A New Place to Shop for E-books

The Romance Reviews, well known for its TRR parties, announced the grand opening of Inside Romance this month. It appears to be an easy site to navigate, with the option of browsing by theme, by subgenre, or by using the Search at the top. I’ve loaded all my indie books to the site, which you can find at https://insideromance.com/search?type=product&q=allie+ritch. Now through 5/31/17, Inside Romance is offering 20% off when you enter the coupon code displayed at the top of their site.

 

99-cent sale on Tribal Shift

I’m sure a lot of you know about the closure of All Romance eBooks and Omnilit. Publishers, including indie publishers, were given only a few days’ notice of the closure right at the holidays and told we would not be paid in full for royalties already earned in the fourth quarter. Well, like most of the authors, I haven’t been paid at all, and there’s one chunk of royalties in particular that really angers me. I re-released my hot shifter romance Tribal Shift in October 2016 and ran a 99-cent sale to kick it off. As my bad luck would have it, most of my royalties that month came from All Romance eBooks, and I haven’t seen a dime. In an effort to boost sales and maybe make up a bit of those lost royalties, I’m running a 99-cent sale through March 31. So if you haven’t read Tribal Shift, now is the time to give it a try. This is a great price, and buying a copy now will help me recover some of the royalties I’m out, which helps authors like me keep going. Thank you to all the readers out there for your support!

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Kalya has loved Rasik since they were children, and that love has followed them into adulthood. The only problem is he’s a caracal shifter, while she’s an omnimorph—a shifter capable of morphing into any animal on the planet of A’ata. Coveted and resented for centuries, her people stick to themselves and keep their abilities a secret. But when Kalya’s young cousin and Rasik’s brother run away together, she and Rasik are thrown together as they chase after them. Across the wilds of A’ata, they confront hostile shifter tribes, perilous terrain, and a passion that could reveal all their secrets. Can shifters from two different tribes become mates? Or will nature and their families keep them apart?

(Previously published by Loose Id. This work has been revised and re-edited.)

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Jessica E. Subject shares her favorite lines from It Took a Zombie Apocalypse

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It started with a kiss.

Then the zombies came. Now, Missy must work with the neighbor her parents hate if she wants to survive. But zombies aren’t the only threat to her life, or her heart.

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Favorite Lines from It Took a Zombie Apocalypse by Jessica E. Subject

With every book I write, there are some lines that stick with me even after I’ve written several others. Here are some of my favorite lines from It Took a Zombie Apocalypse (without too many spoilers)…

1. This is Missy responding to her father’s objection of her actions:

The religion card. What a surprise. “Jesus wouldn’t approve of half the shit that goes on in this town, especially how you treated that family next door.” She spun around and faced her father with her hands on her hips. “And you certainly haven’t been struck down yet.”

2. RJ is at the kissing booth and is trying to get more than just a peck on the cheek from Missy:

With a laugh, Missy playfully pushed on his chest. “You’re trouble, RJ. And you’re looking to get me into trouble with you.”

3. RJ just received a text message from his father telling him there is a zombie virus spreading through town:

He dropped his phone and stared at it on the floor, expecting it to explode. Zombies didn’t exist. He was in some kind of dream. Had to be. Missy actually had come home for the summer. And kissed him. Now, zombies.

4. And Missy’s reaction to Dr. Dhawan’s text:

“We should call him just to be sure. Or contact somebody. Maybe he meant something else. You know how stupid autocorrect can be.”

5. The first zombie sighting:

Neighbors walked down the middle of the street, their bodies twitching. And no one stopped to talk to one another. They just kept marching along to some unknown destination.

6. Stuck in a bunker, Missy is lost in her thoughts:

The undead were never part of her fantasies involving RJ. Neither was being holed up in an underground bunker where they would likely starve to death.

7. RJ does something that catches Missy by surprise. This is her reaction:

“I just don’t understand it. They were always so cruel to you, and yet even when they’re dead, you still try to do right by them.”

8. After leaving the safety of the bunker, they run into zombies. Missy screams, and RJ rushes to help her. This quote leads to one of my favorite parts in the story, but I don’t want to spoil anything.

“What is it?”

Missy turned to RJ, still in shock. The woman gnashed her false teeth at them, leaning closer until her head was inside.

9. Missy proves she’s not just a helpless victim:

She wrenched one of the bows from her shoulder, positioned an arrow on the string, and drew back. Aiming the arrow at the bushes, she tilted her head toward him. “Hurry up and get that stuff down there. I’ll cover you.”

10. And for the last line, the virus doesn’t just affect humans:

Just as he reached for the last box, snarling came from the area they’d heard the bushes rustle. A cat lunged out and raced toward them. Not just any cat, but a giant white house cat with its fur knotted with blood and half of its face missing.

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jessica-e-subject-200x300-2017Jessica E. Subject is the author of science fiction romance, mostly alien romances, ranging from sweet to super hot. Sometimes she dabbles in paranormal and contemporary as well, bringing to life a wide variety of characters. In her stories, you could not only meet a sexy alien or two, but also clones and androids. You may be transported to a dystopian world where rebels are fighting to live and love, or to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.

When Jessica is not reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to go to fitness class and walk her Great Pyrenees/Retriever her family adopted from the local animal shelter.

Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at jessicasubject.com.

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Guest Blog: Claimed by the Cyborg and love tropes in science fiction romance by Cara Bristol

Claimed by the Cyborg and love tropes in science fiction romance

By Cara Bristol

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In romance novels, couples meet and fall in love. The point of the story is for them to get their Happily Ever After or at least, Happy for Now with each other. Different love tropes can be used as plot starting points:

  1. First love. Common with YA and New Adult, a couple experiences falling in love for the first time. It’s fresh, it’s new. There’s often an innocence to the story as the couple discovers love.
  2. Second chance. Characters have already been in love or been married, and are finding love for the second time around. This second chance can be with a new person or a do-over with their former love.
  3. Star-crossed. Outside forces thwarted a couple’s love to the extent that it appears doomed to fail. The phrase star-crossed was coined by Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet.
  4. Forbidden love. In this case the couple’s family or society either outright forbids them to be together or frowns upon it.

It is possible to combine these different love tropes. In Claimed by the Cyborg, March and Julietta face all four to some degree. March is a human-turned cyborg from earth. Julietta is an alien from Xenia. As a young woman she studied on Terra and fell in love with March (first love), but duties on her home planet forced her to return and abandon her lover (star-crossed).  Years later, they meet up again (second chance), but her planet’s law does not allow her to bond with an alien (forbidden love).

Claimed by the Cyborg Description

March Fellows assumed he had all the time in the galaxy to pursue a relationship with Jules, an alien exchange student from Xenia, until she vanished without a trace. After years of searching, he finds his lost love on the eve of her arranged marriage.

The daughter of the Xenian emperor, Julietta never meant to fall in love with a Terran man while visiting Earth. Leaving to fulfill her responsibilities on her home planet opened up a hole in her heart that could never be filled. When March, now a cyborg, unexpectedly shows up just before she is to be bonded, she struggles to find the courage to turn him away a second time and follow through with her duty. Before she can act, the lovers are thrust into a political conspiracy that threatens the Xenian empire and their lives.

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Claimed by the Cyborg Excerpt:

 March gaped at the woman who’d entered the hall, her arm linked with a girl’s. Hair, long and curly, tumbled down her back. Her eyes were as he remembered, as black and enigmatic as space, but girlish features had matured into womanliness. Jules. My Jules. Her gaze collided with his, the darkness concealing her thoughts, but her mouth parted as if shocked. If he hadn’t been seated, the sight of her would have knocked him on his ass. His hands shook, and he clenched them into fists to quell the trembling.

He’d searched, questioned everyone who’d known her, revisited all their haunts. So much time, so much effort, and she just walked in. Of all the places, in all the years, she was here. He couldn’t believe it. A guest at the ceremony. The practiced words he’d imagined he’d say if he located her evaporated, and all he could do was drink her in.

new-release-she-created-the-voidShe’d never looked more beautiful. Dignified, refined, polished. Not haughty, but self-contained. Intricate whorls adorned her face, enhancing her exotic allure. She wore the tunic and pantaloons common to Xenia, the design and tailoring of hers nonpareil, surpassing elegance, but in the same color as the garments of members of the imperial family. She must be one of the many attendants. A relative maybe? Cousin to the bride? Obviously, she knew the imperial family well, or she wouldn’t be at the banquet.

Which would begin at any moment. Damn it! He couldn’t talk to her now. Jules moved, almost as if to step in his direction, but the younger woman herded her to two open seats at the other end of the long banquet table.

At the next opportunity, he would approach her. His heart hammered. The twins probably knew her. He turned to Naimo to ask him, when Kur spoke.

“There’s your chosen! Princess Julietta is looking at you, Naimo.” He gestured in Jules’s direction. “She’s checking you out!”

March shifted his attention to the girl who’d accompanied Jules. She couldn’t be more than fifteen or sixteen. She was a little young to be bonded, wasn’t she?

Naimo took a deep, satisfied-sounding breath. “She is even lovelier with the bonding stain painted on her face. Her vids don’t do her justice.”

The younger woman’s face was clear, unmarked. His gaze zoomed to Jules, to the spiraling whorls gracing her temples, her cheeks.

No. No. No.

The woman with the facial paint is your chosen?” His voice came out a whispered croak. “That’s Princess Julietta?” His Jules was Emperor Dusan’s daughter? No.

“The one and only.” Naimo beamed.

 

Cara Bristol Bio
USA Today bestselling author Cara Bristol has been the no. 1 best seller in science fiction romance, bdsm erotica, and holiday fiction on Amazon. She’s the author of two science fiction romance series featuring tough alpha heroes: the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance cyborg series and the Breeder science fiction romance series, which emphasize character-driven stories written with a touch of humor and sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. Cara lives in Missouri with her own alpha hero, her husband.

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Tech Lifesavers

As an author, I depend heavily on my computer for writing my books, tracking changes, and formatting, not to mention for making and launching promo and ad campaigns. Students wail in dismay when they accidentally lose an essay on their computer. Well, as I’m sure my fellow authors can attest, losing a novel, or even several chapters of it, can be just as bad or worse.

Having experienced such a scenario, I thought I’d share what I’ve learned. There are more detailed, step-by-step instructions out there on the Internet, but my intention is to simply alert my fellow wordsmiths that these solutions exist (something I wish I’d known sooner myself).

Years ago, I was writing my polyamorous romance, Husbandry. I’d been working on it all day, saving as I went in Word at the time. Then, to be extra careful to back up my work, I saved it to my flash drive. Except much like when I’m driving somewhere new, I got my directions turned around. Instead of saving the new file to my thumb drive, I saved the old file to the hard drive and destroyed a whole day’s worth of work.

After the tears and screaming died down, I went looking for a solution to get the overwritten file back. Tip #1: If this happens to you, before you do anything else, go to Windows Explorer and search your temp files (.tmp). The file might have been saved as a temp file along the way, which means if you can find it, you’ll only lose 15 minutes or so of work instead of hours. Alas, I’ve never actually had this work for me, but maybe you will.

Tip #2: If you use a program like Word that has the option to set up backups and autosave, then you should look through those files in Explorer to see if you can recover your work. I’m sure a computer geek could explain why, but even though I’ve always set up features like this, I have never once had any luck recovering my file this way, either. I blame gremlins. Of course, if an illegal shutdown or power outage causes you to get kicked out of your file before saving, there’s a chance you’ll see your recovered file waiting for you when you open the program again.

In the case of Husbandry, nothing I did at the time worked, and I wound up having to rewrite the entire day’s work from scratch. I swore then and there that I would never do something that stupid again.

Flash forward to this week, when I did something that stupid again. I was working on rewrites on a novel—about three hours of work—and then managed to overwrite the novel’s file with a couple idiotic clicks of my mouse. I blame fatigue, WiFi issues, and the fact that I was bouncing between more than one device to work on the rewrites. Cue screaming. The blood drained out of my head the second I realized what I’d done, which was within three seconds of doing it. Who knew three seconds could cost so much? Pressing Undo didn’t work.  There were no previous versions to restore, no temp files, and no autosave files. I was sure it was hopeless, but I took the time to Google the problem and learned about free software that could help.

Tip #3: Recuva is free recovery software that you can download online. It works for all sorts of file types, not just word processing, so it’s pretty handy. It’s even supposed to recover files you’ve deleted from your recycle bin. I am in no way affiliated with the company, and to be honest, I didn’t hold out much hope. I ran the basic scan and got nothing. Then I ran the deep scan, which took over an hour. I had to sift through seventy-two files without names or dates on them, but then there it was. Although it was now only accessible through Notepad, I found my lost file and was able to get my work back. Hallelujah! I have Windows 8.1 and have encountered no side-effects from the program, though you should always be careful downloading from the Internet. I can’t promise anyone else the same results, but the program is free, and it was certainly a lifesaver for me.

This was my second run of good fortune following tech problems recently. A few months ago, I had my first encounter with ransomeware. I was in Twitter, tweeting and retweeting like we all do, when I saw a nifty tweet on wall murals. I clicked the picture to enlarge it and bam! I got a message stating that my computer was locked up and wouldn’t be released until I called such-and-such phone number. Google Chrome froze up and wouldn’t let me exit. In a panic, I turned to my old friend Control+Alt+Delete. I was able to shut down Chrome, but then my entire desktop turned blank purple. (I remember the days when it was the Blue Screen of Death, but apparently we now have the Purple Screen of Death too). I went to an alternate computer and Googled what I should do.

Tip #4: If your computer gets hijacked by ransomeware, try booting in Safe Mode and doing a system restore to the last point before the bad thing happened.

When I did this, I got my desktop and apps back, and everything seemed fine. For about twenty-four hours. The next time I booted up, I went back to the purple screen. That meant the virus was somehow still on there. Once again, I booted up in Safe Mode and did another system restore. Then I went looking for additional antivirus protection. If you want to go with a paid antivirus program, great. You’re all set.

Tip #5: If you want to use a free antivirus program, then based on my experience, you should consider using more than one (check that they’re compatible). First, I had Avast. I ran a full scan with it, but it detected no problems. Having already been fooled once, I dug deeper. I ran a free online scan with Bitdefender, which also detected no problem. Then I downloaded Malwarebytes, but it also did not find the virus. Lastly, I downloaded the Panda Cloud Cleaner. This one came with lots of warnings that it could actually remove critical Windows programs that can disable your computer if you’re not careful. But I was desperate. I knew that virus was lurking in there somewhere, and I had to make sure it was gone. So I ran Panda Cloud Cleaner, and what do you know; it found suspicious changes to my computer’s registry. I didn’t fully understand what this meant, but I grasped that it was really bad. I told the program to clean up the registry and then held my breath, waiting to see if I’d just zapped critical system files out of existence. Thank goodness, nothing catastrophic happened, and I got my computer back. I now do regular scans with all three installed antivirus programs.

Assured that I had gotten rid of the virus, I then researched ways to prevent stumbling into one online again. I was already taking the normal precautions—not hitting suspicious links, checking the URLs for safety ratings, etc.—but there was one thing I hadn’t thought of.

Tip #6: If you haven’t already, make sure you’re using Google Chrome 64-bit with your 64-bit computer, not the old 32-bit. There are instructions online for how to tell what bits your computer and your Google Chrome have. I just assumed that I had gotten the 64-bit when I updated Google Chrome. Apparently not, and my understanding is that the 64-bit is harder for hackers to get into. I don’t know if that’s true, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to make the switch.

Since I’ve gotten all these tech lifesaving tips from other people’s blogs and online articles, I thought it was time to pay it forward. How about you? Do you have any good tips to help others with their computer issues?

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