I'm working on edits of Surrender Love in preparation for its sequel, Surrender Trust. Here's one of the new scenes from Surrender Love. Luc Saint-Cyr and Izzorah Ceeow have fallen for one another. Izzorah is a Kin, a feline humanoid who can smell emotion. Luc is one of the most powerful men in the Tarthian Empire. He's been used and abused because of his wealth. He doesn't trust easily, and Izzorah recognizes that.
"I don't understand." Izzorah understood all right, but Luc needed to admit it to himself. That was in his scent too. And Izzorah wanted to hear the words. "Too late for what?"
"Too late for me to turn back. I've already fallen in love with you."
Izzorah scooted closer to Luc. "I promise."
Luc shifted a bit, allowing Izzorah to fit against him. "You promise... what?" He looked down at Izzorah.
Holding Luc's dark gaze, Izzorah smiled. "That I'll be what you need."
"Will you, now?" Patience and amusement eddied through Luc's scent in an appealing mixture. With one hand, Luc stroked Izzorah's hair, and then he coiled a strand around one finger. "Suppose you tell me what you think that is."
Izzorah curled up against Luc's chest, and wrapped his arm over Luc's waist. "A shelter for your heart."
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Excerpt Military and Ships
If your world has an army, navy, or other branch of service, consider how ranks are listed. The naming of ships should follow protocols. It doesn't matter what the protocols are, but it does matter that you use a consistent system. Organizations pivot on protocols. What makes an army effective is its ability to move as a unit. That is one reason armies adopt uniforms. The sight of a mass of people, all moving in a unified manner, can strike fear into the heart of an enemy. Use that to advantage in your books.
Uniform and other codes can be found online. Here's a link to a PDF published by the Military Quartermaster detailing requirements for an Enlisted Aide. It contains pictures, placements of uniform items, and more, for all ranks within the military. http://www.quartermaster.army.mil/jccoe/Special_Programs_Directorate/Enlisted_Aide_web_documents/navy%20ea%20handbook.pdf
Also try this site for links and other documents for military reference. http://www.quartermaster.army.mil/
Military ships and aircraft have naming protocols. If you create your own, follow them. On my worlds, the officers on board starships do not carry Navy designations (such as ensign), but instead use the same as those found in the Air Force. If you do this, be consistent. Be sure you know to whom members of a rank report. Your readers are likely to, and they won't like it if you have someone reporting to the wrong rank.
What War Was That?
When I wrote the future history for my series, I studied the patterns of the past. Wars punctuate human history. We refer to them as eras (the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War II, etc.) and certain aspects are attributed to each. When we hear "Viet Nam Era" we envision a specific time of history, and also a culture. When creating your future history, keep these things in mind. If your people have been peaceful for centuries, how has that affected their culture? Be aware of these concepts as you write.
Also consider what kind of morality drives wars. Is it a requirement that your people seek new worlds to inhabit? Why? Did they destroy theirs? Did aliens invade? Did a supernova destroy their solar system? Were they exiled? All these things shape social structure for your characters.
Government and Law
Consider how your people govern themselves, and the premises behind their laws. My Tarthian Empire series contains references to slaves. I created some basic laws so I could have characters break them and use them to become free. Remember the importance of consistency. If it's a law in one book, it better still be one in another, or have a reason that it no longer matters.
About the Author Science Fiction and Fantasy author Kayelle Allen is the winner of the 2010 EPIC award for Science Fiction, and the 2008 Honorable Mention for Science Fiction Fantasy. Her unstoppable heroes and heroines include contemporary every day folk, role-playing immortal gamers, futuristic covert agents, and warriors who purr.
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