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.

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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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Cover Reveal: Down By The Dark Water

You can read the blurb here. Cover art by KS Augustin of Sandal Press.

Stay tuned for release date and purchase information.

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Coming Soon: Down By The Dark Water by Diane Dooley

landscape-926464_1920Jane 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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Convergence Point: Coming Soon from Liana Brooks

ConPoint cover (1)A brand new Time and Shadows mystery will release November 24th, 2015 in e-book with print edition to follow in December.

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Agent Samantha Rose has already died once…and knows the exact date she’ll die again.

Having taken down a terrorist organization bent on traveling through time to overthrow the government, Sam figured she was done dealing with the unbelievable. Finally out of backwater Alabama, she’s the senior agent in a Florida district, and her life is back on track.

Until a scientist is found dead.  And then an eco-terrorist.  And then a clone of herself…again.

As the pieces start to fall together, they paint a picture that seems to defy everything we know about time and physics. But the bodies are all too real, and by partnering up with Agent MacKenzie once more, they might just figure out what’s going on.  And when.

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Call for Submissions: Issue 9 of Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly

Issue7-Cover-232x300THEME FOR ISSUE 9: None (all SFR submissions welcome)

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 November 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 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: 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 — Fiction #at# SciFiRomanceQuarterly #dot# org — by deadline.

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