This post first appeared in the Roswell Daily Record…
Today, we continue featuring sci-fi romance authors and books with mother figures.
Abby MacMunn puts her heroine in “Violet Souls: The Evoxian Legacies #1” into a really awkward position. Per the author: “My heroine, Bree, is a quirky single mother who finds out she’s an alien from a dying planet. Although that doesn’t freak her out as much as the sexy, violet-eyed alien who tells her she’s also a princess. She’s more concerned with how on Earth — pun intended — she’s going to tell her daughter she’s half-alien.”
Motherhood comes in many forms and USA Today bestselling author Tasha Black says “All three women in my Stargazer Alien Barbarian Brides series become adoptive mothers.” “Tolstoy” is the first book in the series and has one of the most enchanting baby pictures I’ve ever seen on the cover. You can’t help but smile. Of course, it’s a stock photo but still enchanting. And the book was highly enjoyable.
Another book featuring adoption, alien planetary style, is “Queen of Twilight: Dauur Mates Book 1” by Octavia Kore. The author summed it up thusly: “She had been trying to adopt the little girl for years, got abducted with her. She has to learn how to be a parent while dealing with being on an alien world.”
“The Shifting Tide” (Dragonus Chronicles Book 3) by Jay Shaw features a mother whose marriage is under stress and whose children are threatened.
“Starheart” (Ptorix Empire Book 3) by Greta van der Rol, where “…a single mum with a teenage daughter who inadvertently gets her mum into all sorts of trouble.”
More teenage trouble for a mother in “Bryce” (Galactic Defenders book 1) by USA Today bestselling author Jessica E. Subject.
USA Today bestselling author Carol Van Natta gives us: “Single mother Imara Sesay who works hard as a road crew chief and part-time bartender to provide for her son Derrit, a prodigy with burgeoning psychic talents…” in “Minder Rising: Central Galactic Concordance Book 2.”
“Left holding the baby,” says Aurora Springer of the heroine in her “Cosmic Rift” (Grand Masters Galaxy Book 4). The blurb adds a bit more detail: “Violet’s happy family life is shattered when Athanor Griffin vanishes. The formidable grandmaster might have teleported anywhere in the galaxy. Violet strives to find her psychic partner, while looking after their baby and fulfilling his duties on the council.”
The heroine in USA Today bestselling author Cara Bristol’s “Alien Intention” (Alien Mate Book 3) is “a single mom attracted to bad boys.” As the blurb states, in part, “All I want is a man who’ll love me and my young son, so I’m going to an icy planet to become an alien’s mail-order bride. This time will be different!”
Rinelle Grey’s World Apart series deals with some heavy issues of an alien world’s societal pressure and would-be parents who will risk everything to have a baby.
Shona Husk has written a fierce mother in “Ours to Save” (Dirty Sexy Space Book 9) who will do anything to protect her daughter in a futuristic colony situation fraught with multiple dangers.
Ruby Dixon’s Ice Planet Barbarians and IceHome series are packed with mothers and children but the one book which came to my mind for this column is “Angie’s Gladiator.” She’s been kidnapped from Earth and wakes up from cryosleep pregnant but no one, including her, knows what kind of baby she might be carrying after unscrupulous aliens have used her as a surrogate. And unfortunately, she has seen the Alien movies when she lived on Earth, so she’s quite understandably scared. The book has quite a bit of suspense and there’s a romance with the alien gladiator of the title who loves her and wants to protect her. And it is a romance, so there will be a happy ending, but the story takes quite a few twists and turns to get there.
My own book featuring a mother — in labor and giving birth under very trying circumstances — is “Badari Warrior’s Baby” (Sector New Allies Series Book 8).
It should be noted that the subject of major characters who are mothers in classic science-fiction came up and several series, in particular, were recommended. Hugo Award-winning Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga, “Cordelia’s Honor.” Also The Rowan Series by Anne McCaffrey, the Skolian Empire by Catherine Asaro and the Liaden Universe series by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. The primary arcs of these series aren’t romance but within the individual books there are some memorable mothers according to the readers who made the recommendations.
Many other sci-fi romance books featuring mothers were mentioned during the discussion in the SFR Brigade and here’s a list for interested readers to check out:
“Prodigal” (Maelstrom Trilogy Book 3) by Jody Wallace
“Even Villains Fall In Love: Heroes and Villains Book 1” and “Polar Terror” (Fleet of Malik Book 1) by Liana Brooks
“Alien Captured” (Zyrgin Warriors Book 6) by Marie Dry
The Battle Lord Saga books by Linda Mooney
“Deep Deception” by Cathy Pegau
“Tarjen: Star-Crossed Alien Mail Order Brides” (Intergalactic Dating Agency) by Susan Hayes
“Alien Bonds” (Wakanreo Book 1) by Carmen Webster Buxton (includes the birth of twins)
“Grave” (The Sanctuary Series Book 1) by L. H. Whitlock
“Eliza’s Miracle” (The Mate Index Book 4) by S. J. Sanders
“Project Adapt – Found” by Jade Waltz
“Girl Under Glass” by Monica Enderle Pierce
“The Alien Reindeer’s Bounty” by Nancey Cummings and Starr Huntress
“Starlander’s Myth” (Love on the Space Frontier Book 1) by Melisse Aires
“Matched” (Garrison Earth Book 2) by V. K. Ludwig
VS: My thanks again to the authors of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade for all their recommendations and discussion!
PART ONE of this post is located here.