Monday, October 11, 2021

Welcome Franny Armstrong!


Please welcome Franny Armstrong!

The whole truth!

A number of years ago I became a published author. Even though I have written stories since I was a child, my works didn’t get published until early 2000. Illness held me in its grip and I didn’t get serious about it until I couldn’t speak. Bipolar disorder challenges people in different ways. When my speech and memory failed, the only way I could communicate was to point at something I wanted or write it down. It surprised me that I could pour out my heart into a story where my imagination expanded. After all, it was the only thing I could do.

It took many years for my psychiatrist and I to bring me back to my world so I could function. Agoraphobia struck and I couldn’t be near people I didn’t know, or I’d have a severe anxiety attack. I used to hide when someone was at the door, and I would run to my bedroom and close the door. In regard to answering the phone, I simply didn’t. It was a horrible time of my life…

The best thing now is that with my family and doctor, I’ve come a long way. I now write when frustrated, write when happy, write when I’m having a bad day, and simply write, write, write.

Have you ever had a time in your life where you withdrew from society?

My favorite motto is: Never Surrender! Never Give UP!

I live by that now. Ok, it’s back to edits for me. Enjoy this short excerpt from one of my books.

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Franny Armstrong

Brett had a tail. He'd been trying to shake the guy for a few blocks, but the man was relentless. Entering the lobby of Belleview towers, he looked around and saw an attractive woman waiting for the elevators near the back wall. She stood out from the others around her, drawing him toward her like a magnet. He had an idea of how to elude his tail and hoped she would go along with it.

She's really hot! Looks like a fun-loving girl, I hope she's game.

Taking another look outside, he saw the man coming up to the revolving doors. Moving quickly over to where the woman stood, he gave his plan a shot.

Nodding politely to her, he stripped off his jacket, rolled it into a ball, and threw it on the floor beside the potted fern.

"Excuse me, ma'am, but I'm in trouble, and I was wondering if you could help me out?" He pulled his baseball hat from his back pocket and put it on backwards.

Curiosity filled her gaze before she nodded. "Well, sure. If I can—."

Before she could finish her reply, he swept her up in his arms, and kissed her passionately. The woman was so stunned that she didn't react to his audacity, melting into his arms instead of fighting him. Her hands rested on his chest fingers tangled in his shirt

Distracted by the sexy woman in his arms, Brett found it hard to keep a close eye on his stalker. He was amazed at the passion the woman returned, nearly knocking him off his feet. Boy, she can light my fire anytime! Minutes may have ticked by, but he lost count, losing himself in her sensual mouth.

After the tail finally gave up and left, Brett continued the kiss, unable to stop. His pants were uncomfortably tight. Pulling her closer into his embrace, he nearly groaned as her body brushed up against him. She'd turned to liquid in his arms, sending shivers of desire up his spine.

He finally lifted his head and stared into her eyes. Her expression was dazed. Her emerald-green eyes met his with a bemused expression.

The elevator doors opened with a loud 'ding'. Regretfully, he let her go.

"Thank you, ma'am. You were very helpful." His voice was low and husky. Bending down, he picked up his jacket.

"Well, goodbye…" He started to say his farewell, but looking at her swollen, damp lips, he changed his mind.

"Ah, what the hell," he said, and kissed her again. It was a short, lip-smacking kiss. Then he nodded before he stepped into the elevator, and the doors closed on his grinning face.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Excerpt: Pets in Space 6


In my story Stranded on Grzbt my Earth women are free from their captors in this selection but lost on a high tech space station. They have tiny bit of local currency, and a spaceship they inherited from their captors. No knowledge of the language or laws. No one to ask for help. They decide more money could only help.


They sang in one area and made several more cubits. Feeling bolder, they moved closer to the outdoor dining. Three children left their table and came to listen.

The children looked nearly human, two with dark curly hair and tan skin. The small girl had a greenish skin color. She wore a red sheer scarf which obscured a third eye, closed, in the middle of her forehead. All had three long fingers and a human-type thumb, though none had fingernails. 

They were accompanied by enormous cat-like animals. Their fur was almost non-existent, just on the ears and tail, and they had snakelike skin. Two were black and one had the same markings as an orange tabby, only in snakeskin, not fur.

As the children listened to their selection of carols, their already striking hazel eyes lit up like light bulbs. Hannah, who stood right behind Mimi, clutched her arm. Mimi could tell by the way she lost all breath control that Hannah was upset or scared.

Suddenly, Chloe yelled, “Velvet!” Velvet had leaped out of her normal place in Mimi’s pocket in her belt. She scampered across the white walkway and leaped on one of the lizard cats, chirping and whistling the whole time. The alien cat  growled back.

The children tossed a handful of cubits in the cloth hat and went back to their table, with Velvet riding on one of the lizard-cat things.

“Velvet! Hey, that’s my pet!” Mimi took off at a run, followed by Chloe.

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Monday, October 4, 2021

Release Day! Pets in Space 6!

 I'm so excited that today is the day!

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My Scifi Romance in Pets in Space 6 is the first in a new series. I wanted the story to be accessible, especially for those who might not read a great deal of Scifi Romance. My Earth women (and one teen) are bewildered, frightened, and rarely know what's going on! They are trying to keep each other safe in strange new world.The reader learns about this world as the characters do.

Mimi and Kyre, my romantic couple, click right away, almost a case of love at first sight (or definitely attraction!). Honestly, with all the chaos and trouble happening around her, Mimi does not need a high conflict, difficult relationship. Handsome, kind, competent Kyre is the man to meet!

Even though she ends up saving him as much as he saves her and her friends!

Excerpt from Mimi's and Kyre's First Meet:

“I’m Acacia, this is Hannah, Mimi and Chloe. This planet is called Fera?” Acacia spoke while everyone served food.

“How did you get here from Earth?” Kyre asked.

 “Aliens kidnapped us. How do you know about Earth?” Mimi replied.

“Not many do. It is not part of the Trade Alliance.” He took a sip of his drink. “My family has an Earth ancestor. He taught us English and Deutsch, which we use within the family. No others know it, so we have privacy.”

“Earth sent people to space years ago?” Acacia asked, eyes wide.

Kyre grinned. “Not really. Our ancestor sent himself to space in a homemade rocket with homemade fuel. He was a man ahead of his time. I can tell you the whole story sometime, but right now I want to know how you got to Fera.”

“Well, they were wormy things, with lots of tiny hairy feet. Or hands. Greenish and really stinky. They leaked brown stuff,” Mimi said,

“I’m sure it was kaka,” Chloe said.

“We all happened to be on the same street one evening, back on Earth. A worm hit us with a pink ray, and we woke in a cage on their ship.”

“Shikshiks,” Tris said. “Whooee. The stench.”

“We cleaned a lot to get rid of the smell and stains,” Hannah said quietly.

“Shikshiks have a reputation for theft and other illegal activities,” Kyre said. “Piracy.”

“So slavery isn’t illegal here? The worms had us tied around the neck with ropes when they took us to get the ear and eye shots,” Mimi said.

Kyre was silent for a moment. “You were on Grzbt? The large space dock?”

“I guess so? It was a dock with lots of ships. We took a tube transportation to get here.”

“Grzbt is a commercial space station. It is a lawless place, though Fera wants to regulate it. Slavery is illegal on Fera. It has a system of law and the military to back it up. We have our ship within Fera’s legal space. Grzbt is right outside the boundary.”

“Sounds like you got translator and reader chips,” Tris said.

“They don’t work,” Acacia said. “We don’t understand anything.”

“I could check them,” he offered.

“He’s a tech,” Kyre said. “So, how did you get away from the Shikshiks?”

“By accident,” Mimi said. She wasn’t sure what was wrong with her. It was like she couldn’t catch her breath. She was...stunned. English speakers. 

And he was good-looking, too.

Friday, October 1, 2021

Guest Veronica Scott: Meet Eyn the Alien Turtle

 Please welcome a wonderful Scifi Romance author and all-around super person, Veronica Scott!

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Release Date: October 5th!


By Veronica Scott

Some years the story idea comes first for me and other years the pet concept is first and drives the story. This year they arrived together, which made things easy. My family has always enjoyed turtles as pets. We’ve had a lot of the common green turtles and many red-eared sliders over the years. My brother is especially keen on turtles and not only has several as pets, he also does rescues and has hand raised baby snapping turtles until they were old enough to be re-released into the wild. I decided to make my space pet a turtle this year in honor of my brother, who is one of my most devoted readers and fans.

Eyn is an alien turtle of course and he can and does leave his shell most days. I always felt a bit sorry for terrestrial turtles that they had to carry their shell around all the time and couldn’t go out unencumbered at least occasionally so Eyn has that freedom. He returns to his shell nightly and can close it up tight, and while he sleeps the biological mechanisms in the shell structure replenish his energy. He belongs to Raelyn, my heroine, who is a senior stewardess on board the Nebula Zephyr interstellar luxury cruise liner and is also a symbol of her home world and its belief system.

He can also function as a piece of living jewelry for her. Eyn not only sets off the events in the story, he’s also quite involved in dealing with bad guys along the way to the plot’s resolution and the Happy Ever After ending. It’s a fun challenge to me each year to ensure the pet is more than just a pretty set decoration but is also important to the events. I think Eyn manages all of that quite nicely although he’ll probably need a nap in that shell by the end of the novel.

Did I mention he has three eyes?

Of course we see other members of the ship’s crew from past stories but this can be read as a standalone.

The excerpt – Eyn getting into trouble: Raelyn noticed her carryall was open and various items were strewn around the table. “You’ve been busy and naughty,” she said to Eyn, clucking her tongue. The moyed loved glittering objects and was known to haul small things away to secret caches. Luckily he knew better than to leave the cabin so she never lost anything permanently.

Eyn was standing with his front paws on the odd glass bubble she’d bought at the bazaar on impulse at the end of the quick sightseeing trip to the planet. He was staring fixedly into the misty center and his tongue flickered in and out as if he was trying to taste the captured air inside. Disconcerted by how intent her pet was, Raelyn reached for him. “You’ve seen your reflection before for star’s sake. Be careful or you’ll push it off—”

She hadn’t even finished her sentence when the moyed ducked, trying to avoid her and as he moved with his usual sudden speed, the ornament rolled in the opposite direction, plummeting to the deck. The cabin was carpeted but as if in slow motion Raelyn saw the bubble land on a stack of other items from her shopping trip and shatter into dozens of pieces.

A burst of oddly scented air struck her, smelling of hot desert and vanilla and other pleasant things she couldn’t place. For a moment she was dizzier than ever and actually staggered a step or two as the room whirled around her. Chirping, Eyn jumped onto her arm and scurried to her shoulder, rubbing his head against her chin.

“I’m fine but that piece of old glass isn’t. Twenty credits, totally wasted. When will I learn not to give in to impulses? Maeve,” she said, addressing the Ship’s AI, “Can you have a robo clean this up? I’m running late today.”

“Of course, although if decontamination is required there will be a small charge to your account.”

“Fine, although I don’t think there’s any issue with a chemical spill. There was nothing but air inside.” She sat Eyn on top of his shell, stepped carefully around the broken glass and rushed into the bathroom. It’d be worth a credit or two not to have to start her day cleaning up a mess.

The blurb: Raelyn Cantorini, senior stewardess on the interstellar cruise ship Nebula Zephyr thinks the alien artifact she bought on the last planet the ship visited was just a pretty glass orb…until her pet Eyn knocked the ornament off a table, shattering it and sending her into an infinitely repeating time loop.

Stuck reliving the same day over and over, Raelyn has only hours to try to save the ship and everyone on board from dying in a terrible catastrophe. As she tries to solve the mystery of what happens to the ship right before midnight each time the day repeats, Raelyn meets Kev Gordonn, the former Special Forces soldier turned actor and finds herself falling in love with him. Each time the day repeats, she learns more about him while he has no memory of her. Can she persuade him they’ve met before? Will he trust her enough to help stop the Nebula Zephyr’s destruction?

And if they do save the ship, will that reset time for Raelyn?

Author Bio:

USA Today Best Selling Author

Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing her own stories.

Seven time winner of the SFR Galaxy Award, as well as a National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, Veronica is also the proud recipient of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal relating to her former day job, not her romances!

She read the part of Star Trek Crew Member in the official audiobook production of Harlan Ellison’s “The City On the Edge of Forever.”

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Saturday, September 25, 2021

Excerpt from Pets in Space 6!


 Eight sentences from my upcoming release in the Pets in Space 6 Anthology! 

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EXCERPT, Stranded on Grzbt:

Mimi woke on a hard metal floor, shoulders and back aching. A rancid, rotten odor rushed into her nose, making her gag. It wiped out any drowsiness. “What is that stench?” It was like sewer mixed with rotten meat. She leaped up with a groan, only to bang her head on heavy wire and fall on her butt.

She sat in a cage made of thick wire, welded to the metal floor. Two other women were awake, staring. A Goth teen girl was unconscious on the floor.




Friday, September 24, 2021

Pets in Space 6 Author's Playlist!

Only Two Weeks Until Release Day!


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The Pets in Space pets are dancing in excitement—only two short weeks until Pets in Space 6! And to keep your toes tapping along, the authors have come up with an exclusive treat for you: The official Pets in Space 6 playlist!

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Sunday, September 5, 2021

Velvet~ Cuddly, and Helpful with Hacking!


My story for the Pets In Space 6 is an alien abduction story. Also, an alien rescue story. And abducted again. All the abducting and all the rescuing. Plus romancing. Whew.

It is good to have help when you need to hack into an enemy spaceship to escape. Velvet, my pet in Stranded on Grzbt, is perfect for the job. A mouse-sized, lab created bundle of fluff, with an instinct to chow down on invasive nanobots, she knows her computer commands. She might be a teeny, tiny cyborg! Given a task, she is relentless.

Her skills are the basis of Mimi and Kyre's escape plan.

We first meet Velvet in a scummy bathroom on board a poorly maintained (and smelly) spaceship. 


  In the bathroom one day, Mimi took her time under the water drip, washing out her clothes.   
  The worms were asleep.
  A flicker of motion caught her eye.
  A tiny animal with green and purple fuzz was eating the scum on the grate.
  It was actually kind of cute. Plush, silvery sage-green hair, a mousy six-legged body, and a long trunk, like a tiny elephant. On top of its head was a clump of green bristles tipped in purple. Three black button eyes, the center eye larger, looked up at her. 
  “Hi little guy. Aren’t you cute? Are you friendly?”
  Mimi had put on just her green work shirt, the rest of her clothes were wet. In the pocket, which had her nametag still attached, were a few kibbles. She crunched one up with her fingernails and slowly sprinkled the kibble bits on the damp grating near the little animal.
  It withdrew quickly into the drain. Mimi stayed quiet. Soon the tiny trunk came out and vacuumed up the kibble.
  Mimi grinned. Maybe she could make a tiny alien friend.

Release Date: October 5th, 2021


Formats Available: ebook only

Price: $4.99

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Welcome Franny Armstrong!

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