Romance Writers Weekly – Favorite Books

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Our topic today: We all love to read so much, what were your favorite books as a child/young adult. List some from each.

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I spent most of my misspent youth with my nose in a comic book. I didn’t really start making my own mental pictures through the written word until comics brought me to Conan the Barbarian and Conan brought me to Robert E. Howard and his wonderful character in print.

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From Conan it was an easy jump to J.R.R. Tolkien and other fantasy novels. And that was pretty much it through my teens, twenties, and well into my thirties. Science Fiction and Fantasy, and I pretty much read anything in the genre I could get my hands on.

It was only after that that I discovered romance. I’m a bit late to the genre.

So, what novels did Kathryn Renard cut her teeth on? Find out as the Romance Writers Weekly blog hop continues at: http://www.kathrynrenard.com/

And check out Kathryn’s wonderful sports romance, The Backup:

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The Soul Mate Tree – Can’t Stop The Music

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Releasing on Amazon today: https://amzn.com/B01N9RDN96/cant-stop-the-music_002_505x825

THE LEGEND OF THE SOUL MATE TREE:

I am old, I am ancient, my purpose is clear
To give those who are needy a treasure so dear.
They who come to my roots, touch my bark, stroke my leaves
Find the soul of their lives if they but believe.
When I call and you listen, your prize will be great
If your heart remains open and you don’t hesitate.
Do you yearn? Be you lonely? Is your time yet at hand?
Reach for me and I’ll give to you. I’m yours to command.
For your trust, for your faith, keep my secrets untold
And I’ll gift you forever, to have and to hold.

An ancient legend spanning eras, continents, and worlds. To some, it’s nothing more than a dream. To others, a pretty fairy tale handed down through the generations.

For those in critical need of their own happy ending, a gift.

     For college senior and hippie wannabe Rosemary—Rose for short—a teaching job is within her grasp, but she wants more. She wants love, the kind of love that has bound her parents for so many years. When she’s dumped by her current boyfriend because her morals can’t bring her to give in to free love, she finds herself at Woodstock in the middle of the biggest free-love, music festival of the Sixties. Alone, again. Until a magical tree grants her wish and she finds the man of her dreams—and loses him before she really knows who he is.
     Dakota meets the girl of his dreams at Woodstock, but a jealous wannabe girlfriend drives them apart before he can discover Rose’s last name and where she comes from. After he sees a disappearing tree that promises him true love, a frantic search to find Rose comes up empty-handed.
     Magic and music brings them together at Woodstock in 1969. Misunderstandings tear them apart. Will two flower children find one another again, or live with missed opportunities?

Book trailer for Can’t Stop the Music

Book Trailer for The Soul Mate Tree

 

And coming next month will be my contribution to the project: Between Venus and Mars

You can pre-order your copy HERE.

Romance Writers Weekly – Right Under Your Nose

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Hannah’s War by Leslie Hachtel

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Today I’m supplying the challenge to the Romance Writers Weekly crew: Flash Fiction Challenge: Give us a romantic scene to set the mood for Valentines Day.

 

This scene features a minor character from my soon-to-be-released novella, Between Venus and Mars (Now available for pre-order on Amazon.com). Meet Tron Speltzer:

 

Right under your nose.

 

Galactic Marshal Tron Speltzer pulled his blaster and slid round the corner of the dark spaceport dock. Starlight shining through the portholes caused more shadows than illumination. The loss of power on the orbital platform had been sudden and unexpected, thus highly suspicious.

“Tron.” Aurora’s warning came clearly over his whisper-com, even though she’d barely made a sound.

He stopped short, glanced back at his partner.

She pointed down toward his boots.

A thin, red beam of light crossed his path that he would have passed through with his next step if she hadn’t warned him. Something had power down here.

“Thanks,” He whispered back as he lifted his boot to step over the sensor beam. “Sometimes you miss the little things that are right under your nose.”

Fresh from the academy, the perky red-head had proven to be one of the most promising young officers in her class. Smart, quick, and competent, Tron saw a bright future ahead for Aurora Starshine.

Under the docked freighter, three dark figures lurked near the ion drive boosters. Were there more? Were these even the perps?

Tron put his hand out to draw Aurora back, deeper into the shadows. His arm brushed the soft contours of her breasts. “Sorry.”

He was used to working with a male partner. This could get awkward.

“No problem.” Professional. He liked that.

Taking up a cover position behind a gandasol fill tank, he motioned her to take point.

She crouched and moved ahead of him, staying against the wall, then took up a covered position behind an equipment locker. After only working together a week, Aurora had picked up on his quirks and tendencies quickly. And Tron knew he wasn’t the easiest officer to work with.

“Lay low for now, but keep watch.” He holstered his blaster and brought out his hornet drone. The miniaturized flying camera had a night-vision mode, and could get a much better look around in the gloom.

“Yes, sir.”

He sent the drone on its way, buzzing around the big freighter to see what the men were doing.

Plastoid crates, imprinted with the Mazon PoliCorp logo confirmed Tron’s suspicions. The power outage was to block the station’s tracking and cameras to allow these smugglers to make off with some illegal, high-tech gadgets.

The three men were heavily armed. They weren’t giving up without a fight. But Tron and Aurora still had the element of surprise.

“Smugglers?” Aurora’s whisper had Tron nodding. The girl was quick. He hadn’t even told her he was using the drone camera. He’d never had a partner so in sync with him before.

“Blaster on stun. Let’s take ‘em . . . wait.”

The drone passed by a stack of plascrates with Biocron markings. Explosives. One wrong blaster hit, even on the stun setting, and the whole landing bay could go up.

Frack. “Explosives in the bay. We’ll have to come up with some other way to take them out.”

“I have a sonic stun grenade. You could sneak back out and come back and pick me up in about five minutes.”

She’d be taking one hell of a chance. In such confined quarters, the backlash from the stun grenade would hit whoever threw it. There wouldn’t be enough room to avoid it. It was a hell of a gutsy move for a rookie.

Still, the plan was sound, provided she could throw the grenade before they detected her and blasted her. With no backup, she’d be a sitting quackleding.

Tron scanned for any alternative and couldn’t find one.

“Okay, but be careful.” Despite their short acquaintance, he’d come to trust her judgment fully. As partners, they had to.

Tron backed toward the door, sticking to the shadows as much as possible.

“Hey. You.” A forth man, standing in the doorway, blocked his escape.

Tron backpedaled. “Frack, I can’t get out.”

“Come back toward me, as fast as you can.” Grenade still ready to throw in one hand, she motioned him to hurry with the other.

“What . . .?” But he trusted her. He sprinted full out.

Just before he got to her, she threw the grenade toward the ship.

We are so screwed. If even one of the smugglers woke before they did, they were dead.

Spinning toward him, she threw her arms around him and used his momentum to throw them both toward the back wall. Then they were going through the back wall.

“What the?”

Slipping, sliding down a tunnel.

“The crate slide to the cargo hold below.”

A dull thud reverberated above in the landing bay. The smugglers would be out for hours, plenty of time to get back and arrest them. “How did you ever find this slide?”

She’d ended up underneath him. All warm, pliant woman. Humor lit her eyes, and her smile caused warmth to wash through his core.

She had beautiful green eyes. Why hadn’t he noticed that before?

And she was very pretty. He’d been trying hard not to notice that.

She shrugged. “Sometimes I do see the little things that are right under my nose.”

Right now, she was literally right under his nose. And so close, he could detect the light, floral scent of her, causing his body to harden.

“I could kiss you.” He hadn’t meant it that way. Or had he?

In any case, he suddenly found himself putting his money where his mouth was. Actually . . . putting his mouth . . .

Frack, his mind was whirling so fast, she tasted so sweet, he couldn’t think. And she was returning his kiss ardently.

Work had just gotten impossibly complicated.

And he didn’t give a damn.

 

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This may just be the opening to Hearts in Orbit 4, I’m not sure. Let me know what you think below, then check out what Brenda Margriet wrote for her flash fiction, as our blog hop continues at: http://www.brendamargriet.com/blog

And check out Brenda’s new novel: No Life But This.

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Romance Writers Weekly – My favorite sub-genre

Welcome to the romance Writers Weekly blog hop, where every week a great group of romance writers answer questions and accept challenges. Diverse in what we write, we are unified in the quest to bring you, the romance reader, a very happy ever after.

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Check out UPON A WINTER’S NIGHT by Jenna Da Sie in the Holiday Hearts anthology.

Check out UPON A WINTER’S NIGHT by Jenna Da Sie in the Holiday Hearts anthology.

If you’re starting your blog hop here, or just hopping over from Jenna Da Sie’s blog, welcome.

Leslie Hachtel is providing today’s topic: What is your favorite romance genre and why?

This is a tough one. I read pretty much any romance regardless of the genre. I write in the paranormal/fantasy/science fiction sub-genre, and I do tend to enjoy those, but lately I’ve been reading more contemporary and historical romances.

As long as it’s sexy, romantic, has a little steam, and a happy ever after ending, I’d have to say my favorite romance sub-genre is the one I’m currently reading.

Is that a cop out or what?

Hopefully you’ll get a straighter answer from Brenda Margriet when you hop over to her blog, as the Romance Writers Weekly blog hop continues at: http://www.brendamargriet.com/blog

And check out Brenda’s amazing No Life But This:

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Romance Writers Weekly – An interview with Galactic Marshal Kyle Kepler

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If you’re starting your blog hop here, or just hopping over from Leslie Hachtel’s blog welcome.

I supplied today’s topic: Tell us about the people living in your head right now. Do an interview with the hero and/or heroine of your current work in progress or your latest release.

So today I present, all the way from 300 years in the future, Galactic Marshal Kyle Kepler from my soon to be released novella, Between Venus and Mars.

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Steve: Welcome Kyle.

Kyle: Wow, Steve, cool time machine.

Steve: I can’t take credit for it. I kind of stole it from Jules Vern, but I did add the fuzzy dice on the rear view mirror.

Kyle: Um, yeah, the dice. . . .nice touch. Anyway, the journey was definitely nicer than being pulled across the galaxy by a magic tree.

Steve: The Soul Mate Tree. Okay, tell me. Is the legend True? Can it really bring two Soul Mates together?

Kyle: Oh yeah. I wouldn’t have met Zana without it. We lived in completely different parts of the galaxy. I’m a Core Worlder while she lives out on the galactic rim. A real rim rat. Our story is kind of a city mouse-country mouse tale. We come from really different worlds. Only the Soul Mate Tree could have brought us together. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Read the other books in the series, they’re amazing.

Steve: Actually, Kyle, they haven’t been released yet in this time. In fact, the first one comes out tomorrow:

Realm of the Dragon (The Soul Mate Tree Book 1) by [Cordelia, CiCi]

Kyle: I guess that’s one of the advantages of coming from the future. I’ve read them all. Well, do yourself a favor and pick up Realm of the Dragon tomorrow. You won’t regret it.

Steve: I’ll do that. Thanks. Now, let’s get back to you and your story. What can you tell us about Between Venus and Mars?

Kyle: Well, there’s that magic Soul Mate Tree, a pack of mutant kangaroos, and a pretty wrecked starship.Plus I’m teleported into the middle of everything out of my shower back home, completely naked. From there, things go decidedly downhill.

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Steve: But, you can handle it, right? I mean, you look to be in pretty good shape. You must work out.

Kyle: I work undercover for the Galactic Marshals. I have to be ready for anything. And for the most part, I am. Anything except, of course, Zana Starchild.

Steve: She’s quite a character.

Kyle: You have no idea. By the time I first meet her, she’s broken so many galactic laws, I have to arrest her. At least I plan to as soon as I find transport off Old Earth . . . and a pair of pants.

Steve: The whole story comes out March 15, 2017. Between Venus and Mars. You can pre-order it today at: https://www.amazon.com/Between-Venus-Mars-Soul-Mate-ebook/dp/B01N7OXSND/

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Kyle: You know that’s the one book in the series I haven’t read yet. I sure would like to get my hands on whoever wrote it though. He ran me through the ringer.

Steve: Um, yeah, I don’t think I know him. Anyway, it’s time to send you back to the future. I promised Jules I would get his time machine back to him by the beginning of the Renaissance. But, um, thanks for your time.

And while I take Kyle back home, hop ahead to see what characters are living in A. S. Fenichel’s head, as the Romance Writers Weekly blog hop continues at: http://asfenichel.com/blog/

Between Venus And Mars – Preorder

Coming March 15, 2017, my newest release Between Venus And Mars is now up for preorder on Amazon.

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You’ll find it here: https://www.amazon.com/Between-Venus-Mars-Soul-Mate-ebook/dp/B01N7OXSND/

It’s book three in the new Soul Mate Tree Saga.

Blurb:

Once Upon a Galaxy . . .

Zana Starchild is on a mission to restore her tribe’s livestock and save herself from one more meal of kelp. Sure, it’s technically illegal to visit Old Earth, but to a rim rat like Zana, galactic laws are really just guidelines. Her wrecked starship just means she’ll need to use her backup plan to get off the abandoned world, an old Earth legend her uncle passed down to her.

Pulled from a relaxing shower, across the galaxy to Old Earth, Galactic Marshall Kyle Kepler finds himself naked and marooned with a quirky rim rat. Zana’s broken more laws than Kyle can count, and he plans to arrest her, just as soon as he can find transport off the planet and a pair of pants.

A junk heap of a starship, a magical tree, and a roving gang of mutant kangaroos are just the beginning of rollicking intergalactic journey filled with laughs, love, and adventure.

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All I want for Christmas…

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Coming soon. Preorder today.

If you’re starting your blog hop here, or just hopping over from A. S. Fenichel’s blog welcome.

Today’s topic comes from Leslie Hachtel – If you could get anything in the world you wanted for Christmas, what would it be?

I’m at the point in my life where I’m starting to get rid of “stuff.” Having to move a few years ago made me evaluate all those things I was holding on to. Some while I was packing, but now others that I haven’t yet unpacked. If I don’t use it, it’s time to lose it. I’m working on a much less cluttered life.

Asking for another “thing” for Christmas feels counterproductive. I’d much more prefer consumables.

So in that spirit, I couldn’t say it better than one of my favorite indy musicians Jason Chen:

Now, find out what Leslie Hachtel is asking Santa for, as the Romance Writers Weekly Blog Hop continues at: https://lesliehachtelwriter.wordpress.com/

And check out Leslie’s amazing historical romance, Hanna’s War:

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