Monday, January 20, 2020

SFR Brigade Members on Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker

Members of the SFR Brigade have weighed in with their thoughts and opinions on the conclusion of the Star Wars saga--the motion picture, Rise of Skywalker which released in December.

Stop by Spacefreighters Lounge today to see what they have to say.

If you'd like to add your thoughts on the story, you're invited to comment on the Spacefreighters Lounge blog. Click the link below to view the post:

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Pets in Space® 4 Now Available! #PetsInSpace #amreading

It's heeeeere!

Pets in Space® 4 is now available to purchase at any of the below retailers. Don't miss this superb collection of 13 all new, never before published stories by some of today's award-winning and bestselling authors, including members of the SFR Brigade. Many of these stories are part of popular SFR series, too!

Get a detailed look at all the stories right here.

This volume is about 1,500 pages in length--or about the size of FIVE full-length novels--so it will keep you in great reading for many, many enjoyable hours to come.

In addition, 10% of all pre-orders and first month's royalties will go to support Hero Dogs, an organization that raises, trains and provides service dogs to military veterans and first responders.

But hurry! Pets in Space® 4 will only be available for a limited time...and then it's gone forever!




Thursday, September 5, 2019

Announcing the End of the SFR Galaxy Awards

Alas, the SFR Galaxy Awards will be no more. This annual event launched in 2013 and was managed by bloggers Heather Massey and Laurie A. Green. A group of sci-fi romance-loving judges rounded out the team.

It's been a blast highlighting various sci-fi romances using a fun, quirky awards lens. Like all good things, it must come to and end. Here's why:

1. I (Heather) am no longer able to give the awards the nurturing it needs because of family and work matters. I held off as long as possible regarding canceling the awards to see how things would go, but Life Stuff had to take priority.

2. Over the past several years, there's been heightened attention given to the grievous lack of diversity and inclusion in romance awards. The situation has been so dire that Romance Writers of America (RWA) hired consultants to address "diversity, equality and inclusion issues in RWA." This issue has also prompted much-needed discussion in the SFR community regarding the same flaws present in the SFR Galaxy Awards.

The SFR Galaxy Awards has its own racial and gender biases. Even a cursory glance at the numbers reveals the award outcomes are not as diverse as they should be. Though Laurie has been my co-partner in this endeavor, the idea for the awards originated with me. Since I didn't bake diversity and inclusion into the SFR Galaxy Awards as thoroughly as I could have, it wouldn't be ethical to continue the event without rebuilding it from the ground up.

I intended for the SFR Galaxy Awards to be inclusive and diverse regarding race, gender, sexual orientation, and #ownvoices across its various parts, but my actions didn't always match my intent. I apologize to anyone who was harmed by my lack of foresight.

If we're lucky to have an SFR-specific award event in the future, my hope is that it's designed to be diverse and inclusive so everyone involved feels welcome, celebrated, and safe. Furthermore, if I have the opportunity to create SFR events in the future, I pledge to make them a safe space for authors and readers of all kinds.


I deeply appreciate the company of everyone who came along with me on the SFR Galaxy Awards adventure.

Big thanks to Laurie Green for her hard work, generosity, and intrepid support for this event.

A hearty thanks to the judges past and present for their incredible work and enthusiasm. It's been an honor to know and work with them. Thanks so very much to the winning authors for helping to promote the event as well as their wonderful SFR adventures.

And finally, thanks to the readers who participated, visited the awards site, and helped spread the word. SFR is nothing without its faithful readers.

All the best,

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

They're Back: Pets in Space® Returns! #PetsInSpace #amreading

The authors of Pets in Space® 4 have been keeping a secret these last few days, and now it's time to tell the whole wide world universe!

Pets in Space® 4 is now available on pre-order! The anthology has already shot up as high as #49 on Amazon Hot New Releases list before the announcement was even made.

We have a lot to share today, so let's start off with this...

Pets in Space® 4
Cover Reveal!

Now, for a closer look at what's inside.

Pets in Space® 4 features thirteen stories by award-winning, bestselling authors and some of the hottest names in SFR. Not only that, but most are connected to popular ongoing SFR series, though each story stands on its own. Here's just a taste of what you'll get in this amazing collection in video form.

Once again, this Pets in Space® offering will support its favorite cause--Hero-Dogs! Ten percent of the first month's profits will once again go to this amazing organization that raises, trains and places service dogs with those who have served their country and community--namely disabled US veterans and first responders.

To date, Pets in Space® authors have contributed a total of $7,100 in donations to this wonderful organization. We hope you'll help us make 2019 a banner year.

You can help by purchasing a copy of Pets in Space® 4 on pre-order now or, if pre-orders aren't your thing, by buying a copy when it is newly released on October 8, 2019. For your convenience, here's a link to a list of all available preorder sites:

Want to get the scoop on all the stories in written form? Here's a brief description of all thirteen works in the Pets in Space® 4 collection.

Lords of Kassis Series 
by S.E. Smith 
Even an incredibly skillful warrior Princess needs help sometimes. Can Madas trust the strange warrior who fell from the sky with her life… and with her heart?

Galactic Gladiators: House of Rone Series
By Anna Hackett
A cyborg who's vowed to keep his emotions and lethal powers leashed, discovers the one woman who can bring him to his knees.

The Infinite City Series
By Tiffany Roberts
Being separated by time and distance does not lessen the love Volcair has for the woman who captured his heart.

The Sectors SF Romance Series
By Veronica Scott
Two crew members of an interstellar luxury liner must join forces with a retired military canine to find a missing relic before the curse brings disaster for everyone.

Project Enterprise Series
By Pauline Baird Jones
Can two almost human geeks find love while they fight against their old Master?

The Inherited Stars Series
By Laurie A. Green
An agent must decide if he can trust the savvy female Rathskian warrior that crosses his path or if he should deliver her to his superiors.

My Crazy Alien Romance Series
By Donna McDonald
Nothing is normal when Topper finds herself expecting again.

Xian Warriors Series
By Regine Abel
A genetically engineered war machine finds love with the human doctor who may be his only chance of survival.

Starways Series
By Alexis Glynn
A scientist looking for a genetically engineered unicorn and a historian seeking the right question find each other in an interstellar amusement park full of dangerous games.

TriSystems: Smugglers Series
By JC Hay
The last thing Sheri needs is a brooding, brawny smuggler watching her every move, but his help is all that stands between her and a crime lord's wrath.

Alien Animal Rescues Series
By E.D. Walker
A kidnapped princess and her bird companion must rely on the exiled guard who loves her to help them.

After The Fall Series
By Kyndra Hatch
The human composed a song in his heart, a pull he couldn’t ignore, a draw that demanded further exploration.

The Department of Homeworld Security Series
By Cassandra Chandler
A simple house call to care for a sick animal turns a young woman’s life upside down when she discovers the ‘house’ is really a spaceship!

As you can probably tell, you're going to be in for many, many hours of great reading!

Pets in Space® 4 is nearly 1,500 pages of science fiction romance entertainment! That's equivalent to the size of FIVE full-length novels. And it's all for $5.99 -- the price of a single cup of coffee -- plus you'll be helping the amazing Hero-Dogs to boot.

This anthology wouldn't be what it is without its adorable, imaginative, unique pets as only science fiction romance can deliver them, so here's a first look at the "all-star pet cast" of  Pets in Space® 4. 

Can't wait to read it? 

Then be sure to grab your #FREE Pets in Space® 4 Sampler in the meantime. It's #FREE and features stories, excerpts, teasers and original artwork from the authors. But hurry! It's only available for a limited time!

(Only available until October 7th)

Want to know more about this year's release? You can follow all the news about Pets in Space® 4 in the Pets in Space® Readers Group on Facebook or by signing up for the newletter. The authors would love to have you aboard!

Edited 11:50 AM 8/2019 to add:

for helping to give Pets in Space® 4 such an 
amazingly successful pre-order launch. 
We're over the moon! 

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #805 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)


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