Vyken Dark Kindle Book Giveaway

Dear Readers,

In celebration of completing the first draft of Dagger Jack,  I am giving away FREE Kindle copies of Book One Vyken Dark 6/4-6/5. (Check back if Amazon lags on changing it.) Clarissa Lake and I have decided that Dagger Jack will be the finale of the Cyborg Awakening Series. To thank all our readers for supporting our work, Dagger Jack will be FREE and wide. We hope to release it at the end of the month.

This is not the end of our collaboration, nor the end of our cyborg tales. I haven’t decided if Calan is going to be the last of the Aledan Series. I am considering possibly writing Casir’s and Lanimer’s stories. Casir was introduced in the prequel Psion Mates, and Lanimer in Surviving Zevus Mar.

Although Surviving Zevus Mar was a painful journey when I wrote it, I felt it was a story that needed to be told because of the harsh realities in the news from Africa and the Middle East. It was not just meant as a revelation, but also a tribute to those who suffered at enemy hands and went on with their lives. Despite all of the copies sold and all of the pages read there is not one single review. That’s okay, but I am interested in what you think about it. Feel free to email your comments or leave it on my website. Just click on my name.

Thanks for reading

The Aledan Psion Now at SFR Station

I am pleased to announce that my Aledan Series has been accepted for listing on the SFR Station Website, and they are in the process of listing the entire series. The site features ” best in indie and small-press Science Fiction Romance .” I am proud and humbled to have my work listed with so many other wonderful SFR works. Click HERE to see all of the the recent additions to their list.

SFR Station is not a book seller. They list books with their sale links. The Aledan Series is exclusively available at Amazon with the exception of Book One which is FREE with most ebook sellers. If you can’t get it free from Amazon due to your location, click HERE to get it free from Smashwords. It is also available at Kobo and Nook .

Why Cyborgs

I started reading cyborg romances a while before I decided to write my own. While doing beta reading for T.J. Quinn on her Cyborg Reborn Series, I started reading cyborg romance by other authors. I started Cynthia Sax’s Cyborg Sizzle series with No. 10 Seeking Vector. Of course, after that, I had to go back and read the entire series. Pretty soon, I was reading every cyborg romance I could find.

Eventually, Vyken Dark was born.

I spent years writing and polishing my Aledan series and creating the Aledan universe. The heroine Michelle “Chelle” Marlow is living in the ruins of the fictional city of Farringay on an Earth devastated by alien interstellar war. Cyborgs were made to fight wars.

Even though I used a number of the same tropes familiar to cyborg romances, I wanted it to be different than the others. Some cyborg series have them escaping misguided natural humans who want to destroy them once the war is over. They seemed to forget that even though the cyborgs are genetically and cybernetically enhanced, they are also human beings.

Some series have cyborgs that are more machine than human. Naomi Lucas’ cyborg shifters are enhanced with animal DNA. Marie Dry’s cyborgs were aliens.

But not all cyborgs were made for war. Nellie C. Lind’s cyborgs are made for love in her bound by her series. While some cyborgs were made for war, there was also a line of cyborg lovers.

“Can’t find Mr. Right? Why not create him?
MedAct is the company that can make all your dreams come true! Just give them a call and let them create the perfect man for you. But remember, you can never give him up. It will kill him, literally.”

Only they don’t all die. Some go rogue, and some go insane. Something sinister is going on at MedAct, but no spoilers here. I really enjoyed this series and devoured each of them almost as soon as they were released.

In my series, the cyborgs start out being treated like property, but when the public learned that they were created from human embryos, they demanded human rights for the cyborgs. After that, they were committed to a finite length of service and freed.

Befriended by a Federation Spacefleet admiral, Vyken Dark is encouraged to go back to post-apocalyptic Earth after the war instead of going to live in the cyborg colony on a world called Phantom. Because of his unique relationship with the Admiral, Vyken wants to grant his friend’s dying wish. There is a group called the Civil Restoration Enclave, trying to rebuild a pocket of civilization just south of Chicago in the former cyborg production facility.

There he finds his female, the one female he can sire offspring with. Vyken later believes the Admiral convinced him to go back to Earth because the gene pool there would most likely have produced his female. That does happen for him, but Vyken also discovers thousands of cyborgs still in stasis at the facility.

In some respects, it’s kind of like the wild west, and the cyborgs are the new lawmen in town. Or the Vikings of the future, ruthless warriors bred and conditioned kill with abandon until there are no more enemies to kill. What’s a cyborg to do when the killing stops?

To keep them motivated, they are promised they will find their genetic mate to breed and make a family, to love and be loved. While I never actually said as much in the story, I am pretty sure Vyken Dark didn’t really believe in that fairy tale.

When he finds her, he is sexually attracted to her, but he doesn’t quite know how to translate his attraction to her into a relationship. Most courtship customs have been forgotten in post-apocalyptic Chicago. However, Danya’s father, introduced in the Cyborg Awakenings Prequel, came from a family that valued books and reading. He collected books wherever he found them and taught her mother to read as well as Danya.

While Danya never had a real romance, she had read about romance, so she knew that dating was mainly about spending time with a prospective mate. My whole Cyborg Awakening series is a prequel to the Aledan series.

So why do I now have Clarissa Lake as the lead writer for the series now? I am retired from my day job with a modest retirement income that allows me to write and publish but the return on the hours invested would make pathetic wages. I plan to write some shorter stories based on both series next year and plot some longer works in the Cyborg Awakening Series with Clarissa. There may be a box set of Cyborg Awakenings in the Future.

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Coming Soon from T.J. Quinn

Arantxa thought her best friend was crazy to even think about applying to an alien matchmaking agency to find a husband. Samantha thinks it’s a great opportunity for them to escape their mundane lives and get husbands. She will even pay Arantxa fee. She finally gets Arantxa to agree with plans for them to only look for mates on the same planet.

When Samantha finds her mate first, Arantxa convinces her she should go ahead and meet him. With Samantha gone, Arantxa decides to take a chance on a man named Biurk from the same planet. Things start to go haywire from there.

Instead of letting her use the agency transport, he convinces her to let him send a ship for her. Arantxa has her suspicions that things aren’t quite right but she tamps down her doubts.

The ship is seized by pirates who kidnap her to sell as a sex slave. But before they arrange to sell her they take her back to their planet and amuse themselves by torturing her and the ship’s crew.

So Biurk hires a mercenary to rescue. Arantxa. She feels an unexpected attraction to Korben who is sent to rescue her. A wrong turn and a missing communicator leave them lost in the forest alone together.

Feeling dutybound to give Biurk a chance to court her, Arantxa fights the growing attraction to Korben. Only vaguely humanoid compared to Biurk, Arantxa doesn’t understand this illogical fascination with this alien who no one would mistake for human.

Nothing is quite as it seems nor do all the pieces fall together until almost the very end.

Note: Arantxa is expected to release in November, and I can tell you it’s a great story.

Rise of the Ancients – A Great Space Faring Science Fiction Romance

Trouble landed on Space Station Zed in the form of sexy but bawdy Samantha Crane. Security Chief Colin MacKenzie is torn between annoyed and attracted. Drawn together, Sam and Mac fight an ancient enemy newly awakened. This enemy destroys everything in its path threatening the station and millions of people. Will their passion and love be enough to win, or will a lack of trust destroy them?

Trusting no one, Sam fights her very nature to stay away from by the book Security Chief MacKenzie. She skirts the law and scoffs at those who try to enforce it. But Mac can’t be ignored. Samantha must learn to trust so she may save herself, Mac, and everyone around her. Her family’s betrayal has made her cautious and cynical. She hides her true self behind a wall of toughness. Her family’s demands create conflict, causing her to question everything she knew. As Samantha begins to accept her feelings for Mac, she knows she will need to make a choice that could cost her, and the man she loves, his life.

Delving into Sam’s secrets, Mac discovers the woman beneath. Her suspicious disappearances into deep space intrigue Mac the security chief but Colin only feels curiosity. Colin’s love helps Samantha to open herself up and trust – him and herself. He knows there will come a time when he will have to make a choice, he only hopes Samantha will accept the one he makes.

My Review

Rise of theAncients is one of the best books I’ve read this year. It is a well crafted story. The writing is great, and I loved the way characters played off each other. As the story progresses and their passion for each other unfolded, it felt real. No silly games or contrived misunderstandings. Even when the heroine tries to pull away from the hero due her misgivings about their relationship, he pulls her back in and reaffirms their bond. The romance is steamy and passionate without being too explicit. The good guys win and the our hero and heroine begin their HEA. I will be looking at other work by this author.

For more info on this author and her work, visit her website.

Star Knight Errant: Thrust – A Review

When Martian Air Science Engineer Cass Hedley takes a dare to use her new Artificial Intelligence system for a night of erotic release, there’s only one man she can imagine spending time with—the legendary comic book hero Star Knight Errant. She imagines strong hands, hard abs, and bubble baths, but her black market AI has another idea—an illegal fight club that will only end in her sexy companion’s death…or hers.

When Evander Mór transports to an unknown desert planet, his mission changes. Instead of brokering a peace deal, he’ll figure out what backwater he’s landed on and enjoy a well-earned weekend off with a gorgeous scientist. But when things get hotter than a supernova between them, he discovers he only has eighteen hours to stop an AI bent on murder, convince Cass he’s more than fiction, and find a way to cross the gulf between galaxies to bring her home.

This book sounded so good that I volunteered to feature it on my review thread.  Unfortunately, I just got the link to get the ARC because I forgot to look in JUNK. So for now, I have just posted the cover and blurb with the buy link. It already has 5-star reviews by at least one reviewer whose work  I know and respect for her honest reviews. So, I am expecting to enjoy this book as well. Take a look for yourself by going to Amazon and using the “Look-Inside” feature, and I’ll be back soon with my own honest review.

My Review

This was a fun read, though it never quite came clear if he was real or not. A divorcee alone for the weekend while her kids visit her ex, congers a lifelike clone through her home AI system. He is Star Knight Errant Evander Mόr the comic book hero she crushed on as a teenager. He is even more attractive in his cloned flesh.

Unfortunately, the AI also produces foes for them to fight between their sexcapades. It was more instant lust than love, but I liked the creative way the author wrote the sex scenes in a way that transcended the act itself.

I also liked that it was set on a Mars colonized by humans. I don’t want to give any spoilers. One reviewer said it had great ideas but called it a ho-hum romance with love scenes that were not that sexy. Some readers might not buy the insta-love/lust aspect of the romance, but I found it believeable from the heroine’s point of view.

Cass was cloning a the lover of her dreams for a sexy weekend romp, and she picked her favorite fictional character. It seems reasonable that she would create one who would find her irresistible.

I thought it was well written. I enjoyed the novella and would read more from this author.

 

Christine Myers

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Aledan Series Box Set Re-Release

Adult situations, explicit love scenes, violence and possible triggers. This book is not for everyone.

 

After a reader complained in a review that my box set was poorly edited, I went back an re-edited almost 1500 pages with Grammarly©. This was after I had edited and proofed each book in the series up to six times.

Just to be clear, I am an author and publisher, editor, proof reader, and marketer. After several years and dozens of rejection slips, I gave up ever getting my two books published traditionally.  Then, I got a Kindle because I love to read almost as much as I love to write. I also have a small house and nowhere to store the 400+ books I now have on my Kindle.

Even more exciting than that, I discovered KDP – Kindle Direct Publishing! Soon after that, I published The Aledan Psion with a truly horrible cover. It barely sold until a fellow writer helped me rebrand the series with all new covers.

Last year, I sold 700 copies, 248,904 pages read in KU and gave away 5349 copies of 7 titles for a total of $2,123. Then, I had to pay a self employment tax on that. Obviously, I am not getting rich.

I’m in a “catch 22” situation. I’ve had readers complain about editing in their reviews—been told to get an editor. While I would probably sell more books if the editing were better, I don’t make enough money to pay for even a low priced copy editor. It would cost several hundred dollars per book.

So, against professional advice, I self edit by editing tools like Grammarly© and Pro Writing Aid© in addition to a text to voice program that reads the manuscript aloud while I follow along. It lets me hear typos or missing words that I might not see. I calculated the cost of a copy editor for the 1500+ pages in the box set at: $4,500.

None of it is fool proof. This is why my books are generally priced at $2.99 and available in KU. The box set is only $3.99 for all 6 books and the prequel.  However, if you find too many mistakes that detract from your reading experience, my email address is in every book. Let me know and I will review it and send you a corrected copy FREE.

Anyone who sends me a list of errors and their locations will get the choice of a free ebook on my list. If you aren’t sure you will like the story, The Aledan PSION is free on Amazon in the US and Smashwords elsewhere.

 

 

 

Luciana’s Warriors – New From T.J. Quinn

I am always happy to get a new read from T.J. Quinn because I know it will be a good story, and Luciana’s Warriors is a good story.

I read Captain Lucas Jarcor and Jarcor Returns before I read Luciana’s story. Luciana is Lucas Jarcor’s daughter, and she has inherited some of her father’s cyborg traits. She is now captain of her own ship. Her crew members are offspring of other cyborgs that grew up with her. Her self-proclaimed mission is rescuing beings forced into slavery.

A mysterious client paid her to rescue four Mandalarian Warriors imprisoned on Anuit. That planet is a world of Amazonian warrior women. They capture compatible males and milk them of their sperm to procreate by artificial insemination. But with Mandalarians it doesn’t work. They can only give their sperm the old-fashioned way. Once they fulfill that purpose, the Anuits will sell them as slaves off world.

Luciana arrives early to convince the Anuit leader to sell these four hot young warriors to her for her harem. The Anuit leader calls her bluff. Luciana must prove she can handle being dominated by these four sexy warriors.  She accepts the challenge to submit to their sexual desires. (Warning: If you are not into explicit sex scenes, this book may not be for you.)

There is a lot more going on here than just a naughty sex-filled romp. I liked the characters, the world building, and the happy ending that left room for more adventures.

I loved it, and if I were to review it on Amazon, I would give it 5 stars.

As a beta reader, I already hashed things out on what I liked and didn’t. Since we’ve shared a byline occasionally, I only review T.J.’s books on my website. Don’t just take my word click on the link, and use the look inside feature. Luciana’s Warriors is also available on Kindle Unlimited.

 

Find all of T.J. Quinn’s books at AMAZON

 

Cyborgs Reborn Series by T. J. Quinn

About two years ago I started doing beta reads for T. J. Quinn first for the Drogon Series and later the Cyborgs Reborn Series. I can honestly say that I have enjoyed all her books, though the Cyborgs Reborn Series is my personal favorite.

The series starts with Captain Lucas Jarcor, a soldier with devastating injuries to his legs. Doctors told them they had to be amputated. However, if he agrees, they can rebuild build them with some new technology. Understandably, Jarcor is eager have them do it if it means he can keep his legs and walk again.

What they don’t tell him is that the changing into a cyborg will strip him of his legal status as a human being, and his military rank. He became government property, in essence, a slave. All of the cyborgs are made from enhanced human embryos, but with the means for the military to control them through their cybernetics. Though biologically human, they were used as slaves to fight a war against alien invaders.

Jarcor decides to play along while he figures things out before he makes his escape. While he is out free, he meets Sabrina, and they fall in love. But Jarcor can’t stay he has much to do to free the other cyborgs.

The prequel ends in a bit of a cliff hanger, but Jarcor’s work to help the other cyborgs is a recurring theme throughout the series. He paves the way for other cyborgs to escape.

As I read through the Cyborg Reborn Series, I discovered that T.J. came up with things I hadn’t thought of even as I was preparing to start my own cyborg series. Her writing style is a little different than other writers, but every story I’ve read from her list has pulled me in with the characters, plot, and world building.

Because we work together on some projects and beta read others, I never review her books on Amazon. Since I blog about other authors, I decided it was time to speak up.

T.J. Quinn is a superb storyteller. If you haven’t read her books, now would be a good time to begin. Since her new book is a spin-off of the Cyborgs Reborn series, that would be a good place to start.

 

Find all of T.J. Quinn’s books at AMAZON

 

 

The following is an excerpt:

Jarcor has nearly finished healing from the procedures to restore his legs and he wanted to try them out before the medical team deemed him ready.

He was trying some martial arts kicks when the door was opened, and a startled nurse entered. “Hey, what are you doing? You aren’t supposed to be out of bed,” she cried out, running to meet him.

He stopped her, raising his hand. “I’m fine. I haven’t felt this good in a long time,” he assured her.

“Where’s the doctor? I want to talk to him.”

“I’ll go get him.” She turned around and left the room.

Jarcor chuckled and walked towards the window. It was around midday, the sun shining.

“Jarcor, you shouldn’t be out of bed,” doctor number one said, as he entered the room.

“Doctor. I don’t think I heard your name,” he replied, ignoring the doctor’s words.

“I’m Dr. Masterson. It’s too soon for you to be out of bed,” the man answered, with a deep frown.

Jarcor only listened to his name. Immediately, a lot of information filled in his mind about the man. His full name, his curriculum, his family members and a lot more. He had no idea where it came from and he was confident he hadn’t met the man before.

Something was wrong. “I’m fine,” he cut the man with a cold tone. “Would you care to tell me what exactly you did to me, while I was out?”

The man cleared his throat, distinctly uncomfortable. “Your legs are fully recovered, as you can see─”

“I’m not talking about my legs and you know that,” he pointed out, in a stern tone.

“When we realized the Nanocybots were working perfectly on your body, healing your wounds and recovering your bones with their special metal alloy, we decided to take the next step forward and add a few intelligence chips to your brain. We figured the Nanocybots would quickly integrate them into your brain, as they do on the cyborgs we create on our labs,” he explained.

“I don’t remember giving you permission to play games with my brain,” he said, trying to keep his anger at bay.

“The papers you signed gave us permission to do whatever we saw fit to restore your body, and that’s exactly what we did,” the man retorted, in a firm tone, as if reciting a rehearsed speech.

“We both know I wasn’t able to read those papers.”

The man shrugged. “That’s irrelevant,” he dismissed his complaints. “Right now, all I want to know is how you feel? How are your senses working?”

For a moment, Jarcor considered not answering the man’s questions but it was a pointless battle. He had to act carefully around those people, at least, until he knew how much they had changed him and how that affected him.

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“At first, I felt a bit dizzy and a lot of unwanted information keeps coming to my mind, like the fact you’ve been married three times by now,” he replied, in a scornful tone, enjoying the man’s fluster.

“You’ll be able to control that with time, as well as all the improvements we’ve made to your body.”

“Like what?” he asked, frowning.

“Just some minor details you’ll discover in time.”

Jarcor nodded, not very pleased with the man’s answers. “When will I be able to go home?”

“I know you feel fine, right now, but I need you to stay a few more days, while we test all the improvements made to your body.”

“How long will that take?”

“We can’t tell for sure. We need to be certain you’re perfectly alright before we send you back to the battlefield. While you were unconscious, the Taucets landed on our planet. We need to get you back out there, to lead the other cyborgs and fight these aliens off our planet.”

“Other cyborgs? Are they ready for the battlefield? And why do you include me in that group?” Jarcor asked suspiciously, tensing his body.

The man cleared his throat once more, wiping the sweat from his forehead. “After all the improvements we made to you, you have been redefined as a cyborg,” he explained.

“Meaning?” he asked in a threatening tone.

“You are now the property of the United Nations Political Organization.”

For a moment, Jarcor was so surprised, he couldn’t move. Had they turned him into a war machine? Who the hell permitted that?

“You had no permission to do that. All we discussed was healing my legs, nothing else,” he growled through gritted teeth.

“Did you honestly expect them to spend such expensive technology on you for free? I’m sure you’re not that naïve, Jarcor,” mocked Dr. Masterson.

Jarcor pursed his lips and frowned. He had never expected anything for free, but he sure as hell hadn’t expected to have his life and his identity taken away from him. “I’m a human being…” he yelled, but he could see it was no use.

“Not anymore. It’s better for you to accept your new life and start acting as is expected of you. Otherwise, life will become very hard for you.” There was a definite warning in the man’s words and ignoring it wouldn’t be a smart move.

“So, now I’m your lab rat?” he asked, oozing scorn.

“If you’d like to think of yourself like that, I guess it’s a suitable description.”

Masterson nodded and left the room, returning only a few minutes later with the same men that had convinced him to allow them to play with his life. During the following hours, they interrogated him exhaustively and put him through a lot of tests, until they were satisfied.

“We’ll send you to the training camp tomorrow. We don’t have time to waste and we need all the help we can get to defeat the Taucets,” General Smithson told him. He had joined the group interrogating him a couple of hours ago.

“What if I refuse?” Jarcor asked with a very calm tone, considering all the rage boiling inside him.

“That’s no longer your prerogative. You have been programmed to follow orders,” General Smithson explained. “Even if you managed to circumvent those orders, you wouldn’t get far. We’ve installed tracking devices in you that will allow us to find you faster than you can blink.”

“How many men like me were fooled into this trap?”

The Doctor sighed, impatient. “You are the first one we’ve transformed, but depending on your results, I’m sure there will be many more,” the man replied in a cold tone. “Besides, we didn’t fool you. We saved you from a dreadful future. You should be on your brand-new knees thanking us,” he snarled at Jarcor.

“I’m afraid having my freedom and life taken away from me doesn’t make me very thankful,” Jarcor retorted.

“Nonsense. You had no life left,” the general insisted in a vain attempt to make Jarcor believe in his words.

Jarcor remained silent and the general finally gave up. “I’ll see you tomorrow at the training camp,” he said before he left Jarcor’s room.

The other men followed the general and Jarcor was left alone with Dr. Masterson.

“Do you think this is ethical? Fooling wounded men to accept false hope and then stealing their lives away from them?” he asked the man, his voice deadly.

“I’m not here to judge. I’m paid to do my job and that’s exactly what I do,” the man replied, not showing a hint of regret or shame, as if he couldn’t care less.

Jarcor shook his head and walked towards the window, silently inviting the other man to leave his room.

 

            

 

Captain Lucas Jarcor copyright 2018 by T.J. Quinn