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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Want Some Older Alpha Males? Check out @Clare_Dargin's guest post! #scifirom #sfrb #scifitweet



It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage.

Guest Post by Clare Dargin



A very cool quote that meant absolutely nothing to me when Indiana Jones first said it back in 1981 but now that its 2013 I totally understand it.  And now that I think about it, I guess it was the same thing that the makers of the Expendables were trying to say when they made those two movies.  Some guys just get hotter with time. 

From Edward Norton, Patrick Wilson, Shemar Moore to Dwayne the Rock Johnson, I love a man with a little mileage on him.  Be it with experience, age or a combination of both there’s nothing hotter than a man who’s a bit older and still got it.  Yes there are some hotties out there rockin’ their twenties but thirty-somethings and older should not be left out the game!




I guess it all started with Star Wars.  You see, when I was a kid, my dad took me and my brother and my mother to see Star Wars when it first came out.  And of course like everyone else I was blown away by the whole thing.  But my six year old mind, though enthralled by all the characters on the screen, only saw Luke as the cool friend but was enthralled by Darth Vader and had a major crush (or my child like equivalent of one)  on Han Solo.  The loveable rogue who’d seen it all, Han Solo with his cool ship and loyal best friend made me swoon.



Of course that dissipated as he fell madly in love with Leia and while Luke morphed into his acrobatic sword wielding Dark Jeddi.  I soon kick Han to the curb and fell for Luke and his hardened gaze.  The black double breasted shirt (yes ladies and gentlemen it was the 80’s what can I say? He was sharp!) pants with the tall boots and the black glove on the injured hand, he was hot!  Yes the dye was cast. 

The difference between the Luke in Star Wars and the one in Jedi was age and experience.  He’d seen it all and lived to tell the tale.  Not only did he have that compassion in his heart for the people he loved but he was willing to do what he had to in  order to defend them from the threat that sought to destroy them.  And then that hot bod too.   Mmmmmm.

Some of the coolest heroes of late have not been in their twenties.  Like Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Hawkeye in the Avengers.  Or if you go to tv don’t forget Aaron Hotchner and Derek Morgan in Criminal Minds two men who are forty plus!  So who says an alpha male hero has to be in his twenties to be hot?  Not me!

Colonel Medoro Keegan is just such a man.  Forty-two years old he’s seen it all and  somehow managed to keep that boyish gleam in his eye despite having lived through his fair share of hell.  A passionate man who knows what he wants and not afraid to go after it, he still understands that none of it means anything without someone to share it with. 

The second book in my futuristic romance series The Cold Warriors Universe is now available. 



A New Threat? After a long and vicious war, peace is on the horizon for Earth and its allies. However, a series of mysterious attacks on several secret military installations causes hostilities to rise once again.

Redemption. Having left under a cloud of disgrace, retired Marine Colonel Medoro Keegan is called back to duty.

Bound. His wife Caitlin, the only surviving member of her team, chooses to embrace life, albeit grudgingly, as a cryo soldier. Seen as sub-human, she is forced to serve a planet that denies her rights as a person.

Driven. Guided by their sense of duty and belief that some things are bigger than them, they are determined to risk it all.

Hope. The cost of war is high. Can their love and marriage survive? Or will it be killed off by the very same mission that brought them together?


Genre: Sci-fi romance, military romance, 
interracial/multicultural, futuristic, end of the world

Heat level: 2
Word count – 43k

Cover art by LFD Designs


Excerpt from Ice & Peace

Caitlin was a sight for sore eyes. She was beautiful. Her petite frame was perfectly accented by the curves of her figure. And her brown eyes and coffee-brown skin was smooth, creamy.

Standing at attention, she did not meet his gaze. Though it was customary not to do as a sign of military courtesy, he could tell she was not doing it for that reason. Her gaze was different. Circling her, he tried to see if he could catch her watching him out of the corner of her eye. In fact, she appeared to be staring blankly ahead.

Peering directly at her, he spoke in a soft tone. “At ease.”

She relaxed.

“Cate. Can you hear me?”

“Yes, sir,” she responded mechanically.

Pain pierced his insides. She was definitely not there. Keegan placed his hands on his hips and hung his head in defeat. The one thing that was supposed to go right did not. For whatever reason, they had placed her in a deeper state of mental control than she’d ever been in. He controlled the hostile emotions brewing with him. Touching her face gently, he felt her icy skin.

This is unacceptable! Not here. I will not let this happen here. Not under my command.

“Chief, listen up,” he said in an authoritative tone. He knew in this state, it was the only way he could speak to her and still have her respond.

“Yes, sir.” Her gaze became even more distant.

Her response fueled his anger. “You are going to hightail it down to the doc and receive a full examination. Tell him it is based on my orders. He will know what to do. Is that clear?”

“Yes, sir.”

Knowing that she was under the influence of cryo neurotransmitters, Keegan figured the only way to combat it was to get someone to reverse it. They usually wore off once she was away from the stimulus triggers for a long period of time. But considering her stimulus triggers were high-ranking officers in uniform and combat situations, being around here meant she was going to be in a drone zone for a very long time. The last thing he needed was a zombie on board, especially one in charge of the lives others.

Only the jerks in psyche warfare thought doing this to someone would be a good idea. As long as he was running the ship, none of that would be allowed. There weren’t going to be any super zombies soldiers on board his ship. And he’d rollover in his grave before he let them do it to his wife.

“After you come back from the doc, you will report to me, understood?”

“Yes, sir.”

“Are there any questions?”

“No, sir.”

“Dismissed.”

She did an about face before leaving the room. Keegan clasped his hands behind his back. In the blink of an eye, his joy had turned to sorrow. Now faced with the responsibility of looking after his wife, he wondered how could he handle the burden of command and still protect the woman he loved.


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Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Host - from novel to movie. What do you think? #scifi #scifirom #aliens



Back in 2011, I read The Host by Stephenie Meyer. It was one of my favorite reads that year, and still remains amongst my favorites. Though, I admit I have never read or watched anything from the Twilight series. Why? I tend to prefer aliens over vampires. But that doesn't stop me from enjoying some paranormal romances now and then.

I thought I'd share my review of The Host that I posted on Goodreads:

This book is so much more than a science fiction book about aliens who invade human bodies. It is a love story of the purest form, unconditional and sacrificial love. The Host also provides a raw look into the good and bad sides of humanity.

I absolutely loved The Host. It was such an emotional journey to take with the narrator, an alien creature nicknamed Wanda, who lives in a host body where the host's personality will not die. For obvious reasons, they are at odds with each other inside the same body, but a journey through the desert makes them see each other and the current state of the planet differently.

I recommend The Host to anyone and everyone. I've never read the Twilight series, so I can't compare this book to Stephenie Meyer's other works, but it was an emotional thrill ride. Definitely one of my favorites for 2011 and of all time.

On July 9, The Host released on video, and I was lucky enough to receive a copy from my sister-in-law as a get-well present. I had missed seeing the movie in theaters, and she knew I really wanted to see it.

How does it compare?

Obviously, some of the story had to be cut out, as with any movie adaptation. But they included much of the story they cut out in the beginning as Wanda's dreams after she'd been inserted into Melanie's body. There is also much of Wanda/Melanie's walk through the desert that is not included. These cut scenes take away some of the emotional intensity that I felt when reading the book. But the accuracy of the movie is the closest to the book that I have seen in a long time. I wasn't yelling at the screen "That's so wrong!" like I did during Harry Potter and The Hunger Games.

I still love the story, and it will remain as one of the sci-fi movies that I watch while I work.

So, have you read The Host? Have you seen the movie? What did you think?


Bio:

Jessica Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to erotica. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.

When Jessica isn't reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk. Fast. But she just may slow down if there is a waterfall nearby.

Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at jessicasubject.com and on twitter @jsubject.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Release Day Blitz - Crimson Lust by @RebeccaRoyce #EmeraldIsleFantasies #pararom



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Anything Can Happen, Expect That It Will


Crimson Lust

Emerald Isle Fantasies

by Rebecca Royce

Felicity Hahn is a thief on the run in Ireland. She can’t go home and spends every day hoping Interpol doesn’t catch up with her. But when she steals a crimson-red necklace, she may have gotten more than she bargained for. Cian Finnegan is a vampire who was turned outside the gates of Castle Tullamore over three hundred years earlier. He chases the woman who stole his necklace back to the Castle, now a hotel, both to recover his possession and because her scent makes him as hard as hell. Can the magic of the Emerald Isles give these two a happy ending, or is it too late for them both?

Available from Ellora's Cave


Author Bio

As a teenager, Rebecca Royce would hide in her room to read her favorite romance novels when she was supposed to be doing her homework. She hopes, these days, that her parents think it was well worth it. Rebecca is the mother of three adorable boys and is fortunate to be married to her best friend. They’ve just moved to Texas where Rebecca is discovering a new love for barbecue! She's in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and tries to use all of these elements in her writing. She's been told she's a little bloodthirsty so she hopes that when you read her work you'll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. Rebecca loves to write series because she loves to see characters develop over time and it always makes her happy to see her favorite characters make guest appearances in other books. In Rebecca Royce's world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.



Thursday, July 11, 2013

Book Spotlight: Addicted to Adella by Anna Keraleigh - lesbian sci-fi romance


Addicted to Adella
Anna Keraleigh


"Welcome to Ulla Major! Home to the thousand-floor high rise, the best synthetic food in the quadrant, and the safest space port for five planets. Please be on the lookout for two fugitives, Adella and Sally. Adella Perski is wanted for the murder of her boyfriend. Sally Nupson is wanted for assisting a fugitive. They are armed and dangerous."

Just the words a girl wanted to hear. Adella is stuck running from the law with her best friend Sally by her side. She isn’t exactly wrongfully accused either, but that as they say, is a long story. They’ve been through it all together, the good and the bad. This should be no different.

Things take a strange twist when a wild space chase turns into a romantic touch between the two friends. Could this be the start of something more than lust? Will they live long enough to find out?

Be Warned: F/F sex


Excerpt (Adult only 18+)

“Tell me to stop...and I will.” Sally whispered the words.

Well there it was—my out. All I had to do was say one little word and it would end. Too bad my body and mind had come to an agreement. This was a good thing. I bit my bottom lip and shifted my hips giving Sally more access.

She rubbed my pussy over the pants and the material was far too thin to hide anything. Did she feel the moisture? I leaned over and unhooked the belt that kept me strapped in. Now free, my hands went to her head and I brought her face to mine. “This will change everything...between us.”

“Adella, I’ve been addicted to you for so many years. This is my dream, my fantasy...” Sally pressed her lips against mine.

The kiss, my first kiss with a woman and it was amazing. I’d been kissed softly before but this was feather light, like I was precious. She was so delicate, her tongue swept gently at my bottom lip and I opened. Our mouths melted together. My lips tingled as they pressed so sweetly against hers. It was silk against silk and I quickly found myself craving this new touch.

Sally pulled away. Her mouth found my hard nipple once more. She made love to the bud. Her tongue and lips sent me to a fevered pitched. I wiggled and fidgeted in the chair as her mouth worked magic on my flesh. “Stand up.” She whispered the words but they still had that hint of an order.

I lifted my body, standing as she unbuttoned the four measly little things that held my pants together. Then she pulled the pants down my legs and to the control room floor. A groan left her lips that was so guttural it made my breath hitch. “Sally, I don’t know if I can...” I had never been with a woman. Would I like it? If it was anything like that kiss, I would but, what if I didn’t. What if I didn’t enjoy eating pussy? What if I needed cock to be truly happy?

“Just feel...” Sally muttered against my thigh. Her tongue swiped at the rim of my panties and slowly kissed her way to the center of my wet crotch. She licked at the material, little strokes that sent my skin on fire. I couldn’t hold the groan. It felt so decadent.

I glanced down seeing Sally’s dark head of hair between my legs. This was Sally, sweet, honest, reliably Sally. Her tongue slipped underneath my panties and swiped at my creamy center. I gasped, pleasure spiked through my system. “More.” Did I say that? That tongue explored again. It slid over my hole and prodded the entrance before retreating.

“Captain.” The AI interrupted.

“What!” Sally growled the word.

“Destination in one minute.”

I groaned. Plunker’s Moon, I could see it through the window as it rapidly came towards us. We were almost there. Sally moved between my legs. Did she not hear the announcement? “Sally...”

“First, I want you to cum. I have been waiting eighteen years to lick your pussy and watch your face as you orgasm. I am getting that right here. Right now.”

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About the Author: 

Anna delved into lesbian stories at the insistence of her girlfriend and found the fit perfect! She fell in love with the erotica genre the moment she read her first naughty novel. Anna invites you into her world of fantasy where anything is possible.

When she's not writing she enjoys swimming, reading on the deck or trying to save her fish from her cat. (They have a love / hate relationship.)




Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Book Spotlight: Ulterior Motives by @ChandraRyan #scifirom #Romantica




Ulterior Motives

Chandra Ryan


Universal Defiance, Book One

On a rural settler planet, Kat must resort to putting out an ad to find a husband. She doesn’t expect to find love—that’s a dream in these parts—just a partner to help work her ranch. Then the devastatingly handsome Jasper answers her ad and turns her on in ways she never dreamed possible. Too bad he’s not who he says he is.

Jasper doesn’t know what he’s getting into when he ventures undercover to investigate a legal claim against Kat’s ranch. But after a toe-curling night under her roof and in her bed, he’s willing to do anything to stay there. He can’t say no to the tough-as-nails businesswoman who makes his body come alive.

When people start getting hurt, though, both Kat and Jasper have to decide how valuable one piece of land is. And the ranch that brought them together might be the very thing standing between them.

A Romantica® sci fi erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave


EXCERPT

“Excuse me, sir.” Her calm words broke through the chaos of the port station and gained his undivided attention. This close to him, staring into his rich, brown eyes, her stomach began to churn with nerves. She quickly pushed through the sensation, though. She didn’t have the time for silliness. And it was the height of absurdity for her to be uncomfortable around her soon-to-be husband. “I’m Katarina Maxim. My friends call me Kat.”

She held her hand out to him in casual greeting as she tried not to fidget. She’d debated how to greet him as she’d driven to the station. A kiss seemed rather forward. But she did want him to feel welcomed. A handshake seemed like the best idea at the time. Now, as she waited for him to take her hand, she started second-guessing herself.

“Katarina, that’s a lovely name.”

She noted that he’d called her Katarina but tried not to let that color her first impression of him. She didn’t hate the name nor did she hate being called by it. It just didn’t fit her. Not anymore. Katarina sounded soft, delicate—refined, even. Like she’d been before her family had moved here. She could only hope that he didn’t see her as any of those things. If he did, he would be sorely disappointment when he got to know her better. “Kat. Only my mother called me by my full name,” she pressed.

“Kat it is.” His smile seemed genuine but his palm was as soft as new leather when he finally took hers. If he stayed, that would change. This planet demanded calluses and blisters. Her hands were proof of that.

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Authors Bio:

Being from a rather nomadic family, Chandra Ryan loves to travel and meet people. But she’s found that sometimes, like when you’re stuck inside because of a good old-fashioned Southwestern heat wave, you have to make do. Fortunately for her and her loving family, who don’t like seeing her suffer from cabin fever, she’s found creating new people and places equally as fascinating. Also, you’re a lot less likely to spill your ice tea.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Last Flight of the Ark--Cover reveal.

I'm re-releasing in the near future with Decadent Publishing, my popular science fiction erotic romance, Last Flight of the Ark. Check out the shiny new cover.

 

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Sci-Fi on television - What do you watch?



Hello peeps! Well, the last heat wave broke and another is upon us. I've started watching a new sci-fi show called Under The Dome. It's based on Stephen King's novel of the same title. It's on Global here in Canada. Here's a preview for those who haven't seen it.:


Anyway, it got me thinking about sci-fi on television. There have been many over the years that I have watched whether dramas or comedies. Star Trek: TNG and Voyager were must watches for me. I also enjoyed The Jetsons, Space: Above and Beyond, ALF, Lois & Clark, Quantum Leap, Out of this World, Smallville, The X-Files, The Outer Limits, Earth 2, 3rd Rock from the Sun, and many more that I can't think of right now.

And there are many more premiering in the fall. But, I'm going to save them for another post.


Tell me: What were some of your favorite sci-fi shows that you grew up watching? Which ones would you like to see redone or turned into a movie?


SALE!! Celestial Seduction is only $0.99 at Amazon.com, All Romance & Smashwords until July 7.


Bio:

Jessica Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to erotica. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.

When Jessica isn't reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk. Fast. But she just may slow down if there is a waterfall nearby.

Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at jessicasubject.com and on twitter @jsubject.

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