Shiny New SFR Release – Free!!

Ready for a new book? My partner-in-crime Liana Brooks is away from the computer over her summer (July-ish), so she’s releasing the first book in her new series, Bodies in Motion, as a serial to keep the blog running while she’s gone. I’ve had the privilege of seeing this book in early drafts, and if you’re into space politics, witty flirty romance, and awesome worldbuilding, you’ll love this πŸ™‚ Scroll down for the blurb!


BODIES IN MOTION
Coming June 13th (USA dates)

A body at rest stays at rest unless acted on by an equal and opposite force.
– Newton’s First Law of Motion

Selena Caryll lost everything in the war: her ship, her crew, her family. The only thing keeping her going is the hope that somehow the feuding, ground-bound settlers and the fuelless space fleet can set aside their differences. But getting the politically-fractured fleet moving again is more than she can manage alone. For now, she has to settle for working undercover with the planetary police force.

When someone tries to reignite conflict between the planet-siders and the fleet, there’s only one person who has the rank and ability to help Selena protect the fleet: Titan Sciarra, Fleet Guardianβ€”the one man she’s tried hardest to avoid since the war destroyed her life.

In a world where the stagnant weight of tradition can be as deadly as any knife, the only way to survive is to keep moving.

BODIES IN MOTION will be serialised at www.lianabrooks.com this summer with new chapters every Tuesday and Friday, starting June 13th (that’s Wednesday and Saturday in Aus-land).

The full novel will be available in print and ebook September 19th, 2017.

Made It Monday: I Heart Cake

Welcome to #MadeItMonday, where I post something I’ve made in the previous week, and where you can join in and post something you made too! The rules are easy: post a pic somewhere of something you’ve made in the last week (ish; let’s say in the last month as the hard-and-fast) and tag it. Sit back and enjoy scrolling through all the beautiful things we’ve collectively created, and celebrate the fact that humans can be awesome! πŸ™‚

AH HA HA, I HEART CAKE. DO YOU GET IT?!?! …Okay so maybe scroll down for the pictures and then it will make sense. Ish. Inasmuch as I ever make sense. HAR.

So this is the birthday cake I baked the other week, transformed into pretty + tasty. Birthday family was super pleased. Yay! :3 Dark chocolate mud cake (my special recipe) filled with salted caramel meringue buttercream and dark chocolate ganache, covered with vanilla meringue buttercream. I was going to have three layers of filling, alternating caramel-chocolate-caramel, but I accidentally split the cake into 3 layers instead of 4, so never mind. It still tasted great, just not quite as caramelly as it could have done, and the inside doesn’t look symmetrical, which makes me moderately cranky (but honestly, I was too sick that weekend* to care too much, so eh).

* Did not infect cake. Promise.

What have you made this week? (It doesn’t have to be fancy!!) Don’t forget to tag your contribution, or even better, leave a link in the comments!! I love seeing what inspiring things other people have made πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Dresden Files Film Clip – SO MUCH LOVE

Okay in keeping with the somewhat fannish theme of our Friday posts this term, something else I’m fannish about: The Dresden Files books by Jim Butcher. YOU GUYS. These books are ASTOUNDING. I love them SO. MUCH. They’re dark and gritty but hopeful and glorious, the plot is deep and complex while providing action and pace, the mythology is glorious (did I use that adjective already?) and just … *wavy hands of inexpressibility*. I love them. If you like urban fantasy (or even if you just like action movies, probably, and can stand your action movies with some magic thrown in) and you haven’t read these yet, go check them out. Immediately. <3

Made It Monday: Launch Party!

Welcome to #MadeItMonday, where I post something I’ve made in the previous week, and where you can join in and post something you made too! The rules are easy: post a pic somewhere of something you’ve made in the last week (ish; let’s say in the last month as the hard-and-fast) and tag it. Sit back and enjoy scrolling through all the beautiful things we’ve collectively created, and celebrate the fact that humans can be awesome! πŸ™‚

Okay, so I didn’t exactly *make* anything for this, but look, it’s just going to have to count, okay? O:) πŸ˜€ Anyway, everyone had a super time, the store turned into standing-room-only behind all the chairs, I spoke about writing and stuff and managed to sound coherent even though I hadn’t really planned what I was going to say, and I nearly sold out of books (!!!!). So. Yay!

What have you made this week? (It doesn’t have to be fancy!!) Don’t forget to tag your contribution, or even better, leave a link in the comments!! I love seeing what inspiring things other people have made πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Made It Monday: Cakefest

Welcome to #MadeItMonday, where I post something I’ve made in the previous week, and where you can join in and post something you made too! The rules are easy: post a pic somewhere of something you’ve made in the last week (ish; let’s say in the last month as the hard-and-fast) and tag it. Sit back and enjoy scrolling through all the beautiful things we’ve collectively created, and celebrate the fact that humans can be awesome! πŸ™‚

So this week we are, shockingly enough, back to cake. Stop, stop, stop. I know. Not MORE cake, you are saying. Does this woman EVER not eat cake?

Well, to be fair, most of the cakes I make are not for me to eat O:) And hey, what can I say? I just really love cake!! πŸ˜€

So last Sunday (i.e. a week ago, not yesterday, or today I guess if you are on the other side of the world where it is still possibly maybe Sunday? TIME, WHAT IS TIME) I spent the day baking, because I have a few big cake projects coming up. You can see the glorious stack of results below:

 

Item 1: A birthday cake. This one’s a paying gig that I’ll be completing next weekend (the cake is frozen in the meantime – this recipe freezes REALLY WELL, and hey, did you know that professional cake-decorators actually recommend freezing a cake at least for 24 hours before then defrosting and decorating as if you’re using a mud cake (which for decorating you pretty much should be, as they sturdy and dense enough to hold up under the weight of the decorations) it actually improves taste and texture? There ya go ;)) and I’ll OBVIOUSLY take pics and share once it’s done πŸ˜‰

Item 2: The baby’s birthday cake. Her party isn’t for over a month, but again with the freezing, and between now and then I have semester finals for all my classes plus end of semester reports and etc etc etc, so free weekends? Yeah, not so much. So I figured doubling the recipe and making it now would be perfect πŸ˜‰ (PS Still haven’t decided which permutation of a cow cake I’m doing for her party, but rest assured you’ll see that when it happens too!)

Item 3: Weeell. We have a staff lunch and I have to bring food and it’s going to be a Western theme and the baby’s party is cows, right? So I had this genius plan that I’d make cowprint brownies (cheesecake brownies, right?) and I’d just double the recipe and have half for the work thing and half for the cow party and THIS MADE SENSE – RIGHT?!?!Β Except cowprinting them turned out to be totally impossible. Sigh. It was such a good idea, too πŸ™ But hey. They’re still tasty, and Imma still CALL them cowprint brownies – they’re just… reversed. Black with white splodges, right?* Om nom.

* Today in blogging: Amy’s contest to see how many times she can use the word RIGHT.

What have you made this week? (It doesn’t have to be fancy!!) Don’t forget to tag your contribution, or even better, leave a link in the comments!! I love seeing what inspiring things other people have made πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚