Monday, August 24, 2015

A Summer Sci-Fi Romance

We are wrapping up our summer reading fun with a delightful sci-fi romance from author Cahterine McLean. Besides being a wife and mother, Catherine has ridden and exhibited Morgan Sport Horses. She's an avid clothing and costume designer, an award-winning amateur photographer, a 4-H leader, and a Red Hatter who loves bling.  She lives on a farm nestled in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains of Western Pennsylvania. In the quiet of the countryside, she writes fantasy, futuristic, and paranormal stories where a reader can escape to other worlds for adventure and romance. Her short stories have appeared in hard copy and online anthologies and magazines. She's had several novels published and her latest was released this month.  HEARTS AKILTER is a light hearted fantasy/sci-fi/romance.

When a medical robot insists he's having a heart attack, Marlee Evans, a pragmatic
maintenance technician, has every reason to panic.
There's a bomb inside him.  Since Marlee can't risk the bomber discovering she's found the device, her only option is to kidnap Deacon Black, an unflappable bomb expert, and secretly convince him to disarm it.  Things go slightly awry when Deacon sets a trap for someone who is trying to kill him, and inadvertently captures Marlee instead.  Instantly intrigued by her refreshingly forthright and gutsy attitude, he's smitten.  Unfortunately for Deacon, Marlee recently hardened her heart and swore off men, especially handsome ones with boy-next-door grins.  But as Marlee and Deacon attempt to identify and prevent the bomber from detonating the device, they discover that love may be the most explosive force of all.

Now doesn't this sounds like a great book to finish off your summer reading? Here's an excerpt:

              “It’ll blow the station to kingdom come?”
               He nodded.
              “Not to worry.”
              She said that with such nonchalance that he found himselfspeechless. He cleared his throat. “Why not? Did you snatch theportable Bomb Disposal Unit, too?”
              “What’s better than a BDU?”
              “Garbage incinerators.”
              “What?” He glanced out into the darkness beyond the lift.
               Giant machinery stood silhouetted and veiled in shadows. “Whereare we?”
               “Deck forty-three, Ring D zero three. Relax. Don’t panic.They once accidentally incinerated a torpedo in number four, over yonder.”
                She pointed to the left. “Nobody heard or felt itexplode, and there wasn’t even a drail’s worth of damage done tothe incinerator, or anything else.”
            “I don’t believe you.”
            “It happened three years ago. I was there, a deck above.
             "Never mind.”
              Henry manipulated his finger appendage, grabbing and brieflytugging the shirt sleeve of Deacon’s good arm. “Marlee wouldnever lie about anything so important.”
              “Does she lie about unimportant things?” He instantlyregretted his caustic remark.
              “I do not know.” Henry spun sideways, facing Marlee. “Do youlie about unimportant things, Marlee?”
              “I have been known to tell a white lie now and then to sparesomeone’s feelings, but on the whole—” She looked away fromHenry.
               As her blacker than black eyes met his gaze, Deacon felt pinned to the wall.

 Hearts Akilter is available now and here are the buy links if you want to get a copy:

All Romance eBooks:
The Wild Rose Press:

We've told you a little about Catherine, but she also takes time to help other writers by giving writing workshops, both online and in-person. A schedule is posted at:  

If any of you would like to get in touch with Catherine, here is her contact information.

Catherine's website for writers is and she blogs at
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Thanks, Catherine for being our guest. Any questions or comments for Catherine?


1 comment:

  1. Thanks for featuring my novella today. Just checked and found five reviews have been posted and ALL were 5 Stars! (Doing happy dance.)