Thursday, December 16, 2021

From Everyone at Spacefreighters Lounge


It's that time of year again when our crew takes a break for the holidays. 

Our regular blogging schedule will resume on January 8, 2022. 

Meanwhile, we hope all our readers have a great holiday 

and a fantastic beginning to the New Year! 




Tuesday, December 14, 2021

KING OF PAIN RELEASE DAY!


 It's finally release day for the fifth and final book in my Interstellar Rescue science fiction romance series, King of Pain: Interstellar Rescue Series Book 5! Get your digital copy to read on Kindle or any of its related apps NOW on Amazon for only $2.99! Or, if you prefer to read a book you can hold in your hands, the paperback is available for only $15.99. Message me here or on my Facebook page and I'll send you a signed bookplate to put in your book!

And, as always, I humbly ask that if you enjoy the read, you post a review of the book on Amazon, Goodreads, and/or BookBub. Reviews are an author's lifeblood, an encouragement to other readers to pick up the book. 

So, enjoy your holidays by reading (and reviewing) a new book!

Cheers, Donna

Friday, December 10, 2021

WILDE CHRISTMAS RELEASE!

I’m thrilled to share with you Dean and Lacey’s story. They both battled illness and injury in the past and must learn to trust as they open their hearts and their wounds to each other.

WILDE CHRISTMAS is a part of the Candlewood Falls shared-world series, a unique world of connected stories by three different authors whose characters, business, and events appear in each other’s stories. How fun is that? It’s like a literary soap opera. The Candlewood Falls books can be read in any order, as every book features a new couple who finds true love.

Christmas is about to get Wilde!

All Lacey Wilde wants for Christmas is to open her long-awaited bed & breakfast. When her only guest is a sexy stranger who claims her adopted Military Working Dog is his, Lacey isn’t about to lose her fur baby—or her heart—to charming Marine veteran Dean Hunter.

But the K-9 controversy is the least of their troubles. Danger lurks in the shadows of Candlelight Inn, and someone will stop at nothing to steal Lacey’s heirloom ornaments. Can Dean protect the woman he’s fallen for against a deadly threat, or will this Christmas be their last?

Wilde Christmas is available now at these stores


Amazon     Apple     B&N     Kobo     Books2Read

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To celebrate WILDE CHRISTMAS’ release, WILDE TEMPTATION (book 1) is available for 99c until 12/12/21.  
 
A plant geneticist and a palm reader cook up a love potion after mixing his new apples into her old-world recipe. Now folks in their small town are hungry for love!

Will Sam and Faith be tempted by their simmering desire or will they reverse their accidental aphrodisiac before stirring up more trouble in Candlewood Falls?

Add into the mix the only investor who can save Sam’s orchard from foreclosure—Faith’s jealous ex-boyfriend—and Wilde Orchards is about to live up to its name.

Are you tempted?

Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Kobo  |  Apple

 

ENJOY A WILDE ROMANCE!


K.M. Fawcett

Romance with a rebel heart

 
 

Friday, December 3, 2021

Introducing Blush Free Books

 


Romance would have to be the biggest, broadest genre in reading. It encompasses just about every other genre – crime, suspense, history, thriller, comedy, paranormal, fantasy… and yes, science fiction.

If that isn't complicated enough, romance incorporates levels of sexiness. There's usually an assumption that romance and sex go hand in hand (so to speak). But some readers enjoy detailed, blow-by-blow sexy times, others like sensual without the 'how-to' manual, and still others would prefer authors to close the door and leave it to the reader's imagination.

That's not in any way a judgement, just as I wouldn't presume to judge people who like Starbuck's coffee, which I find undrinkable. To each his/her own. These days I tend to avoid the books with a high sexual content, or if I read them, I skip over the sex scenes.

It seems I'm not the only. Fellow author Pauline Baird Jones has set up a new website for people just like me.

About Blush Free Books

Welcome to Blush Free Books, a website and newsletter dedicated to building a community of readers who love exciting, action-filled, and well-written books that are hotter than the clean and sweet, but close the door on the steamy scenes. 

There are communities aplenty for steamy and inspirational books, but there is an underserved group in the middle: readers who crave well-written books with all the action, suspense, excitement, and romance without the graphic sex. These stories have the edge-of-your-seat action with a hint of spicy language and some of the sexual tension not found in the cleaner-sweeter stories. 

I reckon that pretty much describes my books so of course I've signed up – both as a reader and an author. You'll find a few other familiar names, like Veronica Scott, SE Smith, Kyndra Hatch, and Carol van Natta.

Blush Free Books is not just for SFR. It includes fantasy, paranormal, and crime and suspense. So, if you're like me and Pauline and find yourself skipping the sex scenes, pop on over and take a look. It's free and you can register as a reader and/or an author.

 

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

KING OF PAIN ON PREORDER!

Cover artist Jessica Hildreth's work!

 

The fifth book in my Interstellar Rescue series is available for preorder now on Amazon for a December 14 release date. Click here to make sure you get your ebook for Christmas (and for all your book-reading friends!).  Check out the blurb!

One planet, two worlds. And only Fate could unite them.

Trevyn Dar was once a Hunter of Thrane, feared throughout the galaxy as the son of the Butcher of Four Systems. But he clawed his way free of that bloody legacy to find his true path, as captain of a ship serving the anti-slavery goals of the Interstellar Council of Abolition and Rescue.

Lael Saphora is Hinarr, shapeshifter, sharing her skin with a snow cat Companion, but, like all her people, hunted, and oppressed because she lacks the telepathic skills of the genetic Thranes of her home planet. Since she witnessed the brutal death of her father as a child, Lael has been fighting for her people. She leads the Uprising against the iron grip of the Thrane Ruling Houses.

When Trevyn receives unusual orders from Rescue to seize a ship smuggling weapons for slavers, he discovers the darkly compelling Lael at the helm—no slaver, but a political prisoner, whose extradition to Thrane means torture and death. His journey to uncover what’s behind her false arrest takes him back to a home planet he had hoped to never see again, reveals an ugly conspiracy at the heart of Rescue, and rips open old wounds. But Trevyn and Lael share a common past, and only love can heal two hearts broken by an ancient pain.

 

King of Pain: Interstellar Rescue Series Book Five available for preorder on Amazon Now!

Friday, November 12, 2021

Dune Finally Done Right?

When I heard that Dune -- the science fiction classic based on Frank Herbert's masterpiece -- was going to be remade, I was pretty excited! I had high hopes that this time they'd give it the creative justice it deserved. From the previews, it certainly looked like it would be Dune Done Right. But I knew better than to trust the trailers. All too often they're packed with the best tidbits of the experience and the film itself falls flatter than a Kansas pancake.

I finally got my chance to see the movie in the theater last week (which I believe is the first time in two years I've had that experience, thanks to lockdowns) and I wanted to share a few thoughts. 

Did they finally get it right? 

Well, yes.  And no. It's actually a difficult question to answer. 

There was certainly a lot to like. The set location was amazing and felt natural and immersive and seemed to draw me into the world of Dune as I'd always imagined it.  The film used very little blue screen, from what I understand, and much was shot on location so it avoided the "fake rock" syndrome of the earlier release. (I'm referring to the 1984 version here. I only saw the first reboot once, and remember almost nothing about it.)

This scale in this "new Dune" was enormous and did justice to this sci-fi icon that is all about sweeping and epic

Just a side note that the ornithopters were particularly well done and a much closer match to what I had always envisioned in my head as a sort of bird-like helicopter (in this case, very much like a Hummingbird). 

And the sound! Wow. Not really a sound track -- as in a musical score -- but an amazing compilation of realistic auditory mood-setting. (No, there was no Pink Floyd playing in the background--as with the trailers. But the sound that came with the scenes was vibrant and lent much to the sense of being there.)

The locations were spectacular, in particular the Dune capital of Arakeen. It suggested Egypt, Atlantis and a futuristic alien city all morphed into one.

And there was one emotional buy-in that really grabbed me. It had to do with palm trees and how they were being meticulously cared for, even at great cost. I live in the desert, and I understand this code--where every tree is precious and it takes a lot of work to keep things alive, even though sometimes it's all in vain. (I'm being deliberately vague here to avoid potential spoilers for one particular scene, so it's difficult to get my meaning across, but yes...the palm trees matter.)

Dune also boasts a pretty amazing cast, and I thought most were perfect for their roles. 

Zendaya as Chani stepped right into her sandy Fremen shoes. From the moment I saw her in the trailers, I knew they had the right actress for the role. (I admit I may be a bit biased because I loved her in The Greatest Showman.) 

Rebecca Ferguson as Jessica (another from The Greatest Showman who played the Swedish Nightingale) made for a convincing, and a bit more violent, Bene Gesserit sister and mother of Paul. 

Javier Barden is brilliant as Fremen leader, Stilgar. 


Josh Brolin makes a great Gurney Haleck, and adds a bit more understated humor to the stern character. He's stepping into Patrick Stewart's shoes, after all, and I love how he made Gurney his own. I've been a huge fan of Brolin's ever since viewing Only The Brave, where he played the no-nonsense chief, Eric Marsh, in the story about the ill-fated Hotshot team from Prescott, AZ. 

Oscar Issac is a great fit for Duke Leto Atreides, and his one line about how he once longed to be a pilot brought a few chuckles. (He was ace pilot Poe Dameron in the last Star Wars trilogy for any who don't recognize his name.) 

Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho? Heck, yeah! Khal Drogo (Game of Thrones) and this role will probably be career-defining. (I really wasn't impressed with his character in Aquaman.) 

Stephen McKinley Hendersen works as a much more military version of the mentat Thufir Hawat, a character that was a great improvement on the bushy-eyebrowed, and just plain odd, predecessor.  

The bad guys (aka House Harkonnen) were a huge improvement on the originals, where the audience was subjected to some outrageous, almost cartoonish behavior and really hideous visuals. Dave Bautista was born to play the Beast Rabban Harkonnen. I didn't even initially connect him to his Guardians of the Galaxy character because he was so well-suited to this role. The Baron in the new movie (Stellan Skarsgard) simply oozes evil, and does it with very few words and no over-the-top ickiness. Well done. 

So what, then, was not to like?

Well, quite frankly, I wasn't terrible impressed with Paul. Nothing against Timothee Chalamet, the young actor who may very well become the quintessential Paul when all is said and done, but...well he wasn't what I was expecting. That's probably because with Kyle MacLachlan holding the title of the heir apparent to the Atreides Dukedom for so long that it's difficult for another, very different actor to wear it well at first viewing. But that said, Kyle MacLachlan was one of the few redeeming qualities of the original campy epic, so the situation is a bit reversed. And I certainly have no qualms about the newbie's ability to act. He's moody, brooding and often deeply confused and troubled by what is unfolding around him...and sometimes to him. I think his character will probably grow on me in future viewings. Different isn't always a bad thing.

I also felt the Guild's part in the politics of the plot was completely skimmed over, and that seemed a huge disservice. The introduction of the Guild and its completely spice-addicted navigators is monumental to framing the political conflict in the novel and played a big role in the original film. (The spice must flow.) What happened here? If it was cut for the sake of the run time...well, it seems there are a lot of other less important details that could have ended up on the cutting room floor. It really bothered me that this vital piece of the story was missing, other than a mention or two.

But the biggest thumbs down for me was that they have apparently divided the book into two parts, probably because that's Hollywood's way of squeezing an epic for every dime they can get. But by doing so, the audience doesn't get the full experience. It didn't work out too well with The Hobbit, and I wasn't pleased to discover that once again I wouldn't be getting the complete story. But Dune, at least, had enough substance and plot to hold the audiences' attention, which isn't something I can say for any of The Hobbit installments. So there's that.

In spite of the negatives, my overall rating is still a thumb's up. Whether you've been a fan of Dune for most of your life via the original movie(s) or the novel(s) or if you're thinking about experiencing it for the first time in the cinema, my advice is to GO! Go see it and form your own opinions. It's definitely worth the time and the ticket price and isn't an insult to your intelligence, which is more than I can say for most of the fare coming out of tinsel town in recent years.

Have you seen Dune yet? Are you planning to see it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Have a great week.



Friday, November 5, 2021

Where Did You Come Up With That Idea?

Writers often get asked, "Where do your ideas come from?" 
 
The answer is anywhere and everywhere.
 
The idea for CAPTIVE, book one in the Survival Race Series came to me while watching the rescue of mistreated horses on an episode of Animal Cops. It was heart wrenching to see those beautiful animals neglected and starved so thin their rib cages showed. How would the owner have felt if he were penned up and abused like that?  
 

This got me thinking. What if humans were pets, and someone--aliens perhaps--bred us and gambled on us for sport like we do in horse racing, dog racing, and cockfights? What if they wanted to be entertained by watching alpha gladiators fight to the death? 

 

Hmm...I have no idea what happened in the rest of the episode, as I was busy cogitating a new story idea.

 

In creating the technologically advanced aliens, called the Hyboreans, I combined American and Scottish folklore. The Hyboreans are a cross between Sasquatch and Am Fear Liath Mor (The Great Grey Man).

 

The Survival Race is a blood sport where the last gladiator alive wins. My husband and I own a dojo in New Jersey where we teach Isshinryu karate and Ryukonkai (Okinawan weapons). Side note: sparring is great marital therapy . My training in martial arts and knife fighting adds authenticity to the Survival Race fight scenes. In RENEGADE, book 3, the female gladiator, Katana, uses an improvised weapon at one point. The techniques she uses comes directly from one of our weapons kata (a sequence of prearranged techniques).

 

When coming up with the name for my hero, I wanted to make sure it had the connotation of being a dog's name to drive home to the reader that he is a human pet. Rex was too obvious, so I decided on Max. I forget where the idea for Addy's first name came from, but when thinking on her last name, I looked over at a stack of videos by the TV. Titantic was sitting on top. I liked Rose Dawson's last name so Addy became Addy Dawson.

 

Ideas really do come from everywhere. 

 

Authors - Where did you come up with your ideas? Feel free to share in the comments.    

 

She can escape her alien abductors, but she can’t escape her destiny…

or the gladiator prisoner who captured her heart.

 

Rookie cop Addy Dawson must escape her alien captors. Caged with a gladiator prisoner claiming to be her mate, Addy refuses to breed warriors for the Survival Race—a blood sport where the last man alive wins. No one will stop her from getting off this planet, including the sexy alpha male determined to turn her on.

 

Years of killing for entertainment have turned Max into a hardened beast. The only time he feels human is when at stud. But when a fiery female from his home world rejects him, her rebellious spirit awakens a part of his soul he thought long dead.

 

Bound together by a desire for freedom, Max and Addy will risk torture and worse to break out. But the hunted pair will never find refuge unless they can learn to trust each other with their lives…and their hearts.

 

*Alien abduction, Brooding alpha male, Strong heroine, Enemies-to-lovers, Stand alone book in a series, HEA, No cliff hangers.*

 

Find CAPTIVE (and the Survival Race Series) at these stores:
 

Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Kobo  |  Apple  |  And other retailers

“Fawcett delivers a suspenseful and captivating science fiction romance. A must read for all, but especially for fans of The Hunger Games.” -Caridad Pineiro, NY Times & USA Today bestselling author with over a million romance novels sold.

 

Stay safe out there!

 

K.M Fawcett

www.kmfawcett.com

 

 

 

 

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