Thursday, December 31, 2009

Raven Shifter Romance

The raven shifter in Paranormal Romance isn't common. So, why would I pick the raven as a hero for The Forbidden Chamber? For me, the symbolism of the raven in the Gothic novel had much to do with the choice. The dark and moody setting. The dark and moody hero. The dark and moody...
You get the picture.
Here are 13 points to ponder about the raven:
  1. Ravens are familiar in myth and lore in civilizations from the Vikings to the Native Americans. The superstitions around the bird are various and worldwide--from the belief that the raven created the world, to the superstition that the raven foretells death. Lots of mystery and fantasy around this avian.
  2. The Tower of London has its own myth, that the tower/monarchy will fall if the ravens leave their roost there. As symbols of a tower known for executions, it's no surprise that the imagery of ravens in a Gothic tower came about.
  3. That master of the Gothic himself, Edgar Allan Poe penned the famous "The Raven" with the chilling and well known phrase: Quoth the raven, "Nevermore."
  4. Ravens are frequently included on covers of Gothic Romance novels. That hint of gothicness sets a tone and mood immediately.
  5. Ravens have a complex societal structure, their flock is called an unkindness, and they are known to be monogamous and mate for life (well... as far as any animals mate for life.)
  6. Ravens maintain strong familial relationships. They are intelligent and playful. They collect shiny/new objects as juveniles but as they get older, they avoid new things. Sounds sort of human, doesn't it?
  7. A shifter who flies, hunts, mates for life, has a fantasy-like myth/lore background, and is dark and dangerous. Who can resist?

    Here are six stories featuring raven shifters:

  8. The Forbidden Chamber by Ella Drake. Available now from Samhain Publishing as an ebook, in print August 2010.
  9. Last of the Ravens by Linda Winstead Jones. Just finished this enjoyable read with the unique concept of a man who can shift into a flock of ravens.
  10. Kiss Me Deadly by Shannon Stacey.
  11. Raven by Alison Paige
  12. Heart of the Raven” by J.C. Wilder in the two-book anthology Paradox I (ebook) / Sacrifice (print)
  13. Grounded: a Hayle Raven Story by Ella Drake. This is a followup short story for The Forbidden Chamber.
    Grounded is a freebie, available at the Samhellion, here.

What comes to mind when you think of ravens? Do you know of any other raven shifter romances?

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Free Read: Tin and Paper

Tin and Paper by Ella Drake

A modern fairytale relived when a war-injured soldier comes home to claim his ballerina.

Get this free short story at the Samhellion.
Or, download the pdf directly.

Tin and Paper is a reimagining of The Steadfast Tin Soldier but with a twist. Let me know what you think!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Space-D: Episode Two. A Daphne Adventure

Excerpt Monday LogoWelcome to the special Christmas/New Year Full Reads for Excerpt Monday. This month, in addition to our typical excerpt week, we're having a week of full stories written by several fabulous EM writers. Excerpt Monday site! or click the banner.


When last we saw Daphne, she'd just gotten the better of a bunch of creepy crawly carnivorous space worms. Today it will all change for her. Take a look at the next installment of Space-D.

Space-D: Episode Two. A Daphne Adventure.

Posted on my website here. Available as pdf download.

If you haven't read the first short story, it's available on my website. Also available in a variety of download formats.



Links to other Christmas/New Year Free Reads
Note: I have not personally screened these excerpts. Please heed the ratings and be aware that the links may contain material that is not typical of my site.

A Dragon Caern Christmas

Historical Romance by Emily Bryan (PG13)

A Mistress by Design

Historical by Sabrina Darby (R)

Space-D: Epsiode 2

Science Fiction by Ella Drake (NC 17)

Over and Out

Contemporary Romance by Inez Kelley (R)

Le Nouvel An

Fantasy by Aislinn Kerry(NC17)

A Saint Nicholas Surprise

Fantasy by Aislinn Kerry(NC17)

Getting Personal

Contemporary by Elise Logan (NC)17

Belle’s Christmas Carol

Historical by Charlotte McClain (R)


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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Boy tested and approved

Just in time for holiday book shopping, these are books my boys recommend:
  1. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, 1-5) by Rick Riordan
    Both boys enjoyed this series from beginning to end. Not only that, it's the only set of books that they've lent out to friends, who all enjoyed them as well. Another mother, whose son is not a reader, was shocked when he read The Lightning Thief and said he "got" it. Highly recommended.
  2. Redwall (Redwall, 1-21 and still going) by Brian Jacques
    This series is the favorite of my oldest.
  3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (and the complete series) by J.K. Rowling
    This is middle son's favorite.
  4. Magyk (Septimus Heap, 1-5) by Angie Sage
  5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney
  6. Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism by Georgia Byng
  7. The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn Iggulden, Hal Iggulden
  8. The Forests Of Silence (Deltora Quest, 1-8) by Emily Rodda
  9. The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #1) by Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi
  10. My Teacher Is an Alien by Bruce Coville
  11. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  12. 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson
Bonus-Goblin Quest by by Jim C. Hines This and the second in the series will soon make an appearance for the holidays. shhhh. Don't tell my boys.
I have a feeling these books will be favorites soon.


The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #1)Goblin Quest (Jig the Goblin, Book 1)Redwall (Redwall, #1)Magyk (Septimus Heap, #1)The Dangerous Book for BoysMy Teacher Is an Alien (My Teacher Books)Inkheart (Inkheart, #1)100 Cupboards (The 100 Cupboards, Book 1)Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)The Forests Of Silence (Deltora Quest #1)The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog DaysMolly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism (Molly Moon)

Monday, December 14, 2009

Firestorm on E'Terra Excerpt II


Once a month, a bunch of authors get together and post excerpts from published books, contracted work or works in progress, and link to each other. You don’t have to be published to participate–just an writer with an excerpt you’d like to share. For more info on how to participate, head over to the Excerpt Monday site! or click on the banner above.
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Chapter One
Master Sergeant Wilson Dex checked the buckle on his chute, adjusted the fit of his pack strap, and twisted his hips to ensure the equipment on his back didn’t jangle. With a slight tap, he verified that his rebreather sat on his chest, ready to fit over his face. All set. In the vast, multi-craft launch bay, he sat next to the hotshot team lining the benches and waited for the go.

“Hey smokejumper, ever taken a helo down from a slapshot on the stratosphere? It’s a wild ride.” The punch on Dex’s shoulder would have told him if the laughter following the challenge had not.

“Chief,” Dex rolled his shoulder to ease out the sting. “I’ve logged enough jump hours to make your entire team look like the babies they are.”

Another punch, in the exact same spot, and a knot started to throb in Dex’s upper arm. Without a flinch, he resisted the urge to cup the forming bruise and didn’t move a muscle.

“Hell, I know, son. Otherwise I wouldn’t have brought a wild card to work with my team.”

Assigned to the mission as a subject matter expert (SME), Dex didn’t point out Chief hadn’t brought him on board. Before the banter could descend into the usual barbs between the loner smokejumper and the cohesive hotshot team of twenty men, the crackle of the speaker reverberated through the open space of the dock bay. “Jump is on hold until turbulent electrical storm passes the landing site.”

The Chief clicked on the comm attached on his shoulder chute strap. “Chief Klein to Captain Varde.”

Dex stilled and tried not to eavesdrop on the civilian fire chief who’d muscled his way onto the bench next to Dex, shifting the team, grunting and grumbling, further down. When Dex noticed he held his breath, waiting on the response over the comm, he pushed the air from his lungs with a long sigh.

While Chief’s hail went unanswered, the burly man raised his brows and grinned at Dex. “Eager for the jump, eh? Can’t control the weather. Well, not on this new terraform, anyway. When the startup colony makes the money, I’m sure they’ll bring in a weather control expert to get them going.”

The leader of this band of firefighters was winding up for another long-winded lecture when his comm clicked.

“Chief,” came the precise, even tone of Captain Varde. Though the voice was nearly asexual, and the woman herself controlled and put-together, Dex’s groin tightened, and to his chagrin, his cock hardened. He shifted on the bench and brought his helmet from hanging on a knee to his lap.

“Ma’am, do we have an estimate on how long we’re delayed?”

Despite trying not to do so, Dex leaned toward the comm on Chief’s shoulder. The Chief raised his brows again, and Dex sat back.

“At least a day, Chief. Disperse your team to regroup again in twenty-four.”
“Aye, aye, skipper.”

The off-click took away her voice, as warm and inviting as the synthesized AI unit that ran this ship’s enviro and cafĂ© systems. Yet, he’d hardened even more, picturing her still face, neat blonde hair with every strand in place, and perfect lipstick he wanted to muss and smear all along his cock.

Dex shifted on the seat again, bumping the hotshot jumper next to him and elbowing Chief. His temporary superior stood and addressed the group of men.

“Well, you heard the boss. Same drill, same time tomorrow. Get your gear stowed and put in a regular day. Blow off the steam you all built up waiting for word. Dismissed.”

The heat-resistant chromoter strapped to Dex’s wrist showed ten minutes before his reserved zap-ball workout slot. When he’d boarded, he’d received an assigned daily exercise, based on preferences, which he’d not missed, not once, in the two-month intragalactic voyage to E’terra.

With the usual routine disrupted when the StratGlider had achieved orbit and the pending mission aborted, Dex hustled out the door. He hoped his partner wouldn’t miss today’s match.


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Links to other Excerpt Monday writers

Note: I have not personally screened these excerpts. Please heed the ratings and be aware that the links may contain material that is not typical of my site.

So, to kick it off, your hosts:

Alexia Reed, Urban Fantasy (R)

and

Bria Quinlan, Rom Com (PG13)

Joining us this week:

Danie Ford, Womens Fiction (PG13)
Kaige, Historical Romance (PG13)
Jeannie Lin, Contemporary (PG13)
RF Long, Fantasy Sword and Sorcery (PG13)
Shawntelle Madison, Paranormal Romance (PG13)
Debbie Mumford, Flash Fiction (PG13)
Jo Lynne Valerie, Paranormal Romance (PG 13)

Kendal Ashby, Erotic Contemporary (R)
KB Alan, Erotic Paranormal Romance (R)
Penny Dune, Romantic Suspense (R)
Cate Hart, YA Paranormal (R)
Inez Kelley, Contemporary Romance (R)
Jeannete Murray, RomCom (R)
Christa Page, Regency Paranormal (R)
Michelle Picard, Paranormal
Jeanne St James, Erotic Rom M/M (R)
Danielle Yockman, Historical Romance (R)

Sara BrookesFantasy (NC17)
Emily Ryan Davis, Erotic Contemporary Romance (NC17)
Ella Drake, Erotic SciFi Romance (NC17)
Angeleque Ford, Erotic Contemporary Romance (NC17)
Jamal W Hankins, Dark Fiction/Fantasy (NC17)
Bryl R Tyne, Transgender M/M (NC17)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Holiday Blog Tour Winners


PRIZE LIST!!

Sharon K
Preja Vu by Alanna Coca
3 paperbacks from Emily and Elise
For a Price by Olivia Brynn
Wolf's Tender by Gem Sivad

Beth
Once Bitten by Trina M. Lee
Bound by Deception by Christa Paige
Rocky Mountain Heat by Vivian Arend
Banged Up by Jeanne St. James
Endangered Hearts by Jolie Cain

Boone Brux
Flesh and Blood by Tina Holland
Between Heaven and Hell by Stephanie Adkins
The Challenge by Serena Shay
Protective Custody by Paige Tyler

Amy S.
Human Nature by Cat Kane
Backlist book by Dee Carney
Semper Fi by Jambrea Jo Jones
Red Lioness Tamed by Savanna Kougar

Shawn F
The Spirit of the Place by PG Forte
Iron by PG Forte
In the Dark by PG Forte
Winner's choice of any book by K.Z. Snow

Foretta
Six Foot Hero by Shea McMaster
TBA by J. Morgan
Hearts Afire December by Emily, Elise and Ella
Signed print copy of Destiny's Magick by Rae Morgan

Caffey

The Omegas by Annie Nicholas
The Extremist by Juniper Bell
Tastes of Pleasure by Shara Lanel

Congrats to all! You will be contacted by the authors for prize delivery. Thank you all so much for joining in our fun! We're already planning another blog tour before christmas, so check back here for details!

Contest Winners


Congratulations!

I'm happy to announce the winners of the SFR Holiday Blitz. Both winners were chosen by using random numbers from Random.org. First, the winner of the ebook Hearts Afire: December is April. I've emailed you at the address used to enter the contest.
The winner of FALLEN & GUARDIAN by Claire Delacroix is
kenderkg

Please send me your contact information at ella AT elladrake DOT com.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Holiday Blog Tour



Does he look a little cold to you? And look, he's got a bit of red ribbon. A gift. Just for you.
Okay, so you might not be looking at the tiny little ribbon. But I was intrigued by it. Wonder if he's trying to remember something?

This scrumptious guy is brought to you by me for the Holiday Hottie Tour. To enter the contest, just leave a comment and head on over to the next stop on the tour--Jeanne St. James http://www.jeannestjames.blogspot.com/

If you've landed here on your own and would like to be part of the scavenger hunt, just read the details below.
Good luck and happy holidays!

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It's the Holiday Hottie Tour! Eye candy for all, and prizes galore. Just look at the list of the scrumptious sugarplums that could appear in a stocking near you:

Preja Vu by Alanna Coca
3 paperbacks from Emily Ryan-Davis and Elise Logan
For a Price by Olivia Brynn
Wolf's Tender by Gem Sivad
Once Bitten by Trina M. Lee
Bound by Deception by Christa Paige
Rocky Mountain Heat by Vivian Arend
Banged Up by Jeanne St. James
Endangered Hearts by Jolie Cain
Flesh and Blood by Tina Holland
Between Heaven and Hell by Stephanie Adkins
The Challenge by Serena Shay
Three Holiday-themed books by PG Forte
Protective Custody by Paige Tyler
Human Nature by Cat Kane
Any backlist book by Dee Carney
Semper Fi ~ Magnus by Jambrea Jo Jones
Red Lioness Tamed by Savanna Kougar
The Spirit of the Place by PG Forte
Iron by PG Forte
In the Dark by PG Forte
Winner's choice of any book by K.Z. Snow
Six Foot Hero by Shea McMaster
Book (TBA) by J. Morgan
Hearts Afire December by Emily Ryan-Davis, Elise Logan and Ella Drake
Intimate Strangers by Gem Sivad
Backlist book by Vivian Arend
Signed print copy of Destiny's Magick by Rae Morgan
The Omegas by Annie Nicholas
The Extremist by Juniper Bell

All you have to do is leave a comment on each blog post. Easy, right? You think that's reason enough to join us? Well, it is... but there's more! Many of the authors above will be gathering for eggnog, gingerbread, and roasted chestnuts in a nice cozy chat room during the blog tour. That's right, one chat room filled with so much imagination and romance, we might burn up the website. No need to sign up for anything, just click to enter after the last stop on the tour.



December 11th, 2009 from midnight to midnight for the tour, and chat from 7am to 7pm eastern.

Start the hunt HERE


Participating authors:
Trina M. Lee http://trinamlee.com/blog/
Serena Shay http://serenashay.blogspot.com/
Jolie Cain http://joliecainauthor.blogspot.com/
Tina Holland http://tinaholland.wordpress.com/
Stephanie Adkins http://stephanieadkins.wordpress.com/blog/
Emily and Elise http://www.scorchedsheets.com/blog
Paige Tyler http://paigetylertheauthor.blogspot.com/
Juniper Bell http://authorJuniperBell.blogspot.com
Alanna Coca http://alannacoca.com/blog
Roscoe James at SEx http://www.liquidsilverbooks.com/blog/
K.Z. Snow http://kzsnow.blogspot.com.
Ella Drake http://elladrake.blogspot.com/
Jeanne St. James http://www.jeannestjames.blogspot.com/
Annie Nicholas www.annienicholas.blogspot.com
P.G. Forte http://www.rhymeswithforeplay.blogspot.com/
Shara Lanel http://sharalanel.wordpress.com/
Olivia Brynn http://oliviabrynn.com/blog
Dhympna du Maurier http://culinarycarnivale.blogspot.com/
Morgan Q. O'Reilly http://themorgandiaries.blogspot.com/
Sara Brookes http://www.sarabrookes.net
Savanna Kougar http://kougarkisses.blogspot.com/
Christa Paige http://www.christapaige.com/blog/
Vivian Arend http://vivianarend.com/blog/
Cat Kane http://catkane.blogspot.com/
Dee Carney http://www.deecarney.com/blog/
Jambrea Jo Jones http://jambrea.wordpress.com/
Gem Sivad http://gemsivad.wordpress.com/blog/

Thursday, December 10, 2009

13 lines from Firestorm on E'Terra

Hearts Afire: December

13 lines from "Firestorm on E'Terra" my erotic SFR novella. In this scene, the hero and heroine, Dex and Samy, are drinking Samy's special recipe health shake after their usual exercise workout.

Dex put down the thermos. Desperation speared through him. This would be his last opportunity, and only the chance of a freak storm had given it to him. He had to seize the day, take the chances he was known to take. He reached out and took her thermos, put it on the pantry counter top, and tugged her into his arms.

“I’ve wanted to do this for two months,” he whispered against her lips.

“Do it,” she ordered. Commanded. A strong woman who wrapped her arms around him and yanked him into the ample chest her uniform couldn’t disguise.

His lips devoured hers. The taste of oranges from the shake blended with her minty scent and made his head spin faster than when he nosedived off the Cerebus Canyon into wildfires that sent him reeling with toxic smoke. He’d managed to walk away from the dive. The taste of Samy, heady, intoxicating, threw him over a ledge he’d be lucky to survive, much less walk away from.

Hearts Afire: December is available now from Liquid Silver Books, including "Firestorm on E'Terra" by Ella Drake and "This Fire" by Elise Logan and Emily Ryan-Davis.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Free SFR reads

In honor of my two weeks of Celebrating Science Fiction Romance, I thought I'd post a list of free reads for those of you new to the genre, wanting to get a taste. Check out the following stories:

Short stories, some of which are sizzling hot!
Still We Live by Ann Aguirre
Pure Bond by Kim Knox
Star Song by Karin Shah
"For The Children" by Susan Sizemore (Scroll to the bottom of page)
Lust in Space by Kathleen Scott

Serial with connected short stories (definitely sizzling hot/erotic)
GMS Mercy by Elise Logan and Emily Ryan-Davis

Related reads:
Steampunk Tales

Romantic Science Fiction, full length novel in ebook form. (This book is in the Baen Free Library, so while you're there, check out the rest of the site.)
Sunrise Alley by Catherine Asaro

If you know of others, feel free to link in the comments section. This is just a sampling of what's out there.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Blogging at Liquid Silver Books

I'm over at the LSB Blog today announcing the release of Hearts Afire: December.
Come take a look if you'd like to read an excerpt from "Firestorm on E'Terra", my eSFR novella.

A hot firefighter, a spaceship, and explosions on SEx-Silver Expressions Blog.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Hearts Afire: December Released

Hearts Afire: December
including "This Fire" by Elise Logan & Emily Ryan-Davis
and

"Firestorm on E'Terra" by Ella Drake
Erotic Science Fiction Romance -- Novella

When fire meets ice, the storm flames out of control.

Intragalactic smokejumper and former refugee Wilson Dex takes the latest in a long line of risks, a mission to quell the firestorm on planet E'terra.

Equipment from his transport ship malfunctions, forcing by-the-book Commander Samantha Varde dirtside to help Dex though she suffers from landsickness.

While fighting the ill-timed and against-code heat between them, they have hours to reprogram a torpedo, fly into a tornado, and chute into a firestorm, all to save the colony before the storm flames out of control.


Available from Liquid Silver Books.
For updates, get more information in the Liquid Silver Forum

Today, I'm also visiting with author Nikki Duncan

For a chance to win Hearts Afire: December, enter the SFR Blitz contest, more details below.

Counting down to Release Time!

Release-Day Blog Party at ScorchedSheets.Com!

Spend Monday with Elise Logan as she compulsively refreshes the Liquid Silver Books web site in anticipation of the official release of HEARTS AFIRE: DECEMBER, featuring novellas by Ella Drake and Elise Logan & Emily Ryan-Davis.

Prizes are to be had, and many of them - all through the day!

Hearts Afire banner

Sunday, December 6, 2009

SFR Holiday Blitz--More celebrating Science Fiction Romance

Welcome to the SFR Holiday Blitz!
The holiday season upon us, and that means 2010 is simmering just below the horizon. Start your New Year off right with a chance to score a FREE read in one of the hottest up and coming genres around—Science Fiction Romance!

Here’s the scoop: 12 bloggers have teamed up with 17 authors for your chance to win over 30 SFR books. Whether you’re new to the genre, or a fan looking to add to her collection, this event is for you.

It's simple to enter: There are no quizzes to answer, no hoops to jump.



For your chance to win FALLEN & GUARDIAN by Claire Delacroix, all you have to do is leave a comment for this post. Prize limited to US, Canada & UK residents. The deadline to enter is midnight on Friday, December 11, 2009 EST. The winner will be announced on Saturday, December 12, 2009.

But don’t stop here! Increase your chances of winning even more books by visiting all of the participating blogs.

It’s easy: Just click on one of the links to the participating bloggers below. Make sure to leave a comment on the post titled “SFR Holiday Blitz.” From there, you can then jump to the next blog. There’s a wide variety of books to win so why miss out?


Alien Romances
Dirty Sexy Books
Ella Drake
Enduring Romance
Flying Whale Productions
Lisa Paitz Spindler
Love Romance Passion
SciFiGuy
Spacefreighters Lounge
Take It To The Stars
The Galaxy Express
Queen of the Frozen North

In addition to the print books FALLEN and GUARDIAN by Claire Delacroix, I'll also be giving away a digital copy of Hearts Afire: December. This anthology from Liquid Silver Books includes my SFR "Firestorm on Eterra" as well as the contemporary novella, "This Fire" by Elise Logan & Emily Ryan-Davis. For more info on this ebook, including blurbs and excerpts, check out the LSB forum.
This contest is open world-wide and is simple. Just enter your email address below.
(email addresses are confidential and will only be used for this contest, or if opting to do so, to sign up for my newsletter. Winner picked randomly from all entrants.)


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Don't forget to leave a comment on this post for your chance to win FALLEN & GUARDIAN by Claire Delacroix. & check back on the 12th to see the winner announcement!

Once you've entered here, check the other participating blogs listed above for a chance to win books from the following authors:
Ann Aguirre, Katherine Allred, Margaret L. Carter, Rowena Cherry, Ella Drake, Jess Granger, Susan Grant, Nathalie Gray, Leanna Renee Hieber, Claire Delacroix, Barbara Elsborg, Susan Kearney, Jacqueline Lichtenberg, Karin Shah, Linnea Sinclair, Susan Sizemore, Ann Somerville

Good luck! For more on how I'm Celebrating Science Fiction Romance the first two weeks of December, check out the list of events here, or explore further on this blog.
Happy Reading!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Most Recent SFR Read--Taking Liberty by Jodi Redford

More Celebrating Science Fiction Romance with a look at my most recent read: Taking Liberty by Jodi Redford.

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From zero to naked at warp speed…

Rini Campell’s one shot at keeping her field agent position with the United Galaxies’ repo department means bringing in the spaceship Liberty. Piece of cake. Except she didn’t count on the pilot still being on board. Or being buck naked.

Lucus Granger doesn’t have time to deal with a pain-in-the-ass repo agent. Not when he’s minutes away from dropping off a cargo haul for the psychotic alien dictator of Aquatica. Though he figures it’s just about the stupidest bargain he’s ever made, he allows Rini to tag along for the flight.

Big mistake.

Stranded in enemy territory, they find themselves fighting a battle on two fronts. Against a creepy dictator who’d as soon drown them as look at them. And against a blazing attraction hotter than the godforsaken planet itself. For these two wary hearts, love could bloom in the desert…if it doesn’t kill them first.

Warning: A feisty heroine and yummy hero getting sweaty in the desert. Squid aliens who bring new meaning to the word slimy. Oh, and some close encounters of the sexy kind.

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Taking Liberty is as fun a read as the blurb lead me to believe. The plot is action packed, the chemistry is sizzling, and the world-building is unique. It certainly doesn't hurt that the hero Lucus channels my first love, Han Solo.

Rini is a repo agent out to repossess the spaceship Liberty. Lucas has other ideas. The tension between the two is immediate and real. Lucas talks Rini into allowing him to make one last run to pay off the debt for the Liberty. Rini agrees, to get a shot at the bad guy. As you might expect, everything goes wrong, but the unique twists keep this story going and pulls you in. The tension between the couple is built perfectly. I couldn't put this story down and read it in one sitting.

This story has everything I love about SFR: spaceships, lust in space, squicky bad guys. It has none of the pitfalls. And, the cover by Kanaxa is gorgeous. If you enjoy SFR, you really can not go wrong with this one.

For more info, check out the Samhain ebook page, or Jodi Redford's website.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Celebrating Science Fiction Romance

I'm gearing up for two weeks of Science Fiction Romance (SFR) goodness. Here are 13 ways I'm celebrating my favorite genre.
  1. Dec 1 - I was a guest on Rowena Cherry's Crazy Tuesday podcast this week, talking about SFR. If you'd like to take a listen, it's archived here. Other guests were Heather Massey of The Galaxy Express, Danger Gal Lisa Paitz Spindler, and SciFi Guy Doug Knipe.
  2. Dec 2 - Posted an article with a short list of futuristics/SFR with viruses as part of the plot. Check out How did the wasp get its sting?
  3. Dec 3 - Thursday 13. This post!
  4. Dec 5 - Blogging about the last SFR I read, Taking Liberty by Jodi Redford.
  5. Dec 6 - Kick off of The SFR Holiday Blitz, an exciting SFR scavenger hunt featuring myself (yay!) and 11 other bloggers, highlighting 17 authors and over 30 prizes.
  6. Dec 7 - Release of Hearts Afire: December from Liquid Silver Books. This two-novella e-book anthology features "This Fire" by Elise Logan & Emily Ryan-Davis and my SFR novella, "Firestorm on E'Terra"
  7. Dec 7 - Visiting with author Nikki Duncan, discussing modern day heroes and how they inspired my futuristic story, "Firestorm on E'Terra".
  8. Dec 8 - Blogging at Liquid Silver about "Firestorm on E'Terra"
  9. Dec 9 - Posting a list of SFR free reads out there, including GMS Mercy by Elise Logan and Emily Ryan-Davis
  10. Dec 10 - For Thursday 13, I'll be posting 13 lines from "Firestorm on E'Terra"
  11. Dec 11 - Will be in a Holiday Blog Tour with other Liquid Silver authors, once again featuring "Firestorm on E'Terra". Lots of prizes to win!
  12. Bonus event: from Dec 11th to Dec 17th at noon EST, I'll be participating in another scavenger hunt. This one sponsored by Samhain authors, with a chance to win ebooks and a Sony ereader to read all those SFR/Futuristics you've been dying to read. Details will be posted here and at the Samhellion.
  13. Wrapping it all up on Dec 14th with Excerpt Monday, when I'll be posting an excerpt from my SFR "Firestorm on E'Terra"

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Crazy Tuesday Podcast

Gearing up for a spectacular Science Fiction Romance holiday event, Rowena Cherry is hosting Heather Massey from the Galaxy Express as a guest on her Crazy Tuesday podcast show (hosted on PIVTR ). I'm a guest on the show as well. Tune in to check it out (10am-12pm EST). We've announced a fantastic event: the SFR Holiday Blitz. Other guests for the show include bloggers Lisa Paitz Spindler & Doug Knipe, SciFi Guy.
For more on the SFR Holiday Blitz, check out the Galaxy Express.

Get ready for Holiday Scavenger Hunts!

I'll be participating in three author scavenger hunts this month. Many prizes up for grabs. More details to come.
The SFR Holiday Blitz
The Holiday Scavenger Hunt with many fellow LSB authors.
And a to be announced Samhain event you will not want to miss.