Guest Blog – Tamara Hogan

Posted June 12, 2012 by DiDi in Guest Blogs / 18 Comments

Win a print copy of CHASE ME 
Please welcome Tamara Hogan to Guilty Pleasures.  
I don’t know about y’all but the cover of this book caught my attention. I have not read anything by Tamara before so when I found out I could ask Tamara about her books I wanted to know: 
(and after reading this post I have added the series to my TBR)

“What makes the Underbelly Chronicles’ world unique?”

There are a couple of things that I think set the Underbelly world apart from other paranormal or urban fantasy romance worlds. The first is the origin story. You see, these creatures… aren’t exactly human. Okay, at all. They’re creatures of extra-planetary origin whose ancestors’ spaceship crashed here several thousand years ago. Hopelessly marooned, they established their own governing council, with a primary goal of living their lives staying under humanity’s radar.  
In other words, long-awaited “first contact” has already occurred. The answer to one of our era’s defining existential questions has already been answered—and humanity just doesn’t know it yet. 
On the ship that fateful day were a number of species who evolved on adjacent branches of humanity’s family tree, with some strengths and abilities that are not magical by any means, but that provided a distinct survival advantage on their planets of origin.  In the world that I’ve created, incubi and succubi secrete luscious pheromones maximizing their sexual attractiveness, and must absorb emotional energy—particularly sexual energy— for sustenance. Sirens amplify emotional energy with their voices. The Valkyrie have hyperactive adrenal systems which makes them vicious fighters and aggressive lovers. Werewolves, the only shape shifters in my world, typically have amazing scenting abilities and a high level of visual acuity, but are starting to exhibit some genetic frailties as a species due to inbreeding. Faeries have stunning empathic abilities, and my vampires, allergic to Earth’s UV rays, drink blood for its hemoglobin, which has healing properties.
One thing that was important for me was that I provide for all of my species’ skills and abilities not with magic, but with a set of physical characteristics that could theoretically and reasonably be produced through living on planets with different environmental realities and challenges. CHASE ME’s villain, the vampire Beddoe, is horrified to find that the locals use water—precious, rare water—to wash their bodies. Such flagrantly wasteful use is a crime punishable by death on his homeworld.   
Another way that I think my world is unique is that these alien creatures are not smarter than, or superior to, humans. Sure, they have a different set of abilities—some which are beneficial, and some that are detrimental. Certain members of the Underworld Council have come to suspect that their private data archives may be incomplete and possibly inaccurate; their kind has been on the planet for closer to three thousand years rather than the one thousand they’d previously thought. The degree to which we should trust or rely upon our data and information sources is one of the series’ ongoing themes.   
Do you think humanity is the sole intelligent life in the universe? Why or why not?
One lucky commenter will win a print copy of CHASE ME. Winner will be selected using 6/16/12. Contest open to US and Canada residents only. 

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Posted June 12, 2012 by DiDi in Guest Blogs / 18 Comments

18 responses to “Guest Blog – Tamara Hogan

  1. Susan W.

    Why would earth be the only planet with intelligent life. I’ve always loved the sci-fi shows like Star Trek, Stargate (fav!), Dr. Who and many movies. Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. I would think that there are other intelligent life forms somewhere in the universe. Space is so large that the odds of Earth having the only intelligent life force would be small. It would be great to finally learn for sure that there is other forms of life out there somewhere.
    I do love sci-fi stories occasionally, and paranormals are about my favorites to read. This sounds like a great book & series.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  3. I fully agree, ladies. I’ve always thought that sheer numbers supported the theory that we’re not alone in the universe. It’s unfathomable to me that given the billions and billions of planets in our universe, only ONE would harbor intelligent life.

  4. I agree, there is no way that we are the only intelligent life form. The possibilities are endless =)

    Thank you for a great post!

  5. I don’t really know…I think it’s presumptive of us to think we are the only life form in existence in the Universe because it’s so large but at the same time we’ve been exploring in space quite a bit and still haven’t located anyone else…so I’m keeping a neutral position I guess….lol…

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. I once heard something that boggled my mind, and illustrated the immensity of the time and space horizons we’re dealing with here. If some species 1000 light-years away from us (our cosmic next-door neighbors) aimed a super-duper telescope our way, they’d see us as we existed 1000 years ago because it would take 1000 years for the image to reach them. Maybe we’re not interesting enough to bother with yet. 😉

  7. Thanks Tamara for stopping by to share with us. I think there are other intelligent life forms out there, I mean come on, I was raised on the “original” Star Trek. Damn straight, I believe!

  8. I absolutely think there are more forms of intelligent life in the universe – I just can’t fathom how we could be the only ones. Thinking about just how many forms of life are on the Earth, and how many of them are pretty darned intelligent, it follows that there would be other life out there that is as/or more intelligent than we are.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  9. I am not certain if I beleive there are other speices out there, but then again maybe there is. I guess I a one of those people that you have to prove it to me..I believe when I see it..

  10. I dont think so. I dont think we have run across them yet. But there is too much out there we dont know and cant see to say for sure.

  11. Space is too great an area for our little planet to hold the only intelligent life. We just haven’t met them yet…maybe.
    Thank you for the great question and giveaway!

  12. Kanya

    Nice post, Tamara! Since most of the universe is still unknown, I don’t believe that we are the sole intelligent life in it.
    Chase Me sounds amazing (and the cover is beautiful!)! I’m heading to your website to read about your other books.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Kanya 😉

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