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SciFi Potpourri – big news!

New SFR eZine!

SFRQI am so excited to begin with the news that there is a new online magazine launching today. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told someone loves SciFi Romance but can’t seem to find it. “Where do I find it?” This magazine is the answer! It’s called SciFi Romance Quarterly and includes:

  • new releases for each quarter
  • honest reviews — Our own Toni (DragonMaiden) is one of the readers reviewing for the magazine! 
  • original short fiction
  • opinion pieces and genre related articles

I was very honored to be asked to be a regular contributor. This quarter, my article Got Alpha Males? takes a look at alpha males in SFR and the great synergy SF and Romance create. I hope you’ll not only stop by and see what books I discuss, but explore and share the entire magazine. The amazing Kaz Augustin, Diane Dooley, and Heather Massey are the talented ladies behind the e-zine. Let’s help them spread the word!

Book Giveaway

Next up, I want to remind you that you have a few more days to sign-up for the Book Giveaway I’m running this week. Read more about it here. Please spread the word.

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Awards!

I want to congratulate the following SFR, PNR, and UF 2013 RT Reviewers Choice Award nominees:

Note: in categories like SciFi, Fantasy, etc.. I only listed nominees that included romance. In categories like Book of the Year, New Adult, etc. I only listed the SFR or PNR books nominated in those categories. I did include all Urban Fantasy nominees without checking to see if they included romance. You can find a complete list of nominees, with links to reviews, for all categories here. Please forgive, and let me know of, any errors or omissions.

Editor’s Choice – RT Book of the Year wixckedasshewants

  • THE BEST OF ALL POSSIBLE WORLDS — Karen Lord, DEL REY, (February 2013)
  • WRITTEN IN RED — Anne Bishop, ROC, (March 2013)
  • WICKED AS SHE WANTS — Delilah S. Dawson, POCKET, (May 2013)
  • THE SHINING GIRLS — Lauren Beukes, MULLHOLLAND, (June 2013)
  • OMENS — Kelley Armstrong, DUTTON, (August 2013)
  • SLEEP WITH THE LIGHTS ON — Maggie Shayne, MIRA, (October 2013)

Futuristic Romance 

  • ALIEN IN THE HOUSE — Gini Koch, DAW, (May 2013)
  • GAMEBOARD OF THE GODS — Richelle Mead, DUTTON, (June 2013)
  • HEART FORTUNE — Robin D. Owens, BERKLEY, (August 2013)
  • DECEPTION COVE — Jayne Castle, JOVE, (September 2013)
  • NIGHT WHISPERS — Alisha Rai, SAMHAIN, (October 2013) — Read Toni’s review.

New Adult 

  • DEFIANCE — Stephanie Tyler, CARINA PRESS, (June 2013)  Read my review.

Erotic Romance

  • THE JEZEBEL —  Saskia Walker, HQN, (April 2013)

Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-Fi Erotic Romance 

  • HAEVYN — Darcy Abriel, SAMHAIN, (February 2013)
  • NO MERCY — Jenna McCormick, APHRODISIA, (February 2013)
  • TAKEN BY A VAMPIRE — Joey W. Hill, HEAT, (May 2013)
  • MAIDEN FLIGHT — Bianca D’Arc, SAMHAIN, (September 2013)
  • BLOOD CURSE  — Sharon Page, APHRODISIA, (November 2013)

E-book Erotic Romance

  • BEYOND PAIN — Kit Rocha, SELF-PUBLISHED, (August 2013)beyondpain

Historical Fantasy/Paranormal 

  • IF HE’S TEMPTED — Hannah Howell, ZEBRA, (April 2013)
  • THE MAGIC OF “I DO” — Tammy Falkner, SOURCEBOOKS, (June 2013)
  • EVERLASTING ENCHANTMENT — Kathryne Kennedy, , (December 2013)
  • SHADOWDANCE  — Kristen Callihan, FOREVER, (December 2013)
  • LEGEND OF THE HIGHLAND DRAGON — Isabel Cooper, SOURCEBOOKS, (December 2013)

Paranormal/Urban Fantasy  — Steampunk 

  • GILDED — Karina Cooper, AVON, (January 2013)
  • THE QUEEN IS DEAD  — Kate Locke, ORBIT, (February 2013)
  • HEART OF IRON — Bec McMaster, SOURCEBOOKS, (May 2013)
  • WICKED AS SHE WANTS — Delilah S. Dawson, POCKET, (May 2013)
  • HIS CLOCKWORK CANARY  — Beth Ciotta, SIGNET ECLIPSE, (June 2013)
  • BREATH OF IRON — Kate Cross, SIGNET ECLIPSE, (August 2013)

Shapeshifter Romance 

  • WOLF WITH BENEFITS – Shelly Laurenston, BRAVA, (April 2013)
  • ONLY LYCANS NEED APPLY — Michele Bardsley, SIGNET ECLIPSE, (April 2013)
  • BREATH OF FIRE — Liliana Hart, SAMHAINPUBLISHING.COM, (June 2013)breathoffire
  • MACRIEVE — Kresley Cole, GALLERY, (July 2013)
  • SAVAGE BETRAYAL — Shelli Stevens, SAMHAIN, (October 2013)
  • KINKED — Thea Harrison, BERKLEY SENSATION, (November 2013)

Vampire Romance

  • GATES OF RAPTURE  — Caris Roane, ST. MARTIN’S, (January 2013)
  • THE DARK HEROINE — Abigail Gibbs, MORROW, (March 2013)
  • TWICE TEMPTED — Jeaniene Frost, AVON, (April 2013)
  • DARKNESS AVENGED — Alexandra Ivy, ZEBRA, (June 2013)
  • DARKNESS RISES — Dianne Duvall, ZEBRA, (October 2013)
  • PRINCE OF SHADOWS — Tes Hilaire, SOURCEBOOKS, (December 2013)

Paranormal Romance 

  • DEMON HUNTING IN A DIVE BAR — Lexi George, BRAVA, (February 2013)
  • OMEGA — Susannah Sandlin, MONTLAKE, (February 2013)
  • THE CURSED — Alyssa Day, BERKLEY SENSATION, (May 2013)cursed
  • A WITCH’S HANDBOOK OF KISSES AND CURSES — Molly Harper, POCKET, (June 2013)
  • HEART OF OBSIDIAN — Nalini Singh, BERKLEY, (June 2013)
  • THE FIVE DEATHS OF ROXANNE LOVE — Erin Quinn, POCKET, (September 2013)
  • FURY OF DESIRE — Coreene Callahan, MONTLAKE, (October 2013)
  • BLACK AND BLUE — Gena Showalter, POCKET, (October 2013)

Paranormal Worldbuilding 

  • BLOOD WARRIOR — Lindsey Piper, POCKET, (August 2013)
  • GUARDIAN DEMON — Meljean Brook, BERKLEY SENSATION, (August 2013)
  • STYXX — Sherrilyn Kenyon, ST. MARTIN’S, (September 2013)
  • THE NIGHT IS FOREVER — Heather Graham, MIRA, (October 2013)
  • NAUGHTY KARMA — Vivi Andrews, SAMHAINPUBLISHING.COM, (November 2013)
  • REAVER — Larissa Ione, GRAND CENTRAL, (December 2013)

Indie Press/Self-Published Paranormal/Urban Fantasy 

  • THE END OF DARKNESS — Jaime Rush, JAIMERUSH.COM, (January 2013)
  • NIGHT BLADE — J.C. Daniels, SHILOHWALKER.COM, (March 2013)
  • SHIFTING SELVES — Mia Marshall, MATCHBOOKSPRESS.COM, (September 2013)

Science Fiction Novel

  • THE BEST OF ALL POSSIBLE WORLDS — Karen Lord, DEL REY, (February 2013)bestofall

Urban Fantasy Novel 

  • BLOOD ORANGES — Kathleen Tierney, ROC, (February 2013)
  • DEAD THINGS – Stephen Blackmoore, DAW, (February 2013)
  • WRITTEN IN RED — Anne Bishop, ROC, (March 2013)
  • MOUNTAIN ECHOES — C.E. Murphy, LUNA, (March 2013)
  • THE SHAMBLING GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY  — Mur Lafferty, ORBIT, (June 2013)
  • MAGIC RISES — Ilona Andrews, ACE, (August 2013)

Urban Fantasy Protagonist 

  • FROST BURNED – Patricia Briggs, ACE, (March 2013)
  • HOT BLOODED — Amanda Carlson, ORBIT, (April 2013)
  • BINDING THE SHADOWS — Jenn Bennett, POCKET, (June 2013)
  • TEMPEST REBORN — Nicole Peeler, ORBIT, (June 2013)
  • BLOOD BOND — Jeanne C. Stein, ACE, (September 2013)
  • WATCHER OF THE DARK — Joseph Nassise, TOR, (November 2013)

Urban Fantasy Worldbuilding 

  • TOUCH OF THE DEMON — Diana Rowland, DAW, (January 2013)
  • BLOOD WINTER  — Diana Pharaoh Francis, POCKET, (January 2013)
  • TRICKSTER – Jeff Somers, POCKET, (March 2013)
  • LAST BLOOD – Kristen Painter, ORBIT, (August 2013)
  • HEART OF VENOM — Jennifer Estep, POCKET, (September 2013)
  • RITUAL MAGIC — Eileen Wilks, BERKLEY SENSATION, (September 2013)

Paranormal Romantic Suspense Sleepwiththelightson

  • RELENTLESS — Cherry Adair, POCKET, (March 2013)
  • THE LAST KISS GOODBYE — Karen Robards, BALLANTINE, (August 2013)
  • THE PROTECTED — Shiloh Walker, BERKLEY SENSATION, (September 2013)
  • SLEEP WITH THE LIGHTS ON — Maggie Shayne, MIRA, (October 2013)
  • FLAMEBOUND — Tessa Adams, SIGNET ECLIPSE, (December 2013)

Fantasy Novel 

  • WITHOUT A SUMMER  – Mary Robinette Kowal, TOR, (April 2013)

Fantasy Adventure 

  • SCENT OF MAGIC — Maria V. Snyder, MIRA, (January 2013)

Series Romance — Harlequin Nocturne 

  • KEEPER OF THE NIGHT  — Heather Graham, HARLEQUIN, (January 2013)
  • THIS WICKED MAGIC — Michele Hauf, HARLEQUIN, (February 2013)
  • KEEPER OF THE MOON — Harley Jane Kozak, HARLEQUIN, (March 2013)
  • TAMING THE DEMON — Doranna Durgin, HARLEQUIN, (May 2013)
  • PHANTOM WOLF — Bonnie Vanak, HARLEQUIN, (June 2013)

Young Adult Protagonist  

  • THE FIERY HEART – Richelle Mead, RAZORBILL, (November 2013)

Young Adult Urban Fantasy/Paranormal 

  • SHADES OF EARTH — Beth Revis, RAZORBILL, (January 2013)
  • THE DREAM THIEVES — Maggie Stiefvater, SCHOLASTIC, (September 2013)
  • RELIC — Renee Collins, ENTANGLED, (September 2013)
  • UNBREAKABLE — Kami Garcia, LITTLE, BROWN, (October 2013)
  • ALLEGIANT — Veronica Roth, HARPERCOLLINS, (October 2013)
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