My near-Waterloo: how boating, Nanaimo, BC played into a science fiction romance

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Waterloo: noun, an ultimate or final defeat, derived from the 1815 battle in Waterloo, Belgium in which Napoleon Bonaparte met his defeat.

My husband and I used to live in Washington state where we owned a 24-foot boat. We cruised north into Canadian waters a lot, crossing across the Strait of Georgia to Nanaimo 3-boatson Vancouver Island in British Columbia. We belonged to a boating club, and Nanaimo was a good place for the boaters to meet up and refuel.

It seemed like every time we docked there, bad things happened. My husband dropped the boat keys into the harbor at Nanaimo. On another occasion just as we pulled into the dock, the boat’s impeller blew, and we were held up for a couple of days while it was repaired. And the one time I thought I was going to die in the “perfect storm” as we crossed the Strait of Georgia on the way to Nanaimo. Remember the opening scene in Gilligan’s Island when “the tiny ship was tossed?” That was us.

So I have certain associations with Nanaimo.

I chose to name one of the secondary characters in Claimed by the Cyborg after Nanaimo, BC. I call him “Naimo” and he plays a pivotal role in the plot. No spoilers…muwhaha….

Coming January 2017…Claimed by the Cyborg

claimed_by_the_cyborg_1800x2700March Fellows assumed he had all the time in the galaxy to pursue a relationship with Jules, an alien exchange student from Xenia, until she vanished without a trace. After years of searching, he finds his lost love on the eve of her arranged marriage.

The daughter of the Xenian emperor, Julietta never meant to fall in love with a Terran man while visiting Earth. Leaving to fulfill her responsibilities on her home planet opened up a hole in her heart that could never be filled. When March, now a cyborg, unexpectedly shows up just before she is to be bonded, she struggles to find the courage to turn him away a second time and follow through with her duty.

Before she can act, the lovers are thrust into a political conspiracy that may destroy the Xenian empire and separate them forever.

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All the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romances are standalones. See the complete series.

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