Progress on Mercenary Courage and What Are You Reading?

Posted by on January 9th, 2015 in News | 32 Comments

I know a few folks stop by the site here (thank you), so I thought I would post a little update.

I’m almost done with the rough draft of Mercenary Courage, which brings us back to Ankari and Viktor (along with some old and new friends). They’re having an adventure with some mystery/trouble/utter chaos on a space station that was originally built by techno-druids (more details in the book, of course). I’ll be finishing the draft and editing the manuscript over the next few days, then plan to send it off to beta readers next week. I have my regular editor reserved for the first week of February, so am on track for a release around the second week of the month.

Just out of curiosity, what are you reading right now? Anything good?

After picking up quite a few science fiction romances that ended up being duds for me (I’m a picky reader, which is one of the reasons I write — I can’t find enough of the kinds of stories I love), I’m re-reading Justine Davis’s Skypirate.

It was one of the first SFRs I found, back before the Kindle and when Linnea Sinclair was just about the only one publishing in the genre (through a major publisher, anyway). I got a hold of the out-of-print paperback on eBay and enjoyed it. It looks like the author has gotten the rights back to the book (along with the first one in the series, Lord of the Storm) and has them out in ebook form now. There’s another one coming later this month. Very cool.

Check out both books if they sound interesting to you (since they were previously published, they’re well edited). I liked the second one the best, maybe because I accidentally read it first.

Do you have any recommendations of your own? What are you reading now?

32 responses to “Progress on Mercenary Courage and What Are You Reading?”

  1. Krystal says:

    I was wondering, how do you choose beta readers? I recently discovered your books and you are amazing! I love anything with outer space and erotica and it’s sooooooo difficult to find quality books. Yours are top notch!

    • Ruby says:

      Thank you, Krystal! I have a couple of gals that I’ve known for a while that I work with. If they get tired of suffering through my weird typos and missing words for free, I’ll have to go recruiting. 😀

  2. Lycia Hall says:

    Excited about getting Mercenary Courage to read next month. I’m currently reading Cowboys Last All Night (5 book bundle), which I got for 99 cents. It has Jennifer Ashley’s first book in a new series, along with books from 4 other authors. I’m very anxious to read Burned by Karen Marie Moning which releases on Jan. 20.

    • Ruby says:

      Hmm, Cowboys Last All Night. I’m guessing that one isn’t a sci-fi one. 😀 Sounds like a great deal for 99 cents!

  3. Naomi says:

    Currently, I am reading though a few series, but these are my favorites:
    –The Artifact Hunters Series by A.W. Exley
    –The Chicagoland Vampires Series by Chloe Neill (I was reluctant to try it because the titles sounded sort of stupid to me, but it surprised me.)
    –The Final Formula Series by Becca Andre

    I can’t stop myself from making other recommendations, sorry. In addition to ALL your books (cough, cough), there are several authors that stand out for me. Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs, and Elizabeth Hunter, in particular. I am guessing you’ve tried their books since they are well known. Grace Draven and Andrea K. Host (especially) aren’t as well known, but I love, love, love their work.

    If you haven’t read The Kraken King by Meljean Brook, it is really something.

    Must. Stop. Now. I can’t wait for Mercenary Courage!

    • Ruby says:

      Thank you for the recommendations! I’ve chatted with AW Exley online and really need to try her (I think her?) books. (Obviously I haven’t chatted that in depth with AW, lol.)

  4. Holly says:

    Over the past two weeks I’ve been reading The Mandrake Company series! With a little break for Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks. I finished The Ruins of Karzelek this morning and came here looking for an update on the next book. I’m looking forward to February.

    In the mean time I started Hungry Like the Wolf (SWAT). After that I may need to play Kindle Roulette.

  5. tektrainer says:

    Hmmm, some books I have read were Michael Hicks “First Contact series” Jessa Slade, “Sheerpace series” and bunch of others those were just a couple off the top of my head.

  6. Alexandra says:

    Dear Ruby,

    I’m writing to you from Germany.
    I love to read fantasy and sci fi books. Up to now I’ve got series from Lara Adrian, Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Jeannine Frost, Patricia Briggs, Sharie Kohler … And I’ve downloaded free ebooks from smashwords – from which I’ve quit reading some halfway to the end.
    But your “Mercenary Instinct” has got me spellbound from the first to the last page; and I’ve managed to buy the next three books (it’s not that easy to get your books over here). I’ve just finished “Trial & Temptation” and it was amazing too. I’m eager to start No. 3!
    Thank you so much for this funny and tempting stories! I just love them!!!
    Please let me know when there’s a new one.
    Yours, Alex
    (sorry for spelling mistakes – my Germany would be better!)

    • Ruby says:

      Hi, Alexandra! Thank you for checking out the books and for stopping by. Eventually, I plan to get the rest of the books up on Smashwords, so I hope they’ll be easier for you to find then. Thanks for reading!

  7. Joerg says:

    Hi Ruby,
    been reading all your books. I like your style very much. Keep up the excellent work.

  8. tee+d says:

    Good book I read lately: MCA Hogarth’s EARTHRISE series is excellent as is anything Andra K. Höst. Looking forward to your next book!

  9. Tr Scavo says:

    i have enjoyed your books very much and look forward to reading more. My recommendations are Ann Aguirre’s enclave series and R Lee Smith’s The last hour of Gann

  10. Jane says:

    I can’t recommend any good sfr right now since I was actually looking forward to find more in the other posts here. Love your series by the way and looking forward to the next book.
    I can recommend the strange and hilarious sf “Hank-Screw the galaxy”. I think it is sf pulp or something and it had me laughing a lot.

    PS. am German as well so mind the grammar/spelling.

  11. Ginny says:

    What I’m reading depends on which appliance (iPad or Nook) is charged up. Right now, one has your first mercenary book and the other has Margery Allingham’s The White Cottage Mystery. And somewhere in there I’ve got a CJ Lyons story going. Maybe on the not-quite-working-right computer.

    Nowadays I read mostly mystery or…yeah, mystery. But I used to read hard SF till I got so that space ships made me feel claustrophobic. Your spaceship is okay, because the story is about the people, and not just the physics.

    So, what I mean to say is, I’m enjoying the read.

    • Ruby says:

      Thanks, Ginny! I try to get the guys off onto planets now and then. How much fun can you really have on a spaceship, anyway? All those cramped cabins and showers and, uhm, other stuff. 😛

  12. Read a sci-fi series by SE Smith (several books) that was awesome! The kind (like yours) that keeps you checking to see when the next book comes out then rejoicing when it does!

    Eve Langlais Alien and Cyborg series along with Laurann Dohner’s New Species and Cyborg series.

    I find I end up re-reading more that purchasing new since I end up deleting so many because they’re awful. I am re-reading your series right now so that I will be up-to-snuff and ready when the new book comes out!!

    • Ruby says:

      Haha, I re-read a lot of favorites too. I just finished Linnea Sinclair’s Accidental Goddess (again). That one is as much fantasy as SF, but I really liked the couple in it. I need to check out SE Smith. She’s all over the SF/F romance lists at Amazon!

  13. Dianna says:

    I really love the Mandrake Company and am looking forward to Mandrake Courage. I got them through Amazon Unlimited -got tired of paying for books I didn’t like-, but will be buying them now that I’ve read them.

    As to what I’m reading now, M.K. Eidem’s Grim. Rereading it before her next one comes out. Also waiting on Jane Ann Krentz new Rainshadow novel.

  14. Dianna says:

    A couple of others that you SF fans might like are Alien, Mine by Sandra Harris and the Gaian Consortium series by Cristine Pope. Good Reading.

    • Ruby says:

      Nice, I have a book by Christine on my iPad. I talked to her in person recently (she only lives an hour away from me).

  15. Lycia Hall says:

    Would agree with some recommendations that Nan posted earlier. Recommend Laurann Dohner’s New Species series and Cyborg Seduction series, but be aware that her first book in the Cyborg series is not the best, meaning you will want to hit the hero upside the head several times. Each book gets better and better and must admit it’s my favorite SFR series set in space. Have read both series multiple times. Would also recommend Eve Langlais’s cyborg series, and her (purple) alien abduction series is pretty good too. S.E. Smith is hit and miss for me, but would recommend her Alliance series, the first book is the best of the 2 that have been written.
    Mandrake Company series has become one of my favorites and can’t wait to read book 5. More anxious for it than I am M.K. Eidem’s upcoming Tornian Empire book.

  16. Michele says:

    So, I second everything Naomi said :-). Add to that everything you write, as Ruby Lionsdrake and Lindsay Buroker. I find your writing smart and snarky, with just the right amount of attitude and smex thrown in! And your editing is first class…hang on to your beta readers…

    In this genre, add in Rachel Bach, her Paradox series is excellent. If you don’t mind dark stories, The Last Hour of Gann by R. Lee Smith was really good. Did I mention it was dark? One of those, you either loved or hated it, it was an emotional roller coaster of a book. I loved it.

    Anyway, keep up the good work 🙂

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