Posts in the Sci-Fi genre

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Guest Post: Jody Wallace’s Biggest Sci-Fi Crushes

Prodigal Jody Wallace

My first fan-crush was Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman, whom I apparently referred to as Wondee Woman while spinning in front of the TV until I fell over. While Ms. Diana Prince’s supernatural qualities weren’t related to science, my love for all things fantastical then led me to be absolutely obsessed with Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars movie.

Yes, EverAfter friends, I’m one of those. Team Luke instead of Team Han. Had the 12 inch Luke Skywalker action figure, too, who was ALWAYS my doll’s boyfriend when we played Barbie Explores Lost Treasure Island or Captain Barbie Versus the Ravening Stuffed Animal Space Horde. Maybe it was that rope Luke used to swing himself and Princess Leia to safety in the Death Star—reminded me a bit of the golden lasso of truth. Not to mention the kiss that the princess gave Luke for luck right before the Big Swing was about as much sexuality as my 9 year old brain was equipped to contemplate.

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Han was funny, sure, and did the right thing in the end, but I admired Luke for doing the right thing, or trying to, from the beginning. To me it spoke of his innate goodness. Also I admired how cute he was, and that 9 year old brain which couldn’t contemplate anything stronger than a peck on the cheek didn’t register Luke’s naiveté and teenaged angst as annoying.

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Guest Post: “My Top Five OTPs on TV” by Jess Anastasi

Quantum Jess Anastasi

When it comes to screen time, I’m not a huge movie person. I don’t mind going to see the occasional blockbuster or book I’ve read turned into film, but movies generally aren’t my thing. TV shows, however, well that’s a different story. I have a serious obsession with a number of TV shows, and like many fans, I tune in week after week to see how my favorite couple are going. In the interest of relevance, I’ve decided that today’s top five will only feature couples in current TV shows… if I included series that have finished or were cancelled, we could be here all week!

This post will contain spoilers, so if you see a series mentioned and you’re not up to date, you might want to skip ahead.

So, without further ado and in no particular order…


Clarke and Bellamy — The 100

I have been a devoted Bellarke shipper from almost episode one. I didn’t read the books until I was waiting for season 2 to start and desperate for a fix, so I had no idea that in the books, Clarke and Bellamy are actually a couple. A quick browse through tumblr will show you that the Clexa (Clarke and Lexa) shippers and Bellarke shippers have had quite a rivalry going. For a while, the Clexa shippers were claiming victory because Clarke and Lexa spent some of season 3 very much together. But with Lexa’s death, the Bellarke warcry got louder, and now many rabid fans are waiting for Clarke and Bellamy to finally get together in season 4.

But all that aside, Clarke and Bellamy are an interesting couple. At first, they didn’t like each other. Bellamy thought Clarke was a stuck-up do-gooder, and mockingly called her Princess (which has now become an endearment, though I think it’s been a while since he called her that) and Clarke thought Bellamy was an egotistical jerk. They were undoubtedly both leadership material for the 100 teens sent to the ground, which was why the animosity came up, because they had different ideas of how things should be done. But as things got harder, the ground became more dangerous and they got to know one another, they soon realized how strong they could be together and forged a deep connection, which is obvious when they share long, lingering looks and brief but meaningful touches… the kind of stuff that shippers live for and then spend weeks and months dissecting.

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Steals & Deals

Deal Alert: Kennedy Layne, Melinda Leigh, and D’Elen McClain

We are so close to the weekend we can taste it, so how about a celebratory Deal Alert? Don’t miss these amazing titles from Kennedy Layne, Melinda Leigh, and D’Elen McClain!


Red Starr Box Set: Vol 1 by Kennedy Layne

From USA Today Bestselling Author Kennedy Layne comes a thrilling hostage rescue series that will lead you down perilous paths of passion, intrigue and suspense…

Starr’s Awakening (Red Starr, The Prequel)

Catori Starr has been lost in a crippling grief since losing her husband, Red. Since learning he went MIA on a rescue mission abroad, she has existed more than lived. She’s a shell of who she used to be. Restarting Red Starr HRT is a last-ditch opportunity to overcome her pain–and keep her husband’s legacy alive. With a team of cherry-picked men, she must now decide if she’s willing to set aside a years-old grief to begin a new life filled with the potential of fated dreams…or deadly peril.

Hearths of Fire (Red Starr, Book One)

Neal Bauer tried returning home once before and he found that some things aren’t meant to be. When a local cult invades the town of Hearth and draws a family friend into their way of life, he has no choice but to try again. He hadn’t expected the dormant fires of a past love to resurface, but is it possible to rekindle their smoldering passion when it could all be taken away by a sinister faction who has other plans for their future?

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Q&A: Patricia Eimer of OUT OF THIS WORLD

Out of This World Patricia Eimer

We’re here with the brilliant Patricia Eimer, author of Out of This World, out now! We’re not just geeking out over such a great sci-fi Romance author, we’re mentally high-fiving because we discovered Romance the exact. Same. Way. (And it took us nearly as long to come back to it).

Curious? Check out the Q&A below and don’t miss Out of This World!


FAVORITE MOVIES:

 

What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?

 Just so you know I do completely realize what a cliché I am with these.

  • Pride and Prejudice (and if you’re watching at my house there is just 1 version and that is the Colin Firth version ‘kay? We take our Darcy seriously here.)
  • Bridget Jones’s Diary
  • Shakespeare in Love
  • Love, Actually (Are you sensing I have a thing for Colin Firth? Because I have a serious thing for Colin Firth).
  • North and South (it’s television but Richard Armitage in a cravat is worth letting the medium slide because this man could seriously unseat my Colin Firth Darcy love with the way he smolders in a cravat).

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Steals & Deals

Deal Alert: Maureen A. Miller, Angela Quarles, and Susan Ward

We are exactly the kind of people that shop while hungry, so today’s Deal Alert? Chock full of entirely unrelated, but fantastic reads! Don’t miss these steals from Maureen A. Miller, Angela Quarles, and Susan Ward!


Beyond by Maureen A. Miller

It is the day after Aimee Patterson’s high school graduation. College beckons, as does her dream of becoming an engineer. On an early evening walk, her cocker spaniel charges into the woods on the other side of the pond. Aimee trails after him, and in the stillness of that forest the unthinkable happens. She becomes paralyzed and watches in horror as her hands vanish before her eyes.

Waking to the sound of voices, Aimee realizes that she has been kidnapped. Little does she know how far away from home she is, though. In an attempt to flee her captors, she launches from their confines only to freeze at the view outside the window. The sky is black and filled with stars, and in the distance is a familiar blue globe. The planet Earth.

A group of humans forced to flee their planet after an epidemic destroyed their civilization now travel the galaxies in search of an antidote. Retrieving samples of plant life from every solar system, on this occasion Aimee was accidentally seized instead.

Aimee must learn to avoid the advances of an awkward young scientist who seems intent on dissecting her, as her own fascination turns to the exotic young warrior, Zak. Having fallen in love with Zak, she is now torn with the decision to return to Earth or live beyond the stars.


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Steals & Deals

Deal Alert: Susan Kearney, Katie Cross, and Addison Moore

We bring you this Deal Alert with a satisfied sigh. Not to brag, but our sales sniffing prowess goes from the clothing rack straight to the bookshelf! We’ve found some amazing FREE and almost FREE titles from Susan Kearney, Katie Cross, and Addison Moore just for you. Enjoy!


The Challenge by Susan Kearney

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Swoon-Worthy Heroes

Swoon-Worthy Heroes: Swoon With Friends!

Another week, and I’ve got three times the heroes for you! USA Today bestselling author Cynthia Sax, Award Winning author T.J. Kline, and Rita Award Nominee Asa Maria Bradley are joining me this week to share some of their favorite heroes and why they’re the swooniest.


First up is my Nashville loving friend, Asa Maria Bradley. Asa’s debut novel, Viking Warrior Rising, is up for not one but TWO Rita Awards: Best First Book and Best Paranormal Romance. Viking Warrior Rising Asa Maria Bradley When I asked her what book in the last year had held an extremely Swoon-Worthy Hero, she had this to say:

“I read Rebecca Zanetti’s Mercury Striking a few months ago and fell in lust with the hero, Jax Mercury, as soon as he stepped on the page. This book launches a new series, and although Jax won’t be the romantic lead in the other novels–he gets his girl in this one—I already know I’ll be buying ALL the books just so I can spend some more time with my Jax.”

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Swoon-Worthy Heroes

Swoon-Worthy Heroes: Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead

So, right about now, people are probably wondering…why Daryl? And why #TWD ? He’s not in a romantic relationship, although there are hardcore #shippers who imagine #Caryl riding off on Daryl’s motorcycle into the walker free horizon. Carol and Darylon the cycle I’ll admit, some of my favorite “AW” moments involve these too, but even without Carol, Daryl would be totally Swoon-Worthy. It’s the way he interacts with the whole group, from Season Two on, that makes Daryl a guy to fall for. shhh

Not a Walking Dead fan? That’s okay, let me catch you up.

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Guest Post: “Falling in Love With Ireland” by Colleen Halverson

Through The Veil Colleen Halverson

I first fell in love with Ireland through its music. Irish music is full of rich descriptions of its rolling hills, its crystal lakes, its misty shores. In spite of all the songs I had heard, and all the pictures I had seen, nothing could prepare me for the sublime beauty of the west, which is where I ended up in my early twenties with nothing but my red Kelty backpack strapped to my shoulders. After a wild cab ride into Killarney, I wandered through the cobbled streets overwhelmed by the sights and sounds all around me. A music festival was in full swing, so the town was bursting with young people, drinking, laughing. The sound of fiddles and tin whistles poured from the dark entryways of smoke-filled pubs (this was when you could smoke in pubs. Dating myself here!), and I ducked inside one of these establishments. Inside, I received my first lesson in the Irish art of good craic. Craic is an Irish Gaelic word that’s difficult to translate. It means something like “good times,” generally mixed with music and several rounds of pints. Ireland is legendary for its hospitality, and if you’re open and willing to receive her many gifts, the country will welcome you with open arms.

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