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When you hear “out of this world,” what comes to mind? Quick, don’t think too hard. Is it a vacation? A dessert? An adventure?

For me, its always about outer space. Maybe it’s because of when I grew up. Back then we didn’t know what was on the dark side of the moon — at least in my memory — and we hadn’t gotten up close and personal with Mars. The galaxy was unexplored, a playground that was wide open to anyone with a big imagination.

When I looked up and wondered, I expected us to know more by now, which we do. I didn’t expect us to be exploring less. Thankfully, movies and books still “play” in outer space. Or in the inner space of what’s possible here on Earth. I’ve played a bit in outer space, with a few space operas. It’s actually a lot of fun to make up your science (and I get better grades than I did with real science. grin)

One of the other nice things about writing and playing with outer space is connecting with other people who like to do it, too. And we’ve banded together to do a blog hop. With prizes even. So, without further ado (adid?):

Welcome to the 2nd annual Midsummer Blog Hop, sponsored by SFR Brigade.

We have some awesome grand prizes this year:

  • 1st Prize – $150 Amazon or B&N gift card (winner’s choice) and an ebook bundle (currently Ghost in the Machine, Bayne, Recast Book1:Wither, Recast Book 2:Clash, Alien Adoration, Switched, Reckless Rescue, Wreck of the Nebula Dream, Keir, Terms & Conditions Apply, The Key, Marya, The Iron Admiral, The Plan, Starburst, Sasha’s Calling, Trouble at the Hotel Baba Ghanoush, Winter in Paradise, Once Upon a Time in Space, the Telomere trilogy, Winter Fusion, Blue Nebula, Demential, Wytchfire, Maven, Fires of Justice, Interface, Girl under Glass, and Breakout. Bonus books – Ghost Planet, The Iron Admiral: Conspiracy and Deception, and Games of Command.)
  • 2nd Prize – $50 Amazon or B&N gift card (winner’s choice)
  • 3rd Prizes – four $25 Amazon or B&N gift cards (given to separate winners and their choice)

Prizes will be awarded using Rafflecopter and international entries are welcome. πŸ™‚

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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She does the impossible on a regular basis. But if the impossible really is impossible…

In addition to the grand prizes, I’m giving away an audio copy of Girl Gone Nova, my award-winning space opera novel that is totally “out of this world.” RT Book Reviews had this to say about Girl Gone Nova:

      • “After a multi-year absence, Baird Jones makes a very welcome return by once again visiting the alternate reality first explored inΒ The Key. Time paradoxes run amok in this extraordinarily complex tale. Amongst the densely packed and mind-bending action, there’s also some welcome humor. A spectacular ride!”


Β  To be entered for the Girl Gone Nova drawing, just tell me what “out of this world” means to you. πŸ™‚ Visitors who comment on my blog are also entered into my monthly drawing for a $10 AnaBanana gift card. Winner is announced the first blog post of the month. And, if that wasn’t enough fun, I’m also celebrating five years of blogging by giving away an audio book every Thursday until I run out of coupon codes. πŸ™‚ Β Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, steampunk, humor, Project EnterprisePerilously yours, Β  Pauline Β  To visit other “Out of This World” blogs: Β 

The Key cover art
In another galaxy, she’ll find out who she is…if she lives long enough.
What’s Out of Your World? A Blog Hop and Hope?
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36 thoughts on “What’s Out of Your World? A Blog Hop and Hope?

  • June 25, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Hi! Awesome post! Your book sounds great!! To me, its means anything you can think of, anything thats ever been told, and so much more beyond that. I believe theres tons of different lives out there, different cultures, anything is possible! Loving this hop! So many awesome authors! πŸ™‚ Thank you! Have a great day!

    • June 26, 2013 at 4:45 pm

      So glad you liked the post, Shadow! Great insights into out of this world. πŸ˜‰ And I’m so glad you’re enjoying the hop!

  • June 25, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    To me, out of this world means utterly unlike our own. I love when authors immerse you in another world or spaceship and make the setting feel real and not of this earth.

    dancingcelt at gmail dot com

  • June 25, 2013 at 4:41 am

    Out of this world is definitely all about the sci-fi for me. Usually off our planet, deep in space, exploring new worlds different to our own! That’s why I LOVE reading (and writing) sci-fi romance!
    Anna Hackett recently posted…SFR Brigade Midsummer Blog Hop and a man called PhoenixMy Profile

  • June 25, 2013 at 2:31 am

    think of dessert

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  • June 24, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    out of this world make me thing best thing ever! – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

    • June 25, 2013 at 9:09 am

      That’s a fun take on it, Diane. The best of our own planet. I like that. πŸ™‚

  • June 24, 2013 at 11:54 am

    First thing that comes to my mind is space travel, and the vast unknown that is out there.
    Thanks for being part of this fun blog hop

  • June 23, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Out of this world says to me something completely amazing, mind blowing, new and exciting. (Hmm, didn’t mean to sound like a commercial though – LisaC was sure onto something with her announcer analogy!) But so, science fiction certainly fits the bill in all respects.
    Veronica Scott recently posted…Weekend Writing Warriors Farewell to the Shifters For NowMy Profile

    • June 24, 2013 at 10:35 am

      Veronica, it surely does! (Hearing announcer voice again! LOL). SF and SFR totally fits the bill and I hope the hop will introduce some new readers to our AWESOME genre (did you hear the announcer voice? grin). Thanks for hopping over!

  • June 23, 2013 at 9:30 am

    I think Out of This World can be anything that’s alien to your current reality.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

    • June 24, 2013 at 10:34 am

      You make a good point, BookAttict, a very good point. Some of my favorite stories involve the “fish out of water” type trope and what’s more out of your water than space? Thanks for stopping by!

  • June 23, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Out of this World – my brain immediately jumps to outside the solar system πŸ™‚ Lovely post, Pauline – back in the game again!
    Sandra Stixrude recently posted…Under Alien MoonsMy Profile

    • June 24, 2013 at 10:33 am

      Many thanks, Sandra! I’ve been trying to visit the hop stops, but can’t seem to comment on many from my laptop and I’m on the road, though not out of this world. LOL

  • June 22, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    I think of outerspace and boldly exploring new worlds. Thanks for the giveaway. I am looking forward to listening to your book.

    • June 22, 2013 at 11:38 pm

      Outerspace is my go to place, though I’ve also known to go into orbit over a great cinnamon roll. (grin) Thanks for stopping by and hope you’re enjoying the hop!

    • June 22, 2013 at 11:39 pm

      Oooh, out of body, that could be cool. thanks for stopping by. I’m traveling so having problems commenting and liking some of the blogs.

  • June 22, 2013 at 10:16 am

    To me it means space travel, other planets, aliens, SyFy adventures! Love it!

    • June 22, 2013 at 10:28 am

      Me, too, Gail! Love the idea of exploring endless space. Too, too cool. πŸ™‚

  • June 22, 2013 at 10:14 am


    Glad you’re back to sci fi romance. Congrats on the RT Review–nice!

    Cathryn Cade

  • June 21, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    To me “out of this world” means just that OUT OF THIS WORLD. Away from earth on a different world. I was born in the wrong century. I want to discover new worlds, travel through space, and live through technological advances.
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

    • June 22, 2013 at 10:10 am

      You and me, Tawania! I’d love to be around when we finally bust out and really start to travel. Hope it happens! Thanks for coming by!

  • June 21, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    For some reason I hear the phrase in a sort of exaggerated announcer speak, though I can’t pin down why. It conjures up old flying saucer type special effects. In a totally fun way, of course.

    • June 22, 2013 at 10:09 am

      LOLOL Now I’m hearing announcer voice in my head! I do love those old flying saucer effects. Thanks for stopping by!

  • June 21, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    “Out of this world” is this competition πŸ˜›
    Thanks so much for the opportunity!

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