Thursday, December 2, 2010

SFR News & Links for December 2010

Wow, this is the last official science fiction romance roundup for 2010! It’s been a great ride this past year, and thanks for coming along with me.

New releases

Alien Tango


More aliens. More intrigue. More Kitty.

For Katherine "Kitty" Katt, Alien Super-Being Exterminator, anti-alien conspiracies, threats from outer space, and a couple of killer alligators are all in a day's work, but internal alien conspiracies bring a new meaning to the terms chaos and confusion.

Tangled in Time

TANGLED IN TIME – Pauline Baird Jones

Colonel Carey (from The Key and Girl Gone Nova) takes a test "flight" through the Garradian time-space portal, but an unexpected impact lands him somewhere and some when. As he attempts to get to Area 51, he crosses paths with Miss Olivia Carstairs, who could be Mary Poppins' twin sister. Or maybe her cousin. Olivia's got a transmogrification machine powered by steam and a mouth he'd like to kiss like it was his job. Can he convince her to join forces before she shoots him with her derringer?

Read an excerpt.


EVIE’S GIFT – PJ Schnyder

Evie traveled with her brother to find a sponsor for her first season in London. She’s finding much more than she intended, including an enemy submarine bent on destroying the airship carrying them across the ocean and a conspirator responsible for sabotage.

She ought to focus on becoming a proper lady by English standards. Her passion pushes her towards the engineering and design of mechanicals. In this Christmas season, will she keep her particular gift a secret?


(SFR anthology) – Edited by Martin H. Greenberg & Kerrie Hughes (DAW Books)


Space...the final frontier. Or is it? Many say there's no frontier more forbidding than a romantic relationship between a man and a woman. But what if one's a human, and the other's an alien? Here is an original collection of space opera stories where authors take love (unrequited or not), on a spaceship, space station, or planetary colony, and add enough drama, confusion and mayhem to ensure that the path to true love-or short-term infatuation-is seldom free of obstacles.

Recent release I learned about recently :)


Authors Nancy Brauer and Vanessa Brooks have written a science fiction romance titled STRANGE LITTLE BAND (Triptych LLC) that was released in October 2010. I’m intrigued by the cover’s promise of a multicultural romance as well as a possible near-future/contemporary setting.

Here’s the premise:

Addison and Shane, two self-centered psychics, work for the cut-throat Triptych Corporation. Their insular, comfortable lives are disrupted when, due to Triptych's machinations, they become unlikely parents. How can they raise a child when they can't trust each other?

The first four chapters are available for free downloading at Smashwords (choose from PDF, Kindle, and ePub). To learn more about the book, visit the authors’ Strange Little Band Web site.

Forthcoming releases

Move over, Darth. Gini Koch is about to take over the universe: DAW bought the next two books in her SFR series. ALIEN DIPLOMACY and ALIEN VS ALIEN will hit the shelves in 2011 (most likely an April/Winter schedule).

Also, look for my Science Fiction Romance New Release Roundup in January 2011!

Blog Events

The Galaxy Express is gearing up for the second annual SFR Holiday Blitz, which will kick off December 20, 2010. With mucho bloggers and giveaways, this year is going to be even bigger and better than last year.

Don’t miss Smugglivus 2010 at The Book Smugglers! You can also start with the Introduction and Week 1 Schedule. I’ll be guest blogging for this superlative event on December 26.

To celebrate the holiday season, romance publisher Red Sage is hosting a contest. One winner will walk away with a “prize pack”—all for the price of a comment on any Red Sage blog post between December 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010. (Maree Anderson’s science fiction romance FROM THE ASHES is one of the prizes). Visit Rock Around December with Red Sage for more details.


Via SFR Brigade comes news of Mocha Memoirs Press, LLC, a new epublisher that seems like a strong possibility for science fiction romance stories—especially those that are ethnically diverse:

Mocha Memoirs is a new e-publishing venture focused on speculative fiction. Editor/publisher Nicole Givens Kurtz is actively seeking science fiction, fantasy and romance speculative fiction titles. She’s interested in interracial romance, space opera, steampunk, cyberpunk, science fiction and fantasy romance from 8000 words and up.

Upon visiting the Web site, I discovered this in the sidebar:

November's Romance Flavor of the Month:
Moonbeams & Stardust: Halo's Heart by RaeLynn Blue
Genre: Interracial Science Fiction Erotic Romance

Way to exploit a niche!

Cannibalism—of the writerly kind

In Shhh! Don’t Tell My Friends, Diane Dooley (BLUE GALAXY) spills a big trade secret: “Writers are disgustingly cannibalistic creatures.”

Steampunk romance

Dirty Sexy Books reviews THE IRON DUKE by Meljean Brooks. She rates it 4.5 stars and calls it “Damn Close to Perfection.”

Read “Tick-Tock, Mr. Darcy,” a free steampunk romance short by Tonia Brown (CLOCKWORKS AND CORSETS) at vvB32 Reads.

Pauline Baird Jones (TANGLED IN TIME) blogs about steampunk at Literary Escapism.

Read an interview with PJ Schnyder (EVIE’S GIFT) At Demon Lover’s Books & More. You can also read a review there of her book HEART’S SENTINEL, which the reviewer describes as “…a shape shifter novel with a touch of sci-fi mixed in.”

eBook gifting

Awesome news for ebook lovers: Now you can gift an ebook to anyone with an email address. Learn more in Kobo Beats Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Sony To eBook Gifting.

Nobody does it better

Not to be outdone ;), Sci Fi Guy posts Science Fiction & SFR Releases for December 2010.

Yamato Forever

This film is about as science fiction romance as it gets. Here are the first two minutes of the live action SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO (it just hit the theaters in Japan on December 1):

Now I turn the mike over to you. Got any science fiction romance news or links to share? Let’s end the year with a bang!

Joyfully yours,