I was invited to participate in a fun event to designed to introduce readers to the genre of science fiction romance. I thought it would be really easy, but I actually struggled.
Not because I didn’t have books I loved that I wanted to suggest. I just don’t think in terms of “this book was like that book.” Generally I like a book because the story grabs me and won’t let me go.
I liked it. If I liked it a lot, then I read it again. 🙂 So if the comparison’s aren’t perfect, then blame me, not the books.
Because I liked them. 🙂
If you like Linnea Sinclair’s GAMES OF COMMAND then read STARHEART by Greta Van der Rol
Similarities: Enemies to lovers; bio-enhancements; high stakes
If you like Ann Aguirre’s GRIMSPACE (and you like Urban Fantasy) then read Sarah Hoyt’s DARKSHIP THIEVES
Similarities: gritty; no limits action; enemies to lovers; heroine centric; enhanced bio-tech humans.
If you like Lois McMaster Bujold’s A CIVIL CAMPAIGN then read DIGNITY by Eva Caye
Similarities: Leader of almost everything romancing an outsider; smart heroine; complex hero
If you like Catherine Asaro’s ALPHA then read Diane Dooley’s BLUE GALAXY
Similarities: unexpected romance; intriguing heroine; really bad bad guys
If you like Susan Grant’s CONTACT then read THE KEY by Pauline Baird Jones
Similarities: first contact; alien hero; everything on the line; tough but approachable heroine/hero.
And if you like holiday themed anthologies, read: A GALACTIC HOLIDAY
Fun themes: Enemies to lovers; fun nods to holiday tropes; non-instrusive holiday messages of hope and love (hey, it’s a romance anthology!).
So what do you think? Are you ready to step outside the reading lines and try something a little new? Maybe a little indie (rather than New York)? Do you have your “if you like — then read” suggestion? I love books. I love comments. If you comment, you get entered into my monthly drawing for an AnaBanana gift basket. It’s about soap, not books, but it’s yummy. Winner is announced first blog post of the new month.
When Pauline isn’t reading science fiction romance, she is writing. Currently she is working on her next science fiction romance novel, and happy to have just released a new romantic suspense novel called Relatively Risky: The Big Uneasy 1. For more information on all her books, hop over to her website at paulinebjones.com.
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