Friday, 30 January 2015

Sexy Geeks in Space & Giveaway

Today I have friend and talented writer, Christine Rains stopping by for her Loose Corset Blog Tour. She's talking sexy geeks in space. What's not to like? 


By Christine Rains

With science-fiction movies and TV shows, the daring and hot hero or heroine gets all the attention. Like gorgeous Chris Pratt as Peter dancing in Guardians of the Galaxy or hot Katee Sackhoff as kick-butt Kara Thrace in Battlestar Galactica. Yet who built their spaceships and gadgets? Who discovered how to travel through wormholes?

Space geeks, of course! They don't get nearly enough credit, and they're overshadowed by their reckless shipmates, but these nerds, they're sexy too.

1) Vulcans (Star Trek universe). Big brains and elven ears. Totally geeky! You usually see Vulcans as science officers, and they're not given enough credit for how much they put up with from all those overly emotional races. I believe the Federation would fall apart with them. My two favorites: T'Pol (Jolene Blalcok from Enterprise) and Spock (take your pick: Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto).

2) Carl Jenkins (Neil Patrick Harris) in Starship Troopers. One of the geniuses who helped with the brain bugs. The marines might go in there and kick bug butt, but the enemy keeps coming. It's up to the nerds to find a way to win the war.

3) Dr. David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) in Independence Day. Will Smith was the star of the film, but the geek saved the world. Wait... did I just spoil it for you?

4) Kaylee Frye (Jewel Staite) in Firefly. You might argue Kaylee wasn't a geek, but take a look at the evidence. She's the ship's mechanic. That takes brains, and she came to it intuitively. She's socially awkward and has self-esteem problems. Oh yes, she's cute, but it's hard to shine when on the same ship with Zoe and Inara.

5) Most of the cast from Galaxy Quest. It was a nerds in space movie made for nerds, and we love it! Alien geeks, super fans, and interspecies love. Now I want to watch the film again. 

Who are your favorite space geeks?


Dice and Debauchery, Book 1

A weekend away at a convention is exactly what overworked student Morgan needs. Dressed as her character from her favorite online game, Morgan is braced—seriously, could her corset be tighter?—to meet the other players. As Lady Gyrfalcon, she’s ready for everything—except her intense attraction to Dean. A clandestine meeting in the hallway of the hotel and Morgan’s corset is looser but now she can’t breathe for entirely different reasons.

Utterly charmed, Morgan decides to roll the dice and indulge in a fantasy-worthy weekend of sexy roleplaying, scorching sex and life-altering orgasms. Still, through it all Morgan is too smart to believe the chemistry constantly stripping her of costumes and control can last more than the length of the convention. But if she wants to keep a relationship so intense she thought it only existed in fiction, she’s going to have to let go of her cool-headed logic and allow herself to fall far and fast for the perfect guy.

A Romantica® contemporary erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

Purchase links: Amazon / B&N /Ellora's Cave /Kobo

About the author:

Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She's married to her best friend and fellow geek living in south-central Indiana. They have one son who is too smart for his parents' own good and loves to pretend he's Batman. Christine has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she's not reading or writing, she's going on adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She's a member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. (South Central Indiana Fiction Interface). She has several short stories and novellas published. The Dice & Debauchery series is her first contemporary erotic romance.

Please visit her website and blog.

You can also find Christine on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

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Thank you, Christine. I really enjoyed this guest post! As for sexy geeks, I have to say Spock. He's the ultimate sexy space geek for me.

Monday, 26 January 2015

News, News, News: Woven, A to Z, & Kargrandes

Before I do my news roundup, I must thank everyone who dropped by last week and offered their support and advice following my Funk Off blog post. It meant a lot to have so much support and really lifted my spirits. I cannot thank you enough. Now for some news.

Woven by Michael Jensen and David Powers King has finally been released. It's been a rocky road to publication and I could not be more happier for them both. Congratulations!

Book Blurb

Two unlikely allies must journey across a kingdom in the hopes of thwarting death itself.

All his life, Nels has wanted to be a knight of the kingdom of Avërand. Tall and strong, and with a knack for helping those in need, the people of his sleepy little village have even taken to calling him the Knight of Cobblestown.

But that was before Nels died, murdered outside his home by a mysterious figure.

Now the young hero has awoken as a ghost, invisible to all around him save one person—his only hope for understanding what happened to him—the kingdom’s heir, Princess Tyra. At first the spoiled royal wants nothing to do with Nels, but as the mystery of his death unravels, the two find themselves linked by a secret, and an enemy who could be hiding behind any face.

Nels and Tyra have no choice but to abscond from the castle, charting a hidden world of tangled magic and forlorn phantoms. They must seek out an ancient needle with the power to mend what has been torn, and they have to move fast. Because soon Nels will disappear forever.

IndieBound / Amazon / Barnes&Noble / Books A Million! / Rakuten / iTunes             

About the Authors:

Michael Jensen is a graduate of Brigham Young University’s prestigious music, dance, and theater program. Michael taught voice at BYU before establishing his own vocal instruction studio. In addition to being an imaginative storyteller, Michael is an accomplished composer and vocalist. He lives in Salt Lake City with his husband and their four dogs.

Photo credit: Michael Schoenfeld

David Powers King was born in beautiful downtown Burbank, California where his love for film inspired him to become a writer. An avid fan of science fiction and fantasy, David also has a soft spot for zombies and the paranormal. He now lives in the mountain West with his wife and three children.

Photo credit: Katie Pyne Rasmussen

Praise for Woven:

"It’s not often that you read a fantasy that feels as epic and original as Woven by King and Jensen. Clever, well-paced, and full of intrigue, it’s a superb read. Highly recommended."
— James Dashner, author of The Maze Runner

"The worldbuilding is dynamic, original and intriguing … and the characters, appealing. A sure bet for high-fantasy fans." — Kirkus Reviews

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The 2015 A to Z Blogging Challenge list has officially opened.

The brainchild of Arlee Bird, at Tossing it Out, the A to Z Challenge is posting every day in April except Sundays (we get those off for good behavior.) And since there are 26 days, that matches the 26 letters of the alphabet. On April 1, blog about something that begins with the letter “A.” April 2 is “B,” April 3 is “C,” and so on. You can use a theme for the month or go random – just as long as it matches the letter of the alphabet for the day.

The A to Z Challenge is a great way to get into the blogging habit and make new friends. For more details and its history, go HERE.

I will be taking part in A to Z as part of my writing group, Untethered Realms

Ahead of the highly anticipated release of Dragon of the Stars, Alex J. Cavanuagh has launched the What Are the Kargrandes? website. 

The site is just one page with two images that rotate every seven seconds. Every Monday morning, a new clue will appear, and a piece of the puzzle will fall into place, all the way up until the day before Dragon’s release. Dragon of the Stars is now available for preorder on Amazon.

What are the Kargrandes? You’ll find out on April 7!

That's it for this week's post. Do you have any news to share? Will you be reading Woven? Taking part in A to Z? Have you any ideas as to who or what the Kargrandes are?

Monday, 19 January 2015

Funk Off (The Self-indulgent One)

I'm finally writing my new year post, two weeks later than planned. I usually start a new year by reflecting on the previous, rather than making resolutions I know I'll end up breaking. For me, it's better to look at what went well and what didn't, and to use those experiences to shape the year ahead.

However, since late 2014, I've been in a funk. Generally ill at ease. Feeling blue. Anxious. And, if I'm honest, a bit depressed. I've found doing even the things I really enjoy a struggle. I haven't felt like writing or blogging. About the only thing I have done is to read.

Yesterday I decided I needed to give myself a virtual kick up the backside to break the funk. 

I could probably write an essay on the subject of why I've been so down, but that would be self-indulgent to the extreme. In brief, I've been struggling with my head and migraines since the summer of last year, and it's not getting any easier. I'm single, living on my own, and I do find that a struggle at times, especially when I'm not feeling well. There is nothing more depressing than being ill and on your own for a few days. And it's stressful running a house on one wage; knowing that you're the only one who can pay the bills and buy the groceries. I could go on.

I guess, like most people, I viewed 2015 as a fresh start. A new year that would be different and full of possibilities. Of course the truth is that January 1st is just the day after December 31st. Nothing magical happens other than celebrating with our families and loved-ones. My head wasn't going to miraculously cure itself. My knight in shining armour was not going to rescue me. So, I wallowed in self-pity instead.

If you know me well, you will already know this is out of character for me. While I may be a pro at procrastination, and often make life more complicated than it needs to be, I don't do negativity or self-pity. But I'm not going to berate myself for slipping up. I'm simply going to allow myself to feel better. To read as much as I want. To write when my head allows it, and not force it when it does not. Maybe I'll be slower at doing things than other writers, but that's okay. The only person I have to prove myself to is me. And being on my own? Well, that's just temporary. I hope.

What about you? How has 2015 been for you so far? Do you have any tips or advice for someone who is experiencing a funk? 

Monday, 5 January 2015

New Covers, New Books

My first post of a new year is usually spent reflecting on the previous year and what I want to achieve during the new one. For varying reasons, including fatigue (working in retail over the holidays will do that to you), I haven't got around to it. So, today's post is news-related and next Monday will be my traditional new year post.

The covers for M. Pax's Backworlds series, created by Untethered Realms favourite Erin Dameron-Hill, have had a revamp. I love these covers and the series. Find out more about the books here.

Angela Brown has stunning new covers for the first two books in her Shadow Jumpers trilogy, created by the talented Heather McCorkle. Aren't they gorgeous?

Catherine Stine has won a Best Horror Book award over at The Kindle Hub for her YA twist on Dorian Gray, Dorianna. Congratulations, Catherine.

Book 2 in Sharon Bayliss's The December People series, Watch Me Burn, is now available for purchase. Re-join the Vandergraff family as they navigate the delicate balance between dark magic and family.


David Vandergraff lost his home, his job, and contact with his oldest son, but remains determined to be a good husband and father despite being a dark winter wizard.

His resolve is tested when a flyer for a missing girl--who happens to be a summer witch--begins to haunt him. David believes a spell needs to use him to save her, so he follows the magic's command and looks into her disappearance. His teenage daughter Emmy resents him for caring so much about a random stranger. But when she uncovers some disturbing evidence close to home, she begins an investigation of her own.

David and Emmy quickly learn that the mystery is not only about a missing girl they barely know, but a deeply personal story that impacts everyone they care about. As their world crumbles, they fear the warning may be true—never mess with summer wizards, because the good guys always win.

A little taste...

Finally, in 2015 I'll be taking part in the Goodreads Reading Challenge again. I successfully completed my 52-reads target in 2014. I'm being brave and aiming for 75 books this year. Am I mad? Maybe. But I love reading, so it won't be hard.

Do you have any news to share? Have you spent time reflecting on 2014 and deciding on your reading and writing plans for 2015? Are you taking part in the Goodreads challenge?