Cover Reveal: Love Across the Universe



Love Across the Universe

Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Publisher: Stars and Stone Books
Date of Publication: August 1 2017
ISBN-10: 0-9977081-8-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-9977081-8-9
13 Stories of
Science Fiction Romance Set on Intergalactic Shores 


Summer love is summer love, no matter the planet. Climb aboard your
spacecraft or time machine and travel across time and space with these
thirteen tales of love on beaches in the future and among the stars.
Includes stories by USA Today Bestselling Author Traci Douglass, Cara
McKinnon, Rhonda Jackson Joseph, A.E. Hayes, Sheri Queen, M.T. DeSantis, L.J.
Longo, K.W. Taylor, Mary Rogers, Elsa M. Carruthers, Emmerite Sundberg, Serena
Jayne, and Oriana Maret.

Traci Douglass – “A Dream to Build a Kiss On”

Can passion bloom between a bookish botanist and an analytical android?

Cara McKinnon – “The Pirates and the Pacifist”

Kai doesn’t believe in violence. Sam and Dek believe the ends justify the
means. Will passion be enough to bridge the gap between the pacifist sent to
broker galactic peace and the space pirates hired to keep him away at all

A.E. Hayes – “Tristan’s Tryst”

One mysterious being. Two lovers who find her. Can this threesome handle
the heat of this scorching summer?

Sheri Queen – “Red Sand”

If she can only save one thing, which will it be—the red beaches of Mars
or a love she can’t imagine living without?

M.T. DeSantis – “The Princess of Sands”

Secrets and lies. Can they be each other’s freedom?

L.J. Longo – “Breathless”

The manager of a resort planet and the head of its secret defense unit
team up to save the guests—and discover danger is a potent aphrodisiac.

K.W. Taylor – “Reprogramming”

Alex didn’t want to be marooned on an alien planet with a robot, but it
may just be exactly what she needs.

Mary Rogers – “Breakfast on Pluto”

Doing the right thing isn’t always what’s best—but sometimes it pays
off.  A chance meeting of two people unaware of their destiny with each
other results in a bond too difficult to break, but even duty has its
boundaries. Will love help them break free—and will love be enough?

Elsa M. Carruthers – “All B+ut You”

Lou is looking for the right guy and finds him where she least expects.

Emmerite Sundberg – “Fluid”

She’s everything she’s ever wanted but with one flaw – they can’t
actually touch.

Serena Jayne – “You Only Love Once”

Carpe diem the hell out of love.

Oriana Maret – “Renewal” 

She’ll brave the arms of destruction to shed the arms that betrayed.


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Character Interviews from Crazy Little Spring Called Love

Crazy Little Spring Called Love

After interrogating our Crazy Little Spring Called Love authors about their writing habits and stories, we asked them to turn the spotlight on their characters. The responses are sometimes straightforward, and sometimes silly, but always entertaining!

For more interviews and information about the blog tour, check out the blog tour landing page on


Subjects: Rena, Duke, and Nate from Elsa Carruther’s story Welded

Spring 17 Interior Image EC F.1Question: Do you have any special skills? Describe one.

RENA: I can weave spells into my welds.

DUKE: I take photos that reveal the past.

NATE: I am good at tracking people down.

Question: What is the one thing you want most? Why do you want it, and what would you do if you got it?

RENA: I want to be safe.

DUKE: I want to be a good person.

NATE: I want to find meaning and happiness.

Question: Be honest. How do you feel about Love?

RENA: I don’t think I need it.

DUKE: I want to fall in love and start a family, but I’ll never admit it out loud.

NATE: I think I’ve already found it; I just have to convince them.


Subjects: Pennora and Edward from Sheri Queen’s The Girl with a Broken WingSheri

Question: Do you have any special skills? Describe one.

PENNORA: I used to have the ability to help bring about spring blooms and new growth. That was before my accident and when I could fly. Now, I’m just the Matchmaker’s lame assistant sent off to find a human whose name ended up on her list. But after seeing this guy in person, well, I can say that even being a lowly assistant has its perks.

EDWARD: I never thought I had any special talent. I’m pretty much obsessed with making clockwork creatures, particularly ones with wings. I’ve had this thing about wings ever since I saw a fairy when I was a kid. Then Pennora entered my life, and I see things differently. Maybe I do have a special talent. Maybe I can help her, if she’ll let me.

Question: What is the one thing you want most? Why do you want it, and what would you do if you got it?

PENNORA: I just want to be me again. You know–normal. If I could have my wing back the way it was, I could be a harbinger of Spring again, and be certain of my place on the Matchmaker’s list. But look at me, that’s not going to happen.

EDWARD: I have to have Rowan wood to get out of a debt my father owed before he died. Once I have that I would be free to do anything I wanted.

Question: Be honest. How do you feel about Love?

PENNORA: Love doesn’t happen for crippled fairies. Old magic is fortified when strong bonds are made between mates. My chances of that happening are pretty slim. And if Edward’s name is accepted on the Matchmaker’s list, how would someone like me get matched with him? I don’t even know if my name is still on the list. Love sucks.

EDWARD: I’m a recluse. My world is my clockwork. Love? I’m not looking for it to happen.


Subjects: Leora and Reed from Cara McKinnon’s story Love at Dawn

CaraQuestion: Do you have any special skills? Describe one.

LEORA: I’m not sure if a thorough understanding of fluid dynamics is a special skill, but that’s all I’ve got. I’m also a competent healer, and I’d like to be able to train more in that discipline–if a certain someone wasn’t in my way.

REED: I’m a surgeon, but while that’s a necessary skill and I’m good at it, I’m not sure I would call it “special.” My special skill seems to be annoying Leora, but I have no idea why.

Question: What is the one thing you want most? Why do you want it, and what would you do if you got it?

LEORA: To be a healer. It’s the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do, since I was little and helped out in my father’s surgery. It makes me feel necessary and truly a part of my community to help heal the sick and injured. And something about the human body just makes sense to me. I can tell what needs to be done to fix it when it’s broken. If I got to be a healer, some empty part of me would be filled. But it’s never going to happen, because *someone* picked the job before I could. I’ll never forgive him for that.

REED: Leora. Not that she’s a thing. I should say that I want to be with Leora, because I’ve been in love with her for years. But she hates me, and I don’t know why, so I can’t even imagine what it would be like if we actually got together.

Question: Be honest. How do you feel about Love?

LEORA: Love is a beautiful thing. Our society is built on the foundation of our patron god and goddess’s love for each other, and we’re taught that all living things are worthy of respect and care. But if you mean romantic love–so far, I haven’t really experienced it. I’ve had a crush on one guy forever, but he has never looked at me that way. So I don’t know what to think about it.

REED: It’s a nuisance to love someone and know that your presence riles her up. But on the other hand, she doesn’t go out of her way to avoid me, so maybe she likes our daily shouting match. I’ll admit it gets my blood heated up to see her snarling and her eyes sparking. One of these days I’m going to kiss her just to see what happens. If I could have Leora in my life and in my bed, I might just change my opinion about love.

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Get your copy of Crazy Little Spring Called Love now!

Advice about Love from Romance Authors

Crazy Little Spring Called Love

The authors of the stories in Crazy Little Spring Called Love (order here) sat down to answer some questions for their readers. For links to the full list of interview questions, teasers, and more, visit the blog tour page.

What’s your best advice about love?

traciTraci Douglass

No advice, sorry. But one of my favorite quotes about love comes from Willa Cather. She said, “Where there is great love, there are always miracles.” I think that’s a pretty great outlook to live by. Pursue your dreams and follow what you love and miracles will happen.

SheriSheri Queen

There will be difficult days, when you’ll have to work a little harder to keep that love. We’re human, with human foibles, and our relationships change as we mature, which means our love will have to grow to meet those changes. Maybe it’s true that love is like a good wine that gets better as it ages. Above all, take time to celebrate that love.

MTM.T. DeSantis


Stop looking for it. The minute you do, it will be there. Believe me. I know.

CaraCara McKinnon


Listen to other people. Don’t just hear. Listen. Be honest, but not cruel. Communicate. And redefine the golden rule–don’t treat other people the way you would like to be treated. Treat them as they want to be treated.

LJL.J. Longo


Find your best friend. Kiss him/her. Still friends? Get married. If not … find another best friend?

I might give very bad love advice. I dunno, kidnap him?

Spring 17 Interior Image MR F.1Mary Rogers

Cherish it. You don’t know if it will last, how long you’ll have it, and what will happen if or when it ends. It is a mystery and a gift, even when it is imperfect. So to whomever, or whatever you believe in – give thanks.

Elsa CarruthersSpring 17 Interior Image EC F.1

Hold out for the person or people that makes you excited to get up in the morning and reluctant to go to sleep because you don’t want to miss a second with them. Hold out for someone that “gets” you and loves you in all of your unique glory. But most of all, hold out for someone in whom you see qualities you admire.

Spring 17 Interior Image AH F.1A.E. Hayes

Trust your instincts. I’m not saying that you should rush into anything if your instincts say, “Hey, this person I just met an hour ago is kind and attractive; I should make sure I ask about marriage,” but I do believe that we innately know what is good and bad for our hearts and souls. If you feel a connection, there’s nothing wrong with exploring it. The worst that can happen is that the other person will say no. At that point? Move on (if that takes an hour or a month – rejection is not always easy). If the person says yes? Enjoy every moment that you have – from the first spark to the boring loads of laundry you may do together to the nights where you hold hands as one of you lies in a hospital bed. When love is real, it lasts. Trust yourself. It all begins with you.

Crazy Little Spring Called Love Blog Tour!

Crazy Little Spring Called Love

The authors of the stories in Crazy Little Spring Called Love–of which I am one!–sat down to answer some questions for their readers. For links to the full list of interview questions, teasers, and more, visit the blog tour page.

Question 3: Spring

What do you like best about spring? What do you hate?

Traci Douglass


No negatives for me.

Spring and Fall are my favorite seasons. I love Spring because everything is fresh and growing and it’s a new beginning, a time to break free of the bonds of winter and forge a new path.

It’s full of possibility and potential.

Sheri Queen


I love the warmer weather that comes with Spring, so I can sit outside by my decorative fountains to read and write.

But I hate having to weed and mulch, and the heavy pollens are brutal.

M.T. DeSantis


Spring is probably my favorite season. Things are green, and flowers are blooming. There’s a freshness to the air that makes the world feel alive. The thing I dislike most about spring is the fact that where I live now gets about a week of it. I miss weeks on end of spring so much. Now, I get something sort of resembling winter for a while, a week or two of spring, and then sweltering summer.

Cara McKinnon


I suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and so winter is a tough time for me. It’s cold, and dark, and gloomy. But then things start to come back to life and there is color and light and warmth. Unfortunately there is also tree pollen and lots of rain, but nothing in life is perfect!

L.J. Longo


Confession, I hate Spring. I know, very hipster of me. I have allergies and I walk everywhere all year long. Then suddenly, right around my birthday, I’ve got to start sharing the street with both pollen and pedestrians!

Oh wait, Ghost Tours start again in the Spring. So that’s my favorite part of Spring.

Mary Rogers

As a northeasterner, I love lilacs, and miss them terribly. Gardenias fill that void here in California. I love the way it seems like spring just happens. From seemingly unending gray skies, snow melt, browned leaves you didn’t get to raking, to crocus, daffodils and pastels everywhere. I love the way it just hits your senses in every way, the look, the smell, the sight, the tastes (strawberries!) and the sounds (birds everywhere!). Here in California where we never get winter, and fall and spring are suspiciously like summer, it happens in a more clandestine way, but if you keep your senses open, you’ll see the wonders all again.

Elsa Carruthers

I love the flowers, all of the green that seems to appear overnight. It is breathtaking! I hate the pollen and the fact that I never know what to wear. 🙂

Crazy Little Spring Called Love Is Here!

Eight Magical Stories of Fantasy Romance
from Stars and Stone Books

Crazy Little Spring Called Love

Featuring: Elsa Carruthers, M.T. DeSantis, Traci Douglass, A.E. Hayes, L.J. Longo, Cara McKinnon, Sheri Queen, and Mary Rogers

This delightful fantasy romance anthology features eight magical stories inspired by the awakenings and renewal of springtime. If you love gods and goddesses, fairies, djinn, druids, mermaids, dryads, and magic of all varieties, Crazy Little Spring Called Love delivers!


traciTraci Douglass – “When Hermes Met Eos”

One night. Two star-crossed immortals. Will their vibrant connection survive beyond sunrise?


Sheri Queen – “The Girl with a Broken Wing”

One damaged fairy. One half-human. One destiny.


M.T. DeSantis – “A Hunt for Love”

Can a djinn and a clueless guy beat the clock, avoid the curse, and maybe even find true love?


Cara McKinnon – “Love at Dawn”

Sometimes mortals need a little push from a god and goddess to fall in love…


L.J. Longo – “Seaweed and Silk”

A mermaid: hundreds of miles from her home on the ice, on a ship with a troll, a goblin wizard, and a pack of wolves. What else can go wrong? Oh, right. A flippin’ sea monster.


Mary Rogers – “Spring Fling”

A druid’s bargain gives Carson revenge against his former lover Carrie–at the price of her memories of them together. But did she truly steal his magic all those years ago? Or was the real theft his heart?


Elsa Carruthers – “Welded”

Welding Witch, Rena, is on the run. She’s not looking for love, but all the magic in the world can’t keep the sparks from flying when her rivals, Nate and Duke, find her.

Spring 17 Interior Image AH F.1A. E. Hayes – “A Siren’s Song of Spring”

She is sworn to sing men to their deaths. Until one sails into her heart.


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