Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The SFR Brigade's 2nd Midsummer Blog Hop - Winners!

The SFR Brigade's 2nd Midsummer blog hop is over! First, a huge, huge thank you to all the Brigaders who took part in hosting, and especially to those who donated to the prize fund - this event couldn't have happened without you. And a big thank you to all the visitors who stopped by, left comments, entered the rafflecopter and shared the news.

So, to the winners. *drum roll*

First prize of a $150 gift card and a 30+ ebook bundle - Debra Guyette 

Second prize of a $50 gift card - Lucinda Copeland  

The four third prize winners of a $25 gift card - Jbst, Ashley Tucker Ashfa Anwer and Corrine Alexander ­

Congrats to the winners!  

Individual prizes offered will be announced on the blogs responsible for offering them. Thank you for making the blog hop such a wonderful event. See you next year!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Tales from the SFR Brigade - live at Smashwords! #SFRBAntho #scifi #romance

Well, damn the resonance canons, full speed ahead! Tales from the SFR Brigade - a #free anthology of science fiction romance stories by eight authors - went live on Smashwords yesterday. Woo hoo! Er, yeah, we DID announce the expected release date as 14th July just a couple of days ago, but Editor-in-Chief 'Cali Hicks hit a fortunate pre-launch time knot, lol. So now you can download your free copy in a multitude of digital formats from here. And while you're at it, why not add it to your Goodreads shelf too. You can find it here

Want more reasons to check the anthology out, aside from being free and shiny? What about the author line up? 

1. "Imprint" – Pippa Jay

2. "Allure" – Amy Laurens

3. "Nobody’s Present" – Marcella Burnard

4. "The Stranger" – Kyndra Hatch

5. "Mission: Nam Selan" – Linnea Sinclair

6. "Prime Sensations" – Liana Brooks

7. "Envy’s Revenge" – Berinn Rae

8. "Whiskey and Starshine" – Erica Hayes

And if that isn't enough, here's the blurb - 

Experience love and adventure among the stars in TALES FROM THE SFR BRIGADE, a free digital anthology of eight Science Fiction Romance stories.

* A space captain discovers the cyborg she loves just might be her greatest enemy.

* A mind-wiped prostitute risks all when she recruits a dangerous stranger to help her escape a terrible fate.

* A prisoner-of-war confronts the comrade who loved her, then left her for dead.

* A space-obsessed physics teacher is kidnapped by a far-too-charming alien.

* An apocalypse survivor battles the biomech-enhanced hunter who seeks to capture her.

* A young artist must choose between her comfortable life on Earth or a war-torn space colony with her beloved.

* A daring thief is on the run from the alien law man who is determined to bring her to justice.

* A widowed rebel leader tries to save the last remnants of humanity, one stranger at a time.

From Earth to the furthest reaches of the galaxy, explore the worlds of Science Fiction Romance with stories from Linnea Sinclair, Marcella Burnard, Erica Hayes, Liana Brooks, Pippa Jay, Berinn Rae, Amy Laurens, and Kyndra Hatch.

Download TALES FROM THE SFR BRIGADE for free today.

BTW, the mini-blurbs make most excellent tweets. So if you'd like to help spread the word and get SFR out into the universe, the hashtag is #SFRBAntho. 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Writing contest by Quirk Books deadline October 31

Writing contest by Quirk Books deadline October 31
Quirky love stories sought by Quirk Books

Author (Iced) Tea & Book Signing Saturday June 22

Author (Iced) Tea & Book Signing Saturday June 22
Meet some of your favorite authors in Wylie tomorrow! Rachel Caine (aka Roxanne Longstreet), Rosemary Clement-Moore, Jo Davis, Addison Fox, and many more! Noon to 3:30 for chat and booksignings at the Wylie Public Library.

The 2nd SFR Brigade Midsummer Blog Hop - Out of this World

It's the SFR Brigade's 2nd Midsummer Blog Hop! Woo hoo! Please fasten your safety harness, check your spacesuit seals are set, and get ready for blast off. So, what's happening on the hop?

Below you'll find a list of the forty stellar authors and book bloggers, celebrating Midsummer with posts on the theme Out of this World, sharing snippets, settings and the books they love or have written with the universe. Some will be offering prizes of their own, but the red giants of prizes are as follows -

1st Prize - $150 Amazon or B&N gift card (winner's choice) and an ebook bundle (currently Ghost in the Machine, Bayne, Recast Book 1:Wither, Recast Book 2:Clash, Alien Adoration, Switched, Reckless Rescue, Wreck of the Nebula Dream, Keir, Terms & Conditions Apply, The Key, The Plan, Starburst, Marya, The Iron Admiral, Sasha’s Calling, Trouble at the Hotel Baba Ghanoush, Winter in Paradise, Once Upon a Time in Space, the Telomere trilogy, Winter Fusion, Blue Nebula, Demential, Wytchfire, Maven, Fires of Justice, Interface, Girl under Glass, and Breakout. Bonus books – Ghost Planet, The Iron Admiral: Conspiracy and Deception, and Games of Command.)

2nd Prize - $50 Amazon or B&N gift card (winner's choice)

3rd Prizes - four $25 Amazon or B&N gift cards (given to separate winners and their choice)

How can you win these totally awesome prizes? By hopping from blog to blog on the list below and by entering the rafflecopter each of them has on their posts. You could also leave them a comment to show them some love, lol. The grand prizes are available internationally, but individual blog prizes may vary - please read their terms and conditions carefully! The hop will run from 00.01 of the 21st June until 23.59 on the 25th June, PDT. Individual posts may have their contests open for varying times if stated. Good luck!

Friday, June 14, 2013

The Rediscovered Planet - Once Again, Anchorage Returns

Hi all

It's been a bit, I know. Things were a bit dicey there - but we're back, Marya and I. The Anchorage series has been picked up by Silver Stream Publishing and the new covers for the first four books are simply gorgeous.

Anchorage - one planet, seven books. Come join the adventure...

Traveling has always frightened Marya, but when the Ktar chooses her to protect the heir on his confirmation journey, she fights panic. A prophecy concerning the heir's death, ominous dreams of a mysterious city, and news that one of the heir's companions will betray him all point to disaster.

Unfortunately, the discovery of the assassin's identity is only the beginning. His menace pales in comparison to the ancient evil lurking in the mountains. When Marya is trapped and the men with her enslaved, she is faced with two choices: surrender to the alien being who offers her power, or ally with the handsome assassin she sought to thwart. One way she loses her soul, the other she may lose her heart.

Something is hunting mercenary commander Romenel Devar, a monster disguised as friends and loved ones, so he can't even describe it. He knows it's slowly killing him, though, and he desperately needs help.

Marya and Roke have retired to their house on the steppes, their lives finally peaceful and uneventful. When Romenel collapses on their front doorstep, Marya reminds her husband that no one retires from being a hero.

Their journey takes them to the other side of the world where hordes of monsters lurk and the rules of society are turned on their heads. Romenel needs to understand both this strange new world and the hints from a distant, shared past to unravel the means to stop the monsters' deadly hunts.

Ancient voices reveal a terrible secret: human scientists created the kresnas, devourers of life and sanity. Not only created, but also used in terrible, torturous experiments, turning them against their creators.

Romenel's dilemmas pile up until he's lost in them. How can he destroy all the hordes of kresnas at once and is it morally defensible to do so? What other solution is there if humans are to survive? What should he do about the beautiful warrior, Kyliki, since he has no place in her world and she has none in his?

And, hang it all, if he can resolve these things, what in blazes is he going to do about the mess of a succession war raging back home?

Starved and ill, Pelinas finds himself at the gates of Arhanna, the city of his father's enemies. He doesn't recall how he came there, though he remembers vividly his father disowning him. Luckily, the kind-hearted General Devar takes him in.

Roya Intalva returns from the Academy up north to take her rightful place in the Ktar's forces only to find that her friend, Romenel, has taken on a new aide whom she does not trust and the troops are succumbing to a mysterious illness.

Intrigue piles upon intrigue and when the walking dead kidnap Duke Semis, it falls to a group of green cadets, a prickly young Lieutenant and the haunted, guilt-ridden Pelinas to ride to the rescue.

More to come - but we're glad to be back! 

Monday, June 10, 2013

The SFR Brigade Midsummer Blog Hop - Update 6/10/13

The hop is fast approaching, so I thought I'd give you all a quick update on progress. I'm delighted to say that, thanks to those participants who have donated so far (and a couple of especially generous donors - thank you!), the prize fund for the hop is already over $250! Woo hoo! So, I'm pleased to announce that the grands prizes will be (at a minimum) as follows:

1st Prize - $150 Amazon or B&N gift card (winner's choice) and an ebook bundle (currently Alien Adoration, Dementional, Wytchfire, Ghost Planet, The Iron Admiral, Games of Command, Keir and Terms & Conditions Apply)

2nd Prize - $50 Amazon or B&N gift card (winner's choice)

3rd Prizes - two $25 Amazon or B&N gift cards (given to separate winners and their choice)

Please share this news as much as possible. As I say, this is currently the MINIMUM prizes that will be offered as there's still time to donate to the blog hop fund. But let's start telling people about it! :)

Friday, June 7, 2013

Boas & Tiaras Tea with Nalini Singh Saturday June 8

Boas & Tiaras Tea with Nalini Singh Saturday June 8
Boas & Tiaras Tea is tomorrow! Come join us in Allen for some great speakers: Nalini Singh, Candace Havens, Nikki Duncan, Deborah Crombie, and many more

Pens and Pancakes Writers meet Saturday June 8

Pens and Pancakes Writers meet Saturday June 8

Meet Essence Magazine and Dallas Weekly author Shewanda Riley this Saturday in Fort Worth at The Dock Bookshop 10:30 am.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Stuart Sharp Questions The Competence of SFR Authors at The Story Hub

Stuart Sharp wrote a post at The Story Hub wherein he questions the scope of competence of authors of SFR.

His post his here:

SFR fan C.E. Kilgore challenged him eloquently here:

Genre Wars - Why is SFR the outcast?

I felt compelled to challenge his post at The Galaxy Express as well:

Out With The Old (Boys Club) And In With The New (Generation Of Progressive Genre Fans)

If you have time and could help spread the word about this post and/or the responses and help me make lemonade out of lemons, I'd really appreciate it. Mr. Sharp gave us an opportunity to spread the word about how wonderful SFR is!

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