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17 Jan 2013 Mammoth Books
Love will find a way - 19 fantastic future-set romances.The good news is, in the future there will be no shortage of romance. On space ships, on newly-colonized planets or on a barely recognizable Earth, life forms, whether human, alien or something in between, will find their way to love. As giant corporations grasp new opportunities for profit and future armies clash, both in deep space and 'dirtside', former romantic partners try to put the past behind them and time-travelling rebels set out to romance the past. These science fiction stories of future love and lust - by Marcella Burnard, Bianca d'Arc, Jess Granger, Linnea Sinclair, C. L. Wilson and many more - are brimming with passion and humour. So, even though in space no one can hear you scream, they might just be able to hear you laugh.

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (17 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780330383
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780330389
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 759,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 stories of post-apocalyptic, paranormal love.

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Trisha Telep is the editor of, among other books, the bestselling Mammoth romance titles, including The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance, Love Bites, The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance and The Mammoth Book of Time Travel Romance.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishly, ALL good! 5 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought this compilation of short stories in the hopes of finding at least one new writer whose other books I'd like, and also that there would be some space romances which I've always loved but which I've found really hard to source. I've bought other anthologies which have been good, but this one truly surprised me, because every single story was readable and enjoyable.

They're mostly space stories - YEAH! - and all are very well written. I'm currently chasing up books by eight of the authors even though their stories are written in the third person where I normally much prefer those written in the first person. The authors are good enough for me to feel it's worth the different style.

I highly recommend this book to lovers of space romance, urban fantasy and other light paranormal genres. It's a snip at the price!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This type of antho can often be a bit hit-and-miss, with successful authors' names being used to sell the book. In this case, I didn't know any of the authors whose names appeared on the cover, but was delighted to find tales by the above authors, whose books I buy, and by old faves like Charlene Teglia, Cathy Clamp, Susan Sizemore and Donna Kaufmann.

The above authors delivered, as did new-to-me author, Linnea Sinclair, in what was possibly the sweetest and cutest tale of the lot. Several tales didn't quite get there, as if the authors had an idea, wanted to flesh it out into a full-length tale, and didn't quite manage it in so short a novella. A couple of tales I did end up skipping, as they were too hard work - but I do think that they had potential for a longer tale.

Overall, not a Keeper, but a decent enough read, if borrowed from a library; at the RRP, it's not worth it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some Interesting Teaser Stories 31 July 2013
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These were REALLY short and hard to enjoy except as a teaser file of ideas. However, most were very creative and provided exposure to some new authors. Since no one has listed all the stories and authors, here goes:

1. Flying is Faster by Jeannie Holmes-2.5
Bird race woman interacts with doctor from Earth pioneer encampment trying to eke out a living on the bird race's planet. The hardened smuggler keeps saying "wow", meh.

2. Star Crossed by Cathy Clamp-2.0
Near suicide space mission planned to stop attacks on Earth. A navigator is paired with a legendary pilot, they learn to rely on each other's strengths.

3. Naturally Beautiful by Jamie Leigh Hansen-3.0
A future earth where a wonder drug creates factions that want to control it and the scientific father-daughter team who developed it. Kidnap, rescue.

4. Seven Months of Forever by Linnea Sinclair -4.0
Galaxy war, cyber human switches sides and falls for his captain. The enemy successfully introduces an override program to use him as a weapon but love overrides all.

5 Memories of Gravity by Patrice Sarath-2.5-Woman flees to space to escape her crazy grandfather. She returns when he dies to sell his house, but the first night weird haunted stuff happens, then escalates.

6. Fade Away and Radiate by Michele Lang -2.5
Scientist has fled to outer reaches of space after her fellow scientist and husband is killed. She suspects murder and assumes they'll come for her next. For years she's alone with a robotic dragonfly to help and record her work. A friend shows up one night to save her, showing her she's been under observation.

7 New Earth Twelve by Mandy M Roth -3.5
Earth ship on mission to colonize new world, most pioneers in cryo-sleep. A group of young girls are woken early, the crazy captain has delusions of need to rid the ship of them. The leader, who's body is asleep, but his mind is merged with the onboard computer helps save them and develops a close relationship with one girl who grows into a woman by the time they reach their destination.

8. Red Dawn by Delilah Devlin -3.0
Colonist on new planet accepts the company's choice of a husband (culled from convicts). She's to control him with a collar. He is huge, they have both been lonely. One standout plot problem, she has the collar's control unit, he could have taken it from at any time.

9. Racing Hearts by Kiersten Fay -3.0
Galactic race brings together members of an old ship's crew, but two of them parted badly and were tricked by the captain into showing up.

10. In the Interest of Security by Regan Black -4.0
Genetic engineering genius was her uncle who manipulated her. Enhanced soldiers were created. She joins the resistance and is protected. She has a son she needs to hide from her uncle's side, he has special powers. She's ready to set up life outside the resistance, a soldier is assigned to protect her and help her move.

11. End of the Line by Bianca D'Arc -4.0
Earth is threatened by aliens, she is piloting a small fighter against them when her ship is hit, she ejects and the aliens contact her giving her the option to die quickly by their hand or float and die slowly in space. When the alien captain discovers she's a woman everything changes, she's brought on board. His race reveres women. They learn some critical things about each other.

12 Space Cowboy by Donna Kauffman -3.0
Time traveller chasing a body snatcher beams into her flower shop. Awkward (well done) moments as they assess each other. Then another beams in--the bad guy--she defends the first guy by cracking the bad over the head. He's taken off into time to face his crimes. But the first guy returns to her time later.

13. Tales from the Second Chance Saloon: Macawley's List by Linnea Sinclair -3.0
Starship commander dies on a mission, his 2nd in command escapes. As he dies he bemoans that he never told her he loves her. Poof, he's in the second chance saloon and eventually sifts through the riddles the bar tenderess gives him that he's got 24 hours back in time to make the right choices, but as every hour passes he begins to forget about the second chance saloon.

14. Wasteland by Jess Granger -4.0
Her brother rules, she knows he's crooked and seeks to expose him, she's caught. Her brother sends her to a convict planet, a wasteland. She's almost killed by marauders and a deadly sting. She's saved by a man who's been there many years, they get close as the weeks go by. She saves him once. They work together to overcome.

15. Nuns and Huns by Charlene Teglia -3.5
A future race exiles a warrior caste to Earth in the past to get rid of them. A small faction of women scientists go against the government, steal a ship and go to find the men since they are the salvation of civilization. They arrive 4 centuries late, but their descendants carry the genetics needed. Captain studies the man she's chosen will father her child, she's successful and then disappears, but he figures out how to follow her.

16. Song of Saire by Leanna Renee Hieber -2.5
Some humans began to evolve developing psychic abilities that scare the rest of the population. They are persecuted by allowed to live in a small commune. But then they begin to exterminate the evolved beings. Some escape and the ones considered mother and father of the new race are almost killed.

17. The Noah by C.L.Wilson -3.0
Clones of Eve, a scientist, carry on her work to bring Earth back to life after massive man-made destruction. Their station can only support a small group and two new Eves are grown each generation. A ship crash landing nearby attracts the young woman clone, she ends up shooting to stun the being that emerges and quickly taking him back to the station so he's not killed by the ghosts (vicious night creatures). He is a being 30,000 years old who's job is to watch over planets, save different kinds of life to replant on another planet. He has lost hope, wanting to end his life until he meets the young woman clone.

18. Written In Ink by Susan Sizemore -3.0
Future race sends time traveling agents back in time to observe and record actual events. There is a faction that doesn't believe they're doing the right thing. Female agent goes back, works with a "mailman" previously engineered warriors who have embraced peace and now keep a post apocalyptic society in touch be delivering messages and items, they are allowed to live by all warring factions. The agent makes a bargain with him if he'll take her from Paris to New York. Her final mission is provided to her once she arrives in NY and changes her thinking on a lot of things.

19. Nobody's Present by Marcella Burnard -3.5
Aliens infiltrate Earth to find mates. Their enemies unleashed a biological virus that kills them when they mate each other to beat them through genocide. One earth woman, a physics teacher, is on an "interview" for a job relating to space. She's drugged and kidnapped, but she's very attracted to her kidnapper. While on their ship discussing her release they are discovered by their enemies. They don't have shields or weapons online. They flee or die. But the earthwoman comes up with a plan to hide under the Aurora and snow of Alaska. It works, then back to negotiations for her release.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! 26 Jan 2013
By C. Shepard - Published on
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I bought this book because I love all things written by Linnea Sinclair and this is the first thing Linnea has published in a long time. Of course, she delivered a great story, but what was even better is that all these stories deliver! I love futuristic romance and these stories are going to be lingering in my mind for quite some time. Thank you, authors!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great group of short stories. 15 Jan 2013
By J. Rahn - Published on
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I really enjoyed this book. Not every story was a five star tale, but they were enjoyable. I particularly loved C.L. Wilson's story, The Noah. These Mammoth books are enjoyable for the person who doesn't have a lot of time to read during the day or perhaps before bedtime. Just a quick read to escape for a bit before turning in.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SINCLAIR STILL HAS IT 10 Jan 2013
By Thomas G. Boothe - Published on
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good read 18 Feb 2013
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Terrific stories, introduced me to some authors I haven't read before. I kept going to the kindle store and looking up authors after I read the stories.
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