A Paradox of Fates (Prevent the Past #1)
Publisher: Reading Goddess Press, LLC
Release Date (Print & Ebook/Audio): 2/25/20
Subgenre: Sci-Fi Romance, Dystopian Romance
One woman bred to save the world…
Dr. Elaine “Lainey” Randolph was born with one sole purpose: to prevent the past. With her brilliant mind and unwavering spirit, she works tirelessly to solve the equations that will finally unlock the mystery of time travel. Then, she will leave the post-apocalyptic future her grandfather created and travel back in time to prevent his calamitous actions.
When handsome military captain Hunter Rhodes appears at Lainey’s remote scientific hub, he offers her protection. But there are strings attached to the mysterious soldier’s proffer, and Lainey finds herself wary of the man who stokes unwelcome longing and desire in her unemotional heart. For Lainey is a scientist, obdurate and dispassionate toward the notion of romantic love.
As Lainey’s band of ragtag scientists and loyal soldiers endeavor to escape the dystopian future, the evil New Establishment threatens to destroy them all. In their unpredictable timeline, the nefarious regime has become all-powerful and will stop at nothing to ensure complete world domination…
This novel is brought to you by a self-proclaimed science dork and lover of romance, fantasy and sci-fi. The reader can expect time travel shenanigans, smokin' hot chemistry between main characters in their late 30's and 40's and twists along the way. Enjoy the journey!
Our Q & A With Rebecca ~
Rebecca Hefner is a self-proclaimed science dork and lover of romance, fantasy, and sci-fi. She published her first book in November of 2018 and has not looked back since! Her next release is A Paradox of Fates, a novel full oftime travel shenanigans, smokin' hot chemistry between main characters in their late 30's and 40's and twists along the way. Today on Agents of Romance we get an exclusive opportunity to learn more about Rebecca Hefner who is not only a phenomenal writer but also an inspired solo-traveler who infuses her writing with all the wonders of the world that she’s seen. Get to know Rebecca in our fun Q&A below!
Q: Who is your favorite author and why?
RH: This is an impossible question, of course, but I’ll say Lisa Kleypas for romance. She is just so masterful at writing her characters’ inner dialogue and slowly building a believable love story. I’m a big fan of slow-burn—chemistry is everything. I think of Sebastian placing the warm bricks at Evie’s feet in the carriage and Christopher and Beatrix’s letters back and forth and just think, wow, these little seeds grow in a reader’s mind and open small slivers into the characters’ souls and motivations. Her books give me all the feels!
Q: Who is the author you most admire in your genre?
RH: Queen Nora, for sure. I feel that she’s legitimized the romance industry in so many ways. What an amazing career from an author who’s always willing to try something new. I love her books with magic and PNR elements and her new dystopian series was so different but really creative. Authors who can write across genres and still get their voice across are masters and she’s the best in my eyes.
Q: If you could choose three people to invite for a dinner party, who would they be and why?
RH: Betty White, Oprah and Dolly Parton. This has been my go-to answer for this question for so long because not only are they kick-ass amazing trailblazers, but they are also all child-free. As a child-free woman originally from conservative Western NC, I walked a tough, and sometimes lonely, road living with what I knew was right in my heart. Many people from my hometown just didn’t understand my truth and I moved to New York City when I graduated college in hopes of finding a more accepting environment. These three women have proven for decades that one can be admired and accepted for their accomplishments and contributions to society, and it’s so inspiring! Man, what a fun dinner party. And I would literally die if I got to sing Jolene with Dolly Parton. Like, full-blown ready to move on from this planet because there’s nowhere to go from there!
Q: Do you have a scene or moment that you consider one of your best?
RH: I’m an avid solo traveler and spent the month of September 2018 in Japan. While there, I saw the most magnificent sunset of my life from atop a cliff overlooking the ocean in Zushi, Japan. As I was experiencing it, I knew I had to write a scene in one of my books from that very spot. In The Darkness Within, Darkrip finds his sister Evie on the cliff, overlooking the gorgeous sunset. He hasn’t seen her in centuries and they have a thoughtful and passionate discussion under the orange dotted clouds. And then she throws him off the cliff because, well, Evie walks a thin line between good and evil. (Don’t worry—he survives because of his powers!). Anyway, I’ve always loved that scene because it brings me back to that brilliant sunset.
Q: What literary character is most like you?
RH: Although it’s cinematic, not literary, I’m pretty much Sally from When Harry Met Sally in a nutshell. I love her OCD ordering habits. I mean, a salad costs twenty freaking dollars in Manhattan now. If I want dressing on the side, for twenty bucks, give me the damn dressing on the side. I love how neurotic she is while still having a sense of humor and a good heart. And she won’t take second-best from Harry. He’s got to give her the full HEA. Heck yes!
Q: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
RH: I wanted to be an astronaut pretty much until I went to college and realized I was great at high school physics but college-level physics kicked my ass! Also, I’m legally blind and that’s not great for a NASA applicant. But I did attend Space Camp when I was fourteen and I went to NC Governor’s School for physics when I was sixteen. Even though I didn’t make a career out of it, I’ll always love science and find ways to stay current on what’s developing in the scientific world.
About The Author ~
Rebecca Hefner grew up in Western NC and now calls the Hudson River of NYC home. In her youth, she would sneak into her mother's bedroom and raid the bookshelf, falling in love with the stories of Sandra Brown, Nora Roberts and other authors of that era. Years later, that love of a good romance, with lots of great characters and conflicts, has extended to her other favorite authors such as JR Ward and Lisa Kleypas. Also a huge Game of Thrones and Star Wars fan, she loves an epic fantasy and a surprise twist (Luke, he IS your father).
Rebecca published her first book in November of 2018. Before that, she had an extensive twelve-year medical device sales career, where she fought to shatter the glass ceiling in a Corporate America world dominated by men. After saving up for years, she left her established career to follow the long, winding and scary path of becoming a full-time author.
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