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Category Archives: Science Fiction Romance

Romance with a futuristic, speculative, or science fiction theme and/or settings

Imagine you come across a toddler who’s running and afraid. He looks up at you with tear-filled eyes, and you realize those big blue eyes are alien — like a cat’s. This is a kid in trouble. Now what would you do? Would you turn away and let the monster get him, or would you help? That’s what happens to Luc in A Stolen Heart. Hi, I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog, and it’s usually me here welcoming someone else. Today it’s my turn to tell you about my new sci fi / space opera set in the Tarthian Empire.

A Stolen Heart by Kayelle Allen

After rescuing a half-alien / half-human kid in trouble, running for his life, warrior-turned-entrepreneur Luc Saint-Cyr stumbles onto a conspiracy at the highest levels of the powerful Thieves’ Guild.

Complicating matters, the king, Luc’s immortal ex, might be involved.

Now Luc must deal with his ex, find a home for the child, squelch the flames of conspiracy and eradicate its perpetrators.

As if that’s not enough, an unseen enemy is undoing every good thing Luc accomplishes.

But when it comes time to give up the child to a family who can care for him, how will Luc bear to part with the adorable little boy who has stolen his heart…

Fans of Despicable Me will love this heart-warming and often humorous space opera about a badass protecting a vulnerable child.

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A Stolen Heart and a bittersweet immortal romance by Kayelle Allen #RLFblog #SciFiI’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog, and it’s usually me here welcoming someone else. Today it’s my turn to tell you about a new book. A Stolen Heart isn’t finished yet, but I wanted to share it on 2/26/2020 because 2/26/2620 is the day my immortal king is born. He’s a major character in this story and it’s fitting that we talk about the book. Happy birthday, Pietas!

A Stolen Heart by Kayelle Allen

Genre sci fi, romantic elements

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

After rescuing a half-alien / half-human child who’s running for his life, warrior-turned-entrepreneur Luc Saint-Cyr stumbles onto a conspiracy at the highest levels of the powerful Thieves’ Guild. Complicating matters, Luc’s immortal ex might be involved. Now Luc must deal with his ex, find a home for the child, squelch the flames of conspiracy and eradicate its perpetrators. As if that’s not enough, an unseen enemy is undoing every good thing Luc accomplishes. But when it comes time to give up the child to a family who can care for him, how will Luc bear to part with the adorable little boy who has stolen his heart…
A Stolen Heart, family-driven sci fi from Kayelle Allen
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Read the new Alarik by Aurora Springer @AuroraSpringer #RLFblog #SciFi #RomanceAurora Springer, 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.

Alarik by Aurora Springer

Genre science fiction romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): pg13

Two people fleeing their planets discover a shared destiny.

When an alien spacecraft crashes on Mars, the repercussions sweep throughout the solar system and endanger the fragile new alliance with the Warrish mermen.

Alarik Kenton Tallis, First of his Triad, is forced to infiltrate human society on Earth as a spy to insure his injured brother receives proper medical care. But when his transmissions are detected, he must flee the planet.

On Mars, Phoebe Wong, a veterinary scientist with dubious family connections, is desperate to escape the vicious gangs terrorizing the underground cities. She jumps at the chance to join the colonists bound for a distant exoplanet.

Their paths intersect on a space ferry bound for the outer planets. Trouble generated by the mysterious spacecraft pursues them to Jupiter. Will they find the answers in the oceans of Europa, the hyperspace gateway to the stars protected by three diverse species?

Why did you write this book?

This book is the fourth in my near-future science fiction series, Taxyon Space. The first three books told the story of how the marine biologist, Dr. Nikki Bell, discovered the alien mermen concealed in the oceans of Jupiter’s moon, Europa. Her meeting and romance with Kiron Arqin Ramis catalyzes an unequal alliance of humans and Warrish. The aliens bring hyperspace travel to humans in exchange for “volunteers” to fight in their battles.

I planned the fourth book, Alarik, as the first in a trilogy about three brothers, Alarik, Baswin and Karrik Kenton Tallis. After their youngest brother is disabled in combat, Alarik and Baswin agree to become covert agents on Earth to pay for their brother’s medical care. Each one will fall in love with a human woman. Their individual stories will connect with the mystery of the crashed ship and the struggle for humans to achieve interstellar travel.

What is your favorite genre to read?

I prefer to read science fiction and fantasy stories. Adventures combined with a romance are great.

Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?

Rather than giving one favorite character, I’ll give you an example of a character I admire. Eliza Bennet in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice sticks to her principle of marrying for love. After she realizes she has been mistaken about Mr. Darcy, she has to admit her mistake to him and to her dearest relatives in several embarrassing scenes.

What are you working on at the moment?

I am returning to my longest series, Grand Masters’ Galaxy, to complete the sixth book, Cosmic Lock. This series is science fantasy, starring a powerful, psychically linked couple, diverse alien species, including dragons, and hops between many different planets.

What books will we see from you in coming months?

I would like to finish and publish Cosmic Lock. Afterwards, I’ll write Baswin, the next story in Taxyon Space. Also, I hope to write a second medieval romance to follow Dame Audrey.

Where to buy Alarik

Barnes and Noble

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Aurora Springer is a scientist morphing into a novelist. She has a PhD in molecular biophysics and discovers science facts in her day job. She has invented adventures in weird worlds for as long as she can remember. In 2014, Aurora achieved her life-long ambition to publish her stories. Her works are character-driven romances set in weird worlds described with a sprinkle of humor. She has written science fiction, fantasy and historical romance books. Some of the stories were composed thirty years ago. She was born in the UK and lives in Atlanta with her husband, a dog and two cats to sit on the keyboard. Her hobbies, besides reading and writing, include outdoor activities like gardening, watching wildlife, hiking and canoeing.
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Sci Fi Secrets: How Carmen Webster Buxton created the #SciFi book Alien Bonds @CarmenWBuxton #RLFblog #romanceCarmen Webster Buxton, 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.

Alien Bonds by Carmen Webster Buxton

Genre Science fiction romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R for subject but no steam on the page

Welcome to Wakanreo where no one is judged by their looks or their partner in life.

A story of two very different people from two very different cultures, a sort of Avatar combined with Pride and Prejudice. In Alien Bonds, two lives are changed in an instant. Industrial chemist Dina Bellaire travels all the way to the planet Wakanreo to advance her career. Her carefully planned life goes up in flames the second she meets Kuaron Du, a Wakanrean who makes his living singing ancient songs in a dead language. Both of them know they can’t go back to the way they were before they met. They just have to convince the rest of the universe that what happened to them is real.

What species/races of people are in your book?

There are humans, Milorans (very large humanoids), Shuratanians (rather small humanoids) and Wakanreans, large, furred humanoids.

Do you have non-sentient creatures or animals in your story? If so, what are they?

There is a mention of small Wakanrean animals kept as pets but they are not really featured as important.

Language and Culture

This section describes languages and culture in your story world.

What languages are spoken in your story universe?

Most of the galaxy speaks a language called Standard but on Wakanreo, most of the native population grows up speaking their local language of which there are several.

If you created a language for the story, what is it called?

I created a local dialect called Wisutan, for the region around the city of Wisuta.

Please give us a few words in this language and their translation.

Na ha ibum! – Stop that behavior!

In the culture of your story world, what is different from ours?

Wakanreans are the only known sapient species that mate from biology rather than choice. When two people who are unmated and have compatible pheromones come near each other, there is no stopping the process, which is known as shahgunrah. This had made their cultures more egalitarian, as they cannot control who pairs off with whom and thus have no real class system. It has also made them more tolerant. Because sex is not a conscious choice, it is not associated with immorality or sin.

What special laws are important to your story world?

Because the mating process known as shahgunrah has shaped Wakanrean cultures so thoroughly, Wakareans fear to change it. For this reason, research into how shahgunrah works is prohibited on Wakanreo.

What rights (such as equality) are challenges for your characters?

Equality is not an issue on Wakanreo, but Dina, our heroine, does have to prove she is sane before she is allowed to return to live with Kuaron, the Wakanrean she finds herself mated to.

Story Setting

Writers usually know more about their story world than they can say in a book. This is your chance to show off things you couldn’t say or had to imply rather than state.

Wakanreo will always be different from other worlds because its people are so different. One way in which the difference is obvious is that looks don’t matter. If one person in a mated pair is beautiful and the other is homely as sin, no one pitied the beautiful partner or considers the plain one lucky. Likewise, in careers, looks don’t help you advance.

Describe one of the worlds where your story takes place.

The story takes place entirely on Wakanreo, the birthplace and home of Kuaron Du, the hero of the story, It’s a world that is very similar to earth as far as size and gravity, but it is a little colder, which might be why it’s dominant species still has fur.

What makes this world unique?

Wakanreo is unique only because its dominant species mates for life through a biological process called shahgunrah.

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.

Until they were discovered and contacted by the Third Confederation of Planets about 70 years before the story starts, Wakanreans were isolated on their world. Their civilization is well established and they are known for their excellent use of chemical technology.

What food or drink is available to your characters?

Wakanreans reject technology when it comes to food. Although synthesizers are available, they prefer to prepare food manually, cooking over a stove or in an oven, as it is important to their culture. They make good use of vegetables but also eat meats. A favorite treat is a sea creature similar to a shrimp but it is served with a garnish of mold.

In what ways was it helpful to have a map (or sketch of one) for your story? (Provide a link to an image, if available)

I made a rough sketch of the continent on which the story takes place so I would know where cities were in relation to each other, but I did not use it that often and did not keep it.

Character Physiology

Whether your characters are humans on a new world, aliens on our world, or something in between, this section discusses their physical nature.

What are the physical characteristics of the race/species of your main characters?

The heroine is human but the hero, Kuaron Du, is Wakanrean. Wakanreans are a little taller than humans. They are humanoid in shape, but they are a little taller, and are covered in fur and have retractable claws on their fingers; the claws on their toes do not retract,

What physical differences exist in the way your characters communicate (i.e., telepathy, empathic abilities, etc.) with each other?

Wakanreans speak aloud, as humans do, but when shahgunrah happens, the mated couple are empathic, but only with each other.


What differences, if any, exist in the way your characters reproduce?

Although the selection of a mate is different, reproduction happens the same was for humans and Wakanreans, They are actually very similar because like us, their genetics are based on DNA, just as ours are.

Are there more than two genders in your story world and if so, what are they?

There are only two genders, but as same-sex shahgunrah (mating) sometimes take place, Wakanreans have always been tolerant of it; everyone knows there is no choice involved in shahgunrah.

Sharing World Building Expertise

This section lets you share things you learned while writing.

Please give us three tips you find helpful when creating a story world:

Try to think of something that’s different about the world—gravity, atmosphere, land masses, etc. 1) Ask yourself questions about the geography of the planet: Does it have oceans? Does it have continents or maybe only islands? 2) Then think of how the geography would influence the creatures who live there, intelligent and otherwise. 3) Next decide on who or what lives on this world? Does it have a dominant, sapient species? If so, what are they like and how advanced are they, technologically. Consider on the impact that contact with other species will have on this world.

When you researched for your story setting, what kinds of things did you learn?

I thought about making Wakarean eyes have vertical pupils, like cats’ eyes have, but researching it, I discovered that only species that are near the ground when they walk tend to have those kinds of pupils. Ergo, I rejected it; it actually worked better for them to have similar pupils to humans have them, because it made one less thing to account for in having hybrid human and Wakanrean individuals.

What things should writers avoid when building a science fiction world?

Don’t make it totally uniform! Think about all the different cultures we have on earth. There should be similar differences on a made-up world, depending on how far apart areas are geographically. Also, don’t ignore the effects of whatever physiology you choose to give your aliens. That could influence a culture; for example, a species with a highly developed sense of smell could have taboos about using strong scents such as perfume or incense.

Share a resource you found helpful when researching for your story.

The web in general is useful. Google is a good start for finding sources. The actual source will depend on what information you’re looking for.

What’s your advice for writers who want to create a solid background for their story world?

Think it through before you start plotting your story, or at least before you finish deciding on the outcome. Try to imagine living on the world you’re creating. What would strike you as different?

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Carmen writes science fiction, fantasy, YA, and romance. She had a peripatetic childhood, as her father was in the US Navy. She has lived in eight different states, but no matter where she lived, she was always reading books. Her tastes were eclectic, ranging from mysteries to science fiction to romance. Having raised two wonderful children, she has settled in Maryland with her husband and a beagle named Cosmo.
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Read the new SciFi Romance Flynn's Assassin by NJ Walters @njwaltersauthor #RLFblog #SciFi #RomanceNJ Walters, 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.

Flynn’s Assassin by NJ Walters

Genre Science Fiction Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

When mercenary and space trader Flynn Marks is approached by a woman in a seedy bar, he assumes she’s not just looking for a good time. He’s made enemies over the course of his life. With his family finally safe and settled, he’ll handle this latest threat on his own.

Cerena Phelps has been tasked with killing a man if she ever wants to see her teenage son again. While she’s no stranger to fights–being a woman bouncer is a tough job–she’s never killed a man. Her plan? Lure Flynn away from the bar, seduce him, and kill him when his guard is down. Not a hardship given her unexpected and intense sexual attraction for her target. When her attempt on Flynn’s life fails, they must learn to trust each other if they both hope to survive and rescue her son.

Describe the perfect vacation.

I love the beach! And not a sandy, sunny beach, but a rocky one filled with shells, driftwood, and treasures washed up by the waves. I have a small collection of beach glass I’ve gathered over the years. I love interesting rocks and shells. After a day beachcombing, I’d love to sit around a campfire and watch the night sky. And on bad weather days, I’d curl up with a good book or two.

What are your hobbies?

I love to read. No surprise there. I also enjoy going to movies. I’ll see over thirty a year in the theatre. I enjoy going to the afternoon shows when it’s quieter. I love a good yard sale or thrift store. It’s the search for that next “treasure.” Not necessarily anything worth money, but something I’ll love.

When you read for pleasure, what kind of books do you choose?

I read a lot of romance over different genres–contemporary, paranormal, futuristic, historical, suspense. It all depends on my mood. I like to mix it up. I also read nonfiction, some work related, but much of it is spiritual and personal growth books.

What kinds of things do you read when you’re researching a new book?

That always depends on what I’m writing. Sometimes I’ll read nonfiction books to learn more about a place or a skill. I’ve used maps and guide books to become better acquainted with other counties and settings. I’ve used Google Maps to “walk” the streets of a city where I set a book. I’ve watched many YouTube videos. You can find almost anything you need online.

For example, when I wanted to research the Trans-Siberian Railway I viewed many YouTube videos posted by people who took the train trip. I wanted to see what the trains looked like and how they were broken down by class. I also bought a Russian guidebook (much like the one the heroine uses in the book) for language and travel information. I used all that information and more in Drakon’s Tear.

In a book like Flynn’s Assassin, which is futuristic, much of it came from my imagination. I have to be careful when creating worlds to stay consistent. It’s so much fun but a lot of work as I have to make notes about everything.

If the hero of your latest book called you on the phone, what would be a perfect ringtone for him?

Flynn Marks is a dangerous space mercenary, so his ringtone would have to be badass. I’m thinking “Wrong Side of Heaven” by Five Finger Death Punch.

Where to buy Flynn’s Assassin

Barnes and Noble

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NJ Walters is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks–all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.
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Know the Heroine from Pets in Space® 4 Star Cruise Idol's Curse by Veronica Scott @vscotttheauthor #RLFblog #scifiromanceVeronica Scott, 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.

Pets in Space® 4 Star Cruise Idol’s Curse by Veronica Scott

Genre Scifi romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

One of the 13 all new stories in this year’s Pets in Space® 4 anthology to benefit Hero-Dogs INC.,

An unusual bequest….

Juli Shaeffer, the Nebula Zephyr’s cruise director, receives a mysterious bequest from the estate of a longtime passenger – a lump of rock taken from a reef on the planet Tahumaroa. Legend states anyone who steals from the ocean gods will be cursed. The passenger’s will requests the rock be returned to the beach so his heirs won’t be affected by the bad luck he believed he’d incurred. Juli doesn’t believe in superstitions and she agrees to carry out this small favor on the ship’s next stop at the planet in question.

Until the rock disappears from her office…

When the rock disappears and reappears in various locations around the ship, and seems connected to a steadily escalating series of mishaps, Juli turns to Third Officer Steve Aureli as the only one she feels she can trust. Along with Steve and his elderly Aunt Dian – a passenger aboard the Nebula Zephyr for this cruise – she investigates the strange series of malfunctions plaguing the interstellar luxury liner. Steve and Juli enlist his Aunt Dian’s dog, Charrli, a retired Sectors Z Corps canine, to help them track the missing rock as it moves about the ship.

Juli and Steve must find the rock, hang onto it and transport it to the planet’s surface, before the alien idol’s curse turns deadly. The attraction between the two of them grows as the threat to Juli becomes more and more focused. Can she carry out her task while he keeps her safe from the alien curse? Will the capricious alien idol bring them good fortune…or disaster?

Know the Heroine: Juli

Know the Heroine from Pets in Space® 4 Star Cruise Idol's Curse by Veronica Scott @vscotttheauthor #RLFblog #scifiromanceHere are some fun questions to help us know your heroine.

It’s late, she’s bored. What does she do?

Juli would probably research the next stop for the Nebula Zephyr, since she’s the Cruise Director, and identify fun things for her passengers to do while on the planet.

What kind of food would she impulse buy if hungry?

She tries to eat a healthy diet but she’s on the go all day so her snacks are fruits and nuts. If she was feeling really decadent, she’d go have a special ice cream cake in one of the ship’s upscale restaurants.

Describe the kind of clothes she prefers to wear.

On duty she wears the cruise line’s blue and white uniforms, mixing and matching various approved pieces depending on the day’s activities. She likes to be casual in her time off but she does enjoy wearing a fabulous gown for special occasions.

Does she know how to fix things?

Juli knows how to problem solve for her passengers, so she knows who to talk to on the ship to resolve issues and she’s happy to work through the cruise line’s offices on various planets to fix problems encountered by passengers in their local travels. She’s not technically trained in any way so she’d call the ship’s chief engineer or ask the ship’s Artificial Intelligence to fix anything of that nature.

She tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.

Earlier in the same cruise, one of the passengers, who is a famous opera singer, and who has symbiotic butterflies instead of hair, was pounced on by the ship’s cat. The alien butterflies flew away, the diva nearly died (because she lost her symbionts – the cat didn’t hurt her) and only the ship’s captain could persuade the singer not to sue. Luckily the butterflies returned. Juli had to apologize and swallow a lot of insults directed at the cat!

How does she act around children she doesn’t know?

She’s very good with children, a natural at talking with them and discovering their interests and enthusiasms. She organizes a lot of activities on the cruise ship to keep passengers’ children happy and busy.

What is she like first thing in the morning?

She needs a loud alarm to wake up but once she does open her eyes, she’s a total morning person who jumps out of bed and dives into the day’s tasks. She’s always conscious of her To Do list and feels the pressure to get things done.

How does she act around people who don’t know what she is?

Juli has built up a healthy level of self-confidence over her years working in the interstellar cruise ship industry so she knows she can resolve problems and issues successfully. In her personal life, she’s a bit more insecure, as with her crush on Third Officer Steve Aureli. Fortunately the events in this story force Juli and Steve together in the course of their duties and she’s able to pursue the romance she’s always hoped to have.

Will she let a worker handle things or do it herself?

She has a bit of an inner conflict not doing everything herself but as she’s risen through the ranks, she’s had to learn to delegate effectively and not micro manage. She’s effective at training people to carry out their duties, which eases her mind, and she has a wonderful assistant on the Nebula Zephyr, who is able to fill in for Juli when the issue of the idol’s curse sidelines her.

Earrings/piercings/tattoos or unadorned skin?

I know Juli loves earrings but she doesn’t have any piercings or tattoos. She does like the tatts Officer Aureli has though.

Personal vehicle or public transport?

Since she lives aboard the ship, she borrows a groundcar from the local cruise line office if possible when she’s on a planet, or would rent a vehicle if necessary. She’s not much for public transit only because she’s always under so much time pressure.

Recycle or toss?

Definitely recycle!

Thanks for helping us get to know your heroine!

Where to buy Pets In Space® 4

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USA Today Best Selling Author
“SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happy Ever After blog
Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing her own stories.
Seven time winner of the SFR Galaxy Award, as well as a National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, Veronica is also the proud recipient of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal relating to her former day job, not her romances!
She read the part of Star Trek Crew Member in the audiobook production of Harlan Ellison’s “The City On the Edge of Forever.”
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