Monday, July 1, 2013

SFR News & Links For July 2013

Forget ice cream and the beach--summer pairs best with science fiction romance! Not that I'm biased or anything, heh. Check out this month's fun new releases:

New releases

SALVAGE (ENTHRALLED anthology; The Iron Seas series; steampunk) – Meljean Brook

A man who’s lost everything returns home to find that not only is his marriage in jeopardy, but he must now fight air pirates who intend to steal his one remaining treasure — his wife.

STAR ATTRACTION (Alien hero on Earth) - Misa Buckley

Observatory tour guide Megan Shaw has always had stars in her eyes, so when she all but runs down the otherworldly Raul, she barely blinks. It doesn’t hurt that Raul is hot—whether in his human form or his natural one—and that there’s an immediate mutual attraction.

But Raul is on the run from his alien overlords and soon Megan finds herself fighting against a foothold situation with nothing more than a couple of cattle prods and Muse for soundtrack.
However Earth is not the only planet at risk and with his species desperate to escape generations of oppression, will Raul’s loyalties shift as easily as his physical appearance?

EXPLOSION (Colliding Worlds #3; space opera) – Berinn Rae

Welcome to the earth-shattering conclusion of the Colliding Worlds trilogy. It’s been twelve months since the Sephians, Draeken, and humans reached a truce. Peace, at last.

It’s been eleven months since news footage revealed that earth no longer stood alone in the universe. Panic ensued. Truces were broken. All aliens were quarantined.

Earth’s final war is here and time is running out…

Talla Kolhm is a Draeken warrior-woman, beaten down but never broken. She refuses to feel any emotion, especially love or compassion. When she meets a kindred spirit in Jax Jerrick, a human soldier with his own share of scars, they develop an uncommon but comfortable rapport. But when a deadly toxin is released across the planet, all aliens are quickly blamed and ordered to be executed. With the help of her human, she escapes, and, despite her vows, Jax reawakens her darkest desires.

Betrayed once before, Jax can barely bring himself to trust another woman. Regardless, as he deals with his past, Talla reawakens his heart. While battling their simmering passion, they join the resistance committed to finding an antidote. And so the fight begins. Talla will do anything for earth’s survival, even sacrifice herself and her heart, which may be the only way to save us all.

COG (romantic SF) - K. Ceres Wright

In a futuristic world where personalities can be downloaded at will, who's a girl to trust? 

Wills Ryder, brother to Nicholle Ryder and heir to a global wireless hologram company, is conducting his own Phase 1 clinical trials on unsuspecting victims to upload their personalities to a quantum computer and download them into other bodies. But after Wills has a fight with his father, Geren, over a recently discovered half-brother, Geren falls into a coma and Wills leaves town.

Upon hearing the news of her father’s illness, Nicholle is compelled to leave her job as a museum curator and head up the family hologram company after learning Wills also stole $500 billion of corporate money.

But when the bodyguard assigned to Nicholle tries to kill her, and the company vice president locks her bank accounts, she has to turn to her gang leader ex for help. The only problem is she embezzled money from him before she sobered up and neglected to perform Step 9—“Made direct amends”—of her 12-Step Program.

With time running out to save her father from Wills’ experiment and keep the family business from going under, Nicholle must perform a death-defying act to appease her ex, dodge a government agent pursuing her, and enlist a reluctant ally for her cause. But help and attraction come from an unlikely source, while current events shed light on an unsolved mystery from her past. 


Spacefreighters Lounge goes behind the scenes of TALES FROM THE SFR BRIGADE in The Making of a SFR Anthology. This is a free anthology and is available at Smashwords.

Authors blogging

At Backward Momentum, Jessica E. Subject (NEVER GONNA DESERT YOU) explores dystopian fiction.

Author Mauve Alpin guest blogs at Smart Girls Love SciFi & Paranormal Romance about Steampunk Quips and Tips

Edited7/1/13 to add: At the AAR blog, Anne Marble covers the sexism in science fiction issue in Sometimes It's Hard to be a Fan of Romance AND Sci-Fi:
All the latest discussions make me want to go in several directions at once. First, I want to write an SF novel with a romance subplot and publish it to wide acclaim, and yes, maybe even to better sales than those of the naysayers. At the same time, I want to go my romance shelves and hug the books.
Now I hand the mike over to you. Got any SFR news or links to share?

Joyfully yours,