07 November 2014

SFR Brigade Showcase: Mine to Hold



Welcome to this month's showcase. For more SFR showcases check out the SFR Brigade page

This month I'm featuring Mine to Hold book 4 in the ES Siren series (co-written with Mel Teshco and Denise Rossetti).
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Chapter 1
“Tasty. Male.” Silke put the little brown guinea pig in a cage and picked up the next one. “Delicious … also male.”

“They’ll be eating well this round.” Vance updated the animals’ notes on his portacomp. Vet Silke Rask kept very strict control of the guinea pig breeding. She didn’t want an inbred population by the time they reached Solitaire. They were, however, a source of fresh meat on the ship—for some people anyway. Not for the likes of Vance. And probably not for Silke either.

“I know. Oh! We have a girl. Yummy.” Silke gave the animal a little pat. 

While she was quite happy holding them and being nice to them, Vance kept his distance. The animals were going to be eaten. They weren’t pets. He could have one dead and ready for cooking in about fifteen minutes flat. He’d caught and cooked a lot of things in the slums. Guinea pig would’ve been a luxury. Still was.

He looked at the little bundles of fur. They were still too small for eating, but not so small that they wouldn’t try getting it on with their siblings. 

Vance glanced up as a man in Air Force blues walked in. “Grady’s back,” he murmured.

“Routine checks on the hold to make sure we don’t all get sucked into space.” Silke’s gaze flicked to the officer and lingered for a moment before returning to the animal in her hands. 

Routine checks. Sure. It wasn’t the integrity of the ship Captain Grady was checking out. Vance had noticed the way he looked at Silke. He’d also seen the sparks between Silke and Grady when they talked. Not that he was in a position to be jealous. He was her assistant on a good day, a high-risk whites prisoner with another twenty years to serve—once they reached the planet—on a bad day. 
If they reached the planet.

He didn’t care either way. He’d stopped living for the future a long time ago. It was much easier to focus on enjoying each day as best he could, sleep, and then repeat. 

“Juicy is a boy.” Juicy also wriggled and tried to get free. They’d started giving the litters silly names after two very boring alphanumeric designated litters. They still had their alphanumeric designation, but life was more fun when the guinea pigs had more appropriate names. 

“And I bet he would be juicy, too.” Vance hadn’t had real meat since leaving Earth, and even then, what they’d been given in prison was more ground up mystery meat than anything recognizable. 

“In a couple of weeks.”

“I’ll go you halves. We’ll cook him over one of your burners.”

Silke smiled at him as if she were half considering the idea. Sometimes when she looked at him it was as though she was thinking of something very different to work. He didn’t let himself explore that thought. At least, not here. Alone and at night … that was a different story. He liked Silke a lot more than he should. She’d always treated him as a person, not a number, or a con. 

“You’re discussing an offense within earshot of an officer … I could report you.”

Vance doubted Grady would do anything that might get Silke in trouble—anything that would damage his chances of hooking up with her. It was almost painful to watch what was happening. One of them needed to make a move or he’d do it for them.

Silke looked up, clearly surprised to see Captain Grady had moved closer. She recovered fast. “There are four legs. We’ll cut you in.” 

She held the guinea pig out to him, but Grady wrinkled his nose and didn’t take it. He didn’t say no either. 

Interesting.

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Mine to Hold

Getting caught between two lovers has never been more dangerous.

Captain Leo Grady is making his third trip to Solitaire. He's spent five years in space and is ready for a change. Not wanting to go back to Earth, he's chosen to pay off on Solitaire. All he needs is a woman willing to be his wife. Given that women are heavily outnumbered on the fleet of first settlers he knows he can't sit around and wait. He has to act.

Vance Knox has been working with vet, Silke Rask, for the last six months. He fancies her, but refuses to do anything about it because he still has a twenty year sentence to serve. He has nothing to offer any lover and he expects nothing. He made his choices a long time ago. But it burns to see her getting closer to Grady.

Silke is torn between the sensible choice of Grady and the more dangerous attraction she has for Vance, but as secrets are revealed she realizes that she has to fight for what she wants. Not everyone on the ship is there because they earned their place, and old Earth money still has power.

When disaster strikes and threatens the lives of everyone on board she realizes that that sometimes no choice has to be made. Why should love have limits?


09 October 2014

Shhh...Secret Confessions: Sydney Housewives


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Meagan knows food. In the kitchen, she’s confident, cool, and in charge. But when it comes to presenting next season’s dishes and delicacies to the owner of the exclusive restaurant where she is head chef, all of her insecurities boil to the surface. She knows that she’s playing with fire with a special dessert that blows the restaurant’s budget, but maybe, with the help of some unorthodox persuasion techniques, she might just get what she wants – everything that she wants.

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My story, Meagan, will be out on January 15 2015. Writing this story was a completely new experience for me. The tight knit continuity meant everything had to mesh perfectly. But it was also a lot of fun to read all the other stories and get to know the other characters.

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07 October 2014

New release: To Love a King

It's release day!
There is nothing quite as exciting, or nerve wracking, as release day. To Love a King is book 3 in the Court of Annwyn series. Winter is here and Felan has a fight on his hands to claim the throne that is rightfully his.
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HE’S TRYING TO RECLAIM THE PAST To keep the balance between good and evil at the court of Annwyn, Prince Felan ap Gwyn has two weeks to marry and take the crown. But he wants more than just power—he wants love; a love he once had but was too stubborn to hold on to.

SHE’S STRUGGLING TO FACE THE FUTURE It took years for Jacqueline Ara to put her life back together after Felan abandoned her. She’s moved on, even if her heart still burns for him. But with war in Annwyn looming and death bleeding into the mortal world, Felan and Jacquie will need to heal old wounds and rekindle the passion that once welled between them…or face losing everything.

"This compelling read will warm readers' hearts as the hero and heroine explore their second chance at love, igniting the page with their passion and giving readers a beautiful fairy tale ending."-RT Book Reviews, 4.5 stars

You can read chapter one here: http://www.wattpad.com/story/24450460-to-love-a-king

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29 August 2014

SFRB Presents: Yours to Command

Yours to Command is out now! Here's a snippet that's all about peaches...yeah...nothing else going on here at all ;)
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Alex hadn’t had a peach in years—not fresh, anyway, only canned. The only fresh fruit they got in D zone were apples and oranges, and even they had to be bought.

He looked at Sienna. “Would you like some?”

“No, it’s for you. I want to see you enjoy it.” She pulled the chair over and sat in front of him.

Alex nodded. For a moment all he could do was look at the peach. Would it taste as good as one that had been grown on Earth, and ripened in the sun?

He became aware that Sienna was watching him intently, as if she actually cared how he ate a peach. He brought it to his lips and inhaled, enjoying the scent before tasting the fuzzy skin with the tip of his tongue. Then he gently bit into the flesh. Juice dripped onto his palm and he licked it off, not wanting to waste a drop.

Sweet and soft and juicy. Even consumed while on his knees and in cuffs, it was absolute luxury. He wanted to savor it, in case he never got another one. With his next bite he glanced up at Sienna. She wasn’t leaning back anymore, and her lips were parted.

He slowly licked the juice from his hand.
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Blurb:
He would do anything to protect her, if only she'd let him.

Corporal Sienna Jade wasn't given a choice about joining the mission to Unity. Seen as a troublemaker after reporting an assault by a senior officer, the army wanted her gone. Sienna resents the army for assigning her to Earth Ship Siren, and suspects the fleet's Unity mission will fail. But others would do anything to escape Earth ...

Alex Tariel knew his only chance to get a place on ES Siren was as a prisoner, so he stole water rations. As a former construction foreman, his skills make him a valuable prisoner on board, but still a prisoner unable to control his own life. Instead of keeping his head down, he gets involved in the fights set up for gambling privilege tokens, the only currency aboard ship among the prisoners.

Getting patched up by Corporal Jade might be the best thing that's happened to Alex on the trip so far, but becoming her ship husband puts him between her and the lieutenant who tried to kill her for kicks on Earth. While Sienna tries to keep control of her feelings for Alex, Alex would do anything to protect her, if only she'd let him.

As ES Siren faces its first crisis, a little trust and love goes a long way.

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22 August 2014

SFRB Presents: Yours to Command

Yours to Command (available for pre-order now) is out in a couple of days! Here's a snippet from the book.
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He needed to fill the silence, or she might dismiss him without saying whatever it was she wanted to say. He wanted to hear it. She had treated him like a person and not a thing, and he missed that. If she used his name, he was pretty sure he’d do anything she asked. “Do you watch the Rounds often?”

She shook her head, her curls bouncing around her cheekbones. “I’d never seen the attraction before today.”

His lips curved before he could stop them. “I’m glad you enjoyed it.”

“Do you?”

“I like the fresh fruit I can buy.” He stuck to the safe answer, not the one that tattled on an officer for coercing men to fight. 

Her lips parted in surprise. What did she think he spent the token on? But he knew the answer as soon as he’d thought the question. 

She took a step closer. “Isn’t there anything else you’d rather spend it on?”

“Some things shouldn’t be bought or sold.” His voice came out huskier than it should have. He fisted his hands until it hurt, glad she couldn’t see the nail marks forming on his palms.

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Blurb:
He would do anything to protect her, if only she'd let him.

Corporal Sienna Jade wasn't given a choice about joining the mission to Unity. Seen as a troublemaker after reporting an assault by a senior officer, the army wanted her gone. Sienna resents the army for assigning her to Earth Ship Siren, and suspects the fleet's Unity mission will fail. But others would do anything to escape Earth ...

Alex Tariel knew his only chance to get a place on ES Siren was as a prisoner, so he stole water rations. As a former construction foreman, his skills make him a valuable prisoner on board, but still a prisoner unable to control his own life. Instead of keeping his head down, he gets involved in the fights set up for gambling privilege tokens, the only currency aboard ship among the prisoners.

Getting patched up by Corporal Jade might be the best thing that's happened to Alex on the trip so far, but becoming her ship husband puts him between her and the lieutenant who tried to kill her for kicks on Earth. While Sienna tries to keep control of her feelings for Alex, Alex would do anything to protect her, if only she'd let him.

As ES Siren faces its first crisis, a little trust and love goes a long way.

pre-order links:
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15 August 2014

SFRB Presents: Yours to Command

Release date is drawing closer. This week I can share the very hot cover as well as a snippet from Yours to Command (available for pre-order now). How pretty is the cover :)
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Sienna watched as Alex pocketed his privilege token with no public display. He gave a nod to the spectators and picked up his shirt. Job done. In that second she knew he wasn’t here for the glory, just the payment. She wanted to know how he’d spend his token. Then he glanced in her direction, and for a moment his cool mask of indifference was gone.

He knew she’d come to watch him fight.

Her heart gave a couple of erratic beats. It was only lust. Lust that had suddenly been given a jumpstart by a construction foreman turned thief. A man she might have walked past in her own neighborhood without ever realizing it. He’d lived in the same suburb as her parents, according to his file.

Yet here they were, one quarter of the way to nowhere.

Perhaps he had an itch that needed scratching. With Alex there’d be no risk. She could lock him down. He wouldn’t get the chance to get his hands around her throat the way Zane had.
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Blurb:
He would do anything to protect her, if only she'd let him.

Corporal Sienna Jade wasn't given a choice about joining the mission to Unity. Seen as a troublemaker after reporting an assault by a senior officer, the army wanted her gone. Sienna resents the army for assigning her to Earth Ship Siren, and suspects the fleet's Unity mission will fail. But others would do anything to escape Earth ...

Alex Tariel knew his only chance to get a place on ES Siren was as a prisoner, so he stole water rations. As a former construction foreman, his skills make him a valuable prisoner on board, but still a prisoner unable to control his own life. Instead of keeping his head down, he gets involved in the fights set up for gambling privilege tokens, the only currency aboard ship among the prisoners.

Getting patched up by Corporal Jade might be the best thing that's happened to Alex on the trip so far, but becoming her ship husband puts him between her and the lieutenant who tried to kill her for kicks on Earth. While Sienna tries to keep control of her feelings for Alex, Alex would do anything to protect her, if only she'd let him.

As ES Siren faces its first crisis, a little trust and love goes a long way.

pre-order links:
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11 August 2014

Meet my Character

Victoria Scott  tagged me so you could meet Alex Tariel from Yours to Command (ES Siren 2)

1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

Alex Tariel, prisoner 1789, is a fictional character from the future.

2) When and where is the story set?

Yours to Command is set in 2202 on the Earth Ship Siren as it makes its way to the habitable planet of Solitaire. A research base was set up there ten years ago and Alex is part of the first fleet of settlers. He is part of the prisoner labor force.

3) What should we know about him/her?

He deliberately stole water to get on the ship because he knew there was no other way he’d be able to leave the heavily polluted Earth.

4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

During the book Alex gets invited to fight in the rounds. He doesn’t want to, but he given no choice. When he gets injured he meets Sienna, an Army medic, falling in love was definitely not part of his plan to keep his head down and work hard. When Sienna’s ex-lover starts making trouble Alex finds out just how much he sacrificed to get on this trip as a prisoner.

5) What is the personal goal of the character?

Alex wants to serve his short sentence and become a free man again. Because he was a construction foreman on Earth he brings that experience and hopes to use it to get ahead of the pack.

6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

Yours to Command is the second in the ES Siren series written with Mel Teshco and Denise Rossetti.


He would do anything to protect her, if only she'd let him.

Corporal Sienna Jade wasn't given a choice about joining the mission to Unity. Seen as a troublemaker after reporting an assault by a senior officer, the army wanted her gone. Sienna resents the army for assigning her to Earth Ship Siren, and suspects the fleet's Unity mission will fail. But others would do anything to escape Earth ...


Alex Tariel knew his only chance to get a place on ES Siren was as a prisoner, so he stole water rations. As a former construction foreman, his skills make him a valuable prisoner on board, but still a prisoner unable to control his own life. Instead of keeping his head down, he gets involved in the fights set up for gambling privilege tokens, the only currency aboard ship among the prisoners.


Getting patched up by Corporal Jade might be the best thing that's happened to Alex on the trip so far, but becoming her ship husband puts him between her and the lieutenant who tried to kill her for kicks on Earth. While Sienna tries to keep control of her feelings for Alex, Alex would do anything to protect her, if only she'd let him.


As ES Siren faces its first crisis, a little trust and love goes a long way.


7) When can we expect the book to be published?

Yours to Command will be out on August the 28th along with Yours to Uncover and Yours to Desire. They are all available for pre-order from Amazon, iTunes and Google Play.