Krinar’s Desire & Krinar Kindle Worlds now on #KindleUnlimited

Krinar’s Desire and the other Krinar Kindle World books based on the Krinar Chronicles by Anna Zaires are now available free with Kindle Unlimited!

Krinar’s Desire on Amazon

Krinar Kindle World Books

  • 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

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…

 

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#AuthorsInSpace: Cara Bristol’s functional writing office…#scifirom

I had another author’s post scheduled for today, but it fell through, so you get me.

What is most special to me about my office is that it is mine, all mine, only mine and is devoted to my writing and nothing else. My husband I shared an office and computer until we built our current house in 2012. This only child needed a room of her own!

The space very much reflects me and who I am. I’m a pragmatic person, so my office is very functional. I don’t like to clutter it up with a lot of personal items–I need room to spread out and work. (When I worked in the corporate sector, my offices were the same. Other than a coffee cup, I never brought personal stuff to work). I like mission style furniture because of its simple lines. My L-shaped mission style desk was my first major purchase from  book royalties and represented the turning point in my writing career–I had started making money!

I don’t have an accumulated mess on my desk, but by the end of each day, everything I’ve worked on is spread out (this isn’t as bad as it usually looks. When I planned to take a “messy” photo, I found that I was being much neater. Lol).

I have a nice window overlooking our front yard and the street, but that means I do get distracted by squirrels (bottom right of photo). I sometimes see deer and rabbits also.

Or maybe the squirrels have a view of me.

My cat’s scratch post is adjacent to my desk so she can supervise, but sometimes she can be a bit of a micromanager.

The few personal items I do have are corralled on my grandmother’s table in the corner. We have a lot of limestone in our area, and I found the “heart rock” in our yard. The shell is a holdover from our ocean-themed family room when we lived on an island. The cactus–“Little Cara”–was a gift from my husband who may have been insinuating I was “prickly.” I bought the mug at a writer’s conference auction. The flower petals are pages from a book, and I liked the sentiment printed on the mug, “We create our tomorrows by what we do today.”

My bio

Cara Bristol writes character driven science fiction romance with humor, heart, and heat. She loves introducing new readers to science fiction romance and likes to say she writes sci-fi for readers who don’t like sci-fi. She’s been a number one best seller in multiple categories on Amazon and has hit the USA Today bestseller list twice!  She has three science fiction romance series: the action-packed Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance cyborg series; the dark, intense Breeder series;  and the new  light and funny Alien Mate series.  When she’s not writing (ha ha ha – she’s almost always writing) she enjoys traveling to exotic destinations and chillaxin’ with her favorite reality TV shows. Cara lives in Missouri with her own alpha hero, her husband.

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Hunted by the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 6)

Billionaire Carter Aymes, director of Cyber Operations, a covert cyborg force, devotes his wealth and life to saving others, rescuing hostages and other victims from desperate situations. His ultimate mission is to hunt down and eliminate Lamani, the alien terrorist mastermind, before he conquers the galaxy.

When Carter hires Beth O’Shea, a vulnerable but courageous woman with connections to his past, their attraction is immediate and strong, but he knows getting involved with her is a bad idea. He’s her boss, and he has way too many classified projects to protect to risk letting someone get close.

Rejected by the progenitors who cloned her, Beth is determined to live a normal human life, beginning by getting an ordinary job with a security firm. But, from the start, she questions the extraordinary secrecy surrounding the organization. She can’t help but wonder about the tall, muscled, larger-than-life director who gave her a chance when she desperately needed one. Could he ever be romantically interested in a woman like her, in a clone?

When Beth is attacked, they both realize how short and tenuous life is, and their mutual attractions becomes to powerful too resist.

As their relationship heats up, so does the urgency to capture Lamani before he can unleash a stealth weapon at a critical planetary Summit meeting. With time running out, Carter discovers that stopping Lamani may require sacrificing Beth’s life.

Will Carter be able to rescue her, or will his new love be the one person he can’t save?

Preorder & get a BONUS story FREE on release day, Jan. 9

Hey! I was only the pinch hitter! See other author offices here:

Tasha Black M.K. EidemSusan Grant | Laurie Green | A.M. Griffin |  Michelle HowardPauline Baird Jones | Eve Langlais |  Alexis Glynn Latner | Sue Lyndon |  Charmaine Pauls|  Sabine Priestley |  Veronica ScottJessica Subject | S.E. “Susan” SmithCarol Van Natta | Anna Zaires

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Getting organized during the lull….

As a author, I have a lot to keep track of and to schedule. I hate it when I can’t find something or my email inbox balloons to hundreds of emails. I’m afraid I’ll drop the ball and miss something, like forget to include a guest author in my newsletter.

I don’t have problems meeting critical or hard deadlines, but I need to look farther ahead. For instance, I’m planning a special Cyber Monday sale, but I didn’t think of it enough in advance to buy some slots in advertising newsletters.  I thought about it a month ago, but by then, the newsletters I wanted were booked up.

I need to rely on my computer programs more and less on handwritten notes and lists, which can get messy and/or lost.

Writing takes first priority. I squeeze in a few non writing tasks, but it seems like there’s never enough time and mini projects start to pile up. All the “little things” become like gnats, a distraction from what’s important.

I’ve found it very useful to have nonwriting days to take care of all those other tasks. It’s amazing now much I can get done when I’m not writing!

I came to the conclusion I needed an organizational system.

Last week, I sent Hunted by the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-if Romance 6) to my beta reader. I haven’t started writing the next book yet (which will be Alien Mate 2), so in the lull, I set up some Excel spreadsheets. In the short run it might seem easier to jot something down in a notebook than open up a computer program, but in the long run, having it in a spreadsheet will save me more time.

This is what I got accomplished in the past two weeks:

  • Set up a spreadsheet for expenses and royalties (I was doing this by hand on accounting paper!)
  • Worked out a spreadsheet for my reader newsletter schedule/content
  • Transferred my handwritten “to do list” for the production/promotion of Hunted by the Cyborg to a spreadsheet
  • Wrote my 2018 business plan
  • Finally set up autoresponder emails on MailChimp for new subscribers to my reader newsletter (Doing this had necessitated figuring out how, which meant spending some time on MailChimp)
  • I not only cleaned out my email inbox, I also reorganized my folders, creating new folders/subfolders, deleting ones I no longer needed, and regrouping the old ones I don’t use but still want to save.

Going into 2018, I’m going to rely on Excel more and handwritten notes less, and I plan to schedule more nonwriting days for planning and organization.

Do you have an organization tip to share? What keeps you organized?

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Backlist to the Future: online game leads to a book & a real-life marriage…Lyndi Alexander’s A Small Degree of Hope

By Lyndi Alexander

Just about the time I’d hit forty and decided that I would never find love again, I wandered into an online role playing game (RPG) based on the Star Trek mirror Universe. This was a free-flowing RPG, not a multi-player scripted game. Everyone created characters of their choosing, from whichever Sci-fi/fantasy universe they liked. We had everything from Trek to Wars to the Buffyverse to Stargate….you name it. A lot of us had original characters we just made up.

Which is how Kylie and Griff came to be. And at the same time, how I met my husband.

I was a lawyer in real life, a strong woman who took care of myself. Kylie embodied a lot of that passion in me. As a character, when she came up against the evil of the lizard aliens as the story line played out over days and nights, she found a sympathetic ear and helpmate in Griff, who might be a beta male as far as his race was concerned, but he was strong enough to persist in defeating that evil. His creator, my future husband, was very much the same.

Once we connected, we found we had much in common. Best of all, out of the whole world, he lived only 90 miles away. We quickly arranged a F2F meeting, and before long, became a family.

Though my kids were mostly gown by then, I ended up adopting his three very young kids, all of them on the autism spectrum. We had a very interesting life with all we did to help them get their feet on the ground in a neurotypical world.

The youngest still lives with me, and has recently started her first job. We hope all continues to go well for her, but I’m convinced it’s the willingness to embrace our “otherness” that her father and I share—and have since the days of Kylie and Griff—that will get her there.

A Small Degree of Hope blurb

Even the smallest degree of hope can spark love.
Against her wealthy father’s demands, and the usual blockades of a male dominated profession, Kylie Sanderson proves worthy of her position as lead investigator of planet Andan’s Scientific and Investigative Research Taskforce. Someone is killing Andan’s women in an attempt to mutate them into reptiles. Kylie makes it her mission to discover who’s behind the murders and prevent more grotesque deaths.

Shapeshifting lizard Griff comes to Andan to stop his brethren from mutating other planets’ women into mindless breeding stock. Overcoming Kylie’s suspicious and defensive nature proves difficult, but he must in order to help the SIRT team thwart his planet’s scientists.

When Kylie is abducted and becomes the first human to survive the transformation, it’s up to Griff to rescue her so SIRT can restore her human form. On the run and desperate to unravel the mysteries of Kylie’s past to solve the crimes of their present, can she and Griff forge a future for themselves?

Book Excerpt

As Kylie took another drink, she noticed a man at a table near the door stared at her, dissecting her in a way that felt not like he was undressing her, but more like he looked past her skin, into her psyche, or perhaps her soul. Kylie stared back, putting a forbidding expression on her face. Usually, that was enough to scare off a would-be masher. But it didn’t seem to faze this one.

The man’s persistence triggered a defensive response, and she lost interest in the alcohol. She left half a dozen plat coins on the counter, enough to cover her tab and something for Lin, and then headed for the door.

As she approached the man’s table, he stood up. “Please join me,” he said.

“No, thanks, I’m on my way out.”

“Please,” he said firmly. She stopped to look at him. That glance froze her steps. His eyes were the exact yellow tone of the dead woman’s. Exact.

She surveyed the room, but no one seemed to be paying attention. One gesture from her would have garnered assistance, but those eyes compelled her to wait. “Why should I?”

His voice softened. “I have information that could be of use to you.”

“Then perhaps you should come to the Cendiary. That’s where SIRT’s camped while this investigation is going on.” Her mind clicked along frantically trying to reject the half bottle of alcohol she’d consumed. There was something about this man, something about him. His eyes, but more than that. Taller than most men, and broad-shouldered. Hair, perfectly combed, his skin, without a blemish. Not even the hint of an old scar. Clothing, unremarkable. Hands, not quite perfectly proportioned, his fingers a little long, the nails even but lengthy for a man.

“No. I need to talk to you now.” His gaze continued to dance with hers.

She blinked and looked away. “This isn’t a good time, friend.”

He cocked his head, a, thin eyebrow raised. “You consider me your friend?”

His hesitation made her miss a beat, too. “No, I don’t consider you my friend.” She frowned. “Come to the Cendiary in the morning.” She turned to go, but her wrist was suddenly caught in an iron grip.

Tugging on her captured hand, she looked over her shoulder. He held no apology in his eyes, and his expression was grim. He nodded to the empty chair beside his.

“I need to talk with you, Investigator Kylie Sanderson. Please hear what I have to say before any more females are damaged or killed.”

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Lyndi Alexander bio

Author bio Lyndi Alexander dreamed for many years of being a spaceship captain, but settled instead for inspired excursions into fictional places with fascinating companions from her imagination that she likes to share with others. She has been a published writer for over forty years, including seven years as a reporter and editor at a newspaper in Homestead, Florida. Her list of publications is eclectic, from science fiction to romance to horror, from tech reporting to television reviews.
She’s now a single mother of seven with three children on the autism spectrum, a quilter, a gardener, and woman of all trades. When she has time, she blogs on a variety of subjects, including autism, science fiction and life at Awalkabout’s Weblog

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Get a free bonus story when you preorder Hunted by the Cyborg! #scifirom #giveaway

Preorder and get a bonus cyborg romance FREE

Hunted by the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 6) is now available for preorder on Amazon. It will be available very soon on Barnes & Noble, GooglePlay, iTunes, and Kobo. The release date is January 9, 2016. Hunted by the Cyborg is a full-length 70,000 word standalone novel.

All preorder and early bird buyers will receive a free bonus story, Cyborg Attraction. It will be in the back of Hunted by the Cyborg, which you’ll receive in your ereader on release day. This is a limited time offer! After release day, a new file will be uploaded to vendor sites and the free story will not be available.

Preorder here

Cyborg Attraction is a 15,000 word story previously titled Spark of Attraction and published in Pets in Space 1 last year. It is no longer available, and the only way to get it is through Hunted by the Cyborg.

Hunted by the Cyborg Description

Billionaire Carter Aymes, director of Cyber Operations, a covert cyborg force, devotes his wealth and life to saving others, rescuing hostages and other victims from desperate situations. His ultimate mission is to hunt down and eliminate Lamani, the alien terrorist mastermind, before he conquers the galaxy.

When Carter hires Beth O’Shea, a vulnerable but courageous woman with connections to his past, their attraction is immediate and strong, but he knows getting involved with her is a bad idea. He’s her boss, and he has way too many classified projects to protect to risk letting someone get close.

Rejected by the progenitors who cloned her, Beth is determined to live a normal human life, beginning by getting an ordinary job with a security firm. But, from the start, she questions the extraordinary secrecy surrounding the organization. She can’t help but wonder about the tall, muscled, larger-than-life director who gave her a chance when she desperately needed one. Could he ever be romantically interested in a woman like her, in a clone?

When Beth is attacked, they both realize how short and tenuous life is, and their mutual attractions becomes to powerful too resist.

As their relationship heats up, so does the urgency to capture Lamani before he can unleash a stealth weapon at a critical planetary Summit meeting. With time running out, Carter discovers that stopping Lamani may require sacrificing Beth’s life.

Will Carter be able to rescue her, or will his new love be the one person he can’t save?

An excerpt from Hunted by the Cyborg

“I need a complete analysis as fast as you can get it,” Carter instructed.

“Should take the computer fifteen minutes tops, depending on what we have.” The tech removed an extractor from his case and approached Beth. She squinted at him, her forehead still furrowed with pain.

She’s having headaches. Do a bioscan, too,” he said.

“Excuse me, but I need to get a DNA sample,” the tech said.

“What?” She jerked away. “No! I won’t agree to that.”

The tech hesitated.

“Do it,” Carter ordered.

The tech pressed the extractor to her neck and withdrew a blood sample before she could react. The extractor had both a pain inhibitor and a coagulator so she didn’t feel more than a slight pinch, but she twisted in the chair, her face darkening with a scowl. “You can’t do that. That’s a violation of my rights!”

She was at Cy-Ops headquarters. The instant she’d crossed the threshold, she’d lost all rights.

The tech continued to perform his job. He packed the blood sample in his case, and scanned her with a handheld. After a beep signaled the data had been collected, he stowed the device. “I’ll forward the medreport with the DNA analysis.”

The door opened for the tech to exit, and she catapulted out of her seat. Carter dashed around the table to grab her.

“Let me go!” She fought him.

“Go.” He ordered.

The man slipped out, and the door closed.

Carter released her, but did not move away. Cybersenses recorded the flare of her nostrils, heightening color, rising body temperature—and dammit, his growing libidinous response. Memories of he and Liza rolling in a tumble of twisted sheets rushed through his brain, transmitting unwanted signals to his cock. Double dammit, she would probably turn out to be an infiltrator, a spy, or an enemy combatant, and she was not Liza.

“You have no right to steal my medical information! It’s against the law!”

“Around here, I am the law.”

Her chin jutted out. “When I leave here, I’ll report you to the Terran United authorities.” She bumped up against the table.

He closed the space to hem her in. “Well, that’s the thing,” he drawled. “You’re assuming you’re going to leave.”

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Take the cyborg quiz & enter to win an autographed book

Are you a Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance cyborg fan? Or just a good guesser? Take the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance quiz and enter to win an autographed paperback of either Claimed by the Cyborg OR Captured by the Cyborg–your choice. You can take the quiz for fun and not enter the drawing, if you wish.

It’s just 10 quick questions, 3 minutes to complete. The winner will be selected by random draw and announced on Monday, Nov. 27.

Take the survey here

Claimed by the Cyborg description
Marchand “March” Fellows assumed he had all the time in the galaxy to pursue a relationship with Jules, an alien exchange student from Xenia, until she vanished without a trace. After years of searching, he finds his lost love on the eve of her arranged marriage.

The daughter of the Xenian emperor, Julietta never meant to fall in love with a Terran man while visiting Earth. Leaving to fulfill her responsibilities on her home planet opened up a hole in her heart that could never be filled. When March, now a cyborg, unexpectedly shows up just before she is to be bonded, she struggles to find the courage to turn him away a second time and follow through with her duty. Before she can act, the lovers are thrust into a political conspiracy that threatens the Xenian empire and their lives.

Captured by the Cyborg description

Sometimes the biggest risk is to one’s heart….

An ex-Cyber Operations field agent, Dale Homme has kissed danger and betrayal more times than he cares to count. Now he runs a clandestine factory beneath the surface of the moon Deceptio, where confidentiality and security matter more than anything. When a beautiful young woman arrives seeking a job, Dale knows within minutes she’s lying. Everything about her is false: her past, the people she claims to know, her reason for being on Deceptio. Illumina Smith? Even her name is an alias.
Logic says send her packing. His gut says she’s in trouble. She needs him. So he’ll do anything to keep her safe….even if it means keeping her captive.

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Victory! I reached my #WeightWatchers goal! #HealthyLifestyle #HealthyEating

Last week I finally met my weight loss goal to lose 10 pounds (actually 10.5). I joined Weight Watcher’s on May 22, 2017 and reached my goal on November 6, 2017.

It took 5 ½ months—that’s less than a ½ a pound week. Glacially slow. (Another author friend who’d joined Weight Watchers at the the same time that I did, lost 50 pounds in the same amount time that it took me to lose 10. However, she is 25 years younger than me.). When I started, I thought I could lose 10 pounds in 3 months, easy. But, I hit plateaus  a couple of times when the weight just wouldn’t budge—and had a few weeks when the lying scale said I had gained a little (I know it was lying because the day before and after weigh-in, I was down).

People who know me in real life would probably say I didn’t need to lose weight. But I’ve “maintained my weight” throughout my life by eating healthy and not allowing my weight to get more than 5 pounds out of whack. When I’m five pounds over my target, I lose it. People always ask, “Why are you bothering to diet to lose 5 pounds?” Answer: So I don’t have to lose 30 or 50 or even more. (You’ve probably noticed I said I had to lose 10 pounds. More about that in a sec…)

Over the decades, I’ve developed a healthy eating lifestyle. In my 20s, I switched to a low-fat diet, which I’ve maintained for 30 years.  In my 30s, I began making an effort to add more fiber by eating more fruits and vegetables and switching to high fiber cereals. In my 40s, I became conscious of the effects of sugar on the body, and although I was never a big sweets eater, I cut back on simple carbohydrates like pasta, rice, white bread. I  switched to low sugar- high fiber cereals and whole grain bread and read labels, eliminating foods with a lot of added sugar. (Did you know that 6 ounces of Yoplait fruit flavored yogurt has the equivalent of 4 teaspoons of sugar? I don’t eat Yoplait anymore. Think of it this way: would you add 4 teaspoons of sugar to ¾ cup of coffee?)

My profile photo was taken in 2016. This dress you see? I couldn’t get it zipped when I started my diet.

I exercise. Years before FitBit came into being, I started wearing a pedometer. I almost always get 10,000 steps a day, the equivalent of 4.25 miles for me.

So if I’ve been eating healthy how did I gain the extra weight?

It was “lifestyle creep.” Little “exceptions” made too often. Instead of 3 ounces of meat at dinner, I’d decide I wanted 4, but that 4 weighed out to 4.5—so in reality I was eating 50% more than a serving.  Creep. My typical lunch is a piece of fruit and half of a sandwich, which I eat dry—except if I toast the bread, then I add a little butter. Creep. I’d started to put a slice of cheese on my sandwiches, which I don’t usually do. Creep. I slipped into the habit of snacking right out of the pretzel bag instead of counting out a serving.  Creep.

Over the course of a year—this time last year—I was five pounds overweight.

Then my mom got sick and spent three months in the hospital/nursing home. I was stress eating and grabbing whatever was convenient (hospital cafeteria food is notoriously unhealthy) and drinking more wine. There weren’t enough hours in the day to visit my mom, take care of her house, dogs & financial matters, write, take care of my own household, and exercise, so exercise bit the big one. By the end of winter, I’d put on another 5.5 pounds. I’m 5’1, and my target weight is 110. At 120.5 I was the heaviest I’ve ever been in my life.

My clothes didn’t fit anymore. I only had two pairs of pants I could get zipped, and they were uncomfortably tight.

In the spring of this year, I tried to lose the weight on my own by cutting calories as I’d done in the past, but couldn’t stay focused. I kept making “exceptions” and dieting felt like a slow torture, constantly denying myself, yet not making any headway. I decided I needed to try an actual diet program.

I looked into NutriSystems, but I didn’t like that it was carb-heavy (there’s a lost of pasta and rice on NutriSystems) expensive, and relatively “high calorie.” It’s based on 1500 calories per day. Well, I’m a small person. I happen to know  1500 calories per day is my maintenance level. I wasn’t going to lose weight on NutriSystems eating 1500 calories a day. (My mom had been on Jenny Craig in the past so I was familiar with their meals. Jenny Craig is also carb heavy and expensive).

Plus, I really do believe that if you want to lose weight and keep it off, you can’t just diet. You have to change your lifestyle. Eating special foods won’t train you how to eat when you go off those special foods.

So I turned to Weight Watchers. It was actually my first choice, but I was very hesitant to attend meetings where I would probably be the skinniest person in the room. People who are 50, 100 pounds overweight don’t want to listen to someone who weighs 120.5 pounds talk about how hard it is to lose 10 pounds. Plus, I didn’t want to go to meetings period.

Then I realized that I could just join the online program! No meetings!

So I joined. I have to say that Weight Watchers was the best possible diet I could have chosen for me, because it paralleled how I eat anyway: small amounts of lean protein, unlimited fruits and vegetables, limited amounts of fats and carbs. The only difference is it is a little more disciplined and provides accountability and tracking.

Weight Watchers assigned me 30 points a day and 22 weekly points. I almost never dipped into my weekly points, and almost always came in 2-4 points under my daily total.

I think my weight loss was slow for several reasons: 1. I don’t weigh much to begin with.

I met my goal, I am off my self-imposed restriction, and this is my reward.

The less you weigh, the slower you lose, 2. My age – 57. The older you get, the harder it becomes to shake the weight. When I was in my late 20s, early 30s I could drop 5 pounds just by cutting back a tad, 3. I don’t have a large margin to work with. As I said, 1500 calories will maintain my weight. You have burn 3500 calories to lose a pound. I probably ate 1200 calories a day on Weight Watchers. So 3500 / 300 = 11 days to lose one pound.

I struggled with the last pound. I got stuck at 111+ for about a month. I hit 110.8 (yay!) and the next week I was back up to 111+. (Lying, cheating bastard scale!).  I decided then to get tough, and I grounded myself: no wine until I lost the last pound. (Weight Watchers allows wine. 5 oz = 4 points). After two weeks of restriction, I hit my goal!

Now, I’m on “maintenance”, which is 36 points per day. I’m promising myself I’m not going to gain it back because it’s just too damn hard to lose. It’s getting to be a drag measuring out portions and inputting what I eat every single day, but I’m going to try to stick to it. It does no good to diet, then go back to eating the way you did that put the weight on in the first place. My plan is to “budget” for snacks (eating a little less at meals to save calories for a treat),  maintain portion control, and rein in the exceptions. One exception is an exception. Three to five times a week is a habit.

In the interest of accountability, I’ll let you know this time next year how I did.

 

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Organized clutter…the office of author Eve Langlais #AuthorsInSpace

By Eve Langlais

My office is in my house on the main floor. It used to be the combined living room dining room space. Since we never used it, it became my office. Now the family congregates in the family room off the kitchen instead. . As you can see, it’s not the tidiest of places, which is funny because elsewhere in the house, clutter drives me mental. But, when I am working, I am usually dealing with multiple things at once so everything on that messy desk has a purpose. My agenda keeps me straight. I have daily and weekly tasks in there and am lost without it. I have my new book checklist. Again, totally needed lol. And then my notes. All kinds of scribbles all over my desk about books, tasks other ideas lol. For me, this is a controlled sort of chaos. I know what’s on my desk and I know when someone’s touched it. (Die!) 

Now you might think wow, nice desk, nice space. And it is! I get great morning sunlight, but  the drawback is it’s not always quiet lol. The doors to my office are rarely closed (the dogs cry if I do even though there is a second door from the kitchen). I have seats across from my desk because that’s where my family will park themselves to chat. As a result I’m quite good as multi tasking lol. I now have my swag  compartmentalized in that cubby system you see in the pics.

Although, that organization is usually destroyed when I’m close to conference time. Under my desk, what office is complete without 2 dog beds (the small one is for the bigger dog who likes to splay his limbs out of it) and a pink shark house for the cats. Because you know, pink shark! LOL. But this is where the magic occurs. It’s not glamorous, but it works.



Your bio/social media links
New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Eve Langlais is a Canadian author who loves to write hot romance. She likes to blame her twisted imagination for her sarcastic sense of humor which tends to heavily influence her stories. She enjoys writing about strong alpha males, and shifters. Lots of big, overprotective shifters that need the right woman to temper their wild side–and unleash the lover. She loves to write, and while she might not always know what her mind is going to come up with next, she does promise it will be fun, probably humorous and most of all romantic, because she believes in a happily ever after. 

*Places the author may be found on the internet 
Author website: http://evelanglais.com 
Author Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/eve.langlais.98 
Author Twitter: @evelanglais 
Mailing List: http://evelanglais.com/newrelease

Mr. Peabody’s House

A haunted house becomes the focus of a demonic investigation so Brenda teams up with a trio of werewolves to solve the mystery. But when the house eats her, can they find a way to save her?

I met a trio of furballs when my BFF was dealing with a demon issue and since then, I can’t stop thinking about them.

When the chance to investigate a possessed house appears on my desk—after I filch it from someone else’s—I know it’s fate we team up again.

However, I might have bitten off more than I can chew because suddenly my hunky puppies are demanding I become their permanent chew toy.

Me, mated? Eek, but also yum.
 Did I mention they totally make my body purr?

Before we can indulge in a sweatily-ever-after, though, they’ll need to save me from Mr. Peabody’s house, because I do believe it ate me.

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Backlist to the Future: Amazing Grace by Misa Buckley #Superheroes #ScifiRom #B2F

By Misa Buckley

My writing career began as fan fiction back in 1999 and Amazing Grace has its roots in those early days. In fact, it’s only one step beyond, being written purely for fun. Anyone with a reasonable knowledge of certain sci fi shows (*cough* Stargate SG-1 *cough*) can find a dozen or so “Easter eggs” in the six-story series. I got to the point where I added snide references just to see what I could get away with!

Yet, as the series progressed, it took on a life all of its very own. As Grace delves deeper into the mystery surrounding Global Solutions, the stakes get higher and the stories a little darker. Of course, being Romance, there’s a HEA, but Grace and Benedict really have to fight for it.

Ending the series was hard, because I’d grown to love all of them, and I did half-plot a “spin-off” series. Sadly, the muse didn’t play ball, but there are other stories to come. Just not ones set in Grace’s world.

Amazing Grace: The Complete Saga description

Beginning with Grace Under Fire, Grace McKenna wakes up to find the world in danger – the sky is on fire and the only man who knows how the global satellite system works is languishing in a mental institute. Sent by the director of Global Solutions, she discovers a man largely forgotten by society, a man whose powers intrigue her.

Breaking Benedict Thomas out of the institute might be as crazy as he’s alleged to be, but someone is lying and Grace is determined to find out whom. Especially since those lies have put the entire world in danger…

Ending with Coup de Grace, After being rescued from Hammel, Grace gathers the mutated ex-residents and goes to war, determined to strike a finishing blow against the evil company.

Amazing Grace excerpt

“God,” I breathed. “Are we too late?”

“It’s close to critical,” Benedict said. “We need to get to Sybaris Tower immediately.”

I looked out at the shimmering tarmac and pulled a face. “Well, that’s not going to be very pleasant. I should have brought sun screen.”

“It wouldn’t have helped.” He scrubbed a hand through his hair. “Come on.”

He set off and I had little choice but to trail after him. My trainers stuck at each step; it was like walking on molasses. Sweat crawled down my back and gathered in my cleavage. My hair was plastered to my forehead and neck. Never more had I wanted a shower. A very long shower. We didn’t talk. Benedict was clearly deep in thought and I… well, making small talk with the criminally insane wasn’t part of my repertoire. Plus all my energy was being spent on putting one foot in front of the other—the intense heat was like a weight that pulled at my shoulders, and the dry, smoke-filled air made my chest tight—which made doing anything a struggle.

Nothing and no one moved on the streets, though a couple of curtains twitched as we passed the houses. The lack of activity was creepy, as if the entire world had shut itself inside to wait for the inevitable. As we ploughed on, I felt less and less hopeful about forestalling that inevitability.

Rounding a street corner, I heard the crackle increase. I glanced up. A house was on fire, the occupants screaming in the garden. There was no sign of a fire engine, though what good it would do I had no idea. All dousing the fire would achieve was a brief respite. My steps slowed, my eyes on the smoke billowing from the upper windows. Was anyone still inside?

A tight grip circled my arm just above the elbow. “There’s nothing you can do,” Benedict told me softly as he pulled me back from getting involved. “Not for them.”

I would have cried, but my eyes were too dry. Benedict led me away, gentle but relentless. I tried not to listen to the shouts and screams, tried to tune out the grief, but it wasn’t possible. He caught me again as I stumbled.

“We’re almost at critical,” he said. “We have to get to GS. It’s the only way to stop this and even then…”

He didn’t need to finish—I already knew that for some salvation would come too late. The thought nearly crippled me, but more people relied on me succeeding and I couldn’t give up.

“If you did do this, I will kill you,” I warned him. “Proving a point isn’t worth all this.”

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Author bio

Misa is a born-and-raised Mancunian who fell in love with science fiction at a very early age. If a TV program had spaceships in, she watched it. Yet, oddly, her reading obsessions were Anne McCaffrey, David Eddings, and her sister’s shelf of Harlequin novels.

She took to writing in 1999, when a TV show refused to detail the villain to her satisfaction. She wrote fanfic for several years before branching into original fiction for NaNoWriMo.

Her first novella – IRONHAVEN – was released in July 2011, just five months after deciding to aim for publication. Several other novellas followed, including the SFR Galaxy Award winning TIN CAT (currently being reworked) and the Prism Award winning ARCHANGEL.

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A billion dollars isn’t what it used be….fact v. fiction #ForbesBillionaires #romance #scifirom

Inflation affects everything–even the net worth of romance novel heroes. Remember when a girl married a rich guy, and he was a millionaire? That’s not good enough anymore. Now the hero has to be a billionaire.

With some rationale: in reality, millionaires are a dime a dozen.  According to Fortune, there are 16.5 million millionaires in the world — 4.8 million millionaires in the U.S. And with inflation, a million just doesn’t buy what it used to. If you had a million dollars in 1967 (fifty years ago), you’d need more than $7 million today to have the same buying power.

So, to be really, really rich you should be a billionaire, and you pretty much have to be to make it in Romance Novel Land.

How many billionaires are there?

According to Forbes, this year there are 2,043 billionaires in the world.

I ran a search for “billionaire” in Amazon’s romance novel category (FYI Amazon’s Jeff Bezos ranks No. 3 among the world’s richest people) and got 48,080 responses.

There are more billionaires in Romance Novel Land than there are on the entire planet.

A shortlist of titles: Billionaire Boss’s Unexpected Child (Romance Novel Land billionaires are having a lot of kids these days and usually secretly), Billionaire Untamed (Is this like billionaires gone wild?), The Billionaire Takes All (I’ll bet he does), Shopping for a Billionaire (Billionaires must be real hard to buy for. I suggest home baked goodies), and No Ordinary Billionaire (well, I don’t know, there are 48,000 of them).

So how does  this affect me? If you know me, you know I’ve been writing Hunted by the Cyborg, Carter Aymes’s story. Carter has been a secondary character in the previous five Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series books. He finally gets his own book in Hunted. It turns out the man is filthy rich. Who knew? Not me. I’m just the author, and he waited until book six to tell me.

So how rich is he? Well, here’s the thing: the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series takes place about 400 years in the future, so I’m thinking that with 400 years of inflation, a billion dollars won’t be worth that much. So, after adjusting for inflation, I decided that Carter is probably a quadrillionaire.

How much money is a quadrillion? It looks like this:

  • Million – 6 zeroes
  • Billion – 9 zeroes
  • Trillion – 12 zeroes
  • Quadrillion – 15 zeroes

However, quadrillionaire heroes are not yet a  trope in Romance Novel Land. So, for marketing purposes, in the story blurb, I’ve made Carter a billionaire. But, you have the secret inside information that Carter has waaaay more “credits”than billions.

Hunted by the Cyborg blurb

Are the secrets that bind, the secrets that will destroy?

Billionaire Carter Aymes, director of Cyber Operations, a covert cyborg force, devotes his wealth and life to saving others, rescuing hostages and other victims from desperate situations. His ultimate mission is to hunt down and eliminate Lamani, the alien terrorist mastermind, before he conquers the galaxy.

When Carter hires Beth O’Shea, a vulnerable but courageous woman with connections to his past, their attraction is immediate and strong, but he knows getting involved with her is a bad idea. He’s her boss, and he has way too many classified projects to protect to risk letting someone get close.

Rejected by the progenitors who cloned her, Beth is determined to live a normal human life, beginning by getting an ordinary job with a security firm. But, from the start, she questions the extraordinary secrecy surrounding the organization. She can’t help but wonder about the tall, muscled, larger-than-life director who gave her a chance when she desperately needed one. Could he ever be romantically interested in a woman like her, in a clone?

When Beth is attacked, they both realize how short and tenuous life is, and their mutual attraction becomes too powerful to resist.

As their relationship heats up, so does the urgency to capture Lamani before he can unleash a stealth weapon at a critical planetary Summit meeting. With time running out, Carter discovers that stopping Lamani may require sacrificing Beth’s life.

Will Carter be able to rescue her, or will his new love be the one person he can’t save?

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Hunted by the Cyborg  (Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 6) will be released in January 2018, with a preorder later this month.

If you’d like to notified of the preorder/release AND get a free Cy-Ops book to read now (yes, Carter is in it!), click here. Oh, and the first book, Stranded with the Cyborg is free at all online booksellers.

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