March 19, 2019

#Excerpt - The Monarch Mission Files: Conspiracy #SF #Mystery #Romantic #TeaserTuesday



While searching for a missing girl on Mars, Mari and Trevor follow a tip which leads to an abandoned dome near the "Club Zone" and go to investigate...

Mari noticed a few old scaffolds from when they thought of renovating, and even a few three-tier store units against one of the wall, probably the old high ends shops, some of them liked looking down at the rest of the peasants. “Well, none of this seems like a bootlegger hiding place.”

“No, it doesn’t,” Nash said, pushing through to the middle of the dome, stepping over old shopping carts and display pieces. He didn’t say anything else until they circled the entire dome with their light-drones and paused near the opposite exit, which had no connecting tubetunnel.

A tremor moved through her pinky toe then her whole foot. Mari grabbed Nash’s arm as the vibrations grew stronger.

“Mar—” Nash froze. The entire dome and the ground beneath them shook. Mari gasped and pulled him away from the crumbling stacked shops lining the wall. When the floor shifted hard, Nash tackled her to the ground as the top floor tipped over. The ground quaked harder. Nash palmed the floor, shielding her from the falling debris. “Shit. We need to move.”

Another wall fell toward them.

Mari gasped.

Nash met her eyes.

She shoved her right hand straight up, almost clipping the side of his face, catching the wall before it slammed into his back. His eyes widened, the whole floor rippled and the rumbling quake began to slow.

Everything went still.

Dust from the wall she was holding sprinkled down.

Nash wasn’t staring at her anymore; he was focused on her arm, holding up a huge wall inches away from crushing them both. “Mari…”

Certain the quake stopped, Mari grunted and shoved the wall sideways while he watched, knowing she couldn’t keep the truth from him anymore.

“We should go back to the suite, get that drink, Nash.”

Coming this April!!

March 4, 2019

#SciFi Mystery Romance Cover Reveal & #FREEBIE

Killjoys meets Helix in Jenn Nixon’s next SciFi series coming this April!

Mari Yosoto has been keeping a dark and dangerous secret from everyone since her life-changing
accident. No one would believe the truth anyway, her ex-fiancĂ© had seen to that. Instead of wallowing in misery, she stays busy, shuttling cargo to the Moon and back, enjoying the easy work and time alone. When an old EarthCorps acquaintance asks for her help finding a missing girl on Mars, Mari can’t say no, even if it means working with the ex’s former best friend.

Although Trevor Nash took the Mars job to help his former commanding officer, deep down he needed to see Mari again. After trying and failing to find out what happened to her, Trevor makes the best of an odd situation, hoping he can remind Mari of their budding friendship and finally get answers. When their rescue mission goes sideways and they find the not-so-missing girl, a centuries-old conspiracy theory emerges and the only thing more unfathomable is learning Mari’s secret.

Together with their newly formed ragtag team, Mari and Trevor team up and undertake a mission unlike anything either of them has faced before with life-altering and possibly deadly consequences.

Sneak Peak:

Chapter One

Beep. Mari’s heart thumped so hard her ribcage hurt.

Beep. Beep. She lifted her head, shielding her eyes from the bright lights above her head.

Beep, beep. Beep, beep. There was something wrong with her hand. It didn’t feel right.

A pair of voices echoed from behind her, muffled and indecipherable through the fogginess filling her mind. Half of her body felt numb and cold, the other covered in fiery pins and needles. When she cried out in agonizing pain, the pair of brown eyes that filled her vision seemed familiar.

The accident flashed in her head.

Breathing became impossible.

Beep, beep, beep.

“You’re okay, Mari,” the male voice said, making her heart race faster.

Beep, beep, beep, beep. She lifted her arm, stared at her hand and screamed. “What did you do to me?”




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March 2, 2019

Am I a "Romance" Author? I'm not sure anymore.

There is a reason I put "Romance" in the header, stick with me, maybe you can help me out this time!
According to RWA (Romance Writers of America), a Romance Novel has two basic elements: a central love story and an emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending.
Definitions of both from their website:

A Central Love Story: The main plot centers around individuals falling in love and struggling to make the relationship work. A writer can include as many subplots as he/she wants as long as the love story is the main focus of the novel.

An Emotionally Satisfying and Optimistic Ending: In a romance, the lovers who risk and struggle for each other and their relationship are rewarded with emotional justice and unconditional love

I'm not sure that I'm a Romance Author.

*Gasp*

I know, but it's true. While it's 100% true that most of my couples have an emotionally and optimistic end to their relationship....eventualy, not each book is the end of their relationship. Another thing with my "Romance" novels is that the couple is not the central focus of the story or the main plot, in fact, it's usually a subplot, except for That News Guy.

This has been a bit of a problem for me because I've often gotten feedback that I'm not a Romance Author or my books are not categorized correctly.

I'm honestly shocked by it and not sure what I should do. I've asked other authors, editors, and even a few people in publishing and each one gives me a different answer. I think my Author Branding - SciFi and Suspense with a Dash of Romance is pretty good, but I may need to change it up. I don't want to mislead readers and if calling myself a Romance Author, that is what I feel like I am, I just don't write the same type of Romance novels that RWA considers Romance.


What do you think? COMMENT BELOW, I'd love to hear what you think!

February 15, 2019

The Bitching Tree by Scott Hungerford

The Bitching Tree
by Scott Hungerford

An urban fantasy novel about a very small crow.



The Bitching Tree: A World Tree Story by [Hungerford, Scott]Set in the modern-day world of the Corax Chronicles, The Bitching Tree is a story about a very small crow named Cobb.  A crow that loves to fly, he lives in Seattle as a member of the great flock that congregates around the majestic Bitching Tree. Serving both as a site of governance and a place to cast grievances, the tree is the center of Seattle crow society – and also a potent source of nature’s primal magic.
But when news arrives that an ancient enemy named the Red Crow is coming to claim the tree for his own, Cobb is given the task of journeying all the way from Seattle to Cordova, Alaska, in order to meet his new mentor and undergo the training he will need to both protect his flock and keep the Bitching Tree from falling into the hands of evil. But the quest will require Cobb to maintain a delicate balance between the crow he is – and the hero he needs to become.




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