Cover and blurb reveal for Alien Intention (Alien Mate 3)!

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Coming in July 2018 ~ Alien Intention!

Their attraction unleashes a perfect storm…

I’m Stormy Weathers.  My love life on Earth is one natural disaster after the other.  I’m attracted to bad boys, rebels, commitment-phobes. In a crowd of choirboys, I’ll manage to find the jerk. All I want is a man who’ll love me and my young son, so I’m going to Dakon to become an alien’s mail order bride. This time will be different! The chemistry I feel with Romando is electric. It doesn’t matter what my sister or her mate or their tribe says, mutual attraction this strong can’t be wrong, so I’ll do anything to get him…

I’m Romando, an outcast in my own tribe. One rash, angry act turned me into a pariah and almost got me banished. But, what everyone resents the most is that I’m one of the lucky few who’ll be getting a mate. The instant Stormy Weathers blows into Dakon with the other Earth females, my horns tingle. She is meant for me, but I resist the instinct to claim her. You see, she’s related to my nemesis responsible for my outcast state. Honor and pride dictate that I reject her as a suitable mate. If only I could get her out of my mind…

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Romando, the hero of Alien Intention, was a secondary character in book 2, Alien Attraction. All the Alien Mate series romances are standalone reads.

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An office ‘stuffed’ with books…the writing space of Kim Knox #AuthorsInSpace

By Kim Knox

My writing space is the small box room in our house and fairly stuffed with books.

It’s south facing and bright most of the days—yes, north west England gets sunlight!—though the house is Victorian with insanely thick walls, so even with warming sunlight I’m often to be found at my desk wearing all the wool I own. Even in the summer. When we have one…

I admit, I hoard books. Most of the shelving in my room is packed two or three books deep. And can I ever find the book I want? No. They hide. Also possibly breed…as I now seem to have two different books on medieval Scandinavian witchcraft that I do not remember buying. By this time next year, there’ll probably be three. I also love old maps and building plans. They’re so good for helping me visualise spaces and moving my characters through them. I have more maps to put on my wall—Charles Booth’s London Poverty maps *bounce*—but sadly I’m running out of space.

My children buy me Funko Pops for various occasions…which is why I have a little Death Eater revel happening on my external hard drive with a rather surprised looking Sherlock and an uninvited grindilow. I also rescued Fluffy and Fawkes from my now teen boys rooms. Every printer needs a cerberus guarding it, after all.

And that’s me.
I know this room is a luxury. I have a door that I can shut and a place I can focus. I can write in peace…when the books behave themselves.

Author bio

USA Today Bestselling Author, Kim Knox brews sex, magic, darkness and technology in a little corner of North West England.

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Hunting Evander by Kim Knox

Narda is on a hunt.

Her target, Doran Van Evander, has holed up on a mining planet. But her hunt won’t be simple or easy.

Planet Lisala-7 is in the grip of a festival, one they’ve made compulsory. Five days of licensed debauchery and now, with her body on fire from the touch of strangers, Narda must find her target before her time runs out. Failing is not an option.

But in this game, who is the hunter and who is the prey?

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Marie Dry combines living room & office for a comfy, cozy writing space #AuthorsInSpace

By Marie Dry

I arranged my living room so that it also doubles as my office. Since I live alone I don’t need a space to get away from noise and I have always worked with the television on for background noise. I lived in Spain in a small flat for four years and had no choice but to work in my living room and it actually suited me well. When I moved back to South Africa I had a big enough room to act as library and study which worked well but my living space was cold and impersonal and people coming to visit preferred to be in my library. When I moved to a smaller place I just decided that the living space will double as my work space and its working well. I do miss the library shelves though.

Marie Dry bio

Ever since she can remember Marie Dry wanted to travel. She had had the privilege of living in Zambia, Morocco, and Spain and sees herself as a bit of a gypsy. Every few years she gets restless and has to be some place new.

She read romances since she was nine and was fairly young when she decided she would write the perfect story that had all the elements she looked for in a romance. In 1997 she decided to go all out with her writing and to get published. Being published by Black Opal Books is a dream come true for her. 

There are several wonderful moments in her life that she would never trade for anything. One of them is meeting President Nelson Mandela and the second being published.

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Alien Captured by Marie Dry

In a bleak future, where government systems are breaking down and poverty and violence reign, on an abandoned farm in Montana, Susannah had a simple plan. She’d capture an alien, sell him to the resistance, and use the money to save her son.

Instead, Susannah had an arrogant alien trapped in a pit who acted as if she was the prisoner. He wanted to kill her dog and insisted she should care for the wound he sustained when he fell into the pit she dug to trap him. On top of that, she had no way to know if the resistance got her message. Every day that passed, she doubted her decision to hand Azagor over to the resistance.

But her son, her baby, was being held by people who considered him unclean because he was conceived out of wedlock—and time was running out.

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“Funny, sexy and action packed” Alien Attraction gets rave reviews

Thank you readers for your praise of Alien Attraction on Amazon!

“I was immediately enticed by their passion, fierce personalities, and their troubles. It was easy to love them…the ending was wonderful.”

“Right from the start you like these characters. They both made me laugh at the things they say and do.”

“Reads like a movie. There is a lot of emotions, action, funny and tender moments.”

“The story is full of humor, a bit of danger, a lot of romance.”

“When I started reading I couldn’t put it down I read the book in one day.”

“This was a fun, quick, lighthearted read. I loved it and cannot wait to read Stormy’s story! I’m sure Sunny’s reaction is going to be priceless!!”

“An amazing job of world-building, creating realistic and intriguing characters, and the romance is very sweet.”

“This is a highly satisfying romance with so many touch and go situations.”

“Funny, sexy and action packed, this second book in the Alien Mate series is sure to please.”

“Alien Attraction is a graceful, easy story to read, perfect for that tender spot deep inside. And the eroticism is pretty darn good too. I finished the novel with a sigh and a smile. I bet you will too.”

I loved the way reviewer/blogger Deanna’s World summed up the plot:

“Alien Attraction is a light, fun, steamy story with a desperate reality show star, an equally desperate horned alien, an unscrupulous show producer, and a lottery for gaining a mate on an icy, barren planet. What could possibly go wrong?”

The official blurb:

How insane is it to marry an alien as a publicity stunt?

I’m Sunny Weathers. You probably recognize me from my reality show, Sunny Weathers’ Excellent Adventures. I’ve had to perform a lot of crazy stunts in my career, but this one takes the cake! The producers are sending me to another planet to become an alien’s mail-order bride. I’m not allowed to tell anybody it’s a put-on, and as soon my contract is up, I’ll be leaving planet Dakon. Unfortunately, I hadn’t counted on my attraction to Mr. Tall, “Darq,” and Handsome…

I’m Darq. The moment I laid eyes on the female with pretty mud-colored hair and a sunny smile, I knew she was mine. Competition for females is fierce, and I was determined to claim a mate from the latest shipment from Earth, so I broke the rules. If anyone finds out, my own brother will banish me to the icy wilderness, and I’ll lose my mate. I will do anything to keep her…

Get yourself some tall, “Darq” and handsome. Download Alien Attraction today!

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The ‘best’ of Authors in Space…my favorite writer offices…

Author offices are as varied as the writers’ books. Every Saturday for Authors in Space a different science fiction/science fiction romance author shows where she or he writes. It’s not always an “office.” For this week’s post, I’m presenting some of my favorites from previous posts. To view the original post/photos featuring that author, click on the author name.

A themed office (and the first Authors in Space post!)….Laurie Green

An office with a beautiful view… Susan Grant

Idea I’d like to steal, the book wall…M.K. Eidem

Screen Envy…Pauline B. Jones

Prettiest multipurpose room…Tasha Black

Best author photo, love her smile…Carol Van Natta

The post that made me laugh…Vivien Jackson

Neatest office, and the best way to submit an Authors in Space post…JC Hay

Most incredible story boards…Lance S.A. Nielsen

Most “authorly” look…Eva Caye

 

Do you have a favorite author office photo (one here or one published in previous post)? Leave a comment so I know you visited.

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My first podcast: why I write #Scifirom, why I don’t write #spanking stories anymore

Author and Magi Romance co-host Veronica Scott interviewed me for Magi Romance’s podcast. She and host Mellissa Landrum had a lot of questions for me: why I started writing about cyborgs, why I’m writing about aliens, why I stopped writing spanking romance, and what I’ll write in the future.

You can listen to the podcast on the Magi Romance website, or for your listening convenience, download it (free!) from iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher, Player, or Tune in.

Listen to Podcast on Magi Romance

The photo above is a reenactment of the podcast recorded last Friday. During the actual podcast, I was in my jammies.

I bought the headset on Amazon so I could do the podcast. They were inexpensive, but worked great. I also use them for listening to videos. See them here.

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Alien Attraction has been released! #Kindle #Nook #iBooks #GooglePlay #Kobo

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How insane is it to marry an alien as a publicity stunt?

I’m Sunny Weathers. You probably recognize me from my reality show, Sunny Weathers’ Excellent Adventures. I’ve had to perform a lot of crazy stunts in my career, but this one takes the cake! The producers are sending me to another planet to become an alien’s mail-order bride. I’m not allowed to tell anybody it’s a put-on, and as soon my contract is up, I’ll be leaving planet Dakon. Unfortunately, I hadn’t counted on my attraction to Mr. Tall, “Darq,” and Handsome…

I’m Darq. The moment I laid eyes on the female with pretty mud-colored hair and a sunny smile, I knew she was mine. Competition for females is fierce, and I was determined to claim a mate from the latest shipment from Earth, so I broke the rules. If anyone finds out, my own brother will banish me to the icy wilderness, and I’ll lose my mate. I will do anything to keep her…

An excerpt from Alien Attraction

(Note: Mr. Buddy is a teddy bear).

Rustling sounded behind me, and I spun around to see Darq about to slide his leggings down his hips. “What are you doing?” I squeaked. The appropriate behavior would be to avert my gaze; instead, I stared, taking him all in.

“I’m getting ready for bed.”

“You’re taking off your clothes?”

“That’s the way I sleep.”

“What are you wearing underneath?”

He glanced down. “Nothing. What else would there be?” He motioned. “If you get into bed first, I’ll get the lights. The fire will illuminate the room somewhat, but I wouldn’t want you to trip.”

“Lights out. Good idea.” I grabbed Mr. Buddy as a tangible reminder of my mission. I was here to save Devon, not canoodle with a toned, tanned, naked alien who treated me like I was Terra’s gift to Dakonian kind.

I flung back the top layer of the kel.

“You’re not going to undress?” he asked.

Oh, hell no. I regretted stripping down to my robe and panties. I needed more armor. Maybe metal. Like a chastity belt. Or were those leather? Supple, tanned, chocolate leather like his pulsing horns…

“No,” I squeaked. “This is the way I sleep.” And tomorrow night, I would come to bed in every stitch of clothing I had with me.

Before I could utter so much as a peep or slap the teddy bear over my eyes, he’d pulled his pants off and kicked them aside. Without any self-consciousness, he paraded across the cave to the lights.

Okay, so I peeked! Can you blame me? Inquiring minds wanted to know what kind of package he was sporting. If tentacles were involved, I needed to know. I was relieved and pleased to discover Dakonian penises resembled Terran ones, except Darq’s was better. If his top half was impressively manly, there was nothing understated about Mr. Johnson. His penis was a prime specimen of aroused manhood.

Oh, Sunny, girl, you are in so much trouble…

He extinguished the second Illuvian lamp, and the firelight flickered over his smooth, naked flesh. Oh, to be the fire… I dug my fingers into the bear.

Do not touch the alien.

I felt a breeze of cooler air as he tossed back the top kel and got into bed. He smelled warm, male, spicy, and his body heat drifted to my side. If I stretched my arm…I wanted to curl up next to him and lick him like he was a chocolate Dakonian ice-cream cone.

This was no one-night stand where both parties knew the score. I’d had my share of flybys. If a woman wanted to get laid on Terra, she pretty much had to go with the flow. On this planet there were no one-night stands, no friends with beneficial arrangements, only lifetime commitments. I was here to do a show, after which I would leave, and he would be hurt. I’m not saying he would fall in love with me, but he had different expectations.

A teddy bear wasn’t much of a chaperone, but I tucked it between us. My eyes had adjusted to the dimness, and I stared unblinking, wondering how I would survive. Tonight, I could handle. But then there was tomorrow, and the day after that, and next week, next month. How long could I deny myself before I cracked?

“G-good night,” I said.

“You must be very tired after your journey,” he replied.

Tired? If tired was spelled with a W. I couldn’t have been more keyed up if I’d had six espressos. My buff-and-buck-naked alien with the pulsing horns lay a pinky’s width away. If I streeeetched out my finger…no, hands off the alien! “Not so bad,” I said.

He rolled to face me. “I would like to mouth-mesh with you.”

Mouth-mesh? “You mean, kiss?” I’d never expected him to be so direct.

“Yes, kiss.”

“Oh, Darq…” That was such a bad…Yes!…bad idea. I had to let him down easy to spare his feelings.

I dug my fingernails into my palms. That damn teddy bear had failed at chaperoning! Failed miserably! I had only my willpower to save me. Don’t touch the alien. “Kissing isn’t…isn’t…something you should do when you’re naked.”

“When should you do it, then?”

 

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A shout-out for the Blue Book Cover Brigade authors fighting ALS #Authors4ALSA #BlueCovers4ALS

Note from Cara: This is a charity project a group of my author friends are doing.

Looking for Blue skies and smooth sailing to cure ALS

The skies are Blue,

Our books are too.

​We’re fighting ALS

with some help from YOU! ​

Twelve enthusiastic sci-fi romance and paranormal romance authors. Fifteen fantastic blue covered books. One month to help support an outstanding organization.

From May 1-31, 2018 these authors will donate a minimum of 25% of their sales of these books to the ALS Association, an organization dedicated to providing ALS patients and their families with a multitude of different types of assistance, and continuing research to find a cure for this deadly disease.

#Authors4ALSA     #ThinkBlue4ALSA     #BlueCovers4ALS

  • The Immortal Greek by Monica LaPorta
  • The Chameleon by Diane Burton
  • Seeking Vector by Cynthia Sax
  • Prophecy by Lea Kirk
  • Operation Phoenix by Susan Hayes
  • Not His Dragon by Annie Nicholas
  • Morgan’s Choice by Greta van der Rol
  • Mind: The Emergence by Jenn Nixon
  • Mind: The Message by Jenn Nixon
  • Mind: The Fracture by Jenn Nixon
  • Keir by Pippa Jay
  • Inherit the Stars by Laurie A. Green
  • Forged in Fire by A.R. De Clerck
  • Dreaming in Moonlight by Tricia Linden
  • A Time to Begin by Tricia Linden

See all the books here: http://www.leakirk.com/supporting-als.html

Blue Book Cover Brigade Team Page on ALSA Site

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Lance S. A. Nielsen shows his office in ‘its natural state’ #SF #AuthorsInSpace

 

By Lance S. Nielsen

Generally, I write in two places. My office space at home and on the tube. Most of the hardcore writing takes place at home. I write both on my PC and my MAC as I slowly go over to Vellum for writing novels. My background is as a screenwriter and playwright so tackling novels was something I only embarked on last year. Fortunately, I had an edit suite on my MAC, so I was lucky to have both systems.

The office is at the front of my apartment and it’s a good size because I also store all my boardgames & other hobby materials in it. It’s also served as a production meeting space and I’ve had as many as twenty-four people sitting in it for a full meeting! It gets great light in the morning and I find it a really healthy space. My desk is crammed with everything from others books I am reading, to storyboards, notes and energy drinks (As I do not drink tea or coffee) it might look full of all sorts but I actually hate mess but I thought I would show it in its natural honest state. I have pictures of my parents who sadly both passed away and never lived to see me become a published author. I play movie soundtracks when I am working and you can see on the Mac I currently have google earth for Australia where part of the storyline of my second book is set.

Diamonds in the Sky, Book One Parousia

When 200 alien objects, each the size of a city, arrive all over the earth, the world’s population goes into panic. Yet once the ships land, there is no invasion, no communication, and no aliens nor any obvious access inside the vast vessels. As the governments and the scientific community struggle to find answers, a small number of ordinary individuals manage to gain access inside the ships. As speculation about the crafts possible intentions begins to seep into the public consciousness, those in power fear their presence may substantially change the social dynamics of the world as we know it. But do the ships represent a chance for the salvation of The Human Race or its annihilation? Diamonds in the Sky, Book One, Parousia, is set over the first few days of the alien arrival and told from a multi-view perspective of seven different characters, from a variety of different cultural backgrounds, spanning three continents across the world. Each chapter of the book is divided into three different character perspectives.

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Going into the closet to show you my closet! #ClosetOrganization #ClosetGeek

Welcome to Cara’s Closet!

I’ve been undergoing “retail therapy” to combat my midlife crisis (read about that here), and have been revamping my entire wardrobe to build base of neutrals for greater flexibility. My goal is to own fewer clothes but have more outfits. I’ve done quite a bit shopping, and have gotten rid of clothing that I no longer like. As part of that, I’ve been (re)organizing my closet.

It’s always been fairly organized, but now it’s more so. I’ve rearranged a few “zones” to be more functional and accessible.

A caveat: I have a large closet; it measures 12 feet by 8 feet with 30 linear feet of hanging space. My husband has his own almost-as-big-closet. When we built our house, I designed my closet to be a dressing room besides a place to store clothing. Everything I need to get dressed is in one location. I also insisted on space for full-length mirror. In the last two houses we lived in, I used to stand on a chair in front of the bathroom mirror to see the lower half of my outfit. No more!

This is the main part of my closet that I call, “the casual zone.” All my ordinary, every day clothes are in one place.  Shirts on the left, pants and jackets on the right.

 

This is the back end of the closet. My shoes and “long” clothing are here: It doesn’t look like a lot of clothes there, but I have 14 dresses, 5 pairs of “nice” and/or dressy pants and 5 bathrobes. Why 5 robes? Two for winter (need a spare when one is in the wash), two for summer, and one “transitional.”

My shirts are organized by sleeve length, color, and season. In the spring I have the short-sleeved shirts on top (easier to reach). In the fall, I move the long-sleeved shirts on top.

You’ll notice that all my hangers are the same. Several years ago, I invested in Huggable Hangers (from  HSN). I LOVE them. I love having everything hang the same. You can buy cheap felt-covered hangers at Walmart & Target, but I don’t recommend them. They break. Huggable Hangers last forever. BTW, I’ve never bought anything from a TV shopping show, except Huggable Hangers. I don’t watch home shopping shows. When I bought the hangers, I just happened to tune in, see them, and say, I need those. It’s like it was meant to be. I’m a closet geek. Not a geek in the closet, a geek about closets. You can get Huggable Hangers on Amazon.

I implemented a new  accessory zone located within the casual zone, so that everything I need is in one place. Purses are up top in dust bags, my scarves, belts, and jewelry are all right there.

I’ve never been one to hang onto clothing that didn’t fit or that I got tired of, but now I have a system for getting rid of stuff I don’t wear.  At the start of each season (spring/summer and fall/winter) I turn all the hangers the wrong way. Then as I wear clothes, wash them & rehang them, I put the hangers back the right way. At the end of the season, if there are hangers still turned the wrong way, I know I never wore those clothes all season.

And that’s my closet! One last thing to mention is that I was also inspired to get my closet in shape by actress Heather Dubrow who has a You Tube video called Heather’s Closet. Her closet is freaking amazing. It’s like a clothing boutique!

My closet is nowhere near as grand, but I’m pretty happy with it.

I realize most people don’t have closets as large as mine, but part of the trick of being organized is not having more stuff than you have available storage. I don’t keep stuff I don’t wear or use. I want to have everything I need, but not more than that.  I regularly donate clothing to charity. I enjoy paring down my closet almost as much as I enjoy adding to it!

If you have clothing you haven’t worn in a year or two, get rid of it. If you have clothing that hasn’t fit in years, but you’re hoping it will someday, get rid it. If you do lose the weight, buy new stuff as your reward. If it’s stained or torn, trash it. If you once liked it, but don’t anymore, give it to somebody who will like it. What is the point of having a closet full of clothes you don’t wear?

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