GoodReads Giveaway: Say Yes

A GoodReads giveaway for Say Yes (A Sons of the People Novel) is going on through 28 February 2017. Three copies are available to US residents. Click below or here to enter. Good luck!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Say Yes by Lucy Varna

Say Yes

by Lucy Varna

Giveaway ends February 28, 2017.

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Mega SciFi and Fantasy Sale: All Books Just $.99!

Science Fiction and Fantasy Sale

Fantasy author Patty Jansen is hosting a mega $.99 sale on over 100 books in the genres of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal, Dystopian, and Post-apocalyptic fiction, plus SciFi and Fantasy Romance. Hop on over and check out the excellent selection! Hurry, though. The sale ends tomorrow, February 5.

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A Warrior’s Touch: Audiobook Edition and GoodReads Giveaway

The audiobook edition of A Warrior's Touch was released just before Christmas. It's available for $14.95 from Audible and iTunes, and possibly for a couple dollars less through Amazon

To celebrate the release of that edition, this month's GoodReads giveaway is three paperback copies of A Warrior's Touch. The giveaway ends January 20, 2017 and is open to US residents. To enter, click here or on the link below. Good luck!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

A Warrior's Touch by Lucy Varna

A Warrior's Touch

by Lucy Varna

Giveaway ends January 20, 2017.

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GoodReads Giveaway: Light’s Bane

Three copies of the paperback edition of Light’s Bane (Daughters of the People, Book 2) are available in a GoodReads giveaway ending December 15th. The giveaway is open to US residents only.

Light’s Bane was a fun story to write. The kernels of the story can be found in the first Daughters of the People novel, The Prophecy, but it was Dani Nehring herself who inspired the events portrayed in Light’s Bane. I loved working with her and Dave Winstead so much, in fact, that I later wrote a bonus short story about them, “The Christmas Surprise,” which is available exclusively to newsletter subscribers.

Good luck to you all!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Light's Bane by Lucy Varna

Light’s Bane

by Lucy Varna

Giveaway ends December 15, 2016.

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Alien Mine Is Live, Plus a Sale on the Pruxnae Series

Alien Mine, the third installment in the Pruxnae Series, is now available for just $.99 exclusively at Amazon. To celebrate its release, get Thief of Hearts (Book 1) for free and The Choosing (Book 2). Also get A Warrior's Touch (Book 4) for just $.99 in the holiday collection, Alien Kisses and Holiday Wishes along with five other out-of-this-world short stories.

That's a savings of $10.99 over the regular retail prices if you buy the entire series!

The sale prices are good today and tomorrow only. At some point tomorrow, October 23 EDT, Alien Mine and The Choosing will return to their regular retail prices of $3.99 each. 

I hope you enjoy Alien Mine as much as I enjoyed writing it. Happy reading!

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Pre-order Alien Mine, the Next Novel of the Pruxnae

Alien Mine, the follow up to The Choosing, is now available for pre-order for just $.99. It will be released on 21 October 2016, and a couple of days after that, the price will increase to $3.99. To pre-order Alien Mine now, click here. You can also read the first scene on the book's page.

I'm looking forward to getting this one to y'all in a couple of weeks!

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Newsletter Giveaway Winners

Over the past few months, I partnered with Romance Devoured to sponsor two different giveaways. Some of the prizes went unclaimed, so I offered them to my newsletter subscribers in two batches. Below are the winners.

For non-US residents:

  • a $25 gift certificate to Amazon.com: Mary D., Canada
  • a $10 gift certificate to Amazon.com: Lee T., Australia

 

For US residents (all signed paperback editions):

  • One copy of The Prophecy: Kimberly G., Nevada
  • One copy of The Prophecy: Linda T., Illinois
  • One copy of Thief of Hearts: Jana B., California
  • One copy of The Choosing: Sabrina C., Maryland
  • One copy of A Warrior’s Touch: Alice A., Texas

 

Many thanks to everyone who entered the contest and congratulations to all the winners!

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Research: I Draw the Line at Goats

I have done a lot of crazy things for research. The longer I'm an author, the more likely it is that I'm going to go out on a limb for the sake of accuracy. I am, in fact, in the middle of some wacky research I'm going to use for a story I hope to publish around Christmas this year.

I'll likely embarrass the heck out of myself at some point by telling y'all exactly what that research entails, but there are some lines I refuse to cross.

Goats just happen to be one of those lines.

A few years back, I was visiting my Aunt Bonnie who, at the time, had a small flock of goats. The billy wasn't mean, exactly, but he insisted on head butting my thighs the entire time Aunt Bonnie was giving me the tour of her goat pasture. No matter what I or anyone else did, Billy trotted after me, head lowered. It was so bad, I had to give the baby I'd been holding back to her mother so I could use both hands to fend him off. I ended up hobbling home, and I never forgave that goat. In fact, I've pretty much avoided caprids ever since.

I bet you're wondering what goats have to do with the price of tea in China or, more specifically, which story will feature these agile creatures. Believe it or not, they'll show up in Alien Mine, a SciFi Romance set here on Earth and the very next Pruxnae novel scheduled for publication.

The heroine in Alien Mine is Rachel Hunter, an Earth woman with two extraordinary daughters, the youngest of whom warrants protection in the form of sexy Pruxnae Dyuvad ab Mhij. You met Dyuvad's middle brother Benar Q'Mhel in A Warrior's Touch, which offered a quick peek into a culture (the Q) that will turn up again in future stories.

But I'm getting ahead of myself. Rachel is a single parent. She supports her small family in part by raising milk goats. Caring for them and turning their milk into products she can sell, like goat's cheese, takes up a significant part of her day. Normally, I'd research exactly what that entails in a more hands-on way by, for example, visiting a local goat farm, but after my last experience with goats, I decided I'd rather pass on that particular adventure.

After all, the goats aren't the focus of Alien Mine. I can't clue you in yet on what its focus is. That would give the entire story away! But you will get a hint or two of the bigger picture and what the Pruxnae Series is building toward.

Ok, ok, just a few clues:

  • In The Choosing, we met the Sweepers.
  • In Thief of Hearts, we learned a little about Origin Space and the Great Migration.
  • In A Warrior's Touch, we were introduced to the Q.
  • In Alien Mine, we'll learn a smidgen more about the Net telepaths.

 

I know how random the Pruxnae Series must seem to readers, but I promise, there's a purpose to each installment beyond each one featuring a bride-stealing (or in one instance, a groom-stealing) Pruxnae. All of the above will come together to some extent in the fifth book in the series, but it's just the beginning of a much larger tale. Do you remember that Christmas story I told you about earlier? It will be the bridge between the Pruxnae Series and the story yet to come, and will feature Fate, Rachel's wily, homespun brother.

I promise, you're going to love Fate, but again, I'm getting a little ahead of myself. Rose-eating goats aside, Alien Mine is shaping up to be a sizzling romance seasoned with a good dose of mountain humor. Dyuvad's innate sensuality gets Rachel in a tizzy from time to time, that's for darn tootin' (as she would say), but the way they interact is wonderful to watch. I can't wait to get their story in the hands of readers so y'all can read another piece of the growing puzzle that is NetVerse.

I love hearing from readers, so if you have questions or comments about the Pruxnae or what's in store for the residents of NetVerse, drop me a line. Just, you know, don't ask about the goats.

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Transitions

I’ve been ruminating on transitions lately, on the many in my own life recently, and in the lives of the people I love best and most. My focus as a writer has shifted a little over the past few months, in ways I’ve partially discussed here, such as the decision to expand the Pruxnae universe into a series. Other changes I’ve kept to myself, holding them closely to my chest to reveal at a later date.

There have also been big changes on the home front. My son just hit a milestone and is now officially an adult. Watching him grow from a sweet baby into an articulate young man has been full of moments tender and bittersweet. I’m so proud of who he’s become and what he’s accomplished in his life. But those are his accomplishments to share, and only mine to brag about, as any parent would.

Richard’s mother is mentally strong during this hardest part of her life, but physically declining, as we expected she would be. For those of you who are new to this blog, Richard is my alpha reader slash developmental editor and one of my closest friends. He held my hand (literally) after my mother died six years ago. I’m sorry to say that I will now be holding his hand through a similar hardship, though I’m happy to lend my shoulders to him and his mother, as they have lent their wisdom and strength to me.

So, lots of changes here, some positive, some inevitable. One of my high school English teachers always said (and I’m paraphrasing here) that the only thing we can count on is that everything changes. Coach Wayne’s nugget has stuck in my head for decades now, and becomes truer the older I get. Things change. Life happens. People move in and out of our lives, sometimes so gradually we look back and wonder when they really entered and how we could possibly have let them go. At other times, they breeze through, barely leaving an impression beyond the soft heartache of never having known them well.

And we endure, not out of some conscious desire to remain, but because we know nothing better. We continue on, accepting the seasons as they roll from winter’s frost into summer’s heat and back again, only dimly aware that our role in the grand universe is inconsequential outside our own narrow purpose. We exist, we adapt, we change to fit our surroundings and the newness of our situations, often without pondering the transition or even registering it. It simply is, like the sun cresting the horizon day after day, unquestioned. It is only when the sun fails to rise that we miss it.

And so it goes. Change is the one true constant. (I believe those were Coach Wayne’s exact words.) It’s the only thing we can count on. That doesn’t make change easier, but it does foster an appreciation for the people whose presences grace our lives, however fleetingly, and for the moments we share while they are upon us, long before they fade into the shadows of memory.

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