Starline

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One man, one woman, one psychotic alien.  Now the race is on to save humanity.  Past.  Present.  Future.

Mellissa Davis is your average bookstore owner and aspiring romance author until one day an electronic book pad slides through the mail slot of her little bookstore.  Now all she has to worry about is a sexy time travelling stealthship captain, staying out of the way of the bad guy and saving the universe, past and present.  Not much to ask…

Duvall McCord, an up and coming stealthship captain travels to the past to stop the Ru’Edan leader, Crick Sur Banden, destroying the Earth Empire of the future.  His mission? Retrieve the handbook for the Elector. He doesn’t count on love, or saving the woman of his dreams.  But time is running out.  This warrior must do everything he can to stop the plot…

 

Author Name: Imogene Nix
Author Bio

Imogene is a mother of two, compulsive reader and bookstore owner. She lives in regional Queensland, Australia with her husband, 2 daughters, dog, cats, guinea pigs and chooks. She has a particular fondness for Vampires, Star Ship captains and things that go bump in the night.

Imogene has tried many varied roles in her working life including Kindergarten Assistant, Teacher, Principal and Kindergarten and Child Care Director, but rates owning a bookstore and writing her own novels as the absolute highlight.

She also blames Star Trek Voyager, Firefly and the works of Alexander Kent for her interest in naval activities and later space fleet interest.

ISBN: 978-1-61885-165-9
Cover Artist: Dawne Dominique
Word Count: 66484
Formats: EPUB, HTML, LIT, MOBI, PDF

5
A very enjoyable read. Bookstore owner and romance writer Mellissa finds herself whisked away from her quiet world to a real life adventure in the stars, complete with handsome Starship captain.
A good sexy tale involving time travel, an evil mastermind and interesting fun minor characters who deserve their own stories in further books expanding this interesting world Imogene has created.
Date Added: 01/26/2012 by Carolyn de Ridder

 

MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2012

Starline by Imogene Nix Review/Giveaway

 
Starline
 
Title: Starline (Book 1, Warriors of the Elector)
Author: Imogene Nix
Publisher: Secret Cravings
Genre: Erotic Sci-Fi/Fantasy Romance

Source: Review Copy


Synopsis:
One man, one woman, one psychotic alien. Now the race is on to save humanity. Past. Present. Future.

Mellissa Davis is your average bookstore owner and aspiring romance author until one day an electronic book pad slides through the mail slot of her little bookstore. Now all she has to worry about is a sexy time travelling stealthship captain, staying out of the way of the bad guy and saving the universe, past and present. Not much to ask…

Duvall McCord, an up and coming stealthship captain travels to the past to stop the Ru’Edan leader, Crick Sur Banden, destroying the Earth Empire of the future. His mission? Retrieve the handbook for the Elector. He doesn’t count on love, or saving the woman of his dreams. But time is running out. This warrior must do everything he can to stop the plot…


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
 
A mother of two, compulsive reader and bookstore owner. Imogene lives in regional Queensland, Australia with her husband, 2 daughters, dog, cats, guinea pigs and chooks. She has a particular fondness for Vampires, Star Ship captains and things that go bump in the night.  Visit Imogene at http://www.imoginenix.com.
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My Thoughts
When you find yourself in possession of a futuristic handbook anything can happen.
This was a very enjoyable read with enough twists and turns to keep me on the edge of my seat. I loved all of the characters in this story and thought they were really well written and seeing how these two very different people interacted with each other was interesting and fun.
Mellissa is your average bookstore owner/aspiring romance author and I found her to be a very relatable. It was really fun to get to know this character and see how she handled all of this sudden chaos in her life.
Duvall was an interesting character who I thought was a great match for Mellissa because he brought just the right amount of excitement to her life. He was also very noble and you could tell he would be a great captain. I loved the relationship between these two characters and felt it grew at a realistic rate instead of just insta love.
This is a great new fantasy story that alien romance fans are sure to love!

 

 

As a big fan of the sci-if genre and it's mix of action, suspense, and intriguing views of the future I found myself drawn to this story and the groundwork that was laid for a trilogy set in the future with occasional visits to the past.  With its likable characters, action packed scenes, and some super sexy interludes I found a rather enjoyable read that has me intrigued for what comes next.
 
Mellissa grew up in an orphanage with no family and now runs a bookstore writing a book about other lovers living a life of excitement.  Through a sci-if twist of fate she ends up traveling through space and time with a no-nonsense overachieving Captain.  I liked Mellissa and felt sympathy for her as her whole world was turned upside down.  She accepted the changes to her life fairly quickly and wasn't one of those annoying heroines who didn't do what she was told in a crisis.  She had a backbone but used her smarts more.
 
Duvall stayed away from long-term relationships wanting to focus on his career.  That's why it was so surprising how quickly he fell for Mellissa.  The sexual tension between them didn't slowly build, it just suddenly exploded.  The sexual interludes between them were hot and frequently occurring, almost too many which I don't say often.  I'd like to have seen more character development of them as well as the secondary characters, and most particularly the villain and his motives.
 
We're told how horrible Crick Sur Banden is but we barely see him and his motives aren't really clear.  He uses underlings to enact his plans and therefore he never really seems that dangerous.  Not only do we not get a good understanding of the villain, one of the more intriguing couples, Elara and Grayson, have an intriguing backstory merely alluded to but one I wish would've been told in its entirety.  The traumas Elara went through and Grayson's acceptance of her physical scars would make an amazing love story that should've been told wholeheartedly.
 
Between the rollercoaster actions scenes, intriguing views of the future, and likable characters I became immersed in this story and was sad to see it end.  There's more characters I long to revisit and look forward to the next story in this proposed series.  I do hope that the agenda of the villains is made more clear in the next release as this would add more excitement to the story.  Fans of sci-if romance rejoice that there's a new voice in town and take a chance of this newly released story.
 
My rating for this is a C+/B-
 
 

SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2012

Review: Starline By Imogene Nix

 

One man, one woman, one psychotic alien. Now the race is on to save humanity. Past. Present. Future.

Mellissa Davis is your average bookstore owner and aspiring romance author until one day an electronic book pad slides through the mail slot of her little bookstore. Now all she has to worry about is a sexy time travelling stealthship captain, staying out of the way of the bad guy and saving the universe, past and present. Not much to ask…

Duvall McCord, an up and coming stealthship captain travels to the past to stop the Ru’Edan leader, Crick Sur Banden, destroying the Earth Empire of the future. His mission? Retrieve the handbook for the Elector. He doesn’t count on love, or saving the woman of his dreams. But time is running out. This warrior must do everything he can to stop the plot…

My Review:


I'd like to start off with some cover love.  That is truly a beautiful cover on a really enjoyable read!! Duvall's character is a true depiction of a man married to the military, or in this case to his ship.  He is one of those..If I was meant to marry the army would issue me a wife kinda guys.  You get the picture, he is literally the job.  Even his friends doubt he is totally human.  It takes one little human writer from our time to literally knock him of his feet.  All of those lovely mantras of love em' and leave 'em, slowly go flying out the door.

Mellissa is a pretty cool chick.  By day, she is a mild mannered book store owner.  By night she has begun her second career of writing Sci-fi romances.  So imagine her surprise when her book literally comes to life.  I think she handles it pretty well.  She ripped from her time because of a package that was dropped in her store.  Duvall had tracked it to her time and location.  It doesn't add up at first but Mellissa has an important role in the development of time-travel.  She was deliberately targeted and if Duvall hadn't snatched her out of the way, Crick would have had her killed.

This was a great book!! You follow Duvall's learning about love and having an actual relationship with feelings and his search to eradicate Cricks infiltrators.  You also follow Mellissa as she starts completely over again in a foreign world where books don't exist.  What a horrid twist!!  But she is determined to fit in somewhere and to to stay by Duvall.  Together, along with three other really close friends, they strive to uncover and destroy the enemies before the enemies destroy them.I can't wait to read the next book!  This has the makings of a really good series!!!


 

 

Story Excerpt

“Sir, you have an encoded message incoming from Admiralty,” Engineer Corbin Jard stated. A young officer, new to Duvall’s team, he looked up expectantly at his Captain. His pretty-boy face showed eagerness, and he looked ready to jump up and grab something, anything his Captain commanded. Jard had joined the crew just as the ship prepared to make its maiden journey. A big promotion for one who had, until recently, served on the Star of Ishtar.

 

“I’ll take it in my office, Jard,” Duvall said, striding through the automatic doors and heading to his office. The crew of the Elector carefully trained for multi-tasking, and given the size of the crew and the status of a Stealth Ship, if one officer sustained injury, someone else could continue their role, and the crew while new, had started integrating nicely.

Hopefully this lead would take them to the handbook they sought, he thought, something to give them a break in the ongoing hunt for Crick Sur Banden. His neck itched, and while he didn’t consider himself superstitious, he never neglected to listen to what his senses told him, and right now they screamed that he needed a lead and quickly.

Once in his office, he secured the door and opened the secure link. “McCord here.”

“Duvall, I have a lead, or something, for you.” The earnest voice of WO Meredith Gentry came quickly. Much as he looked forward to hearing from her, he did not expect to. Meredith continued her work safely tucked away on Aenna. Wasn’t she? “I don’t have a lot of time,” she hurried on. “I think they know I suspect something. I rigged the handbook with a tracking device. The secure code is—” He could hear the sound of voices behind her. “Quickly, it’s V422J53. That will allow you to access the secure feed,” she said as he jotted down the tracking device’s code. He could hear her taking quick breaths. “It moved through the gate outside Eris on code LX543GH4.” He knew that code. He had just generated one giving a similar time path.

“Meredith, are you in a secure location?” he demanded forcefully. Another hitched breath floated through the secure line. He gripped his table and leaned forward, not that he could do anything. The sounds faltered from thousands of miles away. “Meredith?” His sister was in danger, and here he listened on a ship so far away. Barsha! He should have protected her.

“Duvall, you need to access frequency…” Quickly she rattled off the information he would need to follow the device as he tapped into his unit. “Oh God! They’re here—” Abruptly the line went dead.

“Meredith? Meredith?” Now he leaned over the device. Quickly accessing the Admiralty, he demanded a connection to Gentry. A voice informed that Gentry could not be raised, and the voice asked if someone else could help with his query. His demands to talk to the Admiral met with a similar fate. Frustration welled upward, nearly choking him as he disconnected. He knew he couldn’t go back and didn’t know who else to contact. He had to maintain a chain of silence while investigating, especially when the Admiralty could be breached. Never had those words choked him so much.

His heart thudded as he sat back down. Could more than a single infiltrator exist? He hoped not, but the itching at his neck grew in intensity, and he feared the worst. Tapping the information Meredith had given him into his desk screen, he started toward tracking the handbook, thankful for the foresight of officers such as his sister.

The blip of the machine echoed through the room; an answer bounced back to him. A heading he would never have guessed. Toward the Time Port. Well, thank Eshra, if he couldn’t go back to help Meredith, he could at least work toward retrieving the item she had risked so much to track. Quickly he hailed the bridge. “Full speed toward the Time Port,” he instructed, just in time to see the blip disappear.

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