Heating Up the Holiday Season!

You love the tinsel and laughter and catching up with family and friends. Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate this time of year) is awesome. But you can’t deny it’s also stressful. Have you been to a shopping mall recently? Case closed!

So what are your survival strategies?

I hoard books. I make sure I have about five set aside that are new to me, but which I’m confident I’ll enjoy. Books by favourite authors are a good bet.

I also treat the TV as a lucky dip. There are so many Christmas-themed movies, each year it just depends on what the TV programmers decide to show. Are you one of the many who has to watch a particular movie for Christmas? Is it It’s A Wonderful Life?

Sometimes, in the midst of the chaos, you just have to chill 🙂

Or You Could Heat Things Up!

Alix Nichols is heating up the holiday season with Winter’s Gift.

He’s a steely tycoon.
She’s an elite call girl.
Both have sworn off love…

When Anton and Anna cross paths over the winter holidays,

neither can deny that what they share in bed — and out of it — is truly special.

But it threatens the principle they’ve been living by for years:

Don’t trust anyone.

This tender and sexy modern Cinderella story will delight fans of Pretty Woman and alpha billionaire romance alike.

Oh, and it’s currently 99c!

Buy link:  https://www.amazon.com.au/Dragons-Treasure-Awaken-Book-ebook/dp/B0784DS6HF/

Writing Update

ceph sector, space opera, scifiromance, kindle unlimited,I’m lost to the world at the moment, so deep into writing The Ceph Sector that sometimes I don’t know what time of day it is! If I’m writing a dinner scene, for instance, I’ll think it’s that time even if I had breakfast an hour ago – yeah, writers’ brains are weird 😉

The Ceph are turning out to be awesome! I’ve been fascinated by stories of the djinn for years, and a little bit of their magic has crept into the Ceph.

Elizabeth Reid Boyd recommended The Fairy Mythology by Thomas Keightley to me and I picked up a free copy on Amazon. It had this awesome quote:

The Jinn are not immortal; they are to survive mankind, to to die before the general resurrection. Even at present many of them are slain by other Jinn, or by men; but chiefly by shooting-stars hurled at them from Heaven.

Shooting-stars hurled from heaven! Now, there’s inspiration for my space adventure.

I’m hoping to have The Ceph Sector zooming to your kindles in February.

A Quick Reminder About RAID

scifi, kindle unlimited, futuristic romance, jenny schwartz,I’m releasing my short science fiction romance just after Christmas and putting it free for five days. There’s a whole rigmarole of why, involving Amazon’s weird rules, but it won’t be free the day it releases, so please wait until it is to pick up your copy. Hopefully, Amazon willing, it’ll be free from December 28.

No Nomad can ignore a summons from the Oracle. Their culture demands that they submit to a raiding party to find and mate their one true love.

Imprisoned and mistreated by the infamous information broker Fagan, Alexa Maven lives a life that makes the thought of love a painful lie. If she dared to dream, she’d wish for freedom and anonymity; to be alone forever.

Mikal Fforde is a captain in the United Space Marine Corps. Love is a distraction he definitely doesn’t need right now. He’s a tough fighter, a survivor, and he can’t afford the vulnerability that love brings.

But the Oracle has spoken, and two mismatched strangers are about to find their unlikely perfect match – if they survive Fagan!


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The Wolfpack is Howling!

This is your chance to win one of three Amazon giftcards. So useful this time of year! Huge thanks to the Wolf Pack Run, December 5-10. Enter the giveaway and discover the great books here:  http://wolfpackauthors.com/wolf-pack-run-dec-2017/ 

The free and discounted paranormal romances will delight your shifter-loving hearts!

And if you haven’t already discovered the Wolf Pack on Facebook, here’s the group link:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1435064660059434/


Don’t forget, my science fiction romance, Her Robot Wolf, is free on Amazon till December 8!  Download it here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072M3Q555

P.S. Thank you to everyone who reviewed and/or told me how much you enjoyed my Christmas novella, Jingle Stars. It was a heart-warming story to write, even if difficult at times with how the children suffered, and I’m so glad that joy and hope came through for you.

New Release: Enjoy Christmas in Space with “Jingle Stars” PLUS A Bonanza of Book Promos

This is a bumper edition of my newsletter as I get ready for Christmas, so keep scrolling and enjoy! You’ll find a ton of books to snap up either free or at deep discounts.

Jingle Stars!

Grab your copy of my just released Christmas science fiction novella, Jingle Stars, and discover what happens when a starship decides to play Santa Claus.

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When a starship decides to play Santa Claus…

Ahab is a mLa’an artificial intelligence embedded in the starship, Orion.

The campaign for AIs to be recognized as full citizens of Galaxy Proper is within reach of its extraordinary goal. The only thing that could stop it now is if an AI did something foolish…like take a space station hostage to save eight orphaned children.

And this is the letter to Santa that starts it all:

Dear Santa

I don’t know if your reindeers work in space. But if you have room in your sleigh after you finish delivering presents to the lucky kids with parents and homes, can you come and get me and my friends? Please?

We’ve been good. Well,we haven’t been really bad. We’re on Station Elphame, in the junkyard, and Zoe is sick. She’s bad sick. I think she’d be better on a planet. We don’t need presents. We just need a way out of here. Ollie tried to sneak onto a trampship…he died.

Please, Santa, I don’twant any more of my friends to die.


Buy link:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076PVMB3L

science fiction, jenny schwartz, kindle unlimited,To celebrate the release of Jingle Stars, I’m putting the first book in my Shamans & Shifters Space Opera series FREE for the first time ever! Her Robot Wolf is available exclusively on Amazon. Download it here:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072M3Q555

Her Robot Wolf is FREE December 4-8, 2017.


December Super Sale – Science Fiction & Fantasy – 99c or FREE in Kindle Unlimited

Dominion Rising presents the December Super Sale. More great books than you can shake a light sabre at 😉

Promo link: http://lisablackwood.com/december-super-sale/ 

Holiday Romance

Are you in the mood for romance? Christmas can be an emotional time of year. Why not choose a book with a guaranteed happy ending?(that’s a big part of why I like reading and writing romance) The Holiday Romance promotion runs throughout December. Promo link:  https://cbmaurice.wordpress.com/2017/12/01/sweet-holiday-romance/

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Christmas Gifts

If you’re about to embark on an epic Christmas gift buying spree (good luck!) Maria Zannini has put together an awesome list of ideas. You can find it at her blog:  http://mariazanninihome.com/the-big-list-of-christmas-gift-ideas/

Have you heard of Iceland’s Christmas Book Flood this time of year? They give each other books on Christmas Eve, then curl up snug and warm to read them through the night. Lovely. A book for Christmas is a joy all year 🙂

Thanks for reading this bumper edition of my newsletter. I hope you’re now all stocked up with books for the holiday season, and especially Christmas Eve 🙂

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Somewhat Random – I have a new release in a week!

I forgot to wish you all a happy Thanksgiving! Being Aussie, it’s not a holiday I grew up with, but I like the idea of celebrating how much we have to be thankful for – it’s okay, I’m not going to start a list 😉 but I do want to say that you all make writing a lot less of an alone-in-an-attic activity than it traditionally was. Thank you for your comments and support!

November Roundup of SciFi Books

Since starting the Facebook page, Always Another Great Book, to help people find great books in Kindle Unlimited, I’ve been reading a lot more science fiction. I’ve also discovered how hard it can be to find great books that haven’t caught the Amazon algorithm love. In other words, the books that aren’t on the best-seller lists or on popular books’ also-boughts. So promotions like the November Roundup of SciFi Books helps to discover these gems.

Plus, Amy J Murphy has a box set of her Allies and Enemies trilogy for US$5.99.

Featuring the two-time Dragon Award Finalist for Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel, the Allies and Enemies Trilogy Box Set has all the ingredients for a thrilling space opera page-turner.

With a vivid cast of characters—kick-ass heroines, gnarly space pirates, powered armor and vicious cybernetically enhanced assassins— this series pulls you into a ruined galactic empire filled with undiscovered dangers. Firefly and Star Wars fans alike are sure to enjoy this fast-paced military science fiction adventure.

Buy link:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0713N2KF2

Wandering Around the Net

I am a gold star procrastinator, and sometimes I call it research! I thought I’d share some of my discoveries with you.

Urban Fantasy’s Unique Female Hero (I’ve actually read a lot of urban fantasy with male leads, but the feminist analysis remains interesting).

The World of Art Trafficking

The Piri Reis Map (I love way-out theories and mysterious objects and places).

And finally, because in writing The Ceph Sector I’m obsessed with all things octopus) the story of an octopus’s gratitude.

Jingle Stars

My Christmas novella, Jingle Stars, is out next Monday. When I originally thought of writing a Christmas novella with Ahab, the artificial intelligence from the Orion starship, as the hero, I imagined it would be light and funny. Instead, as I wrote, the story grew quite surprisingly tough. I channelled something of Charles Dickens into a space opera: the idea of street children (or in this case, space station junkyard kids) having no one to help them, but being there for one another. I guess, as Dickens knew, the reward of a happy ending is that sweeter when you’ve endured the characters’ struggles with them.

You can pre-order Jingle Starshttps://www.amazon.com/dp/B076PVMB3L

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New Release! Shattered Earth – Shamans & Shifters

Shattered Earth is out! This is Kohia and Nairo’s story, and what an exciting story it is!

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The scum of the galaxy are using Earth as a nuclear winter death camp. It outrages pirate captain Kohia Jekyll’s sense of justice. No one deserves to die agonizingly of radiation poisoning, especially not on the planet humanity had to evacuate seven generations ago. So Kohia intends to close the prison camp down.

She didn’t count on an infuriating shaman healer hitching a ride aboard her starship.

Nairo Bloodstone isn’t going to Earth to be a hero. He learned the hard way that when you’re a healer, doing your best for people is never enough. One miracle leads them to demand another and another. Heroes die exhausted and alone, and the galaxy continues with billions of people still clamoring for a miracle-worker to save them.

No, Nairo isn’t going to Earth to be a hero. He intends to change what it means to be human.

Shattered Earth is a stand-alone novella in the Shamans & Shifters Space Opera series.

Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076PW4S19

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In Other News

I’ve refreshed the covers for the Shamans & Shifters series. The biggest change is to Her Robot Wolf.

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If you haven’t already read Her Robot Wolf, you might want to wait till December 4 to pick up a copy. Her Robot Wolf will be FREE (yes, free) on Amazon December 4-8. Of course, it’s always free to read if you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber.

Speaking of which, I’ve read some interesting books in Kindle Unlimited recently. You can find my snippet reviews on my Facebook page, Always Another Great Book.

Happy reading!

(Now, where’s the emergency stash of chocolate to survive Release Day?)