Monday, June 15, 2015

Cities of Dystopia at The SFR Brigade's Summer Cafe


Welcome to week 3 of the Summer Cafe and thanks so much for visiting my stop on the tour! I love dystopia sci-fi, especially when the hero overturns the status quo to make a change for the better.

As an appetizer for today's feast, I'd like to present my soon to be available Romantic Sci-Fi Thriller Novelette, City of Simplicity. What looks like a utopia on the surface is a controlled society lacking any love, intimacy or human emotions. Two people will challenge that system forever.

Citizen 52701 once had a life that is now a distant memory in her dreams. All that remains is the name she carried over from the time before the change: Lyn. As a by-the-book law enforcer of a newly controlled futuristic society, everything is available at one's fingertips. Except the one thing that matters most of all.

A renegade is on the loose, moving amidst the shadows to stay alive. His one goal is to find the wife he lost when the change took over the city. The problem? She is one of the enforcers eliminating renegades trying to escape the system's control. He'll risk everything to try and bring her back to him. No matter who or what he has to take down to do the job.




Although the society within City of Simplicity offers many comforts to make life easier, that leaves out a nice home cooked meal. Replicators are the order of the day whether one is grabbing drinks or a bite to eat. At the beginning of the story, our heroine Lyn has a dream (or is it a memory)? She shares a picnic of yummy food with a man that recurs in her dreams. Friend or foe? Real or imaginary? Check out the book to discover which one but in the meantime, keep on scrolling to check out the delicious sloppy joe dish from Lyn's dreams as well as an excerpt from the story!



Dystopian Futuristic Joes (Of Simplicity)

Ingredients
2 LB - Ground Turkey
Spike Gourmet Natural Seasoning to taste
2 TBSP - Oil (Coconut, Grapeseed or Olive Oil works)
1 1/2 C - Ketchup
1/4 C - dark brown sugar
1/4 C  - lemon juice
1 TBSP -  Worcestershire Sauce
2 TSP -  Mustard (I use French's Yellow) 
1/2 C - Sweet Baby Ray's Honey BBQ Sauce (I started with just a half a cup but apply more depending on taste and how tangy & BBQ-y I want it)
Bread Slices

Directions

Heat pan and pour oil, making sure you coat the bottom surface. Add ground turkey and season all over with Spike. Brown ground turkey until you see no more pink on the meat. Drain the grease and let the pan sit while you prep the sauce.

In a separate medium saucepan, add the rest of the ingredients together and mix well over low to medium heat for about 5 -10 min. Apply more SBR Honey BBQ to taste. Once satisfied, add sauce into ground turkey and stir



~Excerpt~

Bright trees stood high above the couple, splitting the sun’s rays into tiny specks of light among the leaves. Green grass surrounded them and a nearby lake echoed its sounds of water along the richly soiled banks.
The smooth cloth of a spread out blanket sat beneath them. A picnic basket full of food lay out near her outstretched feet. All of their favorites were laid out. Everything from homemade biscuits, corn on the cob, Sloppy Joe sandwiches, green beans, and a marble cake slathered with buttercream frosting for dessert. He looked at her with a smile and loving eyes that, to this day, still haunted her.
She couldn’t keep her legs still. The quick fidgety movement of her legs on the picnic blanket matched the rapid beating of her heart. “There’s something I have to tell you.” Slowly she licked her lips, the news eagerly hanging on the edge of her unspoken words. “We’re pregnant.”
“What?” He scooted closer and wrapped his arms around her. His soft gentle kiss made her giggle before he held her to his chest, like a strong wall of muscle. “Baby, this is great news. I love you so much.”
“I love you.” Her mouth didn’t move but she clearly heard the echo of her own voice within her mind.
“What shall we call it?”
She forced herself to think of names but nothing came. All thought and feeling disappeared like a swift wind that blew away any semblance of emotion. The grass around her then turned to concrete. The clear blue sky darkened with black clouds, blocking out the sun. The green trees changed into tall buildings made of cold glass and steel pillars.
And then she was alone.


“Wake up! Your time is here once again. To cleanse the world of the bile that dares to go against the strict order of our new and perfect world. You are a part of the human race and it is your duty to enforce the law and the boundaries of this world. It is your job to set the example.
“Citizen 52701, you have maintained the appropriate body mass of 22.15. If at any time during your duty you exceed this by the maximum allotment you will be terminated on sight. Your shift starts now and will end in 12.50 hours.”
Lyn tapped the button on top of the sensory device that cradled her head like a thin, wiry cap wrapped in clear plastic. The same dream had haunted her that night. The same cursed dream she'd tried to shake for months now. She recognized the man in the dreams. Spenser. He meant something to her, but what?
No, she wasn’t allowed to have these feelings. In this new world, it wasn’t necessary - not to mention it was forbidden.
She shook her head, hoping to shake the eerie echo of the dream.
As she sat up, the small media bar lifted to the ceiling and began its daily monitoring.
The past few months had been good and relatively simple. Lyn had adapted to the new world with ease, but that feeling of a certain man’s closeness never left her mind. Every night for the past few months, she awoke with a familiar memory tingling in the back of her mind like an itch she couldn't reach to scratch. It bothered her and no matter how much she tried to push it to the back of her mind, it was there calling to her. Even now, it lingered in her mind...
She had to shake this feeling. What kind of enforcement officer would she be if she couldn't judge runners guilty of trying to revive a dead past?
Dismissing the dream, she went along with her morning rituals; splashing her face with cold water and dressing for the night’s work. She crossed the dimly lit studio apartment to the kitchen where she started the coffee machine to fill one cup. A quick check over the media bar told her it was working properly.
Lyn went over to the dresser machine and clicked to activate it. She peered through the window to the revolving closet and selected her uniform for the night. A jumpsuit with matching boots. Once it swung around, the outfit jutted out toward her and she stepped in, turning around to let the closet arm zip her up. She pressed her work badge against her chest and slid the small watch-like device on her wrist.
After making sure she looked well enough to work, Lyn crossed over to her dining area. A cup of coffee was already brewing on the java dispenser.  Just like any other morning ritual, she grabbed the small yellow vial from the cabinet overhead. Emotin. Her lifeline for each day. Emotion containment fluids that helped keep the populace moving with clear heads. Free of emotion and irrational thought. One drop did the trick. She waited until the dispenser finished and added her dosage before taking a sip. Once the liquid entered her bloodstream, her body felt at ease and cleansed. No more distracting dreams or the inkling of longing in her stomach.
*          *          *
Darkness was his sanctuary. It wasn't easy moving under the media's eye. He spent months perfecting its movements and even then it was still unpredictable. Already he lost count of the many comrades who died by the enforcer's hands. Rage nearly killed him, but he had to stay focused. The one thing driving him was her...

He kept his head down, leaning close to the buildings to bathe himself in the shadows. Cars rushed along the streets ahead and every now and then a siren would go off, signaling a new enforcer was on the beat. He didn't have much time. This was one of the few times he climbed out from underground and he had to make the best of it. He had to find her tonight.


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Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Summer In Snow Valley Blog Tour + $25 Giveaway + Review



Summer in Snow Valley





Summer in Snow ValleySummer in Snow Valley
#1 Bestselling Amazon Authors of Christmas in Snow Valley, have teamed up again with six wonderful summer novellas that are sure to make your summer sweet and sassy!



Catching Caytie by Amazon Top Seller Cindy Roland Anderson

On the night Caytie Holbrook intends to break up with her cheating boyfriend, he blindsides her by announcing their engagement at a dinner party. When Caytie discovers her father is in on the scheme, she runs away from her home in Beverly Hills to hide out at her uncle’s ranch in Snow Valley, Montana. While Snow Valley is a beautiful place, Caytie only plans to stay until her twenty-fifth birthday when she’ll inherit a trust fund her grandmother left her, allowing her to pursue her dream to move to Italy. That is until she meets Jace McAllister, an incredibly sexy—although somewhat grumpy—cowboy who threatens to disrupt her plans.


Tin Foil Tiaras by Amazon Top Seller Jeanette Lewis

Cameron Elliott has come to Snow Valley to coach Annalisa Drake in the Miss Snow Valley pageant, and prove to her demanding boss that she deserves a place at the prestigious Westbrooke Agency. But Annalisa’s handsome and protective big brother, Kyle, is determined to keep his sister from becoming a reluctant beauty queen. As Cameron tries to win Kyle over, Kyle insists some things are more valuable than a title and as crazy as it sounds, Cameron might just believe him.


A Touch of Love by Amazon Top Seller Cami Checketts

Annie Stirland has endured a lifetime of teasing, embarrassment, and isolation due to her speech impediment. When irresistible cowboy, Luke Wilson, seems to be falling for her, she’s certain he’s too good to be true. A tragedy involving his ex-girlfriend proves she’s right. What man can resist sheltering someone they once loved? Annie knows she should walk away, but Luke isn’t ready to give her up.


First Love; Love First by Amazon Top Seller Taylor Hart

Janet Snow doesn’t expect to get caught in a full-blown make out session at her brother’s wedding. Especially not with Michael Hamilton, the boy she’d written off ten years ago. Even though they both agree to no complications, Janet's not sure they can stick to it given their past. After a trip to the hot springs, a helicopter ride, and a proposal, even the most cautious single mother would start to wonder if true love really is just about the timing. Now Janet has to make a choice—play it safe or trust that her first love could also be her last.


Romancing Rebecca by Amazon Top Seller, Kimberley Montpetit

Rebecca Dash loved spending her teen summers swooning over Jane Austin and helping her aunt at the Starry Skies Bed & Breakfast in Snow Valley. But as a recent college grad, she’d rather write sappy romance novels than go out with guys that make her a nervous wreck. When a team of fire-fighters set up camp on the lawns of the B&B and Captain Wade catches her eye, Becca soon learns that there’s more to a happily-ever-after than a flirty fireman with muscles the size of the Montana hills.


Love in Light and Shadow by Amazon Top Seller Lucy McConnell

Mercedes O'Shay has sworn off gorgeous men because they have a tendency to break her heart. When she meets her new neighbor, Chet Bauer, she immediately puts him in the Do Not Date category based on his well-defined muscles and stunning blue eyes. But the more Mercedes learns about the cowboy who reads classics and forges iron, the more she realizes the heart doesn't see in black and white; it sees light and shadows.


~Rae's Review~
This anthology is the follow-up to the wonderful Christmas in Snow Valley as we return to Snow Valley, Montana.  I really loved the first antho and was excited to see the authors return with new stories featuring some very yummy cowboys. I'm still reading it as of this review but I'm definitely enjoying the stories and am currently on Cami Checkett's (a fave of mine) A Touch of Love after reading Catching Caytie. (Now zipping back to Jeanette Lewis's Tin Foil Tiaras).

When I started, I had planned to read a little of Cindy Roland Anderson's Catching Caytie before bed, but the story caught my attention and never let go until the very end. Caytie was likable and sweet but I couldn't help siding with Jake during their first encounter. Although he was a bit of a grump, I still couldn't help rooting for them to get together and find solace from their broken families and pasts. I also love that although there were clear villains with believable motivations, one of the characters I didn't like (because she was moving in on the hero) was still sympathetic because of the lengths she would go through for love of her son. Later on when she practically dimed out the heroine from the very people she was hiding from, she showed remorse and made things right. Ms. Anderson is definitely on my to read list as her writing and storytelling moved this story right up to my fave list.

Next I read Cami Checketts's A Touch of Love. Ms. Checketts is one of my fave authors and I was so looking forward to her story entry. She definitely didn't disappoint! I love that we got to catch up on Kaz and her boyfriend Ty from Christmas in Snow Valley. The dialogue between them, especially when they talk about their respective significant others, was too cute for words. One of the things I love about Ms. Checketts stories are how she makes her characters so interesting with various backgrounds, making them come to life. I love that Luke had an engineering background and Annie came from Hawaii. I also don't come across many heroines with disabilities in romance so I was excited to read Annie's story. The love that grew between her and Luke (Kaz's brother) was so very sweet! Even their first meeting at Annie's massage place was memorable and not to mention so sensual! This is a completely clean and sweet read, but with the way Ms. Checketts conveys the feelings between the two during the massage made it a very hot read without being explicit or TMI. Although Annie was apprehensive concerning her speech impediment, Luke was able to offer her the comfort she desired and eventually come out of her shell. It was a relief after meeting Annie's cruel mother (whom I loved seeing get straightened out by Luke after a verbal attack). The conflict with the ex-girlfriend was believable and even made me feel for her situation.

I'll update as I finish and I can't wait to dive more into these stories if they are as awesome as the last antho. I hope the authors return for a Fall in Snow Valley antho collection. It'll be a great addition to the set and the perfect reading with my pumpkin spiced lattes and tea!



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Friday, May 29, 2015

The SFR Brigade Summer Cafe arrives next month!



In just a few days, the SFR Brigade will be bringing you a smorgasbord of great recipes, prizes, books and of course SFR authors sharing all the goods. Here is the schedule!

Space Opera 1 - JUNE 1-7
Weird Science - JUNE 8-14
Dystopia - JUNE 15-21
Androids and Aliens - JUNE 22-28
Supernova Hot - JUNE 29-JULY 5
Space Opera 2 - JULY 6-12

I'll be posting June 15th in celebration of my newest release, an SFR futuristic novella entitled City of Simplicity. Keep an eye on this blog for the cover reveal and blurb news coming real soon!

In the meantime, mark your calendars and bookmark http://sfrcontests.blogspot.com/ for all the updates. See you there!



Twists of Fate Book Blast

Life had been great these past few weeks. I have a hot boyfriend, got back my dad and my adopted sisters were happy with their significant others. Life was good. That is until I started getting attacked by bouts of pain that would render me unconscious. Something was wrong with me, Ash knew but he wasn’t sharing. Worse than that, Steve in the worst form possible is back to haunt me. And Ash with his hug archaic pride just won’t let it go. Oh, but I haven’t gotten to the worst part yet…h*ll!

What’s a girl to do to get some long term happiness?

Dukkha Fate Series
-Sweet Romance
-Interracial, Multicultural, New Adult, Paranormal, Werewolf.
-Hero is Native American, heroine is African American with East African origins.



When a man with an ancient grudge meets and falls in love with the innocent girl who's life was ruined by his vendetta, complicated isn't word enough to describe the situation he finds himself in. His chance with her would be shot to hell if she were to find out his role in her family's death. She would probably take the news that he was 325 year old werewolf much better.

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Christina OW writes suspense, thrillers, erotica, interracial and multicultural romance books. She is the author of Contemporary, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance books and a poet of currently 3 titles. She loves reading novels that take her on a ride of wild emotions. Books have always been an escape for her, for a few hours she gets to live the lives of characters she grows to cherish and admire. She's always had an active imagination and because of it has lived in her head more than she has been in the outside world. She always imagined scenarios and wondered how they would turn out in the end, and what kind of emotions they would invoke. Thus began her writing career.
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Trouble in Loveland by Jennifer Peel Book Blast + $50 Giveaway

I love how minimalist this cover is yet still so romantic! It also features one of my fave tropes, older man/younger woman. Plus judging from the reviews this is a squeaky clean read, so I'm definitely picking this one up! ~R



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Trouble in Loveland by Jennifer Peel

What teenage girl hasn't gone to great lengths to get noticed by her crush?

Charlee Jensen is no exception. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately in the end, Ryan her much older neighbor and unrequited love has no idea she exists during her teenage years, at least not the way she wants him to.

That all changes, though, when Charlee returns home, after eight years, to work for her estranged father and Ryan ... her teen crush. This time, Ryan has no problem noticing her. His only problem is that he isn't quite sure what to do with this woman who is suddenly all grown up, beautiful and annoyingly charming.

Throw in a cute three year old, and an ex-wife that's not quite ready to let go, and you have a whole lot of trouble in Loveland.

Trouble in Loveland is a clean, heartfelt romance filled with humor and tenderness.

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"Jennifer Peel's writing captures you from the start and pulls you in. Trouble in Loveland is a fantastic book and was the perfect escape that I look for when I read. It has it all! Drama, humor, and romance. Highly recommend!"

"I have a new favorite author! I am so glad that Jennifer Peel started writing because she writes exactly the kinds of books that I love and Trouble in Loveland is no exception--it's good, clean, romantic fun!"

"Funny and heartfelt! Jennifer Peel creates characters that are so relatable! This story made me both laugh and cry. A must read!"



~Excerpt~

Ryan’s eyes seared into mine. “I was hoping I would get to dance with you tonight.”

“You were?”

“Yes, but you’ve been quite popular.” He pulled back a tad and looked down at my dress. “You look very …”

“Please don’t say grown up.”

He smiled and shook his head. “I wasn’t going to say that, I was going to say …” he tried to think of something.

“You were going to say it, weren’t you?”

He sighed. “Charlee, you really know how to make a guy feel inadequate don’t you.”

“I’m sorry.”

“Don’t be. I find I like it.”

“You do?”

He nodded his head. “I also find you to be very …” he hesitated.

“Very what?”

“Beautiful and annoyingly charming.”

“How can somebody be annoying and charming at the same time?”

“See what I mean?” He winked.

In my heels, we were practically eye level, and our faces were mere inches apart. I could smell the sweet smell of honey on his breath; I wanted more than anything to taste it, and the way he was looking at me at that moment, I thought maybe he felt the same way. His eyes quickly turned to confusion though before he pulled me a little closer. I rested my head against his and swayed against him. It was even better than I imagined. I wanted the dance to last forever.

“By the way,” I whispered in his ear. “I find you very beautiful too.”



Jennifer Peel HeadshotAuthor Jennifer Peel

I'm a Colorado native who currently calls Alabama home. I'm the mother of three amazing children who have grown up way too fast. I enjoy the mountains, vacations at the beach, date night with my husband, late night talks with my kiddos, touring model homes, and pink bubblegum ice cream.

I grew up on the Western Slope in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. I learned to love the beauty of the outdoors, but not camping--unless staying overnight at the Marriott counts. I met my husband while living in Denver and then several years later we traded the beauty and majesty of the Colorado Rocky Mountains for the art and culture of Chicago, Illinois. My family and I enjoyed living near this world class city, despite the crazy cold winters, but new adventures awaited in Northern Alabama--just six hours away from Orange Beach, Alabama. These three magical places (the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Chicago, and Orange Beach) are the inspired locations used in several of my books.




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Monday, May 25, 2015

Girl of Mine by Taylor Dean - Book Blast + $100 Giveaway

This cover is too adorable for words and the blurb sounds really intriguing! I'm looking forward to adding this to my TBR pile. ~ R 

Taylor Dean's newest book is now available!

GIRLOFMINE






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The song that inspired me while writing GIRL OF MINE:
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A interesting tidbit about GIRL OF MINE:
My dad always worried about the cost of the electricity bill. If he walked past my bedroom and noticed that my light had been left on, he would turn it off and holler,
"That's okay, Taylor, I got your light."
It became a bit of a joke in our household. My siblings and I loved to try and catch my dad leaving on a light, just so we could say,
"That's okay, Dad, I got your light."
Now that I'm an adult with my own family, the term takes on new meaning.
The message behind it has worked its way into my new novel, Girl of Mine.
My father brought me into this world, he cared for me, and he taught me well. He gave me my "light," my life.
He nourished my "light" and helped me become the person I am today.
So, Dad, thanks for getting my light.
I'll always be grateful.


Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children. Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding she had a passion for writing, specifically romance. Whether it's paranormal, contemporary, or suspense--you'll find all sub-genres of clean romance in her line-up.







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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Veils and Vengeance Cover Reveal + $25 Giveaway

Visitors on my list who are fans of cozy mysteries and wedding themes will want to keep an eye out for this second book in the series coming in July! The first book is Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things available now! ~R

Veils and Vengeance

Veils and Vengeance by Rachelle J. Christensen

When wedding planner, Adrielle Pyper, goes to Hawaii to orchestrate a destination wedding, she isn't prepared for what she finds. After the trauma of her previous event, the beautiful isle of Kauai is the perfect place for Adri to unwind and do what she does best – plan. She even lets herself indulge in the attention of the groom’s handsome brother. But just when everything seems to be perfect, an afternoon snorkeling trip turns to murder when Adri discovers the body of a young woman. Shaken, but unable to let it go, Adri’s sleuthing leads her into more danger than she could imagine. When a number of “accidents” threaten her own life, it soon becomes apparent that someone will do anything to keep Adri from interfering with their vengeance.



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rachelleAuthor Rachelle J. Christensen

Rachelle J. Christensen is a mother of five who writes mystery/suspense and solves the case of the missing shoe on a daily basis. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in psychology and a minor in music. She enjoys singing and songwriting, playing the piano, running, motivational speaking, and, of course, reading.

Rachelle is the award-winning author of six books, including Wrong Number, Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things, and What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know. Her novella, Silver Cascade Secrets, was included in the Rone Award-winning Timeless Romance Anthology, Fall Collection.





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Thursday, May 07, 2015

Dark Days Past, Brighter Days Ahead ~ An Ashen Twilight reflection post



I'm popping out of my writing cave to wave to everyone and wish them a wonderful May! It's been crazy cloudy here lately but thankfully it hasn't been crazy hot! I have a few deadlines looming in the distance including one for a special project I've just joined (and can't wait to tell you guys about)!

In the last newsletter I gave my subscribers a freebie upcoming read, the Ashen Twilight Series Compendium entitled Dark Days Past. I wanted to write a lore book of sorts which would be accessible to all the houses. It's a creative non-fiction styled book of fiction (whoa, mind twister) stored in the House library accessible to all members who wished to know the backstory of their Patriarchs and Regents. Most of the stories take place during the 14th-17th centuries and basically tell how each of the houses were formed before joining into one.

One of my beta readers lamented the dark tone of the compendium stories and how most of the love interests died. In that aspect, the title is true to its name because the Regents and Patriarchs suffered through some dark times to get where they are today. Much of this is why they find love in the current time, especially where Jace and Ariya are concerned. Their losses made them stronger and often serves as the glue to their community since they have many shared experiences. So hopefully knowing the tough times in the past leads to a better future helps readers and fans enjoy the series knowing how far the characters have come.

I'm glad to finally be working on some new stuff and I hope to finish up some lingering series books that have been in the wings for a while.

A new website is coming (yay!)

New releases are coming (double yay!)

And if you guys want to sign up for the goods, be sure to sign up at my brand new spiffy mailing list host down below.

I look forward to seeing you guys on the list and always...

See you around the book shelves!



Starhunter is coming back! (Updated May 2015)

Update May 2015 ~ With the recent trend of show revivals, I'm so excited to share the news that Starhunter is returning! Philip Jackson the showrunner has been awesomely instrumental on Facebook updating the fans with news about a new season, webisodes, a comic and brand spanking new page! Goodies are available at the Everything Starhunter page here. News about who's coming back, continuing storylines and more are forthcoming. This is a great series so I hope all you sci-fi adventure lovers check this series out! ~ R

Originally posted as Starhunter 2300 now available on Youtube - (Dated 6/7/2009)


I know I rave about this show all the time but it is awesome.

Now YT has put up the entire Starhunter 2300 series for your viewing pleasure. Episodes 1-22 with some of the most diverse, amazing and fun characters in a futuristic setting. Not to mention a burgeoning romance which I love in my sci-fi. This was a continuing series from Starhunter both dealing with the same universe of colonies, bounty hunters, raiders, divinity clusters and government conspiracies. This is an awesome show if you're looking for some new sci-fi to sink your teeth into. Everything you need to know about the Starhunter universe is here. A new awesome site that chronicles the series!

2 years ago I posted an "All you ever wanted to know about the Starhunter series" over at my Livejournal which told about the series along with some pics. Here's a little behind the scenes goodies to catch up on the show.


Originally posted at Sci-Fi Rae's World 12/8/06:

It's a little known sci-fi tv show that aired a few years ago. Some say it was bad, some enjoyed the refreshing storylines, extensive universe and twists, awesome musical score and low budget look of this canadian series. I personally, and recently, fell in love with the second season. I have yet to see the first season, but I will someday just to get the back story. But without my yummy bounty hunting captain Travis Montana and his butt kicking, weapons specialist lady Callista (Callie) Larkadia by his side, among others, I'm gonna be a bit saddened. :-(

Listen to the 2300 theme 'Darker Star' by Peter Gabriel here
Listen to the 'Darker Star Reprise' here

Backstory time!

Courtesy of a Bureau 42 post I came across & Starhuntertv.com:

Starhunter 2275 aka Season 1


The year is 2275. Earth has more or less successfully colonized the entire solar system, but our reach has surpassed our grasp. Any semblance to law is spotty and unreliable. Things are dangerous and final out on the frontiers of space. As the colonies continuously push further and further out from Earth, lawlessness and crime expand right along. With the vast distances between Earth and its colonies, policing has become a very real problem. The use of private forces like bounty hunters, known as 'Starhunters', has become common practice. Their job is to bring to justice the epidemic of criminals terrorizing the colonies. Their rewards are usually monetary.

Farmer Dante Montana (yes, they named a character Montana, get over it.) [<--tee font="" hee=""> is away from the farm when Raiders attack, take his son, kill his wife, and his niece's parents, leaving his niece Percy in his custody. In an attempt to get his son back, he becomes a bounty hunter for Rudolpho. The ship he does his work in is managed by an AI named Carvaggio. Along the way he picks up a security officer named Lucritia (Luke for short) who's dad, Darius, heads up an undergound organization called the Orchard.



The ship was at one time a luxury liner that was converted to a troop ship when whatever passes for an earth gov went to war against the Raiders who at the time had taken over Mars. The Raiders were driven back, and earth colonization continued out to the jovian sattelites. (Where Dante was raising a family.)

Raiders are unable to reproduce, so to continue their existence they take children in raids. See notes above.

The Orchard is following a set of discoveries about a sequence of some 4 cromasomes that are discovered in the human genome that have no precidence for anything else on earth. These cromasomes apparently add several psi abilities, that can be accessed with some training. Based upon what I have seen in the series, some of the powers include giving the possesor super speed, abilities to read minds, cause explosions (generally killing the possor of the ability as well) and others.

Along the way it appears that the entire human race is going to be affected by a "conversion" in the "near future", as a result of these genes.

Dante and Percey are not concerned with the same things that the Orchard is concerned about except in as far as the people already affected become targets for their bounty hunting job, or as they discover they are related to Raiders they encounter while looking for Dante's son.



Starhunter 2300 aka Season 2 (yay!)






Starhunter Season 2 picks up where the first season left off. In the series debut, bounty hunter Dante Montana and his cohorts pursued evil outlaws through the solar system, while he simultaneously searched for his lost son, Travis. In this season's Starhunter, we find the tables turned and the son, Travis, is now searching for his missing father.





Travis Montana (Clive Robertson) is a reformed ruffian with extraordinary powers as a result of his exposure to the Divinity Cluster, a sequence of subhuman genes that are activated by hi-tech equipment. His gifts are great but impossible to harness, so often the wild side of Travis rears up.

He and his band of misfit bounty hunters are in constant and relentless pursuit of the 24th Century's most ruthless criminals, traversing the dangerous landscapes that make up the patchwork of the New World; hundreds of outposts with hostile topography, competing political agendas and socio-economic systems, wildly ineffectual governments and rampant lawlessness.

Starhunter takes place against the backdrop of this new urban jungle. Human beings have abandoned Earth in droves. Wave after wave of immigrants fled as Her resources became overburdened and finally dried up.


The air became unbreathable and all arable land turned to dessert. Pollution and overpopulation, great floods and unspeakable plagues drove human beings into the relative safety and habitability of a new world in outer space.

In time though, the new world began looking much like the old. Nationalism grew and intolerance flourished along with it. New refugees from Earth were turned back. Different special interest groups sprang up and vied for the same finite resources. Fractiousness reigned and the potential for a cultural and political renaissance was shattered.


Out of this anarchy, a golden age of outlaws and renegades emerged. The Raiders, a nomadic sect of bloodthirsty warriors, rule supreme. They have learned to exploit the chaos that has befallen humanity and abuse the technology of the future to prey on the weak. Travis and his crew must often operate outside the bounds of convention in their hunt for these marauders and employ less than savory tactics to secure their capture.

With the vast distances between Earth and its colonies, basic policing systems have been bankrupted. It is now up to the bounty hunters, private forces known as ‘Starhunters’ to, by any means necessary and for a tidy sum, bring the renegades to justice.

In Season Two, Travis steps into his father’s shoes, assumes the mantle of prime bounty hunter and takes control of the Tulip, a vast, rusty and largely derelict former luxury liner now retrofitted for starhunter duty. His crew consists of his cousin Percy Montana (Tanya Allen), a bright and willful woman conflicted by her need to break away from the crew and a determination to find the uncle she lost, at any cost. Callista ‘Callie’ Larkadia (Dawn Stern) is a weapons expert with a history of uncompromising moral rectitude that has sometimes led her down the wrong road. Marcus Fagen (Paul Fox) is the ship’s technical guru with a penchant for exaggeration that sometimes drives the other crew members to distraction. The gruff and irascible Rudolpho deLuna (Stephen Marcus) rounds out the rest of the crew.

In each episode, the crew of the Tulip pursues a different villain, each more dangerous and cunning than the last. Both Travis and Percy are also on the constant lookout for clues about Dante. As the season progresses, the two are increasingly at odds over how to find their missing relative. The conflict between these two characters, the constant stress of being hunted and being on the hunt, and the inimitable personalities (and mysterious backgrounds) of the rest of the characters, drives the tension of the series.





























The entire series was available on Youtube but there are a few clips and vids there now and I HIGHLY recommend you check this out if you love Sci-Fi, Sci-Fi romance and futuristic goodies. It's well worth it!




Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Book Reviewers Yellow Pages Blast + $50 Book Blast Giveaway

So excited about this collection of great bloggers, book lovers and reviewers (including AWD)! Authors looking for readers and bloggers can filter by genre via the index and find a wealth of sites interested in what they write. ~R

Book Reviewers Yellow Pages



Book Reviewer Yellow Pages: A Book Marketing Guide for Authors and Publishers Christine Pinheiro

Book blogging today has grown into a serious business. It is a necessary marketing tool to promote books and the Book Reviewer Yellow Pages—now in its sixth edition—is the definitive guide to this informal network of book reviewers. -Author David Wogahn, President of Sellbox.com

This book is designed to make book marketing easier. The Book Reviewer Yellow Pages is a popular book promotion reference guide for authors and publishers. Use this guide to learn about book tours, author etiquette, and how to write a good pitch to grab the interest of a book reviewer.

Updated every year, this reference lists hundreds of book reviewers, their contact information, submission guidelines, and genre preferences.



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Book Reviewer Yellow Pages

Foreword by David Wogahn

I wrote my first eBook in 1991. In those days, like today, it wasn’t hard to do if you had something to say and a computer to produce it. But what was hard, was marketing those early eBooks. Even if you advertised the book on a service like CompuServe, Prodigy or AOL, how would you ever find people willing to tell other people about your book?

I “discovered” the Book Reviewer Yellow Pages more than five years ago; April 29, 2011 to be exact (then called The Indie Book Review Yellow Pages). Newspapers and magazines were still employing book reviewers and “book bloggers” were considered an anomaly, given the same respect that big publishers were giving the new-fangled eBook formats like Kindle.

Fast forward to today and those same reviewers—if they are still writing reviews—most likely have started a blog (and in fact might even be in this book). An indie author trying to get reviewed by a traditional media outlet is an exercise in futility. It’s also fair to say that eBooks have made the big publishers huge profits and now form a permanent part of their publishing operations.

Book blogging today has grown into a serious business. It is a necessary marketing tool to promote books and Christy Pinheiro-Silva’s Book Reviewer Yellow Pages—now in its sixth edition—is the definitive guide to this informal network of book reviewers.

Collectively they rival the promotional power of the large circulation newspapers and magazines. Individually they can help niche books break-out to a wider audience. And that’s what book marketing is all about: helping thousands of small products in scores of categories seek and find their own passionate audience.

How I met Christy is a testament to modern book marketing, itself a lesson for new publishers. As a long-time reader of the pioneering eBook news website Teleread.com, I came across an article saying that her second edition was available for free. Free is still a popular way to connect with readers but in 2011 it was the fastest, sure-fire way to get your name and book noticed. Everyone had Kindles to fill-up and as a book marketer and author, who couldn’t use a free directory?

By the time the fourth edition was published in 2013 it had grown to a 778 page tome. Seeing an opportunity for constructive feedback, I took to Amazon reviews to voice my ideas about what makes this guide book so important for my clients, and where I thought it could be improved. I’m happy to say that Christy read that review, contacted me, and took many of those suggestions to heart.

Here are the two things you should know about the Book Reviewer Yellow Pages:


  1. It defines a standard of etiquette. Christy’s 10 rules for author etiquette should be required reading for every author, regardless of whether or not book bloggers are part of your marketing mix. I confess it is so solid that I based a section of my own book, Successful eBook Publishing (Sellbox, 2012) on her advice. The blogosphere would be a better place if every author took her admonitions to heart in all their book promotion interactions.

  2. It codifies the essential facts about a book blogger, so you don’t have to. Shouldn’t we be able to just “Google” book bloggers and fire off emails to reviewers? Nope. In reality it isn’t that easy. Trying to find the pertinent information so you can approach the reviewer who is right for your book (see point 1) is going to take you hours! There are no standard website designs for review websites, and you will need to visit each one (again, see point 1). Here is where the Book Reviewer Yellow Pages shines. Your small investment will pay big dividends in saving time in finding the relevant reviewers, and their contact information.

But one thing still remains the same, as it did for me in 1991. You simply must get people talking about your book if you are ever going to be a successful author. A book no one talks about is even worse than a book that doesn’t make money.

And that’s where this wonderful community of book bloggers comes into play. Let the Book Reviewer Yellow Pages be your Michelin Guide to the Wild West World of book review bloggers.

David Wogahn

President, Sellbox.com

Publisher, PartnerPress.org

Author, Successful eBook Publishing


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Monday, April 20, 2015

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