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SFR Showcase February 2017

It’s 2017 and the Science Fiction Romance Brigade Showcase is back! This month I have an excerpt from NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE, which is now available on Pre-Order for a limited time price of $0.99 cents. Links will be at the bottom, and be sure to check out all the other great posts this month from the SFR community.

About the Book:

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Seeking an escape from her life back in Kansas, Dottie signs up on a whim to become a Federation space captain! – of a tiny, solo-crew cargo hauler. Alone in space and wishing for adventure, Dottie goes off course to an uncharted star system to answer a distress call. Sure, the call is in an alien language she’s never heard, and yes, she’s probably going to get fired on her first Federation mission, but… to adventure!

After being forced down to the planet by an alien probe in orbit, Dottie meets Croen, a handsome grey-skinned man with vivid purple eyes and an energy rifle pointed right at her. Learning they are in a shared predicament, they set off together in search of the probes’ origins, what happened to the aliens whose ancient ruins litter the jungle, and how to get back home.

Along the way, they’ll face challenges, meet unexpected friends and learn home is where your heart is.


Excerpt

Dottie had done time in the crash simulators during her training. The procedure had been drilled into her skull through various scenarios, including one in which the ship lost power while landing on a planet. Strap in, launch the emergency distress beacon, deploy the buoyancy stabilizers, aim for water. There was nothing in her training, though, for how to deal with being pulled down to a planet by an alien probe. Not that she could deploy the beacon or the stabilizers if she wanted to. The ship’s systems were locked and unresponsive. Gritting her teeth, she held on and hoped the damn alien probe knew how to land her space barge of a ship without killing her.

Or destroying the cargo from her first ever space mission. Damn. She was not looking forward to explaining how her cargo had ended up on an alien beach in an area of space she wasn’t supposed to be in.

As the ship neared the beach, the probe slowed down and the console beeped. “The probe has deployed the ship’s landing gear,” the Computer informed. “Preparing to vent manifold.”

“Delay that,” Dottie commanded. “Do not vent. As soon as the probe releases us, I want you to recharge the impulse engines for planetary launch and get us back into orbit, pronto.”

“Unable to comply. The probe has locked engine control.”

“Then unlock it!” The ship listed left then right as the landing gear balanced the ship at the edge of the jungle where thinly trunked, broad-leafed trees met white sand.

“Unable to comply. Control access has been encrypted.”

“Dammit. Well, do you have any good news?” Dottie asked sourly while scowling at the viewscreen’s display of what she might consider a nice vacation spot if she hadn’t been forced there by an alien probe.

The computer twittered a beep, as if laughing at her. “Landing complete. You may now safely disembark.”

“Thank you,” Dottie replied flatly. Feeling stubborn, and a little helpless, she crossed her arms indignantly and remained harnessed in the flight chair. Outside, the probe’s tractor beam disengaged and the cylinder hovered for a moment before taking off and disappearing out of view. “What? Not going to stay and see the fish you reeled in? Figures.”

Expecting some sort of alien welcoming, or unwelcoming, party to show up, Dottie waited safe and secure inside the ship. And waited. And waited… “What the hell?”

She sat there for twenty minutes, but the viewscreen continued to show her nothing but the split line of jungle meeting seashore. Unstrapping the harness, she stood up and paced the cabin, pausing with each pass by the hatch and debating with herself about the reasons to, or not to, open it. The computer had already confirmed the air was breathable and the environment pleasant. There were the unknown ‘large lifeforms’ somewhere out there, but sitting in the control-locked ship was getting her nowhere.

“Well, if they’re not going to come say hello…” Dottie stopped at the hatch, steeled her resolve and opened it. The compression seal hissed and the hydraulics groaned as the hatch split in two, the top half lifting up to the sky and the bottom half forming a ramp to the ground. Unexpected birdsong filled the cabin, along with the sounds of crashing waves against the shore and a breeze rustling the large elephant-ear shaped leaves canopying over her ship. At her feet, the white sand shimmered with a strange, flickering yellow luminescence, and above her head the smoky lavender clouds passed by against a peach sky.

“Computer,” she murmured, her eyes wide. “I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore.”

“That would be an accurate assumption. This ship disembarked the Topeka Boeing facility on stardate-”

“Stop ruining the moment,” Dottie muttered.

 


Grab Your Copy!

NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE is available at a special, limited time pre-order price of $0.99 cents.

Amazon  |  Nook  |  Kobo  |  iBooks

(If you requested a free copy during the Christmas Showcase Giveaway, it will be mailed to you in March.)


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January 2017 Check-in

UPDATE: Links now live for pre-order!
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Greetings, Readers!

I’m going to try a new thing in 2017 where I post a mini progress report each month. I hope it will give my readers a better idea on when the book they’re waiting for is coming, and help keep me on track to cleaning out my WIP folder.

This month, I wrapped up my next Science Fiction romance novel, NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE and have finalized the cover (see bottom of post). It will be available for pre-order in February with an intro price of $0.99 cents for the first few weeks. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter so you’ll know when it becomes available before the price goes up to $4.99.

I have raised the price of some of my full length titles to a new standard price point of $4.99. I will continue to offer many of my books for free or $0.99 cents, and most of my titles are on the Kindle Unlimited program. I hope that you can understand my reasons for asking a little bit more for some of my books, and know that I will always do my best to accommodate and offer sales throughout the year.

Moving into February, I will be finishing up Corwint Central Agent Files book 5: PROMISE THE STARS, with the hopes of having it on pre-order by mid-March. After that, I will see what my muse says, but I think The Stables book 5: CROWS DON’T SING is long overdue.

Now, on to the cover!

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Seeking an escape from her life back in Kansas, Dottie signs up on a whim to become a Federation space captain! – of a tiny, solo-crew cargo hauler. Alone in space and wishing for adventure, Dottie goes off course to an uncharted star system to answer a distress call. Sure, the call is in an alien language she’s never heard, and yes, she’s probably going to get fired on her first Federation mission, but… to adventure!

After being forced down to the planet by an alien probe in orbit, Dottie meets Croen, a handsome grey-skinned man with vivid purple eyes and an energy rifle pointed right at her. Learning they are in a shared predicament, they set off together in search of the probes’ origins, what happened to the aliens whose ancient ruins litter the jungle, and how to get back home.

Along the way, they’ll face challenges, meet unexpected friends and learn home is where your heart is.

 




Ants and Butterflies – SFRB October Showcase

Welcome to the October Science Fiction Romance Brigade Showcase!

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October is Indie Month! I’m going to highlight an indie publication done every year by the Queer Sci-Fi blog and Facebook group. It’s an anthology of Flash Fiction (stories less than 300 words), written mostly by independent writers. Writing a story in 300 words is a great challenge. From aliens to space ships, romance in the stars and exploring new worlds, this year’s anthology, FLIGHT, has something for everyone.

I didn’t participate in this year’s anthology, FLIGHT, but I did have a story in last year’s anthology, DISCOVERY. I can now share that 300 word story with you.


ANTS & BUTTERFLIES

Ants marched up his skin in rows; tiny feet tickling and harsh jaws biting. He couldn’t move to wipe them away. He couldn’t move at all.

“Captain?”

The man’s voice sounded familiar, but the word barely registered. Ants. He was covered in the damn things and they were eating him alive!

“Hold on, Travis,” that familiar voice spoke with concern. “The effects of the H-38 will wear off in a moment.”

H-38. Travis knew what that was. Did. A lifetime ago. He’d slept since then, and now there was only the ants.

“Can you open your eyes?”

Who was that? Travis knew… That voice… Mornings in bed. Snuck kisses in the simulator. The bittersweet goodbye that was more like goodnight.

Asleep. He’d been asleep. Was he still asleep? The ants bit in and his hand twitched.

“Almost there, Trav. Come back to me.”

A warmth pressed against his lips. A kiss? Jonathan.

The ants vanished as Travis opened his eyes. A gasping breath. His arms moved. “Jon?”

“Welcome back, Captain.” Jon smiled. “How do you feel?”

Travis tasted the air with dry tongue. “Like I’ve slept for ages.”

“It’s only been eight years,” Jon winked. “The H-38 will have your motor functions back up to speed within the hour.”

“Did you kiss me?”

“Couldn’t resist.”

“You better not plan on waking the whole crew that way, Doc.”

“Just you, love. C’mon, you have to see it.”

The harness keeping Travis’s body in place against the hull released, sending him floating into zero gravity. Across from him a single porthole beckoned. Beyond its thick acrylicite, an unexplored planet with a textbook name orbited a yellow star.

“It looks like home,” Travis whispered, memories surfacing of a distant Earth.

Jon took his hand, the ants becoming butterflies. “We are home.”


Pick up your copy of FLIGHT and support the Queer Sci-Fi group in their effort to broaden the spectrum and representation in science fiction.

Click here to visit the other great blogs in this month’s SFR Brigade Showcase!




Powered By Indie

Did you know, October is Indie Month? From books to music to gaming to crafts, October is all about celebrating the indie artist. I am a proudly self-published author, who supports small and indie press books and readership. I’m part of an amazing indie author community, and every year it gets bigger and better.

When you read a book by an independent author, you’re supporting an independent artist. Independent artists are able to color more freely outside the lines when it comes to style and content. This leads to an enrichment of literature through the conveyance of ideas, techniques, and even communities that may be underrepresented in mass market publication. Although the representation gap in mainstream publishing is closing, indie books remain one of the best places to experience diversity in writing.

Self-published books can be an unexpected, enjoyable find, offering stories and adventures you may not find elsewhere. When a reader chooses to read a self-published book, they are telling the industry that coloring outside the lines can lead to innovation, and uniquely enjoyable stories. More and more authors are choosing to self-publish, bringing readers the opportunity to hear new voices, discover wonderful characters and fall in love with reading all over again.

Not sure where to start when it comes to reading indie-published books? Try Amazon’s Indie Publishing Page

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SFRB September Showcase

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The Science Fiction Romance Brigade Showcase is a great chance to find new Sci-Fi romance authors and books. For September, I’m sharing an excerpt from PROMISE THE STARS, book 5 in the Corwint Central Agent Files series. Please be sure to check out all the authors in this month’s showcase by clicking here, and find links to free science fiction romance books at the bottom of this post. Thanks for reading!

About PROMISE THE STARS

After watching Ethan, Torque, Hank and Merik all flounder when it came to love, Brom made himself a promise: Whenever he found the girl who totally turned his universe upside down, he would go after her with everything he had. Then, he met Nikkandri, who flipped his entire world sideways so hard, he wasn’t sure which way led forward. Keeping his own promises about not stumbling through love may have been easier said than done.

Nikki’s been to the deepest pit of darkness and lived to tell about it. Now, a promise to her father brings her back to where it all began: Thetos – where a buried secret awaits her return. Despite her independent, defensive nature, she lets Brom into her world and under her skin bit by bit. With her Trexen biology clawing its way into fruition, including unwanted side-effects like mind-reading and a deadly temper, she must fight with herself as she battles memories of her father and shadows from her past. The more she reveals to Brom, the faster she expects him to leave. She quickly learns Orellians don’t give up so easily, and Brom’s as stubborn as Orellians come.

But someone’s been waiting for Nikki’s return and the secret she guards. Its discovery could set the foundations for peace across the sector, or it could renew the call for war. In the wrong hands, even the best intentions can lead to catastrophe.

PROMISE THE STARS – Excerpt

Be a good friend first, then see where it leads. He could do that, right?

The bathroom door clicked open as the elevator lift door dinged. After picking up the robe and food order from the automated lift, he walked back into the main room and looked toward the hallway. It took everything he had not to drop the take-out bag. Staying content with being a good friend would’ve been so much easier if Nikki hadn’t been so damn cute.

She was standing just outside the bathroom door, an uncertain look on her face and her cheeks flushed from heat. One of his huge, Orellian-sized black towels was wrapped around her body below her armpits, with one arm crossing her chest, and her small fist clenching the fabric. Her black hair was slick with moisture, a few rebellious strands stuck to her sharp jawline. The towel came down to her ankles, and despite how hot she looked half-naked and wet, he had to laugh.

“Oh, you think it’s funny, do you?” Her black-eyed scowl narrowed, but he could see the way her lips were twitching to hold back a smile. “Seriously, hand me a needle and some thread. I can make a damn dress out of this thing!”

Her sass only strengthened his laugh as he set the take-out bag on the counter. “Sorry about that. I’ve never actually had a guest stay over before.”

“Seriously? So, what should I expect from the guest room? Some gigantic bed that’s going to swallow me whole?” She walked over, clutching the top of the heavy towel with one hand, then slapped his arm with her free hand. “Stop laughing! Oh, is that crezni stew I smell?”

“Yeah.” He tried handing her the fluffy white poolside robe, but she ignored it and sniffed the take-out bag. Setting the robe aside, he began unpacking the food. “There’s this little Hedarion cafe down the street. Best damn hajtchas you’ve ever had, I swear.” The look in her eyes as she watched him unwrap the food took the laughter from him. “Something wrong? Shit, do you not like crezni and hajtchas?”

“I do,” she nodded, her voice quiet. “It’s just been a while.”

“Since you’ve had hajtchas?”

“Since I’ve had anything this normal.” She glanced up at him then quickly away to the windows on the back wall. “Sorry. Guess I don’t know how to do ‘normal’ anymore.”

“You have nothing to apologize for, Nikki.” Watching her with heartrending concern, he wanted to reach out and touch her shoulder. Desperately, he wanted to pull her into his arms and give her comfort. Merciful Fates, he wanted to remove that towel and show her that it could all be normal – the two of them, together; that he would protect and cherish her like she deserved.

But, he figured that would be way too much, too soon. So instead, he quietly fixed up two plates of food and carried them into the living room. Setting them down on the coffee table, he motioned for her to join him on the couch. To help her find some sort of normal again, he’d start by offering friendly company and, hopefully, someone she could trust.

And if that’s all she ever wanted from him… Inwardly, he frowned at the idea, but he accepted the possibility. Having a friend like Nikki, though, would be better than not having her in his life at all. Wherever this relationship between them went, it was damn sure going to be an unsteady ride, but she was well worth however long it took to get there.


PROMISE THE STARS is scheduled for release in early 2017. Be sure to sign up to my newsletter for updates. (No spam, and I’ll send you free stuff to read.)


Click Here for links to free science fiction romance books, including the first two books in the Corwint Central Agent Files series! And don’t forget to check out all the other great posts in the September showcase!