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Chief Editor: KS “Kaz” Augustin

Avatar-KazAugustinKaz Augustin is an ex-Brisbanite (Australia) who loves space opera, SFR and all things geeky. She currently lives in Malaysia, where she loves the shopping for tech gadgets, but hates the heat! Her website is at www.KSAugustin.com and she also runs Sandal Press. If you’re a Twitter fan, you can find her at @SandalPress . Send all feedback about this magazine to editor {@} scifiromancequarterly {.} org (I hope we don’t have to tell you how to string an email address together; we’re all geeks, aren’t we? 😉 )

Releases Editor: Heather Massey

HeatherMassey-avatarHeather Massey is a lifelong fan of science fiction romance. She searches for sci-fi romance adventures aboard her blog, The Galaxy Express. She’s also an author. Her stories will entertain you with fantastical settings, larger-than-life characters, timeless romance, and rollicking action. When Heather’s not reading or writing, she’s watching cult films and enjoying the company of her husband and daughter. To learn more about her work, visit HeatherMassey.com

Fiction Editor: Diane Dooley

Dooley-Bio-PicDiane Dooley is the Fiction Editor for Science-Fiction Romance Quarterly. Born in the Channel Islands, raised in Scotland and now resident in the USA, she is an author, an editor, a voracious reader, an unrepentant troublemaker, and a geek of intergalactic proportions. You can follow her on her blog or on Twitter . Live long and prosper!

Reviewer: Toni Adams

toni-profile-picToni Adams is here to voice her opinion. Toni resides in Los Angeles. Among the normal plane of reality, she has B.S. in Molecular, Cellular Developmental Biology and works as a veterinary technician. She has dealt with Felis catus, canus lupis familiaris, reptilian creatures, various avians, lagamorphs, rodentians, chelonians, and testudines. In her loving care are four felis catus, one canus lupis familiaris, and one pogona vitticeps. In summary, she really loves animals.

When she is able to shed off the shroud of a Responsible Adult, she partakes in so many guilty pleasures that the guilt has long worn off. To name them all would make your brain explode from the sheer power. Just know, that it involves a blue police box, ponies with absurd markings on their rumps, a Norse alien god, a rock band from the nineties, gaming (trading cards, board games, consoles), random international romantic dramas, and lots of crafting. The guiltiest pleasure of all has been decades of reading romance novels. From corset-ripping heroines to gun-toting she-devils, she continues to devour story after story.

Romance and science fiction is a blend that can either intoxicate her to dangerous levels of excitement or entice boiling frustration. Bring on the excessive transfer of heat and get some hydrogen elements shakin’!

Reviewer: The Book Pushers

bookpushers-avatarThe Book Pushers are six book-loving girls from around the world who share a love of all things romance. From small town contemporaries, to sweeping historicals, to gritty paranormal, to the futuristic science fi they read it all. They are known for their fun, conversational style joint reviews, and can be found lurking at their website, on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and Booklikes.

Reviewer: Marlene Harris

marleneharris-avatarMarlene Harris is currently the Technical Services Manager at The Seattle Public Library. She’s also one of the co-editors of SPL’s Romantic Wednesdays feature on Shelf Talk, which gives her a chance to expose her love of romance novels. In addition, she’s also a reviewer for Library Journal’s Xpress Reviews, and the author of their annual Librarian’s Best Ebook Romance feature. Because she can’t resist talking about the books she loves, and occasionally the ones she hates, she has her own book blog at Reading Reality. In her professional persona, before coming to Seattle she previously managed Technical and Collection Services Departments at libraries in locations from Gainesville Florida to Anchorage Alaska to the Chicago Public Library.

Reviewer: Jo Jones

JoJonesJo Jones is a retired pilot who, after retiring, had an RV and traveled 6 months out of the year. After traveling seven years she left on a trip and realized that she was ready to spend more time at home so she sold the RV. She isn’t giving up travel; she just takes the trips that did not fit with RVing. When at home, she gardens, reads, plays bridge, hikes, visits with friends, and volunteers. Jo is an unabashed big cat lover and shares her home with TC, her shelter cat. Both of them live in the Ozarks in Northwest Arkansas which, they unanimously agree, is one of the best places in the country to live.

Reviewer: RK Shiraishi

R.K. is a long time science fiction fan, as well as a fan of all things fantasy and paranormal. She spends her spare time deep in the world of classic SF television, movies, and even radio plays. Her alter ego is as fantasy writer Echo Ishii. Her first novella, MR RUMPEL AND MR GRIMM is available from Less Than Three Press. You can follow here on Facebook (RK Shiraishi), Twitter and Pinterest (mrsbookmark).

Reviewer: Normalene Zeeman

NormNormalene spent 12 years in military intelligence not being able to talk about her job—now she is the adult services librarian supervisor at Prescott Public Library in Arizona and talks about her job and great books all the time and loves it! She reads scifi, romance, mystery and (of course) espionage books, with the occasional economics book thrown in for some balance. You can find more reviews by her at her Goodreads account—look for Normalene, there is only one!

Reviewer: Weirde

Weirde-avatarWeirde was born in Italy during a wonderful Mantuan summer. A compulsive reader from childhood, she began writing her own stories from high school, trying to give vent to the fertile imagination that has always characterized her. She runs a book-blog “The art of writing…maybe” that is well-known throughout Italy, thanks in part to her reviews of English-language fiction. You can also find her on Facebook. She is partial to paranormal, steampunk and SF genres. Her idol is Jane Austen but she also loves Lois McMaster Bujold and Mary Balogh. She likes unconventional stories, vampires, and romances with heroines who are not beautiful but are crazy smart. She hates zombies.

Reviewer: Psyche Skinner

Avatar-PsycheReviewer Psyche Skinner is a working scientist with a taste for imaginative fiction. She is constantly seeking novels that combine hard speculative science with well-rounded characters–although she also appreciates a good space opera.

Reviewer: Rachel Cotterill

Avatar-RachelCotterillRachel Cotterill grew up hiding from the real world in a succession of imaginary lands, and has no particular wish to return to Earth. She likes fast-paced plots, greyscale morality, and characters who remain believable when they find themselves in situations that are anything but. She’s always searching for her next favourite author, and is half of the feminist SF book blog Strange Charm, which exists to showcase the best in speculative fiction by female authors.

When she isn’t reading, Rachel is professionally and perpetually indecisive, splitting her time somewhat haphazardly between writing, computer science, linguistics, recipe development, and travel. Rachel’s third novel, Watersmeet, is a romantic and optimistic fantasy published earlier this year. You can find her on Twitter at @rachelcotterill.

Reviewer: SFF Dragon

Avatar-SFFDragonSFF Dragon is an avid reader, some might say bookworm, who lives in England and grew up on a steady diet of home cooking and proverbs. When her head wasn’t stuck in a book, she was out being active or volunteering to do charity work. As an adult, animals, any type of sport involving cars, swimming and lots of reading are her main past-times. She also likes watching war, western, spy, sci-fi/fantasy, Christmas stories of any kind and romance films and series, and thinks the best ones include all of these categories.

She loves science fiction, paranormal romance, urban fantasy and any feel-good Christmas story which she reads all year round to maintain her perspective on what’s important in life and loves nothing more than a happy ending. She has individual Degrees in Computer Programming and Business Studies, a Masters in HR Management and shares her home with her partner, loads of gadgets, and thousands of books and DVDs. When not reading, which isn’t often, she can be found doing anything from learning a new language to designing and making her own clothes and jewellery, as well as gardening for a little light relief. You can find her on Goodreads and Facebook.

Reviewer: Cyd Athens

Cyd-Gravatar-300X300Cyd Athens, a pronoun-fluid, over-fifty, alternate-lifestyle living, SFWA member, associate editor of the Unidentified Funny Objects (UFO) anthologies, aspiring professional author, and speculative fiction aficionado from 45° 29 30.65N, 122° 35 30.91W The public library was Cyd’s gateway drug. Find Cyd online at www.CydAthens.net

SF Mistressworks: Ian Sales

Ian Sales has recently been working on a quartet of novellas, the Apollo Quartet. The first, Adrift on the Sea of Rains, was published in 2012. It won the BSFA Award for that year and was shortlisted for the Sidewise Award for Alternate History. The second book, The Eye With Which The Universe Beholds Itself, was published in early 2013, and the third book, Then Will The Great Ocean Wash Deep Above, in late 2013. The final novella, All That Outer Space Allows, will appear in 2014. He is represented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency, can be found online at www.IanSales.com and he also tweets.


Issue 12 contributors

Our Opinion writer this issue, Susan Grant, is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling, RITA Award-Winning author of Science Fiction, Time Travel, and Paranormal Romance. As a jet pilot and global traveler, she finds plenty of inspiration to create action-packed stories featuring strong women and honorable men.

Her next release is Stray, a space marine novella in the Star World Frontier series, featured in the anthology Pets in Space, coming October 15th. 10% of profits from the first month go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

For interstellar Tourists, check out The Lonely Galaxy Travel Guide: www.lonelygalaxytravelguide.com

Our Fiction writer for this issue is MH Questus. MH left behind a career in physics for science fiction because there weren’t enough laser battles or wormholes at his research and development firm. You’ll most likely find him curled up with his favourite Pratchett, rererewatching Firefly, playing boardgames with his nearest and dearest, or making “pew-pew” sounds at WarMachine tournaments across the country. He lives in Kitchener, Ontario, with his partner Andrea. He’s on Twitter, and Patreon His website is at http://www.mhquestus.com/

Cover: Depositphotos.


Issue 11 contributors

Opinion: Ella Drake

As a child, our Opinion contributor, Ella Drake, read books under the covers with a flashlight. There she found a special love of elves, dragons, and knights. But when she looked for those dragons in Pride and Prejudice, and didn’t find them, she decided to write them. She enjoys creating worlds full of wolf-shifters, dragon-shifters, raven shifters (in a gothic romance, of course), space cowboys, elementally enhanced humans, space pirates, sexy demons, and anything else her geeky heart can imagine. Author of Science Fiction Romance and Paranormal Romance, Ella can be found at http://www.elladrake.com or on twitter @Lori_Ella

Interview: Shawnee’ and Shawnelle Gibbs

Our Interview was with Shawnee’ and Shawnelle Gibbs. You can find out more about the E.J. Whitaker project at: www.ejwhitaker.com or visit our website: www.gibbsisters.com to contact us.

Fiction: Xoe Juliani

Our Fiction writer for this issue is Xoe Juliani. Xoe is an American writer living in the Netherlands. She has been writing since she was in the seventh grade. She is currently working towards a degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Antioch University. You can find more of her writing and information on her publications at her blog: xoewrites.tumblr.com

Cover: KS Augustin


Issue 10 contributors

Opinion: Ashlynn Monroe

Our Opinion writer, Ashlynn Monroe, has been dreaming up stories all her life. She started to put them on paper at thirteen, but it wasn’t until she was thirty that she decided to share them with others. She’s a busy mom with a full time job, fantastic friends, and a unique sense of humor. She’s just a regular girl who’s in love with the idea of happily-ever-after. She’s honored to be multipublished by some of the best electronic publishers in the industry. Ashlynn survives each day by dreaming up her next tale of romance. Her latest, Spirit Bonded, is available through Beachwalk Press.

Craft: Veronica Scott

Amazon best-seller Veronica Scott continues our Craft column for this issue. Veronica is a three-time recipient of the SFR Galaxy Award, and has written a number of science-fiction and fantasy romances. Her
latest release is Star Cruise: Marooned (audiobook coming in 2016). You can find out more about her and her books at https://VeronicaScott.wordpress.com/

Interview: Athena Andreadis

This issue’s interview was with Athena Andreadis. Athena was born in Greece to parents who were part of the WWII resistance, spent her adolescence under the military junta and was lured to the US at age 18 by a full scholarship to Harvard, then MIT. She spent her adult life doing basic research in molecular neurobiology, focusing on the mechanisms of mental retardation and dementia. She has also given many invited talks (that included NASA venues and the 100-Year Starship Symposium) on the biological and cultural issues of space/planetary exploration and settlement. Athena is an avid reader in four languages across genres (though she has an accent in all of them unless she’s singing) and cherishes every moment she gets to spend with her partner, Peter Cassidy.

She’s the author of To Seek Out New Life: The Biology of Star Trek and writes speculative fiction and non-fiction on a wide swath of topics. She conceived and edited the widely acclaimed feminist space opera anthology The Other Half of the Sky. Her work can be found in Scientific American, Harvard Review, Belles Lettres, Strange Horizons, Crossed GenresStone Telling, Cabinet des Fées, Bull Spec, Science in My Fiction, SF Signal, The Apex Blog, World SF, SFF Portal, H+ Magazine, io9, The Huffington Post, and her own site, Starship Reckless. As of late 2015, Athena is the owner and chief astrogator of Candlemark & Gleam.

Cover: KS Augustin


Issue 9 contributors

Opinion: Lise MacTague

Lise MacTague, left Winnipeg, Canada for warmer climes before realizing those have gigantic bugs, so she settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin instead. Now she amuses herself by telling the natives it isn’t that cold. When not pestering Wisconsinites about the weather, Lise writes lesbian sci-fi and dreams of the day when she’ll be able to quit her real job to write full time.

Craft: Veronica Scott

First-time entrant in our Craft column, Amazon best-seller Veronica Scott is a three-time recipient of the SFR Galaxy Award, and has written a number of science-fiction and fantasy romances. Her latest release is Star Cruise: Marooned (audiobook coming in 2016). You can find out more about her and her books at https://veronicascott.wordpress.com/

Fiction: Laurie N Meynig

Laurie N Meynig. Laurie writes and paints from the ever soggy Pacific northwest in the USA. By day she works in a book store, by night she keeps the world safe from a tiny, hateful cat through the almighty power of a fleece blanket. Her art and goings-on can be found at her website (LaurieNoel.com) or tweet her @LaurieNoelArt. This is her first published work.

Fiction: Sara Kate Ellis

The short story “Origin Stories” was written by Sara Kate Ellis. Sara is a 2011 Lambda Emerging Writers Fellow and the winner of the 2015 Defenestrationism short fiction contest. Her stories have appeared in The Red Penny Papers, Ideomancer, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, and Crossed Genres, and are forthcoming at Solarpunk Press and Stupefying Stories. She lives in Tokyo with her partner and her cat, tom, and likes soba. You can contact her via her blog.

Focus: Suna Dasi

The Multicultural Steampunk roundup was penned by Suna Dasi. Suna is a passionate geek with a pen, whose heritage inspires her steampunk fiction. Her regular job as a session singer has taken her all over the world; she loves to add a dash of her Indian culture whenever she can get away with it. She currently works as a backing vocalist with Texan artist, Erin Bennett. Suna has a theatre background; having been active in many branches of the creative industries, she is passionate about giving a greater scope to the representation of women and poc in all media and art forms. Noticing there was still a glass ceiling to be broken, she has given talks and appeared on several diversity-themed panels on these subjects – for example at Edinburgh Pride 2014 and at the Glasgow School of Art. Two of her short stories are due to appear in anthologies in 2016. In 2014 Suna won the Steampunk Chronicle Reader’s Choice Awards for best MultiCultural Steampunk. She can be reached via www.steampunkindia.com and you can find out more about her work at www.erinbennettmusic.com

Spotlight: Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes in every genre she reads, which happens to be most of them. As Kristine Grayson, she writes goofy paranormal romances. As Kris Nelscott, she writes noir mysteries. As Kristine Kathryn Rusch, she writes whatever she pleases. Mostly, though, she’s known for her science fiction and fantasy. Nominated for every award in sf (and many in the other genres as well), she’s also won a lot of awards, including several readers choice awards from various magazines, a World Fantasy Award, and two Hugo awards (one for editing, and one for her short fiction). Her short work has been in over 20 years best collections, including two upcoming in 2016. Her novels have hit bestseller lists worldwide. Recently, she published the 8-volume Anniversary Day Saga, set in her Retrieval Artist universe, as well as the Interim Fates trilogy as Kristine Grayson. She’s series editor for Fiction River, with her husband Dean Wesley Smith, and she edits some of the volumes including November’s Hidden in Crime. She and John Helfers are editing the Best Mysteries of the Year for Kobo Books. Kris just turned in the Women of Futures Past project for Baen Books. She works and occasionally sleeps on the Oregon Coast.

Cover: KS Augustin


Issue 8 contributors

Opinion: Alyssa Cole

Alyssa Cole is a science editor, pop culture nerd, and romance junkie who recently moved to the Caribbean and occasionally returns to her fast-paced NYC life.  When she’s not busy writing, traveling, and learning French, she can be found watching anime with her real-life romance hero or tending to her herd of pets. Her website is at AlyssaCole.com

Fiction: TJ Land

TJ Land is a South African doctoral student and aspiring novelist, with an M/M novelette titled Midsummer Nights coming out in January 2016 from Ninestar Press.

Cover: KS Augustin


Issue 7 contributors

Scopebox: Charlee Allden

Charlee Allden is a long time fan of SciFi, love, adventure, and happily-ever-afters. She grew up in Florida where a huge fallen oak tree in the swampy woods near her home served as her very own Star Ship Enterprise. Luckily the alligators were almost never a problem on her space ship as the flight deck was several feet above the muddy ground. She did lose a few tennis shoes on away missions, though. By day she’s a technical writer; in her spare time she pursues a variety of geek endeavors, including blogging. She is the founder of the Smart Girls Love SciFi and Paranormal Romance blog. When the moon is full, she writes fiction. She’s a veteran of Dragon*Con, a member of Romance Writers of America©, and has a tendency to take on more projects than any sane woman would. Sanity is over rated, anyway.
You can find out more about Charlee at her website, catch up with her musings at her blog and she’s also active on Twitter.

Opinion: Cora Buhlert

Cora Buhlert was born and bred in North Germany, where she still lives today – after time spent in London, Singapore, Rotterdam and Mississippi. Cora holds an MA degree in English from the University of Bremen and is currently working towards her PhD. Cora has been writing, since she was a teenager, and has published stories, articles and poetry in various international magazines. She is the author of the Shattered Empire science fiction series, the Helen Shepherd Mysteries, the Silencer series of pulp style thrillers as well as several standalones in various genres.

When Cora is not writing, she works as a translator and teacher. Visit her on the web at www.corabuhlert.com or follow her on Twitter under @CoraBuhlert.

Short story “Old School Sensibilities”: Christina Tang-Bernas

Christina has had her stories published in WomenArts Quarterly Journal3Elements Review, and Dark Matter Journal, to name a few. Asked to describe herself, she says: I like to write. I love interesting characters and intriguing ideas, witty dialogue and fascinating situations. I hope you enjoy my work! Her website is at www.christinatangbernas.com.

Cover: KS Augustin


 Issue 6 contributors

Scopebox: Charlee Allden

Charlee Allden is a long time fan of SciFi, love, adventure, and happily-ever-afters. She grew up in Florida where a huge fallen oak tree in the swampy woods near her home served as her very own Star Ship Enterprise. Luckily the alligators were almost never a problem on her space ship as the flight deck was several feet above the muddy ground. She did lose a few tennis shoes on away missions, though. By day she’s a technical writer; in her spare time she pursues a variety of geek endeavors, including blogging. She is the founder of the Smart Girls Love SciFi and Paranormal Romance blog. When the moon is full, she writes fiction. She’s a veteran of Dragon*Con, a member of Romance Writers of America©, and has a tendency to take on more projects than any sane woman would. Sanity is over rated, anyway.
You can find out more about Charlee at her website, catch up with her musings at her blog and she’s also active on Twitter.

Cover: Misa Buckley

Misa Buckley grew up watching Doctor Who and Star Trek and reading fantasies from Anne McCaffrey and David Eddings. Her books involve characters who experience adventure, romance and really hot sex on their way to a happily-ever-after. When not writing, she is extending her creative juices at Scorched Flower, creative design services. The website is http://scorchedflower.co.uk/ and you can also follow Scorched Flower on Twitter.

Opinion: Donna S Frelick

Donna S. Frelick was an RWA® Golden Heart® Double Finalist in 2012 in the Paranormal category for the first two novels in her SFR Interstellar Rescue series. She currently lives in Virginia with her husband and two talkative cats. Find her at http://donnasfrelick.com; blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge; and on Facebook. Or at the movies!

Short story “Dear George, Love Margaret”: Amanda C Davis

Amanda C. Davis has an engineering degree and a fondness for baking, gardening, and low-budget horror films. Her work has appeared in Crossed Genres, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and others. She tweets enthusiastically as @davisac1. You can find out more about her and read more of her work at http://www.amandacdavis.com.


Issue 5 contributors

Scopebox: Charlee Allden

Charlee Allden is a long time fan of SciFi, love, adventure, and happily-ever-afters. She grew up in Florida where a huge fallen oak tree in the swampy woods near her home served as her very own Star Ship Enterprise. Luckily the alligators were almost never a problem on her space ship as the flight deck was several feet above the muddy ground. She did lose a few tennis shoes on away missions, though. By day she’s a technical writer; in her spare time she pursues a variety of geek endeavors, including blogging. She is the founder of the Smart Girls Love SciFi and Paranormal Romance blog. When the moon is full, she writes fiction. She’s a veteran of Dragon*Con, a member of Romance Writers of America©, and has a tendency to take on more projects than any sane woman would. Sanity is over rated, anyway.
You can find out more about Charlee at her website, catch up with her musings at her blog and she’s also active on Twitter.

Cover: Felipe Barros

Felipe is a Brazilian illustrator and concept artist who has a deep love for Sci-Fi. When he’s not painting or drawing, he likes to read a lot of (you guessed it) Sci-Fi and Fantasy or play the guitar. You can check out his portfolio at http://fpbarros.daportfolio.com/, as well as more personal pieces, sketches and doodles at http://artflip.tumblr.com/

Focus: Anna McLain

Anna McLain is a hopeful SFR author. She’s been a fan of SF since she started reading as a young child, and wrote SF fanfic for most of her life. After a decade in the military, she settled in Tornado Alley in the US with her husband, three kids, and two Dachshunds, where she devours all the SFR she can find.

Opinion: Sabine Priestley

Sabine grew up in Phoenix, but has lived in eight states and counting. She has a BS in Electrical Engineering Technologies and did everything but her thesis for a Masters degree in Cultural Anthropology. A life long fan of Science Fiction and Romance novels, Alien Attachments naturally gelled in her imagination. Sabine lives in Florida with her husband, kids, cats and whole mess of characters in her head.

Short story “Gel”: Embe Charpentier

A published poet and short fiction author, Embe Charpentier has recently finished her first science-fiction novel, Olympia, which is presently under
consideration for publication. Her 2014 Nanowrimo sci-fi winner Vouchsafe, is serialized at JukePop. An urban fantasy-romance novella, Beloved Dead, is also slated for publication in 2015.

She was trained by the Cherokee Rose Branch of the Federal Writing Project in 2012. She writes for her local community newspaper and nurtures young writers in middle and high school.

Short story “Touch”: Sage Collins

Sage works as a mad scientist, testing water to keep it safe from supervillains and industries. In her free time, she likes writing about magical girls and invisible boys. Occasionally, you can find her tweeting as @SageCollins. Her YA fantasy novel Love Sucks is available from Musa Publishing.

Roundtable: Finland!

The two conventions you might be interested in are Archipelacon and Helsinki 2017. The three authors who took part in the Roundtable are: Magdalena Hai, Anne Leinonen and J.S. Meresmaa. Here is more information on the USVA webzine and the Osuuskumma small press cooperative. Special thanks also go to Liisa Rantalaiho for her outstanding translation work, and in very quick time, too! Thanks, Liisa! 🙂

Correction

Bottom Draw(er) Publications (they spell their name two different ways on their website) has contacted me (Kaz) to assure me that SILVER STRIFE (reviewed in Issue 4) is not self-published and that the assumption “was based on a single answer on the FAQ page on our website”. Bottom Draw(er) Publications wish to inform all readers that they are “a small but growing full-service Australian publisher that undertakes a 3-step editing process as well as providing extensive marketing and promotion of the books we publish at our cost, which is clearly noted on our website under our submissions pages.”


Issue 4 contributors

Scopebox: Charlee Allden

Charlee Allden is a long time fan of SciFi, love, adventure, and happily-ever-afters. She grew up in Florida where a huge fallen oak tree in the swampy woods near her home served as her very own Star Ship Enterprise. Luckily the alligators were almost never a problem on her space ship as the flight deck was several feet above the muddy ground. She did lose a few tennis shoes on away missions, though. By day she’s a technical writer; in her spare time she pursues a variety of geek endeavors, including blogging. She is the founder of the Smart Girls Love SciFi and Paranormal Romance blog. When the moon is full, she writes fiction. She’s a veteran of Dragon*Con, a member of Romance Writers of America©, and has a tendency to take on more projects than any sane woman would. Sanity is over rated, anyway.
You can find out more about Charlee at her website, catch up with her musings at her blog and she’s also active on Twitter.

Cover: Alfred Klosterman

Al lives in Philadelphia. He has long worked as a graphic artist for printing firms and has read and collected fantasy and science fiction most of his life; in fact, it fills much of his spare time. He’s contributed artwork to many genre small press publications for a number of years. These include titles such as CEMETERY DANCE, THE HORROR SHOW, ELDRITCH TALES, SPACE & TIME and DARK HORIZONS. He is totally devoted to black & white work. Other interests include gardening, serving his pets, and listening to extremely loud music while enjoying a cold beer. He can be reached at alfklost@aol.com

Interview: Eve Langlais

Eve Langlais is a stay-at-home mom who writes full time in between juggling three kids, a husband, and housework. She writes really raunchy stuff—usually with werewolves lol.

Eve is a bestselling Amazon author, ranking often in their top 100 romance authors, was one of the top ten selling authors on AllRomance for 2013 and has had numerous of her books hit the top 20 books overall on Barnes & Noble as well. You can learn more about her at her website and follow her on Twitter.

Interview: Veronica Scott

Best Selling Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance author and “SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happily Ever After blog, Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing her own stories.

Married young to her high school sweetheart then widowed, Veronica has two grown daughters, one grandson and cats Keanu and Jake.

Veronica’s life has taken many twists and turns, but she always makes time to keep reading and writing. Everything is good source material for the next novel or the one after that, right? She’s been through earthquakes, tornadoes and near death experiences… Always more stories to tell, new adventures to experience—Veronica’s personal motto is, “Never boring”. Her website is at VeronicaScott.wordpress.com and she tweets as @VScottTheAuthor.

Opinion: Linnea Sinclair

Winner of the prestigious national book award, the RITA®, as well as the PRISM, PEARL, and SAPPHIRE, author Linnea Sinclair is a name synonymous with high-action, emotionally intense, character-driven science fiction romance novels. Reviewers note that Sinclair’s novels “have the wow-factor in spades.” Her books have claimed spots in the Locus Top Ten and received starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly. Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine consistently gives Sinclair’s books 4-1/2 stars (their highest rating). Starlog magazine calls Sinclair “one of the reigning queens of science fiction romance.” She’s the author of the exciting Dock Five Universe series that starts with Gabriel’s Ghost. Other Sinclair novels include PEARL award winners Finders Keepers, Games of Command, and Hope’s Folly (Dock Five book #3).

Sinclair, a former news reporter and private investigator, resides in Florida with her husband, Robert Bernadino, and their thoroughly spoiled cats. Readers can find her perched on the third barstool from the left in her Intergalactic Bar and Grille at www.linneasinclair.com


Issue 3 contributors

Scopebox: Charlee Allden

Charlee Allden is a long time fan of SciFi, love, adventure, and happily-ever-afters. She grew up in Florida where a huge fallen oak tree in the swampy woods near her home served as her very own Star Ship Enterprise. Luckily the alligators were almost never a problem on her space ship as the flight deck was several feet above the muddy ground. She did lose a few tennis shoes on away missions, though. By day she’s a technical writer; in her spare time she pursues a variety of geek endeavors, including blogging. She is the founder of the Smart Girls Love SciFi and Paranormal Romance blog. When the moon is full, she writes fiction. She’s a veteran of Dragon*Con, a member of Romance Writers of America©, and has a tendency to take on more projects than any sane woman would. Sanity is over rated, anyway.
You can find out more about Charlee at her website, catch up with her musings at her blog and she’s also active on Twitter.

Short story: Tara Campbell

Tara Campbell is a Washington, D.C.-based writer of crossover sci-fi. With a BA in English and an MA in German Language and Literature, she has a demonstrated aversion to money and power.

Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Tara has also lived in Oregon, Ohio, New York, Germany and Austria. Her work has appeared in the Washington Independent Review of Books, Potomac Review Blog, Hogglepot Journal, Lorelei Signal, Punchnel&rsqou;s, GlassFire Magazine, the WiFiles, Silverthought Online, Toasted Cake Podcast, Litro Magazine, Luna Station Quarterly, Up, Do: Flash Fiction by Women Writers and T. Gene Davis’s Speculative Blog.

Short story: Emmeline Lock

Emmeline Lock writes slightly irreverent sci-fi and fantasy romance. She lives on a small farm bang in the middle of South Australia’s wine regions (win!) with her long-suffering husband, three offspring and numerous pets named after old ladies. (Ah, the animals, not the husband). Find her special brand of love and lunacy at www.EmmelineLock.com, on Twitter or Facebook (www.facebook/emmelinelock).

Opinion: Jody Wallace

Jody Wallace grew up in the South in a very rural area. She went to school a long time and ended up with a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing. Her resume includes college English instructor, technical documents editor, market analyst, web designer, and general all around pain in the butt. She currently lives in Tennessee with her family: 1 husband, 2 kids, 2 cats. One of her many alter egos is “The Grammar Wench”, which should give you an indication of her character. She is a terrible packrat and likes to amass vintage clothing, books, Asian-inspired kitchenware, gnomes, yarn, and other items that threaten to force her family out of the house. She also likes cats. A lot. So much so that she has a website devoted to them atMeanKitty.com. You have been warned.

Interview: Nico Rosso

Nico Rosso was born and raised in a factory town. The major industry: Movies. Growing up with a creative family in Los Angeles, Nico was surrounded by the film business, and after college he returned home to work in that industry. From cleaning up gallons of milk after a special effect to pitching ideas to executives as a screenwriter, Nico was there.
But the movies had changed from the glowing pictures that once inspired him. He found there wasn’t as much space for his voice and turned to writing narrative fiction, and more specifically, romance (inspired by his wife, Zoë Archer). He created the sci-fi adventure world of the Limit War, taking readers into an intergalactic battle between planet-consuming aliens and the army that combats their spread. Turning his sights on home, Nico set off the apocalypse on the Burning Earth, where humans fight to survive against mutant Fire Eaters. In a joint effort with his wife, he is now working on a steampunk Western set in their shared world of the Ether Chronicles. And he’s finally bringing to life all the superheroes he doodled in high school with the Heroes Guild. Inspiration comes from travel, daydreams, research and random lightning bolts, so there’s no telling where the next adventure will start.

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Issue 2 contributors

Scopebox: Charlee Allden

Charlee Allden is a long time fan of SciFi, love, adventure, and happily-ever-afters. She grew up in Florida where a huge fallen oak tree in the swampy woods near her home served as her very own Star Ship Enterprise. Luckily the alligators were almost never a problem on her space ship as the flight deck was several feet above the muddy ground. She did lose a few tennis shoes on away missions, though. By day she’s a technical writer; in her spare time she pursues a variety of geek endeavors, including blogging. She is the founder of the Smart Girls Love SciFi and Paranormal Romance blog. When the moon is full, she writes fiction. She’s a veteran of Dragon*Con, a member of Romance Writers of America©, and has a tendency to take on more projects than any sane woman would. Sanity is over rated, anyway.
You can find out more about Charlee at her website, catch up with her musings at her blog and she’s also active on Twitter.

Short story: Danielle Davis

Danielle Davis is a liar, a cheater of cards, and a misrememberer of song lyrics; only two of those are true. She’s had dark fantasy and speculative fiction published by several people with excellent taste and has a current novelette published at JukePop Serials, which she strongly recommends you check out. You can find her on WordPress, Tumblr, Twitter, and beyond. She will go out with you for tea, but only if you don’t keep her out past her bedtime. Don’t make direct eye contact, and don’t ask her any questions you don’t want the answer to.

Opinion: Carrie Sessarego

Carrie Sessarego is the resident “geek reviewer” for smartbitchestrashybooks.com, and the creator and writer of geekgirlinlove.com, as well as the author of Pride, Prejudice, and Popcorn: TV and Film Adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, and Jane Eyre. When not reading and writing, you can find Carrie volunteering for the Sacramento Public Library, and getting into trouble with her mad scientist husband, amazing daughter, suitably mysterious cats, and highly neurotic dog. Carrie’s zombie apocalypse kit contains copies of Jane Eyre, Lord of the Rings, and many, many Oreos.

Interview: Beth Ciotta

Storytelling comes naturally to award-winning author Beth Ciotta. Dubbed “fun and sexy” by Publisher’s Weekly, Beth specializes in writing Romantic Comedy with a Twist of Suspense and is published in contemporary, historical, steampunk, and paranormal romantic fiction. “I can’t think of anything more fulfilling than writing stories where everyone (except the villain, of course) gets a happy ending!”

Beth lives in NJ with her husband, two zany dogs, and a crazy cat. A retired professional performer, Beth now pours her artistic passion into her writing. To learn more about her colorful life, visit her website at www.BethCiotta.com

Interview: Gail Carriger

New York Times Bestselling author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning. Ms. Carriger then traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. She resides in the Colonies, surrounded by fantastic shoes, where she insists on tea imported from London. You can read more about her at her extensive website.

Cover: KS Augustin


Issue 1 contributors

Scopebox: Charlee Allden

Charlee Allden is a long time fan of SciFi, love, adventure, and happily-ever-afters. She grew up in Florida where a huge fallen oak tree in the swampy woods near her home served as her very own Star Ship Enterprise. Luckily the alligators were almost never a problem on her space ship as the flight deck was several feet above the muddy ground. She did lose a few tennis shoes on away missions, though. By day she’s a technical writer; in her spare time she pursues a variety of geek endeavors, including blogging. She is the founder of the Smart Girls Love SciFi and Paranormal Romance blog. When the moon is full, she writes fiction. She’s a veteran of Dragon*Con, a member of Romance Writers of America©, and has a tendency to take on more projects than any sane woman would. Sanity is over rated, anyway.
You can find out more about Charlee at her website, catch up with her musings at her blog and she’s also active on Twitter.

Short story: Kim Knox

Kim Knox brews sex, magic, darkness and technology in a little corner of North West England. She writes erotic science fiction and fantasy romance for Carina Press, Entangled Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing, Cleis Press and others. Kim’s website is at www.Kim-Knox.co.uk and you can also find details of her books at www.DarknessAndRomance.com

Opinion: Jacqueline Lichtenberg

Jacqueline Lichtenberg was the winner of the Galaxy Award for her second novel, and later, the Romantic Times Award for the novel Dushau. Jacqueline blogs on writing craft at http://aliendjinnromances.blogspot.com where she posts on Tuesdays. A videogame RPG (http://ambrovx.com) is in the works based on her Sime~Gen novels.

Cover: KS Augustin

 

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