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Rift Watcher by C.R. Simper - Book Tour + Giveaway

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Sixteen-year-old Onnie, newly minted adult, isn’t sure what she wants in life, but she is sure what she doesn’t want, and going off to the Interplanetary Alliance’s Academy is at the top of that list. When she purposely flunks the entrance exam, she’s certain that’s why her father commanded her and her brother Jayesh to return to Rift Watcher Station. As Onnie settles into her new life on Rift Watcher, will she find a place of her own?

Chief Medical Officer Darragh Conally has issues. And secrets. As Onnie determinedly worms her way into his life and forges a friendship he doesn’t want, those secrets come dangerously close to being exposed. But how do you tell the Captain’s daughter to back off without risking your job?

There’s something wrong with the relationship between the Galladirans and the Earthers. It’s all polite on the surface; too polite. And Onnie can feel the tension rippling underneath. How long will it be until things break wide open?


C R Simper was raised seven miles north of a small town, with two sisters, thirteen dogs, and an open sky painted every night with billions of stars. This unharried childhood allowed time for much reading, which led into a desire to create stories of worlds beyond her own. 

She is a member of the American Night Writer's Association. She has two published short stories in the Steampunk genre. Besides writing, she has a passion for genealogy, volleyball, and bargain hunting.


“Do you have a last name, or is it really just Onnie?”
My new acquaintance raised both eyebrows. “Related to the captain, then?”
“Yeah, he’s my dad.” I said, maybe less enthusiastically than I should have. “Have you met him?”
“No.” Dr. Conally glanced ahead again, this time with wistfulness rather than worry. His bordering-on-anxiety attack seemed to have passed. “I accepted this post because he requested me specifically out of a class of dozens. I am rather curious to find out why.”
“He requested us, too.” My brother chimed in like a sour note. “At least you had a choice.”
“Jay.” I shot him a warning glance. If my dad being the captain hadn’t already done it, I didn’t want my new potential friend scared off by my little brother’s bad attitude.

Author Interview
If you had 3 wishes, what would they be?
You must mean other than world peace, right? 1)To be fearless. 2)To see my children succeed in life. 3)To travel the world and meet/help people.

Given unlimited resources, what would be your ideal writing environment?
I am perfectly content to write at home, but I'd really like a nice lap top so I can edit in other locations as needed.

Where do you actually write?
In the comfy chair in the corner of my bedroom, either using a notebook, or editing on a desktop that is sitting on a bookshelf.

How long does it normally take you to write a novel?
A novel: bout 3-4 weeks for a rough draft (by hand). This is usually after taking several days or weeks of thinking about my idea and characters. Sometimes I just get an idea and start seeing where it goes. I call my writing style "Obsession" because everything else that I should be doing
does not get done during that time. It happens about once a year. Then I spend the rest of that year typing in and editing that rough draft.  For a 10,000 word short story: about 4-6 hours rough draft.

What inspires you to write?
Inner feelings that need an outlet.

Top Ten List
10 Bird/bunny watching in my yard.
9 Playing the piano
8 Bargain hunting
7 Arizona Sunsets
6 Taking long drives in the country
5 Writing and more writing
4 Researching my ancestors (or yours)
3 Walking my silly dog
2 Helping my friends
1 Dinner conversations with my family

 Character Casting
For Darragh Conally I’m going with Bertie Gilbert: (of 10 seconds in Harry Potter fame). Check him out on pinterest with those many faces and that crazy hair. He’s perfect.     

For Onnie Nayir, it’s China Anne McClain
Jayesh Nayir – Namit Shah 

Captain Nayir – Raji James 

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