SFR Galaxy Awards Coverage

At USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog, Veronica Scott has a roundtable with 2015 SFR Galaxy Award-winning authors who weighed in on the future of sci-fi romance! So many insightful observations, so don’t miss it!

Author Cassandra Chandler (GRAY CARD) blogs about her book winning an SFR Galaxy Award!

And now for some SFR eye candy. Sharon Lynn Fisher, whose book ECHO 8 also won a Galaxy Award, alerted me about the German cover for ECHO 8. Check it out!

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Guest Post & Giveaway by Daco, Author of ELECTROMANCER

Whenever I hear about a new sci-fi romance, I want to know more! Naturally, I then want to share the news with as many SFR readers as possible. Hence, I’m delighted to welcome author Daco aboard Galaxy Express 2.0 so we can learn more about her new superhero romance ELECTROMANCER!

Daco kindly wrote up a snazzy post about five non-spoiler elements readers can expect from her action-adventure, which features costumed crusaders of the SFR kind. She also has two digital copies of the book to give away! Details follow her post. Enjoy!

Five Groovy Facts about Electromancer by Daco

Groovy Fact #1: Electromancer is a superhero with the power to wield electricity (that’s the “Electro” part of her name), and she can fly at the speed of light. Who doesn’t long to fly? The closest any of us ever comes to flying is in bed with our eyes closed or buckled up in an uncomfortable seat in an airplane or for the more adventurous of us, hang gliding or parasailing. Imagine traveling at the speed of light—you’d never be late again. Well, you might if, like Electromancer, every time you went flying around, you burned every stitch of clothing off your body.

Groovy Fact #2: But wait! Every superhero must have a costume to wear, right? To solve her wardrobe malfunction dilemma and to avoid the necessity of stopping to shop when she’s pursing evildoers, Electromancer wears a form-fitting body suit, gloves, and boots made of Electroweave. What’s Electroweave? You won’t find it at Sacks or Bloomingdales. It’s a byproduct of a newly discovered element called Electromite, which just happened to fall to her planet like any other meteorite. Unlike any other meteorite, however, Electromite contains an unfathomable amount of energy.

Groovy Fact #3: Electromancer wasn’t always a superhero. Just like you and me, she was an ordinary human being (and sometimes still is.) It was only after she was absorbed by a hydroelectric generator during a meltdown that she became the one-and-only Electromancer. On the verge of death did a new superhero emerge! It took her some time to master it, but she’s capable of changing back and forth between her human and superhero form. Like many superheroes, she conceals her identity, especially since her arch nemesis, the ultra-evil Momo, is out to get her so he can reach his goal of world domination.

Groovy Fact #4: Did you ask about sidekicks? Well, Electromancer loves animals and has a white, fuzzy cat named Miss Marbletop. There’s a story there, because Miss Marbletop is no ordinary cat. But her true sidekick is Blue Arrow. He’s also her heartthrob. They have a lot in common, most prominently that he’s a superhero as well. He transforms into an intoxicating blue cloud-like vapor and can elongate his form into that of a blue arrow. He’s lethal with the bow. Together, they fight evil. In the end, will they both survive? With the responsibility of saving the world on their shoulders, is it possible for two superheroes to find love?

Groovy Fact #5: Last but not least, Electromancer lives in Britannia. No, not Britain, England, or the UK. Just as Superman lives in Metropolis and Batman in Gotham, Electromancer is from a fictional time and place. Her world parallels our Earth. Maybe it is our Earth in some future time or dimension. And that’s the thing about Electromancer—she’d crash through the time-space continuum for love!

Giveaway Details

Leave a comment about your favorite superhero and/or superhero power for a chance to win an e-copy of Daco’s ELECTROMANCER!

Two winners will be picked at random. The deadline to enter is 12 midnight EST on 2/5/16. Check back here to see if you’ve won!

About the author

Daco_photoWhat is the question asked most when introduced? Is Daco a family name?

When given the opportunity to name his second child, Daco’s father, a physicist who spent every day of his life pondering the Special and General Theories of Relativity, jumped at the chance of formulating her name. From conception to birth, she is both name and formula. Pronounced with a soft “a” and long “o”, the name sounds a little French, but is scientifically based in a physics formula:

The derivative (D) of acceleration (A) at the speed of light in cm per second (C) is equal to zero (O), where C is same in E = mC2.

My father had a sense of humor; there is no change in acceleration at the speed of light, the speed of light is the fastest rate of speed we know of, now at least, so I guess that makes me the speed of light!

Born at the Naval hospital in Bethesda, Maryland and raised in Wernher von Braun’s Rocket City of Huntsville, Alabama, Daco holds a B.A. and M.A.S. from The University of Alabama in Huntsville and a J.D. from the Cumberland School of Law. She is a member of the Author’s Guild, International Thriller Writers, and Romance Writers of America. When not practicing law, she spends her time raising two children and writing novels.

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

SFR Cover Reveal: GAMBIT by P.J. Dean

It’s that time again–time for a new installment in P.J. Dean’s The Felig Chronicles! GAMBIT releases 1/15/16 from eXtasy Books. Check out the beautiful Tina Cain and the handsome Nate Lowe, the warriors who are valiantly defending Earth against an alien invasion!

Now that you’ve seen the sparkly cover, here’s the blurb:

When the stakes are high and lives are in the balance, it all comes down to knowing when to risk it all to win the game.

For our Felig-battling couple, Tina and Nate, the fight is far from over. After they learn that the Felig invaders, now under a new more ruthless leadership have concocted yet another, more harsh future for earth, the pair and their crew jump into action. The lovers, together with their friend, the wealthy society rebel, Wiley Devilbiss and the disgraced, dethroned former Felig leader, Lord Advisor Leltin, will have to forge a peculiar alliance, fueled by revenge and gamesmanship to outwit the indefatigable Felig.

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For more information about The Felig Chronicles, visit P.J. Dean’s site and follow her on Twitter: @PJDeanwriter.

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.

Continue reading “20 Sci-Fi Romances That Should Be Adapted For TV”

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!