Hello, everyone! It's Reading Day again and this week, I have an excerpt from the R.J. Peterson's debut novel, Love on the Horizon. (My apologies to the author, I believe I had the name wrong in the recording.) It's perfect for the start of summer since it's about love blossoming on a cruise! :D Come have a listen:
Love on the Horizon
by R J Peterson
Two years after losing his husband, the last thing widower Rob Asher wants to do is go on a cruise-for-two by himself. But after some practical advice from his best friend, Rob realizes that his husband wouldn’t have wanted him to hide away from the world with only his grief for company. So despite some lingering doubts, Rob packs his bags for his cruise adventure and flies to Barcelona to board the Ocean Wanderer.
Actor Ben Rockingham has just finished a whirlwind promotional tour around Europe and is looking forward to a week long cruise so he can relax and unwind. He’s felt alone for far too long and doesn’t foresee that changing anytime soon. But a chance encounter in a hotel bar has Ben feeling things he hasn’t contemplated for a very long time.
He and Rob hit it off right away and Ben is both intrigued by and attracted to this conflicted man. Is it possible that Rob is the one who's been missing from Ben's life all these years, and can Ben help Rob move past his grief so they have a chance at a future together? They have one week aboard the Ocean Wanderer to find out and the stakes are high on the high seas.
R.J. Peterson is a retired graphic designer.
He is an avid reader, preferably while sipping a vodka martini or some bourbon on the rocks. RJ’s had a long and varied career, including library page, car wash attendant, customer service representative, interpreter for the deaf, travel agent, and graphic designer in the marijuana industry. He also worked in banking for twenty-five years. In addition to starting up a writing career, he still works as a freelance designer, creating book covers and other items for several authors.
RJ loves to travel and has been on 40+ cruises. When not on a cruise, he and his husband live in New England.
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Friday Reading Day - Dropnauts
Happy Friday, everyone! This week's excerpt is from J. Scott Coatsworth's new science fiction novel Dropnauts. Humans are returning to Earth, but what are they going to find? :o Come have a listen!
There's also a Rafflecopter giveaway going on, so be sure to check that out at the end of the post. :D
The Redmption Cycle: 1
by J. Scott Coatsworth
Life after the Crash.
Over a century after the end of the Earth, life goes on in Redemption, the sole remaining Lunar colony, and possibly the last outpost of humankind in the Solar System. But with an existential threat burrowing its way into the Moon's core, humanity must recolonize the homeworld.
Twenty brave dropnauts set off on a mission to explore the empty planet. Four of them—Rai, Hera, Ghost and Tien—have trained for two-and-a-half years for the Return. They're bound for Martinez Base, just outside the Old Earth city of San Francisco.
But what awaits them there will turn their assumptions upside down—and in the process, either save or destroy what's left of humanity.
Scott lives with his husband Mark in a yellow bungalow in Sacramento. He was indoctrinated into fantasy and sci fi by his mother at the tender age of nine. He devoured her library, but as he grew up, he wondered where all the people like him were.
He decided that if there weren’t queer characters in his favorite genres, he would remake them to his own ends.
A Rainbow Award winning author, he runs Queer Sci Fi, QueeRomance Ink, and Other Worlds Ink with Mark, sites that celebrate fiction reflecting queer reality, and is a full member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).
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Back out in the e-wilds, available to purchase from Mischief Corner Books and all the usual suspects - ebook and print!
Gravitational Attraction is particularly important to me for two reasons:
Originally conceived in 2010, written over many, many months, this is the third edition of the novel, though its iterations are largely the same.
My editor at the time insisted on the glossary. She said if I was determined to make up words, I'd better be able to define them.
And here we are, eleven years later, with a much expanded and further explored galaxy and a truly gorgeous new cover. Come join us for space adventures. :)
Well. I tend to go from no news to too much news. Fasten your seatbelts. Secure the lap bars. This is a bit.
Gravitational Attraction - An ESTO Universe Novel returns next week! May 11. This is a reissue - aside from the glorious new cover and a few necessary edits, there have been no changes or additions.
Turk and Isaac are back in their fast-paced, culture clash space opera! Pre-orders are up now if you want to snag one early:
Barnes & Noble
Rarely Pure and Never Simple: Variant Configurations 1 is approaching the end of rewrites - and these are serious rewrites. Just about everything from some of the characters, to the order of events, to the worldbuilding, to the romance needed some help. (Don't despair, dear readers who enjoyed it before. It is, when it's all said and done, the same story. But I hope it's a better told, more compelling story.)
Some things needed more help than others. But once rewrites are done and it's in the hands of line editor, we should be getting a firm date from the publisher on the reissue.
Also - I can confirm that Variant Configurations will be a three book series. Some high level plotting has begun so I don't lose my way and there are working titles:
From the Noblest Motives: VC 2
In All Its Tainted Glory: VC 3
The goal is to have all three out this year. But I need to emphasize this is a goal and not a firm promise in case Stuff Happens.
Offbeat Crimes is going through translation right now! Starting with, not shockingly, Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters, which has been translated into Italian and French so far.
Something to keep close for a bit, too, is that Offbeat Crimes is in the queue for audio as well. :D In the queue being the operative word. I'll probably have more news on that farther into the summer.
Gelatina Al Lime E Altri Mostri
Kyle Monroe, il suo irritante nuovo partner e i loro compagni freak del 77° Distretto devono imparare a lavorare assieme per fermare un crudele assassino che potrebbe perfino non essere umano.
L’incontro con una strana creatura gelatinosa in un vicolo lascia Kyle Monroe segnato per sempre, svelando strane abilità che vorrebbe non avere e facendogli ottenere la riassegnazione a un distretto in cui tutti i poliziotti hanno abilità paranormali difettate.
Proprio quando sta iniziando ad abituarsi ai suoi compagni di squadra, arriva il suo nuovo partner. Alto, fisicamente perfetto e a suo dire senza alcun talento psichico malfunzionante, Vikash Soren irrita Kyle in ogni modo. Ma, per quanto gli piacerebbe odiarlo, Kyle si ritrova stranamente attratto da lui, e le loro non-abilità si intersecano in modi inattesi. Se riusciranno a imparare a lavorare insieme, potrebbero essere in grado di fermare il misterioso assassino che sta lasciando corpi mutilati lungo le rive dello Schuylkill.
Gélatine de citron vert et autres monstres
Kyle Monroe, son nouveau partenaire irritant et leurs collègues bizarres du 77e arrondissement doivent apprendre à travailler ensemble pour arrêter un meurtrier vicieux qui n`est peut-être même pas humain. La rencontre de Kyle Monroe avec une étrange créature gélatineuse dans une ruelle le laisse marqué et changé à jamais, révélant des capacités étranges qu`il souhaiterait ne pas avoir et lui valant d`être réaffecté dans un commissariat où tous les flics ont des capacités paranormales défectueuses.
Angel writes (mostly) Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around queer heroes. Currently living part time in the hectic sprawl of northern Delaware and full time inside her head, she has one husband, one son, two cats, a love of all things beautiful and a terrible addiction to the consumption of both knowledge and chocolate.