Author Interview: Exploring the World Through Sci-Fi, Favorite Movies, & More

Indie Spotlight: Interview with Jeannette Olmos, Author of The Matriarch Saved, Book 1 of The Hive

The Hive - Book 1 front rThe Matriarch Saved

When Earth is invaded, Evonne witnesses her family’s deaths and wakes up imprisoned in a room with other women of childbearing age. They undergo torturous experiments before being rescued by seemingly human alien warriors on a reconnaissance mission. Evonne’s ordeal has unleashed new abilities in her, powers she can’t fully understand or control.

Evonne is thrust into a volatile society in which matriarchal leaders and warrior males maintain a complicated balance of power, where minds can be read and animals speak.

She is drawn to Kalerant, one of her rescuers and a dominant figure in this strange society. He is drawn to her strength as well as her beauty, and he offers her a place in his world. As their passion intensifies and their relationship deepens, Evonne navigates new friendships and loyalties—and faces dangers she’d never anticipated.

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Jeannette Olmos

I’m excited to welcome Jeannette to The Eclectic Scribe’s blog.

1. What drew you to the science fiction and romance genres?

I grew up watching Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, and Battlestar Galactica on TV and Star Wars at the movies, so the sci-fi seed was planted at an early age.

When I started writing, I found that creating a new world, with its own political, monetary & societal issues, gave me a deeper understanding of my characters and their perspective. And in a strange way, it helped me to have patience—and perhaps an open mind—with some of the polarizing ideals plaguing our own society. It also allowed me to explore subjects that may be considered taboo.

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Indie Spotlight: Mandatory Release by Jess Riley


Mandatory Release


Kindle Edition, 312 pages

Published: July, 2013


Recovering from a devastating experience and the end of a long-term relationship, Drew returns to her parents’ home and accepts a teaching position at the prison where her mom works.

Here she struggles with many challenges. Resistance from inmates who are deeply damaged and chemically unbalanced, struggling with addictions, and riddled by hormones. Unmotivated students. Violent outbursts leading to fights, with other students cheering and egging on the combatants.

Except for the venue, it sounds kind of like middle school.

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Indie Spotlight: The Birth of Hope



Kindle Edition, 218 pages

Published: October 21, 2016

Setting: Tennessee


Sophie Merger is on the brink of an exciting new career. On the surface, her life has never been better. But she’s living in a tightening vise of emotional abuse. Her husband has threatened to kill her many times, and he’s capable of following through with it. As soon as freedom is within sight, Sophie’s marriage goes into a terrifying downward spiral.

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Indie Spotlight: Time’s Prison by J.M.D. Reid



Kindle Edition, 74 pages

Published: March 23, 2015 by Reid Publishing

Setting: Fictional Universe


Alila, a young woman of noble birth, and Mokom, son of commoners, are training for knighthood. If they persevere and rise above the competition, they’ll have the opportunity to join the Knight’s Defendant. Alila faces a daunting challenge: it’s unprecedented for a woman to become a knight. And to complicate matters further, she and Mokom develop a tender and difficult relationship.

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Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts




Paperback, 376 pages

Published: June 1, 1998 by Warner Books (1st published January 1, 1995)

Setting: Oklahoma


Novalee Nation is a seventeen-year-old pregnant tenth-grade drop-out, traveling through Oklahoma, when her boyfriend abandons her like a stray dog. Raised in trailer park foster homes, she yearns for a real house — one “not on wheels” — and a family.

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