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Starry Nights

Welcome to the annual Science Fiction Romance Brigade blog hop. This year’s theme is ‘Starry Nights’. Think lovers hand in hand. Or the Milky Way as a hazy river of light across a desert sky. Or go a little farther out…

hs-2004-10-f-full_jpg smlOut there in space EVERY night is a starry night. Imagine the clarity. The only haziness comes from nebulae, great glowing clouds of gas around stars. Think of the Orion nebulae, or this one. The stars won’t twinkle as they seem to on Earth. That’s just because the light travels through Earth’s atmosphere. They’ll be hard and bright, and I expect their colours will be clearer. Blue for Rigel, red for Aldebaran.

What always fascinates me about stars, though, is not the prettiness. It’s that you’re looking back in time. In my novel Starheart, the heroine, Jess, is beginning to realise that her husband was murdered. She’s out in space, at the space station, checking the log files on the ship where her husband died.

Outside the ship a river of stars shone diamond bright amongst the litter of gases and debris that made up the spiral arm. In a way it was a perception, an illusion. Some of those stars no longer existed, blown into smithereens long before their last light arrived in the back of her retina. Maybe what she saw on these log files was a sleight of hand, much more than a none-too-subtle cover-up of a botched boarding.

Leave a comment on this post to be in the draw for an e-copy of any one of my books. (You’ll find all the titles via that link) Just tell meĀ  the name of the book you’d like, and the format (epub, pdf or mobi).

We’ve got some great main prizes, too.

1st – $100 Amazon or B&N gift card, plus books
2nd – $50 Amazon or B&N gift card, plus books
3rd – $25 Amazon or B&N gift card

Entry is via Rafflecopter, one entry per person. But be sure to visit other participants in the tour for more chances to win – some have their own giveaways. And thanks for stopping by.

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What a midsummer blast! (Or midwinter, in my case)

Whatever the season where you are, huge thanks to everybody who popped by my blog as part of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade’s midsummer blog hop. I gather a lot of you learnt something here, and elsewhere along your journey through some GREAT blogs. And now it’s time to announce the prize winners!

Susan W., you’ve won an e-book copy of whichever of my titles most captures your fancy. I’ve sent you an email.

Thanks so much for participating. Main prize winners will be announced on the SFR Brigade website.