Science Fiction Romance Hot Sheet (December Ed.)

Welcome to the main headline grabbers in the world of Science Fiction Romance (SFR) for the month of December, 2008. And so without further ado, grab some egg nog and let’s get right to it.

Jess Granger is a debut author whose Beyond The Rain (Berkley, August 2009) drops you in the middle of an Aliens-esque battle and involves a creepy-cool scene involving nano-robots. You can spy an excerpt of the first chapter here.

And yes, the cover suggests futurisitic, but the gritty action & adventure in those first few pages completely belie this.

Sample it yourself. You’ll see.

Also making news, the Romantic Times BOOKreviews Reviewer’s Choice nominations are out. Here’s a list of the science fiction/futuristic romances that made the cut.

Moonstruck, Susan Grant HQN (Jun.)
Solar Heat, Susan Kearney Tor Paranormal Romance (Feb.)
Hidden, Eve Kenin Shomi (Jul.)
Countdown, Michelle Maddox Shomi (Aug.)
Phenomenal Girl 5, A.J. Menden Shomi (Nov.)
Shades of Dark, Linnea Sinclair Bantam (Aug.)

And Samhain author Liz Kreger was nominated for her book Promise for Tomorrow in the Small Press Contemporary Paranormal Futuristic category.

Congratulations to all of the nominees!

To learn more about Romantic Times and its book review process, you can also check out my interview with Romantic Times’  Senior Science Fiction and Fantasy Reviewer Natalie Luhrs here.

And, in case you missed this announcement from Publisher’s Weekly, George R.R. Martin and  Gardner Dozois are pairing up to edit a cross-genre anthology; they’ve also asked SFR author, Linnea Sinclair, to submit a new tale. Look for the book sometime in 2010 (the year this anthology makes contact).

Other tidbits currently buzzing in the blogosphere include:

Lastly, earlier this week I hosted an in-depth feature about Samhain Publishing:

Part one: Nobody Does It Better: Samhain Publishing

Part two: Interview with Angela James, Executive Editor at Samhain Publishing

If you’re an aspiring author who writes science fiction with strong romantic elements, this is a must-read as Samhain is actively seeking submissions in this area (in addition to fantasy and urban fantasy with strong romantic elements).

Don’t miss out!


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