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Laurie A. Green – An Enduring Author May 26, 2017

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Farewell_Andromeda-Final-200x300Okay, now it’s Laurie’s turn.  Sorry about the mix-up last week.

http://www.laurieagreen.com/category/books/

Laurie’s been a busy girl the last few years.  Here’s what she sent me-

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Hi! Thanks for the opportunity to catch up from days of yore on CritiqueCircle. Let me start by backtracking about six years.   https://www.critiquecircle.com/default.asp

In 2011 and 2012, I was a three-time finalist in the RWA Golden Heart© Awards for three different unpublished science fiction romance novels. Since then, my first novel, (originally titled P2PC) was published as Inherit the Stars in 2015.

Inherit_the_Stars_Complete_Novel-200x300Inherit the Stars won the 2016 Carolyn Readers Choice Award and was named by LibraryJournal.com as one of the Best Books of 2015 in E-Originals.

But my novel wasn’t actually my first published work. That was a novelette, Farewell Andromeda, a romance between a female deep space charter pilot and a famous astronomer (…or is he)? It’s currently available at no cost via InstaFreebie as a special…

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Here is my interview with Laurie A. Green May 13, 2017

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Name   Laurie A. Green

Age  Hmm. Do I have to be honest? Okay, okay. I’m 61. But in my head, I’m still in my 30s. Where has the time gone?

Where are you from

I’m originally from Michigan, but wanted to live in the Southwest from my first visit as a teen. Just felt like I belonged here. My husband and I moved to the Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1988, and my first thought was, “I’m home!”

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

It’s exciting and it just broke! I was one of the authors in the very popular Pets in Space collection, a series of stories by award-winning and bestselling science fiction romance authors that included pets…in spaaaace. It was named one of the Best Books of 2016 in Fiction E-Originals by LibraryJournal.com. This October, a second collection will be released titled: Embrace the Romance: Pets…

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Pets in Space is Back! May 2, 2017

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Last year’s Pets In Space, the anthology of stories that included, not only scifi and romance, but those wonderful, adorable, amazing, otherworldly pets, was a favorite of many scifi romance readers, including yours truly. So, I am very excited to share this wonderful news with you today.  Pets in Space is back with another amazing selection of pet-centric stories.

Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 Anthology

Coming October 10, 2017

The pets are back! Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, featuring twelve of today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors, brings you a dozen original stories written just for you! Join in the fun, from the Dragon Lords of Valdier to a trip aboard Award-winning author, Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr, to journeying back to Luda where Grim is King, for stories that will take you out of this world! Join New York Times, USA TODAY, and…

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Wanted & Wired by Vivien Jackson – Review April 4, 2017

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Review by Riley

 
About Wanted & Wired

A rip-roarin’ new snarky, sexy sci-fi paranormal romance series with the perfect balance of humor, heat, and heart. Now that Texas has seceded and the world is spiraling into chaos, good guys come in unlikely packages and love sprouts in the most inconvenient places…

Rogue scientist • technologically enhanced • deliciously attractive
Heron Farad should be dead. But technology has made him the man he is today. Now he heads a crew of uniquely skilled outsiders who fight to salvage what’s left of humanity: art, artifacts, books, ideas-sometimes even people. People like Mari Vallejo.

Gun for hire • Texan rebel • always hits her mark
Mari has been lusting after her mysterious handler for months. But when a by-the-book hit goes horribly sideways, she and Heron land on the universal most wanted list. Someone set them up. Desperate and on the run…

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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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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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