Monday, November 6, 2017

Veterans Day: Last Hurrah for Hero Dogs!

The authors of Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 would like to sincerely thank all the wonderful SFR Brigade members and readers for supporting this unique SFR collection and helping the book become a USA TODAY bestseller! It has now received over 100 glowing reviews on Amazon.

But this blog isn't focused on the success of the anthology. November 11th is Veterans Day, and that's really what this post is all about. Our veterans. Those who served.

Many of the authors of Pets in Space 2 have close ties to military vets or are veterans themselves. Each will be posting this week about their involvement or connection with the military, and why this cause is so important to them. This moving, must-read tribute by Pauline Baird Jones, one of the authors and organizers, to her veteran father is just one of the heartfelt statements of why we feel compelled to support our veterans.


To honor our vets, we're donating 10% of the profits from all preorders and sales through Veterans Day to Hero Dogs. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs for US Veterans to make a difference in their lives. If you'd like to know more about what they do, please watch this video about their program narrated by veterans and staff.





This is our Last Hurrah for Hero Dogs!

We're in the final window for our Hero Dogs donation period. Last year we were able to donate over $2,000 to the organization, and this year we hope to do even more for them...but we aren't there yet. We need your help to reach our goal.

If you haven't yet purchased a copy of this collection, please consider doing so before November 11th. For the price of a cup of coffee you can help change veteran's lives.

If you've bought a copy of the anthology, thank you so much! You've already done something wonderful for this cause and we hope you loved all the stories from the twelve best selling and award winning science fiction romance authors as a bonus.

Know someone who'd also love to read it? Consider gifting a copy of the book via Amazon's gifting feature. Just look for the "Give as a Gift" button on the right side of the sales page.

An e-book or print copy could also make someone a great holiday gift this year!

Here's the universal link to find it on the bookseller site of your choice:


In closing, we'd like to take this opportunity to thank the entire science fiction romance community for helping us to help veterans. And hip, hip, hurrah for Hero Dogs!

More on Veterans, Authors and Pets:

Monday - Authors Susan Grant, Michelle Howard and Sabine Priestley (in a video) explain their connection to the military or why they signed up for Pets in Space 2. Click here.




Thursday, November 2, 2017

SFRB Recommends 77: Willing Skin by Ella Drake

Sylla Viola has never put down roots. When she's forced to abandon her life, she leaves everything behind. Nothing to miss. Nothing to regret. Not even the loss of her body. Using a DNA mod that changes her into a male half-human Scoriah, she's poised to get away from the hunter on her trail. Until she runs into the one man who can see through her disguise. 

Docked at Station Viesel, Echtei Bronson helps a lost male Scoriah. One minute in his company threatens Echtei's control. One glimpse of the woman inside and he can't keep his hands off. One heated touch and he gives in to the need to wreak havoc on anyone who touches Sylla--a woman who could never stay with a man forever tied to family and home. 

But even Echtei can't defeat what's chasing Sylla--a ruthless cyborg hunter who has shown that a Scoriah is no match for him. Echtei won’t give Sylla up without a fight. It's face the impossible or die trying, even if survival means war. 


Willing Skin asks some excellent questions about desire and bodies. The tech that Sylla uses makes her need to adjust to a body she wasn't born with. In many romantic commitments, we attest that we will love a person even though they will change through the years. In Sylla's case, she changes bodies fast. Luckily, Echthei wants her with whatever body she's got, even if she appears male to him.

I also enjoyed the family dynamics in this book. The reader gets to know Echthei's clutch-mates and understand the special not-quite-human bonds that. I hadn't read any previous books in the series, but the characters who were the heroes of other stories were vivid enough that I'll have to go back and read from the start. Bonus: hot and chilling cyborg whose workings made me say both "ooooh" and "ewwww."

 Book page- Willing Skin (with buy links and excerpt)


This recommendation by Lee Koven.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Launch Day - Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2

We have Lift Off!

It's October 10th and that means the Pets are Back! And we invite you to join our mission! Read on.

Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2

Twelve New York Times, USA TODAY, award-winning and SFR Brigade authors have all joined forces:
  • S.E. Smith
  • M.K. Eidem
  • Susan Grant
  • Michelle Howard
  • Cara Bristol
  • Veronica Scott
  • Pauline Baird Jones
  • Laurie A. Green
  • Sabine Priestley
  • Jessica E. Subject
  • Carol Van Natta
  • Alexis Glynn Latner
We're on a mission to help out Hero-Dogs, a charity that supports our veterans, and to introduce more readers to science fiction romance!

10% of all preorders and the first month’s profits go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.




This massive collection packs a punch for readers, featuring twelve original, never before released science fiction romance *plus pets* novellas, many of them in favorite SFR series.

PEARL’S DRAGON
A Novella in the Dragon Lords of Valdier Series
By S.E. Smith (New York Times/USA TODAY Bestselling Author)
An old dragon warrior unexpectedly finds love with a human mate who is as creative and clever as she is dangerous - a perfect combination when poachers attack.

A GRIM PET
A Novella in the Tornian Series
By M.K. Eidem (USA TODAY Bestselling Author)
Grim’s two young daughters discover an injured raptor and their love, faith, and kindness creates far-reaching consequences no one expects.

THE PRINCE, THE PILOT, AND THE PUPPY
(“Star Puppy”)
A Novella in The Star Series
By Susan Grant (New York Times/USA TODAY Bestselling, and RITA Award Winning Author)
A talented starfighter pilot and a handsome prince rescue a starving puppy only to discover they are the ones that need saving.

WIRED FOR LOVE
By Michelle Howard
When a young woman is reluctantly drawn into a scarred soldier's past, they soon find themselves working against an enemy with an old grudge.

RESCUED BY THE CYBORG
A Novella in the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance Series
By Cara Bristol (USA TODAY Bestselling Author)
A hostage waits for death at the hands of predatory aliens when a cyborg agent disobeys orders.

STAR CRUISE: SONGBIRD
A Novella in The Sectors SF Romance Series
By Veronica Scott
A security officer aboard a spaceship finds his job complicated by his attraction to the interstellar singer he is assigned to protect and the bird he has inherited.

TIME TRAP
A Novella in the Project Enterprise Series
By Pauline Baird Jones
An unusual birthday gift creates more trouble than a USAF Engineer expects when he finds a time traveling rebel and her parrot partner in his arms.

COURTING DISASTER: STARDOG 2
A Novella in the Inherited Stars Series
By Laurie A. Green
A commander of a spaceship faces the toughest decision of his life when he vows to protect the woman and her StarDog that he is escorting through a dangerous section of space.

SENSATE
A Novella in the Alien Attachments Series
By Sabine Priestley
A scientist must decide if she can trust the man who once betrayed her if she is to help his sentient com unit gain a physical form.

GIB AND THE TIBBAR
A Novella in the Galactic Defenders Series
By Jessica E. Subject
A young woman fights to come to terms with her place in the universe with a little help from the sexy alien warrior befriended by her furry pet.

PET TRADE
A Novella in the Central Galactic Concordance Series
By Carol Van Natta
An elite forces veteran crash lands on a frontier planet with a cargo full of designer pets and must seek the help of a talented, but damaged veterinarian to help him save them.

MASCOT
A Novella in the Aeon's Legacy Series
By Alexis Glynn Latner
A space station manager and an interstellar auditor must work through their antagonism and attraction to each other while the station comes under attack. Then the station mascot enters the fray!

If you're already a fan of one or more of these series, this is your chance to catch up on the latest release. But if you're not, each story works as a stand-alone romantic adventure.

The original Pets in Space collection (no longer available) was wildly popular with readers and named one of the "Best Books of 2015: E-Originals Fiction" by LibraryJournal.com as well as winning two SFR Galaxy Awards.

This second volume promises to be even better, and offers three more stories than the original. The print version is a whopping 826 pages or almost 289,000 words!

Get your copy today at any of these vendors:

 
 

 
Plus Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 is also being offered in a PRINT VERSION!

Early reviews are looking fantastic!



The first thirty days after launch are critical to mission success!

Want to know how you can assist with the mission to get the word out to help Hero Dogs and introduce more readers to science fiction romance?

If you've already purchased your copy, just click on one of the share buttons below this post to send a transmission to readers on Facebook, Twitter, G+ or a number of other social media universes. Or you can also click the title of this blog and copy the link to your social media sites.

We thank you for joining our task force.

The Authors of Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2


Thursday, September 28, 2017

SFRB Recommends 76: Bird by Bird by Ann Lamott

Anne Lamott returns to offer us a new gift: a step-by-step guide on how to write and on how to manage the writer's life. From "Getting Started,' with "Short Assignments," through "Shitty First Drafts," "Character," "Plot," "Dialogue." all the way from "False Starts" to "How Do You Know When You're Done?" Lamott encourages, instructs, and inspires. She discusses "Writers Block," "Writing Groups," and "Publication."
If you have ever wondered what it takes to be a writer, what it means to be a writer, what the contents of your school lunches said about what your parents were really like, this book is for you. From faith, love, and grace to pain, jealousy, and fear, Lamott insists that you keep your eyes open, and then shows you how to survive. And always, from the life of the artist she turns to the art of life.

This book doesn't shy away from the frustration and drudgery that's part of the writing craft. It's as if you have a writer friend to bellyache and sympathize with who's got a twisted sense of humor. She'll talk you through the hard parts, when you just want to burn everything and hide in a corner.

Lamott says it's okay to be neurotic about your writing, it's okay to despair over setbacks. These happen and are normal. The advice is grounded and sometimes harsh, so may not be for everyone. I disagree with a bunch of the metaphors she makes later in the book, but I still laughed and felt reassured.

The core of the advice, though, is about how to crank out the first draft: just write it and don't worry that it's awful. This has since been popularized by Nanowrimo (Bird by Bird was published 1995). The sections on publishing are out of date, so are more interesting as a historical note.

This recommendation by Lee Koven.

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