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Paranormal Romance Rita Finalists, 2016 March 23, 2017

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The Romance Writers of America have announced the finalists in the 2016 Rita contest for best romance writing of the year. Congratulations to all the finalists!

You can see the full list of finalists here, but as an author of science fiction romance, I’d like to focus on the Paranormal Romance category (which is where RWA pigeonholes SFR).

Here are the PNR finalists. After the list, I note a few observations.

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Bayou Shadow Hunter by Debbie Herbert

Harlequin, Nocturne

Ann Leslie Tuttle, Editor

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The Beast by J R Ward

New American Library

Kara Welsh, editor

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The Champion of Barésh by Susan Grant

Self-published

Mary Moran, editor

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Enchanted Warrior by Sharon Ashwood

Harlequin, Nocturne

Ann Leslie Tuttle, editor

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Ghost Gifts
 by Laura Spinella

Montlake Publishing

Alison Dasho, editor

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The Leopard King by Ann Aguirre

Self-published

Sasha Knight, editor

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Passages by Laurel Wanrow – Review February 21, 2017

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Review by Riley

About Passages

“Find someone you can trust.”

For decades, Eve and her fellow electorgs—part human, part machine—have worked on the quiet planet of Aarde, beating back toxic spores that threaten to poison the native people. When the new commander halts work right before a deadly spore release, Eve frantically plots to protect the villagers she considers friends and family.

On the run after an ambush, Quinn holds a secret that nearly got him killed. If only he knew what it was. Though the attack scrambled his memories, Quinn is sure of one thing—he can’t trust the electorgs. But they know information he desperately needs to puzzle out who wants him dead, and why.

With the fate of life on Aarde in the balance, the logic of joining forces with Eve overrides Quinn’s fears…and erupts into an attraction that could prove fatal for both of them.

Because the planet’s…

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2016 SFR Galaxy Awards February 18, 2017

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If you follow this blog, you know that I enjoy a variety of genres.  But if you really follow this blog, you know that Scifi is my favorite.  And if romance is part of the story, so much the better.  That is why the SFR Galaxy Awards are one of my favorite awards.

These awards were created in 2012 in order to recognize standout SciFi Romance stories. But here is the best part.  It is not just one best story, but an abundance of really great stories!

You may wonder how a book is picked for a Galaxy Award.  I happen to be a judge, so I can tell you that.  Several judges, avid SciFi Romance readers and bloggers, pick them.  It’s a bit arbitrary, yes, but the judges have such a wide array of personal interests, that the awards end up including something for everyone that loves the genre.

The specific awards change…

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Coming Back to Cyberpunk by JC Hay – Guest Post January 30, 2017

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Coming back to Cyberpunk

I love the 80s – You don’t have to spend much time around me to learn that. It’s when I grew up, and most of all, when I found my voice. My love of science fiction, which started in the 70s, really bloomed under the influence of writers like George Alec Effinger, Bruce Sterling, and of course William Gibson. Suddenly sci-fi didn’t have to be about far-away planets or shiny silver spaceships. It could be here on Earth, and it could reflect the grays of the noir films I also loved.

When I started to write the Corporate Services series, I kept a four word description of cyberpunk in the front of my mind – “High Tech Low Lifes.” I wanted to tell love stories for people who weren’t just on the fringes of society, they were effectively outcast from it. A professional thief and a…

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Happy Birthday Whiskey With My Book January 16, 2017

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WWMB Reviews Turns One!

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One year ago today, Whiskey With My Book was born.  It has been quite a year, not only from a blogging standpoint, but also from a personal perspective.  While many looked back a 2016 at the end of last year, I thought the WWMB birthday was just as good a day to do that.

The Bloodless AssassinA year ago, I nervously clicked on the ‘Publish” button and my very first post went live.  It was a review of The Viper and the Urchin by Celine Jeanjean.  It was also the start of a lovely reviewer/author relationship with Ms. Jeanjean.    The title of the book was later changed to The Bloodless Assassin and the series became know as The Viper and the Urchin.   Since then I have read and reviewed two more additions to the series, The Black Orchid and The Pickpocket.

Some of my early posts were my ‘On the Bookshelf’ posts…

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Jumper’s Hope by Carol Van Natta – Review January 3, 2017

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Review by Riley

About Jumper’s Hope

Reunited lovers must outwit a ruthless government agent, or their rumored deaths will be real this time.Two retired elite special forces veterans discover their battles aren’t behind them after all. Someone considers them loose ends, and will stop at nothing to erase their knowledge of a secret government project. Their service left them both with wounds that will never heal. Do they still have what it takes to survive?

Kerzanna Nevarr’s elite special forces days of wearing Jumper mech suits and piloting Citizen Protection Services’ ships are long gone. The dark legacy of her service forced her to learn to live a quiet life. And she had to do so alone, without the lover who died before her eyes.

Jess Orowitz, veteran of CPS’s secret spy organization, Kameleon Corps, made the mistake of trusting his superiors. He’s paid a horrific price—fractured memories…

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Dark Minds by Michelle Diener – Book Review November 21, 2016

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About Dark Minds

The mind is the most powerful weapon of all . . .

Imogen Peters knows she’s a pawn. She’s been abducted from Earth, held prisoner, and abducted again. So when she gets a chance at freedom, she takes it with both hands, not realizing that doing so will turn her from pawn to kingmaker.

Captain Camlar Kalor expected to meet an Earth woman on his current mission, he just thought he’d be meeting her on Larga Ways, under the protection of his Battle Center colleague. Instead, he and Imogen are thrown together as prisoners in the hold of a Class 5 battleship. When he works out she’s not the woman who sparked his mission, but another abductee, Cam realizes his investigation just got a lot more complicated, and the nations of the United Council just took a step closer to war.

Imogen’s out of…

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Pets in Space (Cats, Dogs and Other Worldly Creatures) – Book Review November 16, 2016

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pets-in-space-600x900 About Pets in Space

Even an alien needs a pet…

Join the adventure as nine pet loving sci-fi romance authors take you out of this world and pull you into their action-packed stories filled with suspense, laughter, and romance. The alien pets have an agenda that will capture the hearts of those they touch. Follow along as they stop a genetically-engineered creature from destroying the Earth or find a lost dragon; life is never the same after their pets decide to get involved. Can the animals win the day or will the stars shine just a little less brightly?

A Mate for Matrix by S.E. Smith
Stray by Susan Grant
Spark of Attraction by Cara Bristol
Star Cruise: Stowaway by Veronica Scott
The Real Dragon by Pauline Baird Jones
Spike by Alexis Glynn Latner
Star Dog by Laurie A. Green
Space Ranger by Lea Kirk
Escape Run

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2176 Freedom Series by Susan Grant – Cover Reveal with Excerpts November 14, 2016

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Tomorrow Susan Grant will re-release her books in the 2176 Freedom Series: The Legend of Banzai Maguire and The Scarlet Empress.  To recognize the occasion, she has some spiffy new covers to reveal.  Keep reading to learn more about the series and check out the new look.

A little background on the 2176 Freedom Series from Susan Grant:

The 2176 Freedom Series is a 2-part sci-fi action romance series/serial that includes The Legend of Banzai Maguire (Part 1) and The Scarlet Empress (Part 2) at approximately 75,000 words apiece. Originally, the “2176” series consisted of five books written by four different authors following a series bible in a world that I created. The publisher subsequently went out of business and the rights to books 1 and 5 reverted to me. Recently, I took on the huge task of modernizing and rewriting both to stand completely…

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Fools Rush In by Donna S. Frelick – Review, Excerpt and Giveway October 18, 2016

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Today is release day for Donna S. Frelick’s Fools Rush In. Book three in her Interstellar RescueSeries has been highly anticipated by this reader!  I was pleased to get an advance copy, so today I have a review of Fools Rush In.  After that, keep reading for an excerpt from the book and a giveaway.

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About Fools Rush In

She thought she had the toughest job in Rescue—until the day she had to convert a pirate into a hero.

Interstellar Rescue “conductor” Rayna Carver is deep undercover on a slave ship bound for an isolated region of space when the ship is attacked by pirates. Her liberator is Captain Sam Murphy, a man known in the spacer bars to love only profit, adventure and women.

But Murphy hates a few things, too, chief among them slavers. Will it be enough to gain his help for Rayna’s mission—ferreting out two spies bent…

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