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The SFR Galaxy Awards Are Almost Here! January 30, 2019

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The SciFi Romance Galaxy Awards for 2018 will be handed out tomorrow, January 31, starting at 10am EST.  Organizer Laurie Green has done all the hard work (Thank you Laurie!) of putting the event together and has a schedule of 8 posts to go out throughout the day.  Here is the schedule so you can keep up with the goings on tomorrow:

 8 AM Eastern – Welcome Message and Introduction
10 AM Eastern – Round 1: Jo Jones
11 AM Eastern – Round 2: Riley Moreland
12 PM Eastern – Round 3: Heather Massey
  1 PM Eastern – Round 4: Lee Koven
  2 PM Eastern – Round 5: Marlene Harris
  3 PM Eastern – Round 6: Chris Stock
  4 PM Eastern – Round 7: KJ Van Houten

Can you tell?  I am excited!  Two reasons.  1) I am a judge and I got to pick some exceptional…

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The Dirt on the Ninth Grave (Charley Davidson, #9) by Darynda Jones – Review January 23, 2019

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About The Dirt on the Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones

In a small village in New York lives Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is or where she came from. So when she is working at a diner and slowly begins to realize she can see dead people, she’s more than a little taken aback. Stranger still are the people entering her life. They seem to know things about her. Things they hide with lies and half-truths. Soon, she senses something far darker. A force that wants to cause her harm, she is sure of it. Her saving grace comes in the form of a new friend she feels she can confide in and the fry cook, a devastatingly handsome man whose smile is breathtaking and touch is scalding. He stays close, and she almost feels safe with him around.

But no one can outrun their…

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Three Years of Persuasion January 16, 2019

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Three years ago, on January 16, 2016, Whiskey With My Book was launched.  The post – a review of The Viper and the Urchin by Celine Jeanjean.

Since then, there have been 456 additional posts: book reviews, features, art and other miscellaneous topics (like whiskey).  But mostly reviews. 457 posts, counting this one.

The top posts are KJ Van Houten’s February ’17 review of Feversong by Karen Marie Moning and my December ’17 editorial/review on Why The Chronicles of St. Mary’s is as Good as (Maybe Better Than) Doctor Who.  Both of these posts continue to get hits every week, sometimes every day.

As I write this article, WWMB has had 19,503 visits.  There are 213 very intelligent followers, who are the cream of the reading crop.  You know who you are!

I am a reader. The older I get, the pickier I get about what I…

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Keepers 2018 December 28, 2018

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Among the books I read this year, there are a number that I would call Keepers. That is, they made an impression while I was reading them and they made a home in my literary brain and moved in. I can visit them any time. Such was the impression the made on me. So here is my Keepers list for 2018. I am purposely excluding SciFi Romance because I will be recognizing those in the SFR Galaxy awards that will be announced in January. But for every other genre, here are my picks.

Audiobooks

A Peace Divided (Peacekeeper, #2) by Tanya Huff – I’ve been listening to the Confederate/Peacekeeper series for a year or two. Pure military scifi, (even after the heroine retires from the marines).

The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire, #1) by Clay and Susan Griffith – Greyfriar is an often-recommended steampunk novel that I’ve been wanting to read for…

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Susan Grant, Author of Warleader – Interview December 12, 2018

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Interview with Susan Grant

Riley:  Visiting Whiskey With My Book today is author Susan Grant. Susan is the author of several books that are favorites of many Scifi Romance readers, including yours truly. Her most recent release is Warleader, the first book in her Borderlands series. Susan, welcome! And thank you for taking the time to answer my general, personal and possibly impertinent questions!

Susan:  Thank you! And thanks for having me. I like impertinent. Bring it on. 🙂

Riley:  I always like to hear how an author got started writing. What inspired you to start making up stories and writing them down?

I can’t remember a time that I didn’t make up stories. I was always the go-to kid when we played imaginary games. My friends would ask, “Where are we going today, who will we be?” (AKA early world-building skills). Before I knew how to write, I’d…

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Warleader (Borderlands, #1) by Susan Grant – Review December 6, 2018

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About Warleader by Susan Grant

The outlaw has taunted her in a galactic game of cat and mouse for years, but she never caught him. Now they’re supposed to make peace AND serve together on the same starship?

Not so easy to do when your sworn enemy turns out to be the hottest piece you’ve ever seen.

Warleader Finn Rorkken doesn’t care how many medals Admiral Brit Bandar has. He’s going to show her what it’s like to be pursued and caught by a master. Intergalactic peace is on the line, and if she wants his obedience, she’ll have to pay his price…

Challenge accepted, Admiral.

Welcome to the Borderlands, where rules are meant to be broken…

Based on the retired title Moonstruck, Warleader is an enemies-to-lovers sci-fi romance that sweeps readers into a galaxy-spanning adventure with action, laughter, and a few tears. Read this award-winning story today!

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Pets in Space 3: Embrace the Passion – Review October 31, 2018

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There are giant creepy spiders in one of the stories in Pets in Space 3. So I thought it was appropriate to post this review today. Happy Halloween!

About Pets in Space 3: Embrace the Passion by Pauline Baird Jones, Carol Van Natta, JC Hay, Kyndra Hatch, E D Walker, Ruby Lionsdrake, Tiffany Roberts, Veronica Scott, S.E. Smith, Alexis Glynn Latner, Anna Hackett

Eleven original, never-before-published action-filled romances that will heat your blood and warm your heart! Eleven authors combine their love for Science Fiction Romance and pets to bring readers sexy, action-packed romances while helping a favorite charity. Proud supporters of Hero-Dogs.org, Pets in Space authors have donated over $4,400 in the past two years to help place specially trained dogs with veterans. Open your hearts and grab your limited release copy of Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3 today!

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Collision (The Prophecy Series, #3) by Lea Kirk – Review August 29, 2018

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Review of Collision

Collision is book three of Kirk’s Prophecy series. I definitely recommend reading books 1 and 2 first, to get a better sense of the ‘world’ of this series. Collision does not include a lot of detail about how the various species of Terrans, Matirians, and Anferthians have come together on the galactic stage. Unfortunately, there may be some spoilers for those books in this review.

Collision is the story of Flora Bock, whom we met in book 1 as a young child, orphaned in the invasion of Earth by the Anferthians. This book also starts out with Flora as a young child, but past the events of books 1 and 2, and she is now the adopted daughter of Alex and Gryf (whom we met in book 1), and there is peace after the war. But even a child continues to hold…

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Stars Uncharted by S. K. Dunstall – Review August 14, 2018

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About Stars Uncharted

In this rip-roaring space opera, a ragtag band of explorers are out to make the biggest score in the galaxy.

On this space jump, no one is who they seem . . .

Captain Hammond Roystan is a simple cargo runner who has stumbled across the find of a lifetime: the Hassim, a disabled exploration ship–and its valuable record of unexplored worlds.

His junior engineer, Josune Arriola, said her last assignment was in the uncharted rim. But she is decked out in high-level bioware that belies her humble backstory.

A renowned body-modification artist, Nika Rik Terri has run afoul of clients who will not take no for an answer. She has to flee off-world, and she is dragging along a rookie modder, who seems all too experienced in weapons and war . . .

Together this mismatched crew will end up on one ship, hurtling through…

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Lost Valyr (Project Enterprise #7) by Pauline Baird Jones – Review July 16, 2018

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About Lost Valyr

She’s a scientist in the wrong galaxy. He’s an alien in the wrong century. Can their love reset a terrifying future?

Dr. Rachel Grant knows her way around the Garradian tech on the Kikk Outpost. But the technology she encounters in an alien medical lab stumps even her brilliant mind. With a little help from her scheming parrot sidekick, she manages to push the right buttons and transport them to an uncharted planet…where they find a recently defrosted alien, who heats up Rachel.

Valyr wasn’t going to warm up to the bright-eyed scientist anytime soon…not after she pried centuries of cryosleep from his cold fingers. But waking up in the wrong century is nothing compared to the robots targeting his still-frozen team. And their situation only gets worse when he discovers the spiderweb of destruction trailing in the robots’ wake. With their backs against the wall, Valyr…

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