Saturday, January 27, 2018

Flare, Team Corona, JC Hay

Liza warns: this blog will make you hungry!

Guilt-less Pleasures

It’s National Chocolate Cake Day, at least according to a few sources, and I’ve gotta ask – what’s more romantic than Chocolate Cake? Nothing, obviously.  If there’s a treat that deserves its own day my vote would certainly be for chocolate cake. Or any cake, really. I’m not picky. And I’m not shy about my love for food, especially desserts.

But I do sometimes get shy about my love of Romance. And that’s a problem.
I get it – we’re conditioned to think less of romance as a genre. At best it’s a guilty pleasure. Chocolate cake that we should feel bad about enjoying. Fluff and diversion without any real significance, or an important message. Something that’s okay once and a while, when we’re not reading more important things.
And that’s BS.
Pleasure is pleasure. It shouldn’t be defined or quantified, because it certainly never feels like there’s enough to go around. Love is literally the most important thing in the world. Romance is hope. It’s the promise that people can find happiness; that there’s a happily ever after for every person, regardless of how damaged they believe themselves to be. Regardless of who they love. And it’s the promise that love can redeem, heal, and make whole.
I literally can’t think of anything more important - more significant - than that.
Love isn’t a guilty pleasure. It’s not fluff, and not a diversion. And I’m tired of bowing to the feeling like I should treat it like one.
Kayana, the heroine in Flare, struggles with guilt too – but she’s also seldom shy about what she wants, or how to go about getting it. After having lost everything, she’s started fighting her way back, and in the following excerpt, she’s allowing herself a little pleasure of her own…no guilt allowed


Kayana didn’t understand humans. That had to be it. One moment, Ax had been grieving and burying his dead friend. The next, the man had been checking out her ass as she walked off to the bridge. She hadn’t been offended by the attention—he was hardly the first human to do so, and she’d have spaced half of the crew if she’d murdered every man who’d given her the eye. It was the incongruity of the timing that threw her off. None of which stopped her from taking up position in her cabin’s doorway when she heard the shower cut out. Sauce for the Ct’hau was, after all, sauce for Ct’hara.
It was a grotesque luxury to have an actual, water-based shower on a ship of this size. Then again, “grotesque luxury” seemed to be the singular design ethic. At least they kept themselves in check by limiting themselves to one shared facility for the two crew members. No telling if the holocam crew had their own. Berniss had been so perfectly composed every time they’d met that Kayana half-expected the woman was secretly a robot.
A few minutes after the shower shut off, Ax padded down the hall toward his cabin, which was conveniently across the narrow hall from her own. Kayana leaned against the wall next to his door and watched him approach. He had a fluffy white towel wrapped around his waist and artfully knotted, and he left wet footprints on the expensive hardwood.
Kayana made a show of giving him a slow once-over. As humans went, she supposed he wasn’t altogether hideous—he didn’t show signs of the near-psychotic body worship that plagued most Malebranki men. It made him look less sculpted and more naturally fit. Instead of a chiseled six-pack, the soft shadow of abs showed across his stomach. His shoulders were nice and broad, though, and the way his torso narrowed at the waist drew her eye naturally down.
The same brown stubble that seemed to permanently grace his cheeks formed a dusting of hair on his belly and ducked below the towel in a teasing suggestion that made her imagination flare for a moment.
Only a moment though. He was a necessary trouble she had to put up with to reach her goal of getting back into her family’s good graces. An easy route to enough money to prove she could contribute and belonged as a part of the House. He wasn’t the worst eyesore she’d endured as means to that end, but he was temporary nonetheless.
He narrowed his eyes as he noticed her and stopped in the middle of the hall, just before his door. She held back her smirk as he tensed his abs to improve their definition—as though she wouldn’t notice. “Find what you were looking for?”
Kayana rolled her eyes. “Hard to tell with the towel in the way, but I suspect not.” She smiled, showing off the points of her teeth. It should terrify him—among her people, smiling was more of a challenge than a gesture of reassurance. She prided herself on her smile.
He deflated slightly at the dismissal, but she watched him pick his ego back up before he walked into his cabin.

Flare: Team Corona

They could go all the way, if they don’t go straight to hell.
All Kayana wants is respect. Jilted by her fiancée, turned out by her family, and rejected by her crew – esteem is in short supply. When she hears about the cash prize for winning the Great Space Race, she realizes it's more than enough money to get her old life back. Or buy herself an asteroid someplace where she won't care what people think. 
Ax Turner just needs to hide, and the Race gives him the best opportunity to do so. In plain sight. Surely the thugs and criminals he's ripped off won't come after him while cameras are rolling on the galaxy's most popular reality game show. And if they do, well, having a partner who's able to fight and looks like a devil seems like a win.
They're on the run -  from the past, from the lethal challenges of the Great Race, from their feelings, and straight into each other. They've got more than their share of problems, and those secrets could drive them apart, or be the key to winning the biggest prize of all: each other.
Want to learn about the other Great Space Race Books? Go to to read about the other books and download a free preview of the series!

About JC Hay

JC Hay writes romantic science fiction and space opera, because the coolest gadgets in the world are useless without someone to share them.
In addition to Romance Writers of America, he is also a proud member of the SFR Brigade (for Science Fiction Romance), the Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance chapter, and a proud member of RWA’s PAN (the published authors network).
In addition to piracy in high space, JC writes the Corporate Services series, a set of connected cyberpunk romances set eighty years in our future where the limits of humanity are being stretched and tested.
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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Aydarr: Sectors New Allies Book one by Veronica Scott

By Veronica Scott

Thanks for having me as a guest and giving me a chance to talk about the first book in my new series, Aydarr.

I’m enjoying the challenge of writing an actual series, with a big plot arc hanging over the entire set of books like an umbrella. I don’t normally do much advance plotting at all so this is new for me. Typically when I start writing a book I know the hero and heroine, the opening scene and the closing scene and a few key scenes in between. The rest just flows as I write. Gotta love my mysterious Muse!  That works nicely for a connected series like the Sectors, where the standalone books all occur within the same interstellar civilization and maybe a few characters reappear occasionally…but I think it’d be disaster for a ‘classic’ sequential series.
My challenge with Aydarr and the other four books to come is that issues have to solved, hints have to be placed in early books that pay off toward the end of the series, events in each succeeding novel have to move us toward the ultimate ending – all without doing that dreaded activity that kills my creativity – outlining! So far I have book one Aydarr released, book two Mateer at the editor and have just started book three, Darik. I think it’s all working. Readers seem pleased but the proof of the pudding will be when Mateer comes out, probably at the end of January.  And I’m having fun, which is always essential for me to tell a story well.

The blurb for Aydarr:
Jill Garrison, a maintenance tech at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown stranded in the middle of a forest on an unknown world. There’s no time to think as she’s stalked by carnivorous predators and rescued by genetically engineered warriors calling themselves the Badari. Turns out they and she, along with her whole colony, are now prisoners of the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Aydarr, the Badari alpha, isn’t sure he can trust Jill but his attraction to her is undeniable. He impulsively claims her as his mate to prevent her death at the hands of the Khagrish.

Can he continue to protect her from the experiments already underway? Will his claiming her put his pack in jeopardy from their alien masters?

As Jill searches for a way to rescue her fellow humans and get them all to safety, she finds herself falling for Aydarr, despite the secrets he’s keeping. She has a few of her own.

The situation becomes dire when Aydarr and his pack are sent offplanet on a mission, leaving Jill unprotected, prey for the senior scientist. Can she escape the experiments he has in mind for her? Will she be able to thwart the Khagrish plans and liberate humans and Badari alike? How will she and Aydarr reunite?


Jill meets the ruthless alien scientists in charge of this planet. Sheyall, a newly arrived researcher, is being instructed by Dr. Cwamla on how to handle the test subjects.

       “ I’ll show you the best way to control the subjects for future reference.” Cwamla must have pushed a button or taken an action Jill missed because the next moment all the Badari crumpled to the pavement.

       Belatedly,Jill realized it probably had to do with the mysterious bracelets they all wore, including herself, and she let herself fall next to Aydarr. That bitch enjoyed demonstrating her power over us.

       His eyes were open and angry, glowing golden.

       Dr. Sheyall walked hesitantly closer to the fallen pack members. “I can’t assess their physical condition properly, lying on the ground.”

       “Right, right.” Dr. Cwamla toed Aydarr in the ribs. “You’ll have other opportunities, of course. But this shows them who’s in charge. 801 may call himself their alpha all he wants, but the reality is I hold his life in my hands. His defiance today was completely out of line—don’t tolerate it, is my advice. He must really be lusting over this human to risk punishment for her.” Dr. Cwamla leaned close to Jill, who forced herself to remain motionless. “I don’t understand the attraction myself.”

       “This one’s injured,” Sheyall said, bending over Pratym and pointing at the crude leaf bandage.

       “Well, he’ll have to be culled from the pack then.” Dr. Cwamla joined her newly arrived colleague. “Use a higher intensity setting. You want to be careful not to activate the wide band or you’ll kill them all and then the boss and the client will be upset. This pack isn’t scheduled for termination yet. They have at least one more deployment test to run.” She fiddled with her controller. “Key it to focus on the individual you need to put down.”

       Pratym moaned and his body contorted as if he was having a seizure.

       Chilled by their discussion, infuriated at the casual approach to ending a man’s life, Jill rolled over and leaped to his side, knocking the small device from the scientist’s hand. “Stop it, turn it off, you can’t kill him for a scratch on his leg.”

       Mouth open, Cwamla retreated. “You should be paralyzed like all the others.”

       Confused by Jill’s outburst and her mobility, the guards aimed their weapons her but refrained from firing.

       Sheyall retrieved the controller and thumbed the button in the opposite direction. Pratym relaxed. “I’m curious, human,” she said in Basic, “Why do you care what we do with this subject? Are you bonded to him as well?”

       Jill heard a throaty growl from Aydarr’s direction, perhaps at the question implying she had a relationship with Pratym as well as with him? “My name is Jill, and he’s just a kid, he didn’t make any move to threaten you people. He did nothing out of line or wrong, he’s got a wound that’s healing right on schedule—he doesn’t deserve to die.”

       Sheyall tugged on her colleague’s sleeve. “I think it best to maintain the pack as it was when the human was introduced, at least for now. If the experiment results are to have any validity, we can’t alter too many parameters too rapidly.”

       Cwamla dusted her hands off. “Not my problem. You’ll be responsible for this pack from now on. Any problems resulting from lack of proper discipline will go onto your record, not mine.” She stalked toward the building, gathering her two minions as she went.

       A team of techs emerged as Cwamla left, bundling the dead guard onto a stretcher and carrying him away.

       The surviving guards stayed, weapons at the ready.

     “Thank you,” Jill said to the remaining scientist, hoping to form a connection with potential to benefit herself and the pack.

     Blinking, making fidgety gestures, a flustered Sheyall retreated a step. “My decision was based purely on proper scientific standards.” She sought help from the nearest guard. “What’s the next step?”

       “Normally the animals are escorted inside, shower and change before reporting to their holding cell,” he said. “You’ll have to turn off the paralysis effect, doctor.”

     “Oh, of course.” Sheyall fumbled with the controller, glancing at the paralyzed men.

       “I’d step away first, doctor.” The guard’s voice was patient as if he’d had to coach many a rookie scientist through their first encounter with the “test subjects”.

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USA Today Best Selling Author, as well as the “SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happy Ever After blog, Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing her own stories.

Seven time winner of the SFR Galaxy Award, as well as a National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, Veronica is also the proud recipient of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal relating to her former day job, not her romances! She was honored to read the part of Star Trek Crew Member in the audiobook production of Harlan Ellison’s “The City On the Edge of Forever.”

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Cruising into Eden by Lexi Post On Sale for 99c

Cruising into Eden –
 A Social Sci-fi Romance 
on Sale for 99¢!

Have you ever taken a nude cruise? Believe it or not, there are such things, and they cruise to places that welcome nudists! In my book, CRUISE INTO EDEN, you get to go on one as a voyeur and stop at all the real places these cruises stop, plus get a feel for the rules around nude cruising. But that’s just the beginning.
Erin, the sci-fi lover, is not a nudist and when she meets two out-of-this-world hunks, she has no idea how truly out-of-this-world they are! That’s because they are from the planet Eden, which in addition to producing an all-male population of hunks with special abilities who don’t wear clothes, it also puts women on a pedestal.

I love writing about this planet because of the social constructs that have been created based upon these two simple facts. Or rather three facts. The Edenists are actually evolved from humans from ancient Earth. The Crius took them to colonize Eden. These aliens dropped off the humans and haven’t been there since, though some of their technology still exists on the planet.

If you decide to take the cruise into Eden with Erin, you will eventually arrive on planet Eden. But to fully enjoy all the pleasures and dangers this hot, jungle planet offers, you’ll have to continue with the series. AVENGING EDEN (Eden series #5) is due out in March, so you have plenty of time to catch up 😊
Pick up CRUISE INTO EDEN for only 99¢ for a limited time in the boxed set of 4 first-in-series books called FROM LEXI WITH LOVE. A great deal!
I hope you enjoy the nude cruise 😉
Always, Lexi,


After eleven years of forced abstinence, Sci-fi television employee and IT geek Erin Danielson, boards a nude cruise in the hopes of finally getting lucky. It seems her luck has changed when two handsome men with ripped bodies, enticing accents, and hearts of gold invite her into their stateroom. But if this erotic ménage seems too good to be true, then…
Nassic Wild and Wareson Night hail from the planet Eden, where women are scarce, and their mission is simple—meet the woman they’ve been waiting for for the last eleven years, bond with her and take her home. At first all goes according to plan as they pleasure her with their bodies and their special abilities. But when their best intentions lead to the worst results they lose her, along with their hearts.

Now they must find a way to woo her back or return to Eden with no hope for the future.

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Lexi Post is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of romance inspired by the classics. She spent years in higher education taking and teaching courses about the classical literature she loved. From Edgar Allan Poe's short story “The Masque of the Red Death” to Tolstoy’s War and Peace, she's read, studied, and taught wonderful classics.
But Lexi's first love is romance novels so she married her two first loves, romance and the classics. From hot paranormals to sizzling cowboys to hunks from out of this world, Lexi provides a sensuous experience with a “whole lotta story.”
Lexi is living her own happily ever after with her husband and her cat in Florida. She makes her own ice cream every weekend, loves bright colors, and you will never see her without a hat.

She glanced at Ware, who now sat on the lounge chair next to her rubbing lotion on his bulging biceps. Above those massive muscles on his right shoulder was what looked like natural beauty marks, but they were in an odd shape, two dots in a row above three dots in a row. Despite the fact the man was as dark as someone from Greece, they stood out clearly. How odd.

She stared as Ware protected his skin, all of his skin. The man had no tan lines. He was a bit bigger than Nase, and broader, but not by much. He still hadn’t said anything, and she suddenly wanted to hear his voice. “Have you taken a nude cruise before?”

He stilled mid-rub and looked at her. His gaze was intense and now that he was next to her, she could see his eyes were a forest green. Absolutely breathtaking, though it could have been her anticipation of his voice that had her holding her breath.

“No. This is our first one.”

The deepness of his tone wrapped around her like a cocoon that she never wanted to leave. His accent was heavier, but from where? The tension she felt around Nase disappeared with Ware, which left her clearheaded enough to remember the two men were a couple and she had no right to ogle them. “This is my first one, too. Though I’m not sure I will ever get into the ‘nude’ part.” She forced herself to stop staring at Ware’s perfect male body. She closed her eyes and lay back on her lounge.


The dark, sensuous voice slid over her skin again, and she could feel him looking at her. No, not looking, exploring her with his sight. She opened her eyes and watched him. Every place he viewed suddenly became sensitized, as if he had lightly run his fingers along her body. She swore she could feel his gaze as it traveled across her stomach, up her ribs, over her breasts, along her neck, and through her hair until she found his eyes riveted on hers. “Why?”

“Yes. Why would you not allow your body to enjoy the sun fully?”

She pushed her hair behind her ear. “I… I—It’s hard to explain.”

He cocked his head and stared intently at her.
Obviously her answer had not satisfied him. “I’m guessing you are not American. In my country, we wear clothes all the time. It’s what we’re used to. I know there are a few countries that are more open about nakedness, but I’m not from those.”

“I believe many of the people on this ship are from America.”

Erin was too focused on the extra emphasis he left on the final letter “a” in “America” to at first grasp his point. When she did, she flushed. “True, but I never knew they existed. This is all very new to me. I just learned last night why there are piles of towels in the main areas of the boat. I guess everyone is supposed to use them to sit on if they are nude. I’m sure I’ll learn a lot more about this by the end of the week.”

As if her answer had pleased him, he went back to rubbing lotion on his dark body. She couldn’t help but watch as he finished covering his hard stomach, but as his hand dipped between his legs, she closed her eyes tight.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Bound to You by AR DeClerck

The Unbreakable Bond: Love in Space

Hi readers! A huge thanks to Liza for having me on her blog again, it’s always so nice to get to talk with everyone here. Today I thought I’d talk about Bound to You.

Bound to You is a Sci-Fi Romance that takes place mostly on the far outer edge of the December Quadrant. Our two heroes, Jacks and Lia, find themselves trapped on a deserted planet. Or is it really deserted?

The most interesting thing about the story of Jacks and Lia (besides space zombies and ghost stories) is the bond they share between them. I know, I know, you’ve heard it a million times before. Hero and heroine share a sudden bond that makes them “mates”. Well, for Jacks and Lia there’s a little more science to the whole process. This is science fiction, after all. Jacks has the ability to use his personal energy, life-force or chi, if you will, to help the lingering dead move on to the next plane of existence. This depletes his energy and it takes days for him to recover. But when Lia comes along, he realizes that his energy is restored in minutes if she is touching him directly after a mission. We learn this is a biochemical reaction in which Lia produces more extra-cellular energy that Jacks can siphon off when he needs it. It also makes all their biological functions go into direct sync. They breathe at the same time, their hearts beat on the same rhythm, and they even blink at the same time.

This entire process was fun to write, because it created some interesting conflict between the characters. Jacks has been devastated by a recent loss and is worried about getting close to someone again. Lia has no plans to fall in love; her focus is on her career when she meets Jacks. Neither one of them asked for this bond, but they have to learn how to live with it, and use it, when the thing that remains on V-097 begins to chase them.

Bound to You is more than a romance. It has horror elements, and quite a bit of science without getting too heavy on the details. Our characters are forced to face a terrible truth about what happened to the civilization that used to inhabit V-097, and they realize that the threat still exists. Of course, like any good adventure story, it’s up to them to save the day!

I do hope you’ll pop over to your favorite retailer and give Jacks and Lia a try. Bound to You is currently on sale for 0.99 for the whole month of January. I want readers to fall in love with them just like I did!

As always, you can find me at

I look forward to hearing from you!

AR DeClerck

Monday, January 15, 2018

Meet the mass of peeps headed to Titan

 Welcome to Destination: Titan

Just to get you up to speed--
Earth is doomed.
While there is a group trying to keep humans on earth alive, 
it's considered to be a LONG SHOT.
The odds are that

Thus, we need to get off it and go find somewhere else to live.
A group of religious factions are headed to Mars. To be honest, that group looks doomed from the start.
However, despite constant sabotages by the Board of Directors responsible for the two missions, one to Mars, the other to Titan, the one preparing to go to Titan is doing well, despite the sabotages from the Board of Directors. 

The crew consists of:
24 Soldiers
One Colonel
7 scientists
22 students 
5 farming experts,
plus one young girl who begins as a bossy brat but becomes Tamara's child.

And here they are...

This is Colonel Lancaster.
We've caught him working out. 
Try not to hyperventilate!
You may consider him the hero of this story

This is Bio-chemist Tamara
She is the main teacher of the students
and the soul of this team.
She always thinks of others before herself. You may consider her the heroine of the story.

Here are the brilliant students.
Their ages range from 13 to 19.
and include Amy and Toby (which technically aren't students.)
Amy begins as an obnoxious brat.
Toby, a farmboy isn't actually seen until book 2. There are three other farm kids which I never discuss at all.  Maybe in book 3...
However, what I can say about these students is that as smart as they were by themselves, they are frighteningly brilliant when the work together.

Which brings me to the man who believes he's the most brilliant man on earth: Max Hunt
Looks like a benign fellow, right?
Well, don't count on that. He has more moods than a family of Highland Gorillas. Under no situation should you argue or correct him. If you do, you will incur the dreaded Maxplosion. 

This is his girlfriend of many years.
Janise Tong claims to be genetically perfect. Needless to say, she's Tamara's least fav crewmember.

Now the other scientists are likable...
The is Dr. Bruce Willows. He knows every joke in the book. He's also a fabulous doctor.
And because doctors are critical in keeping everyone alive, 
Dr. Sandy Culp is also a member of the crew.
This is Sandy with Max meddling in her playground. Seriously, the man is a nanotechnologist and biochemist. He should leave Sandy to do her own job!

This is Dr. Sarns. He is a computer programmer and a mechanical engineer.

This is Victor, he is a brilliant mathematician.
He graduated from collage at 13, and honestly, he starts out acting more like a baby than the teens.  But once Tamara helps him to come to terms with reality, he matures nicely and creates a fabulous artificial intelligence named Scarlett.

Scarlett has a fabulous sense of humor and saves lives throughout the books.

This is Lt. Yarrows.
She WILL taser you!
Just ask the teens...

Look out for this one.
She is tasked to kill everyone you just met. Her name is Freddy Miles.
She's working for the religious factions, to ensure that everyone working on Project Einstein dies a brutal death.
Only Project Chosen may remain!

Let us hope that doesn't happen, but the cards are stacked again my team...

Friday, January 12, 2018

Stephanie Osborn shares Trojan Horse

Chromosphere Press Announces Division One Book Five, Trojan Horse, from Stephanie Osborn!

9 JANUARY 2018

Now available: Book 5 in the Division One series, Trojan Horse!
After returning the healer Doron to his homeworld of Edeptis, Echo takes Omega on a training run to make her a Pan-Galactic Coalition-certified starship pilot—celestial navigation, extra-vehicular activity, emergency repair, planetary surveys, you name it. And he secretly delights in seeing Omega’s joy at finally fulfilling a childhood dream.

But when the Cortians show on the scene, intending to take Alpha One into custody for crimes against the Cortian Amalgam, the resulting space dogfight severely damages the Trojan Horse, causing it to crash on a primitive protoplanet. Both Echo and Omega are badly injured, and it will take both of them working together to survive in the wreckage, while more Cortian vessels search for them overhead, and Fox and the rest of Alpha Line try to fight their way through to rescue their friends and colleagues.

Award-winning author Osborn is a 20+-year space program veteran, with multiple STEM degrees. She has authored, co-authored, or contributed to more than 30 books. In addition to the Division One series, she currently writes the critically-acclaimed Displaced Detective Series, described as “Sherlock Holmes meets The X-Files,” and the Gentleman Aegis Series, whose first book was a Silver Falchion winner. She “pays it forward” through numerous media including radio, podcasting and public speaking, and working with SIGMA, the science-fiction think tank. Osborn’s website is

Division One series book five, Trojan Horse, will be released in ebook formats on 9 January 2018, and in trade paperback format on 23 January. Additional installments in the ongoing series are anticipated later this year.

978-0-9982888-9-5 (ebook)
978-1-947530-00-3 (print)

The ebooks are now available for preorder at:
The print books are now available for preorder at:
Other formats, and trade paper, will be available from your favorite bookseller!

Previous books in the series include:

Future books in the series are planned for 2018.