On a summer night like any other, an emergency call sounds in the quarters of Andira Tal, Lancer of Alsea. The news is shocking: not only is there other intelligent life in the universe, but it’s landing on the planet right now.
Tal leads the first responding team and ends up rescuing aliens who have a frightening story to tell. They protected Alsea from a terrible fate—but the reprieve is only temporary.
Captain Ekatya Serrado of the Fleet ship Caphenon serves the Protectorate, a confederation of worlds with a common political philosophy. She has just sacrificed her ship to save Alsea, yet political maneuvering may mean she did it all for nothing.
Alsea is now a prize to be bought and sold by galactic forces far more powerful than a tiny backwater planet. But Lancer Tal is not one to accept a fate imposed by aliens, and she’ll do whatever it takes to save her world.
Cover and blurb for WITHOUT A FRONT: THE PRODUCER’S CHALLENGE:
When the Voloth invaded Alsea, Lancer Andira Tal thought the hard part would be fighting off a technologically advanced army.
It wasn’t. In the aftermath of war, Alsean society is deeply divided and Tal is facing issues no Lancer has ever dealt with before. How to rebuild, what to do with the Voloth prisoners, when and how to release the new technologies—the pressure is building and Tal is showing cracks, which her enemies are glad to exploit.
The most divisive of the new technologies are the matter printers, desired by some castes and feared by others, especially the producers. When a challenge gives Tal the opportunity to bring the producers to her side, she leaves the capital to work in the fields of Hol-Opah. There she finds an unexpected sanctuary—and the promise of something she has wished for all her life.
But sanctuary and dreams are distractions, and Tal’s inattention may cost her everything.
Heat up your holidays with four out of this world, MM sci-fi romance novellas from five bestselling authors.
From Jennifer Loring’s NO ONE ON EARTH ~ Erukkass has located his deceased lover in another dimension and refuses to leave without him. Jon, grieving a devastating loss, turns to the native legend of Handsome Fellow for comfort. When he and Erukkass meet, can they forge a future together, or will two timelines that have always intersected, no matter when or where, finally be forced to diverge?
From Merryn Dexter’s Conjunction ~ The mystical Conjunction of the moons of Elexon sets two men on a collision course. A pirate and a prince — nothing in common but the attraction burning between them. What starts as a fling soon grows serious, but a relationship built on a foundation of secrets and constructed from lies is no relationship at all.
From B. Leslie Tirrell’s ARIZONA IMPULSE ~ Ambassador Kallell Tezak, the youngest member of the Galaxy Alliance, overhears two of his fellow ambassadors conspiring to take control of the device that protects the galaxy from famine. Kallell knows it is his duty to stop them, but he also wants to enjoy his favorite holiday, Genzebe, and summon the bravery to confess his love for the shy and serious Esten Lazzaro, who happens to be Kallell’s second in command.
From Kerry Adrienne and Lia Davis’s FIRST CONTACT ~ Fugitive Tristan Hawthorne escapes imprisonment only to crash-land on an unidentified, uncharted planet where he faces an alien who stirs passions he thought were long buried. With one working ship and a failing planetary cloaking device, it’s a short time till humans discover Oria and Tristan is recaptured. Under the starry, moonlit sky of the holiday Jainfest, the men learn to overcome their feelings of fear and distrust, and wind up finding out they aren’t so different after all.
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I’ve been a fan of this space opera and survival drama series from the start as you can see here (SFR Galaxy Awards) and here. The On Deception’s Edge stories are a great mix of action-adventure, romance, angst, political intrigue, memorable characters, and social commentary. The series has particular appeal for fans of Linnea Sinclair, Jacqueline Koyanagi, Cathy Pegau, and Nathalie Gray. Well, everyone else should check it out, too! 😀
Here’s the blurb for VORTEX OF CRIMSON:
All Torrin Ivanov wanted was to get Jak Stowell back, that was supposed to be the hard part. In a cruel twist, Jak is hers again, but her girlfriend is literally losing her mind. The only help can be found on the last planet in the universe to which Torrin would like to return…To cure Jak, they must return to her war-ravaged home planet, Haefen.
For Jak, returning to her home planet gives her the chance to make good on a promise too long deferred. But will she be able to finally take out her brother’s killer? Or will she be pulled into the dark undertow of local politics…
The two women soon find that politics pale next to the threat of the one who still hunts Jak. This time he has bait—Torrin’s sister, Nat Ivanov. As their search intensifies, Torrin and Jak realize that despite all of the obstacles in their way, one thing is clear—they can at least depend on each other. But will that be enough?
Vortex of Crimson is the exciting conclusion to author Lise MacTague’s On Deception’s Edge series.
Learn more about Lise MacTague by following her on Twitter: @lisemactague
Galaxy Express 2.0 welcomes author Alison Aimes, author of the prison planet sci-fi romance TRAPPED. This book (available both digitally and in print) is hot off the press and the blurb alone promises a steamy ride in an otherworldly adventure:
Cadet Bella West has one simple objective when she joins the scientific mission to Dragath25, the notorious prison planet housing Earth’s condemned. Earn the credits necessary to save her family from starvation. But when her shuttle crashes and the majority of her crew perish, her simple mission becomes complicated fast. Now, to stay alive she’ll have to depend on one of Dragath’s own. But such protection doesn’t come free.
Convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, 673 has become more beast than man after eight grueling years on an unforgiving, hazardous planet of dirt and rock—and even more treacherous inhabitants. He doesn’t look out for anyone but himself and he certainly never grows attached. So when the bold female offers him pleasure in return for protection, he takes the deal without hesitation. He never expects how her touch will alter him. Or the growing realization that saving her may be the key to his own salvation.
But as dangers mount and their ‘simple’ deal unravels will he prove to be her surprise savior or her ultimate downfall? Because caring for someone on Dragath25 may prove the greatest hazard of all.
And now for my interview with Alison Aimes!
Galaxy Express: What sparked the idea for TRAPPED?
Alison Aimes: I know it sounds cliché, but the idea came to me in a dream. I woke up with images of a hostile prison planet and a trapped woman floating around in my brain. (Let’s not look too deeply into my psyche on this one, ok? J) From those images, the story just took off and the ‘what if’s’ kept coming. What if a woman crashed on a hostile planet? What if that planet was filled with ruthless criminals? What if her only hope for survival was one of the convicts, a hardened man with a questionable past? What would she be willing to do to save herself? What would he be prepared to take? The answers ended up being action-packed and scorching hot and so much fun to write. Thank goodness for dreams!
GE: What kind of world can readers expect to find in this story?
AA: Trapped is set hundreds of years in the future on Dragath25, a harsh environment filled with violent criminals, hungry predators and endless rust-colored rock. Yeah, I know. That doesn’t sound very sexy, but it’s that ruthless environment that brings the hero and heroine together. And what’s more? There are secret caves on Dragath25, tiny oases drenched in lush, colorful plants and warm turquoise springs. Fragile places made all the more romantic in contrast to the harshness elsewhere.
GE: What kinds of heroes and heroines do you enjoy writing about?
AA: I think the first aspect that pulls me to a character is a tortured past and a secret. Once I know what my heroine and hero are wrestling to overcome, I can see how they might be able to help one another, make each other stronger, and fall in love. No matter what, though, my heroes and heroines are strong, determined, courageous—and hot as heck!
GE: How would you rate the heat level for TRAPPED?
AA: It’s definitely on the HOT side. I’ve been told my sex scenes are ‘off the charts’ which makes me very happy.
GE: Your blurb indicates TRAPPED is “action-packed.” Funny how the myth that women don’t like action-adventure elements persists, and yet romance authors keep delivering it. What’s your take on that issue?
AA: Uh-oh, the historian in me really wants to take this question and run, but I’ll control myself and make only a quick reference to the nineteenth century and the way in which during that era femininity was securely linked to domesticity, family, and home and set in contrast to war and public life. Since then, stereotypes like the one you mentioned have continued to prevail. But whether you were raised on Charlie’s Angels or Buffy the Vampire Slayer, most women and men like a little action mixed with their romance. How a person acts under pressure or what he or she is willing to sacrifice to protect those they love reveals so much.
GE: Tell us about which sci-fi romance book/film you can’t live without.
AA: That’s a hard one as there are so many terrific sci-fi romance books and films out there, but the first that comes to mind is Susan Kearney’s The Challenge. It was one of the first sci-fi romances I ever read. Have you read it? It’s terrific. Romantic, clever, action-packed, and super sexy. I loved it as a reader, but it also inspired me as a writer.
GE: If you could have any type of job in a futuristic society, what would it be?
AA: Tough choice. I can’t decide between the Earth liaison for alien life forms or the time traveler who polices past, present, and future to ensure continuity in our space/time paradigm. Either way, I’m hoping my future self is a lot more bad-ass and gets a cool uniform. Present-day me spends way too much time sitting around in her pajamas.
GE: Can you tell us more about the Condemned series and what to expect?
AA: Well, I’m super excited because I’m writing book two in the series right now. TAKEN takes place in the depths of Dragath25 in a secret labor camp, a sweltering maze of caves overrun by brutal prisoners-turned-slaves. Believe me, it’s hot, hot, hot! The story reveals what happens to Cadet Ava Davies who vanishes without a trace in TRAPPED. After that, I’ve got plans—big plans—for Book 3 and 4. I can’t wait.
Thank you so much for having me here today. Happy reading!
About the Author
Alison Aimes is the award-winning author of the sexy sci fi romance series the Condemned as well as the sizzling contemporary romance Billionaires’ Revenge series. A sci fi fanatic with a PhD in Modern History, she’s an all over the map kind of woman whose always had a love for dramatic stories and great books, no matter the era. Now, she’s creating her own stories full of intrigue and passion, but always with a happy-ever-after ending. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two kids, and her dog. When not in front of the computer, she can be found hanging with family and friends, hiking, trying to turn herself into a pretzel through yoga, listening to a fabulous TED talk, or, last but not least, sitting on the couch imagining her characters’ next great adventures.