By Elsa Jade
I grew up reading science fiction and fantasy. My mom read to me from The Lord of the Rings before I could read for myself, and she let me buy Frank Herbert’s Dune as a reward for doing my chores. (At the time, I didn’t know it was a classic. I got it because it was a big book and I wanted to make those chores count!) But as I got a little older, I noticed there was just something missing from those wonderful stories…
Kissing! (Insert voice of the little boy from The Princess Bride asking, “Is this a kissing book?”) I loooooved SFF—I loved the action, the adventure, the explosions, riding dragons or space ships!—but the loving relationships sometimes left a lot to be desired. Specifically, they left desire to be desired!
Fast forward screech to today, when the romance genre has vigorous, thrilling, growing (okay, this is sounding a little naughty…) sub-genres in science fiction and fantasy. Kids these days have no idea how lucky they are! (And yeah, weren’t we all reading things we shouldn’t have been at that age?) When I banded together last year with the other authors of the Intergalactic Dating Agency world, I knew we were on our way to a big, fun, explosive adventure just as I’d always loved…but this time, there would be kissing!
We are now in Season 2 of the Intergalactic Dating Agency stories, and the stars of science fiction romance and fantasy romance are looking brighter every day.
About ALPHA STAR (Big Sky Alien Mail Order Brides #1):
Sinclarion Fifth-Moon Jax will be lord of his own solar system, but he can’t claim the homeworld until he takes a bride. He needs the right mate to win his mating rings, but choosing one female from among the neighboring systems while slighting the others could start an interstellar incident—and this ex-mercenary starship captain has finally had enough of war. Where in the universe can a runaway cyborg prince find a naïve female willing to risk her life on the dangerous frontiers of space?
Meanwhile on an unsuspecting Earth… Recovering from a concussion has left Zoe Nazario a little confused about what she wants next in life beyond working at a strange little thrift store in the middle of Big Sky Country. But when she finds a bizarre box that invites her to join the Intergalactic Dating Agency, she thinks maybe she’s lost her mind. But when she meets the sexy alien Sin…she just might lose her heart.
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The toe of Zoe’s sneaker smacked something hard. It skittered down the sidewalk ahead of her.
Jerking to a halt, she bent down to squint at the thing. It glinted at her—the exterior too shiny to be trash—when the bulb in the solar-powered lamppost light finally flickered to life. It looked like a small, chrome Rubik’s cube, faceted in a grid. She glanced both ways down the sidewalk again but didn’t see anyone who might’ve dropped it. Well, she’d just put it in the lost and found at the coffee shop tomorrow. Everyone in Sunset Falls ended up at the Twinkle, Twinkle Roasting House eventually.
She picked up the cube, and it vibrated in her hand. Startled by the buzz, she almost dropped it. When her fingers sprang open, a pale purple light beamed from the top facet. The beam coalesced into a small circle hovering above her palm.
“Greetings, lonely lady of Earth. We are so pleased you have chosen Big Sky Alien Mail Order Brides—”
The chirpy voice was too loud in the residential quiet, and Zoe clamped her fingers reflexively around the smooth-edged cube. The lavender light cut out, along with the voice.
What the… She peered at her own hand as if it belonged to someone else. Lonely lady of Earth? How weird. She frowned and took another suspicious look over both shoulders, straining her tired eyes. If someone was pranking her… But there wasn’t anyone else around.
What was that second part? Something about brides. Maybe the little box was a promotion for the private resort up the mountain. Although it seemed high tech for rustic Sunset Falls. The town was a popular destination wedding spot with its natural beauty rivaling Yellowstone to the south. “Just married” cars paraded up and down Main Street during the height of the summer.
She shook her head and stashed the cube gingerly in the front pocket of her pullover wool sweater. Lost and found, first thing in the morning. Someone would come looking for it.
Someone who wasn’t her. She’d rather be smacked in the head with another brick rather than be some guy’s blushing bride.
“Captain. Someone has viewed your Intergalactic Dating Agency profile.”
In the command chair of the Sinner’s Prayer, Sinclarion Fifth-Moon Jax opened his bleary eyes.
And immediately closed them again. Wormhole light filled the bridge with a scintillating glare. A glare not unlike his Gre-Gre’s when she sent him her ultimatum. As grand-matriarch of his clan, she issued a lot of ultimatums. As a fifth and utterly redundant son from a lesser clan line, he’d blithely ignored said ultimatums for most of his life.
Until this one.
“It’s a match.”
Read all of ALPHA STAR here:
Elsa Jade – who is also Jessa Slade – writes about wild wolves, dangerous dragons, and other sexy shifters, plus out-of-this-world science fiction romance. Basically, anything with kisses AND explosions!
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