Call for Submissions: Issue 5 of Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly

Issue4-CoverSci-Fi Romance short stories sought for publication in Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly. Must include SF and Romance elements with an upbeat ending for the romance arc.

Length: 2,000 to 7,000 words.

Payment: 2 cents/word (US) paid upon publication, promotional biography with two links, and a complimentary quarter-page advertisement.

Deadline: 1st December, 2014

Rights sought:  Six-month exclusive world digital rights from date of publication; non-exclusive thereafter.

Other info:

One short story will be published per issue. Please send only edited and polished work. Due to time constraints, we are unable to give personalized feedback on rejected stories.

Stories that tie-in to a previously established world will be considered, but story must stand alone.

All sub-genres of science fiction will be considered.

Any heat level, from sweet to erotic, will be considered. Original, previously unpublished fiction only. No fan fiction, please.

No multiple submissions. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please inform us if story is placed elsewhere.

Submit: Standard manuscript format, please. Send brief cover letter with biographical information and publication history, along with attached story (.RTF or .DOC format) to Diane Dooley: by deadline

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Issue Four of SciFi Romance Quarterly Now Available

Issue4-CoverIt’s here! Issue 4 of the SciFi Romance Quarterly has launched. This issue has a Cyborg theme. What do you think of Alfred Klosterman’s cover art?

It contains the details of as many SF Romance releases as we could find, ten honest reviews, and a  Reviewers Round Table on the Past, Present and Future of SFR.  There are also two interviews. One with SFR author Eve Langlais; the other with the Quarterly editorial team (courtesy of Veronica Scott of USA Today’s HEA blog).

And there’s more! Ian Sales continues his reviews of female-written classic science fiction in his MistressWorks series. The wonderful Charlee Alden gets on her Scopebox to tell us about her big love of big cyborgs, while author Linnea Sinclair gives us an opinion column on the creation of one of SFR’s most beloved characters: Branden Kel-Paten.

The issue opens with Editor-in-Chief/boss lady, Kaz Augustin’s lively editorial, in which she opines on cyborgs, the visibility of SFR, and even describes me as “tough” and “ruthless.” That’s a first for me and I must admit to be quite thrilled about it. *grin*

Heather Massey, conductor of The Galaxy Express, rounds out the issue with tips on how to tame the Cyborg hero.

It’s a packed issue and our longest to date. It also marks the anniversary our our first year.

The issue is available to read online or as a flipmag version (my favorite) It can also be downloaded to your computer of reading device (epub, mobi, pdf formats.)

On behalf of the editorial team, we truly hope you enjoy the issue. As always, love and respect goes out to our wonderful contributors and our fabulous sponsors.


Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly @SciFiRomance

Editor-in-Chief: Kaz Augustin @SandalPress

Releases Editor: Heather Massey @thGalaxyExpress

Fiction Editor: Diane Dooley @DianeDooley


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Interview with Abner Senires: Author of ‘Kat and Mouse’

knm2_publicity_largeI’m delighted to welcome Abner Senires to my blog today. He’s a caffeine-fueled force of nature and a great guy. Be nice to him. Or feel the wrath of Kat and Mouse. Who are they? Well, read on!

Thanks for having me on the blog today. I’m honored.

I see you have questions for me. Let’s get cracking, then. Fire away.

Let’s start with the basics. Who are Kat and Mouse?

Kat and Mouse are two female mercenaries (in the stories I call then “ronin”) working out of the West Coast metroplex of Bay City in the year 2042. They take on a variety of jobs that require armed intervention. Shady jobs. The kind that take place under the radar and outside the law.

They really just want simple, get-in-get-out-get-paid kinds of jobs, but fate always seems to have something else in store for them. Every. Single. Time.

Can the Season 2 of Kat and Mouse be read without first reading Season 1?

Yes, I believe it can. Each episode of Season 2 is a stand-alone story, much like the episodes in Season 1. You can read Season 2 and enjoy the story arc.

But to really appreciate the connections mentioned in Season 2, I think reading of Season 1 is helpful.

And really, I just want you to buy Season 1–what?


Did I just say that out loud?


Can we try that one again…?

Nope. Moving on. What are your future plans for the series?

Definitely more adventures for the Duo. It’s fun chronicling the escapades of these tywo crazy kids and I plan to keep writing as the long as the ideas keep coming through.

Season 3 of the serial will start up in mid-/late-November (hopefully) and will explore the consequences of an event that takes place at the tail end of Season 2.

Let’s chat about your influences. Who is your favorite sci-fi author?

It’s a tie between Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein. I grew up watching a lot of sci-fi (Star Wars, Star Trek, giant robot anime, etc) but Asimov was my gateway author to written sci-fi. His classic story “Nightfall” was the first prose sci-fi I read and it blew my 12-year-old mind away. Then came the novel I, Robot and then the Foundation novels.

I encountered Heinlein in high school (I was 16 or 17), first through Starship Troopers, then Moon is a Harsh Mistress, and on to Stranger in a Strange Land, his Future History stories in The Past Through Tomorrow, and, my favorite, The Cat Who Walks Through Walls.

You’re well known for handing out buckets of coffee to your Twitter followers. What happens when *you* don’t get your coffee?

I tend to get a little grumpy and snippy.

It’s best I get that morning cup right off the bat.

Or else people may die…

Duly noted! Changing subject. What were the last three books you read?

Poltergeist by Kat Richardson, Full Black by Brad Thor, and Legend by David Gemmell.

Confession time. What’s the weirdest thing that ever happened to you…while naked?

I’m afraid I can’t talk about it as it’s still classified.

And under investigation.

Next question.

Ooh, you ducked my favorite question! Let’s head back into safer territory. What’s your favorite sci-fi movie and why?

Dune. The David Lynch version. For one, it’s so over-the-top, from the costumes to the production design to the soundtrack (Brian Eno and Toto? Wow.). For another, the dialogue is so deliciously quoteable. My favorite line from the movie is and will always be: “Usul, we have wormsign the likes of which even God has never seen.”

And where else can you see Patrick Stewart, Jose Ferrer, Max Von Sydow, Jurgen Prochnow, and Sting (Sting, fer cryin’ out loud, wearing a chrome-plated art-deco speedo) all in one movie?

I give points to Lynch for even attempting that in a two-hour format.

Sting’s outfit in that one blinded me to the extent I can’t remember anything else about the movie!

Thanks for visiting, Abner. Wishing you a metric tons of sales!



Abner Senires writes cyberpunk pulp and probably drinks far too much coffee. He lives just outside Seattle, WA with his wife and a pair of rambunctious cats.



Things are heating up for near-future female mercenaries Kat and Mouse as they tackle even more hair-raising jobs for shadowy clients and run afoul of terrorists, freedom fighters, hired assassins, a Japanese crime syndicate, and warring punkergangs. And smack in the middle of this, an enemy from the past is back and wants revenge on the duo.

Now these two sassy sisters-in-arms must fight back and survive…and still get their jobs done.

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Oh, the Stupidity: An Interview

Lucy BannerI was interviewed by author Lucy Woodhull recently. She writes books that give me endless fits of giggles. So much fun!

In addition to being a wonderfully funny writer, she also has the unusual ability to ask extremely stupid questions. So much talent wrapped up in one bundle!

So check out the interview, feel free to add your own stupidity in comments, and don’t forget to check out her hilarious books.

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Introducing: In The Devil’s Nebula by Anna Hackett


One of my writer buddies, Anna Hackett, has a new release.  And it sounds fantastic!

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Action, Adventure and Romance IN THE DEVIL’S NEBULA

First there was AT STAR’S END and the treasure hunt to find the last remaining fragment of the Mona Lisa. Now travel to the heart of the Devil’s Nebula on the hunt for the gun used to assassinate Abraham Lincoln.


He lost it all.

His career, his woman, his sanity.

Two years ago, on a deadly mission to the lawless Devil’s Nebula, Commander Zayn Phoenix’s life imploded. Now the former Strike Wing pilot fills his days with dangerous adventures alongside his treasure hunter brothers.

But his nights are another story: haunted by nightmares of one unforgivable act.

Until an assassin lures him into a hunt. A hunt for her freedom from the Assassin’s Guild. A hunt for a derringer used in an ancient and infamous assassination—of old Earth president, Abraham Lincoln.

Zayn is compelled to join the perilous adventure with Ria Dante that will take them straight into the heart of the Devil’s Nebula, but not for money, fame or treasure.

He joins because Ria has the face of the woman he left for dead in the Nebula years before.


To read the first chapter or buy <<Click here>>


About Anna:

I’m Anna Hackett and I write action romance stories to thrill you, excite you and leave you inspired. I write about people overcoming unbeatable odds and achieving seemingly impossible goals to inspire you with the truth that the possibility exists for all of us to do the same. I love car chases, explosions and spaceships…and of course when the boy wins the girl. Oh, and I’m a sucker for that moment when the team is walking in slow motion, shoulder-to-shoulder heading off into battle. After reading, watching or writing an awesome action romance story, I’m left energized and feeling like anything is possible. I aim to give the same to my readers.

I love hearing from fellow action romance lovers!


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More ZIPLESS Giveaways!

ZiplessBack from my vacation in the wilds of Canada, and playing catch-up on promoting my latest release.

I’ve been visiting with writer buddies Pippa Jay and Jessica Subject.

Over on Pippa’s blog I’m introducing the characters in ZIPLESS and there’s also an opportunity to win a copy of the e-book.

At Jessica’s blog I’m chatting about some of the favorite things about the writing of ZIPLESS and yet another opportunity to win a copy.

While you’re visiting these two blogs be sure to check out Pippa and Jessica’s work. My big thanks goes out to both of them for hosting me!


Kensington | Amazon US Amazon UK | All Romance Barnes & Noble

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In Which Diane Dooley Gets Blinterviewed!

hairy paula #2I’ve been blinterviewed by Regan Summers. And it was a hair-raising experience!

<–<– Yes, that’s me.

You can find the interview here. Check out her books while you’re over there. I’ve read both Don’t Bite the Messenger and Running in the Dark, and highly recommend them.

We’re chatting mostly about my most recent release, ZIPLESS. Here’s a few quotes from that story. Hope you enjoy the quotes and the interview.

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

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Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly: Call for Submissions, Cyborg Theme

SFRQ-button-300x200Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly seeks short stories for publication in online magazine focused on Science Fiction Romance.


1,000 to 7,500 words. For Issue #4, we are accepting SFR stories with a Cyborg theme; that is, they must include cyborgs and SF and Romance elements with an upbeat ending. We also prefer stronger heroines to passive ones.


US$30 paid upon publication, promotional biography with two links, and a complimentary quarter-page advertisement. (We’re working on increasing the rate, but it all depends on how much ad revenue we get in.)

Deadline for Issue #4

August 15, 2014.

Rights sought

Six-month exclusive world digital rights from date of publication; non-exclusive thereafter.

Other info

One short story will be published per quarterly issue, so please send only edited and polished work, with the understanding that the majority will be rejected. Due to the constraints, we are unable to give personalized feedback on rejected stories. Please send only ONE story.

Stories that tie-in to a previously established world will be considered, but story must stand alone.

All sub-genres of science fiction will be considered.

Any heat level, from sweet to erotic, will be considered. Be aware that the fiction editor prefers her erotica on the literary side.

Original, previously unpublished fiction only; no fan fiction, please.

We’re okay with simultaneous submissions, but if you sell your story elsewhere in the meantime, PLEASE be courteous and let us know!

If you are unfamiliar with Science Fiction Romance, please read the fiction in our magazine to inform yourself.


Standard manuscript format, please. Send brief cover letter with biographical information and publication history, along with attached story (.RTF or .DOC format) to Diane Dooley by deadline:

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Women That Rock: Guitar-Playing Singer-Songwriter Edition

ZiplessMy rock ‘n roll romance novella, ZIPLESS, has been released into the wild. The main character, Louisa Marzaroli, is a singer-songwriter who can no longer perform due to a traumatic episode when she was much younger. A major part of her character arc is finding the strength to get back on stage and kick some serious butt with her songwriting, singing, and guitar-playing chops.

Was there a particular female performer who inspired the character of Lou? No, actually. There were  many.

Here are just a few of them in no particular order of preference:

Tracy Chapman. Love her. That gorgeous, rich voice, the sincerity of her delivery, that mega-kilowatt smile. This is one of my favorite songs from her, and I’m fascinated by the story in it. In jail, on $20,000 bail, but no regrets. Oh, the things we won’t do for love.

Michelle Shocked. Now more famous for an offensive outburst than anything else, but me, I still remember the first time I heard the ‘Texas Campfire Tapes,’ which was just the first time of so, so many. It’s really hard to find performances of her earlier material on YouTube, but here’s one. It will probably get taken down at some point, so check it out while you can.  The story, the voice, the presence, and oh my, the guitar playing.

Courtney Love. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know everyone hates Courtney. I don’t.  ‘Live Through This’ was an almost perfect piece of rage and pain in sonic form. And she’s one hell of a frontwoman.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe. This is one of my favorite vids on YouTube. She arrives at a train station near rainy Manchester in 1964, dressed like she’s about to attend a tea party with the Queen. Then she straps on a guitar… And didn’t it rain, children?

Maria McKee. I’ve been a fan of Maria’s magnificent voice since the Lone Justice days, but this later song and performance is a big favorite of mine. The intensity of that stare, the ongoing dedications to the unloved, the lonely, the misfits. And when she’s goes a bit bonkers on her beat up old guitar…goosebumps galore.

Joan Armatrading. Was she ever famous outside of the UK? I don’t even know if she’s considered obscure or not. She shouldn’t be. Great songwriter and vocalist, but it’s her guitar work that really makes her a must-have on this list. She can play the hell out of that thing. Frickin’ guitar goddess.

PJHarvey. HUGE fan of Polly Jean. Hardest thing was just picking one clip. She’s such an intense performer, and in this clip she has a huge crowd in the palm of her hand.

I lied. Here’s another astonishing performance from PJ. And if you think she was angry in that last performance…

Sandy Denny. Have you ever had the crazy lady blues? In under two minutes, let Sandy Denny cleanse your soul with the beauty of her song, her voice, and her acoustic guitar.

I could go on and on…and on and on. Do you have a particular favorite? Or would you care to add one of your own? Please feel free to comment or add your own in the comment section. Rock on!



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The SFR Brigade’s Midsummer Blog Hop 2014

SFR Blog hopPeople often ask me: why do you like Science Fiction Romance so much?

My answer is always along the lines of, well, who wouldn’t? Strong heroines, dashing heroes, a huge variety of sub-genres, rip-roaring adventures, and endings guaranteed to make me sigh. In a nutshell, I love to meet all those interesting characters and explore all those fascinating imaginary worlds created by SFR authors.

I’ve always been a bit of a wanderer, but these days, tied down with kids, a husband, and a mortgage, I’m afraid I must satisfy my wanderlust by exploring through fiction. And in SFR stories I’m not even tied to planet Earth. I can go anywhere! Absolutely anywhere.

When I pick up an SFR story I don’t know where I’m going to end up. If I was lie in the grass and stare upwards on a starry night, wondering what’s out there, Science Fiction Romance is a genre I can turn to, guaranteed to take me on a wild adventurous ride among the stars.

Are you a fan of Science Fiction Romance? Or maybe ready to try it for the first time? Well, you are in the right place.

I am giving away three prize packages. Check out my SFR novellas, Blue Galaxy and Blue Nebula, both from Carina Press, and Mako’s Bounty from Decadent Publishing. Please note these books are not part of the bigger blog hop prize package. I’m also adding a copy of the SFR anthology I was one of the editors on, Tales from the SFR Brigade, to each prize package. Sound good? Then go ahead and enter my easy giveaway.

Enter here via Rafflecopter: Diane Dooley Giveaway

The main blog hop consists of the following prizes:

First Prize: $100 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card + 42 Science Fiction Romance e-books

Second Prize: $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card + 33 Science Fiction Romance e-books

Third Prize: Three $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card + 12 Science Fiction Romance e-books (three separate winners)

Please note there will be NO CASH OR ALTERNATE PRIZES.

Enter here via Rafflecopter: Midsummer Blog Hop

Many other SFR authors are participating and there are so many more fabulous giveaways going on! Climb aboard the blog hop here.

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