A True Scary Halloween Story from Jeffe Kennedy

birdwomanHappy Halloween! One of the scariest stories I ever read is actually nonfiction, Birdwoman, and has stuck in my brain for years now. It still gives me the shivers, like a great Stephen King novel, only this actually happened. I invited author Jeffe Kennedy to visit today and answer a few questions for me as follow up to the story. 

First, the blurb:  A psychological thriller set in the Pacific northwest, the true story, told in essay form, of an encounter with the paranormal: a vengeful goddess.

Let me add that Jeffe and her husband went on a late season vacation trip and found themselves in a situation involving isolated islands, menacing birds, petroglyphs, sullen locals, a spooky effigy and a completely terrifying aftermath to the trip. This is a short, quick read (only $.99) but it….lingers.

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Veronica: Have you had any further flashbacks or echoes of the Birdwoman experience?

Jeffe: Not really. I’ve been very careful to stay away from that island. One weird thing, though – I did meet a woman at a fantasy conference who had a tattoo on her chest that looked exactly like Birdwoman to me – a woman looking straight out with a long, pointed beak like that. It gave me the serious chills! I nearly asked her about it, but I figured I maybe didn’t want to know.

Veronica: Probably better safe than sorry! I get goose bumps just thinking about it. Have you had any other experiences of this type? 

Jeffe: Not exactly like that, no. I do try to be pretty careful about that kind of thing. And that was an unusual connection. I’m still not sure why I clicked into that.

Veronica: Do you ever think of turning this into a novel? (Because I’d sure read it!) 

Jeffe: Ooh, what an interesting idea! 😀

Veronica: If it was made into a movie, who would play you and David? The Birdwoman? 

Jeffe: Ha! Can I be played by Margot Robbie? Lol! And Alexander Skarsgård for David. (Okay – maybe I just watched the new Tarzan.) Mila Kunis or Angelina Jolie would make for a terrific Birdwoman.

Veronica: Good choices! I definitely see the resemblances LOL. Any new cat companion photos to share? (Jeffe knows I’m totally a fangirl of her Maine Coon cats. Ssh, don’t tell my short haired cats, ok?) 

Jeffe: Just for you. 😉

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Veronica: What would you be for Halloween if OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAyou were donning a costume and why? 

Jeffe: I’d love to dress up as Maleficent some time! Those horns are amazing. I’d have the wings, too. All that sorcerous empowerment would rock!

Author Bio:

Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook.

Her works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera. A fourth series, the fantasy trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms, has been followed by further adventures in this epic world in The Pages of the Mind, released in May 2016. Her latest is the Sorcerous Moons series.

Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the popular popular SFF Seven blog, on Facebook, on Goodreads and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. She is represented by Connor Goldsmith of Fuse Literary.

In the Middle of Big Trouble Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedHere’s the link to the Weekend Writing Warriors central page, so you can visit all the participants sharing excerpts today…a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! (Also welcome to the Sunday Snippet visitors!)

One more excerpt from my story ‘Star Cruise: Stowaway’ in the PETS IN SPACE anthology, which is still doing GREAT, I’m relieved and  happy to say! Thanks for the support🙂 I think I’ll give maybe two more snippets from this since we’re still in the first month of release and then move on. Edited a bit from the published version.

This is more of the discussion after the stowaway has been taken to sickbay, and the captain reveals his concerns there’s an organized crime ring involved. Jake is the ship’s Security Officer.

 “I want to be there if you mess with the explosive collar,” Owen said, snagging Jake by the elbow as he followed the captain toward the gravlift.

            “Why?”

            Doggedly he insisted, despite his friend’s astonishment, “I found her in my cargo hold, I saved her life. She’s got no one on her side right now.”

            “If you think Emily would let anyone harm a patient in her care—”

            “I didn’t mean to insult the doc, expressed myself badly. The girl needs a friend, ok? She’s obviously in the middle of big trouble, one way or the other.”

            Jake studied him for a moment before nodding, “All right, I’ll give the order you can see her.” He held up one hand, “Unless the captain or the SCIA issues a countermanding order.”

Here’s the blurb for the anthology, followed by the blurb for my story:

The blurb for Pets In Space:

Even an alien needs a pet…

PETS_In_Space_cover_artJoin 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 Best selling authors have eight original, never-released stories and one expanded story giving readers eight amazing new adventures  and one expanded story 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 the first month’s profits 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.

moby_and_midorri_pets_in-space_artwork_nyssa_juneauAnd the blurb for Star Cruise: Stowaway:

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.

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Guest Carysa Locke Shares Her Favorite Psychic Abilities

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Veronica: I know Carysa from the SFR Brigade and from interviewing her for USA Today Happily Ever After about her book Pirate Nemesis.

Carysa: In my telepathic space pirates’ series, the Talented are humans with various psychic Talents. Some can speak telepathically, some can use telekinesis, or teleport, or kill with a thought. Some can track someone anywhere in the universe, and some are psychically bonded to animals with their own mental gifts. These animals are called kith, and they come in a variety of species.

All of these are fantastic. I think, though, if I had to choose my absolute favorite gift, it would be biokinesis. The ability to heal with your mind, to change the very cells of the body. Of course, this could be used for all manner of nefarious and harmful things, but think of all the good that could be done. All of the healing and lives that could be saved.

I would be less excited about having to learn all of the actual science behind healing, like Nayla, the biokinetic in my series does. But this is fantasy; we don’t need to be worried about pesky things like learning biology! This is just discussing my favorite super-power, really. Still, given the kind of study necessary to effectively use biokinesis…my back-up favorite will be teleportation.

Because I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to just teleport myself where I need to go, instead of having to drive there. Yes, definitely teleportation. Just imagine, anytime I wanted to drop into Disneyland, I could easily go. Or visit my friends who live several hours away – poof!

Maybe this explains why I have so much fun writing Tamari, the little girl in my series who can teleport. She isn’t supposed to do it without supervision, but you know kids. (She totally does it anyway, and gets into all manner of trouble.)

And as my third choice, it would definitely be cool to be able to hear my animals’ thoughts, like Hunters do their kith. There have been plenty of times when I’ve wondered exactly what my animals were thinking, and it would make my life easier not to have to guess!

Find out more about the kith and their bond with the Hunters in Escape Run, my short story in the Pets in Space anthology.

Here is a small teaser:

blog-post-8But for better or worse, the new queen had claimed many of the remaining Talented. Teegan had felt it. It brought her to her knees, the shockwave nearly causing her to black out.

Her eyes flicked back to Cole. “The shockwave,” she said.

He nodded. “I lost my grip on his mind. Only for a few moments, but…”

“That’s all he would need.”

She started to move past the shock. Deacon was free. Memories pushed at her, but she shoved them away, refusing to deal with them now. Not here. Not with Cole.

“Six days.” Anger built within her as she counted back to the claiming in her mind. “He has a six-day head start.”

The blurb for PETS IN SPACE:

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 Best selling authors have eight original, never-released stories and one expanded story giving readers nine amazing adventures 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 the first month’s profits 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.

The blurb for Carysa’s story in the anthology: ESCAPE RUN

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Ember by Artist Nyssa Juneau

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?

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New Releases in SciFi and Fantasy Romance for Wednesday October 26

gladiatorI have not read most of the new releases listed (although I always end up one-clicking a bunch as I prepare these posts LOL) and as always I recommend sampling before you buy!

I put them in the order in which they come to me from authors or I find them myself in the previous week, so it’s a mix of the genres…(usually giving priority to the books brought to my attention by the authors.) Also the term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. And I catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  

(NOTE: If the author provides me with buy links I insert those; otherwise I default to Amazon and iBooks.)

Also, I usually include only the beginning of the book blurb…

GLADIATOR (GALACTIC GLADIATORS BOOK 1) by Anna Hackett

VS NOTE: A new series from Anna!!!

Fighting for love, honor, and freedom on the galaxy’s lawless outer rim…

When Earth space marine Harper Adams finds herself abducted by alien slavers off a space station, her life turns into a battle for survival. Dumped into an arena on a desert planet on the outer rim, she finds herself face to face with a big, tattooed alien gladiator…the champion of the Kor Magna Arena.

A former prince abandoned to the arena as a teen, Raiden Tiago has long ago earned his freedom. Now he rules the arena, but he doesn’t fight for the glory, but instead for his own dark purpose–revenge against the Thraxian aliens who destroyed his planet. Then his existence is rocked by one small, fierce female fighter from an unknown planet called Earth….

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krinar-captiveTHE KRINAR CAPTIVE by Anna Zaires

Emily Ross never expected to survive her deadly fall in the Costa Rican jungle, and she certainly never thought she’d wake up in a strangely futuristic dwelling, held captive by the most beautiful man she’d ever seen. A man who seems to be more than human…

Zaron is on Earth to facilitate the Krinar invasion—and to forget the terrible tragedy that ripped apart his life. Yet when he finds the broken body of a human girl, everything changes. For the first time in years, he feels something more than rage and grief, and Emily is the reason for that. Letting her go would compromise his mission, but keeping her could destroy him all over again.

NOTE: This is a full-length, standalone romance that takes place approximately five years before The Krinar Chronicles trilogy (aka Mia & Korum’s story). You do not have to have read that trilogy to enjoy this book.

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dragon bond.PNGDRAGON BOND by Ruby Lionsdrake

VS NOTE: Not really a sekrit but Ruby is also Lindsay Buroker and I love her books under either name!

General Zala Shaylinor has led her troops against the dragons since they first invaded her homeland. Respected by her soldiers and wielder of a powerful storm blade, she’s a dedicated warrior who would never seek out love in the middle of a war. All she wants is for her people to be able to walk the world without fear again.

But when a captured prisoner turns out to be a dragon magically chained in human form, she finds herself noticing his striking violet eyes and his powerful presence. Surely, he’s more than the lowly captive he seems….

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sailSAIL (HAUNTED STARS BOOK 1) by Lindsay Loucks

Nineteen-year-old Absidy Jones is a ghost magnet, a sensitive person spirits flock to when they can’t cross over. After her brutal past escaping the hordes of ghosts vying for her attention, she spends her reclusive existence melting down iron into bite-sized pieces. Whether alloy or wrought, ancient paper clips or nails, consuming iron is the only thing that keeps the ghosts away.

But when Absidy’s sister goes missing in deep space, a dangerous place brimming with rogue planets, ship-eating nebulas, and vicious aliens, Absidy vows to find her….

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hadesHADES: MODERN DESCENDANTS by L. B. Dunbar writing as Elda Lore

Persephone Fields is just an average girl: beloved daughter and loyal friend. One night decides her Fate, when the prince of The Underworld becomes her savior and her kidnapper. …

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DOM (GALACTIC CAGE FIGHTERS BOOK 11) by K. D. Jonesdom

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He’s half alien and ex-fighter from the streets turned business man.
She’s a human computer genius with a taste for the wild side.
What happens when a dominant meets his dream submissive?
Fireworks like nothing the galaxy has ever seen!

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PRINCE OF HONOR (HOUSE OF TERRIOT BOOK 1) by Nancy Gideon

VS NOTE: I believe this is a revised version of an earlier release.

Could the bargain they made to save their lives become their reality?

prince-of-honorTurow . . .
Strong, silent man of integrity content to serve his new king as a prince in the turbulent shape-shifter House of Terriot. A tracker and relentless hunter, he’s used to running trails alone until charged with returning a traitor to their mountain top home to face the unforgiving judgment of their clan. Isolated with the bad girl he’s loved forever, the choice between duty and desire has never been more difficult . . . or deadly.

Sylvia . . .
Manipulative schemer or victim caught between a mother’s ambition and a rogue prince’s lust for power?…

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TWO WORLDS COLLIDED by Karen Michelle Nutt

Evie Reid, on a whim, agrees to travel back in time to change bad boy Bellamy Lovel’s path two-worlds-collidedof destruction. She’s smart with a college degree, but she’s still fan-girl crazy for the rock band, Civilized Heathens. Evie knows despite all Bellamy’s smiles and enthusiasm on the stage, he’s destined to end it all on one lonely night in a hotel room unless she can change his path.

Bellamy isn’t keen on having Evie as his personal assistant, hired by his band mates to watch over him, and keep him on schedule. However, there is something about the woman that sparks his interest, despite his best to ignore her. When darkness threatens to consume him, he realizes she may be the only light that will chase the shadows away.

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RENEGADES BOOK 2 OF THE WILDBLOOD by S. A. Hoag

renegadesProtecting their home, an isolated northern stronghold known as The Vista, has been the first duty of Team Three. Now they scatter across the Front Range of a post-apocalyptic North America, in an attempt to determine where their enemies are hidden and if they have any true allies.

It’s rumored that Team Three has gone renegade. With Wade in Colorado, Shannon in parts unknown, and Mac running the Cody base outside of The Vista’s jurisdiction, it looks like it’s possible….

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SHIFTERS AND SPICE: A SHIFTERS ROMANCE BOX SET by Various

If you dream of shifters, this set of 20 brand new shifter stories featuring USA Today and shifters-and-spiceNew York Times best-selling authors has you covered. Whether you like them large and in charge or sleek and sexy, you’ll find the right story to spice up your night in these pages….

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GEMINA: THE ILLUMINAE FILES .02 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

VS NOTE: I loved the first book so much I actually bought the hard copy after I read it on kindle so I could enjoy the nifty formatting of emails, journal entries, diagrams and transcripts. Marie Lu did the journal illustrations on this one. It’s scifi with romantic elements IMHO.

geminaMoving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.
The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.
Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion….

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GHOST MAKER (THE GHOST SEER NOVEL) by Robin D. Owens

Clare Cermak has a gift for speaking to ghosts of the Old West, but in the latest from the ghost-makerauthor of Ghost Talker, she may soon join their ranks…
 
With Clare’s health fading, she and her partner—the love of her life—detective Zach Slade, head to Manitou Springs, Colorado, in search of the only healer who can help them: the ghost of Sister Juliana Emmanuel, whose healing skills live on in the afterlife….

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FLAME (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY)  by Michelle M. Pillow

Vin (aka Flame) can’t believe he’s in yet another holding cell. Stupid Earthlings wouldn’t know fun if it bit them in flamethe hindquarters. Speaking of fun, the hot little number who claims she’s a guard at the jail has been making his body respond in ways he’s very happy about. If only she’d get on board with the plan and help him escape back to his ship. First she’d have to believe he’s an alien. Right now she’s taken to thinking he’s crazy.

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DRAGON HEARTSTRING (A VALE OF STARS PREQUEL) by Juliette Cross

VS NOTE: Saw this one on the Whiskey With My Book blog.

Demetrius Cade has long since let go of his prejudice against Morgonkind, the dragon hybrid race his father taught him to hate. But what he never saw coming was the Morgon dragon-heartstringwoman who would finally teach him to love.

Shakara Icewing has watched Demetrius Cade from afar for years….

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DEFY THE DAWN (A MIDNIGHT BREED SERIES BOOK 14) by Lara Adrian

VS NOTE: Published in August

defy-the-dawnDaywalker Brynne Kirkland survived a hellish upbringing as a product of a madman’s lab. Tough, driven, and devoted to her work in law enforcement, Brynne has never dared to risk opening her heart to anyone–least of all a handsome immortal from a world on the verge of war against hers.

Atlantean warrior Zael left the intrigue of his realm several lifetimes ago, along with the battles he fought as one of the queen’s legion….

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UNLUCKY CHARM (BLACK KAT BOOK 0) by C. J. Weatherley

VS NOTE: Prequel to Black Kat

Being a Super isn’t all it’s cracked up to be…Trouble follows Officer Katherine Carter unlucky-charmwherever she goes, and her latest antics are drawing attention from the media, the Chicago Police Review Board, and a gorgeous glowing man with abilities as strange as her own. Her unique physical talents get her into hot water at work as things get steamy with Officer Antonio Valdez, who might just have a few new career options for her, among other things.

Meanwhile, illusionist Hugh Harrison is attracting his own firestorm of unwanted attention….

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ALIEN MINE (THE PRUXNAE SERIES BOOK 3) by Lucy Varna

alien-mine2Single mom Rachel Hunter has not one second to spare in her day between rearing two daughters, running a thriving goat farm, and keeping tabs on her eccentric brother. Not to mention an ex-husband who’s in prison for murder and a local gang leader harassing her at every turn! Then a gorgeous, tattooed man crashes into her fence and she finds out exactly what it means to have her hands full.

Pruxnae Dyuvad ab Mhij is sent to Earth by a mysterious Net telepath to protect a young girl, from what, the ‘path doesn’t say….

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RESTORED BY GORDIN (OLODIAN WARRIOR ROMANCE NO. 5)  by Mychal Daniels

Ellery Chambers is a relationship expert. She’s been able to help countless others find love restored-by-gordinand fix broken relationships. When she finds herself living in a land were everywhere she looks relationships are thriving and growing, what is she to do? No one needs her and she’s lost without anyone to help.
For her, it had always been about helping others with their relationships. The running joke was, if you can’t do it for yourself, help others. Now the only relationship she has to work on is her own. Can she have a chance at the one thing she’s always longed for but never had?

Emperor Gordin, Emperor and Ruler of Olodia and the Olodian galaxy, has lived to see his children become adults and start to have children of their own….

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REBORN (PRINCESS OF THE BLOOD BOOK 1) by Jane Ederlyn

rebornMarie Josette d’Orgemont, cousin to Louis XVI, watched in horror as a rogue creature took her husband’s life before turning on her. A powerful vampire swept in and spared her life, but she never suspected surviving meant immortality or the price she’d have to pay to protect her surviving son.

Centuries later, in Miami, with her family on the verge of extinction, Marie is preoccupied with the continuation of her human bloodline. When she meets sexy and persistent Odin Ulfsson, his icy-blue gaze and burning touch are hard to resist. Will a forbidden romance with the Nordic werewolf be the key to her happiness, or will it set in motion a wrath that endangers not only her last human heir but her entire existence?

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EVERY LITTLE THING SHE DOES IS MAGIC by Carolyn Gregg and Linda Mooney

Gus Balfour has lived with his “shortcomings” all his life. He’s been picked on, made fun every-little-thingof, and obviously had problems in the bedroom. But through the years, he’s learned other ways to please the ladies. Or so he thought. When his girlfriend leaves because he simply doesn’t have enough to give, he decides it’s time to take matters into his own hands…or well, maybe a surgeon’s. After learning about the complications and exorbitant costs that go along with the surgical enhancement, he thinks all hope is lost. But a name and number left by his housekeeper could change his life. Syan isn’t the old, wrinkly witch he was expecting, but she quickly proves there’s no job too big, or too small, when you’ve got the magic touch.

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WORLDS COLLIDE (ALPHA ALIEN ABDUCTION TALE BOOK 2) BY J. L. Hendricks

Can Natalie get past her abusive ex-fiance and find true love with an alien?

worlds-collideNatalie is on a journey to realize that maybe being abducted wasn’t so bad after all. Before she can learn that, she will realize what her old fiancé was really like, and how her new life might be just what she wanted all along. And maybe she can even find a way to help the human slaves aboard her ship.

Zelan wanted to settle down, but as a pure-blood, he realized his chances of love with a human, or anyone, were very low. He is very patient with Natalie, and shows her the love and attention every woman deserves. Will he win her heart? more…

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RACE THE DARKNESS (FATAL DREAMS BOOK 1) by Abbie Roads

IF HE LOSES, SHE DIES
Her voice haunts his thoughts; her whispers fill his days
But when he discovers the woman of his dreams is real
He’ll race the clock to save her before she’s lost to him forever

Scarred by lightning, burdened with a power that gives him no peace, criminal investigator race-the-darknessXander Stone struggles to maintain his sanity against the voice that haunts him day and night—the voice of a woman begging him to save her.

Isleen Walker has long since given up hope of escape from the nightmare of captivity and torture that is draining her life, her mind, and her soul. Except…

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THE MASKED CITY (THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY NOVEL) by Genvieve Cogman

The written word is mightier than the sword—most of the time…
 
masked-cityWorking in an alternate version of Victorian London, Librarian-spy Irene has settled into a routine, collecting important fiction for the mysterious Library and blending in nicely with the local culture. But when her apprentice, Kai—a dragon of royal descent—is kidnapped by the Fae, her carefully crafted undercover operation begins to crumble….

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TWO SOULS (TWENTY SECTORS BOOK )  By Debra Dunbar

VS NOTE: No idea about the romantic content. I enjoyed the excerpt I read but haven’t read the entire book.

Something dark is on the horizon and humanity is unprepared.

Admiral Drake Lokenmran is a hero having led the human fleet to victory against the Shani, but today’s hero can quickly become tomorrow’s scapegoat. When three freighters two-soulsvanish in the Null Zone, the blame falls squarely on Drake’s shoulders. He must discover who’s responsible and stop them before more ships are lost….

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DEADLY DEMON FIRE (WICKS HOLLOW WITCHES BOOK 1) by Nola Robertson

Working with Alex’s family is hard on a good day. Then add being magically challenged and the only St. Claire without a private investigator’s license and life is deadly-demon-firedownright difficult. When the Wicks Hollow coven hires her uncle’s firm to investigate the mysterious disappearance of three witches, she is determined to solve the case—and she isn’t going to let the lack of a license or an interfering and gorgeous wolf shifter get in her way.

Ex-cop and shifter Mason Connor believes taking the job at St. Claire’s Investigations is his last chance for redemption….

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NEVER FEAR THE TAROT – DO YOU REALLY WANT TO KNOW? by C. L. Wilson, Heather Graham and more

This anthology contains twenty-six stories based on the twenty-two cards of the Major never-fear-the-tarotArcana and the four cards of the Minor Arcana.

Award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors combine their talents to deal out twenty-six dark tales influenced by the Tarot.

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A DRAGON’S DESTINY  (DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Tina Glasneck

Curses are destined to be broken…
In this the first of the Dragons series, time travel and fantasy are weaved together in a fast-paced, funny yet emotional romance.
a-dragons-destinyJaz, a fish out of water in the real world, discovers that she is actually a dragon. She must seek her true destiny in another, parallel place.
There she discovers that Erich, the man she secretly lusts after in real time, is the Dark Knight….
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GOING BACK TO FIND YOU (KINDLE WORLDS NOVELLA)  by P. G. Forte

Because even a vampire deserves a second chance.

When Jason Cook boarded the train to San Francisco, he didn’t plan on coming back. He never really thought he’d see Nebraska or Lizbeth Petersen ever again. But when an unexpected turn of events threatens the woman he’d going-back-to-find-youloved and lost, he has no choice but to go back and try to make things right.

Lizbeth never thought she’d see Jason again, either—and she’s not so sure she wants to see him now….

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aHUNTER4GOTTEN (aHUNTER4HIRE BOOK 6) By Cynthia A. Clement

He’s been held captive for thirty years. She’s being chased by an alien organization. When their paths cross, will they be able to find freedom together?

ahunter4gottenEogan is a Hunter, an elite alien warrior who has been imprisoned on Earth. He has waited patiently for the chance to escape and when it comes, he’s ready. Time is of the essence as he travels to reunite with his fellow Hunters. When he finds Hester fighting for her life, he saves her. Together, they must escape the enemies pursuing them. Despite Hester’s reluctance to believe his growing bond to her, Eogan vows to protect her no matter what the cost.

Hester Adams is a professor of archaeology who is intrigued by Gobekli Tepe and alternative history theories….

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OUTBACK HEAT (ALPHAS UNLEASHED) BY Lexxie Cooper

Searching for her missing uncle, Katy-Lin Yunker finds herself in the isolated, mysterious outback-heatAustralian Outback town of Kangaroo Creek. The whole town seems to have a secret, one that her heart tells her involves her AWOL, eccentric uncle. She’s at her wits end but determined to find him, no matter what the cost. And then the sexiest man she’s ever seen walks into the bar and things get really…dangerous.

Dean Singleton has tried to deny the animalistic nature of his species. A dingo shifter with a profound connection to the ancient magic of the land, Dean knows surrendering to his inner animal may lead him down a path he cannot come back from….

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NOT SO LITTLE GREEN MAN (CELESTIAL MATES) by Celia Kyle w/a Erin Tate

not-so-little-green-manWhat’s a big, bad (sometimes green) alien to do when he wants a mate who isn’t motivated by greed? Contact Celestial Mates. After all, their business is romancing the galaxy.

Since she’s creeping up on the age of bearing service, the Earth government wants Jassa to have a baby and then hand it off for a family to raise, but Jassa wants her own family. Which means calling Celestial Mates. One questionnaire, a bit of blood, and a race to get away from the Department of Population, and she’s got her wish—tall, sexy as hell, and occasionally green alien Vroe, the High Warlord of Vialea.

Vroe aches for a mate who doesn’t see him as just a rise in status. He wishes for warmth and affection and goes to Celestial Mates to find… Jassa Marizen…

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A TASTE OF HONEY by Kai Ashante Wilson

a-taste-of-honeyVS NOTE: A novella in the Sorceror of Wildeeps series

Long after the Towers left the world but before the dragons came to Daluça, the emperor brought his delegation of gods and diplomats to Olorum. As the royalty negotiates over trade routes and public services, the divinity seeks arcane assistance among the local gods.

Aqib bgm Sadiqi, fourth-cousin to the royal family and son of the Master of Beasts, has more mortal and pressing concerns. His heart has been captured for the first time by a handsome Daluçan soldier named Lucrio….

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AND: iBooks is running a special science fiction romance promo! 

So if you read your books on an iPad or iPhone or any other Apple device, please go check out the promo event! Star Cruise: Outbreak has been priced at $2.99 and many of the other books have been reduced in price for this limited time as well. (Pets In Space supports a charity, Hero Dogs, Inc., so we didn’t reduce its price, but the anthology is an excellent way to sample scifi romance and try out nine authors!)

Link if you have an Apple device

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iBooks Highlights Scifi Romance

I’m excited to announce that iBooks is running a special promo on twenty or so science fiction romance books (including my own Star Cruise: Outbreak and Pets In Space too) now through November 8th!

It’s always thrilling to me when our romance genre receives extra attention and a chance to find new readers. Author Susan Grant has worked tirelessly to make this particular event happen, coordinating with the people at iBooks and being a strong voice for scifi romance. A few of us assisted her on the logistics along the way to today’s rollout but it was Susan who got the ball rolling by intriguing iBooks with the adventure and romance of our books.

So if you read your books on an iPad or iPhone or any other Apple device, please go check out the promo event! Star Cruise: Outbreak has been priced at $2.99 and many of the other books have been reduced in price for this limited time as well. (Pets In Space supports a charity, Hero Dogs, Inc., so we didn’t reduce its price, but the anthology is an excellent way to sample scifi romance and try out nine authors!)

Link if you have an Apple device

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Lea Kirk Talks About Favorite Animal Stories

PETS_In_Space_cover_artVeronica sez: I met Lea literally and in the cyber world as fellow members of the SFR Brigade!

Lea, from “Space Ranger” : Two weeks of healthy eating and nonstop love had transformed the furry, half-dead rag into a bright-eyed, tongue-licking bundle of curiosity. And she brought Simone happiness, more happiness than he could give her.

When thinking about pet stories, which one pops into your mind first? Where the Red Fern Grows? “Old Yeller”? It was the movie version of the former which kept me from going anywhere near the latter. I don’t deal well with stories where the dog(s) die in the end. I’m even getting a little choked up as I type this blog. Where the Red Fern Grows is a childhood trauma that haunts me still.

(Veronica sez: Was dragged screaming with tears and grief out of the movie”Old Yeller” as a child, hated it. Never read Red Fern. I’m ALL about the HEA endings, even for the pets!)

For this blog, however, I’m focusing on happy, shiny pet stories. Ones where the dog, or other pet, gets a happy ending. (This is why I write romance, to give my characters their happily ever afters.) Here are some of the animal stories which have touched me most during my life:

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis. Yes, yes, I know. Aslan is not a pet, he’s a “wild lion”. But, from the moment my aunt placed this book in my hands it has been my number one favorite book with animals in it. I stayed up until 2:00 a.m. reading it the first time.

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White. Even though the spider dies, and I sobbed my little heart out as a kid, this remains one of my favorite pet stories.

trumpet-of-the-swanThe Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White. I have no clue how many times I reread this one. A swan with a trumpet? How cool is that?

Stewart Little by E. B. White. This is not a pattern, I swear! Mr. White just wrote some awesome animal stories.

101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith. The story that led to the addition of a Dalmatian to our family. I was a very persistent six-year-old.

(Veronica sez: Did you know Bill Peet wrote the story for the movie?)

Pickles the Fire Cat by Esther Averill. I have loved everything about Pickles since I was four-years-old. He has such a sassy attitude until he has life-altering experience. He even has Dalmatian-like spots, which makes him a perfect candidate to be a fire house cat.

The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford. A book that breaks down the dog vs. cat stereotype and has them working together to get home.

homeward-bound(Veronica sez: My grandson had the movie of this, as “Homeward Bound”,  on permanent repeat for a while there. He especially loved any and all interactions between Sassy the cat and Chance the young dog.)

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell and The Black Stallion by Walter Farley. Horses, people! I loved horses as a kid (still do!), and these two stories were my favorites.

As you can see, animals in literature have been a big part of my life. Whether fictional or real, animals are fabulous companions. As an author in the Pets in Space anthology, I have the opportunity to help out Hero-Dogs.org, and organization that provides trained canine companions to our military veterans, free of charge. 10% of the anthology’s first month’s sales will be donated to them.

(Veronica sez: Beautiful Joe by Margaret Marshall Saunders is another of the old favorite animal books, similar to Black Beauty. My favorite horse book was Galopoff the Talking Pony, by Tudor Jenks, a really old tale. I was given the copy of it that my grandmother had as a child.)

The blurb for PETS IN SPACE:

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 Best selling authors have eight original, never-released stories and one expanded story giving readers nine amazing adventures 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.

The blurb for “Space Ranger”, an expanded story by Lea Kirk: Graig Roble is the Senior Commander of security for the Guardian Fleet. His expertise 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. Even returning to his lea2position aboard the Atlantis can’t save him; if anything, it has left him questioning his own motives. He never thought that could happen until he met Simone Campbell.

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Ripped Off The Wrong People? Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedHere’s the link to the Weekend Writing Warriors central page, so you can visit all the participants sharing excerpts today…a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! (Also welcome to the Sunday Snippet visitors!)

One more excerpt from my story ‘Star Cruise: Stowaway’ in the PETS IN SPACE anthology, which is still doing GREAT, I’m relieved and  happy to say! Thanks for the support 🙂  Edited a bit from the published version. This is from further in the story, after the unconscious woman has been transported to sickbay. She was found to be in chains in the crate and with an explosive collar device locked around her neck.The captain and Jake the chief security officer are in the hold, discussing the situation with Owen, the Cargo Master. (Moby and Midorri, the pets, insisted on following the stowaway to sickbay, if you were wondering.)

Captain Fleming frowned, “So this sentient female could be a kidnap victim, or someone who tried to rip off the wrong people or worse. I want this kept as quiet as possible. I’ll break out of hyperspace long enough to transmit to the authorities, see if the Sectors Criminal Investigation Agency wants to board us to take her and the mystery off our hands, or meet us at the next port.”

            “Care to share what you’re thinking, sir?” Jake asked.

            “Probably the same as you – this has the hallmarks of a Combine operation. I don’t want the Zephyr mixed up in an organized crime problem, not if we can help it.” Fleming glared at the battered shipping container as if the box offended him, “Unless there’s anything to add, I’ll stop engines and transmit a report to the authorities. Plays hell with the schedule, but I’m going to wait for instructions. If the Combine is involved, we can’t go it alone –  I’m not taking on the Amarotu gang with a ship full of passengers to protect.” He turned to Jake, “I want the girl kept under constant guard, assuming she survives.”

(Which he says because her heart had stopped as Owen was extricating her from the shipping crate…)

Here’s the blurb for the anthology, followed by the blurb for my story:

The blurb for Pets In Space:

Even an alien needs a pet…

PETS_In_Space_cover_artJoin 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 Best selling authors have eight original, never-released stories and one expanded story giving readers eight amazing new adventures  and one expanded story 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 the first month’s profits 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.

moby_and_midorri_pets_in-space_artwork_nyssa_juneauAnd the blurb for Star Cruise: Stowaway:

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.

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New Releases in SciFi and Fantasy Romance for Wednesday October 19

forged-in-shadowI have not read most of the new releases listed (although I always end up one-clicking a bunch as I prepare these posts LOL) and as always I recommend sampling before you buy!

I put them in the order in which they come to me from authors or I find them myself in the previous week, so it’s a mix of the genres…(usually giving priority to the books brought to my attention by the authors.) Also the term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. And I catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  Reader Elizabeth N brought several to my attention this week – thanks!

(NOTE: If the author provides me with buy links I insert those; otherwise I default to Amazon and iBooks.)

Also, I usually include only the beginning of the book blurb…

FORGED IN SHADOW (DARK PLANET WARRIORS BOOK 5) by Anna Carven

VS NOTE: I LOVE this series! The book is next up on my kindle.

Sergeant Arin Varga has a problem on her hands. She’s supposed to be in charge of a squad of peacekeepers. That’s something she would normally handle with ease, except that now her people are stuck in Earth’s orbit on a doomed superfreighter. To make things worse, they’re being held hostage by a group of very threatening, very menacing silver-skinned Kordolians, who are insistent that all they want is safe passage to Earth to kill oversized insects.
One particular alien, who goes by the name of Rykal, seems be constantly getting inside her personal space. He isn’t just threatening, he’s friendly and threatening, and if Arin isn’t careful, that could become a major problem.

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fools-rush-inFOOLS RUSH IN (THE INTERSTELLAR RESCUE SERIES BOOK 3) by  Donna S. Frelick

She thought she had the toughest job in Rescue—until the day she had to convert a pirate into a hero.

Interstellar Rescue “conductor” Rayna Carver is deep undercover on a slave ship bound for an isolated region of space when the ship is attacked by pirates. Her liberator is Captain Sam Murphy, a man known in the spacer bars to love only profit, adventure and women.

But Murphy hates a few things, too, chief among them slavers. Will it be enough to gain his help for Rayna’s mission—ferreting out two spies bent on sabotaging an arms factory to turn the tide in an alien civil war?

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emergency-cupidDALLAS FIRE & RESCUE: EMERGENCY CUPID (A KINDLEWORLDS NOVELLA) by R. L. Naquin

When someone sets off a homemade love bomb in the middle of a Dallas fire station, Ellen is the obvious choice to clean it up. After all, she’s the number one Cupid in the department.

Wild love magic is everywhere, creating bad matches and causing chaos wherever Ellen turns. But Chaos itself has an interest in the situation and sends an agent from its own department to show Ellen there’s more than one way to approach a problem.

Ellen expects to take advantage of the variety of sexy, single emergency responders to add to her already impressive record of love matches. But nothing is going right, and her impressive record may not be what she thought it was. People aren’t statistics. Love is more than finished paperwork. And maybe she needs to think about a happily ever after of her own before she can help others find theirs.

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barbarians-heartBARBARIAN’S HEART (ICE PLANET BARBARIANS BOOK 10)  by Ruby Dixon

I’ve never spent a day without my mate since arriving on the ice planet. I’m happy and in love, and we have a beautiful child together. All that changed when the world shook.

My mate nearly died.

He wakes up from his coma…and he can’t remember me. Or our son. Every memory of the past two years is gone. And that changes everything between us. How can I love someone that doesn’t remember me?

How can I not, when I know he’s still my mate underneath it all?

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deader-homesDEADER HOMES AND GARDENS (SOUTHERN GHOST HUNTER MYSTERIES BOOK 4) by Angie Fox

Southern belle Verity Long is back in business—as a ghost hunter. Now all she has to do is visit the town’s creepiest mansion and exorcise a family of vengeful spirits. Piece of cake. After all, ghosts love her and need her…that is until she meets the ghosts of Rock Fall mansion. They’ll do anything to keep their murderous secrets hidden within the cliff-side fortress—even if that means getting rid of one meddling ghost hunter….

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LEDO LOST GODS (LOST GODS BOOK 2) by LaVerne Thompson

All the gods are dead. Long live the gods. Never forget.

To be reborn time after time knowing, remembering; each past life is both heaven and hell ledofor Ledo. But as a son of Ares the Fates rule his life. His rebirth serves one purpose: to stand with Zeus when he faces Cronus and to die doing it. That never bothered him. He’d lived many lifetimes and knew his destiny, willingly embracing it.

But then came Aria, she too was his destiny…

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light-in-the-darknessLIGHT IN THE DARKNESS: A NOBLEBRIGHT FANTASY SET by Various including Lindsay Buroker

Twelve noblebright fantasy novels of beauty and wonder!

Noblebright fantasy characters have the courage to risk kindness, honesty, integrity, and love; to fight against their own flaws and the darkness of the world around them; and to find hope in a grim world….

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ALCHEMY SHIFT (THE COLLEGIUM BOOK 7) by Jenny Schwartz

Delphi Cosmatos is an alchemist. She investigates the strange and magical objects that alchemy shift.PNGfind their way to Collegium headquarters in New York. She has magic—and a big Greek family, all ready to “help” her (they mean, interfere). When Jet Walsh moves in next door with no family except the two young orphaned cousins he’s responsible for, it’s a situation of opposites attracting, especially since Jet is a bear-shifter….

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TRIAD IN THE STARS (CELESTIAL MATES) by Vi Voxley

How many broken hearts does a woman have to suffer through? Chloe knows she’s done with all of that. From now on, it’s going to be nothing, or love everlasting. No triad-in-the-starsinbetweens. But… as a curvy lawyer in New York, where talk is cheap and love is cheaper, how’s she supposed to find that? Thank the stars that there’s a service for that…

Elias and Vanor both have ‘king’ written all over them. King of the Haverins, that is….

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BLACKWING BEAST (KANE’S MOUNTAINS BOOK 3) by T. S. Joyce

blackwing-beastBeast wants only a few things out of life: to be left alone, to join the Blackwings so he can be left alone, and for everyone to stop expecting anything from him and leave him alone. He was king of the lion shifters once, but his fall from power came at a huge personal cost. Rumors run rampant over what really happened to his pride, but the truth has hardened Beast’s heart to stone. He’s kept the Blackwings at arm’s length, but when a human starts stalking his crew, his inner monster-kitty gets curious. Kiera is gorgeous and mysterious, but she also has strange eyes and a scent that is calling to his animal. No human has ever interested him quite like her….

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SHIFTILY EVER AFTER by Georgette St. Clair

Single female shifters from all across the country are flocking to the brand new territory inshiftily-ever-after Greenlands, New Hampshire. After all, there’s land to be claimed, sexy male shifters lurking behind every towering pine tree, and – death challenges? Apparently, Dakota Sheffield picked the wrong woman to impersonate when she decided to go undercover for a little vacation. Now she’s falling hard for Miles Williams, the dominant Alpha Prime of the Fenris pack….

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GRAVE NEW WORLD (THE DULCIE O’NEIL SERIES BOOK 8) by H. P. Mallory

Fairy and law enforcement agent, Dulcie O’Neil, is in trouble. And so is her friend and master vampire, Bram.

grave-new-worldFinding themselves on the wrong side where illegal potions importer, Jax Rochefort, is concerned, now their only focus is finding a way to stay alive. But being taken hostage and tortured isn’t Bram’s style. Will this suave, centuries-old vampire find a way to free himself and Dulcie? Or will they both fall prey to the up and coming rebellion, the union of all the illegal potions gangs who seek to take over control of the Netherworld?

Any way she looks at it, Dulcie is in a bad way. It might just take the perseverance and determination of a certain hunky Loki named Knight to rectify the situation. But even Knight doesn’t know what he’s up against…

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SALVATION (BOOK TWO OF THE PROPHECY SERIES) by Lea Kirk

Seven years ago, a single moment changed the course of Nicholaus Bock’s life forever—the moment his preternatural Gift to heal awakened in him. A gift that made him an salvationinvaluable commodity to the known galaxy. Now his mentor’s intriguing and secretive new student goes out of her way to challenge his loyalty to everything he values.
A dark secret…
After facing death and destruction during the Anferthian invasion, Sakura Yamata revels in her new-found Gift to heal….

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THE LAZARUS VECTOR by Erica Obey

When Professor Clare Malley, a medievalist teaching at a Catholic university in New York City, is asked to discover the-lazarus-vectorwhy sixteen-year-old Jonas Crosswell did not die in a drug-related shoot-out at a neighborhood church, the last thing she expects is a modern-day miracle. But how else to explain how the boy survived multiple gunshot wounds? more…

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HARUKI (SECOND WAVE BOOK 5) by Mikayla Lane

 

With their team stuck at the base doing data searches as they hunt for where the dark prime disappeared to, Haruki T’Alq finds himself restless from inactivity and suffocating among his many siblings and three newborns. When a solo tracking mission falls into his lap, he grabs it like a lifeline and heads out to the Alaska Triangle in search of a potential harukibolt hole for Satalis.

Deanna Bostik was living the dream as the lead archaeologist on the most important discovery the world would never know about….

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WULF AND THE BOUNTY HUNTER (COLETTI WARLORDS BOOK 6) by Gail Koger

Wulf knows Yakira is his soulmate. Now he just needs to convince her. But with intergalactic terrorists on Yakira’s trail, there’s little time for romance. What’s a hot-blooded Coletti warlord to do?

wulf-and-the-bounty-hunterYakira feels safe and cherished with Wulf, but he is a Coletti–the ultimate predator with a taste for blood, a passion for battle, and the need to control everything in his life. The big question is: how does she make Wulf understand she’s a powerful psychic with kick-ass bionic limbs and quite capable of taking care of herself?

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A SECRET ROSE (A THUNDERCITY NOVELLA) by Debra Jess

VS NOTE: This was released in July.

Secrets, like roses, have thorns.

Nikolaos Blackwood swore he would bring to justice the drug dealer known as Dodger. As a-secret-roseGhost, one of Thunder City’s alternative human defenders, it was Nik’s responsibility to keep his high school classmates safe. That included notorious bad girl Daniella Rose. Ten years later, he needs to locate Daniella to deliver an urgent request from her estranged family.

Dr. Daniella Rose finally believes she can lead a normal, happy life and focus on her relationship with Nik Blackwood — the one man she’s always wanted but could never have. Now that she’s back in Thunder City, she’ll do anything to keep him — except reveal her hidden Alt ability to shapeshift into Dodger, a secret identity she killed before graduation….

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DANCER OF THE NILE (GODS OF EGYPT) by Veronica Scott

VS NOTE: Yes, this one is mine! Sharing the news that it’s now FREE!

DancerOfTheNile_600x900Egypt, 1500 BCE: Nima’s beauty and skill as a dancer leads an infatuated enemy to kidnap her after destroying an Egyptian border town. However, she’s not the only hostage in the enemy camp: Kamin, an Egyptian soldier on a secret mission for Pharaoh, has been taken as well.

Working together to escape, the two of them embark on a desperate quest across the desert to carry word of the enemy’s invasion plans to Pharaoh…Aided by the Egyptian god Horus and the Snake Goddess Renenutet, beset by the enemy’s black magic, can Nima and Kamin evade the enemy and reach the safety of the Nile in time to foil the planned attack?

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AND A GENTLE REMINDER THAT PETS IN SPACE IS NOW AVAILABLE! 

My scifi romance story in the collection is Star Cruise: Stowaway….

And we’re donating 10% of the first month’s royalties to Hero Dogs, Inc.

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Cara Bristol Interviews Sparky the Robot Dog

Maltese puppy, 6 months old, sitting in front of white backgrounVeronica: Today I have my friend Cara Bristol on the blog with an interview – Sparky the dog from Spark of Attraction,  her excellent story in the PETS IN SPACE anthology!

Cara Bristol: Today, I’m interviewing Sparky, the pet dog of Miranda Lowell, the heroine of Spark of Attraction. Welcome, Sparky!

Sparky: You do know dogs can’t talk, don’t you?

Cara Bristol: I know. But for the sake of the interview, let’s pretend you can, okay?

Sparky: Woof.

Cara Bristol: I’ll that as a yes. Can you tell readers something about yourself?

Sparky:  To begin with, I’m not a “real” dog, although most people think I am. Even the captain of the Crimson Hawk thought I real—until I bit him with my electrically charged teeth. I’m a K9-500 robot, an artificial intelligence companion model. I’ve been programmed to protect Miranda no matter what.

Cara Bristol: You bit the captain?!

Sparky: He made a sudden move toward Miranda. My programming kicked in, and I bit him.

Cara Bristol: Then what happened?

Sparky: He ordered her to keep me deactivated for the duration of the voyage, but she disobeyed and turned me on again.

Cara Bristol: And?

Sparky:  There was another incident. I can’t help it. Something strange is happening aboard the Crimson Hawk that keeps triggering my programming. I’m really nice doggie most of the time…

If you owned a robot dog, what behaviors or traits would you want it to have?

Spark of Attraction blurb

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.

An excerpt from Spark of Attraction, Pets in Space

“Sparky, no!” Miranda grabbed her robotic dog and tried to pull him off the captain. This was awful. Stone would airlock him for sure. “Release, Sparky, release!” she cried, but the companion-model robot hung on. “Let go!”

The captain bent, and gripping the dog’s upper and lower jaws, began to pry its mouth open with his bare hands.

“Don’t hurt Sparky!” He was all she had left, and the captain could break him, dislocate his jaw.

“Hurt him?” He peered up at her. “Might I remind you its teeth are imbedded in my leg?”

She reached under the collar for the power switch on the dog’s nape. He jerked, released the captain’s ankle, and fell over. Still. Silent. “I’m so sorry,” she apologized, wringing her hands. “He’s programmed to protect me, and he perceived you as a threat.” Maybe if she’d explained at the start her dog was a canine artificial intelligence model, all of this could have been avoided—but at the captain’s edict, she had panicked.

She scooped him up and clutched him protectively to her chest, stroking his soft synthetic fur. He looked and acted so lifelike, sometimes she forgot he was a robot. They’d have to eject her from the ship before she’d allow them to remove him. If they put him on a pod, how could she be sure she’d get him back?

He hadn’t been bothering anything.

Well, not until he bit the captain.

If Stone’s eyes had been cold before, they were positively flinty now. She’d never seen such a dark scowl.

Blood stained his pants leg, and he pulled it up to reveal a lacerated ankle. For all its small size, the K9-500 had a jaw like a vise and sharp metal teeth. If the bot had attacked a human, the damage could have been severe. Rumor had it Dante Stone was a cyborg, a computer-enhanced human with biomimetic parts. She’d heard cyborgs were immune to pain and practically indestructible.

“I’m sorry,” she repeated. “It doesn’t hurt much, though, right?”

“Of course, it hurts!” he snapped. “Why would you think it doesn’t?”

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Sparky as Artist Nyssa Juneau envisioned him!

“Don’t you have those nano thingees?”

Her fellow colonists were staring, watching the interchange, waiting to see what would happen. Would the captain toss her into the brig? Airlock poor Sparky?

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Cara Bristol’s Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Cara-Bristol/e/B004D8KZTQ/

The blurb for Pets In Space:

Even an alien needs a pet…

PETS_In_Space_cover_artJoin 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 Best selling authors have eight original, never-released stories and one expanded story giving readers nine amazing adventures 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 the first month’s profits 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.

BUY LINKS:     Amazon     iBooks     ARe    Barnes & Noble     GooglePlay     Kobo

Alexis Glynn Latner on How SciFi Explores New Ways of Being Human

Veronica sez: Alexis is one of the eight other authors in the Pets In Space anthology (PISA)! So happy to have her as my guest today – I always love discussions that touch on classic science fiction stories.

Alexis: One way to understand science fiction (by which I mean mostly in written form, not media – the traditions of novels from Frankenstein to now, by writers who take science into account) is that science fiction is the genre that explores new ways of being human – mutants, cyborgs, new societies, genetically engineered variants, clones and more.

It also explores new ways of being humans’ pets.

My own contribution to the tradition, so far, is genetically engineered unicorns in a spinning interstellar amusement park.  Prince the unicorn is something of a pet – but possessive enough of the story’s heroine to consider the hero something of a rival.

agl-blog-9bInterestingly, in some classic SF – including 1950’s and 1960’s juvenile or YA SF – I come up with rather a lot of instances where the “pet” is either symbiotic or sentient. For example, there are bouncy, furry basketball-sized creatures that turn out to be the juvenile form of an ancient civilized race on Mars in Robert Heinlein’s Red Planet. The individual the reader meets, the pet a boy has named named Willis, is a remarkably memorable character.  In Battle on Mercury by Lester del Rey, there is an energy creature of a kind called Wispies. It was named Johnny Quicksilver by the boy who befriended it.  It turns out to be intelligent, and an ally against a similar but nonsentient, destructive species called Demons. By the end of the book Johnny is communicating through a robot. There’s an Alan agl-blog-9aNourse book whose hero is a young alien medical doctor, who has a small symbiotic blob that always sits on his shoulder and turns out to be more vital than the reader knew. And there is an alien cat who turns out to be not only telepathic, but a member of an intelligent though predatory race on an alien planet colonized by mankind. This isTick-Tock the Crest Cat in James Schmitz’s story “Novice”.

In addition there are cats or dogs or other species morphed into human form. Some of the memorable first of these were Cordwainer Smith’s Underpeople. Anyone who read his tales may find it hard to forget the beautiful C’Mell, who was genetically engineered from a agl-blog-9ccat, or the saintly D’Joan – who ends up being a version of Joan of Arc in “The Dead Lady of Clown Town.”

All of these stories formed my SFFnal outlook when I was young and led to me finding it easy and fun to write about pets in space.

SF has an enduring fascination for pets that are not pets, more than pets, and more mysterious than they are taken for at first.  What a lot of great stories this implies!  Many of them have long since been written, and done well. Some of them are in our PISA Anthology. And many of them haven’t been written yet!

The blurb for Pets In Space:

Even an alien needs a pet…

PETS_In_Space_cover_artJoin 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 Best selling authors have eight original, never-released stories and one expanded story giving readers nine amazing adventures 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!

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And the blurb for Alexis’s story, ‘Spike’:

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.

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Spike by Artist Nyssa Juneau

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.