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Year End SFR eBook Bargains

Did you get a new Kindle or other eReader for the holidays?

Do you like to read SciFi Romance?

Do you like a bargain?

  
Then check out the Scifi Romance Brigade Facebook page for year end ebook bargains, most for $0.99! 

Below are a few examples of some of the bargains available…

  
Project Enterprise Bundle by Pauline Baird Jones
  
Farewell Andromeda by Laurie A. Green

Three stories by Aurora Springer…
  
The Lady is Blue, Book 1 of Atrapako on Eden 

  
Grand Master’s Pawn, Book 1 of the Grand Master’s Trilogy

  
Captured by the Hawk

And many, many more End of Year specials! 


What SciFi Romance influenced you?

‘Everyday Fangirl Asks’ is a new segment to The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl that asks a question posed by the Everyday Fangirl to a group of fans or creators on various fan related topics.

Today, the Everyday Fangirl asks members of the SFR Brigade the following fan related question:

So what was the first Science Fiction (SciFi) Romance that either started you down this path or has the most influence on you?

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First, The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl would like to thank all of the members of the SFR Brigade who took time out of their busy schedules to share their influences and memories for this article!

The responses given by these members reflect a diverse set of influences on their science fiction romance genre journey…

Liza O’Connor Everyday Fangirl guest blogger and author of the Multiverses series

I had been reading sci-fi all my life, and while the science and adventure parts were excellent, they all lacked a major part of life for any species (sexual interest/romance). Thus, I wrote my own. It’s not funny so I’ve yet to publish it, but I expect to soon. I can’t remember the book that made me try and write a better sci-fi, but the protagonist went on and on about food, (I think he must have been on a diet, because his prior books had never been so food oriented), but the only woman in his book was nothing but a one-dimensional prop. It resulted in me no longer reading him and why I can’t remember his name or the book. He had failed me.

Pippa Jay Everyday Fangirl guest blogger and author of Keir and the upcoming Keir’s Fall

The Crystal Singer by Anne McCaffery. I just re-read the Crystal Singer trilogy recently, and was even sadder at the end to think there’ll never ever be another Killashandra story.

Pauline Baird Jones author of the upcoming All I Got For Christmas

The funny part for me, I wrote The Key not realizing it was SFR, because I didn’t write science. I barely passed science. Of course, looking back, I realize my science was mostly fiction back then, too. haha When someone compared it to a Linnea Sinclair, then I read her books and fell in love with the genre.

C.J. Gnos author of The Offspring series

One night when I was a kid, I had a dream that was so vivid that it stuck with me through the years. Planning to write it down some day, I would add to it in my head, until the day came when I did write it all down. That was five books ago. Now story has expanded into other worlds and species.

Carysa Locke who wrote the SFRBrigade article Of Fangirls and Heroines

I would have to say everything by Anne McCaffrey. Her Dragonriders of Pern was the first SF/F I ever read. It was what made me long to be a writer. (It was the summer before my 6th grade year.) I quickly read her entire backlog of books, including her Crystal Singer books, The Ship Who Sang, et al. Sure, SFR these days contains a little more R, but those books that set me on this path. I tried writing everything but SF for a long time, under the assumption that science would be too hard. LOL. But here I am, some three decades later.

Greta van der Rol author of the Ptorix Empire stories

I think the first SFR book I ever read was McCaffrey’s “Restoree“. But that’s not what led me to write SFR. Rather, I read hard SF (still do) and found that emotional bit missing. So I wrote a book I wanted to read.

Lea Kirk author of Prophecy

The Star King by Susan Grant . That book spoke to me at a time when I was doubting my own ability as a writer. It inspired me to finish my debut book, Prophecy, which is set for release in January 2016. I keep my copy of The Star King on my book shelf (and reread it from time to time). One day my path will cross with Susan and I’ll ask her to autograph it.

Melisse Aires author of Her Cyborg Awakes

Some of the old scifi I swiped from my older brother’s room had a touch of romance in it, which greatly increased my enjoyment of a book. Murray Lienster, Heinlein. I didn’t read an actual genre romance until I was 16, but then spent years reading both those and scifi and fantasy writers. Did I mention I was quite a bookworm?

In the 80s and 90s I scoured shelves for futuristics and pararomance, which were hard to find. Anne Stuart’s Cinderman was a Harlequin, but I knew it was scifi! Loved that book–and it held up well, reread not too long ago. Dara Joy–I had to order her books from a bookstore because they didn’t carry them. When we got a computer it opened up the world of erom publishers, who were publishing scifirom and pararom.
I also loved Zenna Henderson, who wrote clever, gentle scifi often involving family and some young loves.

Moria Katson author of the Light & Shadow series

Wow, I can’t remember the first, but I think the one that made me think, “wow, this is FUN and I want to write it” was Ruby Lionsdrake’s Mercenary Instinct 🙂

Jenna Bennett author of Soldiers Of Fortune Series

I started on this journey with an idea of my own, after being challenged to write a 200-word flash fiction piece for a contest, and it happened to come out SF. Never thought I’d write SFR. Never wanted to. At the time, the only SF I’d read, other than a few of the classics, was Lois McMaster Bujold, so I guess I’d have to blame her.

Pippa DaCosta author of Girl From Above

I wouldn’t say it was sci-fi romance (I’m not even sure the term existed back in late 80’s, early 90’s) but I read Chris Claremont’s First Flight very early in my teens. (I’ve no idea where I got it from. From a second hand bookstore probably because we didn’t have much money and no car) It might even have been the first sci-fi book I’d read, because scifi books are not for girls, right? 😉

And I remember being completely engrossed in the story of Lt Shea. Wait, what was this – a scifi book with a kick-ass female lead? With action, intrigue, and gasp – romance? It’s a first contact story, and Lt. Shea was my effing hero. I haven’t read it since, and kinda don’t want to – because I’ll look at it differently now, and I don’t want to spoil the magic. My first ever scifi read that taught me women can kick ass in space just as much as the guys (and have emotions too!).

Carol Van Natta author of Central Galactic Concordance series of novels

My parents gave me science fiction one summer as a way to keep me from bugging them for stuff to read. The joke was on them, however, as it caused me to start bugging them for more *science fiction* to read. The first SFR I read was probably Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series, but I think Bujold’s Miles Vorkosigan series was more influential. A few years back, an interview I read with Linnea Sinclair told me that “science fiction romance” was a thing. When planning my current series, I knew SFR would be the best way to tell it, so as has been said so many times before, I stand on the shoulders of giants.

Cynthia Sax author of the Cyborg Sizzle series

I mistakenly read a very adult SciFi when I was about 12 with an android having a… ummm… too close of a relationship with his chicken. That was very memorable. But the first SciFi erotic romance that I read was Laurann Dohner’s Ral’s Woman. I loved it!

Kate Pearce author of The Tribute Series

Catherine Asaro, Ray Bradbury and John Wyndham

Sandy Williams

Finders keepers by Linnea Sinclair. I was researching her agent and figured I should read some of the agents clients. This was back in 1997 or 1998. I’d read Star Wars and some other sci fi before then, but I became hooked on sci fi romance after that book.

Aidee Ladnier author of The Klockwerk Kraken

Lois McMaster Bujold for the win! She’s also great about sprinkling in LGBTQ characters.

Athena Grayson author of Huntress Of The Star Empire series

The first Dragonriders of Pern book–it was a sci-fi that had a (gasp!) *heroine* in it, and a romantic subplot, too.

Belinda McBride author of The Coalition Universe

The White Dragon by Anne Mccaffrey was the first Pern novel I read, and at the time, I didn’t really understand that I was reading romance or that the dragon was asexual…or that there was even such a thing. Anyhow, I’d read sci fi before but that one really grabbed me.

Lee Koven SFR Brigade blogger

I’d read some SFR before, but the most influential SFR in my writing is probably Marcella Burnard’s Enemy Within. What drove me to write were straight SF books that I felt needed a romance in them. The second SFR that inspired me was Games of Command by Linnea Sinclair.

Marcella Burnard author of Enemy Within

Andre Norton was my first major influence – the *hints* of romance were there and I wanted more. It finally occurred to me if I wanted more, I’d best get writing it.
And you know, it was Linnea Sinclair GAMES OF COMMAND that convinced me to take a chance on writing Enemy Within. :D. Oh heck, if we’re breaking out the cheesy animated SFR, then Starblazers. 😀

Laurie A. Green author of Inherit The Stars

I read many of the SF classics as a teen, but McCaffrey’s Dragonriders is what originally hooked me on SFR.

Mary Brock Jones author of Hathe series

Anne McCaffrey’s would have to be the first – but it was Catherine Asaro and Lois McMaster Bujold who really got me hooked.

Veronica Scott author of Star Cruise: Marooned

Andre Norton, as others have said. She could only have hints of romance and that made me determined to write science fiction WITH romance. I LOVED RESTOREE. I still reread it occasionally. I wish she’d written more in that world.

Cathryn Cade author of LodeStar series

Wrinkle in Time was my first SF, but really didn’t spur any urge to write. It wasn’t until I read Jayne Castle’s SWEET STARFIRE that I got hooked on SFR. That was the first book I’d ever read that took place on another planet, and that had romance. A light went off in my pointy little head.

Wendy Lynn Clark author of Liberation’s Kiss

I just wanted to add one more vote for Anne McCaffrey’s Restoree for the win. 🙂 I read Dragon Singer first and considered it fantasy. This was in 6th grade. Restoree is still my fave SFR. I like them a little hotter tho so I’m glad the publishing world has expanded!

AR DeClerck author of Bound To You

My SFR journey began in 2002 when I discovered the secret rack at the back of our public library. I chose three or four novels to read (I was reading 4 or 5 a day) and I fell in love with Patti O’Shea’s Ravyn’s Flight. It was action, adventure, romance and aliens with tech and science and it rekindled my love of science and learning about the cosmos.

Aurora Springer author of the Grand Masters Universe

I don’t remember the first. I enjoy Andre Norton and she has some with couples, some of Piers Antony’s books, Joe Haldeman.

Anna McLain

The first one I knew was SFR that I read was Finder’s Keepers by Linnea Sinclair. Later I realized I’d read some as a child thanks to Marion Zimmer Bradley, the Pern stories, and Zenna’s books.

Jolie Mason author of Home in The Stars series

I didn’t have a book per se but I’ve been reading this stuff all my life starting with Andre Norton, Anne McCaffrey. But, I did have a kinda funny goal when I started. You know the Also bought list? :} There were certain authors I wanted on mine. And they are there. They are also in the group. LOL
So I don’t want to come off as all fangirl (note on this blog you can!) But they were writing what I wanted to write, and I thought if people who get mine love theirs, then I will be creating what I want. The list isn’t exhaustive, but it included Veronica Scott and Anna Hackett. I wanted to make those kinds of characters. I’m not entirely there yet.

Rebecca York author of the Off World series

SF romance? Probably The Puppet Masters, by Robert Heinlein. I didn’t know when I read it, but it’s classic SF romantic suspense.
Maybe I should also say that my mom recommended Restoree by Ann McCaffery to me. I liked it a lot, but by that time I was already a confirmed SF reader. My mom used to reread Restoree every year. Another book that influenced me a lot was Darker than You Think, by Jack Williamson. In a weird way, it’s SF romance, but not in the usual sense. But it really got me into werewolves. It’s about a guy who doesn’t know he’s a werewolf, and his coven–particularly one woman/wolf–is pushing him into his true destiny. It’s humanity vs werewolves, and Williamson made me want to be on the winning side–werewolves.

Tink Boord-Dill

Jayne Castle/Jayne Ann Krentz back when she first started it… early 1990s along with JD Robb/Nora Roberts. So happy that JC/JAK is writing them again now… so many years later 😉 and glad that JDR/NR never stopped writing the Eve Dallas series

Darlene Reilley author of Forbidden Timeline

I have read science fiction all my life. Like many people, I started out in fan fic, and the first science romantic entanglement that pulled me in was Star Trek Voyager’s Tom Paris and B’Lanna Torres relationship – I was hooked. I quickly ran to the library, but they didn’t have anything listed as SFR. So I turned to my science fiction – and found Robert Heinlein’s Friday, Frank Herbert’s Dune, and Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander. Outlander pulled me from strict science fiction into the world of SFR and I’ve loved it ever since.

Lastly, Patty Hammond the Everyday Fangirl from Michigan would like to answer this question and share what influenced her to seek out SFR.

I actually started not through books, but through Robotech, an animated TV series in the mid 1980’s which included a several romance stories with the backdrop of a multigenerational space war. The first romance book set in space that I read was Amaryllis by Jayne Castle, aka Jayne Ann Krentz. It was through both of these that I found a whole new genre to explore and learn more about.

Interview with Author: Laurie A Green

It is my honor to interview Laurie A Green, author of Inherit The Stars and three-time RWA® Golden Heart® finalist!

Welcome to The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl Laurie and thank you for letting us get to know you better by agreeing to answer the following questions!

What does the title of this novel, series or set of stories signify?

I’m so glad you asked this question because although the first novel—Inherit the Stars—and the series title—The Inherited Stars—sound very similar, they actually have completely different meanings.

The title Inherit the Stars was taken directly from a line of dialogue between the hero and heroine in the first novel. Avoiding spoilers here, Drea’s (the heroine’s) “situation” at times makes her feel very removed and isolated. Because of her perceived “handicap” she believes no man could ever love her. The hero, Sair, offers her another perspective—that she has inherited a wonderful gift of experiences no other human being has known, and that she is more, not less, desirable because of it. The title ties to the overall theme of taking back their lives, and in doing so, changing the future of the galaxy forever.

The Inherited Stars series refers to the corner of space that these characters inhabit. This sector of the Milky Way is rich in Earth-similar Goldilocks planets. There’s a big mystery attached to that, one involving a history that’s been intentionally altered–but that readers can uncover as they explore the various stories in the series.

Do the names of the characters in your novel have some sort of significance or importance to you? If so, give a few examples…

The names are not at all random.

Drea was named for her mother, Daedrea, a woman who was contracted by her father—a driven, and much in-demand starship designer—to bear him a child. He never married her mother, and Drea never knew her, something that she deeply regrets.

Sair is just plain “Sair.” He has no last name. The tradition of his subspecies is that the first-born male (and sole heir) is given the name of his mother’s family, so many of his first-born male relatives have names like Mik, Augus, and Kell. Sair’s ancestry, and the reason (more secrets!) behind this unusual naming tradition, will come to light later in the series. Sair is the direct descendent of an individual known as the Holy T’mar who established the laws of his planetary culture centuries before. The Rathskian subspecies has an extremely colorful but tragic history.

What prompted you to write in this genre and who or what inspired you to?

I have a profound fascination with space and the stars, and that love is stamped deep into my work. To me, there’s nothing more exciting than a soaring romance set in space, on a colonized planet or in some other time or alternate universe. Although I ran into a lot of resistance from Big 5 publishers who didn’t believe Science Fiction and Romance belong together, I believe the exact opposite. Science Fiction and Romance share the same DNA. Both genres are all about exploration and discovery. And Science Fiction is, after all, the final Romance frontier.

What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer and do your characters reflect some of these attributes?

One word. Perseverance.

There is nothing easy about this business. It can test even the most dedicated writer. But you know what? It’s not supposed to be easy. That’s the key. Once I understood that meltdowns and “I want to give it all up” black clouds of despair are only a part of the creative process, I knew I’d figured out something that was important. Those writerly black moments are only my creative mind’s way of resetting before it comes back swinging.

My characters tend to share my it’s-always-darkest-before-dawn mindset. Tenacity can be a strong survival tactic. They never give up, never surrender. And since I delight in taking these poor tortured souls right off the proverbial cliff before letting them battle back to win their HEA, it’s an essential part of their makeup.

What kind of research did you have to do for the novel, series or set of stories that was different from others?

Oh gosh, sometimes I lived on the internet! For my series, I did a lot of research on subjects like dark energy, wormholes, the planets and moons of our solar system, protodog, multiverse theory and read books by astronauts to learn the mechanics of living in space such as Do Your Ears Pop in Space? by R. Mike Mullane and Off the Planet by Jerry M. Linenger.

I also researched ancient civilizations and things like meteor impacts and the Younger Dryas event. The theories about solar outbursts, galactic superwaves and interstellar dust clouds in the work of Robert M. Schoch, Ph. D. (Forgotten Civilization) I found particularly fascinating.

I like to get a good understanding of the science in my stories…and then apply liberal doses of imagination. After all, the genre is Science Fiction Romance. 😀

What makes you laugh?

Puppy antics, some comedians, America’s Funniest Home videos and those spontaneous crazy moments that happen in every day life. Once in a great while a scene in a movie will hit me just so, and I’ll be trying to muffle my laughter long after everyone else in the audience has stopped. You know that opening scene in The Sleeper? For some reason, I find that hysterical. Fifteen minutes after it ends, I’m still snorting and snickering.

What makes you cry?

I’m not very good at handling any sort of “goodbyes.” Funerals, leaving a person I enjoyed sharing time with but will probably never see again, or doing something for the last time usually summons the tears.

Oh, and abused animals. It just rips my heart out to see an animal who is suffering or unloved.

What are you a fan of and is this reflected in your writing?

I’ve worked for the military for 20 years and most of my family has served, so it’s probably no big surprise that my novels carry military elements or themes involving duty and honor.

But there’s another element that manages to slip into many of my stories in subtle ways…

My spouse and I breed and raise Thoroughbreds on a very small scale and I’m a big fan of the horseracing industry. Though there are seldom horses in my novels, there are horsey-aspects that seem to wheedle their way in.

I’ll give a few examples and try to keep them as spoiler-free as possible.

One heroine has knowledge of equine pedigrees and genetics that gives her the tools to go head-to-head with an empire’s sacred traditions, because their archaic laws are keeping two young lovers apart who belong together.

In another story, the hero is a slave used in a human breeding program, and his “book” (schedule) is managed like that on a Thoroughbred breeding farm.

In a third novel, my heroine has a holographic music box that was a gift from her late father. It’s a precious keepsake that projects a recording of a musical cur she performed as a teen on the back of her beloved horse, Maestro. This music box might seem a sentimental incidental, but it plays a huge role in one scene.

I think writers do write what they know. And though horses are a rare occurrence in SF/R (Firefly being a rare exception), my knowledge of the Thoroughbred industry and equine genetics often finds an outlet in my stories and plotlines.

Thank you again Laurie for stopping by and letting us get to know you better!

Laurie A. Green is a three-time RWA® Golden Heart® finalist and science fiction romance enthusiast who founded the SFR Brigade community of writers, which now totals over 600 members.

Her extended family includes her husband, David, four dogs, three cats and several horses, all who reside on a ranch in beautiful New Mexico. When she’s not writing, networking, or searching out the perfect cup of Starbucks, she’s usually busy exercising her left brain as a military budget director.

You can connect with her on her website, Author Laurie A. Green, which also includes more information on her books Farewell Andromeda and Inherit the Stars (Also available in a three-part serialized novel)!

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