Release Date: November 25, 2016
Travel off-planet for the holidays. Set thrusters to max with these steamy science fiction romance stories by eight exciting authors. Each SFR novella in this anthology delivers the perfect holiday gift–love–to warm readers during the coldest season of the year.
Included in Baby, It’s Cold in Space:
I’LL BE ON NEW LONDON FOR CHRISTMAS MARGO BOND COLLINS
When Gabi Esser joined the Galactic Coalition Fleet Marines, she dreamed of seeing the universe. Instead, she’s sent to New London–the most backward planet in the Coalition–to protect one of its silly nobles during the holiday season. Now the duke she’s guarding wants her to pretend to be his date at several Christmas parties, and she’s more intrigued by him than she wants to admit. They can carry this off without falling in love … but only in their dreams.
THE CLIMATE OF LOVE: THE UTUQUQ CHRONICLES: BOOK 1 BLAIRE EDENS
Sent on a research mission to Utuquq, a planet that’s avoided the pitfalls of climate change, Lauren Hascamp has a year to learn everything she can to help scientists save Earth. Pukak, the Keeper of History for The Siku, the tribe inhabiting Utuquq, is drawn to Lauren and her stories of a world with no winter. Interest turns to passion, but when the priest who expressly forbade it discovers their affair, the couple is forced into the Unknown, a land of brutal cold and limited resources. Trapped in a dwelling made of ice, Pukak and Lauren must overcome the brutal cold, the lack of resources and the murderous intent of the Siku Priests if they have any chance at surviving.
SATURDAY NIGHT IN DEVILS HOLLER: A Contemporary Science Fiction Romance DONNA S. FRELICK
Agents of the Interstellar Council of Abolition and Rescue tracked a slave-trading criminal across the galaxy to his latest location–Earth, where the pickings are easy and profits are guaranteed. Mingo County Deputy Sheriff Jace McCoy has a stack of cold cases on his desk–dozens of lost souls who have gone missing from his rural West Virginia jurisdiction. There’s a kidnapper stalking the wintry mountain hollers, a killer with someone close to Jace’s heart next on his list.To save her, Jace will need Rescue’s help, and a whole new way of thinking about the stars.
STILL LIFE JAYNE FURY
His future is her next target. Astrobiologist Ewan Stewarts won the chance of a lifetime: terraforming paradise from a cold lifeless planet. Sexy ninja freedom fighter Commander Jodeen Benson’s mission is on a collision course with his dream. If she succeeds, she’ll save millions of lives but destroy one: his.
THE SOLAR EXPRESS: An Alien Stepbrother Christmas Romance ERIN HAYES
Kear’yl is a proud Vzekian space ranger who has fought great battles, defeated many warriors and traveled the universe, but there’s one man she’s always avoided: her human stepbrother Houston. But she can’t deny that Houston’s good looks and strong body set her three hearts on fire. When her stepmother plans a family Christmas on Wixilia VIII, and Kear’yl is tasked with picking up Houston from Earth to join their family, her spaceship breaks down in deep space, trapping them together. Kear’yl finds that her growing attraction to Houston may be the best Christmas present ever.
ANGELO 13 ROSALIE REDD
Forbidden to express emotions, clone Angelo Thirteen longs to experience one feeling above all others–love. When a tenacious, young, female Altonian retrieves him from his drifting space pod, he may just get his chance.
STARGAZERS DIANA RIVIS
She’s traveled the multiverse on dangerous missions before, but this time her heart is on the line. Special Agent Kendra Voray of the Inter-Galactic Alliance is forced to work with Valon, historian and second born son of one of the ruling families of the planet, to determine how a Calivan artifact ended up on Earth hundreds of years before inter-dimensional space travel. Kendra doesn’t have room in her life for relationships, but Valon makes her feel things she never expected.
LIGHT UP THE DARK: A StarDaemon Novella SELENE GRACE SILVER
Twenty-something girls just want to have fun. How can Nadiah explore her sensual side when her overprotective father is a powerful telepath who reads and controls the mind of any potential mate? An impulsive joy ride to Jagron’s sex palaces is her first opportunity to take a lover, but instead, she wakes up to find herself trapped in a space cell with a huge, mute alien. By the time they escape their kidnappers, she’ll have more than a solo trip dirtside to explain to Daddy.
Excerpt from SATURDAY NIGHT IN DEVILS HOLLER by DONNA FRELICK
Jace groaned into her mouth, and didn’t that light a fire in her blood? Sara wound her arms around his neck and pressed close. He lifted her off her feet and set her on the cold railing, nudging her knees apart to stand between her thighs. And still that amazing kiss went on, while the proof of his arousal hit her in just the right spot. She could feel the heat even through his jeans and hers. She wanted the clothes gone and the two of them alone, anywhere but here outside this honky-tonk in the frigid air where anyone could interrupt them.
He ended it at last, breaking off to trail hot kisses down her throat.
“I take it back. I haven’t been waiting for this just tonight. I’ve wanted this since the day I met you.”
“What the hell took you so long?” She hooked her hands around his broad shoulders and pulled his warmth closer.
“Damned if I know.”
He kissed her again, his taste like desire on her tongue. He rocked against her, his hand at her back to press her closer, and flames shot through her core. She shuddered, barely able to breathe. If this went on, she was going to lose it right here and now.
She pulled back, shaking her head. “We have to stop.” Just for now.
“Shit, sorry.” He took a deep breath, backed up a little. “Not sure what I was thinking.”
“Well, I hope you were thinking you wanted to be with me, ’cuz that’s sure what I was thinking.” She smiled. “Still thinking it.” Home. Let’s go home.
He traced her collarbone with rough fingers. “Oh, hell, yes, I want to be with you, honey. And not just for one night.”
Her heart thumped so hard she could feel it in her bones. She’d watched him and wanted him for so long. This was really happening. That sexy old song ran through her head—At last . . .
“Sara?” His brow wrinkled. “Did I say something wrong?”
She threw her arms around him. “No. God, no! You said just the right thing, Jace. Just the perfect thing.”
Donna S. Frelick has been a journalist, a Peace Corps Volunteer and an author of STAR TREK fan fiction. She was an RWA® Golden Heart® Double Finalist in 2012 for the first two novels in her contemporary SFR INTERSTELLAR RESCUE series. Book 3 in the series, FOOLS RUSH IN, released October 18, 2016 from INK’d Press. She currently lives as part of an intentional community in the mountains of North Carolina.
Excerpt from THE SOLAR EXPRESS: AN ALIEN STEPBROTHER CHRISTMAS ROMANCE by ERIN HAYES
“But our people don’t even celebrate Charis-must!”
“It’s ‘Christmas’, Kear’yl. ‘Christmas’.”
On the other end of the line, I imagine my Chief Commander father—Op’pa in my native tongue—pinching the bridge of his wide nose in frustration. Mainly because I’m doing the exact same thing right now.
He continues chiding me, his voice irritated. “It’s what some humans do at the end of every year with their families—”
“I know what they do for Charis-must.” Even though I still can’t pronounce it right, no matter how many times I say it. Give me an obscure alien language from the far reaches of space and I can master it in a single Planck time. Learning human traditions, however, is another thing.
Then again, I may have a mental block due to one certain human.
“Look, just because you decide to go off and marry one of those human females,” I say, “that doesn’t mean that you have to expect me to play along with your Charis-must family time!”
“Jessica is your Zn’eppa, Kear’yl.” My father’s voice is low, dangerous. “You’ll treat her with respect.”
Zn’eppa. That’s what Earthlings call a “stepmother.” The human woman who married my proud Vzekian father. I don’t know what she did to ensnare him, but I’ve spent the last five years trying to avoid all humans at any cost.
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Excerpt from ANGELO 13 by ROSALIE REDD
“I…didn’t hear you come in. How long have you been here?”
He leaned against the doorframe, his arms crossed. A slow smile tugged at his lips, and she focused on them. They were so tempting, and it was all she could do to pull her gaze to his eyes.
“Long enough to watch you make that…squirrel?”
A nervous laugh broke from her lips. “This is an ornithium, a small sub-surface dweller from our planet. The tiny creature comes above ground to retrieve nuts that fall from the trees during the season’s first frost. It is the good luck symbol for our winter celebration—Lintria, representing hope and love, for if this small animal can survive in the harshest of conditions, so can we.”
“I see. When is your next observance?” His calm demeanor called to her, sending a tingle of curiosity and excitement along her nerves.
“In a few days, when our sun is lowest in the horizon in the southern hemisphere. This special day is celebrated by everyone in our culture.” Her throat constricted. Not everyone. Toman was still in jail. If she didn’t return to get him out before the celebration, he’d observe the rite in the mines and never participate in another. I can’t think about that.
With a quick swallow, she focused her attention on the sexy man in front of her. “Thank you, again, for replacing the reactor.”
His gaze flicked to her mouth before returning to her eyes. The brown in his irises deepened.
Warmth spread between her thighs, and she bit her lip.
He took a step forward, closing the distance between them. “It was the least I could do, given you saved me from a long, cold, lonely journey through space.”
“Well, then, seems we’ve saved each other.”
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