Thursday, January 30, 2014

SFR Brigade Presents: STARRIE 2.2

STARRIE 2.2

Enjoy some Science Fiction Adventure from the Ambasadora-verse! I'm posting my novel Starrie in order starting from chapter one. This is post ten and we're already into chapter two. It has been edited for content and space per the SFR Brigade Presents guidelines. Read the rest of the story so far on the Starrie page.

And, check out other wonderful Presents posts at the SFR Brigade.




STARRIE (FROM THE WORLD OF AMBASADORA) by Heidi Ruby Miller

Stavros grabbed her chin and shook her head. He jabbed the knife into her bicep. "Scream! I need to hear you scream."

She did. Only the roar that escaped her lips sent Stavros scrambling up onto his hands and knees to hover over her on the plush bed.

Pressure built behind her eyes as her blood pressure rose and swished through her ears. The adrenaline surge she experienced was far from the kinetic manipulation she'd hoped for, but it provided her with enough power to break one of her leather bonds.

Forget the old woman's trick.

Naela had something better—twenty years of experience as a killer.

She thrust the edge of her hand into Stavros's throat, knocking him off the bed and sending the knife flopping to the fluffy, white comforter. Within seconds she had scooped up the torture implement, slashed through the remaining straps and stood atop the mattress. She'd gut this pig the old-fashioned way.

Stavros tried to shout for his security detail, but managed only a strangled hiss from his damaged windpipe. The effect reverberated through the mind minstrel's speakers as the floating parallelogram focused its turquoise beam on Stavros's struggling form.

He hefted a lamp at Naela. The knife's blade broke from the deflection. She tossed it to the stone floor.

A knife would be too easy anyway.

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BOOK DESCRIPTION:
Starrie is a direct sequel to Greenshift. It follows the story of Ben Anlow (David's younger brother) and his team as they embark on a revenge mission to bring down serial murderer and rapist, Liu Stavros, at his fortress in the inhospitable mountains of Tampa Three. But contractor Naela Starrie already has her own kind of vengeance planned for Stavros. Even as a battle-hardened soldier, Ben's not prepared for the darkness he sees in the female assassin, nor the way she challenges his prejudices about contractors when she makes a sacrifice to save to his life.

This novel runs concurrent with Ambasadora Book 1: Marked by Light, the first book of the main space opera series. And we follow a thread of Starrie into Book 2: Scarred by Light.

Look for Starrie from Dog Star Books in July 2014 and Ambasadora Book 2: Scarred by Light in late 2014.

Monday, January 27, 2014

COVER REVEAL AND PRE-ORDER: Ambasadora: Marked by Light by Heidi Ruby Miller

Finally, the much-anticipated re-release of the book that started the Ambasadora-verse, reworked with a new beginning, cover and foreword.


If everyone told you love wasn’t real, would you still be willing to die for it?

Sara Mendoza and Sean Cryer are.

In their multi-partner, caste-ruled society, love and jealousy are considered emotional fallacies, nothing more than fleeting moods and sentiments biased by hormones. Relationships and conceptions in this world obsessed with celebrity, beauty, and power are based on DNA and lineages…or should be. But not everyone believes in the ruling traditions of the all-powerful Embassy. A quiet rebellion prowls the dark underground of this shiny world where techno-militants calling themselves fraggers grow in numbers and bravado. The Embassy intends to silence the fragger movement before the heresy of equality spreads throughout the system.

Sara Mendoza is part of the Embassy’s plan. Captured, tortured, and falsely accused of treason, she is given a chance to win back her freedom. She only needs to charm information from one of the fragger leaders, then kill him. But by the time she figures out the Embassy’s intel is flawed and that Sean Cryer is her true mark, she’s already in love with him.

Sean knows why Sara is on his ship from the start, but as a lonely, anti-social doser, he doesn’t value his life, only his ideology within the fragger organization. Against his better judgment, he becomes her protector, each day caring more about a future he was always afraid to hope for.

Ambasadora: Marked by Light by Heidi Ruby Miller

Cover Art by Bradley Sharp

Foreword by Jenna Bennett

Space Opera Paperback coming from Dog Star Books in April 2014

PRE-ORDER NOW FOR A SIGNED COPY, A FREE EBOOK, AND TO BE IN THE RUNNING FOR A BASKET FULL OF HEIDI'S FAVORITE THINGS


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What They’re Saying About Ambasadora: Marked by Light

"Ambasadora has a lot to say about the human spirit and it says it well."
—Mike Resnick, Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author

"With an anthropologist’s eye for world building and an engaging fast-paced style, Heidi Ruby Miller hurtles her characters through a dystopian labyrinth in which hollow beauty is revered and love a virtual crime."
—Christopher Paul Carey, author of Exiles From Kho

"Beautifully vibrant and intricately textured, Heidi Ruby Miller’s Ambasadora explores the value of true humanity, the limitless power of desire and the triumph of the individual soul. Amidst edge-of-the-seat action, Miller effortlessly incorporates the conflicts of the modern woman inherent in upholding feminist sensibility. Ambasadora is a banquet of sumptuous words, a truly exciting adventure that fans of science fiction are sure to enjoy."
—Mary SanGiovanni, author of The Hollower series

"[Sara]’s a heroine for the ages, and living proof...that sacrifice for love is more honorable than sacrifice for duty. She risks it all, and wins it all, and in the process, helps to change her world for the better."
--Jenna Bennett, NYT Bestselling author of Fortune's Hero and lots of mysteries



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Also from The World of Ambasadora and Dog Star Books:
Greenshift
Starrie (coming July 2014)

Friday, January 17, 2014

SFR Brigade Presents: STARRIE 2.1

STARRIE 2.1

Enjoy some Science Fiction Adventure from the Ambasadora-verse! I'm posting my novel Starrie in order starting from chapter one. This is post nine and we're already into chapter two. It has been edited for content and space per the SFR Brigade Presents guidelines. Read the rest of the story so far here.

And, check out other wonderful posts at the SFR Brigade.




STARRIE (FROM THE WORLD OF AMBASADORA) by Heidi Ruby Miller

It was appropriate that that particular memory came to mind. She pushed past the sensory bombardment to hear the mind minstrel repeating Stavros's words…Deep cuts or little slices, you choose.

With a jerk of his shaky hand, he nicked her abdomen.

Naela controlled the pain through her breathing by forcing in two more quick breaths after she had filled her lungs. Then she concentrated, working toward the trance, preparing for the trick that would save her.

Another cut—this time to her thigh and deeper. She couldn't keep her concentration. Doubt shadowed the back of her mind. With each little slice of Stavros's knife more of the darkness seeped into the illuminated portion of her consciousness.

The trick was taking too long.

Maybe that old woman from the desert just outside Palomin Canyon had had a trick of her own, fooling Naela into believing she could manipulate the world around her with only her mind. So much for Naela being a star pupil and mastering the technique so quickly. But those times had been without the distraction of a serial rapist and murderer slicing at her abdomen.

She tried one more time for that delicate connection to the Otherside.

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BOOK DESCRIPTION:
Starrie is a direct sequel to Greenshift. It follows the story of Ben Anlow (David's younger brother) and his team as they embark on a revenge mission to bring down serial murderer and rapist, Liu Stavros, at his fortress in the inhospitable mountains of Tampa Three. But contractor Naela Starrie already has her own kind of vengeance planned for Stavros. Even as a battle-hardened soldier, Ben's not prepared for the darkness he sees in the female assassin, nor the way she challenges his prejudices about contractors when she makes a sacrifice to save to his life.

This novel runs concurrent with Ambasadora Book 1: Marked by Light, the first book of the main space opera series. And we follow a thread of Starrie into Book 2: Scarred by Light.

Look for Starrie from Dog Star Books in July 2014 and Ambasadora Book 2: Scarred by Light in late 2014.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

RESEARCH: Science Fiction Romance Lists and Links

RESEARCH

This is the reference section from my class "Tomorrow's Kiss" about Science Fiction Romance for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction MFA Program.

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CLICK ON THE LINKS OR SCROLL DOWN:
SFR PUBLISHERS
AUTHORS QUOTED
BOOKS MENTIONED
LINKS TO FIND SFR

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SFR PUBLISHERS

Ace/Roc - http://www.us.penguingroup.com/static/pages/specialinterests/scifi/submission.html
Baen - http://www.baen.com/
Bantam Dell - http://bantam-dell.atrandom.com/
Berkeley/Jove - http://berkleyjoveauthors.com/
Carina Press - http://carinapress.com/blog/submission-guidelines/
Champagne Book Group - http://www.champagnebooks.com/
Crescent Moon Press - http://www.crescentmoonpress.com/
Crimson Romance - http://www.crimsonromance.com
Desert Breeze Publishing - http://www.desertbreezepublishing.com/
Dog Star Books - http://dogstarbooks.blogspot.com/
Eirelander Publishing - http://www.eirelanderpublishing.com/
Ellora's Cave - http://www.ellorascave.com/
Entangled Publishing, LLC - http://www.entangledpublishing.com/
Escape Publishing - http://escapepublishing.com.au/
Eternal Press - http://www.eternalpress.biz/
Grand Central Publishing - http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/publishers/grand-central-publishing/
Harper Voyager - http://www.harpercollins.com/imprints/index.aspx?imprintid=518005
HQN - http://www.harlequin.com/articlepage.html?articleId=949&chapter=0
Liquid Silver Books - http://www.liquidsilverbooks.com/
Lyrical Press - http://lyricalpress.com/
Medallion Press - http://medallionmediagroup.com/
Mundania Press LLC - http://www.mundania.com/
Red Sage - http://www.redsagepub.com/
Samhain Publishing - http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
Sourcebooks - http://www.sourcebooks.com/
Tor - http://www.tor.com/
Uncial Press - http://www.uncialpress.com/
Whiskey Creek Press - http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/store/


AUTHORS QUOTED

Shelley Adina - http://www.shelleyadina.com/
Ann Aguirre - http://www.annaguirre.com/
Catherine Asaro - http://www.catherineasaro.net/
Jenna Bennett - http://jennabennett.com/
Lois McMaster Bujold - http://www.dendarii.com/
Sara Creasy - http://www.saracreasy.com/
Nina Croft - http://www.ninacroft.com/
Aubrie Dionne - http://www.authoraubrie.net/
Heather Massey - http://www.heathermassey.com/
Linnea Sinclair - http://www.linneasinclair.com/


BOOKS MENTIONED

After Dark by Jayne Castle
After Eden by Helen Douglas
Aftermath by Ann Aguirre
Agamemnon Frost by Kim Knox
Agent I1: Tristan (The D.I.R.E. Agency #1) by Joni Hahn
Alien Research by Gini Koch
Alien Tango by Gini Koch
Ambasadora Book 1: Marked by Light by Heidi Ruby Miller
Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
Breath of Iron by Kate Cross
Brilliant Devices by Shelley Adina
Chained by Evangeline Anderson
Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliassotti
COG by K. Ceres Wright
Corpus Chrome, Inc. by S. Craig Zahler
Corsets & Clockwork ed. by Trisha Telep
Fortune's Hero by Jenna Bennett
Fortune's Pawn by Rachel Bach
Gabriel's Ghost by Linnea Sinclair
Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher
Greenshift (From the World of Ambasadora) by Heidi Ruby Miller
Grimspace by Ann Aguirre
Ha'ven's Song (Curizan Warrior #1) by S. E. Smith
Her Sky Cowboy by Beth Ciotta
Hot & Steamy: Tales of Steampunk Romance ed. by Jean Rabe and Martin H. Greenberg
Ice Red by Jael Wye
Irresistible Forces by various
Keir by Pippa Jay
Lady of Devices by Shelley Adina
Love and Rockets ed. by Kerrie Hughes and Martin H. Greenberg
Many Genres, One Craft ed. by Michael A. Arnzen and Heidi Ruby Miller
Morgan's Return by Greta van der Roll
My Lady Quicksilver by Bec McMaster
New York to Dallas by J.D. Robb
Nights of Steel (The Ether Chronicles) by Nico Rosso
Odd Men Out by Matt Betts
Outcasts (The Safe Lands #2) by Jill Williamson 
Progeny (The Endure Series, Book 3) by Starla Huchton
Seduce Me in Dreams by Jacquelyn Frank
Silver Shark by Ilona Andrews
Song of Scarabaeus by Sara Creasy
Soulless by Gail Carriger
Sovran's Pawn (The Blackwing Chronicles) by J.C. Cassels
Steamed by Katie MacAlister
Tales from the SFR Brigade ed. by J.C. Cassels
Thankless in Death by J.D. Robb
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook
The Lancaster Rule by T. K. Toppin
The Machines of Bellatrix (The Girls from Alcyone II) by Cary Caffrey
The Mammoth Book of Futuristic Romance ed. by Trisha Telep
The Ruby Dice by Catherine Asaro
The Star Prince by Susan Grant
The Watchmaker's Lady by Heather Massey
The Worlds of Philip Jose Farmer Portraits of a Trickster ed. by Michael Croteau
These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner 
True (New Species #11) by Laurann Dohner
White Christmas by Ros Baxter


LINKS TO FIND SFR

Alien Romances - http://aliendjinnromances.blogspot.com/
Amazon Best Sellers SFR - http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/digital-text/6401744011/
Backward Momentum - http://backwardmomentum.blogspot.com/
Broad Universe - http://broaduniverse.org/
Contact - Infinite Futures - http://contactinfinitefutures.wordpress.com
Fantasy, Futuristic, & Paranormal Romance Writers - http://www.romance-ffp.com/
Girls, Guns, Grimoires - https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/55293-girls-guns-and-grimoires
Goodreads SFR - https://www.goodreads.com/list/tag/science-fiction-romance
Goodreads New SFR - https://www.goodreads.com/genres/science-fiction-romance
io9 - http://io9.com/
Pink Ray Gun - http://www.pinkraygun.com/
Reading Reality - http://www.readingreality.net
Romantic SF & Fantasy Novels - http://www.romanticsf.com
Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly - http://www.scifiromancequarterly.org
SF CrowsNest - http://sfcrowsnest.org.uk
SF Signal - http://www.sfsignal.com
SFR Brigade - http://sfrbrigade.webs.com
SFR Galaxy Awards - http://sfrgalaxyawards.blogspot.com
SFR Station - http://www.sfrstation.com
Smart Girls Love Sci-Fi - http://smartgirlsscifi.wordpress.com/
Spacefreighters Lounge - http://spacefreighters.blogspot.com/
Star-Crossed Romance - http://star-crossedromance.blogspot.com
The Galaxy Express – http://www.thegalaxyexpress.net/
The Intergalactic Bar and Grille - http://www.linneasinclair.com/barngrille.html
The Scifi Romance Group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/the.scifi.romance.group/

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

BOOKS: Goodreads List 2013

BOOKS

In 2011 I read 34 books--you can see them all here.

In 2012 I read 40 books--you can see them all here.

In 2013...only 20. Here they are:




OTHER INTERESTING STATISTICS ABOUT MY READS IN 2013:
13 - books by Seton Hill Writers
4 - books by SFR Brigaders
4 - books by Pennwriters members
2 - books by ITW members
13 - print books (8 signed copies)
5 - books from Raw Dog Screaming Press (3 from Dog Star Books)
6 - books from Big 5 publishers
6 - books from 5 different series
3 - Children's books
10 - female authors
1 - anthology
3 - non-fiction (all reference)
1 - poetry book

LIST OF AUTHORS:
Adrea L. Peters and Teffanie T. White (2)
Cary Caffrey (2)
Christopher Paul Carey
Dana Marton
Guy Kawasaki
Heidi Ruby Miller
J. L.Benet
J. R. R. Tolkien
Jason E. Hodges
Jason Jack Miller
John Hampel
K. Ceres Wright
Kaye Dacus
Lee Allen Howard
Lori A. May
Matt Betts
Michael A. Arnzen
Mike Mehalek
Mike Resnick (2)
Nina Croft
Paul R. Hewlett
Sabrina Benulis
Shawn Welch
Stephanie Wytovich
Susan Crandall

Though I fell short of my goal...again, I had a good time along the way escaping reality among thousands of pages. I always consider it an honor to spend time in an author's world because there is so much work and thought and heart that goes into each book that most of us, even other writers, will never see.

Which authors shared their world with you this past year?