Author Interview with 2022 Reviewer’s Choice Award Nominee Chloe Archer

It's Not Unusual to be Loved by an Alien Book Cover It's Not Unusual to be Loved by an Alien
Tentacular Tales Book 1
Chloe Archer
LGBTQ+ Romance, Fantasy
Rainbow Dreams Press LLC
September 9, 2022

A sexy alien living incognito on Earth meets a sci-fi loving nerd who wants to rock his universe. What could possibly go wrong? Besides the unexpected tentacles and the accidental Mating Courtship Ritual, that is....


As a bona fide sci-fi nerd and total X-phile—the truth is out there—I’ve always believed in aliens. Duh. But I never thought I’d actually find them on Earth–let alone right here in Las Vegas! Now I’ve stumbled onto a big freakin’ secret and found my very own hot AF alien. I’m head over heels, but he’s being a total grump and holding back. How do I make him realize a geeky sunshine guy like me is just what he needs in his life? Did I mention he also has tentacles?!?! #HolyHentaiFantasyBatman #SwoonworthyAlien #SignMeUpSugar #MakeItSo #VivaLasVegas


The last thing I need in my life is a chatterbox twink who’s determined to woo me and could expose the secret existence of aliens on Earth to all humankind. Everything about him annoys me, including his stupidly attractive halo of golden curls and his bright green ‘come hither’ eyes. To make matters worse, he’s been recruited to work for the alien Alliance on Earth, and I’m assigned to keep him out of trouble. I don’t care how attractive he is. I don’t date humans! Except, my tentacles may have accidentally started the Mating Courtship Ritual with him…

It’s Not Unusual To Be Loved by an Alien (Tentacular Tales #1) is a (102,000 words) M/M sci-fi rom com featuring an adorkable twink with unexpected secrets and a slight obsession with extraterrestrials, the reluctant alien he wants to make his boo, tentacles with a mind of their own, zany extraterrestrial shenanigans in Sin City, and enough humor to fill an entire spaceship. This is the first book in the series. There is no cheating, and this book ends with a HFN. Never fear, the series guarantees readers an HEA by the end!

2022 RCA Author Interview with Chloe Archer

Interview by Sherry Perkins

Don’t wait to do something you’ve always wanted to do, according to author Chloe Archer. Whether that’s writing the kind of books you want to read or having sex with a tentacled alien who is hiding in plain sight in Las Vegas (where else?), just do it! And do it with a sense of humor.

1. What was the inspiration for your Paranormal Romance Guild 2022 Reviewer’s Choice Award nominated book, It’s Not Unusual to be Loved by an Alien, in the LGBT/Romance/Fantasy/Futuristic/Sci-Fi/Action Adventure category?

It’s Not Unusual To Be Loved by an Alien is my debut novel and basically the book I desperately wanted to read during the pandemic but that no one was writing–so I decided I just had to write it myself. I’d been wanting to write an M/M romance for a long time but kept putting it off as something I would do “one day.” The pandemic, during which I lost a close family member and re-evaluated a lot of things in my life, was the cosmic kick in the rear end that I needed to start writing and stop making excuses. I haven’t stopped since! This book is essentially Men in Black (only if the aliens were actually in charge of the secret organization) meets adorkable gay rom com. It features a grumpy-sexy alien guy (with secret tentacles) and a sunshiny human sci-fi nerd falling in love. I jumped on the idea of setting my story in Las Vegas, which seemed like the ideal place for aliens to hide in plain sight! Right away, I knew I wanted a human falling in love with an alien to be at the heart of the book–but I also wanted it to be a laugh out loud funny, adorable, and happy romance that actually happens on Earth instead of via abduction to another planet. My human MC naturally had to be a sci-fi-loving super geek with a penchant for all things extraterrestrial. He’s convinced aliens are real–and boy is he right! Before I knew it, the story was writing itself and my brain was being inundated with all kinds of hilarious scenarios involving aliens trying to blend in on Earth. It’s Not Unusual to be Loved by an Alien is the first book in the Tentacular Tales series, which will be at least seven books long.

2. What bit of advice you would give to new writers?
1. Mindset is everything. Find the courage to believe in yourself and don’t let anything stop you from pursuing your dreams. 2. Educate yourself, too. There are tons of great free podcasts and workshops out there to help you learn about writing and all the ins and outs of self-publishing. 3. Find a community. Having other writers you can talk to and who “get” what you do is critical. They can offer advice, perspective, encouragement–and most importantly, they can hold you accountable! This can keep you going even when you are having doubts or experiencing imposter syndrome. 4. Start by writing what you love. If you aren’t passionate about your story, other people aren’t likely to be either.
3. Why do you think your book should win — in other words, what makes it unique?
What a tough question! I’m in a big umbrella category that lumps together “LGBT/ROMANCE/FANTASY/FUTURISTIC/SCI-FI/ACTION ADVENTURE,” which is difficult to evaluate since some of these subgenres are quite different. However, here are a few reasons I think my book should win. First of all, it’s pretty impressive to have a debut book from a brand-new author nominated for an award like this–and it would be even more amazing to win! Second, I think my book is fairly unique. It’s doing something most sci-fi romances don’t typically do–it’s developing a human/alien romance on Earth in our current day. It isn’t set in some far-off future or via an alien abduction to the far reaches of space. It takes place on Earth in the present moment, which is counter to the larger trend in the subgenre. Third, my book combines not only M/M sci-fi romance and action, but also comedy–it’s hilarious with some seriously OTT humor. One of the main things readers say about my book is how much they laughed out loud while reading it! Fourth, my book adds a fun meta level to the story by having my human MC write a campy, outrageous serial space opera called “The Tentacular Tales of Captain Starblade,” which he later finds out made it to the intergalactic web and now half the aliens in the galaxy are obsessed with it. Snippets from the story appear in the book and others in the series. I’ve had tons of readers asking me to write the whole “Tentacular Tales of Captain Starblade” for them because they love this story within a story so much!


You can do this. I repeat the mental mantra as I turn the brunt of my power on River. “Your uncle is fine. He’s sleeping and will wake up later with no recollection of this evening’s events.” I focus my eyes and my voice on him, ignoring the sudden anxious movements of my hidden tentacles. “Now, it’s time for you to sleep and forget this whole evening. Remember, your neighbor, Mr. Jones, is a boring, ordinary man. You are no longer concerned about him.”

There. It’s done. The thought leaves me with a sour feeling in my stomach.

To my utter shock, River tilts his head to the side and looks at me like I’m a few solar panels short of a spaceship. “What the hell are you talking about? He’s totally an alien. That’s why we followed him here.” He stares at his uncle, who lets out a soft snore. River’s gaze goes sharp. “Did you hypnotize Benji? OMG, you totally did.” He gawks at me, curiosity getting the better of him. “Do all aliens have the ability to hypnotize humans? I wouldn’t make that fact widely known, FYI. Could be dicey. I mean, you seem like an okay guy, even though you just gave my uncle a total mind whammy.” He purses his lips. “You also took away our proof of alien life on Earth, which was not cool. You’re lucky you’re hot like fire and will definitely star in my future masturbatory fantasies. Otherwise, I’d be royally pissed off at you.”

I stare at him, once again flummoxed. My powers don’t seem to be working on him. This has never happened to me before. I’m disturbed, but a small part of me is secretly relieved. My tentacles do a happy dance.

River shuffles his feet and tugs on a random curl. “Yeah, so, I’m hoping this isn’t some kind of Aliens-Taking-Over- Earth-With-Mind-Control situation.” His accompanying laugh is high-pitched and tense. “None of those sci-fi stories turn out well.”

I have to wipe his memory. There’s no other choice. I brace myself and increase my power to maximum capacity. “I’m not part of some alien invasion. There’s nothing to worry about. You will sleep and forget this whole evening. You will forget you ever thought Mr. Jones was an alien,” I command.

That should do it. My tentacles shrink back in dismay. Quit moping, I tell them, even though I’m not exactly happy about any of this either.

River sneezes twice and then yawns loudly. “Sorry, that was super rude. But seriously. I can’t be hypnotized, even by your beautiful alien eyes. For reals, we had a hypnotist come to one of our student events when I was in college, and I got pulled up on stage, which was way cool, but then nothing happened. Talk about disappointing, but what can you do? I guess my brain is unhypnotizable.” He tilts his head, considering. “Is that even a word?”

What in the planetary shitstorm is going on?

My powers have never failed when I’ve had to use them on humans before. Never. And I’ve been doing this for years.

River flutters his stupidly long eyelashes at me once again. “I know this is kinda awkward given our current situation, but I feel like we’re totally vibing. You wanna go out with me some time?”




Chloe Archer currently calls the arctic wilds of Minnesota home but has spent much of her life abroad in places like Montreal, Edinburgh, and Tokyo. One day she hopes to live somewhere sunny and warm. She loves to travel, eat spicy food, and geek out about her fandoms. In her spare time (Ha! What’s that?) she’s an avid reader with far too many books and not enough bookcases, a wannabe tea and coffee connoisseur, and a karaoke fanatic. When she’s not making herself laugh out loud while writing adorkable gay rom-coms, she can be found walking her two Yorkies (Teddy and Jasper,) trying to finish that blanket she’s been knitting for five years or spending time with friends and family.

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