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Today, I have author Kate Rudolph in the interview chair.  We discuss her latest series release Mated to the Alien, a sci-fi romance.  Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.

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1. Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Braxtyn, your most latest release?

Braxtyn features Braxtyn NaZade and Vita Minnick. Brax first appeared in his brother’s book, Shayn, alongside his twin brother, Dekon. He’s a half-Detyen, half-Oscavian mechanic who just wants to be an artist. Cinnamon roll? Maybe, I’ll let you be the judge. And he gets into a bit of trouble when a mysterious stranger abducts him from his new home on Earth.

That mysterious stranger? Vita. She was sold into slavery as a child and is now free and working as a bounty hunter. She’s tough, she can take care of herself, and she doesn’t know what to do with a man who treats her like she’s precious. I love her.

They don’t make sense at first, but the Denya Bond knows what’s up. They’re fated to be together… as long as Vita’s enemies don’t destroy them first.

2. Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?

In terms of marketability, I think my Alien Outlaws series would be the best to translate to a movie or TV show. It has an ensemble cast, a rollicking sci-fi plot, and some twists and turns. It would be awesome to see any of my stories on the big screen, though, so Hollywood, really, I’m right here! Come calling!

3. How long have you been writing?

I’ve probably been writing since middle school, and I’ve been telling stories my entire life. I know for a fact that my (now defunct) fanfiction.net account goes back to 2002, so I’ve been around on the internet for a good few years. But it took me a very long time to actually finish anything. I started writing a few novellas and short stories in 2013/2014 and they were the first things I ever finished. And just that process of finishing something really jumpstarted the rest of my career. Once it was possible to have a complete story, even if it was only 5000 words, it suddenly seemed possible to get a whole novel completed… someday. And that someday was 2016, when I completed Bear in Mind which was my first novel-length story. And now I am able to write multiple novels in a year. Practice really does make things easier.

4. What is something unique/quirky about you?

I am a roller derby skater! I first started roller skating when I was a little kid since my aunt owned a roller skating rink. In fact, my parents met at that roller rink, so skating might just be in my DNA. Then about nine years ago I saw a flyer for a new team that was recruiting skaters. So for the past several years, on and off depending on where I was living, I’ve been skating roller derby. It’s fun, and a bit frightening, and if you have any inclination to find a sport full of awesome people, I’d suggest giving it a try.

5. Do you see writing as a career?

Writing is my career. I was fortunate enough to be able to transition to writing full time in 2017 and I hope I am able to continue to do so. I try and write every week day and I’m always looking for new ways to work on my books and get them into hands of readers. But it’s not just writing that is a career, it’s publishing in general. It’s producing different kinds of books, getting them into formats like audio and print, keeping in touch with readers, and learning how to be an entire marketing team all as one person. It’s tough, but I get to do all of it while wearing pajamas, which is a pretty nifty trade-off.

6. What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision?

I didn’t really like to read until middle school. At the time if felt like that was SOOOOOOO late in my life, but now, looking back, I was about twelve? But my best friend was a reader, and school always encouraged us to read, and until seventh grade I just didn’t like it. And in seventh grade I figured out why.

The books people gave me sucked.

Okay, maybe that’s not fair, but they didn’t appeal to me. And then we read The Westing Game in middle school and it’s the first school-assigned book I remember loving. And, weirdly, one of the few I actually liked. And yet I was an English major in college. I never said I made any sense.

But along with The Westing Game I somehow stumbled across The Vampire Diaries by LJ Smith (more than a decade before anyone would have thought to make a TV show) and Anne Rice. And that was it. I love love love genre fiction and that’s how I finally started to love reading.

And it’s because of those books that I knew I wanted to write. I started out with fanfiction, mainly of Harry Potter, and then moved on to trying to finish my own stories. It took a long time. Every January I’d make a promise: this is the year I’m finally going to finish my novel. And it was a different novel every year. And by December I’d have a few thousand words and no hope. It wasn’t until about 2013 that I was able to finish any original fiction, and I started publishing in 2015. This year marks my five year anniversary and it was absolutely the right decision to make. I’ve grown as a writer and learned so much over the past few years and I can’t wait to see what the next five years brings.

7. What do you think about the current publishing market?

The current publishing market is both terrifying and exhilarating. The last decade has seen an explosion in opportunities for authors to make a living, or at least pay some bills, telling the kinds of stories that didn’t used to be published. But there is A LOT that a person has to learn to do it successfully. And there are people out there who will take advantage of the unknowing, those who will ask for a lot of money to teach things that are readily available online for free. And those that will take thousands of dollars to publish an author’s book when she could do it herself for much less. So if you’re looking to publish, make sure you do your research. It’s scary, but it’s also fun.

8. Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?

I’ll confess, my writing method is pretty boring. I sit down and plot out the main structure of what I’m going to write, going chapter by chapter and doing a sentence or two. They’ll read like “Vita kidnaps Brax” or “Sexy times.” I also usually do character sheets with basic information: age, physical description, important history, etc. Then I start at chapter one and go through to the end. And I usually only write one book at a time, though sometimes I’ll work on other projects to make sure I don’t get bored. So sometimes I’ll work on my main story in the morning and then do a short amount of work on a different story in the afternoon just to stretch some different creative muscles.

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8- Braxtyn_400x600Title:  Braxtyn
Series:  Mated to the Alien #8
Author:  Kate Rudolph
Genre:  SciFi Romance

She’s hunting a bounty, not a mate…

Blurb:  Vita Minnick has one job: hunt down lowlifes who owe her boss money and deliver them for a profit. When a ticket for Braxtyn NaZade comes up it should be a job just like any other. But from the moment she sees him, Vita can’t help but think he’s… different. She’s not going to fall for one of her marks, but what if there’s been a mistake?

Brax doesn’t owe anyone anything…

When a masked woman steals him away from Earth, Brax knows he’s in trouble. At first, he just wants to go home. But when he catches sight of the red headed huntress all his plans change. Who would have thought his fated mate would be the one to abduct him?

When a betrayal rocks Vita’s identity to the core, she and Brax will need to work together to get to the bottom of the mystery… and to get justice. But can a Detyen claim a bounty hunter who refuses to be tied down? Brax might have found his denya, but he’ll need to convince her he’s worth the risk… before they both perish.

Read Braxtyn for fated mates, a heart-melting hero, a tough and world-weary heroine and adventures that are out of this world!

Note:  Braxtyn is the eighth book in the Mated to the Alien series about a race of aliens doomed to die if they don’t meet their fated mates. The series can be read in any order and there are no cliffhangers!

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“Not many tourists in these parts,” she had to say. “But she’s looking for a trip alright. To your bed.”

Brax looked at her funny and then glanced back at the woman. Was he considering it? Had he not noticed? Vita had no hold on him and there was no reason to stop him from having a bit of fun. There was even the possibility that the vendor would cut them a better deal if a few hours with Brax came with the package. And yet she had to clench her fist to keep from latching onto his arm and physically pulling him away.

“She’s bound to be disappointed then,” Brax said. “I’ve no interest.”

In bedding the vendor? In bedding anyone? Vita bit her tongue to keep from asking. It was inappropriate, she reminded herself. She had kidnapped the man. She didn’t get to invite him to her bed when he was dependent on her.

“Then we should move on. There’s much to find and not much time.” There. That sounded completely sane and not at all possessive.

But when Brax put his hand on her back as if he were the one leading her through the market, she didn’t try and push him away. And if she smiled sweetly back at the Caystan woman as they left, well, that was just her being friendly.

Yeah, she wasn’t fooling anyone there.

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7- Shayn_374x600Title:  Shayn
Series:  Mated to the Alien #7
Author:  Kate Rudolph
Genre:  SciFi Romance

Shayn NaZade is looking for answers…

Blurb:  A Detyen father and Oscavian mother have left Shayn wondering whether he and his brothers will be forced to pay the Denya Price. Unmated Detyens die on their thirtieth birthdays, but will that hold true for someone with Oscavian blood? His question brings him to Oscavia where he finds his mate… and a whole lot of trouble.

Naomi’s a psychic, but she didn’t see this one coming…

Orphaned as a child and raised by scientists, Naomi’s mind is opened to all the secrets of the universe. But she can’t see the lies and betrayals standing right in front of her, and when experiments to control her powers take a dark turn she knows she’ll have to run. It’s just her luck that her instincts push her towards a charming blue alien.

A dangerous escape, a daring rescue, and scorching heat send Shayn and Naomi tumbling together as the denya bond ties them ever closer. But when the forces against them get too close, that bond will be tested to the breaking point.

Read Shayn today for fated mates, a heart-melting hero, and adventures that are out of this world!

Note:  Shayn is the seventh book in the Mated to the Alien series about a race of aliens doomed to die if they don’t meet their fated mates. The series can be read in any order and there are no cliffhangers!

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6- Kayleb_400x600Title:  Kayleb
Series:  Mated to the Alien #6
Author:  Kate Rudolph
Genre:  SciFi Romance

Unmated Detyens die at thirty, so why is Kayleb NaMoren still alive?

Blurb:  He came to Earth to find his mate, but on the eve of Kayleb’s birthday, he knows that time is up. Heartfelt goodbyes and one final night with his brother are all he has left… until he wakes up the next morning, alive and unmated. Or so he thinks.

An injury on his journey to Earth has left him with gaps in his memory, but he couldn’t ever forget his denya. Could he?

She’s escaped from pirates and is running out of time…

Tessa Greely didn’t leave her position as a medic on a space ship willingly. Sure, she wanted a change of scenery after a disastrous relationship, but captured by pirates to be sold into slavery was not her idea of a fun vacation. There’s only one person she wants to see less than the pirates who are hunting her down: Kayleb NaMoren.

Only problem? He might be the only guy who can keep her alive.

A second chance at a first impression…

He doesn’t remember her, but he’ll do anything to save her. She wants him gone, but she can’t run forever. Together, they just might find that they’re all each other need.

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5- Krayter_400x600Title:  Krayter
Series:  Mated to the Alien #5
Author:  Kate Rudolph
Genre:  SciFi Romance

Welcome to Earth. Try not to die.

Blurb:  When his brethren begin to discover human mates, Krayter knows his best chance at surviving the Denya Price is to journey to Earth and find the woman he’s been waiting for. Otherwise, he’ll waste away and die by the age of thirty like most other Detyens. But when his speeder crashes in a hostile human settlement, a mate is the last thing on his mind. Until he sees his salvation.

Abandoned. Neglected. In trouble.

Penny will do anything to protect her two sisters, even if it means remaining in Highland Settlement, the anti-alien town that her father rules with an iron fist. But when an alien crash lands near her house, she knows that she can’t let her father’s men find him. Something about the intriguing blue man calls to her and she will not let him die.

A journey into something more.

The pull of the alien stranger is so strong that Penny has only one choice: kiss him or go mad. Krayter will do anything to earn his mate’s trust and her love. And Penny’s heart threatens to melt every time the sexy blue alien sends her one of those scorching looks from his heated red eyes. But her father will stop at nothing to get his daughters back and Penny must face an impossible question.How can she keep her sisters safe and keep Krayter for herself? And if she can’t have both, how will she survive the sacrifice?

Read Krayter today for fated mates, a heart-melting hero, and adventures that are out of this world!

Note:  Krayter is the fifth book in the Mated to the Alien series about a race of aliens doomed to die if they don’t meet their fated mates. The series can be read in any order and there are no cliffhangers!

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4- Cyborg_400x600Title:  Cyborg
Series:  Mated to the Alien #4
Author:  Kate Rudolph
Genre:  SciFi Romance

A malfunctioning cyborg…

When glitches in his cybernetic enhancements cause Max to flee Nina Station, he joins the crew of the spaceship, Kella, as their resident cyborg and head of security. Time is running short as Max searches for anything that will keep him from glitching so much that he becomes a threat to everyone around him. But when he sees his sexy roommate, a cure is the last thing on his mind.

A reformed pirate…

Inrit isn’t looking for a mate, even though the Detyen Curse means that without one she’ll die on her thirtieth birthday. After years of space piracy, she’s ready for a clean break and a new life. And the Kella promises to give her that. What she doesn’t count on is her smoking hot cyborg roommate with secrets of his own.While Max and Inrit struggle to overcome their differences and save one another, a threat from Inrit’s past draws ever closer, putting the entire crew at stake. And it will take a broken cyborg and an ex-criminal to save the day.

The denya bond will send them down a dangerous path where they will find redemption… or doom.

Cyborg is the fourth book in the Mated to the Alien series. Detyens are doomed to die at the age of thirty if they don’t find their fated mates in time.

Note:  The series can be read in any order and there are no cliffhangers! Enjoy fated mates, steamy alphas, and plenty of space adventures.

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3- Stoan_400x600Title:  Stoan
Series:  Mated to the Alien #3
Author:  Kate Rudolph
Genre:  SciFi Romance

Alien in action…

Blurb:  Stoan is a spy, and if the dangerous work doesn’t kill him, he’s still living on borrowed time. Unless he finds his mate, he’ll die when he turns thirty. But when he spots the human woman who awakens the denya bond within him, his soul rebels. He sees the hope for the Detyen race in mating with humans, but he has promised his own bond to another.

A shattered woman…

Reina Draven almost lost everything at the hands of a warlord’s ambition. As she’s pulled into a world of danger and intrigue her only stable force is the closed off blue alien assigned to be her partner on a mission she’s been drafted into undertaking. Though the flame of desire sparks hot between them, she doesn’t know if she’s ready for romance, and he seems determined to keep away from her.

A bond too strong to be denied…

Their mission takes them deep into enemy territory, and Reina and Stoan need to learn to trust each other or face fatal consequences. As the danger heats up, so does the spark between them. But when a surprise from Stoan’s past throws a wrench in the works, their future is threatened by something even more dangerous than an ambitious warlord.

Will Stoan choose to step into the future with his denya? Or will his secrets swallow him whole?

Note:  Complete story, no cliffhanger!

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2- Tyral_400x600Title:  Tyral
Series:  Mated to the Alien #2
Author:  Kate Rudolph
Genre:  SciFi Romance

One week to live…

Blurb:  Tyral NaRaxos is traveling home to say goodbye one final time. The curse of his people has caught up to him and with no denya – mate – to save him, he will die on his next birthday. But when his ship is attacked by pirates, he’s given one last hope he never imagined.

A price on her head…

Dorsey Kwan has flown through the stars for the past five years after leaving Earth and never looking back. But someone is after her and she doesn’t know why. Captured by pirates, she’s wasting away, every day crawling closer to an inevitable sale to the highest bidder.

A desperate passion…

Ty knows Dorsey is his mate, but before they can thrive, they must survive. And even if they can defeat the pirates, there are worse enemies after both of them. A man living on borrowed time doesn’t care about making enemies, but given the chance he will fight with everything he has to ensure his mate’s survival…and his own.

Note:  Complete story, no cliffhanger!

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1- Ruwen_400x600Title:  Ruwen
Series:  Mated to the Alien #1
Author:  Kate Rudolph
Genre:  SciFi Romance

Dead alien walking…

Blurb:  Ruwen NaNaran knows he’s a goner. The curse of his alien species has put a countdown on his life, and he’ll be dead before the month is out. Unless he finds his denya, the only woman in the universe who can save him.

Down on her luck and lost in space…

Lis Jaynx just wants to go home. Kidnapped from Earth by unknown foes, she’s dropped on a inhospitable planet with little food and no hope. She’ll do anything to find a ship to take her back to Earth, but Polai is hostile to all alien life, and Lis is running out of places to hide.

An unexpected chance…

From the moment he sees her, Ru knows Lis is his denya. But she’s already wounded and distrustful of aliens, even those who claim they want to help.

Will the explosive chemistry between them be enough to topple Lis’s fears? Or will their bond break before it even forms, leaving Ru a dead alien walking and Lis all alone in the black of space.

Note:  Complete story, no cliffhanger!

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Kate Rudolph_400x400Want to know when Kate releases a new stories and get a free ebook?

Sign up to her mailing list to receive notifications of new releases and deals. The link can be found here: http://katerudolph.net/index.php/subscribe

Read new books early on Patreon: https://patreon.com/katerudolph

Kate Rudolph is an ex-derby girl who lives in Indiana. She loves writing about kick butt heroines and the steamy heroes who love them. She’s been devouring romance novels since she was too young to be reading them and had to hide her books so no one would take them away. She couldn’t imagine a better job in this world than writing romances and sharing them with her fellow readers.

Find Kate:  Website | Facebook | Readers Group | Twitter | Instagram | Patreon | Bookbub | Amazon | Goodreads | Newsletter

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3 ebook copies of Mated to the Alien Volume One (featuring books 1-3 in the series) 

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