I sat down (virtually) with TL Reeve for a short interview. Today is the release day for TL Reeve’s Sex, Cyborgs, and Champagne! Yes, CYBORGS and this is a menage. I don’t really have to say more than that. (grins)
Cynthia Sax: The entire premise of Sex, Cyborgs, and Champagne is awesome but what did you find especially thrilling?
TL Reeve: I think what drew me to the story was that, it was different. Sometimes, every story has the same plot. Boy meets girl (or boy) they fall in love throw in some strife and then happy ending. But, with Sex, Cyborgs, and Champagne, I could tell it from a different angle. I knew the ending before I wrote the book. Saw it and Lincoln clear as day. So, I knew filling it in would be the fun part. (FYI: Plot twist, but you have to figure it out.)
Cynthia Sax: I do love plot twists! What is your favorite line from Sex, Cyborgs, and Champagne?
TL Reeve: “As you wish, temptress.” It’s my favorite line, because throughout the story, Conner would do anything for Flora, and I think this represents their relationship quite well.
Cynthia Sax: Awww… that’s sweet. Where did you get the idea for Sex, Cyborgs, and Champagne?
TL Reeve: It’s a submission call for my publisher, and when I stared at the prompt for a minute, Lincoln (my cyborg) jumped into my mind first. I saw him at a bar, drinking, and people watching. He whispered (to me of course) I want to feel human for a night, can you help me? So, I built the story around him, but not just around him. Then when I gave him two humans. It kind of took off from there. However the ending really complements the book. (And you’ll never see it coming.)
Cynthia Sax: (grins) You’re such a tease. How does Sex, Cyborgs, and Champagne start?
TL Reeve: The story opens as a married couple Conner and Flora Mann, are ready to start their swinger cruise near the tropical islands of the planet Vega. It’s their anniversary and they’re doing the one thing Flora has always wanted to do. Be shared. As they’re standing on the small transport ship waiting to dock, you get a glimpse of how prim and proper Flora really is.
Cynthia Sax: This sounds so intriguing. Thank you for joining us today, TL Reeve!
We can help with that.
Conner Mann is on a mission. For his tenth anniversary, he wants to give his wife, Flora, a present she’ll never forget. When he sees an ad for Vega Space Vacations, he knows exactly what to do.
Flora Mann, grew up in a strict home with conservative parents. Expressing her sexual desires never came easy to her due to her prim upbringing, and because of it, she’d never been able to tell her husband what she wants most—a threesome.
Vincent Carver is the man with the plan.
Unit L-2817 or Lincoln to his friends, is ready to experience life through human eyes. As a reformed government mercenary, he’s free to finally experience everything others take for granted—including creating emotional connections. He isn’t sure what love is, but the instant attraction he feels between Conner and Flora, can’t be denied.
Their emotions run high as they contemplate their next moves. Can a cyborg assimilate to their hectic routine? Conner, Flora and Lincoln, are willing to find out. But, what if all they are left with are distant memories?
I sat down (virtually) with Veronica Scott for a short interview. Veronica Scott’s latest release, Danger in the Stars, is part of her delicious Sectors SF Romance Series!
Cynthia Sax: Where did you get the idea for Danger in the Stars?
Veronica Scott: When I was writing Star Cruise: Stowaway for the ‘Pets In Space’ anthology last year, I had the premise of an empathic alien priestess stolen from her own world and held captive by an interstellar crime syndicate to do their bidding. In that novella, the story was about the woman’s escape with the help of my ship’s crew and two pets. When I finished writing that one, I realized I had a lot more story to tell on the general theme, and so I started thinking about a sister, also held as a prisoner, but not lucky enough to escape. How would it be for her, to be in the midst of the criminal operations, trying to stay true to her own values, but forced to commit crimes? Who would help her? And then of course Conor, the hero, came into my head and said, “I will.” He’s a man of many secrets, by the way, but no spoilers from me!
Cynthia Sax: You had me at secrets. (grins) How does Danger in the Stars start?
Veronica Scott: Miriell and her mob controller have just arrived on a new planet, sent to help the mob boss there with a specific target. Miriell is ill from the cryo sleep and her handler is impatient, anxious to make a good impression on the people who hired them, so he’s rough with her. Conor is there, to oversee things for his own boss and right away Miriell is attracted to him, feels safe around him, even though she knows that’s crazy – why would a high ranking mob enforcer help her? But when she looks at him with her empathic power she sees an intriguing hint of the pure blue that signifies a warrior, hidden deep in his soul, but marking him as one to be trusted. So right from the beginning I’ve set up the conflict where she knows she can’t trust anyone in this place, yet instinctively she wants to lean on Conor. Will he help her? Can he help her? Or is he a dangerous weakness in her self-protective stance? And the story takes off from there.
Cynthia Sax: Mmm… I love warrior heroes! Tell us a little bit about the series Danger in the Stars belongs to and the order we should read the stories.
Veronica Scott: This story fits into my Sectors series, which is set in the far future, out in the galaxy. Most of the books in the Sectors SF Romance series are standalone adventures with romance and an HEA, although occasionally I write a direct sequel. I’m already thinking about a third empathic priestess, and her story, so I may write one more in this general set of plots. Never say never! I have a page on my blog where I give suggestions on what order to read the Sectors books, to the extent that it’s helpful to read any of them before reading others.
Cynthia Sax: That’s awesome. What do you love about writing in your SciFi Romance?
Veronica Scott: In science fiction literally anything can happen (and often does). So the author isn’t constrained by anything but their own imagination. And I love the idea of a hero and equally strong heroine up against the worst the galaxy can throw at them, and fighting through to that Happy Ever After ending.
Cynthia Sax: I love that too. Thank you for joining us today, Veronica Scott!
Miriell, a powerful empathic priestess, has been kidnapped from her own primitive planet along with a number of her people, and sold to the evil Amarotu Combine, largest organized crime syndicate in the Sectors. When she and her handler are sent to use her power to commit an assassination, she must leave behind her own sister as hostage to ensure her compliance. Miriell cannot ask for aid without endangering herself and others.
Despite his best efforts, Combine enforcer Conor Stewart is entranced by Miriell, and helps her evade the worst of brutal treatment from the rest of the mob. But Conor must keep his distance, before the lovely empath learns that he has secrets of his own–secrets that could get them both killed.
The situation becomes dire when Conor and Miriell come to the attention of both the Combine overlords and the deadly Mawreg, aliens who threaten the Sectors. Can she save herself and the Mawreg’s next victims? And will Conor help her, or remain loyal to his evil bosses?
Hers To Command is sharing its release day with Ditter Kellen’s Braum and Michele Mills’ Joyzal’s Prize so we thought it would be fun to create a graphic with our yummy covers!
Braum from Ditter Kellen
Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N5QPPNN/
Joyzal’s Prize from Michele Mills
Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06WP4BD5N
Hers To Command from Cynthia Sax
I sat down (virtually) with Zara Zenia for a short interview. Her latest release is Benzen: Warriors of Orba, a SciFi Romance!
Cynthia Sax: How does Benzen: Warriors of Orba start?
Zara Zenia: The Orbas are on their spaceship, fleeing their planet from the takeover by Palzu, another one of the Orbas. They end up crash landing on Earth and everything is new to them. I wanted to start it this way, so we get to see each of the Orbas who fled, and show what they know or don’t know about Earth, and to possibly have them come back in a future book!
Cynthia Sax: Where is Benzen: Warriors of Orba set?
Zara Zenia: It is set in Virginia, in the US, on Earth. It is in a smaller city, and the Orbas don’t know anything about customs or even foods on Earth. It is literally all foreign to them. It is exciting as you can see what another life form sees, thinks, feels, and knows compared to humans. It adds a sexy factor to the story, as it is as if Allison, the human on Earth, gets to do things with Benzen that he has never experienced before.
Cynthia Sax: Is Benzen: Warriors of Orba part of a series and will you be writing more stories in this series?
Zara Zenia: Yes this is a series, and I will certainly be writing more, possibly with the other Orbas as the lead characters!
Cynthia Sax: What advice would you give new writers?
Zara Zenia: To just start writing, get words on the page, and then publish! Just sitting and thinking about writing won’t help!
Cynthia Sax: Thank you, Zara Zenia, for joining us today!
After escaping their home, six aliens hope to find freedom on a different planet. They end up crashing onto a strange land, a strange culture, and even stranger inhabitants.
They expected to learn some new things. However, one didn’t expect to find love.
Benzen, Voland, Draygus, Victorinth, Jarick, and Ethazol are on the run from their people, now that their once peace-loving planet has been taken over by a hostile dictator, Palzu. They end up on Earth in order to start over and meet a young woman named Allison who takes them under her wing.
When Palzu’s soldiers come after them, the group splits up and Benzen stays behind to protect Allison and begins to develop feelings for her. What will happen when he’s forced to show her what he truly is? Will she accept him or fear him?
This is a sci-fi romance novel, with NO cheating, NO cliffhangers, and guaranteed HEA!
I sat down (virtually) with Tina Donahue, one of my good buddies, for a short interview. Today is the release day for Passionate Pursuit, Tina’s sexy new historical!
Cynthia Sax: What makes Tomás so freakin’ sexy?
Tina Donahue: Although Tomás is a warrior knight, having fought in countless conflicts for the Spanish crown, he’s also a fair and compassionate man. With Beatriz, the woman he adores, he’s protective and gentle. Add to that his generally easy-going nature and wit, and he’s everything any woman would want. Courageous and daring on his alpha side, but also cherishing on a deeper level. Like most women, I love a strong hero. However, that doesn’t mean a man who snarls, dictates, or is generally abusive toward the heroine. That isn’t strength. A real man is comfortable in his own skin and can afford to be kind, generous, and cooperative. That’s also an adult. Nothing is sexier than a man who isn’t afraid to be emotionally intimate.
Cynthia Sax: You had me at warrior. How does Passionate Pursuit start?
Tina Donahue: Tomás has just finished his service to the Crown and has survived a near-fatal illness. You’d think the poor guy has earned some down time. Not a chance. Time now for him to wed. At least that’s what the Spanish mamás and their eager-to-marry daughters think. They descend upon his castle en masse. Fighting Moors has never been this challenging. Tomás longs to flee. More importantly, he yearns for Beatriz, the one woman he does want. However, as the story opens, Beatriz is a mere servant at his castle. Tomás has no idea the secret she’s hiding or that her past is an enormous obstacle to their future happiness.
Cynthia Sax: Ohhh… secrets. I love secrets. Where is Passionate Pursuit set?
Tina Donahue: Passionate Pursuit is set in medieval Spain. 1489 to be exact. The war with the Moors is ongoing with the Crown eager to reconquer lands. The Inquisition rages. Within this turmoil, is the countryside. A veritable paradise of lush forest, endless wheat fields, and Moorish castles that warrior knights have reclaimed for Spain. The monarchs have gifted Tomás with an opulent estate for his military service. Within this Eden, Tomás devises numerous delights for Beatriz to woo her and make her his.
Cynthia Sax: What advice would you give new writers?
Tina Donahue:Write daily, read as much as you can, and know there isn’t anything close to overnight success. Yes, I know there are stories about authors who one day decided to write a book, did so, and now they’re zillionaires. If you dig deeper into their backgrounds, you’ll see they wrote and read as much as they could prior to writing that bestseller and they also were savvy marketers. Some also have contacts in the publishing industry. No successful writer happens by accident. That’s a myth. It takes endless hard work and constantly perfecting your craft to succeed. If you want to be a writer because it sounds cool or you’re eager to make a lot of money, this isn’t the career for you. Authors who last in this profession are those who write because they have to, not because they want to. Writing to them is as necessary as breathing, eating, living. It’s part of their soul. They’d be lost without it. If you don’t have that fire and drive, then you need to find another occupation.
Cynthia Sax: So true. I write for myself. I have stories published for readers. Thank you for the great advice, Tina, and also for joining us today!
Is their passion strong enough to break her chains?
Andalucía Spain, 1489: Innocent Beatriz is desperate to escape the threat of a miserable marriage to a cruel Marquis. Forced into the betrothal by her ruthless merchant papá, her only hope is to conceal her identity and become a servant in a nearby castle—a life drastically different from her comfortable upbringing.
Tomás doesn’t know what to make of his well-spoken new servant girl. Her beauty and charm captivates the military hero; her mysterious nature intrigues him. And the desire she ignites burns brighter with each glance, as does his longing to claim her for his own.
Beatriz can’t resist Tomás’ passion nor deny the heat of her own. But neither the lush countryside nor the walls of the opulent Moorish castle can entirely protect her—and if he were to discover her secret, she could be torn away from him forever. Yet how can she sustain his love if she’s living a lie?
I sat down (virtually) with Pippa Jay for a short interview. Pippa Jay has released Quickshot, a cyborg romance (woot for cyborgs!) so you know I wanted to know all about it!
Cynthia Sax: What makes Sal and Devin so freakin’ sexy?
Pippa Jay: For me, it’s my heroine’s total confidence in herself and ability to demand what she wants from life. Meanwhile my hero has every excuse to turn and run or not keep his word, but even in the worst situation he has a strong sense of honour for paying his debts and returning a favour. He’s also cybernetically enhanced, although that doesn’t get fully explored in this story. Hey, I have to give you a reason to come back for the next one, right?
Cynthia Sax: Yes, write another cyborg story! I’m on board for that. What excites you about Quickshot?
Pippa Jay: I adore my heroine. Despite being screwed up, she’s a really strong character who’s not afraid to ask, or even demand what she wants.
Cynthia Sax: Where did you get the idea for Quickshot?
Pippa Jay: It was inspired by Guardians of the Galaxy and particularly Peter Quill (I love to watch that man dance) and Gamora. My heroine started out as a female version of Starlord with a hint of Gamora, then morphed toward Zoe from Firefly (although I’m not claiming her to be a mirror image by any means). Then it pretty much took on a life of its own as my characters decided to get their way.
Cynthia Sax: You had me at Guardians of the Galaxy and Firefly and… (grins) What causes problems between Sal and Devin?
Pippa Jay: Both have a huge amount of baggage: Sal is essentially suffering from PTSD after being betrayed, tortured, and almost worked to death on a penal planet. She has serious trust issues, especially when it comes to men, and an extremely twitchy trigger finger. Devin has secrets that have the entire galaxy in search of him, as well as some serious health issues. The cybernetic implants he relies on to keep him alive and protect him are also something that make him a social outcast, while those and his genetic alterations make him a highly desirable asset to the Imperium – the military. They have pretty much everything against them, including each other.
Cynthia Sax: Mmmm… I love outcast heroes and he’s a cyborg too. That’s a whole lot of hunky. Thank you for joining us today, Pippa!
Sal, a legal carrier (just about) of whatever comes her way, puts her trust in just two things: her guns.
Keeping out from under Imperium eyes—especially those belonging to a certain Ehi Wahu—while making a living, and trying to keep a lover who can tolerate her twitchy trigger fingers, are the extent of her ambitions.
Then a kiss from a passing stranger, and a promise of the biggest score in a long time, tempt her. Devin fulfils more than one need, but he comes with more trouble than one woman can handle. And this time it’ll take more than her guns to save her. She’ll have to trust a man again.
WARNING: for over 18s only. Adult content including sex, bad language, & implied extreme violence.
I sat down (virtually) with Cara Bristol for a short interview. Her latest release is Captured by the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 3), with a scorching hot cyborg hero!
Cynthia Sax: What makes Dale so freakin’ sexy?
Cara Bristol: Dale Homme is a cyborg. Need I say more? Lol. Besides having all the attributes of a cyborg (a rockin’ bod with brains to match), he is a hero in truest sense of the word. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to keep the heroine safe—even if she hates him for it.
Cynthia Sax: What is your favorite line from Captured by the Cyborg?
Cara Bristol: “Dale knew the rules, but he hadn’t gotten where he was by following them.” This is a theme that runs through all the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romances. I want a hero who takes responsibility, takes a stand, and takes the hit. My cyborgs break the rules to do the right thing.
Cynthia Sax: How does Captured by the Cyborg start?
Cara Bristol: Dale Homme, the cyborg hero, is interviewing job candidates. A beautiful, but mysterious young woman applies for the position. He realizes within minutes of meeting her that everything about her is a lie. Not even her name is real. But he senses she’s in trouble. When the story opens, Dale is wishing for more excitement, that he’d never left the secret cyborg force, Cyber Operations. (Lol, be careful what you wish for…)
Everything in Captured by the Cyborg is linked and means something…the spacecraft he needs to fix (nicknamed Baby because it’s cranky), the heroine’s hair (quite distinctive with some unique qualities), the names of characters and places. That Baby can’t fly is symbolic.
Cynthia Sax: Where does Captured by the Cyborg take place?
Cara Bristol: Captured by the Cyborg is set underground the moon Deceptio, and it’s my favorite setting of the three Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romances written so far. Nobody leaves or enters Deceptio without Dale’s permission. Including the heroine.
Cynthia Sax: Is Captured by the Cyborg part of a series and will you be writing more stories in this series
Cara Bristol: Captured with the Cyborg is book 3 of the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series. I do plan others. Carter Aymes, Cy-Ops director, who has a secondary role in all three books will likely be the hero of Book 4, and I expect a book 5 & 6 too. All the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romances are written to be read as standalones; however, you’ll see characters appear and reappear in the different books. For instance, Dale, the hero of Captured with the Cyborg was introduced as a secondary character in Mated with the Cyborg (book 2).
Cynthia Sax: Thank you, Cara Bristol, for joining us today!
Sometimes the biggest risk is to one’s heart….
An ex-Cyber Operations field agent, Dale Homme has kissed danger and betrayal more times than he cares to count. Now he runs a clandestine factory beneath the surface of the moon Deceptio, where confidentiality and security matter more than anything. When a beautiful young woman arrives seeking a job, Dale knows within minutes she’s lying. Everything about her is false: her past, the people she claims to know, her reason for being on Deceptio. Illumina Smith? Even her name is an alias.
Logic says send her packing. His gut says she’s in trouble. She needs him. So he’ll do anything to keep her safe….even if it means keeping her captive.
Captured by the Cyborg is third in the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series but is written to be read as a stand-alone novella.
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By Cynthia Sax
Now Available From Ellora’s Cave
I sat down (virtually) with Milly Taiden for a short interview. Milly Taiden is a wonderful friend and a great writer. She writes VERY sexy wolf shifters. Milly Taiden’s latest release is Wolf Protector. (Did I mention about the sexy wolf shifters?)
Cynthia Sax: What makes your heroes so dang sexy?
Milly Taiden: I like to read what I feel are real heroes and heroines. Women and men who are flawed but still have a sense of humor, have insecurities but are strong. I love men who aren’t 100% physically perfect. A scar, a painful past. Something that makes me want to reach out and hug him. I also like women who are strong and won’t take BS. From men, women or bad guys. Doesn’t matter if they are in danger and can’t win, they’ll still try.
Cynthia Sax: What do you find especially exciting about Wolf Protector?
Milly Taiden: From this book I love to see Erica and Trent go from fighting attraction to finally giving in. I love seeing him show her that not everyone will desert her and that she can trust him. I love seeing her realize she can open her heart to him and he won’t abandon her.
Cynthia Sax: What is your favorite line from Wolf Protector?
Milly Taiden: She folded her arms over her chest. “You love all women, Trent.”
“No, I don’t. I’m nice to all women. I’ve never told anyone I love them other than my mother.”
Cynthia Sax: Where did you get the idea for Wolf Protector?
Milly Taiden: Have no clue it just popped into my head. LOL.
Cynthia Sax: Where does Wolf Protector start?
Milly Taiden: It starts with them arguing over Trent’s flirting. I think it was a good spot to start because you see immediately how Erica is fighting her attraction and how Trent loves to tease her. But then they jump into the case and they’re all business.
Cynthia Sax: Does anyone in Wolf Protector have a secret?
Milly Taiden: Yes, can’t tell you LOL. It’s part of the story.
Thank you, Milly Taiden, for joining us today!
A woman with a secret…
The Federal Paranormal Unit is an elite squad of supernaturals dedicated to solving missing persons cases. Erica’s gift allows her a special connection with the crime, but it comes at a deep personal cost… Until now, she’s kept her gift a secret, even from the other members of the team. But this case will throw her together with Agent Trent Buchanan. He’s the object of her secret desires, but he’s also a cocky womanizer. She’d rather swim in shark-infested waters with a paper cut than admit she has feelings for him.
A man with one desire…
Wolf Shifter Trent wants Erica more than he’s ever wanted any woman. He’s spent years patiently waiting for her to admit that she wants him too. Working one-on-one in a race to find a serial killer, Trent’s patience and Erica’s resolve wear thin. When Trent discovers the truth about Erica, will he accept her for who she is? And can he protect her from the horrors that her gift brings?
A case that pushes them to the edge…
Erica will have to risk it all if she wants to stop the killer, and when she does, Trent may have to put his own life on the line to make sure his mate is protected…
Ravished by Moonbeam has won a Sensual Reads 2012 Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Science Fiction!
By Cynthia Sax
Now Available From Ellora’s Cave
Krol knows a frail human female won’t satisfy his primal sexual urges, but he’s willing to make that sacrifice to ensure the continuation of his species. Then Danielle attempts to terminate him, and he realizes Earth women aren’t as dainty as they appear. Her lust may be a match for his basest needs, after all.