Sci-Fi Encounters Interviews HATHOR LEGACY Author Deborah A. Bailey

Jaunt over to USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog to read an interview with author Deborah A. Bailey, author of HATHOR LEGACY: REVELATIONS! This series takes place in a future where people have developed psi abilities and Egyptian mythology is woven into the worldbuilding.

She and Sci-Fi Encounters hostess Veronica Scott discuss her work, influences, and fun details about her Hathor series.

And in case you missed it, Deborah A. Bailey wrote a guest post once upon a time for The Galaxy Express titled Love and the Kick-Ass Heroine.

Happy reading!

Announcing PETS IN SPACE, a Sci-Fi Romance Anthology

Pet lovers, rejoice! On October 11, 2016, you can enjoy a furrylicious new sci-fi romance anthology featuring sci-fi romance, pets, and space adventures called PETS IN SPACE. Below are all kinds of informational treats so you can learn all about it.

Anthology description

Even an alien needs a pet…

Join the adventure as nine pet loving sci-fi romance authors take you out of this world and pull you into their action-packed stories filled with suspense, laughter, and romance. The alien pets have an agenda that will capture the hearts of those they touch. Follow along as they work side by side to help stop a genetically-engineered creature from destroying the Earth to finding a lost dragon; life is never the same after their pets decide to get involved. Can the animals win the day or will the stars shine just a little less brightly?

New York Times, USA TODAY, Award Winning, and Best selling authors have nine original, never-released stories that will capture your imagination and help a worthy charity. Come join us as we take you on nine amazing adventures that will change the way you look at your pet!

10% of the first month’s 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.

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Story blurbs

A MATE FOR MATRIX: CYBORG PROTECTION UNIT

By S.E. Smith (New York Times/USA TODAY Bestselling Author)

Matrix Roma is a member of the elite Zion military Cyborg Protection Unit. Matrix gets more than he bargains for when his cyborg partner, a hybrid Wolfhound named K-Nine, goes missing and ends up finding a mate for Matrix in the middle of a deadly mission on an unknown planet called Earth.

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STRAY

By Susan Grant (New York Times/USA TODAY Bestselling, and RITA Award Winning Author)

Interplanetary Marine Lt. 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 Capt. Carlynn Riga. The tough war hero learns what it means to surrender — his heart. Lukas’s struggles with PTSD threaten to tear the three of them apart, but nothing threatens them more than when Carlynn goes missing on a mission. Can a scarred marine and his unlikely canine partner find Carlynn and bring her home, or will he lose everything he’s finally found worth fighting for?

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SPARK OF ATTRACTION

By Cara Bristol (USA TODAY Bestselling Author)

Memory: intact. Cognitive function: enhanced. Emotion: erased. After becoming a cyborg, Captain Dante Stone didn’t think he’d ever feel again, until a traumatized young woman and a ball of synthetic fur named Sparky helped him to love.

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THE REAL DRAGON

By Pauline Baird Jones

Emma Standish didn’t think her day could get any worse. Her dad is marrying his boss, her dragon suddenly came back talking and typing, and it’s her fault the Earth, or at least ten square miles of Texas, is going to be destroyed. That’s what happens when you forget something very, very important. Luckily for her, she’s got the love of her life that she can’t remember and her dragon by her side. Who needs to worry when you’re having a day like this?

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STAR CRUISE: STOWAWAY

By Veronica Scott

Cargo Master Owen Embersson is shocked when the Nebula Zephyr’s ship’s cat and her alien sidekick, Midorri, alert him to the presence of a stowaway. He has no idea of the dangerous complications to come – nor does he anticipate falling hard for the woman whose life he now holds in his hands. Life aboard the Nebula Zephyr has just become more interesting – and deadly.

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STARDOG

By Laurie A. Green

Navigator Taro Shall has a mission no one wants – find a way to eradicate snakes on a starship. He never expects to find the answer to his problem in a charming street vendor named Adini. His already unusual mission becomes more complicated when he suddenly acquires an adorable StarDog that soon sweeps him and Adini into the maw of a brewing insurrection.

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SPIKE

By Alexis Glynn Latner

Young Roboticist Ten Jaxdown has to deploy, and possibly sacrifice, the swarm of investigative robots that he has invented and cares about more than anything else in the star system. It may be the only hope for those depending on him and his robots to save them. Yet, even as frantic preparations for the unprecedented deep-space rescue mission are set in motion, it could all be threatened by sabotage.

Anastasia Steed is an intrepid young mission designer. She steps forward with an idea that can improve the odds of the mission. Neither she nor Ten expect the assistance they receive from a very unusual pet. A pet that will bring together two alienated human beings who didn’t realize they needed each other. Can Ten and Anastasia discover who is behind the sabotage, save the mission, and discover what is evolving between them? With a little bit of unusual help, anything is possible.

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SPACE RANGER

By Lea Kirk

Graig Roble is the Senior Commander of security for the Guardian Fleet. His expertise as a weapons specialist and combat master is his world, what he was born to do – or so he thought until he finds his resolve and focus inexplicably wavering. Even returning to his position aboard the Atlantis can’t save him; if anything, it has left him questioning his own motives. He never thought that could happen until he met Simone Campbell.

Simone’s focus is on her home world – Earth. She thought her life was full with her research as a botanist. After all, she always believed that helping the people of her world become self-sufficient should take all of her concentration – except it doesn’t. There is one man that keeps pulling her attention, and her heart, away from her job.

Graig’s gift of a puppy to keep her company does more than that, it keeps him in her dreams. How can such a simple gift bring her comfort and make her long for more? Graig and Simone are about to find out that sometimes love can blossom from the smallest, furriest ties.

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ESCAPE RUN

By Carysa Locke

Teegan’s job as a hunter is to track down the Talented, those driven insane by their gifts. She and Ember, her psychically gifted fox, have tracked dozens of people for Cole, the man who works to rehabilitate and recover these troubled souls. When one of Cole’s most dangerous patients escapes, Teegan and Ember are on a hunt that could prove fatal if she doesn’t keep her focus on her mission. Unfortunately, Cole is proving one distraction that might make this her last hunt if she can’t do that.

Can Teegan keep her heart and mind in the game long enough to save an entire planet’s population, or will her distraction lead to heartache – and possibly death for everyone?

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Want to learn more? Watch the PETS IN SPACE book trailer on YouTube.

Twitter hashtags: #PetsInSpace #cyborgpets

Happy reading!

Sci-Fi Romance Link Roundup

Check out author Donna S. Frelick’s FOOLS RUSH IN cover reveal!

Author Veronica Scott rounds up the New Releases in SciFi And Fantasy Romance for August 10.

Josh Trujillo’s LOVE MACHINES comic looks highly intriguing. Mayhaps the stories offer HEAs? After I have a chance to check it out, I’ll report back. If you can’t wait that long, the series is available at ComiXology!

Meet Some Adorable Authors’ Pets, a post in the spirit of the forthcoming October 2016 release of PETS IN SPACE, a sci-fi romance anthology (more news coming soon, so stay tuned!).

Mills & Boon’s Escape Sci-Fi Romance – a handy reference page for a few sci-fi romances by Australian authors.

Coming soon from Red Sage Publishing: THE INVENTOR’S WIFE, the third installment in my Clockpunk Trilogy! Here’s the blurb for this erotic sci-fi romance:

Elena Harrington’s widowed father rules her life with an iron fist. Even worse, he intends to force her into a loveless marriage in order to expand his business empire. An innocent bird trapped in a gilded cage, she can do naught but daydream about an adventurous life forever out of reach.

Elena resigns herself to a doomed existence until the day she meets her father’s dashing new employee. Daniel Miller is a brilliant inventor who crafts extraordinary devices. His astonishing machines fill her with delight. What else might this mysterious inventor have in store?

Determined to find out, Elena begins visiting Daniel’s workshop in secret. One hot, sultry night, he awakens her passion with all manner of sensual clockwork devices. Elena is certain she’s discovered her soul mate. Then an unexpected danger threatens to derail not only their burgeoning romance, but also their very lives.

THE INVENTOR’S WIFE can stand alone, but if you’d like to start from the beginning, the trilogy begins with The Watchmaker’s Lady and continues in The Blacksmith’s Lover.

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Hey, authors! Got a sci-fi romance release coming out in July, August, and/or September? Let me know via Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly so we can spotlight it in the Releases feature in issue #12! Submission information here.

Lastly, a heads up: my next Coffee Time Romance steampunk romance column will appear on August 15. I started a story with interesting promise and will share the highlights with you!

Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly #11 Now Available!

Looking for new sci-fi romance releases? We got you covered. Want to learn about a cool & diverse steampunk comic book heading your way? We got your back. In the mood for a sociological take on the appeal of sci-fi romance? We’re here for you. Need to perk up your day with an adorable SFR short story? That and more awaits you in Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly #11!

Highlights from this issue include:

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* An interview with Shawnee’ and Shawnelle Gibbs, the creators of the forthcoming comic THE INVENTION OF E.J. WHITAKER

SilverBound* A guest column by author Ella Drake about how SFR explores the body-ownership conflict

* Xoe Juliani’s delightful f/f short story “A Light in the Dark”

* A “Trailblazer” spotlight on author and SFR advocate Veronica Scott

* SF Mistressworks review of BIBBLINGS by Barbara Paul

* K.S. Augustin’s Editorial about the changing nature of the SFR genre and its community

* In Cosmic Lounge, I pose the question, “Why Is #SFR Something to Talk About?”

* Plus reviews, coverage of the latest SFR releases, and Sneak Peeks!

Download your free copy!

Exclusive Cover Reveal: PORTALS: Gateway to the Worlds of Science Fiction Romance

File this under super spiffy sci-fi romance news:

Coming soon to an online venue near you will be PORTALS, a four-volume collection of forty first chapters from sci-fi romance novels! Authors include Susan Grant, Sharon Lynn Fisher, Marcella Burnard, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Michelle Diener, Pippa Jay, Greta van der Rol, Donna S. Frelick, Lea Kirk, Cathryn Cade, Sabine Priestley, Jody Wallace and K.M. Fawcett.

The goal of PORTALS is to introduce readers to a wide variety of SFR openers they can conveniently sample to help them decide which stories intrigue them the most. The best part? PORTALS will be free!

PORTALS, Volume 1 has a tentative release date of 5/17/16 and subsequent volumes releasing approximately every two weeks after that. Look for them on Amazon, Apple iBooks, Kobo and most other major e-book outlets.

Each volume is grouped more or less by heat level. Volume one and four are medium hot, volume two is very hot, and volume three is mild. To learn more about the PORTALS project, read the announcement post at Spacefreighters Lounge.

Putting together a collection of sci-fi romance openers from forty different authors is an undertaking in and of itself, but creating a cover for such a large collaboration is a true feat. Fortunately, author and Sci-Fi Encounters blogger Veronica Scott was willing to tackle this monumental task on behalf of the group. She’s here to dish on the cover design process for Portals. Take it away, Veronica!

The Journey Behind the Cover: Portals

Portal-mockeup2I thoroughly enjoy the cover art process, in partnership with the wonderful Fiona Jayde, who creates my science fiction romance covers. It’s time consuming, searching through various stockphoto sites for a few candidate heroes, which is where she and I usually begin. (Yes, hard work but someone has to do it, ahem.) Often we go back and forth a few times, with Fiona patiently explaining to me why the various guys with whom I fell in love-lust-or-like really don’t work for a romance cover.

So imagine me tackling this process for what is essentially a book with thirty-nine other authors! When the Portals project was first conceived by members of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, I volunteered to come up with a cover that could be used for four volumes of differing heat levels, and which would do the best job possible of representing the content.

Fiona was up for the challenge. Like the best reality shows, we had some conditions, set by various authors who had strong feelings. No bare chested model, no matter how defined the abs. No tattoos. We had suggestions galore – use a couple, change couples on each cover, use a guy looking over his shoulder at us, have a bare chested tattooed guy on the volume with the high heat content, use silhouettes, have spaceships, don’t have spaceships…it sounds head spinning, but it was valuable input for Fiona and me.

The feedback from the authors also beautifully illustrates the sheer variety of stories available in science fiction romance. Readers can enjoy tales set in space, on Earth, on other planets, on space stations… the characters can be human, alien, different genders, same genders – the possibilities are endless. We hope that among the forty stories represented in the complete Portals collection, readers will find many combinations of setting, plot and characters to enjoy.

Eventually Fiona and I collaborated on the Portal Keeper concept, with this appealingly scruffy, slightly mysterious, but handsome sentinel inviting you to enter the “Gateway to the worlds of science fiction romance.” We felt that the concept embodied a strong brand identity to tell readers what they would find behind the cover of each volume.

I’d go through the Portal, wouldn’t you?

About the author

VeronicaScottBest Selling Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance author and “SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happily 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.

Married young to her high school sweetheart then widowed, Veronica has two grown daughters, one grandson and cats Keanu and Jake.

Veronica’s life has taken many twists and turns, but she always makes time to keep reading and writing. Everything is good source material for the next novel or the one after that, right? She’s been through earthquakes, tornadoes and near death experiences…Always more stories to tell, new adventures to experience—Veronica’s personal motto is, “Never boring.”

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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