Lotta Bangs

Biography

I’m Aussie, way over 35, thankfully and very happily divorced, and have a wonderful daughter who very occasionally beta-reads for me. A few years ago we had 13 cats; we just lost another, so now only one of those remains. We have added 6 more over the years, including the sweet feral ragdoll which is my Facebook avatar. I generally prefer female cats, but have also had some magnificent males. I couldn’t live without cats, just wish their lives were longer.

I’m having a lot of problems adjusting to social media which doesn’t leave me enough time for writing and editing, so I won’t be expanding my web presence any time soon. If you want to know about NEW RELEASES and SPECIALS you will need to FRIEND ME ON FACEBOOK. I have announced coupons to get a new release free here, but apparently nobody reads author biographies.

Of course my books are what you are really interested in. Originally, I wrote a long continuous story, starting at Reacquaintance, told from Ro’s POV. Then when Ro disappeared for a year or so, I had to use Taj to fill in the gaps, and she proved so feisty and interesting, that I added in her back story, starting with Getting to Galen and continuing in The Deep End. After Thxx’s Story, the various POVs continue in the same stream.

I had to break up my huge tomes into installments that could be published separately as I finished editing them. I’m afraid my writing was quite stuffy at first, with convoluted 12- to 15-line sentences, turgid half-page paragraphs, and a lot of pompous pontification and personal political opinion which the story didn’t need. I had to rip out a lot before I could publish. I think the books are greatly improved now.

I was giving away my books for free for most of a year, hoping to develop a fan base quickly, but learned that people don’t value what is free. Though over 20K copies have been downloaded, very few seem to have been read, and even fewer have been reviewed. I was unlucky to attract an ill-wisher who thought it amusing to devalue every one of my few 5-star reviews. Perhaps that put off others from reviewing. Certainly, without good reviews, few readers cared to buy my books, so if you have enjoyed them, I really would appreciate a short review.

With the next book, The Power of Art, I will be doubling all my prices, so they’ll never be cheaper than they are now.

I believe that I am the only person writing Utopian books today, though mine are nothing like the political satires of yesteryear. My books are based on the power of love to bring out the best in everybody, to develop their souls and help them to evolve into higher beings.

Ro started Galen, and she, Taj and their men lead their people to make Galen a true Utopia which reaches out to the stars. Cat lovers will adore Brinna, my sentient sabretooth, though we have intelligent dogs and dinosaurs too.

Though you couldn’t call my series a space opera, I do have a space battle planned, probably the cutest ever written, but that is still a way off. I really will have to buckle down and get more books edited and published so I can write some more.

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Books

Karrteh's Story
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Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 37,340. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Arnod & Karrteh tell how they survived their race’s skewed Tests. Karrteh searches for Ro to find & save the missing girls, but Ro has also disappeared. Taj discovers a talent for art. Dino discovers himself & matures. Ro is recovered, near death, confused, amnesiac, powerless. Brinna, 3500 cats and Taj conspire to heal her. Taj gets her own apartment to handle her complicated love life.
Ro’s Reminiscing: Thxx’s Story
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Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 94,320. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
(5.00 from 1 review)
To heal the severe damage she has received, Ro recalls her early life and all the people she has loved and been loved by. We learn of her life in the alien culture she is born within but never properly fits into, her unsuccessful partnership with Beey, and surprising sexual games with Langdon. Most of the book is a paean to the great love between Ro and her soul mate with a few little surprises.
Love Fountain
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Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 20,720. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Taj leads the assault on the secret genetic laboratory & meets Karrteh, who is responsible for all the super babies. They distract each other at exactly the wrong time. Taj meets & loves Dino. Langdon’s interruption enables Dino’s abduction. Loosha shares amazing knowledge. Evan tries to make Taj beg for it & almost loses her. Taj makes him her total love slave with a brand new sexual manoeuvre.
Dino’s Story
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Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 22,280. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Confused, Ro wakes in a tangle of naked bodies. Horrified, she flees to her most private retreat. When she is physically attacked there, nobody can help her. Not even Maggie. Her body is so damaged, all Ro can do is turn off the pain. Stripped of her powers, Ro barely manages to get suited. Then she tries desperately to build up her aura from almost nothing by remembering past lives and loves.
Rescue & Restoration
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Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 18,860. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Ro ties up all the loose ends and puts her affairs in order as she prefers surrender & death, to being torn apart. She accompanies the TY7 escapees in the raid on Typhon to rescue their old companions while she is still available to retrieve the web messages. Ro has a shocking but very welcome surprise for her 3 favorite people. She introduces Taj to her mother & gives Maggie her last power.
The Deep End
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Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 23,670. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Taj has brought her friends to a hive of furious activity. They learn and join her in healing the terribly maimed flamed children. Yet even in this chaos, there is a bright spot — David the gorgeous Head of Surgery, whose touch and glances arouse her. But there are so many problems, so many secrets, so few facts and no solution in sight. Yet one must be found before Ro is destroyed.
Backlash
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Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 45,240. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
What a prospect: over a year of working on children with destroyed faces. How many healers will survive this ordeal with their minds intact? Ro goes into emergency mode to find better answers. Taj teaches her veterinary techniques to her friends. Langdon sabotages everyone’s efforts. Enemies both within and outside Galen are bent on destroying Ro. Her friends cannot help when Ro keeps her secrets.
Reacquaintance
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Price: Free! Words: 60,290. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
(4.00 from 3 reviews)
To trap her killer Magdalena creates a safe haven, a Utopia. Galen unites different groups and cultures, bringing them together to build a better world, giving people salvation, purpose and a paradise. Mags is trapped in bonds of love & loyalty as she fights invisible enemies always a step ahead. Will her creation destroy her before she can gather allies to help complete her all-important tasks?
Getting to Galen
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Price: Free! Words: 43,220. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
(3.67 from 3 reviews)
Taj, an escaped bio-engineered super-soldier, taught her whole company to love. Separated from her friends she finds help and support, then spends many years searching for her mates and avoiding the weirdo sect Galen. Finally, by dropping bricks on his head, she finds Evan. It’s not a romantic reunion. But in Galen Taj finds her true self, captures Evan’s love, gets her special guys and much more.
Destined Lovers
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Price: Free! Words: 21,580. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
They had been lovers in Mosaic times. Almost a century after his death, Taj finds Dino again when his current female avatar Magdalena reverts to his persona. They have to make the most of the limited time allowed them — but even that short day is curtailed as they are torn apart. Will they find each other again? Will their love survive? Do they have any chance?

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Smashwords book reviews by Lotta Bangs

  • Kitten on March 29, 2012

    A delightful romantic story, I liked the subtlety. Better editing would have made it perfect. Lotta Bangs
  • Strobe on March 29, 2012

    Hey, it was such a pleasure to read this sensitive and evocative story, so perfectly crafted and edited. I loved that you used the verb ‘to lie’ correctly. That is so rare even from professional US authors. Please do keep on writing.
  • Feel it in my Bones on March 29, 2012

    Sir, you are a true wordsmith, your writing so simple, flowing, apparently effortless, and perfectly edited, so the reader is never jarred out of the mood. Absolutely delightful.
  • In the Dark on March 29, 2012

    I unintentionally read these stories in reverse order, but that doesn’t detract from them. I adore the intensity of real feeling in this one, something often missing from erotica. It swept me away. Again, perfectly edited.
  • Naughty Secrets 8: Her Daughter's Boyfriend on March 29, 2012

    Maybe it’s because I’ve always been a cougar, but I loved this. You captured both the crass selfishness and enthusiastic virility of the young man. Both of them certainly had a great time and swept this reader along with them. Well written and perfectly edited.
  • The Donor on March 29, 2012

    Oh my, this cougar loved your story. Absolutely gorgeous and quite well written, though with some clumsy wording. Aim at simplicity and your stories will flow better.
  • Charity Begins at Home on March 30, 2012

    Wow! This is the first brother/sister story I’ve ever read. No wonder it’s such a hot niche. Great job. Loved it. You omitted a ‘the,’ ‘jetting’ should be ‘getting’, ‘at’ => ‘and’, & there’s an excess ‘and’; fix those and the editing will be perfect.
  • Found Out on March 30, 2012

    This is so hot. I am surprised at how it affected me. I never would have touched any member of my family as we didn’t share the trust and support shown here and in Charity. The father protects his son while sharing magnificent sex with him, and the mother was definitely an idiot. Fix these errors please: she and I specifically getting together, => her and my; for a is extraneous; dis => did; by => my.
  • The Little Death on March 30, 2012

    Absolutely delightful little story, easy to read, perfectly edited and spiritually uplifting. Please write more.
  • The Lady in Black on March 30, 2012

    This was only the second submissive story I have read. I found both rather dull because there was no passion to involve me. However I did enjoy the description of all the gear and that the woman made sure he didn’t make a mess of her place. Is it lack of ability to feel emotion that makes a sub? How sad if so. Even in that case, I’m sure the story would be improved with more feeling involved—hope, apprehension, worry, distrust of her soothing, anticipation, beginning excitement, arousal of his nerve endings, fear, horror, more excitement, full arousal, really getting into it, finally trust. Also your writing is disjointed and doesn’t flow. There is too much repetition and unnecessary detailing of simple movement at the beginning, which should have been simplified, compacted and taken for granted. You need to learn to edit better. Word’s corrections are not good enough; you cannot rely on them alone. You need to read your work again several times, aloud if necessary, to smooth it and catch the omissions, incorrect words and irritating repetitions of the same words and phrases, then recheck after doing some other writing, when you can approach the first piece afresh and really see what is actually on the page. It still needs more smoothing, but inserting the following corrections will help and hopefully show you what to look out for. He had some => He’d had some; neighbors, He => neighbors, he; upstairs; and => upstairs, and; jacket; all which => jacket, all of which (don’t trust Word’s suggestions about semicolons—they only separate sections which both have to be complete sentences in themselves; just having the first section complete is not enough, stick to commas when in doubt); conservation => conversation; He Asked. => He asked. go into the homes a total stranger => homes of total strangers OR home of a total stranger; woman; and he was going to allow her blindfold him.=> woman—and he was going to let her blindfold him? OR he was allowing her to blindfold him? afterwards, well => afterwards—well; buckling it in the back => buckling it at the back; ball gag you => ball gag on you; raise your head up => raise your head OR lift your head up; “It made of => It is made of; to much => too much; still spread eagle from => still spread eagled; Surgeon like => surgeon like; swollen ass hole? distended, stretched, tingling, maybe, but not swollen; items, as she seemed => items; she seemed; back his apartment => back to his apartment.
  • Speak if You May on March 30, 2012

    You do have a talent, but this is NOT well written. The girl has language and can read, so presumably she can also write and would have to have done so previously to communicate with her mother. She may also know Sign. Perhaps you should have had her arms in a cast. There aren’t any IV tubes, nothing to prevent her getting out of bed and fleeing, banging a chair up and down to make a noise and attract attention when there are people around. Mary is not on duty 24/7.And how about the call button? To me, this is more horror than erotica. The piece is very short and effective, but still should have been edited better to make reading smoother. The best writers edit and polish their work to perfection BEFORE publishing. You also should respect your readers enough to present the best possible product. Read up on semicolon use. Some of your words don’t work, e.g. already in the first sentence and you get others out of order: would make ever that => would ever make that; she reluctantly said => she said reluctantly; mind could never; and => mind never could and.
  • Oliver's Painting on March 30, 2012

    You have a talent, convey atmosphere and emotion well, but OMG you need to learn layout: how to set out writing, to paragraph. Don’t guess at spelling; look it up: h'oderves => hors d’oeuvres. Read as much good literature as you can to improve your vocabulary and word usage, and pay attention. Read a book the first time for enjoyment and again to analyse how the author does things. Try some how-to-write books—libraries have them—and learn to edit. Also I doubt this is erotica.
  • Naughty Secrets on March 30, 2012

    Sorry, though the story itself was hot, I don’t agree with the other reviewers; I found the writing here amateurish, even juvenile because of the near slang, and the editing—had you edited at all?—was poor. Yet HER DAUGHTER'S BOYFRIEND was tighter with no errors, so you guys can do it right. Perhaps this is an old work that you have recycled. Please insert the corrections, polish and edit it again. It’s never too late to do the job right. a deep breath in, inhaling => a deep breath, inhaling; bed set a rectangular box => bed sat; The hands that held her face in his hands slowly => The hands that held her face slowly; her head fell back like against his shoulder => her head fell back against; laid her on the bed in one solid motion=> in one swift OR smooth motion—a ‘solid motion’ is scat; He pulled her body into his mouth => He pulled her body to/up to his mouth; he had her withering in ecstasy => he had her writhing/quivering in ecstasy; so just lay back and relax => lie back (Americans have a lot of difficulty with the verb ‘to lie’ because you use it incorrectly in your slang—look it up and study the different forms); He asked with a ragged voice => He asked in a ragged voice; Her breathe caressed => Her breath caressed; but she felt like she could trust => she felt that she could; At first, Danny thrusts were slow => Danny’s thrusts; the louder her panting and moans got => panting and moans grew; lacking in anyway => lacking in any way; before straitening back up => straightening; couldn’t keep their hands off of each other => hands off each other (of is unnecessary); He couldn’t help himself and she didn’t want him too => He couldn’t help himself and she certainly hadn’t want him to stop? (this badly needs to be rephrased).
  • Take Me Home on March 30, 2012

    Another unrealistic story. You evidently enjoy fantasizing being unable to prevent your rape despite fearing and hating it. Someone will eventually report you for writing rape stories which do NOT fit the erotica genre and you will be banned. You’re supposed to get at least the appearance of consent from the rapee. This is sick.
  • Playing Doctor (Step Brother / Sister) on April 14, 2012

    This is really well written, the language fresh, easy and appropriate to the age of the protagonists. Tammy is delightful, taking charge of her own sex education and her brother sweet, realistic and grateful for her attentions. There is genuine feeling and caring between them too and their innocent play makes this story very erotic. Fix these small errors to make it even better. pussy or as you as always call => pussy or as you always call;; anxious to hear the answer my next question => answer to my next;; is really a turning me on => is really turning me on;; fingers back and forth along slit => forth along her slit;; as if she was experiencing a mild earthquake => as if she were experiencing;; to stay and extra week => to stay an extra week;; gave Jonathan few hundred dollars => gave Jonathan a few.
  • Under Construction, Book One of the Cartel Series on April 26, 2012

    Fantastic stuff; great book. So looking forward to the rest of this series. Your character development is superb; Alex and her girlfriends so real and interesting, and you write violence so well, nothing vanilla about it. I had a tension knot in my chest from Alex’s kidnapping and by the end that tension lump had filled my throat. Man, you’re tough.
  • Best Night Ever on April 27, 2012

    This is great writing and your characters are interesting. You really know how to grip the reader and you edit fairly well except for a few blind spots, such as subjunctive verb forms and forgetting to use ‘had’. Lindsay Delagair also forgets ‘had,’ so this may be a regional speech mannerism.
  • Youth and Beauty on May 07, 2012

    Well written little story, but not really erotic, as she herself wasn’t involved in the sex so the reader couldn’t be either, and somehow unsatisfying. Just what will she do with the fairy dust? Apart from give herself back her youthful looks. Will she find herself a husband and have children or just become a better class of whore? The story needs to have something stronger driving her, an ambition unfulfilled. We also need to know why his first lovemaking ‘threw her to the wolves’ so her only recourse was prostitution, some justification for such a casual murder of an intelligent being.
  • Devil Red on May 07, 2012

    Sorry, didn’t like this much. What a waste of a rare good man with a big dick. Find new synonyms for wiggle.
  • Pleasure on May 07, 2012

    This story didn’t get exciting for me until the scientist observer was brought in, but then, wow! It was really hot. Just please get rid of all those ‘wiggles.’ They get really irritating after a while.
  • The Figures on May 07, 2012

    Absolutely loved this. So hot, exciting and involving. The only possible flaw was the lack of emotional involvement, but then I do tend to more old-fashioned values.
  • Alexandra The Great An Office FemDom Short on June 22, 2012

    That was a pleasant read. I love that you’re literate and can edit well. This is also the first story I’ve encountered where the submissive had some personality and wasn’t just a dishrag. Not really my cup of tea, but I still enjoyed it.
  • Embarrassed Much?: A Sick Office Femdom Flash Fiction Erotica Sex Story on June 22, 2012

    I’ve discovered I really don’t like femdom or humiliation stuff, but it was well written, and that is rare in free erotica. One booboo. Talking back to me and stuff it seemed like he might have a pair of balls. > stuff. It OR stuff, it OR stuff—it .
  • The Whore on June 22, 2012

    The writing is beautiful, lyrical, even haunting. There are no typos. The descriptions of the scene and people are memorable. The language is evocative and stirs the emotions. There is sex, well enough described. I don’t know what to call this, but it is not erotica.
  • Holly: a Club Coquette Tale on June 28, 2012

    You detail Caroline’s every movement and action and describe everything she sees, but completely omit her emotions and fantasies if any. She thinks back to her first meeting with Holly, but those thoughts are kept private. You describe every thing she does to get herself off in minute detail as she is watching. She sighs, giggles, moans and screams and that might be enough for some people, but I was completely unmoved. Caroline comes across as a cold self-involved bitch. There was nothing for the reader to latch onto to make her real and warm. I couldn’t relate to her at all. Holly seems far more complete and interesting, but we’re not given enough about her either. Also I cannot understand why Caroline is sure that Holly's approaching orgasm would be her only one tonight when she actually has several more and still hadn’t finished with her young fellow when Caroline’s date turns up. Eroticism is a mental and emotional thing. If you don’t reach your reader there, your story cannot succeed. There were 3 errors. three years when she > three years earlier/ago/before when;; Louboutins, but I tell > but I couldn’t tell;; before push the kid > before pushing the;;
  • Dahlia: a Club Coquette Tale on June 29, 2012

    I always seem to read stories out of order. Caroline is more real in this one as she interacts with Jasmine and Dahlia. It helps that she has a name which she lacked until the end of the other story. She still isn’t likeable, sneaking up on and startling Dahlia and getting right into her personal space. And just how does she manage to see ‘between the glistening folds of her pussy’ and everything else Dahlia does to herself, when Dahlia has only opened her jeans button and undone the zip and would have her hand in the way too. I find this writing as a voyeur does nothing for me, I don’t like Caroline at all, but the writing itself is quite good in this story. 2 typos: buzzing below my belly flared fiercely > flare fiercely;; my eyes away her > eyes away from her;;
  • Lucy gives it up for the Boss on June 29, 2012

    Sorry, I was almost put off reading this by the previous rating. I’m Aussie, so Brit speak doesn’t faze me. Anyway, the Yanks get some Brit TV and movies. They have adopted shag & randy; another word won’t hurt them. Though the bit about increasing your royalties is very relevant. I’m sure TS took so much trouble to critique your work because he was as impressed with your writing as I am and wanted to encourage you to try even harder. So think of his review as a compliment. I really liked the story and Lucy. She was real to me. For erotica there wasn’t enough sexy stuff—that’s probably why TS inserted more suggestiveness in his version of the first paragraph. He just wanted more, as you write erotic scenes well. My only quibble is with ‘manhood,’ a stupid out of date euphemism which doesn’t work. 2 typos: Lucy had made her mind up that > had made up her mind (try to keep all the parts associated with the verb together—it’d easier for the readers);; and Lucy and not seen > Lucy had not;; TS misspelt Dispatch, so that’s not your fault;;
  • Joy & Pain on July 07, 2012

    This was lovely. I can totally see why women love reading good m/m stories. There’s real emotion, tenderness, consideration, caresses, hand-holding, sweet kisses and really hot sex. Everything we don’t get from our macho men any more. With interesting characters and scenario as well, all cleverly written. Love your cover too. Please fix your typos and make this even better: He spins on his heal > heel;; and serves to only make me feel smaller > only serves to make;; sometimes I just a lot of > just need/want/like/demand a lot;; presence to spurn my arousal > spur;; and move to rise, the pain > rise away from the pain. OR rise. The pain;; bed, encircle my cock and tugs > encircles;;
  • Dark Desire on Sep. 25, 2012

    This was erotic, romantic, sweet and very enjoyable. Both characters gripped the emotions and held this reader. Minor typos: lust soaked > lust-soaked;; laid > lay;; failing > falling;; womb > vagina;; 90% of readers get the PDF version which does not get the cover picture unless you input it to the Word version: > Insert > Picture > From File. You can put it in on the next edition along with corrections.
  • The Giving Plague on Nov. 07, 2012

    Wow, I never thought to find myself in your company, Sir. Your science was superb as always, but much as I enjoy heavy science, I was tired when I read it and eager to stop after 3 or 4 pages. I persevered, and it was worth the effort. As I see it, most people choose literature here for a bit of light reading, and those wouldn’t get through the turgid beginning. I’ve been a long time fan, and even named the sentient sabre tooth in my series after you. Thanks for the freebies. You left 3 edit errors: superfluous ‘only’ and ‘a’, and missed the ‘to’ in ‘wont do’.
  • Alice in My Land on Jan. 01, 2013

    I am disappointed that you hadn’t bothered to input any of my previous edits, so rather than embarrass you further, I am removing them. Please do learn to paragraph correctly, research your subject, use simpler language and to edit and proofread your work. Good luck with your future writing.
  • The Bundle on March 26, 2013

    A lovely little read with a warning for starry eyed young brides to think of the unthinkable possibilities and plan their lives more carefully. Heartwarming, literate and well edited. My only quibble is that the adverb ‘gently” should go before or after the verb, not break up an infinitive.
  • The Bundle on March 26, 2013

    A lovely little read with a warning for starry eyed young brides to think of the unthinkable possibilities and plan their lives more carefully. Heartwarming, literate and well edited. My only quibble is that the adverb ‘gently” should go before or after the verb, not break up an infinitive.
  • Twice as Bright on March 26, 2013

    Thought-provoking and delightfully well written.
  • Second Honeymoon on March 26, 2013

    Very unusual and interesting premise. Keggar is a real world with real problems which its people solve in a very pragmatic unsentimental fashion. I adore Eileen—her growth develops naturally, the hormonal explanation makes a lot of sense and even partly explains why our own politicians are such dickheads. Very enjoyable and satisfying story. The writing is a tiny bit stilted, compared to that in the others I’ve read by this author. Perhaps a revision after 6 months would help smooth that out? I’d also love to see the cover pics inside the PDF.
  • Rogue Genesis (Shimmer In The Dark, #1) on July 23, 2013

    If only this book had been published a few months earlier, it would have completely taken the wind out of the sails of Messrs. Resnick and Malzberg and they could have continued mumbling into their beards unheard and ignored. This SF story is the debut novel of a young English woman who has managed to get absolutely everything right. She has plenty of hard science, carefully researched, her hero is a well-drawn US Air Force Major who specializes in hazardous casualty evacuations from war zones and she has all that properly researched too. Major Niall Kearey is a family man in love with his beautiful wife, so there are no sexual shenanigans to upset the old fogeys. The plotting is seamless, the story very exciting, the writing superb and you won’t be able to resist falling in love with the characters. This is the best SF story I have read in thirty years and it’s the first of a series. Niall has learned to hide his psychic ability since childhood when first the whispering, strange dreams and shadowy monsters woke him screaming. His mother moved them to a new house away from the ‘evil spirits’, his father took to drink. To prevent causing them further distress Niall buried his secret so deep in his subconscious even he believed that the strange world he visited, with its advanced telepathic people living in floating cities was an imagined dream. He rationalized his fleeing there when in extreme stress or danger as just his mind evading the looming crisis. Major Kearey has had too many life-saving precognitive visions to dismiss them. His wife Tami has her own psychic ability, and now his 6-y-o daughter Lizzie also wakes screaming from the night terrors. After one too many impossible escapes from certain death, the Air Force also notices and he is ordered into a new classified project where his talents can be investigated surreptitiously. Then comes the day when he is pulled to Astereal while still awake and conscious on earth and finally has to admit that Astereal is a real place not just an exciting dream he has imagined, and this world will soon be torn asunder by the forces of the unbalanced black holes around it. Niall struggles to master the knowledge and abilities required to help the Astereans while hiding his powers from those seeking to investigate them and shield his beloved family from the secret power brokers who hope to tear them from him for their own purposes. To get help for his family Niall is forced to come clean. The Earth powers are all hungry for the new technology of Astereal but Niall is handicapped by their distrust, suspicion and efforts to try to control him. Everybody seems to want a piece of him, but they all want him to do only what they allow and attempt to keep the star-traveler on a short leash. The alignment of Astereal and Earth is looming closer and closer, and still Niall isn’t ready. Before his preparations are complete, he is incarcerated and illegally tortured by his own countrymen. He manages to escape and flees, struggling to complete his work with the entire worlds’ resources mobilized to find and recapture him. Despite his many setbacks and fears for his family, the drama eventually concludes in an entirely satisfying though surprising manner. With the knowledge Niall has gained of the true workings of government, the Air Force and politics, it will be interesting to see what role he will play in the follow-up and third books in this trilogy. I received a free advance copy for an honest review as part of a Read 4 Review offer.
  • Blurbing It Out on Aug. 11, 2013

    I used this book to write my first blurbs. The only thing the author forgot to mention is that it’s 200 characters INCLUDING spaces, so mine was incomplete and had to be rewritten. Nevertheless, this book helps a lot. As a newbie it had never occurred to me that a blurb needed a hook. That came as a complete surprise, though it is such an obvious idea once you understand it. I have personally recommended this book to hundreds of people during the last year and it occurred to me that I should add my review here too.
  • Roadside Assistance on Aug. 27, 2013

    As I habitually edit every story I read, it was a rare joy to find an erotic story which needed no changes and where the sex was intrinsic to the story, not stuck in for shock value. The heroine Leeann is strong, competent and nobody’s fool. The hero Winston has become a dreadful snob with badly skewed values; he makes a quick unflattering judgement of her as he speeds past on the highway, then is shocked when she pragmatically takes over after his accident, extinguishing his motor fire, diagnosing the engine problem, womanhandling the towing gear and attaching his car while he stands watching dumbfounded. He doesn’t even offer to help with the heavy lifting. The fool man continues to denigrate her, then finally noticing that she is gorgeous, tries it on and is thoroughly put in his place by a woman who doesn’t compromise. Of course he eventually comes to his senses and wins the lady fair, but you’ll have to read that for yourselves. I loved that both main characters, even in such a short story, had believable, well designed histories and felt very real. A fun story. The very short bonus read Date Night, was surprisingly satisfying. I’ve read many longer stories about tired marriages where the sex has grown stale and boring, but never one so gratifying. I loved it. I’m another who will be getting everything else this author has written.