SFR Brigade Midsummer Blog Hop – Get a FREE ebook & enter to WIN a gift certificate!

To begin, I want to give a huge thank you to Pippa Jay, who organized this blog hop. She put a lot of work into this event, and I truly appreciate it.

Grand Prize Details:

1st Prize – a Kindle Touch or Nook Touch
2nd Prize -a library of science fiction romance titles from over 20 authors (these will be mostly ebooks with one print anthology), and an Anabanana Gift Card.

All you need to do to enter is pop along to the blogs listed below and comment on as many as you want (only ONE comment per site will count as an entry). Each time you comment at a stop, you’ll earn one entry into the grand prize – so the more sites you visit, the greater your chances of winning. The winners will be drawn at random on the 24th June and announced on this site. The list of participating authors can be found below this post.


The summer solstice (or midsummer) results in the longest day and shortest night of the year. In the Northern Hemisphere, that just occurred on June 20. It is a major celestial event celebrated around the world as the sun appears to stand still in the sky.

But what happens when there are no celestial events? When one lives underground? Here’s a taste of AN UNEXPECTED RETURN, where the hero lives below the surface of a moon, and he can’t wait to leave. (WARNING! This is an ADULT excerpt.)

“No one talks like that to me or anyone while on my land.”

Everyone cringed. His father hadn’t been born into a kingdom, but had given himself the title after settling on Tyto. He’d been the president of Otaria, and when he and his followers left for the moon, he’d changed his title to king, and declared the state a monarchy. Though Aris had never understood why his father left in the first place. Every picture he’d seen of his birth planet, the luscious forests and open sky, had left him with an ache to flee from Tyto.

But oh gods, his childhood had been hell, growing up in the cold-climate underworld. He’d been a toddler when his father moved him there. He grew up speaking in the “proper manner,” yet his schoolmates spoke in the old world way. He’d learned the rough dialect and every curse word, yet he took care to revert back to the royal tongue when at home in the castle. He couldn’t wait to leave.

“Aristides.” His father pulled him forward. “Since she is your betrothed, you must decide her fate.”

Just as he’d hoped.

He stuck out his chest, attempting to appear noble while his insides jumped for joy. “Since Madelia deflowered herself with my gentleman of the bedchamber, she shall be bound to him for the rest of her life.”

“Then let it be so,” the king proclaimed.

Benignus grinned. He finally had the woman he’d always wanted. Aris yearned to find an ounce of his friend’s happiness.

“Gentleman of the bedchamber, my ass. More like jack-off partner,” Madelia muttered. “At least he knows how to fuck,” she said, tossing her comment in Aristides’ direction.

Thornton and the doctor appeared at the door, panting like Terran dogs. “Is everything all right, Your Majesty?”

Time to go. He refused to stick around for Ben’s betrothal ceremony, for surely they would have another woman for him by then, too.

“Prince Aristides, where are you going?”

Shit! He refused to turn around and acknowledge his father’s question, for the man would never chase after him. And the two men who would still had to catch their breath.

Aristides rushed to the south wing and down a flight of stairs, toward his waiting Personal Space Transport Vehicle. He’d already packed clothing appropriate for Elatia’s warmer climate and enough nourishment to last his entire journey inside the PSTV.

He climbed in. After starting the engines, Aristides steered the ship up the narrow rock tunnel and out into space. The fold that would take him to the Belverian system lay straight ahead.

So long, Tyto. I’m off to the Emerald planet.

AN UNEXPECTED RETURN is available from Decadent Publishing, Amazon, B&N and other ebook retailers. (All Buy Links, blurb, and another excerpt can be found here.)


For your chance to WIN a $5 e-gift certificate, simply leave a comment below with your email address. That will also allow you to enter to win one of two grand prizes of a Kindle Touch or Nook Touch, or a collection of science fiction romance titles from over 20 authors.


Also, starting today, you can get BENEATH THE STARRY SKY for FREE on Amazon. It’s not a science fiction romance, but the hero is a former sci-fi television star, and the characters in this story are mentioned in some of my other sci-fi romance titles. Here are the links where you can get your copy: / / / / /

And if you don’t have an e-reader, don’t fret, you can still download FREE Kindle apps for your PC, Smartphone, and/or Tablet.

Be sure to visit all of the participating authors!

32 thoughts on “SFR Brigade Midsummer Blog Hop – Get a FREE ebook & enter to WIN a gift certificate!”

  1. Wonderful post, Jessica. I love your Elatian story.
    I highly recommend you get a copy of Jessica’s stargazing novella while it’s free. It’s a lovely read.


  2. I have my copy of Beneath the Starry Sky as well, and can’t wait to get to it. I loved your excerpt and damned if I don’t want to go to the Emerald planet with Aristides. Guess I better buy An Unexpected Return. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I have my copy, too! This books sounds amazing, I read another excerpt a few days ago and I can’t wait to read it. Thanks!

    lissette_125 at hotmail dot com

  4. Nice excerpt! I also had to go get your free book! Hope the hop is treating you well. 😉

  5. Your book sounds so good! I cant wait to read more! Your excerpt is quite the teaser! And thanks for Beneath The Starry Sky. I grabbed a copy! Sounds great! Thanks for sharing and for the fun hop!

  6. Hi thank you so much for the story i liked it very much and want to know more. Thanks for getting my interest, Joannie jscddmj[at]aol[dot]com

  7. Nice excerpt! I am curious how Aris’ story turns out. 🙂
    I read Beneath the Starry Sky last night. It actually made me cry early on in the story. But I like when a story can make me cry. 😀
    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!


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    1. Pam, I’m so glad you enjoyed Beneath the Starry Sky. 🙂 I do love when books can make me cry as well. I’m reading The Diplomat’s Daughter by Liz Crowe right now, and I was left sobbing after reading chapter five.

  8. Thanks for the excerpt, free download & the amazing giveaway!

    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  9. Got my copy of Beneath the Starry Sky! Now I want to know what happens next with Aris! Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Great excerpt.Thanks for sharing 🙂
    And thanks for the giveaway

  11. Great excerpt! I think this is the only one of your books I don’t have. I will fix that! Have a great night.

  12. Thank you to everyone for stopping by to read and comment on my post, and to those who downloaded Beneath the Starry Sky. It is still FREE until June 26, 2012 for those who haven’t downloaded their copy yet.

    So, the giveaway for my post is over, and the winner of the $5 e-gift certificate is…

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    Book Attict! Congratulations!
    I will be emailing you shortly.

    Happy Reading everyone!

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