Wednesday, June 24, 2009

You say you like SciFi Westerns?

You got your Firefly box set and the Serenity DVD and are hankering for more.
A list of movies or shows that might fit the mood.
  1. Cowboy Beebop
  2. Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.
  3. Wild Wild West
  4. Star Cops
  5. Earth 2
  6. Titan AE
  7. Or, in the mood to read? Check out SpaceWesterns.com
  8. The Secret Of Sinharat by Leigh Brackett
  9. Northwest of Earth: The Complete Northwest Smith By C.L. Moore
  10. And last, the one I'm going to check out, cause I haven't read the manga or watched the show, movie expected soon: Trigun.
  11. Another anime: Gun Sword
  12. Music instead? Black Holes and Revelations by Muse

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Wolf-Bitten finalist in cover contest

The Wicked Thorn and Roses Blog held a cover contest this month, and I'm pleased to announce the cover of Wolf-Bitten was a finalist. Yay!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

13 links on the RWA & epublishing

Recent events (conference decisions, award eligibility & letters from the president) regarding RWA's stance on epublishing has created a flurry of response. Here are 13 articles I read on the subject, in no particular order:

I'll admit, after reading all the articles & responses, I'm a bit burnt out on the subject, but I'm sure that once I get to the National Conference this month, I'll be ready to take up the banner.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Article on epublishing & RWA

Wonderful post by Deidre Knight, an agent of some very talented writers, as well as an excellent author of a series of paranormal romances I enjoy. Check it out at ESPAN (Electronic and Small Press Network). RWA is the Romance Writers of America, one of the largest author associations in the world.

The Digital Age and RWA: A Call for Change


Monday, June 15, 2009

Excerpt from Firestorm on E'Terra

An Excerpt Monday post. Visit the Excerpt Monday blog, as well as my fellow participants listed after this snippet.

This is an unedited excerpt from my Science Fiction Romance coming soon from Liquid Silver Books. Commander Samantha Varde is the highest ranking officer on a spaceship transporting Master Sergeant Wilson Dex, a smoke jumper, to his latest mission to quell an out of control firestorm on a newly terraformed planet. The following is the third scene, the first with the hero and heroine together as they meet for their daily zap-ball game (similar to racquetball).

***
Samy stepped into the locker room, like every locker room on every planet under every governmental system. Metal lockers lined the walls, seats in front of them for changing. A stack of clean towels next to the shower stalls and barrels for soiled linen overflowing. At least on her ship, she made sure the room smelled of cleaners instead of mildew, or worse, body odor.

Only minutes before her scheduled game, she pulled open her locker, keyed to her biometrics, and quickly exchanged her uniform for one of the seven neatly folded outfits she replaced once a week. Last, she slipped on ankle socks and specially designed sneakers for the zap-ball courts.

As usual, she kept her heart rate normal, her anticipation subdued, and her smile buried beneath her rank, until she reached the hallway door. When her fingers touched the cool metal to open court six, her flesh heated, her mouth watered, and her heart pounded in her ears.

It was like a sickness.

Never in her life had she been so utterly out of control of her body. To her mortification, she couldn’t stop herself from the daily torture. Nor could she make herself act upon it. Had they been dirtside – and who was she kidding? She hadn’t been dirtside since she’d left home at eighteen, twenty years ago – or perhaps on a multi-use station, she might have had a fling with him as a civilian. He wasn’t a civvie. Wilson Dex was an enlisted man. Under her command. Couldn’t be more off limits than that. Not to mention, he was too good looking, too young, and too risky.

When Master Sergeant Dex stood with his back to her on the court, she let out her breath and threw back her shoulders to thrust out her breasts. She caught herself and relaxed the rigid posture.

Deep down, she’d worried he wouldn’t come today, but even further down, deep enough she barely recognized it, she knew he felt the attraction as much as she did. With his back to her, she drank her fill of the dusky planes of his muscles, the skimpy, skin tight shorts that cupped his ass like a glove, and the tight T-shirt that occasionally rode up to show peeks of his flat stomach. The sleeveless zap-ball shirt showed his tattoos, a rarity in the military since most troopers kept a regimental mentality and look. Smokejumpers weren’t regimental. They were the enlisted, not the aristocratic inherited positions of the officers.

On one shoulder, a cross encircled in a wheel, filled with Celtic knots like the ones she’d seen on the other firefighter’s uniforms. The other tattoo, a dragon circled his bicep, hugged his cut, wiry arm that exuded strength.

With an abrupt turn, he faced her, the lines of his stomach flexing with the movement. The grin on his full but sharply defined lips brought her nipples to attention.

Thankfully, from long torturous experience, she knew her sports bra kept most of her excitement contained, at least from visual proof.

“Commander.” The rich, chocolate smooth voice sent shivers down her spine.

Breathless, as usual, she nodded and replied way too huskily. “Master Sergeant.”

***
And then they get hot and sweaty! On the zap-ball court, of course.

Thanks for visiting on Excerpt Monday. Please take the time to visit other participants by visiting the Excerpt Monday June listing, or selecting one of the links below. All of these links were chosen for having similar language and heat rankings.

Grace Draven, Fantasy Romance (R)
Cate Hart, YA- Paranormal (R)
Aithne Jarretta, Paranormal (R)
Inez Kelley, Contemporary Romantic Comedy (R)
Aislinn Kerry, Paranormal (R)
Kim Knox, Erotic- Sci-fi Suspense (R)
Cherrie Lynn, Erotic- Contemporary Romance (R)
Alina Morgan, Urban Fantasy (R)

Stephanie Adkins, Erotic- Supsense (NC 17)
Evie Byrne, Historical Romance (NC17)
Annie Nicholas, Sci-Fi Romance (NC 17)
Kirsten Saell, Erotic – Fantasy (NC 17)

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Jinxed by Inez Kelley

Released today by a fellow Diva. Check it out.



Jinxed by Inez Kelley

When opposites attract, they are screwed three ways from Sunday.



Frannie learned the hard way that a McHottie doesn’t always equal marriage material. Besides, she’s happy with her vanilla life. She has friends, a career and a double-D-powered vibrator. Then Fate shoves her, literally, into Prince Charming’s lap. His declaration of love at first sight is cute—and spikes her bullcrap meter into the red zone.

She’s more than willing to give in with her body. But she’s barricaded her heart behind castle walls—and permanently welded the gates shut.

Tragedy taught Jinx that time is too precious to waste, so when a series of uncanny coincidences thrusts Frannie into his life, he holds on tight. He knows she thinks he’s several fries short of a Happy Meal, but he’s determined to breach the fortress around her heart and give her a Happily Ever After.

Even if he has to carry her fanny-first into his kingdom.

WARNING: Includes jelly shoes, a narcoleptic cat, and meatloaf. The steamy sex scenes may lead to fogged windows and wet panties, so proceed at your own risk. Do not attempt to read without the following items: tissues, napkins for spewed beverages, and a booty call on speed dial.

Read an excerpt here. | Buy here. | inezkelley.com

Thursday, June 4, 2009

13 Space Movies/Series

Loved the new Star Trek movie and am eagerly awaiting Moon starring Sam Rockwell (big fan). So after reading a post by author Crystal Jordan about watching Star Trek and other movies that "refill the well," I thought I'd list the movies that do that for me.
These are movies that I have queued up for inspiration while I work on a Space Opera novella. They are all Space movies or television shows, though not necessarily Space Opera. I own most of these, or I want to own/have access to them.
  1. Firefly/Serenity
  2. Riddick (Pitch Black and Chronicles of Riddick)
  3. Galaxy Quest
  4. Star Wars (the original trilogy)
  5. Titan A.E.
  6. Independence Day
  7. Babylon Five
  8. Alien
  9. The Fifth Element
  10. Starship Troopers (ya gotta be in the mood for this one.)
  11. Wing Commander (this one is so bad, it's good)
  12. Farscape
  13. Star Trek, in it's many incarnations.

In the past, I've watched shows like Andromeda and Earth Final Conflict, but I haven't rewatched those since they were canceled. You can bet that the new Star Trek will be making this list when it hits DVD & will be rewatched a number of times!
I would seriously love any recommendations, so if you have a space movie that inspires you, let me know. Or if not a space movie, what movie inspires you?