Five Facts about TETHERED, a #newrelease from @PippaJayGreen #scifirom

Five facts about Tethered by Pippa Jay

1. The story started with the working title of Succubi, and to begin with that was the only name the main female character had too. After all, the first and only scene I’d gotten down at the time was my heroine committing her first act as a succubus. That scene changed and got moved later on in development, but I still refer to it as my ‘Succubi in Space’ story.

2. The blurb won the SFR Brigade Pitch Contest in 2012. It wasn’t until I went back and looked it up that I realized how long ago I’d started the story – December 2011! The pitch contest was a fun event organized by the Science Fiction Romance Brigade (of which I’m a proud member), and I pretty much threw the blurb together just for the event as I hadn’t written much of the story and didn’t know how it was going to end. Feedback there actually helped me hone the blurb, and resulted in a name change for my heroine.

3. The idea hit me fully on Christmas Day and I had to sneak off to my bedroom to make hasty notes throughout the holiday. Of all the days of the year, this is one I CANNOT take time out to write. But somehow I managed to. I’d rather muse didn’t do that to me again though.

4. It was the first thing I’d written that didn’t have its own soundtrack…unless you count Christmas Carols. Normally music either sparks off a story or helps set the tone for what I’m writing. Even in hindsight, I don’t have a soundtrack for Tethered. I feel somehow…bad about that. Feel free to suggest some! However, the title itself did come from a song by Eliott Minor.

5. The idea originally came from a discussion on Twitter about under-represented mythical and legendary creatures in speculative fiction. I love Twitter. It’s my main hangout. Great to network, chat, brainstorm – if I had to give up all social media bar one, Twitter is what I would keep. And all the great tweeps I follow there, and who follow me.

Tethered by Pippa JayTETHERED

by Pippa Jay

She can kill with a kiss. But can assassin Tyree also heal one man’s grief, and bring peace to a galaxy threatened by war?

For Tyree of the Su, being an assassin isn’t simply something she was trained for. It’s the sole reason for her existence. A genetically enhanced clone—one of many in Refuge—she’s about to learn her secluded lifestyle, and that of all her kind, is under threat by a race capable of neutralizing their special talents to leave them defenseless.

For Zander D’joren, being a diplomat has not only cost him his appearance, but also the love of his life. Scarred, grieving, he must nonetheless continue in his role as co-delegate to the fearsome Tier-vane or risk a conflict that could only end one way.

Now both of them need to keep each other alive and maintain a perilous deception long enough to renegotiate the treaty with the Tier-vane, or throw their people into a war that could wipe out Terrans and Inc-Su alike. But there’s more at stake than humanity, whether true or modified. Can the love growing between them save them both? Or merely hasten their destruction?

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About the Author

Pippa JayAfter spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 21 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.

Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include a YA science fiction novel—Gethyon—published through BURST (Champagne Books), three self-published short stories (Terms & Conditions Apply, The Bones of the Sea, and Reboot), and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place).

You can stalk her at her website http://pippajay.co.uk, or at her blog http://pippajay.blogspot.co.uk, but without doubt her favorite place to hang around and chat is on Twitter as @pippajaygreen.

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It’s a BOX SET Bonanza! Get these SIZZLING sets for $0.99 each!

Do you enjoy box sets? I know I do. It’s a great way to get stories you love at a great price! But, it’s also a great way to find new authors to love. You may not have read certain authors before, but if they’re in a box set with someone you really enjoy, it’s a great way to check out their work.

I’m very lucky and honored to be involved in TWO box sets with other authors. Plus, I have one that is just my stories. All three of them are BESTSELLERS at All Romance. And guess what? They’re all available for only $0.99 each!

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Box of 1Night Stands ~ 21 Sizzling Nights

Box of 1Night Stands ~ 21 Sizzling Nights

My story SATIN SHEETS IN SPACE is included.

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The SCI SPANKS 2014 ANTHOLOGY offers fifteen sexy spanking stories with a science fiction twist. You’ll find everything from sweet, tender romance to laugh-out-loud humor, to strict expectations of obedience. The romantic pairings range: M/F to F/F and M/M. Whatever your kink, you’re sure to find at least one short story that will please–and titillate.

My story REPLICATED CONSEQUENCES is included:

After Darryl Malloy’s wife is killed in combat, he doesn’t expect to find her standing on his door step. Only she is not his wife, but a clone, armed with a paddle.

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SUMMER HEAT BOX SET ~ 10 Spicy Novels for only $0.99! #newrelease #99cents @KarynGerrard

Summer Heat anthology

SUMMER HEAT BOX SET 10 SPICY NOVELS! 

99 CENTS!

For a limited time, you can buy the Summer Heat box set, which includes 10 novels from Crimson Romance’s Spicy line! Not short stories, not novellas…but novels. Look below for a few select blurbs and excerpts

BOX SET BLURB: When the summer sun beats down on the beach, Crimson Romance turns up the sizzle between the pages. From hot bikers to powerful venture capitalists and those oh-so-sexy military men in—and out—of uniform, these ten books put the spotlight on the heroes who make us melt. It’s a collection of our steamiest stories by these rising stars:

The Wicked Bad—Karyn Gerrard

Infamous—Irene Preston

Prelude to a Seduction—Lotchie Burton

Inventing Sin—Alicia Thorne

His Fantasy Maid—Susan Blexrud

Island Pursuits—Heather Rodney-Diaz

Dangerous Love—Lilou DuPont

Her New Worst Enemy—Christy McKellen

Blitzkrieg Love—Livia Olteano

As If You Never Left Me—Katriena Knights

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Here are a few select excerpts:


Wicked Bad by Karyn Gerrard
The Wicked Bad by Karyn Gerrard

Dark and brooding, Nick Crocetti is a bad boy in looks and demeanor. Veronica Barnes needs a new start, and Nick is a complication she doesn’t need.

Can they break down the barriers of past heartbreak, or is Veronica just a good girl who longs to rub against “the wicked bad”?

Excerpt:  

She followed him toward the beach. The shoreline wasn’t very big, but private, as you couldn’t see the road or much else from their vantage point. Wonder how many other women he brought here, she thought cynically.

He spread the blanket and assisted her in sitting down. Again, the touch of his hand made her face flush as well as parts further south. Nick sat next to her with one leg bent and he rested his arm on the top of his knee. They sat quietly and gazed out over the water. The waves caressed the sand with a serene almost hypnotic sound.

“I saw you talking to that wuss, Jake Spooner, as I left the other day. I can imagine what he said about me,” Nick said in a voice so soft, she hardly recognized it as his.

Veronica cleared her throat uncomfortably.

Nick laughed. “I see. Go on, amuse me, what did he say?”

“Um, he said you were in prison—” she began.

“Jail. Not prison,” he retorted.

“There’s a difference?”

“You’ve got the cop for a brother, you tell me,” Nick snapped. He shook his head, more gently he said, “Sorry. It’s a touchy subject. City jail, for assault and destruction of property. Prison usually means a state or federal beef. Mine was local and a long time ago. I did my time and it’s over. I don’t like talking about it.”

“He called you a thug and said you deal drugs among other things.” She shouldn’t be telling him this, but the words tumbled out of her.

“Really? And still you went out with me? Are you some thrill seeker, one of those good girls eager to rub up against some wicked bad? Is that why you’re here? I’ll be as bad as you want, just say the word.”

His voice grew tight and edgy. Barely restrained anger simmered below the surface, she could hear it.

“I’m just telling you what Jake said, you asked.”

Nick stared at her for several moments. “Yeah. I did. Sorry. I haven’t been out on a date in awhile.”

“You haven’t been with any women…”

“Oh, I didn’t say I haven’t been with women, just haven’t been on a date.” The right corner of his mouth twitched in what Veronica supposed was amusement.

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Infamous by Irene PrestonInfamous by Irene Preston

Jessica Sinclair is Hollywood’s favorite wild-child, so what’s she doing burning cookies and playing house in the ‘burbs?  Conservative soccer dad Morgan Riley can’t figure it out but he’s happy to have her home and heating things up in his bed.  Then Jessica finds herself back in the tabloids…with Morgan’s teenage daughter right next to her.

Excerpt:

In the elevator, he fumbled for the room key that would allow them access to the suites on the top floors. His hands felt big and awkward as they swiped the key through the reader. If you stripped me naked on the hors d’oeuvres table. . . .Christ. She always had a way of knocking him off balance, of peeling away every last bit of self control. She had thrown the words out so casually, and as soon as she said them he had pictured doing just that—imagined shoving aside the crudités and shrimp cocktail and spreading her out like his own personal feast.

The doors closed and she was in his arms. He pushed her against the elevator wall, his tongue thrusting urgently into her mouth. She wound around him, humming incoherent words of encouragement. They weren’t nearly close enough. She tilted her head back, inviting his tongue deeper. He was drowning in the taste of her when he felt her hands slide down between them. His body jerked.

They were still in the elevator. He was damned if he was going to make love in a public elevator. He managed to wrest her hands away from him and anchored them above her head with one of his own.

Not here.” Could she hear the desperation in his voice?

Website:  www.IrenePreston.com | FACEBOOK | TWITTER 

 

 

His Fantasy Maid by Susan BlexrudHis Fantasy Maid  by Susan Blexrud

On the eve of Jake Sinclair’s bachelor party, his best man surprises him with a fantasy maid named Amy. Clad in a bikini, she cleans his house and jump starts his heart. She’s beautiful, smart, and compassionate. Why is a woman like this working as a fantasy maid? A few days later, with thoughts still distracted by the enigmatic Amy, Jake crashes his car and wakes in the hospital emergency room where his fantasy maid is now wearing scrubs and wielding a stethoscope. Is she an hallucination, or is his fantasy maid a doctor?

Excerpt:

If I believed the adage, “you are what you do,” my self-concept would be in the toilet, so to speak.  I clean houses in a bikini or French maid get-up, client’s choice, which contributes little to making the world a better

place.  As a result, my adage is, “you are what you become,” because I’m becoming a doctor.

But today, I’m Amy Maitland, fantasy maid.

My best friend and fellow medical resident, Ellen, knows about my undercover life working for Fantasy Maids, but she’s the only one.  If word got out at the College of Medicine, I’d be the laughingstock of the University of Central Florida.  My five brothers know I work as a housemaid, which they respect as good, honest labor, but they don’t know the fantasy aspect.  Protective (and controlling) men that they are, they’d lock me up.

That being said, it’s not the worst job in the world.  I’ve been a fantasy maid for almost two years, and so far, none of my clients has tried to assault me. But it’s always a possibility, considering Florida’s propensity for perverts.  The company (i.e. Rex, the owner, and a part-time secretary) arms us with pepper spray and an emergency hotline number (Rex’s cell phone), and they screen the customers to make sure no one’s a registered sex offender.  They also arrange our appointments, and Rex is good about following up…within four or five days…to make sure we survived the gig.

Website: www.susanblexrud.com FACEBOOK | TWITTER

 

Her New Worst Enemy by Christy McKellenHer New Worst Enemy  by Christy McKellen

Six months ago Ellie Holdsworthy’s life was all planned out – kids, wedding, happy ever after – until her boyfriend dumped her for another woman. Now her best friend, Penny – an heiress to as mall fortune – looks set to run off with a gold-digger and Ellie is determined to save her from certain doom. Unfortunately, the only person who can help is the one person she’d rather not ask…

Little does Ellie know, persuading her brother’s best friend – commitment phobic, playboy businessman, Gideon DeLancy- to hold an intervention at his beautiful Georgian manor would be the easy part. Keeping her hands off him is a whole other matter.

Excerpt:

Gideon grasped her wrists and pulled them behind her body, pushing her breasts forwards even more. He held both wrists captive with one hand and pressed his body closer to her, trapping them. She gasped as his erection pushed against the top of her buttocks.

“See how much you turn me on,” he whispered again into her ear, his eyes not leaving hers in the reflection. Blood pounded between her legs causing a hard ache of need, and she pushed her buttocks against him, loving the feeling of his obvious arousal for her. As she stared back at the mirror she was amazed to see how different she looked now. Her breasts were high and full pushed forward and with her pelvis tipped back, her stomach seemed flatter and tighter. For the first time in a very long time she looked at her body, really looked at it, and liked what she saw.

“You see,” he said, kissing along the top of her shoulder. “Gorgeous.”

He released his hold on her captured wrists and ran his fingers across where her collar bones pushed against her flesh, to the dip of her neck, then skimmed down over her breasts, down her stomach to the top of her jeans. He pulled the buttons roughly open and slipped his hands inside, under her panties, before pushing them down over her legs.

“Step out of them,” he murmured, and she did as she was told. She was now standing naked in front of a mirror. In front of Gideon. “Bend forward and put your hands against the mirror,”he said.

“What?” Her voice was shaky and light with arousal.

“Just do it, Ellie,” he said, kicking her clothes away from them.

About Christy:

B.K. (Before Kids) Christy worked as a Video and Radio Producer in London and Nottingham. After a decade of dealing with nappies,tantrums and endless questions from toddlers, she’s come out the other side and moved into the wonderful world of literature. She now spends her time writing flirty, sexy romance with a kick (her dream job!).

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