It's Monday, and that means another installment in my Author Notes Series!The idea for FOREVVER, my 5 star science fiction futuristic romance, first started as a short story that posed this dilemma: What is the price for eternal youth? I was so intrigued with this idea that I decided to expand it into a novel. The dilemma evolved into: What if eternal youth could be found not in a fountain, but in a box? What if the richest man in the world was also the oldest?
In the year 2102, Flavia Gracchus reluctantly agrees to deliver a special shipment from her home on the Moon to ForEvver Rehabilitation CEO, Reid Evver. What she doesn’t know is that Evver, a man much older than he appears, intends to marry her and start a family. How can she escape Evver’s clutches and wed the man of her dreams?
Ambitious Jason Maverick can’t believe his new assignment: to babysit Reid Evver’s future wife, a Moon native, by escorting her on a sightseeing tour on Earth. But the more time Jason spends in Flavia’s company, the more she captivates him. How can he propose to the woman he’s been waiting for all his life when she’s all but bought and paid for by his mysterious, unscrupulous boss?
Awe-struck Publishing (Mundania Press) offered a contract, and soon FOREVVER delighted readers all across the globe. Its beautiful cover was honored with the Dirk A. Wolf Cover Art Award for Best Science Fiction/Futuristic.
Time is running out!
FOREVVER is blessed with excellent reviews including 5 stars with Once Upon A Romance Reviews. After a few years, I arranged my book to be available at Amazon.com along with other internet sites.
In the year 2102, the Fountain of Youth exists for only a select few. But you can’t cheat death ForEvver.
Now for the bits and pieces from my life that I like to scatter throughout my books. One of the locations mentioned in FOREVVERr is Maui, a beautiful island I had the great good fortune in visiting. Here I am, dwarfed by the famous Iao Needle at Iao Valley State Park.
As you’ve probably noticed, FOREVVER’s heroine, Flavia Gracchus has a Roman name. She’s a Luna native, and in my take on future life on our moon, the ancient civilization of Rome flavors a great deal of lunar life. I’ve always been fascinated with Greek and Roman mythology, and I like to weave these tales through some of my novels, including FOREVVER. Here is an except from the Maui portion of the book where Jason rescues Flavia from drowning.
“Flavia!” Jason arranged her unresponsive body on the sand, and swept strands of wet hair off her face. Relying on instinct, he tilted her head back and listened for breathing.
“Flavia?” He couldn’t keep the fear from his voice. He pinched her nose, then covered her mouth with his. With all his might, he blew his breath into her. Once, twice.
She moaned as she came to, then coughed up water.
Jason had never seen a more beautiful sight.
Helping her to a sitting position, he remained close to her, leaning his cheek against her waterlogged head. His own breathing was as ragged as hers.
The silence on the beach was broken only by crashing waves and squawking seagulls gliding on tropical breezes. These hypnotic sounds enhanced his relieved state of mind. His thoughts turned to a story he’d learned about in childhood. A Greek or Roman tale where a man, Pygmalion, breathed life into an ivory statue. Or requested a goddess, Aphrodite/Venus, to make the statue live. Pygmalion then married his creation, and had a happily ever after ending, an ending that was unusual in mythology.
Jason had saved Flavia; he’d breathed life into her. Maybe their destinies were intertwined--
For a thought-provoking science fiction romance, read FOREVVER before time runs out! I hope you enjoy Flavia and Jason’s story.
Susanne Marie Knight
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