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A Secret Science Fiction Romance Project -Claimed Among the Stars

I can finally talk about the secret! I'm among the 50 authors contributing to Claimed Among the Stars, an anthology for charity coming out next year. It's up for pre-order now, and I can hardly wait for it to be released. Fifty amazing authors, all working on this one book - it gives me chills to be included with them.

This is one of the reasons I love the science fiction romance community - I've had the chance to meet, and now work with, so many awesome people. And we also get to give to a good cause: the proceeds of Claimed Among the Stars go to benefit he National Women's Coalition Against Violence and Exploitation.

But the anthology will only be available for a limited time when it comes out, so you might want to pre-order it now. It's only 99c, it's for a good cause, and it's going to be amazing, I promise. I'll leave you with a promo image for the collection - beautiful, isn't it? Science fiction romance books can get such lovely covers.

Claimed Among the Stars, a science fiction romance anthology

Tied to the Alien Tyrant is coming...

Yes, it's finally here - Tied to the Alien Tyrant, the third book of the Crashland Castaway Romances, will be out on Tuesday the 20th July! I know it's been a long time coming, but the wait is over. I'm really pleased with the book and so happy that it's finally getting into readers' hands.

That leaves the question of what I'll write next. I have a couple of projects I've committed to: a short story for an anthology and then a shared-world novella with some amazing author friends of mine. After that, I think I'll head back to Crashland for the third trilogy, the Crashland Contact Romances. That's enough work to be getting on with, I think!

But for now, I'm too excited about Tied to the Alien Tyrant's upcoming release to start writing anything else. I can't wait to see what you all think of it.

Launch Aborted

No Crashland Collection this week

Sorry, folks, it looks like Crashland Colony Romance Collection isn't coming out this week after all. There's been a bit of a mixup in communications between me and Amazon leading to a setback in the release as I make some changes...

I hope that isn't a disappointment to anyone - I hope to be able to get the collection out next week, perhaps the week after, but I can't promise anything. Might wait until Tied to the Alien Tyrant is out and then bundle the first two Crashland trilogies together. We'll see, and in any case the three books of the trilogy are all still available if you want to read them.

In the meantime, it's back to writing. Hope you're all doing well and staying warm!

Pets in Space is in StoryBundle

Woo! It's an honour to be in a collection like this, and great to see a collection I contributed to in such great company! There are lots of books worth your time here, even if you've already got Pets in Space® 5 itself. Just check out the books included, and best of all it's pay what you want (minimum $5).  And with a charity donation to Hero-Dogs.org as well, it's a bargain.

I'm going to get it too, there are lots of books by gre4at authors that I haven't read. Please join me, let's make it a huge success!


Get the bundle Here!

The Our Heroes Sci-Fi Bundle - Curated by Melissa Snark

The hero is at the core of every great story—facing fierce foes, defying death, fighting for the greater good... The Our Heroes Sci-Fi StoryBundle celebrates the men and women who undertake an epic journey, sacrificing so that others may be spared pain and suffering.

Our collection features a robust range of science fiction books from subgenres ranging from space opera to time travel to galactic exploration. These novels have been handpicked based on their excellent reviews, professional editing and covers, and, of course, superior storytelling—all curated especially for you, our loyal readers.

Keeping with our heroic theme, a portion of our proceeds goes to benefit Hero-Dogs.org, a non-profit corporation that "improves quality of life for our nation's heroes by raising, training, and placing service dogs and other highly skilled canines, free of charge with lifetime support of the partnerships." 

Melissa Snark, curator of the Our Heros Bundle

Anniversary

Today marks a big day for me: it's been five years since I launched my first book on Amazon. Ah, what sweet days those were - I knew nothing about what I was doing, but I took the gamble anyway and threw Tiger's Hunt out of the nest.

It wasn't a huge success, of course. but it did well enough to encourage me to keep trying. I stuck with paranormal romance for a year before finding science fiction romance published Zovak with Juno Wells. Now science fiction romance is my Thing, and I love it, though I do want to go back and finish off my lion shifter series. 

Five years and thirty-one books, plus a few shorter stories in anthologies. I didn't think I'd get that far! But I've just released Chained to the Alien Champion, and I am pleased and proud of what I've written. I'm already starting on the next Crashland novel, tying up the second trilogy and laying the groundwork for the third.

It's been a wonderful five years, meeting amazing people and writing stories that I love. The sfr community is fantastic, supportive, kind and helpful, and I look forward to the next five years, now that I do have some idea of what I'm doing!

I hope you'll join me on the journey.

Chained to the Alien Champion

My latest release.

A Few New Releases from my Friends

Cover of His Human Assisrant

His Alien Assistant

by Michele Mills

Claimed by the Alien Bodyguard

by Tiffany Roberts

Lyel

by Ava Ross

Cover Reveals and Sketches and Parties, oh my!

I've been quiet for a while, huh? That's because I've been dealing with the last stages of preparing for a book launch while being ill, and trying to Christmas shop. It's been a lot.

But worth it to see Chained to the Alien Champion up on Amazon now. The release is the 15th of December, but it's available for preorder already! To celebrate the release, I'm hosting a party in my Facebook Group to celebrate - here's your invitation.

You are invited to join me in Leslie's Legion for the enlistment of a new novel. 

Dress uniforms required, Sanity optional.
(and dress uniform here means whatever you want to wear - we aren't crazy)

There'll be parties and games and some of your favorite authors of science fiction romance! Giveaways, news, a chance to bite a writer! From 4pm to 9pm EST, on Tuesday the 15th of December. Come and join the Legion now to make sure you get a place at the good table!


Join Leslie's Legion now

That's about all the news I've got, between resting and working on the release. Except that I have been practicing my art... and maybe I'll show some of it off at the party.
I hope I'll see you there!

-Leslie

Good News, Medium News, Fun News

The good news is that I've nearly finished my next book, Chained to the Alien Champion. The second of the Crashland Castaway Romances, I've enjoyed writing about a grumpy Zrin warrior (who you might recognize if you've read Bound to the Alien Barbarian) and the sassy human he recognizes as his mate.

She'll be familiar, too, if you read Ronan! Not that you have to have read either to enjoy Chained, but there's a little bonus for those of you who've followed along.

It's been a lot of fun to write about the Zrin and show more of their culture and their home. I really love my Crashland books, and I hope you do too!

The medium news is that I'm not sure what to write next.  I experimented this year, alternating between Crashland and the Salvaged Hearts series, and I don't think that worked out very well. I could keep that going, though, and write the third Salvaged Hearts book... or go straight on to the third Crashland Castaway Romance. Which would you prefer to see? Let me know in the comments if you have an opinion!

The fun news is that I've taken up art after many, many years away. I'm going to be practicing by sketching characters and setting stuff from my books, and if any of you have suggestions of who or what you'd like to see me draw (badly). 

I've started out with Munchkin, the ship's cat aboard the Ladies' Choice in the Salvaged Hearts series. And I made him a little badge too. Have a look and tell me what you think!

New releases from my Friends

A Family for the Alien Warrior (Treasured by the Alien Book 4)
by Honey Phillips and Bex McLynn


Battle Won: An Alien War Romance (Space Warrior Adventures)
by Erin Raegan

A Baby for the Alien General: A Sci-Fi Alien Romance
by Luna Hunter

Guest Post: Kyndra Hatch

Hi everyone, Leslie here! I've got a special treat for you today. Kyndra Hatch, author of Finding Moghaa in Pet's in Space 5, joins us to talk about her story and how she came up with her pet. Or rather, pets...

KyndraMeet C’hase, Hedge, and Molly, the unlikely antics-driven trio of my Pets in Space® 5 story, “Finding Mogha.” 

C’hase is a mogha, a beloved sentient canine-like creature of Korthan space that forms a once-in-a-lifetime companion bond with a single biped, usually a Korthan. Moghas do not share the same beloved status with humans, who know them as Hellhounds of Korth. They are a formidable ally and weapon against the humans throughout the territory war between the humans and Korthans.
Hedge is a molk, a reviled pest of Korthan space that is generally a packrat whose long claws can dig holes through medal, a problematic feature when trapped on a spaceship made of medal. Even though a Korthan creature, Korthans can do without molks. Humans, however, have been known to have a molk as a pet. But no one has ever seen a mogha with a pet molk.

Molly is a chicken, a regular run-of-the-mill Earth yard bird.
Dani, the heroine of the story, is a human cargo freighter captain that hears the voice of a child in her head. When she finds a Hellhound puppy in a lab, she learns the voice is the puppy and rescues him, smuggling him off the human space station in a cargo of chickens. 

Before leaving the lab, C’hase insists they take what to Dani looks like some sort of space rat. C’hase claims the rat is his friend, is named Hedge, and Dani can’t resist.
While amongst the chickens, Hedge takes a liking to one particular hen, who C’hase says is now called Molly. 

So, as K’vyn, the hero of the story, figures out— C’hase has formed the once-in-a-lifetime mogha bond with a human. The mogha pup has a molk as a pet and the molk has a chicken as a pet.

The following snippet features C’hase and Hedge. Dani witnesses a bit of cooperative hunting and wonders if C’hase has a bond with Hedge like the one he has with her. 

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Dani watched the young mogha chase a multi-winged insect, jaws snapping as he tried catching it in his mouth. He finally reached up in the air with his front paws and grabbed it between extended fingers. Antennae twirling as he sniffed and inspected it for a second, he released it, starting the chase all over again.

A squeak sounding to her right, Hedge joined the hellhound in his chase. Could there be a bond between the two like the one she had with the mogha? Were they communicating with their minds?

“C’hase, can Hedge hear you?” she said.

The mogha stopped in his tracks, Hedge devouring the insect in the next instant, an iridescent wing hanging from the little creature’s mouth.

Yea, he can hear me. C’hase was unconcerned Hedge just ate the flying bug, scratching behind his ear with his hind leg.

Dani pursed her lips. “No, I mean, can he hear you like you can hear me? Does he understand you?”

Yea, he understands me. C’hase stood. See, watch—

C’hase held up an extended finger, pointing at the rat.

Hedge, sit, he said, tone commanding.

The creature started digging, dirt flying in all directions.

Watching the space rat, C’hase’s tail twirled. Then he raised his head at Dani, tongue hanging out as he panted, smiling expression proud. See? He understands me.

“But he’s digging. You told him to sit.”

C’hase’s tail stopped twirling and his antennae drooped a bit as they watched Hedge disappear into the ground. Then his antennae rose again. He thinks sit means dig.


Kyndra Hatch, the author of Finding Mogha, writes action-packed science fiction, fantasy, and paranormal romance when she’s not watching for falling stars and avoiding gators at her Florida home. 

http://kyndrahatch.blogspot.com/
https://www.bookbub.com/authors/kyndra-hatch