Re-Release Announcement: Heather Massey’s DANGEROUS RENDEZVOUS

I received the rights back to my short story DANGEROUS RENDEZVOUS and am re-releasing it! This story was previously published with SilkWords and featured a “choose your own path” structure. I revised DANGEROUS RENDEZVOUS to make it a linear story.

Here’s the blurb:

Rumors of bizarre scientific experiments on planet Bali draws Fortean, Inc. agent Lucia Alvarez to investigate. She’s on a mission to crack the mystery behind Stavanger Corporation’s derelict research facility. But once there, she discovers an even greater danger—the man who once broke her heart.

Derek Pearson was everything Lucia wanted in a man—athletic, genuine, accomplished lover—until the day he inexplicably disappeared from her life. Unable to track him down, she threw herself into her work, desperate to forget she’d ever met him.

Now he’s on Bali and no longer the man she once knew. Can they overcome their fractured bond to join forces and solve the mystery, or will Derek’s dark secret tear them apart?

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Learn more about this story!

The idea behind DANGEROUS RENDEZVOUS:

As a longtime fan of strange phenomena (like the kind chronicled in Fortean Times magazine), SF stories that explore genetic engineering, the film ALIEN (especially H.R. Giger’s designs), action-adventure stories, and John Carpenter’s THE THING, I basically wanted to mash up all those interests into an entertaining story. A romance involving a pair of reunited lovers provided the perfect framework for the premise, plus it was something new for me to try.

One thing the heroine loves about the hero, and vice versa:

Derek loves Lucia’s take-charge attitude. Lucia loves Derek’s commitment to protecting the ones he loves.

Why DANGEROUS RENDEZVOUS has a sci-fi romance setting:

My goal was to explore themes related to corporate corruption as well as how corporations and their policies frequently endanger people. The science fiction romance setting, with its speculative “What if…” approach, allowed me to explore what might happen if a powerful corporation became involved in devious scientific experiments. Who would be exploited by their efforts? How far would they go to cover up their actions?

The science fiction romance setting also offers a superb opportunity to create a smart, compelling action heroine, so I took it! Superhuman characters with extraordinary talents is another fun concept, so I decided to offer readers a hero with unique abilities.

Sci-fi romance often features couples who are best able to save the day in a position of united strength. When they fall in love along the way, it raises the stakes and allows readers to indulge in the concept of love against all odds.

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DANGEROUS RENDEZVOUS is available at Smashwords and Amazon. Visit heathermassey.com for more information. Thanks for your interest!

For Your Consideration: Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly for a Hugo Award

Like other women-driven endeavors, sci-fi romance is a monumental achievement when one considers how much participating readers and authors accomplish while simultaneously being the targets of exclusionary tactics, criticism, harassment, sexism, marginalization, erasure, and other toxic attacks. Why persevere in the face of such odds? Women do so because they’re confident in the knowledge that romance in the context of a science fictional setting is just as valid as any other element, as well as being a topic worthy of exploration. They’re smart like that.

Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly continues the tradition by creating a welcoming place where readers can celebrate their interest in science fiction romance. Therefore, we invite you to consider it for a Hugo Award.

SFRQ website buttonAbout Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly

Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly is a semiprozine focused on stories in a technology-based setting that feature a central love story and upbeat ending (HEA or HFN). It also covers romantic SF.

Features include release news, opinion columns, reviews, short stories, and much more—all for free.

SFRQ is a paid market. Thanks to our advertising, we compensate our cover artists and short story authors.

Meet the SFRQ Team

Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly is run by a diverse and dynamic team of women who bring various talents to the magazine’s production. SFRQ is helmed by Chief Editor KS “Kaz” Augustin, Fiction Editor Diane Dooley, and Releases Editor Heather Massey. We’re a trio of sci-fi romance bloggers, authors, and genre buffs.

SFRQ’s stellar review team includes Marlene Harris, Toni Adams; The Book Pushers, Jo Jones, RK Shiraishi, Normalene Zeeman, Weirde, Psyche Skinner, Rachel Cotterill, Ian Sales, and SFF Dragon.

Other contributors include various guest columnists and short story authors.

SFRQ-Issue-09-CoverNominate Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly for a Hugo Award because…

* SFRQ covers all aspects of sci-fi romance and only sci-fi romance. This exclusive focus offers readers a semiprozine with truly unique content.

* SFRQ is spearheaded by women and serves an underserved audience of fans who enjoy the combined power of SF and romance.

* A vote for SFRQ is a vote for SFR fans and the representation they deserve.

* Nominating SFRQ will help raise the visibility for the SFR and romantic SF stories you want to read.

* Nominating SFRQ offers you a way to help correct the power imbalance in the field of science fiction and SF fandom. Women have always been a part of these groups and their work often goes unrewarded. We can help change that—together.

Here’s how you can nominate Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly:

1) Purchase a 2016 Supporting membership ($50) to become a member of the World Science Fiction Society. Register here.

2) Nominations will open in early January 2016 and voting starts early May 2016.

3) Visit MidAmeriCon II and follow the instructions for voting online or by mail.

For more information, visit I Want to Vote and The Voting System at The Hugo Awards.

Want to help in other ways? Use your social media power to spread the word about Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly! Share this link or direct folks to scifiromancequarterly.org.

By the way, SFRQ isn’t the only women-centric semiprozine. Pease consider nominating another such as Luna Station Quarterly!

Thanks so much for your time, and for your consideration.

KS “Kaz” Augustin

Diane Dooley

Heather Massey