Showing posts from July, 2015

TEASER TUESDAY: Starrie (From the World of Ambasadora)

TEASER TUESDAY STARRIE: From the World of Ambasadora The hologram projected on the windscreen blinked out and the controls went stiff in Naela's hands. Their world fell silent. The darkening sky was suddenly illuminated by shimmering waves of pink and green. In the more evolved human part of Naela's brain she reveled as they hung suspended in the beauty of the deadly aurora. But her primal, animalistic urges soon screamed for attention when the craft's nose dipped and they entered freefall. A few loose items rolled forward and bumped into Naela's foot. “Char,” Ben shouted into his co-com. “Matt. Dreadfire Team. Anyone copy?” Naela attempted to control the pitch of the craft by pulling up on the manual yoke, but snow splatters bloomed against the windscreen as they yawed into the approaching storm. “Is there a secondary yoke?” Ben said. “Behind the black panel in front of you.” Her conversational tone punctuated the quiet cocooning them. There should have

BOOK: Operation Pucker Up by Rachele Alpine

BOOKS OPERATION PUCKER UP First kisses are always nerve-racking—but especially when they’re onstage! Can Grace find a real-life Prince Charming before she has to lock lips in front of a crowd? When Grace Shaw finds out she’s been cast as the lead in her school play, she has about two seconds to celebrate before she realizes she’ll have to kiss Prince Charming, aka James Lowe, aka the heartthrob of Sloane Middle School…on the lips! She’s never kissed a boy, and the idea of experiencing her very first kiss in front of a live audience with the most popular boy in school sounds like her worst nightmare instead of a dream come true. So Grace’s two best friends propose Operation Pucker Up—a plan for Grace to score a kiss before opening night so she doesn’t make a fool of herself in front of an audience. And as if Grace isn’t having a hard enough time, her estranged father suddenly reappears after leaving six months earlier. Her mom and sister welcome Dad back with open arms, but Grac

CONTEST: 2015 SFPA Poetry Contest

CONTESTS 2015 SFPA Poetry Contest DEADLINE: August 31, 2015. JUDGE: Lesley Wheeler Blind-judged - author identification will be removed before poems are sent to judge. ELIGIBILITY: The 2015 SFPA speculative poetry contest is open to all poets, including non-SFPA-members. GUIDELINES: Unpublished poems only. All sub-genres of speculative poetry allowed in the following categories: Dwarf (poems 1–10 lines [prose poems 0–100 words], not including) Short (11–49 lines [prose poems 101–499 words]) Long (50 lines and more [prose 500 words and up]) Line count does not include title or stanza breaks. Submissions via web forms (separate for members and non-members). SFPA Members - Non-Members - ENTRY FEE: SFPA members - $1/poem (unlimited entries) non-members - $2/poem (unlimited entries) *All payments via PayPal. Confirmation of receipt of your submission should follow within 3 days. PRIZES: For each

BOOK: Rising from the Darkness by D.A. Bale

BOOKS RISING FROM THE DARKNESS It’s finally here – the explosive finale of the Deepest Darkness series. Samantha Bartlett has a new mission – and this time it’s one of her own choosing. Armed with information worth killing for, Samantha pieces together secrets spanning generations and uncovers the key to Debrille’s plans, including the horror of his true identity. But will it be enough for redemption? Especially when facing the bridges she’s burned? Life was once clearly black or white, but now Joe Roberts has a target on his back – and it’s sighted by his boss at the FBI. It’s not just from running off with their primary suspect in President Warner’s murder and then allowing her to escape. No. He’s the Elite’s latest scapegoat. That alone begs the question. Is Sam a cold-blooded killer or a mere pawn used in a global chess game? World War III looms on the horizon as the Middle East threatens to implode, world alliances are scrapped, and a once tenuous truce with a former enem

TWEET LOVE from @RMasonWriter for Starrie

TWEET LOVE Just finished STARRIE by @heidirubymiller - WOW, what a fantastic sci fi romance! #scifi #SFR #spaceopera @Dog_Star_Books — Rhonda Mason (@RMasonWriter) June 18, 2015

EVENT: The SFR Brigade Summer Cafe Space Opera 2

EVENTS Space Opera 2 - JULY 6-12 Since I'm doing an international giveaway for a paperback ( MARKED BY LIGHT or GREENSHIFT ) and an ebook ( MARKED BY LIGHT or GREENSHIFT ), I'm sharing a couple of cocktail-related excerpts from the ambasadora-verse and the recipes to go with them. The chance to enter the giveaway is at the bottom. Enjoy! FROM GREENSHIFT: Mari slid her arm through David's. "Nothing a drunken coffee won't fix. Do you want one?" Say no. He'd had more than enough alcohol tonight. Another drink and his judgment might be impaired. That was one of the reasons he didn't take the stims she offered from the med suite. "What kind of bourbon do you have?" he asked. "Koley's Reserve. What else?" She winked. "You're kidding." He let his skepticism show. "Do you know how difficult that is to get? It's only made in the Koley Mountains, and in very small batches." Even as an Arm

BOOK: The Valley of Happiness by George Williams

In The Valley of Happiness George Williams returns with a second collection of stories as original and arresting as his first, Gardens of Earthly Delight. From a Texas reservoir a fisherman hauls in a record-breaking bass that transforms his life forever. In Georgia a man is required by federal law to become chattel for a day. A criminal and his ventriloquist’s dummy wreak havoc wherever they go. The son of a Syrian soap maker becomes obsessed with a fellow graduate student in Colorado and plans an atrocity he believes will bring him the admiration of the world. In the title story, two physicists traveling across southern Germany keep and reveal secrets about their relationships that comfort as much as they trouble. A girl discovers she has a strange medical condition that will eventually benefit the world. In the final story, two pickpockets working Indiana fall festivals make the mistake of lifting the wallet of a relentless and vindictive ATF agent. In these fifteen stories, Geor


CAST YOUR CHARACTERS A NOTE FROM PIPPA: Oddly enough, Keir is about the only one of my books where I’ve ever thought about the casting list. In fact, one of my earliest conversations with a fellow author was about who we each saw as the hero. We had some rather differing opinions! And that was only for Keir. I’ve only recently discovered an actress that I would love to have playing my heroine, so when Heidi invited me to cast my characters, it gave me a chance to really think about who else I’d love to see in the film. KEIR AUTHOR: Pippa Jay DESCRIPTION: A demon waiting to die... An outcast reviled for his discolored skin and rumors of black magic, Keirlan de Corizi sees no hope for redemption. Imprisoned beneath the palace that was once his home, the legendary ‘Blue Demon of Adalucien’ waits for death to finally free him of his curse. But salvation comes in an unexpected guise. A woman determined to save him. Able to cross space and time with a wave of her hand, Tarqu