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. 🙂
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 in 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!”
To be entered for the Girl Gone Nova drawing, just tell me what “out of this world” means to you. 🙂 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. 🙂 Perilously yours, Pauline To visit other “Out of This World” blogs: