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Thursday, June 20, 2013

SFR Brigade Blog Hop

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Congratulations to Eva M. who won the Amazon Gift Card.

Thanks to everyone who visited and left a comment. 

The theme for this year's Blog Hop is Out of this World. Is that a coincidence or what? The name of my blog is "~Out of this World Adventures". That's what I write--adventures that take place out of this world that we know.

Why? Because I love the idea that there are other worlds--planets inhabited by intelligent beings. Do they look like us? I'd like to think that some aliens do, which is why the main characters in my books have two arms and two legs and walk upright. Unlike some memorable movies where the aliens look like insects (Men in Black) or robots (Transformers) or are just plain creepy (Alien).

Blurb for my latest book Switched Resolution:

Actions have consequences as Space Fleet Captain Marcus Viator and NASA reject Scott Cherella discover when they switch places. Switched Resolution, which wraps up the Switched series, takes the reader from Earth—where Marcus adjusts to a pregnant Jessie—to the starship Freedom commandeered by rebels, to the chase ship with Scott and Veronese aboard.


If Scott thought being on a starship was a thrill, it couldn't compare to actually walking in space. Holy shit.

"Are you all right?" Neese's voice came through his headset.

"Better than all right." He gave the joystick on the jetpack control a little nudge. A small propulsion sent him shooting away from the ship. "This is so cool, Neese."

He heard a tsk then silence. Nudging the joystick, he turned around to see her moving toward the rear of the ship. He'd bet she shot him a few laser beams from her eyes first.

"Watch this," he called and did a complete somersault. "This is better than a ride in the Vomit Comet."

"The what?"

"A Zero G aircraft." He somersaulted again. "Training for weightlessness. Named for how it makes people feel."

"That is distasteful." She tsked again.

"Captain, playtime can wait," Glaxpher scolded him through the headset. "Qilana could use your help."

"Sorry, Neese." He returned to the ship. "This is just so damn cool."

"Your enthusiasm outweighs your common sense."

"Hey, give a guy a break, will ya? It's not every day I get a chance to float in space." He zoomed to her side. "Just tell me what to do, darlin'. I'm at your service."

"Your Texas accent is showing again. Now here's what I need you to do . . ." She proceeded to show him how to remove space junk from around the port thruster control.

After what seemed like hours, they finally cleared the debris.

"We can go inside now," Neese announced. "Mr. Glaxpher will want to try the control."

"Give me a couple of minutes. This is so freaking cool."

"If you say 'this is so cool' again, I will . . ." She sputtered. "I don't know what I will do. But I guarantee you won't like it."

"Aw, lighten up, Neese. Watch this." With his feet, he pushed off from the ship, did a couple of loops then just looked around. It was one thing to see space from inside a ship—something he never thought he'd ever do. But to be outside, actually in space . . . There was nothing like—

"Come. We need to return to the ship. No more fooling around."

"One more minute." Geez, he sounded like a kid. Hell, he felt like a kid, all giddy and thrilled beyond belief.

As he turned around, he saw her jetpack had snagged on a loose flap. "Neese, wait."

When she turned, the flap sprung, flinging her on top of the ship. She hit hard above the viewscreen then cried out.

Using the joystick to steer, he shot forward. During those long—agonizingly long—seconds, she lay limp, arms flung out. A sacrifice.

Switched Resolution is available at http://amzn.com/B00CNJEO1C

What do you think aliens would look like?

 I’m giving away a $10 Amazon e-Gift Card to a lucky commenter who leaves an email address.

Now, did you know there are GRAND PRIZES? Whoo-hoo. Yes, there are.

1st Prize - $150 Amazon or B&N gift card (winner's choice) and an ebook bundle (currently Ghost in the Machine, Bayne, Recast Book 1:Wither, Recast Book 2:Clash, Alien Adoration, Switched, Reckless Rescue, Wreck of the Nebula Dream, Keir, Terms & Conditions Apply,  The Key, Marya, The Iron Admiral, Sasha’s Calling, Trouble at the Hotel Baba Ghanoush, Winter in Paradise, Once Upon a Time in Space, the Telomere trilogy, Winter Fusion, Blue Nebula, Demential, Wytchfire, Maven, Fires of Justice, Interface, Girl under Glass, and Breakout. Bonus books – Ghost Planet, The Iron Admiral: Conspiracy and
The Plan, Starburst and Games of Command.)

2nd Prize - $50 Amazon or B&N gift card (winner's choice)

3rd Prizes - four $25 Amazon or B&N gift cards (given to separate
winners and their choice)

Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for the Grand Prizes.

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After you've left a comment here, you'll want to hop on over to the next author's blog. If the InLinkz below doesn't work, here's a link to the main page.   http://www.sfrcontests.blogspot.co.uk/p/sfr-brigade-midsummer-blog-hop.html

Welcome to the SFR Brigade 2nd Midsummer Blog Hop - Out of this World!

1. Diane Dooley  15. Reading Reality  29. S. A. Huchton  
2. Kimber Vale  16. Spacefreighters Lounge  30. T.K. Toppin  
3. Maria Hammarblad  17. Pippa Jay  31. Jo Jones  
4. Bookswagger  18. Melisse Aires  32. Liza O'Connor  
5. C.E. Kilgore  19. Pauline Baird Jones  33. Isabo Kelly  
6. Cathy Pegau  20. Sandra C. Stixrude  34. Nina Croft  
7. Misa Buckley  21. Monica Enderle Pierce  35. Imogene Nix  
8. Yolanda Sfetsos  22. The Galaxy Express  36. TC Archer  
9. Rachel Leigh Smith  23. Linda Mooney  37. EA Hoornaert  
10. Greta van der Rol  24. Aubrie Dionne  38. AR Norris  
11. Jessica E. Subject  25. Anna Hackett  39. Liana Brooks  
12. Diane Burton  26. Tonya Cannariato  40. Cathryn Cade  
13. Rinelle Grey  27. Sabrina Garie  

14. Veronica Scott  28. Kyndra Hatch  

Best wishes to everyone!


  1. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway! I love reading sci-fi romances!
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  2. Surely in the entirety of the universe, there wouldn't just be one type of alien. So to ask "what does an alien look like" is rather like asking "what does an animal look like". There are probably WAY too many types to even define the appearance :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. I love that response. You're absolutely right, Nara.

  3. Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  4. Cool question. I kind of imagining the dudes fro the Planet of the apes :D

  5. Thanks for the great giveaway! Nice excerpt!

  6. I would hope they wouldn't look scary. Would like them to be something/someone we could relate to. Hopefully not like the alien in The Day the World Stood Still, one of my favorite oldie sy/fy flicks. Or the guys with the third arm and eye in the Twilight Zone!

  7. great question. I'd have to agree with Nara's answer above and say that aliens would be too diverse to specify one appearance. But hopefully they won't be too scary #wishfulthinking
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. There are so many possibilities to what aliens could look like, based on the gravity of the planet, vegetation, the sun, and plain-old evolution. But, with the millions of possible life-sustaining planets, I believe there will also be other humanoids as well.

    Read and enjoyed Switched! Can't wait to read the others as well. :)

    1. jessicasubject.writer at gmail dot com

    2. Thanks for the plug for Switched. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I am thoroughly enjoying the variety of comments.

  9. I finished Switched and have the others on my wish list. Go over to my blog to see the 900 lbs aliens that are my favorites. Mixed Book Bag is my blog and I am part of the hop.


  10. I think there's too many possibilities depending on the world they come from. But maybe we'll be terribly disappointed if they all looked like us!

  11. Thanks for the opportunity! Hmm. Aliens could look like anything. But I prefer the humanoid ones so they're relatable. I've even read of theories that aliens could be microscopic and be here already. Course, they could also be the mice (wink).

    doxisrcool at aol.com

  12. I believe the universes out there go until for infinity. So I think that there would have to be different colors, body shapes, races and so on. We can't all look the same. Can't all be humanoid. What would be the fun in that if they were all the same. Great Excerpt! I am looking forward to reading your series. Thanks for the giveaway. evemillien at gmail dot com.

    1. Eva, please contact me at dmburton72@gmail.com

      Thanks, Diane

  13. I really don't have any idea of what an alien would look like but I think I would hope that there is some bilateral symmetry involved and perhaps some manifestation in the spectrum that I can see easily in! Thanks for the giveaway!

    elewkf1 at yahoo dot com

  14. Thanks for the great giveaway! Fantastic excerpt!

  15. I have no idea what aliens would look like...probably anything I could imagine and even more that I couldn't even to begin to.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
    GFC: BookAttict

  16. We might not even recognize intelligent life if it was too far removed from our own experiences...always interesting to ponder - you pose a good question!

  17. Hopefully they look like romance cover models :D Thanks for the giveaway!
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  18. would be comforting to meet some aliens like us for the first encounter, but I really hope there are some that look differently and live in different environments then us... that would help ensure their focus would not be to take over.

  19. haha. I love the excerpt.
    -"That is distasteful."
    -"Your enthusiasm outweighs your common sense."

    I already know who my favorite character is going to be. ;)
    Thank you for the giveaway! <3

  20. I am finding sooo many new authors on this blog hop. Awesome!
    kathleenmcg6 (at) msn. (com)

  21. Great excerpt. I would think they would blend in with what ever situation they were in, would like to think they looked like us.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  22. What I love about sci-fi is that anything is possible and I think the same goes for what aliens look like. Great excerpt, Diane.

  23. Nice excerpt. Maybe like people

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  24. Hi! Awesome post! Your book sounds great!! Hmm. Im not really sure. I think what were all like, humans & animals, etc. There could be anything out there. I think theres a mix. Nice, mean, different colors, shapes, sizes. Loving this hop! So many awesome authors! :) Thank you! Have a great day!


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