Tag Archives: science fiction

The Craving

Author: Z. Allora

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 3 stars

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Type: Novel

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Blurb: The craving is an undeniable urge that drives K’Dane citizens to find their life mates—if only to sate their uncontrollable physical longings.

Thrilled at being named a Chosen, Phoenix Dotir leaves K’Dane to become an artist-monk who will create dimensional art capable of changing worlds. Living by the monastery’s Principles of Purity will surely help him overcome the craving. But he never accounted for star chaser Zadra Solav.

Zadra doesn’t believe in rules and makes his own future. Fate separates him from the man he loves, but one touch renders him helpless to his own desires. Bonding with a monk is forbidden, and Zadra’s family sends him to deep space to avoid disgrace. Unable to give up, Zadra must find a way to reunite with his Chosen.

Tormented by enforced separation, Initiate Riva Quinton struggles with his vow of chastity and risks all to rescue his lover. Together with his Eros, he stows away onboard a star craft to follow his heart.

Four men defy destiny and tradition for love… but their love is a crime punishable by death. Continue reading The Craving

Adrift (Staying Afloat #1)

Author: Isabelle Adler

Publisher: NineStar Press

Rating: 3 stars

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Type: Novel

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Blurb:  Some jobs are just too good to be true.

Captain Matt Spears learns this the hard way after a mysterious employer hires his ship to hunt down an ancient alien artifact but insists on providing his own pilot. Ryce Faine is handsome and smart, but Matt has rarely met anyone more obnoxious. With tensions running high, it isn’t until they are attacked by the hostile Alraki that Matt grudgingly begins to respect Ryce’s superior skills, respect that transforms into a tentative attraction.

Little did he know that their biggest challenge would be reaching their destination, an abandoned alien base located on a distant moon amid a dense asteroid field. But when Matt learns that Ryce isn’t completely who he says he is and the artifact is more than he bargained for, he is faced with a difficult choice. One that might change the balance of forces in the known galaxy.

Matt doesn’t take well to moral dilemmas; he prefers the easy way out. But that might not be possible anymore, when his past comes back to haunt him at the worst possible moment. When faced with a notorious pirate carrying a personal grudge, the fragile connection Matt has formed with Ryce might be the only thing that he can count on to save them both. Continue reading Adrift (Staying Afloat #1)

Soliloquy of Seasons (Lacuna Chronicles #4)

Author: A.M. Daily

Publisher: Self

Rating: 4 stars

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Type: Novel in a Series

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Blurb:  The cycle of seasons on Ceres, a temperate and bountiful spring and summer season followed by a horrifying and extended freeze, rules the minds and lives of all inhabitants of Earth’s third sister planet completely. Cereans are an industrious people bound strictly by tradition and by their original colonization directive– be fruitful and provide the much-needed sustenance for the sister planets.
In Whitewater Valley, Attis is something of an outcast. Born a spring child with the mark of fire, a telling sign of misfortune, Attis knows firsthand the horrors of the freeze and the deadly consequences of the sleeping sickness. However, it is not the dangers of the freeze that haunt Attis, but the lingering childhood memories of a mysterious onyx-eyed boy in the marketplace.
When memories once again become reality, and Attis finds himself behaving in ways that break every Cerean tradition, he must discover for himself his place on Ceres and in the universe.

Continue reading Soliloquy of Seasons (Lacuna Chronicles #4)

In Enemy Hands

Author: MA Church

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 3 stars

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Type: Novella

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Blurb: Two very different civilizations—one bathed in bright sunlight and the other veiled in shadow.

Bad decisions, declining resources, and a king on the brink of madness force Prince Varo Kutchif, third son of the royal family and a starship captain, to attempt the impossible: barter for Black Phospolrock, an energy source the mysterious Helkan Kingdom has in abundance. Varo opens a line of communication with Adlar, an intriguing Helkan who seems to reciprocate Varo’s interest. He hopes so, because if negotiations collapse, Varo has orders to attack.

The Helkans preside over a planet shrouded in perpetual darkness. Several species have tried to exploit its natural resources through trade with them, but all have failed. Adlar Mondur is the older brother to the Helkan ruler. An assassin of the highest order, he’ll do anything to protect his king and his people—including tracking down the Yesri prince who crash-lands on their planet, leaving an ugly scar across its untouched beauty.

Thus begins a journey where two men from disparate civilizations grow from enemies to lovers.

Continue reading In Enemy Hands

Whispering Gods (Lacuna Chronicles #3)

Author: A.M. Daily

Publisher: Self

Rating: 4.5 stars

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Type: Novel in a Series

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Blurb:Before the descent of the Ezri and the brutal reign of the Terah, the independent governments of Earth banded together to launch six colonial ships in an effort to safeguard the future of humanity. Five ships were successful in their mission to colonize and populate five Earth-like sister planets. One ship vanished without a trace.

On Vesta, Caden and his traveling companions uncovered navigation coordinates which led to the missing sixth colony of Earth… where they were greeted with an ominous message, turn back.

But there can be no turning back. With Earth on a path towards destruction, and her sister planets unwilling to come to her aid, there is no other way but forward. Now they must press deeper into the unknown and stop at nothing in their search for a lost hope; the abandoned Ezri world of Lacuna.

Continue reading Whispering Gods (Lacuna Chronicles #3)

How the Supervillain Stole Christmas (2016 Advent Calendar “Bah Humbug”)

Author: Charles Payseur

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 3 stars

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Type: Short Story

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Blurb:Rex Devious (Dr. Devious to meddlesome do-gooders everywhere) can go toe-to-toe with superheroes without blinking an eye. So picking out a Christmas present for his new boyfriend should be no problem. After all, he and Sanjay seem perfect for each other. But with a terrible track record for finding gifts that won’t scare his potential partners away, Rex is paralyzed with insecurity. Until, of course, he decides to change tactics. Instead of having to pick out that perfect present, why not just destroy Christmas altogether? If his nemeses (or his conscience) can’t stop him first, he might just become the supervillain who stole Christmas. 

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2016 Advent Calendar “Bah Humbug.”

Continue reading How the Supervillain Stole Christmas (2016 Advent Calendar “Bah Humbug”)

Learning to Want

Author: Tami Veldura

Publisher: NineStar Press

Rating: 4 stars

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Type: Novella

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Blurb: Khoram is an enforcer, a bodyguard, but his boss has just betrayed him. Now he’s stranded on a desert planet he’s never heard of, chained to the only other human around.

Atash grew up in the cracks of Dulia’s complex social structure, where dominance and submission are a man’s worth. He’s struggled for years on a lower caste but Khoram could be his ticket to a better life if they can find common ground.

Atash wants to teach Khoram the art of submitting by choice and maybe make a name for himself along the way. Khoram, however, isn’t here to play Atash’s political games. He’s going to escape, if his former employer doesn’t see him killed first.
Continue reading Learning to Want

Maze-Born Trouble

Author: Ginn Hale

Publisher: Blind Eye Books

Rating:  5 stars

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Type: Novella

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Blurb:  A dead girl, a cop he can’t forget, and a price on his head.
All on a space station at the edge of a black hole.
Just another day’s work for P.I. Lake Harmaa.

P.I. Lake Harmaa escaped the darkness and intense gravity of Sisu Space Station’s Maze Sector by turning traitor and spying for the Feds during the war.

He has no intention of risking his neck by going back down into those depths, where there’s a price on his head and more than a few souls who wouldn’t mind him turning up dead.

But when he’s framed for a brutal murder, Lake realizes he must return to the Maze and settle old scores. Continue reading Maze-Born Trouble

Hearts of Darkness

Author: Andrea Speed

Publisher: DSP Publications

Rating:  5 stars

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Type: Novel

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Blurb:  Kaede Hiyashi is sick and tired of living in the shadow of his father, supervillain Doctor Terror. Brilliant but crazy, Doctor Terror sends his son to Corwyn, California, for reasons Kaede can’t imagine. Sent to accompany and protect him is Ash, a genetically modified supersoldier raised and trained by an infamous death cult.

Corwyn is lousy with superheroes, led by the obnoxious Dark Justice. Kaede finds himself dancing around Dark Justice as he digs into his father’s mysterious business and teaches his socially awkward—but physically lethal—bodyguard to acclimate to “normal” life. Can these two wacky supervillains figure out what Doctor Terror wants them to do, solve the riddle of the villain known as Black Hand, and keep Dark Justice from raining on their bloody parade? The course of love—and world domination—never did run smooth. Continue reading Hearts of Darkness

Murmuration

Author: T.J. Klune

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating:  5 stars

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Type: Novel

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Blurb: In the small mountain town of Amorea, it’s stretching toward autumn of 1954. The memories of a world at war are fading in the face of a prosperous future. Doors are left unlocked at night, and neighbors are always there to give each other a helping hand.

The people here know certain things as fact:

Amorea is the best little town there is.

The only good Commie is a dead Commie.

The Women’s Club of Amorea runs the town with an immaculately gloved fist.

And bookstore owner Mike Frazier loves that boy down at the diner, Sean Mellgard. Why they haven’t gotten their acts together is anybody’s guess. It may be the world’s longest courtship, but no one can deny the way they look at each other.

Slow and steady wins the race, or so they say.

But something’s wrong with Mike. He hears voices in his house late at night. There are shadows crawling along the walls and great clouds of birds overhead that only he can see.

Something’s happening in Amorea. And Mike will do whatever he can to keep the man he loves. Continue reading Murmuration