Thursday, November 1, 2012

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SFR News & Links For November 2012



Check out the awesome variety of science fiction romances in November’s new releases!

New releases

FORTUNE'S HERO (military SF space opera) - Jenna Bennett


Quinn Conlan had it all: a fast ship, a great crew, a gorgeous girlfriend, money, and adventure around every bend. That was before he agreed to ferry a shipload of weapons to the besieged planet Marica. Now he’s stuck in the prison colony on Marica-3, enduring weekly sessions with the camp’s “medical team,” and praying for a quick death before he breaks under the torture and spills everything he knows about the Marican resistance.

When opportunity strikes, Quinn takes Elsa, a Rhenian med tech, hostage and heads into the inhospitable interior of the small moon where he formulates a plan for getting his crew out of prison, his ship out of impound, and everyone out of orbit. But when Elsa professes her love, can Quinn take the beautiful doctor at her word, or will trusting her—and his heart—condemn him and his crew to an eternity on Marica-3?


RESCUE BY RUIN (erotic steampunk romance) - Tina Christopher

For a stock image cover, this one's pretty eye catching!
Forced to marry a violent man, Beatrice knows only one way out—ruin her reputation. She climbs aboard the Venia, a dirigible of ill repute, for a masquerade. Bea does not expect to run into Vaughn Kemple, the third Duke of Missenden, who eight months ago left her without an explanation. Feeling secure behind her mask, she decides Vaughn will be the one to ruin her. She may not get to spend forever with this man she still loves, but at least she can have one night of pleasure.

But a mask is not enough to hide her identity. Vaughn recognizes Bea, shocked to find her aboard an airship where sexual freedom isn’t just a thought, it’s celebrated. But her actions are far from innocent. Captivated, he’s determined to make her his.

The heat between them flares, but Vaughn is torn between desire and honor. Bea is afraid to risk her heart on a man she can’t trust. And when her future husband arrives on the scene, it’s more than their hearts in danger.


HER SKY COWBOY (The Glorious Victorious Darcys #1; steampunk romance) - Beth Ciotta
 

Amelia Darcy has no interest in marrying well. Her heart belongs to the sky and the dirigibles of brass and steel that swoop over Victorian England. But when her father, an eccentric inventor, dies, the Darcy siblings are left with scrap metal—and not a penny to their names.

Their only hope to save the family reputation and fortune is to embark on a quest to discover an invention of historical importance in honor of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. Armed with only her father’s stories of a forgotten da Vinci workshop, a mechanically enhanced falcon, and an Italian cook, Amelia takes flight for Florence, Italy.

But her quest is altered when her kitecycle crashes into the airship of ex–Air Marshal—and scandalous dime novel hero—Tucker Gentry. Tuck agrees to escort Amelia to her destination, but the two are challenged by political unrest, a devious sky pirate, and their own sizzling attraction. Soon the pair is dragged into an international conspiracy that could change the course of history...again.

HOW BEAUTY MET THE BEAST (SFR w/ paranormal elements; Tales of the Underlight) – Jax Garren


The Beast

Scarred. Damaged. Living with a terrible secret. Agent of the Underlight Wesley "Hauk" Haukon has nothing left but the fight for liberty against the oppressive Order of Ananke. He's starting to lose hope...and then he sees her.

The Beauty

Despite her night job as a burlesque dancer, grad student Jolie Benoit has always played the mostly good girl. That all changes following a scorching sexual encounter with a stranger whose face she doesn't see. After she's kidnapped by thugs and rescued by a man with a very familiar voice, Jolie becomes a pawn in a struggle she never knew existed.

Hauk knows he cannot have her, and resolves to protect his heart and his secrets. But as they work together and grow closer, he finds new reason to keep fighting. Dare he risk hope in a new life, one where Jolie can see past his ravaged face and where their friendship can grow into something more?

STELLARNET PRINCE (cyberpunk; The Stellarnet series) – J.L. Hilton


An otherworldly love. Human blogger Genny O'Riordan shares two alien lovers: Duin, a leader of the Uprising, and Belloc, the only surviving member of the reviled Glin royal family. Their relationship has inspired millions of followers--and incited vicious anti-alien attacks.

A planet at risk. A Stellarnet obsessed with all things alien brings kidnappers, sex traffickers and environmental exploitation to Glin. Without weapons or communications technology, the planet cannot be defended. Glin will be ravaged and raided until nothing remains.

A struggle for truth. On Earth, Duin discovers a secret that could spur another rebellion, while on Glin, Belloc's true identity could endanger their family and everything they've fought for. Have the Glin found true allies in humanity, or an even more deadly foe?


WHISTLING DIXIE (post-apocalyptic) – Serenity Woods


Virtual sex is saving the world, but for Dixie, it might just be the end.

Detective Sergeant Dixie Green’s assignment is clear: Dorsett House, the virtual adventure playground, have sex in her dreams with a complete stranger, and let them record it so she can find out who’s been blackmailing the rich and famous. Easy, right?

Wrong. Dixie may be sexually frustrated, but she’s completely opposed to dream sex. However, if she doesn’t accept the assignment, Riley Hannigan, the irritating senior promotion-stealing Detective Sergeant who’s also on the mission will take all the credit. 

It’s only dream sex, Dixie tells herself on the big night. But when her partner turns out to be sexy Riley himself, she realizes she’s about to find out how advanced this new technology is... 


Forthcoming

Next summer, Carina Press will release the first novella in Kim Knox’s “Agamemnon Frost” m/m steampunk trilogy. Book one is AGAMEMNON FROST AND THE HOUSE OF DEATH (sweet title!). 

Here’s the description:


The British Empire has changed. By 1891, monstrous machines replace men on the field of battle and with these weapons, the Empire’s grip on its territories strengthens. 

Official history says the machines came from a recovered book written by Hero, the mechanical genius working in Alexandria almost two thousand years before. Edgar Mason doesn't care. He only knows that the machines have landed him back in England, to work as a domestic servant. For men like Agamemnon Frost.

He believes Frost to be a dandy, concerned more with the fine cut of his waistcoat than world affairs but there's more to him than meets the eye. Something about the man triggers Mason's sharp instincts at their first meeting. Especially the forbidden ones. But those instincts he has to ignore.

Mason becomes swept up in Frost's world and in a single, impossible night, the man's dandy facade vanishes. It reveals the heart of a man who will face down England's most dangerous enemy. No matter the cost.

SFR (re)discoveries

I’d known about the following release for a while and have been remiss in not highlighting it sooner. So without further ado, check out the cover and blurb for Ruth Diaz’s lesbian superhero adventure THE SUPERHEROES UNION: DYNAMA (August 2012; Carina Press):



What if your evil ex really was evil?

TJ Gutierrez used to be a superhero. But after the birth of her twins seven years ago, she hung up the yellow spandex. Until the day her archenemy and ex-husband, Singularity, breaks out of prison. When it becomes clear he’s after the kids, she’s forced to call the nanny helpline—and once again become…Dynama!

Annmarie Smith doesn’t have a superpower. She saves the world by keeping kids safe while their parents fight evil. She temporarily moves in with TJ, and the way the magnetic mama puts family first captures Annmarie’s respect, and maybe her heart—even though she knows better than to fall for a superhero. Still, it’s hard to resist their wicked chemistry. Kapow!

But they can only hide from the world for so long. When Singularity’s quest for custody puts the kids’ lives in danger, can the two women conquer the evil villain and save TJ’s family—all before their first date?


I just love the idea of a lesbian superhero! Talk about a rarity. Read the excerpt.

Author Anna Zaires contacted me via my Facebook page and so I’d like to pass on some information about her book.

CLOSE LIAISONS: The Krinar Chronicles, Volume 1 (erotic; alien invasion) – Anna Zaires



In the near future, the Krinar make the rules. An ancient, highly advanced race from another galaxy, they are beautiful, powerful, and immortal – and driven by dark desires.

A student at NYU, Mia Stalis has her whole life planned out . . . until one close encounter changes everything. Drawn against her will to the dangerous alien determined to possess her, Mia finds herself thrust into a world of explosive passion and deadly intrigue. And if she is to escape his addictive embrace, she will have to make an impossible choice . . . while the fate of Earth hangs in the balance.

Seems like this kind of hero-heroine dynamic could give contemporary billionaire romance heroes a run for their money. Yes? No? Maybe?

Authors blogging

J.L. Hilton's blog tour for STELLARNET PRINCE has launched! Click here for complete information. 

At SF Signal, Sharon Lynn Fisher discusses THE GHOST PLANET/SOLARIS Connection:


So one thing that goes into writers’ crockpots is other stories that have impacted them in some way. Many people note the similarity between the premise of Ghost Planet and the premise of Solaris, by Stanislaw Lem — basically, the fact that my ghost-aliens are reincarnated beings generated by the colonists’ connection to dead family and friends. I thought it might be fun to take a closer look at how that sci-fi classic influenced Ghost Planet.


Plus you can enter for a chance to win a copy of GHOST PLANET!

At Backward Momentum, Jessica E. Subject shared that she's

...gearing up for the print release of Intergalactic Heat, which is a collection of my 1Night Stand stories with Decadent Publishing. We're hoping to have it out before the end of November.

SFR ebook deal

Author Rachel Carrington’s sci-fi romance ebook WAKING UP IMMORTAL—complete with cyborg hero—is only $.99 at Amazon (as of this posting).


Now I turn the mike over to you. Got any sci-fi romance news and/or links to share?

Joyfully yours,

Heather