Zoe Archer was probably my #1 discovery of 2010, and since finishing her Blades of the Roses series, I've been seriously jonesing for another hit of her awesome steam punk-historical-uber sexy custom brew. I have to wait all the way until the Fall for *that* particular craving, but thank the goddess Archer has something new coming in April. Collision Course is a Sci-Fi romance, but she has one of those If-she-writes-a-grocery-list-I-will-buy-it voices, so I'm following her into unchartered space. The blurb makes it sound like Firefly meets Castle with extra sexy and a hint of Space Balls (Best. Movie. Ever) tossed in for added flavor:
Mara Skiren is a scavenger, a black-market dealer. Blackmailed into helping Commander Kell Frayne infiltrate a treacherous corner of the galaxy, Mara learns that her biggest danger is from her sexy, by-the-book partner. She’s a loner with more than a few battle scars on her heart, but something about Commander Frayne stirs up her long-buried need for an intimate connection.
An ace pilot for the elite Black Wraith Squadron, Kell’s mission is to rescue a lost pilot and ship. Unable to deny his attraction to the beautiful, rebellious woman , he decides bedding her would cool his ardor. But one taste is not nearly enough, and he finds himself sharing more of his real self with Mara than he has with anyone.
With deadly criminals on their heels and an increasingly dangerous assignment to complete, he’s starting to wonder…. If they survived, could he let her go? And will Mara want to stay?
I read Sci-Fi about as often as I iron, which is to say YEARS go by. The last real Sci-Fi Romance I read was My Man Michael by Lori Foster who also has one of those Write-whatever-I'm-still-buying voices. And I loved it. It didn't make me want to search out more of th genre because I was reading for Foster's unique voice which transcends genre boundaries. And I have a feeling Archer will be the same for me. Have you read Warrior yet? Is Collision Course on your radar screen? What authors will you follow into other genres?