Denise Rossetti — Yours to Desire!


Hello Bandita Buddies!

It’s my pleasure to bring back a lair favourite, my friend and critique partner, Denise Rossetti!

Denise has an exciting new release, and as someone who interfered–ahem!–I mean, helped brainstorm and plot this baby, not to mention reading, commenting on and loving the final product, I’m particularly thrilled to share it with everyone here today. 

Welcome, Denise!

Thanks for the kind words Christina *G* and thank you for having me today.

Hey Banditas and Bandit Buddies, I’m baaack! And I’m so thrilled I’m bouncing all over the place. I’ve finally put on my big girl antigrav pants and written a Science Fiction romance! Even more exciting, it’s set in a shared universe – another first for me.

Sven’s secured the airlocks and cranked the jump engines up to warp speed, so let’s blast off!

Yours to Desire 

A man more potent than any drug.

It’s 2202 and on board the Earth Ship Siren, the brilliant Doctor Lily Kwan has worked in secret to develop an antidote for the aphrodisiac rape drug, sexmeth.

YoursToDesire_Final - sm-1She’d be overjoyed if it wasn’t for an embarrassing problem: the antidote has no effect on her extraordinary reaction to Connor Madison, the Siren’s tough quartermaster. Scientifically, it should be impossible, but the man’s a raging fever in her blood. If a single dark glance sets Lily on fire, a kiss might kill her dead – but what a way to go!

A former gang rat from the slums of a dying world, Con came up the hard way, so when geeky Doctor Kwan tops his hit list of possible drug runners, nothing’s going to save her not her family’s money, nor her clever mind.

Not even the smile in her eyes.

The initial idea for the ES Siren series came from the amazing Shona Husk. She came up with the concept of a space convoy travelling to a far distant planet. But this isn’t any ordinary convoy, oh no! It’s based on the First Fleet that left England in the late eighteenth century and sailed for long dreary months to other side of the world, all the way to the struggling penal colony in New South Wales, Australia. On board were convicts, soldiers and civilians.

In the year 2022, the overcrowded, polluted Earth is dyig, so a penal colony on a distant planet is a great concept, practical as well as coldblooded. The convicts – who far outnumber the military and civilians – are expendable, there as grunt labour. Then there are the career soldiers and pilots, and finally a small, but dedicated group of civilians with special skills. Add to the volatile mix the inevitable criminals, some of whom wear the hated yellow uniform of the convict (and some who should, but don’t!) and the scope for drama is purely breathtaking.

Imagine the privations and uncertainties of a long journey into the unknown. Imagine the stresses and tensions, the basic human needs for food, shelter and safety coupled with our natural desire for sex and perhaps even love. And all of it complicated by the power structures on board.

There was so much creative elbow room in this idea that when Shona and Mel Teshco (who’d boarded a little earlier) asked me to join them, I couldn’t say yes fast enough! The other deciding factors, of course, were that Shona and Mel (who are Aussies, like me) are wonderful writers and good friends.

What fun! I thought. Hope it works…

Silly me! World building is always a power trip for a writer, but there’s something incredibly exciting about sharing the experience. The three of us sparked ideas off each other like Catherine wheels! The energy we generated was incredible and the result is a rich and fully developed world. It’s fascinating to see how each of us ‘sees’ the Siren and her people, the differences and similarities.

sirenbanner_mEach book features a different couple, so the stories work independently. However, to fully experience life and love on the Earth Ship Siren, read them all!

Here’s a quick excerpt – the first encounter between Lily and Con. They meet in a basket-weaving class. As you do…

He blanked the screen with a quick jab of his thumb. “Sorry. What?”

Lily Kwan plonked a bilious green plastic circle on the table in front of him. “A base for your basket.” Determinedly, she pushed the glasses back up her long nose. “I’ve pre-punched it,” she said, pointing to the holes around the perimeter. 

Con stared. Though her hands were narrow and graceful, with long, slender fingers, they were filthy, as if she’d been finger-painting with camouflage colors. Two knuckles sported blisters.  

How would the clever doctor react under pressure?

Without haste, he reached out, gripped her right wrist and turned her hand palm up. The skin was marred with nicks and cuts, some healed, some not. “What happened to your hands?”

Denise, Christine RWA“Nothing.” Under his thumb, her pulse fluttered. “Just doing my job,” she said, her lips tightly compressed. 

When she took a step back, he held on, gently, but firmly. “Explain.”

The downlights shone directly on her face. From behind the glasses, furious almond eyes met his. They were a stormy gray, not the brown he’d expected. 

Con’s lips curved, very slightly. Ah, now they were getting somewhere. The peasant had transgressed and the princess was pissed. It warmed his heart, truly it did.

“I work in a lab, all right? I do experiments.” She tugged, to no avail. Her cheeks had gone a dull red.

Lounging back in his chair, Con released her, taking his own sweet time. “I see.” 

Her spine snapped straight. “Which do you want? Bamboo or reed?”

“Neither.” He gave her a calm smile. “I’ll just watch the others for now.”

The blood beat beneath the golden skin of her throat. 

“Fine.” Scooping up the green circle, she whirled around and headed for the sulky prisoners.

Con stared. Had he thought their yellow shirts were the only bright notes in the room? A glossy dark braid, almost as thick as his wrist, hung down Kwan’s back, bouncing with the energy of her stride. Threaded through it was a scarlet ribbon. 

BanditBootyRead the whole first chapter on my website

You can also read the characters’ diaries as they prepare for the voyage. ES Siren blog.

I have a copy of Yours to Desire to give away, so tell me –

Do you enjoy teamwork? I do, but I know some do and some really don’t! What’s been your experience?

I’d like to add to my Science Fiction Romance TBR pile, as if it wasn’t big enough! What are your recommendations?

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  • Amy Conley says:

    Is he finally coming back? Hope he has an umbrella.

  • Amy Conley says:

    I’m sorry, sci-fi is the one thing I just can not get into.

    As for teamwork, it just depends. Sometimes I like ig, want it, need it. Othef times, please just leave me alone and let me do it myself.

    • Hi Amy

      SF isn’t for everyone, that for sure – in spite of Star Trek and Star Wars! But I have to say I’ve loved it since my boyfriend (now husband) got me to red Arthur C. Clarke years ago.

      As for teamwork – yep, know exactly what you mean! Sometimes, I just want to shout “Leave me ALONE!” Other times, I really love having great colleagues. We humans are funny creatures. 🙂

  • Deanna says:

    I love sci fi romance. I’ve picked up all 3 of the ES Siren books on my Kindle when I first saw them being plugged by the various authors. I think I pre-ordered all of them. They are now sitting in my iPad Kindle app waiting for me.

    As to the question of teams: Having been an IT consultant for most of my adult life, I have worked in teams most all the time. Some teams were better than others. When we were assigned to remote locations in countries where English was not the first language, having a good team around us was essential. It not only meant a good working team but also people you could depend on and relate to. After hours, these people became our friends and our social circle. I have friends from some of those teams I’ve worked in who have become lifelong friends. That said, there are also teams that only stayed together for as long as the job. Even though there was mutual respect and the work got done, it never went beyond that and communication was lost after the job was done. I’m always a little sad when I lose touch with colleagues that I have liked and worked well with, but these things happen.

    • Aw, Deanna, thanks for buying. *BWG* Love to hear that and I really hope you enjoy the ES Siren books.

      You’re wise on the subject of teams. Sometimes the personalities gel and sometimes they don’t. Group dynamics never cease to fascinate me. I would have loved to have studied group psychology. OTOH, I guess I get to play god(dess) with the interplay of personalities in my books. Mission accomplished. Heh heh.

  • Jane says:

    Welcome Denise,
    I’ve had pretty positive experiences working as a team in school and in work. It feels good to know you’re not alone and can count on your fellow classmates or coworkers to help out and do their part. I don’t have any sci-fi romances to recommend. I’m not too familiar with them.

  • Brenda says:

    Wow absolutely remarkable

  • Mel Teshco says:

    So glad you joined us Denise, it wouldn’t have been the same without you! =))

    • Hey, Mel!

      You’re right, you know. *grin* If the third writer had been someone else, ES Siren would have ended up just that bit different. That’s the absolute beauty of shared creativity. I lurve it. 🙂

  • flchen1 says:

    Oh my, Denise!! This sounds positively delicious! I hadn’t heard about this series yet and am thrilled to add it to my TBR! Are these going to be available on ARe, or just Amazon?

    I love scifi romance–and good teamwork (whether experiencing it or reading about it) is amazing!

    A few favorites–Ann Aguirre, Kate Hill, Kate Pearce, NJ Walters…

    Also, Smart Bitches recently had a discussion with recs:

    And a few that were on sale even:

    Thanks for adding to the TBB and TBR, Denise! Will you and your cohorts be writing any more together?

    • Ah, flchen1, you are an absolute sweetheart! Thanks so much for being so enthusiastic. 🙂

      In answer to your question, we are definitely writing more in the Siren universe. We’ve just handed in our second books, which will be released in November. I did dreadful things to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House in mine. Sshh. Don’t tell the Sydneysiders! I really enjoyed it. 😉

      And I sooo want you to be able to buy in your format of choice – which you can! You can get all three books direct from Momentum in epub. If you’d rather purchase elsewhere, follow the links from the Momentum page to Google play, Kobo, Barnes & Noble and iTunes.

      As far as I can tell, it’s not on ARe, but maybe there’s a time lag. I’m not sure.

      And lastly, THANKS for the fabulous links. Much appreciated!

  • Shannon says:

    It’s been a while since I read sci-fil There’s one author whose world building made me wonder who could top this, and a few more books did indeed disappoint, so I retreated to historical romance and then did dabble in steam punk. I may have to add this to my wish list.

    As for teams, I work best in small teams. An analyst and I from two different agencies spent the three months on a project. The first version was so well received, we then rewrote it for a senior audience. One of the most senior readers gave it a good review. I then got an award for the product and the collaboration.

    Next week, I begin a project with four authors on a subject I know nothing about. So I get to dive into my portion. There also may be a brainstorming future looking project next week. How in the world is it possible to reverse what seems an inevitable decline.

    • Shannon, I love working in small teams, too, particularly brainstorming! When Anna Campbell, Denise and I get together we often plot out books!

    • Ooh, Shannon! I’d love to know who the fantastic author was.

      I love the brainstorming aspect of teamwork too. Perhaps it’s because I’m an extrovert and I think best by verbalizing ideas out loud. Which is why I value Christina so much. The poor darling actually listens to me babble!

      • Shannon says:

        It’s Peter Hamilton. I love his Commonwealth Universe. His earlier work in the Confederation Universe is interesting but just not as compelling. I checked his website to make sure I got the names right, and I found out his publisher (Tor) is sponsoring a re-reading of his Void Trilogy in the Commonwealth Universe. I just may have to join in; there goes any chance of me paring down my TBR.

  • Helen says:

    Waving hi to Denise it is good to have you back I have not read a lot of Si-Fi but I have heard a lot about these three books and I am looking forward to reading them 🙂

    As for team work I think it is great especially in the work place but sadly I don’t think it happens enough these days.

    Congrats on the release

    Have Fun

    • Helen, you’ll love these! And for people who aren’t sure of the sci-fi (which my auto-correct keeps wanting to call sic-fi) there are elements but it’s not terribly heavy on that side of it. It’s a love story on a space ship, basically. I’m not a big fan of sci-fi but I loved Denise’s book! Her heroes are HOT!

    • Helen, my dear! Lovely to hear from you! I do hope you enjoy the ES Siren books. 🙂

      As for teamwork, it’s always very much in vogue in the workplace. Managers love the concept! Doesn’t always follow that it works though. Sadly.

  • Hi Denise –

    Very cool that you are branching into scifi. I’m more of a paranormal reader as opposed to scifi, but the new series sounds great. Best of luck with it!

    • Hi Donna!

      Have to say I’ve really enjoyed the (slight) change in genre – there’s a pretty blurred line between SF and Fantasy, anyway.

      As Christina says, Yours to Desire is fundamentally a romance, just takes place on a space ship and in the future.

  • Denise, welcome back! Christina, thanks for bringing us one of our favorite visitors again. I love that photo of the three of us!

    Denise, huge congratulations on the new release. I think it sounds really great – and hot! Brings a whole new meaning to “In space, nobody can hear you scream!” Snerk!

  • bn100 says:

    not really; don’t have any recommendations

  • catslady says:

    I do enjoy science fiction but it seems I see it in movies more than I read it although I’m always open to it. As to teamwork it really depends on who you are teamed with lol.

    • Hi catslady!

      When you think about it, there’s an incredible amount of SF on screen, isn’t there? Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Babylon 5 (hear it’s coming back! Yay!), Stargate and on and on.

      As for the teamwork, you are sooo right! The composition of the group makes all the difference.

  • Barbara Elness says:

    I just read a SciFi romance that I really liked – Ice Red by Jael Wye and I also loved Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher. As far as teamwork, I’m a bit of a loner and work very well that way, but if I’m part of a team, I enjoy that too. The work gets done so much faster, and it’s fun to bounce ideas off each other.

    • Ooh, thanks, Barbara. I’ll check those out – not that my TBR pile needs to be any bigger!

      Some people definitely work better alone. I don’t mind that at all – as long as they COMMUNICATE! Can you tell I’ve had colleagues who don’t? LOL

  • Denise, welcome back and congratulatios on your new release! I love SFR, and this sounds like a great premise.

    I do like teamwork. My experiences in marching band in high school and in pep band and debate in college are some of my fondest memories.

    Linnea Sinclair, Anne Aguirre write great SFR, and bandita Jeanne’s new series is a fabulous blend of SFF and romance.

  • Thanks for the welcome, Nancy.

    Sounds like you’re a real team player – my favourite kind of people!

    And thanks for the recommendations, both authors I like. I’ll have to check out Jeanne’s new series. 🙂