What readers want in a romance hero…and the winner of Freebie Friday!

In Friday’s Freebie Friday post, I asked the question, “What trait in a romance hero is most important to you?”

Man, did I get answers! Readers had quite a list, and there was no one quality that dominated the list. You can read all the comments, but here’s a sampling of what readers said:

“I love for the hero to be a little rough but also gentle, to be possessive when he wants to protect what’s his.”

“Tenderness toward the heroine. To me, that is their strength.”

“I love Alpha males who have the strength to tame their females and the tenderness to win their hearts in the process.”

“Physically sculpted and a passionate (read melt your panties) kisser.”

“The qualities that I like in a romance hero are intelligence (a sense of cunning/deviousness) , protective, possessive, stubborn, dominant, loyal and most importantly, a sense of humour.”

“From my male pov: putting her needs before his, even if he is an alpha Dom who rides cycles and his women hard.”

“Not being a jerk is #1.”

“I want a hero who treats his woman as his equal but can still make her squirm and moan in bed while she screams his name.”

“Respect. Whether he’s alpha or beta, courageous or cunning, handsome or scarred, he has to show respect for and care of the heroine. It’s how the hero treats his heroine makes him a hero in the first place.”

“A beard and a sense of humor does it for me!”

“Intelligence.”

More than 50 people posted comments! Selected by Random.org, the winner of the drawing for a Terran’ notebook and a Cara Bristol pen is…

Adaiah La Vonda

Thank you everyone for participating! Freebie Friday is always held on the fourth Friday of the month here on carabristol.com. I ask question, you post your answer, and you’re entered into the drawing for a prize.

The next Freebie Friday will be October 27. 

(If you subscribe to my newsletter, you’ll get a reminder of the drawing, and you’ll get a free book now.).

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THE KRINAR EXPERIMENT Author Charmaine Pauls brings multicultural flair to her home office

I’m ecstatic to welcome you in my writing space today. Firstly, there’s my beloved Indonesian desk that refused to fit through any upstairs window or door in our house (it’s not that the desk is so big, it’s just that the doors and windows here in France are so small compared to the ones in Chile where I bought the desk), hence it’s occupying a portion of our ground floor bedroom, which happens to be the quietest room in a house with two noisy kids, a darling husband who works from home two days out of five, and a talkative Cornish Rex cat.

 

The view is the best. I adore trees, and from where I sit I’m surrounded by pines and oaks. By looking at my work surface you’ll also discover one of my writing quirks. I can’t have anything cluttering my desk when I write. Clutter makes me disjointed and scatter-brained, like a huge bottleneck in my creative flow. No pens, coffee mugs, coasters, notepads, or phones. I need my environment to be tidy and ‘Zen’. It’s like removing physical obstacles to liberate the flow of thoughts. The only ornaments I keep on my desk are a family photo and three muses – a statue of an angel that was a gift from my mom, a marble Buddha statue that I bought during a trip to Mumbai, and my alpha male rescuer from Mexico.

 

Then there’s my second office – my car. With half of my time dedicated to driving my kids around, I’ve learned to not waste a second. Always armed with my laptop, I write during swimming lessons, on the pavement outside ballet rehearsals, or next to the soccer field. During long road trips when it’s my husband’s turn to drive, I do the same. I’ve written more than one book from the passenger seat of my car. You’ll often see me parked outside the athletics field, typing away behind the dashboard, but in reality I’m in a spacecraft, trying to figure out how the controls work. 🙂

Thank you so much for inviting me, Cara, and for sharing your cyber space with me today!

Author bio

Charmaine Pauls was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. She obtained a degree in Communication at the University of Potchefstroom and followed a diverse career path in journalism, public relations, advertising, communications, photography, graphic design, and brand marketing. Her writing has always been an integral part of her professions.

After relocating to Chile with her French husband, she fulfilled her passion to write creatively full-time. Charmaine has published eighteen novels since 2011, as well as several short stories and articles. Two of her short stories were selected for publication in an African anthology from across the continent by the International Society of Literary Fellows in conjunction with the International Research Council on African Literature and Culture.

When she is not writing, she likes to travel, read, and rescue cats. Charmaine currently lives in Montpellier with her husband and children. Their household is a linguistic mélange of Afrikaans, English, French and Spanish.

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Charmaine is the Author of The Krinar Experiment

When Drako’s space pod malfunctions over Johannesburg, his secret reconnaissance mission goes horribly wrong. Wounded in the crash, he’s captured by the South African Secret Service who sees an opportunity to strengthen their army and make a fortune by using the alien pilot in an unorthodox experiment. They send a female to tend to Drako’s injuries, a human girl with the pretty name of Ilse who’s sweet and caring. The perfume of her skin is like a drug, her blood an aphrodisiac. He can still smell her and taste her on his tongue. Her betrayal cuts deeper than the testing and torture. No matter. His escape is pending. When he comes back to Earth, it will be to find her, and when he does, he’ll show as little mercy as she did.

These are the events that led to the Krinar Earth Invasion. This is the untold story.

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Win an autographed Terran notebook! #FreebieFriday #ScifiRom #Swag #giveaway

UPDATE: The contest is now closed. You may continue to post your answers to the question (I’d love to hear it), but the winner of the drawing has been selected.

It’s that time again…Freebie Friday! On the 4th Friday of every month, I do a prize giveaway. I ask a fun question, you post your answer in the comments, and you’re entered to win the prize.

This month the prize is an 80-page spiral bound “Terran” autographed notebook and a Cara Bristol pen. The drawing is for one notebook. I’m showing two in the photo so you can see that it’s lined inside. I will ship internationally.

To enter the drawing, answer this question in the comments:

What trait in a romance hero is most important to you?

Be sure to leave your email address either in the sign-in box or in the comments so I can contact you if you win (I don’t save or do anything with the emails).

You have until Sunday night (Sept. 24) to enter. The winner will be selected by random draw and notified on Monday. Good luck!

 

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Star Cruise: Outbreak by Veronica Scott…fighting an epidemic on a ship #B2F #SFR

By Veronica Scott

I’ve always been fascinated by epidemics and the measures that the medical profession must take in order to deal with an outbreak. My Dad had cholera as a kid and I believe was the only person in his state that year to have it, and eventually the epidemiologist  tracked the source to an apple he’d eaten, from a tree near an infected water source. At least all these years later, that’s my recollection.  Hearing my father and his siblings talk about this incident when I was in elementary school inspired me to read a book on epidemiology, with fascinating stories of doctors locating Patient Zero, or the first person to come down with the disease in question, and trying to figure out where that person acquired the illness, among other things which medical authorities need to know to stop the spread.

The ebola crisis in 2014 where a man traveled to the United States and was later found to already be sick was a tragic example of how the ripples of contagion – and fear – spread from the first incident. If you recall, there was even a panic at a bridal gown store in another state because one of his nurses had gone there to try on her wedding dress during a period where she could have been contagious (at least as far as what the general public feared was possible). Ebola is a compelling example of a deadly, scary-as-can-be disease with no known cure, no known original vector or source (bats?) and the way it can spread where you’d least expect to find it.

Movies like “Outbreak” and “Contagion” have dealt with similar issues in riveting fashion. There’s a 1992 TV movie entitled “Black Death” with Kate Jackson, about the plague breaking out in New York City that I rewatch on occasion. Of course these fictional tales have a happy ending, and the cure is found or the spread stopped.

So long story short, I always wanted to write a plague story. At the same time, I also wanted to write more novels about interstellar cruise liners. I created a wonderful starship for Wreck of the Nebula Dream and then of course had to destroy her, but as time went on, I kept thinking of intriguing stories I could tell on a cruise ship sailing the stars. I loved the idea of using the ship as my “village”, with a recurring cast of characters. The two ideas came together, in Star Cruise: Outbreak, partially inspired by a run of news stories about noroviruses on ocean-going cruise ships. I pondered what would happen if a seemingly benign-but-unpleasant bug hit an interstellar cruise ship and was really the start of a much more serious outbreak, harbinger of something never seen before.

I used the design and details I developed for the Nebula Dream to create a newer, upgraded liner named the Nebula Zephyr, and staffed her with a crew and passengers who have to deal with this outbreak.  After a lot of research into various earthly diseases, I came up with an alien ailment that combines deadly aspects of several real viruses and conditions. I decided my heroine Emily would be the ship’s doctor and the hero would be the head of security. Both are military veterans and suffering from varying degrees of PTSD, so that’s an added complication for them to work through on their way to romance, as they handle the outbreak. I greatly respect veterans and others who suffer from PTSD, so I did a lot of research into the condition and did my best to be correct about how various people react to their previous traumatic experiences.

Here’s the story:

She saved countless soldiers in the wars … but does she have the weapons to fight an outbreak?

Dr. Emily Shane, veteran of the Sector Wars, is known as “The Angel of Fantalar” for her bravery under fire as a medic. However, the doctor has her own war wounds–severe PTSD and guilt over those she failed to save.

Persuaded to fill a seemingly frivolous berth as ship’s doctor on the huge and luxurious interstellar cruise liner Nebula Zephyr, she finds the job brings unexpected perks–a luxe beach deck with water imported from Tahumaroa II, and Security Officer Jake Dilon, a fellow veteran.

However, Emily soon learns she and Jake didn’t leave all peril behind in the war. A mysterious ailment aboard the Zephyr begins to claim victim after victim … and they must race against time and space to find the cause and a cure! Trapped on a ship no spaceport will allow to dock, their efforts are complicated by a temperamental princess and a terrorist–one who won’t hesitate to take down any being in the way of his target.  If anyone’s left when the disease is through with them…

The excerpt:

“We have a dead passenger,” the ship’s AI said, speaking louder as the door chimed.

So much for minor ailments. Keying the portal to open, Emily came face-to-face with Red, in uniform, a discreet security badge on his jacket.

“Sorry to meet again so soon under these circumstances,” he said. “Jake sent me—”

“Yes, the ship told me you were coming.” She let the portal close behind her and set off at a rapid pace toward the nearest gravlift. The corridor was deserted at this time of “night.”

“Someone died?”

Glancing around to make sure there wasn’t anyone close, Red nodded. “Passenger Edvar Groskin, in his cabin.” He allowed her to precede him into the gravlift. “Groskin hadn’t been seen for a day or two, missed an appointment for dinner with some prospective clients who reported not being able to reach him. Had the do-not-disturb signal on, but the chief stewardess was concerned, so she asked Maeve to check.” Red leaned closer. “Passenger privacy is of utmost concern on the CLC Line, but there’s a point where we have to intrude.”

“You must be positive he’s deceased, not to have called the ship’s emergency response team.”

“Yeah, we’re sure.” He flicked a glance at her. “Not a pretty sight.”

“No doubt I’ve seen worse.” Emily clenched one fist where he couldn’t see, nails biting into her palm in hopes the tiny spurt of pain would forestall a flashback to some of the horrific scenes she had endured. Now wasn’t the time for an incident, and echoes of the earlier nightmare lingered. “Suicide?”

“Doubtful.” Red didn’t appear to notice her preoccupation. “Groskin was a hanger-on with the wealthy crowd. He used to be a minor celebrity, some kind of athlete. Always had a dozen schemes and scams going on. Upbeat guy, from what I’ve been told. He was going to the big surfing competition on Sector Hub.”

“I treated a surfer today. Got washed off his board and cratered on the bottom of the beach deck sand,” she said. “Poor guy had a broken arm, scrapes and bruises.”

“Yeah, we’re running our own competition on the starboard side of the beach, trying to tie into the big event.” Red shook his head. “I had beach duty yesterday. Made me nervous watching passengers try to act like extreme athletes. Of course, Maeve doesn’t generate the big waves.”

They’d reached the late passenger’s cabin, where the portal was half open.

Jake was waiting in the foyer. “Sorry to wake you, Doc. Guy’s on the floor in the bedroom. We’re not sure what he had.”

Emily stepped into the room. The bed was in disarray, and the passenger had obviously been quite ill in his last hours. Clothed in synthsilk pajamas, the body was already in the first stage of rigor mortis. Activating the sterile barrier on her hands, she ran her scanner over the man, noting the readings, especially in the heart and lungs. Sitting on her heels, she said, “Heart attack, probably brought on by pneumonia, is my initial diagnosis.” She looked at Jake. “Without an autopsy, we won’t know for sure, and I should warn you I’m not a pathologist.”

“We’re not set up to do autopsies anyway,” Jake said. “The unpleasant job’ll be for the authorities at the next port of call. I need you to sign the provisional death certificate and state there was no crime involved as far as we know at this time. Different regulations kick in if there’s any evidence of foul play.”

Emily raised her eyebrows and checked the body again. “Nothing to indicate any kind of crime.” She leaned closer. “Odd.” Pointing at the corpse’s upper chest, revealed by the gaping shirt, she said, “See those purple splotches?”

“Like spider bites.” Jake shifted position to get a better view. “Something to worry about?”

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The Author:

Best Selling Science Fiction, Fantasy & Paranormal Romance author and “SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happy 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.

Seven time winner of the SFR Galaxy Award, as well as a National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, Veronica is also the proud recipient of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal relating to her former day job, not her romances! She recently was honored to read the part of Star Trek Crew Member in the audiobook production of Harlan Ellison’s “The City On the Edge of Forever.”

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Midweek #BookNews: what’s happening in my author world

I’ve had a lot going on lately. Here’s a quick recap of what’s new in my sci-fi romance author world:

  • A limited time free book promotion
  • A new release
  • An upcoming release
  • Wrapping up the writing of a new Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance
  • Another book soon to be in print
  • Freebie Friday

Read on for details…

A free promotion for Breeder

I was fortunate to get a BookBub featured deal for Breeder, book 1 of my dark sci-fi romance trilogy. That happened yesterday. I’ve already inputted the price change back to full cover, but it takes a little while to go into effect. Grab Breeder NOW while it’s still free. The price will revert to $4.99 very soon. Get Breeder here.

It’s new, it’s HOT: Krinar’s Desire 

I’ve been so thrilled with the response to Krinar’s Desire, my sexy-sci-fi romance based on the Krinar Chronicles series by Anna Zaires. Anna and her readership have been awesome in supporting this book. I had the best opening day ever! Krinar’s Desire is part of Amazon US Kindle Worlds, “fan fiction” written for other authors’ series. If you are outside the US and have not been able to buy this book and want to, email me at carabristol50 (at) yahoo (dot) com, and I may be able to help you get the book. If you’re in the US, you can get it here.

Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 is coming next month

Pets in Space 2, an anthology of 12 science fiction romances by 12 authors, will release October 10! These are standalone novellas, each one featuring a pet sidekick. My story, Rescued by the Cyborg, is part of the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series. Ten percent of preorders and first-month profits will benefit Hero-Dog.org, an organization that provides service animals free of charge to U.S. Veterans. Your book purchase will help to support this worthy cause. Get ready for the launch! Preorder Pets in Space here.

Hunted by the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 6) coming in January!

Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance fans have been clamoring for Carter’s story. Carter is the director of Cyber Operations, the covert cyborg force in my science fictions romance series. He appears in every book as a secondary character. He’s finally getting his own book! Hunted by the Cyborg will release in January 2018. I’ve selected a very special heroine for Carter, and I will reveal the identity of Lamani, the arch villain. The blurb and cover reveal will be available soon. Hunted by the Cyborg will be the longest book in the series, I estimate about 70,000 words. More Carter to love…

Alien Mate is coming to print!

Alien Mate was nominated for best science fiction romance by the Ozark Indie Bookfest, Oct. 19-22. Since I’ll be at the conference, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to have copies of the nominated book! So, I’m having a print version done, and will have paperbacks of Alien Mate available by mid-October on Amazon and BN.com.

Finally…don’t miss Freebie Friday on Sept. 22 – this Friday

The fourth Friday of every month is Freebie Friday on carabristol.com. I ask a fun question, you post a comment, and you enter to win a fun prize. This month, the prize will be some cool (and practical) SWAG.  Trust me, you’ll like it. See you on Friday!

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Get Breeder for FREE, limited time only #Kindle #GooglePlay #iBooks #Nook #Kobo #scifirom

Breeder, book one of the Breeder series, is free for a limited time! It is available for free in all markets:

Amazon US | Amazon UK |Amazon AU | Amazon CA

Barnes & Noble | Kobo | GooglePlay | iBooks

I will input the price will back full cover ($4.99) after my BookBub deal on Tuesday, Sept. 19, so how long it’s free depends on how long it takes the vendors to activate the changes. You can only count on it being free through Sept. 19!

Breeder Blurb

She was only meant to be the Alpha Commander’s slave…but she became his everything.

High Commander Dak, a ruling Alpha of planet Parseon, purchases Omra strictly as a breeder slave. He intends to impregnate her, produce a son, and hand her off to his anointed beta partner, Corren. Any infractions of the rules by her will be harshly punished.

But as Dak and Omra discover a sexual bliss banned by law, Dak begins to question the traditions and ways of his people, causing him to jeopardize his command and endanger the life of the woman he has come to love.

Dak has enemies, men who will not hesitate to exploit his fondness for Omra, and use it to portray him as unfit to rule as Alpha. Can he expose the rampant cruelty and corruption in Parseon culture… or will the protocol he’s spent his life defending, be the weapon used to destroy them and their love?

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Don’t squish the cat! Sabine Priestley shows off her writing space #AuthorsInSpace #PetsInSpace

By Sabine Priestley

Here’s a look inside my world and were the magic happens. This is my desk. I like the minimal distractions afforded by facing a wall of inspiration.

I have a VeriDesk which I love. One must be careful, however, not to squish the cat when putting it down.

My space isn’t an office so much as a cave off my kitchen/dining area.

 

When I do, feel like a view (but don’t feel like going to Starbucks or some other venue) I frequently move over to my kitchen table with my Roost laptop stand. That thing is a neck saver. This was my setup while keeping an eye on hurricane Emily. 

Sabine Priestly bio

Sabine grew up consuming Science Fiction, Fantasy and Romance novels (there was a brief bodice ripper period, but we won’t go into that).

She wanted to be an astronaut and travel the stars. She ended up an Electrical Engineer and Cultural Anthropologist. She’s a geek with heart.

Seriously disappointed we’ve yet to establish so much as a moon base, she’s encouraged by the recent developments by superstars such as Elon Musk, Sir Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos, among others.

She’s a travel addict, beach-loving, stargazing disruptor. Her heroines are kickass and her stories action packed.

Sabine is the author of Sensate, a novella in the Alien Attachment series in Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2.

Sensate Description

Marco Dar’s position as an Earth Protector means he spends an incredible amount of time alone in space. His only company is with the talkative com unit. It isn’t until he stops at the Galaxy Spinner restaurant that he discovers his com has become sentient – and it wants a physical form!

Dr. Zara Mancini hasn’t seen Marco Dar in over eleven years. As far as she is concerned, that still isn’t long enough. When Marco approaches her with an unusual request, she is torn between her fascination with the project, and wanting to leave him eating her space dust.

Marco is quickly falling all over again for Zara’s beautiful smile and gorgeous lips. Young and foolish, he sabotaged their relationship years ago. Now he has a second chance. Can he convince Zara to help his AI, and prove to her that he is a different man?

Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2

The pets are back! Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, featuring twelve of today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors brings you a dozen original stories written just for you! Join in the fun, from the Dragon Lords of Valdier to a trip aboard award-winning author, Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr to journhbits of eying back to Luda where Grim is King, for stories that will take you out of this world! Join New York Times, USA TODAY, and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, M.K. Eidem, Susan Grant, Michelle Howard, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Sabine Priestley, Jessica E. Subject, Carol Van Natta, and Alexis Glynn Latner as they share stories and help out Hero-Dogs.org, a charity that supports our veterans!

10% of the first months 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.

Release date: October 10, 2017 ~ Preorder now!

Amazon  |   Universal buy link

Try the FREE sampler containing the first chapters of all the Pets in Space stories. Download here.

Want to see more author offices? 

Susan Grant | Laurie Green | Pauline Baird Jones | Alexis Glynn Latner | Veronica ScottJessica Subject | S.E. “Susan” SmithCarol Van Natta

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Thank you for a “hot, hot, hot” release day for Krinar’s Desire!

Krinar’s Desire had the best opening day ever! It released on Tuesday and hit No. 3 in the Kindle Worlds Romance category and 950 overall among all Kindle books sold that same day. That was my best ranking ever for a newly released book!

Reader reviews have been amazeballs! Here’s a sampling from Amazon.

“Wow this is hot, hot, hot!!”

“A beautiful, hot and sexy love story.”

“Breathtaking and captivating.”

“The sizzling attraction kept me on edge the whole time”

“A sizzling, out of this world read! I loved it!

“For those of us who like our story lines to be HOT as HELL, this book brings it!!”

“If you like hot and steamy, this book will not disappoint.”

“The story has a little bit of everything–action, emotion, chemistry, and sizzling alien heat.”

“This book is just as good as the original books are.”

“I love a well written story and that is exactly what this book is. The plot is tight with espionage-ish leanings, crazy zealots, and sexy sexy love between two strongly developed characters.

“I have always been a big fan of Cara Bristol’s and when I found out she would be writing a Krinar book I was literally jumping up and down with joy. The story was even better than I had hoped, and left me wanting more long after the book was done.”

Krinar’s Desire blurb

He’ll never let her go…

Pretending she works for the mayor’s office, investigative journalist Caitlyn Meadows goes undercover at a K company intending to expose the Krinar and show the world the dark side of the powerful, mesmerizing aliens who have invaded Earth.

Arak, a Krinar, prefers to avoid the weak, technologically backward humans, but the moment he meets Caitlyn, he wants her. Getting her to submit to his dark desires consumes him, and he sets out to seduce her.

Falling under Arak’s spell, Caitlyn begins to doubt her beliefs and her mission. She doesn’t know who to trust–her colleagues at Viral News who warn she’s becoming too close to a dangerous alien—or her own heart that urges her to get even closer by becoming Arak’s mate.

Making the wrong choice could mean her life…

Krinar’s Desire Buy Link

Krinar’s Desire is part of Amazon Kindle Worlds, stories written by fans for authors’ popular series. Krinar’s Desire is based on the Krinar Chronicles by Anna Zaires. Seven books by seven authors (an eight is in the works) were released:

  • Krinar’s Desire by Cara Bristol
  • The Krinar Experiment by Charmaine Pauls
  • The Krinar’s Bane by Mary Sage
  • Number 101 by Heather Knight
  • Krinar Diplomacy by Josie Litton
  • Vair: Beyond the X Club by Hettie Ivers
  • Krinar Revenge by Heather Hiestand

See all the books here

Note: Kindle Worlds is an Amazon US program. Therefore, the books are only available on Amazon US. If you are a reader in the UK, AU or CA and have been unable to get a copy of my book, Krinar’s Desire, please email me at carabristol50 (at) yahoo (dot) com. I might be able to get you a copy.

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Backlist to the Future: Awakened: Anew by Josie Litton a cross between #HungerGames and #50Shades

Backlist to the Future is a weekly Thursday feature highlighting science fiction romances from authors’ backlists.

To be notified of future Backlist to the Future posts, you can subscribe to this blog (top of the sidebar). If you’d like to submit your book for this feature, click here to get the particulars.

 

By Josie Litton

This was my first self-publishing venture after many years of being traditionally published. To say that I had a lot to learn is a vast understatement.  Writing about a young woman who awakens in the near future to confront the stunning reason why she can’t remember her past and the man who faces that with her was the “easy” part.

Everything else was an opportunity to go wrong. I loved the first cover but it really didn’t signal to readers clearly enough what the book is about. I think the new cover does that much more effectively. I also didn’t realize how hard it is to find the audience for a book that really doesn’t fit into a neat slot. I love sci-fi romances with hunky aliens but ANEW is strictly about humans, people struggling to cope with a future where the question of what it means to be human is harder to answer than ever.

Fortunately, many reviewers loved the book and I’m very grateful to all of them for their encouragement. Probably my favorite is the reviewer who called ANEW “a cross between Fifty Shades of Grey and The Hunger Games”. Talk about setting the bar high! But she was right in a lot of ways because the future in ANEW is filled with danger and the heat level is every bit as intense. I’ve since gone on to write contemporary romantic suspense and dark new adult romance but I still think about returning to the world of the ANEW trilogy where there are many more stories to be told.

Anew: Awakened blurb

From NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Josie Litton

“5 Explosive stars…nothing less than spectacular…sensual, explosive and revealing.”–Goodreads Reviewer

In this sensual retelling of “Sleeping Beauty” set in the near future, a beautiful young woman awakens in the garden of a secluded estate with no knowledge of who she is or how she came to be there. For the man who walks out of the darkness to claim her, she is at once the ultimate challenge and the greatest temptation.

Haunted by terrifying memories of another existence, Amelia is caught between passionate desire for Ian and longing to discover her true self. Even as he is determined to possess her body and soul, Ian’s need to protect Amelia leads him into a confrontation with his tormented past.

Together, they face the challenges that lie beyond the sanctuary of the estate in the glittering world city on the edge of cataclysmic change. In the midst of sensual excess that conceals seething rebellion, Amelia and Ian will discover that love has become the ultimate threat to survival.

Excerpt

As I watch, a man emerges from the deep shadows on the far side of the fountain, coming from darkness into light. His stride–steady, swift, purposeful–dissolves the distance between us. Black jeans hug the long length of his legs and his narrow hips. Under a snug black T-shirt, I see the movement of muscles across his broad shoulders and chest. His arms hang loosely at his sides, the fingers of each hand curling inward as though he carries weapons that are invisible to me. His hair is dark brown, thick and slightly long. The sun has burnished his skin. He has strong, symmetrical features, the facial bones angular and chiseled.

Too far away to see his eyes, I nonetheless feel their intensity. My first instinct is to flee but where? Belatedly, I realize that I don’t know where I am, much less where I could go.

Searching for answers, I stumble across a greater mystery. I have no idea who I am.

With that discovery, my heart begins to race but only for an instant. Panic recedes like a swiftly ebbing tide, replaced by a swell of soothing calm. I stand frozen in place, waiting heartbeat to heartbeat as he nears.

Across shrinking space, further details reveal themselves. He hasn’t shaved in a day…two? I wonder suddenly how the stubble along his square jaw would feel against my fingertips. Is it coarse? Raspy? Silken? The thought shocks me with its presumption of intimacy.

When no more than an arm’s length separates us, he stops. That close, he appears even larger, more formidable but also young, still in his twenties, I think. At last, I can see his eyes. Set under arching brows, they are a rich golden amber shading to brown and framed by thick lashes.

When I meet his gaze, I glimpse curiosity darkened by…passion? I shy away from that at once, concentrating on what else I glimpse. Wariness? Can that be right? Is there something about me that makes this man cautious?

At that moment, what I want most is to hear his voice. When it comes, the deep, slightly husky timbre sends a shiver through me. I watch in unwilling fascination as his full, surprisingly sensuous mouth–the only hint of softness I can see in him–shapes a single word:

“Amelia.”

I have a name!

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Krinar Kindle World: KRINAR’S DESIRE has released!

Krinar’s Desire is available on Amazon!

You can download it here.

He’ll never let her go…

Pretending she works for the mayor’s office, investigative journalist Caitlyn Meadows goes undercover at a K company intending to expose the Krinar and show the world the dark side of the powerful, mesmerizing aliens who have invaded Earth.

Arak, a Krinar, prefers to avoid the weak, technologically backward humans, but the moment he meets Caitlyn, he wants her. Getting her to submit to his dark desires consumes him, and he sets out to seduce her.

Falling under Arak’s spell, Caitlyn begins to doubt her beliefs and her mission. She doesn’t know whom to trust—her colleagues at Viral News who warn she’s becoming too close to a dangerous alien—or her own heart that urges her to get even closer by becoming Arak’s mate.

Making the wrong choice could mean her life…

An excerpt

Arak extended his hand. “It’s nice to meet you, Miss Meadows. Welcome to K Technologies.” Polite, neutral words, but his voice poured over her like rich, decadent, chocolate. The dark, sinful kind with a lingering bite. The timbre vibrated through tissue and bone until her entire body hummed and ached.

She froze, trying to make sense of her involuntary, spontaneous reaction. She’d met handsome men before. Not like this. He was tall and sleek, his form tight with muscle but avoiding the bulkiness afflicting bodybuilders. Chiseled cheekbones and a strong chin held enough smoothness to avoid sharpness. Full lips parted in a smile showing white teeth, but no fangs.

Do they pop out when he needs them, or is their thirst for blood a myth? Do Krinar even have fangs? She gulped and tore her gaze away from his sexy—not sexy, not sexy—mouth to meet his gaze.

His eyes were golden-green, his brows almost black like his short, gleaming hair. One eyebrow arched.

“Earth to Caitlyn, wake up.” Mike growled through the earpiece.

Her face heated. Arak stood there with his hand outstretched.

How embarrassing. “It-it’s nice to meet you.” His big hand engulfed hers, and an electrical charge shot through her like she’d grabbed a practical-joke buzzer. Her stomach fluttered, and her nipples tightened. What the hell was wrong with her?

As soon as his grip loosened, she tucked her hair behind her ear and dislodged the earpiece. It fell to the floor. She stooped to grab it at the same time as Arak knelt. His eyes weren’t golden-green at all, but composed of individual flecks of amber and shades ranging from deep forest to light moss. His woodsy scent wafted over her like an aromatherapy diffuser perfuming the air, except his effect was anything but calming to her senses.

“This is an interesting earring.” He peered at the tiny transceiver, and her thudding heart nearly leaped out of her chest. Would he realize what it was? What would he do if he did? Kick her out? Or kill her? The Ks insisted they meant no harm, but some humans had died during the Great Panic following the invasion and in the failed offensive by the Resistance in Lenkarda. Her pendant cam would record everything, so people would see if he killed her, but she would still be dead.

He won’t kill me. I’m being silly. Get a grip.

“Is it a common to wear jewelry on top of your ear? And only one?” He tilted his head to peer at her left ear. She’d attached simple gold hoops through a single piercing in each lobe, but the transceiver had been worn as a single earring.

Their fingers brushed when he handed the spy device to her. Her hand trembled as she re-clipped the unit to the top of her ear. “Common? I don’t know. Some women do. It’s a fashion statement.” Or a secret transceiver. She bit her lip to suppress a nervous giggle.

“That was a close one,” Mike said.

Arak cupped her elbow and assisted her to her feet. Another riot of disconcerting sensation rocketed through her like fireworks. I wish he’d stop touching me. Shaking hands was expected in business situations, and contact wasn’t unlikely when handing a person something, but what if he needed a tactile connection to read her mind?

She stepped back and fiddled with her pendant then realized she was blocking the video, and let it drop.

Yellow-green eyes fixed on her face. “Do I frighten you, Miss Meadows?”

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Purchase information for International readers
Krinar’s Desire is part of Amazon Kindle Worlds, fan fiction stories exclusive to Amazon.com (US). The only way to purchase any of the Kindle Worlds books is through Amazon.com. International readers will need to temporarily change your Amazon address so that you can download the book from the Amazon.com store. Her’e’s how to do that:

  1. Log into your Amazon UK, CA, or AU account.
  2. Add a United States address to your list of one-click addresses; it doesn’t have to be a home, but a legitimate address such as a hotel.
  3. Go to Manage Your Content & Devices, and under Country settings, change your location to US. Amazon will ask you to select an address. Select the US address you added to your one-click addresses.
  4. Return to the Amazon US link, buy the book, and it will download onto your designated device.
  5. Once the book is downloaded, you can change the settings back to your home country.

 

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