Star Trek is 50! Celebrating the legend with a giveaway

Can it really be 50 years??

I’m not sure it’s possible for me to overemphasize the effect Star Trek, in all its incarnations, has had on me as a writer. I first got hooked on the original series (TOS to us Trekkies) after it was in syndication, when I was in high school and college. I’m sure I’ve seen every one of those episodes at least three or four times by now, some of them many times more. At one point my college roommate and I used to challenge each other to see who could name an episode quickest from just one line heard from another room (I usually won).classic-star-trek-montage


Later I became just as addicted to STNG (Star Trek: The Next Generation, for those of you not fully indoctrinated), then DS9 (Deep Space 9), Voyager, and Enterprise. I bought an embarrassing number of DVDs of series episodes before discovering I could stream them.

But what was it that made the Star Trek universe so compelling for me? When I was young, I never thought about it much. But after I became a writer, I felt a need to figure that out. Perhaps every die-hard fan has a different answer to that question, but for me I believe it was Star Trek‘s optimistic vision of humanity’s future, in stark contrast to the depressing, even frightening future predicted in most other science fiction I viewed and read over the years. (Water World, anyone?)

When I began writing science fiction myself (after many years and many books devoted to historical romance), I almost instinctively strove to incorporate a similar positivity into the world I tried to bring to life for my readers. Judging by the feedback I’ve received, I believe I may have succeeded, at least to some small extent.

Today, to celebrate Star Trek’s half-century mark, I feel compelled to give away a few free ebook copies from my Starstruck series. Comment below for a chance to win the Starstruck novel of your choice! (If you already have them all, you’re welcome to gift your ebook to a friend you think might enjoy it!)

What do YOU think makes either Star Trek or my Starstruck books special? Do you have a favorite Star Trek episode? How about a favorite scene from my Starstruck books? I’ll choose winners from the comments and tell you how to claim your free book. 🙂

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Sahil Jain

I like the Starstruck series a lot. I even dream about M and Rigel . But I feel sad about Sean because he doesn’t get his own happy ending. Maybe he will get a happy ending later. Although thinking not to like Sean , I come to like him and his qualities when he feels sorry about Rigel. This series is truly Awesome.

    Brenda Hiatt

    Thank you so much, Sahil! I think you’ll enjoy the upcoming book (The Girl From Mars). I’ll just say that Sean is very important in that book… 🙂


I like starstruck series. Leontine guiding M is my favorite . Waiting for more in this series.


I have so many favorite parts in Starstruck but I only have time to write one. 🙂
I love the part in Starstruck where Marsha and Rigel sneak away from their (parental) to see each other even though it’s forbidden… To me it shows that they deeply care about one another and aren’t willing to let anything come between them.
I love that!

    Brenda Hiatt

    Thanks, Maisie! I like those scenes, too, where they find ways to be together despite all obstacles. (Which get bigger and bigger as the series goes on!)

    Brenda Hiatt

    Maisie, you win a free book from my Starstruck series! Email me from my Contact page to let me know which one you want. 🙂

cheryl johnson

It’s been so long since I’ve watched any of the Star Trek series. I am loving the new movies though.

I’ve only read Starstruck and Starcrossed so far but have enjoyed what I’ve read. A favorite scene from Starcrossed is when Rygel’s mom put Alistair in his place. 🙂

    Brenda Hiatt

    Cheryl, that was such a fun scene to write! 🙂 And I’m enjoying the new Star Trek movies, too (along with all the even-numbered old ones. LOL!)

    Brenda Hiatt

    Cheryl, you win a free book from my Starstruck series! Email me from my Contact page to let me know which one you want. 🙂

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