1. Anticipated Angel cover reveal
2. Name Your Own Starship: your new additions to the fleet!
3. Free book giveaways
4. Book steals and deals, gift card and swag giveaways
Interstellar Broadcast: Dishing About Moonfall
I’m super excited to welcome a bunch of new friends who found me through the LGBTQIA+ sci fi and fantasy giveaway, the 2-22-22 giveaway (yay for the two readers who won 22 books on Feb. 22), and my recent cover reveal giveaway. Hello to all of you, friends old and new! Keep on scrolling for more giveaways and free reads.
I’m jittery with nerves because I have a brand-new book releasing April 1. Anticipated Angel is my first-ever M/M romance. This friends-to-lovers, first-time M/M New Adult sci fi novella is a Dex & Nero prequel to my now-complete poly MMMF Astral Heat Romance Series.
Here’s the sexy new cover for Anticipated Angel! What do you think? Drop me a line, because I’m dying to know!
I also promised you some results from the Name Your Own Starship game we played last month. Remember, the name of your starship is your astrological sign plus the last thing you bought? Based on your responses, we have new additions to the fleet! Here are some highlights:
TheAquarius Eye captained by Thomas is a spy ship, conducting deep-space surveillance and scanning for threats. But it’s undercover as an optical ship, staffed with medical personnel providing eye exams and dispensing next-gen eyewear to galactic patients. In direct competition is the Gemini Glasses captained by Gwen, bringing corrective eyewear and optical health to every sentient race in the galaxy, no matter how many eyes that particular race may have. On a lighter note, the Gemini Candy Heart captained by Diana delivers sweet treats and sugar rushes to alien races in the outer colonies. Rounding out the fleet are the Libra Makeup captained by Dasha, because we all want to look our best even in deep space, and the Gemini Febreeze captained by Nancy, which provides odor control for high gas-emitting planets. Thanks for joining the fleet. 😊
Now for your free reads!
Free Book Giveaways!
Free Steamy Romance Reads (oh, baby, these are hot!)
The best outer space adventure I’ve experienced this month is a new sci fi movie! Have you seen Moonfall? OMG! In this spectacular romp, the Moon shifts from its orbit onto a collision path with Earth, triggering a global extinction event. A down-and-out astronaut and the partner he failed on his last deep space assignment must launch a last-chance mission on a retired space shuttle to intercept. At the same time, their teenage kids back home struggle for survival while the planet literally disintegrates around them. The cinematography is spectacular, and my hubby dug the galactic origin story behind the Moon’s erratic orbit. Do yourself a favor and check this one out!
Thanks for sticking with me, Earthlings! Until next time, may the Force be with you!
The galactic mating contest is reaching its climax.
Enjoy this exclusive excerpt from ATOMIC ANGEL.
She wanted him. Wanted all of them. She’d wanted them forever.
Tonight, she was finally going to have them.
All three of them.
Her pirate cleared his throat. “What I’m trying to say is, uh, this isn’t what it looks like. We were gonna stop.”
Ben snorted and rolled his eyes. “No, we weren’t. For punk’s sake, Zorin. And if you’re waiting for Dex’s permission to know what it feels like to have my mouth wrapped around your disco stick, big guy, he just flipping gave it. Are you ready for me now?”
When Ben tried to straighten, Zorin tightened his grip on his shoulder to pin him to the wall. And slanted him a look so menacing it sent a shaft of raw craving straight to Kaia’s clit.
“You’ll stay right there till I’m done with you, gorgeous. If you know what’s good for you.”
Ben shot her a wry look. “How about a little help here, angel?”
With one last wiggle of her hips against his joystick just to keep him thinking about her, Kaia slipped out of Dex’s arms. She sauntered across the floor, one hand trailing across Zorin’s broad back in greeting as she wandered past.
Her pirate finally released Ben to slide his hand through the loose side ponytail spilling over her shoulder—a slow caress that heated her whole body.
“Howdy, sweetheart,” he rasped.
She met his hot gaze with a sidelong smile. “Miss me?”
“You have no idea.”
His heartfelt tone made her grin. Reaching Ben’s side, she looped her arms around his neck to purr in his ear.
“Ben Nero, you are such a bad boy. You’ve got Zorin ready to come in his pants.”
“Yeah, well, that makes two of us.” Ben pulled her in for a kiss that crackled with sexual frustration. “Someone had better be fucking me in about a nanosecond. Right now I’m not too choosy about which one of you gets me off. Looks like you’re first in line, angel.”
Preorder like the fate of the planet depends on it.
What fabulous book are you reading to kick off 2022 in style? I hope you’ve got room in your e-reader, because I’ve got a boatload of free reads for you below. As well as an AMAZING book rec this month—an absolutely SMOKING MM fae fantasy standalone by one of my favorite authors ever! I did my Christmas reading lying on the beach in Florida. Here’s a pic of Steven & me, cutely attired in matching sweatshirts (cuz it was cold that day!) buying hats at Disney Springs. 😊
ATOMIC ANGEL PRE-LAUNCH COUNTDOWN
In other news, Houston, we are at T minus 24 days until my steamy MMMF sci fi series climax ATOMIC ANGEL blasts into orbit!
In a race through space against five hundred sexed-up suitors, a galactic mating contest is nearing its lethal climax. Get ready for a rebel princess, an atomic arsenal, and three heroes hot enough to singe a cybergirl’s circuits! Together, the space pirates’ hellraising head honcho, the ice-cold imperial enforcer who stalks him, and the galaxy’s most lethal telepath will rule at her side—and consummate their blazing passion in her bed.
And that consummation is the longest, steamiest smexy scene I have EVER written. As in…ever. One-click like the fate of the planet depends on it! 🌎
VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTER FOR A CHANCE TO SCORE AN AMAZON GIFT CARD
If you’re reading along as I publish these babies, I’m dying to know if you have a favorite character. Is it Dex, Kaia, Nero or Zorin, or maybe someone else in the Astral Heat series? I definitely have one who’s my favorite to write, the one who’s the most fun, whose voice I hear the most clearly in my head. Tell me your favorite Astral Heat character by January 21, and I’ll send one lovely reader a $10 Amazon gift card!
I’ll tell you my favorite next month, and also let you know which character wins this popularity poll, and give a shout-out to the gift card winner!
And, finally, there’s this. Last month MailChimp decanted my newsletter, packed with like eight giveaways, straight into spam for many of you, to my devastation! Please whitelist me so it doesn’t happen again!
If you’re flummoxed by how, here’s a handy page with how-to-whitelist links for all email service providers. Just find any email from me in your spam folder (I bet you’ll find some!), mark it “not spam,” and follow the instructions for your email provider at the “how to whitelist” link here: https://www.hiddengemsbooks.com/whitelist/ Thanks to Hidden Gems Books for making that so easy!
Recommended (FREE!) Read of the Month
The Final Masquerade: An M/M Fae Fantasy Standalone by Ariana Nash
Okay, I’ll admit I read a boatload of M/M romance, but Ariana writes the most luscious erotic M/M fantasy romance EVER. This smoking star-crossed enemies-to-lovers liaison between doomed human nobleman Bryce LeChoix and the dark and terrible fae trickster Raoul is absolutely to die for, and scorching hot, with incendiary M/M action. Plus there’s an MMMM scene that must have raised my core body temperature twenty degrees. Do yourself a favor and read this one!
New Year’s Paranormal Romance Giveaway (Jan. 1-31)
Packed with dragon shifters, vampire kings, badass witches, alien mates, scorching menage and more, this hootenanny’s literally bursting with free fantasy, sci fi & paranormal romance reads. Not one you’ll want to miss!
New offerings every month! This big bad paranormal, sci fi & fantasy romance book bonanza is racked and stacked with the paranormal, urban fantasy & sci fi romance goods, and the featured books changes every month! Download ‘em till your e-reader starts smoking!
Did you miss this one last month? Dub-con, non-con, violence, abduction, captivity—this is no-holds-barred romance not for the faint of heart! If you’re not sure whether you’ll like this steamy scary stuff, this is a no-risk route to try it!
Fear of missing out? FOMO no more! This page conveniently bundles ALL the December reverse harem releases from wide authors (Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Google Play, everything except KU). Super easy to find your favorites without a lot of scrolling or hunting through a bookseller site.
This page is stocked with all brand-new sci fi, fantasy & paranormal romance releases. Some of my favorite highlights: Catnapped by the Catman; Tall, Dark & Haunted; The High Commander’s Mate; and a certain someone’s Renegade Angel! 😊
Sneak a peek at Snow & the Seven Men (who, as far as I can tell, are not dwarves!); Academy of Protectors; and the succulent-sounding Succubus Sirens: Reverse Harem Urban Fantasy, The Complete Series among other delectable options. Because why choose?
Interstellar Broadcast: Celebrating New Year on the International Space Station!
Did you know the astronauts on the ISS experience 16 sunrises and 16 sunsets every day? Cool, right? The ISS is on Greenwich Mean Time, so the ball dropped for them five hours earlier than it did in Times Square. This year, they’re not alone out there, because three Chinese astronauts also celebrated on the Tiangong space station, which is under construction in orbit.
Check out the first sunrise of 2022 shot from 282 miles in orbit above Bolivia here!
Happy happy holidays to all my awesome friends and readers! How are you spending the joyful season? I’m lying on a beach in Florida, working on my iPhone (and my tan) while polishing off revisions for ANTICIPATED ANGEL, a Dex & Nero Astral Heat Romance prequel novella. This is a super-steamy MM treat I’m publishing wide in April! Keep an eye out for a cover reveal and a SCORCHING teaser. 🔥🔥🔥
Oh, and speaking of cover reveals? All systems are firing as we rev up to launch ATOMIC ANGEL into orbit! The Astral Heat Romance Series finale publishes wide on Feb. 8. The ARC is up now on NetGalley, Booksprout, BookSirens, and the Astral Angels will be getting your own ARC direct from the lovely Heather, my amazing marketer at Elle Woods PR, right after the holidays.
Meanwhile, for your viewing pleasure, here’s my fabulous new cover for ATOMIC ANGEL:
Drop me a line and let me know what you think! My covers don’t exactly fit the reverse harem mold. Instead of a solo spotlight on my badass heroine, I’m going for a slightly retro, pulp fic, vintage sci fi action romance feel, with the spotlight on all four of my sexy superstars.
What do you think? Would love to hear if you have a favorite.
I’ll admit I’m kinda partial to the Ben Nero cover model (whose real name is Brooks!), but I REALLY love Dex on this cover. He’s been through a lot over the past seven story days. In ATOMIC, that race-through-space galactic mating contest is coming to a climax, and our favorite straight-laced, buckled-tight galactic tyrant is really starting to come undone. 😊
Keep scrolling down for the free holiday reads!
Recommended (FREE!) Read of the Month
Dark Glimmer of Hope
by Cassandra Joy
This novella prequel is a sweet intro to my friend Cassandra’s warm, family-focused CJ’s Neighborhood reverse harem romance series. Awesome chance to score a risk-free peek at a new contemporary RH series that has a lighter feel (a little warmth for the holidays!) and find out if it’s for you!
These scorching free sci fi romance reads feature HOT alien mates…and sometimes more than one! I’ve finally broken down and started reading Ruby Dixon’s Ice Planet Barbarians series, and I’m totally into these alien heroes with scales, tails, horns & unique peens!
Dub-con, non-con, violence, abduction, captivity—this is no-holds-barred romance not for the faint of heart! If you’re not sure whether you’ll like this steamy scary stuff, a give@way like this one is a no-risk route to try it!
Wow! This fantasy & sci fi book fair is CRACKLING with tons of urban fantasy, YA fantasy & sci fi, paranormal romance, space & time travel, gamelit, cyberpunk & so much more! You could win a Kindle Fire or an Owl crate subscription just for checking it out.
Four rival races.
Three men she can never trust.
And one atomic armageddon only their forbidden passion can prevent.
In the icy depths of space, a galactic mating contest is turning deadly. To unite four warring races, rebel princess Kaia chooses the most dangerous possible mate in Zorin—a sexy, scourge-of-the-galaxy space pirate. Yet she’s seriously tempted by Dex, the imperial enforcer who’s Zorin’s ultimate nemesis…and his mouthwatering obsession. Kaia burns for both of them, but Dex and Zorin are lethal enemies. And the galaxy’s most powerful telepath, the mesmerizing lover who betrayed her and nearly destroyed her, is a major distraction for all three of them.
Can two mortal enemies defy a star-spanning empire that crucifies lovers for unconventional unions? Can a runaway princess dare to trust the enigmatic lover who abandoned her to scandal and disgrace? With the fate of billions now poised in the balance, can four fiercely distrustful allies survive a savage mating contest, navigate an interstellar war, and consummate the explosive passion between them…without dying in the flames?
Renegade Angel is a steamy, angsty, MMMF Star Wars reverse harem sci fi action romance and Book 2 in the Astral Heat Romance universe. Laura Navarre delivers turbocharged outer space action with a fearless heroine, a cliffhanger series that ends with a guaranteed happily-ever-after, and a whole lot of heat.
Can you believe it’s finally here??? Explore Renegade Angel today and escape into your next adventure!
I don’t know about you, but for me, this month has been one wild ride. The pre-holiday rush is always insane, and release month for Interstellar Angel was out of this world—my first Amazon category bestseller, thanks to all of you, yay!!! I’m also heading toward qualifying exams for my PhD in Biodefense (basically a degree in keeping weapons of mass destruction away from the bad guys) and taking a super-heavy course load on WMD technology for that. PLUS I’m juggling two full time equivalent jobs in the office with a lot of folks counting on me, then running this publishing company, while trying to stay sane and healthy…you get the picture!
And…did I mention…I have a new book coming! 😊 Kaia, Dex, Nero, and Zorin are back! Renegade Angel is a steamy, angsty, enemies-to-lovers, fast-burn Star Wars MMMF reverse harem action romance and Book 2 in the Astral Heat Romance Series. Four rival races. Three men she can never trust. And one galactic armageddon only their forbidden passion can prevent. There’s that WMD technology background of mine making itself useful!
Renegade Angel explodes wide across the galaxy Dec. 1. Now if only I can make it to release day…AND survive my PhD classes…without losing my frickin’ mind!
Launch Countdown for Renegade Angel
Houston, we are at T minus 18 days and counting! Pre-order now from your favorite bookseller. Here’s an early review snippet from Dasha, one of my favorite Goodreads reviewers: “The first book in the series had a lot of sexual tension, but this book is smoking hot.” 😍
Recommended Read of the Month:
Arik by Tasha Black!
Frontier moon…alien adoption…action romance…AND an alien dragon shifter hero hot enough to singe your circuits! Need I say more? Book 7 in Tasha Black’s Alien Adoption Agency (Stargazer Series) just released wide across the galaxy. Amid the dangers of an alien moon, Arik is a fiercely protective guardian to both the sweet baby he’s adopted and the resourceful and resilient but innocent Terran woman who becomes his fated mate. Arik is sexy AF, while Lucy is both strong and sweet, which makes her very appealing. A sweet little baby shares the star billing in this alien romance. An all-around satisfying read, and a great entry to sci fi alien romance for anyone who’s curious to try the genre. Check it out!
Alien pirates, dragon shifters, werewolf menage, sci fi romcom & some very hot vampires abound in this jam-packed paranormal romance giveaway. Literally enough free reads to keep you going for weeks! Including a couple of holiday paranormals just to get you in the proper spirit.
Every month I bring you at least one sci fi romance giveaway with plenty of outer space action, and this month is no exception! This steamy constellation of alien heroes will make you hotter than an O-class star!
Are You on BookBub? Connect with a New Sci Fi or Fantasy Author & You Could Win a MONGO Amazon Gift Card
How much fantasy & sci fi can you buy with a $300 Amazon gift card? The answer is—a lot! For every new-to-you fantasy & sci fi author you follow on BookBub from the link below, you boost your chance of winning. May the odds be ever in your favor!
Looking for New Reverse Harem for Kobo, Nook, Google Play, Smashwords?
I’ve been hearing from readers that reverse harem is hard to find if you’re not a Kindle Unlimited kinda reader. Well, I gotcha covered! These October reverse harem releases are available on ALL platforms (including Amazon).
There’s nothing more angsty than a good rejected mates romance. What’s a gal to do when her fated mate rejects her? These fantasy/urban fantasy/sci fi/paranormal rejected mates stories will shoot you through the stratosphere, put your heart through the wringer, and give you ALL the feels!
Solar Flare Larger than Planet Earth Causes Global Blackouts
If you lost power last Wednesday, this could be the reason why! Apparently the sun spits out solar flares larger than our planet, and the radiation from one of them hit us broadside on Nov. 10. Did your power flicker or your computer glitch? I was mesmerized by these apocalyptic video images of the sun spewing fire.
Active October Sun Releases X-Class Flare
Still with me? You rock! Don’t forget to stalk me on social media like a space pirate you’ve sworn to shoot out of the skies. 😊
In a galactic mating contest where desire is deadly, the only guys she wants are the three she can never trust.
In a faraway galaxy on the edge of apocalypse, cyber samurai Kaia of Kryll is the daughter of a tyrant who’s worshipped as a god by billions. A prison sentence she’ll kill to escape, since women like Kaia are worshipped in chains. And she’s just become the prize five hundred testosterone-fueled suitors will lie, seduce, and slaughter to possess in a ritual contest for her bed.
In the scramble to slip past her samurai defenses into her cybersuit, the only guys she wants are the three she can never trust. These four have a boatload of shared secrets and a shared passion so combustible it’s practically pyrophoric—breaking every dangerous rule on a world where lovers are crucified for unconventional unions. Their illicit heat will either end the war destroying all their races…
Or get the four of them killed when a god unleashes a death warrant for their heads.
Interstellar Angel is an epic, hyper-sexy, MMMF reverse harem sci fi action romance and your gateway to the Astral Heat universe, where Star Wars meets 50 Shades by way of The Hunger Games. Laura Navarre delivers turbocharged outer space action with a fearless heroine, a cliffhanger series that ends with a guaranteed happily-ever-after, and a whole lot of heat.
Can you believe it’s finally here???
Discover Interstellar Angel and blast off to adventure today!
Houston, we are T minus 7 days from launch for INTERSTELLAR ANGEL!
Exclusive Sneak Peek:
In the history of confessions, this wasn’t much of one. But the heat of making it scorched through her until she thought her cybersuit would burst into flames. Slowly her gaze lifted to find him.
An outlaw. A space pirate. A wolf in blast armor.
Too smart to trick. Too strong to overpower. And probably too old for her to boot.
But the thought of climbing out of her armor and stripping him out of his and giving him everything he wanted from her—access she’d never given another man, had in fact been saving all her life just for him—made her weak with wanting.
“It’s true,” she said, throaty with the fever burning in her blood. “You say you want a woman who’s eager for your bed? Trust me when I tell you. That’s not going to be a problem.”
He hooked his big hands in his utility belt and lowered his head to eye her. “You got Dex’s smell all over you. But Ben Nero says you spend your nights in his bed. The way I see it, you maybe got a thing for all three of us. That’s a pretty big chance for an old guy like me to take, Kaia.”
“I know. It’s mixed up. I’m trying to figure things out.” Her eyes pleaded for understanding. “I feel the way I feel. That’s why I’m choosing you. What more do you want me to tell you?”
“Tell me?” His rough rasp sent shivers shooting down her spine. “Not a goddamn thing. Why don’t you shimmy on over here and show me?”
Preorder like the fate of the galaxy depends on it!
This hardly seems possible, two years after I started this crazy journey with a book I never planned to write in a genre I didn’t even know existed, but Interstellar Angel comes out in a month! October 12 is the day this spaceship of mine finally launches into orbit. Living this whole adventure still feels like I’m dreaming, with sine waves of floaty euphoria punctuated by spikes of nerves and terror. 😊 But I just received the best surprise I could’ve asked for, at the time I needed it most.
Bear with me, cuz there’s a boatload of free reads below!
Writing is so often a solo endeavor, and so often, encouragement can be hard to find. This life is about pressing the “I believe” button as much as it is about putting fingers to keyboard. Returning to the publishing world after so long away, not to mention navigating this genre pivot from traditional romance to sci fi romance/reverse harem, I’ve had to really focus to find readers and get early reviews. Which is why I was so incredibly thrilled to learn Interstellar Angel has just won second place in the Romance Writers of America’s Fantasy/Futuristic/Paranormal On the Far Side contest!
Doing well in a major contest is always a rush, but it was extra special for me as the author of a “non-traditional” romance with three heroes, one heroine, and strong M/M along with M/F and MMMF elements. The contest only lets you submit the first 20 pages, so all the judges saw was a steamy meet between two of my heroes. In prior years, I honestly don’t think I would’ve finalled at all. But there’s a big push toward diversity & inclusion in Romancelandia these days, and Interstellar Angel benefited from that. I’m so thankful to the judges, the organization, and all of you—my friends and fellow readers—for giving this book a chance.
Speaking of gratitude, I’m so lucky to have the Astral Angels, my pre-release review team, to give early reads, reviews, and feedback—which is so valuable to any author, and so fundamental to any author’s success. Reviews persuade readers like you to give writers like me a chance.
I’m looking for five more early readers to round out the pre-release review team for Interstellar Angel. If you review books on Goodreads, Amazon, a blog or favorite distributor site and would like to add my steamy sci fi reverse harem romance to your TBR, please join the Astral Angels! It’s easy to do. Just sign up below, download the ARC, and leave an honest review on your favorite site before the Oct. 12 release.
Recommended Read of the Month:
Sithe by Starla Night
This month I’m dishing about a new-to-me sci fi romance author. Starla Night is a USA Today bestselling author whose September 21 release, Sithe, is a new series launch book and her debut wide release (meaning you can find it, literally, everywhere!) Her grim reaper hero has metal scythes fused to his wrist-bones…and he’s broody and HOT. I mean it! Get ready for alien shifters, space pirates, fated mates, a badass heroine, and sizzling outer space adventure barreling at you like an asteroid collision.
Okay, so it’s not JUST sci fi romance that’s having a moment! Shifter romance (especially wolves and dragons), omegaverse, and holy hotness! menage are having a moment too. This paranormal/sci fi/fantasy romance giveaway has a little something for EVERYONE. The party ends Sept. 30.
Kidnapping, captivity, dub-con (that’s dubious consent for the newbies), even non-con (yep, that’s non-consent, so brace yourself!) This dark romance giveaway has all the feels—all the dark feels, that is! All the better to entice you, my dear…
Why choose? These feisty reverse harem and menage heroines are WAY too hot for any one guy to handle. Great time to try this steamy cutting-edge genre without spending a cent! Get ’em before they’re gone!
Reverse Harem/Menage with Strong Female Protagonist
How about a little more multi-hero hotness with a badass heroine who takes absolutely zero prisoners? This giveaway is packed with all the menage/reverse harem reads you could ever want, for free! This baby started in August and ends in October.