Featured Author: Melisse Aires

Our next Featured Author, Melisse Aires, donated three copies of one of my favorite books, Alien Blood, for our raffles and drawings. Thank you, Melisse! She said she picked this one to give away because two of the secondary characters are the main characters of her upcoming book.  Um, more info please! That is all she said. LOL. Well, you still have one chance left to win this and lots of other great goodies in the final prize bundle.  Answer the question at the end of the post to enter the drawing.


Alien Blood

alienblood_coverKellac is everything Gema secretly wants, but a future together is impossible.

Kellac, younger brother of Kaistril, HER CYBORG AWAKES, ends up on planet Toph in military prison. While not at fault, Kellac must wait for diplomatic solutions while the military keeps him in lock up.

Stranded on the planet Toph as a child, Gema is in the Women’s Penitentiary for vagrancy. Not PureGen (lab perfected human), she cannot be a citizen and has no legal status.

They are chosen to be contestants on the wildly popular Survival Game, in which two prisoners compete to win credits and their freedom on a planet, soon to be open for immigration. With every moved recorded by a swarm of flying cameras, Kellac and Gema fight their attraction to each other and work together to earn credits.The competition goes well–until the spaceship carrying the show’s production team crashes onto their wilderness planet. They are stranded and survival is no longer a game.

40k Novella, Scifi Romance, Space Opera, Adult Content

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Take a shy bookworm from Montana. Hand her a stack of her much older brother’s sci fi and fantasy novels, James Bond books and horror comics. Later, introduce Barbara Cartland and the world of romance fiction. Get her a teaching job or two in authentic, one room Montana schools, ala Laura Ingels Wilder. Marry her off to a great guy, move her to a big city in Tornado Alley, then pop three daughters out of her in twenty two months(one set of identical twins).

Then, make her a jinx-every great genre TV show she loves gets the ax- Beauty and the Beast, Dark Angel-and Buffy and Spike NEVER have a happy ending! She gets upset about no romance in the world, and fires up to write her own stories with happy endings. Throw this all together into a small house in Wyoming, along with a small bouncy dog named Baxter and too many cats, shake constantly and pour it out onto a computer keyboard.

There! You have Melisse Aires.


Q. When did you realize SFR was a genre?

A. Sometime in the very early nineties I started running into futuristics. A nice UBS in Wichita had a whole section for them!

Q. What SFR book had the most impact on your reading and/or writing?

A. Anne McCaffery and Zenna Henderson were SF writers with some romance, as was Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover series, and I read them all. Dara Joy, Knight of Trillion Sun came along with the futuristic romances and seemed to usher in the romance subgenre, also Jayne Castle’s Curtain books. Those were early influences.

Q. Do your books lean more SF or Romance?

A. I would say romance, but I do write space opera so if you are unfamiliar with SF that might jump out at you, since it is not Earth based.

Melisse’s question for readers:

What is one favorite book?