Launching Romance into the stars.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

It's poll time! Help Jessica E. Subject with her next cover. #scifi #urbanscifi


Hello peeps! Thank you for joining me today! Right now, the second story in my Alien Next Door series, Alien Admirer, is with my CPs, and I'm finishing up another 1Night Stand story, His Alien Virgin. After those, my next project is going to be an urban sci-fi. While there will be some romantic elements, the romance will not be the main focus of the story. It will be more aliens in an action/adventure. So, I have a question for you. 

What would you prefer to see on the cover of an urban sci-fi with romantic elements? 

(Yes, I know many of these are urban fantasy and PNR, but I'm just trying to show representatives of the options. :)

A) A couple embracing?



B) A couple, but not embracing?



C) Only one character in an urban setting?



D) Close up of one character?



E) All of the characters in the story?



F) A symbol representing the story?



G) Other - please share what you'd like to see.

I look forward to your answers. :)

Bio:


Jessica Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to sexy. 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.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Coming Soon

Clone is coming soon. That's right. After five long years of work, it's ready for publication. This novel, in my opinion, was the hardest, most emotional novel I've written. I hope you'll join me in November, when I release Clone--The Book of Eva, Book I in the Clone Trilogy, and enter a world of forbidden love, deception and enemies who are cloaked as friends.

In the year 2087, a great war erupts on the planet and a struggle to survive begins. One hundred-fifty years later, the continent of America is divided into two factions, Aeropia and The United Regions. There is a shortage of food and an abundance of illness, leaving most to live on the scraps of the wealthy, who wallow in excess.

This is the world Olivia Braun inherits. Sick from birth, she wakes up from surgery with a new heart, only to discover she is the youngest president of Aeropia, an empire that has created and used clones to maintain their position of supremacy since the war. However, Olivia’s rise to power is no accident. Before her transplant, she conspired with a clone to free those enslaved, but the outcome is not what she expects.

Now, enemies hide among the population, and even friends can no longer be trusted. Olivia must make a choice that will decide the fate of an empire. Before her tale of corruption, forbidden love and war ends, the mighty will be brought to their knees.

By a clone.


Thursday, August 22, 2013

What About The Cats? Guest Post by @MariaHammarblad #scifirom #OperationEarth


WHAT ABOUT THE CATS?

Guest Post by Maria Hammarblad

Cats? What in the galaxy is this woman babbling about? Cats?

They’re relevant to my book. Honest!

In the first draft of Operation Earth the book had one cat: the heroine’s. This feline is named BonBon after my dog Bonnie, and she plays a big part in Rachael’s life.

Sometimes people ask why so many of my characters have cats; I’m more known for being a dog person. It just turns out that way. I like cats, I just don’t have one living with me right now. My heroines are often cat people, or end up in a setting where a cat seems… right.

Anyway, BonBon has an important part in the story. Rachael wants to be a good kitty mom, she talks to the cat, and worries for the cat. When the alien Peter first comes into their lives, BonBon hides from him. It goes like this:

The cat trotted out of the bedroom, stared at him, and froze. A moment later it fled across the room, seeking shelter under the sofa.

“Bonbon?”

Peter sighed.

“She knows I’m not of this world. Animals never like us.”

“Really? They know?”

Maybe the intruders were different on a level so deep only an animal’s senses could detect it. Her first instinct was to try to soothe the cat, but if he was right, nothing she did or said would help.

Later in the story Peter gains the cat’s trust. This is an unprecedented event, but it had to happen. I don’t think Rachael would ever have trusted him if Bonbon remained under the sofa, hissing at his feet. I sure don’t trust people my dogs don’t like; they’re much better judges of character than I am.

My editor is a big cat lover and cat rescuer, and she helped me tweak the details to make the cat more believable. She also suggested that if one cat could take to one alien, maybe the same thing happened in more places. Since the aliens have always been shunned by animals, maybe they in turn were fascinated with the kitties, and brought some to the mother ship. Given a little time, they’ll probably take over.

Reviewers and blog hosts who read the book have asked, “Why cats? Wouldn’t other animals be easier to 
get along with?” Now you know. =)


Operation Earth by Maria Hammarblad


Seven billion people on Earth go about their daily lives, and no one is prepared when a global EMP slows the world to a crawl. With all our technology incapacitated, everything changes. Within days alien soldiers line the streets, and life will never be the same. In the midst of chaos, Rachael Hill struggles to adapt to the new order, doing her best to keep herself and her cat alive.

On a ship far above the planet surface, Peter just got his new Earth name, and can’t even remember his identity from the last world he visited. It’s another day on the job, one more planet on a never-ending list. That is, until Rachael bumps into him, dropping exotic objects all around his feet. His culture taught him females should be obeyed and protected, but he never had an urge to leave himself at a woman’s mercy until now.

Rachael’s neighbor Ryan hounds her to join a brewing resistance movement and make a stand against the newcomers. She still befriends Peter, enthralled by his enigmatic personality and hypnotic golden eyes. Would falling in love with an alien be treason against humanity? When the rebellion gains momentum and open conflict with the newcomers is a fact, Rachael’s personal insurrection might be her doom, or bring salvation to us all.

Published August 11 2013 by Desert Breeze Publishing.

Available From: 



About Maria Hammarblad:

Born in Sweden in the early 1970's, Maria showed a large interest for books at an early age. Even before she was able to read or write, she made her mom staple papers together into booklets she filled with drawings of suns and planets. She proudly declared them, "The Sun Book." They were all about the sun. She also claimed, to her mother's horror, that her being on Earth was a big mistake and that her alien family would come and bring her home at any moment. This never happened, but both the interest in space and the passion for bookmaking stayed with her.

As an adult Maria's creativity got an outlet through playing bass in a number of rock bands, and through writing technical manuals and making web pages for various companies and organizations. She did write drafts for a few novels, but the storytelling muse was mostly satisfied through role playing online on Myspace. It was here, while writing stories together with people from around the globe, she stumbled onto Mike. They started talking out of character, and she moved over to Florida to him late 2008. Today the two are married and live in the Tampa Bay area with three rescue dogs.

Besides writing and playing bass, Maria enjoys driving off-road, archery, and Tameshigiri.

Upcoming releases

Borealis XII, to be released by Desert Breeze Publishing October 11, 2013

Fun Facts

Favorite color: Blue
Favorite food: Chicken with cashew nuts
Doesn't eat: Mammals
Favorite TV Show: Star Trek TNG and Leverage
Favorite animal: Border Collie
Quotes: "Full Speed Ahead" and "Caffeine is good for you"




Thursday, August 15, 2013

Sci-Fi Coming to a TV near you


Hello everyone! Thank you for visiting with me today. I have a quick announcement to make before I get started. HEY, SANTA, my erotic sci-fi holiday romance is now available at Amazon. You can find more information and buy links here.

For today's post, I want to share with you some of the sci-fi television shows premiering this fall. I'm not sure how many I'll be watching, but I'm going to try and catch them all. Here we go...

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
ABC Tuesdays @ 8 PM ET - Premiers September 24th





Almost Human

Fox Mondays @ 8 PM ET - Premiers November 4th



The 100
The CW




Orphan Black
Already on BBC America - and coming to CTV this Fall.




Star-Crossed
The CW




The Tomorrow People
The CW - Wednesdays



So, are you looking forward to any of these shows? Have you caught any of them already?

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.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

A New Release from Melisse Aires & a Giveaway!!

Please welcome Melisse Aires to Backward Momentum to tell us about her new release, Starwoman's Sanctuary!

About the book~

I wrote Starwoman's Sanctuary thinking of all the work charity institutions have done through the years to help people in need. I have a friend who works with the local food banks and admire her dedication--it is more than a job.

I went to Catholic school as did my mother and I have good memories of nuns who taught, who loved me and my family. My mother, a child in the Depression with eleven siblings, remembers the sisters giving them Nickles so they could go to the movies and remembered a Christmas when they came home from church to find bags of food and treats on the porch, highlights of her childhood.

Another influence--the old movie Father Goose. If you've never seen it you should!

So I wanted to write a character who made choices in her life to help the helpless. We meet Skyleen as she is ready to 'retire', she has established a healthy Sanctuary.

http://amzn.com/B00E89RK1G


My Easy Contest!
 In celebration of Starwoman's Sanctuary release, I'm having a giveaway!

10 people will receive an ebook copy of Starwoman's Sanctuary




One Grand Prize Winner!

One person will receive all three Diaspora Worlds books and this lovely necklace (North America addresses only.)

A variety of dog tooth amethyst strung with 8mm round green aventurine  beads, and silver spacer beads. Large rectangle amethyst focal bead with faceted coin and smaller rectangle amethyst. Adjustable length with S hook closure 19-21 inches. Natural stone variations.

Amethyst qualities: Help with depressions, stimulates inspiration and contributes to inner peace.


PLUS, necklace reflects the colors in Starwoman's Sanctuary Cover!

To enter
Drawing, simply LIKE my new Facebook Page.
https://www.facebook.com/DiasporaWorldsMelisseAires 

A drawing will be held Aug 20th.


Thursday, August 1, 2013

An Alien Update



Hello peeps! Thank you for stopping by for a visit!

I didn't know what to post about today, so I thought I'd give you a quick update on what I'm working on, and share an excerpt from my upcoming release, Hey, Santa.

Reading - I've just started reading Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza. It's a YA sci-fi thriller.

Writing - I have two chapters left to write in Alien Admirer, which is the second book in my Alien Next Door series. I am hoping to release this story in the beginning of December.

Editing - Hey, Santa is in the final stages of editing with Wizards in Publishing. This story will officially release on October 1, 2013.


She doesn’t want a lot for Christmas…

Claire Otton dreads spending another holiday alone. When her best friend convinces her to approach the sexy mall Santa, she takes the chance and asks him out, hoping for so much more.

He’s waiting under the mistletoe…

Although Andreas Castellanos blends in on Earth, he knows he will never belong. But when the gorgeous woman he’d been staring at invites him to dinner, he has a hard time saying no.

All they’re asking for…

Can these two lonely souls find magic together or will their secrets steal their chance of a happy Christmas?



And here's an sneak peek excerpt:

“You can’t be serious.” Claire mustered the dirtiest look possible for her best friend.

Tiffany held out her hands and air-squeezed the man’s firm butt cheeks from a distance. “C’mon. Look at that ass.”

“Yes, but a Santa Claus? How do I know what he looks like under that suit and beard?” Imagining removing the white hair to find a wrinkled old man, she shuddered.

“Only one way to find out.” Smacking Claire’s butt, Tiffany urged her forward. “Go ask him.”

She planted her feet. Thank goodness she hadn’t worn heels for their marathon shopping trip only two days before Christmas. “If you’re so interested, why don’t you?”

Tiffany rolled her eyes, sighing. “Because I’m engaged to be married to the love of my life. You’re the Grinch who needs to get laid.”

“I’m not a Grinch,” she snapped. Breathing deeply, she counted backwards from ten. “I’m sorry. This is just a very stressful time of year for me.”

“I know.” Tiffany cupped her elbow. “I just want to see you happy at Christmas again. It doesn’t have to be a miserable holiday anymore. That’s part of the reason I dragged you with me today.”

She swallowed the lump in her throat, tears welling already. Please don’t let me turn into a blubbering mess in the middle of the mall. While she appreciated her friend’s concern, she coped better on her own. “I…I should go home. I can’t just pretend it didn’t happen.”


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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