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Category Archives: Science Fiction

Sci-fi, Scifi, SFF, however you write it, this is speculative and futuristic writing.

Discover the world of the Elf Queen by Lyndi Alexander #RLFblog #SciFi #fantasy #urbanfantasyLyndi Alexander, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

The Elf Queen by Lyndi Alexander

Genre: Fantasy
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
At her friend’s coaxing, Jelani tries on a glass slipper left lying on the sidewalk. When she steps into the shoe, it shatters, cutting her foot. As blood trickles to the pavement and mingles with the broken glass, dozens of two-inch high creatures emerge and then scurry away into the shadows. Soon she is approached by two mysterious and handsome men claiming to be elves who need her help to rescue their queen. More revelations come, threatening to unravel the life of this sassy barista from Missoula, Montana. Jelani must learn to accept that elves are real and living in the forests of the Bitterroot Mountains.
What species/races of people are in your book?
Humans and elves

Language and Culture

In the culture of your story world, what is different from ours?
Sadly, it is what makes them the same that becomes more important. Jealousy, strife and bad family dynamics are behind the schism which led to the state of the elven world at the time this story takes place. Brother against sister, sons against fathers—the clan must wrestle with these before they can move forward.
What special laws are important to your story world?
The clan comes from a place of connection to the land (which is why the elves will work openly with ELF, the Earth Liberation Front, considered ecoterrorists by the FBI). They draw strength and energy from earth centers, and return it to the earth once they are gone. Years past, they had a balanced symbiosis with the land, and they must return to this balance if they are to survive.

Story Setting

Describe one of the worlds where your story takes place.
The Clan Elves of the Bitterroot live side by side with the people and animals of the northwest Montana lands. Most of the time they pass unnoticed, as do their homes, wrought by magic in the forest, up in the trees, like gossamer floors and walls, because the human world moves so quickly and remains self-absorbed. Once a mage of the clan teaches a human how to “see what is right in front of them, then this shadowy world can be seen.
What makes this world unique?
Their needs are not great, so they can generate everything they need with their own magic. For example, when mage Daven Talvi constructs a home for Jelani inside a large tree trunk, she finds that space is different inside a spelled place. Her nerdy friends compare it to the Tardis—much bigger on the inside than outside.
Tell us about the age of the culture in your story, i.e., are the people part of an ancient civilization, a newly formed group within an established culture, pioneer colonists, etc.
The civilization goes back to the time of the Native Americans. In those earliest days, elves and humans had much the same way of life and they honored the same things. As humans “matured”, the two cultures grew apart, and the elves began keeping to themselves and moving deeper into the forests. This is why the older forests are cherished grounds for them.
What food or drink is available to your characters?
Whatever they can find in the woods, of course. But as the elves interact with the humans in the story, they do get to experience some more unusual fare like coffee and eggs with brains.

Character Physiology

What are the physical characteristics of the race/species of your main characters?
They appear very much as humans. In fact, until they use their powers, one might see them as anyone else who blends into the background.
What physical differences exist in the way your characters communicate (i.e., telepathy, empathic abilities, etc.) with each other?
The elves are telepathic with others of their own kind. Each elf also has a certain specialty power that helps them contribute to the clan, i.e. ability to control water, fire, wind, etc.

Sharing World Building Expertise

Please give us three tips you find helpful when creating a story world:
Being able to visualize your setting provides myriad details you can use to make the narrative strong. I visited the area north of Missoula several times in order to secure these details—the deep forests, the gray mountains, the waterways of the area. Even the odd tree formations at the Montana Vortex came in useful in The Elf Guardian.
Don’t hold back on your details. They are what make your story come to life.
Think about the language differences for time, for food, etc. Even on our own planet we don’t all use meters or inches—wouldn’t those of a different world have different words for such things? Then you have to use them in a way that it’s clear what they mean to someone reading in American English.
When you researched for your story setting, what kinds of things did you learn?
When I wrote this book, it was the first time I’d ever learned about ecoterrorism. Strangely, this brand of terrorist is trying to save the forests by preventing development of old forest lands. Some are fairly harmless, like those who sit in trees to keep loggers from taking them down. Others put spikes in trees to deter loggers from using their equipment. Others, more violent in nature, actually blow things up to get their message across.
What things should writers avoid when building a science fiction world?
Making it too ordinary.

Where to buy The Elf Queen

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/1936381036/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/elf-queen-lyndi-alexander/1100074888?ean=9781538030219
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Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-elf-queen
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/5283

Lyndi Alexander Social Media

Lyndi Alexander always dreamed of faraway worlds and interesting alien contacts. She lives as a post-modern hippie in Asheville, North Carolina, a single mother of her last child of seven, a daughter on the autism spectrum, finding that every day feels a lot like first contact with a new species.
Website https://lyndialexander.wordpress.com/the-clan-elves-of-the-bitterroot-series/
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Amazon Author Pagehttps://www.amazon.com/Lyndi-Alexander/e/B005GDYPU2

 

The Phoenix Rising series by Alexandra Christian @lexxxchristian #RLFblog #scifiromance #scifiAlexandra Christian, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

The Phoenix Rising series by Alexandra Christian

Genre : Sci-fi Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Librarian Phoebe Addison has lived her entire life within a seventy-five mile radius of her small Louisiana town, but when she receives a strange medallion from her adventurous, off-world sister, reality tilts toward the bizarre. Everything Phoe thought she knew is…well, wrong. Dead wrong. But bone-numbing fear has no place in this brave new world—nor by the side of the dangerous, exquisite man who saves her life.
Following the tragic slaughter of his family, operative Macijah “Cage” St. John understands evil in a way no man ever should. He traded happiness for a magnificent and terrible power, and fate isn’t done with him yet. He wasn’t looking for comfort. He didn’t need tenderness. But today he’ll play hero to a damsel in distress, and his quest will deliver him to the uncanny Martian colony of New London—and his heart to the demure Phoebe Addison. The bookish beauty’s hidden talents and deep abiding love just might save Cage from himself.

Where to buy The Phoenix Rising series

Boroughs Publishing Group: http://boroughspublishinggroup.com/authors/alexandra-christian
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B077LLJ2DX/

Alexandra Christian Social Media

Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly romance with a speculative slant. Her love of Stephen King and sweet tea has flavored her fiction with a Southern Gothic sensibility that reeks of Spanish moss and deep-fried eccentricity. Her guiding principle as a romance novelist has always been to write romantic adventures for people who think they hate romances. After all, love itself is life’s greatest adventure.
A self-proclaimed “Southern Belle from Hell,” Lexx is a native South Carolinian who lives with an epileptic wiener dog and her husband, author Tally Johnson. In addition to her writing, she also has unhealthy obsessions with Sherlock Holmes and Star Wars. Her long-term aspirations are to one day be a best-selling authoress and part-time pinup girl. She’s also a member of Romance Writers of America.
Website: http://lexxxchristian.wixsite.com/alexandrachristian
Twitter https://twitter.com/lexxxchristian
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Read A Small Degree of Hope by Lyndi Alexander #RLFblog #SciFi #Romance Lyndi Alexander, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Tell us about your book.

A Small Degree of Hope by Lyndi Alexander

Genre: sci-fi romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Against her wealthy father’s demands, and the usual blockades of a male dominated profession, Kylie Sanderson proves worthy of her position as lead investigator of planet Andan’s Scientific and Investigative Research Taskforce. Someone is killing Andan’s women in an attempt to mutate them into reptiles. Kylie makes it her mission to discover who’s behind the murders and prevent more grotesque deaths.
Shapeshifting lizard Griff comes to Andan to stop his brethren from mutating other planets’ women into mindless breeding stock. Overcoming Kylie’s suspicious and defensive nature proves difficult, but he must in order to help the SIRT team thwart his planet’s scientists.
When Kylie is abducted and becomes the first human to survive the transformation, it’s up to Griff to rescue her so SIRT can restore her human form. On the run and desperate to unravel the mysteries of Kylie’s past to solve the crimes of their present, can she and Griff forge a future for themselves?

Where to buy A Small Degree of Hope

Publisher https://www.kensingtonbooks.com/book.aspx/30085
Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Small-Degree-Hope-Lyndi-Alexander/dp/1616508396/
Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-small-degree-of-hope-lyndi-alexander/1115425659
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/a-small-degree-of-hope-2

Lyndi’s Social Media

Lyndi Alexander always dreamed of faraway worlds and interesting alien contacts. She lives as a post-modern hippie in Asheville, North Carolina, a single mother of her last child of seven, a daughter on the autism spectrum, finding that every day feels a lot like first contact with a new species.
Website https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4185290.Lyndi_Alexander
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lyndialexander13/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4185290.Lyndi_Alexander
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Lyndi-Alexander/e/B005GDYPU2

 

Help review a #SciFi book - Bro by Kayelle Allen #RLFblog #ReviewWould you like to review a new Science Fiction story? Check out Bro, a new short scifi read by Kayelle Allen, available to review on Netgalley and BookSprout. You can help the author when you review Bro on a site like Amazon, Goodreads, Netgalley, BookSprout, your blog, or on social media. If you review this story, feel free to leave a link in the comments. Thank you for reading this book!

Bro by Kayelle Allen

Genre SciFi
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
The tech Senth is about to claim will make him invisible. Finally, the young halfbreed thief will be out of sight, shielded from the taunts humans fire at him. But when that tech reveals he has a human half-brother who’s bound by a cruel slaver, Senth must find a way to save his brother from abuse and win his freedom — even though Senth is a slave himself.
There’s just one problem. The new Thieves’ Guild tech might make him invisible, but it can’t shield him from the truth…

Where to read and review Bro

Publisher Romance Lives Forever Books
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Other sites are also welcome. Thank you for taking time to read and review this story.

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Kayelle Allen writes Sci Fi with misbehaving robots, immortal gamers, and warriors who purr. She’s a US Navy veteran who’s been married so long she’s tenured.
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Is It True: Fear the Reaper by Jami Gray @jamigrayauthor #RLFblog #Postapocalyptic #RomanceWelcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Let’s play Is It True with today’s guest, Jami Gray, author of Fear the Reaper, a Post-apocalyptic Romance. This is a game with yes and no questions. Writers can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

Fear the Reaper by Jami Gray

Genre Post-apocalyptic Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
When the hunter becomes the hunted, it’s time to reap what you sowed…
The world didn’t end in fire and explosions, instead it collapsed slowly, like falling dominoes, an intensifying panic of disease, food shortages, wild weather and collapsing economies, until what remained of humanity battles for survival in a harsh new reality.
After vowing to never again put his life on the line for another’s ambitions, Reaper, leader of Fate’s Vultures, has earned himself a formidable reputation. Unfortunately, that reputation isn’t enough to stop an old enemy from retaliating. With bounty hunters sniffing at their heels, Reaper vows retribution and takes the Vultures to the one person no one expects–Lilith, the woman he once loved.
As leader of the Rocky Mountain territory, Lilith has paid dearly for a position that kept her secrets safe. When a looming threat draws close, every devil’s bargain she’s made falls by the wayside and she is forced to partner with the man who walked away.
With no choice but to work together against a common enemy, Lilith and Reaper need to find their way through the minefield of past betrayals and broken promises to ensure a future for those they’ve sworn to protect … before it all goes to hell.

Is it true:

this is your first book?
Nope, this is actually my twelfth.
this book is part of a series?
Yep! I’m a serious series writer (try saying that five times fast!) This is the fourth and last book in my post-apocalyptic romance series, Fate’s Vultures.
you lost sleep while writing this book?
Of course. Actually, every time I get near the middle, I start worrying about the story. Even worse, as I head into the end, the characters start haunting my dreams. When it comes the world that the Vultures live in, yeah, those images seeped into my dreams more than once and kept me up.
you did research for this book?
I’m a research fiend, so I could lose myself in research. I have to limit how much time I spend on research. To help ensure my world building rang true, I ended up reading a lot of theorical papers on worse case scenarios for world economies, civilizations, and so forth. It was actually pretty darnn scary to delve that deep into some scenarios, but the fact that humans managed to find a way to rise above, keeps the light of hope burning. I hang on to that hope no matter how discouraging the stories playing across our world theater.
some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)
Nope, everyone’s human. The difference these characters have been honed by brutal circumstances and a harsh new world, so black and white is actually a murky kind of gray.
this book has more than one genre?
To me, no. It’s a straight up post-apocalyptic romance, but I’ve watched it get categorized as Sci-Fi (I’m not even sure how that’s possible) and Action & Adventure (and I can totally see that one).
you speak more than one language?
Not fluently. I grew up on the US/Mexico border so I spend most of my teenage years speaking Spanish.
you grew up where you live now?
I’ve stayed in the same state, yes, but not without some side trips to the Pacific Northwest and Utah. Somehow, I always end back in Arizona. My Knight in Slightly Muddy Armor and I will probably attempt another escape in a few years when the Prankster Duo have settled. Fingers crossed we’ll be successful this time.
you love to read?
Holy mama-jamma, do I ever. I’m an avid reader, have been for-freakin’-ever. When I’m not on a project I can devour four to five books a week, but when I’m writing I tend to slow down to two to three.
you are never late?
I wish I could claim that honor, but I do my best not to be. I find that if I’m trying to stuff a bunch of errands into a condensed timeframe, I tend to skate the tardiness line.
you love pizza?
Eh…I like it, but love it? Not me. The males in my house, however, consider it a primary food group.
you love sushi?
That I do, and because the males in my house don’t, it leaves more for me.
you have a pet?
Two beautiful furry girls–Lola and Angel–our rescue-lab sisters. I needed to balance out the gender scales in my humble abode.

Where to buy Fear the Reaper

Escape Publishing https://www.harpercollins.com.au/9781489291158/fear-the-reaper/

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SBFW5PB/

Barnes and Noble  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fear-the-reaper-jami-gray/1131266181

iBooks https://books.apple.com/au/book/fear-the-reaper-fates-vultures-4/id1465294604

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/fear-the-reaper-fate-s-vultures-4

Jami Gray Social Media

Jami Gray is the coffee addicted, music junkie, Queen Nerd of her personal Geek Squad, Alpha Mom of the Fur Minxes, and award-winning author of the Urban Fantasy series, The Kyn Kronicles, the Paranormal Romantic Suspense series, PSY-IV Teams, and her latest Romantic Suspense series, Fate’s Vultures. She writes to soothe the voices in her head.
Website http://www.JamiGray.com
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Deadly Exodus by Kim McMahill @kimmcmahill #RLFblog #DystopianRomanceKim McMahill, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about Deadly Exodus.

Deadly Exodus by Kim McMahill

Genre: Dystopian Young Adult Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
To most, America has become a safe, orderly, predictable place, but to a few, like Nyla and Ethan, it has become a prison. Inseparable since childhood, but now faced with being torn apart, they are determined to change the course of their future. With a ruling authority too powerful to challenge, only the most courageous dare to defy the new order and embrace forbidden love.

Where to buy Deadly Exodus

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007VOK2NS/
Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/desperate-dreams-kim-mcmahill/1110282279
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/deadly-exodus
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/153509

Kim McMahill Social Media

Kim McMahill grew up in Wyoming which is where she developed her sense of adventure and love of the outdoors. She started out writing non-fiction, but her passion for exotic world travel, outrageous adventures, stories of survival, and happily-ever-after endings soon drew her into a world of romantic suspense and adventure fiction. Along with writing novels Kim has also published over eighty travel and geographic articles, and contributed to a travel anthology. Kim currently resides in Colorado, and when not writing, she enjoys gardening, traveling, hiking, and spending time with family.
Blog: https://kimmcmahill.blogspot.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/kimmcmahill
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http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25623284-a-dose-of-danger
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