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 for THE CLIMATE OF LOVE by BLAIRE EDENS
In an old house, just off Main Quadrant Seven, she’d found a box filled with odds and ends but on the very bottom, there was a book. While she’d seen a few, most were behind glass on the top floor of the library, she’d never held one. The cover was faded but she’d immediately loved the weight of it.
After flipping past the first few pages of text, a whole new world had opened. More than five centuries old, it contained photographs of an Earth largely unrecognizable to Lauren. In many pictures, white snow blanketed the ground. Instead of tank tops and loose cotton shifts, people were heavy coats, fleecy scarves and wooly hats with pom-poms on the crown. Lauren couldn’t imagine what that kind of cold might feel like. In her world, full of blazing sun, blistered skin and the constant scouring of dust, it was like a fairy tale.
And now, twenty-five years later, she was headed to Utuquq.
She’d never imagined she’d get the nod for this mission. Not only was being an astronaut highly competitive, it was political and she’d burned a lot of bridges. She had a reputation for being brash, opinionated and too confident. In less than three minutes, she’d fire the rocket boosters and head for another planet. For one year, she’d be living on Utuquq, trying to understand how they’d avoided climate change.
Satisfied she was ready, she took a deep breath and snapped the chinstrap of her helmet.
“Have a safe flight.” The voice of General Worthington came through her headset. “I hope the sweater is helpful.”
“I appreciate it, ma’am. As soon as I land and get my radio station setup, I’ll make contact.”
“Follow the protocol and enjoy the cold.”
Blaire Edens lives in the mountains of North Carolina. She grew up on a farm that’s been in her family since 1790. Of Scottish descent, her most famous ancestor, John Comyn, Lord of Badenoch and Guardian of Scotland, was murdered by Robert the Bruce on the altar of the Greyfriars Church at Dumfries.
She has a degree in Horticulture from Clemson University. She’s held a myriad of jobs including television reporter, GPS map creator, and personal assistant to a fellow who was rich enough to pay someone to pick up the dry cleaning. When she’s not plotting, she’s busy knitting, running, or listening to the Blues.
Blaire loves iced tea with mint, hand-stitched quilts, and yarn stores. She refuses to eat anything that mixes chocolate and peanut butter or apple and cinnamon. She’s generally nice to her mother, tries to remember not to smack her bubble gum, and only speeds when no one’s looking.
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Excerpt for I’LL BE IN NEW LONDON FOR CHRISTMAS by MARGO BOND COLLINS
“New London? Seriously?”
Lieutenant Gabbi Esser worked to keep the dismay she felt off her face. “That is…. Seriously, sir?” she added, after a too-long pause.
Her commanding officer bit back a grin, managing to keep from showing more than the barest dimples on her cheeks. “Yes, New London. Seriously,” Captain Schmidt confirmed. After a momentary silence of her own, she relented and gave Gabbi more information.
“The Achilles is set to rendezvous with the Odysseus. You’ll transfer over to liaise with Kiara Sadana, a diplomat from the Coriolis Quadrant who has, if I understand correctly, agreed to … um … marry one of New London’s ruling caste members to cement the treaty against the Drovek.” Even the captain couldn’t keep a slight tinge of horror from shading her voice at the thought—whether of the possibility of the Drovek aliens invading a human world, or the prospect of someone marrying into the New London nobility, the lieutenant wasn’t sure.
Still, Gabbi had to say something. “She’s selling herself to one of those backward misogynists? That’s …” She groped for a word awful enough to describe it. “Well, it’s barbaric.”
Schmidt visibly bit the inside of her lips to hold her mouth closed. The plasti-screen she held crumpled slightly in her fisted hand, causing the photonic display hovering in the air above it to shiver.
“It’s a big universe, Lieutenant,” the captain finally said. “We must accept that human cultural norms will vary widely among planetary settlements. New London was colonized specifically to reinstate the values of a civilization reliant upon a monarchy supported by a moneyed and landed nobility.” Straight from the handbook.
“I’ve taken the cultural sensitivity course, sir.” Gabbi’s tone was more than a little defensive. “I didn’t memorize the damn thing, though,” she muttered, just far enough under her breath that Schmidt could pretend not to hear it.
Margo Bond Collins is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of paranormal romance, contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and paranormal mystery.
She lives in Texas with her daughter and several spoiled pets. Although she has a Ph.D. in eighteenth-century British literature and teaches college-level English courses online, writing fiction is her first love. She enjoys reading urban fantasy and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about heroes, vampires, ghosts, werewolves, and the women who love (and sometimes fight) them.
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