Monday, March 19, 2018

Founded March 19, 2010
Eight years ago, the SFR Brigade was launched with the hopes that there were at least 50 other writers and authors of science fiction romance who may want to join. After the first thirty days, over 100 members had already signed up. Now, eight years later, the SFR Brigade Facebook group totals over 1,230 members.
Happy 8th Anniversary!
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Friday, March 16, 2018

The Pets in Space Anthology Is Back! #PetsInSpace

It's Pet Passport Day and eleven authors of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade are celebrating by announcing the new Pets in Space anthology, "Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3."

In the previous two years, Pets in Space anthologies have twice been awarded Library Journal Best Book (eOriginal) and SFR Galaxy Awards, and was a USATODAY Bestseller.  More importantly, Pets in Space has raised over $4,400 for, a charity that raises, trains & places support dogs with U.S. veterans.

Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3 anthology will release on October 9, 2018 and once again, 10% of pre-orders and the 1st month's profits go to

The following eleven science fiction romance authors have banded together to bring you new and original stories from their popular series and to support S.E. Smith, Anna Hackett, Ruby Lionsdrake, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Carol Van Natta, Tiffany Roberts, Alexis Glynn Latner, E D Walker, JC Hay, and Kyndra Hatch. 

Subscribe to the Pets in Space newsletter and you will receive an exclusive Pets in Space 3 Coloring Book (not available anywhere else). This book is super cute and just right for taking time out and de-stressing.

Also get into the pet spaceship jetsetting mood and join the Facebook Pets in Space Reader Group. All the authors pop in to say hello and share pet stories as well as fun contests and special offers. 

More information is coming in the months ahead! Please leave a comment and share what pet you would like to see featured in a science fiction romance story.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Death and The Maiden, or Why I Love Bad Men @LexxxChristian

by Alexandra Christian

I have a confession to make. After this weekend, I will have seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi five times. That’s right, I paid to see it in the theater five different times at more than ten bucks a pop. I realize that I most likely have a psychological problem. It isn’t that I have a weird obsession with large men that have strange faces (I do). Or that I might have a slight mask fetish (I do). Or that I’m a lifelong Star Wars junkie (I was literally a week old when A New Hope came out). My problem boils down to this-- I’m attracted to bad men. Not in my real life, mind you. My husband is probably one of the sweetest people in the world. But there’s something about that dark prince that whispers wicked and wonderful things in your ear that is so appealing. We call that phenomenon death and the maiden.

Death and the maiden is a theme that began in Greek mythology with Hades and Persephone. The idea of the frightening God of the Underworld seducing the innocent daughter and dragging her down to the Underworld with him. That theme was popularized during the Renaissance with the figure of death looming over or even kissing a beautiful, young girl.  It further evolved into many aspects of our culture, including literature. Beauty and the Beast, Phantom of the Opera, and even Fifty Shades of Grey, among others, are based upon this idea. That contrast of light and darkness, yin and yang, and their attraction to one another, can be traced through much of our popular culture. Is it any surprise that it has become a tried and true romance novel trope?

Which brings me back to the new Star Wars movie. I don’t want to spoil it or anything, but at the center of the plot (and indeed the entire sequel trilogy) is the death and the maiden thread being played out by Kylo Ren (or Ben Solo depending on your point of view) and Rey. Now, whether you agree with it or not (please do NOT send this blog hate mail in the comments), that aspect is pretty clear in the climax of the movie (hehe… she said climax). It adds a layer to the movies that I always thought was missing in the clumsy May-December kisses between Padme Amidala and the doomed Anakin Skywalker.

If you’ve read my books Beast of Burden or Huntress, you can see the death and the maiden influence weighing heavily on both stories. In Beast, the dark prince Cianan Marek seems pretty darned evil on the surface. He forces beautiful and innocent Sascha to be his slave in exchange for her previous master’s indiscretions. He’s a werewolf. Not to mention that he has a really big, nasty secret that I won’t disclose (you gotta read the book). In Huntress, Prince Malik is literally a monster that’s rescued from his own rage and anguish by the dragonslayer maiden, Thalia. It’s also there in my sci-fi romance series, Phoenix Rising (Naked and Neo-Geisha). The heroine, Phoebe Addison, is a seemingly innocent librarian who reluctantly falls in love with the angry alpha superspy, Cage St. John. The aforementioned heroines are drawn to these heroes because of their darkness. They are, perhaps subconsciously, excited by the perceived danger of loving these men who behave badly.

As both a reader and a writer, I’m a sucker for these stories. And I can’t be the only one. Fifty Shades of Grey has made millions of dollars worldwide and Phantom of the Opera is the longest running show on Broadway. Are we hardwired to love the things that are bad for us? Or is it that we long for someone to push our boundaries and force us to do the things we fantasize about, thereby allowing us to absolve ourselves of any guilt we might feel? I suspect it may be simpler than that. Perhaps embracing “death” is a way to face our own fears of mortality. By taking “death” as a lover, it gives us some sense that we have conquered it.

Or maybe I’m just a sicko.

(All views expressed in this guest post are those of the author, Alexandra Christian, and don't necessarily reflect that of the SFR Brigade.)


Librarian Phoebe Addison has lived her entire life within a seventy-five mile radius of her small Louisiana town, but when she receives a strange medallion from her adventurous, off-world sister, reality tilts toward the bizarre. Everything Phoe thought she knew is…well, wrong. Dead wrong. But bone-numbing fear has no place in this brave new world—nor by the side of the dangerous, exquisite man who saves her life.


Following the tragic slaughter of his family, operative Macijah “Cage” St. John understands evil in a way no man ever should. He traded happiness for a magnificent and terrible power, and fate isn’t done with him yet. He wasn’t looking for comfort. He didn’t need tenderness. But today he’ll play hero to a damsel in distress, and his quest will deliver him to the uncanny Martian colony of New London—and his heart to the demure Phoebe Addison. The bookish beauty’s hidden talents and deep abiding love just might save Cage from himself.

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About the Author:

Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly romance with a speculative slant. Her love of Stephen King and sweet tea has flavored her fiction with a Southern Gothic sensibility that reeks of Spanish moss and deep fried eccentricity. Lexx likes to keep her fingers in lots of different pies having written everything from sci-fi and horror to Sherlock Holmes adventures. 

A self-proclaimed “Southern Belle from Hell,” Lexx is a native South Carolinian who lives with an epileptic wiener dog and her husband, author Tally Johnson. Her long-term aspirations are to one day be a best-selling authoress and part-time pinup girl. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Worldbuilding Gets Punk’d @j_c_hay

by JC Hay

For me, cyberpunk has always been the genre of rebellion. It eschewed the shiny futures and far frontiers that other science fiction genres promised. More importantly, it focused on the rebels and runners who made their living in the cracks where society had left them – thriving like weeds in the neon-soaked concrete. When I started the Corporate Services books, I knew I wanted to keep that rebellious cyberpunk ethos. That meant I needed something to be rebelling towards – an end state for the world that would level the playing field between the haves and the have-nots in my stories.

For me, that meant the Singularity. Or at least some version of the singularity.

For the unfamiliar – the Singularity is considered to be the moment when technological growth of artificial intelligence exponentially increases and bypasses human ability. I could talk at length about how we’re already seeing hints of what that could look like (look at what AlphaGo is doing to our perceptions of how Go is played, for example), but for the Corporate Services world I needed to create a over-arching story point that would usher in the end of the anthropocene. And, more importantly, that all of that would be set-up for the next arc in the series.

To do that, I had to come up with my idea of how the Singularity would arrive, and then build backwards from there, laying out the foundations that would allow an artificial intelligence to begin quickly iterating itself and surpass our own capabilities. Once I knew where it was going, the rest of the world building dropped into place quickly, pieces I could build into the individual plots of each book as the AI begins its quest to free itself.

For this first arc, which began with Dubai Double-Cross, I knew that multiple organizations in the world I was building were doing their own research into Artificial Intelligence. I also knew that their researchers were smart enough not to allow their work to have access to the whole of humanity in the ‘Net. Something that the AI ultimately needs. Setting up that moment of choice was the point I wanted the series to drive towards.

As a result, the first three books in the series can be seen as a prequel of sorts, or eve like the first season of a TV series, where the final episode sets up new changes for the season to come. Certainly things in the Corporate Services world will be very different when we return. Both old and new characters will find themselves dealing with the repercussions of the choices made in this first series, and antagonists from old books may become newfound allies as a communal enemy begins to make itself known.

And that means more rebellion, in a classic cyberpunk fashion, as everyone tries to level the playing field once more.

Dubai Double Cross

Elise is looking for an exit. Too many years as a top-talent thief in the digital shadows have whittled away her patience and her humanity. She’s not looking for complications, but with one more job, she’ll finally have enough money to leave the life for good.

Na’im does what he must to survive. Whether it’s selling his body to the corporate glitterati, or going on the run when things get bad – but even a survivor can be caught off guard, and his boss’s murder has left him with no one to trust but a thief with her own agenda.

Together, they’re on the run trying to figure out who framed them both and stay one step ahead of the murderer who’s close behind. Trust is a rare commodity for accidental lovers, but in a dark future where everything can be upgraded and emotions can be programmed, sometimes all that can keep you human is your heart.


Author Bio: 
SFR Galaxy Award Winner JC Hay has never seen the distinction between science fiction and romance, having been raised on a steady diet of Robotech, Babylon 5, and Farscape. A proud resident of the Pacific Northwest, he writes science fiction and cyberpunk romances where the relationships matter as much as the shiny tech. After all, the coolest gadgets in the world are no fun without someone to share them.
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