Thursday, September 18, 2014

Blog tour: Rachel Leigh Smith

When KG asked me to write about my favorite women in science fiction my first reaction was total panic. You see, I’m all about the hero and I don’t connect with most female characters. I guess because I’m not the stereotypical woman in any way and never dealt with common issues most women deal with. It’s almost easier to write about the women SF characters I don’t like, because the list is long.


So I started thinking, told my sister about my panic, and finally figured something out enough to write about.


My first favorite woman in SF is Aeryn Sun from Farscape, played by the awesome Claudia Black. There’s been a ton of stuff written about the gender reversal in this show, about all the themes, about how Aeryn has to learn to process her emotions and stop being a super-soldier all the time.


That’s not what makes her awesome to me. What makes her awesome is the development of the romance between her and John Crichton, the main character. It’s slow, beautifully done, and SO believable. Her growth as a character is incredible to watch.


My family watches quite a bit of BBC America, being Whovians and all, and enjoying a lot of British dramas. When they started promoing their original series Orphan Black we decided to check it out. Wow! We all love it.


There’s nothing all that original about it from a plot standpoint. Cloning experiment to measure nature versus nurture outcomes. It’s the characters and the acting that make it a standout. The main character is Sarah Manning. She’s also a clone. She plays ALL the clones. Each one is different and unique, with a completely different life.


Sarah’s been in a lot of trouble and made a lot of bad choices in her life. Another clone, Allison, is a soccer mom with an attitude and wound up so tight you could bounce a quarter on her. Cosima is the science geek and loves Jamaican music. Helena is the crazy one, raised by a group of religious extremists and she’s very attached to Sarah. And when I say Helena is crazy, I mean she’s CRAZY. She has her own little twisted theme song that relays how messed up she is. These four make the core group of clones and they’re trying to figure out what’s going on and why they were created.


Watching their relationships unfold is the biggest part of the show’s appeal. Sarah starts out impersonating another one of the clones who was a cop and committed suicide right in front of Sarah. That’s not giving anything away, either, because it’s the opening scene of the first episode.


I also enjoy watching Kira Nerys develop on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. She has a lot of depth as a character, and has a lot of issues to work out.


You’re probably  noticing a theme by now. I’m all about the characters, both as a viewer and a writer. My characters come first, usually the hero, and I have to create the perfect heroine for him. Which is always a challenge for me. I’m most comfortable in the hero’s POV, and that’s what you’ll find in A’yen’s Legacy. Each book belongs to the hero, and it’s his story I’m telling.


Thanks so much for having me, KG! Keep reading, folks, there’s a question for you at the bottom, along with all the buy links for the book. It’s on Goodreads too, so you can add it to your TBR shelf.





Bio: Rachel Leigh Smith writes romance for the hero lover. She lives in central Louisiana with her family and a half-crazed calico. When not writing, which isn’t often, she’s hanging with her family, doing counted cross-stitch, or yakking about life, the universe, and everything with her besties. There may also be Netflix binging . . .


She blogs sporadically at, can be found on Twitter @rachelleighgeek, and hangs out on Facebook, You can sign up for her newsletter here.


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They've taken everything from him. Except his name.


The Loks Mé have been slaves for so long, freedom is a distant myth A'yen Mesu no longer believes. A year in holding, because of his master's murder, has sucked the life from him. Archaeologist Farran Hart buys him to protect her on an expedition to the Rim, the last unexplored quadrant.


Farran believes the Loks Mé once lived on the Rim and is determined to prove it. And win A'yen's trust. But she's a breeder's daughter and can't be trusted.


Hidden rooms, information caches and messages from a long-dead king change A'yen's mind about her importance. When she's threatened he offers himself in exchange, and lands on the Breeder's Association's radar. The truth must be told. Even if it costs him his heart.



Question for readers: Who is your favorite romance hero?

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Rachel Leigh Smith said...

Thanks so much for having me, Kristina!

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