Friday, February 22, 2013

SFR News & Links Extra, February 2013

Free SFR Reads

Space pirates, ahoy! Cathryn Cade’s HEART OF STONE is an erotic science fiction romance featuring a space pirate hero. As of this posting it’s free at Smashwords.

He's a reformed space pirate ... or is he?

On the planet of Frontiera, Rose Thorne is out to save her brother. But when she holds his disreputable boss at gunpoint, Stone Masterson shows her just how ruthless he can be ... and how tender. 

Their passion will scorch the heat shields on his space cruiser. But with pirates on the loose, is she safe in his arms, or just a pawn in his quest to rule this wild, new planet?

Another red hot space opera from the author of The Orion Series.


Author Craig Hallam posted a free steampunk romance short on his blog: THE HEART IS A CLOCK. It’s so cute! Here are some tags that came to mind as I read it:

* Russian Hero
* Plucky maid heroine
* Beauty and the Beast
* Downton Abbey type atmosphere in a London setting
* Steampunk cyborg
* Sweet heat level


Book news

Leanna Renee Hieber has a new steampunk ebook called THE WORLD OF TOMORROW IS SADLY OUTDATED. The story isn’t a science fiction romance per se, but it includes romantic elements and features loving relationships. Given the varied tastes of the passengers here I thought you’d be interested to know about it. Here’s the blurb


New York City: The Year is 1889.
New York City: The year is the future.

In 1889 a group of bold pseudo-scientists discover the "temporal current" and begin to view the distant futures that await the Empire City. In the future, all life as we know it has crumbled, leaving New York City a ghost town with a populous scrabbling to survive underground. In the past it's up to an unlikely group of Victorian heroines and heroes to preserve something of their world to save their future generations. In the future it's up to an unlikely group of survivors to take a leap of faith; discovering what their ancestors left for them with no more guarantees than love and hope.

 Visit the author’s blog for complete information and buy links.

Also, if you like alien heroes and cyberpunk-induced telepathy, then Kat Cantrell’s forthcoming book MINDLINK (April 2013, Carina Press) might be up your alley. Here’s the 411:

Determined to revitalize her imploding career, blacklisted movie star Ashley V takes on her biggest role yet: posing as one of ten scientists invited by aliens to a universal summit. But when the aliens seize, strip and implant the entire delegation to extract their knowledge, she is quickly found out and sent to a cell to await recycling.

The alien research director designated ZXQ-One devised a plan to let the humans volunteer their best and brightest in a gamble to solve his people’s energy crisis. But he fails to find anything useful and winds up imprisoned alongside the fiery human woman who refuses to give up, and who insists on calling him Sam.

After an accidental link between their implants lets them share their thoughts, they find themselves drawn to each other. Sam will have to trust in her human compassion and forgiveness for his role in her capture, and Ashley will have to trust him with her deepest secrets if they are to have any chance at survival…


Via SF Signal I found a neat article at Bad Reputation: Young Avengers #1: Sex and the Female Gaze. The article analyzes how “…the opening sequence of Young Avengers provides the reader with a three-page essay on the (straight/bi) female gaze.” The scene depicted reminds me of many science fiction romances that approach storytelling in a similar way, one I appreciate very much.

And last but not least, a friendly reminder that Lyrical Press’ Deep Freeze Blog Tour is in full swing. Here are links to my latest two posts:

Book Junkie is featuring Gunslinger Heroes: Classic, Dangerous, and Sexy

At Proserpine Craving Books I list the Top 5 Traveling Devices in Steampunk Romance

Click here for quick links to my other posts about steampunk romance, plus you can enter for a chance to win a digital copy of IRON GUNS, BLAZING HEARTS!

Joyfully yours,