On Passengers the movie, infinity and mortality…#PassengersMovie

We are finite beings in an infinite universe.

I watched the movie PASSENGERS recently, and it impressed upon me my own mortality.

In the movie, 5,000 passengers and 250 crew members are on a massive space ship headed for a planet they will colonize. The journey will take 120 years, so they’ve been placed in suspended animation.

Thirty-years into the journey, one of the hibernation pods malfunctions and wakes up the passenger. With ninety-years to go before the ship reaches the planet, and no way to return to suspended animation, Jim will spend the rest of his life alone on the big empty ship (BTW, the ship is totally amazeballs!). He considers suicide. In desperation, he wakes up another passenger. Aurora believes her pod malfunctioned, but of course, learns it didn’t. From there the movie diverges into typical Hollywood fare with high stakes danger, a gut-wrenching choice, and explosions.  However, the images of space transcend mediocrity.

What struck me (and rather profoundly) were the space walks. The characters were two small beings floating in the silent vastness of outer space, two specks in infinity, whose lives literally hung by a thin tether.

Jim and Aurora realize they will not reach their destination alive. Everyone on the ship will go on but them.

What a metaphor for life.  We live. We die, and everyone else goes on. They die, and everyone they know goes on.  There will always be a destination beyond our reach because time, like space, is infinite, but our lives are finite.

We are all passengers on a big ship traveling to a destination we will not reach.

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Laurie Green invites you to her Star Wars themed office #StarWars #PetsInSpace #AuthorsInSpace

By Laurie Green

What is my writing space like? You guessed it. Bigtime Sci-Fi themes, but also a random jumble of “fun stuff I love.” Welcome to my space.  🙂

When you walk in, the first thing you’d likely notice is the big poster hanging on the wall over an L-shaped desk that says “All I Need to Know About Life I Learned from STAR WARS.”

It features most of the characters from the original trilogy and captures some of the gems of philosophy from the movies, such as:

“Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.”

And: “The possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field are approximately 3,720 to 1.”

I love the first saying as a not-so-subtle motivator. And the second? Did you know the odds of successfully publishing a novel used to be much higher than successfully navigating an asteroid field? About 10,000 to 1. Thank goodness the times, and the publishing industry, have changed.

I also added this funky/campy bendable five-armed aluminum lamp with multi-color shades. It suggests something robotic or Early 60s Nerdy, the whimsical spirit of the so-called Golden Age of Sci-Fi. But other than lending some atmosphere, its main job is to cast a little light when my work space gets dim at night.

The top shelf of my desk is populated with the usual suspects–a Thesaurus, Dictionary, Word Menu, etc., but also a diminutive action figure of Luke Skywalker dressed in dark Tatooine garb (he moves around a lot—my SF version of Elf on a Shelf). There are some space-themed mugs and one that reads “One Day When We’re Both Rich and Famous, We’ll Look Back on All This & Laugh” (for the record, that day hasn’t happened yet).

And, of course, there’s the expected keyboard, mouse, Andromeda Galaxy mousepad, other sci-fi items and a collection of electronic equipment–monitor, tower, printers, speakers–but no stereo, radio or TV. I can’t work with music playing or background noise. I need quiet. Shhhhhh.

I also share my office with this guy. His job is to insure I have the proper motivation to keep writing. 🙂

I collect shells, so my work space is full of them. I love the infinite variety—all the different shapes, textures and patterns. They represent the depth and mystery of the oceans, and how the sea eventually gives up its secrets…one treasure at a time. Much like a good story, yes? There are a several shell art pieces on the walls, but my specimen collection takes up an entire shelf of the barrister bookcase.

Do any pets share my work space? Oh, you bet! I have three little writing buddies who know what “Let’s go write!” means and run as fast as they can to my office to curl up under my desk when they hear it. They’re all miniature longhaired dachshunds, and two of them (so far) have loaned their names to the StarDogs in my Pets in Space stories—Katrina and Luna. (StarDogs are bio-engineered weasel-mongoose-feline-canine mascots, and the canine genetics no doubt came from miniature longhaired dachshunds.) So my two pet heroine namesakes and their buddy Maura (who I promised will someday have a StarDog named for her, too), are a very important part of my work environment.

So there’s your illustrated, one-dollar office tour. Hope you enjoyed your visit.

Laurie Green Bio

Laurie A. Green is a three-time RWA Golden Heart® finalist, an award-winning author, and a science fiction romance enthusiast who founded the SFR Brigade community of writers, which is now over 1,000 members strong.

She confesses to being an Andromeda Galaxy groupie and would someday love to own a vacation home on Mars or Titan. She’s enthused to be a part of this wonderful anthology mash-up of two of her favorite things–pets and space.

Her family includes her husband, David, five dogs, three cats and several horses, all who reside on a ranch in beautiful New Mexico. A former military budget director and reserve state trooper, she now spends her time writing, networking, researching, enjoying the Southwestern lifestyle and, naturally, stargazing and daydreaming about other worlds.

Website |  Facebook  – FB Handle @AuthorLaurieAGreen

Twitter  – Twitter Handle  @SFRLaurie |  Amazon Author Page 

Laurie is the author of Courting Disaster: StarDog 2 from Pets in Space 2

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

Courting Disaster: StarDog 2

A Novella in the Inherited Stars Universe Series

From monk to married…

Captain Navene Jagger’s certainty he will be promoted to command a new battleship is doused when the admiral instead assigns him on what appears to be a suicide mission. If that wasn’t bad enough, he finds his self-imposed decision to be a military monk is thrown to the far reaches of the galaxy when he is ordered to escort Ketsia Tayah and her StarDog through the treacherous, rogue-infested Bradley’s Rift in a battered derelict of a vessel – a task that also makes him have to confront his painful past.

Ketsia’s past had taught her a lot. The universe was not only a very dangerous place, it turns out that it is also a lot smaller than she would have liked! Ketsia is rattled when she discovers that she and her StarDog are to be escorted by the man she formerly had a crush on. She swears life couldn’t get any more complicated until they are thrown into jeopardy and have to pretend they are married!

Jag soon realizes there is more at stake than his pride when dangerous rogues threaten their spaceship. After he learns the ship, the mission, and the StarDog are all much more than they seem will he be able to save Ketsia, his career, and the day? Or will self-sacrifice be the only way to save those under his protection?

 

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Backlist to the Future: Dangerously Mine by A.M. Griffin, #ScifiRom #B2F #TBT

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

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By A.M. Griffin

Dangerously Mine was the first book that I’d ever finished (while I had started many books, I never finished them). I had this vision of an alien invasion and a kick-ass heroine who was trying to survive in the great beyond. I loved this story from the very start which is why I believe it was so easy to finish. Luckily, my acquiring editor loved it as well and I signed with Ellora’s Cave in 2012. Since its original publication I’ve gotten the rights back and re-released it. Many of the same elements are still present in the book, but I’ve learned a lot since 2012 so there’s a fresh new look to it. I hope the new fans will love it just as much as I do!

Dangerously Mine Description

After aliens invade and conquer Earth, Eva is transported to a distant slave-trading planet. Freedom and escape are her only priorities, but none of her martial arts training could have prepared her for enslavement to the warrior King Taio. Eva finds herself drawn to this sexy alien male who ignites her heart and body.

Taio is disgusted with the idea of owning a slave—until now. From the moment he sees her, he knows Eva is his for the taking. Torn between lust and duty, Taio discovers nothing will stop him from protecting his little warrior.

Publisher’s Note: This story was previously published by Ellora’s Cave under the title Dangerously Mine and has been revised for re-publish by the Author.

Reader Advisory: Eva’s sexual awakening includes voyeurism.

Excerpt

Heavy breathing behind her caught her off guard. She flipped away, landing in a fighting stance facing the intruder.

Taio stood in the doorway, watching. He gave a curt nod her way, the acknowledgement doing nothing to make her feel relaxed. “You have good skills, Eva.” He hooked his thumbs in the waist of his pants and leaned on the doorway.

Her name never sounded better.

“Thank you.” She relaxed and straightened, her eyes still watching him. She didn’t dare move closer. She didn’t move away either. She stood her ground, her body betraying her in the worst way as her name rolled off his tongue. Her heart sped up a little and her breathing became more labored.

I know trouble when I see it. Eva willed her body to fight against whatever mojo he was throwing at her.

Taio sauntered into the room and took a sword off a rack on the wall. He began flexing it, testing its weight. The gesture caused his arm and chest muscles to ripple with each movement.

Jesus.

“Who taught you how to fight?” he asked.

“My sensei, he lived back home.”

“Earth,” he said as a statement, rather than a question.

“Yes, Earth. Ann Arbor, Michigan, more specifically.”

“A male taught you?” He sounded surprised.

“Yes. Thirteen Earth years of training.”

Taio laughed and shook his head in disbelief. Learning about her savior’s culture had been a shock. Ship was very forthcoming with his information on Sonis, and especially how the males and females had traditional duties that Eva thought were straight out of the eighteen hundreds.

“It’s not unusual on my planet,” she said. “A male can teach a female how to fight or even a female can teach a male.”

He laughed harder. “There could never be such a thing on my world.”

She turned her head away. “I earned a black belt, first Dan in Kyokushin Karate. On Earth I’m considered to be a great fighter.”

“Your people didn’t fare well in the war against the Loconuist,” he pointed out.

She raised her chin. “We didn’t know how to fight them. We’d never encountered aliens before.”

“Then it is good that I will take care of you from now on,” he stated as if it were fact.

She glared at him. “I’m not like the women on your world. I don’t need taking care of.”

“You were captured by the Loconuist and the Tresdonians almost killed you.” Another factual statement.

She shrugged. “But they didn’t.”

He smirked. “Because I saved you.”

“Thanks, but I can take care of myself.”

“It doesn’t matter.” His eyes roamed up and down her body, finally resting on her breasts. “You are my responsibility now,” he said in a low tone.

She fixed her squinting and cold eyes on him. “Ship told me those assholes on that planet gave me to you. That doesn’t mean that I belong to you or that I’m yours to protect. I’m not a slave. Not yours or anyone else’s.”

“If this arrangement doesn’t suit you, I could turn the vessel around and give you back to the Tresdonians.” He turned from her and put the heavy sword back on the wall rack.

Her heart pounded. He wouldn’t…

“No. I’m not going back there.” She held her sword tightly in her grasp.

He turned to face her. “Then it’s agreed. You’re mine.” He stalked slowly toward her. He locked his eyes on hers.

She backed away, not because she was scared of what he might do, but because she was afraid of what she would let him do.

He took another step toward her. “You’ll need to get used to the idea.”

“I will never submit to you.” She didn’t know what surprised her more. That she’d finally found her voice or that she sounded convincing.

“We shall see, little one. We shall see.” Abruptly, Taio turned and walked from the room.

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Author bio

A.M. Griffin is a wife who rarely cooks, mother of three, dog owner (and sometimes dog owned), a daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She’s a hard worker whose two favorite outlets are reading and writing. She enjoys reading everything from mystery novels to historical romances and of course fantasy romance. She is a believer in the unbelievable, open to all possibilities from mermaids in our oceans and seas, angels in the skies and intelligent life forms in distant galaxies.
For more information please visit amgriffinbooks.com

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Cover & blurb reveal — Warrior (Breeder 3) #ScifiRom #Dystopian #Alien

Cover by Sweet ‘n Spicy Designs

Coming in August! The exciting conclusion to the Breeder series!

Warrior

I have not yet decided on exact release or preorder dates, but Warrior will be released in early August. I’ve said that Terran (book 2) can be read as a standalone, but with Warrior, you should read the other two books first, because even though it has a new hero and heroine (Anika and Urazi), it completes the overall story arc of the Parseon people. Many readers have noted how “dark” the world is for the women in the Breeder series; in Warrior they get to see what the future holds for them. No spoilers, but the women finally wake up!

The official blurb:

In a fight for freedom, will love become a casualty?

On an alien planet where women are chattel, Anika must perform her duty and become the breeder of an Alpha Commander. Secretly in love with another man, she’s unable to accept the arrangement and runs away. Bound by his duty, her lover Urazi must bring her back to fulfill her responsibility. But as war breaks out, and their planet fights a desperate battle against a villainous despot, Anika and Urazi unite in determination to save their people. With their lives already on the line for disobeying orders, the forbidden love they share becomes the biggest danger of all.

Don’t miss Warrior, the exciting conclusion to the Breeder science fiction romance series.

If you missed the first two books, you can catch up here:

Breeder (book 1)

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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Terran (Breeder 2)

She’s at the mercy of her alien abductor…

After a vicious attack on Earth, Tara Diehl flees earth for the dubious safety of planet Parseon. A vendor in the marketplace, she’s adjusted to the male-dominated culture better than most until she’s kidnapped by Alpha Commander Marlix, one of the five rulers of the planet. At first she’s terrified of her tall, muscled abductor, especially when he doesn’t hesitate to quell her struggle for freedom with a little corporal discipline. After all her methods and ploys to escape fail, she decides to seduce her way to freedom.

But out of subterfuge grows a true intimacy that cause Marlix and Tara to take a stand that drives Parseon to the brink of a civil war, which threatens their love and their lives.

Terran, the second book in the Breeder series, is a “capture” romance involving a domineering but hunky alien and a female with a bad dye job and an even worse attitude.

Don’t miss this steamy science fiction romance. Get your copy of Terran (Breeder 2) today.

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While you wait for #PetsInSpace #scifirom, get the FREE coloring book now!

Release date: October 10, 2017 ~ Preorder now!

Amazon 

Universal buy link for all booksellers 

Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 is available for preorder for an October 10 release.  Ten percent of the first month’s proceeds and preorders benefit Hero-Dogs.org.

While you wait for your copy of Pets in Space, get the FREE coloring book now. It’s not a drawing–everyone gets one. (And no purchase is necessary).

Get the coloring book here

Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 description

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 journeying 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 (including preorders!) 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.

My story in the anthology is Rescued by the Cyborg

A cyborg’s haunted past and a Faria’s clouded future entwine…

Hostage and sole survivor Solia waits for death at the hands of vicious predatory aliens when Cy-Ops agent Guy Roarke disobeys orders and charges in. A former medic, he initiates emergency medical procedures before rushing her to Cybermed.

Guy is taken with Solia, but the guilt of a past mistake won’t allow him to plan for a future with the delicate, brave beauty. Life is so uncertain, he can’t even keep Mittzi, the kitten his niece gave him. What he can do is see to it Solia gets the help she needs for a full recovery. But when best intentions place her in greater danger, it’s up to a little kitten to make everything all right again.

Rescued by the Cyborg is part of the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series.

 

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#RIP my favorite shirt, I’ll always love you…

You never get tired of your favorite clothing.

No matter how worn they become, you still love them (not like the other clothes in your closet). I had a sky blue silk dress that I loved.  I felt so good wearing it, I wore it until the color faded, and the dress started to look ragged.  Another favorite was a hot pink fringed  flapper style cocktail dress. Oh, I loved that dress. It shrank while hanging in the closet and no longer fit me.

I love my white shirt. It’s a simple 3/4 sleeve, low-hip length shirt. Basically a T-shirt, but I like the neckline, the sleeve length, the way it fits, the comfort. Being white, it goes with everything. It’s gotten a little dingy over the years (seven? eight?) and won’t bleach out, and somehow, I don’t know how, it got stained. I can’t wear it in public.

Recently I decided to purge my closet of all the clothes I don’t like, that don’t fit, that are stained. Alas! My favorite white shirt falls into the latter category.

Because of its condition, I can’t donate it to charity. I can’t bear to consign it to the rag bag to wipe up spills and fall further into disrepair.

I’m going to have to send it to the big closet in sky.

Goodbye, my favorite shirt. I’ll always love you…

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Do you have a favorite article of clothing you can’t bear to part with?

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Sneak peek excerpt for Hunted by the Cyborg…Carter’s story #scifirom

About a week ago, I began writing Hunted by the Cyborg, Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 6! This is Carter’s story. Carter Aymes, the founder and director of Cyber Operations, has been a secondary character in all the Cy-Ops books, but he finally gets to be the star!

When the series started with Stranded by the Cyborg, he wasn’t a cyborg yet. But then something happened in book 3, Captured by the Cyborg, and he was transformed. Readers have been asking with every new cyborg book, “Will it be Carter’s story?”

Now, I can say, yes! Book 6, Hunted is it. No lie, I feel the pressure. I want to make this one really, really good because I know how long readers have been waiting for it.

One of the holdups has been that I didn’t know who Carter’s heroine was. I considered a lot of possibilities, even Mikala Aaron. But, no, it’s not her. The muse finally spoke to me, and I have created a very special heroine for Carter.

I only have 10K written so far, but I figure I’ll have the story complete by the fall. However, I won’t publish Hunted with the Cyborg until  January (Probably Jan. 9). I don’t want to conflict with Krinar’s Desire (release date: Sept. 12) or Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 (October 10), or the holiday season.

So, January it is.

And now, here is a sneak peek, unedited excerpt, fresh out of my brain:

Self-loathing snaked through the human part of him. He didn’t doubt the distress was real, but she had to give him the answers he needed, and until she did, he had to do whatever it took to get them.

“Answer the question, Beth, and we can make all this unpleasantness go away.”

For him, it would never go away. He would always remember how he’d browbeaten a woman to tears. In his line of work, he didn’t deal with the best people, but with the scum of the galaxy—traffickers, slavers, despots, terrorists. He did what needed to be done, and if that called for termination of a sentient life form, he carried it out without remorse or self-recrimination.

This was the first time that he’d felt like the lowest scum of the galaxy, but he couldn’t ignore instinct. His little voice was telling him while Beth may not be a criminal, a strong chance existed she was being used by someone who was.

Watch for more sneak peek excerpts. If you need a cyborg fix before January, keep in mind that Pets in Space will have a Cy-Ops novella, Rescued by the Cyborg. (And after Hunted, I’ll write Alien Mate 2).

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#MeetMyPet: Introducing “Mittzi,” the kitten from Embrace the Romance: #PetsInSpace 2

Meet Mittzi, a little gray ball of fluff, who is the “third character” in Rescued by the Cyborg, my story in Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2. All twelve stories in Pets in Space feature a hero, heroine and a pet sidekick. Each story is accompanied by original drawings done by artist Artist Nyssa Juneau.

I chose a kitten for Rescued by the Cyborg because I’m a cat person and cats are kind of my go-to pets. Writing about a cat was my first instinct in the Pets in Space 1, but I ended up with a robot dog named Sparky. So when I was invited to participate in Pets in Space 2, this time I had to go with a cat.

In the story, hero Guy Roark, a cyborg field agent, is gifted with a kitten by his little niece, Jessamine. In this excerpt, Guy is on his spaceship when he encounters Mittzi for the first time:

Guy pushed into his cabin. Next to his bags was the gift—a box tied with a big red bow. The carton was moving. And mewing. “Oh, Jessamine, what did you do?”

The box bumped into his foot. Atop the lid his niece had written: LIVE ANAMUL. OPEN IMED IMID SOON!

He ripped off the bow and peeled back the top. Inside, an angry, frightened kitten hissed. Jessamine’s cat had birthed a litter, and he recognized this baby by its gray coat, four white feet, and a blotch shaped like a star on its button nose.

Sighing, he reached into the carton.

The kitten growled and swiped its claws across his skin.

“Ow!” Guy yanked his hand back. The kitten leaped out and dove under the berth.

Great. Just great. How could his niece have done such a thing? She shouldn’t have boxed up a live animal—even if she did punch air holes in the carton. If she hadn’t contacted him and insisted he open the present, the kitten might have remained inside for quite a while.

In the corner of the container, he spotted a slip of paper, partially shredded. He unfolded it.

Dear Uncle Guy,

I know you are sad, and I want you to be happy. I am giving you one of Fluffy’s kittens so you won’t be lonely. I named her Mittzi becuz she has four wite white mittens. Pleez come home again, soon.

Jessamine

XOXO

His sister worried about him, but Carter, too, and now Jessamine? He hadn’t hidden his feelings well enough if his seven-year-old niece could pick up on them.

 Rescued by the Cyborg description

A cyborg’s haunted past and a Faria’s clouded future entwine…

Hostage and sole survivor Solia waits for death at the hands of vicious predatory aliens when Cy-Ops agent Guy Roarke disobeys orders and charges in. A former medic, he initiates emergency medical procedures before rushing her to Cybermed.

Guy is taken with Solia, but the guilt of a past mistake won’t allow him to plan for a future with the delicate, brave beauty. Life is so uncertain, he can’t even keep Mittzi, the kitten his niece gave him. What he can do is see to it Solia gets the help she needs for a full recovery. But when best intentions place her in greater danger, it’s up to a little kitten to make everything all right again.

Rescued by the Cyborg is part of the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series.

Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 description

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 journeying 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 (including preorders!) 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!

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Universal buy link: http://books2read.com/u/3L9aYM

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Backlist to the Future: Zero-G Spot by Mark S.R. Sterling…sex in outer space

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

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By Mark S.R. Sterling

This book had a comical origin. I was conferring with my beta reader on another book, asking her for title suggestions. Her husband chimed in with, “Zero-G Spot.” This was totally inappropriate for the book we were discussing, but it was a catchy title. Almost immediately, the plot materialized in my brain. The concept of weightless sex has been addressed in SciFi before, but NASA has always said the suggested techniques were untested.

The second woman in space, Svetlana Savitskaya, was rumored to have attempted the feat with her co-cosmonaut, Aleksandr Serebrov, but it was always officially denied.

The only married couple to fly in space is astronauts Mark Lee and Jan Davis. They were secretly married shortly before their mission on Space Shuttle Endeavour. Both have refused to answer questions about the nature of their relationship during the mission.

Rumors circulated about coziness between Elena Kondakova and Valery Polyakov on a mission to the space station Mir after a video showing Valery playfully splashing water on Elena during their time in space.

Anyway, I addressed the issue combined with a sexy alien abduction, and a save-the-world plot. With dogged determination, I wrote the book in less than a week. Earth had been ravaged by the huge blue aliens for several hundred years. Earth’s defenses had been unable to prevent the aliens from abducting women. While the exact reason why the aliens wanted the women remained unknown, rumors of sexual slavery abound.

As the book opens, Leanne has just met her fate. Her attempt to escape an alien raid has landed her in the hands of one of the blue giants, Jax. As his spaceship escapes Earth, she contemplates what his next action might be in the attached excerpt.

Zero-G Spot Description

Weightless—where every action has a reaction.

Leanne had heard many stories of how the aliens humiliate and abuse the young women they capture. And now, after being abducted herself, she helplessly awaits her fate as a slave girl.

Jax had received training about human female anatomy, and had been warned that seeing one naked would significantly disrupt the functioning of the male alien brain. However, nothing prepared him for the erotic Leanne.

In a damaged spacecraft, Jax searches for a solution to save himself and his female captive while Earth’s destiny hangs in the balance.

But all is not hopeless.

Determine to survive, the two isolated space travelers overcome their fears, and find that their journey home leads them to an entirely different state of being.

Excerpt

Leanne had expected the mutant to insist that she indecently expose herself, but he didn’t. Neither did he subject her to a humiliating ‘medical examination’. In the videos, the captive women were strapped nude to examination tables. Their hands were bound over their heads as their breasts were prodded. Their knees were forced up and open, and their ankles were strapped to stirrups.  Defenselessly exposed, they were probed. The virgins were then shaved—down there.  However, this alien did not rip her bikini away. She could, however, clearly see the lust he was containing—in the ‘tent’ that formed in his briefs—as he watched her swim weightless in the air. She imagined that it would not be much longer before he demanded that she service him.

When she finished her business, the blue web strand holding her wrist spontaneously retracted and she was once again pinned to the wall. With this movement, the knot that she had hastily tied behind her back, when the aliens had attacked the swimming pool, spontaneously released. With her left hand bound to the wall, she frantically twisted as she struggled to gather the loose strings with her right hand. Spinning in the zero-g cabin, her reward for this effort was that the bikini top came completely off. In a flash, her breasts were floating free in the weightless spaceship cabin.

She stretched her free arm across her chest to conceal what she could. Sensing his movement, she glanced up to see what the alien’s response would be. She anticipated that the unfortunate accident was to be the trigger that unleashed his passions. His manhood had swollen into a full erection. It pressed through the containing flap of his briefs to reveal its pinkish color and true size.

At least it’s not blue.

Leanne forced herself to relax. She would submissively allow him to do what he wanted.

He’ll want oral first.

She mentally prepared herself to provide fellatio. She would willingly take his long, thick member into her mouth. She reasoned that, if she sucked him submissively, then it would be over faster. And he wouldn’t hurt her or demand more of her. She lowered her arm to reveal herself to him.

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Author bio

Mark S. R. Sterling is a semi-retired industrial safety engineer who left full time employment during the recent surge in unemployment. {Yes, you may read between the lines.} Now, when not actually gainfully employed, he spends his time trading stock market index options, or traveling and visiting his children in the I-95 Corridor along the US Southeast coast.

Mark’s entertainment is the ocean. He enjoys the beach, sailing, fishing, scuba diving and the ever popular barstool warming in waterfront taverns. It is in this last activity where he enjoys his all time favorite pastime of simply meeting people. You see, while Mark’s stories are fictional, the specific incidents and characters are built from somebody’s real life.

So the next time you are in a waterfront tavern and someone engages you in conversation open up and tell something interesting about your life. Then, you will be a character in Mark’s next book.

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Where did the year go? My plans for the rest of 2017…

Can you believe half the year is gone ? When 2017 rolled around and I looked ahead at the books that needed to be written, published, and promoted, I didn’t know how I would accomplish it all. I filled up my whiteboard, worked through it, erased it, and filled it up again.

With half the year over, I feel work has slowed a bit and I can relax. (No, Fate, that is not an invitation for you to strike me with some calamity!).

Here’s what you can expect from me in the second half:

August

Warrior, the conclusion of the Breeder trilogy will be published, the exact date is TBD (the date on the whiteboard is tentative). It will probably go on preorder in late July.

September

Krinar’s Desire, a Kindle Worlds romance based on the Krinar Chronicles (by Anna Zaires) will be published on September 12. There won’t a preorder, and since it’s Kindle Worlds, it will only be available on Amazon.

October

Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 will be released October 10. The anthology includes my story Rescued by the Cyborg, a Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance. Rescued will give Cy-Ops fans a fix to tide them over until Carter’s story is published. PISA 2 goes on preorder everywhere on July 15.

October 19-22, I’ll attend and sign books at the Ozark Indie Bookfest in Springfield, Missouri. I’ll be participating in a panel discussion about newsletters and street teams (Oct. 20).

Post October

The next new book published will be Carter’s story; I started writing it last week. The working title is Hunted by the Cyborg. It will probably be finished in the fall, but it won’t be released until January 2018. I don’t want it to compete with the release of Krinar’s Desire or Pets in Space (and contractually I can’t release a book within 30 days of the release of PISA anyway), which would put the next available release date into the middle of November. By then we’re into the holiday season, and historically, that’s a bad time to release a nonholiday book. So I’ll hold Hunted by the Cyborg until January.

After Hunted, I’ll begin writing the Alien Mate 2 for an early spring release. I’m considering turning Conversations with DH into a book, and publishing maybe February-ish.

Did I say I was relaxed?

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