Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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SFR News & Links For August 2012

The number of science fiction romance releases may be on the thin side this month, but that doesn’t make them any less awesome!

New releases

CIRCUIT THEORY (cyberpunk; m/m) – Kirby Crow and Reya Starck 

Dante and Byron are avatars. Driven by human beings, yet still only digital representations of their ideal selves. In reality, they live far apart, but share most of their waking and working hours together in a virtual world called Synth.

In Synth, like in most code, the laws are infinitely more simple and infinitely more complex. Navigating the system rules of virtual lovers is like steering through a minefield of deceit, suspicion, heartbreak, and half-truths.

Under pressure, Dante makes a friendship that trips Byron’s warning bells, disrupting their carefully-ordered lives and calling into question the wisdom of trusting your heart to a man you can never touch in the flesh.

Read the excerpt.

STAR OF THE FLEET (A Warriors of the Elector story) (space opera) - Imogene Nix

Kera Aarens is strong, sexy and focused on her new role as Commander. She is also recovering from her brutal experiences at the hands of Crick Sur Banden. What could be better than the post of Head of Security on Aenna? 

Gustav Elphin is the Admiral in charge of the Admiralty base of Aenna. His past with Kera is a lonely testament to the mistakes he made in his focus on the Star of Ishtar – the mistakes he keenly regrets. 

Now the two are thrust together under dangerous circumstances. Gustav must work with Kera to find and neutralize the threat to the base security before any hope for the safety of all are compromised.
Somewhere along the way, maybe, there will be a chance to find hope and a second chance at love.

DEGREES OF WRONG – Anna Scarlett

This time, the straight-and-narrow path could be the road to ruin.

Dr. Elyse Morgan’s mission: find the cure to the HTN4 virus. The compensation, courtesy of the United Nations: a lab stocked with hi-tech goodies, limitless resources and enough chocolate to make her rear look like a cellulite farm. Bonus: she gets to live.

Rescued (kidnapped) and secreted (imprisoned) on an undersea warship, Elyse adjusts to her assumed identity as a cadet with the finesse of a toeless ballerina. Her sulfuric temper and blatant insubordination capture the unwanted attention of the ship’s captain, the gorgeous, infuriating, engaged Nicoli Marek.

Elyse would rather perform her own autopsy than become the other woman, but Nicoli—who’s as full of himself as he is of secrets—regards his impending marriage as a mere political transaction. And Elyse as fair game.

As Elyse’s suspicions about the UN’s true agenda mount along with her attraction to the relentless, chronically shirtless captain, she must choose between the murky path to everything she’s ever wanted, or the squeaky-clean path of self-sacrifice—which could mean taking the secrets of the virus with her to the grave.

Product Warnings

Features a strong, chocolate-loving heroine who takes no prisoners on the way to saving the world from an epidemic and winning a captain’s heart.

Authors blogging

Pippa Jay held down the fort at Spacefreighters Lounge while co-bloggers Laurie A. Green and Donna S. Frelick attended RWA's national conference. Pippa is lighting as many sci-fi romance fireworks as she can! Check out two of her recent posts.

At CONTACT – Infinite Futures, Lilly Cain blogged about houses of the future. (Remember Tex Avery’s “Car of Tomorrow”? I loved that as a kid, although looking back, yikes! There are some very un-PC moments in it.)

And for a sweet wrap-up…

Smart Girls Love Sci-Fi & Paranormal Romance reviewed Melisse Aires’ HER CYBORG AWAKES.

At Kirkus, John DeNardo of SF Signal fame wrote a thought-provoking post titled Have We Passed the Point Where Science Fiction Is Fiction? Say it ain’t so!

Now I turn the mike over to you. Got any science fiction romance news or links to share?

Joyfully yours,