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Favorite Sci-Fi by Loose Id Authors

Like most writers, I’m an avid reader, with a TBR list a mile long. In case it isn’t obvious, one of my favorite genres is sci-fi romance. I could write a novel-length blog article talking about all the different authors I love in this genre. However, I thought I would limit this post to a handful of writers whom I know from my days at Loose Id—a great publisher I was sad to see close. You can find my article from a few years ago, “Loose Id Books: Where Are They Now?”, if you want to learn more. I apologize to the great writers I’m leaving out here, as there are certainly others I adore. If you’re looking for some hot sci-fi romance, though, you can’t go wrong with the following authors.

Cynthia Sax has hosted me on her blog, including an interview with me back when I released Vampire Territory 1: Drinking Partners. I must have read a good dozen of Cynthia’s books, all of which are hot and fun. I’ve followed her Cyborg Sizzle series from book one, Releasing Rage, and keep coming back for more. Green, Zip, Barrel, Surge, Chuckles, Stealth—there are so many cyborgs to love in her books. She has a way of making even the most battle-hardened warrior seem endearing.


Lyn Gala is a fantastic sci-fi writer. The cultures and perspective she creates in her Claimings series are positively brilliant. I’ve read all the books in the series more than once, which is not something I tend to do. The series starts with Claimings, Tails, and Other Alien Artifacts, though there’s also a Prelude to the book that offers a different POV and is well worth reading. Several sequels follow, including another book set in the same universe that finally explains one of the more disturbing alien races. As if the Claimings series wasn’t enough to win me over, Lyn appealed to the Firefly/Serenity fan in me when she wrote a story in Love Has No Boundaries Volume 5 inspired by the character of Jayne Cobb. It was titled “The Only Way Out Is In” and later became a separately published work titled Turbulence. Her stories suck you in and don’t want to let go.


I never appreciated how well a tagline could sell a book until Jessica Freely hooked me with the tagline for His Own Devices: “No penis, no problem.” How could I possibly resist following up on what that was about? Intrigued, I bought the book, a m/m sci-fi romance that I still have in my Kindle’s Keeper folder to this day. Amarynth and Ash is likewise a keeper, along with her fantasy romance Dharma Café and at least three more of her books.


Cara Bristol has been gracious in hosting me on her blog more than once. I love her Alien Mate series, with human women traveling to another planet to find husbands. I think Alien Intention might stand out as my favorite, though I like all the books in this series. They’re just a lot of fun to read. The alien men then come to Earth to find women in the Dakonian Alien Mail Order Bride series. Of course, I’ve also enjoyed Cara’s cyborgs and other characters, and if you want a much edgier romance, you can check out Breeder, the first book in the series by the same name.


Anyone who follows Gail Koger knows about her Coletti Warlord series. Talk about seriously alpha heroes. I’ve somehow managed to read the series completely out of order (something I seem to do more often than I’d like to admit), but that hasn’t diminished my enjoyment in the least. Most recently, I read Vexing Voss, which has an awesome kick-ass heroine.

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If you’re a sci-fi romance fan and haven’t given these authors a try, you definitely should. And if you feel like picking up a copy of my hot SFR book Carnal Fusion, I certainly recommend that too :).

Fun One-Liners

Today I have a great group of authors visiting with some of their best one-liners from their books. Participants include Allie Quinn, Bobbi Romans, Brynley Bush, Cailin Briste, Cara Bristol, Cynthia Sax, Errin Stevens, Eva Lefoy, Gail Koger, Haley Whitehall, Jeanne St. James, Jessica E. Subject, Jocelyn Dex, K.T. Black, Laurel Richards, Lisa M. Owens, Louisa Kelley, Marianne Rice, Megan Slayer, Pamela Moran, Pippa Jay, Shiloh Saddler, Sotia Lazu, Stephanie Lake, Susanna Eastman, Tami Lund, Tara Quan, TD Hassett, and Wendi Zwaduk. Plus I’m sharing a couple lines of my own. Thank you to all the authors who joined in. Now read on for fun one-liners that will make you smile, blush, and add to your TBR list.

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Enormous frost bears didn’t turn into gorgeous, naked men. Pleasure Season by Allie Ritch

 

“Sex magic, good for everything.” Nareen of the Draca by Louisa Kelley

 

“No, I do bite, but only if you want me to.” Together In Cedarwood by Megan Slayer

 

What she saw below his belt… Mmm, some things just couldn’t be tucked away and hidden. Shane: Marshal of Tallav by Cailin Briste

 

“You know what you need, don’t you? You need to get laid.” If Only… by Lisa M. Owens *See Lisa’s guest post for more about If Only…

 

“What kind of sex do you like?” His voice sounded low and gruff to his own ears.

“The kind when I get to come.” Double Dare by Jeanne St. James

 

“She breathed in the increasing smell of smoke and tried not to think of sex.” Lydia and the Draca by Louisa Kelley

 

“Wow. It really was an orgy.” Updrift by Errin Stevens

 

“Men retain words better when they read them on boobs. I hear that’s how Dickens got started.” Hard Wolf Cafe (Sexy to Go Valentine’s Day edition) by Eva Lefoy

 

“Do my breasts feel the same as a New Earthling woman’s?” Alien Sex 101: Xindra and Quinn by Allie Ritch

 

“The neighbors probably wouldn’t look twice at a woman dressed as a fairy queen walking up and down their sidewalks at six o’clock in the morning.” Unbidden Dragon by Louisa Kelley

 

“Why did you carve your tree into a giant phallus?” The Clam Festival Murders by Laurel Richards

 

Then a man slid into her booth, put one arm around her shoulder and ran his other hand up her thigh while whispering desperately in her ear, “Please. Pretend you know me for the next five minutes.” Quickshot by Pippa Jay

 

“Hey, for all I know, you’re in some kind of kinky cult that requires members to, well, what are you supposed to do with my semen?” Araya’s Addiction by Jocelyn Dex

 

I will not google him, I will not google him. Isabel’s Awakening by TD Hassett *learn more about Isabel’s Awakening in this guest post

 

“Baby, you are the sexiest cat burglar I’ve ever seen.” The Fish Fry Fiasco by Laurel Richards

 

“Little circles. I like little circles.” Timeless Heat by Susanna Eastman (Coming soon)

 

“What a ride, you fantastic beast!” Cara and the Draca by Louisa Kelley

 

“Wow.” Her milk chocolate eyes darkened, and he imagined what they’d look like when he touched more than just her lips. Sweet on You by Marianne Rice

 

“Does your husband know of your propensity to taste other men’s lips?” His Second Chance (Second Chance Series 1) by Stephanie Lake

 

“Kiss me, and I’ll forgive you.” Submissive on Display by Tara Quan

 

“I told you to call me Dylan. But, it does kind of turn me on to hear you say, Mr. Holt.” His tone was suggestive, full of naughty implications. The Assistant: Afternoon Delights Collection by K.T. Black

 

He would spank her over this. And it wouldn’t be a pretty-please-spank-me-again-it-hurts-so-good kind of paddling. But a wailing-begging-sleep-on-her-stomach-afterwards spanking. Domestic Discipline by Cara Bristol (Release date: 9/6/2016)

 

Typical men, she thought. Give them food or sex and they’re happy. Pussy or cookies, just put them on a plate. Brothers in Blue: Max by Jeanne St. James (Release date: 9/27/2016)

 

And I was fighting to keep my anger in check. What I really wanted to do was to dip his dick in honey and cover it with an army of hungry fire ants. Or pull a Lorena Bobbitt and slice the son of a bitch off. What If… by Lisa M. Owens

 

Who knew a Coletti Warlord would think being zapped with a cattle prod was foreplay? Reality Bites by Gail Koger

 

“I’ve endured worse abuse from less beautiful beings.” Chasing Mayhem by Cynthia Sax

 

“Prince Charming is from a fairy tale, not a romance novel, but not to worry, charming you’re not.” Wulf and the Bounty Hunter by Gail Koger (Release Date: 10/18/2016)

 

“You’re more honest right after you come.” Submissive on the Run by Tara Quan

 

“You seem agitated. Too much so for the pink fortress to have been attacked last night.”

“I don’t even know what you’re saying, but I know you’re talking about sex.” — Mirror, Mirror by Tami Lund (Release date: 9/28/2016; advanced copies available FREE)

 

“You don’t have to court a shady lady, Dr. Steere.” She eased off his lap, flashed him a saucy smile, and took him by the hand, pulling him out of the chair. “I’ll show you to the bedroom.” Wild and Tender Care by Haley Whitehall

 

“Duh, I’m vanilla, not stupid.” Inhibition-X by Bobbi Romans

 

He’d had his share of fun and sowed plenty of wild oats, but he knew where he wanted to land and who he wanted in his bed—her. Between Us by Wendi Zwaduk

 

She stumbled, her legs going limp and collapsing beneath her as she struggled to latch onto the nearest armrest for support. But what she found instead was a solid muscled chest…DAMAGED by Lisa M. Owens

 

James complied, flashing him a cocky smile. “Guess I’ll hook my suspenders then. Make sure the shirt stays in place.” Labors of Love: Complete Box Set by Shiloh Saddler

 

“The first time I saw this scene… well, it was so sweetly erotic, I couldn’t sleep for three days.” — Breakwater by Errin Stevens (Release Date: 11/2016)

 

“I was unwed, and you weren’t of royal blood, weren’t anyone my parents would even consider marrying me off to.”  BRYCE (Galactic Defenders book one) by Jessica E. Subject *learn more about BRYCE in this guest post

 

Wrong man, Sure as hell the wrong time. Darkwater Echoes (PSI Sentinels: Darkwater Guardians) by Pamela Moran

 

Your disguise is very effective, little one, I shall enjoy discovering what is beneath it. Vexing Voss by Gail Koger

 

She wanted another man? The problem was the other man she wanted was also me. A Touch of Lavender by Allie Quinn

 

It’s a slow, deep kiss, the kind that reminds a woman that a man knows the secrets of her soul and plans to exploit them all, one by one. The Power Games by Brynley Bush

 

“He did not have a prissy official’s hands, nor an ambassador’s, but a fighter’s. Scarred, callused, rough. With those hands, he’d keep her safe.” Captured by the Cyborg by Cara Bristol

 

The lift of her lips matched the chill in her eyes. “Like you believe in prophecy.” Gavin’s Woman (A PSI Sentinel Novella) by Pamela Moran

 

I was alone with the kitchen with two men I was incredibly drawn to—whom I loved—and we had to discuss the possibility of me having sex with one while the other watched, so I could cut all ties to the former and maybe spend my human years with the latter. Just your usual Tuesday. Cherry Pie (Vampire Cherry, #3) by Sotia Lazu (Release date: 10/31/2016)

 

That initial reaction to seeing Gabe Nicholetti, the Harbinger of Death, sitting and waiting — who was going to die? Blind Sight (PSI Sentinels: Guardians of the Psychic Realm, Book 2) by Pamela Moran

 

Moving up behind Chandler, Alex leaned forward until they were almost touching. She put her mouth close to Chandler’s right ear. “Do I make you nervous?” Wicked Magic: Spellbound Book 1 by K.T. Black

 

He could class himself as drop dead gorgeous and appreciate the utter literal nature of the phrase. No Angel by Pippa Jay

 

“If I really am dead, then someone must have killed me.” Stolen Spirit (PSI Sentinels: Guardians of the Psychic Realm, Book 1) by Pamela Moran

 

I wouldn’t feel half-crazy if I could actually see the ghost. If he really was eye candy, why not show himself to me? Caged Bird by Haley Whitehall

 

Invisible, she swirled upward, into the low hanging clouds, wrapped her essence in the moisture, pulled it into her being, then plunged into the ocean as a torrent of sudden rain beat down onto the sand and water in an unleashed assault of bent up frustration. Elemental Curse: Water House (Sexy To Go Paranormal Edition) by Pamela Moran

 

Somewhere, lurking among the ordinary humans, there was another Elemental in the crowd. In Her Element by Laurel Richards (Release date: 9/1/2016)

 

“What are you, Sebastian?” A fine tremor shook her, trembled along the edge of her soft voice. Elsie’s Secret (A PSI Sentinel Novella) by Pamela Moran

 

“No, but I haven’t wanted to get my opponent naked before.” Someone Like Him by Susanna Eastman

 

“Someone’s gotta see what that hunk of a man tastes like.” The Sinful Chocolatier by Bobbi Romans

 

Her words tempted his desire to ask for a deeper connection than a dollar of his time. Midnight Caller by Haley Whitehall

 

He longed to feel the captain’s bare skin against his, though the thought scared him—had scared him since the first day on the beach. Saltwater Lover by Shiloh Saddler

 

“People don’t belong in oceans. That’s why God invented swimming pools.” — Outrush by Errin Stevens (WIP)

 

“How awful if we had to do this, and it meant nothing.” Captive Heat by Susanna Eastman

 

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Want more one-liners? Check out these past posts:

 

One-liners (Part 1) https://allieritch.wordpress.com/2011/11/12/one-liners-part-1/

One-liners (Part 2) https://allieritch.wordpress.com/2011/11/19/one-liners-part-2/

Hooked on One-Liners – Part 1 https://allieritch.wordpress.com/2013/03/16/hooked-on-one-liners-part-1/

Hooked on One-Liners – Part 2 https://allieritch.wordpress.com/2013/03/23/hooked-on-one-liners-part-2/

Fall In Love with One-Liners https://allieritch.wordpress.com/2014/09/06/fall-in-love-with-one-liners/

Halloween One-Liners https://allieritch.wordpress.com/2015/10/03/halloween-one-liners/

 

It’s an Alien Invasion!

Pixabay_robot-157803_1280Aliens are invading my blog! And having just relaunched my Alien Sex Ed series, I welcome them. Today, we’ve got some great snippets from a wonderful group of SFR writers, including Cynthia Sax, Mahlee Ashwynn, Pippa Jay, Susanna Eastman, Daisy Banks, Jessica E. Subject, Laurel Richards, Shiloh Saddler, Gail Koger, and Melisse Aires. Their works span several heat levels, and their out-of-this-world teasers will have you adding to that TBR list. Thank you to all the authors who made this post so much fun.

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Releasing Rage_CompressedHe turned his head, locked his gaze with hers and she sucked in her breath. There were worlds of agony, of rage, in those bright blue eyes. This was no rational, logic-driven cyborg. This was a man, an animal, crazed by bloodlust and pain.

“They thought to pacify me with the use of a human female?” he thundered, his deep gravelly voice clawing across her skin, awakening parts in her she didn’t realize slept. “I’d kill you before I allowed you to touch me.”

Releasing Rage by Cynthia Sax

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OnTarget_MahleeAshwynneHis face was twisting and distorting. The shoulders stretched the once-loose shirt, arms elongating and his body augmenting in extended ripples. Her panicked inhalation brought a crooked smile to the new face before her.

“Aldien, what in the nyxtril are you?”

“A Chameleord.” His breath came out short and hard in that familiar baritone voice.

On Target by Mahlee Ashwynne

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PippaJay_KeirAt the center, T’rill alternated between surveying her somnolent entourage, her exuberant offspring, and admiring the play of sunlight on her skin, scaled in golden-green like the children’s. She contemplated removing the unnecessary weight of the twisted coronet of silver and pearls around her bare head, the only insignia of rank she wore—a token required by etiquette. J’dahzi, her most loyal, and yet most critical, courtier would scold her for doing so. Even though the thought amused her, she accepted the imagined reprimand and tolerated the burden. Lithe and muscular, she lay on a cloth of gold and green, a slight smile on her thin lips at each joyful squeal from her children. Dressed only in a short tunic of iridescent blue that left her slender arms and legs bare, T’rill, Queen of Metraxi, relaxed amongst the drowsy members of her court and her alert guardians, content and at peace, a day away from the rigors of duty and responsibility.

Keir: Book One of Redemption by Pippa Jay Available from Amazon (and other online retailers) for just $0.99 until the end of 2015!

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captiveheat_SusannaEastman“Touching me like this. It’s only a medical procedure to you?”

“It has to be.” His gaze darted around the shuttle before meeting her eyes again.

“It has to be?” Mia repeated his words. “You won’t feel anything?” she pressed, inching closer to him.

Captive Heat by Susanna Eastman

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SexyToGoV6_3DcoverTenderness warmed his heart for Elana needed him to discover herself. He would delight in the duty of caring for her. “You are perfect. The most desirable and disobedient female I’ve seen on this planet or any other is my mate. Tell me, do you really want to wear male clothing, such as I found you in? Do you wish to take on the elite of the Jagan world alone?”

“It wasn’t male clothing. I arrived in a shadow suit,” she snapped, interrupting him again.

Rewriting the Law in the Sexy To Go Boxed Sets by Daisy Banks

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AlienAtraction_JessicaSubject“Your girlfriend is a Lisivian, or at least half. And that means you’re going back to Earth.”

Chal’s heart raced. “But you said—”

“I know, but that was before I realized who we were dealing with.” Slade guided him to the single-person transporter in the corner.

Alien Attraction (Alien Next Door #3) by Jessica E. Subject

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PippaJay_Keir's FallShe trod the silver and black corridors of her vessel alone and barefoot, hunger burning in her belly. Despite the dark color, the walls shone, lit by shimmering veins that seemed to flow along the undulating surfaces. She ran her fingers along one wall possessively, to feel the distant throb of the engines like the pulse of an eager lover. All that vibrant energy thrumming through her ship, into her fingertips, shivering over her skin. She resisted the urge to press herself into the walls and feel it strum through her whole body. Jakhani must find her another human with more stamina or she’d be forced to seek the cold and passionless company of her own kind for the meager solace that would provide.

Keir’s Fall: Book Two of Redemption by Pippa Jay *Releasing very soon!

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stellaraffair_ebook_coverartThis was a precept? The guy looked like an ordinary man, not a monster or mutant. In fact, he was handsome and friendly looking. He couldn’t have been older than his early thirties. His hair was a fine light brown, and he had striking hazel eyes, which were now fixed on her. Under different circumstances, she might have attributed her fluttering pulse to something other than nerves. When she shook his hand, his fingers felt warm and soft and made her shiver.

A Stellar Affair by Laurel Richards

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Linatars-Pet_ShilohSaddlerMaster Dantfur’s eyes glowed golden, matching the color of his hair. He reached down and picked Andrew up, cradling him against his chest.

Andrew’s body prickled with fear and then a soothing wave of pleasure washed over him. Master Dantfur didn’t mean to hurt him. His strong arms surrounded him gently, careful to avoid the worst of his injuries.

Without thinking, Andrew nuzzled against the Linatar’s thick shoulder.

Master Dantfur let out a guttural hum. Was he purring?

Linatar’s Pet by Shiloh Saddler

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VexingVoss_GailKogerThe warlord’s stunned gaze swept over my greasy black hair that hung in clumps around my pale, zit-covered face, and paused for a minute on the black raccoon-like circles around my eyes. He eyed my Hunchback of Notre Dame outfit in outright horror, and his nose wrinkled in disgust as my eau de dead skunk perfume hit him.

It was all I could do not to giggle. Hideous didn’t even begin to describe me. There wasn’t a man or warlord alive who would want to touch me.

It is an honor to finally meet you, Zoey.” Baring his awesome fangs in a scarily polite smile, he held out his hand diplomatically.

What a liar. Time to get the fun started. I scuttled round the desk and hid behind the general. “Please, don’t let him eat me.”

Vexing Voss by Gail Koger

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alieninvasion1954_MelisseAiresHis face was human-like with a flared Roman nose, though his nostrils had notches on the side. High cheekbones, carved brown lips and a square jaw. He had aqua hair that was more like a pelt, thick and brushy. Eyebrows, of that same aqua shade. Inhuman eyes, almond shaped and faceted turquoise with no pupil, but set in human-like eye sockets with thick dark eyelashes.

His teeth—Oh my God, his teeth—Sharp and lots of them.

Alien Invasion, 1954 (Coming November 15, 2015) by Melisse Aires

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AlienSex101_coverartQuinn cupped her breasts with hungry palms and gave them one more squeeze before all his attention centered on the treasure between her legs. He cocked an eyebrow in surprise as he explored new territory. Unlike New Earthling women, she wasn’t curly and coarse down below. Instead, she had very short, perfectly straight hairs that formed a pelt over her mons. When he ran his fingers through this novel down, he discovered it was as fine and soft as cat’s fur and just as thick. He felt her shiver.

“A natural purple,” he mused, which made her chuckle.

Alien Sex 101: Xindra and Quinn by Allie Ritch – Alien Sex Ed books on sale for $0.99/each through November 30, 2015!

Interview at Cynthia Sax’s

Today I’m answering interview questions at Taste of Cyn with author Cynthia Sax and talking about my urban vampire romance, Drinking Partners: http://tasteofcyn.com/2015/01/16/interview-with-allie-ritch/. Come find out why Lucas is so “deliciously lickable” ;-).

 

Tag You’re It – Author Taglines

Taglines. They’re short, they’re snappy, and they’re supposed to hook your interest in a book. Every author has to come up with one, but often we don’t get to share our taglines outside of a few catalogues. Today, I’ve gathered together taglines from several great authors you may know. I’ve also thrown in a couple of my own – one from each of my series. Warning: the following taglines may add significantly to your TBR list 🙂

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“What happens when a female shifter catches the scent of an irresistible man? Enough sexual heat to melt the ice caps.”
In Season by Allie Ritch

 

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“Will this beauty tame her beastly boss?” Flashes Of Me by Cynthia Sax

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“What’s Agent Woodsman to do when he finds a little redhead hacking her way through a zombie swarm? Find out in this Undead Fairy Tale — a post-apocalyptic thriller with a large dose of humor, several helpings of sex, and a happily-ever-after.”Catching Red by Tara Quan

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“What harm can there be in giving in to their desires for just one night?”Loving Link by TD Hassett 

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“He is a tiger shifter searching for sanctuary. She is a lynx shifter who will break all her rules to provide it.” Predator’s Refuge (Gemini Island Shifters 3) by Rosanna Leo.

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“Welcome to Cheery Hell. Live while you can, die when you must, and expect to get laid, but not to rest.” Ghosts in the Graveyard by Lyra Marlowe

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“Life without love is painful, but in 1865 forbidden fruit can be deadly.” Midnight Caller by Haley Whitehall

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“If she thought one mate was bad enough, wait until she finds out what fate has in store for her…” Completed by Becca Jameson

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“Two star-crossed young men in love on the rugged island of Corsica must rely on bodyguard partners to protect them and engineer a happy ending for them and their families.” Under the Waterfall by Neil S. Plakcy

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Special thanks to all the authors who provided these taglines. I enjoyed reading all of them.