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Help! I’m in love with an alien! by Jessica E Subject

Hello readers! I’m here with the heroines from my new box set, An Alien to Love, to engage in a panel discussion with them about dating an alien, or aliens, as is the case for one guest. So, being as we don’t have a lot of time, let’s get started.

Ladies, what was your first reaction when you learned your date was an alien?

Ava: I was shocked. I mean, I knew Nate came from a different planet, but I didn’t expect him to be Claustrian. Though, it explained why he vanished from my life all those years ago.

Carrie: You were shocked? I didn’t even know aliens existed until I met Frey.

Danyka: Me, too! I mean, I believed, but I never expected to come face-to-face with an extraterrestrial, let alone end up the soul mate to two of them.

Melinda: I was happy. I write about relationships with aliens all the time. Though, I never believed my childhood neighbor to be from another planet. His reaction to my finding out was much worse. Thank goodness he got over that.

Skylar: I’m not sure I can answer your question, since I’m not from Earth. But, when I learned the identity of my date, I ran. I thought he planned to take me back to the tentacled space pirate I was supposed to marry.

 

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All interesting reactions, but your dates seem to have worked out in the end. So, let me in on a secret. What’s the worst thing about being with a man from another planet?

 

Carrie: I couldn’t give birth to my daughter in a hospital. I had to disappear when I was ready to deliver, and remain in hiding for the early part of her life.

Danyka: Yes, it’s hard to live on Earth when the government wants to dissect the man or men you love.

Melinda: Wow, I hadn’t thought of that. Cooper has lived here all his life, but… Maybe we won’t have children.

Well, this is depressing. How about you all tell me the best thing about being with an alien.

Skylar: Finally, a question I can answer. He understands me. And he makes me happy.

Carrie: [nodding] He knew what I longed for from the moment we met.

Melinda: He’s all my fantasies come true.

Danyka: Fine, I’ll say it. The sex is out of this world.

Ava: Yes, explosive.

[The is a lot of smiling and nodding around the room.]

And on that note, I’ll let you all go. I know some of you have a spaceship to catch. Thank you for taking the time to chat with us today!

 

Book Blurb:

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Five HOT 1Night Stand stories by Jessica E. Subject about sexy heroes from other planets.

What do a librarian, a nurse, a director’s assistant, a housekeeper, and an orphan have in common? They all end up spending an evening with a gorgeous stranger. But, will one night lead to more, or will the women end up running away when they learn their sexy suitor comes from another planet? Find out in these five sensual 1Night Stand stories by sci-fi romance author, Jessica E. Subject.

Contains: Celestial Seduction, Satin Sheets in Space, Another Night, Another Planet, His Alien Virgin, and Her Alien Hero

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Author Bio:
Jessica E. Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to erotic. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.

When Jessica isn’t reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk with her giant, hairy dog her family adopted from the local animal shelter.

Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at jessicasubject.com and on twitter @jsubject.

 

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Fictional Heroes Who Inspired My Own by Pippa Jay

Hi, I’m Pippa Jay, author of scifi and the supernatural with a romantic soul. I adore tortured heroes, so I thought I’d talk about the two who have most inspired my own.

The first is a certain farm-boy from the desert planet Tatooine. I saw Star Wars: A New Hope televised when I was eight, and instantly developed a crush on young Luke Skywalker. Orphaned and stuck on a world he describes as ‘if there’s a bright center to the universe, you’re on the planet that it’s farthest from’, desperate to join the rebellion and fight with his friends. A bit bratty? Perhaps. But in quick succession he loses his home and the only family he’s known, gets called ‘short’ by the princess he’s rescuing, sees his mentor killed, gets sent to a mud-hole to train and finds out he has to face Vader to become a Jedi, then learns the second most evil entity in the entire universe is daddy! Plus he learns his princess is his sister, and the Emperor is perfectly willing to sacrifice all Luke’s friends to turn him to the Dark Side. Even as good triumphs, Luke must say goodbye to his father for good. Wow!

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The second is Ged from A Wizard of Earthsea, a fantasy story by Ursula Le Guin. This was my assigned English read at school, aged ten, and I’ve reread it so many times since I’ve had to replace the paperback twice! Ged, or Sparrowhawk, also begins as a brat. He’s had a hard start, motherless and used as slave labour by his father. He’s arrogant, sullen, and has no friends, but he has a glimmer of power and his witch aunt sets him on the road to mastery. When he saves his entire village from marauding warriors, he’s sent to the Wizard school on Roke. But in his pride and in spite, he unleashes a shadow creature that is bound to him, and could do the greatest evil through him should he become possessed. So, scarred and humbled by his ordeal, Ged seeks out to put it right, almost losing himself in the process.

Both these young heroes had such a huge influence on my reading and my writing, and still remain two of my most memorable. So I can’t deny there isn’t a trace of them in my own heroes and especially Keir – my first hero.

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A demon waiting to die…
An outcast reviled for his discolored skin and rumors of black magic, Keirlan de Corizi sees no hope for redemption. Imprisoned beneath the palace that was once his home, the legendary ‘Blue Demon of Adalucian’ waits for death to finally free him of his curse. But salvation comes in an unexpected guise.

A woman determined to save him.
Able to cross space and time with a wave of her hand, Tarquin Secker has spent eternity on a hopeless quest. Drawn by a compulsion she can’t explain, she risks her apparent immortality to save Keir, and offers him sanctuary on her home-world, Lyagnius. But Quin has secrets of her own.

When Keir mistakenly unleashes the dormant alien powers within him and earns exile from Lyagnius, Quin chooses to stand by him. Can he master his newfound abilities in time to save Quin from the darkness that seeks to possess her?

Book One of the Redemption series and part of the Travellers Universe. Previously released by Lyrical Press Inc. 7th May 2012

 

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After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 21 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.

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Bringing Characters to Life by Jessica E. Subject

Recently, I’ve had three of my titles produced as audio books, and I’ve worked with three different narrators, both male and female, each producing a different type of story. While I’ve read my stories out loud many times, it is completely different when someone else reads my work. For the auditions, I chose scenes between two important characters, sometimes a sex scene. Those are definitely interesting. If a narrator makes a romantic interlude between two or more characters sound more like a porn flick, or something else totally creepy, they are definitely not the one you want. I have listened to a few of those.TSP once upon a time teaser

After I decided on a narrator, I waited to listen to the first fifteen minutes of the production. This is where I get to check for mispronunciations and decide whether I like the voices the narrators have used for all of my characters. It can get interesting here. I’ve only had minor corrections in this department, but I can definitely say that my narrators don’t always understand a character the same way I do. It really is all about interpretation. I’m not saying it’s always like this. With my most recent audio book to be produced, not yet released, the narrator “got” both of my main characters on the first try. With The Star Princess, the narrator asked a lot of questions before recording anything, which was really nice. I’ve learned that the more information you give a narrator beforehand, the less corrections you’ll have to make in the end.

Listening to the entire production is like an out-of-body experience. Not only did I spend some time writing these stories, I spent even longer editing them, reciting the words over and over in my head to make sure everything flowed correctly. When someone else reads the same words, it’s like my characters have come to life. They are no longer in my head or simply on paper.

If you would like to listen to samples from my audio books, you can find them here on Soundcloud.

Book Blurb:

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In one week, Princess Ro’sa will board a spaceship, leaving her home on Minjet to be with her betrothed on Earth. The only problem is, she detests the prince’s selfish and arrogant ways, preferring to spend time with his personal aide, a man who stirs her desires in ways she never imagined possible with his radiant blue eyes and smouldering lips. And oh, the way he touches her.

Earth’s post-apocalyptic landscape offers little but the alliance offers much and a princess must do her duty, no matter the danger to her person and to her heart.

 

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Jessica E. Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to erotic. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.

When Jessica isn’t reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk with her giant, hairy dog her family adopted from the local animal shelter.

Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers.

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Music Fit for a Princess by Jessica E Subject

Thank you to the ladies of Literary Lagniappe for having me back. It’s always a pleasure to be here.

With the majority of my stories, I create a playlist with music that relates to my characters, settings, and even specific scenes in the story.

I had a lot of fun creating the playlist for The Star Princess, choosing songs I didn’t have on previous playlists, and purchasing songs I knew I needed for inspiration.

Here’s 10 songs from my playlist for The Star Princess:

Before You by Chantal Kreviazuk

Castle in the Sky by DJ Satomi

Closer by Tegan and Sara

Kiss You Inside Out by Hedley

Safe and Sound by Capital Cities

To You I Belong by B*Witched

Two Princes by Spin Doctors

We Found Love by Rihanna

What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger) by Kelly Clarkson

You Found Me by Kelly Clarkson

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Here’s an excerpt that reminds me of the song Two Princes, when Ro’sa first sees her betrothed…

As a figure stepped from the shuttle, Ro’sa gasped at the same time as her friend. The prince. He had to be her betrothed, with the crown of gold on his head reflecting the sunlight. His hair cascaded to his shoulders in dark-brown waves, skin the same rich color of chocolate, her favorite treat from Earth. He wore a finely pressed black suit with a white shirt underneath. His plush cape reached the floor behind him. Pausing on the platform, he smiled, dimples forming in his cheeks.

Thank you, Earth! Excitement bubbled from deep inside her, and something more. She squeezed her thighs together and swallowed her own squeal to keep from giving away their location.

“He’s gorgeous,” Ka’lyn whispered. “Even the color of his skin is sexy. I wonder what he tastes like.”

Ro’sa shoved her friend. “None of your business. He’s mine.”

“And I’m so jealous.” Ka’lyn returned the punch. “I want to lick him from head to toe.”

So did she. “Don’t even think about it. You already have your own man.”

“Yes, but I can dream, can’t I? I mean, I love my sweaty woodsman, but, some days, I wish he was a prince.”

Before Ro’sa had a chance to respond, another man stepped out of the shuttle and slapped the prince’s on the back.

Ka’lyn shifted beside her. “Who’s that?”

“His personal servant?” She’d been told the prince would arrive with his own entourage. “Maybe a friend?” Would a servant be allowed to touch royalty? On Minjet, yes, but she’d been told the line between royalty and commoners was much more defined on Earth. At least before the last war.

“He’s cute, too. A stronger jaw, and look at those full lips. Imagine what they’d be like to kiss, how they’d feel on your breasts and between your legs.”

“Would you stop!” Ro’sa covered her mouth. Her words had come out much louder than she’d intended as she focused on the images her friend had planted in her head.

Book Blurb:

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In one week, Princess Ro’sa will board a spaceship, leaving her home on Minjet to be with her betrothed on Earth. The only problem is, she detests the prince’s selfish and arrogant ways, preferring to spend time with his personal aide, a man who stirs her desires in ways she never imagined possible with his radiant blue eyes and smouldering lips. And oh, the way he touches her.

Earth’s post-apocalyptic landscape offers little but the alliance offers much and a princess must do her duty, no matter the danger to her person and to her heart.

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Author Bio:

Jessica E. Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to sexy. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.

When Jessica isn’t reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk. Fast. But she just may slow down if there is a waterfall nearby.

Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at jessicasubject.com and on twitter @jsubject.

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Can we find deeper story themes if we put our cell phones down? by Eva Lefoy

Technology plays havoc with a writing career. Just admit it. While constantly checking one’s phone, one cannot focus all of their mental power on achieving a different goal, such as answering a story question. One cannot even begin to listen in order to access the internal part of oneself that just may hold the answer. And, more importantly, this constant to-and-fro may just ruin our stories.

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I sometimes find time to read books. On my laptop or my tablet mostly, so I’m just as guilty as all the rest of being a techno addict. I read mostly ebooks, electronic books if you will, and I prefer the short ones. Shorter the better, actually. If I accidentally download a 300-pager, that sucker goes right to the bottom of the TBR pile! No kidding. I’ll go into my hard drive and sort books by size, looking for the shortest book I haven’t read yet and I’ll read that one first.

Yes, I DID make it through Game of Thrones book I, but it seemed to have cemented my hatred of giving hours of my life over to a book that in the end, didn’t make a huge difference to me. Not that many of the shorter ones do either, and that’s sort of my point.

Yes, I read short books – I even write them, too! Guilty as charged! And I see a lot of them have a sprinkling of plot, an instant attraction built in and a hurry-up-and-get-to-the-sex flavor. Again, I’m guilty of this same scenario myself. In a short work there’s not much time to work in too many elements. But that’s exactly my point.

So if we continue as a society to speak in sound bites and keep our addiction to constant social interaction and interruption going, our short attention spans might get even shorter! Soon we’ll have a one-page affair, two pages of sex and a climax. (No pun intended!) But where will the goods be?

What happens to us as writers if we don’t turn off the techno and don’t just sit and go within and try to find the deeper answer to the story questions at hand? What’s deeper than quickly manufactured love is the question currently kicking around in my brain. What does it look like? Is it a romance or something else? Is it depressing – like a post-apoc novel – or is it simply two people that don’t fall in love/lust but form a different, unique bond? And above all else, will the story sell?

I think there’s a need to writers to go deeper right now, to seek out answers that aren’t all slap-dash clit stroking and wham-bam I love you’s. I think that part of our sales woes right now (besides the fact it’s September), is that readers are keyed into the rather serious world changes happening around us and they aren’t looking for someone to tell them how great it is to fall in love and have mind blowing sex. They’re looking for more than that. Security maybe? Trust? Alliance? Reassurance? Some of those story themes can’t be unearthed in our ten free seconds a day, IMO. They require more and we as writers should give these things as must time as we possibly can.

Right after we check our email.

Thanks for reading!

Eva

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Security Core agent Everett is assigned a special case—protect the daughter of Simon Gold, the father of modern mechanoid life. To ensure her survival, Everett’s given a special EMO upgrade, and can experience love for the first time. He’s soon head over heels and the super-charged sexual attraction threatens to fry his circuits while he fights to stay one step ahead of the bad guys.

Samantha Gold detests her father’s work. She’s an off-the-grid back-to-lander who wants to keep life simple with her cows and her crops. When her father dies and inadvertently transfers a secret code to a hidden receptor in her brain, it’s only android Agent Everett who can protect her. Can she ever forgive her father for creating Everett—a man so perfect for her that he even loves her cows?

 

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Eva Lefoy writes and reads all kinds of romance, and is a certified Trekkie. She’s also terribly addicted to chocolate, tea, and hiking. One of these days, she’ll figure out the meaning of life, quit her job, and go travel the galaxy. Until then, she’s writing down all her dirty thoughts for the sake of future explorers.

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My First Spanking by Jessica Subject

When asked to be part of Love Spanks, a spanking event last February, I agreed, but told the host that I didn’t write spanking stories. That didn’t matter, so long as I wrote a story that held to the other theme of the event, which was lesbian love. And I did. So, when Anastasia Vitsky asked me to be a part of her next spanking event, Sci Spanks, I decided this time to try my hand at writing a spanking story.

Now, I wasn’t going to jump right in and write one without any knowledge of spanking stories. I had read and wanted to read more stories from spanking fiction authors, some of whom are included in this anthology with me. Most important though, was for me to get the psychology of it correct. I didn’t want to write a story with non-consent. So, I had to have a character who thought they deserved to be spanked. I wanted them in an already established spanking relationship where spanking was just as much about pleasure as it was punishment.

And somehow, I had to get the science fiction aspect in there. But, instead of my usual aliens, I decided to go back to my clones from Made For Her. I set Replicated Consequences in the same world as Made For Her, with human clones created for military use.

I also decided to try something else different. In all of the spanking stories I’d read, it was the male who did the spanking, and most often a female receiving the smacks. I wanted to reverse the roles, having the female give the spanking and the male on the receiving end. And her being in the military was a great way for my heroine to be the more Alpha character.

How does the clone fit in? Well, it turns out my heroine dies during a combat mission. And my hero is given her clone to take care of.

Here’s an excerpt:

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She spun toward him, pinching her nose. “Did you have a party to celebrate Beth’s death then let everything rot?”

“No!” Celebrate her death? Beth was his life. He still didn’t know how to go on without her.

“Then what happened? How can you live in this filth?”

She set her hands on her hips and raised her eyebrows, tapping her toe.

Just the way his wife used to.

“I….” A lump formed in his throat. “It’s been hard these last two weeks. I’ve had a lot to deal with.”

“I suppose you have.” Her pursed lips offered little sympathy. “But Beth would not accept excuses. She would punish you if she saw this mess.”

Punish. It seemed so long ago she’d last used the paddle on him. Perhaps he’d let their home become a mess, to give her a reason to come back to him. “Yes, she would.”

“Then I will have to do it.”

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The SCI SPANKS 2014 ANTHOLOGY offers fifteen sexy spanking stories with a science fiction twist. You’ll find everything from sweet, tender romance to laugh-out-loud humor and references to old-school science fiction popular culture. You’ll find a mixture of romantic pairings, from M/F to F/F to M/M. Some stories are harsher, while others appeal to the softest-hearted romantic. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

 

Replicated Consequences by Jessica E. Subject

After Darryl Malloy’s wife is killed in combat, he doesn’t expect to find her standing on his door step. Only she is not his wife, but a clone, armed with a paddle.

 

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Jessica E. Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to erotica. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous. And if you’re looking for something really steamy, check out her erotica stories written as Paisley Brown.

 

When Jessica isn’t reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk. Fast. But she just may slow down if there is a waterfall nearby.

 

Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers.

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What Happens Next by Pippa Jay

Because I hate to say goodbye to a character, it often happens that even as I type a virtual ‘The End’ on my stories, a part of me is already asking ‘but what happens next!?’ In the case of Tethered, before I’d even started submitting it an opening scene for a possible sequel (which is still just an idea as yet) had materialized. So especially for you at Literary Lagniappe, I’m going to give you a sneak peek at the ‘what happened next’ after Tethered finished and how the sequel might begin…

Zander stared, his vision blurring as the luminous green script hung in the air before him. Damn, but he’d read this a dozen times and still couldn’t remember the details. And this had to be read, checked and signed off in less than six hours. He sighed and began again.
A pair of hands attached to the ghostly outlines of arms appeared in front of his face, just before covering his eyes.

“Are you coming to bed any time soon?”

Zander chuckled at the sultry voice. “Have I failed to satisfy you enough, ‘Ree?”

The hands vanished—literally—to be replaced by 150lbs of curvaceous, ebony-skinned and decidedly naked Su materializing in his lap.

“Yes, you have. You’ve been gone two whole weeks, and only back in our bed for two hours.”

Zander’s libido jumped to immediate attention, but he restrained his enthusiasm as Tyree kissed him, her mouth full of warm, capprey-flavored promise.

“If the council ever learned that you have regained your Su abilities after all—”

“They’d want me back,” she finished for him. She gazed into his eyes, her face very serious. “They’re not going to find out. And I’m never going back to them in Refuge.”

He stroked her back, an ache in his chest at the thought. “I remember a time when you were very adamant about returning.”

“That was then.” She kissed him again, and his restraint wavered. “This is now.”

“Tyree…” He tried to push some authority into his voice, but it was hard when his body was so fully involved in appreciating her warmth and proximity.

“Take me to bed,” she commanded

“I really need to finish this report.”

“Finish it later.”

His breathing hitched as she wiggled on top of him. “Damn Su,” he whispered. “You know I won’t have the energy later if I let you have your way…”

 

 

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 Tethered_200x300kiss. But can assassin Tyree also heal one man’s grief, and bring peace to a galaxy threatened by war?

For Tyree of the Su, being an assassin isn’t simply something she was trained for. It’s the sole reason for her existence. A genetically enhanced clone—one of many in Refuge—she’s about to learn her secluded lifestyle, and that of all her kind, is under threat by a race capable of neutralizing their special talents to leave them defenseless.

For Zander D’joren, being a diplomat has not only cost him his appearance, but also the love of his life. Scarred, grieving, he must nonetheless continue in his role as co-delegate to the fearsome Tier-vane or risk a conflict that could only end one way.

Now both of them need to keep each other alive and maintain a perilous deception long enough to renegotiate the treaty with the Tier-vane, or throw their people into a war that could wipe out Terrans and Inc-Su alike. But there’s more at stake than humanity, whether true or modified. Can the love growing between them save them both? Or merely hasten their destruction?

 

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A stay-at-home mum of three who spent twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay bases her stories on a lifetime addiction to science-fiction books and films. Somewhere along the line a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moments indulging in freestyle street dance and drinking high-caffeine coffee. Although happily settled in historical Colchester in the UK with her husband of 21 years, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.

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