Writer’s Log

Champ's Big Night

I’m attending the Romance Writers of America annual conference this year as I’ve been nominated for a prestigious RITA Award for The Champion of Barésh AKA Star Champion. This award is the “Oscar” or Academy Awards for romantic fiction. In my category Paranormal Romance, I’m up against some heavy hitters such as JR Ward and others so winning is a long shot. But I’m just excited and honored to have been nominated!!! And for my first indie published book–how cool is that? You can tune into a live streaming broadcast of the awards Thursday night July 27th. I’ll post the link or you can find it at www.rwa.org. Follow along for pictures and posts on my personal Facebook page. No need to friend me. I’ve made them public. Cross your fingers and toes for me!! 🤞

Meet My Pet

Embrace the Romance with the new Pets in Space 2 Anthology! Twelve original, never before published science fiction romance stories from 12 leading Sci-Fi Romance authors. Hot sexy aliens, heroines who know how to take care of themselves, and the pets who bring them together!

Introducing “Puppy”

“I’m little but I’m loud.” —Puppy

Meet Puppy, a little brown and black puff of fur featured in Star Puppy, AKA The Prince, the Pilot, and the Puppy, my story in Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2. All twelve stories in Pets in Space feature a hero, heroine and their pet. To help visualize what the pets look like, Artist Nyssa Juneau created sketches of them all. Here’s Puppy:

 

Awww, right??

My story takes place on a space station 43 light years away from Earth. It’s the love story between two best friends who are fighter pilots who just need a little help to see that they are in love. With the help of Puppy, they cross from the “friend zone” to the “dating zone”. A little background: In the Pets in Space 1 Anthology, my story Stray (soon to be released in an expanded format as Star Hero) also featured a yipwag. Bang Bang took shelter under a wreck of a car where he met another street dog puppy. Even though he was starving, he shared a piece of meat with the hungry pup. Readers wanted to know what happened to the other puppy. And so I wrote her story…

I love dogs, especially super-smart dogs. I live with a very energetic and smart border collie named Skye, and I often model my fictional pets after her. Puppy shares so many of her characteristics, from annoying to endearing!

In Star Puppy, my alien hero, Prince Rornn B’lenne, call sign “Charming”, has a tough time convincing my Earthling heroine, Lt. Trysh Milton, call sign “Firefly”, that he’s the man for her. Now there’s a competitor for her affections, a man named Jack. But when a runaway stowaway (Puppy) shows up onboard the space station, Rornn gets some help he never expected:


Excerpt:

Jack lunged for the puppy. “Come to daddy.” He lifted it off the floor. Rornn felt a sense of impending loss when the puppy’s cries ceased in Jack’s grip and Trysh’s expression changed to one of rapture. He could feel her slipping away from him. But a second later, a dark stain appeared down the front of the man’s gray uniform and the puppy resumed its piercing yelping, its entire body convulsing with the effort.

Jack thrust the dripping puppy to arm’s length. “Great. Just great. It peed on me.”
Rornn smothered a laugh. The puppy’s huge panicked eyes shifted to him. Why did something in those expressive eyes hint that the act had been intentional? It seems we are on the same side.

“Allow me.” Rornn had never held a puppy in his life. As he reached for the frightened, barking, little creature, he glimpsed tiny, needlelike teeth, a small pink tongue. The peculiar and foul odor of the Barésh Colony wafted from its patchy coat as he cupped his hands around its body. There was no soft, rounded belly like those of the Earth puppies he had glimpsed in Texas. Sharp bones poked out from under loose skin. He could feel every internal organ. This tiny, impossibly fragile thing was near starvation. At first, his motivation had been to impress Trysh, to compete with Jack for her affections, but all that drained away upon feeling the yipwag’s terror. Gently, he cupped her little body against his chest, sensing she would want to feel the beating of another living thing’s heart. He knew he would. “You are safe with me. I will not let anything happen to you. You are home.” He knew not where that last sentiment came from, but, somehow, he felt it in his soul. The puppy trembled so hard he felt the vibrations go up his arms. Then, after a few seconds, the trembles eased.

Then there was silence.

A Marine asked, “Did it die?”

“That or my eardrums are permanently damaged,” growled an MP.

For a terrifying instant Rornn thought he had killed it. But Puppy made a few soft grunting sounds as she rooted around with her nose. Something inside him melted as she placed one impossibly small paw over his heart. Rornn grinned at the surprised people around him, skipping over Jack to wink at Trysh, who watched him with the kind of gaze he had waited to see since the day he first met her. His grin grew even wider. “They don’t call me Charming for nothing.”


I absolutely had a blast writing this story. I cannot wait for you to read the entire thing!

Here’s the full description:
 
The Prince, the Pilot, and the Puppy
AKA “Star Puppy” A Novella in the Star Series

Trysh joined the Space Forces with the secret hope that her absentee father might notice her accomplishments and acknowledge her. At the top of her game as a starfighter pilot, the last thing she needs is a way too charming prince to get in her way. Trysh had learned at a young age what happened when a person lost their heart to someone above their social class – it led to heartache.

Prince Rornn feels fortunate he can pursue his passion both in the air and on the ground. He decides being third in line for the throne definitely has its advantages – it allowed him to join the Space Forces as a top-gun starfighter pilot. What he doesn’t expect is to find a woman there who not only competes with him – she completes him!

Everything Rornn tries appears to push Trysh further away – that is until they rescue a tiny, starving yipwag pup from an alien world. It turns out that “Puppy” is as good at sniffing out terrorists as she is at helping her two clueless humans figure out that they need each other as much as they do her.

Can Rornn convince Trysh that he is nothing like her father and that she is just the right woman for him before the terrorists discover their furry little companion?

Here’s more about Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2:

The pets are back! Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, featuring twelve of today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors brings you a dozen original stories written just for you! Join in the fun, from the Dragon Lords of Valdier to a trip aboard award-winning author, Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr to journeying back a to Luda where Grim is King, for stories that will take you out of this world! Join New York Times, USA TODAY, and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, M.K. Eidem, Susan Grant, Michelle Howard, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Sabine Priestley, Jessica E. Subject, Carol Van Natta, and Alexis Glynn Latner as they share stories and help out Hero-Dogs.org, a charity that supports our veterans!

10% of the first month’s profits (including preorders!) 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.

Release date: October 10, 2017
Preorder your copy today!

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FREE! A Pets in Space coloring book. Click here:

http://www.petsinspaceantho.com/giveaways/get-embrace-romance-coloring-book-now/

 

Magazine Interview: Susan Grant talks about defeating the power of “No”

The magazine SEARCH interviewed me, and I wanted to share it with you. As someone who’s heard the words “You can’t,” “You won’t,” and “No” many times in my life, I am glad to have the opportunity to chat about how to defeat the power of the naysayers, in hopes of inspiring women of any age that anything can be possible. Emerian was a wonderful interviewer.

SUSAN GRANT INTERVIEW

 

 

Summer Reads Science Fiction Romance INVASION

Summer is coming, and it’s a great time to stock up on some awesome science fiction romances! Eight science fiction romances by eight authors are being offered to you FREE between May 22 – 26. There are no signups required–you won’t end up on anyone’s email list! Just go to one of the participating booksellers like Amazon and click! When it’s that easy and simple, you don’t need to pick and choose–you can get all eight books.

So, rev up your one-click finger and scroll down to download the best, easiest freebies of the summer!
 

Prepare for the Summer Reads Sci-fi Romance Invasion!
 
The Star Princess by Susan Grant
Ilana was more than happy to serve as an Earth tour guide for the stuffy alien crown prince–she just never planned on marrying him!

Amazon |  B&N |  iTunes |  Kobo | Googleplay

 
Reconstructed by Tasha Black
Some heroes aren’t born…they’re built.

Amazon | NookiBooks | Kobo |  GooglePlay:
 
Space Cowboys & Indians by Lisa Medley
How can the chance of a lifetime go so horribly wrong?
Amazon
 

Prophecy by Lea Kirk
A woman who’s lost everything, a man betrayed by his own, ​but together their destiny is greater than ever imagined.

Amazon |  B&N |  iTunes | Kobo | Scribd

 
Alien Bond by Sabine Priestley
Fate laughed at Kara’s plans…and sent her psi-mate from the stars.

Amazon |  iBooks | B&N |  Kobo
 
Beyond Reach by Jessica Subject

Their people are at war with each other. But that doesn’t stop them from falling in love. 

Amazon | B&N | Google Play | iTunes | Kobo

 

Escape from Zulaire by Veronica Scott
The whole planet is a war zone and everyone is hunting her. Can he rescue her in time?

Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks | Google Play

 
Stranded with the Cyborg by Cara Bristol

Marooned on an alien planet with her nemesis. Can she trust him to protect her?

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA| Amazon AU
iBooks | Kobo | B&N

Happy Reading!

Please feel free to share the Summer Reads Sci-fi Romance Invasion with friends you think might be interested by forwarding/sharing this blog post.  ~Susan

Susan Grant talks Pets...in Space

I recently did an interview with the PETS IN SPACE 2 gang:

Why did you join the Pets in Space 2 anthology?

It’s not too often you have the chance to do a project with authors whose books you love and at the same time support a favorite organization. As a veteran myself, I feel that what Hero Dogs is doing to help veterans is so important. As a pet lover, I know the special bond between humans and animals can heal the deepest wounds. And, as an author, I could not pass up the chance to write about that special bond.

If you could bring back one extinct animal, what would it be, and why?

The wooly mammoth. It must have been so magnificent and awe-inspiring to see, and yet it’s not as scary and dangerous as a pterodactyl, which would have been my second choice.

If you could create/design an animal, what would it look like and what could it do? 

It would be just like my fun, smart, adorable, affectionate border collie, Skye, but she could talk. We already do everything together, and the only thing missing are the words I sense are right there on her lips.

What do you love about writing science fiction romance?

I love writing SFR because of the almost total lack of boundaries. Anything goes. I love the adventure, the Wild West type of frontier feel, the fantasy aspect. Strong, independent characters. The genre lets my imagination run wild. I can make up anything. I love that. One of my favorite themes is “fish out of water”. In my science fiction worlds I put my characters in those types of situations. Maybe it’s how I feel sometimes when I am walking around in a foreign country on a layover as a commercial airline pilot. A fish out of water, but also full of curiosity and wonder.


Did you know Pets in Space 2 has a website where this interview and others are posted? Find out more here!