Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Lea Kirk shares MADE FOR HER

Thank you, Liza, for having me on your blog today. I am bouncing in my chair about the release of my first ever paranormal romance, Made for Her!

Writing a PNR is a bit of a shift from my normal SFR. I first got the idea for this story from a particularly vivid dream. I woke up from it with my heart racing because things didn’t look good for the couple who’d eventually become my protagonists. I ran to my computer and typed up everything I could remember then saved it in a file. Admittedly, I wasn’t quite sure what to do with a PNR at that time. Then, Susan Smith invited me write for her Magic, New Mexico Kindle World.

Write a story set in a town full of paranormal beings? (And a few aliens.) Sure! I could that.

But, my post-apocalyptic SFR Prophecy series world just didn’t fit the Magic landscape. So, I pulled up my file marked “Vampire Dream” and got to work. When people would ask me what was next up, I’d tell them I was writing a story about a snake shifter, a vampire, and a barista. Sounds like the beginning of a joke, right? I get that a lot.

Now, some people shudder at the “snake-shifter” idea, but the story is mostly about the hero and heroine, and it is a romance. It has to have a happily ever after, right? I think you’ll like how things turn out in the end, trust me on this.

In the meantime, if you all could help me out with a punch line here, please: A vampire, a snake shifter, and a barista walk into a bar….

By Lea Kirk

Vampires and faeries and snake-shifters. Oh, my!

Donnie McAllister’s dream job turns into a nightmare when she discovers her boss isn’t as human as he seems. Racing against time to return a legendary dagger to the land of the Fae, she must rely on a dangerously sexy vampire to navigate a world she never knew existed. Because if she doesn’t deliver, it’ll cost Donnie her life and leave the ancient weapon of untold power in the hands of her corrupt, venomous boss.

Four hundred years ago one man destroyed everyone vampire Mikhail Cherneski held dear. Now his nemesis is after Donnie, the human woman whose blood calls to Mikhail like no other. For she means more to him than a simple snack to satisfy his despicable eternal thirst. When Mikhail comes face-to-face with his enemy, he must risk his immortal life or watch Donnie suffer the same fate as his family.

Another enchanting story from Magic, New Mexico




Donnie reached for the other stack of cups, pulled one off the top, and managed to hold onto it this time without causing a minor avalanche.

“M-i-k-h-a-i-l.” GQ spelled out his name, his deep voice blending the harsh-spoken consonants with the softer vowels.

All she could do was nod, wide-eyed like an enthralled child at Disneyland for the first time. By some miracle, the permanent marker was in her hand, but Mikhail still held her gaze. Good thing he was the only customer in the shop because there was no way Rhonda would be able to read the letters she was scratching across the cup’s surface.

What was the next step down from pathetic?

She gave her head a shake and managed to paste a half-smile on her face for Mikhail. At least, she hoped it was a smile. With the way things were going she was probably drooling out of one side of her mouth. “Would you like anything else to go with that?”

Mikhail’s tongue wet his lips. If he kept this up, she’d fall to her knees right here in front of everyone and beg him to take her upstairs. “Not right now, thank you, Donnie.”

No man had ever made her nick name sound so sexy. It was the accent, no doubt about it. She caught her bottom lip between her teeth. Numb, that’s what she was. Numb all over. Her legs, hands, lips…entire face.

He pressed a fifty in her hand. “Keep the change.”

She moved her mouth, but no sound came out. A tip this big would more than cover the cups lost, and then some. He winked and stepped down toward the end of the counter. She gripped the sides of the register and inhaled a deep breath.

What had just happened? 

Made For Her


Lea Kirk loves to transport her readers to other worlds with her science fiction and paranormal romances. She is the author of the sci-fi romance Prophecy series.

Her fascination with science fiction began at six years old when her dad introduced her to the original Star Trek TV series. She fell in love with the show, and may have run through her parents’ house wearing the tunic top of her red-knit pantsuit and white go-go boots pretending to be Lieutenant Uhura. By nine years old she knew she wanted to be a writer, and in her teens she read her first romance and was hooked.

She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her wonderful hubby of twenty-seven years and their five kids (aka, the nerd herd).

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Embrace the Romance: Pet's In Space featuring Star Cruise: Song Bird by Veronica Scott

Note by Liza O'Connor
I've had the honor to read all the stories in this boxset. Veronica Scott's was one of my favorites. A solid 5 star!

And here's Veronica Scott!
Thanks for having me as your guest today to talk about Embrace the Romance: Pets In Space 2! I wrote my first rock star romance novella for this anthology, although of course being me I had to put a science fiction twist on it. Here’s the story summary for “Star Cruise: Songbird” and then I’ll talk a bit more about Valkyr, the pet my hero owns. Although Valkyr is more of a partner than a pet!

Blurb for Star Cruise: Songbird:
Grant Barton, a Security Officer on the Nebula Zephyr, is less than thrilled with his current assignment to guard an Interstellar singing sensation while she’s on board the ship. It doesn’t help that he and his military war bird Valkyr are dealing with their recent separation from the Sectors Special Forces and uncertainty over their future, with their own planet in ruins.

Karissa Dawnstar is on top of the charts and seemingly has it all – talent, fame, fortune and devoted fans, but behind her brave smile and upbeat lyrics she hides an aching heart. When a publicity stunt goes wrong, Karissa finds herself in the arms of the security officer assigned to protect her – and discovers a mutual attraction she can’t ignore.

Trouble continues to plague the pair, driving a wedge between them and leaving Grant certain that Karissa is in more danger than she realizes, from overzealous fans and her own management. Grant is determined to protect Karissa whether she wants his help or not. Can he discover the truth behind what’s going on before he loses Karissa or is there someone else plotting to keep them apart – permanently?

I’ve always been fascinated by the practice of falconry, and the bond between humans and magnificent raptors, so when we decided to continue our Pets in Space theme with volume 2 this year, I immediately gravitated to the idea of a man and an eagle. (I wrote a cat and an alien tribble/red panda/sort of pet for last year’s collection.). 

In this excerpt my hero explains some of the background that led to his acquiring Valkyr.

The excerpt:

“Qaazamir eagles bond at birth with their handler. That’s how we have our mental link. Actually, Valkyr bonded with my great grandfather.”

Mouth open in shock, she asked, “How old is he?”

“Two hundred or so. It was common for the birds to be passed down in the same family line. As long as the DNA of the descendants contained certain dominant markers, the bird treated each the same as his original partner. He only bonds to one human at a time, so the new handler must be present at the death of the previous owner, or very close. Of course sometimes birds were stolen by upstarts the elders hadn’t selected. Clan wars were fought over good nesting areas. An egg was the most desired dowry.” Grant smiled. “There was an entire indigenous culture on Qaazamir, rich traditions.”

“What happened?”

“The Sectors happened. Qaazamir was colonized early on, before many of the laws and protections were developed. If the planet was discovered for the first time now, there’d be no colonization because the planet had inhabitants and the birds would still exist. My people would still exist.” He stared at the horizon. These were matters of which he normally never spoke. “But the colonists pushed the rightful owners of the planet aside, mined the rich ores, polluted the water and the ground…it’s a toxic hellhole now. In fact, what happened on Qaazamir was the primary reason the Sectors established safeguards. But by then it was too late for us. We had a dying planet. My ancestors refused to accept reality for a long time. They thought having won their case at the Sectors Supreme Court meant everything would be fine. But the corporate colonists left and the poisons remained.”

“You—you were the upstart who took the bird? Took Valkyr?”

He nodded. “I could see the way the extinction trend was going. Valkyr had passed to my great aunt and then my father. I was already in the Special Forces when he was dying of amphbagan fever, a wasting disease caused by the poisons leaching from the ground, but I got compassionate leave and made it home in time. I took Valkyr with my father’s blessing, if not that of the elders. I tried to find a female so he could mate, but by then there were no more females. The last few clutches of eggs were deformed and never hatched.  I was banished in absentia for stealing Valkyr from my cousin.”

He turned his gaze on Karissa, who was leaning forward, chin resting on her hand, apparently mesmerized by his story. “My father and I felt that as long as one Qaazamir eagle flew free somewhere in the galaxy, our people, our traditions would not have perished. There are no birds and hardly any people left on Qaazamir. It’s a wasteland. The military was happy to accept Valkyr and me into the Z Command, to carry out unique missions behind enemy lines.”

Blurb for Embrace the Romance: Pets In Space 2:

The pets are back! Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, featuring twelve of today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors brings you a dozen original stories written just for you! Join in the fun, from the Dragon Lords of Valdier to a trip aboard award-winning author, Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr to journeying back to Luda where Grim is King, for stories that will take you out of this world! Join New York Times, USA TODAY, and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, M.K. Eidem, Susan Grant, Michelle Howard, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Sabine Priestley, Jessica E. Subject, Carol Van Natta, and Alexis Glynn Latner as they share stories and help out, a charity that supports our veterans!

10% of the first months profits go to Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

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Author Bio:
Best Selling Science Fiction, Fantasy & Paranormal Romance author, as well as the “SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happy Ever After blog, Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing her own stories.
Seven time winner of the SFR Galaxy Award, as well as a National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, Veronica is also the proud recipient of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal relating to her former day job, not her romances! She recently was honored to read the part of Star Trek Crew Member in the audiobook production of Harlan Ellison’s “The City On the Edge of Forever.”