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September 30, 2014

All I can say about this month's sci-fi romance releases is…wow!

New releases
STARLIGHT COWBOY (Beyond Fairytales) - Stephanie Beck

A Beyond Fairytales Adaptation of The Sun Brings it to Light
From the storybook of the stars.

A groundbreaking mission to the moons of Jupiter should have been Annalina's big ticket for advancement, but instead of captaining her own ship, she's second fiddle to Shields Albright.Playboy, adventurer, immature.

Shields has been called it all, but really, he just wants to fly and hasn’t spent a lot of time on his social skills. Mutual attraction grows as the walls of the space ship close in, and they come to an arrangement that satisfies them both, while allowing them professional distance. The distance doesn’t last, not as they grow to understand themselves…and each other as someone who just fits.

Not all is as it should be among the stars.

Their ship is attacked, and the moons of Jupiter are not exactly untouched when they finally arrive. The little world they’ve built high above terra firma is about to smack down in the middle of a dangerous, maybe even deadly, reality. If Shields didn't attract trouble like fireflies on a bug zapper, the two might have an actual shot at true love.

Read the excerpt.
 Half-blood Immortal Prince, Raiden of Itara, has been a battle commander in the war with the Triscani for over a century. But now the Itaran high Queen sends him to Earth with one purpose, to hunt down and catalog all human females with Timewalker D.N.A. for her personal army. To ensure his compliance with her vile scheme, she places an evil Remnant of her own soul in his body. Should he fail his mission, or fail to return to her, the Remnant will consume him, drive him mad, and cost him his life. But someone knows the truth, sabotages the ship, kills Raiden’s entire crew, and forces the damaged space ship to crash land in the blue abyss of the Bermuda Triangle. With no power, no crew, and dying a slow death by poison, Raiden is forced to take a desperate gamble, place himself in stasis and hope someone finds him before it’s too late.

For two years, visions of a dark prince have haunted Marina’s dreams. At times terrifying, at others sensual bliss, the nightmares have become an obsession that the Santa Fe native can’t resist. With no family and nothing left to lose, Mari has dedicated years of her life learning to dive the oceans and explore underwater caves…where the dreams insist she’ll find him. When she locates his stasis pod, she’s not prepared for the monsters who’ve taken him, the inhuman Triscani Hunters, who guard his body like a precious treasure. Death is sure, until an Archiver and a Seer from Itara pull her from the jaws of death and genetically enhance her dormant D.N.A. Mari finds out she’s not quite as human as she’d always believed. She’s a Timewalker. She has to go back and kill the monsters. And she’s in love with an alien prince who’s destined to destroy her.
THE CLOCKWORK DAGGER (Clockwork Duology#1) - Beth Cato
Orphaned as a child, Octavia Leander was doomed to grow up on the streets until Miss Percival saved her and taught her to become a medician. Gifted with incredible powers, the young healer is about to embark on her first mission, visiting suffering cities in the far reaches of the war-scarred realm. But the airship on which she is traveling is plagued by a series of strange and disturbing occurrences, including murder, and Octavia herself is threatened.
Suddenly, she is caught up in a flurry of intrigue: the dashingly attractive steward may be one of the infamous Clockwork Daggers—the Queen’s spies and assassins—and her cabin-mate harbors disturbing secrets. But the danger is only beginning, for Octavia discovers that the deadly conspiracy aboard the airship may reach the crown itself.
INTO DARKNESS (Night Prowler#6) - J.T. Geissinger

In New Vienna, capital of the oppressive global government formed after the Flash, three things are certain: the sun is poisonous, speaking out is dangerous, and being different will get you killed.
And Lumina Bohn is extraordinarily different.
Living in terror of discovery, Lu knows nothing of her past—but she knows she must pretend to be human to survive. When an incident at work triggers her astonishing powers, she becomes the target of an international manhunt. Only one person can save her: Magnus, the enigmatic stranger haunting her dreams.
Magnus rescues the outcasts called Aberrants from capture and torture. As Lu begins exploring her powers among her people, her feelings for Magnus intensify. He’s determined to stay emotionally distant, yet their smoldering passion soon becomes impossible to resist.
But when a shocking revelation threatens the lives of every remaining Aberrant, Lu and Magnus must risk everything, confronting their enemies in an explosive final stand to save their kind from the darkest fate of all: extinction.
WHEN STARS COLLIDE (The Darkon Warriors #5) - S.E. Gilchrist

The third full-length novel in SE Gilchrist’s best-selling erotic SF series mixes one sexy spy, a soldier looking for salvation, and an unlikely mission to save the world.
Reece, contortionist bubble dancer and part time spy, has one goal — a safe haven and independent life far from the war. But her plans go awry and her future becomes dangerously uncertain when she is falsely accused of the murders of her friend and a Darkon traitor. Now her new list of goals includes payback.
In her way is Ulrac, a banished Darkon patroller, responsible for incarcerating females for barbaric ‘treatments’ and ‘research’ on the planet Isla. He’s determined to use the capture of the spy and her intel to win the approval of his father – a hard-line Traditionalist with his own agenda – and help him overthrow the current ruler of Darkos.
But the war of the Seven Galaxies has reached a critical stage, and personal plans and goals suddenly hold very little meaning. The enemy is poised to unleash a terrible weapon and no one stands between him and total domination of all the universes.
No one – except Reece and Ulrac.
PROSPERITY (steampunk) - Alexis Hall
A breathtaking tale of passion and adventure in the untamed skies!
Prosperity, 1863: a lawless skytown where varlets, chancers, and ne’er-do-wells risk everything to chase a fortune in the clouds, and where a Gaslight guttersnipe named Piccadilly is about to cheat the wrong man. This mistake will endanger his life . . . and his heart.
Thrill! As our hero battles dreadful kraken above Prosperity. Gasp! As the miracles of clockwork engineering allow a dead man to wreak his vengeance upon the living. Marvel! At the aerial escapades of the aethership, Shadowless.
Beware! The licentious and unchristian example set by the opium-addled navigatress, Miss Grey. Disapprove Strongly! Of the utter moral iniquity of the dastardly crime prince, Milord. Swoon! At the dashing skycaptain, Byron Kae. Swoon Again! At the tormented clergyman, Ruben Crowe.
This volume (available in print, and for the first time on mechanical book-reading devices) contains the complete original text of Piccadilly’s memoirs as first serialised in All the Year Round. Some passages may prove unsettling to unmarried gentlemen of a sensitive disposition.
DESOLATION (Earth Evolution #1) - KD Jones

Maggie James was sixteen years old when the Earth self-destructed. She's spent the years since fighting to protect herself and the band of subway-dwelling misfits who took her in. Every day is a struggle to survive, and she's seen the best and the worst of humanity. Hope seems lost until a tall, gorgeous hunk of a man from another world appears out of nowhere. 
Captain Liam Estros a soldier for the Drastan Nation who has been sent to investigate a mayday call over five years old. Believing the detour a waste of time, he doesn't take the hunt for survivors seriously until he's captured and taken hostage by a small human woman. 
In a world torn asunder by ignorance and violence, some will always revel in the chaos, preying on those just trying to survive. Heroes will rise from the ashes, and hope will come from the stars. Two hearts and two species. They must both overcome terrible odds to find love in desolation. 
Warning: For Mature Adult Audiences. Contains language and actions some may deem offensive. M/F

GHOST PHOENIX (The Phoenix Institute #3; superhero) - Corrina Lawson

The cure they desperately need just rose from the ashes of evil…
Richard Plantagenet, self-exiled prince of an immortal court, is content living the uncomplicated life of a California surfer. Until his brother’s sudden death and his Queen’s wasting illness wrest him from his ocean-side solitude for one last quest.
The Queen needs a cure. To get it, Richard needs assistance from someone with a singular—and slightly illegal—talent.
As the latest of a long line of ghost-walkers, Marian Doyle can, literally, walk through walls—bringing objects with her. Her gift comes in handy for her family’s shady antiquities business, but Marian’s had it with breaking the law. She wants a life of her own choosing.Instead, she gets Richard.
Their mission seems simple: Find the body of Gregori Rasputin and procure a small sample of his DNA. But when they discover the Mad Monk of Russia is very much alive, the prince and the phantom must form a bond to battle a man who desires to remake the world in fire.
RETURN TO EMERALD CITY: A COLLECTION OF SCI-FI ROMANCE NOVELLAS INSPIRED BY THE WIZARD OF OZ - AllysonLindt and SofiaGrey
Dorothy’s Red ShoesThere’s no place like home… Dorothy is already feeling homesick for Emerald City, and wonders if taking a job halfway around the world was a mistake. When her love life crumbles–again–will she run for home?
His Replay GirlIf he only had the nerve… Ten years ago, Quinn made the best choice of his life, and the biggest mistake. It’s true, his band, Lionheart, is one of the biggest in the world, but how much does it mean if he can’t tell the woman he loves how he feels?
His Reboot GirlIf only he had a brain… Scott woke up with his head spinning and not much else going on up there. Now he’s a suspect in a terrorist plot, and on the run. One woman insists she's the key to his past and his freedom. Too bad he doesn't remember her. 

His Rewind GirlIf he only had a heart.... Cam is as much machine as man. There are days he loathes the CyGes implants that saved his life but couldn't do the same for his family. They replaced his limbs, but now he needs someone to mend his heart.
REALM OF THE ICE QUEEN (The Airship Adventure Chronicles #4) - Lara Nance
Belle and Rett’s adventures are not over.
While Rett is involved in rebuilding the destruction caused by Dr. Krakov in the capitol city, the queen calls on Belle for a vital mission.
She sails off to Icelandia to negotiate a treaty with the eastern countries, only to find the queen of that frigid land is hiding a secret that threatens to derail the vital progress of peace.
Rett unwittingly uncovers a threat beneath Aereopolis, more dangerous than the attack of the mad scientist. This discovery sets off a chain of events that unleashes a century-old menace.
Once again, Belle and Rett must count on resourcefulness, courage, and old friends to escape peril and save the day.
IN THE VOID ("Firefly" type space opera; Tales from the Edge #2) - Sheryl Nantus

Catherine Rodgers doesn't like Mercy spaceships, or the courtesans who work on them--not after her husband left her for a Mercy woman. But after her luxurious transport ship gets blown up to prevent her from cracking the lid off a corporate scam that's left hundreds dead and a few people very rich, the only vessel around to save her is the Bonnie Belle.
Sean Harrison has worked as one of the Belle's courtesans for years, bringing happiness to countless women along the space lanes. When he's asked to look after Catherine while the Belle brings her to safety, it should be just another job. Somehow it's anything but.
Sean is captivated by Catherine's sense of justice and responsibility. And Catherine finds a softer, more emotionally intelligent man in Sean than she expected. Drawn together in darkness under the threat of death, they find the beginning of something lasting. But with pirates after the Belle and a price on Catherine's head, that beginning might be all they get. 

FUTURE PROSPECT (Love Under a New Star #1) - Lynn Rae  Surly stellar cartographer Colan is less than happy when he’s ordered to serve as a liaison with Lia, a fresh-faced bureaucrat determined to build a perfect settlement. He’s even less happy to find himself utterly attracted to her. When tensions between residents and new comers escalate into acts of terror, they’ll have to work together to end the conflict before the burgeoning community is destroyed, as well as any chance of exploring their growing mutual attraction.
UNWRAPPING MISS MILKY WAY - Candace Sams
A lonely starfighter captain, Datron Mann, faces intrigue, adventure, and the dubious honor of judging galactic females in a beauty contest. He even faces certain death after accepting a mission to track down dangerous weapon smugglers—all in a day's work. When a beautiful mechanic stows away on his vessel, he's simultaneously furious and enchanted. Nothing in the universe has ever made him feel as alive as this one woman. But even if he manages to subdue the criminals and make it home, he faces ultimate heartache. His beloved is dying and there's no cure for the disease ravaging her brain.

Eager to teach the vaunted captain a lesson in decorum, Former beauty queen, Charlotte Grayson, devises a scheme to embarrass the unruly captain. Unfortunately, that plan lands her in the middle of an undercover operation fighting murderous smugglers alongside the detestable man. With their lives in danger, can they find a way to work together or is heartache the eventual outcome? Smugglers bearing mind-controlling drugs and advanced weaponry are just the beginning of their problems. For one of the intrepid heroes, being killed on the mission was never an issue. For one of them...death is the only outcome.

REGION 7 (The Travelers Series) - Moira Stanton For Maya, a Warrior-Traveler of the Multi-verse, the assignment to save an Energy Child from death means she must face not only the mystery man who has dominated her dreams, but her own past and her refusal to trust in love. With evil stalking them at every turn, Maya and Kantu must navigate a world where the population is “ringed” to control emotion. If the Energy Child is ringed and eradicated, her world is doomed, as she alone holds the power to destroy the Guardian of the rings.

As Maya and Kantu work to save the Energy Child, they reignite a love that has spanned lifetimes and discover the time has come to trust one another so they can finally and forever change the course of that love. 

A HERO FOR THE EMPIRE (The Dragon's Bidding Saga #1; space opera, romantic SF) - Christina Westcott Commander Kimber FitzWarren is running on borrowed time. The cybernetic augmentations that give her superhuman strength and speed have also shortened her life. The success of her next mission is imperative, not only to save her Empire, but because this operation could be her last. She and a cabal of idealistic officers are plotting to topple the corrupt Imperial government. The key to placing missing military legend Arianne Ransahov on the throne lies with the only man who can find her, mercenary Wolf Youngblood.
Having just survived one Imperial assassination attempt, Wolf is understandably on edge when Fitz shows up in his bedroom at 0-dark-30. Except she isn’t there to kill him, but to plead for his help. Help he’s reluctant to give—until another assassin pushes the issue. Pursued by Imperial forces, left with no one to depend on but each other, a passion grows between them that even their secrets can’t destroy.
But before they can explore what’s left of their future, they have to survive the mission.
Warning: Space is no place to go it alone. We recommend taking along a telepathic cat, an immortal mercenary, and a cybernetically augmented Imperial SpecOps agent. You never know what kind of trouble you’ll run into… 

#notchilled

As you may have heard, a very unfortunate situation has developed: Ellora's Cave Sues Dear Author:
Ellora’s Cave has filed suit in Summit County Ohio against Dear Author and me personally for the blog post here recounting the problems that others have discussed publicly about the company.  EC is seeking injunctive relief (which I presume means I stop blogging about them), monetary damages in excess of $25,000 for harming their business, and identity of commenters.
Here are links to sites providing information and/or commentary:

Ellora’s Cave Files Libel Suit Against Dear Author BlogEllora’s Cave Sues Dear Author Book Blog for DefamationThe WTFckery Report: Ellora’s Cave Suing Dear Author Blog for Defamation. Why Book Bloggers Should Be WorriedEllora's Cave, Dear Author, the Streisand Effect and freedom of speechThe Bookpushers: Our reply to Ellora’s Cave’s recent actionsCould Ellora's Cave Be More Pathetic and Pernicious?Chilling EffectsOn limited purpose public figures #notchilled"Parajunkee’s View will be boycotting Ellora’s Cave, the publisher of romantic eBooks."Update on the Ellora’s Cave v. Dear Author Defamation Suit 

Disability in SFR 
I contributed a few posts to Rose B. Fischer's Redefining Disability project. Look for the first one--"A Hot New World Building Tool: the Social Model of Disability"--on October 21, 2014.Click here to read Ms. Fischer's August update. The general post schedule is here. But don't wait for my article--check out the great work she's doing already and please help spread the word! 

MY LOVE FROM ANOTHER STAR link roundup  I know what you're thinking--there can never be enough coverage about the news that ABC is developing an adaptation of the popular K-drama MY LOVE FROM ANOTHER STAR!

Here's why millions of Americans are binge-watching Korean dramas (via Vox):
And then there's DramaFever, an online video streaming service specializing in TV series and films from Asia. DramaFever has become one of the leading distributors of international content in the United States since its 2009 launch…

…When DramaFever launched with just four employees, co-founders Suk Park and Seung Bak weren't expecting things to take off quite like they did. "When we started five years ago, we thought our audience was going to be Korean-American," Park told me over the phone. "But we couldn't have been more wrong."

Non-Asians really, really love Korean dramas

Indeed, 85 percent of DramaFever's audience, Park said, is non-Asian, with 45 percent being Caucasian and 25 percent being Latino. "All types of ethnicities," Park told me, "are seeking out foreign content" because it "speaks to them more than … traditional television."

…DramaFever carries a diverse library of content but is mostly known for its Korean dramas, more popularly known as K-dramas. K-dramas vary in story and setting, of course, but what they have in common is that each series is self-contained — meaning, one season long and telling a complete story — and usually takes as its central plot a chaste romance. In fact, a first kiss usually happens seven or eight episodes into the narrative, which usually contains around 16 to 20 episodes. "What is focused on [in K-dramas] is relationships," Park said. "Not really sex but how true lovers struggle to make romance a reality."…

…Park admits that DramaFever's content differs from what Western audiences are used to. But that might be why his service is finding such success. According to Park, Millennials — who make up DF's largest audience — think it's important to explore cultural narratives that differ from their own. As a "machine of empathy," Park thinks television is one way to open up and explore fresh narratives. "Entertainment is a gateway to culture," he says.
Here's a cute video wherein a person by the handle of Friezsnake squees about and speculates the heck out of ABC's announcement:
SFR Spaces
Two Spacefreighters Lounge bloggers-and-soon-to-be-authors wrote about their writing spaces:
Working The Magic In A New Space - Donna S. Frelick
Scenes from a SFR Writer's Space - Laurie A. Green

Okay, I'll play!

Here's how my SFR writing space developed. In the past, I would use my laptop to work on blog stuff in various places--the kitchen table, the couch, bedroom floor, etc. We went through several moves and were renting so establishing a dedicated space for me was challenging. Even after my husband and I bought our first house, I still floated from room to room.

For a while, one of our rooms on the ground floor went unused because we weren't sure what to do with it. A dining room doesn't work for us because our family is so small (and it's right next to the kitchen, so buying a second table seemed wasteful). After much deliberation and lots of furniture hunting, we decided to transform the room into an office for me (my husband already had his because he needed a more private space.)

Here's a shot of my desk, with a lovely view of the neighborhood outside:

 I found the perfect used desk and painted it white to match the trim. When I need a break from the chair, I switch my laptop to the couch on the opposite side:


The walls are bare because it's taking us a long time to decide what to display. Anyway, it's a very comfy room and I'm extremely fortunate to have such a great work space.

If you care to post about your own SFR blogging/writing space, I'd love to see it!
Women Action Heroes
At Nerdist, Kyle Anderson shares that I'm A Man And I Want To See Female Superhero Movies.

Granted, others have made similar observations already, but it's good to keep the conversation going. Mr. Anderson's post and the discussion that followed distills the challenge facing female superhero films into two key components: general and institutionalized sexism and the lack (both actual and perceived) of merchandising profit generated by female superheroes.
I fear that even if we conquered sexism enough to create popular female superhero films, sexism would still depress sales of female superhero action figures, which in turn might lead to Hollywood studios releasing fewer such films. I can only hope future generations aren't in the same boat two hundred years from now.
At Smart Girls Love SciFi & Paranormal Romance, RK blogs about The Bionic Woman Reboot:
The Reboot starred Michelle Ryan as Jamie Sommers. This time, she’s a bartender  with a younger sister to take care of. After a car accident, her boyfriend implants her with advanced prosthetics (legs, arm, ear, eye, and nanobots that heal) and she gets recruited for an underground covert ops type of thing.

Clearly, the network wanted a different angle than the original. The original was fun, but a bit on the goofy side, and this looked to be more of an action based covert ops sort of show.

The problem was that it never quite came together.
Seems to me another reboot might be in order. The seeds of a good show are there. Maybe the first reboot was too ahead of its time.
Cyborgs, cyborgs, and more cyborgs!
For more sci-fi romance content, download your free copy of Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly #4. If you like cyborg romance, this issue is right up your alley! The issue includes a guest column by GAMES OF COMMAND author Linnea Sinclair and a reprinted interview with Eve Langlais, author of the Cyborg: More Than Machinesseries.
Now I turn the mike over to you. Got any SFR news/links to share?
Joyfully yours,
Heather

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September 27, 2014

The latest issue of Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly is now out and it's chock full of delicious cyborg action! Issue #4 includes:

* Guest columnist by GAMES OF COMMAND author Linnea Sinclair

* "I Like Big Cyborgs And I Cannot Lie" article by Charlee Allden (Smart Girls Love SciFi & Paranormal Romance)

* An Interview with Cyborgs: More Than Machines author Eve Langlais

* "Taming the Cyborg Hero" article by Heather Massey (that's me!)

* SFR release coverage from June to September

* Ian Sales reviews WOMEN OF WONDER by Pamela Sargent

* Sci-fi romance reviews, and much more!

Download your free copy of Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly or you can read it online here. Plus, the magazine's site has been updated with a shiny new look. Happy reading!

Joyfully yours,

Heather

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September 26, 2014

Here's an exclusive cover reveal for my wonderful Galaxy Express passengers: WHEN DARK FALLS by Pippa Jay! This alternative 1920s superhero romance will be released 11/14 by Breathless Press. Check out the lovely design:


In a city where Dark Technologies Inc. now runs the show, Kadie Williams has more immediate concerns than the fall of Blaze, their guardian superhero. Almost every morning for the last few months she’s woken up with cuts and bruises on her body, and no idea how she got them. There are no nightmares. No evidence that she sleepwalks, or any sign of a break in. And nothing to tell her who’s been cleaning up after her. As just one of thousands of civilians conscripted to slave away in the labs of Professor Dark, she knew there'd be trouble ahead. But  she never expected it to be so bad, or so personal. 

Desperate for answers, Kadie looks to the new defender of the night, the only person who can hinder the total domination of Professor Dark—Nocturnelle. The mysterious vigilante superhero came from nowhere with her cybernetic sidekick Shadow, set on putting an end to the brutality of Dark's regime. But as his laboratories work on a new secret super-weapon, Nocturnelle and Shadow may not be enough to save Nephopolis...or to save Kadie either.

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And there's more! Read an excerpt:
The roar of the cloudburner flaming into life woke her. The vibration as it powered up rippled through the building created a disturbance impossible to sleep through. No more being roused from sleep by the dawn chorus of traffic or a rowdy neighbor. Those days were long past. Everyone in Nephopolis woke to the sound of fire burning into the clouds, to cast a false darkness over the city. The shadow of Dark.

Kadie stretched...and froze. She stared at her left arm. A pattern of blue and purple covered her forearm, a harsh contrast to her otherwise pale skin.

She shuddered, turning her arm this way and that. Had she fallen out of bed? And if so, why hadn't she woken? She didn't remember catching it on anything yesterday that would have gone unnoticed and yet left such intense bruising. One day blurred into another now, but even so, surely she'd remember hurting herself that badly?

If I'd been conscious. She sat up and examined the bruise. It was the fourth injury in as many nights, and yet there'd been no dreams. No sign she'd left her bed in the night. Would she know if she'd been sleepwalking? After all, she lived and slept alone. Unless she was leaving her apartment to wander around in the corridors...

The idea made her stomach churn too much to consider it. Instead, she swung her legs out from under the duvet. Pale pink flannel pajamas clothed her, crumpled from a night's sleep but nothing more. Her bare feet revealed no signs of midnight wandering. What the hell had happened to her arm when everything else seemed so normal?

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About the author
After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 21 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.
Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include a YA science fiction novel— Gethyon —published through BURST (Champagne Books), a scifi romance novella— Tethered —published by Breathless Press, a YA paranormal romance— Restless In Peaceville —published by Lycaon Press, three self-published short stories ( Terms & Conditions Apply , The Bones of the Sea , and Reboot ), and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology— Tales from the SFR Brigade . She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place).
Sign up to her no-spam newsletter HERE to stay up to date with releases, cover reveals, sales and giveaways for all her titles and more.
You can stalk her at her website http://pippajay.co.uk, or at her blog http://pippajay.blogspot.co.uk, but without doubt her favorite place to hang around and chat is on Twitter as @pippajaygreen
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Happy reading!
Joyfully yours,Heather

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September 23, 2014



Star-crossed lovers Do Min Joon & Cheon Song Yi
In light of the big news that ABC is planning to adapt the popular Korean drama MY LOVE FROM ANOTHER STAR, I figured this would be a great time to crowdsource a list of similar science fiction romance books!
To learn more about the show itself, read My Epic Post On MY LOVE FROM ANOTHER STAR (no major spoilers). Tl;dr: MY LOVE FROM ANOTHER STAR is about a romance between Do Min Joon, an alien who's a cross between Superman and Spock, and Cheon Song Yi, a famous celebrity. Heat level: sweet. You can stream this show for free (with ads) at DramaFever.
Though the ABC adaptation isn't in the can just yet, I'd still like to have a list of similar SFRs handy for interested readers. Ideally, the books will, like MY LOVE FROM ANOTHER STAR, feature an alien hero, a human heroine, and a contemporary Earth setting. But really, any setting will do!
Here are some titles to get us started: COLLISION - Berinn RaeWARRIOR PRINCE - Nancy J. CohenTOUCHED BY AN ALIEN - Gini KochCLOSE LIAISONS - Anna ZaireCELESTIAL SEDUCTION;
Alien Next Door series; SATIN SHEETS IN SPACE; HEY, SANTA - Jessica E. Subject LUCY IN THE SKY and TAKING STOCK - Barbara ElsborgFORCED MATE - Rowena CherryKNIGHT OF A TRILLION STARS - Dara JoyJORDAN - Susan KearneyTHE NAKED TRUTH - Lily CainCONTACT - Susan GrantUNEARTHED and UNLEASHED - C.J. BarrySTELLARNET REBEL - J.L. HiltonMY NAME IS A'YEN - Rachel Leigh Smith
Lux series - Jennifer L. ArmentroutALIENATED - Melissa LandersSWITCHED - Diane BurtonTHIS ENDRIS NIGHT - D.L. Jackson Many of SE Smith's SFR books, including Lords of Kassis series, Cosmos' Gateway series, Dragon Lords of Valdier series and spinoffs, Allianceseries, and Zion Warriors seriesIf you know of any more, let me know and I'll add them to the list.
Related TGE posts:
Alien Heroes Who Fell To Earth: Why Aren't They More Popular?Aliens Aren't Sexy? Say It Isn't So!Science Fiction Romances With "Alien" In The Title
Goodreads Listopia: Best Alpha Male Alien Meets Human Heroine Romance
Joyfully yours,Heather

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September 22, 2014


Cheon Song Yi eating favorite meal, chicken & beer
Enjoy some chicken and beer while you catch up with more coverage about ABC's remake of the Korean drama MY LOVE FROM ANOTHER STAR!
‘My Love From the Star’ Heads to the U.S. (The Wall Street Journal)
My Love From The Star’ to get US remake (Manilla Bulletin)
ABC Options You From Another Star for US Remake
Would You Watch The American Adaptation Of "MY LOVE FROM ANOTHER STAR"?
Joyfully yours,Heather

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September 21, 2014



OHMYGOSH OMYGOSH OMYGOSH!
Remember My Epic Post On MY LOVE FROM ANOTHER STAR in which I wrote, "I wonder if someone is going to purchase the rights for a U.S. version of this show. Wouldn't surprise me."?
Well, color me ecstatic because The Hollywood Reporter recently announced ABC Adapting Hot Korean Drama 'My Love From Another Star' (Exclusive):
ABC is looking to Korean format My Love From Another Star for its next breakout hit.
The network has handed out a script commitment with a penalty attached to a remake of the Korean hit, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Based on the Korean format, My Love explores why a superhero has to save the world and asks why he can't save just one girl. ABC's take is described as epic supernatural love story about a world-famous actress, Lark, and her anti-social neighbor, James, who happens to be from another planet. Disillusioned by the pettiness of human nature, and a resident of Earth for the past several hundred years, James has a centuries-old rule that he will never use his abilities to intervene in the lives of the people around him. But when he gets a premonition that the infuriatingly self-centered but compelling Lark is going to be murdered, James finds himself drawn into her chaotic life and falling deeply in love — just as he finally has the chance to return to his home in the stars. 

Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!
If ABC commits, this would mean the airing of a sci-fi romance on a U.S. mainstream television network!
Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!
This news could mean great things for SFR. Why? Well, MY LOVE FROM ANOTHER STAR already has a huge fan base. An American version could translate to many more, thus potentially giving SFR a boost. The Hollywood Reporter article laid out the stats regarding just how popular the show has been:
…the fantasy romance earned star Jun Ji-hyun the highest award for TV at this year's Baeksang Arts Awards. The series ranked as Korea's favorite program in a Gallup Korea poll in February after captivating an average viewership of 24 percent. The show drew record viewership in Korea and China, where it became one of the most-viewed streaming shows on Chinese platform iqiyi, collecting more than 2.5 billion streams during the three-month window. earned star Jun Ji-hyun the highest award for TV at this year's Baeksang Arts Awards. The series ranked as Korea's favorite program in a Gallup Korea poll in February after captivating an average viewership of 24 percent. The show drew record viewership in Korea and China, where it became one of the most-viewed streaming shows on Chinese platform iqiyi, collecting more than 2.5 billion streams during the three-month window. 

All those fans can't be wrong!
I know, I know--I need to take a deep breath because at this stage ABC has only made a script commitment. Doesn't mean the series will happen.
The script commitment alone, though, is great validation for SFR. There are other elements that made MY LOVE FROM ANOTHER STAR a huge hit, but we can't rule out the fact that the basic premise offered viewers something different from the usual fare. The show found a way to reinvent sci-fi romance and packaged the genre in familiar wrappings. Maybe it's primed more people to explore other available stories.
I'm delighted about this phenomenon and am crossing my fingers that ABC commits to a series. Nothing can possibly replace the original show, but I'm jazzed about the possibility of having an alternate version to enjoy as well.
Stay tuned to TGE because I'll be keeping tabs on developing news about ABC's adaptation of this ever so popular Korean drama!
Additional coverage:
My Love From Another Star US Remake: Popular Korean Drama To Air On ABC! ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Writers On Board As Producers
My Love From Another Star to be remade by major American broadcasting company
TV network ABC picks up SBS drama “My Love From Another Star” for American adaptation
ABC to Adapt Korean Drama ‘My Love From Another Star’
Korean Show "My Love From Another Star" To Be Adapted For ABC
Joyfully yours,Heather

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September 19, 2014

I'm the September guest columnist for author Sharon Lynn Fisher's newsletter and my topic is superhuman sci-fi romance! Here's a peek:


To Love a Superhuman
"Superhuman" sounds pretty nifty, but what exactly does it mean? The term has traditionally described a sub-category of science fiction tales that feature"…the emergence of humans who have abilities beyond the norm." Sounds intriguing and even a bit mysterious, yes?
Superhuman characters are plentiful in SF and you'll encounter them in a variety of settings--space opera, cyberpunk, steampunk, near-future, etc. Most people are familiar with superhuman SF as expressed in the superhero genre. Superheroes are pretty much all superhuman, all the time. Other types of superhuman characters are more subtle in nature and include characters such as telepaths, genetically engineered people, and cyborgs.
SF offers many choices of superhuman characters and explores them in speculative-happy fashion. But what about readers who prefer a more intimate, character-driven approach?

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If you've read a superhuman SFR and want to share, hit me up!

Joyfully yours,

Heather

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Published on September 19, 2014 18:00 • 2 views


With SOLIA'S MOON (Outer Settlement Agency #1) by Lyn Brittan and CONSPIRACY (THE IRON ADMIRAL #1) by Greta van der Rol now notched on my sci-fi romance belt, I can reflect yet again on how wonderful it is to read about smart, capable heroines. These ladies are the best!
I really enjoy reading about capable heroines in action. I won't reveal any spoilers except to say that in SOLIA'S MOON and CONSPIRACY, the hero and other characters are extremely dependent on the heroine's skills sets. It's always fun to see what kinds of abilities heroines have and more importantly--most importantly--that these skill sets are viewed as normal and expected by other characters within the text. Many thanks to authors of SFR who make their heroines so talented!
Whether a heroine's skills are based on real life ones or completely made up, it's fascinating to watch them in action. In SOLIA'S MOON, heroine Solia Calian is a "Lunar Physician," so medicine is her primary skill. But she knows other stuff, too, which rounds out her character. I make a point of that because it sometimes seems female characters are solely defined by one particular skill (or by one particular body part), whereas male characters usually come equipped with a whole set.
 Also of note: the skilled heroes don't outshine the heroines. To me, that's code for the dual nature of the story's heroic journey. That particular fantasy strongly engages me.
I discovered two articles that tied in to the idea of smart, capable heroines and want to share them:
At Spacefreighters Lounge, Pauline Baird Jones weighs in on the concept of "Top Gun" SFR.
The Most Feminist Moments in Sci-fi History (via The Cut) takes readers on a tour of groundbreaking and/or influential characters, women authors, and women in fandom (make sure to check out the section that mentions Sime~Gen author and fandom guru Jacqueline Lichtenberg!).
Where female characters with talent and agency are concerned, stories like SOLIA'S MOON and CONSPIRACY make me hopeful about the direction in which SFR is heading. Such characters are incredibly important and valid so I'm grateful my favorite genre delivers them on a regular basis.
Joyfully yours,
Heather

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September 16, 2014



I'm a fan of SF pulp and campy stories, truly I am. I've seen BARBARELLA. I used to watch HE-MAN regularly. I've read my share of pulpy stories in both books and comics. Too many to list, actually. Pulp can often mean "tropes I like" so I'm always game to explore such stories.
I own this DVD set!Having established my relationship with pulp, my interest in them doesn't mean I don't question certain elements. Lately I've been wondering about sci-fi romance stories that use a "Flash Gordon" approach to naming things. Specifically, aliens and places. Like so:
For many years, the three companions have adventures on Mongo, traveling to the forest kingdom of Arboria, ruled by Prince Barin; the ice kingdom of Frigia, ruled by Queen Fria; the jungle kingdom of Tropica, ruled by Queen Desira; the undersea kingdom of the Shark Men, ruled by King Kala; and the flying city of the Hawkmen, ruled by Prince Vultan.
image source: Flash Gordon Wiki
I haven't encountered naming conventions quite so blatant as the above in SFR, but I do encounter ones that are close. To qualify, I expect those types of names in comedic SFRs or parodies, but I question their appearance in other stories, especially if there's nothing to indicate I'm supposed to interpret the names as humorous or tongue-in-cheek.Because of their simplistic nature, Flash Gordon style names can be a real disconnect in non-comedic stories that have steamy or erotic sexual content and/or tackle adult themes. Therefore, the crux of the matter for me is this: why are adult readers expected to be able to handle mature sexual content, but not more complex science fictional names?
I can understand why it'd be difficult to shake the Flash Gordon approach since it's been so prevalent in SF. And such names can be a lot of fun.
I'm also all for sci-fi romances with accessible names for alien characters and places. However, I'm concerned some names go too much in the other direction. Surely there's a happy medium? Or maybe such names are code for something, like a particular type of story, and I'm just in the dark about it.
Have you come across the pulpy naming approach in your SFR reading? If so, what do you think about it?
Joyfully yours,Heather

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September 15, 2014

Here's some recent SFR news and happenings:

I'm gabbing about gadgets in Go, Gadgets, Go!, my latest post at Coffee Time Romance's steampunk page. If you're interested in particular types of steampunk romance technology, I also present a handy, categorized list!
Jessica E. Subject recently announced a new erotic sci-fi romance with Decadent Publishing. THE STAR PRINCESS (Beyond Fairytales) is a multicultural-style romance featuring an alien heroine and is a retelling of The Star Money by the Brothers Grimm. Here's the unofficial blurb:
In one week, Princess Ro’sa will board a spaceship, leaving her home on Minjet to be with her betrothed on Earth. The only problem is, she detests the prince’s selfish and arrogant ways, preferring to spend time with his personal aide, a man who stirs her desires in ways she never imagined possible with his radient blue eyes and smouldering lips. And oh, the way he touches her.
Will she find a way to be with the man who steals her heart, or be forced to marry the egocentric prince?
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Related post: Missing in Action: Alien Heroines (via Heroes and Heartbreakers)



Stephanie Beck's forthcoming STARLIGHT COWBOY (October 3, 2014)


Lara Nance's A RIDDLE FOR LOVE

She’s everything he ever dreamed of…

Dr. Avar Elsier has spent the past ten years developing the ideal human-like android for his company. In his spare time, he’s created the perfect persona for his dream woman that only needs the right body to make her real.

Unfortunately, such a body costs more than he possesses. When an emergency forces him to insert his “woman” into a unit designed for a high-paying customer, he falls in love and cannot bear to let her go.

Will he find a way to make their love last and escape from Mars before his secret is discovered or worse, the woman he loves is lost forever?

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SFR Brigade has a meet 'n' greet with author Rachel Leigh Smith, author of MY NAME IS A'YEN - plus giveaway!
Joyfully yours,
Heather

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Published on September 15, 2014 10:37 • 10 views