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review 2015-08-27 18:23
´╗┐Review: Star Cruise: Marooned (A Sectors SF Romance) by Veronica Scott
Star Cruise: Marooned: (A Sectors SF Romance) - Veronica Scott

My associate reviewer, Marta, reads so many Space Opera books that she finally got me curious.

What I liked: Marooned is a very short read and that's just what I needed to dip my toe in the water of this genre. Ms Scott is a seasoned author and I expected no less than completely written book. By that I mean, she set the stage, had interesting developing characters and basically the plot was believable and drew me in. In addition, the world building while in progress was developed enough to make sense and keep my interest. 

The female lead, Meg, is more than capable and no nonsense when working but her character is written as a very strong female lead. I don't mean to imply she's overbearing. She has a job, she's experienced and as part of her job, she deals with her company's clients. So, yeah, while you might think she's a glorified flight attendant, she much more because she sees the big picture, especially when she and several other people are left behind on a hostile planet.

The love interest, Red Thomsill, while a pilot is not as senior on this trip as Meg and skillfully stays in the background until his expertise is needed. The good thing, he has no problem bowing to her decisions as she's more experienced. BUT, in their current situation, he knows when to take charge without becoming Rambo. I liked his character mainly because he was extremely up front with Meg from the very beginning but found it funny when he kept trying to attract her romantic interests, he invariably messed it up while trying to be smooth and smart. 

What I didn't like: Without giving away spoilers, one of the characters just about drove me crazy but I believe that was the point Ms Scott was making. The character was likable enough but kept making unthinking blunders that endangered in some ways the other characters. You'll see what I mean when you read it.

A very enjoyable, quick, interesting read. Marooned more than held my attention and I wanted more when the book ended. So, if you're wondering about a Sci-Fi romance, you might want to start with Marooned!


Source: www.justtalkingbooks.com/blog/review-star-cruise-marooned-a-sectors-sf-romance-by-veronica-scott
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review 2015-04-18 14:54
Hold by Claire Kent
Hold - Claire Kent


Gritty stark erotic romance that hit all the right buttons! Riana is thrust in an underground prison, after being found guilty of trespassing during an archeological dig. To survive she has to partner up with a man who can field off dangerous convicts who have no qualms in raping and killing her. Her instincts lead her to trust a man called Cain who has the only working cell and he may have a plan to escape.

This was soooo good. I was in the mood of something dark and atmospheric and I enjoyed a few of Kent's books. But this is her first foray in SF romance and she created a fantastic gritty and claustrophobic tone. The romance grows slowly and the erotic elements adds to their relationship. I really hope she writes more in this world!

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text 2014-07-05 08:52
Great Love Triangles in Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Imzadi Forever (Star Trek) - Peter David

In my upcoming novella, Busted!, I deal with a love triangle of sorts. It's true, love happens in the most unusual of places - even at a sci-fi convention. I won't delve too much into the story today, but to get you revved up for the book I thought I'd touch on other love triangles that happened in an atypical place - the realm of sci-fi/fantasy.


Yeah, there are romances set in SFF backdrops. However, you don't normally tune in to a favorite sci-fi series to see a romance. Oh, you do? Well, you've come to the right place, because I'm talking about some of my favorites.


Riker/Troi/Worf (Star Trek: the Next Generation) - I don't know if anybody saw the attempt at a Troi/Worf pairing late in the TV show's run, but I certainly didn't disapprove. Worf hadn't enjoyed much luck in the romance department, and the whole flirtation between Troi and Riker's "twin" petered out, so why not get them together? I wished the show had done more to explore the possibilities, but the run ended and the movies brought Troi and Riker back together. Feh. At least those of us siding with Worf have Peter David's book, Triangle: Imzadi II to bring some semblance of closure.

Han Solo/Princess Leia/Prince Isolder (Star Wars expanded universe) - Some of you may be asking, "Wha?" Yeh, Prince Isolder didn't appear in any of the current movies, but was a character in the novel The Courtship of Princess Leia. It's been years since I read it, but IIRC the storyline involved a plan to marry Leia off to this guy for reasons of galactic peace and prosperity or nah, and Han wasn't having it. Of course, you know how it ends, and I doubt Isolder gets any lip service in the new movies.

Egon/Jeanine/Louis (Ghostbusters) - Yeah, it's not really a triangle, but something always bothered me about the two films. In the first, Jeanine is clearly smitten with Egon, and in the second she warms up rather quickly to Louis Tully. Perhaps they're more suited to each other, but you notice the whole Egon/Jeanine didn't get any time in the sequel. I don't think they share scenes in II. So what happened during the five year gap? The cartoon doesn't tell us much, but I see on Wikipedia they added Louis in the fifth season after the sequel came out. Somebody must really have wanted to convince us Jeanine and Tully belonged together.

Dirk/Talia/Kris (Heralds of Valdemar) - One summer I blew through about ten Valdemar novels. If you're looking for a fantasy gateway, pick up this trilogy - Arrows of the Queen, Arrow's Flight, and Arrow's Fall. The first one is one of the few books I have read more than once, and I only picked them up because somebody remarked to me she'd heard Mercedes Lackey was a Rush fan and might have modeled Dirk on Geddy Lee. It's possible, but you don't need to know that to like the books.


Now, some of you might want to include some recent YA triangles here (Bella/Edward/Werewolf Guy I Can't Remember; Gale/Katniss/Peeta), and there may be a Doctor Who one or two, but these are the most memorable to me. Hopefully somebody will add Busted! to his/her list.


Source: kathrynlively.blogspot.com
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text 2014-07-01 23:07
Cover Reveal: Stolen Desire by Barbara Donlon Bradley

Coming late July to Phaze Books, Stolen Desire by Barbara Donlon Bradley! Stolen Desire is Book 7 of Bradley's Vespian Way series.

When Heather is confronted with her time traveling self, she fears the worst. The woman came to warn them of a terrible accident, but something isn’t right. The visitors her future self says are there to help only want to kidnap her and kill her mate. Using her mind, she tries to protect her friends and family. Yet she wakes up as a prisoner after seeing the ship Storm is in blow up. She is now alone, and trapped. Somehow she has to figure out a way home and hopefully reverse all the horrible things that have taken her family from her.



Writing for Barbara Donlon Bradley started innocently enough. Like most she kept diaries, journals, and wrote an occasional letter, but she also had a vivid imagination and wrote scenes and short stories, adding characters to her favorite shows and comic books. As time went on she found the passion for writing to be a strong drive for her. Humor is also very strong in her life. No matter how hard she tries to write something deep and dark, it will never happen. That humor bleeds into her writing. Since she can’t beat it, she has learned to use it to her advantage. Now she lives in Tidewater Virginia with two cats, one mother in law – she’s 86 now - her husband and teenage son.

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