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Category Archives: Science Fiction

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

Tough Prospect: A Buffalo Steampunk Adventure by Laura Strickland @laurastricklandauathor #RLFblog #Steampunk RomanceLaura Strickland, 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.

Tough Prospect is the story of Mitch Carter, a man who’s never had anything soft or easy in his life, meeting up with a woman who, in his eyes, personifies all that’s beautiful, soft, and feminine. Used to battling for everything he needs, he’s prepared to battle for Tessa too. What he doesn’t understand is, love doesn’t respond to force and sometimes must be wooed with a gentle touch. He’ll have to open his heart and become vulnerable, before he succeeds in winning her, and for him that’s the hardest prospect of all.

Tough Prospect: A Buffalo Steampunk Adventure by Laura Strickland

Genre Steampunk Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Mitch Carter’s a hard man. He’s clawed his way up from Buffalo’s gutter through a combination of ruthlessness and stark loyalty to become the King of Prospect Avenue. But when he sees lovely Tessa Verdun, a crack appears in his tough veneer. He wants her for his wife even if making it happen requires coercion, dirty dealing, and a touch of blackmail.
Mitch is the last man Tessa would choose to wed, but he’s forced her into marriage, even though she’s ready to give her heart to another man. Now he tries to win her with lavish gifts and watches her with veiled passion in his eyes. But when everyone else turns against Tessa, it’s Mitch who’s there offering strength. And when vying factions in the city place Tessa in danger, it’s Mitch for whom she longs, though loving such a man is certainly a tough prospect.

Where to buy Tough Prospect: A Buffalo Steampunk Adventure

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JKKPD9J
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/tough-prospect-a-buffalo-steampunk-adventure

Laura Strickland Social Media

Born in Buffalo and raised on the Niagara Frontier, Laura Strickland has been an avid reader and writer since childhood. To her the spunky, tenacious, undefeatable ethnic mix that is Buffalo spells the perfect setting for a little Steampunk, so she created her own Victorian world there. She knows the people of Buffalo are stronger, tougher and smarter than those who haven’t survived the muggy summers and blizzard blasts found on the shores of the mighty Niagara. Tough enough to survive a squad of automatons? Well, just maybe.
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Know the Heroine from Murder is Messy: Space Janitor One by Julia Huni @HuniJulia #RLFblog #CozyMystery #SciFiJulia Huni, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We’re excited to find out more about your heroine, but first, tell us about the book.

Murder is Messy: Space Janitor One by Julia Huni

Genre Science Fiction Cozy Mystery
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
In space, no one can hear you clean.
Most people want fame and fortune, but not Triana Moore. She prefers programming maintenance bots and eating vendo food in the solitude of the space station’s control center. But when a highly connected security agent interrupts her routine with stories of murder and missing bodies, Triana can’t ignore him; it’s cooperate or find a new job. A girl has to pay the rent, even on a crappy studio compartment.
Since working with a shiny detective beats a shuttle dirt-side, Triana lends her programming skills to Agent O’Neill’s investigation. Together, they find more victims and evidence of a major cover-up. A killer with a clean-up crew means money—lots of money, and connections—just the kind of notice Triana tries to avoid. Following the clues leads them to the wealthiest levels of the station, uncovers long-hidden secrets, and puts the killer on notice.
It will take all Triana’s technical talents, most of O’Neill’s connections, and some really excellent croissants to stop the murders, save her job, and ultimately, her life.

Know the Heroine from Murder is Messy: Space Janitor One

Here are some fun questions to help us know your heroine.
It’s late, she’s bored. What does she do?
Triana loves to watch videos, especially early 21st century sci-fi shows like StarTrek, Battlestar Galactica, or Guardians of the Galaxy.
What kind of food would she impulse buy if hungry?
Triana will eat just about anything and everything. Her favorites are noodles from Hot-Good Noodles, pierogis from the Happy Poel, and chocolate from Dolce Amour. Or really, any chocolate.
Describe the kind of clothes she prefers to wear.
Her favorite clothing is her Station Kelly-Kornienko maintenance coverall. It’s drab brown, with a station patch on the shoulder, but it’s soft, comfy, and stain resistant. It also doesn’t require any jewelry or accessories.
Does she know how to fix things?
Triana can fix anything computer related. She’s not so good at fixing dinner.
She tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.
Triana tried to hack her holo-ring so the station operating system wouldn’t be able to track her. Unfortunately, this meant doors would no longer open, lights turned off when everyone else left the room, and she couldn’t order noodles at her favorite restaurant.
How does she act around children she doesn’t know?
She likes to think she’d be like the cool aunt who takes her sister’s kids places their parents would never let them go. In reality, there are very few children on SK2, so she’s kind of uncomfortable around them.
What is she like first thing in the morning?
Triana is quiet until she gets her first cup of coffee, but she’s not cranky. She’s also not particularly peppy.
How does she act around people who don’t know what she is?
Nobody really knows what she is. So, either her whole life is an act, or she just acts like herself. Even she isn’t sure which is true.
Will she let a worker handle things or do it herself?
She’s really independent. Most things she wants to do herself, but sometimes she manages to screw them up.
Earrings/piercings/tattoos or unadorned skin?
Triana doesn’t have any piercings or tattoos, but, in her world skin and eye color can be changed by an esthetician. Triana’s roommate, Kara, does skin and hair mods, and in the second book of the series, she learns eye mods. She loves to practice on Triana.
Personal vehicle or public transport?
She lives on a space station, so neither. Although in book 2 they go dirtside, ride a HyperLoop and later rent a bubble.
Recycle or toss?
Always recycle. The station is green!
Thanks for helping us get to know your heroine!

Where to buy Murder is Messy: Space Janitor One

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Murder-Messy-Space-Janitor-One/
Universal book link https://books2read.com/spacejanitorone

Julia Huni Social Media

Julia Huni grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and after twenty years roaming the country with the Air Force, she’s back. She has a husband, three kids and a dog named Pippin.
She’s been an IT guy, a choir director, an executive assistant, a stay-at-home mom, a college instructor, and that lady at the information booth in a tourist town. But writer is the best job ever, because she gets to make stuff up. Stuff she wishes were true, stuff she’s glad isn’t true.
When she’s not writing, or working at her day job at the college, she likes to knit, and bake crazy cakes for her kids’ birthdays. She also loves to travel.
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Meet Ruhger from Lightwave: Clocker by AM Scott @AM_Scottwrites #RLFblog #SciFi #SpaceOperaWelcome Captain Ruhger from Lightwave: Clocker a new Space Opera series by AM Scott. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about the story your author wrote.

Captain Ruhger of Lightwave: Clocker

Age: 39 standard years
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Phalanx Eagle Troop Fold Transport
Profession: Fold Transport and Shuttle Pilot
Ethnicity: Human mixed
Species (for scifi/fantasy characters): Human
Please tell us a little about your character.
Captain Ruhger is slightly shorter than the average male, but has extremely wide shoulders and is in extraordinary physical condition. He’s got dark brown hair and eyes, and dark-tan skin, with rather hooked nose and an almost constant glower. He was raised by his parents, officers in Phalanx Eagle, a mercenary company, and grew up as a pilot in the company. His parents mutinied after another faction took over the company and forced them to accept a horribly brutal action that resulted in Saree of Jericho becoming an orphan. His parents formed a fold transport company, but were eventually hunted down by Phalanx Eagle. Captain Ruhger was flying a separate fold transport, so he escaped. They changed the name of the transport to Lightwave and kept flying on the fringes of known space, trying to avoid notice. When they pick up Saree, she’s travelling under an alias as Scholar Cary Sessan, a student of ancient music. They have no idea who she really is.
Who is the significant other in your character’s life?
Ruhger avoids all romantic entanglements, but he’s having a hard time with his attraction to Saree of Jericho.
How does your hero dress?
Captain Ruhger and his crew wear coverall uniforms, similar to a pilot’s flightsuit. For the formal dinners his Chef insists on hosting, the coveralls have more silver braid and other shiny stuff to make them look fancier.
Does he scrape by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?
Lightwave is always on the edge of bankruptcy. They had to buy better weapons in case of attack, so they own a lot of credits to weapons dealers. The Scholar’s long-term contract along with a couple of others, is allowing them get out of debt finally. But they’re still operating with the constant possibility of failure.
What special skills does your character rely on?
Ruhger is an expert pilot, with extraordinarily fast reaction times and excellent decision making skills. He’s also an expert in y’ga, a combination of martial arts, gymnastics and meditation.
What does he have a knack for doing?
Piloting and keeping his crew safe. He’s also a very good leader, although he doesn’t think so.
Can your hero keep a secret? If not, why not? If yes, why?
Ruhger keeps secrets very well. Lightwave is trying to avoid being found by Phalanx Eagle, so they need to keep all their identities secret if possible.
What is your character’s family like?
Since Ruhger’s blood family has been killed, and most of his crew are in the same situation, Lightwave’s crew is his family. They’re all a little dysfunctional because of the trauma. Chief Bhoher is an older man, a mechanical genius and a bit of a father figure to all of them. Grant Lowe is a charismatic sex addict. Tryon and Katryn Phazeer are the security officers; he’s the strong, silent type, but still very intelligent. Katryn is also smart, but quick-tempered. Chef Loreli is a flamboyant, creative genius, who started life a Loren, a quiet, bookworm-type who was the target of bullies. Ruhger protected him, and Loreli is in love with him now.
What is your character’s biggest need at the beginning of the story?
Ruhger is desperately trying to keep Lightwave flying, so the weapons merchants can’t repossess his ship and leave his family homeless.
What is your hero’s biggest hopes and dreams?
Ruhger wants to keep his family safe and have a little security. Deep down, he’d like to have a family, but he doesn’t think that’s realistic with his background, baggage and current profession.
If your character could make any one thing happen, what would it be?
Ruhger would like someone to destroy Phalanx Eagle, so Lightwave could travel to better markets for passengers.

About Your Writer: Questions for your character to answer about you.

To honor the person who chose to share your story, please answer at least four of these questions. Questions with more than one point should be considered one question. You may answer as many more as you like.
Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
I think she wanted to show men can be strong and authoritative and still be compassionate and caring. She also wanted to show that emotional trauma can be overcome and people can live quietly heroic lives despite their backgrounds.
What do you wish your writer would write next?
I hope she gets me out of this mess with my family intact. Destroying Phalanx Eagle would be even better.
What other character from your book do you think your writer should write a book about? Care to tell us why?
I think she should write about some of the other passengers. She drops a lot of interesting tidbits, but there’s still a lot of questions about them.

Tell us about Lightwave: Clocker

Publisher Lightwave Publishing LLC
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Lightwave-Clocker-Folding-Space-Book-ebook/dp/B07D63CMKJ/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lightwave-am-scott/1128878019
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/lightwave-clocker/id1395037860?mt=11
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/lightwave-clocker
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/836330

AM Scott Social Media

After twenty years in US Air Force space operations, AM now operates a laptop, trading in real satellites for fictional space ships. AM is a volunteer leader with Team Rubicon: Disasters are our Business, Veterans our Passion, and lives deep in the mountains of Montana.
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Jolt Somber by Christine Myers @crisanne1 #RLFblog #Scifi #RomanceChristine Myers, 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.

Jolt Somber by Christine Myers

Genre Science Fiction Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Jolt Somber was the name the cyborg picked for himself. He was created to be a killer and his creators reinforced his killer instinct by flooding him with feel-good endorphins. For eighty years he fought the Mesaarkans at Vyken Dark’s side. He and four genetic cyborg brothers returned to Earth to help restore civilization after the war had ended.
Jolt is supervising demolition in the ruins of Farringay to build a new starport. The war left Earth in ruins with cities ruled by overlords with gangs of thugs as enforcers. Violence against women is rampant.

When Jolt finds his one genetic female mate used and left for dead by gangers, the pleasure he takes in avenging her could have unexpected repercussions.
After what males had done to her, would she ever accept Jolt as her mate?
Author’s Note: While rape is discussed in the aftermath, the story begins after it has occurred.

Where to buy Jolt Somber

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H2P8T8P

Christine Myers Social Media

Chris Myers has been a science fiction fan since seeing the original “Day the Earth Stood Still” at age eight. Her favorite sub-genre is space opera romance. Among the most influential in her work are the Lazarus Long novels by Robert Heinlein including “Time Enough for Love”, Marta Randall’s “Journey” and of course “Star Wars”, everything “Star Trek” and “Fire Fly”.
A lifelong resident of Silver Lake, NY she wrote her first novella at age fifteen. She has a BA in Cultural Studies from Empire State College majoring in creative writing. She wrote a regular column in the local weekly newspaper “Perry Herald” for sever years. Chris has written six novels in The Aledan Series and two novellas in the Cyborg Awakening Series
Website http://aledanbooks.com
Blog http://aledanbooks.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/crisanne1
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Jolt Somber by Christine Myers @crisanne1 #RLFblog #Scifi #Romance Christine Myers, 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.

Jolt Somber by Christine Myers

Genre Science Fiction Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Jolt Somber was the name the cyborg picked for himself. He was created to be a killer and his creators reinforced his killer instinct by flooding him with feel-good endorphins. For eighty years he fought the Mesaarkans at Vyken Dark’s side. He and four genetic cyborg brothers returned to Earth to help restore civilization after the war had ended.
Jolt is supervising demolition in the ruins of Farringay to build a new starport. The war left Earth in ruins with cities ruled by overlords with gangs of thugs as enforcers. Violence against women is rampant.

When Jolt finds his one genetic female mate used and left for dead by gangers, the pleasure he takes in avenging her could have unexpected repercussions.
After what males had done to her, would she ever accept Jolt as her mate?
Author’s Note: While rape is discussed in the aftermath, the story begins after it has occurred.
Why did you write this book?
I fell in love with cyborgs after I read Cynthia Sax’s Cyborg Sizzle series. Then I started reading other steamy cyborg romance series. I picked up a lot of cyborg lore in all the different stories I read. It was time to write something new, and I had created this post-apocalyptic Earth for my Aledan Series. A plot for a prequel cyborg series began to form and Vyken Dark was born. Jolt Somber is the second in the series and there will be at least one more.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Science Fiction Romance
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
It’s really hard to pick just one. Generally, it is one that I am currently reading. This week it was. This week it was Balthazar in Marie Dry’s Dawn of the Cyborg. Generally, I have favorite series. I generally favor the cyborgs.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am in the planning stage of the next Cyborg awakening story centered on a character introduced in Jolt Somber.
What books will we see from you in coming months?
My upcoming project are all in Science Fiction Romance with a dash of space opera and steamy love scenes. There will be cyborgs among others.

Where to buy Jolt Somber

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H2P8T8P

Christine Myers Social Media

Chris Myers has been a science fiction fan since seeing the original “Day the Earth Stood Still” at age eight. Her favorite sub-genre is space opera romance. Among the most influential in her work are the Lazarus Long novels by Robert Heinlein including “Time Enough for Love”, Marta Randall’s “Journey” and of course “Star Wars”, everything “Star Trek” and “Firefly”.
A lifelong resident of Silver Lake, NY she wrote her first novella at age fifteen. She has a BA in Cultural Studies from Empire State College majoring in creative writing. She wrote a regular column in the local weekly newspaper “Perry Herald” for several years. Chris has written six novels in The Aledan Series and two novellas in the Cyborg Awakening Series
Website http://aledanbooks.com
Blog http://aledanbooks.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/crisanne1
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AuthorChristineMyers/
Amazon Author Page http://amazon.com/author/christinemyers
Newsletter http://aledanbooks.com

 

Today’s guest is Kayelle Allen, author of the space opera Lights Out, in The Expanding Universe Vol 4 edited by Craig Martelle.

Lights Out by Kayelle Allen

He can save mankind. After he does one important thing. Die.
Join the Ghost Corps, they said. You’ll live forever, they said. You’ll save mankind, they said. They didn’t say that to do it, first he had to die.
When Tornahdo signs on the dotted line, he puts his life into the steady hands of the mighty Ghost Corps. Three grisly deaths and three agonizing resurrections later, he’s assigned duty on the space station Enderium Six.
He’s facing his most dangerous mission yet, the very reason the corps exists.
Do they expect him to win? Fat chance. Tornahdo and his team are already dead and this mission is codenamed “Lights Out.” No, there’s more to this than he can see.
To discover the truth, he must face an unbeatable, unkillable enemy, and this time–somehow–find a way to keep himself alive…
Lights Out, part of the anthology The Expanding Universe 4: Space Adventure, Alien Contact and Military Science Fiction, edited by Craig Martelle.

Where to buy Lights Out

Universal book link https://books2read.com/u/bzP2G2

Kayelle Allen Social Media

Kayelle Allen writes Sci Fi with misbehaving robots, mythic heroes, role playing 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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