Monday, April 9, 2018

Between Venus & Mars by S.C. Mitchell (Spotlight, excerpt, review, and GIVEAWAY) GFT ADULT title

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GENRE:   Fantasy



Once Upon a Galaxy . . .

Zana Starchild is on a mission to restore her tribe’s livestock and save herself from one more meal of kelp. Sure, it’s technically illegal to visit Old Earth, but to a rim rat like Zana, galactic laws are really just guidelines. Her wrecked starship just means she’ll need to use her backup plan to get off the abandoned world, an old Earth legend her uncle passed down to her.

Pulled from a relaxing shower, across the galaxy to Old Earth, Galactic Marshall Kyle Kepler finds himself naked and marooned with a quirky rim rat. Zana’s broken more laws than Kyle can count, and he plans to arrest her, just as soon as he can find transport off the planet and a pair of pants.

A junk heap of a starship, a magical tree, and a roving gang of mutant kangaroos are just the beginning of rollicking intergalactic journey filled with laughs, love, and adventure.



Gasping, she reached the top of the hill, her eyes glued to the tree. This had to be her uncle’s Soul Mate Tree.

She scanned her surroundings. Not another tree in sight anywhere.

The twisted, gnarled trunk was just as he’d described it. Golden bark with dark brown patches. Small, oval leaves, pale green on top with silvery undersides.

“Not really the way I planned on meeting Mr. Right.” She’d decided to avoid that little occurrence indefinitely. In her experience, men were nothing but trouble. They wanted sex, which meant babies, which meant settling down. And they wanted to control everything.

Nope, not ready for that.

According to her uncle, she just needed to touch the tree for it to work its magic.

She reached out, palming the bark as she scurried around to put the trunk between her and her pursuers. “Come on, tree. Get me out of here. Any time.”

She hoped her Soul Mate didn’t turn out to be Andel Narkol. The boy was big and strong, but dumb as a stump. Kennen Plankold had a little more sense, but his nasally voice . . .

Maybe it will be someone I don’t even know yet. Though she was pretty sure she’d met all the eligible men on Konga 10.

“What the hell!” Deep, golden, bassy tones exploded behind her.

“Stupid tree. You were supposed to send me to him, not bring him here.”

Her hand shook as she fired at the first roo to crest the hill. She missed by a mile.

What the hell was she supposed to do now?

“Give me that.” A large, well-muscled, bare arm reached over her shoulder to snatch the blaster from her hand. “Teleporting sentient beings is against galactic law,” he snarled.

Great, the love of her life sounded like a cop. Still, he had a big, bumpy, delicious looking arm.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

S.C.Mitchell grew up an avid reader of comic books, science fiction and fantasy literature. He’s been writing stories for over thirty years. In 2010 he left his job as a computer desktop support specialist to pursue his passion for writing full time. He is a PAN member of the Romance Writers of America as well as the Wisconsin chapter.

As a writer of paranormal, sci-fi, and fantasy romance, S. C. Mitchell crafts unique and wondrous worlds where characters explore, romp, and fall in love. Whether traveling through dark, demon filled dimensions, the edge of wild space, or ancient mythological heavens, heroes and heroines, guided by their adventurous hearts, discover hidden strengths on their pathway to enduring love.




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My review:

4.25 stars

Between Venus and Mars by S.C. Mitchell is a science fiction romance story that is part of ‘The Soul Mate Tree’ series. Zana Starchild is on a desperate mission to save her family and friends from starvation after space pirates pillaged their planet. Her trip to the forbidden Old Earth may reap unexpected benefits, if her uncle’s stories about a remarkable tree have a basis in fact. Of course, she will have to survive the roving bands that want to eat her and convince Mr. Hunky Chunky, aka Galactic Marshal Kyle Kepler, that not only does he need to not arrest her (and perhaps wash the slimy stuff out of his hair) but that he has been magically transported to meet his soul mate—her.

This was such a fun story that combined creative twists on various science fiction staples such as space pirates, settling of other planets, a galactic peace-keeping force, and the fall of Earth’s civilizations, while providing both humorous and romantic interludes. The chemistry between the main characters balances the conflict between them and I was kept entertained by both their adventures and the way they interact with each other. I liked the challenge they faced to reconcile pragmatism about survival and following the letter of the law and I enjoyed the creativity and determination that both main characters displayed. Although this is a quick and lighthearted read, this story appealed to my love of science fiction and tied in with the series nicely. I think this is the first book I have read by this author, but I certainly will be on the lookout for more of his stories.

A copy of this title was provided to me for review



  1. This sounds like a book I'd really enjoy reading, thank you for sharing!

  2. I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour, I hope it is a fun one for you, and thanks for the chance to win :)

    1. It has been a fun tour, and you are very welcome for the chance to win. I'm wishing you the best of luck. ♥

  3. Who are some of your favorite authors; what strikes you about their work?

    1. I would say my biggest early influence was Anne McCaffrey and her Dragonriders. Nora Roberts got me reading and writing romance. But it was probably Sherrilyn Kenyon and her and her Dark-Hunters that showed me how to craft a fantastic world and diverse, interesting characters.

      Thanks for asking.

  4. Thank you so much for the host and the review.

  5. Great review, sounds like my kind of book!

  6. Loved the article. Congrats on the release and book tour. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  7. Congratulations on the new book, the tour and this great review. I love sci-fi and enjoyed reading the excerpt.

  8. Yes, it sounded more Sci-Fi than Fantasy.

  9. I wasn't sure about this one until the excerpt. I loved the excerpt, that sounds fun.

  10. Gonna have a good laugh reading this.