Phoenix Rising Book 1
by Alexandra Christian
Genre: SciFi Romance
OUT OF THE STACKS
Librarian Phoebe Addison has lived her entire life within a seventy-five mile radius of her small Louisiana town, but when she receives a strange medallion from her adventurous, off-world sister, reality tilts toward the bizarre. Everything Phoe thought she knew is…well, wrong. Dead wrong. But bone-numbing fear has no place in this brave new world—nor by the side of the dangerous, exquisite man who saves her life.
…AND INTO THE FIRE
Following the tragic slaughter of his family, operative Macijah “Cage” St. John understands evil in a way no man ever should. He traded happiness for a magnificent and terrible power, and fate isn’t done with him yet. He wasn’t looking for comfort. He didn’t need tenderness. But today he’ll play hero to a damsel in distress, and his quest will deliver him to the uncanny Martian colony of New London—and his heart to the demure Phoebe Addison. The bookish beauty’s hidden talents and deep abiding love just might save Cage from himself.
Phoenix Rising Book 2
Macijah "Cage" St. John' didn't want the spy life anymore. He would have been thrilled to spend every morning lying in the field behind Phoe's home in smalltown Louisiana watching the clouds roll by. But his Miss Addison wanted to spread her wings, literally. So Cage accepted a mission that teamed him up with his lady love. If only he had trusted her.
TO THE FUTURE
Everything about being a spy was a million times more exciting, and scarier, than the books she'd read in her former life as a librarian. When her first mission with Cage turned into a colossal clusterf*ck because he withheld information and kept secrets, Phoebe's world narrowed into a long tunnel of betrayal. Captured by space pirates and delivered to a horrible fate, she wished the last words between them had been of love, because she was certain she would never see Cage St. John again.
In NeoGeisha, Alexandra Christian returns to the intriguing, post-apocalyptic world she created in Naked. Cage and Phoe continue to build their relationship, but not without complications. Romantic conflict and fast-paced action keep the pages turning, right down to the satisfying ending. ~ Nancy Northcott, Author of the Light Mage Wars series
NeoGeisha hit all my personal high points: wild adventure, sheet-scorching sex, killer machines, thousands-to-two odds and a vampire shape-shitfting James Bond in space. ~Vivien Jackson, Author of Wanted and Wired series
Phoenix Rising Book 3
ALL INCLUSIVE VICTORIANA & STEAMPUNK
Interplanetary master spies, Macijah "Cage" St. John and Phoebe Addison are forced to take vacation time, and she wants to go to Absinthia, an off-world all inclusive interactive vacay planet set up as Victorian London, but with all the future comforts. Cage doesn't do down time, but their boss has other ideas, so begrudgingly, Cage agrees to go to Absinthia. Within a day of their arrival, they get embroiled in a Ripper copy cat series of murders complete with séances, "altered" humans, kidnapping, and affairs of the heart - their hearts, which will always belong to each other.
Out of Ashes
Phoenix Rising Book 4
THE LOVE YOU TAKE IS EQUAL TO THE LOVE YOU MAKE
Phoebe Addison and Macijah "Cage" St. John have so much going on they can barely take a breath. Interplanetary master spies who generally drive their boss crazy, they are now trying to track down the person - is a skin walker a person? - who tried to kill him at their engagement party. Yeah, they were talked into returning to Louisiana so the whole town could show up and gawk at Cage. But they have bigger problems than usual when tracking an assassin. Secrets that have been buried for too many years are about to be uncovered if Cage and Phoe can survive the people, vampires and "things" that are trying to kill them. And to top if off, Phoe has a secret she's sure will send Cage into a tailspin. But, as with everything they have lived through to be together, their love is the constant that is its own reward.
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly romance with a speculative slant. Her love of Stephen King and sweet tea has flavored her fiction with a Southern Gothic sensibility that reeks of Spanish moss and deep fried eccentricity. As one-half of the writing team at Little Red Hen Romance, she’s committed to bringing exciting stories and sapiosexual love monkeys to intelligent readers everywhere. Lexx also likes to keep her fingers in lots of different pies having written everything from sci-fi and horror to Sherlock Holmes adventures. Her alter-ego, A.C. Thompson, is also the editor of the highly successful Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series of anthologies from Mocha Memoirs Press. A.C. will also pen several Shadow Council Archives novellas starring everyone’s favorite sidekick, Dr. John Watson, coming soon from Falstaff Books.
A self-proclaimed “Southern Belle from Hell,” Lexx is a native South Carolinian who lives with an epileptic wiener dog and her husband, author Tally Johnson. Her long-term aspirations are to one day be a best-selling authoress and part-time pinup girl. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and Broad Universe—an organization that supports female authors of speculative fiction.
How Do I Get Published?
How do I get published?
A question that doesn’t have an easy answer. With the dawn of eBooks and self-publishing, there are so many paths to publication now that everyone has a different story. The traditional route is: write a great, polished novel; query agents FOREVER and become an expert in navigating the slush pile; finally get an agent who then gives you MORE advice on editing; agent submits your book to big publishing houses and possibly sells it after months or years of submitting; you finally get the book contract and proceed to mark time for at least a year until your book FINALLY comes out (large presses are enormous machines that take ages to put out your product). That traditional model works for some people and that’s fantastic. But the truth is, big 5 publishing is floundering right now. They are trying to keep up with the market and keep it an exclusive club. Agents are not into taking gambles these days. They want sure things and they watch the market extremely closely. And who can blame them? They have to represent authors whose work they KNOW they can sell. Their livelihood depends on it. So the traditional publishing model is difficult to break into. And getting more difficult all the time.
A lot of authors are going through small, independent presses (like me) or doing the self-publishing thing. Indie presses have a smaller-scale model of the traditional path, but don’t usually require an agent and they move your book faster through the machine simply because they don’t have so many books to produce. Nor do the majority of them offer an advance. But, they often don’t have the exposure that a large press does or the capital to promote your book through really big channels (Publishers’ Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus, etc.). They also have a tendency to go out of business because just like everyone thinks they can write a book, everyone thinks they can run a small press. Trust me, they can’t. So investigate your small press prospects before you sign that contract. Find a press that has a good backlog of books that fit with yours. Find out how long they’ve been in business and what their marketing plan is. These things are important to know before you hand over your baby.
Self-publishing is great because you’re in charge of every aspect. The bad thing about self-publishing is that you’re in charge of every aspect. In order to be successful at self-pubbing, you have to know about everything-- writing, editing, marketing, book covers, promotional channels, formatting, getting reviews, social media, etc. etc. etc… It’s also, if you’re going to do it right, expensive. You have to pay an editor. No, repeat after me-- you have to pay an editor. No you can’t do it yourself. No you can’t ask your cousin who’s a schoolteacher to look it over for you. No that is not what spellcheck on Word is for. You need to pay a professional editor, pay for original cover art (you can fudge it a little with pre-made covers, but they better be awesome premade covers), pay for good formatting to make the book readable on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, etc.), and then all the promotional costs (advertising, convention appearances, print books for signings/ events, etc.). So self-publishing is great, but it is by no means cheap and easy.
Getting your book published can be a long and twisty road, but in the end it’s worth it. You’re getting your stories out there for readers to enjoy and there’s nothing more satisfying than that.
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