Monday, 20 April 2015

Zombie Girl: Dead Awakened Blog Tour #dystopia #zombies #giveaway

Today sees the start of the tour for Zombie Girl: Dead Awakened, a YA dystopia releasing from Lycaon Press on the 22nd April! Follow along to find out the cities that inspired the setting, my four Rs of writing, and my thoughts on dystopia vs utopia. Enjoy!

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20th April - Savvy Authors (My Four Rs of Writing)
21st April - Literary Lagniappe (giveaway)
21st - Spacefreighters Lounge (Five Cities that Inspired Union)
22nd April - Release Day!
28th April - SFR Brigade (Dystopia vs Utopia)
29th April - SPajonas


Imagine waking up to find the world has ended, but unfortunately you're not alone...

For Connor Innis, awakening from a year-long coma with no memories, no ability to move, and unable to speak was bad enough. Then he learns that a bioweapon set off a zombie apocalypse—for real—while he was sleeping, and the world he can't even remember no longer exists.

Rehabilitation might be torture, but far worse awaits him outside. All too soon, the hospital Mentor declares him fit to leave but with nothing to go home to except a city full of mindless, flesh-eating monsters. That is, until he forms a strange relationship with the one he nicknames 'Zombie Girl'.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

April Fools for Love - What my Characters do For Love #scifi #romance


Welcome to the April Fools for Love blog hop, sponsored by the SFR Station. In trying to come up for a post for the event, I thought about some of the foolish things my characters have done for the one they love. For instance:

In Tethered, my succubus-like heroine Tyree went against the strict, inflexible coda of her entire species by falling in love with a mere human. In return he risked war with a race determined and capable of wiping out everyone else.

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In Keir, my tortured, tattooed hero fell over begging the heroine to stop crying. She offered him a place to call home despite the danger he posed and the advice of her friends against it.

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In Imprint, alien lawman Tevik places his whole existence into the hands of Jiona, the thief he'd pursued and finally captured, in order to win her trust and her love. And you can read more of that story for free!


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Grand Prize: $75 gc + 16 ebooks
2nd runner up: $25 gc + 12 ebooks
3rd runner up: $25 gc + 8 ebooks

Please note: Gift cards are for the choice of iBooks, Nook, All Romance or Amazon KINDLE (not a general Amazon card)


To enter for the grand prize, please fill in the rafflecopter giveaway below. You can only enter once for the blog hop (ie you can't enter it for each blog you visit), but there is an option to tweet the contest each day.


I've donated an ebook of my scifi romance adventure Tethered and a rare eARC of my upcoming re-release - time travel romance Keir - to the grand prize book bundle. But leave me some comment love here and I'll pick three random winners to receive my hot scifi romance short Terms & Conditions Apply in whatever digital format the winner requires. Please be sure to leave me your email addy in order to take part in the giveaway, and tell me what's your all-time favourite scifi film/show/book. Now hop along to the rest of the blogs taking part and see what other out of this world goodies you can bag!

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Tuesday #Teaser - GRAND MASTER’S PAWN by @AuroraSpringer #scifirom



Blurb
A thousand years in the future, wars and portal failures disturb the fringes of the galaxy. On Terra, twenty-two year old Violet Hunter seems an ordinary student of the Space Academy, who dreams of exploring unknown planets. She applies to serve as the pawn of one of the twelve Grand Masters, although her hidden talent of empathy makes her ineligible. Violet has defied the prohibition against psychics for half her life. Why should she stop now?
Isolation is the penalty for a Grand Master’s great power because their touch is deadly to a normal person. The Grand Master with the griffin avatar selected the girl with the star-shaped birthmark in spite of her father’s dire prophesy. He is suspicious about his disobedient pawn, yet he cannot deny the success of her missions to strange planets where she finds more than he expected.
Violet seeks the truth about the mysterious Grand Masters. Who or what are they? Do they threaten or benefit civilization? While searching for answers, Violet does the unthinkable. She makes a bargain with her obnoxious Grand Master and challenges him to meet her face to face, risking her secret to discover his purpose. She plunges into an impossible love and a world of intrigues. Will she survive the vicious conflicts?

Excerpt:
Violet was led along the adjacent corridor to hear the instructions of her Grand Master. She was eager to meet this important person who would guide her through the missions on different planets. They stopped in front of a door bearing the heraldic symbol of a griffin. Inside was a small unlighted chamber.
“Wait for Grand Master.” The furry alien pushed her inside and closed the door firmly.
The room was so dark, that at first, Violet could see nothing. Suddenly, two blue beams emerged from the round eyes of a stone gargoyle and cast a weird light over the walls of the small room. Very faintly, she sensed a distant masculine presence. Violet blinked, and the gargoyle resolved into a winged griffin with blue eyes and a cruel beak of a mouth. She guessed the griffin was an avatar for her Grand Master, since she perceived no powerful entity inside the room. She felt a thrill of anticipation as the eyes flared to a brighter blue.
A deep, resonant voice spoke, “I am the Grand Master and you will serve as my pawn.”
“Yes, Grand Master,” Violet said, refusing to show fear at the eerie, disembodied voice. “What may I call you? Do you have a name?”
“You will call me Grand Master,” the haughty voice held an unpleasant edge.
Violet resolved to assert her independence, and asked indignantly, “Grand Master, do your pawns have individual names? Or do you call them by numbers?”
The room vibrated and psychic pressure built up against her. “You are insolent, Violet Hunter!” the Grand Master growled.
Shivering at the menace in his words, she stepped back against the wall, and instinctively shielded her mind. Had she been too assertive? Of course, he knew her name from the Academy records. His psychic power was impressive considering he was not physically in the room. Unexpectedly, Violet sensed a faint drift of amusement, the mental equivalent of a smile. She was unsure if it was her empathic talent, or a glimpse he had permitted her.
“Hunter is a good name for your vocation,” he remarked in a milder tone.
Violet stiffened. He must never learn the truth. She hunted him.
His gruff voice grew severe again, “I have taken a chance by selecting you. Remember, you are on probation. You must prove yourself worthy to serve as my pawn.”
“My qualifications are excellent,” she said, nettled by his antagonistic attitude. Surely, he had checked the records for her performance at the Academy.
His deep voice rose in volume, and resonated through the small chamber. “You will perform the missions exactly as I command. I do not permit any deviations from my strategy. Do you understand, Pawn?”
“Yes, Grand Master,” she said, trying to sound compliant. Who was he to plan a detailed strategy? He would be safe in his palace, or wherever Grand Masters chose to live, while she would be working in hazardous conditions.



Bio:
My career in science involves plenty of writing facts for research articles. But, I’ve imagined exciting adventures in weird worlds for as long as I can remember. For many years, life intervened. Now, I have achieved my life-long ambition to publish novels. My published works include science fiction and fantasy with romance and a sprinkle of humor. I was born in the UK and live in Atlanta with my husband, a dog and two cats to sit on my laptop. My hobbies, besides reading and writing, include outdoor activities like watching wildlife, hiking and canoeing.

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Print Release - Tethered #scifi #romance #giveaway


It's release day for the print edition of my SciFi romance adventure Tethered (a top ten bestseller at Breathless Press!). To celebrate, I'll be appearing at the following blogs. In the meantime, you can order the print edition HERE at my publisher's website (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and The Book Depository to follow soon).


16th Erzabet's Enchantments - An Unexpected Christmas Present Called Inspiration
20th Romance Junkies - interview
23rd Love Romance Passion - Five Things that make me pick up a Book
23rd Romance Reviews Today - interview
23rd Savvy Authors - Choosing a Single POV
24th - release day!
25th Katie Babbles - Inspiration

I'll also be taking part in a Facebook party at 4-5pm CDT (or 9-10pm GMT) here:


The party will be running from 11am CDT on the 24th until 9pm on the 25th of March, with more than 16 authors taking part and doing games, chat and giveaways.


March Madness
You have a few more days to take advantage of the 25% off all ebooks and free shipping on print book orders over $20.00 at Breathless Press, including my four titles there


And last but not least, April sees the start of the Fools for Love month long blog hop, sponsored by the SFR Station. The grand prize is a $75 gift card, with two runner ups winning $25 gift cards each, while all winners get an ebook bundle. I'm donating Tethered and a rare eARC of my upcoming time travel romance re-release, Keir


Wednesday, 18 March 2015

The SFR Brigade House Party Is On! #scifi #romance #sfrb

It's time! In just half an hour the party starts - don't miss out!


You're invited to the SFR Brigade House Party, a celebration of our 5th anniversary!

When: March 18, 2015
12 noon EDT - 12 midnight EDT
Where: Facebook

The party will be packed full of fun! Here are some of the festivities you can look forward to:
* Chat with over 40 authors
* Giveaways
* Meet 'n' greet with fellow readers
* Informative posts about sci-fi romance
* Topical discussions
* Interactive activities

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Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Blog Tour for Tethered #scifi #romance #sfrb




It's tour time again! To celebrate the print release of my SciFi romance adventure Tethered (a top ten bestseller at Breathless Press!) I'll be appearing at the following blogs. In the meantime, you can pre-order the print edition HERE.


16th Erzabet's Enchantments - An Unexpected Christmas Present Called Inspiration
20th Romance Junkies - interview
23rd Love Romance Passion - Five Things that make me pick up a Book
23rd Romance Reviews Today - interview
23rd Savvy Authors - Choosing a Single POV
24th - release day!
25th Katie Babbles - Inspiration

Thursday, 12 March 2015

#Cover #Reveal - Thrill-Kinky by @TeresNoeRoberts #scifi #romance #erotica

Thrill-Kinky, coming 5/12/2015

In the 26th century, humans and numerous alien races share the galaxy. Technology has advanced massively. Old Earth is a vast preserve and museum, and humans have spread to the stars. But some things remain the same. Love, lust, and money motivate both humans and other sentient species. Politics can get ugly. And crime can pay very well indeed.
The Malcolm, an independent interplanetary freighter, prefers to steer clear of both politics and crime, at least the kind of crime that doesn’t involve rescuing the occasional slave or exploited child on planets where such abominations are legal. Captain Mik and his loyal, if eccentric crew—Mik’s overprotective alien husband Gan, adventurous human mechanic Rita, bouncy cat-girl (and trained assassin) Xia, and PTSD-haunted ex-soldier Buck—usually succeed in keeping things only a little bit illegal. (One planet’s cash crop, after all, might be another’s favorite illicit recreational substance, and as long as no one’s getting hurt, why not get a cut of the profits?) But when a seemingly legitimate job goes supernova, the crew finds themselves up to their armpits in interplanetary espionage, art theft, and spies, and on the run from an infamous assassin. What a time to fall in love! 

Luckily, Drax Jalricki—reformed (mostly) art thief, former (mostly) Banjali covert operative, and all-around winged hunk—has a plan to protect them.
But it involves hiding out on Cibari, the most dangerous planet in the galaxy.
Who knew Cibari was run by a felinoid warlord who might be the perfect match for Xia—if the straight-arrow detective sent from her homeworld to “rescue” her doesn’t win her heart, ears and adorable, perky tail first? And that’s not even talking about how the warlord and the detective are crazy about each other. Of course, it would help if any of them could tell the whole truth about who they are. (Book Two, Bad Kitty, coming 9/2015)
Who would guess that a hot cyborg who’s already survived more than a human lifetime could offer Buck both healing and love? But the cyborg shares a common, deadly enemy with the Malcolm’s crew, and surviving that confrontation will trigger all their inner demons. (Book Three, tentatively called Buck, Naked)
Dark secrets Mik hides even from Gan will come to a head and threaten them more than the enemies they’d hoped to escape. A mysterious stranger holds the key to Mik’s salvation… and unexpectedly, a key to both men’s hearts as well, if they’re willing to open that door. (Book Four, title TBD)

Thrill-Kinky (Chronicles of the Malcolm, Book 1)
Teresa Noelle Roberts
Publication Date: May 12, 2015


Sexual freefall is like a game of chicken, except the first one to let go wins.

Chronicles of the Malcolm, Book 1

Humans may have expanded to the stars, but they still have the annoying need to work for a living. Which is why Rita, crew member of the space freighter Malcolm, is stuck collecting recyclable slag rather than attending her favorite festival celebrating love and sexuality.

Things go from boring to interesting when she discovers a badly injured man who’s been thrown into a recycling bin to die. The catch, he’s gorgeous, winged, and naked.

Drax Jalricki, reformed (mostly) art thief and reluctant covert operative, is on an undercover mission to protect three planets when someone in his own government brands him a traitor. By virtue of association, Rita and her crew are going down with him.

From their first, hide-in-plain-sight quickie, the erotic spark between Rita and Drax is fueled by danger and adrenaline. But their growing suspicion that there’s more to their connection than lust may not matter if they don’t live through the night.

Warning: Hero and heroine who straddle the line of criminal behavior—and definitely violate public indecency statutes. Exhibitionist, dangerous sex. Dark, sordid pasts. Wild risk-taking. Giggly cat-girl sidekick who’s not just another pretty…tail. And the greatest risk of all: true love.



Excerpt:

At first, what Rita was seeing in the recycling bin didn’t make sense: rust, amber and saffron-colored feathers, tipped with black, and a swath of something green and purple that might have been festival draperies.
A gigantic bird?
But there weren’t any birds on San’bal, according to what she’d been able to learn on the Galaxinet, and she hadn’t seen anyone on her previous visit. If there had been birds, Xia would have chased and probably caught them, even if they’d been as big as this appeared to be.
A discarded costume with an animal underneath it? Part of last night’s festivities had involved the locals all running around in fabulous costumes, drinking copious quantities of the green bubbly booze.
Some costumed person who’d enjoyed way too much of green bubbly and had climbed into a recycling bin to sleep it off? It didn’t seem like a desirable location for that, but maybe his equally drunk friends tossed him in as a joke.
While she was still trying to sort it out, the lump of feathers moved.
Rolled over.
Opened his eyes.
Stars and moons! Not a bird, not a costumed drunk—a Banjali.
Maybe she should have thought of that sooner, but you hardly ever saw Banjalis off Banjal. Their glorious wings were only fully functional on low-gravity planets, and anything approaching Old Earth norm, like San’bal, was uncomfortable.
“Hey, are you all right?” Rita asked, hoping he could understand her. “Need a hand getting out?” The gravity was probably too high for him to fly easily, especially if he was hung over.
The Banjali stirred, giving her a better view.
Definitely male. Definitely gorgeous. And definitely naked. Xia’s tail would have started twitching at first sight.
The pleasure of that view, however, was spoiled by the strips of purple and green synthsilk—they could have been torn from the buntings that draped anything in the city that didn’t move fast enough—gagging him and binding his ankles and wrists.
And by his injuries.
The poor man looked like he’d had a run-in with an Arcturian bearcat. His golden skin was a mass of bruises, scrapes and shallow cuts, one eye swollen shut. But Arcturian bearcats didn’t use laserpistols, and she was pretty damn sure the wound in his shoulder was a pistol shot.

About the author:

Teresa Noelle Roberts started writing stories in kindergarten and she hasn’t stopped yet. A prolific author of short erotica, she’s also a published poet and fantasy writer—but hot paranormals and BDSM-spiced contemporaries are her favorites. Or they were, until she realized science-fiction romances offered new possibilities for outrageous adventure, wild sex and love that overcomes serious obstacles, including being from different species! She’s also a prolific author of short erotica, and a published poet and fantasy writer. Find her at www.teresanoelleroberts.com, on Facebook or on Twitter, where she hangs out as @TeresNoeRoberts.


Wednesday, 11 March 2015

The SFR Brigade House Party - Celebrating 5 Years #scifi #romance #giveaway




You're invited to the SFR Brigade House Party, a celebration of our 5th anniversary!

When: March 18, 2015
12 noon EST - 12 midnight EST
Where: Facebook

The party will be packed full of fun! Here are some of the festivities you can look forward to:
* Chat with authors
* Giveaways
* Meet 'n' greet with fellow readers
* Informative posts about sci-fi romance
* Topical discussions
* Interactive activities

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Monday, 9 March 2015

Call To #Scifi #Romance #Authors!

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Saturday, 7 March 2015

#ScienceFiction #Fantasy Saturday 79 - Cajun #Zombie Problems

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Welcome to another #sffsat snippet! This week I'm continuing with my YA zombie story, Restless In Peaceville, now available in gloriously gory print. Last week my hero Luke had woken to find a gator dragging him off for dinner. How's he going to get out of that one?!

My resistance earns me a growling from the gator, and he yanks all the harder on my foot until I can hear my joints popping as they threaten to snap. He shakes his head, hoping to break my hold, and my damn fingers slip. I feel things parting in my ankle. Shit, I can't afford to lose my foot. I let go of the tree but I kick him in the head with my free leg, hard enough that he lets go. Most gators wouldn't give up a meal so lightly, but I hit a damn site too forceful to be classed as easy. He growls and goes for another bite, but my next kick breaks his jaw. Bleeding, several teeth missing, he scuttles away into the river, more than his pride hurt. I sit and stare until the ripples he made smooth out into stillness. Then I check the damage.
His teeth have gone deep, leaving a pretty pattern and some of my flesh torn. I don't have nothing to patch it up, and I don't much care. I've lost Annabelle. I should have just let the gator take me. 

So there is one advantage to being a zombie - superhuman strength! If you enjoyed that you can check out further excerpts by clicking on any of the book links under the cover image above or in the side bar. In the meantime, why not read some excerpts from the other participants by clicking on the banner below?


Friday, 6 March 2015

First Anniversary @BreathlessPress


Today marks a year ago that I signed my first contract with Breathless Press. Well, technically it was with their YA imprint at Lycaon Press, but BP is on the contract which was confirmed on the 6th March, 2014. And wow, what a year it's been! I have two novellas and a short with BP, and a novella and upcoming short with LP. This year also sees my three novellas coming out in PRINT! Love my digital titles, but holding a paperback with my name on the cover is still magical.



I'm grateful to Breathless Press for that first contract, not just because it saw a turn around it what started out as my worst year in publishing, but because it was for my freaky story - Restless In Peaceville. The one muse insisted I wrote despite all my protests. The one I was convinced would disappear into a virtual drawer unseen. It also turned 2014 from being my worst year into my best.


And what's to come? Well, the short I have releasing in April is the first part of a trilogy of YA dystopias. I still have the print of Tethered and When Dark Falls, releasing March and June respectively (pssst, Tethered is currently on the top ten best seller list on the site!). And I hope to write a sequel to When Dark Falls for my November NaNoWriMo.

And right now, Breathless Press is running March Madness. You can grab my ebooks (or any others on the site) for 25% off, AND get free shipping on all print book orders $20.00 and over for the whole of March!


#SFRBShowcase - Fight Like A Girl! #scifi #romance #adventure


To celebrate the upcoming print release of my scifi romance adventure Tethered (squee!), I'm sharing an excerpt from the story. I know I've shared this particular scene a few times before, but it is my favourite! Here, Tyree had been doing some training to work off her frustrations, but gets interrupted by Zander, the man she's assigned to protect and who she finds particularly irritating. And she wants to teach him a lesson he won't soon forget...



She sprang forward and aimed two rapid punches at his face. Zander evaded both with a speed and grace totally out of proportion to his bulk. Her third he blocked with little effort, and she stepped back to reassess her strategy. But only for an instant.
A quick step forward and she lashed upward with her foot, snapping his head back. Zander staggered but didn't fall. Her second kick failed as he grabbed her ankle and jerked her off balance. She twisted as she dropped and caught him hard in the knee. Zander collapsed. Both rolled aside, and then jumped up to face each other again.
Not bad.
Tyree bit back a laugh as they exchanged blows, each faster than the last. Zander blocked or evaded most, but not all. His skill almost matched hers, yet his defenses were just a fraction too slow. Each move she made tested his reach, his reflexes and his stamina until she could sense him struggling a little.
Time for the kill.
She floored him with a kick to the chest, the full weight of her augmented density behind it, but as she moved in to finish the fight he dove into her. Tyree landed on her back hard enough to drive the breath from her lungs.
Zander had her pinned to the ground. She bucked but couldn't shift him. The triumphant smile on his face sent rage blazing through her gut. With hardly a whisper, she Misted out and went through him. Golden heat filled her for a second before she pulled free. Zander pushed to his feet and spun to meet her, but she cranked up her molecular density and punched him hard in the chest. He collapsed, gasping and coughing. In one fluid movement she sat astride him at full density, and the air whumphed out of his lungs. She pinioned his arms with her hands, her face hovering mere centimeters above his.
As her breathing slowed to normal, a huge grin split her face. She'd made a vow to herself to jump him, and she'd done it. Perhaps it was childish, but it warmed her heart.
"Your...reputation...is well deserved," he gasped.
"You're not so bad yourself," she complimented him. He'd fought well, but perhaps not quite with the determination—and certainly not the desperation—of most opponents she'd faced. "For a human."
"Thank you. Perhaps we could try this again tomorrow?"
Tyree laughed. As much as he could irritate the hell out of her, he was equally amusing. "If you want to spend most of your morning on the floor..."
He gazed up at her with that easy smile, making no effort to struggle. Most humans, without the influence of her pheromones and the distraction of her naked body writhing above theirs, would not have been so trusting. So compliant. She found herself staring at his mouth. What would it be like to kiss him, without the use of her talents? Would it be as satisfying? As sensual? The warmth of him, the firmness of his body beneath hers, sent heat spiraling through her abdomen.
"Perhaps you could let me up now?" His words jerked her from such musings. What the hell was she thinking?

Tethered is already available in all digital formats, but will be releasing in paperback on the 24th March. To get notification of the print release, you can either sign up to my newsletter HERE, or simpler still, just click the big yellow Follow button top right of my Amazon page HERE.


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