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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Scifi Romance Freebie and Sales Event

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My freebie is Stars Between Us!

 STARS BETWEEN US is a romance  set in a futuristic Space Frontier World, a Wild West, Firefly and Steampunk inspired Space Opera Universe.  The space frontier is a dangerous place with the long risky space journeys and almost lawless settlements. The series leans toward sci-fantasy with some fantasy elements (shifters). 

When combined with sci-fi, colonization stories have always caught my imagination.This series is about immigrants to two planets, Celstar, an Earth-like world with carefully planned immigration, and Starlander's Green, which was settled by Terrans but also has a native population.

In STARS BETWEEN US, Odessa, a dock worker with a past, longs to immigrate. Veras will be leaving the space station soon for a new life on a planet.

Excerpt:

“Odessa.” Veras pulled her into an awkward embrace, since Odessa still held Garnet’s seat by the handle. The warmth of his body against her erased any words of greeting. She slid her free hand up and down his back assuring herself Veras was really here with her after all this time. She blinked away tears. This was no place for an emotional moment. He’d think she was crazy, desperate.
“So glad you came.” Veras took Odessa by the hand and pulled her to a booth in the rear of the eatery, a private seating area.
“Glad we could meet before you leave.” She was finally able to speak though her voice was husky. It was important for her to remember Veras was leaving in a couple days, perhaps to never return to the space station.
They ordered a meal and while they waited for it Odessa fed Garnet a self warming bottle of mixed baby formula and breast milk.
“She is smaller than I expected,” Veras said.
“She was born premature, plus her father was short. I don’t think she’ll be very tall as an adult.”
Veras shook his head. “Hard to believe you have a child.”
“I know.” She smiled wryly and wiped a drop of formula from the baby's chin. “I’m clean now, though, so I can take care of her right.”
“How do you know what to do with a baby?”
“I took a class. Plus my childcare woman is really a great resource.”
“You look really good. Healthy. I’ve never seen your hair so long.”
Odessa felt her face heat. “I remember my mother wore her hair long, so I decided to let it grow. Something I could do to try to remember her.”

Their food arrived. “What made your grandfather decide to send you all the way to Charity Wells for medical school?”


I have two other short reads in this series, and have another two longer stories planned.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Old Book, New Cover!

I made a new cover for an old book:



This is an erotic romance  that has fantasy elements-- Guardian Angels, demons, magic. Modern angels have left the Earth and created their own perfect place, the Overland. Long ago when the angels lived on Earth, angel Rahmiel was bound to a deadly famine demon since he was able to defeat it.. When Kari accidentally calls forth the demon,( doing a weight loss spell!) he is suddenly released from the ice prison he was thrown into ages ago.

This was published many years ago and went through the Triskleion bankruptcy, which left a certain newbie writer floundering around for a while! It was later with another publisher that went belly up (taking a year's worth of royalties with them). So I am happy I can self publish it now. It might be a small unknown romance in a vast sea of books, but when I do get a sale, I actually get paid for it! I think I will put it in print because--pretty!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Fun at the Con


Last weekend I joined author Carol Van Natta at the Fort Collins Comic Con!

We did a SFR book table on Saturday and a SFR panel on Sunday. Where we spoke in PUBLIC.





We were invited (well, Carol was invited, and she invited me for the SFR fun) to share the table and panel by Richard Keller, owner of Wooden Pants Publishing. He was a gracious host!

Rick also moderated the panel, which had far more attendees than the two I anticipated (one being my kind hearted daughter). Author Drew Bankston, who writes SF with romantic elements, joined us. So we had Romantic SF with Drew, Space Opera Adventure Romance with Carol, and Sexy SFR with me. Richard Kellar plans to publish a SFR of his own in the future.

Richard Keller also runs a radio show/podcast for writers, which I'm planning to explore.

It was a fun weekend. Who knows the impact. Many of the young people on the panel were writers, and one fan came, who is a member of the SFR Group on Facebook! 

It was a small con, very family oriented, and I wished I had written that middle grade SF I keep thinking about! Fort Collins is always lovely, and my oldest daughter drove me down and was such a huge help.

Also exciting, I'll be beta reading another of Carol's books! She has a fantastic series you should check out! Here is her Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carol.vannatta

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

SFR Snippet-- Love on the Space Frontier, Freedawn WIP.



From the next story in my Love on the Space Frontier Series. WIP!




The immigrant ship wasn't made to enter a planet's atmosphere, so the settlers were grouped according to location  and transported with their goods down to the planet of Celstar in smaller ships. The Freedawn Colony agent planned the journey to the planet, so they could put up their prefabs and have shelter by nightfall.
Jax’ heart rushed as they flew below the clouds for the first time and he saw his new home, where he would spend the rest of his days. He'd had enough money to leave Sarganza for the hub planet Jiang and buy his land package, but would never have funds of that nature for another move ever again. He was lucky he’d been able to get that much money together, considering the state of his family's finances after the warlord got into their accounts.
Freedawn Colony on the planet Celstar was his new life. A life without his family or homeland, and without the Power of Sarganza that had blessed his family for generations. But it was also a life without being on the losing side of an unpopular, cruel war, where he would likely die..
Below, dark woods appeared black at first, then a deep blue-green. Mountains with sharp rock summits, narrow valleys, streams and rivers...Jax’ land was open meadow, in memory of the graceful white stone Hall he'd called home as a child, surrounded by lush green lawns and fields. They were still miles from his land.
“Below you can now see the Freedawn River. It originates in the mountains to the east and eventually empties into the Aqua Ocean.” The land agent for the Freedawn Colony spoke. He had met the passengers on the ship and would check on all the settlers throughout the first few days to make sure everyone was getting along.
“The town  of  Freedawn is set on a rise overlooking the Freedawn River, with forest in the distance to the east and north, across the river.”
Fields carved out of the grasslands surround the settlement in a rough circles.  Jax could see the checkerboard effect made by different crops. Grains of all types were grown here, vegetables, berries.
“Beyond the circles you see, moving up into the foothills are other estates,” Mr Alwen, the land agent, continued. “More remote than yours, without the advantage of a town nearby, but also larger in acreages. Beyond that are borderlands, the Corridor, a small colony for either native humanoids or earlier settlers, that stretches north and south across the continent.”
“South of the Freedawn colony is the settlement of Equine, a group of horse shifter. They are allowed under the Celstar constitution. You will find them to be a peaceful farming community.”
Peaceful farming. Jax almost smiled. Once he had desired to be a Prince of Sarganza, with a grip of power over the land. Now he would be a small farmer, living in a prefab cabin of three rooms and a loft. And he was looking forward to it.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Release Day SFR Snippet!


RELEASE DAY!

$1.99 Novella

 STARS BETWEEN US is a romance  set in a futuristic Space Frontier World, a Wild West, Firefly and Steampunk inspired Space Opera series.  It is a bit of a mishmash, with some fantasy elements (shifters). 

I was raised in Montana by parents who took us to every historical site in the state. My grandparents homesteaded outside Laurel, Montana. When their hunting dog got a bad hit by a porcupine, my grandfather drove the dog into town, three days by buckboard. 

Pioneering is in my blood!

This series is about immigrants to two planets, Celstar, an Earth-like world with carefully planned immigration, and Starlander's Green, which was settled by Terrans but also has a native population.

In STARS BETWEEN US, Odessa, a dock worker with a past, longs to immigrate. Veras will be leaving the space station soon for a new life on a planet.

Excerpt:

“Odessa.” Veras pulled her into an awkward embrace, since Odessa still held Garnet’s seat by the handle. The warmth of his body against her erased any words of greeting. She slid her free hand up and down his back assuring herself Veras was really here with her after all this time. She blinked away tears. This was no place for an emotional moment. He’d think she was crazy, desperate.
“So glad you came.” Veras took Odessa by the hand and pulled her to a booth in the rear of the eatery, a private seating area.
“Glad we could meet before you leave.” She was finally able to speak though her voice was husky. It was important for her to remember Veras was leaving in a couple days, perhaps to never return to the space station.
They ordered a meal and while they waited for it Odessa fed Garnet a self warming bottle of mixed baby formula and breast milk.
“She is smaller than I expected,” Veras said.
“She was born premature, plus her father was short. I don’t think she’ll be very tall as an adult.”
Veras shook his head. “Hard to believe you have a child.”
“I know.” She smiled wryly and wiped a drop of formula from the baby's chin. “I’m clean now, though, so I can take care of her right.”
“How do you know what to do with a baby?”
“I took a class. Plus my childcare woman is really a great resource.”
“You look really good. Healthy. I’ve never seen your hair so long.”
Odessa felt her face heat. “I remember my mother wore her hair long, so I decided to let it grow. Something I could do to try to remember her.”

Their food arrived. “What made your grandfather decide to send you all the way to Charity Wells for medical school?”


I have two other short reads in this series, and have another two planned.






Monday, August 15, 2016

August News!

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Pure Escapism News
August 15, 2016


Release Day!!
August 16th
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Lonely single mother Odessa contacts her former lover, Veras, the man she never got over. It seems he never got over her, either.  He is leaving the spaceport in a short time for medical school on a distant planet. Traveling so far is a one-way trip; they know they have no future together. They will enjoy the the few days they have. But why are they attacked by drones?
Come say Hi on my author page for a chance to win an ebook of Stars Between Us!
Tell me why kind of romance you like to read!

Book Signing and SFR Panel
I will be at the Fort Collins Comic Con on August 27th and 28th! Author friend Carol Van Natta and I will sign books from 2-4 pm Saturday. On Sunday we are doing a panel on Scifi Romance!




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I have a short Diaspora Worlds story in an Antho!12888589_1580273298966613_3808076883181769742_o.jpg
My story is called Cyborg Security.
With eight short stories of romance and adventure, you're sure to find a happily ever after. From space pirates to cyborgs, alien planets to psi sex, we've got you covered at every heat level.
New to Science Fiction Romance? This collection is the perfect introduction! Lots of romance balanced by sci-fi elements. Strap yourself in, fire the boosters, and enjoy your transport to our futuristic worlds!





The Portals Project is here!

Four Free volumes of Sci-fi Romance First Chapters! This an easy way for readers to check out SFR authors and find great books!
The Volumes are heat level collections. My chapter is in Volume 2, the HOT volume!
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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Cover Reveal! Pets in Space!


Exciting Upcoming Anthology!






Pets in Space

Out October 11th, 2016

Even an alien needs a pet...

Join the adventure as nine pet loving sci-fi romance authors take you out of this world and pull you into their action-packed stories filled with suspense, laughter, and romance. The alien pets have an agenda that will capture the hearts of those they touch. Follow along as they work side by side to help stop a genetically-engineered creature from destroying the Earth to finding a lost dragon; life is never the same after their pets decide to get involved. Can the animals win the day or will the stars shine just a little less brightly? New York Times, USA TODAY, Award Winning, and Bestselling authors have nine original, never-released stories that will capture your imagination and help a worthy charity. Come join us as we take you on nine amazing adventures that will change the way you look at your pet!
10% of profits from the first month go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

A MATE FOR MATRIX: CYBORG PROTECTION UNIT

By S.E. Smith (New York Times/USA TODAY Best Selling Author) Matrix Roma is a member of the elite Zion military Cyborg Protection Unit. Matrix gets more than he bargains for when his cyborg partner, a hybrid Wolfhound named K-Nine, goes missing and ends up finding a mate for Matrix in the middle of a deadly mission on an unknown planet called Earth.

STRAY

By Susan Grant (New York Times Best Selling, USA TODAY, and RITA Award Winning Author) Interplanetary Marine Lt. Lukas Frank has a lot in common with a street dog named Bang-Bang; they both started off as scrappy orphans fighting to survive—and beat the odds. Things change when Bang-Bang leads Lukas to starpilot Capt. Carlynn Riga. The tough war hero learns what it means to surrender — his heart. Lukas’s struggles with PTSD threaten to tear the three of them apart, but nothing threatens them more than when Carlynn goes missing on a mission. Can a scarred marine and his unlikely canine partner find Carlynn and bring her home, or will he lose everything he’s finally found worth fighting for?

SPARK OF ATTRACTION

By Cara Bristol (USA TODAY Best Selling Author) Memory: intact. Cognitive function: enhanced. Emotion: erased. After becoming a cyborg, Captain Dante Stone didn’t think he’d ever feel again, until a traumatized young woman and a ball of synthetic fur named Sparky helped him to love.

STAR CRUISE: STOWAWAY

By Veronica Scott Cargo Master Owen Embersson is shocked when the Nebula Zephyr’s ship’s cat and her alien sidekick, Midorri, alert him to the presence of a stowaway. He has no idea of the dangerous complications to come – nor does he anticipate falling hard for the woman whose life he now holds in his hands. Life aboard the Nebula Zephyr has just become more interesting – and deadly.

THE REAL DRAGON

By Pauline Baird Jones Emma Standish didn’t think her day could get any worse. Her dad is marrying his boss, her dragon suddenly came back talking and typing, and it’s her fault the Earth, or at least ten square miles of Texas, is going to be destroyed. That’s what happens when you forget something very, very important. Luckily for her, she’s got the love of her life that she can’t remember and her dragon by her side. Who needs to worry when you’re having a day like this?

STARDOG

By Laurie A. Green Navigator Taro Shall has a mission no one wants – find a way to eradicate snakes on a starship. He never expects to find the answer to his problem in a charming street vendor named Adini. His already unusual mission becomes more complicated when he suddenly acquires an adorable StarDog that soon sweeps him and Adini into the maw of a brewing insurrection.

SPIKE

By Alexis Glynn Latner Young Roboticist Ten Jaxdown has to deploy, and possibly sacrifice, the swarm of investigative robots that he has invented and cares about more than anything else in the star system. It may be the only hope for those depending on him and his robots to save them. Yet, even as frantic preparations for the unprecedented deep-space rescue mission are set in motion, it could all be threatened by sabotage. Anastasia Steed is an intrepid young mission designer. She steps forward with an idea that can improve the odds of the mission. Neither she nor Ten expect the assistance they receive from a very unusual pet. A pet that will bring together two alienated human beings who didn’t realize they needed each other. Can Ten and Anastasia discover who is behind the sabotage, save the mission, and discover what is evolving between them? With a little bit of unusual help, anything is possible.

SPACE RANGER

By Lea Kirk Graig Roble is a Senior Commander with the Guardian Fleet security. His specialty as a weapons specialist and combat master is his world, what he was born to do - or so he thought until he finds his resolve and focus inexplicably wavering. His new position aboard the Atlantis can't even save him; if anything, it has left him questioning his own motives. He never thought that could happen until he met Simone Campbell. Simone's focus is on her home world - Earth. She thought her life was full with her research as a botanist. After all, she always believed that helping the people of her world become self-sufficient should take all of her concentration - except it doesn't. There is one man that keeps pulling her attention, and her heart, away from her job. Graig's gift of a puppy to keep her company does more than that, it keeps him in her dreams. How can such a simple gift bring her comfort and make her long for more? Graig and Simone are about to find out that sometimes love can blossom from the smallest, furriest ties.

ESCAPE RUN

By Carysa Locke Teegan’s job as a hunter is to track down the Talented, those driven insane by their gifts. She and Ember, her psychically gifted fox, have tracked dozens of people for Cole, the man who works to rehabilitate and recover these troubled souls. When one of Cole’s most dangerous patients escapes, Teegan and Ember are on a hunt that could prove fatal if she doesn’t keep her focus on her mission. Unfortunately, Cole is proving one distraction that might make this her last hunt if she can’t do that. Can Teegan keep her heart and mind in the game long enough to save an entire planet’s population, or will her distraction lead to heartache – and possibly death for everyone?