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.

Find your store at : http://evelanglais.com/wordpress/book/law2/

Comments on Facebook are awesome, but if you leave comment here, Eve will know you visited! ♥

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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.”

Buy links: Amazon

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.

Author links: Website  Twitter  Facebook

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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?

* * *

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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Get a free bookmark in the Veterans week #giveaway #VeteransDay #PetsInSpace

You may have heard that 10% of the first month’s proceeds from the sale of Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 will benefit Hero-dogs.org. If that’s all you saw, you might think, pets, dogs…animal charity gets a donation.

Not so.

Hero-dogs isn’t about dogs! It’s an organization supporting U.S. military veterans by providing service animals free of charge. It isn’t the dogs who benefit–it’s the veterans.

In keeping with the action-oriented nature of science fiction romance, many of the heroes and heroines are military, and in Pets in Space, the animals support those heroes–just like the canines of Hero-Dogs.

Saturday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, the last day that your purchase of Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 can support veterans.

Pets in Space buy link

As my thank you for visiting, if you leave me a comment, I’ll mail you a bookmark for free. Tell me about the veteran in your life, about your pets, about Pets in Space–anything. After you comment, email me at carabristol50 (at) yahoo (dot) com and give me your mailing address so I can send you the bookmark.

This free bookmark offers ends at midnight, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017.

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 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.

 

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#SFR author A.M. Griffin shows where the magic happens #AuthorsInSpace

By A.M. Griffin

Hey everyone!

Welcome to my work/writing space. It’s not much but it’s where all the magic happens. I love my all-in-one computer. It’s big so I don’t have to strain my eyes when I work. Don’t mind the other monitor to the side, that’s for work-work. I got my desk a few years back and it’s probably time to get a new one. I find that I’m stuffing junk into my drawers, in the small cabinet and underneath the desk. Since I use it for writing and work-work it’s serving a dual purpose. What I love most about this space is that I have 2 windows to look out from. I watch the people behind us and my neighbors on the side. Now, what my dog loves about me sitting here most of the day is that I’m right next to the back door. She thinks that it’s my job to let her in and out all day long. I also have another writing space which is on my bed using my laptop. I’m not going to show you that since that’s where all the REAL magic happens. LOL.

A.M. Griffin 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 www.amgriffinbooks.com | Facebook | Twitter

Dangerously Mine

After aliens invade and conquer Earth, Eva is transported to a distant slave trading planet. Escape and freedom are her only priority, but none of her martial arts training prepared her for what she faces. She finds herself enslaved to the warrior King Taio. Eva’s 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 knows nothing will stop him from  protecting his little warrior.

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

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

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Next week’s guest: Eve Langlais.

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The challenge of creating alien main characters in science fiction romance #scifirom #PetsinSpace #cyborg

An inspiration photo for Solia, the heroine of Rescued by Cyborg in Pets in Space 2

“I think if we Terrans had met the Farian people before our languages evolved, we’d use to the word Farian to mean beauty.” – Benson Vincere, Hunted by the Cyborg

Aliens as secondary characters are fun and easy to develop because an author can do anything she wants with them. You can be as creative and “out there” as you wish. But developing alien main characters is a challenge. I love my “slime crawlers” and my six-eyed, sticky-fingered Arcanians, but I could never cast them as the hero or heroine. In science fiction romance, alien main characters need to different from humans, but they still have to appeal to readers. Readers have to be able see them as the hero or heroine.

One main character I created for my Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance cyborg series is the Faria. If the name looks a little familiar, it’s a play on fairy. Faria are winged humanoids, but wings aren’t the only feature that make them different from humans.

Faria have silver skin and a natural luminosity that makes them glow. They don’t blush, they silver. They have musical, tinkling voices. Nature has grated each faria a “special gift” or talent that is unique to that individual.

Faria have starred as the heroines in two Cy-Ops books.  Illumina—whose name means light—is the heroine of book 3, Captured by the Cyborg. She is a computer sensate. She has the ability to mentally integrate into computer code. She can hack into any computer system.

Solia—whose name mean sun—is the heroine of Rescued by the Cyborg, my story in Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2. Her special gift is languages. She can speak or at least understand just about any language. In addition, because her mother was an empath, she inherited a moderate amount of empathic ability.

Both Illumina and Solia make a reprise as secondary characters in Hunted by the Cyborg, book 6, which will be released in January.

Universal Buy link for Captured by the Cyborg

Universal Buy link for Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 (Rescued by the Cyborg

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Help me pick a new Authors in Space logo & enter to win an autographed #SFR

I need your opinion!

Authors in Space is a weekly blog feature in which science fiction romance authors show off their offices. I want to change the logo for the feature. Give me your feedback on the new logo options, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for free autographed paperback of Claimed by the Cyborg.

This is the old logo:

Here are the new options. Which one is the most interesting/attention-getting? Which one would makes you the most curious about the feature?

Option 1, laptop with computer code:

Option 2, woman on the moon:

Option 3, laptop on the moon:

So…which one do you prefer? Tell me your choice in the comments.  Be sure to leave your email either in the sign-in box or in the comments so I can notify you if you win Claimed by the Cyborg.  Visit my blog on Saturday to find out which logo I selected, who won the prize, and to see the office of author A.M. Griffin.

Check out these author offices:

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

This is what you could win:

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.

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Freebie Friday Winners Announced!

Over the weekend I held a prize drawing for two pet toys. The winner of the dog toy is Sharon Extine and the winner of the cat toy is Louise Haring. Congrats, ladies!

Thank you everyone who answered the question and entered the drawing. Freebie Friday is always the fourth Friday of the month on carabristol.com. The next one will be November 24 — the day after Thanksgiving. I don’t know what I’ll give away, probably a book or some swag.

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A ‘creative’ writing office for author Sue Lyndon #AuthorsInSpace #ScifiRom

By Sue Lyndon

My home office is for more than writing, as you can see from the scrapbooking area to the right and the sewing desk to the left. I do all sorts of creative things in my office, although most of my time here is definitely spent at my writing desk. If I hit my word count goal for the day early enough, I’ll sometimes reward myself with a little crafting time.

On my cork board, I have some postcards from Montana, one of my favorite places to vacation, especially the Flathead Lake area. To the right of my desk is my treasured Captain Janeway action figure that Mr. Lyndon got me for Christmas many years ago. I’m a big Star Trek Voyager fan, and I find Captain Janeway’s character super fascinating, so of course she has a place of honor right next to my desk.

 

I do most of my writing during the day, but I often sneak down to my office to read and crochet in the evenings. Here is my reading/thinking/crocheting corner. My office is pretty much my favorite place to hang out, whether I’m writing or crafting or reading.

Sue Lyndon Bio

USA TODAY bestselling author Sue Lyndon writes steamy D/s romance in a variety of genres, everything from contemporary to historical to fantasy. But no matter the genre, her heroes are always HOT dominant alpha males. She’s a #1 Amazon bestseller in multiple categories, including BDSM Erotica and Sci-Fi Erotica. She also writes non-bdsm sci-fi romance under the name Sue Mercury. When she’s not busy working on her next book, you’ll find her hanging out with her family, watching sci-fi movies, reading, or sneaking chocolate.

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A new MFM fantasy romance from Sue Lyndon…  

Claiming Their Slave (Barbarian Mates, Book 3)

Though she dreamed for years of escaping her cruel master, Ava never expected that when she finally left her village it would be in the company of a huge, roughly-handsome barbarian who just purchased her at auction. Despite his stern demeanor and his promise to spank her for any misbehavior, however, her new owner’s firm-handed dominance arouses her deeply.

Jaxon has no intention of keeping Ava as a mere slave, but a human girl would not be safe on her own, and when she attempts to run away he takes her over his knee for a painful, humiliating chastisement. The fact that his strict correction leaves her soaking wet and quivering with need confirms that she will be a suitable mate, and before long she is writhing in ecstasy as she is brought to a helpless, blushing climax over his lap.

Upon arriving at the home shared by Jaxon and his brother, Ava is informed that the two battle-hardened warriors plan to claim her as their shared bride. Her mates make it clear that they will expect her complete submission and will not hesitate to punish her as thoroughly and shamefully as necessary to teach her obedience, but in spite of everything, will she soon find herself longing for the moment when they will claim her completely?

Note: Like all the books in the Barbarian Mates series, Claiming Their Slave can be enjoyed as a standalone title.

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

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