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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Love at First Sight Valentine's Day Author Hop



Love at first sight. It does happen Sometimes. For the characters in my science fiction romance THE PILOT, it was more like lust at first sight for Celara. Not for Trevarr. He was bent on teaching indie pilots that when Coalition Security said “halt” they’d better heave to and stop. Not Celara. She leads him into an asteroid field.

What a way to start a romance.

Life on the frontier of space is hard enough so when pirates stole Celara d'Enfaden's cargo, she vowed not to be tricked again. Determined to make an example out of indie pilots who disobey orders, Coalition Administrator Trevarr Jovano impounds Celara’s starship and cargo. If he backs down, he’ll lose respect. If she can’t deliver her cargo, she’ll default on her loan and lose her only home—her ship. More important than her ship, though, is her brother. To rescue him from a galactic gangster, she’ll even work with Jovano who is bent on avenging his wife’s murder.


Celara stopped looking for the Dockmaster when she saw a pair of legs topped by the most gorgeous set of male buns she’d seen in at least a year. The owner of the aforementioned body parts, encased in the dark blue uniform of the repair crew, was bent over the open hatch of an Agilean Speeder.
Now, there was a ship. The sleek vessel—one of the fastest in the galaxy—almost distracted her from the mechanic. He’d shrugged off the top portion of the jumpsuit so that it pooled around his waist. The environment of the repair shop affected many newcomers, especially those unaccustomed to the heat.

As she stared at his butt, all she could think was oh, mama. She hoped he was human and that the rest of him lived up to the preview. Better yet, she hoped he was in a party mood. After escaping from the pirates, Celara wanted to howl . . . and someone to howl with.

“Hey, big boy,” she called to the mechanic. “Wanna party?”

As the mechanic abruptly straightened, he whacked his head on the raised engine hatch. He muttered a Bricaldian curse about origins. She hoped he meant the ship’s, not hers. But then, considering her origins, that curse wasn’t out of line. When he turned around, she sucked in a breath. Oh, yeah. A primal part of her sat up and took notice. His backside, gorgeous as it was, didn’t compare to the rest of him. He had the broad shoulders and muscles of a laborer plus the black hair, square jaw and blade-straight nose of Bricaldian aristocracy. What a delicious combination.

“Did you arrive on that hauler?” He nodded to her ship. His voice, a tantalizing allure of baritone and chokiris, sounded vaguely familiar.

“Yep. That’s my ship.” She tucked her thumbs into the side pockets of her trousers and thrust out her chest a little in pride. “D’Enfaden’s Thermopylae. Fastest little transport in three sectors.”

He walked past her to examine her ship then ran his hand—long, strong fingers, she noted—over the dents and scrapes along the aft section. “It appears to have sustained damage.”

“My thruster gimbal got damaged when I kissed an asteroid evading filthy pirates. They didn’t catch me, though.” She grinned. “Hey, you new around here? Don’t remember seeing you before—and I sure would remember seeing you.”

He arched his dark eyebrow.

She raised her hand, palm outward, in the traditional indie greeting. “Celara d’Enfaden.” As he stared at her with green eyes as sharp and clear as veridion, she raised her own eyebrow. “And you are . . .”

When he reached into the pocket of his work uniform and pulled out a zircan leather folder, she groaned before he even opened it. She knew what the folder contained. A shiny gold badge, carved with an intricate array of stars, swirls and a tiny red jewel in the center. The insignia of the Coalition.

“I am Administrator Trevarr Jovano.” He snapped his fingers and two armed Security personnel stepped out of the shadows of the Agilean Speeder. “I am impounding your ship and confiscating your cargo.”

THE PILOT is the first book in my Outer Rim series about strong women on the frontier of space. It is available at:

DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT? Leave a comment for a chance to win a gift card from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Visit each author's site to collect the lovers' names then return to Elizabeth Rose's site to enter them in the Rafflecopter. Here's a picture of the Valentine's Day gift basket loaded with goodies and personal gifts from all the authors. Look at the scroll to see what's inside.

Here are the instructions for the blog hop and a chance to win the basket of goodies.

To continue the hop, here are the links to all the participating authors. 

1) Elizabeth Rose               6) Eliza Knight

2) Kathryn Le Veque        7) Lana Williams
3) Suzan Tisdale                8) Elysa Hendricks
4) Laurel O’Donnell          9) Diane Burton

Good luck and have fun!


  1. No, I don't think so although my husband of 21 years knew he would marry me someday and he did about a year later after meeting him. We did however get to know each other in that year or so before we married :)
    Happy Valentine's Day
    Lori H
    lorih824 at yahoo dot com

  2. yes, I do believe that some people fall in love at first sight.

  3. I don't believe in love at first sight. There is definitely attraction, lust, but I think it takes more than the sight of a person to fall in love.

  4. Yes I believe in love at first site. That's how I met my husband.

  5. Yes, I believe in Love at First Sight. I think it would be so romantic!!

    Judy Cox

  6. While I adore the concept of love at first sight and think it lends itself beautifully to romantic literature, in reality, I think it is perhaps more of a case of lust at first sight that for a lucky few evolves into love.

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  7. yes, I believe the attraction can be there from the start for a long term commitment


  8. No i dont well at least for me no.

  9. I do believe in love at first sight, it has lasted almost 30 years for me!

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  10. At a glance someone may look nice, but once you get to know them it may change.

  11. Yes I do believe that for some people there is love at first sight.
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  12. The first time that I met my husband, I knew that he was "the one". We've been married almost 30 years.

  13. I believe other people experience it yes, as for me I have yet to see it first hand.

  14. Yes, I do believe in Love at 1st sight!

  15. I believe in love at first, though I have yet to see that it truly exists, so I keep on searching for that elusive unicorn. That love that hits you so fast and hard that you have no choice but to fall and follow wherever it leads you.

  16. Yes, i believe in love at first sight! :)
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  17. My husband and I had love at first sight. Weird but true. 24 years later, we're still together. :)

  18. I am really enjoying your comments. Keep 'em coming. :)

  19. No, I believe in lust at first sight, but love has more to do with the person on the inside. I think some people may fall in love with their lust at first sight person, but first they have to get to know them. Thanks for the chance! Tanyamarieward(at)hotmail(dot)com

  20. I don't believe in love at first sight.. It may me lust or strong feelings, but not love. Thanks for this chance. :) My email is mimi_peggy@hotmail.com

  21. Yes, I believe in love at first sight!
    Thank you for the chance to win!
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  22. My take on Love at First Sight. I knew when I talked to my guy on the phone (blind date) that he was the someone special. After 2 dates, I knew he was the "one". Love at first sight? Not exactly. Close, though.

    Happy Valentine's Day, everyone. I hope you're enjoying the day. We're hunkered down here in West Michigan with blizzards and below zero (real) temps. Good thing we went out to dinner last night. :)


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