, is one of the warriors in this battle. The human heroine, Joan, is his engineer.

There’s death and violence all around them. Rage spends his working shifts (gleefully) killing the enemy. He could be killed at any time. Any planet rotation could be his last. Both Rage and Joan realize this. They accept it. It is a constant undercurrent, a continual strain, in their relationship.

That’s one of the many reasons I enjoy reading romances set during wartime. There’s built in tension, the realization that every day could be the couple’s last. When they part, they might never see each other again. One of them could lose the other and live her or his life alone. (My stories are romances so we know they won’t but the possibility is there.)

Almost every romance set during wartime deals with loss. Readers get that cathartic cry. Friends or family members die. The couple has to deal with this.

This gives them a sense of urgency. Relationships usually move faster. If they wait for that first kiss, that first sexual encounter, they might never experience it. They’re more likely to take a chance on love. This might be his or her only opportunity.

And when they find love, it is like a miracle, a burst of color in a gray world. Lives are being taken. Friends might be killed. Yet they’ve been given this gift, this wonderful connection with another being. What did they do to deserve it? What will they do to keep it? What would happen if they thought they lost it?

Why do you enjoy romances set during wartime?


Releasing Rage
Half Man. Half Machine. All Hers.

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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?

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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.
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