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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Guest Post: Authors Who Have Inspired Ms. Croft's Writing

 Break Out - Blurb

The year is 3048, Earth is no longer habitable, and man has fled to the stars

where they’ve discovered the secret of immortality—Meridian. Unfortunately, the

radioactive mineral is exorbitantly expensive and only available to a select few. A

new class comprised of the super rich and immortal soon evolves. The Collective, as

they’re called, rule the universe.

Two-thousand-year-old Ricardo Sanchez, vampire and rogue pilot of the space

cruiser, El Cazador, can’t resist two things: gorgeous women and impossible jobs.

When beautiful Skylar Rossaria approaches him to break a prisoner out of the

Collective’s maximum security prison on Trakis One, Rico jumps at the chance. Being

hunted by the Collective has never been so dangerous–or so fun!

As you can see from the blurb, BREAK OUT, my latest release with Entangled

Publishing, is a bit of a hybrid and encompasses a number of genres—science fiction,

paranormal, romance, thriller…

I’m a big believer in writing the sort of thing you enjoy reading. That doesn’t narrow

the field much for me as I read just about everything, so it’s not surprising that

I write in a variety of genres and that over the years there have been many very

different authors who have inspired me.

I don’t remember a time when I didn’t read. My mother always had a book in her

hand, and my older sister has always been a voracious reader. I used to steal their

books at an age when they were considered most unsuitable, and hide behind the

sofa and read them. I seem to remember spending a lot of time behind that sofa with

Harold Robbins – I loved his early books and they were a definite revelation to a ten

year old!

My mother mainly read romance back then, a lot of Mills and Boons. But I think I

was more influenced by the historical romances around at the time. I remember

reading Kathleen Woodiwiss’s Flame and the Flower and being totally hooked and

quickly moving on to Rosemary Rogers and Shirley Busby—all those great adventure

stories where the heroine would run away and disguise herself as a boy and stow

away on a pirate ship…

My sister was mainly into science fiction and fantasy, and she was responsible for

introducing me to The Lord of the Rings, which still gets re-read at regular intervals

and is, to me, probably one of the most inspiring books ever. My all time favorite

books are still big, fat fantasy trilogies all about saving the world from evil.

I also love science fiction, for the infinite possibilities. Robert Heinlein and Arthur

C Clarke made a big impression, but some of the most inspiring have to be Frank

Herbert’s Dune books, for their fabulous, intricate world building.

But one of the main inspirations on my writing must be Ann Rice’s Vampire books. I

read, Interview with a Vampire, and it opened a whole new world of possibilities. For

the first time, I saw the potential of vampires as romantic heroes rather than villains.

So looking back on these authors I’ve enjoyed over the years it’s easy to spot which

ones inspired Break Out. There’s a whole new universe in there, there’s a pirate ship

(and might even be one of those runaway girls disguised as a boy!), a vampire hero,

and a whole load of romance.

BLOOD HUNTER SERIES - Book One by Nina Croft

“An exciting roller coaster ride… Loads of fun!”

~ Julia Rachel Barrett, Award-winning author of Captured

Genre: Sci-Fi Romance/Vamps

Release Date: July 5th, 2011

ISBN: 978-1-937044-04-6

Review copy available at NetGalley.com


  1. Vampires, space pirates, and romance! How can you go wrong?

    This is one fantastic book. :)

  2. Just bought it....looking forward like crazy to reading it....sounds so delish!!
    Laurie (new GFC Follower)
    Laurie's Thoughts & Reviews

  3. I think I'm grabbing a copy of this for my Kindle.

  4. Justt grabbed a copy for my Kindle!!! :)

    Congratulations on the release Nina!!!


    PS - I also fell in love with vampires from Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles... I was a Marius junkie! :)

  5. Thanks people - hope you enjoy the book - and yes Lisa - Anne Rice's vampires were addictive!


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