Romance Writers Weekly – Let’s take a trip.

RWW FB Banner

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.

 

 

Cover Reveal – Captives of the Kratzen

It’s coming soon, and today I’m happy and proud to reveal the cover of my latest novel.

Hearts in Orbit, Volume 3:

Captives of the Kratzen

 

GENRE: Science Fiction Romance

HEAT LEVEL: Steamy

This book is dedicated to all fans of the Star Trek reboot who were happy to see Spock and Uhura finally getting it on.

 

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.

Coming soon from Soul Mate Publishing

 

Romance Writers Weekly – Writer’s Block Blues.

RWW FB Banner

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’s topic comes from the wonderful Jenna Da Sie – What do you do when writer’s block hits? Share some tips for our fellow writers.

What I’ve found when I hit writer’s block is that it is usually when I’m trying to get my characters to do something they don’t want to do. It’s crazy, I know, to think that just because I’m the author here, that I get any say over what my characters do. I come up with this wonderful scene and they balk, sit down stubbornly, and don’t let me continue with the story.

Okay, I get it. Back up, delete a scene or two, and let them start telling the story the way they want to. It’s usually just a matter of where I back up to before the story starts flowing again.And sometimes I really have to think on it a few days, where I get no writing done at all.

My new approach is to write two books at the same time, going back and forth between them. That way if I get blocked on one, I can continue writing on the other while my characters get their collective shit together. Currently I have Hearts in Orbit 4 and Heavenly Wars 3 on deck to write, and both are coming along nicely. But I know a block is coming one day. This time, I’ll be ready for it.

I hope.

So, how does Leslie Hachtel deal with her writer’s block? Find out as the Romance Writers Weekly blog hop continues at: http://lesliehachtelwriter.wordpress.com/…

 

Romance Writers Weekly – ♫♪♪♫These are a few of my favorite things ♪♫♫♪

RWW FB Banner

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/

Game On by Dani Jace

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

Our question today comes from the wonderful A.S. Fenichel: What can’t you live without? Tell us five things you can’t do without. It can be coffee from your favorite shop or a pink tee-shirt. Whatever it is, tell us about it and why you can’t go on without it.

And remember to check out A. S. Fenichel’s new release, Foolish Bride.

Now on to our question:

5 things I can’t do without?

 

 

1. My computer with 2 monitors.

(Lots of power and work-space)

2. Coffee

(duh)

3. My iPad

(for reading and games)

4. My wife’s amazing oatmeal butterscotch cookies

(Addicting)

5. Bacon

(Because its bacon and I needed 5)

So what can’t you live without. Leave me a comment down below. Inquiring minds want to know.

Then hop on over to Jenna Da Sie blog to find out what she can’t do without as the Romance Writers Weekly blog hop continues at: http://jennadasie.com/

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

The Soul Mate Tree: Between Venus and Mars

Up and available for purchase. Thank you Soul Mate Publishing and Amazon:

THE SOUL MATE TREE, BOOK THREE:

BETWEEN VENUS AND MARS

AUTHOR: S. C. Mitchell

GENRE: Science Fiction Romantic Comedy

HEAT LEVEL: Steamy

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.

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.

 

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Between-Venus-Mars-Soul-Mate-ebook/dp/B01N7OXSND/

When series collide: Between Venus and Mars is not only set the multi-dimensional worlds of the Soul Mate Tree legend, but also ties into my Hearts in Orbit series, a futuristic universe filled with starships, aliens, and new technologies. And, of course, romance. The Soul Mate Tree project offered me a great way to play with some new characters and further develop my universe, while partnering with some of the best authors in the business.

The Hearts in Orbit universe is a place where galactic marshals keep the peace in the cosmopolitan Core Worlds as well as the wild-west type rim world planets. While this book works as a standalone, and you don’t have to have read any of the others, I consider it Hearts in Orbit 2.5, fitting nicely between Pirates of the Dark Nebula and my soon-to-be-released Hearts in Orbit 3 novel Captives of the Kratzen.

Series Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016DF63JM/

 

Romance Writers Weekly – What’s in your name?

RWW FB Banner

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 Marc Steven’s blog  welcome.

And please check out Marc’s fun-filled Suburban Spies story in the Cherished Secrets anthology.

Our topic today: What is the story behind your name? If you have a pen name, how did you come up with it?

No pen name here. My given name is Steven C. Mitchell. I did decide to go with initials because it was gender neutral, and starting off as a male romance writer I didn’t know what to expect.

What I’ve found is that there is not a more welcoming, inclusive group than romance writers. I’ve found my peeps.

So what mysteries hide behind Leslie Hachtel‘s name. Find out as the Romance Writers Weekly blog hop continues at: https://lesliehachtelwriter.wordpress.com/

Check out The Dream Dancer by Leslie Hachtel.

Romance Writers Weekly – Favorite Books

RWW FB Banner

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/

no-life-but-this

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

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

comics

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.

conan

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:

thebackup-945x1418

The Soul Mate Tree – Can’t Stop The Music

Can’t Stop The Music

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

RWW FB Banner

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/

hannahs-war

Hannah’s War by Leslie Hachtel

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

 

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.

 

***

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.

no-life-but-this