One of my all-time favorite movies is Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein. When I was growing up, my Awesome Mom would sit down and watch this movie every time it was on and she’d laugh her fool head off.
She passed the love for it down to me and it is now a Halloween classic in the Sax household. (grins) I watch it, think of her, have some laughs. The Dear Wonderful Hubby and I will quote the movie for weeks after watching it, making ourselves laugh all over again.
Young Frankenstein is, of course, a funny spin on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, a work that is considered to be the very first Science Fiction novel. I find the book dark without being scary, which is extremely difficult to do, and I love its concept of creating a being, creating life.
Frankenstein has definitely had a huge influence on me and on my writing. In my alien romance, Dark Thoughts, the hero, Kralj, is a modified humanoid, an engineered being. Like Frankenstein’s Monster, he was created in a lab. Kralj’s ‘designers’ were trying to manufacture the perfect warrior.
They succeeded a bit too well at that task. Kralj was too powerful. They couldn’t control him and he escaped, taking many of his fellow modified humanoids with him.
Kralj now rules the Refuge, a settlement on Carinae E. He, like Frankenstein’s Monster, is the only one of his kind. The Humanoid Alliance, fearing his powers and not knowing how to control them, didn’t create any more of him.
The hero of Dark Thoughts secretly wants love. I think almost every being desires that. But he believes he’s a monster. He has accepted that he’ll spend his long lifespan emotionally alone.
The all-knowing being doesn’t know a pint-sized human assassin is planning to scale his walls.
What do you love about Frankenstein?
Can love redeem a monster?
The Refuge is home to some of the most violent beings in the universe. Kralj, its leader, reigns over the remote outpost with terrifying ease, ruthlessly squashing any rumors of rebellion, killing anyone who breaks his rules. Primitive, deadly, powerful, he’s a monster, scarred both on his face and his soul. He has never met a being he couldn’t control.
Until he meets her.
Dita has one mission—to kill the three targets claiming sanctuary within the Refuge. Or so she claims. For the first time in his long lifespan, Kralj isn’t certain of another being’s intentions. The tiny assassin is immune to his powers, her thoughts unreadable. He can’t predict her movements, can’t control her, can’t stop wanting her.
Dita is rare, as unique as he is, and, to keep the residents of the Refuge safe, Kralj will have to kill her. But first, he’ll touch her, taste her, show her how passionate the beast inside him can be.
Dark Thoughts is a STAND-ALONE SciFi Romance.
The hero might be tall, dark, and scarred but don’t be fooled by his appearance.
He’s truly a monster.
This story is not for readers with delicate sensibilities.
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USA Today bestselling author Cynthia Sax writes steamy Cyborg, Alien and Contemporary Romances. Her stories have been featured in Star Magazine, Real Time With Bill Maher, and numerous best of top ten lists.
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