Sunday, September 17, 2017

Podcast Episode 45: Interview with Author Nicola Cameron



Focus on Fantasy Romance Podcast Interviews Author Nicola Cameron




Nicola Cameron talks shifters, fantasy, writing to market and crossing genre lines. The ladies have fun dissecting her particular style and there's a GIVEAWAY!!!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Podcast Edpisode 44: Book Review for Knight of Stone, Mason



Review of Knight of Stone-Mason 





The ladies of the podcast discuss the novella Knight of Stone-Mason by Lisa Carlisle



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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

SFR Shooting Stars Presents: Cosmic Cabaret


Cailin Briste Rocks the Cosmic Cabaret!

Cosmic Cabaret: Where Hearts Collide in the Greatest Show in Space


Come aboard Blue Star line’s crown jewel, the LS Quantum, a luxury starship traveling through space and time. You’ll meet princes and star sultans, solve a murder, track a thief, plan the ultimate jewel heist, and encounter futuristic rock stars on the lam, cirque stars who want the quiet life, and dancers who want fame. Join thirteen USA Today, Amazon best-selling, and award-winning speculative fiction romance authors as they twist their own tales on the decks and in the dance halls of LS Quantum. Embark on a journey to fall in love at the Cosmic Cabaret.

Bringing the Sons of Tallav to the Cosmic Cabaret

My mind spun in all kinds of directions when I first heard that the SFR Shooting Stars were looking for authors to participate in the Cosmic Cabaret anthology. We were asked to bring our own universe into that of the L.S. Quantum.

Who from my Sons of Tallav Universe needed a vacation? In the end, I chose Master Trey, but his visit to the Blue Star line’s luxury starship isn’t a holiday. He’s been sent on a mission. I’ll get to that in a moment.

The Cosmic Cabaret is just one of the venues on the Quantum, which is the size of a small moon. Lots of space for the thirteen authors in the anthology to add to the world building already provided by the set creator, Jayne Fury. But all stories intersect in some way at the Cosmic Cabaret. Our world building was cross-pollinated through a discussion forum where we shared with one another the details about the Quantum and other venues we were creating in our stories. This was the best part of this anthology experience. I loved hearing what others were doing and seeing how they brought their characters into the setting.



Educated by the Master by Cailin Briste – My contribution to the Cosmic Cabaret

Take one talkative novice to kink. Combine with a master who prefers the silence of meditation. Bake on high heat at the Cosmic Cabaret. Luscious.

Patsy O’Shaughnessy is ready to leave the Quantum and Cosmic Cabaret behind for a new position at a kinky venue on the planet Beta Tau. That she’s a novice to this type of club doesn’t curb her enthusiasm. She needs this job. Trey Johannsen isn’t thrilled to be pulled from his club on Beta Tau to offer her his expertise. Seriously? Burlesque? Yet, the creative director they’ve foisted on him is an intriguing ingĂ©nue that reignites a light within, clearing the cobwebs of his ennui. They’re both going to have to learn some new tricks… and hands-on experience is the best teacher.


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The anthology is in the final prep for release on October 10.


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Susan Grant Presents STAR HERO



Star Hero by Susan GrantNew York Times/USA Today bestselling, RITA® winning author


First he had to rescue her. Then he’d try to win her back.


Space Marine Lieutenant Lukas Frank has a lot in common with a street dog named Bang-Bang; they both started off as scrappy orphans fighting to survive—and beat the odds. Things change when Bang-Bang leads Lukas to starpilot Captain Carlynn Riga. The tough war hero learns what it means to surrender—his heart. Lukas’s struggles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, threaten to tear the three of them apart, but nothing tests them more than when Carlynn goes missing on a mission. Now the rugged, emotionally scarred Marine and his K-9 partner must find Carlynn and bring her home, or risk losing everything he has finally found worth fighting for.

Don't miss this sexy, fast-paced sci-fi romance—get your copy of Star Hero today!
**ONLY 99 CENTS!**

"A heart-pounding space adventure!" --Goodreads

"Wow!!!! I downloaded the book and started reading, I couldn't stop.... I finished the book in one day” —Goodreads

“I haven't been so absorbed in a book, the characters, and plot in a long time. I love this book!" --Amazon

"I have never read anything by this author before and I have been missing out. What a wonderful story that kept me reading right to the end. It grips you from the first words" --Goodreads



Thursday, September 7, 2017

10 Ways to Organize Your TBR List


Have you ever opened up your e-reader and stared at the books there, wondering what to read next? How in the world will you ever get through all the books you've downloaded on a whim? I did just this the other day, and I felt completely overwhelmed when I looked at all the books staring back at me. 

If you're like me, buying and downloading books is a bit of a compulsion. There's nothing like knowing that you'll always have a book to read when you're ready. This compulsion, however, can lead to the aforementioned issue of book overload. How do we combat this?

I have a few simple ideas that will help us all overcome the overflowing TBR. I'll drop the first few ways here in the post, and you can pick up the others in the super simple checklist I made ( the link for that will be down below). Please come back later and let me know if these ideas helped you organize and overcome your TBR.


It seems simple, but this might be the easiest way to clean up the TBR. Separate your books by genre: paranormal, non-fiction, romance, historical, mystery, etc. When the bunches of books are smaller, they're less overwhelming and easier to decide what you're going to read first!


Another "duh!" moment here, but if you put your books into groups based on when you downloaded them, it might be easier to decide which ones you want to tackle first. It's an amazing problem to have, isn't it? Too many books?! NEVER! We just need to get ourselves organized. (This is the mantra of every book hoarder I've ever known, by the way!) #SorryNotSorry


Whether you love to download major book series by your favorite authors, or you love trying new-to-you authors, this is a great way to get that TBR in shape. Once you've got your list all sorted by author, you can decide whether you're in the mood to read an author you know and love, or give someone new a chance!


I hope you've enjoyed these tips, and don't forget, there are 7 more tips available to you with the downloadable checklist. I've included the link to the checklist down below. Please take it with my compliments. Now, whip those TBRs into shape and 





Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Guest Post: SFR Author Veronica Scott Shares Pets in Space!



Veronica Scott Talks Pets...In Space!

Thanks for having me as your guest today to talk about Embrace the Romance: Pets In Space 2! We’ve been working hard on this special scifi romance anthology since January this year, and right now we’re in the countdown to the October 10th release, with pre-orders piling up.
We have an exclusive new GRIM story from M. K. Eidem (I’m so excited about that because I love Grim and the Tornians), as well as a Pearl and Asim story from SE Smith, a rock star romance in space from me, and nine more stories featuring everything from sexy cyborgs to military heroes, plus heroic pets.
Pauline Baird Jones and I first had the idea to pair pets with science fiction romance stories in late 2015 and Pets In Space was born. We issued the first anthology last year, for a limited time, with nine authors. This year for the second volume, we have twelve authors, five of them new to Pets in Space, and all new stories.  Everyone seems to have had fun with the writing prompt of a heroic pet in a science fiction romance setting and it’s amazing how different each story is from the others. And we support a terrific charity here on Earth, Hero-Dogs, Inc., which provides service dogs to veterans in need.
 Of course there have been pets in science fiction before, like Muffy the Daggit in “Battlestar Galactica”, Jonesy the cat in the first two “Aliens” movies or the fire lizards in Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series. But we wanted to have the pets be much more important characters in these stories, along with the hero and heroine of course.


Blurb for my story in this anthology:  Star Cruise: Songbird:

Grant Barton, a Security Officer on the Nebula Zephyr, is less than thrilled with his current assignment to guard an Interstellar singing sensation while she’s on board the ship. It doesn’t help that he and his military war bird Valkyr are dealing with their recent separation from the Sectors Special Forces and uncertainty over their future, with their own planet in ruins.
Karissa Dawnstar is on top of the charts and seemingly has it all – talent, fame, fortune and devoted fans, but behind her brave smile and upbeat lyrics she hides an aching heart. When a publicity stunt goes wrong, Karissa finds herself in the arms of the security officer assigned to protect her – and discovers a mutual attraction she can’t ignore.
Trouble continues to plague the pair, driving a wedge between them and leaving Grant certain that Karissa is in more danger than she realizes, from overzealous fans and her own management. Grant is determined to protect Karissa whether she wants his help or not. Can he discover the truth behind what’s going on before he loses Karissa or is there someone else plotting to keep them apart – permanently?


The excerpt – Grant and Karissa have taken Valkyr the warbird to the Nebula Zephyr’s cavernous hangar deck to get some exercise while they wait for a large group of fans to disperse on the deck where her cabin is located:

“You can escort Miss Dawnstar to her cabin now,” his boss said in Grant’s earpiece. “We’ve cleared the crowd.”
“With pleasure.” He turned to Karissa. “My boss says we can get you to your cabin. Let me land Valkyr and we’ll drop him off in my quarters on the way to yours.”
“Don’t cut him short on his treat for me. I can wait.” She strolled away to sit on a convenient pile of tech crates.  “Got nothing important to do.”
Her dismissive attitude intrigued him. “Don’t you have to get ready for the performance tomorrow?”
“I’ve sung all those songs so many times, I can do it in my sleep. And my dancers and I aren’t doing any new routines on the ship. Just the tried and true hits, the best of Karissa.” Her smile was forced. “Rehearsals tomorrow, for your information.”
Valkyr swooped in, landing on his shoulder and drawing his beak across Grant’s cheek in a careful caress. The hunting was good today, did you see?
You’ve lost none of your skills. Grant indicated the gravlift portal. “I only get the hangar deck for an hour at a time, so we should be going. Passengers are definitely not allowed down here, other than for embarking or departing.”
“Well, I’m not doing either one today.” Karissa laughed and joined him on the step into the gravlift. “I really enjoyed watching the session, thank you, both of you.”
Valkyr preened again and dropped one glossy black feather. Grant caught it and offered it to her. “Valkyr must really like you—he doesn’t give his feathers to just anyone.”
She blushed a little as she accepted the gift, running the soft vanes through her fingers and admiring the play of iridescent colors—dark green and blue. “I’m honored.” 


Blurb for Embrace the Romance: Pets In Space 2:

The pets are back! Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, featuring twelve of today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors brings you a dozen original stories written just for you! Join in the fun, from the Dragon Lords of Valdier to a trip aboard award-winning author, Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr to journeying back to Luda where Grim is King, for stories that will take you out of this world! Join New York Times, USA TODAY, and Award-winning authors 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, and Alexis Glynn Latner as they share stories and help out Hero-Dogs.org, a charity that supports our veterans!

10% of the first months 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.

Author Bio:


Best Selling Science Fiction, Fantasy & Paranormal Romance author, as well as the “SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happy Ever After blog, Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing her own stories.
Seven time winner of the SFR Galaxy Award, as well as a National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, Veronica is also the proud recipient of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal relating to her former day job, not her romances! She recently was honored to read the part of Star Trek Crew Member in the audiobook production of Harlan Ellison’s “The City On the Edge of Forever.”
Blog: https://veronicascott.wordpress.com/                     


This book will be available for sale in October 2017. Please mark it down on your calendar and get your copy for a good cause!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Podcast Episode 43: Bestsellers Lists


Ladies of the Podcast Discuss: Bestsellers Lists



Please welcome Electra Gajdos to the discussion group. This discussion focuses on the recent controversy surrounding a book that appeared to have cheated its way to the #1 spot on the  NYT Bestsellers List. 

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