Thursday, 23 April 2015

Craving Staines by Alina Popescu

Title: Craving Stains
Author:  Alina Popescu
Length: novella
Genre: gay, gay fiction, science fiction, paranormal, gay romance
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing

Today I have the absolute pleasure to host Alina Popescu and her amazing novella Craving Staines. The story originally featured in the WIP Anthology Stranded which also contains other amazing shorts by excellent writers (and me).

Without further ado I introduce you to Wynn and Staines. Read on for an insight into the author's love for sci fi


Wynn Brenwood has been trapped by his mother since birth, shut away in a sterile, hospital-like apartment.
Is it her desire to keep him safe that sees him locked up in his pristine cage? Or are her motives less innocent and well-intentioned?
Craving Stains by Alina Popescu Cover
Wynn longs to break free to experience the world he sees beyond his window.
Desperate to escape, he meets Doyle, a handsome, leather-clad, and enigmatic stranger.
But is Doyle real, or is he just a figment of Wynn’s imagination?

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Prizes: 1 x $20 WIP Gift card and 3 x ebook copy of Craving Stains by Alina Popescu

About the author

Alina PopescuWriter, traveler, and coffee addict, Alina Popescu has been in love with books all her life. She started writing when she was ten and she has always been drawn to sci-fi, fantasy, and the supernatural realm. Born and raised in Romania, she finds her inspiration in books of all genres, in movies, and the occasional manga comic book. She is a proud geek who needs her fast Internet and gadgets more than she needs air.
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How I Fell in Love with Science Fiction

I was about ten when I read my first science fiction book. It was Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot and just like that, I was hooked. Honestly, some of the philosophical problems this book presented me with were a bit above my pay grade. I know for sure they stayed with me and I still think about them once in a while. It was not my last scifi book, actually, I went straight to the village library and got more in the same genre.

See, I was spending my summer at my grandma’s, in the country side. The village had a small library that was filled with books and finding my next read always seemed like a bit of a treasure hunt. They were poorly labeled and stuffed on too few shelves, but I always came out of that tiny, one-room library with a huge grin. Of course, having my older, cute crush going with me to hunt for his own book made it all the more special.

I will forever remember one particularly rainy day when I was reading the interstellar adventures of a school girl. I can’t remember the author or title, it clearly did not mark me as much as I, Robot. But I can remember reading on the porch while listening to the rain. The spaceships and gadgets made the fact I had to stay inside bearable. See, we used to climb one tree or another, find a comfy spot, and read up there. It meant my crush and I spent the whole day reading together. Rains sort of made that all impossible.  

Later on, movies, series, and animations joined the repertoire of science fiction passions. Yes, I was a Star Trek geek, with Next Gen being my favorite. Yes, I saw Event Horizon because back then you went to see the movie that was currently screened. I thought it was scifi, turned out to be horror. Scared the crap out of me. Yes, I remember those cat pilots in some weird Cat City fighting some dark cat on Cartoon Network. And Saber Rider!

And then there was Dune. I devoured the whole series. I loved the blend of science fiction, politics, philosophy, mysticism, and supernatural. That’s when I fell in love with science fiction again and with something else—a nice mix of genres.

To this day, I adore science fiction anything. Books, movies, TV series, anime, manga, graphic novels of all sorts. I love the idea of thinking about what the future might look like in one hundred years, or ten thousand, or on another planet far, far away. I think it helps us analyze our possibilities and clearly see where we’re heading. It’s not always in the best of directions. Maybe, just maybe, if we use art and creativity to explore our consequences, we readjust our course in time. 

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