Amethyst Chronicles: Winter’s Kiss By Kristina Stutts


Kristina is one of my YA fantasy author buddies, so when she asked for me to share about her new novella I of course said, Yes! Enjoy!


On November 21st, book one in a highly anticipated sci-fi novella series, Amethyst Chronicles: Winter’s Kiss launches, brought to you by KG Stutts, the author of the Mirror series. This is actually a spin-off, taking place over a thousand years after the third in Mirror trilogy, Mirror Reformed (out January 16th).


Amethyst is a secret team of genetically enhanced humans which is Earth’s greatest defensive weapon. Leading the team of super soldiers is Ember Wilson, a tough woman with a huge chip on her shoulder. The team gets their name from the after effect of the Genesis Project which turned their eyes and even their blood purple.

For decades, Earth has been ravaged by unpredictable weather which began to cause crops to fail. Most of the planet’s food sources have deteriorated. Dr. Clayton Rudo has proclaimed he has the means to save the soil. He has created a weather machine to regulate and help replenish. But Ember knew the truth. He didn’t want to save the planet. He wanted to control it. Amethyst destroyed the machine, but was placed in stasis. Two years later, Rudo recreated the device and has frozen Washington, DC and the west coast of the United States.

General Tom Blanchard brought Amethyst out of stasis to work with an elite Air Force team, led by Major Liam Ross. Tensions between Ember and Liam rise as they butt heads. Can they work together before Earth is completely under ice?

Enjoy an Excerpt

A lab technician carefully brought Ember Wilson out of stasis. Liam stood back as her team surrounded the final pod. Her violet eyes fluttered open and Liam’s hands began to shake. He couldn’t believe how stunning she was.

“What the hell?” she groaned.

“You’ll feel sick to your stomach for a moment, but it will pass,” Lewis informed her.

“My head,” she muttered, rubbing her temple. “What did that empty-headed, bureaucrat ass kisser Blanchard to do to me? How long have we been out?”

“Two years,” he replied.

“Wilson, take a second to get your bearings,” Morris said.

“You’ll feel back to normal in a moment,” Nova added.

She scanned the lab, coming to a stop the moment her eyes locked on the General. Her foot pressed against the back of the pod, her eyes wild with anger.

“You son of a bitch!” she yelled as she used her foot to launch herself in the air.

Nova and Morris caught her before she could reach Blanchard. She kicked and screamed for freedom but the duo wouldn’t budge. She jerked against the hold they had on her arms, spitting and cursing.

“I know,” Lewis calmly said as he stood in front of her. Her foot was inches from his chin when she kicked. “Hey, it’s okay. I know. But there are more pressing matters at hand than him.”

“Rudo?” she asked through gritted teeth.

“You got it.”

“You moron!” she shouted, looking over Lewis’ shoulder to Blanchard. “You had the chance to stop it before he could act but you were too much of a coward!”

“I’m sorry–”

“Sorry? Sorry?” Her voice was nearly shrieking. “Not yet, but you will be.”

“Wilson, Rudo used the weather machine,” Nova stated, his face contorted as he strained to keep his hold on her.

“Of course he did! And now we’ve got to clean up the mess.”

“Whatever problems you and I have aren’t important right now,” Blanchard said.

“You got that right,” she snapped. “I’m going to finish what I started and kill Rudo and maybe you’ll be lucky not to meet my blaster.”

“There’s no cause for that,” Liam spoke up.

Her purple eyes looked upon the Major for the first time. He instantly regretted interrupting. She stopped struggling against Nova and Morris. A low growl rumbled from deep in her throat as her eyes narrowed. He shifted uncomfortably, fidgeting with the hem of his dress blues. The coldness in her eyes made him shiver.

“Who’s the uniform?” She nodded in his direction.

“This is Major Liam Ross,” Blanchard introduced. “His team will be working with yours on this mission.”

“Absolutely not.” Ember shook her head as Nova and Morris let go of her arms. “We’re all you need.”

“President Packer disagrees.”

“I don’t give a flying monkey’s butt what Packer says.”

“This is bigger than your raid on Rudo. You need the man power.”

“No one else could’ve broken into the compound! We don’t need or want the help.”

“It doesn’t matter.”

“Doesn’t matter.” Ember fumed. “In case you’ve forgotten, we don’t work well with others.”

“I know. The leader of the Luteus team still isn’t one hundred percent after the skirmish your two teams had.”

“It was a training exercise. Besides, if Mark is still healing after all this time, he should spend time in a therapy tank. That’s not my problem.”

“Regardless of how you feel, this is the situation. Or you can be put back into the stasis chamber.”

“Not on your life.” Ember’s lips twitched.

“Glad we’ve reached an accord.” Blanchard nodded.

Wilson turned to Ross again, sizing him up. He was tall and, judging by the way his Air Force blues molded to him, was very muscular. His brown hair framed his handsome face but didn’t touch the collar of his impeccably clean uniform. Soft brown eyes were watching her intensely.

“Can your pretty boy even hold a blaster?” She questioned Blanchard, nodding toward Liam.

“Direct your inquiries toward me.” Liam stood up straighter.

Ember raised an eyebrow, looking slightly amused. “Oh, yeah?”

“I’ll have you know that I’m the number one ranking sharpshooter in the world,” he told her.

“It’s cute you think like that. Rankings don’t mean shit,” she said. “Scores on a piece of paper are useless in the field.”

“I assure you, Major Ross and his five squad members are more than capable of the task,” the General said.

“Five?” The members of Amethyst began to laugh.

“You need a squad of five?” Ember chuckled. “Rookie.”

“You only need three on your team?” Liam incredulously asked.

“I only need two, but Nova grew on me.”

“Aw, thanks, Wilson.” Nova grinned. “That may be the nicest thing you’ve ever said to me.”

Ember’s eyes burned into the Major’s as she continued to assess him.

“All right, pretty boy. Let’s see what you and your boys can do,” she said. “Collect your squad and meet us in the training center.”


On Pre-Order now!

Amethyst Chronicles: Winter’s Kiss launches on November 21st, but you can pre-order now for $.99. Head over to the author’s website at to find the links for Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Join us at Kristina’s Facebook launch party Friday, November 21at 3:00pm – 9:00pm (CST):

About the Author

014Growing up in Texas and later South Carolina as the youngest in a house full of science-fiction fans, K.G. Stutts had her natural curiosity and imagination nurtured since birth by family movie nights where they would watch Star Wars, Indiana Jones and even timeless Disney favorites.

A prolific writer of sci-fi, romance and mystery, K.G. draws much of her inspiration from those amazing works that gave her an appreciation for telling rich, compelling, character-driven stories for all audiences. She is also a contributor to and and is a proud member of the

She lives in North Carolina with her husband, Brad and works for a customer service call center full time. She’s a lover of Star Wars, Star Trek (original, TNG, and Voyager), Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis, Muppets, Garfield, Disney, Indiana Jones and is a big football, wrestling, and hockey fan.

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Trina the Kick Ass Explorer by Michelle Murrain

Friends With Wings

Enjoy this kick-ass heroine post by progressive science fiction author, Michelle Murrain.


You get a taste of Trina DeWing, the protagonist of my newest novel, Friends with Wings early in the novel, when you find out that she misses climbing trees, but will happily climb tall fire-escapes in the city. She’s young, whip-smart, strong, and resourceful.

She has a lot of trials from the very beginning, but the real test comes when the colony she is a part of is destroyed, and she’s left as the sole survivor on another planet. She’s the only human left, and more aren’t coming for 10 years. As you can imagine, that is a lot to deal with. She’s living on a strange planet, with strange beings, and nothing really that looks like home.

Trina is amazing for a number of reasons. First, she manages to survive the colony destruction by climbing a tall tree. Then, she befriends a group of intelligent winged beings on the planet (the “friends with wings,”) she figures out how to fix a bunch of broken electronic equipment, she learns to make her own furniture, and all sorts of other things. She has challenges aplenty, and deftly manages to meet them.

I don’t often write male protagonists (all of them are in my books with ensemble casts.) When I write female protagonists, they almost always go against the cultural grain in some way – they are always smart, strong and self-possessed, they are often women of color, queer, do very non-traditional kinds of things, and, in general, are pretty kick ass.

Face Your Giants Church Flyer and CD TemplateAnother of my favorite kick ass heroines is Daneli, from my book Becoming Queen. She’s kick ass in a very different way. She is physically strong, although like Trina, that’s not her primary kick ass quality. She inherits a throne, and is a natural-born leader. She’s really good at balancing different priorities and interests. She’s respectful, but when it’s needed, she lays down the gauntlet. She’s also smart and resourceful, but unlike Trina, she lives in a setting where she’s surrounded by people who care about her, and care about their country.

The ExpeditionAnd then there are the two kick ass heroines of my historical science fiction novel, The Expedition. This novel is set in the 19th century, and two of the three main characters are definitely kick ass (the third is a man, kick ass hero on his own.) Lena is a widow from Oregon, who has to survive on her own in the west, without a lot of support. And even when Jam’elo (the guy, who is sort of an alien) comes along, her kick ass-ness doesn’t stop! She’s in love, but she’s independent, strong, smart and amazing. The other heroine in this story is Emma – born a slave, escapes, but then is captured again. I won’t spoil the story, but she’s kick ass in her own way.

I have gotten some backlash for writing such non-traditional heroines, especially since I write hard science fiction. It’s not everyday that the main character in a hard science fiction novel about space is a kick ass heroine, let alone a queer kick ass heroine of color. But it’s fun writing those characters.

Friends with WingsAmazon

Becoming QueenAmazon

The Expedition – Amazon


Author, Michelle Murrain
Author, Michelle Murrain

Michelle has been writing science fiction since 2006, and has been an avid reader and fan of science fiction since she started to read. Because she has been both a scientist and a technologist by trade, she went to seminary, and she’s a polymath, her interests span a wide range of topics, including science, technology, religion and spirituality, philosophy, history, culture, politics, race, gender, and sexuality. She brings all of these to bear in her science fiction writing. She specializes in stories of culture clash and/or first contact, and her work has numerous strong female protagonists and characters, as well as a lot of diverse characters. She lives in Sonoma County, California with her spouse and 2 cats. Gift for you! Get a one of Michelle’s science fiction novels as a gift to you here:

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$50 Gift Card Giveaway & Cover Reveal for a Collection of Ten Sweet Romance Short Stories

Available today: AUTUMN’S KISS

Cover reveal for the collection of ten sweet romance short stories

I am so excited to announce this collection, available today, exclusively on Amazon. I have a short story in this collection featuring Rose and Julien and is the continuation of their time-travel love story that began in Touchstone of Love. It was so fun to write this short story, especially because I had no idea I could write so short.

A bit about my story: Sexy Medieval stonemason Julien relies on his fiancée Rose to adapt to 21st century life and struggles to find his place in modern times. Holding down two jobs to support her and Julien in expensive San Francisco, software expert Rose has no time for romance. A weekend getaway may provide just the spark these time-crossed lovers need.

New love is wonderful! But not the only kind of love story there is. Why did I write about reigniting the spark? I am now in my 15th year of marriage, and I think it’s super important to keep the spark alive. So does my sweet hubby. We go on weekend getaways or even day trips at least monthly, and have been doing that for years. I think such trips are the secret to a good love story.

Now about Autumn’s Kiss. Read all the way to the bottom for a special giveaway.


Autumn’s Kiss: Ten Contemporary & Historical Sweet Romances

Ten sweet stories of love. Ten great authors. Ten ways to celebrate Autumn.

Falling in love is timeless. From a sexy medieval stonemason to a small town shopkeeper – Regency England to Napa Vineyards, this selection of Historical, Contemporary, Paranormal and Time-Travel short romance stories is sure to capture your heart.

AUTUMN VOWS. Patricia Kiyono. Contemporary

For 30 years, busy wife and mother Yolanda Murray pushed aside her career for family. With the kids grown now, it’s her turn. But her husband Craig needs surgery, and his worries extend far beyond his health issues. Will this couple survive the changes in the autumn of their lives?

CAROUSEL MAGIC. LaVerne St. George. Contemporary.

For Thomas Martin, feelings don’t get in the way of business. As the new owner of an amusement park, he’s determined to replace the old carousel with video games. Mayor Ginger Fairchild is equally determined to save the vintage carousel. Can the carousel’s magic touch two more hearts?

THE FALL APPLES AND MR. CRAIGSON. Kathy Bosman. Contemporary

Trina knows most men are out for her money, so a fantasy rich husband acts as her shield. She hires attractive Seth Craigson to cut down unwanted trees, certain he won’t discover her secret. As Trina’s heart leans toward Seth, he sees past her lie. Does he accept her for herself or see only her wealth?

FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN. Beth Barany. Paranormal/Time Travel

Sexy Medieval stonemason Julien relies on his fiancée Rose to adapt to 21st century life and struggles to find his place in modern times. Holding down two jobs to support her and Julien in expensive San Francisco, software expert Rose has no time for romance. A weekend getaway may provide just the spark these time-crossed lovers need.

A HARVEST OF HOPE. Debby Lee. Historical

After putting away a crooked bootlegger, Meggie and Luke Preston set out for California, hoping for a second chance at life. When their past catches up with them, Meggie must find the courage to face the issues that have driven a wedge into her marriage… or she may lose everything.

THE LONELY SHOPKEEPER. Cindy Flores Martinez. Contemporary

Lately, Judy has been too busy for love. Running a small business in her hometown occupies all of her time. When she meets Graham, a visitor from Scotland, it’s chemistry at first sight–and impossible. He’s not here to stay. She’s not willing to move. What will happen when they fall in love?

RUNAWAY LOVE. Nicole Zoltack. Historical

After harvesting his crops, the last thing Corin Jannings expects is rescuing a woman tossed from a runaway horse. A woman who can’t remember who she is. She’s highborn, obviously, so it’s only a matter of time before someone comes for her. And since she’s a lady, Corin cannot dare risk falling for her.

SOFT BURGUNDY NIGHTS. Ruth Roberts. Contemporary

For the first time since she was abandoned, Jessica Rayne has a real home and her dream job as manager of Marchetti Vineyard. After ten years, Rafaele Marchetti has returned from New York, still bitter over his father’s mistakes. Rafaele may take away everything Jessica’s worked for… or make her dreams of love come true.

VIKING FOR HIRE. Jo Grafford. Historical

Branwyn O’Tyre is convinced her estranged brother plans to arrest her for witchcraft, so she drinks a protection potion before he arrives. A Viking sea captain, living under a curse, witnesses her magic and offers her an escape if only she will help him. The hitch? If she fails, Branwyn’s heart will be his forever.

THE WITCHING WELL. Kristy Tate. Time Travel

Celia Quinn holds Jason West responsible for the demise of her grandmother’s dress shop, so when she takes a sip of water from the witching well and is transported back to Regency England, Jason West is the last person she wants to see–or kiss.

TRIVIA: Special Giveaway for a $50 gift card

To enter in this special giveaway, you must enter this form. Enter the name of my hero and heroine for my story in this collection. Good luck!


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Coming soon: Cover Reveal for Autumn’s Kiss: Ten Contemporary & Historical Sweet Romances

This is for the cover reveal sign up for this collection of 10 sweet romance short stories, releasing October 25th. Heat rating is sweet so no advisory is needed. All necessary materials will be sent out one week before the reveal. If you sign up, I will send an email reminder 48 hours before the post is supposed to go live. Do not post the reveal before October 25th. On pre-order here:

Ten sweet stories of love. Ten great authors. Ten ways to celebrate Autumn.
Falling in love is timeless. From a sexy medieval stonemason to a small town shopkeeper – Regency England to Napa Vineyards, this selection of Historical, Contemporary, Paranormal and Time-Travel short romance stories is sure to capture your heart.

Full book description here:

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I write kick ass heroine fantasy stories. Why?

Henrietta The Dragon Slayer by Beth Barany, 2012 Grand Prize winner of the California Book Fiction Contest
Henrietta The Dragon Slayer by Beth Barany, 2012 Grand Prize winner of the California Book Fiction Contest

I write kick ass heroine fantasy stories. Why, you may wonder…


I loved fairy tales and folk tales, but when I was a kid I never saw any adventure stories about strong girls and young women. So that’s what I write about. I write what I wish I could have read when I was young.

More about my fantasy here.


We need role models.


I want to be the hero I’m waiting for.

If not me, who?
If not now, when?

"If I am not for myself, who is for me? And being for my own self, what am 'I'? And if not now, when?" -- Hillel the Elder
“If I am not for myself, who is for me? And being for my own self, what am ‘I’? And if not now, when?” — Hillel the Elder


I chose fiction to be my art and love first and foremost stories about strong young women. Read an excerpt about Henrietta The Dragon Slayer here.


Kick ass heroines make the rules and rock. Here’s seven posts I wrote on the characteristics of bad ass or kick ass heroines and their archetypes.

Which kick ass heroines do you like? Comment below. Thanks!

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Why I Like Watching Sports

Stanford women's basketball spring 2014
Stanford women’s basketball spring 2014 c. Beth Barany All Rights Reserved

I love watching the excellence of the human body. I love watching the clarity in the athletes’ eyes. I love watching the strategy, focus, and endurance.

A friend brought me to the Stanford women’s basketball this past spring. I really enjoyed watching the game live. Next on my list is a live professional league basketball game, women and mens’.

I played drums in high school and college for a few years, so have seen plenty of live high school and college football games.

I especially love viewing sports movies based on a true story.

Most recently, I enjoyed Kevin Costner’s film, DRAFT DAY.

DRAFT DAY with Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner
DRAFT DAY with Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner

I like watching football, soccer, basketball, track and field, tennis, rugby.

I’m not into watching golf, baseball, swimming, diving.

Which sports do you love watching and why?

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Meet My Character: Sarah Redman from Parisian Amour

Meet My Character Blog Hop Monday: Sarah Redman
Meet My Character Blog Hop Monday: Sarah Redman

Hi and Welcome to the Meet My Character Monday Blog Hop! This week I’m going to introduce you to Sarah Redman, the heroine of Parisian Amour, my third novella in the series. (The four novellas are listed in order here.)

What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

Sarah is the hero, or if you like heroine, of Parisian Amour. She’s fictional, sprung from my fertile imagination.

When and where is the story set?

The story is set in one of my favorite cities in the world, Paris, France, in contemporary times during a stormy December.

What should we know about her?

Sarah is a serious, hard-working, professional woman guy. She loves the outdoors, hanging out with her girlfriends, and going on survivalist trips and tested herself against the environment. In other words, one of her hobbies is going on adventures.

What messes up her life?

She’s bored and wants a change and thinks that change will be a new job in Paris. But that job falls through and her life changes.

What is the main conflict? 

close-up-sarah-waldmanIn Parisian, Amour, Sarah gets lost in the tunnels of Paris with a man, Josh Kleine, who attracts her more than she wants to admit. And she doesn’t believe in love, thinks the attraction is a distraction to finding their way out, and doesn’t want to admit to anything paranormal happening.


What is the personal goal of the character? 

She wants an adventure, but one she can understand.

Where can we read more about it? 

Check out an excerpt here. You can purchase the novella from these vendors:

Amazon Kindle | Barnes & Noble Nook | Kobo | Smashwords | iTunes


ABOUT Parisian Amour

“A Hallmark-type romance with a twist of magic!”

What if a dragon lived under the city of Paris?

Parisian Amour by Beth BaranySarah Redman, a bank project manager up to her neck with work, wants some adventure in her life. A career opportunity in Paris seems like a dream come true, but once she gets there nothing goes as planned. The job interview she thought she wanted falls through and her dreams about a crying dragon trouble her. To top it off, she gets lost in the tunnels of Paris with a man who attracts her more than she wants to admit.

Trainer extraordinaire, Josh Kleine, needs to pull off a successful presentation at the Paris Transportation Conference to land more clients and save his company. But strange events in the tunnels under Paris drive him to distraction and into a strange, profound sadness. In search of answers under the city, he gets trapped below ground with a gorgeous woman who he desires like none before. But will the sadness tear him apart before he can convince himself and her that love does not only exist in fairy tales?

Together they may hold the key to the strange disasters striking the City of Lights. Can Sarah unravel the secrets of the city and of her heart in time to save them all?

***A short novel. This is a novella of approximately 20,000 words.***

Beth Barany writes magical tales of romance and adventure to transport readers to new worlds where anything is possible.


Visit the other authors on today’s Meet My Character Monday Blog Hop

Now here are 4 wonderful writers you should know as part of the Meet My Character Monday Blog Hop:

  1. Emily  Gatrell
  2. Jennifer Reynolds
  3. Dawn Singh
  4. Ashlei D Hawley
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Read Henrietta The Dragon Slayer for Free on Wattpad

Henrietta The Dragon Slayer by Beth Barany, 2012 Grand Prize winner of the California Book Fiction ContestNews: I’m loading Henrietta The Dragon Slayer one chapter at a time at Wattpad. Two chapters have been loaded so far. Check them out here.

You don’t need to create an account to read people’s stories there. But you do need to create a free account if you want weekly updates when I load a new chapter.

If you don’t want to wait for the weekly updates, you can always purchase the book in print or in ebook format.

As you may know, book 2, Henrietta and the Dragon Stone is out now, and I’m working on preparing book 3 right now — clarifying characters, setting up the conflicts, expanding the world.


Henrietta, the legendary Dragon Slayer of the Kingdom of Bleuve, can’t stomach the thought of one more kill. Yet, in order to save her dying mentor, she must go on one last quest. But will misfit companions, seasickness, and an ego maniacal king derail the quest for the healing stone? And will she be able to cut past her conscience and kill the dragon?


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Thank You Notes Fridays, Inspired by Jimmy Fallon (Friday, Oct. 10, 2014)

Thank You Notes a la Jimmy Fallon

Cue melodic piano music…

“Thank you for Vlogtober —  a place to stretch my video wings.”

“Thank you for women comedians who make me bend of with laughter, like Jan Hooks. (RIP)”

“Thank you for my cats, who purr their love and contentment.”

“Thank you for #MonthofCats my friend Nicole is creating. They make me smile every day.”

What are you thankful for?

Share in the comments below. Thanks!

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