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4 Reasons Paranormal romance fans will love SciFiRomance

4 Reasons Paranormal Fans Will Adore Science Fiction Romance If you’re a paranormal romance fan, I invite you to venture into the new worlds of science fiction romance. You’ll find all the elements you love about paranormal romances, plus fresh stories to read. Here are 4 reasons why paranormal romance readers will enjoy SFR. Discover […]

Buy Pets in Space 5

Buy Pets in Space 5 Hooray, hooray, Pets in Space® 5 is here! Twelve brand-new, fabulous science fiction romance stories (with pets!) to take you out of this world. And best of all, 10% of the first month’s sales benefit Hero-Dogs.org, a charity that trains service dogs for disabled veterans and first-responders. It’s a limited […]

Illustration of an alien pet

Guest Post: Nice Frog Hello, Carol here. I may have mentioned that I’m one of twelve authors in this year’s Pets in Space® 5 limited-edition science fiction romance anthology. I invited my fellow author and buddy Pauline Baird Jones over to my blog to tell me about her story and how she came up with […]

Spotlight on Overload Flux, a space opera, adventure romance

Spotlight on Overload Flux It’s coming on the start of a new season and the sixth year since I published my first solo book, Overload Flux. Back then, I believed the Central Galactic Concordance series might be six books long. Oh, trust me—my muse laughed itself silly over that one. My current estimate says it’s […]

3 reader-centric websites to find favorite-genre books

3 Websites for Favorite-Genre Books You know how sometimes, you just want to find a book in one of your favorite genre without wading through thousands? Booksellers have gotten better about categories, but many of them use the same groupings you’d find in a physical bookstore. And let’s be honest, some put their thumb on […]

Escape with Pets in Space 5!

Escape with Pets In Space® 5! Pets in Space® 5 is back for the fifth amazing year! Escape with 12 of today’s top science fiction romance authors and 12 original, never-before-released stories written just for you. Escape into action, adventure, suspense, humor, and romance—plus pets!—that will take you out of this world. The giving doesn’t […]

Looking for fresh new stories? Make the leap to science fiction romance!

Make the Leap from Paranormal to Science Fiction Romance I love science fiction and fantasy, and I love romances. I especially love it when the two genres blend to bring me the best of both worlds. (Probably why I write them, eh?) If you’re a paranormal romance fan, I’d like to invite you to make […]

Watercolor painting of an earth-like planet

Hilarious AI Fails at Photo Captions Part of my job as an indie author is to market my books. The need for background images for ads and promotions periodically sends me to various stock photo sites. The latest trend in these sites is to use artificial intelligence (AI) to create photo captions. Often, they miss […]

Pet Trade, a science fiction romance adventure with pets on a frontier planet

Spotlight on Pet Trade Pet Trade was my first science fiction romance novella for the Pets in Space® anthologies. This book has a spiffy new cover design by the talented Amanda Kelsey at Razzle Dazzle Design. Therefore, in honor of its upcoming publication anniversary and its lovely cover, I’m shining a spotlight on Pet Trade. […]

Allies for Life: An Essay, with a photo of protesters on the street

Most of my blog posts talk about my books, or the thrilling life of an author, and occasionally cats. This is one of two personal essays on topics related to current events. The other talks about friends for life. This essay is in response to the casual, callous murder of a Black man by a […]

Friends for Life: An Essay, with a photo of two face masks

This departs from my usual blog posts about my books, or the thrilling life of an author with cats. This is one of two personal essays related to current events that are profoundly affecting our world. In the other, I talk about racism and the need to be allies for life. This essay talks about […]

Last Ship Off Polaris-G

Spotlight on Last Ship Off Polaris-G 🎉 I’m so thrilled with the shiny new cover for Last Ship Off Polaris-G (scroll down to see it!) that I’m shining a spotlight on this story and its origins. Last Ship starts my Central Galactic Concordance (CGC) scifi space opera romance series, but I didn’t write it first. […]

Revisiting World Domination

Revisiting World Domination: Revised Plans for 2020 This time of year, I usually look back at the grand plan I create in January and make minor adjustments. Funnily enough, while my World Domination Plan hoped no calamities would arise, it didn’t even contemplate the possibility of a global pandemic. How terribly unimaginative of me. So […]

Avoiding things that must be done with other things that could be done

Creative Avoidance My general approach to life is to keep busy. It’s my way of staving off boredom and countering my DNA-deep slacker nature. On the continuum between “do it now” and “do it when you have to,” I’m in the “do it now” side. But not always. Despite my determination to do a particular […]

IN GRAVES BELOW Spotlight

Spotlight on IN GRAVES BELOW Today, I’m shining a spotlight on In Graves Below, the first standalone paranormal romance I ever wrote. May 3 is the book’s publication anniversary. The story came about because Amazon invited S.E. Smith (Susan) to participate in the Kindle Worlds program. Authors opened a story universe to other authors, and […]