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Meet the pets from all the #PetsInSpace Authors! #MeetMyPet #romance #scifirom

Last week I introduced you to Elynyn, the tibbar from GIB AND THE TIBBAR. Well, many of the other Embrace the Romance authors have introduced their pets as well. If you didn’t meet the pets from their stories, here are the links where you can find them…

 

Want your own Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 Coloring Book? The authors of this anthology are running a ‘contest’ where everyone is a winner of our Embrace the Romance Coloring Book.

But, we would LOVE for you to share the preorder links for the anthology with your friends as in a typical contest, and we have made this as easy as possible using this entry form. Remember, everyone receives a copy of our Coloring Book! We want you to share the coloring book with your friends, too. And when you’re finished coloring your pages, please share them with us on social media and add the hashtags #PetsInSpace & #MeetMyPet so we can track and share.

Remember, visit http://www.petsinspaceantho.com/embrace-romance-coloring-book/ to get your FREE coloring book!

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PRE-ORDER EMBRACE THE ROMANCE TODAY!

The creative minds of today’s leading SFR authors have joined forces to bring readers 12 amazing, never before released original Science Fiction Romance stories all in one place – Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2! Join New York Times, USA TODAY, and Award-winning authors as they share stories and help out Hero-Dogs.org, a charity that supports veterans!

10% of the first month’s profits (which includes pre-orders) go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

PRE-ORDER TODAY!

Buy from Amazon / Kindle    

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For more information, visit http://www.petsinspaceantho.com

Meet Elynyn and Get Your #PetsInSpace Coloring Book! #MeetMyPet #romance #scifirom #preorder

As many of you know, I am part of the upcoming Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 anthology. It is a collection of 12 brand new Sci-Fi Romance stories which feature pets. Not only that, but these pets are key to bringing the hero and heroine together. I was thrilled when I was invited to be part of this anthology, and I knew almost immediately what story I would write for it. Today, I’d like you to meet Elynyn, the pet in my story. She is a tibbar, which is similar to a baby rabbit, but with hamster-like claws and ears. Plus, she has the intelligence of a cat, which means she can and does get into all kinds of trouble. I’ve had all three of those types of pets at some point in my life, but never all at the same time. It was fun to combine their physical characteristics and personalities into one pet.

Artist Nyssa Juneau captured what a tibbar looks like wonderfully in this drawing…

In my story, Gib is a Galactic Defender sent on a mission with his squad to Hemera to guard the planet during their Alorama ceremony. One night on shift, he comes across a little creature who introduces him to an intriguing local woman.

Here’s a snippet from GIB AND THE TIBBAR (a Galactic Defenders story) when Gib first meets Elynyn then Vilarra…

A small, furry white creature scampered between the Defenders and the fire. Gib yanked his feet back and gasped. He tried to follow the path the animal took, and when it disappeared into the grassy field, he relaxed a little. Not that he was afraid, only startled by the sudden appearance of the critter.

But his watch partner reacted differently. The cowardly Defender stood on his bench, reaching for a low branch on the ropral tree as if to lift himself farther off the ground. “What in Gaspra was that? No one told me about any deadly creatures on this planet.”

Gib laughed and slapped his hand on his lap. “I wouldn’t call the fluffy little thing that raced by us a deadly creature.”

“Okay, Hemera is infested with vermin, then.” Zair examined the area around him before he dared put a foot on the ground.

A high-pitched squeak sounded, and Gib’s surveillance partner returned to reaching for the branches. The little creature stood on its hind legs below Zair’s bench, peeping as if telling him off.

Gib couldn’t hold in his laughter. Not just at the other Defender’s reaction, but also the thoughts running through Zair’s mind, thoughts he’d failed to block in his fear.

“It’s not going to eat you.” Gib shook his head, wondering how his squad mate could see the creature as dangerous. “Would you please get down from there? Defenders are supposed to be brave and fierce. Right now, you’re neither.”

“Go to Gaspra, Mingot. And stay out of my head.” He yanked his plazer from his hip holster and aimed it at the critter. “If I don’t destroy it, it will bring death to everyone on this planet.”

Stepping into the line of fire, Gib yanked the weapon from his squad mate, thankful the safety remained on. “You’re being ridiculous. Besides, if you fire your weapon, you’ll cause a panic. The Hemera will think Erebus have arrived.”

The frightened Defender shook a foot at the creature. “Fine, then. Kick it into the fire. Or you could stomp on it.”

“Don’t you dare!” A Hemera woman burst from the bushes, storming toward Zair like a mother rehn protecting her young. She shoved him off his bench and shouldered past Gib before scooping the noisy creature into her hand. “This is my tibbar, not some kind of vermin.”

“Tibbar? Try nasty rodent that tried to eat me.” Zair smoothed out his uniform but kept his distance from the creature now perched on the woman’s shoulder.

“You’re both on nehbred.” She kicked dirt at them, her pink lips pursed and her dark eyes set in a deadly stare. “You don’t know what you’re talking about when it comes to my pet or my planet.”

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Want your own Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 Coloring Book? The authors of this anthology are running a ‘contest’ where everyone is a winner of our Embrace the Romance Coloring Book.

But, we would LOVE for you to share the preorder links for the anthology with your friends as in a typical contest, and we have made this as easy as possible using this entry form. Remember, everyone receives a copy of our Coloring Book! We want you to share the coloring book with your friends, too. And when you’re finished coloring your pages, please share them with us on social media and add the hashtags #PetsInSpace & #MeetMyPet so we can track and share.

Remember, visit http://www.petsinspaceantho.com/embrace-romance-coloring-book/ to get your FREE coloring book!

Get your #FREE Embrace the Romance Coloring Book! #PetsInSpace #MeetMyPet Click To Tweet

ABOUT GIB AND THE TIBBAR

A Novella in the Galactic Defenders Series

A dedicated Defender to the core, Gib is willing to go to any planet the Galactic Alliance sends him. That is, until he’s sent with his squad to Hemera for their Alorama ceremony, far from any threat of Erebus invasion and with no chance for promotion.

Vilarra has lived on Hemera all her life, working hard in the kitchens of the royal palace until she achieved lead hand. But learning of the universe beyond her world reveals her insignificance and shreds her sense of accomplishment and purpose.

With the help of a furry, little tibbar, Gib is determined to win the affection of Vilarra, prove to her how significant she is to him and the people who depend on her. But will his personal mission be cut short before he has the chance to win her heart?

PRE-ORDER EMBRACE THE ROMANCE TODAY!

The creative minds of today’s leading SFR authors have joined forces to bring readers 12 amazing, never before released original Science Fiction Romance stories all in one place – Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2! Join New York Times, USA TODAY, and Award-winning authors as they share stories and help out Hero-Dogs.org, a charity that supports veterans!

10% of the first month’s profits (which includes pre-orders) go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

PRE-ORDER TODAY!

Buy from Amazon / Kindle    

AMAZON US | UK | CanadaGermany | Australia

#PreOrder Embrace the Romance ~ 12 stories with alien hunks & pets! #PetsInSpace #scifirom Click To Tweet

For more information, visit http://www.petsinspaceantho.com

One-Liners ~ Find New Authors & Your Next Great Read! #romance #books

Fun one-liners with Allie Ritch

FUN ONE-LINERS

Every so often, fellow sci-fi romance author Allie Ritch hosts a group of authors on her blog to share fun one-liners from their stories. Today is one of those days. So, stop by Allie’s blog and have a great time being teased and intrigued. Check out familiar and new authors, and maybe you’ll find something new to read this weekend.

https://allieritch.wordpress.com/2016/08/27/fun-one-liners/

Participating Authors:

Allie Quinn
Allie Ritch
Bobbi Romans
Brynley Bush
Cailin Briste
Cara Bristol
Cynthia Sax
Errin Stevens
Eva Lefoy
Gail Koger
Haley Whitehall
Jeanne St. James
Jessica E. Subject
Jocelyn Dex
K.T. Black
Laurel Richards
Lisa M. Owens
Louisa Kelley
Marianne Rice
Megan Slayer
Pamela Moran
Pippa Jay
Shiloh Saddler
Sotia Lazu
Stephanie Lake
Susanna Eastman
Tami Lund
Tara Quan
TD Hassett
Wendi Zwaduk

Romancing the Capital 2015 ~ Recap and Pictures #RTCOttawa

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Hello everyone! Have you ever been to a romance reader conference? I attended my first this past weekend. Romancing the Capital was held in Kanata (a suburb of Ottawa) and hosted and sponsored by the fabulous Eve Langlais. Approximately fifty authors and two hundred readers attended, with even more arriving for the book signing on Saturday.

After the drive there with the amazing Deborah Cooke and checking in, I rode the elevator to meet my wonderful roommate for the conference, Kacey Hammell, who later introduced me to the awesome Kali Willows. Immediately after, I took the elevator to the top floor to help stuff reader bags for registration the next day. A late author dinner finished off the evening, where I met many others I’d known only online, but never met in person.

Friday was the first official day of the conference, with workshops, intimate author chats, and author fun events starting at 9 AM. But first, I got to meet my long-time critique partner, Layna Pimentel, for the first time, as well as my editors, Kate Richards and Valerie Mann. I was a part of the Decadent Snack Time that day, where I joined up with my fellow Decadent Publishing peeps to meet readers and aspiring authors. Then we had a break before the Mad Hatter Dinner and Party.

Saturday started early, too. I was a part of the Speed Date An Author event, where we talked about our stories and other books with a long line of readers. It was a huge success, thanks to all of Kali Willows hard work in planning it. The book signing, which followed lunch was fabulous. Readers flocked into the Kanata Ballroom, with most stopping by their favorite authors first before making their way around the room to visit everyone else. Simply amazing! Many of the readers who I’d chatted with at the event before, visited me again at the signing. And the evening finished off with another fabulous dinner.

For a first time event, Romancing the Capital was simply fantastic! I loved meeting authors and readers alike. A great experience for me, who sits in my office at home to work. It’s great to throw the computer away and talk to everyone face-to-face. Well, I didn’t throw the computer away, but it stayed home for the event.

We left early Sunday morning, but even filling up with gas, we were still chatting with readers. It was the best event as an author that I’ve ever been to. And I can’t wait to do it again next year. I’ve already signed up with some of my friends as a sponsor. If you didn’t make it this year, I hope to see you in 2016! http://orc.evelanglais.com/

Deborah Cooke burying Milly Taiden in reader bags. My peeps, Layna Pimentel, Steph Fram, and Kacey Hammell.

Camera Wars with Kali Willows. Yes, this was a thing all weekend. 20150417_161757

20150417_165853 Authors Tianna Xander and Valerie Mann

At the speed dating event, hosted by Kali Willows. Selfie with Nancy, one of the readers from my street team. She made me a wonderful gift and gave it to me at the signing.

Selfie with Nathalie at the signing. Some of the hosts of the Rock 'N Howl Dinner and Sock Hop - Cynthia St. Aubin, Robyn Peterman, Milly Taiden, Zoe York, Eve Langlais, S.E. Smith.

Me and my editors, Valerie Mann and Kate Richards Angels Kali Willows and Kacey Hammell