October Sexy Beasts & Warrior Women Book Fair — get your #FREE books #BookFair

It’s Freebie Friday, but this deal goes throughout the month of October. More than 60 paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy and urban fantasy romances are totally free in the Sexy Beasts & Warrior Women Book Fair on BookFunnel.

My own science fiction romance novel Under Fyre (Alien Dragons Shifters 1) is one of the ones you can download for free.

Ready to stuff your ereader and binge read? Check out the BookFair here.

Betrayed by her people, does she dare trust a dragon?

The alien dragon shapeshifters who discover Earth come in peace—at first. Then, inexplicably, they threaten to attack. In an attempt to show goodwill and appease the dragons, Earth sends a human woman to become a concubine to one of the Draconian king’s sons, Prince K’ev.

K’ev would sooner give up his ability to breathe fire than accept a human, but when he meets Rhianna, sparks fly, and his dragon realizes she’s his mate.

Rhianna falls for the hot-blooded prince, unaware she’s a key link in a desperate scheme to defeat the dragons, a strike that could backfire with devastating consequences. Will she figure out what Earth has planned in time to save her dragon mate? And if she does, will K’ev be able to save her planet from the fire of angry king’s retaliation?

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Preorder KORD: Dakonian Alien Mail Order Brides, read an #excerpt #IntergalacticDatingAgency

Release date: October 17. Soon! Reserve your copy now from these booksellers:
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Kord is the book 5 of the Dakonian series, but it IS a standalone read.

She’s a successful Texas restauranteur, but he’s hungry for more than what she’s cooking.

Barb Quintain seems to have it together. She owns the hottest restaurant in town, lives in a fabulous luxury apartment, and has a personality as big as the state of Texas. But outward confidence conceals old wounds as big as Texas, too. She hides behind success, fearing someone will discover what she’s really like—a fake, a fraud, all broth and no beans.

Then, one evening, he walks into her restaurant—the hottest, sexiest man she’s ever seen. Kord. An alien from Dakon who’s so out of her league, she could never deserve him.

Kord doesn’t understand why none of his Intergalactic Dating Agency matches have panned out until he happens into Barbie Q’s Restaurant and meets the proprietress. His twitching horns immediately signal she’s his Fated mate. Unfortunately, she doesn’t seem to recognize that. The only thing he can do is get her to hire him so he can convince her they’re meant to be together.

Just as Kord’s patience wins her over, and Barb begins to envision herself as his mate, a family crisis sends her running in her rhinestone boots. Will confronting her past destroy their future?

An excerpt from KORD

In this scene, Barbie Q’s is short staffed, so owner Barb Quintain is helping out by waiting tables

I swung back around to the kitchen, snagged two baskets of bread then zinged by the bar and grabbed the dark ale. I deposited one basket on table five and then shot over to the Dakonian’s table.

Which was…vacant. Pit stop, most likely. I set the beer and bread down and spun around. There he was. It took a moment for the situation to register. “What are you doing?” I gasped.

He was loading used plates into the bin on the cart. A customer was busing tables. “No, no, no—you can’t do that.” I rushed over and yanked a dirty plate out of his hand.

“People need a place to eat,” he said.

I craned my neck. He had to be at least seven feet tall—with shoulders half as wide. He was built like an NFL player suited up with pads—except he wasn’t wearing any. Just a little ole buckskin shirt and leggings molding every muscle of his hard body.

“You’re a customer, not an employee,” I said. “Please leave this and take your seat. I brought you an ale and some Texas toast. Your meal will be out shortly.”

“Your sign in the window said you needed help. Servers and drivers.”

“Drivers?”

“Someone to drive a bus. Yes?”

I blinked. “Oh! You mean the bus person. That’s not a driver; it’s someone to help clear tables.”

“What I’m doing now. You do need help.”

“But not from you.”

“Why not from me? Am I not doing it correctly?”

“You’re a customer!” The restaurant had gone quiet, and people were staring at us. Heat crept up the back of my neck. In my consternation, I’d lost my Texas accent. I sounded like every other native Southern Californian.

“He can bus my table anytime,” a woman snickered.

“Please return to your seat,” I said in a low voice.

He straightened. “I would like to apply for the job as bus person. Did I say that right?”

“Yes.”

“So I got the job?” He grinned from ear to ear, a white, wide smile that could melt a girl’s panties right off.

Heat of a different sort spread from my neck to my chest and lower. “I meant you said it right.”

“Oh.” He looked so crestfallen, I felt like I’d kicked a puppy.

“You don’t want to work here,” I argued. “The hours are crappy. The pay sucks.” I didn’t usually dissuade people from working for me, especially when I needed help, but I couldn’t hire him because…because…well, I just couldn’t. He’d be too, too…close. I tucked my hair behind my ears and then untucked it. Retucked it and dropped my hands.

“I don’t mind about the hours, and I have no use for money. I need something to do, and I would like to help,” he said.

“Oh for goodness’ sake. Hire him!” someone shouted.

“Hire him! Hire him! Hire him!” customers chanted over the country music.

What the hell? I could have a riot on my hands. I did need more busboys. But I didn’t know anything about him. Not even his name. Did he have a work visa?

“Hire him! Hire him!”

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Wonder Woman & mythology book fair! #WonderWoman #BookFair

I loved Wonder Woman, the comic books, the TV show starring Lynda Carter, the movie. Wonder Woman was based on the Greek myth of the Amazons, a tribe of fierce, aggressive women warriors who lived separate from men. As a kid, the myth spoke to the feminist in me, that there was a group of women who didn’t need men.

A few years ago, I wrote my own Wonder Woman, story, Warrior’s Curse. I called my wonder women, the Sharona, but they are my version of the Amazons. In the story, the queen’s daughter has never even seen a man until she accompanies her cousin on a mating journey. He turns out to be not at all what she expected, and they fall in love.

During the month of October, Warrior’s Curse is one many books in a romance book fair. All the books by the different authors were inspired by mythology. If you enjoy mythology or fantasy romance, you’re sure to find something you’ll love in the book fair on BookFunnel.

See the Book Fair here.

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Recommended Reads: What I read in September 2019

It seems like I buy five books for every one that I read, so books get buried in my Kindle. In September, I made a concerted effort to unearth some of those books and finally read them. I found a lot of treasures. (Alas! I read one sample downloaded last December that I loved, and when I went to the buy the book, it wasn’t available any more. Guess that serves me right for taking so long). With just a few exceptions, this month’s books fall into two categories: newly released Intergalactic Dating Agency romances and the older gems.

I read 11 books this month! For me, that’s lot. I’d gotten behind (by 15 books) on my Goodreads Challenge to read 100 books this year, and had given up on catching up, but after this month, I might catch up after all. I’m only 8 behind now. Woot!

As always, I don’t finish or review books I don’t like or can’t get into, so if it’s listed here, it rates at least four stars. Without further ado, here are the books I recommend….

Cyborg and veteran Raze is trespassing on a corporate-owned planet. He lives alone on the planet raising “noats,” (like goats but not goats) and mourning his lost comrades. Then Sevda, on a scouting mission for the corporation, crash lands. She’s duty bound to report her findings to employer to whom she’s indentured. Raze and Sevda’s attraction is instant and strong, but the corporation controls their fate. Can they find a way to free themselves to live and love?

I enjoyed this book so much! It was the perfect read for me. Appealing characters and a plot with enough tension to keep the story moving forward without overdoing it, which made for a very pleasant read.

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After his entire tribe is killed, Ehd, a prehistoric man is barely surviving until the day he finds a woman in one of his pit traps. He immediately claims her as his mate. What he doesn’t know is she’s a modern woman who ended up in his time. At first, she’s scared and distrustful, and they’re unable to communicate, but little by little they draw closer, and she comes to love him.

There were some dangers living in the wild, but the day-to-day struggle for survival is what made this book such a page-turner. I couldn’t put it down. Just a comment: given their communication difficulties and her wariness, it took a long time before Ehd & “Beh” (Beth) had sex, but once they did, they went at it like bunnies for the rest of the book (what else are you going to do in the middle winter during prehistoric times?).

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Emma is an authentic psychic, “Madam Love,” whose visions help people meet their soulmates. Lance is the author of “Your Soulmate Doesn’t Exist.” On a radio show, the two spar, and she’s challenged to find him his soulmate in two weeks. But when her crystal ball causes their paths to continue to cross, she realizes SHE might be his soulmate. This was a such a fun, fun entertaining book. Great setup. Witty dialogue. Once Lance got over his animosity toward Madam Love, he became quite the charmer. He was a great book boyfriend. For a good time, read this book!

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This book has been on my radar screen for a long time. Literally, decades. It’s been in my Kindle for at least a year, maybe more. I finally read it. It would have been more helpful to me if I’d read it 20 years ago. A lot has changed in two decades, and some of the advice in this book didn’t quite stand the test of time. That said, it does offer amusing personal insights into the mind and writing habits of Anne Lamott, author. If you’re a beginning writer wondering, “Am I normal?” Bird by Bird would be a good book to read.

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I enjoyed the entire reaper series, and this Reap & Reckon was like the icing on the cake. Urban Fantasy fans won’t want to miss this one. It offers action-packed high stakes with well-drawn characters, each worthy of a spin-off book! There’s also a lot in this book and series that is though-provoking. Author Lisa Medley always writes a compelling story.

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When producers send reality show star Margot Lane to a health spa to lose a few pounds, she’s supposed to lay low and keep it a secret. But when she busts out of fat camp, she accidentally ends up in ANOTHER reality show, So You Think You Can Marry An Alien. It’s not a good place to hide out when you’re on the lam–especially when you’ve developed a strong attraction to the star of the show, Kent, the alien. He needs to “click” with his soulmate, and Margot seems to be the one for him. So You Think You Can Marry An Alien was a fast paced, charming read. At times, laugh-aloud funny. Nice twists and turns. Great HEA.

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Minta doesn’t find out until late that her employers are terrorists. When they release a plague and bug out, she’s left behind in enemy territory and must rely on the goodwill of the enemy to survive. When she’s called on to nurse Finn, a cyborg and enemy commando who caught the plague, she falls in love with him and begins to question what she always believed. Who’s the real enemy?

Love Thy Galactic Enemy doesn’t offer pat, black and white answers, but paints the “world” in shades of gray, showing the ambiguity and complexity of life, and the internal conflict that arises when fact seems to contradict belief. The characters well-developed and complex. Even the bad guy, the Watcher, is drawn with empathy. Don’t get too attached to the mizzets.

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Megan is a bodyguard; Karos, a dragon shifter, is head of security for the alien embassy on Earth. When Megan’s employer and friend is kidnapped, the two of them team up to rescue them–while in the throes of the “rux,” the mating rut. Strong heroine holds her own again the dragon shifter male. Plenty of action, romance and a little mystery. I really liked the linkage to the other books coming up!

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If I could only recommend one book this month, Guarding the Mermaid (Chimera Secrets #2) would be it. I loved it, and I’ll confess I was predisposed to dislike this book.

Mermaids are not my thing. I see “mermaids,” and I lose interest.  Becky, the heroine, came across as dingaling in book 1 (A Nurse for the Wolfman). I didn’t like her in the previous book. Hero Jett is the kind of alpha-hole you find in dark romance. Definitely not my thing. But those elements put together in this story—Wow!

Becky is no dingaling. She’s a nurse in search of a scoop that will allow her to become an investigative reporter (somebody should have told her there’s more money in nursing than in journalism). But the clock is ticking. She’s terminally ill. After she’s attacked by a strange patient at the hospital where she works, she’s offered a job at remote, top-secret medical clinic. She figures out something fishy is going on, and the clinic and its brilliant Dr. Chimera might be her big break.

While Becky is suspicious of the doctor and his experiments; he’s suspicious of her, and orders his henchman Jett to key an eye on her and eliminate her if she becomes a problem. Jett is an amoral enforcer with no compunction about killing somebody if the job calls for it.

But despite himself, he begins to care for Becky. However, as her terminal illness progresses, she wonders if one of Dr. Chimera’s experiments might offer her a miracle cure. However, those experiments come with huge risk—a horrific, painful death or something much, much worse.

How far will she go to try to save her life? How far will Jett go?

Guarding the mermaid offers a tantalizing concoction of medical sci-fi, paranormal, dark romance, and a touch of horror that makes for a page-turning, compelling read. Highly recommend. This is a stand-alone read in the Chimera Secrets series.

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This was a fun story. I enjoy seeing how the various IDA authors use the Intergalactic Dating Agency in their stories, and Annie Nicholas is a newcomer to the group. What I really liked about Trace was how the hero and heroine were equal partners working together. Lilly is a reporter investigating human trafficking. Her leads have brought her to the Cosmos Resort. Trace is an undercover alien investigating the same. Suspicious of each other at first, they team up to try to figure out the mystery. A fun, fast-paced, light read.

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I have mixed feelings about this book. It hooked me immediately, pulling me away from the other book I was reading (I’d downloaded the Blood Type sample to see if I wanted to buy the book while it was on sale). I loved the set-up: economic crash, humans are struggling. A vampire corporation conspires to take over the city. In desperation, to make ends meet, Reyna signs on with the corporation to become a blood donor to one of the highest ranking vamps in the city. But Beckham, frightening at first, soon captivates her attention, and she begins to crave more from him than he’s willing to give (or, as the case is, to take. He won’t feed from her and she doesn’t know why). Throughout the story is there is delicious ongoing tension created by the vampire threat.

However…the heroine does a lot of stupid things, and never gets any smarter. Her last stupid thing at the end of the book creates a cliffhanger ending. (The Blood Type “series” is a serial). Beckham also does some stupid things that pushed the believability beyond the boundaries (Ex: he’s says he wants to protect her, but he takes her places where he knows her life will be endangered). Although my eyes rolled, I kept reading and reading. So, it’s definitely a compelling story. I do recommend Blood Type for vampire romance fans AND for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey (it had the same tone and feel, and Blood Type is much better written).

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Have you read any of these books? Which of these intrigue you? What are your recommended reads?

Please note: I’m author who chooses to share what I read. I’m not a book reviewer, so I don’t take book review requests.

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Guest author spotlight: SONGBIRD, by Liza O’Connor, new release

I’m featuring a guest author today! Liza O’Connor has a new release, the post-apocalyptic Songbird.

Songbird blurb

Five hundred years from now, the necessity of population control and a preference for male children has resulted in a shortage of women. Down from the Appalachian Mountains, comes Tory White, an unusually tall and muscular young woman. Unable to read, she is deceived into signing a lifelong contract as a concubine. Entirely unsuitable for the position, she soon finds herself slotted for the ‘beds,’ where few girls live beyond a month. Yet, her honest and forthright manner charms the head of security into saving her and sets her upon a path in which she becomes the ‘heart’ of the world and the savior of man’s future.

Excerpt

She entered Leroy’s room without anyone noticing. It smelled like old socks and possums, but it was a private room, just big enough for her to maneuver around in. She gently woke him up.

“I’ve come to wish you goodbye.”

He seemed surprised for a moment and then laughed to himself, no doubt thinking her an idiot.

She noticed he wasn’t packed and offered to do it for him, which he allowed, since he was too sleep-deprived and hung-over to do it himself. While she packed, she asked him questions concerning the procedure of leaving and how the guard would know it was him.

He always liked it when she asked him questions to which he knew the answers. While he would explain it to her as if she were a simpleton, he would explain it. He couldn’t tell her what this DNA was that proved it was him and not someone else, but he did know it was something in the blood or saliva that was different from everybody else’s. She wished she could ask Link to explain it to her, but she wouldn’t be speaking to Link again.

That realization brought tears to her eyes. God, she was going to miss him! She couldn’t delude herself that she might even see him on his off time if she got a job in the town because she knew if he saw her again, he’d bring her back to this hellhole.

“Aww, Tory, don’t start crying. You’re going to be fine here. This won’t be as bad as you think; only you shouldn’t have pissed off your house warden.”

“Well, maybe if I had realized how important she was to my future, I wouldn’t have,” Tory replied, anger creeping into her voice. “I know for sure I wouldn’t have signed that damn contract, if you had told me what it really said.”

“I didn’t know,” he assured her. “I thought it was the same as mine.”

Link had checked the records and told her she was the seventh girl Leroy had brought to this place.

“I’m curious, Leroy. Was it the three hundred dollars or the chance to audition that made you do this?”

“Are you serious? The audition,” he replied. “They’d only let me audition if I brought along a girl. I thought they wanted duets.”

“Give up the innocent act. I know you’ve brought six other girls to this place. You knew exactly what they wanted.”

His mouth opened and closed several times like a fish out of water, before he finally came up with a reply. “It won’t be that bad, I promise you.”

“Really? Have you ever inquired on the other girls you brought here?”

“Sure, they like it here.”

Her eyes widened. “They told you that in person?”

“Yeah, I see them when I come. Remember those two girls the first day we were here—well, that was two of them. They’re really happy here.”

Tory shook her head. “I can tell when most people are lying, but not you, Leroy. Everything you say rings true. It must be that angel face of yours that confuses the senses.”

He sat up in bed. “Maybe it’s because I’m not lying. Look, I care for you, Tory. I truly believe that once you settle in, you’ll be just like the other girls I brought, and by my next visit, you’ll be thanking me. Hey, who knows, it might be your little sister I bring next time. Won’t that be nice having her around?”

His smile lasted only a second, and then Tory’s foot crashed into his jaw with sufficient force to break bones.

“The girls are dead, Leroy. Every girl you’ve brought here is dead now, and you will not be bringing my sister into this hellhole.”

Link watched Leroy Stubs stumble from the musician’s quarters and slowly make his way down to the truck. He was pleased to see that Tory had kicked the shit out of Stubs. He hoped it would give her something to hold on to, when times got hard in the months to come.

Blood clotted in Leroy’s normally well-groomed hair. Sunglasses covered his eyes and his cowboy hat hung low across his forehead in an attempt to hide the damage the girl had inflicted.

Link smiled as he watched Stubs struggle as he put his luggage on the truck bed. A bit of fresh blood leaked from the side of Stub’s mouth.

“What’s the matter, asshole, did some little girl kick the shit out of you?”

Stubs ignored him and headed towards the truck cab.

“Hold on, asshole. You’re not getting into my cab covered in blood. You’re in the back.”

Stubs didn’t respond. He was clearly in too much pain to argue.

Link smiled at the agony it caused him to climb up on the bed unassisted. He noticed with satisfaction that more fresh blood dripped from his face. Once Stubs was on the truck bed, Link shoved him hard, causing him to tumble him into the cab wall. “Just helping you to the front of the bed, Stubs. You seem a bit shaky on your feet.”

Stubs struggled to right himself.

“Hold on tight now—I’d hate for you to fall out and die on me. It’d be a real shame to lose a sorry piece of scum like you.” Link climbed into the cab. He pulled forward as fast as the truck could go. He watched Stubs through the rearview window almost slide off before he caught himself on a metal loop with one finger. He knew that had to hurt.

He kept his speed up until they came to the gate. Slamming on the brakes at the last minute, he smiled as Stubs’ body slammed against the cab.

Buy links for Songbird:
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About the Author:

Liza O’Connor lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.

Liza’s Blog & Website | Multiverses Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Title list

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Get the ALIEN MATE Boxed Set for 40% off on Kobo! #Kobobooks

Kobo Books has a boxed set sale going on now through September 30. Participating boxed sets are 40% off with checkout code SEPTBOX.

My science fiction romance alien mail order bride boxed set, ALIEN MATE COMPLETE SERIES, is on sale too!

Prices will show up as full-cover price, but when you check out, enter the promo code, SEPTBOX, and the discount will be applied.

Alien Mate deal on Kobo | All the Kobo boxed set deals

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Release Day! SIXX: Dakonian Alien Mail Order Brides #IntergalacticDatingAgency

Single alien dad needs a mate with some moxie.

Software developer Moxie Maguire has a BIG dream—save enough money to start her own video game company. That’s why she logs fourteen hours days working for an obnoxious boss. But when life seems to be passing her by, she sets another goal—meet Mr. Right, a man who can support her dream. She joins the Intergalactic Dating Agency and is matched with a hot and horned alien named…Sixx. Sexy as heck, a good listener, family-oriented—he’s the perfect man to share a life with.

If only that life was on Earth.

Sixx has a dream, too. Find a mate, settle down, and raise kits. With females in short supply on his planet, this single dad heads for Earth to get a female and get back to Dakon and his young son. The instant he meets Moxie, he recognizes she’s his Fated Mate. They’re meant to be together.

But he won’t abandon his child. And, unfortunately, his planet has even fewer computers than females. One for the entire planet, to be exact.

Will two Fated Mates have to part? Or can they find a way to work it out?

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An excerpt from Sixx

“If she is concerned about this Miles person, then I am concerned.” There was an odd note in his voice.

Was he jealous? Normally I couldn’t stand possessiveness, but warmth kindled inside. “You don’t need to worry about Miles. He’s ancient history.”

“He’s in your present—you work for him.”

“He’s my boss. I’m not interested in him in a romantic way,” I tried to reassure him. Once I had liked Miles, but now? Ugh. Banish the thought. Why would I pick a weasel over a hot, hunky alien? Sixx was forthright, courageous, hot as all get-out, and a heck of a kisser. Although his directness put me on the spot, I appreciated his honesty. He’d told me up front he intended to return to Dakon.

Forewarned is forearmed, as they said. Now I knew what I needed to do—convince him to stay.

In a flash, I made a decision. I would let nature takes its course and pursue our mutual attraction. Sixx drew me like no one ever had. I loved his exotic, alien scent. While not classically handsome, he was over-the-top hot—tall, muscular, horned. I didn’t need a man. I could take care of myself. Showy acts of machismo didn’t impress me, yet the way he’d taken after my mugger did. He’d risked his life for me.

I admired his courage in taking a leap of faith by coming all the way to Earth to meet a woman. I’d joined the IDA, but I got to remain on my comfortable, familiar world, which brought matters around to the negative that could spoil everything.

What if I couldn’t convince him to stay? What if he went back to Dakon? I could end up heartbroken.

Don’t let fear make your decisions read aplaque over my computer station at home. I hadn’t played it safe with my career—why should I play it safe with love? I’d joined the Intergalactic Dating Agency, for goodness’ sake! Wasn’t that a risk?

As Barb had pointed out, my job consumed my life, and that was no way to live. I hoped to marry and have children someday. The biological clock had started ticking, and kids weren’t going to spontaneously generate. If I spent every second barricaded in the game lab, I’d never have a family.

Sixx assumed he’d go back to Dakon with a woman—but he’d formed his intention before meeting me. He already liked me and was attracted to me. He was jealous of Miles. If we fell in love, wouldn’t he desire to stay?

“Hot stuff coming up!” Carrying a large tray on her shoulder, Becky landed in front of our table and proceeded to set out the food: a platter piled high with beef, pork, chicken, and ribs, four bowls with the sides, and a basket of Texas toast. She placed plates in front of us. “Can I get you anything else?”

 “Uh…I don’t think so. Thank you.”

“I’ll come by and check on you. If you need more sooner, wave me down.” She pointed to the small Texas flag on the table I’d assumed was there for decoration.

I couldn’t imagine eating more. Becky collected her tray and headed back to the kitchen. I lifted my gaze from the mountain of barbecue to find Sixx focused on me. Passion and hope, an irresistible combination, glinted in his eyes. He was bold but not brash. He liked me. And I liked him. My pulse raced, and my stomach fluttered. Food was the last thing on my mind.

“I would like to have relations with you,” he said.

Note: The Intergalactic Dating Agency is a multi-author series featuring hot, sexy aliens coming to Earth to meet their mates. Each participating author writes her own series under the IDA umbrella and releases the books in sets of three every fall. Dakonian Alien Mail Order Brides is Cara Bristol’s IDA series. Although Sixx is technically book 4 of the Dakonian series, it’s the FIRST book of the 2019 set.

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For readers: Never have I ever…book edition! How many of these have you NOT done? #Fridayreads

How many have you not done? I’d love to know which ones. Comments welcome.

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What the heck does BACON have to do with science fiction romance?

What do you eat for breakfast? Cereal? Bacon and eggs? Pancakes? Toast? Those are the normal breakfast foods, right?

A few years ago, my husband and I vacationed in Thailand and visited my sister-in-law and brother-in-law who lived and worked in Bangkok. My sister-in-law explained that the Thai people didn’t have special foods for breakfast, they just ate whatever was left over from dinner—stir fry, lemongrass chicken, curry, whatever.

Well, I thought that was a little weird. Imagine if we did that in the US. We’d be having pot roast, lasagna, fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy, or chili….for breakfast!

Then it hit me: why is having stir fry or chili for breakfast weirder than oatmeal or an omelet?

Isn’t it weirder to arbitrarily decide certain foods can only be eaten at certain times of the day?

Why is bacon a breakfast food and a pork chop dinner fare? Why is ham with hash browns eaten in the morning and ham with scalloped potatoes in the evening? Sometimes people do have “breakfast for dinner,” but that’s exactly what they call it—“breakfast for dinner,” acknowledging that what they are eating is normally reserved for the morning meal.

Our rules are arbitrary, yet the “rightness” goes unquestioned.

Author Viv Jackson who writes awesome science fiction romance recently blogged about world building and it got me thinking about this topic. When you write futuristic fiction, you can’t take anything for granted. Everything from large to minute has to be (re)created: government, clothing, transportation, climate and weather, flora and fauna, eating utensils, food, religion, swear words, technology, communication systems, lingo, housing, etc.

The process of building a world causes me to analyze present day Earth culture because I need to decide if the imaginary will be different or similar. You might assume “different,” but that’s not always the case. For instance, take clothing. You can design clothing any way you want, but it’s still clothing. The fact that most alien main characters in most science fiction books wear clothing is a human habit. No other animal on our planet wears clothing.

There are only two reasons for clothing: modesty and protection.

The desire for modesty is a learned cultural, religious construct. It’s not a need; it’s a belief, a value. It is only our value judgement that nakedness should be covered up.

Nor does every being need protection. If an alien harkens from a temperate planet and/or is on environmentally controlled spacecraft or space station why would he/she/it need clothing anyway? Maybe his anatomy and physiology allows him to handle temperature extremes. Modesty? His ancestors didn’t learn nakedness was wrong because a female fed a piece of fruit to a male.

Our culture causes us to clothe our alien characters without even thinking about why we’re doing it. But, often, I do think about it.

Science fiction makes me realize how “weird,” arbitrary, and often ridiculous Earth culture is.  What we do isn’t normal or the “right” way—it’s just the way we choose to do things. What we were taught has become so engrained we don’t question; we don’t even realize there could be questions.

In three of my science fiction romance series, I create futuristic alien worlds:  Cy-Ops Cyborg Romance, Breeder, and Alien Mate.

My fourth series, Dakonian Alien Mail Order Brides,  is set on Earth in the near future. The world-building consists of showing the oddities of our culture as seen through the eyes of visiting aliens. Their befuddlement as they are introduced to Earth customs provides some light, even humorous moments.

Bacon for breakfast? That’s weird.

Sixx: Dakonian Alien Mail Order Brides

Single alien dad needs a mate with some moxie…

Software developer Moxie Maguire has a BIG dream—save enough money to start her own video game company. That’s why she logs fourteen hours days working for an obnoxious boss. But when life seems to be passing her by, she sets another goal—meet Mr. Right, a man who can support her dream. She joins the Intergalactic Dating Agency and is matched with a hot and horned alien named…Sixx. Sexy as heck, a good listener, family-oriented—he’s the perfect man to share a life with.

If only that life was on Earth.

Sixx has a dream, too. Find a mate, settle down, and raise kits. With females in short supply on his planet, this single dad heads for Earth to get a female and get back to Dakon and his young son. The instant he meets Moxie, he recognizes she’s his Fated Mate. They’re meant to be together.

But he won’t abandon his child. And, unfortunately, his planet has even fewer computers than females. One for the entire planet, to be exact.

Will two Fated mates have to part? Or can they find a way to work it out?

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What is your BIG DREAM? How far would you go to achieve it?

What is your passion? Your big dream?

There were three things I wanted more than anything.

First, I wanted to write and publish books.  At the end of my life, if I hadn’t become an author, I would have suffered big regrets.  I’ve never worked harder or longer at anything, because this is it for me. I started writing fiction (ahem) 30 years ago. Eighteen years ago, I got my first fiction piece published (in Good Housekeeping!), and 10 years ago, my first book was published. I stuck to it when a lot of writers gave up because there is nothing else in the entire world I would rather do. I’m lucky writing is portable. I can write anywhere.

The other two big things I always wanted were to be married (did it) and to own a home (did it), because I’m a nester by nature. I have to have a place to roost. But what if it hadn’t been possible to get all three? What if I had choose? Argh!!!

I drew inspiration from my passion for writing romance in creating Moxie Maguire, the heroine of SIXX: Dakonian Alien Mail Order Brides. Her big dream is to start her own video game company. She’s been working long hours at another company, writing her own games on the side, and saving her money. She is so close to success when she meets Sixx – her dream man.

However, Sixx is a single dad. His son is back on Dakon so he has to return to his planet. If you’ve read any of the Alien Mate or Dakonian books, you know that Dakon is a primitive planet caught in an ice age. There is one computer for the entire population. If Moxie is going to achieve her dream, she can’t go to Dakon. And Sixx can’t abandon his son.

So, back to you…

What are your dreams? Your passions? Have you achieved them? Please share!

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She wants a man who’s got her six…
He needs a mate with enough moxie to leave Earth…

Software developer Moxie Maguire has a BIG dream—save enough money to start her own video game company. That’s why she logs fourteen hours days working for an obnoxious boss. But when life seems to be passing her by, she sets another goal—meet Mr. Right, a man who can support her dream. She joins the Intergalactic Dating Agency and is matched with a hot and horned alien named…Sixx. Sexy as heck, a good listener, family-oriented—he’s the perfect man to share a life with.

If only that life was on Earth.

Sixx has a dream, too. Find a mate, settle down, and raise kits. With females in short supply on his planet, this single dad heads for Earth to get a female and get back to Dakon and his young son. The instant he meets Moxie, he recognizes she’s his Fated Mate. They’re meant to be together.

But he won’t abandon his child. And, unfortunately, his planet has even fewer computers than females. One for the entire planet, to be exact.

Will two Fated Mates have to part? Or can they find a way to work it out?

Sixx is available for preorder everywhere. Release date: Sept. 26, 2019.

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