I’m Here To Get You Out 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!)

I’m excerpting Hostage To The Stars, which was released in June. Edited from published version. This is the last excerpt (the book is available, the author said with a smile) as next week I need to move on to snippets from Star Cruise: Stowaway, my story in the upcoming Pets In Space anthology, out October 11th.

I thought I should end by giving you the first meeting between Johnny and the woman he’s determined to rescue. (And yes, the much reviled Captain Scortun and the military shuttle are long gone but Johnny has a plan – of course! The challenges of escaping the planet together and in one piece fill the rest of the book LOL.) He’s found Sara at the warlord’s small spaceport, awaiting delivery to the Shemdylann who are alien pirates and slavers. She’s been held captive close to two months.

The interior of the dimly lit building was mostly taken up with a large holding cell, currently caging only one occupant. Staring at him wide eyed, a gaunt woman in ragged clothing was rising from the floor, bracing herself on the wall. Chains at her ankles clinked as she moved.

He held one finger to his lips and moved to the door of the cell, blasting it open with a single low intensity pulse from his blaster, “Sara Bridges?”

Hands to her mouth, eyes wide, she gave him a jerky nod.

“I’m here to get you out, Ms. Bridges, Sectors Special Forces.”

He thought she might collapse but instead she straightened her spine with an effort. Moistening her cracked lips with her tongue, she stared at him, tears in her eyes, but said nothing until he removed the chains with care.

“We’re going out the back, into the hills – can you walk?”

Swallowing hard, closing her eyes, Sara whispered, “Yes.”

Hostage ToTheStarsFinal-FJM_High_Res_1800x2700The story:

He rescued her from space pirates … but can he keep them both safe from the far greater evil stalking a deserted planet?

Space travel without Kidnap & Ransom insurance? Not a good idea. University instructor and researcher Sara Bridges can’t afford it, so when pirates board her cruise liner, she’s taken captive along with the mistress of a wealthy man, and brought to a deserted planet. When a military extraction team sent to rescue the mistress refuses to take Sara too, she’s left to the mercies of a retired Special Forces soldier, along as consultant.

Reluctantly reactivated and coerced into signing up for the rescue operation to the planet Farduccir where he once was deployed,  Sgt. Johnny Danver just wants to get the job done. But when the team leader leaves one captured woman behind, he breaks away to rescue her himself.

As Johnny and Sara traverse the barren landscape, heading for an abandoned base where they hope to call Sectors Command for help, they find villages destroyed by battle and stripped of all inhabitants. A lone survivor tells a horrific tale of the Sectors’ alien enemy, the Mawreg, returning after being pushed out …

Searching for evidence to give the military, Johnny is captured. He regains consciousness in a Mawreg cage–with Sara next to him. Death is preferable to what the aliens will do to them… And even if they do escape their captors, can they alert the military in time to prevent another invasion of the Sectors?

Buy Links:     Amazon    Kobo     Apple iBooks     Barnes & Noble

Guest Author Liza O’Connor with DANCE OR DIE Excerpt

dance-or-die-4-400x600Veronica sez: Something a bit different today from my friend author Liza O’Connor – a Mafia story….and she’s going to start off by talking about EMP first!

Liza: Electromagnetic Pulse Devices

EMPs were once just the fodder of Sci-Fi, but upon being conceived, even in fiction, someone figured out a way to create such a device.

In 2013, Diehel BGT Defense submitted a patent for a Microwave generator. From there they created the nonlethal HPEM (High-Power-Electro-Magnetics) systems enabling military and civil forces to eliminate command, information and monitoring systems. The system can also stop sensor IEDs and stop cars approaching a gate.

In 2014, the UK created a device that would ‘confuse’ but not permanently harm a car’s electronic system, causing it to stop. The device works as far away as 50 meters (164 feet).

It’s now 2016 and better devices are starting to flow to police forces in the states.

However, the device that Dan acquires came directly from Secret Service and it is built to destroy the electronics of a vehicle not ‘confuse’ them, because the Secret Service doesn’t play soft ball!

And I let the off terrain vehicles be Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with a MSRP of $27,695.  And there are three of them, all soon to be property of the state. That’s gonna hurt.

The Blurb:

Tess Campbell, mafia princess, has fallen in love with a British prince, who is protected by a Secret Service agent during his stay in America. Two weeks into their budding romance, Tess’s father, a psycho mafia don, kidnaps and nearly kills the prince and his Secret Service agent, believing she has taken both as her lovers. The brutal assault reveals the true character of each man and Tess must face some hard truths, even as she takes control of her destiny to build the finest state park in the country.

Excerpt from Dance or Die:

Five of the guys were suiting up in black, non-reflective material tucked in dull black boots when Tess and Dan returned to the living room. They had headgear that looked to be out of a sci-fi movie. They also wore guns.

“Are we expecting trouble?” Tess stared up at Dan.

He raised his right eyebrow. “We don’t have a gate yet, so we aren’t going to take any chances. We’ll maintain surveillance through the entire night.”

She hugged him. “Thank you for being such a good protector of my woods.”

Tess noticed Ben loading up on ammunition. “You aren’t going to actually shoot anyone, are you?” she asked Ben.

He smiled. “We’ll clear it through Dan first.”

Dan kissed the back of her head. “I don’t anticipate anyone being shot, but ATV tires are fair game.”

“Absolutely!” she agreed. “Shoot any ATV you see.”

He handed Ben the EMP device. He’d requested night vision goggles with UV capabilities and the electro-magnetic pulse device be sent FedEx Same Day Delivery so he could teach the men how to use the equipment before their trial this weekend at Harpers Ferry. “If you are on level ground, use the EMP. Aim it in between the headlights. It will send out an intense electromagnetic pulse that will fry the electronics in the vehicle. It should bring the vehicle directly to a halt. First action: check on any people in the ATV. They should be fine unless they have a pacemaker. In that case, get the person immediately to a hospital.”

“And if he aims too high?” Tess challenged.

“The ATV will continue to run amuck in your park.”

She stared at Ben. “Do not let ATVs damage my fragile soil.”

Soon the men disappeared into the night. Literally. 

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BUY LINKS

Book 1   A Fortune to Die For

Book 2   Unexpected Love

BOOK 3  Dance or Die

About the Author

Liza O’Connor lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT

LIZA O’CONNOR  Investigate these sites:

Liza’s Blog and Website   Facebook   Twitter

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Interview with Author Veronica Scott

So much fun answering Patty’s questions about WHY and WHAT LOL.

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It is a pleasure to welcome author Veronica Scott, author of Trapped on Talonque.

Welcome Veronica to The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl and thanks so much for taking the time out your busy schedule to help us get to know you and your story better.

Thanks for having me as your guest!

What does the title of this novel, series or set of stories signify?

My most recent science fiction romance novel is called Trapped on Talonque, because when I first started writing my stories, I thought I was going to give all of them a title with a verb and an alien planet name. Then after a few encounters with readers who loved the books (yay!) but who were unsure of the pronunciation (uh oh!), I realized maybe that wasn’t the best strategy. I do have a few novels with this naming convention but in the…

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Wednesday New Releases in SciFi and Fantasy Romance for September 21

magic_binds_ilona_andrewsI 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.)

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

MAGIC BINDS by Ilona Andrews

VS NOTE: I LOVE this series and this was a great addition to the story IMHO. Also check out my interview with the authors on USA Today/HEA!

Kate and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are finally making their relationship official. But there are some steep obstacles standing in the way of their walk to the altar…

Kate’s father, Roland, has kidnapped the demigod Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry in his never-ending bid for power. A Witch Oracle has predicted that if Kate marries the man she loves, Atlanta will burn and she will lose him forever. And the only person Kate can ask for help is long dead.

The odds are impossible. The future is grim.  But Kate Daniels has never been one to play by the rules…

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disruptorDISRUPTOR by Sonya Clark

The streets were the safest place for Dani, until the night she was caught by traffickers who sold her to a laboratory. She survived five years of experiments: biotech implants, gene therapy, and other things she could barely comprehend. The pain, though, that she understood. The lab pushed her body past its limits, drove her mind to its darkest corners, but somehow her spirit remained unbroken. She escaped, and sought refuge on the streets once again. But this time she doesn’t run away from cries for help. Now, she runs toward them.

Playboy. Dilettante. Sidekick?

Kevin Moynihan is the youngest son of Point Sable’s most wealthy and storied family….

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decoherenceDECOHERENCE  A TIME AND SHADOWS MYSTERY by Liana Brooks

Samantha Rose and Linsey MacKenzie have established an idyllic life of married bliss in Australia, away from the Commonwealth Bureau of Investigation, away from mysterious corpses, and—most of all—away from Dr. Emir’s multiverse machine.

But Sam is a detective at heart, and even on the other side of the world, she can’t help wonder if a series of unsolved killings she reads about are related—not just to each other, but to the only unsolved case of her short career….

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SAVAGE ALIEN (TERRAMATES BOOK 12) by Lisa Lace

Michelle’s dating a movie star and from the outside, her life looks glamorous. But she savage-alienwants something more. At night, Michelle has dreams about an alien. She can’t believe how handsome he is and lets him do unspeakable things to her. After all, it’s just a dream, right?

She’s surprised when the alien appears out of nowhere. When she’s at TerraMates, the intergalactic mail-order bride agency, Caspian Coore walks into the room, looking for some oversized parts to fix his spaceship. Everything’s bigger about these aliens….

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THE QUEEN OF BLOOD: BOOK ONE OF THE QUEENS OF RENTHIA by Sarah Beth Durst

Everything has a spirit: the willow tree with leaves that kiss the pond, the stream that feeds the river, the wind that exhales fresh snow . . .

the-queen-of-bloodBut the spirits that reside within this land want to rid it of all humans. One woman stands between these malevolent spirits and the end of humankind: the queen. She alone has the magical power to prevent the spirits from destroying every man, woman, and child. But queens are still just human, and no matter how strong or good, the threat of danger always looms.

With the position so precarious, young women are chosen to train as heirs. Daleina, a seemingly quiet academy student, is under no illusions as to her claim to the throne, but simply wants to right the wrongs that have befallen the land. Ven, a disgraced champion, has spent his exile secretly fighting against the growing number of spirit attacks. Joining forces, these daring partners embark on a treacherous quest to find the source of the spirits’ restlessness—a journey that will test their courage and trust, and force them to stand against both enemies and friends to save their land . . .  before it’s bathed in blood.

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ALL THAT REMAINS by Lauren Dane

all-that-remainsNOTE from Ms Danes, on Amazon =>Dear Reader,
Metamorphosis is a brand new series I’ll be self publishing.

The first entry is ALL THAT REMAINS featuring Summer, Charlie and Hatch which appeared in theMarked print anthology.

While the series is an earth set post plague futuristic, it is not a dystopian future. What we knew has metamorphosed into the new normal. Different yes, but still good in its own way. Four hundred years ago the Parkington-Bay virus infected and killed ninety percent of the humans on the face of the earth. The two generations that followed were lost to the chaos of waves more of contagion from all the dead from Park-B and the breakdown and marked change in basic human culture…..(more)

BOOK SYNOPSIS Taken  from AMAZON: Summer Killian falls fast and hard when Charlie arrives in Paradise Village. But the heat turns all the way up when she learns Charlie is also with Hatch — the man she loved four years before. While she’s not sure she’s cut out for a triad, neither man is going to give her up.

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portals7PORTALS VOLUME 7 by Various

VS NOTE: From the Scifi Romance Brigade, a FREE sampler.

Welcome! You have arrived at a portal to the galaxy.

Enter, and you’ll be introduced by award-winning authors to worlds beyond imagining, with heroes & heroines who dare to take it to the edge and beyond. Count on these adventurers to take their best shot … at their enemies and at romance!

Contains 12 first chapters, with links to purchase any or all of the complete books, should you wish.

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UNDERTOW: ROCK BOTTOM (UNBOUND REALMS BOOK 1) by Joss Dey

A world born of merged realities, turbulent and jagged and overrun with monsters…a undertowwoman infected with unruly magic, unknowingly using her soul to find love…

Without warning, the magical realms of dreams and nightmares collapsed upon us, shredding our safe existence. A violent civil war erupted between a ruthless queen seeking revenge and a dark prince collecting power, leaving a broken world of stunted magic, fantastical creatures, chaos, and a drug called Undertow.

Dragon was sold by her mother to a shady clinic that altered her, leaving her mostly human and able to fix the flaws in people….

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APPRENTICE IN DEATH by J. D. Robb

he shots came quickly, silently, and with deadly accuracy. Within seconds, three people apprentice-in-deathwere dead at Central Park’s ice-skating rink. The victims: a talented young skater, a doctor, and a teacher. As random as random can be.

Eve Dallas has seen a lot of killers during her time with the NYPSD but never one like this. A review of the security videos reveals that the victims were killed with a tactical laser rifle fired by a sniper, who could have been miles away when the trigger was pulled. And though the list of locations where the shooter could have set up seems endless, the number of people with that particular skill set is finite: police, military, professional killer.

Eve’s husband, Roarke, has unlimited resources—and genius—at his disposal….

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ORACLE: THE PROJECT FILES PART I by Kelly Meding

oracleVS NOTE: From July, Whiskey With My Book blog brought it to my attention

Dr. Dean Frey is a man of science. His lifelong desire to create a better future for mankind has led him to the prestigious, and highly mysterious, Wilderness Institute of Scientific Research & Technology, as the head of their Robotics Engineering department. Building on the research and designs of others before him, Dean’s own genius culminates in the successful creation of Anthony—the first fully-automated, free-thinking android prototype. And now Wilderness wants to sell Anthony to the military.
Unwilling to allow his achievement to become weaponized, Dean reaches out to a former Wilderness employee with the resources to help him steal Anthony and relocate them both to safety. He’s put into contact with the very secretive Nick and Olivia, who ask for one simple thing in return: trust us, no matter what you see or hear….

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the-forsaken-pearlTHE FORSAKEN PEARL (BROKEN WATERS SERIES BOOK 2) by Jennifer W. Smith

Recruited to stabilize the duel realms, Harmony Parker is followed into the human world by her new husband. Kodiak left everything behind to be with his mix-blooded wife. He soon realizes he’s lost a vital part of himself caused by the portal crossing—his ability to remain underwater for an extended period of time. Adjusting to their new life tests their fragile relationship, especially when he is offered work on the Great Lakes expedition, ultimately leaving Harmony alone in the world once again.

In the alternate realm, Finn becomes chieftain….

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THREE DARK CROWNS by Kendare Blake

VS NOTE: A cliffhanger ending apparently, from the reviews I scanned

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all three-dark-crownsequal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

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AWAKENING KISS (WATCHERS KISS BOOK 4) by Sharon Kay

awakening-kissAs part of the Watchers, Rhys is used to all types of combat, pursuit, and interrogation. But hacking and tracking through hidden online channels is where he excels. Shattering codes and sneaking around firewalls comes as easily to him as a swordfight or street brawl with a predatory enemy.

Cooking up sweet new pastry creations is Enza’s dream job. Kitchen appliances never fail her, unlike every computer she’s ever touched….

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AMETHYST DRAGON (AWAKENED DRAGONS BOOK 5) by Terry Bolryder

With his dark, ominous powers, Dominic, the Amethyst dragon, has learned to keep his amethyst-dragonworld secret.  Bad things happen when he tries to let people in. Now that he’s awakened, he’s determined to help save the world and disappear back into the shadows. Until he rescues Lana, a feisty, damaged human who draws Dom in and tempts him to risk getting close to someone for the first time in so long. Too bad his dream woman has a no-shifter rule.

Lana gets why other women fall head over heels for shifters….

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SOLAN’S MATE (THE LAST SHIFTERS OF THRACOS BOOK 1) by Marina Maddix and Aubrey Rose

 

solans-mateSIENNA: I hate my life. So do all the other genetically inferior orphans at the Training Center. How much worse could it get than forced diets, grueling exercise and gene therapy designed to tame our curves?

As it turns out, so much worse.

When I discover that I’ve been sold as a sex slave, I’m horrified. When I find out that my two best friends are meant to suffer the same fate, my fear changes to anger. I’d do anything to save my ‘sisters’, even if it means facing down the most terrifying monster on this Godforsaken planet.

SOLAN: I love my tribe. As wolf shifters, we’re at the top of Thracos’ food chain, but if we don’t find a solution to our fertility problem, we’ll die out with a whimper instead of a roar.

As the alpha, it’s all on me to find the answer….

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bionic-outlaws-babyBIONIC OUTLAW’S BABYA SECRET BABY SCIFI ROMANCE by Zara Zenia

Elijah: I thought that I knew it all. Until they turned me into a machine and wanted to use me as a weapon. I found love. But as usual, it was time for me to run. Until she found me and told me the impossible.

That she was carrying my baby.

Dana:  He worked for my dad. But then he got fired because I loved him. He’s the only one I’ve ever been with….

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WITCH’S PYRE (THE WORLDWALKER TRILOGY) by Josephine Angelini

Lily Proctor has come a long way from the weak, sickly girl she used to be. She has gained witchs-pyrepower as a witch and a leader, found her way home, chosen to face battle again, and (after losing her first love and being betrayed by her new love) she has learned more about loss and grief than she ever wanted to know.

Thrust once again into a society different from anything they have ever seen, Lily and her coven are determined to find answers―to find a new path to victory, a way to defeat the monstrous Woven without resorting to nuclear weapons or becoming a tyrannical mass murderer like her alternate self, Lillian….

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IMMORTAL NIGHTS: AN ARGENEAU NOVEL by Lynsay Sands

VS NOTE: Apparently there’s an overarching series plot that doesn’t get resolved. As always, sample and/or read reviews and decide for yourself!

immortal-nightsAbigail Forsythe’s life hasn’t been easy lately. Still, if there’s one thing guaranteed to take her mind off an empty bank account and abandoned dreams, it’s a naked man locked in a plane’s cargo hold. A very big, incredibly gorgeous naked man. And when instinct prompts her to free him, Abigail must rely on this stranger for survival . . . a stranger who leaves her thrumming with need every time they touch.

Tomasso Notte knows he’s found his life mate in Abigail. Now he just has to hold on to her…..

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MIRACLE ABOVE ALL BOOK 1 by Linda Mooney

My name is Casi Clarity. I was 26 years old when I died in 1969. Then I woke up in the 21st century—whole, sane, and unblemished. And at the same age I was when I died.

What’s more, when I came back, I brought a friend with me. His name is Coheed. He’s a miracle-above-allcorporeal spirit, and he is also my protector. Against what, you ask? Well, it seems that ever since my return, I’ve been chased by ghosts. Demons. Ancient evil. Monsters. You name it.

Why are they after me? Because they want to know my secret….

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SEDUCING STAG (CYBORG SEDUCTION BOOK 10) by Laurann Dohner

seducing-stagStag and the crew of the Varnish are on a mission, responding to a distress signal of a freighter that has been attacked by the Markus Models. Instead of finding the enemy, they discover one sole survivor. Nala’s a human, and having suffered at their hands during his time on Earth, there’s no species Stag despises more. But when the petite woman confuses him for an android and tries to order him around, Stag decides she’ll live—and pay for her slights. …

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ICE PLANET BARBARIANS AFTERSHOCKS –  A SHORT STORY by  Ruby Dixon

On the day the world shook, everything changed for the barbarian tribe. This short story goes back to the event and gives additional insight. How do Rukh and Harlow fare throughaftershocks the disaster? How does the chief handle the destruction of everything he’s ever known?

This short story is a slice of life and intended to be read after Barbarian’s Taming. It is NOT a stand alone. It is, however, intended to provide extra character insight for those who want to visit the ice planet for a little bit longer.

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VS: SOMETHING A BIT UNUSUAL, FREE STORY FOR SUBSCRIBERS TO CARA BRISTOL’S NEWSLETTER:

married-to-the-cyborg-red-heartMARRIED TO THE CYBORG

I’m including this for the many devoted fans of Cara’s Cyborg series. Here’s the link Cara gave me: http://carabristol.com/2016/09/married-to-the-cyborg-is-here-free-open-your-newsletters-scifirom/

 

BIG SCIENCE FICTION ROMANCE SALE through September Lady of the Star WindFinal-FJM_High_Res_1800x270023rd, over 50 books!!! Includes my LADY OF THE STAR WIND, which was an All Romance eBooks Top Pick!

Here’s the sale url: http://www.smschmitz.com/promo

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Since Amazon rankings change hourly, this screen shot below is a snapshot in time: And PLEASE NOTE Fluency, although a very good book, which I personally enjoyed and talked about on AMAZING STORIES, is science fiction with romantic elements.

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We Don’t Leave People Behind 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!)

I’m excerpting Hostage To The Stars, which was released in June. Edited from published version. I’ll do one more snippet from it next week, probably Johnny’s first meeting with Sara, and then move on.

Since so many people were concerned what Johnny would do next, once he learned of the existence of the other kidnap victim, he guides the squad of soldiers he’s with, and Ms. Immer safely to the pickup point in the hills, which was his formal assignment. Then he goes to find everyone’s most hated captain. Here’s that snippet.

  “Just fyi, I’m goin’ for the other woman,” Johnny said.

                “Who the hell do you think you are, sergeant? You don’t get to change mission parameters to suit yourself – I don’t care if you’re in the goddamn Special Forces or not, I gave you a direct order. We’re not going after any other civilians this trip.”

                “No, you’re not, I see that,” Johnny couldn’t keep the contempt out of his voice, “In my branch of the service, we don’t leave people behind. In case it’s escaped your notice, I’m not under your command – Special Forces operates independently.”

                Holding his pulse rifle where it could conveniently be considered a threat by Captain Scortun if he was feeling paranoid, Johnny backed away.

                “We’re not waiting for you,” Scortun yelled, “When our shuttle lands, we’re gone.”

                “Good riddance,” Johnny said under his breath, as he faded into the underbrush and slipped away down the steep hillside.

Hostage ToTheStarsFinal-FJM_High_Res_1800x2700The story:

He rescued her from space pirates … but can he keep them both safe from the far greater evil stalking a deserted planet?

Space travel without Kidnap & Ransom insurance? Not a good idea. University instructor and researcher Sara Bridges can’t afford it, so when pirates board her cruise liner, she’s taken captive along with the mistress of a wealthy man, and brought to a deserted planet. When a military extraction team sent to rescue the mistress refuses to take Sara too, she’s left to the mercies of a retired Special Forces soldier, along as consultant.

Reluctantly reactivated and coerced into signing up for the rescue operation to the planet Farduccir where he once was deployed,  Sgt. Johnny Danver just wants to get the job done. But when the team leader leaves one captured woman behind, he breaks away to rescue her himself.

As Johnny and Sara traverse the barren landscape, heading for an abandoned base where they hope to call Sectors Command for help, they find villages destroyed by battle and stripped of all inhabitants. A lone survivor tells a horrific tale of the Sectors’ alien enemy, the Mawreg, returning after being pushed out …

Searching for evidence to give the military, Johnny is captured. He regains consciousness in a Mawreg cage–with Sara next to him. Death is preferable to what the aliens will do to them… And even if they do escape their captors, can they alert the military in time to prevent another invasion of the Sectors?

Buy Links:     Amazon    Kobo     Apple iBooks     Barnes & Noble

 

Veronica Takes A Magazine Quiz About Her Night

I always enjoy the quick “My Night At Home” quiz which ‘In Touch‘ magazine gives to various celebrities. While not a luminary, here are my answers:

project-runwayI watched: the NBC Evenings News, “Road to the Runway” and episode one of “Project Runway Season 15.” Plus a lot of Tim Gunn commercials. I also watched four episodes of Season 9 of “Making the Team” on my kindle. (Because I was impatient for the new episode of Season 11.)

I listened to (don’t judge!)….Gary Lewis and the Playboys “This Diamond Ring” while driving to the grocery store. Hey, I love oldies!

I kissed….The last person I kissed was my grandson, when he was visiting last Saturday.

I reorganized… my kitchen counter where I put all my bills and my mail. The stuff is supposed to go into a big Revere silver bowl that my grandmother gave me as a wedding present a lonnnngggg time ago but it’s kind of overflowed that handy receptacle. Time to file and shred! (Also time to polish the bowl but that’s another story…)

Earrings 2I shopped online for…more vintage, clip runway blingy earrings. Never have enough of those! And eBay is the greatest source. I also bought a one week emergency kit in case of earthquakes as a gift. (Hey, the person asked for that!)

I read…Marjorie Liu’s  Dirk and Steele books.I used to love that series and suddenly had the urge to revisit old friends. The earlier ones are my special favorites. I also tiger-eye-dirk-and-steeledipped into Diva, a new scifi romance by Bianca D’Arc, but I’m saving that for a reward to myself when I finish my current work in progress.

I laughed at…Jake the cat chasing his tail. Always hilarious!

 

I had my flu shot yesterday so I was feeling a bit subdued but I’m doing ok today🙂 Happy weekend to everyone!

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Wednesday New Releases in SciFi and Fantasy Romance for September 14

divaI 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. And special thanks to Reader Elizabeth N for bringing a few to my attention this week!

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

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

DIVA (Jit’suku Chronicles) by Bianca D’Arc

Galactic superstar. Brilliant musician. Chanteuse extraordinaire. But she has a number of deep, dark secrets. For a woman who lives her life in the spotlight of a billion lenses, she’s managed to lead a double life, full of intrigue. When her path crosses that of Captain John Starbridge everything changes. Here is a man who sees beneath the mask she wears for the public. Here is a man in love with the woman behind the music into which she pours her soul. Here is a man who could be hers…if they didn’t both have duties that must be fulfilled.

A Special Forces hero who sees the woman beneath the facade…

Amazon

ella-and-the-beastELLA & THE BEAST (MORE THAN HUMAN BOOK 1) by S. E. Smith

Ella is the last of a dying breed of humans that live hidden deep in the forests of Washington State. All of her life, she has heard horror stories about the Others, the beasts that live beyond the safety of the mountains. In ancient times, humans and the Others lived together in peace, but a great battle divided them and the shape-shifting species won the war….

Amazon

CHASING MAYHEM (CYBORG SIZZLE BOOK 6) by Cynthia Sax

Mayhem has spent his lengthy lifespan obeying the Humanoid Alliance’s rules. Finally chasing-mayhemfree from their cruel control, the cyborg warrior plans to cause chaos. He infiltrates a remote settlement, provokes the savage locals until they want him dead, and allows himself to be captured by the sexiest little Retriever he has ever laid his mechanically-enhanced eyes on….

Amazon

CALLEY (RIBUS 7) by Shae Mills

Just as the new Empire has begun to settle, Korba discovers a threat directed at Chelan. Nothing would calleycripple Korba more effectively than the acquisition of his precious mate by enemy factions. If abducted, she would be the perfect bargaining tool, his ultimate weakness.
Forced to relocate Chelan, Korba chooses a remote, heavily fortified Iceanean outpost. But Chelan has another idea. Where better to be securely sequestered for the duration of the threat than on her own home planet? How could the enemy possibly locate one Earth woman hidden among billions?…

Amazon

SAVEN DEFIANCE  (THE SAVEN SERIES BOOK 3) by Siobhan Davis

VS NOTE: This is listed as Teen and YA

With war looming in outer space and the Earthen government forced into hiding, the saven-defiancebattle for ultimate world domination is only just beginning.

Having accepted her identity, Sadie sets out on a daring quest with her friends, which takes them deep into alien territory. Fraught with tension and danger, the journey is not an easy one, especially when previous adversaries become new allies and cherished friends become suspicious opponents.

As the heirs unite in a bid to restore peace to the galaxy, powerful enemies, determined to exact retribution, surround them on all sides. When hidden agendas and shocking revelations come to light, the fallout is massive.

Sadie’s love life is a tangled, messy affair. While one relationship is embraced forever, another spirals out of control, threatening to destroy everything. Determined to do the right thing, Sadie will fight hard to protect those she loves. ….

Amazon

project-hellPROJECT HELL (A NEW EARTH SERIES NOVEL) by Felicity Kates

VS NOTE: Contains all 5 parts of the story

1000 years after Earth has been devastated by a viral plague, the few survivors turn to genetic engineering and advanced robotics to ensure the future of the human race. But not everyone is happy with artificial life living amongst humans, least of all Peyton Chase, a doctor with a harrowing past.

When he’s ‘gifted’ a state-of-the-art companion that he can’t send back, Peyton is far from pleased. She’s sentient. She’s sexy. She’s everything he doesn’t want complicating his life. He nicknames her Hell….

Amazon

DARKSIDE BLUES (DARK PLANET WARRIORS BOOK 4.5) by Anna Carven

darkside_blues_anna_carvenVS NOTE: Some reviews indicate it helps to have read the previous books. I love this series!

Be careful in Darkside, because its darkness is seductive. Once you feel its allure, you won’t be able to resist.
Zyara al Sirian has devoted most of her adult life to the art of healing. As the First Division’s medic, she’s seen more than her fair share of war wounds and trauma. And ever since the Kordolians arrived on Earth, she’s had her hands full tending to a motley group of survivors. She hasn’t had a break in longer than she can remember….

Amazon

ALIEN’S ORPHAN BRIDE (MAIL ORDER HUMAN BOOK 4) by Sue Mercury and Sue Lyndon

All Hailey ever wanted was a place to belong. After growing up in an orphanage and learning firsthand how hopeless survival on Earth aliens-orphan-bridehas become, she signs up for Mail Order Human. An alien husband on a faraway planet is her best bet at finding the happily ever after she’s dreamed of since she was a little girl. But her heart is broken when her new husband gives her a cold reception and confines her to his property. She tries to uncover the demons haunting the huge Marrlxian so she can better understand his coldness, but he keeps his heart closely guarded and only tightens his leash on her. Will he ever bare his tattered soul to her? Or will he cast her aside after she gives him the heir he so desperately needs?….

Amazon

DEJA WHO? (AN INSIGHTER NOVEL) by Mary Janice Davidson

deja-whoYou couldn’t arrest for murder someone who had killed in his last life. You couldn’t bring a civil suit against such people, either. They could only be legally penalized for what they did this time around—and what a dark circus the legal system had been before that legislation passed! (It was still a dark circus, but perhaps not as dark.)  But you could spot them, and watch them. You could set traps for them.
 
Leah Nazir is an Insighter. Reincarnation is her business. But while her clients’ pasts are a mess, Leah’s is nothing short of tragedy. She’s been murdered. A lot. If left to that bitch, destiny, it’ll happen again. Leah wants to know who’s been following her through time, and who’s been stalking her in the present…

P.I. Archer Drake has been hired by Leah’s mother to keep an eye on her. But the more time he spends watching, the more he finds himself infatuated….

Amazon

TAKEN (MANY LIVES BOOK 2) by Laxmi Hariharan

takenAria West: If I get out of here alive, I am never to going to let myself feel so powerless ever again

Jai Iyeroy: Everything in my past has lead up to this moment, for I am sworn to protect this city.

Three years ago Jai allowed the only woman he loved to walk out of his life. But Aria’s back now. Except her life is in danger, and this time Jai will do anything, even break his vow to protect his city, to keep her safe. …

Amazon

PRINCESS OF THE LIGHT by N. N. Light

Mary Miller receives a startling visitation from Gabriel, the Messenger of God. The Archangel reveals an astounding truth–Mary is the Princess ofpotl the Light and even more amazing, her destiny is to battle Lucifer’s army of demons and restore the balance of good and evil on Earth. It’s getting harder to fulfill her new role and keep her identity secret while juggling her personal life, and when Than, Lucifer’s second in command, amps up the attacks on her, she knows she needs help.

Joe Deacons is everything she’s ever wanted in a man. And as providence would have it, in a moment of great need, he’s the Warrior of Light–the one who can help her defeat the forces of darkness….

Amazon

PASSION OF SLEEPY HOLLOW by Lexi Post

passion-of-sleepy-hollowRecluse Braeden Van Brunt is not happy to be the Headless Horseman…until he meets Katrina Van Tassel, owner of the Sleepy Hollow Inn, whose allure bewitches him from the front desk into the bedroom. When he discovers Kat and the village of Sleepy Hollow are cursed to exist only in the present day for one weekend a year, he realizes the sacrifice he must make if he wants to keep her.

Katrina Van Tassel lives between slivers of time….

Amazon

GUARDIAN’S MATE (A SHIFTERS UNBOUND NOVEL) by Jennifer Ashley

Chosen as the Guardian of her Montana Shiftertown, wolf Shifter Rae Lyall is facing guardians-mateopposition—for no woman has ever been selected for this powerful position. Still adjusting to the new authority thrust upon her, Rae travels to train with Zander Moncrieff, a Shifter healer, tasked with teaching her about her new role and its responsibilities.

He wasn’t ready to love…

A polar bear Shifter, Zander wears no Collar and follows no rules but his own. Rae finds him arrogant and demanding, yet compelling and intriguing….

Amazon

BLACKWING DEFENDER (KANE’S MOUNTAINS BOOK 1) by T. S. Joyce

blackwing-defenderPanther shifter, Winter Donovan, has her life all planned out: claiming marks, marriage, cubs, and pledging to the Red Havoc Crew. But when the man she cares for chooses another, her life gets caught in a tailspin. A new crew announcement could mean a change in her stars, but there is a catch. It’s the Blackwing Crew, and is run by fire-breathing dragon shifters. Not only that, but when she finds her bravery to travel to the Smoky Mountains and apply, the crew has somehow attracted the most damaged and terrifying shifters in the world. And one of those has his sexy eyes on her….

Amazon

HER FATHER’S FUGITIVE THRONE (THE BOY AND THE BEAST BOOK 3) by Brandon Barr

VS NOTE: Reader reviews on earlier books speak of cliffhangers. These books are listed as Fantasy=>NA and College, and Scifi=>Metaphysical. Gorgeous covers!

The shadow of the Beast stalks Meluscia’s every move. her-fathers-fugitive-throne

The prophetess’s dire warning looms over Meluscia’s head as she fights to seize the throne. All the while, the dark Master of the Star Portal threatens to slay Meluscia and her
band of prophets and bring the world of Hearth into chaos.

Torn from the world he knows, Aven is held captive aboard a ship of ruthless mercenaries. Winter’s vision of the horrible creature becomes a reality for Aven, and he must stand face to face with the monsters of his past and present…for there is nowhere to run.

Amazon

HER ALIEN COMMANDER by Ashe Barker

her-alien-commanderAfter leaving Earth on what she thought would be an adventure, Caria Montgomery quickly ends up in way over her head. Captured by hostile aliens, she faces the prospect of perishing on an isolated planet until she is rescued by Commander Phahlen Verdar and his crew.

Phahlen is delighted to have a human female aboard his ship. In the years since the women of his own world were nearly wiped out by a terrible plague, taking a mate has become all but impossible for most males of his species, and he doesn’t plan to let this opportunity pass him by….

Amazon

THE SHADOW AND THE SUN (MILITESS AND MAGE SERIES) by Monica Enderle Pierce

the-shadow-and-the-sunVS NOTE: This is a release from April, which is further back than I usually go, but I do like her books and this one was recently highly recommended by someone in my FB timeline so I’ll add it here.

Shadow Mage Gethen is a powerful necromancer, keeper of the border between the living and the dead, and brother to the king of Besera. But with his dark powers failing and a vengeful entity attacking, Gethen should be happy when a formidable lady knight appears at his gates. He’s not. The price for her aid is steep—his allegiance in a war against his brother.

In battle or in bed, she’s never met a man she considered her match.

Militess Halina is undaunted by the threat of war between her country and neighboring Besera. She earned her titles by shedding blood and breaking bones. She uses her body to reward soldiers who serve her loyally, and to punish those who don’t. And Halina’s never met a man she couldn’t command or crush….

Amazon

DARK WARRIOR (DELROI WARRIOR BOOK 2) by Loribelle Hunt

dark-warriorAngie Crews has secrets. Lots of them. Coming to Delroi and meeting two men who want her to break all her rules is not happening, no matter how tempting they are.
Vidar Stian can’t come to terms with his past, and finding two mates he’s driven to protect, no matter the danger, isn’t helping. Especially when they refuse to be protected.
Somehow Marek Naveen has to convince them to give a relationship a chance because there’s no way he’s letting either one of them go.

Amazon

ALIEN MINE (ZERCONIAN WARRIORS BOOK 7)by Sadie Carter

She was his mate.
He hadn’t touched her. Had barely spoken to her. But the moment Thor saw her he had alien-mineknown.
She was his.
But there was something in her eyes that warned him to go slow. That old demons still held her in their grasp.
It would take time and patience to convince her that they were meant to be together.
Unfortunately, he had neither on his side….

Amazon

TOR (WOMEN OF EARTH BOOK 2) by Jacqueline Rhoades

Always feeling overshadowed by her pretty and outgoing sister, quiet and self-effacing Wynne Donazetto’s dreams torof college and building a life of her own were lost when Earth was invaded by two warring alien forces. Earth changed, but Wynne didn’t.
Seven years later, Wynne is still living in her sister’s shadow. She’s comfortable there… until her life explodes along with the starliner she’s travelling on and she ends up in the arms of a sexy space-aged smuggler called Tor….

Amazon

ALIEN PALADIN’S WOMAN by Vi Voxley

Tieran, the Commander of the Palian paladins, has never been allowed to have anything of his own, other than the blade in his hands and the honor he serves with. But a feisty, curvy, and utterly impossible human woman is about to change all that. He never thought that he’d desire something or someone as much as he needs her and nothing will alien-paladins-womantake her from him. Even if he has to slay the most feared enemy ever known for her.

Audrey Price has seen a lot of hard work and cold times as a governor of ice planet mining colonies….

Amazon

PROJECT ELFHOME by Wen Spencer

Stories exploring the fascinating realm of Elfhome, a world project-elfhomewhere modern day Pittsburgh has collided with the kingdom of the Elves. A special entry in the the best-selling Romantic Times Sapphire award winning Elfhome series. Contains some of Wen Spencer’s best shorter works including gems “Bare Snow Falling on Fairywood,” “Pittsburgh Backyard and Garden,” “Peace Offering,” and more tales set in the world of best-selling Elfhome series entries Tinker, Wolf Who Rules, Elfhome, and Wood Sprites!

Amazon

MARAUDER KAIN (MATING WARS) by Aya Morningstar

When Kara’s ship gets stranded on a cold rock on the ass-end of the solar system, she knows that her chances of a knight in shining armor rescuing her are slim to none. But when a light in the sky turns out to be none other than a Marauder with shining teal armor marauder-kainand rippling muscles who lands and saves her, she thinks her luck is too good to be true. And it is. He’s Kain, Son of Grius, and he’s from Darkstar….

Amazon

SARAZEN’S VENGEANCE: Book 1.1 by Isabel Wroth

Having gone from invisible engineering personnel, to one of the few remaining human survivors, Andi Starsong is sarazens-vengeancestruggling to acclimate to her new situation. She’s been identified as a potential mate by one of the hulking Sarazen warriors, and if that wasn’t terrifying enough, he’s come to claim her.

Ohlen’s little mate is terrified of him….

Amazon

SECOND CHANCE AT THE STARS by Elin Wynn

As a gifted psychokinetic healer, Adena Thornwood’s skills are in constant demand. She’s built a solid reputation for her willingness to make sacrifices at any cost. But when she’s betrayed by members of her second-chance-at-the-starsown family, she may finally be broken. Regaining control will be near impossible with her heart in shambles.

Suppressing the rebellion on Crucible should have been just another mission for Commander Nic Vistuv and the men of his garrison unit….

Amazon    Author’s buy link – will take you to a choice of  other ebook sites

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These Amazon rankings can change hourly so this is merely a snapshot in time.

 

 

 

Guest Author N. N. Light With PRINCESS OF THE LIGHT Excerpt

potlVeronica: My guest today is author N. N. Light, with an excerpt from her new book Princess of Light and details on how she’s using proceeds from the September sales of the book to help support a food bank.

The Tagline:Mary’s the Princess of the Light but her only hope is to make a pact with her enemy.

Blurb:

Mary Miller receives a startling visitation from Gabriel, the Messenger of God. The Archangel reveals an astounding truth–Mary is the Princess of the Light and even more amazing, her destiny is to battle Lucifer’s army of demons and restore the balance of good and evil on Earth. It’s getting harder to fulfill her new role and keep her identity secret while juggling her personal life, and when Than, Lucifer’s second in command, amps up the attacks on her, she knows she needs help.

Joe Deacons is everything she’s ever wanted in a man. And as providence would have it, in a moment of great need, he’s the Warrior of Light–the one who can help her defeat the forces of darkness.

Not so simple when they confront Lisbeth, a demon hell-bent on usurping Than and Lucifer himself.  When Lisbeth wages war and several innocent people die, Mary must form an alliance with her enemy in order to destroy her.  But will this be a grave error or the choice that saves their world?

E-book Sale:

During the month of September, Princess of the Light is on sale for the super-low price of $.99 USD. 100% of the proceeds during this time will go directly to our local food bank to help feed children and families in need. This is the first time Princess of the Light has ever been this low and who knows when it will be this low again.

Book Cover Graphic Artist Credit:

Illustration : streamy digital

Model : VictoriaAndrea

Photo : shutterstock/depositphoto

Excerpt:

Marie furrowed her brow and softly interrupted, “André is the Walking Man?”

I looked at Marie and asked, “You’ve heard of him?”

Marie nodded. “Of course. He is a staple of the Downtown area. There are a few groups I’m affiliated with that hand out food and clothing to those in need. He never comes to these events so I leave them by the area where he sleeps.” She paused, thoughtfully. “I just can’t believe that it is André.”

Joe cleared his throat and looked at his father. “What happened to André?”

Alfred sighed and after a moment said, “It really was the fault of that witch he was married to. She and her family treated him horribly. She was a gold digger and all she cared about was money and the prestige.”

Marie interrupted Alfred by saying, “I remember her. She was so mean to André and all she cared about was looking rich. Wealth is a gift—she just wanted it for a toy. She treated André so badly… and his mother-in-law was the worst. She would put him down all the time. In front of other people, no less.”

Alfred continued, “André was a good man and worked hard. He was working on a big project for the city. He worked night and day on the project and told me it was going to put Golden Lake on the map.

“He absolutely adored his daughter, too. I remember that clearly. She was his everything.” Alfred paused, apparently lost in his thoughts. With a sigh he said, “There was a scandal with the project, though, and André got fired. Soon after, Dara left him, took Katherine with her and André fell apart. He started drinking heavily and, without his daughter, his life fell apart.”

Joe looked at me and I fought to keep from throwing my hand over my mouth. There was purple fire in his eyes and I felt his anger. I already knew the story of André and I tried to smile at him.

I smelled burning flesh. Joe flashed in full armor fighting demons with a golden sword.

I gasped at the vision and brought my hand to my chest in shock feeling the key necklace, before I could stop the physical reaction. The necklace weighed heavily as did my heart. He would be fighting at my side soon.

Marie asked, “Are you okay, dear?”

Joe turned to look at his mother. He nodded and only said, “I never knew any of this.”

Alfred continued, “I am sorry, son, but you asked for the truth. This is what I know. André was sleeping at the office and drinking all the time. He was supposed to give a presentation to a client and was drunk. He got into a scuffle with his boss and rumor has it, André punched him.”

I feigned shock and said, “Oh my!”

Than is to blame. I don’t know how I know or what happened but I vow to the Lord that I will make Than pay, thought Joe.

I choked and almost spit out my drink. I just heard Joe’s thoughts! I had to set him straight and right away.

I cleared my throat and said awkwardly, “Joe, I think I left something in the car.”

Joe looked at me with eyebrows raised. “Excuse me, we’ll be right back,” I said with a smile.

I walked outside and knew that Joe was right behind me. When I reached the car, I whirled and said in a stern tone, “Are you trying to get yourself killed?”

Joe stopped mid-step and said, “What are you talking about, Mary?”

I ran into his arms and whispered, “You cannot take on Than by yourself! I heard your thoughts in there. Now, I don’t know how you know that it was Than who drove André to punching his boss but please promise me that you will not get revenge.”

I paused to catch my breath and remembered what Gabriel told me. “Joe, in order to defeat the darkness and not become dark ourselves, we need to have a pure heart. We are filled with the Light and our motives must always be to speak the Truth and spread the Light.”

Joe took several deep breaths while he held me. He stroked my hair and whispered, “I’m sorry, my angel. I didn’t mean to frighten you and you are right. It was just a momentary thought.”

I lifted my head and locked eyes with Joe. Tears filled my eyes but I was determined. I bit at my top lip and then whispered, “Promise me you won’t put yourself in harm’s way.” Hot tears spilled down my cheeks.

Joe wiped at them and said in a deep, reassuring tone, “I promise, Mary. I promise I won’t be a hothead and I won’t be rash.” Then, he laid his forehead on mine and whispered, “Please don’t cry, darling. Please.”

I nodded and whispered, “I would die if I lost you. Than will use you to try to get to me. You are my love, my everything.” My voice cracked. “I would die if I lost you,” I repeated.

Joe shook my shoulders a little and looked deep into my eyes. “Listen to me, Mary, you will never lose me! Do you hear me? I am by your side now and forever.”

Overcome with emotion, Joe kissed me.

Buy Links:

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/469480

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/princess-of-the-light-nn-light/1120170709?ean=9781502438454

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Princess-Light-N/dp/1502438453

Amazon Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/Princess-Light-N-ebook/dp/B00N19FDKO

Amazon UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Princess-Light-N-ebook/dp/B00N19FDKO

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/princess-of-the-light-1

Indigo: http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/princess-of-the-light/9781310880230-item.html?ikwid=princess+of+the+light&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0

iTunes/ iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/princess-of-the-light/id913013798?mt=11

Paperback: https://www.createspace.com/5008419

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23009005-princess-of-the-light

n-n-light-author-pic-social-mediaAuthor Bio: N. N. Light is the husband-wife writing team, commonly known as Mr. N and Mrs. N. Mrs. N. has been creating stories ever since she was little. Her grandfather remembers when she was two years old, she would stand at the top of the stairs and tell him a story filled with emotion (and in a language foreign to him) with her hands on her hips. Let’s just say she was a born storyteller.

They’re blissfully happy and love all things chocolate, books, music, movies, art, sports, trains, history, cooking and baking. Their mantra is to spread the Light.

Most of the time you can find them on Twitter or getting new ideas on how to spread the Light on Pinterest. They’re a proud member of ASMSG, Independent Author Network and Marketing for Romance Writers.

In addition to being authors, they’re also book promoters/reviewers, social media marketers/influencers and the owners of N. N. Light Author Promotions. They both love books, have ever since they were young. Matching up books and readers is something that gives them great pleasure.

100% of the proceeds of Princess of the Light go directly to food banks (US and Canada) in order to feed the hungry and help those in need. With only 7,500 books sold, N. N. Light will be able to set up a monthly endowment for the local food bank.

They’d love to connect with you either via email or via these various social media sites:

Website: http://princessofthelight.com

Blog: http://princessofthelight.wordpress.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/nnlight

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/NNP_W_Light

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/nnlight

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/n-n-light/90/1a7/902

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/118060034268079734144/posts

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/nnlight

Independent Author Network: http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/n-n-light.html

iAuthor: http://www.iauthor.uk.com/princess-of-the-light:10294

 

What About the Other Hostage? 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!)

I’m excerpting Hostage To The Stars, which released in June. Edited from published version. I’ll do a few more snippets from it and then move on to my NEW book, Trapped on Talonque.

Johnny Danver has volunteered (under duress) to return to active duty in the Sectors Special Forces, to participate with local troops in a rescue mission for the other woman, Tresha Immer, who was taken by the pirates. She’s the mistress of a high ranking government official and the pirates were paid to kidnap her despite her K&R insurance. As the rescue mission is planned and executed, no one knows Sara exists…

  “What about Sara Bridges?” Ms. Immer whispered, “Aren’t you going to get her too?”

                Captain Scortun leaned closer, “Who?”

                “The other woman taken off the Star Swan with me.”  

                 “We’re here for you, ma’am, no intel on anyone else.” Scortun’s answer was crisp and disinterested.

                “Do you know where she’s being held?” Johnny asked.

                Tresha shook her head, “We were separated the first day, when we got here – nice little thing, no insurance.”

                “Forget it, Danver, we’ve got our high value package and we’re out of here,” Scortun’s voice was low and stern. “Check the corridor – we need to move.”

                Johnny gave him a considering look but took point and led the team from the palace and safely into the foothills.

But of course Johnny isn’t going to give up on the other hostage so easily….next week I’ll give you a bit more on that.

Hostage ToTheStarsFinal-FJM_High_Res_1800x2700The story:

He rescued her from space pirates … but can he keep them both safe from the far greater evil stalking a deserted planet?

Space travel without Kidnap & Ransom insurance? Not a good idea. University instructor and researcher Sara Bridges can’t afford it, so when pirates board her cruise liner, she’s taken captive along with the mistress of a wealthy man, and brought to a deserted planet. When a military extraction team sent to rescue the mistress refuses to take Sara too, she’s left to the mercies of a retired Special Forces soldier, along as consultant.

Reluctantly reactivated and coerced into signing up for the rescue operation to the planet Farduccir where he once was deployed,  Sgt. Johnny Danver just wants to get the job done. But when the team leader leaves one captured woman behind, he breaks away to rescue her himself.

As Johnny and Sara traverse the barren landscape, heading for an abandoned base where they hope to call Sectors Command for help, they find villages destroyed by battle and stripped of all inhabitants. A lone survivor tells a horrific tale of the Sectors’ alien enemy, the Mawreg, returning after being pushed out …

Searching for evidence to give the military, Johnny is captured. He regains consciousness in a Mawreg cage–with Sara next to him. Death is preferable to what the aliens will do to them… And even if they do escape their captors, can they alert the military in time to prevent another invasion of the Sectors?

Buy Links:     Amazon    Kobo     Apple iBooks     Barnes & Noble

Wednesday New Releases in SciFi and Fantasy Romance for September 7

arkadian-skiesI 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.)

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

ARKADIAN SKIES: FALLEN EMPIRE BOOK 6 by Lindsay Buroker

Veronica’s NOTE: I am loving this series!

With the man who kidnapped her daughter imprisoned aboard her ship, Captain Alisa Marchenko is closer than ever to reuniting her family. But her new guest has been in a coma for weeks, with the secret to her daughter’s location locked away in his mind. She must find a way to sneak him into a state-of-the-art hospital on Arkadius, a planet in the heart of Alliance territory. Not an easy task when she and the cyborg Leonidas, her most trusted ally, are wanted by the Alliance army.

As if that mission weren’t daunting enough, the Staff of Lore has appeared on the planet. As has the man who stole it: Alisa’s father.

AMAZON     Amazon UK    Amazon AUS     Amazon CA

barbarians-tamingBARBARIAN’S TAMING: ICE PLANET BARBARIANS BOOK 9 by Ruby Dixon

As a newcomer to the alien tribe, I’ve struggled to find my place. It might be because I’m a tad headstrong at times. And yes, I might have thrown a few things at people’s heads. But I had a good reason to pitch a fit – my shy sister was stolen away right under my nose. Of course, now she’s back and mated. Everyone’s happy…except me.

I need…affection.
Attention.
Okay, I’m lonely. Really lonely.

Strangely enough, the only person that I think understands what I’m going through is the same blue-skinned brute that stole my sister….

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prodigalPRODIGAL (MAELSTROM CHRONICLES) by Jody Wallace

Adam Alsing has no idea who he is or why he’s huddled naked in the snow next to a mysterious silver pod. When a gorgeous, no-nonsense sheriff by the name of Claire Lawson rescues him, she explains the planet’s under attack—and he’s been missing for over two years. The problem is, what he doesn’t remember can kill them.

He nearly destroyed the world, but with her help, he can save it.

Keeping the peace in her post-apocalyptic town is all the trouble Sheriff Claire Lawson can handle. Until the MIA Chosen One—the guy who could have prevented the apocalypse—interrupts her supply run….

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unraveledUNRAVELED (ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN BOOK 15)  by Jennifer Estep

What could go wrong when you’re trying to unravel a decades-old conspiracy?

As the current queen of the Ashland underworld, you would think that I, Gin Blanco, would know all about some secret society controlling things from behind the scenes. I might be the Spider, the city’s most fearsome assassin, but all my Ice and Stone elemental magic hasn’t done me a lick of good in learning more about “the Circle”. Despite my continued investigations, the trail’s gone as cold as the coming winter.

So when Finnegan Lane, my foster brother, gets word of a surprising inheritance, we figure why not skip town for someplace less dangerous for a few days?….

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wyvernWYVERN A DRAGON SHIFTER NOVELLA by Grace Draven

Eight years earlier the talented fiddler, Elsbeth Weaver, gave up the man she loved to care for her ailing grandfather. Now, she must risk her life to save her grandfather from a lynching by playing for the wyvern terrorizing the countryside. When she comes face-to-face with the beast at the haunted cliffs of Maldoza, she is both frightened and fascinated. Something about the creature reminds her of the bard who once stole her heart, something more than just a shared name….

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TORN  by Mary Brock Jones

Two ecological engineers must change their world to save it, no matter the cost to all they tornlove.

Fee comes from the mountains of her world. She grew up with trees, rushing streams and rain. The grasslands beyond the foothills are Caleb’s home. Dry, windblown, a place of endless light and untouchable horizons.
Both are ecological engineers for the Survey, working to save their world from environmental disaster before it’s too late….

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BUCK, NAKED (CHRONICLES OF THE MALCOM BOOK 3) by Teresa Noelle Roberts

To save him, she must strip him bare.

buck-nakedSecurity expert Buck’s senses are inhumanly keen, to the point he can see through time and space, and that’s just the start of his odd abilities—thank you, alien captors. He also experiences paranoia, flashbacks, and the occasional hallucination—thank you, PTSD. No wonder he fears he could hurt one of the crewmates he lives to protect, the closest thing to family he has left after the destruction of his home planet.
Brilliant scientist Aleema can teach him how to use his modifications without triggering PTSD. She’s survived the same meddling aliens and suffered even more dramatic alterations….

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THE CHOSEN (A RESURRECTED SERIES NOVEL) by S. M. Schmitz

When Bella agreed to travel to Earth to start a new life with the man she loved, she’d been the-chosenpromised two things: healing dead human bodies so they could live on this planet always worked, and they could have the happily ever after forbidden to them at home.

But soon after arriving on her new planet, she discovers both of those promises were lies. And the consequences for trusting the wrong people are deadly….

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BRYCE (GALACTIC DEFENDERS BOOK 1) by Jessica E. Subject

NOTE: This was a June Release. I’ve been loving the snippets on the Weekend Writing Warriors blog hop…

A dedicated Defender…

Bryce fell in love once, but after Lalia was ripped away from him, he locked his heart from bryce-galactic-defendersfeeling anything for anyone else. Instead, he devotes his life to the Galactic Alliance, killing every bloodthirsty Erebus he comes across.

A shunned princess…

Lalia Comosova fell in love with the wrong man. When her parents learned of her transgressions, they sent her to Earth to hide her error in judgment from the rest of the kingdom….

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ORIGIN by Rebecca Hamilton

Don’t fall in love with the Doomed Queen.

originALEC KLADIVO: Soldier. Hunter. Fool.

When Alec was a boy, the border posts failed, and Ravagers infiltrated their sector. Through sacrificing his sister, he saved his city and gained the respect of Sector One’s Regent. Ever since that day, he has served his sector with unfailing loyalty and nobility. Until he met her.

ADIRA CHOVANEK: Thief. Witch. Doomed Queen.

In Sector One, there is no greater commodity than a witch. Which is exactly why each and every one of them are in hiding. Should they be discovered by the hunters, they will suffer one of two fates—both of which end in death—unless they can kill a Ravager and bring forth an heir for the sector’s Regent. The only problem is, the Regent is sterile, and would sooner exile a Doomed Queen than admit that to himself or anyone else. This is Adira’s fate….

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VESPERS (HOURS OF THE NIGHT BOOK 1) by Irene Preston and Liv Rancourt

vespersThe vampire spends his nights chanting the Liturgy of the Hours and ruthlessly disciplines those unnatural urges he’s vowed never again to indulge. He is at the command of the White Monks, who summon him at will to destroy demons. In return, the monks provide for his sustenance and promise the return of his immortal soul.

Sarasija Mishra’s most compelling job qualification might be his type O blood…

The 22-year-old college grad just moved across the country to work for some recluse he can’t even find on the internet. Sounds sketchy, but the salary is awesome and he can’t afford to be picky. On arrival he discovers a few details his contract neglected to mention, like the alligator-infested swamp, the demon attacks, and the nature of his employer’s “special diet”. A smart guy would leave, but after one look into Dupont’s mesmerizing eyes, Sarasija can’t seem to walk away. Too bad his boss expected “Sara” to be a girl….

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SPIRIT SONG (THE GUARDIANS BOOK 3) by Tess McFionn

spirit-songThe assassin and the angel. Can her song redeem his soul?

Miranda Devalande had long since given up on her dreams of a happy life. Forced to sing at mob boss Slick Sal’s seedy nightclub to cover her brother’s rising gambling debts, she survives from day to day as a caged bird. With each new bad bet by her wayward brother, her hope of finding a way free of her “contract” fades. Until a mysterious stranger arrives at the club and turns her whole life upside down…

Danger has always swirled around reluctant Guardian Warrior Sebastian Lambert. Trained as an assassin and recruited out of desperation, he now battles the evils of power-hungry Rogues in Chicago….

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IN THE TOWER OF THE WIZARD KING by Michelle Miles

in-the-tower-of-the-wizard-kingVeronica’s NOTE: Have not read this, listed as a Coming of Age Fantasy, at least one reviewer states there is a cliffhanger ending but also an HEA.

In the Age of Wizards, Time is a commodity more valuable than gold. When Aoife (EE-fa) stumbles upon an antique trunk in the attic, it calls to her with an ancient magic. Inside she finds a stairway leading into darkness and cannot resist stepping onto that first stair. It leads her to dark truths her mother never wanted her to uncover and love so powerful she walks through time to save it.

Her magic is dormant.

When Aoife Burke rushes home after the unexpected death of her father, she discovers her mother has vanished amidst inexplicable circumstances….

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my-wild-irish-dragonMY WILD IRISH DRAGON (BOSTON DRAGONS BOOK 2)  by Ashlyn Chase

Dragon shifter Chloe Arish is hell-bent on becoming a Boston firefighter. She uses her Irish charm and fake documents to score an interview, knowing she has to work every bit as hard as a man-harder if she wants their respect.

Born into a legendary Boston firefighting family, phoenix shifter Ryan Fierro can’t possibly let someone best him on the training course or the job….

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BESOTTED: A CHAOS FACTOR STEAMPUNK ROMANCE NOVELLA by Elle Clouse

Tamsyn’s attraction to Slade is deep, but is love worth the price of dreams?

A trailblazer, Tamsyn Bradford graduated as Royal Academy’s first female alumni, with the besottedfighting skills and cunning fitting a member of Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Selected to teach at an elite school for female spies, Tamsyn attends a friend’s class party only to fall into the lap of temptation that is Prince Slade Faust. Will a drunken night of passion ruin her career forever? Before we can find out, an evil scientist steps in and abducts Tamsyn, sending Slade and Tamsyn’s group of friends on a hunt to save her very life…

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WARRIOR’S VOW (YADESHI BRIDES BOOK 2) by Emma Alisyn 

warriors-vowWhat can a Low Tier woman do when she’s terminally ill? Enter an elite alien warrior training program thinking there is no way she will ever be chosen as a bride and mate. She desperately needs the stipend to take care of her mother- especially when she has agreed to die in return for money.
He refuses to watch another woman he loves die. Secret warrior Jaron came to Earth to study human medicine as a part of the Yadeshi-human treaty and exchange program….

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DELIVERED TO THE ALIENS (WARRIORS OF CORRA) by Nancey Cummings

Sophia has no job, her ex is a jerk, her landlord wants to evict her…

She needs a fresh start. Out of options, the curvy woman applies to an interstellar mail-delivered-to-the-aliensorder bride agency. She’s sent to a rough planet on the edge of the galaxy knowing very little about the mysterious, horned alien warrior to whom she’s promised. Quickly she discovers the marriage contract is not to one but two dominating, muscular warriors. Even more surprising is the undeniable pull she feels toward her “husbands.”….

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EMPIRE OF STORMS (A THRONE OF GLASS NOVEL BOOK 5) by Jennifer Estep

Veronica NOTE: Have not read this series. At least one reviewer mentioned a cliffhanger ending. Is listed in Teens and YA categories.

empire-of-stormsThe long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear….

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ONCE BROKEN FAITH (AN OCTOBER DAYE NOVEL) by Seanan McGuire

Politics have never been October “Toby” Daye’s strong suit. When she traveled to the Kingdom of Silences to prevent them from going to war with her home, the Kingdom of once-broken-faiththe Mists, she wasn’t expecting to return with a cure for elf-shot and a whole new set of political headaches.

Now the events she unwittingly set in motion could change the balance of modern Faerie forever, and she has been ordered to appear before a historic convocation of monarchs, hosted by Queen Windermere in the Mists and overseen by the High King and Queen themselves.

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