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Jess Anastasi | Author-Reader Match: THE FINAL DAWN
Author Guest / March 25, 2021

Instead of trying to find your perfect match in a dating app, we bring you the “Author-Reader Match” where we introduce you to authors as a reader you may fall in love with. It’s our great pleasure to present Jess Anastasi! Writes: Sci-fi romance with lots of edge-of-your-seat action and strong-willed, butt-kicking characters. My latest book, THE FINAL DAWN, is the last book in my Atrophy series. Readers have been waiting a long time for this one. At last, Rian and Ella get all of the limelight! With shape-shifting aliens set the invade our universe, the crew of the Imojenna has their work cut out for them if they’re going to save humanity. About: I love nothing more than a nice hot cup of tea. Rainy days are my favorite kind of weather. When I’m not writing books or attempting to make a dent in my huge TBR pile, you can find me growing my own vegetables, chasing renegade chickens, or doing a bit of crochet/knitting while I watch TV. What I’m looking for in my ideal reader match: Enjoys sci fi romance with lots of action. Can get on board with a slow burn romance and wait for the pay-off when the characters finally get their act…

Mel Tescho | 20 Questions: THE VIRGIN HUNT GAMES VOLUME 3
Author Guest / March 18, 2021

1–What is the title of your latest release? The Virgin Hunt Games Volume 3 2–What is it about? We have a whole new lot of contestants in the Virgin Hunt Games Volume 3, where terrible perils are faced by 10 women (hunted) and 10 men (hunters) on every level of the six floors of the Games. Violet has signed a contract for the deadly contest so that her biological parents might recognize her face that will be on every screener around the universe if she wins (she is hard to miss with her rare violet coloring and gold eyes.) Prince Zel is her mate in these Games, which means he has to have sex with Violet as often as possible while gifting her with orgasms to win. But they also have to survive the deadly obstacles and each other, not to mention the other hunters and hunted who are out for blood so they can be the victor. 3–What do you love about the setting of your book? I just love that for each book the tower and the amphitheatre are the same, but inside the six levels of the tower, every Games (held every four years in place of…

Everina Maxwell | 20 Questions: WINTER’S ORBIT
Author Guest / February 4, 2021

1–What is the title of your latest release? WINTER’S ORBIT 2–What is it about? In an intergalactic empire, charismatic social butterfly Prince Kiem is commanded to marry Count Jainan, a serious and duty-conscious diplomat from a vassal planet. But Jainan’s last husband died unexpectedly, and Jainan himself is under suspicion of murder. The pair must work together to solve the mystery of his last husband’s death, while they find themselves unexpectedly falling for each other. 3–What do you love about the setting of your book?  I had fun writing a royal family under a media spotlight and what that meant for the public perception of the main relationship. And while I was working on it, I enjoyed living in a world where queer relationships are so normalized they’re totally unremarkable. 4–How did your main character(s) surprise you?  Prince Kiem is one of those people who reacts to every situation by opening his mouth and starting to talk—some of the time I had no idea what he was going to say, but it always took the scene to fun places. 5–Why will readers relate to your characters?  I found it very easy to write Jainan, a habitual overthinker completely baffled by…

Nina Croft | Title Challenge: DECEPTION
Author Guest / November 23, 2020

Hi, I’m Nina Croft, writer of all sorts of romance. And I’m here to talk about my latest release, DECEPTION, book 2 in my Dark Desires Origins series, a mixture of science fiction, paranormal, and romance. The remnants of humanity have fled to the stars in search of a home. Now, after five hundred years, they’ve finally reached a system capable of supporting life. It’s time for a new start. * D – D is for Destiny, my heroine, the only person to be born on the journey from Earth and with a mysterious role to play in the survival of humanity. E – E is for Earth. Which is long gone and now the future of mankind lies in a galaxy far away. C – C is for Chosen Ones. The people who won the lottery and got a place on the fleet leaving the Earth. Except the lottery might have just been a little bit rigged. E – E is for Ever after. And that’s a long time if you’re a warlock, like Milo, my hero. P – P is for Prejudice. Milo has always dreamed of a world without prejudice, where the “monsters” no longer need to…

Amanda Bouchet | Exclusive Interview: STARBREAKER
Author Guest / April 30, 2020

Welcome back to Fresh Fiction, Amanda! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, and catch our readers up to speed on what’s been going on so far in the Endeavor series? Thank you for inviting me! I’m a romance author living in Paris, France and an avid reader of novels with high stakes, steamy romance, engaging characters, and tons of emotion. That’s also what I love to write–and what you’ll find in Nightchaser and Starbreaker! The Endeavor series is a futuristic fantasy that introduces readers to Captain Tess Bailey and her crew of Robin Hood-like rebels who race across the galaxy stealing from the privileged to provide for those in need. They get into a sticky situation with a damaged ship and turn to Shade Ganavan for help, not realizing that he could be a danger to Tess–but also so much more. The risks, action, danger, and romance escalate in Starbreaker, the second book in the trilogy. To see how Tess, Shade, and the crew of rebel Nightchasers handle new threats and evolving relationships, you’ll have to try the books! STARBREAKER is the second book in your sci-fi romance series. What do you love most about the world…

Nina Croft | Favorite Science Fiction and Fantasy Worlds + Giveaway!
Author Guest / January 23, 2020

My Dark Desires series takes place around a thousand years from now, in the year 3048, in a distant star system, and follows the adventures, romantic and otherwise, of the crew of the space cruiser, the Blood Hunter. It was my favorite series to write, so when my publisher asked if I would be interested in writing a Dark Desires Origins series, I jumped at the chance. The new series takes place five hundred years before the original Dark Desires books, when the fleet of ships carrying the last of humanity, first reach their new home. What most of the fleet don’t realize is that it’s not only humans who escaped the destruction of Earth. One of the ships carries a cargo of supernatural beings, captained by a thousand year old vampire. (Ricardo Sanchez, hero of Break Out, book 1 in my Dark Desires series.) Malfunction, book one in the new series tells the story of Katia, a werecat, and Logan, a human, as they fall in love while investigating a series of murders and trying to stay alive. Both series are a blend of science fiction and fantasy—which have been favorite genres of mine for many years. So I…

Beth Williamson | My Favorite Movies and How They Shaped My Writing
Author Guest / July 29, 2019

I am a huge movie fan, have been since I was little. That’s where I saw my first western, my first musical, my first romantic comedy, my first sci-fi, and my first drama. Then I went to college to be a screenwriter, and that didn’t quite work out like I planned. But I have to say, I love writing romance novels even more! And movies provide inspiration in my writing. It primes the pump, so to speak. So now for my favorite movies…. THE PRINCESS BRIDE – Oh how I love this movie. The love story, the snarkiness, the delicious comedy, and the ridiculousness of it all. Buttercup is a strong woman who knows what she wants, Westley, and manages to keep her strength despite life’s challenges. At its core, it’s well-written, well-acted, and a brilliant script. It’s about our choices in life and how they shape our future. Definitely not inconceivable. STEEL MAGNOLIAS – I wish I could see the play but I have seen the movie many times. Living in North Carolina the last 22 years has given me the perspective of what being a southern woman means. Steel Magnolias is about women, their friendships, their fortitude and…

Robin Lovett | 5 Reasons To Read A Bonkers Sci-fi Romance
Author Guest / July 18, 2019

We all have a tendency to read books that are safe and similar to things we’ve enjoyed before. Going outside our comfort zone can be surprisingly exciting. And a good shake-up of our usual reading habits helps keep us from getting into a dreaded apathetic slump. A truly bonkers sci-fi romance is healthy for every insatiable reader. Extraterrestrials, spaceships, and alien planets here we come! Here are some of the signs that you’re ready for a total shake-up of your romance reading and are ripe for an out-of-this world sci-fi romance. The last ten books you’ve read have all been in the same subgenre. It’s amazing when we get on a roll of a whole bunch of books that are similar and we dependably know we’ll love. But watch out! If we read the same types of books all the time, sooner or later, we’re going to get burned out by our tried and true. So! Before that happens, a sci-fi romance can spice up your reading. After your wild ride is over, you can return to your regular reads refreshed and rejuvenated and still loving your fav authors and genre. You’re in a reading slump Oh no… if this…

Amanda Bouchet | My Favorite Things About My Characters
Author Guest / December 27, 2018

What is your favorite characteristic in Tess? What about Shade? It’s always so hard to pick just one of anything, but I’ll do my best! Hopefully, having trouble deciding is evidence of well-rounded characters with several admirable traits 😉 Tess Bailey is our captain, rebel heroine…and a thief. She steals from those who have too much in order to provide for those who don’t have enough, but her primary goal is to accumulate vaccinations for populations, especially children, that don’t have access to the galaxy’s undersupplied “cure-all” inoculations, which are hoarded by the oppressive ruling regime and distributed only to soldiers and the wealthy elite. Tess is loyal, capable, compassionate, and determined, but I think the trait I like most about her is her selflessness. Here’s a little snippet from Nightchaser to illustrate that. “There are more people searching for our Tess than for a ghost,” Shiori said, looking across the table at Fiona but not quite hitting her mark. Her milky eyes landed somewhere between Fiona and me. “Exactly,” Jaxon agreed, turning a pointed look my way. His expression regained only enough life to look satisfied that Shiori had helped prove his point. “People everywhere—looking for Tess.” Well, I…

Fresh Fiction Favorite Paranormal/Sci-Fi Novels of 2018!
Author Guest / December 20, 2018

Every day from now through the end of the year, we’ll be sharing our reviewers’ favorite reads of 2018. A different genre will be featured every day! We’ll share why these books were some of our favorites and what made them so special. We hope you’ll share yours in the comments, too! Today, we’re featuring our favorite Paranormal and Science Fiction Novels (of all types, including romance) of the year! SHADES OF WICKED by Jeaniene Frost Night Rebel #1 Reviewer: Miranda A fan-favorite character and a long-awaited story that lives up to expectations and then some! Romance Paranormal [Avon, On Sale: October 30, 2018, Mass Market Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780062695611 / eISBN: 9780062695598] Everything Jeaniene Frost fans hoped for and much more! Buy SHADES OF WICKED: Amazon.com | Kindle | BN.com | Apple Books | Kobo | Google Play | Powell’s Books | Books-A-Million | Indiebound | Ripped Bodice | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Amazon DE | Amazon FR *** DARK SENTINEL by Christine Feehan Carpathian #32 Reviewer: Annetta She is one of my must-buy author no matter which of her many genres. I love them all Romance Paranormal [Berkley, On Sale: September 4, 2018, Hardcover /…