Eyes Open For A Chance Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedNow taking excerpts from DAEGAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL.

Here’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!)

Punctuation may be wonky to comply with our guidelines here. May be edited a bit from published version.

If you haven’t read any of my Badari Warriors series: Genetically engineered soldiers of the far future, the Badari were created by alien enemies to fight humans. But then the scientists kidnapped an entire human colony from the Sectors to use as subjects in twisted experiments…the Badari and the humans made common cause, rebelled and escaped the labs. Now they live side by side in a sanctuary valley protected by a powerful Artificial Intelligence, and wage unceasing war on the aliens. 

The excerpt – continuing on with Daegan’s thoughts as he faces a new day.

He could only go as far as the force barrier marking the end of the Preserve, where the Khagrish allowed his kind to live in between deployments or experiments. Usually he made the circuit three or four times to get enough of a workout but today he dove into the waves for a brief swim before seating himself on his favorite boulder, where he could get an excellent view out to sea. The wide open emptiness appealed to him, called to him.

But I’m unlikely to ever  get the chance to explore any further than I ran today, which is as far as I could go yesterday or any of the thousands of days.

Daegan hated the Khagrish with every fiber of his body but he had to admit they’d perfected the art of keeping their dangerous experimental  ‘animals’ like him under tight control. Doesn’t mean I won’t keep my eyes open for a chance, no matter how slight, for us to win our freedom.

He made the same vow to the goddess in one form or another each day.

Now it was time for him to check in telepathically with his man in each pod and get a feel for how things were going, had anyone heard rumors about what the Khagrish might impose next, was anyone having difficulties, were the youngest Badari all right. Could he help with anything? Letting the Khagrish figure out he was unusually respected by the other Badari would be an instant death sentence for him so it all had to be done carefully but Daegan’s driving motivation, aside from taking revenge on the scientists, was to take care of his brothers.

daegan badariThe book’s blurb: DAEGAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL

Ex-Special Forces soldier and mercenary Flo Michetti is bored with her assignment as a pilot for the genetically engineered Badari pack in their fight against the evil Khagrish scientists. She jumps at the chance to take a dangerous undercover mission. She infiltrates a group of human prisoners on their way to a secret lab in the southern ocean, where the Badari believe many more of their own kind have been created and are being experimented on. Once Flo has located the lab, found the Alpha among the Badari there and sent a report back, the plan will be to attack and rescue all the prisoners.

Arriving at the island Flo learns the true nature of the horrific experiment for which the humans have been brought to this remote location. Time will be perilously short to escape before it’s too late for all of them. She has to locate the Alpha of this captive southern pack, who conceals his identity to escape death at the hands of the Khagrish, and get him to join with her and her allies.

Daegan feels an instant attraction to Flo when the Badari and the humans are forced together by the Khagrish scientists, but there are mysteries and questions surrounding her. Before he reveals himself as the incognito Alpha she’s seeking, he wants answers to allay his doubts. He also wants Flo in his bed…but can he risk his heart to claim her as his mate?

Complicating the situation is a dangerous rival for Daegan’s position as Alpha, an oncoming hurricane and Flo’s resistance to abandoning her life as a soldier of fortune…as the Khagrish scientists prepare to initiate the experiment, the clock is ticking for humans and Badari alike.

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Portent or Mere Clouds? Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedNow taking excerpts from DAEGAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL.

Here’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!)

Punctuation may be wonky to comply with our guidelines here. May be edited a bit from published version.

If you haven’t read any of my Badari Warriors series: Genetically engineered soldiers of the far future, the Badari were created by alien enemies to fight humans. But then the scientists kidnapped an entire human colony from the Sectors to use as subjects in twisted experiments…the Badari and the humans made common cause, rebelled and escaped the labs. Now they live side by side in a sanctuary valley protected by a powerful Artificial Intelligence, and wage unceasing war on the aliens. 

The excerpt – skipping ahead a bit, this is the first time Daegan appears in the book.

It was Daegan’s favorite time of the day – dawn. The day was full of new promise and possibilities, at least until the Khagrish did something to ruin it. He stretched and went for a run on the hard packed sand of the beach where the tide had gone out. The little brown birds on their long legs skittered out of his path as he pounded along and he gave a wide berth to the small red-and-black crustaceans scuttling here and there in search of morsels to eat. The creatures were no real threat to a man his size but their pinch hurt. The sky was amazing this morning, all pinks and purples as the sun came up. For a few heartbeats of time the clouds resembled the massive trees of the goddess’s shrine, not that he’d ever seen it with his own eyes but he’d dreamt of walking there and heard her voice once or twice.

Stopping in awe, he drank in the sight until the clouds became nothing but colorful wisps and he resumed his run.

As he went, he pondered whether the cloud display had been a sign or portent from the Great Mother. But signifying what? Not much ever changed here at the lab and certainly nothing ever became easier for the Badari.

VS: He doesn’t know there are other Badari on the planet besides his group and he certainly has no idea he’s going to meet Flo!

daegan badariThe book’s blurb: DAEGAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL

Ex-Special Forces soldier and mercenary Flo Michetti is bored with her assignment as a pilot for the genetically engineered Badari pack in their fight against the evil Khagrish scientists. She jumps at the chance to take a dangerous undercover mission. She infiltrates a group of human prisoners on their way to a secret lab in the southern ocean, where the Badari believe many more of their own kind have been created and are being experimented on. Once Flo has located the lab, found the Alpha among the Badari there and sent a report back, the plan will be to attack and rescue all the prisoners.

Arriving at the island Flo learns the true nature of the horrific experiment for which the humans have been brought to this remote location. Time will be perilously short to escape before it’s too late for all of them. She has to locate the Alpha of this captive southern pack, who conceals his identity to escape death at the hands of the Khagrish, and get him to join with her and her allies.

Daegan feels an instant attraction to Flo when the Badari and the humans are forced together by the Khagrish scientists, but there are mysteries and questions surrounding her. Before he reveals himself as the incognito Alpha she’s seeking, he wants answers to allay his doubts. He also wants Flo in his bed…but can he risk his heart to claim her as his mate?

Complicating the situation is a dangerous rival for Daegan’s position as Alpha, an oncoming hurricane and Flo’s resistance to abandoning her life as a soldier of fortune…as the Khagrish scientists prepare to initiate the experiment, the clock is ticking for humans and Badari alike.

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An Honor to Serve Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedNow taking excerpts from DAEGAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL.

Here’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!)

Punctuation may be wonky to comply with our guidelines here. May be edited a bit from published version.

If you haven’t read any of my Badari Warriors series: Genetically engineered soldiers of the far future, the Badari were created by alien enemies to fight humans. But then the scientists kidnapped an entire human colony from the Sectors to use as subjects in twisted experiments…the Badari and the humans made common cause, rebelled and escaped the labs. Now they live side by side in a sanctuary valley protected by a powerful Artificial Intelligence, and wage unceasing war on the aliens. 

The excerpt – jumping ahead a little, Aydarr the Badari Alpha has taken a moment alone with Flo to thank her for volunteering. Jill is the alpha’s human mate. MARL is the ancient alien Artificial Intelligence.

“We’re spread so thin on the ground, it’s a miracle we can rescue anyone at all. We’ve been incredibly lucky and I know it, “Aydarr said, “Adding another hundred or so Badari soldiers to my forces will be a game changer as you humans like to say. I have to make the tradeoffs with an eye toward winning the damn war not any one individual battle.”

Flo studied him, astonished the Alpha had revealed so much of his thinking to her, “I have immense respect for you, sir, or I wouldn’t be going on this mission. I’m glad this kind of decision is above my pay grade as it’s obviously a heavy load to bear. If I may say so, I think we’re all lucky you and Jill are here to run the war. You both have the guts and the vision required – it’s an honor to serve under you both.”

He extended his hand, “Thank you and good luck.”

Badari weren’t big on skin to skin contact with humans, except with their mates, so Flo took it as a high honor and shook his hand, “We should probably get going.”

He opened the door to the hall and allowed her to walk out first. There was a small circle of people waiting for them, plus MARL, floating serenely and displaying a soothing set of pink tones washing over his surface.

MARL’s happy he got to shove his toy in my brain. With an effort Flo kept herself from putting her hand to the spot on the back of her head where the AI’s  implant had been inserted.

daegan badariThe book’s blurb: DAEGAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL

Ex-Special Forces soldier and mercenary Flo Michetti is bored with her assignment as a pilot for the genetically engineered Badari pack in their fight against the evil Khagrish scientists. She jumps at the chance to take a dangerous undercover mission. She infiltrates a group of human prisoners on their way to a secret lab in the southern ocean, where the Badari believe many more of their own kind have been created and are being experimented on. Once Flo has located the lab, found the Alpha among the Badari there and sent a report back, the plan will be to attack and rescue all the prisoners.

Arriving at the island Flo learns the true nature of the horrific experiment for which the humans have been brought to this remote location. Time will be perilously short to escape before it’s too late for all of them. She has to locate the Alpha of this captive southern pack, who conceals his identity to escape death at the hands of the Khagrish, and get him to join with her and her allies.

Daegan feels an instant attraction to Flo when the Badari and the humans are forced together by the Khagrish scientists, but there are mysteries and questions surrounding her. Before he reveals himself as the incognito Alpha she’s seeking, he wants answers to allay his doubts. He also wants Flo in his bed…but can he risk his heart to claim her as his mate?

Complicating the situation is a dangerous rival for Daegan’s position as Alpha, an oncoming hurricane and Flo’s resistance to abandoning her life as a soldier of fortune…as the Khagrish scientists prepare to initiate the experiment, the clock is ticking for humans and Badari alike.

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You Are Here Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedNow taking excerpts from DAEGAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL.

Here’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!)

Punctuation may be wonky to comply with our guidelines here. May be edited a bit from published version.

If you haven’t read any of my Badari Warriors series: Genetically engineered soldiers of the far future, the Badari were created by alien enemies to fight humans. But then the scientists kidnapped an entire human colony from the Sectors to use as subjects in twisted experiments…the Badari and the humans made common cause, rebelled and escaped the labs. Now they live side by side in a sanctuary valley protected by a powerful Artificial Intelligence, and wage unceasing war on the aliens. 

The excerpt – now Flo’s agreed to take the mission, she’s getting the implant from MARL, the ancient alien Artificial Intelligence. 

MARL  created a three dimensional image of a silver circle, etched or inscribed with symbols, “Here is the insert, magnified many million times. Neither you nor the Khagrish has the technology to detect it once I’ve set the actual transmitter into your tissues.”

Flo thought it was a little odd the AI possessed this technology, almost like chipping an animal but she decided the topic was a discussion for another day. Or maybe above her rank in the scheme of things – immaterial to the mission at hand, “Thanks for the visual but just get it over with.”

Metallic skin flashing red-violet, the AI wasted no more time, “Inserting now.”

She didn’t feel a thing, nor did she feel any different,“Is it working?”

“Yes, I’m getting location data,” MARL said, “You are here.”

“Did you just make a joke?” Flo sat up and asked for a moment alone to get dressed.

daegan badariThe book’s blurb: DAEGAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL

Ex-Special Forces soldier and mercenary Flo Michetti is bored with her assignment as a pilot for the genetically engineered Badari pack in their fight against the evil Khagrish scientists. She jumps at the chance to take a dangerous undercover mission. She infiltrates a group of human prisoners on their way to a secret lab in the southern ocean, where the Badari believe many more of their own kind have been created and are being experimented on. Once Flo has located the lab, found the Alpha among the Badari there and sent a report back, the plan will be to attack and rescue all the prisoners.

Arriving at the island Flo learns the true nature of the horrific experiment for which the humans have been brought to this remote location. Time will be perilously short to escape before it’s too late for all of them. She has to locate the Alpha of this captive southern pack, who conceals his identity to escape death at the hands of the Khagrish, and get him to join with her and her allies.

Daegan feels an instant attraction to Flo when the Badari and the humans are forced together by the Khagrish scientists, but there are mysteries and questions surrounding her. Before he reveals himself as the incognito Alpha she’s seeking, he wants answers to allay his doubts. He also wants Flo in his bed…but can he risk his heart to claim her as his mate?

Complicating the situation is a dangerous rival for Daegan’s position as Alpha, an oncoming hurricane and Flo’s resistance to abandoning her life as a soldier of fortune…as the Khagrish scientists prepare to initiate the experiment, the clock is ticking for humans and Badari alike.

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Happy New Year in the coming week, by the way!

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My 2019 End of the Year Books and Words Report

I’ve been tagged by various people on Facebook to do the summary of my year as an author but I decided to write the facts up as a post here and share over there…

Short answer: nine new books, two re-releases and a box set! I now have 37 published romances…

The new titles were a mixture of the three genres in which I write, so I’ll talk about them in groups.

2019 coversFirst, the Badari Warriors, my award-winning ongoing scifi romance series about genetically engineered soldiers of that far future, fighting alien scientists for the right to live and to love…and the human women who’ve joined them in the war.

Kierce 

Camron

Badari Warrior’s Baby

Reede

Daegan

Plus I put together a box set of the first three novels (Aydarr, Mateer and Timtur)…

Just a note, Camron was my highest selling novel ever – thank you so much to all my readers! That was an exciting month for sure.

2019 Egyptian novelsSecond, I managed to find time in my schedule to write two new Gods of Egypt paranormal romances. I also got the rights back to my first ever published novella, Priestess of the Nile, which began my career as a published author in 2012 (thank you, Carina Press/HQN!). I put a new cover on the book since Harlequin retained the rights to the original and re-released the title myself. I did a light edit but didn’t add to the story. I like it just the way it is!

Song of the Nile

Return of Dancer of the Nile

As a note, Return can be read as a standalone, with maybe a few mild spoilers for the first book, Dancer of the Nile.

winter solstice dreamI was very excited to return to my fantasy world of Claddare and write my very first holiday romance novella – Winter Solstice Dream, featuring the head cook at the Witch Queen’s castle and a Cinderella-like theme.

I re-released Star Cruise: Mystery Dancer, which had been in the USA Today Best Selling Pets in Space® 3 anthology in 2018…it’s my scifi romance take on the Anastasia legend.star cruise mystery dancer

Which brings me to last but not least, Pauline Baird Jones and I co-managed the USA Today Best Selling Pets in Space® 4 anthology in 2019, for which I wrote a new novel, Star Cruise: Idol’s Curse. As a result, with the amazing support from our fellow authors included in PISA anthologies 1-4, Narelle Todd of the Get My Book Out There PR firm and the scifi romance reader community, we’ve now been able to donate over $10K total to our charity, Hero Dogs, Inc., since 2016. Pauline and I are so proud of this achievement and the difference which has been made for the charity’s work as a result.  But none of it would be possible without the readers!

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I have no idea how many words I wrote this year. I don’t track my progress in this way. Sorry!

I also kept up with my once a week New Releases report on this blog for scifi/fantasy/paranormal romance books, curating the content and offering 50-80 new titles each week for readers to contemplate.

I wrote for the AMAZING STORIES MAGAZINE blog and was honored to have several of my posts included in their list of top posts of all time, in terms of page views. I appreciate their continuing and important support for science fiction romance.

I blogged every Saturday over at the SFF7 group blog and of course wrote guest posts for various other platforms on occasion.

I started trying to do more on Instagram, which is a fun place to be! Currently I’m sharing from my fashion jewelry collection of earrings…I’ve been collecting since high school so I have a TON.

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A sample of what I’ve shared this year so far…earrings are my THING.

For 2020 I envision more of the same writing-related activities and can’t wait. I’m currently about 50K words in on my next Badari Warriors novel, Landon, which I hope to release by the end of January.

Wishing you the very best in the New Year and much happy reading!

Lilac shiny Happy New Year 2020 background.

Note: All book covers by Fiona Jayde. Photos are Author’s own, of items in her personal collection. Other graphics from DepositPhoto.

Hold Still Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedNow taking excerpts from DAEGAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL.

Here’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!)

Punctuation may be wonky to comply with our guidelines here. May be edited a bit from published version.

If you haven’t read any of my Badari Warriors series: Genetically engineered soldiers of the far future, the Badari were created by alien enemies to fight humans. But then the scientists kidnapped an entire human colony from the Sectors to use as subjects in twisted experiments…the Badari and the humans made common cause, rebelled and escaped the labs. Now they live side by side in a sanctuary valley protected by a powerful Artificial Intelligence, and wage unceasing war on the aliens. 

The excerpt – now Flo’s agreed to take the mission, she’s getting the implant from MARL, the ancient alien Artificial Intelligence. Flo is speaking.: 

“Tell me this isn’t going to hurt. I won’t believe you but it’d be nice to hear.”

“There will be no pain,” MARL said.

“And we can remove it when the mission is complete?”

Now the AI hesitated, “I should be able to do so but in any case there’s no danger in it remaining permanently embedded.”

“Let me go on the record to say I want it out when I’m finished,” Flo said, “Since we all know we’re going to do this, can we get it over with? I need every minute to get my briefing on the island and the key personnel.”

MARL floated to the bedside, projecting a blue light, which skimmed over Flo’s body, producing a mild tingling and causing her to sneeze. “It’s advisable to hold still,” he said.

“Then don’t make me laugh or sneeze,” Flo centered her mind and detached from the situation, not wanting to tense up.

“I’ll insert my manifestation here,” MARL shot a narrowly focused green beam at the back of Flo’s head, creating pressure but no pain.

daegan badariThe book’s blurb: DAEGAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL

Ex-Special Forces soldier and mercenary Flo Michetti is bored with her assignment as a pilot for the genetically engineered Badari pack in their fight against the evil Khagrish scientists. She jumps at the chance to take a dangerous undercover mission. She infiltrates a group of human prisoners on their way to a secret lab in the southern ocean, where the Badari believe many more of their own kind have been created and are being experimented on. Once Flo has located the lab, found the Alpha among the Badari there and sent a report back, the plan will be to attack and rescue all the prisoners.

Arriving at the island Flo learns the true nature of the horrific experiment for which the humans have been brought to this remote location. Time will be perilously short to escape before it’s too late for all of them. She has to locate the Alpha of this captive southern pack, who conceals his identity to escape death at the hands of the Khagrish, and get him to join with her and her allies.

Daegan feels an instant attraction to Flo when the Badari and the humans are forced together by the Khagrish scientists, but there are mysteries and questions surrounding her. Before he reveals himself as the incognito Alpha she’s seeking, he wants answers to allay his doubts. He also wants Flo in his bed…but can he risk his heart to claim her as his mate?

Complicating the situation is a dangerous rival for Daegan’s position as Alpha, an oncoming hurricane and Flo’s resistance to abandoning her life as a soldier of fortune…as the Khagrish scientists prepare to initiate the experiment, the clock is ticking for humans and Badari alike.

Amazon      Apple Books      Kobo      Nook    GooglePlay

box set canva ad revisedSPECIAL SALE! BADARI WARRIORS VOL 1-3 BOX SET FOR ONLY $.99!

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This Badari Warriors box set gathers the first three science fiction romance novels from this award winning series into one collection.

Please note each novel has been previously published on its own and all are standalone tales. No new material has been added, aside from a brief Author’s Note about why I wrote each novel.

AYDARR: Jill Garrison, a maintenance tech at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown stranded in the middle of a forest on an unknown world. There’s no time to think as she’s stalked by carnivorous predators and rescued by genetically engineered warriors calling themselves the Badari. Turns out they and she, along with her whole colony, are now prisoners of the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Aydarr, the Badari alpha, isn’t sure he can trust Jill but his attraction to her is undeniable. He impulsively claims her as his mate to prevent her death at the hands of the Khagrish.

MATEER: Megan Garrison, a doctor at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown, strapped to a table in an alien lab, destined to be the subject of terrifying experiments. Granted a brief reprieve, Megan and the other kidnapped humans are released in the middle of a forestlike enclosure on this unknown world and told to survive as best they can for now.

Her only hope is Mateer, the genetically engineered alien warrior imprisoned with the humans. He knows more than he’s sharing about this planet, their captors and the fate of other humans, including perhaps her own sisters. Turns out everyone from her colony has been kidnapped by the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the human-led Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Mateer, a tough Badari enforcer, now a rebel, is captured while infiltrating the lab to help his pack bring it down. He’s also been ordered by his leaders to search for Megan and save her life at all costs. Tortured by the enemy, he’s offered one chance at survival – convince Megan to become his mate and assist the Khagrish with further experiments.

TIMTUR: Far from her home in the human Sectors after the mass kidnapping, teacher Lily Garrison is making a niche for herself in the valley by running a school for the Badari young. Although she yearns for Timtur, the pack’s healer, another Badari male has his eye on her and won’t take no for an answer.

Timtur feels the weight and responsibility of being the pack’s only healer, constantly on call as the soldiers fight ferocious battles against the alien scientists and their troops. With scarcely a moment to himself, he’s drawn to the gentle Lily but worries he won’t be able to juggle his duties, his loyalty to the pack and a relationship with a human woman.

When Lily’s stalker takes direct action to kidnap her and steal her from the safety of the valley, she’s forced to reach deep inside to find the strength to battle for her life. Timtur realizes too late how foolish he’s been to resist the bond with his fated mate and leads the rescue effort.

Making the Holiday Bright with Blingy Earrings

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Lunch at the Ritz

I’m known for loving big, blingy earrings – I wore a different pair every day to the old office job at NASA/JPL and in fact one manager told me his staff had bets on how long it would be before they saw me wear the same pair to a meeting twice! Now that I’m a fulltime scifi romance author, the earrings don’t get out of the jewelry boxes too often. (Somehow I don’t feel the need to wear chandelier earrings with rhinestones while I sit at the laptop and type. But on a trip to the grocery store? Oh YES.) I’ve been collecting earrings since high school, so I have a massive collection – three standing jewelry boxes full. All fashion jewelry – I’m not talking genuine Elizabeth Taylor-style gems here! Don’t I wish!

I decided at a young age they were my thing and I’d wear them unapologetically, no matter how dramatic they might be. My fashion statement!

LATR reindeer earrings

Lunch at the Ritz – I wear these a LOT. My toddler grandson loves them.

At any rate, I’ve been sharing them on my Facebook page and my Instagram, one pair a day for a number of months now, and since Thanksgiving I’ve been featuring my holiday earrings. I thought I’d post a few here since we’re getting close to Christmas! I’ve got some fun pairs ahead to share on the FB and IG next week and also some New Year’s-themed ones….

Here’s the Lunch at the Ritz website – I’m not affiliated with them in any way, other than loving their earrings…eBay is also a great source for finding vintage earrings. I used to be able to find terrific ones at thrift stores or garage sales but not so much these days. In the old days I got many of my earrings and pins at the local department stores like Broadway, Penney’s and the May Company…and at Ross on clearance! Ross was especially good for the holiday pins for quite a while.

I don’t add to the collection much  now since as I mentioned I’m a fulltime author but every now and then I find a pair I can’t resist…

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I don’t always wear the chandelier style.

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Vintage Lunch at the Ritz, “Dairy Christmas”

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Vintage Lunch at the Ritz angels

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Vintage On the Earth by WATTA

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Vintage Mr. Bijoux bling, good for the holidays – remind me of ornaments!

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Some days I also share a photo of a few Christmas pins…

Happy holiday season to everyone!

[All photos by the Author, of items in her personal collection]

 

You Can Refuse Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedNow taking excerpts from DAEGAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL.

Here’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!)

Punctuation may be wonky to comply with our guidelines here. May be edited a bit from published version.

If you haven’t read any of my Badari Warriors series: Genetically engineered soldiers of the far future, the Badari were created by alien enemies to fight humans. But then the scientists kidnapped an entire human colony from the Sectors to use as subjects in twisted experiments…the Badari and the humans made common cause, rebelled and escaped the labs. Now they live side by side in a sanctuary valley protected by a powerful Artificial Intelligence, and wage unceasing war on the aliens. 

The excerpt in which Sectors mercenary and former prisoner Flo Michetti learns  more from Aydarr the Alpha leader of the rebels what her next assignment might be. Kierce is a former prisoner on the island she’d be sent to. Jill is Aydarr’s mate and a former soldier.:

“The thing is,” Kierce said, choosing his words with care, “Although the Badari on the island hate the Khagrish for the most part, some refuse to see with clear vision. A few men collaborate to gain special privileges, to be allowed to live past the standard termination date, or for a variety of personally motivated reasons. And as I said, there’s no pack as such. So even if the Alpha who was there when I left declared his support for Aydarr and led an uprising when we attack, things may not go smoothly.”

“We need to know. We need current intel,” Jill said, drumming her fingers on the table, “But first we need to know where the damn island is.”

Aydarr was watching Flo carefully as if trying to read her mind, “You can refuse. I’m not ordering anyone to go into such a dangerous situation.”

“Who would you send then?” Flo asked, already possessive of her assignment, “I mean, we do have a few other women with military skills among the population but no one to my knowledge with the specialized training and experience I have.”

“You’re clearly the logical candidate, the best person for the mission,” Aydarr rose, “We can give you half an hour to decide.”

“No need,” she said, turning her head left and then right and cracking her neck to ease the tension building in the ligaments, “I’m in.”

daegan badariThe book’s blurb: DAEGAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL

Ex-Special Forces soldier and mercenary Flo Michetti is bored with her assignment as a pilot for the genetically engineered Badari pack in their fight against the evil Khagrish scientists. She jumps at the chance to take a dangerous undercover mission. She infiltrates a group of human prisoners on their way to a secret lab in the southern ocean, where the Badari believe many more of their own kind have been created and are being experimented on. Once Flo has located the lab, found the Alpha among the Badari there and sent a report back, the plan will be to attack and rescue all the prisoners.

Arriving at the island Flo learns the true nature of the horrific experiment for which the humans have been brought to this remote location. Time will be perilously short to escape before it’s too late for all of them. She has to locate the Alpha of this captive southern pack, who conceals his identity to escape death at the hands of the Khagrish, and get him to join with her and her allies.

Daegan feels an instant attraction to Flo when the Badari and the humans are forced together by the Khagrish scientists, but there are mysteries and questions surrounding her. Before he reveals himself as the incognito Alpha she’s seeking, he wants answers to allay his doubts. He also wants Flo in his bed…but can he risk his heart to claim her as his mate?

Complicating the situation is a dangerous rival for Daegan’s position as Alpha, an oncoming hurricane and Flo’s resistance to abandoning her life as a soldier of fortune…as the Khagrish scientists prepare to initiate the experiment, the clock is ticking for humans and Badari alike.

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This Badari Warriors box set gathers the first three science fiction romance novels from this award winning series into one collection.

Please note each novel has been previously published on its own and all are standalone tales. No new material has been added, aside from a brief Author’s Note about why I wrote each novel.

AYDARR: Jill Garrison, a maintenance tech at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown stranded in the middle of a forest on an unknown world. There’s no time to think as she’s stalked by carnivorous predators and rescued by genetically engineered warriors calling themselves the Badari. Turns out they and she, along with her whole colony, are now prisoners of the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Aydarr, the Badari alpha, isn’t sure he can trust Jill but his attraction to her is undeniable. He impulsively claims her as his mate to prevent her death at the hands of the Khagrish.

MATEER: Megan Garrison, a doctor at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown, strapped to a table in an alien lab, destined to be the subject of terrifying experiments. Granted a brief reprieve, Megan and the other kidnapped humans are released in the middle of a forestlike enclosure on this unknown world and told to survive as best they can for now.

Her only hope is Mateer, the genetically engineered alien warrior imprisoned with the humans. He knows more than he’s sharing about this planet, their captors and the fate of other humans, including perhaps her own sisters. Turns out everyone from her colony has been kidnapped by the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the human-led Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Mateer, a tough Badari enforcer, now a rebel, is captured while infiltrating the lab to help his pack bring it down. He’s also been ordered by his leaders to search for Megan and save her life at all costs. Tortured by the enemy, he’s offered one chance at survival – convince Megan to become his mate and assist the Khagrish with further experiments.

TIMTUR: Far from her home in the human Sectors after the mass kidnapping, teacher Lily Garrison is making a niche for herself in the valley by running a school for the Badari young. Although she yearns for Timtur, the pack’s healer, another Badari male has his eye on her and won’t take no for an answer.

Timtur feels the weight and responsibility of being the pack’s only healer, constantly on call as the soldiers fight ferocious battles against the alien scientists and their troops. With scarcely a moment to himself, he’s drawn to the gentle Lily but worries he won’t be able to juggle his duties, his loyalty to the pack and a relationship with a human woman.

When Lily’s stalker takes direct action to kidnap her and steal her from the safety of the valley, she’s forced to reach deep inside to find the strength to battle for her life. Timtur realizes too late how foolish he’s been to resist the bond with his fated mate and leads the rescue effort.

#SciFi Romance Includes Sassy Galactic Grandmothers

pearls dragonVS Note: This post recently appeared on the AMAZING STORIES MAGAZINE blog…my thanks to the members of the SFR Brigade for assisting in the identification of books to include! I’ve added some buy links here as well…

A recent, scholarly article by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley appeared in the November 28, 2019 issue of Nature, proposing that “The lack of older women in sci-fi novels reflects ageism and sexism.” In the piece, Ms. Wrigley went on to discuss her research at great length and stated that she had “…so far confirmed just 36 English-language novels in the genre that feature old women as major figures.” I applaud her dedication and effort to shine a light on the situation.

In hopes of expanding the conversation a bit, I thought I’d bring in the science fiction romance genre perspective, as we do have novels to offer highlighting “female elders as multifaceted beings” to quote Ms. Wrigley once more. I’ll cite no research and have no footnotes, this isn’t an exhaustive list I’m sure, but the original article engendered much conversation in SFR circles. While the general unscientific consensus seemed to be most of us write heroines in their twenties to fifties, there are books in our genre featuring the 50+ woman as either the main character or a strong supporting character.

The SFR author community seems very open to writing stories of action, adventure and romance for women of any age, depending on the story the writer wishes to tell.

The first author who comes immediately to my mind in this regard is New York Times and USA Today Best Selling Author SE Smith, whose Pearl’s Dragon: A Dragon Lords of Valdier and Sarafin Warrior Crossover features a no-nonsense grandmother as heroine.  Here’s an excerpt from the book’s blurb that describes Pearl a bit more fully:  Pearl St. Claire is enjoying a new adventure – learning to live on an alien planet. As a mature woman in her sixties, she thought she had experienced just about everything life could throw at her – only to discover she hasn’t really experienced anything yet! She is both amused and exasperated when one of the dragon-shifting aliens kidnaps her, believing she is his true mate.

Life is no longer boring or lonely as Asim courts the enchanting and spirited, human woman, but he isn’t the only one who has noticed Pearl or the unusual animals under his care. When poachers attack, determined to steal the exotic creatures under his protection – including Pearl and a new clutch of alien eggs from Earth – he will do everything he can to protect them.

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Then there’s Delta V: Intergalactic Dating Agency (Cyborg Cowboys of Carbon County Book 2) from Elsa Jade, whose heroine is described as follows in the blurb: For the first time in her fifty years, Big Sky Country is feeling small and lonely to Montana rancher Lindy Minervudottir. With the five-year anniversary of her wife’s death looming, she’s not sure if the future matters. But then a futuristic fighter flies into her life.

Earth is a small, blue marble in the vastness of space, and two needy hearts are even smaller than quarks at that scale. But with a long-gone enemy closing in, if quantum entanglement and the irresistible force of love can’t bind them together, the world itself hangs in the balance.

Lindy is another no-nonsense older woman who runs her ranch by herself just fine and needs a lot of convincing to take a chance on the alien cyborg courting her. It was a sweet read.

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New York Times and USA today Best Selling Author Jessie Donovan brings a mature romance to The Dragon’s Heart (Lochguard Highland Dragons Book 3), with this description of the heroine from the blurb: Lorna MacKenzie lost her mate nearly thirty years ago. Dedicating her life to her children, she brushed off the thought of ever finding love again. After all, Jamie MacKenzie had been her true mate. Who could ever replace him?

She also wrote a 60-something side character for Craved by the Dragon (Stonefire British Dragons Book 11), giving the hero’s mother a romantic thread.

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USA Today Best Selling Author Carol Van Natta’s heroine Anitra in Last Ship Off Polaris-G: A Central Galactic Concordance Novella is 55 years old and her love interest Gavril is 56. Anitra’s task, from the blurb, is as follows: Government supply depot manager Anitra Helden races to gather the last of Pol-G’s assets. Her plan to launch a mothballed freighter off Pol-G may be crazy—but it can work, if she can talk Gavril into helping. Their precious cargo? Four thousand stranded colonists.

Can Anitra and Gavril, and their ragtag crew get past the deadly military blockade?

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Trinity Blacio has a steamy hot series entitled Grandmas Need Lovin Too, spicy enough to earn their place in the paranormal erotica categories. (SFR is sometimes regarded as a subset of paranormal, versus being in its own genre,) These heroines are in their 50’s but time hasn’t slowed them down in the least.

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Author Sela Carson’s heroine in Silver Wolf Rising (Wolves of Fenrir Book 3) is described in this fashion in the blurb: Dagny tärEinar is on her way to Earth to start her new life. Not that she knows what that’ll be like – a long-time widow with grown children, she hardly knows who she is anymore.

Author Carson says of her inspiration for the tale: I wrote the first one as a challenge a few years ago when someone mentioned the lack of older heroines in romance in general. I was already writing my SFR series and Dagny just showed up perfectly. I didn’t realize until later how rare she would be, in the grand scheme of things.

The author has provided the following to me for this post regarding a second story:  Also, the heroine in my short story “Roll of the Dice,” which is included in Ace’s Odds is over 50. She’s a retired sex worker/courtesan.

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USA Today Best Selling Author Michelle Howard has taken the tack of allowing a couple in her Stolen Moments series to “age into” this elder dynamic.

There are a number of SFR novels or novellas where the female elder is a supporting character, relied upon for advice and counsel and may even have her own romantic subplot. Donna S. Frelick features an elder Appalachian woman in Unchained Memory (The Interstellar Rescue Series Book 1) providing guidance to the 30-something heroine and a senior Navajo woman in Not Fade Away (Interstellar Rescue Series book 4) in a similar role. The author explained to me: In the first book, Ida provides Asia validation of her experience of abduction by the Grays, since she had the same experience as a child. In the second book, Geneva Twohawks helps lead the fight against alien hunters working on behalf of a Gray with galactic ambitions.

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Author P.J. Dean created a truly memorable older woman secondary character in her Felig Chronicles series, with the heroine’s mother, Matty Cain, who gives advice and encouragement and has her own battles to fight in the books (although no romance for her).  The author explained her character to me thusly: The perfect mother with perfect style. Always chic even in death. Whether giving her daughter, Tina, tips on fighting aliens, or on love, she’s probably wearing her favorite pumps or carrying her prize Kelly bag. But be careful. She just might crown you with it.

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L. Starfyre has a feisty grandmother as a supporting character in Zoe: BBW Reverse Harem Space Fantasy Romance (Klaxian Cyborgs’ Mates Book 1), who she says may get her own book in the future. Author Starfyre described the character to me as follows: The grandmother treats her age like a state secret – we’re guessing 60ish. They all call her Gran and she is a spitfire. She teases Zoe about not claiming her mates yet. She’s bold and funny. Her husband died 20 years prior and she’s ready for something new.

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Liana Brooks has this to say of Captain Elia Sciarra, a supporting character in her Bodies in Motion (Newton’s Laws Book 1) novel: She is the aunt and captain of the MMC (main male character), a warmonger captain who led a mutiny to keep her crew alive and who is willing to cross political lines to see her family prosper. She is loyal and lethal, a great friend and a loving aunt, but a very dangerous enemy.

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I wrote a multifaceted elder woman in Star Cruise: Idol’s Curse as a supporting character for the heroine and hero as they battle an unusual alien menace on an interstellar cruise liner. Aunt Dian is a retired Special Forces operator, definitely 50+, with a telepathic dog and I’m hoping in 2020 to write a series featuring her further adventures on her own and yes, romance is definitely in her future.

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In summary, granted there are literally dozens of new SFR novels being released every week and the examples listed above are a small percentage of the annual total, but I think it does show a willingness in SFR circles to give the “female elder as multifaceted being” her turn in the spotlight. This snapshot gives a somewhat more encouraging picture of the situation in SFR than the one Ms. Wrigley has documented so well in her research on the ‘hard’ science fiction genre. Of course by and large SFR authors are women – not exclusively but a high percentage – which I would posit also might make a difference.

Hopefully the way forward in both ‘hard’ science fiction and SFR will include an ever expanding roster of women characters of all ages.

Pride Banishes Butterflies Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedNow taking excerpts from DAEGAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL.

Here’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!)

Punctuation may be wonky to comply with our guidelines here. May be edited a bit from published version.

If you haven’t read any of my Badari Warriors series: Genetically engineered soldiers of the far future, the Badari were created by alien enemies to fight humans. But then the scientists kidnapped an entire human colony from the Sectors to use as subjects in twisted experiments…the Badari and the humans made common cause, rebelled and escaped the labs. Now they live side by side in a sanctuary valley protected by a powerful Artificial Intelligence, and wage unceasing war on the aliens. 

The excerpt in which Sectors mercenary and former prisoner Flo Michetti learns  more from the leader of the rebels what her next assignment might be – MARL is a 10,000 year old alien Artificial Intelligence:

“So let me get the mission parameters straight,” Flo said,  “We fly to this other lab tonight, yank one woman out, substitute me, I get taken to the island, which you’ll then have the location of since I’ll be wearing a tracker—”

“I’ll insert a manifestation of myself into your spine,” MARL said, from where he floated in the air, his surface dappled with shades of green today, like algae clouds in constant motion.

Ok, Flo didn’t like the sound of that but leave the detail for later, “Riiight – I find the Alpha who’ll be incognito, tell him about us and…what?”

“MARL says he can contact you via the device he plans to implant,” Jill said, entering the conversation. Anything to do with MARL was her department since the AI only answered to her. “Depending on your evaluation of the situation, we’ll decide on the next course of action.”

“She’ll be going in pretty blind,” Gabe didn’t sound happy, “I know Kierce can brief her to some extent but conditions may have changed there since he was sent to this continent.”

Flo appreciated her old captain watching out for her. She also had to admit the assignment was important and had intriguing aspects. And I love the fact no one else can carry this job out as well as I can. Professional pride banished the butterflies in her gut.

daegan badariThe book’s blurb: DAEGAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL

Ex-Special Forces soldier and mercenary Flo Michetti is bored with her assignment as a pilot for the genetically engineered Badari pack in their fight against the evil Khagrish scientists. She jumps at the chance to take a dangerous undercover mission. She infiltrates a group of human prisoners on their way to a secret lab in the southern ocean, where the Badari believe many more of their own kind have been created and are being experimented on. Once Flo has located the lab, found the Alpha among the Badari there and sent a report back, the plan will be to attack and rescue all the prisoners.

Arriving at the island Flo learns the true nature of the horrific experiment for which the humans have been brought to this remote location. Time will be perilously short to escape before it’s too late for all of them. She has to locate the Alpha of this captive southern pack, who conceals his identity to escape death at the hands of the Khagrish, and get him to join with her and her allies.

Daegan feels an instant attraction to Flo when the Badari and the humans are forced together by the Khagrish scientists, but there are mysteries and questions surrounding her. Before he reveals himself as the incognito Alpha she’s seeking, he wants answers to allay his doubts. He also wants Flo in his bed…but can he risk his heart to claim her as his mate?

Complicating the situation is a dangerous rival for Daegan’s position as Alpha, an oncoming hurricane and Flo’s resistance to abandoning her life as a soldier of fortune…as the Khagrish scientists prepare to initiate the experiment, the clock is ticking for humans and Badari alike.

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This Badari Warriors box set gathers the first three science fiction romance novels from this award winning series into one collection.

Please note each novel has been previously published on its own and all are standalone tales. No new material has been added, aside from a brief Author’s Note about why I wrote each novel.

AYDARR: Jill Garrison, a maintenance tech at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown stranded in the middle of a forest on an unknown world. There’s no time to think as she’s stalked by carnivorous predators and rescued by genetically engineered warriors calling themselves the Badari. Turns out they and she, along with her whole colony, are now prisoners of the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Aydarr, the Badari alpha, isn’t sure he can trust Jill but his attraction to her is undeniable. He impulsively claims her as his mate to prevent her death at the hands of the Khagrish.

MATEER: Megan Garrison, a doctor at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown, strapped to a table in an alien lab, destined to be the subject of terrifying experiments. Granted a brief reprieve, Megan and the other kidnapped humans are released in the middle of a forestlike enclosure on this unknown world and told to survive as best they can for now.

Her only hope is Mateer, the genetically engineered alien warrior imprisoned with the humans. He knows more than he’s sharing about this planet, their captors and the fate of other humans, including perhaps her own sisters. Turns out everyone from her colony has been kidnapped by the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the human-led Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Mateer, a tough Badari enforcer, now a rebel, is captured while infiltrating the lab to help his pack bring it down. He’s also been ordered by his leaders to search for Megan and save her life at all costs. Tortured by the enemy, he’s offered one chance at survival – convince Megan to become his mate and assist the Khagrish with further experiments.

TIMTUR: Far from her home in the human Sectors after the mass kidnapping, teacher Lily Garrison is making a niche for herself in the valley by running a school for the Badari young. Although she yearns for Timtur, the pack’s healer, another Badari male has his eye on her and won’t take no for an answer.

Timtur feels the weight and responsibility of being the pack’s only healer, constantly on call as the soldiers fight ferocious battles against the alien scientists and their troops. With scarcely a moment to himself, he’s drawn to the gentle Lily but worries he won’t be able to juggle his duties, his loyalty to the pack and a relationship with a human woman.

When Lily’s stalker takes direct action to kidnap her and steal her from the safety of the valley, she’s forced to reach deep inside to find the strength to battle for her life. Timtur realizes too late how foolish he’s been to resist the bond with his fated mate and leads the rescue effort.

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