Announcing Kaye Manro’s New Series, “Soul-Love”

Author Kaye Manro has launched a new, Earth-set sci-fi romance series called Soul-Love. The first novelette, ALMOST HOME: Nick and Krista Christmas, is now available.

Here’s the blurb:

Boston 1965

It is unseasonably warm for mid-December as musician Nick Zelmenis and the love of his life, ballet dancer Krista McBaine shop for a Christmas tree. They take time to share their special Soul-Love and to spend quality time together before Nick maps out a trip to Ohio on his Yamaha. He is going to visit his ageing grandmother for several days. Krista will visit her parents in Vermont at the same time. The two plan to be back in Boston and share Christmas Eve with each other and with a few close friends. But things never go as planned. The unpredictable changing winter weather causes major problems. Nick must reluctantly tap into his psychic abilities so he can try to get back home to Krista before a mammoth snowstorm hits Boston and the entire northeast with a vengeance.

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Book two, REMEMBER HIM YESTERDAY, will release in mid-2016. Visit Kaye Manro’s site for more details!

20 Sci-Fi Romances That Should Be Adapted For TV

Outer Places compiled a list of 23 Science Fiction Books Being Adapted into TV Shows. Being an SF fan, I read the list. Unfortunately, only four of the books were written by women. And not only does the list include mostly white, male authors, there are three by John Scalzi and two by Stephen King. That’s not an embarrassment of riches—that’s just embarrassing.

I’m betting perilously few of these shows, if they make it to television, will feature female protagonists. Ladies, don’t you just love getting a big “F-you” from the television industry? Feels even better after, oh, say, the thousandth time.

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Now Live: Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly #9

Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly #9 is now live! Enjoy over 100 pages of science fiction romance news, articles, reviews, and short stories!

Highlights from issue #9 include:

  • Spotlight: The Magic of Wisdom by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Happily Every After is for Everyone by Lise MacTague
  • “Origin Stories” by Sara Kate Ellis
  • “Topography of Meringue” by Laurie N Meynig
  • SF Mistressworks: Linda Nagata’s VAST
  • Your Guide To Sci-Fi Romance Movies by Heather Massey
  • The A to SFR of Audiobooks, Part I by Veronica Scott
  • Multicultural Steampunk by Suna Dasi

Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly is free and available for download here. Thanks for your interest!

Happy Holidays!

Space Disco For All My Friends!

smirkyGreetings, Earthlings!

Dooley here, taking a break from wrapping presents, and looking forward to seeing the latest Star Wars installment with my family on Christmas Day. The original movie released in 1977  when I was a mere ten years old. I don’t think I saw it in the cinema, but I do remember people going crazy for it. And I remember the radio playing so many songs related to space and adventure and…love.

Space Disco it came to be called, and over the past few years I’ve been trying to hunt down some of those catchy tunes. Here are some of my faves. How many Science Fiction Romance tropes can *you* spot?

Automatic Lover by Dee D. Jackson:

I Lost my Heart to a Starship Trooper by Sarah Brightman and Hot Gossip:

Starship 109 by Mistral:

Magic Fly by Space:

Spacer by Sheila B. Devotion:

Do you have a favorite that I’ve missed? Let me know in comments.

Heather Massey’s Steampunk Cafe Presents: Alexis Hall’s PROSPERITY

I’m at the Coffee Time Romance Steampunk site blogging about my latest steampunk adventure, Alexis Hall’s PROSPERITY. While not a steampunk romance, the story has romantic elements that hold appeal for sci-fi romance fans. Find out why with my spoiler-free tags!

New ventures #NoTimeToWrite

As my first post to The Galaxy Express 2.0, I knew I could write about lots of things: SF romance, recent releases, and how I seem to be in a time crunch at the moment. Hmmm, that’s interesting. I think I’ll write about not being able to write! 🙂

What I like about self-publishing is the amount of control I have over everything. I pick the cover, the editors, the length and, when done and corrected (and sanity-edited one more time), send the manuscript off to my handy-dandy Tech Department for coding. I check the result a few times before signing off on it and it goes back to the Tech Department (now called “The Backend”; we multitask a lot) for distribution. Being an anally-retentive, Type A personality, I love that level of oversight.

What I don’t love, however, is how quickly self-publishing becomes a h-u-g-e time sink. There’s always something that needs tinkering, which is bad news for a compulsive tinkerer like me. A friend of mine once remarked that I never seem happier than when I’ve deliberately upgraded my system to something experimental and KDE (my favourite Linux desktop environment) doesn’t want to play ball. So that’s Problem #1, The Self-Publisher’s Can’t Leave Well Enough Alone Syndrome (TSPCLWEAS). Yes, that’s the medical term for it. You’re welcome.

Problem #2 is Sandal Press. When J and I founded Sandal Press back in 2011, it was an, ahem, somewhat hurried decision. We were all afire to get things up and running and, thinking back on it over the past couple of months, we’ve come to the conclusion that it could have been handled much better. For a start, we came up with the name “Sandal” from the Native American saying, “never criticise a man until you’ve walked a mile in his moccasins.” Unfortunately, a moccasin isn’t a sandal, and the icon of a walking jug didn’t help matters. So last month, we decided to phase out Sandal Press and phase in a new venture called Challis Tower. There are things we’re planning in the future that will make the name a little less head-scratchy but, after more thought than we gave it back in 2011, it’s now there. All Sandal Press books over the next year will be transferred across and will be known as Challis Tower books. And, in fact, that’s the new url: www.ChallisTowerBooks.com

Problem #3 is our son, The Wast. Four years ago, we made the decision to pull both kids from their (private) school and begin homeschooling them. This was due to problems of drug and pornography distribution on campus, and hypocrisy, inexperience and lack of discipline on the part of staff. And now it’s almost time for the rubber to hit the road. In six months, TW will be sitting for seven IGCSEs/O-levels. To my American readers, this is the qualification you need to enter pre-U. Seven IGCSEs isn’t onerous, but it’s a decent workload.

TW wants to do a degree in Computer Science, so we’re hitting the technical stuff pretty hard. And this will be an independent validation of the past four years. Did I do a good enough job? How will he cope with a series of exams in an unfamiliar environment? Did we make the right decision four years ago? In addition, Little Dinosaur is also working her way through Form 3, before she, too, has to tackle her upcoming IGCSEs. The difference is that TW is now learning in one year what will take LD two years of study. I think he’s up to it, but we’ll see. And I’ll worry until the results finally come through from the UK.

It therefore comes as no surprise that my writing has taken a beating. That’s not to say I don’t have stories to write! I have several synopses, chapter-by-chapter summaries, character sheets, diagrams, mindmaps, blurbs, cover art. All that’s missing is the time to plonk arse in chair and actually write!

As we face the end of the year, and I look—exhausted—at everything that still needs to be done, I hope you take some advice from a frenzied publisher/writer/teacher/mother/wife.

Remember everything you managed to achieve this year. If you spend a few minutes writing down your 2015 achievements (and I hope you do), I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how long the list is. See all that? You did that. Give yourself a big pat on the back, put your feet up, spoil yourself with a little something. And gather your energy, because, you know what? Next year is already waiting for you. 😉

Merry Christmas…look, while we’re on this subject, can I just go off on a tangent? The fact is, we even wish strangers a Merry Christmas in Muslim Malaysia. I’m not sure I know what the problem is regarding the current “political correctness” akin to banning Christmas in the United States/Europe for fear of “offending” anyone. I live in a country where I am surrounded by millions of Muslims and hundreds of thousands of others from a bewildering variety of faiths. Shopping malls get decorated for all the major religious festivals throughout the year and nobody faints from horror or brings down a fatwa on the mall management. So take it from me, nobody—least of all the Muslim population—gets offended if you exchange Christmas greetings with them ::eyeroll:: Personally, I think an awful lot of otherwise well-meaning people are being played here. Don’t fall for it.

So, as I was saying, MERRY CHRISTMAS! If I don’t catch you in SFRQs #9 Editorial, I’ll touch base early in January.

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