Anticipation is a Terrible Excitement

There’s only one week to go before Shattered Earth releases. I’ve been wanting to share Kohia’s story with you for so long that the tension, now, on how you’ll receive it is MASSIVE. I hope you’ll love her and Nairo. I hope the future for Earth that I describe in the novella never happens!

Book releases don’t really get easier, emotionally. There is so much hope wrapped up in each one. I used to describe how I felt as nervous or stressed or overwhelmed, but you know, anticipation is a much better word – and not just for book releases.

Anticipation catches that positive and negative excitement. Like when you were a kid and you’d practically get sick with excitement when a big event loomed. It’s not simply dread. I think that waiting for something huge and happy imposes its own kind of stress. Which isn’t to say I don’t want huge, happy things to happen every day (I’m greedy, that way).

Anticipation is also the emotion that a good novel should evoke with every page. Good or bad, wonderful or scary, when a reader has to read on, that’s the power of anticipation. We’re hooked on the feeling 😉

There’s an excerpt from Shattered Earth, below, but first I’d like to say a quick “thank you” to Arcadia Shield for helping get the news out about Cosmic Catalyst‘s release a couple of weeks ago. She has the wonderful Ember Quest science fiction romance series in Kindle Unlimited at the moment – a free read for us KU subscribers. Yay!

Even if you’re not a KU subscriber, Heath is only 99c! Woohoo!

Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075WX61C9

Excerpt

“My tiger,” Kohia said, too accustomed to being with other shifters to censor her words. “She wants a cuddle, from you.”

“Uh.” His mouth opened, but no coherent words came out. He closed it. Then he very carefully laid aside his tablet and stylus, his gaze remaining locked on Kohia.

The intensity of his focus puzzled her. Nor did a subdued snicker from those at the table help matters. “What?”

“If your tiger needs a cuddle, from me…”

Now, why did he have to add that “from me” in his deliciously low voice?

“Then come here.” He actually patted his knee.

Kohia would have ignored him on principle, just for that patronizing knee pat, except that her tiger had other ideas. Kohia’s powerful leg muscles launched her up, and the next instant she was falling into Nairo’s lap.

He caught her with surprising deftness. Even more surprising was how the blank remoteness had vanished from his face. His eyes positively blazed with emotion.

Shocked to see such raw need in him, Kohia failed to protest his brazen arrangement of her body until she rested comfortably within his embrace. And by then it was too late. Her tiger had been right, the hussy. Cuddling with Nairo soothed the tension that had been making Kohia scratchy. For the sake of the mission and its smooth running, she snuggled closer. Yeah, that was her excuse, and she’d fight anyone who called her on it.

You can pre-order Shattered Earth today! Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076PW4S19

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How Are You Going, Getting Ready for Christmas?

I’m curious. Are you ready for Christmas? I’ve heard there are some super-people who already have all their presents bought! Please, tell me they’re not also already gift-wrapped!

Me, I’m not even thinking about Christmas yet – other than to plan out some book promotion around that time – and yes, I think I will be able to sneak Raid in just after Christmas. And I’ll make it FREE for five days! So watch out for this Kidnapped Brides in space adventure around Boxing Day – a perfect addition to a new kindle!

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On the homefront, the local birds have had an early Christmas present: a shallow birdbath so that they can have fresh water through the long, hot summer. They’re already using it, although I haven’t managed a photograph yet.

The Scent of the Season

Do you think Christmas has a scent? For me, it does. It smells of plastic!

As a kid, our Christmas tree was a plastic one that got dismantled every January, popped in its old cardboard box and pushed on top of a wardrobe for the next ten months. But every year when it was taken down, and the box opened, the lovely smell of stale plastic meant Christmas was coming. The tree is long gone, but the memory remains.

What particular scents stand out in your memory?

I use scent when I write a scene to try and evoke emotion directly. Scent seems to bypass logic and simply grab us by the … well, by the nose. 😉 We often know a place, even people, by scent. Hospitals are a powerful example. That smell of disinfectant, medicines and cooked cabbage makes me want to retreat every time.  If you can’t work out what has triggered a sudden emotion, concentrate for a second on what you’re smelling.

Do You Have Anything Left to Check Off Your To-Do List for 2017?

Apart from my writing and the standing to-do list item of “win Lotto” (difficult, since I seldom buy a ticket), I think I’m pretty much on track for 2017.

It’s been a beast of a year. The news is so full of horrors – and I’m not just talking about what passes for political governance these days – but the terrible things people do to each other and the tragedies of natural disasters. I actually stopped buying The Guardian Weekly partly because it was too depressing.

However, never doubt that even the littlest thing can bring change.

Last year, I scattered gypsophila (baby’s breath) seeds in the garden. Not one came up. I was disappointed, but resigned. Things happen. Gardening teaches you to accept your losses. But this year … guess what burst out of the ground and into flower? Yes, beautiful gypsophila. (Sorry, I missed taking a photo – my stupid ankle injury hobbled me). I guess the message of the baby’s breath is to hold onto hope, because life will surprise us with joy.

 

 

Nearly Halloween, Not Spooky At All Post

Are you ready for Halloween? We have chocolates in the house, really yummy ones that make me contemplate hiding from any trick-or-treaters and eating them myself – no, I wouldn’t! But … mmm, chocolate 🙂

In case you missed it, this was my earlier post with a spooky, eclectic list of books suitable for Halloween reading (you know, while eating chocolate) that are free in Kindle Unlimited.

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A Huge Thank You!

I wanted to say a huge thank you to fellow authors Danielle Fin and PG Forte for their help in getting the word out about Cosmic Catalyst‘s release.

Danielle has a new sci fi novel that’s sexy and exciting, Yash. Warriors of Zelenian.

When disasters strike, who can she trust? Her own villagers that she has known all her life? Or the human she has just known but came to love?

Yash never cared for the males in her village—hell, she only cared about protecting her village. Then, they came. Humans. And her world was turned upside down.

By a tall, sexy human soldier.

Maximus always followed the rules. Well, almost always, but it is hard to resist a beautiful creature when she throws her sexually charged self into him. Now he would do anything to protect her…and please her.

There is just one…big…problem.

An ancient prophecy is set in motion and Max must work with Yash to figure out who the prophecy child could be.

Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/Yash-Scifi-Romance-Warriors-Zelenian-ebook/dp/B076SNHR8R/

And PG Forte – have you seen the new covers for her magical Oberon series? They are gorgeous. If Oberon was real, that lovely Californian town would have to be my new home. I love these novels.

Scent of the Roses by PG Forte

Twenty years ago, a slumber party prank gets out of hand. Sixteen-year-old Scout Patterson is hypnotized by her step-sister Lisa, and two of their friends – with disastrous results. First, things turn ugly. Then things turn deadly. Amidst a string of unsolved murders, Lisa disappears, and Scout is sent away from home.

Now, Scout has returned to Oberon in search of answers. What she finds instead are lies and betrayal… and a second chance at her first love.

Memories and dreams are the only things that have gotten Nick Greco through the past twenty years. Memories of the girl he loved and lost. Dreams of what life would be like, if he could only find her again, and if he can bring himself to believe that anything she tells him is the truth.

When Scout’s homecoming is followed by a reoccurrence of deadly attacks and mysterious disappearances, Nick can’t help but wonder how Scout is involved. And, even as he is falling in love with her again, he must work to solve a twenty-year old mystery – or risk losing her forever.

Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/Scent-Roses-Oberon-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00143Y9MW/ 

A massive thank you to one of the kindest book blogger you’ll ever meet, Talking Books Blog. Thank you for your post for Cosmic Catalyst and all of your RTs. And thank you on behalf of all the Aussie authors you support. You’re a legend 🙂

And finally, thank you, all of you, for letting me know how much you’re enjoying Vulf and Jaya’s adventures. Honestly, it’s your enthusiasm that keeps me writing (well, that and chocolate 😉 ).

PS Cosmic Catalyst won’t be 99c forever, so if you haven’t picked it up yet … https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076PSPMHH 

 

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I know I said this post wouldn’t be spooky, but I can’t resist sharing a “Halloween food” with you. Have you ever eaten Goblin Eyes? You have to be blindfolded, then someone will put them on your plate and you have to pick them up with your fingers. They’re wet and sticky and faintly squishy.

Are you eeked out yet?

They’re peeled grapes! I read about this trick when I was a kid and it’s always appealed (heh! see that pun a-peeled!) to me. Decades later, I still peel grapes and eat Goblin Eyes.

Happy Halloween!

P.S. This Halloween contest isn’t open until tomorrow – you know, Halloween itself – but bookmark it. There’s a $70 Amazon gift card up for grabs at Here Be Magic, a blog run by a group of authors, myself included. They’re a fun crowd. Good luck! But remember, the contest doesn’t start till Tuesday 31 October.

Contest link: http://herebemagic.blogspot.com.au/

New Release: Cosmic Catalyst, Thrilling Sci Fi Romance

Thank you all so much for your patience and support. Cosmic Catalyst, the sequel to Her Robot Wolf, was delayed, but it is finally here!

Ta da!

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And for a short time, it’s only 99c on Amazon (and always free to read for Kindle Unlimited subscribers).

Cosmic Catalyst buy link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076PSPMHH/

Everyone has secrets. But some people will risk the galaxy to protect theirs.

When starship shaman Jaya Romanov and her new mate partner, galactic bounty hunter and robot wolf shifter, Vulf Trent, saved the galaxy from the deadly actions of a determined geriatric terrorist, they forgot that old Earth truism: no good deed goes unpunished.

Now, the galaxy is exploding with unexpected aliens, greedy politicians—well, that’s normal enough, it’s what the politicians will attempt that is worrying—and a radically new aspect to sha energy that has the potential to change everything.

And then there’s the mystery of Jaya’s father…who is he? Some big secrets are lurking in Jaya’s past, and to save those she loves, she’ll be forced to risk the galaxy in a shoot ’em up, take-no-prisoners rescue because sometimes there’s no fighting your destiny.

Fortunately, Vulf is always ready for a fight!

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Thank you to everyone who helped with the blurb. I might have only added one comma in the end, but I FUSSED hugely, and your comments helped me focus that fussing.

I also have great news! You can pre-order the next two stories in the Shifters & Shamans series right now. Shattered Earth is Kohia’s story – you’ll meet Jaya’s cousin in Cosmic Catalyst. She’s a weretiger. Then I have some Christmas fun for you as we finally get a story with Ahab as the hero. I love that artificial intelligence. He’s fun and quirky, very smart, and utterly heroic. Jingle Stars also has an adorable cast of children.

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Shattered Earth
Out November 20, 2017

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Jingle Stars
Out December 4, 2017

Shattered Earth and Jingle Stars are novellas, but in 2018 you’ll get Jaya and Vulf’s next full-length adventure in The Ceph Sector.

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Now, go grab Cosmic Catalyst and settle in for fabulous galactic adventures and some heart-string-tugging emotional scenes as Jaya and Vulf save the galaxy – maybe!

 Cosmic Catalyst buy link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076PSPMHH/

Blurb Help! Cosmic Catalyst is nearly here.

It feels like ages since I last chatted with you. Trying to catch up with things after my fall has sent me into a kind of hermit existence with occasional forays onto Facebook and Twitter. But the good news is that Cosmic Catalyst (sequel to Her Robot Wolf) should be out next week!!! So all my hard work and anti-social behaviour is worth it 🙂

I’m just finalising its blurb and I’m hoping you can help with that. How does this work for you? Any suggestions for changes?

Draft Blurb

Everyone has secrets. But some people will risk the galaxy to protect theirs.

When starship shaman Jaya Romanov and her new mate partner, galactic bounty hunter and robot wolf shifter Vulf Trent, saved the galaxy from the deadly actions of a determined geriatric terrorist, they forgot that old Earth truism: no good deed goes unpunished.

Now, the galaxy is exploding with unexpected aliens, greedy politicians—well, that’s normal enough, it’s what the politicians will attempt that is worrying—and a radically new aspect to sha energy that has the potential to change everything.

And then there’s the mystery of Jaya’s father…who is he? Some big secrets are lurking in Jaya’s past, and to save those she loves, she’ll be forced to risk the galaxy in a shoot ’em up, take-no-prisoners rescue because sometimes there’s no fighting your destiny.

Fortunately, Vulf is always ready for a fight!

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Additional Stories in the Shamans & Shifters Space Opera Series

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Then early in December you finally get Ahab’s story. The artificial intelligence who operates the Orion has quite a complicated life, and you’ll get a glimpse of it as he rescues some orphans from Station Gemini in Jingle Stars.

PS You may also get to meet Ahab’s crush.

And now I have to return to my hermit cave. While I was resting up – stupid sprained ankle! – an unexpected story idea came to me. As soon as I can squeeze in the time to finish it, you’ll get a bonus story. Raid. A Futuristic Romance may yet spawn its own Kidnapped Brides series of short romances. Details soon!

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