“Just because I wear lipstick and paint my nails doesn’t mean I’m not a feminist and I wish people would figure that out.” —Cherie Wong, Grrrls on the Side
It would be an understatement to say I was excited about book 2 in the Broken Moon series because book 1, The Star Host, was one of my favorite books of 2016. So I hoped Ghosts & Ashes would not disappoint. I’m happy to say Lukens met and exceeded my expectations this go around, and I’m eagerly awaiting book 3.
Despite Ren & Asher earning their freedom in The Star Host, Ghosts & Ashes is full of tension and questions about where everyone’s loyalties truly lie. Readers will be kept guessing until the last page… and beyond. Although G&A ends on a cliffhanger, it feels satisfactory in a way and will get you excited for the finale.
Ghosts & Ashes is a worthy and exciting follow-up to The Star Host. Fans of Star Wars and Firefly will love the Broken Moon series for its space opera-style storyline and memorable characters.
It’s an understatement to say I’m excited to finally talk about my debut YA novel, Grrrls on the Side. Check out the blurb below, and add it on Goodreads. If you’d like to stay up to date on my work, you can join my email list in the sidebar.
Grrrls on the Side
The year is 1994 and alternative is in. But not for alternative girl Tabitha Denton; she hates her life. She is uninterested in boys, lonely, and sidelined by former friends at her suburban high school. When she picks up a zine at a punk concert, she finds an escape—an advertisement for a Riot Grrrl meet-up.
At the meeting, Tabitha finds girls who are more like her and a place to belong. But just as Tabitha is settling in with her new friends and beginning to think she understands herself, eighteen-year-old Jackie Hardwick walks into a meeting and changes her world forever. The out-and-proud Jackie is unlike anyone Tabitha has ever known. As her feelings for Jackie grow, Tabitha begins to learn more about herself and the racial injustices of the punk scene, but to be with Jackie, she must also come to grips with her own privilege and stand up for what’s right.
I just got back from the final Authors After Dark con and I had so much fun I’ll be recovering for weeks. Special thanks to Stella Price and her staff for a great week! I also met some awesome fellow authors and hopefully picked up a few new readers.
While I was gone I was featured on some great blogs. Be sure to check these out and enter to win the great prizes at Joyfully Jay and Hart’s Romance Pulse.
At J. Scott Coatsworth’s blog I got to do a fun little interview where I reveal what year of my life I would live over again.
Finally, it’s Time Travel Romance Week at Hart’s Romance Pulse. Today I’m featured there, but there are a ton of other time travel authors for you to check out all week as well as some amazing giveaways!
Time travel. It’s a frequently visited trope in science fiction because humans are fascinated with the idea of leaping through time on a whim. But what happens if the traveler in question has no control over it?
I’ve recently been rewatching the TV show Quantum Leap (1987-1993) and watching Dr. Sam Beckett “leaping from life to life, striving to put right what once went wrong” is just as enjoyable as it was the first time around.
And yet, our hero in this tale is hoping that he will eventually end up in his own time and in his own body. Time travel in fiction is rife with this theme. A person jumps through time and spends the rest of the movie, book or series trying to get back to where they started.
I didn’t realize it as I was writing but that’s the story I wrote for Miles, the main character of In the Present Tense. Miles finds himself traveling along his own timeline, thanks to an unusual dissociative disorder. His younger self is trying desperately to reconnect with this first love, while his present-day self is trying to stay with his wife and cure his time travel condition. But really, he just wants to go back to where he started. Sound familiar?
If you love time travel with a romantic twist and mysterious villains who keep trying to thwart the hero’s plans, In the Present Tense might be just what you’re looking for.
As part of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade’s annual summer blog hop, I’m giving away an ebook copy to one lucky winner. Enter the Rafflecopter below to be entered to win my book and lots of other great prizes. Also check out the other blogs on the tour for more great scifi romance!