• #CampNaNoWriMo to the rescue

    I started writing. Again.

    Nothing makes a writer happier than three thousand new words on a long overdue project. I got a late start on #CampNaNoWriMo but better late than never. Starting back on a stagnant project is hard. Motivation is hard. Every word feels like a trudge through quicksand, but then… But THEN, somehow when you read back later, like a few weeks and many chapters later, those words get acquainted in the bits and bytes of your iPad or laptop and suddenly seem… much better.

    This is almost universally the case for all of the books I’ve written. I expect nothing less this time.

    So even when it’s hard (and it almost always is), forward progress is the key.

    Why can’t I remember that?

    In a few short days (EIGHT!), I’ll be getting on an Amtrack train and riding to my own personal nerd Mecca. Also known as the Supernatural Convention in Chicago for four days of geeky, Supernatural immersion. You know, of course, that show started this entire writing endeavor. I loved everything about it. The grown up, Scooby Doo vibe, the cute brothers, the overarching story of good vs evil.

    It was the reapers in the series that sparked my interest and led me down this path.

    The road so far has been rocky but good.

    I’ve even written a few pages of a screenplay this month; the last scene of the Supernatural series finale, which will likely never be seen by Eric Kripke, but you can’t blame a girl for trying. I promise it is a FAN-PLEASING conclusion and could be added to the end of their final battle. You know…like ten years from now.

    I’m already plotting ways to slip those pages into Jensen Ackles’ back pocket when I pose with him for a picture next weekend.

    That would likely get me kicked out of the con and onto some sort of restraining order.

    Still might be worth it.

    I’ll give you a full recap after the con.

    Unless you see me on CNN before that.

    via GIPHY

     


  • BREEDER is live! Don’t miss this must-read from Cara Bristol #scifirom #DarkRomance

    She was only meant to be the Alpha Commander’s slave…but she became his everything.

    High Commander Dak, a ruling Alpha of planet Parseon, purchases Omra strictly as a breeder slave. He intends to impregnate her, produce a son, and hand her off to his anointed beta partner, Corren. Any infractions of the rules by her will be harshly punished.

    But as Dak and Omra discover a sexual bliss banned by law, Dak begins to question the traditions and ways of his people, causing him to jeopardize his command and endanger the life of the woman he has come to love.

    Dak has enemies, men who will not hesitate to exploit his fondness for Omra, and use it to portray him as unfit to rule as Alpha. Can he expose the rampant cruelty and corruption in Parseon culture… or will the protocol he’s spent his life defending, be the weapon used to destroy them and their love?

    Don’t miss this suspenseful, dark science fiction romance.

    Get your copy of Breeder today.

    Amazon | BN | Kobo | iBooks

    Read an excerpt from Breeder: http://carabristol.com/breeder-a-dark-sci-fi-romance/

    MY REVIEW

    FIVE STARS for this Sexy and Dark Sci-Fi Romance!

     

    Who knew erotica and sci-fi go together like peanut butter and jelly?

    Breeder was an amazing read. I’ve read every book by Cara Bristol, and they just get better and better.  I was drawn in immediately. Omra’s dire situation at the opening of the book had me enthralled and fearing for her life. I loved the growth of Dak and Omra separately and as a couple and the tension was so tight at one point I almost skipped to the end to make sure they were going to be okay. (Yeah, I do that sometimes.) I can’t take the suspense!

    As I watched the progress bar near 100% on my Kindle, I actually found myself reading slower so I could draw it out. I didn’t want to leave Parseon or Dak and Omra.

    The writing was impeccable and the sex was smokin’ hot. So many neat touches (no pun intended) like the sudon (you’ll have to read to find out) and Omra’s Telenium lock-ring. The world-building details were equally as impressive, and I enjoyed her turn-of-phrase for ordinary things. It was fun translating those details to our Earthly world.

    Overall an excellent read, and I can’t wait for more.

     


  • I’ve been #covfefe for a while now. Time to get back to the grind.

     

    Not gonna lie. I’ve been playing covfefe for a while now. Also known as…erm…not writing. In my defense, I did work on a little between-the-stories short work to give away to my mailing list subscribers. Still working on that one.

    Also still sitting at 25K on Reckon.

    What I have been working on lately is…me. I’ve lost ten pounds since May 2. Plenty more to go, but feeling great! We’ve been eating mostly Paleo recipes and low carbs. If you know me at all, you’ll know that’s insane. I’ve run on carbs and sugar for the past 49 years. The change has been good for me and the husband. The kid is less than thrilled, but she’ll come along. Bryon is down fifteen pounds.

    I’ve eaten more vegetables in the past month than I have in my entire life. Brussel sprouts? I’ve eaten a dozen now. That includes my lifetime count. Cauliflower? I riced it and made a chicken stir fry. And it was … good. I know. Shocked me, too.

    Now I want to make more cauliflower rice or cauliflower pasta or cauliflower pizza crust or just mash it.  Like every meal! Every meal that is when I’m not making spaghetti squash. Oh my! The wonders of spaghetti squash!

    So clearly, you can see the distractions.

    Also, I’ve been getting eight hours of sleep. Like in a row!

    It’s crazy town over here.

    I know it won’t take much to get me back on the writing track, and I promise I will, soon.

    In the meantime, I’ve been reading Stephen King’s Dark Tower Series. It’s awesome! The movie (trailer here)  looks waaaaaay different but amazing.

    What are you up to this summer? What are you reading? Share below 😀

     


  • Say YES to FREE scifi romance & no to signups! Get 8 free #SFR romances with NO hassle. #SFRInvasion

    The Summer Reads Science Fiction Romance Invasion has begun! Now is the time to claim your free books. Eight authors, eight books, no catch. You don’t have to enroll, subscribe or do anything but go to a participating ebook retailer and download the book.

    When it’s that easy, you don’t have to pick and choose which books to download–you can get all eight!

    Here they are:

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    Ilana was more than happy to serve as an Earth tour guide for the stuffy alien crown prince–she just never planned on marrying him!

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    Reconstructed by Tasha Black

    Some heroes aren’t born…they’re built.
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    Space Cowboys & Indians by Lisa Medley

    How can the chance of a lifetime go so horribly wrong?
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    Prophecy by Lea Kirk

    A woman who’s lost everything, a man betrayed by his own,  but together their destiny is greater than ever imagined.

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    Alien Bond by Sabine Priestley

    Fate laughed at Kara’s plans…and sent her psi-mate from the stars.
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    Beyond Reach by Jessica Subject

    Their people are at war with each other. But that doesn’t stop them from falling in love. 

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    Escape from Zulaire by Veronica Scott

    The whole planet is a war zone and everyone is hunting her. Can he rescue her in time?

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    Stranded with the Cyborg by Cara Bristol

    Marooned on an alien planet with her nemesis. Can she trust him to protect her?

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  • Celebrate and Get your FREE #BOOK on #WorldBookDay! #PNR #URBANFANTASY #DARKFANTASY

    Finally! A holiday for book nerds.

    What better way to celebrate #WorldBookDay on April 23 than to get your very own

    FREE BOOK?

    (Hint: you can go ahead and start early…just click on the retailer of your choice below :D)

    Download Reap & Repent, book one of The Reaper Series, and get started today.

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    Reap & Repent blurbThey see death. Can they share a life?

    Ruth Scott can read the energy of every person she meets. Then she meets Deacon Walker. She can see his ice-blue eyes, his black hair, and his gorgeous face. But this beautiful stranger has no aura.

    Deacon is just as unsettled by Ruth—and, having spent more than two hundred years ushering souls to Purgatory, Deacon is seldom shocked by anything. As he helps Ruth to understand her true nature, she awakens desires that he decided long ago a Reaper can’t afford.

    A demon invasion forces Deacon to confront the darkness in his own past even as he fights to save the human souls he’s charged to protect. When he’s taken captive, his first concern is for Ruth. But Ruth just might be able to save herself—and the Reaper she can’t live without—if she can learn to wield her newfound powers.

    Paperback and audiobook available for purchase here: amzn.com/B00TJFIOFK/

    But wait…there’s more!

    You may have noticed my new website popup. Just sign up on the popup and you can

    download Haunt My Heart for FREE as a special gift to my email subscribers 😀


  • Win Shifted in Seattle or more than 55 other paranormal shifter romances! #contest


    Today, I have a fun surprise that I’d like to share with you. I’ve teamed up with more than 55 fantastic paranormal shifter romance authors to give away a huge collection of novels to 2 lucky winners, PLUS a Kindle Fire to the Grand Prize winner!
    You can win my novel SHIFTED IN SEATTLE, plus books from authors like
    CATHERINE VALE & EMMA STORM.
    Enter the giveaway by clicking here:

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    Good luck, and enjoy!

    Lisa Medley


  • Raise a little Hell, kick a little demon tail. The Heckmasters return. #historical #paranormal #romance

    I’m excited to share Allison Merritt’s re-release of The Heckmasters. These books are all the things we love!

    The Heckmasters Return

    Get them exclusively at Amazon–always free for KU subscribers!

    After Samhain’s final announcement of closure, The Heckmasters series disappeared from all retail sites.I’m very pleased to announce that they are back, better than ever, and ready to fight evil again!

    Although they have all new titles and covers, for the most part, they continue to be the same books you knew and loved, although I’m excited to tell you that Hell and Gone (formerly Tell), includes an alternate ending that I originally submitted with the manuscript. They also come at a lower price, so if that was ever a discouragement, I hope you enjoy the new pricing.

    While you’re reliving the heroics (or experiencing it for the first time), I hope you’ll check out my newest release, Lawless. It’s not a direct sequel to The Heckmasters series, but it tackles after-worldly issues and even briefly mentions that there are things that go bump in the night. It’s available on Kindle as well!

    Get them here:
    Hell and A Hard Place
    Hell and Back
    Hell and Gone

     

     

     

     

     

     
    Lawless

    Happy reading,


  • News on Reap & Reckon

    Good news, reaper fans! My owl crocheting funk has come to an end!

    I didn’t want to post and get you all worked up for no good reason. But now? I have some substantial progress to share.

     

    See, I made words! We’re on our way, and it feels great having the band together again. So what can you expect in Reap & Reckon? Let me drop a few names of those who are on stage right now: Samkiel, Sgt. Victoria Moreno, Ruth, Deacon, Kylen, Nate, Maeve, Bo…Rashnu…oops, I better stop now before I give the whole thing away. You can expect more twists, turns, and some surprising matchups because even in the apocalypse, love finds a way. Or maybe that was Jurassic Park. Anyhoo, I’m writing again, and I made a promise to this year’s Visioncon attendees, and YOU, who keep asking for book four. I’ll have it done by this fall. Probably sooner. Most likely sooner.

    If you haven’t already, sign up for my newsletter HERE and watch the top left corner of the web page to see how the story is progressing. I’ll update it regularly.

    My favorite quote so far is this from Rashnu:

    So don’t give up, reaper fans. Stay the course. Hold the line and all that. It’s coming. Faster than you can say apocalypse.

    Finally, I’m starting a new Facebook Fan Group. Even if you’ve liked my Facebook page, you probably don’t see all (or any) of the posts. Facebook is so grumpy about all that. Join my Lisa Medley Reads & Writes FB group HERE.

    In the meantime, look upon my accomplishments of months past. Not words, but owls. Here’s to hoping my hands are busy typing instead of crocheting in the months to come.

    Of course, I did manage to crochet a reaper during that down time. Maybe I’ll give him away to a lucky newsletter subscriber when Reap & Reckon releases… you’ll have to sign up to win!  Sign up for my newsletter HERE

    Reap on.

     

     


  • Claimed by the Cyborg by Cara Bristol now available in a galaxy near you! #SFR

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    Ebook and paperback!

    I’m thrilled to announce the release of another Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance! Like the others, Claimed by the Cyborg is a standalone read. However, It’s a little different…it is the most romantic of all the Cy-Ops Sci-fi romances. Why? In the others, adventure brings the hero and heroine together and in facing danger together, they fall in love. In Claimed by the Cyborg, hero March and heroine Jules/Julietta are former lovers. Their reunion and rekindling of their love draws the danger.

    The blurb!

    March Fellows assumed he had all the time in the galaxy to pursue a relationship with Jules, an alien exchange student from Xenia, until she vanished without a trace. After years of searching, he finds his lost love on the eve of her arranged marriage.

    The daughter of the Xenian emperor, Julietta, never meant to fall in love with a Terran man while visiting Earth. Leaving to fulfill her responsibilities on her home planet opened up a hole in her heart that could never be filled. When March, now a cyborg, unexpectedly shows up just before she is to be bonded, she struggles to find the courage to turn him away a second time and follow through with her duty.

    Before she can act, the lovers are thrust into a political conspiracy that threatens the Xenian empire and their lives.

     

    An excerpt from Claimed by the Cyborg!

    (It’s the eve of Julietta’s bonding to a man she’s never met. Her completed bonding tunic has arrived and her sister Marji urges her to try it on)

    Marji’s eyes were wide. “You don’t want to see what it looks like? Come, on! I’ll help you.” She scooted off the bed. “Try it on, please?”

    “All right,” she capitulated. The tailors had done an excellent job, but it wouldn’t hurt to verify the garment fit—and it would make Marji happy. At only sixteen solar cycles, her younger sister’s bonding wouldn’t occur for several years. Like most girls her age, she talked about her future ceremony constantly, planning what she would wear, who would attend—and wondering who her mate would be.

    Julietta stripped down to her panties and a lacy bra. She’d adopted Terran undergarments when she’d attended school off planet. For the bonding ceremony—and thereafter for the rest of her life—she would wear the traditional one-piece Xenian undergarment. Her choice of underwear—one more thing bonding would force her to give up.
    She pulled on the pantaloons sewn in the royal huber fabric. Shimmering threads of pale rose were woven throughout so that the garment sparkled. Marji undid the fastening of the shift and held it out. Julietta slipped her arms through it, and her sister did up the back.

    The weight of her world rested on her shoulders.

    Her sister reached for the headdress.

    “That, too?” she protested, but bent at the knees so the crown could be settled on her head. Her legs threatened to buckle, but she shored up her strength and remained upright.

    “You look beautiful. Just like an empress!” Marji gushed.

    “How appropriate, considering,” she replied dryly.

    The ceremony brought her closer to becoming the sovereign. The bonding—and production of an heir—were the only two hurdles left. Then, when her father passed the scepter upon his fifty-first solar cycle, she would rule with her consort at her side.

    The last time she’d tried on the dress, the crystals hadn’t yet been sewn on. She took a few exploratory steps.
    “How does it feel?”

    Crushing. “Fine.”

    “It’s perfect!” Marji said.

    Could she walk down the aisle without toppling over, without bursting into tears, without making a spectacle of herself in front of thousands?

    She would have to—what choice did she have? As firstborn, she was heir apparent. Her future had been decided on the day of her birth, twenty-five solar cycles ago. “Let’s take it off now.” She lifted the crown from her head and tilted her neck from side to side in relief. Marji undid the back of the shift and removed the garment. While she hung up the tunic, Julietta donned her clothing.

    “I can’t sleep, I’m so excited for you,” Marji said. “Tomorrow night, you get to see your consort! I don’t know why you never chose to see him before this. As future empress, you receive special dispensation and could have seen him if you’d wanted to. I would have jumped at the chance!” She sighed. “But, like everyone else, I won’t see my future mate until the Sha’A’la and won’t meet him until the bonding ceremony.”

    “Whether I see him or not, the future will proceed as scheduled,” Julietta said.

    “Father says he’s very kind. Mother says he’s supernova!” she said. “That’s means handsome.”

    “I know what it means. Mother has been watching too many Terran vids.”

    Marji giggled, and, despite herself, Julietta smiled.

    Though she hadn’t seen Earth herself, their mother loved Terran culture and had encouraged her eldest daughter to study there and explore the wonders of the Blue Planet before fulfilling her duty. Julietta had had two glorious years of freedom, two glorious years of being “Jules,” two glorious years of being just another Terran Technical Institute student, two glorious years with a man who most definitely qualified as supernova, two glorious years to pretend the future would never come.

    Claimed by the Cyborg….He lost her once, he won’t let it happen again…

     

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    Do a #bookstagram of Claimed & the Cyborg & enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card!

    No purchase is necessary! Simply create a photogram/bookstagram using the Claimed by the Cyborg book cover and share it on Instagram to enter the contest. The contest runs January 10-20, 2017. The winner will be drawn and announced by January 30, 2017.

    Please read these rules carefully, because there are a few things you must include in your photogram to quality for the contest.

    1. Your photogram must show the Claimed by the Cyborg cover. You can either use your copy of the book on your reading device or get a jpg by right-clicking on the photo in this newsletter (use the cover, not the contest graphic).
    2. You must use all four hashtags: #CaraBristol, #ClaimedByTheCyborg, #ScifiRomance and #CyOpsInstagramContest. You may use other hashtags if you wish (more about that later).
    3. Your post can go up anytime between Jan. 10 and Jan. 20, but it must post no later than January 20, 2017 to qualify for the contest. (Hint: since the number of likes will be factored into the judging, the earlier your entry posts, the better your chance of winning).
    4. CyOps Instagram Contest entries will be judged on creativity and the number of likes and comments. The more creative your post is and/or the greater number of likes and comments you have on it, the greater your chance of winning!
    5. Only likes and comments on Instagram will count. You can share your photogram on Facebook or Twitter (and that would be wonderful), but only likes on Instagram will count toward the prize.
    6. You can enter more than once by doing more than one photogram. The same rules apply.
    7. The winner will be announced Instagram on January 30, 2017. To find out who wins, follow me on Instagram (carabristol)

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