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.
Blurb:
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.

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Saturday, 22 June 2013

Tales from the SFR Brigade - Anthology Update! #SFRBAntho #scifirom #sfrb


So this morning I got an exciting update about the Tales from the SFR Brigade - an upcoming #FREE science fiction romance collection by seven stellar authors...and me. Lol. First up, there's been a slight change to the cover. Regretfully one of the original nine authors has withdrawn their story, and I'm sorry to see them leave. However, we now have the story order and the back of book blurb for the anthology. Here goes! *deep breath*

1. "Imprint" – Pippa Jay
2. "Allure" – Amy Laurens
3. "Nobody’s Present" – Marcella Burnard
4. "The Stranger" – Kyndra Hatch 
5. "Mission: Nam Selan" – Linnea Sinclair
6. "Prime Sensations" – Liana Brooks
7. "Envy’s Revenge" – Berinn Rae
8. "Whiskey and Starshine" – Erica Hayes


So how do I feel about being first in that line up? Thrilled and incredibly nervous. But you don't want to know about that. You want the blurb, right? Here you go.

Experience love and adventure among the stars in TALES FROM THE SFR BRIGADE, a free digital anthology of eight Science Fiction Romance stories.



* A space captain discovers the cyborg she loves just might be her greatest enemy.

* A mind-wiped prostitute risks all when she recruits a dangerous stranger to help her escape a terrible fate.

* A prisoner-of-war confronts the comrade who loved her, then left her for dead.

* A space-obsessed physics teacher is kidnapped by a far-too-charming alien.

* An apocalypse survivor battles the biomech-enhanced hunter who seeks to capture her.

* A young artist must choose between her comfortable life on Earth or a war-torn space colony with her beloved.

* A daring thief is on the run from the alien law man who is determined to bring her to justice.

* A widowed rebel leader tries to save the last remnants of humanity, one stranger at a time.


From Earth to the furthest reaches of the galaxy, explore the worlds of Science Fiction Romance with stories from Linnea Sinclair, Marcella Burnard, Erica Hayes, Liana Brooks, Pippa Jay, Berinn Rae, Amy Laurens, and Kyndra Hatch.
 
Squee! Full credit goes to Diane Dooley for drafting the back of book blurb (incidentally, Diane was also my editor on Imprint, and an absolute joy to work with!) so huge thanks to her! I'd also like to thank the SFR Brigade members for this project - 'Cali Hicks, Diane Dooley and Laurie Green. Kudos for your hard work on putting the anthology together! *salutes*


Plans are to offer the anthology on Amazon Kindle, B&N PubIt, Kobo, Sony, and Smashwords. We now have an expected release date of 14th July - Bastille Day! Stay tuned.




8 comments:

  1. Can't believe our release date is almost here! Congrats on being the lead story in the anthology, Pippa. As one of the editors, I can't begin to tell you how excited I am about this fantastic collection of Science Fiction Romance stories.

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    1. Thanks, Laurie, and me too! *bounces*

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  2. Ooh can't wait to ready this! how awesome!

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  3. Oh, I definitely don't want to miss this anthology. It sounds terrific, Pippa.

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  4. Definitely looking forward to this one! Will be pimping it all over the place!

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