Meet Earth’s Sexiest Superheroes – Part 1: Z-Bot

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It’s been quite a year (well, year and a month) for my new Xi Force series. The first book, Z-Bot premiered on Dec. 6th of 2017. The story was inspired by a picture I picked up on a stock photo site:

Zombiebot.jpgIt spoke to me in ways I hadn’t experienced before. I needed to know who this person was. I needed to figure out his story. And thus, Chris Johnson, Z-Bot, was born.

I was really excited that my cover artist could use the inspirational picture on the cover of the book because this was Chris.

Now, I have a history of killing off the heroes (and occasionally my heroines as well) in my stores. In science fiction and fantasy death doesn’t have to be so final. But with this book I toyed with the idea of killing off my hero in the first chapter.  I ended up killing him off in the first sentence of the book.

Beep. Beep. Beeeeeee . . .

Yup, that’s Chris’s final heartbeat, at least for a while.

You see, Chris becomes a zombiebot. Something half robot, something raised from the dead. A Frankenstein-like project spearheaded by brainy love-interest, Dr. Heather Logan.

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And this paves the way for Chris to become the Earth’s (at least my Earth’s) first superhero, and the first member of a new superhero team:

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Z-Bot went on to win the Kathryn Hayes “When Sparks Fly” contest. The book also was a finalist for the 2018 PRISM Award, the 2018 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award (NERFA), and the 2018 Toronto Northern Hearts Contest.

Not bad for a poor little cyborg from Megopolis.

Check out Z-Bot and the rest of Earth’s Sexiest Superheroes at: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KYQLXGK/

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Phaze up for preorder

Last night Phaze went up on Amazon for preorder. You can reserve your copy for first day delivery (April 4th) by going here:  https://www.amazon.com/Phaze-Xi-Force-Book-2-ebook/dp/B07B6R5JGM/

And if you haven’t read the first Xi Force book, Z-Bot, now is a great time to pick it up as well. You’ll find it here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077F4NHDX

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Release Day: Z-Bot

It’s out! Xi Force #1: Z-Bot.

Look out Avengers. Move over Justice League. Here comes Xi Force, Earth’s sexiest superheroes.

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Blurb:

Chris Johnson never really started living until he died. Orphaned, fostered, and drifting through life, the twenty-seven year old programmer had no family, little money, and few friends. But he also had no enemies. So, who the hell killed him? After an experimental process brings him back from the dead as a zombiebot, he gets the chance to find out.

Heather Logan’s latest process uses nanobots to reanimate a corpse. Half robot, half something raised from the dead, Chris is her first successful resuscitation. Questions abound. What is it? Is it truly alive, a machine, or some kind of zombie-hybrid?

But someone wants to steal Heather’s secret process and put her out of the picture permanently. Chris, with his new superpowers, is the only thing standing between Heather and an assassin’s bullet. Is he enough of a hero to save her?

Get it here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077F4NHDX

 

 

Cover Reveal – Z-Bot

Set for release December 6th, I’m proud to reveal the cover of my next book, the first in a new series about sexy superheroes.

Move over Avengers. Get out of the way Justice League. Here come’s Xi Force.

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Blurb:

Chris Johnson never really started living until he died. Orphaned, fostered, and drifting through life, the twenty-seven year old programmer had no family, little money, and few friends. But he also had no enemies. So, who the hell killed him? After an experimental process brings him back from the dead as a zombiebot, he gets the chance to find out.

Heather Logan’s latest process uses nanobots to reanimate a corpse. Half robot, half something raised from the dead, Chris is her first successful resuscitation. Questions abound. What is it? Is it truly alive, a machine, or some kind of zombie-hybrid?

But someone wants to steal Heather’s secret process and put her out of the picture permanently. Chris, with his new superpowers, is the only thing standing between Heather and an assassin’s bullet. Is he enough of a hero to save her?

 

New Release – Captives of the Kratzen

It’s live on Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/Captives-Kratzen-Hearts-Orbit-Mitchell-ebook/dp/B071K25PTS/

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Captives of the Kratzen

Hearts in Orbit volume 3

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Blurb:

“We don’t even know where we are?”

Captured, stripped, and imprisoned in an alien menagerie, Tina la Cross finds herself the subject of an alien research facility, far from home. But at least she’s not alone. Her friend, Carter Arcturus, a man she’s held secret feelings for since they met, is imprisoned with her.

Carter has been intrigued with Tina for months, but their active schedule hadn’t offered any dating opportunities. Being thrown into a cage together naked really doesn’t qualify as a first date. He needs to keep his eyes open for an escape opportunity and off Tina’s sexy form.

When Carter and Tina are rescued from their prison by their Blarmling friend, Kirtl, the three begin a desperate journey across an alien galaxy. Danger and passions mix as two hearts go into orbit to find safe passage home across an alien galaxy.

Hearts in Orbit: Volume 3 – Captives of the Kratzen is a science fiction romance set in the far-flung space traveling future, continuing the series’ course across galaxies filled with love and adventure.

 

Check out the whole series:

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Romance Writers Weekly – Let’s take a trip.

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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.

You can join us daily on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/RomanceWritersWeekly/

 

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

Today I’m posing the question: Let’s take a trip. Pretend your publisher has offered you a two week vacation anywhere in the world to inspire a new novel. Where do you go and why?

So where would be a good place to go to inspire an out-of-this-world science fiction romance?

How about a trip to the Hollywood Science Fiction Museum?

That sounds like a good place to start my trip.

Then maybe the next stop could be the Museum of Science fiction in Washington DC.

Last stop on my out-of-this-world vacation would have to be Seattle, WA and the Museum of Pop Culture.

Talk about a great get-away.

Do you know any other great ways to take off on an otherworldly adventure without a space ship? Let me know in the comments down below.

Then check out Kathryn Renard’s blog at: http://kathrynrenard.com/ as the Romance Writers Weekly Blog Hop continues.

And also check out Katheryn’s wonderful Montgomery Universality novel, Sidelined.

 

 

Romance Writers Weekly – An interview with Galactic Marshal Kyle Kepler

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.

You can join us daily on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/RomanceWritersWeekly/

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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:

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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/