Call for Sci-Fi Romance Short Stories: Issue 12

Issue-11-CoverTHEME FOR ISSUE 12: General…let your imagination go wild!

Length: 2,000 to 7,500 words.

Payment: 2.5 cents/word (US) paid upon publication, promotional biography with two links, and a complimentary quarter-page advertisement.

Deadline for Issue #12: 15 August 2016.

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 Original, previously unpublished fiction only.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.

Story should meld the Science Fiction and Romance genres, and must have an upbeat (HEA/HFN) ending. Not quite sure what we’re looking for? Read our original fiction in previous issues. Read also our Fiction Editor’s take on why YOUR story got rejected.

No multiple submissions. No stories that have previously been rejected by us. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please inform us if the story is placed elsewhere.

Submit here! Standard manuscript format, please.

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It’s the Blue Moon Blog Hop!

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Hi, everyone. I’m delighted to be participating in the Blue Moon Blog Hop, organized by the wonderfully efficient Pippa Jay.  The theme is BLUE, and that just happened to fit perfectly with three of my books. Why am I so enamored with BLUE, you ask? Well, let me explain.

Three definitions of BLUE:

– A color between green and indigo on the spectrum

– Melancholy, sad, or depressed

– A movie joke or story with sexual content

In my trio of BLUE books, Earth is ruled by the aristocratic Blues, led by the self appointed Dictator. Earth is their base, but the planet is slowly dying. Now, the Blues must extend and consolidate their power into the rest of the inhabited galaxy.

 

Cover Art - Blue GalaxyIn the first book, Blue Galaxy, a young aristocratic woman, Sola de la Vega, is being sent to an arranged marriage with a Blue warlord on a colonized planet in the Outer Rim. The pilot of the ship that will carry her there, Javan Rhodes, former war hero turned alcoholic space flotsam, has the misfortune to fall in love with the woman, who turns out to be nothing like the demure young Blue she presents herself to be. There is melancholy and sadness, oh yes. And quite a bit of sexual content *grin*

 

Blue Nebula_MDThe twist and turns of Blue Galaxy, all told from the perspective of Captain Rhodes, leads directly into the second book, Blue Nebula, where the adventures continue from the point of view of Sola de la Vega. Swashbuckling of various kinds occur, secrets are revealed, hearts are broken, and the very uncertain future of the galaxy becomes a battle ground. The wily old Dictator of Earth has set a series of events in play that Sola and Javan must overcome, not just for the future of their relationship, but for the very survival of Planet Earth.

 

Blue Yonder-highresWell, that’s what the power players are up to. Back on Earth, as the Blues start to flee the dying planet, the ordinary people must go to extreme lengths to afford their own evacuation. The story continues in Blue Yonder as factory worker and part time prostitute, Isabel Visconti, is on the brink of escape when her old friend, Daniel Mourneau, shows up to beg a dangerous favor, one that could lead to an unimaginably horrible future for her. But how can she abandon her dearest friend?

 

Well, that’s my Blue trio. You can enter to win  a grand prize of books and giftcards via Rafflecopter.  I’m also giving away three sets of my Blue trio to three randomly selected commenters on this blog. I’m in a three kind of mood *grin* The seven other authors in the hop have blue obsessions of their own. Hop on over to read the rest of the contributions to the Blue Moon Blog Hop. Have fun!

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A New Story and an Interview

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Illustration by Sue Babcock

Well, I guess it’s time for an update.

My short story, The Trail of Stars, has been published in Issue 28 of Liquid Imagination. You can read  my story here. It’s SciFi with a Horror twist. I hope you enjoy. Each story comes with an original piece of artwork by Sue Babcock.

I was recently interviewed by author Sara Jayne Townsend for her regular Monday’s Friend  series. Check it out!

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Call for Submissions: Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly Issue 11

SFRQ-Issue6-CoverTHEME FOR ISSUE 11: Alien Love

Length: 2,000 to 7,500 words.

Payment: 2.5 cents/word (US) paid upon publication, promotional biography with two links, and a complimentary quarter-page advertisement.

Deadline for Issue #11: 15 May 2016.

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.

Story should meld the Science Fiction and Romance genres, and must have an upbeat (HEA/HFN) ending. Not quite sure what we’re looking for? Read our original fiction in previous issues. Read also our Fiction Editor’s take on why YOUR story got rejected.

No multiple submissions. No stories that have previously been rejected by us. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please inform us if the story is placed elsewhere.

Submit! Standard manuscript format, please.

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Blue Yonder Wins an SFR Galaxy Award!

SFRGalaxyAwards_iconWell, this is so damn cool. BLUE YONDER has won an SFR Galaxy Award, my second book from Decadent Publishing to do so. The previous winner was Mako’s Bounty. The specific award given  was for the Best Scene Stealer, and my lovely plot moppet, Baby Jack, was the one who stole all his scenes. Read on to meet him.

I’m so happy about the award I think I’ll give away a few copies of BLUE YONDER. If you’d like to get to know Jack and the other characters better, please contact me to request a complimentary e-copy.

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He shook off his thoughts, strolling around the corner and then through the back door, pausing to enter the lock combo from memory. Yannis’s wife, Dora, sat at a table in the back room, packing small, dry oranges into bags, her face as miserable as always. She looked up as he entered. “That bastard Vangelis is still charging us for protection?”

Daniel pulled down his mask. “You’ve got a guard on your door, don’t you? Pay up. And watch your fucking mouth.”

Dora stood, then grumbled her way to a desk in the corner of the room. She pulled an envelope out of the top drawer, before turning and tossing it onto the table in front of Daniel. He opened it, spilled out the multicolored creds and started counting. Halfway through he heard an impossible noise. Dora crying? He glanced up into the stony face. Nope. He doubted a tear had ever dropped from those grim eyes. He turned toward the sound. In another corner was a cage with a mattress inside. Holding on to the bars and sobbing piteously was a small child. “A baby? I haven’t seen one of those in forever.” He rose and went over, crouching down and gazing into the limpid brown eyes of a half-naked little boy. “How old is he?”

Dora shrugged. “Eighteen months, maybe. Something like that.”

The boy reached a hand through the bars and clutched one of Daniel’s fingers. He stared down at it. Such a small hand. His fingers were thin, but he held on with an impressive grip. A fat tear slid down the child’s face, leaving a clear track through the dirt. Daniel turned back to Dora. “Is he your grandson?”

An amused snort exploded from Dora, the closest he’d ever seen her to happy. “My grandkids are grown and working for a warlord on Greenpath. I’ll be joining them soon enough. And that useless daughter of mine will take care of me in my old age. Whether she likes it or not.” She stabbed a bony finger in the direction of the child. “That right there is our ticket off this fucking planet. I’m gonna be retiring in style.”

Daniel looked back at the boy. “He’s for sale? Who the hell is gonna buy an extra mouth to feed?”

“Some Blue bastard. But he won’t be feeding the kid for long. His own brat needs a new set of kidneys, and the family can’t leave until then. I negotiated an excellent price. ” Dora smirked at her own cleverness. “The Blues are abandoning the city, the whole planet. You know what that means? It’s time to get the fuck out of here.”

The little finger clutched harder and the boy let out a sob. Poor kid. It was almost as if he’d understood the old bat. Daniel reluctantly disengaged his finger from the child’s grasp and went back to the table. He started recounting the creds. “Where’s his mother?

Dora shrugged again. “Who cares? What kind of stupid bitch would bring a baby into this world? He was being experimented on up at the hospital, so I’m doing him a favor.”

Daniel paused. “A favor that’ll kill him.”

“Whatever. The Blue is paying me enough for a ticket off this shithole. Me and Yannis both. Tell Vangelis this is his last payment. We’ll be gone this time next week.”

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Earth is drowning, but Isabel Visconti won’t be going down with the planet. Her earnings as a factory drone and prostitute will soon fund her escape to the stars. All she’ll leave behind is her late husband’s best friend, Daniel Morneau, who has disappeared into the underbelly of the city’s criminal gangs. Until he shows up, pleading for Isabel’s help.

It’s the old Daniel, the kind, gentle one. The man who bought medicine for her dying husband then helped her through the grief. It’s the Daniel she couldn’t possibly refuse to help. But Isabel has already been given a choice by Daniel’s psychopath boss. Betray Daniel—or spend months traveling to a far-off colony, servicing a violent criminal gang along the way.

When Daniel is abducted, Isabel is his only hope. He may die without her, but is there time enough for love on the eve of the end of the world?

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Call for Sci-Fi Romance Short Fiction

Issue4-CoverTHEME FOR ISSUE 10: No special theme…give it your best shot!

Length: 2,000 to 7,500 words.

Payment: 2.5 cents/word (US) paid upon publication, promotional biography with two links, and a complimentary quarter-page advertisement.

Deadline for Issue #9: 15 February 2015.

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.

Story should meld the Science Fiction and Romance genres, and must have an upbeat (HEA/HFN) ending. Not quite sure what we’re looking for? Read our original fiction in previous issues.

No multiple submissions. No stories that have previously been rejected by us. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please inform us if the story is placed elsewhere.

Submit Here

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The Galaxy Express: A New Direction

GalaxyExpressLogoSmallerI can hardly believe it’s been almost eight years since The Galaxy Express blog made its debut. And that for all that time, Heather Massey has sharing her love of science fiction romance, never seeming to run out of material. Over the years I’ve been a somewhat irregular contributor myself, both as Diane Dooley, and sometimes as my irascible alter ego, Agent Z.

But now it’s time for a new direction. With the advent of Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly, there was a great deal of overlapping work Heather was doing for both the mag and the blog. It seemed the time was right for melding the two entities. And so we give you Galaxy Express 2.0, which will continue the work of The Galaxy Express, though with three regular bloggers: Heather, myself, and Kaz Augustin.

The Galaxy Express, and it’s deep archive of everything Sci-Fi Romance, will stay up and available to all. It’s a tremendous resource for all SFR readers and writers (and the search function works great – I use it regularly).

We hope you will join us at Galaxy Express 2.0, where there will be a minimum of three posts per month. See you there! And do please leave comments!

Heather – As a writer and a reader, THANK YOU for all the amazing work you did bringing attention to what was once a small sub-genre. Your dedication, passion, and work ethic have always been an inspiration to me.

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Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly: Issue 9

SFRQ-Issue-09-Cover-232x300Issue 9 of Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly is now live and, as always, it’s FREE.

This issue contains a round-up of the last few months of Science Fiction Romance new releases, several reviews, a guide to SFR movies, TWO original short stories, an introduction to the wonderful world of India-inspired steampunk, sneak peeks of three recent SFR releases, and a whole bunch more.

It’s a bumper issue and you can find it here. If you like what you read, don’t forget to check out our eight archived issues.

You can be reminded of issue releases by following the Quarterly on Twitter @SciFiRomance

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New Release: Down by the Dark Water

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Down by the Dark Water is a contemporary mystery/psychological horror, drenched in Gothic atmosphere. It is available as an e-book exclusively via Amazon.

Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  Amazon CA |  Amazon AU

Free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers

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Contact me for review copies: pdf or mobi formats available

Jane Forsyth wants a new life—far, far away from her cold mother and recently-buried father. Working as personal assistant to a wealthy recluse seems ideal: fresh air, beautiful surroundings on a remote Scottish island, and time to recover from the trauma of nursing her abusive father. But when she arrives at gloomy, ghost-ridden Cardrossan House she finds a family even more dysfunctional than her own.

Her employer, Sebastian Holt-Manning, is drowning in whiskey, his wife has left him, and he treats his only child, Emilia, as if she doesn’t exist. It’s only her budding relationship with the lonely, mercurial teenager that convinces Jane to stay. The neglected Emilia requires a friend—and who better than Jane to mentor her through the hazards of a distant mother and a cruel father.

When Mrs. Holt-Manning’s body is discovered on the banks of the Black Loch, Jane becomes obsessed with the clues she believes point to murder. With Emilia leading her deeper into the shadowy secrets of the family and servants, Jane pursues the elusive facts. But even the strength she used to survive her parents may not be enough to save her from the terrible truths she discovers on the shores of the dark water.

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The SFR Brigade Showcase: Lost Friendship

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I’m taking part in the SFR Brigade Showcase once again. Please click here to discover the other participants in the showcase. This time I’m sharing a short except from my latest release, BLUE YONDER.

Isabel and Daniel were once the closest of friends. Until the death of Jacques, Isabel’s husband and Daniel’s best friend, caused an irreparable rift in their friendship. Daniel is getting ready to flee a dying planet, and has a huge favor to ask of the only thing he will regret leaving behind.

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“Isabel,” he said, sighing. “You have to get off Earth sometime. Let’s go together. We’ll look out for each other. You know, just like old times. I don’t want to go without you. I told Jacques—”

“You told Jacques what?”

“Just that…if anything happened to him, he told me to…to take care of you. Make sure you were okay.”

“And when did he say this?”

Daniel wished he’d never mentioned it. “When he was ill.”

All traces of tears vanished. A small furrow had formed between her eyes. “Did you know he was going to kill himself?”

“No! He was preparing himself, in case we couldn’t get any more of the medicine. He was more worried about you than himself. He worried so much about—”

“The price of the medicine,” she finished for him. “He hated to see how hard I had to work to be able to afford it.”

Daniel shifted uncomfortably. None of this was particularly new. She couldn’t think that Jacques wouldn’t have been worried about dying. And what was a dying man to do, other than ask his best friend to look out for his wife when he was gone? Daniel had to look away from her accusing eyes. She didn’t, couldn’t know how he felt about her, had always felt about her, from the very first moment he’d seen her laughing in the sunlight, her hair tossed back, her laughter erupting over everything and everyone. And then Jacques saying, ‘I met her yesterday. Come meet her. I think I’m in love.’

“So, why didn’t you?” she said flatly. “Why didn’t you take care of me? Why didn’t you make sure I was okay?”

“That’s not fair. I came around. I gave you money. I paid for the funeral.” Daniel backed away a few steps, but Isabel advanced.

She prodded a hard finger in his chest. “And then one day, no more Daniel. Our years of friendship. Gone. When I thought that I  might die of loneliness and grief, where were you?”

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