Science Fiction Romance Brigade Midsummer Blog Hop


The Hop and Giveaway are now OVER. Because I had so many people commenting on my blog, I randomly selected two winners instead of one and they have each been sent a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card. The winners were Meri and “Shannon Hollow Kitty Flynn”. Thanks to everyone for stopping by! Happy summer!

Welcome to the third annual SFR Brigade Midsummer Bog Hop!

To be entered for the prize available just on my blog, which is a $25.00 Amazon gift certificate, please leave a comment about science fiction romance. The winner for my blog will be randomly selected…

To enter the Blog Hop rafflecopter itself and be eligible for the Grand Prizes listed below,  you’ll have to go to the main page – click HERE.  (NOTE: No cash or other prize alternatives will be offered for the Grand Prizes.) You can also find the links to the other 40+ participants on the main page.

Starry Nights Blog Hop Grand Prizes:

1st  $100 Amazon or B&N gift card plus 41 ebooks

2nd $50 Amazon or B&N gift card plus 28 ebooks

3rd  3 separate winners each receive $25 Amazon or B&N gift card plus 11 ebooks

In my award winning SFR novel ESCAPE FROM ZULAIRE, the two main characters have an intimate conversation under the starry skies, which is the blog’s theme. Here’s the story for the novel:

Andi Markriss hasn’t exactly enjoyed being the houseguest of the planetary high-lord, but her company sent her to represent themEscape-from-Zulaire2HighRes at a political wedding. When hotshot Sectors Special Forces Captain Tom Deverane barges in on the night of the biggest social event of the summer, Andi isn’t about to offend her high-ranking host on Deverane’s say-so—no matter how sexy he is, or how much he believes they need to leave now.

Deverane was thinking about how to spend his retirement bonus when HQ assigned him one last mission: rescue a civilian woman stranded on a planet on the verge of civil war. Someone has pulled some serious strings to get her plucked out of the hot zone. Deverane’s never met anyone so hard-headed—or so appealing. Suddenly his mission to protect this one woman has become more than just mere orders.

That mission proves more dangerous than he expected when rebel fighters attack the village and raze it to the ground. Deverane escapes with Andi, and on their hazardous journey through the wilderness, Andi finds herself fighting her uncomfortable attraction to the gallant and courageous captain. But Deverane’s not the type to settle down, and running for one’s life doesn’t leave much time to explore a romance.

Then Andi is captured by the rebel fighters, but Deverane has discovered that Zulaire’s so-called civil war is part of a terrifying alien race’s attempt to subjugate the entire Sector. If he pushes on to the capitol Andi will die. Deverane must decide whether to save the woman he loves, or sacrifice her to save Zulaire.

Excerpt: Andi and the small group of Sectors Special Forces soldiers are on the run from rebel forces and have camped for the night:

Deverane looked up as she walked over, patting the rock beside him in invitation. “Can’t sleep?”

Shuddering as she sat, Andi rewrapped her shawl more tightly. “You’re surprised I’m having bad dreams?  After everything we saw today? What time is it?”

Reaching over, he tucked the fabric more securely around her shoulder. “Still middle of the night, I’m afraid. A long time to go until sunrise chases away the nightmares.”

“That’s what I was afraid of. I’m drowsy but scared to risk closing my eyes for more than a second. There are a lot of vivid images forming a queue in my subconscious tonight. These kinds of things don’t affect soldiers, I suppose.” Leaning back, she tilted her head to look at him, eyebrows slightly raised in query.

He continued to gaze across the rippling water and said nothing for a long minute. When he did speak, his voice was low and measured. “I went into the military because the abuse and slaughter of innocent civilians do bother me. At least in the service, I can do something to prevent atrocities.”

Biting her lip, she looked away across the lake. “I’m sorry. Was I being rude? Maybe I’d better go back to bed and leave you alone.”

“No, please stay.” He grabbed at the shawl, which promptly came off her shoulder again. Their hands met as he tried to reposition the wrap and she tried to keep it from falling off.  “I apologize if I sounded abrupt.”

She stared at him for a minute then smiled as she settled back down. “It’s all right. The last few days have been…rough. For both of us.”

Deverane set his pulse rifle on the rocky surface and picked up the metal cup that had been sitting on the other side. “I’d offer you a cup of coffee, but since wakefulness is your problem—”

Andi smiled ruefully. “I’d love some, but you’re right. That won’t help my insomnia.”

He drank before setting the cup down, steadying it with one hand as it rocked on the uneven surface. “I have nightmares sometimes, but from my own private collection. Have you ever heard of Merenia 12?”

”Sounds familiar.”  Racking her brain, Andi chased down the reference. “It was one of the first worlds the Mawreg attacked in Sector Fourteen, wasn’t it? A long time ago?”

“Right. I’m the sole survivor.” He stacked a couple of small stones on top of each other, then toppled the tower with a flick of his finger.

“You must have been very young.”  What could it have been like, going through an ordeal like that as a child?

This National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award Finalist novel is Available on AMAZON for kindle and as POD paperback   Nook  Kobo All Romance eBooks  iTunes   Xin Xii  Google Play

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48 comments on “Science Fiction Romance Brigade Midsummer Blog Hop

  1. This is a great excerpt! I love how the dialogue and action are blended. I never knew Science Fiction Romance was its own genre, but after that excerpt and the trailer, I might have to check it out 🙂

  2. One of my very favorite although underrated sci fi romances is Starman. I still very at the end and wish they could be together

    • Oh my gosh, I totally agree! I cry at the end…do you remember they did try making a TV series that carried on the story of the Starman’s son? It wasn’t too successful though, as I recall…

  3. Hi, Veronica,
    Just once (besides in my upcoming SFR series’ volumes), I’d like to see writers depict first times with a lover as NOT perfect, NOT mutual/simultaneously satisfying, NOT “everything they wished for,” etc.First-time sex is usually awkward, disappointing, mistimed and funny, IRL, right,so why not in the future or time-traveling present or past, especially between 2 beings of different species or with unfamiliar anatomy?
    Anyway, best to you and all the SFRB blog hoppers!

  4. Veronica:
    I loved Escape from Zulaire. It’s been through two readings. Thanks for creating such a wonderful story!

  5. I’m so grateful that SFR is around – SF has been my favorite genre ever since my Dad got me reading Andre Norton & Heinlein juveniles when I was 11 or 12. I love stories with interesting adventures (boldly going etc etc) & prefer at least some optimism about the future (the present can be lousy but there’d better a bright light ahead that is not a train!) but somewhere around 8-ish years ago, SF stopped being what I thought of as SF (space opera, adventures, speculative futures which might or might not be good) as the genre became more focused on things I didn’t care as much about. Dystopia in small doses can be interesting but most paranormal leaves me cold (& didn’t that used to be considered horror?! why is my beloved SF section completely full of paranormal stuff? she said grumpily). And then I discovered Linnea Sinclair’s early books & was in heaven. And when, through her email list, I discovered that this was considered SFR & more & more authors were writing my kind of adventures (with romance, too!), I was ecstatic.

    So, thank you so much, Veronica, for both your books & your USAToday column. I am eternally grateful to you & all the other Brigade members for giving me almost too many books to choose from!!

    • Oh I love Andre Norton books to this day, still reread some of them on occasion. I’m glad you enjoy the books and the column. I’m so happy USA Today/HEA wanted to do the column because I have a chance to signal boost for SFR and talk about favorite books! I appreciated your comments very much 🙂

  6. I think what really makes me love SFR are all the strong women in the stories. Women are strong in real life but often overlooked. Not in SFR.

  7. Great excerpt. I do love the fact that in futuristic romances, women get to have great jobs. I love that we are part of an interstellar universe and there are no boundaries of the possible worlds we can visit in books. I am looking forward to reading the book.

      • Thank you very much for the kind words! Fiona Jayde does my SFR covers and she’s wonderful to work with….I’m going to have a cover reveal for my next novel soon, can’t wait to share it! I hope you’ll ZULAIRE….

  8. I’ve been reading SFR ever since I found my first “futuristic” romance in the mid 90’s. I devoured both Wreck of the Nebula Dream and Escape from Zulaire a couple of months back. Can’t wait for the next one.

  9. I haven’t read a science fiction romance read in quite a while but thanks for sharing the excerpt 🙂 It sounds very interesting!

  10. I love sci-fi romance. Otherwise I wouldn’t read or write it. LOL It’s the possibilities of other worlds, other races and species working together–like on Star Trek. And of course the element of forever love.

  11. I read all of Nattie Jones Sifi fantasy and Dragon books. They had much romance. You authors have amazing imaginations and are able to put it into words. What a gift. It allows the reader (me) to become so involved and escape the real world.

  12. I just started getting into SciFi romance, a favorite contemporary author told me she wrote SciFi too so I’ve just started delving in. This is a great excerpt!

    Thanks for being part of the blog hop and for the giveaway.

  13. I adore SFR. I’ve been reading SF since I was seven and always felt something was missing. When I discovered SFR I realized it was that emotional connection.

    I’m currently reading Escape From Zulaire. 🙂

  14. I’ve been reading science fiction for about 50 years, and I am so glad that there is now a sub genre of science fiction/romance, because there are so many great authors writing in it. I love Linnea Sinclair’s Dock Five books, for example, and though I haven’t read your books yet, they sound fantastic.

  15. Scifi romances have always been a great genre of mine. It combines all my loves in books. You get the mystery, action and imagination of a great scifi book plus the juicy romance that adds more depth to the story.
    Thanks for the giveaway.


  16. This sounds super interesting. I can’t sleep either if my brain is trying to give me nightmares. I would have taken the coffee 😉

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