The SFRB Showcase - The Romance of Metraxi

Hello! Welcome to another Science Fiction Romance Brigade Showcase. On Saturday I celebrate my fourth anniversary as a published author, so I thought I'd share something about my debut novel for its fourth book birthday. This is an interview with the hero Keir that I wrote a few years ago for a blog hop on what it means to be romantic...

"Romantic?" Keir shakes his head and hands me a glass of red wine. "No. I would not say that I am romantic."

I take a sip and watch him from over the rim of the glass. The wine's good, but not as much as the company. I wouldn't mind him warming me up instead. I shake myself. "I'm sure Quin would say that you are." In fact she has--to me--in private. But why embarrass him?

He smiles, a little shyly, but the light in his eyes now I've said her name makes me feel seven shades of jealous. About five foot six and athletically built, he moves with an easy kind of grace. A narrow face, finely sculpted with high cheek bones. But those probably wouldn't be the first thing you'd notice. No. His blue skin is the most striking feature. A dark, dusky blue, like the sky just before full darkness falls. And the tatts! Wow. My eyes skim over them, which takes some time. He's covered in them! Tribal style, black runes and twisted symbols all down his arms and showing above the edges of his white vest. Even his face and neck are marked. I've heard he has them everywhere on his body. I'd love to know if that's true...

"What more did you need to know?"

I snap myself back to reality. So far he's told me about how idyllic life is on the string of tropical islands in this planet's temperate zone. I'd rather ask about the tatts, but that's not why I'm there. Humans living on Metraxi are a rare thing. A married couple spending their honeymoon there? Even more so. "What about your wedding vows?"

I've surprised him. Bright blue eyes fix on me. "My wedding vows? Why would you wish to know those?"

"That's normally pretty romanctic to people. I mean, you didn't exactly have a great first date. Meeting Quin in a dungeon."

He scowls fine black brows knitting. "No. But that is a moment I will never forget."

He settles himself in a wooden chair opposite and wraps his hands around the glass. Long, slender fingers. His hair is a mass of loose black curls that make me itch to run my hands through them.
"We used the Metraxian vows. The words in Galactic Standard matched what I felt in my heart."

"Would you tell them to me?"

He tugs a hand through his dark curls. I wonder if I've embarrassed him?

"The village chief, L'enko, asked me what I sought. I told him I wished to bind my life to Quin's." His gaze drifts into the distance. "I promised to share my life with her, in love and laughter, through tears and trials. To work by her side and dream in her arms. To love her until the end of our forever."

My throat tightens. "That's beautiful! And you say you aren't a romantic."

"To me, it is not about trying to be romantic," he assures me, very serious. "It is about being honest in your feelings when you love and care for someone. Keeping a promise. Respecting them. If that is being romantic..." He shrugs. "Then perhaps I am."

An alarm beeps on my wrist module--notification that my transport is waiting. I finish the last of my wine. We're on a tight schedule, and much as I'd like to stay for a while, I can't. Being a travel agent isn't all fun. But at least I have an idea to sell Metraxi as a unique romantic getaway to my boss. It worked for Quin and Keir. And I think a wedding planner would kill for the privilege of selling ceremonies like theirs.

"Well, thanks for the info. It's been..." I give him another look over, and he lifts an eyebrow. It's then I remember that he's telepathic. Although I doubt he'd need to read my mind to know what I'm thinking. "...gratifying."

"I hope I have given you what you needed."

A blush burns my face. Information-wise, yes. Otherwise... I sigh. Quin's a lucky woman. I hate her just a little. No, I hate her a lot!

"Thanks. It's been helpful."

He escorts me to the door of the hut. The Metraxian village glows from lanterns filled with bright insects. For all Metraxi's advanced technology, the simple life appeals to them more. It's paradise. I can see why they stay. But now I need to get back to the office and sell the romance of Metraxi to the universe.
A demon waiting to die...
An outcast reviled for his discolored skin and rumors of black magic, Keirlan de Corizi sees no hope for redemption. Imprisoned beneath the palace that was once his home, the legendary 'Blue Demon of Adalucien' waits for death to finally free him of his curse. But salvation comes in an unexpected guise.

A woman determined to save him.
Able to cross space and time with a wave of her hand, Tarquin Secker has spent eternity on a hopeless quest. Drawn by a compulsion she can't explain, she risks her apparent immortality to save Keir, and offers him sanctuary on her home-world, Lyagnius. But Quin has secrets of her own.

When Keir mistakenly unleashes the dormant alien powers within him and earns exile from Lyagnius, Quin chooses to stand by him. Can he master his newfound abilities in time to save Quin from the darkness that seeks to possess her?

Book One of the Redemption series and part of the Travellers Universe. Previously released by Lyrical Press Inc. 7th May 2012.

If you enjoyed that, please check out Book One of the series by clicking any of the links below the book cover. Then go visit the other participants in the Showcase by clicking HERE or the Showcase banner at the top of the post.
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Friday, 14 December 2012

The Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop - Getting Ready for Christmas

So, the presents are bought and (mostly) wrapped, Christmas Day dinner and all the too-ing and fro-ing of family are all planned out, and the decorations are up. What else is there to do? Well, in my household there's the watching of Christmassy films leading up to the big day, so I thought I'd share three of my (and my family's) favourites with you, for raising that Christmas spirit. :)

1.The Muppet Christmas Carol

To be honest, I love any and all versions of the film, but the Muppets is the one my family enjoy most.

2.The Polar Express

I have to admit, I didn't like this film the first time around but it's grown on me. My oldest has reached the age where she no longer believes in Father Christmas - a sign that she's growing up - so it's particularly poignant now.

3.The Nightmare before Christmas

So, some people might find this an odd choice - mixing Halloween monsters with Christmas, but I love it! Especially this song, where Jack is discovering the magic of Christmas.

So, what's you favourite Christmas film to get you in the spirit? Comment below with your email (you can put it as name (at) email (dot) com) and you could be the winner of a little Christmas treat of your own - a $5 Amazon or B&N Gift card (winner's choice), available internationally.

To visit the other participants, please click on any of the links below, or you can return to the main hop page here where you can enter for the Grnad Prize of a Kindle Fire with books from the sponsor authors!

Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop 2012
1. PJ Schnyder (steamy)  20. Natasha Blackthorne (steamy)  39. RomanceAuthorHotspot  
2. Dana Marie Bell (steamy)  21. Angela Campbell  40. Shawna Thomas  
3. Vivi Dumas (steamy)  22. DC Juris  41. D. B. Reynolds (all ages)  
4. Monica Burns (steamy)  23. Pippa Jay (all ages)  42. Carlene Love Flores (steamy)  
5. Gabriella Edwards (steamy)  24. Kate Richards (steamy)  43. Becca Dale (steamy)  
6. Yvonne Nicolas (steamy)  25. Alexa Bourne  44. Rebecca Hart (all ages)  
7. Cat Johnson (steamy)  26. Valerie Mann  45. Bex Brennan (steamy)  
8. Seleste deLaney (steamy)  27. Kay Keppler  46. Simply Ali  
9. Stephanie Burke (steamy)  28. Natalie J. Damschroder (steamy)  47. Robert C Roman (all ages)  
10. Danielle La Paglia (steamy)  29. Krista Ames  48. Maghon @ Happy Tails and Tales  
11. Keri Stevens (steamy)  30. Kaye Manro  49. Jenny Schwartz (all ages)  
12. Christina Wolfer (steamy)  31. J.M. Frey (all ages)  50. Diane Dooley (all ages)  
13. Tee Morris & Philippa Ballantine (all ages)  32. Margay Leah Justice  51. Lillie -Alise On Life @ Read My Mind (all ages)  
14. Kat Latham (steamy)  33. Annie Nicholas  52. Harlie Williams  
15. Jessica E. Subject (steamy)  34. Veronica Scott (All ages)  53. Jane Kindred (steamy)  
16. Joely Sue Burkhart (steamy)  35. Avery Flynn (steamy)  54. Jennifer Wright (steamy)  
17. SOS Aloha (all ages)  36. Nicky Penttila  55. Georgie Lee  
18. That's What I'm Talking About w/Twimom227 (stmy)  37. Liza O'Connor (all ages)  

19. Misa Buckley  38. Angelina Rain (steamy)  


  1. I will reluctantly admit to watching WHITE CHRISTMAS because I like the "Sisters" song. Other than that, I deny and all holiday sentiment.

    - The Grinch -

    liana(dot)brooks1 at gmail

  2. Happy blog hop week, Pippa! (doing it too)

    For me I always watch Miracle on 34th street. And then there is A Christmas Story. How can you go wrong with, "You'll shoot your eye out!"

  3. I love to watch Christmas Vacation and I watch Nightmare Before Christmas year round. Danny Elfman did the music for Nightmare and I just love him! Thanks Carin
    mawmom at gmail dot com

  4. Hi Pippa! Happy Blog Hopping and Happy Holidays! There's just something extra magical about The Polar Express movie for me but I also really like The Nightmare Before Christmas. That's a good too. Good luck everyone in the hop!

  5. It's weird, I remember those shows being longer. My family used to watch the Chevy Chase movie with the Light fiasco and the fried cat.

    It was so like our family.

    I can't remember the name. Family Vacation. I do remember it's name was misleading, as if the producer did NOT want it watched at Christmas.

    Liza2write at yahoo com

  6. I love the Muppets Christmas Carol!!


  7. I watch "White Christmas" as a tradition every year as long as I can remember with my mom. Mom is now gone and I still do it in her memory and because I do really love it.

    Judy Peterson
    strawberryrose at earthlink dot com

  8. I love Polar Express. I know its a newer one but its fabulous.


  9. I absolutely love the polar express! (:

    Amber D.

  10. A Christmas Story!
    Happy Holidays:)

  11. My favorites are both The Nightmare Before Christmas, the Grinch movies, Elf, & the Home Alone movies :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  12. I love watching THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL.


  13. Love Actually is my favorite holiday movie.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    by.evie at yahoo dot com dot br

  14. I love to watch Nightmare before Christmas every year with my family! :)


  15. Loved the Polar Express and Love Actually .

    Merry Christmas!

    from Jackie

  16. How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Home Alone are two of my favorite holiday movies. :)


  17. I don't know that my favorite, Bad Santa, gets you in a Christmasy mood but since I laugh myself silly it certainly gets me in a good mood.

  18. Great movies!! I have always love Emmit Otter's Christmas. I watch it as I up the tree every year.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  19. Happy Happy Holidays! Thanks for the great giveaway!
    My fav holiday movie to get me in the mood is A Christmas Story!

  20. I've never seen Nightmare Before Christmas, but I want to now!! :) Thanks for the giveaway!! Have a Merry Christmas!


  21. My favorite movie that puts me in the spirit of Christmas is A Christmas Carol, I love all versions.


  22. My favorite is Christmas Vacation.


  23. We are a The Miser Brothers household. My 10 year old adores the movie. He says the characters show real growth.
    planterofhope at aol dot com

  24. We watch White Christmas every year without fail. My sisters and I actually get up and sing and dance along with the song 'Sisters'. :)

    Merry Christmas and thanks for the blog stop.

    Bookworm (dot) judy (at) gmail (dot) com

  25. Home Alone - I love the fun.

    Thank you for the chance!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  26. I love Mickeys Christmas Carol... I loved it when i was little and it helps my 3 and 9year old is obsessed with disney so i can watch it.

  27. I always watch While You Were Sleeping because it makes me feel all Christmas-cheery.

    JYL22075 at gmail dot com

  28. Thanks for joining the hop and the giveaway. I love Miracle on 34th Street - I always cry. I also like: It's a Wonderful Life, The Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carrey version or cartoon, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (with Burl Ives narrating and singing). They all make me cry. oh and White Christmas - the singing and dancing is great in that one.

  29. My favorites, It's a Wonderful Life the original, Rudolph and Santa Claus is coming to town.
    Merry Christmas.
    seawitchreviews at yahoo dot com

  30. 12 Dates of Christmas. I found this movie last year and love it.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  31. Our family loves Polar Express and of coursse the classics, like Rudolph and Frosty. Thanks for the giveaway.

    mrs.hildebrand AT gmail DOT com

  32. The Santa Clause, Love Actually and The Nightmare Before Christmas are mine!!

    smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

  33. Christmas Vacation! I love this one! And A Nightmare Before Christmas is awesome too! Great hop & awesome giveaway! Thank you!! Happy holidays to you all! Best wishes and many blessings!

  34. have to watch some scrogged
    kaholgate at ymail dot com

  35. I LOVE the original Miracle on 34th Street! Ed Gwynn makes the best Santa EVER!

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  36. Thanks to everyone for your comments - this contest is now closed! The winner on this blog for the $5 gift card, chosen by, is comment #17 - nancy!


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