Monday, December 20, 2010

The 2nd Annual SFR Holiday Blitz is Here!

The SFR Holiday Blitz is back for its second year and is bigger and better ! This holiday season, you could win over 50 science fiction romance books! 33 authors have teamed up with 15 bloggers to give you a taste of the adventures the subgenre has to offer. Never read a science fiction romance? Well here's your chance.

Entering is free and easy: Fill out the short form below and leave a comment telling us what urban fantasy or paranormal romance author you would most like to see write an SFR novel..

There are 14 additional fabulous participating blogs each with their own selection of giveaways. You can find a complete list below. The deadline to enter is Midnight EST on Sunday, December 26th. Open to US and Canada residents.

Here is the terrific selection of SFR titles to be won at  Four winners will be selected and announced on Monday December 27th. A big thanks to Heather Massey at The Galaxy Express for organizing this years event and to all the generous authors. SFR Giveaways (4) 
  1. A print copy of ENEMY WITHIN by Marcella Burnard.
  2. A print copy of PANDORA’S HOPE by Lisa Lane
  3. A print copy of BEYOND THE SHADOWS by Jess Granger
  4. An e-copy of JAQ’S HARP by Ella Drake. (The winner will receive it in advance of publication date Feb 21st)

SUMMARY: After a stint in an alien prison torpedoes her military career, Captain Ari Idylle has to wonder why she even bothered to survive. Stripped of her command and banished to her father's scientific expedition to finish a PhD she doesn't want, Ari never planned to languish quietly behind a desk. But when pirates commandeer her father's ship, Ari once again becomes a prisoner. 

Pirate leader Cullin Seaghdh may not be who he pretends to be but as far as Cullin is concerned, the same goes for Ari. Her past imprisonment puts her dead center in Cullin's sights and if she hasn't been brainwashed and returned as a spy, then he's convinced she must be part of a traitorous alliance endangering billions of lives. Cullin can't afford the desire she fires within him and he'll stop at nothing, including destroying her, to uncover the truth.

Visit Marcella's Website.

SUMMARY: Captain Nora Bradley, her fiancé and First Officer Robert Smith, and crew have developed quite the reputation: their current tactical officer is an astral clone of the one they started with; a race of shape-shifting aliens currently travels the stars as an impostor of "Pandora's Hope"; and everyone is still recovering from the embarrassing and life-changing ship-wide orgy caused by their bout with the "space flu." Worst of all, though, is that the more Nora tries to plan their wedding, the more Robert gets cold feet.... Now that the ship is back on mission, with a glorified babysitter from Space-Corp on its way, it seems that the ship-wide fun might be forced to an end - but first impressions always prove wrong on Pandora's Hope, and the new addition to their crew, "Quality Control Officer" Patrice Jocar, might have more in common with her new peers than they think. In this second installment of the Lust in Space series, the crew of Pandora's Hope explores more exotic intergalactic regions, picking up the most unlikely of refugees and encountering new alien species - while their wild and sexy antics continue. Will Nora and Robert's relationship survive another excursion into deep space, or will the experience tear them apart for good?
Visit Lisa's blog.

SUMMARY: A man of deception. A woman of justice. Can their fragile trust be strong enough to prevent a war?
Commander Yara knows perfect leadership requires perfect control and discipline. She has spent years living without the distraction of caring for anything—or anyone. It’s a sacrifice she’s willing to make. Yara has honed herself into the perfect heir to the Azralen throne, but a bloody coup could destroy everything she’s worked so hard for. She must return home to prevent war. Unfortunately the only ship available belongs to an Earthlen trader with no regard for authority—especially hers.

Cyn is a rebel, driven to protect those suffering at the hands of the Elite leaders of Azra. Using his alias to manipulate the lovely but icy commander onto his ship, he has to keep her from Azra long enough to ignite the revolution. But when he awakens a vibrant and feeling woman beneath that icy exterior, he gets more than he bargained for—love. He must find a way to convince Yara to join him, before they get caught in a web of deception that could tear their world apart.
Visit Jess' website. Read an excerpt.

SUMMARY: In a world of floating islands and bio-engineered beans, the bad guys are taken down by agents of the Mother organization—agents like Jacqueline “Jaq” Robinson. Instead of accepting her next routine assignment, she sets out on a mission of her own—to destroy Giant Corp, the company responsible for her sister’s wasting illness. Jaq must steal her cure from Giant’s headquarters high above the city…even though she’ll be brought face-to-face with Harper English, the man who left her to go deep undercover at Giant.

For Harp, Jaq had been a distraction the mercenary thought he couldn’t afford. But once he sees her again, Harp knows he’s made a mistake. Even though she vowed he won’t have her again, it’s clear they still have a powerful attraction. Harp’s determined to get a second chance with Jaq—if they can escape Giant Corp and get back to solid ground in one piece…

Visit Ella's website.  Read an excerpt.

14 More SFR Blitz Blog Stops!
  1. The Galaxy Express
  2. Spacefreighters Lounge
  3. SFR Brigade
  4. GeekMom
  5. Lisa Paitz Spindler
  6. Alien Romances
  7. Enduring Romance
  8. Smart Girls Love Sci Fi & Paranormal Romance
  9. Dirty Sexy Books
  10. Love Romance Passion
  11. Panic in the Lingerie!
  12. Queen of the Frozen North
  13. vvB32 Reads
  14. Corrina Lawson
  15. Flying Whale Productions


  1. Gordon and Ilona Andrews' worldbuilding is so strong that I'd love to see what they'd come up with in an SFR.

  2. I'd like to see what Lilith St. Crow could come up with.

  3. Kerrilyn Sparks. She's wicked funny, and I can't help but think that if she wrote SFR, it would be great fun.

  4. I lovelovelove SFR!

    I'd love to see Meljean Brook dabble in SFR. She has such an excellent mind for details in both her PNR and Steampunk Romance series I think she'd come up with something awesome.

    What a kickass event, Doug, way to make my holidays extra exciting. :)

  5. My pick would by Kresley Cole. I think her worldbuilding is fantastic. I would love to see what she would do with SciFi.

  6. I'd love to see what Rob Thurman would do with a romance. Ilona Andrews would do it right too.

  7. Hm, Stacia Kane, Seanan McGuire and Cat Adams get my vote.

  8. Probably Patricia Briggs and Jim Butcher.

  9. I think Susan Wiggs or JD Robb would do a good job in writing SFR. I would love to see what they come up with.

  10. Sorry I hit "enter" too soon on my contest form, and my second choice was Jan's Harp.

    As far as who I would like to see write a SFR -- Jennifer Estep & Rob Thurman.

  11. Would love to read a SFR by Nalini Singh or Eileen Wilks.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  12. Hmmm how about the author of Sandman Slim? Richard Kadrey could use a little bit of romance in his work, not merely killing!

  13. I second (or 3rd lol) Charlaine Harris & Kerrilyn Sparks-either one of these would be a fabulous book.

  14. All great authors in the comments!
    I'd pick Jackie Kessler.
    Oh - Seanan McGuire too!
    And Devon Monk.
    Oh - Diana Rowland also!
    And Caitlin Kittredge.
    Oh - Richelle Mead !
    And Stacia Kane.
    Oh - Linda Wisdom !
    And Kelly Meding.
    Oh - Tracey O'Hara!
    And Erica Hayes.
    Oh - Nancy Holzner !
    And L.K. Hamilton.
    All the best,
    RK Charron

  15. My pick would be Carrie Vaughn.

  16. I'd like to see Sherrilyn Kenyon take on space cowboys!

  17. I'd like to see Neil Gaimon or Charles de Lint tackle a SFR. Fun stuff!

    Thanks for letting us have a chance to win!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Florida,
    cupcakencorset (at) gmail (dot) com

  18. I'd pick Kelly Meding. I liked the ambiguity and uncertainty in her characters' realtionships -- along with all of the plot twists.

  19. I like to see what Vicki Petterssen could come up with.

  20. Nalini Singh could do a brilliant SFR. She's got a head start already with the Psy/Changeling series.

  21. Ilona Andrews had a great free short story posted that was futuristic, so that team would be my top choice. Would also race to get SFR from Lilith St Crow and Patricia Briggs.

  22. I recently bought a Nook, so I would love to win some books to add to my small, but growing, collection of e-books. And print books are always welcome.

  23. Thank you for your giveaway, and all the links. Please enter my name in the contest.

    Keep up the good work!

    maryannelanders at centurytel dot net

    www dot facebook dot com slash maryannelanders

  24. This is a great giveaway - thanks! Would love to see Jeanine Frost write a sci-fi story :-)

    smaccall @

  25. Keri Arthur and Larissa Ione come to mind first.

  26. cool picks! i'd like to see regina riley dabble into sfr.

  27. They all look great. Thanks for the giveaway. Happy holidays.
    cate.masters AT

  28. I would like to see Jeaniene Frost or Keri Arthur write a SF Romance novel, I think it would be fantastic.

  29. I'd like to see Kim Harrison try her hand at writing a SFR book.

  30. I'd pick Charlaine Harris to move over to some SFR

  31. Either Patricia Briggs or Ilona Andrews...they do character and world building so well!

  32. I second both Meljean Brook and Patricia Briggs. I'd love to see what they could do with some SF.

  33. Thanks for the great contest! I guess I'll say Charlain Harris, but thee are soo many I would love to read!

  34. Woo! Please enter me, too!

  35. I would have to say Larissa Ione. I love the paranormal world she builds and think she coudl do amazing things in the SF world

  36. Hey! this is an awesome giveaway. I love sci-fi romances. I'd love to be entered.

  37. I'm rather new to reading this genre so I can't make suggestions, but I'm willing to read whatever others suggest :)

  38. I think probably Meljean Brook. There are other authors who I think could also do an excellent job with it, but I was so fascinated by the word-building she did for her new steampunk romances, that I'd love to see what she could do with SFR.

  39. Another vote for Charlaine Harris. If we could vote for any romance author, I'd pick Carla Kelly since I love her Regencies so much! But she may not be at all interested...

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