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ALL THAT GLITTERS by Tracy Krimmer – Book Blitz

This post is for all of my romance readers! I know there are some of you out there. 🙂 My critique partner has a new book out tomorrow, ALL THAT GLITTERS by Tracy Krimmer. I enjoyed this book about Dory, a has-been country music star, coming home and making amends with her family and friends. If you love romance, you should pick this one up today!

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This is my stop during the book blitz for All That Glitters by Tracy Krimmer. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 19 till 25 June. See the tour schedule here: http://www.lolasblogtours.net/all-that-glitters-by-tracy-krimmer/

ALL THAT GLITTERS (All That, #1)
By Tracy Krimmer
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Women’s Fiction
Age category: Adult
Release Date: June 20, 2017

Country-music star, Dory Walker, never wanted to come back to the small town of Sycamore Bay. But after her fairy-tale life is flipped upside down, and her marriage becomes a casualty, she has no choice.

Harris Malone is a man with few commitments. He keeps a low profile most days while he cares for his young daughter and helps run his dad’s hardware store.

But when he and Dory run into each other at the local gas station, all either can think about is the searing kiss they shared many years ago.

Can a woman who only wants to rekindle her career and a man who enjoys a no-strings attached lifestyle find everlasting love?

You can find ALL THAT GLITTERS on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34109955.All_That_Glitters__Songs_of_the_Heart__1_

You can buy ALL THAT GLITTERS here: http://books2read.com/u/4jK9LX

Read an Excerpt

ALL THAT GLITTERS by Tracy Krimmer
Excerpt #2

Harris

“That night in your bedroom, I think about it all the time.”

I let go of the bat, and he did, too, our hands clasping together. Every muscle in my body tensed, and I ignored the birds chirping and kids yelling from the playground. At that moment, we were all that existed on Earth. The wind picked up, but it wasn’t enough to cool me down. From my head to the very tip of my toenails, I sweated in anticipation of the next moments.

“I do, too.” I thought about it more often than I should have. Some of my best memories with Dylan were always masked by that one kiss. My most shameful moment was at my wedding when Dylan and I shared our first kiss as husband and wife, and Harris entered my mind momentarily.

“I’m sorry about what happened after. I really am.”

I forgave him years ago. We were young, and I was hell bent on leaving Sycamore Bay. It worked out for the better because he would have only held me back. I never wanted to resent him, and surely I would have. But he had Jody, anyway.

“It’s okay, Harris. It really is.”

The gap started closing between us, the only air allowed our breath on one another. He smelled of strawberry, and I was sure he tasted just as sweet.

“No. It’s not. That kiss, that kiss brought me to my knees.” He squeezed my hand with his right and pulled me closer with his left. Our bodies touched, and our hearts raced against each other. “I have a feeling this one will, too.”

I sucked in a breath as we connected, my body exploding with energy, every piece of me filled with warmth, weakness, and joy all at one time. When he slipped his tongue in, I allowed my arms to wrap around his waist, rubbing between his shoulder blades and down his back until my hands rested above his backside. I wanted to push down farther, grab his butt, squeeze tight and pull him even harder against me so I could feel him. I didn’t, though. I kept kissing him, and he kept kissing me, and every piece of the puzzle fit together for those moments.

We could have been in a movie, everything spinning around us, and we stood still, our lips the only things moving. I wanted to lie down on the field, crawl on top of him, explore every inch of his body. Maybe later. I savored the moment we were in, relished in the fact I was kissing Harris Malone, and he was kissing me, and not in my bedroom. We were in the middle of a baseball field, in plain sight of anyone to see.

We pulled away from each other if only to take a breath. He took all of mine away.

“Wow.” He closed his eyes for a moment and opened them back up.

“Wow.” I repeated his sentiment.

“That was worth waiting eight years for.”

“I’d wait for eight more if it meant you’d kiss me like that again.”

My knees almost buckled beneath me when he gently placed his hands on either side of my face. He pulled me closer to him and put his lips to my ear and whispered, “It’s a good thing you don’t have to.”

About the Author

Tracy’s love of writing began at nine years old. She wrote stories about aliens at school, machines that did homework for you, and penguins. Now she pens books and short stories about romance. She loves to read a great book, whether it be romance or science fiction, or any genre in between, or pop popcorn and catch up on her favorite TV shows or movies. She’s been known to crush a candy or two as well. Her loves include fitness, reading, coffee, dogs, and naps (not in that order), and her dislikes are blue cheese, cold weather, and burpees.

You can find and contact Tracy here:
– Website: http://www.tracykrimmer.com/
– Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/tkrimms
– Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KrimmerAuthor
– Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7153703.Tracy_Krimmer
– Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Tracy-Krimmer/e/B00J1S52SM/
– Bookbub: https://bookbub.com/authors/tracy-krimmer
– Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tracykrimmer
– Newsletter: http://www.tracykrimmer.com/newsletter/

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PIRATE ISLAND Cover Reveal

Today on the blog, I wanted to celebrate a new book on the way out to the world. I usually only post books by other authors here when I know them really well, and their work really well, and Katie Carroll is by far one of my favorite people and authors. I really loved her YA fantasy novel ELIXIR BOUND (see my post here), so I’m sure PIRATE ISLAND will be a winner as well. I plan to read it with my own daughter as soon as it comes out.

PIRATE ISLAND

by Katie L. Carroll (katielcarroll.com)

Cover Illustration by Susan Tait Porcaro (susantaitporcaro.com)

Coming October 2017!

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A thrice cursed island, a legendary pirate treasure, and one not-so-brave boy. What could possibly go wrong?

For centuries, the whereabouts of Captain William Kidd’s lost pirate treasure has remained a mystery. When Billy’s best friend, Andy, proposes they look for it on nearby Pirate Island, Billy thinks it’s just another one of their crazy adventures. It’s usually Billy who ends up in trouble as a result, but he goes along for the ride…like always. The more he delves into the life and death of Kidd, the more he thinks the treasure is real and that it might be buried on the small island in Long Island Sound. Billy—nope, call him William—becomes obsessed with the captain of the same first name. He even believes he’s possessed by Kidd’s restless soul. Now he and the spirit of a long-dead pirate are leading the crazy adventure on Pirate Island. And what they find is far bigger than the treasure they imagined.

About the Author

Katie L. Carroll always says she began writing at a very sad time her life after her sister Kylene unexpectedly passed away. The truth is Katie has been writing her whole life, and it was only after Kylene’s death that she realized she wanted to pursue writing for kids and teens as a career. Since then writing has taken her to many wonderful places, real and imagined. She has had many jobs in her lifetime, including newspaper deliverer, hardware store cashier, physical therapy assistant, and puzzle magazine editor. She works from her home in Connecticut that is filled with the love and laughter of her sons and husband.

In addition to PIRATE ISLAND, Katie is the author of the YA fantasy ELIXIR BOUND. Find Katie on her website, Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.

All That Glitters By Tracy Krimmer Cover Reveal

It’s not often that I do cover reveals on my blog, but this one is for a new romance to publish this year from my good friend and critique partner, Tracy Krimmer. I adore her work, and I have this book to-read on my Kindle. I hope to start it soon so I can give feedback in a timely manner *cough cough* I hope to be timely. Lol. If you find this book interesting, be sure to follow her on her blog or sign up for her mailing list!

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Today is the cover reveal for All That Glitters by Tracy Krimmer. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The cover is designed by K Creative Designs.

All That GlittersAll That Glitters (Songs of the Heart #1)
By Tracy Krimmer
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Women’s Fiction
Age category: Adult
Release Date: summer 2017

Blurb:
Country-music star, Dory Walker, never wanted to come back to the small town of Sycamore Bay. But after her fairy-tale life is flipped upside down, and her marriage becomes a casualty, she has no choice.

Harris Malone is a man with few commitments. He keeps a low profile most days while he cares for his young daughter and helps run his dad’s hardware store.

But when he and Dory run into each other at the local gas station, all either can think about is the searing kiss they shared many years ago.

Can a woman who only wants to rekindle her career and a man who enjoys a no-strings attached lifestyle find everlasting love?

You can find All That Glitters on Goodreads

About the Author:
Tracy’s love of writing began at nine years old. She wrote stories about aliens at school, machines that did homework for you, and penguins. Now she pens books and short stories about romance. She loves to read a great book, whether it be romance or science fiction, or any genre in between, or pop popcorn and catch up on her favorite TV shows or movies. She’s been known to crush a candy or two as well. Her loves include fitness, reading, coffee, dogs, and naps (not in that order), and her dislikes are blue cheese, cold weather, and burpees.

You can find and contact Tracy here:
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Recommended Read – IZANAMI’S CHOICE By Adam Heine

It’s time for another recommended read and this one is especially good for all of you who enjoy the Japan and scifi parts of my catalog because this has both and more.

It’s funny how I came across this book. I actually used to follow Adam Heine’s blog a long time ago, maybe ten years ago? I can’t remember but it was back when I was really into ex-pat blogs in Asia. He lives in Thailand with his wife and a gaggle of kids, and I love Thailand. I’ve been there once and really enjoyed my trip. ANYWAY, Adam and my other friend, Susan Kaye Quinn, are writing critique partners and Susan asked on Facebook if anyone was interested in reading Adam’s upcoming release. She billed it as “Samurai vs. robots! Hard times for androids in Meiji-era Japan.” I immediately jumped on it. SIGN ME UP!

I’ve always wanted to write a Japan alternate history book and now I don’t have to because Adam Heine did a wonderful job with IZANAMI’S CHOICE! Rich with culture and tradition, he wove androids into early 1900s Japan and IT MADE SENSE. The story starts with Itaru following his client’s son into a gambling establishment, and Heine does a great job of setting the scene, the tension, the background, and even the cultural eccentricities without dumping in details. He weaves in Japanese names and words (love the use of jinzou for the androids which means “synthetic” or “man-made”) into both dialogue and descriptions without losing the reader, making sure to keep things in context. This is something that readers of The Nogiku Series will really love.

Heine has obviously done his homework when it comes to Japanese culture. Nothing jumped out at me as being out of place or incorrect, and I’m sure you know that’s something I would harp on if there was. The pace of the novella kept me reading furiously all the way to the end. I even read it while I WAS IN JAPAN! And that was such a treat. Itaru’s own demons about a mission gone wrong and his estranged daughter came to a thoroughly satisfying conclusion, and I especially loved the final scene which was a great nod to the samurai way of life.

This was the first book I’ve read by Adam Heine, but I’m sure it won’t be the last. I enjoyed his strong authorial voice, creative storyline, and deep characters. If you’ve come to love Japanese life and culture through my books, then I strongly suggest you pick up IZANAMI’S CHOICE.

PETS IN SPACE!!

That title totally deserves the ALL CAPS treatment! I haven’t done a cover reveal in a while because I stopped accepting them here on the blog. It seemed there was a new cover reveal every other day, or more, and I had to cut back because not many of them actually applied to my readers. But when I heard several of my scifi romance author friends had put together this anthology, I jumped on it because I just knew my readers would want this. After all, Carrie Fisher said we need more pets in space, so this is going to deliver on that!

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Nine of today’s leading SFR authors combine their love of Science Fiction Romance and animals to show that sometimes even an alien needs a pet.

Even an alien needs a pet…

Join the adventure as nine pet loving sci-fi romance authors take you out of this world and pull you into their action-packed stories filled with suspense, laughter, and romance. The alien pets have an agenda that will capture the hearts of those they touch. Follow along as they work side by side to help stop a genetically-engineered creature from destroying the Earth to finding a lost dragon; life is never the same after their pets decide to get involved. Can the animals win the day or will the stars shine just a little less brightly?

New York Times, USA TODAY, Award Winning, and Best selling authors have nine original, never-released stories that will capture your imagination and help a worthy charity. Come join us as we take you on nine amazing adventures that will change the way you look at your pet!

10% of the first month’s profits 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.

And here are the stories included in the set!

A MATE FOR MATRIX: CYBORG PROTECTION UNIT
By S.E. Smith (New York Times/USA TODAY Best Selling Author)

A genetically-engineered creature’s escape leads an elite Zion military warrior and his cyborg wolfhound partner to Earth, and to the warrior’s surprisingly feisty life-mate.

Matrix Roma is a member of the elite Zion military Cyborg Protection Unit. Matrix gets more than he bargains for when his cyborg partner, a hybrid Wolfhound named K-Nine, goes missing and ends up finding a mate for Matrix in the middle of a deadly mission on an unknown planet called Earth.

STRAY
By Susan Grant (New York Times Best Selling, USA TODAY, and RITA Award Winning Author)

When the woman he loves goes missing, an Interplanetary Marine and the scrappy street dog that he saved must use all their skills to find her.

Interplanetary Marine Lt. Lukas Frank has a lot in common with a street dog named Bang-Bang; they both started off as scrappy orphans fighting to survive—and beat the odds. Things change when Bang-Bang leads Lukas to starpilot Capt. Carlynn Riga. The tough war hero learns what it means to surrender — his heart. Lukas’s struggles with PTSD threaten to tear the three of them apart, but nothing threatens them more than when Carlynn goes missing on a mission. Can a scarred marine and his unlikely canine partner find Carlynn and bring her home, or will he lose everything he’s finally found worth fighting for?

SPARK OF ATTRACTION
By Cara Bristol (USA TODAY Best Selling Author)

When his emotions are erased, a cyborg military captain doesn’t think he’ll ever feel again – until he meets a traumatized young woman and a ball of synthetic fur named Sparky.

Memory: intact. Cognitive function: enhanced. Emotion: erased. After becoming a cyborg, Captain Dante Stone didn’t think he’d ever feel again, until a traumatized young woman and a ball of synthetic fur named Sparky helped him to love.

THE REAL DRAGON
By Pauline Baird Jones

A woman’s day goes from bad to worse when her dragon returns talking and typing, and she discovers that if she can’t remember, it will be her fault if the Earth is destroyed.

Emma Standish didn’t think her day could get any worse. Her dad is marrying his boss, her dragon suddenly came back talking and typing, and it’s her fault the Earth, or at least ten square miles of Texas, is going to be destroyed. That’s what happens when you forget something very, very important. Luckily for her, she’s got the love of her life that she can’t remember and her dragon by her side. Who needs to worry when you’re having a day like this?

STAR CRUISE: STOWAWAY
By Veronica Scott

A ship’s cat and her alien sidekick lead a Cargo Master to a stowaway.

Cargo Master Owen Embersson is shocked when the Nebula Zephyr’s ship’s cat and her alien sidekick, Midorri, alert him to the presence of a stowaway. He has no idea of the dangerous complications to come – nor does he anticipate falling hard for the woman whose life he now holds in his hands. Life aboard the Nebula Zephyr has just become more interesting – and deadly.

STARDOG
By Laurie A. Green

A navigator and a charming street vendor are pulled into a brewing insurrection thanks to an adorable StarDog.

Navigator Taro Shall has a mission no one wants – find a way to eradicate snakes on a starship. He never expects to find the answer to his problem in a charming street vendor named Adini. His already unusual mission becomes more complicated when he suddenly acquires an adorable StarDog that soon sweeps him and Adini into the maw of a brewing insurrection.

SPIKE
By Alexis Glynn Latner

An unusual pet from space offers two young people a chance at love – and helps in solving a dangerous mission plagued by sabotage.

Young Roboticist Ten Jaxdown has to deploy, and possibly sacrifice, the swarm of investigative robots that he has invented and cares about more than anything else in the star system. It may be the only hope for those depending on him and his robots to save them. Yet, even as frantic preparations for the unprecedented deep-space rescue mission are set in motion, it could all be threatened by sabotage.

Anastasia Steed is an intrepid young mission designer. She steps forward with an idea that can improve the odds of the mission. Neither she nor Ten expect the assistance they receive from a very unusual pet. A pet that will bring together two alienated human beings who didn’t realize they needed each other. Can Ten and Anastasia discover who is behind the sabotage, save the mission, and discover what is evolving between them? With a little bit of unusual help, anything is possible.

SPACE RANGER
By Lea Kirk

A commander discovers that not even a new assignment can keep him from longing for something more – the woman who has captured his heart.

Graig Roble is a Senior Commander with the Guardian Fleet security. His specialty as a weapons specialist and combat master is his world, what he was born to do – or so he thought until he finds his resolve and focus inexplicably wavering. His new position aboard the Atlantis can’t even save him; if anything, it has left him questioning his own motives. He never thought that could happen until he met Simone Campbell.

Simone’s focus is on her home world – Earth. She thought her life was full with her research as a botanist. After all, she always believed that helping the people of her world become self-sufficient should take all of her concentration – except it doesn’t. There is one man that keeps pulling her attention, and her heart, away from her job.

Graig’s gift of a puppy to keep her company does more than that, it keeps him in her dreams. How can such a simple gift bring her comfort and make her long for more? Graig and Simone are about to find out that sometimes love can blossom from the smallest, furriest ties.

ESCAPE RUN
By Carysa Locke

The fate of an entire population rests on a hunter and her psychically gifted fox, unfortunately the man who hired her might prove a fatal distraction if she can’t keep her focus.

Teegan’s job as a hunter is to track down the Talented, those driven insane by their gifts. She and Ember, her psychically gifted fox, have tracked dozens of people for Cole, the man who works to rehabilitate and recover these troubled souls. When one of Cole’s most dangerous patients escapes, Teegan and Ember are on a hunt that could prove fatal if she doesn’t keep her focus on her mission. Unfortunately, Cole is proving one distraction that might make this her last hunt if she can’t do that.

Can Teegan keep her heart and mind in the game long enough to save an entire planet’s population, or will her distraction lead to heartache – and possibly death for everyone?

PURCHASE INFORMATION

I expect this to be on major retailers but no links yet!
Release Date: October 11 2016

Welcome To The New Adult Scavenger Hunt – Spring 2016!

THE HUNT IS NOW CLOSED! BUT THE GIVEAWAY FROM ME IS STILL OPEN UNTIL MAY 3RD! SCROLL DOWN TO ENTER!

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About the Featured Author

MEET JENNA COX, AUTHOR OF SOME BOY

Love Heart HeadshotJenna is a new adult romance author, world explorer & tea lover. Her stories frequently feature wanderlust, discovering yourself, & finding home wherever you are. Her goal is to visit every continent, learn at least two languages fluently & keep writing about love and adventure. She loves to go wherever the wind takes her — you can write from anywhere. The more ‘anywheres’ the better! Currently planning a trip around Australia in a vintage camper.

Visit jennacoxauthor.com for more.

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Just some boy in wet jeans on a winters’ day. Some boy in her bed, to have fun, to annoy her parents. Some boy, working his way into her heart, becoming not just some boy after all.

Her parents think that money will solve everything — even the problem of a boy who isn’t good enough for their daughter — but this time Kat is having none of it. What she feels for Brendan Holt is worth the risk.

But the more she gets to know him, dragging details of his life out of him one by one, the more questions she has. And the more she begins to wonder if maybe he is just in it for the sex after all. Or the money — playing her, in one long game?

Can she trust him, or was capturing her heart all just part of his plan?

And if it was…can she make a better one?

Buy on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CKCL5VI
Add it to your TBR list on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30008390-some-boy

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Enjoy this inspiration board of images for the book, set in Britain, and about learning to trust, to lean on someone else, and to love again, when you thought real love didn’t exist. And listen to Damn Your Eyes, that is something like a theme song for the story.

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Damn Your Eyes – Alex Clare

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New Adult Scavenger Hunt

The NEW ADULT SCAVENGER HUNT is over! Thanks to everyone who participated. I’m keeping up the exclusive content from author Emma L. Adams, and my giveaway is still open till 11:59pm April 26! See below for more info.

About the Featured Author

emma_authorEmma L. Adams spent her childhood creating imaginary worlds to compensate for a disappointingly average reality, so it was probably inevitable that she ended up writing speculative fiction. She was born in Birmingham, UK, which she fled at the first opportunity to study English Literature at Lancaster University. In her three years at Lancaster, she hiked up mountains, skydived in Australia, and endured a traumatic episode involving a swarm of bees in the Costa Rican jungle. She also entertained her creative writing group and baffled her tutors by submitting strange fantasy tales featuring dragons and supernatural monsters to workshops. These included her first publication, a rather bleak dystopian piece, and a disturbing story about a homicidal duck (which she hopes will never see the light of day).

Now a reluctant graduate, Emma refuses to settle down and be normal. When not embarking on wild excursions and writing fantasy novels, she edits and proofreads novels for various publishing houses and reads an improbable number of books. Emma is currently working on the Alliance series, a multiple-universe adult fantasy featuring magic, monsters, cool gadgets and sarcasm. Her upper-YA urban fantasy Darkworld series is published by Curiosity Quills Press.

Website: http://www.emmaladams.com/
Blog: http://throughthegateway.blogspot.co.uk/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ELAdams12

ADAMANT-final-front-cover-prevADAMANT by Emma L. Adams

Ada Fletcher is twenty-one, keeps a collection of knives in her room, and risks her life on a daily basis, helping refugees from a devastating magical war on her homeworld hide on the low-magic Earth. But when she’s taken into custody by the Inter-World Alliance, her unusual magic makes her a prime suspect for a supervisor’s suspicious death.

Kay Walker, grandson of the Alliance’s founder, expects to spend his first week as an Alliance employee chasing monsters out of the dark Passages between worlds, not solving a murder. But when his supervisor dies in suspicious circumstances, he finds himself in charge of questioning a girl he arrested as a suspect. A girl with secrets that threaten to make both of them into the murderer’s next targets.

The last thing Ada wants is to help the infuriating Alliance guard who arrested her, but it soon becomes clear that the Alliance knows too much about Ada’s offworld origins. More, in fact, than she knows herself. Now she has to choose between loyalty to her family, and helping the Alliance save the Earth – and the Multiverse – from a deadly enemy.

Adamant is Book 1 in the Alliance series, set in an alternative 21st-century London in which our world is one of many in the Multiverse.

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Why NA Speculative fiction?

I discovered NA when I was at university. I love YA (and also adult and MG), but I wanted to read about characters my own age, with issues I could relate to as a soon-to-be-graduate with no job and a mounting pile of student debt, facing the prospect of moving back home after three years at university. That said, I’m not the biggest reader of contemporary romance. I’ve really enjoyed many NA books in the genre, but I grew up reading the Harry Potter series, and fantasy and urban fantasy are always my first choices. When I had difficulty finding NA speculative fiction, my first instinct was to start writing it.

Fast-forward two years. I’ve written one series about demons and sorcerers at university, and another set in an alternative modern London in which the Multiverse is only one step away. I think there’s endless scope for exploring NA themes in speculative fiction, beyond college and university – first jobs, independence, moving out of your parents’ home, planning for the future. When I was writing Adamant, it was only natural to pair realism with the more fantastical parts. You’re working a part-time job to keep your family’s business afloat, but can’t help dreaming of running away to an alternative universe where you can zip around on hover boots. You’re starting your first job, get insulted by a snarky centaur, and the boss is brutally murdered on the first day. And then there’s the monsters.

I love NA, and I’m always thrilled when I find something new in the category. Dragon-taming unpaid interns. Undergraduates who escape deadlines in parallel worlds. New adults piloting spaceships. New adult superheroes. As a young adult, you’re dependent on parents or guardians to some degree. As a newly independent adult, you’re alone, and it’s terrifying. Add in magic and darkness on top of struggling to adapt to that odd thing called “adulting” and you have endless potential for conflict!

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Awesome!! I love speculative NA and write it as well! It’s great to see it getting more popular. And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Emma L. Adams, and more!

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A Love Affair With Heroes

For today’s guest post, I bring you something entirely different! As you know, I write science fiction romance from the female’s POV and also in first person present tense. Rachel Leigh Smith is my exact opposite! If you’ve always loved the hero’s story, then you’ll want to listen to what she has to say here 🙂

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Science fiction romance is a genre known partly for its emphasis on strong, capable heroines. But I’ve marched to my own beat my whole life, and my writing is no different. The heroine of a romance is never my favorite character. I never invest in her, I rarely care what happens to her, and I don’t really want to be stuck in her head for chapters at a time. And don’t get me started on first-person in a heroine’s head.

When I started writing science fiction romance in May of 2012, I actually had no idea it was a genre, much less that it was known as a place full of strong heroines. Not that it would have stopped me…

TSAL 400 x 600You see, the hero is always my favorite character in a romance. I want to be in his head the most, I want to get to know him at the deepest level, I want to watch him fall in love through his own point of view. For me, there’s just something magical about a romance hero, about watching him come to terms with the fact she completes a part of him he’s been ignoring his whole life, and that she inspires him to achieve more than he ever thought he could.

I’ve been creating characters and writing about them for almost twenty years now. The men in my head outnumber the women by at least ten-to-one. I have everything up there from professional football players to soldiers to musicians to my alien men in A’yen’s Legacy. My entire imaginary life revolves around heroes.

My novel creation process goes something like this: Hero walks into my head, tells me his name, sits down, and then tells me his life story. I make lots of notes as he’s talking to me. Then I start looking around for his heroine. Getting her to open up takes serious work, and I never feel like I know her as well as I know him.

I spent a few years trying to cram myself into the heroine-centric box. All I did was make myself miserable and produce work I wasn’t all that proud of. When I started writing SFR, I gave myself permission to ignore any and all genre boxes and expectations and write the story exactly the way it wanted to be written.

It was the most freeing experience of my life. I found my place in the romance world, and I feel like I can fly over Mount Everest now. Giving myself that permission unlocked a well of creativity I knew was in me, but I couldn’t access it. Since May of 2012, I’ve finished five novels. All of them centered on the hero, and all of them over 100,000 words. I’m closing in on my sixth finished novel right now.

I’m not totally sure why I latch onto heroes the way I do. It may have something to do with what I read as a child, and the fact I inhaled The Hardy Boys before I discovered Nancy Drew. Frank Hardy was my first book boyfriend. It might also have something to do with the fact I hung out with my boy cousins, and preferred playing with boys. I didn’t have the time or energy to deal with girl drama. Still don’t.

I’m also not your typical girl. I’m very strong-willed and independent, I’ve always blazed my own path, and I don’t care what anyone thinks about me and my choices. Nor am I overly emotional. I feel things deeply, but I tend not to express it. If I’m crying, it’s a sure sign I’m beyond upset and really torn up about something. All of those things make it a lot easier for me to identify with a male character over a female character.

It’s been a wonderful journey discovering this genre that has room for me to be myself and write the types of romances I’m dying to read. No matter what romance sub-genre I dabble in, you will always find one thing—it’s the hero’s story, and she’s along for the ride.

About Rachel’s Books

TO SAVE A LIFE (A’yen’s Legacy #3)
Release Date: May 4, 2015
Category/Genre: Science Fiction/Paranormal Romance

A’yen’s loved ones are under attack. To save them, he’ll risk everything.

Half the Lokmane are free and the resettling of Lok’ma is in progress. A’yen is crowned king, but it isn’t stopping his enemies. Someone is after Ro, and the woman he’s falling in love with is caught in the middle.

When Fae is injured in a cave-in at a dig site, A’yen knows who’s to blame. Proving it is the hard part. Things get worse when he walks into a political trap, and Ro is framed for murder. Saving his reputation is easy compared to saving Ro. Ro’s demons come for him, taking him back to a life not worth living.

A’yen races to save Ro before he can act on his deepest desire: killing his tormentor. Happily ever after can’t happen if Ro is dead.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00WC3T5HC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00WC3T5HC&linkCode=as2&tag=spajonas-20&linkId=BGE7DP5S24L6C2L7
All Romance Ebooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-tosavealife-1785413-343.html

Also coming to Nook, Kobo, Google Play, and iBooks.

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Available at Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBooks, Google Play, All Romance Ebooks.

About The Author

Blog headshotRachel Leigh Smith writes romance for the hero lover. She lives in central Louisiana with her family and a half-crazed calico. When not writing, which isn’t often, she’s hanging with her family, doing counted cross-stitch, or yakking about life, the universe, and everything with her besties. There may also be Netflix binging…

She’s a member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade and Romance Writers of America.

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