Some new science fiction romances from my author friends…

Several of my author friends have released books lately. If you’re looking for a good read, check these out!

Tolstoy: Stargazer Alien Barbarian Brides #1 by Tasha Black

When space-pirate-in-training Anna Nilsson embarks on her first solo mission to plunder an abandoned luxury cruiser, she assumes she’ll be all alone aboard the big, empty ship. She’s hunting for treasure – the last thing she expects to find is a sinfully sexy alien who eyes her with a hunger that speaks of centuries of longing.

Leo’s ancient race has suffered greatly at the hands of the strangers who invaded their planet centuries ago, leaving the barbarians without a home world. When he awakes from stasis to the scent of a blood mate, he is stunned to discover the delectable creature is human. Being close to her sets his senses on fire, but he knows the attraction can only end in misery. What human could ever love a shape-shifting barbarian?

When a third occupant of the not-so-abandoned cruiser shows itself, the two realize they must work together if they want to get out alive. Then they uncover a baby who just might be the priceless clone of a famous cultural icon, and things really start to get interesting…

Get Tolstoy on Amazon | Other Booksellers

Snow: A Qurilixen World Novella by Michelle Pillow

Tushar (aka Snow Chaos) knows there is little chance of finding a wife on his ice-ball of a home planet. Few can survive the subzero temperatures. When Galaxy Alien Mail Order Brides offers to introduce them to women eager for love, he and his brothers can’t resist, but Earth is far from welcoming.

He knows he should focus on getting home, but all he can think about is laying claim to the sexy scientist who works for the bad guys.

Jennifer works for the Milano Foundation in an attempt to undermine their efforts. When Snow and his brothers land, it’s like a dream come true for her diabolical alien-kidnapping coworkers. Now she has to make a choice–keep her cover, or betray a dangerous corporation to save the alien she’s falling in love with.

Snow might be a blue humanoid from another planet, but life with him might be worth the risk.

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Deb and Demon by Honey Phillips

Deb is ripped away from her comfortable life on Earth and sold as a slave to a vicious alien. Six months later, all she has to live for is the child now growing inside her. Her child’s safety is worth any price, even submitting to the disturbingly attractive alien who has just purchased her.

Rastrath hides a sharp mind behind a careless facade. He may be a Prince of the Royal House, but he has always been despised for his mixed blood, even by his own mother. A female who values her child more than herself is an unexpected prize – one that comes wrapped in a luscious package.

When an unexpected danger forces them into a marriage of convenience, the stakes are raised. Can Deb trust Rastrath’s feelings for her are more than a desire to protect his investment? Can Rastrath follow his duty and build a family of his own at the same time?

Get Deb and the Demon on Amazon

Alien Protector by Sue Mercury

When Deza rescues a human female in peril, it’s love at first sight and he immediately announces his desire to mate with her.

The only problem? Annika refuses to mate with an alien she’s only known for five seconds. Not easily deterred, he sets about wooing the adorable little human, eager to win her affections and finally claim her as his mate. Annika plans to return to Earth ASAP and can’t allow herself to develop feelings for the hunky Vaxxlian who saved her life…even if he is the hottest, kindest, and dreamiest alien male she’s ever met. Despite her hesitation, his kisses make her melt and his arms are the sweetest refuge. When he makes a heartfelt gesture on Christmas Day to cheer her up, she starts to wonder if maybe, just maybe, mating with Deza isn’t the most impulsive idea in the universe…

Get Alien Protector on Amazon

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ALIEN MISCHIEF (Alien Mate 4) is coming SOON! #Preorder now

Alien Mischief releases in just 2 weeks — January 31. Have you reserved your copy? Preorder is available now.

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Will a little mischief jeopardize her second chance for love?

My name is Madison Altman. Don’t think because I’ve disguised myself as a man and have accepted a job that takes me away from Earth that I’m running away from love. That’s not true. I met the love of my life–but he was killed on our wedding day.

Chaperoning crazy women traveling to Dakon to become the mail order brides of aliens is just a way to pay the bills. 
Unfortunately, on this latest assignment, the ship returned to Earth without me! Luckily, Enoki came to my rescue. He might be hot, and sexy as hell with his gravelly voice and throbbing horns, but he believes I’m a man, and we’re friends, not lovers. That’s how I want it. That’s how it has to be. As soon Enoki can get me a flight to Earth, I’m leaving this frozen planet for good.

I’m Enoki, leader of Dakon. For the longest time, whispers in the wind told me my Fated mate was coming. Whispers turned to shouts when the recent shipment of females arrived, but none of them were mine. I must accept the Fates were wrong. I’ll never get a mate.

My purpose now is to help the stranded Earth man return to his home planet. Even though Madison is a Terran, we’ve developed a strong bond. I know I’ll miss him, but because we’re friends, I intend to do everything I can to help him leave.

Why do the whispers tell me not to let him go?

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Meet “Bob” our new house boy…life with a robotic vacuum

Bob’s a little blurry because he was in motion. He was working!

My husband and I recently got a robotic vacuum, a Shark Ion 725. We got it primarily because we have dark hardwood floors, which show every single white speck, every grain of sugar, every piece of lint. I swear, you can sweep an area, and when you get to the end and look back, the first part you swept has stuff on it already. Vacuuming is more effective, but it’s a hassle to drag out the big vacuum every single day (or multiple times a day).

Hence…Bob the house boy. I’m very happy to report that Bob does exactly what we wanted him to. We let him zip around for about an hour day, and our floors have never looked better. He does a good job on carpet, too, and doesn’t have any trouble moving from floor to rug.

Some other observations about Bob:

  • He moves in a random pattern, and changes direction when he (gently) bumps into things.
  • If you have a lot of clutter, a lot of stuff on the floor, a robotic vacuum would not be a good choice for you. Conversely, if you have minimalist style with large open areas, a robotic vacuum would be a great choice.
  • We have an open floor plan and our house is uncluttered, and only occasionally does he get hung up on something and needs assistance extricating himself.
  • Bob comes with magnetic strips you can lay down to keep him out of areas where you don’t want him to go (or from falling down the stairs). They’re useful, because Bob is kind of like a dog or cat. He tends to go where you don’t want him to. We’ll want him in the kitchen, and we’ll find him scurrying down the hall toward the guest bedroom.
  • He goes over wooden floor grates just fine, but gets hung on the flatter metal ones.
  • He can handle short fringe. We have a large area rug with a 2-inch long fringe. He goes over it fine. But another rug with 4.5-inch fringe hangs him up every time.
  • Bob came with a programmable remote, but we haven’t scheduled him because we want to activate him ourselves and keep an eye on him when we’re home.
  • He’s pretty quiet. You can watch TV just fine while Bob works.
  • His battery charge lasts for a hour before he has to take a nap (recharge himself). Bob puts himself to bed (docks himself).

If you’d like to see Bob in action, I took a short video when Bob first came to live with us, which I posted on Instagram. See Bob go!

I chose a Shark Ion, because my main vacuum is a Shark, and it works really well. So I had confidence in Shark, and Sam’s Club had a great deal.

The Shark 725 is fairly simple model. It comes with a programmable remote. Other Robotic vacuums can be programmed with your phone or work with Amazon’s Alexa. Some will wash your floors in addition to vacuuming them. Some run longer before needing a charge.

To see Bob’s bros at Sam’s Club, go here: Shark 725 

Amazon has a lot of robotic vacuums available:

Lastly, one of the biggest decisions you’ll have is what to name your robotic vacuum! I call mine Bob the house boy. My husband calls Bob Fifi the French maid. I think it’s obvious Bob is Bob.

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Reunited with my favorite film version of Cinderella…

I was a teenager in the 1970s when I caught “Three Wishes for Cinderella” (also called “Three Nuts for Cinderella”) on the CBS Children’s Film Festival hosted by Kukla, Fran, and Ollie (Fran was an actress, Kukla & Ollie were puppets).

I fell in love with this feminist Czech-made Cinderella. In the film, Cinderella beats the prince in a bow hunting competition. She rides her horse to the ball, and makes the prince answer a riddle before she’ll accept his hand in marriage. The stepmother is the mistress of hamlet where they live. Instead of a fairy godmother, Cinderella gets three magic hazelnuts, which grant her the wishes. (One of her wishes was a hunting outfit!).

The actress playing Cinderella is so spunky & pretty, and the prince, of course, is handsome. I fell madly in love instantly with this version of Cinderella. It first came out in 1973, and I managed to catch it two or three times in reruns as a teenager. Alas, this was in the era before VCRs, before computers, before the internet. I taped the music from the movie with a reel-to-reel tape recorder. But after watching the film those first few times, I was never able to see it again.

Over the years, I kept an eye out on TV listings, hoping for a rerun, and when the internet came into being, I Googled it. I never could find it again.

And then this past December, probably 40+ years after I last saw it, author Sandra Sookoo asked readers to share their favorite Cinderella movie version on Facebook. I mentioned “Three Wishes for Cinderella” and how I was never able to find it. Resa Haile replied to my post and said a DVD was available on Amazon and posted a link.

OMG. I couldn’t click fast enough. I bought the DVD from someone in the UK. The video is in Czech, but came with English subtitles (I think when I saw it on the Children’s Film Festival, English had been dubbed in).

Anyway, thanks to the miracle of the Internet and few Facebook friends, 40+ years later I was reunited with my favorite Cinderella. It was just as wonderful as I had remembered. However, the actress playing Cinderella looks so young! She was 19 when the movie was made (and looks even younger to me now).

By the way, the version I bought is HERE. I paid $15.28 US, plus a few bucks for shipping. There are other ones available, but watch the price! Also, I could not make DVD work with my DVD player, so I watched it on the computer. It worked fine.

What was your favorite movie version of Cinderella?

Did you ever see “Three Wishes for Cinderella?”

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What I have planned for 2019…dragons, Dakonians, prizes & more

The starting pistol fired at midnight on January 1, and I’m off. I have big things planned for my readers this year!

On the publishing front

  • Alien Mischief (Alien Mate 4), on preorder now for a Jan. 31 release.
  • A brand new, alien dragon shifter series. I’m writing book one now. Watch for the preorder in February and the release in the spring.
  • More Dakonians! I’ll be writing another Dakonian Mail Order Bride trilogy for the Intergalactic Dating Agency series, to be released in the fall.
  • A summer romance, most likely book two of the dragon shifter series.

10-year Authorversary Celebration

Soon I will be rolling out all sorts of fun for my 10-year authorversary. Ten years ago, I became a published author. I signed my first book contract in July 2009, and had my first book published in September 2009. The celebration is still in the planning stage, but readers can expect:

  • An exclusive, free prequel to the dragon shifter romance
  • Flash giveaways — keep watch for surprise giveaways you won’t want to miss
  • A really big authorversary prize drawing probably in the summer

Don’t miss out! To be sure you get notified of all the 10th Authorversary goodies, subscribe to my reader newsletter. You’ll get a free book (Married to the Cyborg) to read in the meantime.

My first release of the New Year

My name is Madison Altman. Don’t think because I’ve disguised myself as a man and have accepted a job that takes me away from Earth that I’m running away from love. That’s not true. I met the love of my life–but he was killed on our wedding day.

Chaperoning crazy women traveling to Dakon to become the mail order brides of aliens is just a way to pay the bills. Unfortunately, on this latest assignment, the ship returned to Earth without me! Luckily, Enoki came to my rescue. He might be hot, and sexy as hell with his gravelly voice and throbbing horns, but he believes I’m a man, and we’re friends, not lovers. That’s how I want it. That’s how it has to be. As soon Enoki can get me a flight to Earth, I’m leaving this frozen planet for good.

I’m Enoki, leader of Dakon. For the longest time, whispers in the wind told me my Fated mate was coming. Whispers turned to shouts when the recent shipment of females arrived, but none of them were mine. I must accept the Fates were wrong. I’ll never get a mate.

My purpose now is to help the stranded Earth man return to his home planet. Even though Madison is a Terran, we’ve developed a strong bond. I know I’ll miss him, but because we’re friends, I intend to do everything I can to help him leave.

Why do the whispers tell me not to let him go?

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2018 in review: a year in which strategy & planning paid off…

The bottom line: 2018 was a record-setting book sales year for me. I had my best sales year and single best pie-in-the sky month, hitting goals that once had seemed impossible. I had set a focused strategy, followed the plan, and didn’t allow myself to get sidetracked.

I took advantage of unexpected opportunities that came my way, but I made sure that the opportunities aligned with my brand and the readership base I was trying to grow.

In retrospect, my strategy seems ridiculously simple, but it worked: get my ducks in a row and build on past successes.

I capitalized on the popularity of Alien Mate, which had been published in 2017. I wrote and released two more books in the series, and when I joined the Intergalactic Dating Agency group author project, I wrote an Alien Mate spin-off series, the Dakonian Alien Mail Order Brides, rather than write something completely different. Darak (book 1) and the Dakonian Mail Order Brides series, did extremely well, outselling Breeder, which had previously been my best-selling book/series. I’d chosen to do the IDA project because it seemed to be perfect fit with my brand.

Over the years, I’d participated in eight other group publishing projects (anthologies & special series), but the IDA project is the first one that resulted in significant earnings for me. Contributing to the success of the series was the amount of cross promotion by participating authors of the IDA project. When you have a village promoting a book, big things happen.

As part of my strategy, I paid careful attention to the timing of new releases and promo, updated back matter, and redesigned book covers. I was fortunate to get two BookBub featured deals (both on Alien Mate series books), in addition to a BookBub new release deal. I changed my new release strategy to offering long preorders rather than trying to hit a high Amazon rank during release week. I sell more books through a long preorder period than I do from the Amazon algorithm new release boost. The bottom line is about sales, not ranking.

Another positive development was an increases in sales with other booksellers. I had committed to “going wide” a couple of years ago because I didn’t want to put all my eggs in the Amazon basket. At the start of the year, other booksellers combined accounted for 29 percent of my sales; by the fourth quarter they accounted to 45-50% of sales. I did test KU v. non KU by putting my old Rod and Cane Society series in KU. The results were lackluster. When the KU contact expires this month,  I’m going to make that series wide again.

One thing that did not work for me—but I’m not giving up—was paid advertising on Facebook and Amazon. I took Skye Warren’s Facebook Ads Intensive class and tested a bunch of ads, but was never able to turn a profit from the ads. But I have some new ideas and strategies and plan to do more ad testing in 2019.

My reader newsletter continued to be a key component of my author platform. In 2017, I doubled my subscriber base from about 2000 to 4000. When I set goals for 2018, I’d initially wanted to try doubling it again, to 8,000. But 8K wasn’t what I really wanted. I wanted 10K. (Such a nice round number!) However, even 8K seemed impossible. How would I ever achieve 10k? Well…I ended the year with 10,300 subscribers—and that’s after deleting 3K inactive subs. I increased my subscriber base by 150% and maintained a healthy open rate of 35+%.

Growing my subscriber base across many platforms to reach new readers is always a goal, but I don’t apply the same attention to all platforms, because I can’t do everything. So, some platforms grew organically; for others I actively sought to increase my following.

In 2018, my goal was to write and publish four new books. I did seven, however that was due to the Dakonian Alien Mail Order Brides (Intergalactic Dating Agency) series. Three short novellas (25-35K each) took the place of what would have been one new novel-length book in the fourth quarter.

I decreased blogging this year, which had been the  goal. I used to blog 4-5 times a week. I’m now down to 1-2 times per week. When I first got published, blogging sold books. It doesn’t anymore. Many authors are no longer blogging. However, I enjoy it (if I wasn’t an author, I’d probably be a “professional” blogger). However, time is limited, and I have to focus on what delivers results.

I’m still trying to get a handle on time management and learning to write faster. Frankly, I want to get away from the computer more.

I offered many promotional drawings, seeking to provide interesting, creative giveaways.  I held a prize drawing every fourth Friday (Freebie Friday) for Amazon gift cards, SWAG, autographed paperbacks, free ebooks, etc. My sci-fi romance Alien Mate is set on a frozen planet, so I took a copy of the book to the Arctic Circle, then signed it, held a drawing and gave it away. The heroine of Darak: Dakonian Alien Mail Order Brides (Intergalactic Dating Agency) was a pastry chef, so I held a drawing for some Wicked Good Cupcakes to promote the series.

This year, my husband and I took three vacations.We spent almost three weeks on  a trip to London and a cruise of Norway. We visited an ice hotel and we saw the northern lights. (This is how Alien Mate went to the Arctic Circle). We spent a week in New Orleans and another week in Las Vegas for our daughter’s wedding.

Life intervened in other ways, too. My 80-year-old mother had two surgeries, got a couple of infections, ended up in ICU & spent sometime in a skilled nursing facility. Stressful and time-consuming. (She’s home & doing all right now). As much as I would like it to be, life is never perfect. There will always be problems and distractions. I just have to keep moving forward.

The Year in Review – By the Numbers

Books published – 7 (6 new, 1 re-release)

Words Written: 239,155

Newsletter

Increased subscriber base 150% percent, from 4,000 to 10,300

Sent out 33 newsletters (about 3 per month).

Blogging

Total page visits: 63,691 (643,783 total since 2011)

Total page views: 81,769 (968,486 since 2011)

Blogs written: 137 (a 40% decrease over 2017’s 226 blogs)

Follower base:

Instagram – 900 to 1092

(This is more of an increase than it seems, because I deleted and blocked 300 bots & sketchy types who’d been following me. IG isn’t a big part of my platform, but it’s fun to me. Sometimes you have to do stuff for fun).

BookBub – 765 to 1775

Facebook Friends – 3179

Facebook Page Likes – 2098

And that’s the year that was.

Do you have any questions about strategy or tactics?

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Wishing you a healthy, prosperous New Year

Happy New Year, everybody! Hope 2019 is good to you!

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A sneak peek excerpt from Alien Mischief (Alien Mate 4)…

(Note: this excerpt from Alien Mischief is unedited)

I pulled the compression band over my head, slipped my arms through it, and tugged it over my torso to flatten my modest breasts. I donned my shirt and tucked it in carefully to avoid dislodging the sock stuffed in my pants. A quick comb through my boy-cut short hair, a dismissive smirk, and I was ready.

“How do I look?”

“Like the jerk people think you are,” Garnet replied.

“That’s what I was shooting for.”

“You nailed it. The women on the ship hate you. How long are going to continue this ruse?”

“Until I win the lottery,” I quipped.

She focused a direct, but sympathetic gaze on my face. “Mads…Matt’s been gone three years now,” she said gently. “Isn’t it about time—”

“This has nothing to do with that!” Sure, I’d gone through a hard time, but I was on an even keel now. The disguise was a lark.  I was fine.  I glowered at Garnet.

She raised her hands in self-defense. “Okay, okay, whatever you say.”

Anger deflated, leaving me feeling ashamed. My bestie had stood by me through thick and thin, comforting me with a soft shoulder, boxes of tissues, and a bottomless bottle of wine.  No matter what time I called her, she answered. She came running whenever I needed her. I couldn’t have gotten through Matt’s death without her.

“I’m sorry,” I said. “I didn’t mean to snap. I’m just proving a point to Dayton.”

Garnet’s lip curled with amusement. “Has your brother conceded you’re right?”

“Not in so many words.” In no words, unless you counted, “This is the craziest fucking thing you’ve ever done,” a concession. Honestly? I never expected the charade to last this long. It had been intended as a short-term stunt to prove a point. Sibling rivalry spurred me on. I had to be right.

Then the money had suckered me in, getting me accustomed to a certain lifestyle like being debt free. I’d paid off the wedding that never happened and my student loans. Still, I’d never admit it to my brother or Garnet, but I might have let the pretense get a tad out of control.

“Why don’t you tell the exchange program the truth? You’ve been a great employee for two and a half years, they might understand—”

“That I misrepresented myself and lied on my employment application?” I shook my head. “Of course, if I was a man, they’d forgive me.”

“Because men call the shots.” She rolled her eyes. She’d sided with my brother. Garnet tended to go with the flow, while I tilted at windmills. Her words, not mine.  She’d thought I was crazy to pretend to be a man.
She might have been right. Maybe. The jury was still out.

“If you don’t think men need only to snap their fingers to get what they want, then why are you here? Why are you on the SS Masquerade flying across the galaxy to become an alien’s bride? Why not stay on Earth and find yourself a nice accountant or ‘net programmer?” I said.

It blew me away that Garnet had chosen to go to Dakon. After me telling her how crazy these women were, what did she do? She applied to the program! Not only that, she gave my name as a reference to ensure she got accepted.

I couldn’t be mad at her, because she was my best friend, so I directed my frustration at the other women who would settle for a man, any man, instead of holding out for true love. They thought becoming a mail order bride to an alien would solve everything, but they didn’t know what they were in for.  A smokin’ hot alien couldn’t compensate for the primitive, frozen wasteland he lived on. Unless you’d been to Dakon, which I had twice before, you had no idea what cold was.

 “Not everyone can be lucky enough to find true love,” she said.

While women outnumbered men, the true shortage was in marriage-minded, monogamous men. That animal topped the endangered species list. With an abundance of females to choose from, men had discovered they didn’t need to commit to get laid—so they didn’t. With women kowtowing to them and currying their favor, men had gotten spoiled and had begun to expect—and receive—preferential treatment from women and society.
Sexism was on rise. Which had been the point I’d tried to get my brother to understand.

However, I knew good men and true love did still exist because I’d been fortunate enough to experience it. I couldn’t and wouldn’t settle for anything less. If that resulted in me staying single for the rest of my life, then, so be it.

“I can’t believe you’re doing this,” I said to Garnet. I’d done everything I could to talk her out of it. Besides the fact that she was making a bad choice, I hated to lose my best friend.

I didn’t intend to work for the exchange program forever, and when I quit this gig, I might never see her again since commercial leisure travel to Dakon didn’t exist. Only exchange program, cargo, and mining ships flew there.
This trip had been bittersweet. Since I had few friends on board—the women passengers did hate me—it was great to have her company, but saying goodbye would be very, very hard.

“How could I resist such horned, alien hotness?” Garnet quipped.

I couldn’t refute they were sexy as hell. Handsomeness seemed coded into their DNA, because I’d never seen an ugly Dakonian. Or a short one. They were all over seven feet, with bronzed skin and the cutest damn horns poking out of their near-black hair.

A mental image of an uber-masculine Dakonian called Enoki popped into my head. Tall, muscular, ruggedly handsome, horns a-twitchin’. Talk about alien hotness—whew! Not that I had a thing for him. On my two previous visits, we’d exchanged a few cordial words, and I looked forward to seeing his friendly face after the rudeness of the women passengers.

I went to flip my long hair over my shoulder, encountered air, and dropped my hand. After two and a half years, I hadn’t gotten used to having a man’s short haircut.

Would I see Enoki this trip? He headed the Council of Dakon, the planet’s ruling body, and directed the mate selection process, which I assumed he could participate in.  Would he select a woman this go-round? He’d be quite a catch.  If a woman had to hook up with an alien, Enoki wouldn’t be a bad one.

My stomach gave a little flutter, and I shook off thoughts of Enoki and returned my attention to Garnet. “I never should have shown you those vids.” I’d blame myself if this didn’t work out for her. I’d expected her to roll her eyes and share my amusement at how these desperate women had fawned over the Dakonians, not sign up for the program!

Just because some alien dude oozed sex appeal didn’t mean you should lose your head. If these women weren’t careful, they’d spoil another planet full of men.

Matt had been one of the good ones. I doubted I’d ever meet anyone to compare to him.

Garnet planted her hands on her ample hips. “I can’t believe you think I’m the crazy one. Who’s the one with a sock stuffed into her pants?  Sometimes you scare me. Is there anything you won’t do?”

Alien Mischief blurb

My name is Madison Altman. Don’t think because I’ve disguised myself as a man and have accepted a job that takes me away from Earth that I’m running away from love. That’s not true. I met the love of my life–but he was killed on our wedding day.

Chaperoning crazy women traveling to Dakon to become the mail order brides of aliens is just a way to pay the bills. Unfortunately, on this latest assignment, the ship returned to Earth without me! Luckily, Enoki came to my rescue. He might be hot, and sexy as hell with his gravelly voice and throbbing horns, but he believes I’m a man, and we’re friends, not lovers. That’s how I want it. That’s how it has to be. As soon Enoki can get me a flight to Earth, I’m leaving this frozen planet for good.

I’m Enoki, leader of Dakon. For the longest time, whispers in the wind told me my Fated mate was coming. Whispers turned to shouts when the recent shipment of females arrived, but none of them were mine. I must accept the Fates were wrong. I’ll never get a mate.

My purpose now is to help the stranded Earth man return to his home planet. Even though Madison is a Terran, we’ve developed a strong bond. I know I’ll miss him, but because we’re friends, I intend to do everything I can to help him leave.

Why do the whispers tell me not to let him go?

Release date: January 31, 2019 ~ Preorder available now

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Enter to win a $20 gift card in my last giveaway of the year! #giveaway #FreebieFriday #drawing

Enter to win a $20 Amazon or BN gift card in my final Freebie Friday drawing. I have other giveaways planned for 2019, so I won’t be doing Freebie Friday anymore. So, don’t miss this chance.

You have until the evening of December 30 to enter the drawing. Entering is easy, just answer a simple question. No signups are required — although you can get extra entries to increase your odds of winning by following me on various social media.

Ready to enter?

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#BestNine — Favorite Instagram photos of 2018

It’s interesting what people think is interesting. I went through my Instagram posts of 2018 and pulled my “best nine” posts of the year. My favorite photos, the ones I was excited to share, weren’t the ones that got the most notice, as measured by likes and comments. Surprisingly, the photos that got the most attention were photos of me. Anytime I posted a photo of myself, it got more likes than anything else I posted.

On Intagram, I try to strike a balance between book promotion and non-promotion posts. I also share (regrann) posts I like.

No surprise to me, the posts that received the least amount of attention were book promotion posts.

Toward the end of the year, I started to see an increase in average likes after I started using hashtags more strategically.

So what was popular?

Best Nine ~ Follower Favorites

Clockwise at top left: 1) My husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary this year. This was  our wedding photo. 2) A recent photo of me. I love this jacket & necklace. 3). I don’t know why this selfie of me in my closet got a lot of attention, but it did. 4). The strawberry cream cake I baked for my mom’s 80th birthday 5) I won 2nd place in my neighborhood chili cook-off 6) I won a raffle basket of signed books at a writers conference 7) A 1950s Fiesta Ware display at an antique store. I loved the colors. 8) My official author photo 9) A photo of me last winter before I cut my hair.

Best Nine ~ My Personal Favorites

Starting at top left: 1) I love squirrels. This little guy (or girl)  was right outside our patio door and just happened to turn to give me a perfect shot. 2) This is my husband’s shirt, laid out on our bed. The shirt is almost the same pattern as our duvet cover. No wonder he liked the duvet cover when I bought it! 3) My husband took this photo of two ravens at the Tower of London. 4) My husband took this photo of an eagle in a tree in our backyard 5) My author photo (taken by DH). I’m always happy when I get a good photo. I am not photogenic. I have to take a gazillion shots to get one good one. 6) The first full moon of 2018 (by DH), 7) This joke cracked me up. I love a good pun 8) My sci-fi romance, Alien Mate, is set on an icy planet. I took it with me to the Arctic Circle! This photo was taken inside an ice hotel in Norway. I signed the book and gave it away in a prize drawing. 9) I liked the chili cook-off photo because it was something fun that I had done this past year.

See more photos of the year on my Instagram profile.

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