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Excerpt from Mission to New Earth and Giveaway

Everyday Fangirl is proud to participate in Diane Burton’s Mission to New Earth blog tour and give away.

Below is an excerpt from the science fiction novella, Mission to New Earth by Diane Burton.

Then only Marsh and I were left.

I strolled up to the man I loved and put my arms around his waist. When I rested my head on his chest, I heard the thud of his heart. Normally, a reassuring sound that always made me go weak in the knees, it beat more rapidly than usual. He was still agitated.

“Hey, guy. Everything will be all right. We’re ready. More than ready.”

“I know. It’s just—”

Leaning back in his arms, I reached up and patted his cheek. “Settle down, big boy. I think Bill and Ana have the right idea. From Gloria’s blush, she and Tom do, too.” I gave him a long kiss. At first, he didn’t respond—still worked up over the latest simulation. Then he gave in, as I knew he would. Not to be smug, but Marsh did like my kisses.

His kiss turned hard, demanding, as he strained to maintain control. I wanted him that much, too. But not on the tile floor in the lav. The shower had possibilities. When he eyed the enclosure, I knew he was thinking the same thing. Too bad I had other obligations. That was me, duty first. I could be such a stick-in-the-mud.
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Would you go on a one-way trip to explore a new planet? Would you do it to save humankind?

Earth’s overpopulation and dwindling resources force the United Earth Space Agency to expedite exploration of new planets for a possible new home. When new crises ensue—a giant tsunami and the threat of nuclear winter—the timeline changes. Eight years of training crammed into four. Sara Grenard and her team prepare for launch, but are they ready for the one-way trip? Will the Goldilocks planet prove just right for Earth’s inhabitants? Before time runs out.

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More about Diane…


Diane Burton combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction and romance into writing romantic fiction. Besides the science fiction romance Switched and Outer Rim series, she is the author of One Red Shoe, a romantic suspense, and the Alex O’Hara PI mystery series. She is also a contributor to two anthologies: Portals, Volume 2 and How I Met My Husband. Diane and her husband live in West Michigan. They have two children and three grandchildren.

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Science Fiction Romance Collection: Nebula Nights on Sale

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Great news for lovers of Science Fiction Romance, Nebula Nights, a collection of 11 amazing sci-fi romance stories from best selling and award winning authors including two authors interviewed here, CE Kilgore and Greta Van der Rol is on sale right now for $.99 at the following online retailers:

Barnes & Noble

Amazon.com

Below is a summary of what is included in this anthology:

Her Cyborg Awakes by Melisse Aires
Her gentle cyborg servant helped her escape violence–but now he’s changed into a warrior! Is he safe?

Removed (The Nogiku Series, #1) by SJ Pajonas
In this Japan-inspired tale, one woman’s family destiny is key to the survival of the last city on Earth.

Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc. by PK Hrezo (Normally $2.99)
Welcome to Butterman Travel, Inc., where time is always in your hands.

Noelle In His Heart by C.E. Kilgore (Normally $2.99)
Noelle wishes for someone who understands she has love to give but commitments to honor. Stranded on Earth, Steve longs for someone who will understand that his alien heart can love just as deeply.

Stark Pleasure; by Cathryn Cade (Normally $3.99)
Kiri te Nawa survives the perils of the galaxy on her wits … although when it comes to space magnate Logan Stark, she’d rather use her body.
But can she trust him with her secrets?

Birth of an Empire: The Beginning by Catrina Taylor
Three former genetic experiments chose peace over war in a sector that’s known only war for a century. As each one squares against their governments they will question the experiences that guide them.

Escape From Zulaire by Veronica Scott (Normally $2.99)
When the planet erupts into war, Sectors Special Forces Captain Tom Deverane must decide whether to save Andi Markriss, the intergalactic businesswoman he loves, or sacrifice her to save Zulaire.

Solia’s Moon by Lyn Brittan (Normally $2.99)
SFR Galaxy Award Winner! When Dr. Solia uncovers her company’s foray into creating humanoid life, she enlists the help of her handsome ex, Sheriff Sable, in bringing a little justice to the universe.

The Key by Pauline Baird Jones (Normally $4.99)
Her orders are simple: do the impossible and do it yesterday. But this time the impossible might actually be impossible. The only way it could get worse? If her heart starts beating for the wrong guy.

The Iron Admiral: Conspiracy by Greta van der Rol (Normally $3.99)
The Galaxy teeters on the brink of war. Can ex-admiral Saahren persuade the woman who hates him to help him prevent the coming conflagration? And perhaps even love him?

Mirror Image by KG Stutts (Normally $2.99!)
Maddie’s entire world is turned upside down when she finds out that she is a clone. Now she must work with her counterpart to protect Earth.

Interview with author Pippa Jay

Today it is my honor to interview Pippa Jay, author of the Science Fiction Romance, Tethered, and the YA novel, Restless In Peaceville.

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Welcome to EverydayFangirl Pippa, and thank you so much for agreeing to answer my questions today!

1) What does the title of each of these novels signify?

For Tethered, it refers to a device in the story that can be used to trap and hold my heroine, rendering her special abilities null and void. But it also refers to how she felt at being assigned a role outside her previous experience, and that she resented. And how she felt about the man she was assigned to work with.
For Restless In Peaceville – the working title for it was RIP, as my character made a comment early on about how ironic it was that he didn’t get to rest in peace after dying. So when it came to giving the story a proper name, I decided I wanted to try and do a play on RIP. Rest became Restless easily enough, but I only came up with Peaceville after researching Louisiana towns for the story. I noticed several towns ended in ‘ville’, so that allowed me to invent Peaceville (which is based on the real town of Arnaudville).

2) Does the names of the characters in each of your novels have some sort of significance or importance to you? If so, give a few examples…

The major domo in Tethered is actually named for a horse I knew. He’d been trained for dressage, but retired because he had an over-reach (he would clip the back of his front hooves with his rear ones. But he had a very precise way of moving, and that was how I saw Pevanne in the story. Very precise, very careful and measured in how he moved. Funny how things like that stick in your memory and emerge later in something totally random. As for Tyree… Her name was originally Loree, but after a comment in the SFR Brigade pitch contest about Loree Su being rather humorous, I changed it. She’s too serious a character to be laughed at. Luke from Restless – my eldest was seeing a boy called Luke at the time of writing so the name was being constantly mentioned. >.<

3) What prompted you to write in each of these genres and who or what inspired you to?

Both my parents were SciFi fans, and I grew up reading and watching fantasy and SF. I read a lot of hard SF, but it was really the Anne McCaffrey novels that hooked me. And TV series such as Doctor Who and Farscape, films such as Star Wars. A real melting pot of SF and fantasy influences.
Restless was a total departure for me though. I don’t like horror, don’t like zombies, don’t like contemporary settings. I’d just written a paranormal short set in a generic US town, but using Louisiana as the background for Restless demanded a whole load more research. But I’d become obsessed with a film called Warm Bodies, and I was curious about the brain eating thing as I’ve read books with zombies that don’t do that. I got caught up in the whole zombie mythology as opposed to the Hollywood monster most people are probably more familiar with, then sucked into the Louisiana voodoo, and that was it.

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

Stubbornness, and Tyree reflects that aspect very well. Also maintaining focus, which is perhaps more D’joren’s character. It’s very important when things get you down to either shut out all the things that are negative, concentrate on the positives, and remember why you started this insanity in the first place. Also it’s important to take a break. Really. Even if someone has to drag you off kicking and screaming. Sometimes getting away from it all is essential. And write from the heart. There will always be people who don’t like what you write, how you write, that you named a character Bob…okay, maybe not that last. So you might as well at least please yourself and write something *you* love. That’s probably not so true with Restless. That was more a ‘get it out of my head’ thing so I could move on and not go crazy, though I do love the story. Doing something so out of my comfort zone was scary (like Luke discovering he was a zombie) but it was a challenge that I enjoyed. Well, AFTER it was done.

5) What kind of research did you have to do for these novels that was different from other types of writing that you have done before?

I did a lot on genetics and cloning for Tethered, especially if it was possible to create male AND female clones from the same genetic origin. I was surprised to find out it *is* entirely possible. I also opened a debate on whether clones would be a sibling or a child to the person they came from. After all, two genetically identical children are twins. But the young clones would be raised as offspring by the person they were cloned from, so they would form a child/parent relationship. Interesting debate. I also bought a book on writing fight scenes because frankly I suck at them. The book was excellent, and actually I had some of the basics right. Restless took way more research than anything I’d done before. It was the first time I’d used Google maps to explore a place, the first time I’d intensively grilled people for information, and I spent a lot of time watching videos of tours round the area so I could pick up the look of the landscape, sounds, wildlife. Also videos about how teenagers in Louisiana talk, reading up on religion (Catholic and voodoo), cars, houses, typical food menus, local roads – I probably read ten times the amount of words in research than I wrote in the book itself.

6) What makes you laugh?

My kids.

7) What makes you cry?

Also my kids. And people who are cruel and nasty just because they can be. Let’s just be nice to each other?

Again, Pippa, thank you so much for being with us today.

More on Pippa Jay

Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, like I am, she blogs at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include a YA science fiction novel—Gethyon—published through BURST (Champagne Books), two self-published short stories (Terms & Conditions Apply and The Bones of the Sea), and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place).

You can also sign up to her no-spam newsletter HERE to get spam free, early sneak peeks at covers, and news of the latest releases, giveaways and contest.

More on Pippa’s upcoming releases…

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Tethered, a science fiction romance novella, coming from Breathless Press 25th July! You can add Tethered to your Goodreads shelf HERE. You can read an excerpt here!

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Restless In Peaceville, A YA supernatural novella, coming from Lycaon Press on 20th August! You can add Restless In Peaceville to your Goodreads shelf HERE. An excerpt of this novella is also available here!

 

Cover Reveal and Excerpt for ‘Tethered’

It is my honor to reveal the cover for Tethered, a science fiction romance novella, coming from Breathless Press 25th July, by author, friend (full disclosure) AND fellow Fangirl, Pippa Jay!

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She can kill with a kiss. But can assassin Tyree also heal one man’s grief, and bring peace to a galaxy threatened by war?

For Tyree of the Su, being an assassin isn’t simply something she was trained for. It’s the sole reason for her existence. A genetically enhanced clone—one of many in Refuge—she’s about to learn her secluded lifestyle, and that of all her kind, is under threat by a race capable of neutralizing their special talents to leave them defenseless.

For Zander D’joren, being a diplomat has not only cost him his appearance, but also the love of his life. Scarred, grieving, he must nonetheless continue in his role as co-delegate to the fearsome Tier-vane or risk a conflict that could only end one way.

Now both of them need to keep each other alive and maintain a perilous deception long enough to renegotiate the treaty with the Tier-vane, or throw their people into a war that could wipe out Terrans and Inc-Su alike. But there’s more at stake than humanity, whether true or modified. Can the love growing between them save them both? Or merely hasten their destruction?

Excerpt:

A thrill of excitement shivered down her spine as she backed away a few steps with Zander following. He shrugged off his formal outer robes, and for the first time she could appreciate the broad expanse of his chest, the close-fitting fabric stretched over well-defined muscles. It appeared he hadn’t allowed his physique to slacken, despite leaving the Galactic Commission.

“Are you ready?” she asked.

Zander spread his hands in an open gesture to say that he was.

So why is he just standing there like a defunct Manikin instead of poised to fight?

Tyree took her combat position and Zander matched her, just as the Manikin had done. She’d never fought a human in combat practice before. This should be interesting.

She sprang forward and aimed two rapid punches at his face. Zander evaded both with a speed and grace totally out of proportion to his bulk. Her third he blocked with little effort, and she stepped back to reassess her strategy. But only for an instant.

A quick step forward and she lashed upward with her foot, snapping his head back. Zander staggered but didn’t fall. Her second kick failed as he grabbed her ankle and jerked her off balance. She twisted as she dropped and caught him hard in the knee. Zander collapsed. Both rolled aside, and then jumped up to face each other again.

Not bad.

Tyree bit back a laugh as they exchanged blows, each faster than the last. Zander blocked or evaded most, but not all. His skill almost matched hers, yet his defenses were just a fraction too slow. Each move she made tested his reach, his reflexes and his stamina until she could sense him struggling a little.

Time for the kill.

She floored him with a kick to the chest, the full weight of her augmented density behind it, but as she moved in to finish the fight he dove into her. Tyree landed on her back hard enough to drive the breath from her lungs.

Zander had her pinned to the ground. She bucked but couldn’t shift him. The triumphant smile on his face sent rage blazing through her gut. With hardly a whisper, she Misted out and went through him. Golden warmth filled her for a second before she pulled free. Zander pushed to his feet and spun to meet her, but she cranked up her molecular density and punched him hard in the chest. He collapsed, gasping and coughing. In one fluid movement she sat astride him at full density, and the air whumphed out of his lungs. She pinioned his arms with her hands, her face hovering mere centimeters above his.

As her breathing slowed to normal, a huge grin split her face. She’d made a vow to herself to jump him, and she’d done it. Perhaps it was childish, but it warmed her heart.

“Your…reputation…is well deserved,” he gasped.

“You’re not so bad yourself,” she complimented him. He’d fought well, but perhaps not quite with the determination—and certainly not the desperation—of most opponents she’d faced. “For a human.”

“Thank you. Perhaps we could try this again tomorrow?”

Tyree laughed. As much as he could irritate the hell out of her, he was equally amusing. “If you want to spend most of your morning on the floor…”

He gazed up at her with that easy smile, making no effort to struggle. Most humans, without the influence of her pheromones and the distraction of her naked body writhing above theirs, would not have been so trusting. So compliant. She found herself staring at his mouth. What would it be like to kiss him, without the use of her talents? Would it be as satisfying? As sensual? The warmth of him, the firmness of his body beneath hers, sent heat spiraling through her abdomen.

“Perhaps you could let me up now?” His words jerked her from such musings. What the hell was she thinking?

You can add Tethered to your Goodreads shelf HERE. You can also sign up to her no-spam newsletter HERE to get early sneak peeks at covers, and news of the latest releases, giveaways and contest.

Pippa Jay’s bio:

After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 21 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.

Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, like I am, she blogs at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include a YA science fiction novel—Gethyon—published through BURST (Champagne Books), two self-published short stories (Terms & Conditions Apply and The Bones of the Sea), and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place).

You can stalk her at her website http://pippajay.co.uk, or at her blog http://pippajay.blogspot.co.uk, but without doubt her favorite place to hang around and chat is on Twitter as @pippajaygreen.

Favorite SFR: Shards of Honor

My favorite Science Fiction Romance (SFR) is Shards Of Honor, part of the Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold, which I have mentioned in previous posts before!

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I was first introduced to this story over 15 years ago. My husband and I rented the audiobook version based on a recommendation. My husband started listening to the story on his next day off and noticed right away that there was just enough romance in this science fiction story to encourage me to listen to this story with him. Therefore, it did not take very much encouragement to listen to this story with him that very evening.

I am so glad I did! Not only did we listen to this story together as a couple, but both of us fell in love with the world that Lois McMaster Bujold built as well as the characters. We continued listening to the rest of the series together. I also started to collecting the print and ebook versions of the entire Vorkosigan Saga, even though the ‘romance’ was moved to the background.

I want to thank Lois McMaster Bujold for writing this fantastic science fiction romance as well as the rest of the Vorkosigan Saga!

Long may SHE rule!

What defines a story as a science fiction romance?

Two of my favorite genres are Science Fiction and Romance. When I discovered the sub genre of Science Fiction Romance, SFR for short, I could not have been happier.

What defines a story as a science fiction romance?

An article from May 2011 in The Examiner by Carma Spense defines this sub genre three different ways.

  • Science fiction romance is a pretty even split between the two genres. The romantic journey is set in a scientifically or technologically advanced environment. The science fiction elements and the romance elements of the story are equally important and the story would suffer if one was taken away.
  • Romantic science fiction is predominantly a science fiction story, but it has a romantic sub-plot. This is very common in film and television, often because it is believed that the romantic sub-plot will give the movie or show a broader appeal. You can take away the romantic sub-plot and the story would be just fine.
  • Futuristic romance is the opposite of romantic science fiction. This time you have a romance story with science fiction trappings and elements. You can take away the science fiction and the story would be just fine.
  • Since, there are three different types of ‘science fiction’ with ‘romance’, then this means there are three times as many that can be explored and enjoyed.
    Over the next couple of months, I plan to explore more of this sub genre through a series of blog posts, which will include:

  • Reviews, opinions and/or recommendations on SFR stories that I have read
  • Interviews with those who create SFR stories, both from female and male authors, editors, etc.
  • Further exploration into each science fiction with romance story type
  • How was first introduced to SFR and how I eventually got involved with the SFR Brigade as an active member.
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    I am a guest on the SFRBrigade Blog

    Hi everyone! I have been busy with some personal things and have not had much of a chance to update this blog. I plan on posting a few of the articles I meant to post in November within a few days including my review of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary specials.

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    In the meantime, it my honor today to be a guest at the SFRBrigade blog. You can check this article out here!

    Designing Spaceships: Guest Post by Pippa Jay and a Giveaway

    Love of spaceships by Pippa Jay..

    Contact – Infinite Futures

    Contact:Infinite Futures is pleased to welcome author Pippa Jay.

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    WP_000592Spaceships! I love ‘em! After discovering Star Wars at the age of eight I dreamt of building an X-Wing and zooming around the Universe. Or hitching a ride on Blake’s Liberator. Or even going all timey-wimey in the TARDIS, in the days before timey-wimey was an accepted phrase. Sadly the closest I ever got to any of those were the Kenner and Corgi figures, or an Airfix kit.

    And it makes it stranger still that the characters in my two novels don’t even need spaceships. Instead, they can cross time and space with a wave of their hands (and a good old wormhole-generating burst of psi energy). But Gethyon shares my early obsession with spaceships, having models of hawk-shaped Metraxian fighters and deep space freighters that fly themselves around his bedroom ceiling. He imagines exploring the stars in…

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