SFR Galaxy Awards

The Sixth Annual Science Fiction Romance Galaxy Awards will be announced today. Below is the schedule for the release. You can follow throughout the day by clicking here:


For your info, the judging rounds are scheduled as follows:

10:00 AM EST – Round 1, Chris Stock

11:00 AM EST – Round 2, Heather Massey

12:00 PM EST – Round 3, Marlene Harris

1:00 PM EST – Round 4, Riley Moreland

2:00 PM EST – Round 5, Jo Jones

3:00 PM EST – Round 6, Lee Koven

4:00 PM EST – Round 7, Anna McLain


More About the Awards

The SFR Galaxy Awards is an annual, multi-award event for science fiction romance books. The 2017 awards marks the sixth successive year the awards have been presented.

The theme of the SFR Galaxy Awards is inclusiveness. Instead of giving an award to a single book, this event will recognize the worth of multiple books and/or the standout elements they contain. The basic philosophy behind this approach is to help connect readers with books.

Each of seven judges may name one to multiple awards for standout science fiction romance, creating award categories based on their own criteria. They may also opt to provide additional details about the selectee and why they have made the selection. Authors do not enter to win and are not aware they have won until the awards are announced.

The focus is on award year titles, however the judges may also make a selection from a prior year and one selection can be a science fiction romance film, television series, video, graphic novel or game. (Further information about guidelines and eligibility can be found on the About the SFR Galaxy Awards page.)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 2-1-15

Sunday PostYou may be planning to watch the Super Bowl sometime today. I’m at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference in Chicago, and wondering if the entire place is going to shut down at 5:30 pm CST. Probably not the city, after all, it’s been a long time since the Bears made it to the big show.

SFRGalaxyAwards_iconIf you’re planning to read through the game, or at least the pre-game hoopla, I’d like to make a suggestion. Yesterday, the 3rd annual SFR Galaxy Awards were announced. If SFR is your thing, there are some great reads suggested for your delight and amusement.

If your preferences run to  literary fiction and nonfiction, the ALA annual book awards will be presented at 5 pm on Sunday. While that may not be the best choice of timing for the program, the list will still be current after the game, and the books are all winners.

Current Giveaways:

The Marriage Charm by Linda Lael Miller

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Amazon Gift Card in the Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop is: Mira A.
The winner of Through the Static by Jeanette Grey is: Raymond S.

on a rogue planet by anna hackettBlog Recap:

B+ Review: Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman
B+ Review: The Chance by Robyn Carr
A- Review: On a Rogue Planet by Anna Hackett
B+ Review: The Marriage Charm by Linda Lael Miller
Q&A with Linda Lael Miller + Giveaway
B+ Review: Ghost Phoenix by Corrina Lawson
Stacking the Shelves (120)



share the love hopComing Next Week:

Author Guest Post and Giveaway: Black Dog Blues by Rhys Ford
Ghosts of Christmas Past by Corrina Lawson (review)
Rough Rider by Victoria Vane (review)
Beneath a Trojan Moon by Anna Hackett (review)
Share the Love Blog Hop

The Sunday Post AKA What’s On My (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand? 2-3-13

We will pause this Sunday’s Post for a moment of fangirl squeeing…NCIS has been renewed for an eleventh season. Cue Kermit the Frog flailing  his arms and shouting “Yaaay!” I’m looking forward to another season of Gibbs’ rules and the best five-man band on TV.

And now back to our regularly scheduled recap of the past week at Reading Reality plus previews of upcoming events.

As promised in last Sunday’s Post, the winner announcement for the Happy Endings Blog Hop…drumroll please! The Happy Winner is Kathleen D. Congratulations Kathleen!

This week’s big event was definitely the SFR Galaxy Awards. Please rocket over to the Awards site to get the complete list of award winners. And to add oodles of books to your groaning wishlists and TBR stacks. We picked LOTS of really fantastic (pun only partially intended) stories!

The week’s complete recap:

B+ Review: Real Men Don’t Break Hearts by Coleen Kwan
B+ Review: Binding Vows by Catherine Bybee
B- Review: Savage Angel by Stacy Gail
SFR Galaxy Awards
A- Review: Short Soup by Coleen Kwan
Stacking the Shelves (32)

So what’s coming up this week?

I have three guests this week. Cool! Also hot.

On Tuesday, Reading Reality is part of The Great Steampunk Romance Airship Tour. Since Airships are generally kept aloft by a LOT of hot air, there has got to be plenty of steam involved in that conversation–as if steampunk romance wasn’t steamy enough already! (There are also some lovely steampunk-themed giveaways to go along with the tour)

Moving backwards in time just a bit to Monday, my guest will be Catherine Bybee, the author of the MacCoinnich Time Travel Trilogy. She’ll be talking, of course, about time travel in romance, and giving away one of her books. Even though I’ve already reviewed Binding Vows, the first book in the series, I enjoyed it so much I kept going. I’ll have a review of the second book (Silent Vows) on Monday and a review of book three (Redeeming Vows) on Wednesday.

Thursday, finally moving forward in time, my guest will be that mistress of the Georgian romance, Victoria Vane. In addition to her guest post about her love of flawed heroes, she’ll also have a giveaway of her books. And I couldn’t resist the chance to review her latest flawed hero story, Treacherous Temptations.

Last but not least, on Friday I’ll be going back (or forward) to the thrilling days of yesteryear as they never were in the weird, weird west with the second book in Theresa Meyers’ Legend Chronicles. I’m almost finished with The Slayer, and it’s just as thrilling as The Hunter (see this review to discover just how thrilling.) Catacombs, anyone?

The Sunday Post AKA What’s On My (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand? 1-27-13

Right this minute, what’s probably on my actual nightstand is my feet. Aching. Trying to secede from the union with the rest of me. Sending messages in expletive deleted wanting to know why I’m torturing them in ways that must be outlawed by the Geneva Convention.

The American Library Association Midwinter Conference is in Seattle this weekend. I’ve never been certain about the thrill of victory, but by Sunday afternoon (the conference officially starts on Friday), I’m all too aware of the agony of the feet. Or at least my feet.

Possibly also my back. I can pick up all the ARCs I want. Not just because I’m a librarian, and I’m who they are here for, but also because I don’t have a problem shipping them home. I am home!

But books, as we are all too aware, are damn heavy. Especially when you are carting them around with you all day like a turtle with its house on its back. (This is part of the reason why I’ve gone for ebooks in such a big way. My iPad weighs exactly the same, no matter how many books are in it!)

I’m going to try really hard to only pick up print ARCs for stuff I truly want to read. The galley guide that came out this week showed that a lot more publishers were planning to have NetGalley widgets available, so I’m hopeful. We’ll see.

By the time you read this, the Happy Endings Blog Hop will have ended. I’ll announce the winner next week.

There are other giveaways that still have plenty of time left! Lacy Danes is giving away a Favorite Things Prize Pack and a Kindle Fire on her tour introducing her Dragon’s Fate series.

Stacy Gail is awarding a $25 Amazon Giftcard to a random commenter on her tour for the first book in her Earth Angels series, Nobody’s Angel.

And finally, you can win a copy of Stacey Kennedy’s new book, The Cat’s Meow, by entering the giveaway here. This cat is definitely worth meowing over!

Now that I’ve teased you, here’s the complete list of last week’s posts:

A Review: Freeman by Leonard Pitts, Jr.
B Review: Waterfall by Lacy Danes
Author Interview with Lacy Danes + Giveaway
B Review: Nobody’s Angel by Stacy Gail
Guest Post: Stacy Gail is Making Heroes + Giveaway!
A- Review: The Cat’s Meow by Stacey Kennedy
Guest Post: This or That with Stacey Kennedy + Giveaway
A- Review: The Hunter by Theresa Meyers
Stacking the Shelves (31)

There is life after conference, even if my poor feets disagree. So what’s happening this week?

The big event will be the SFR Galaxy Awards. On Thursday, I think all the judges (except Jo Jones, she’s on an around the world cruise!) will be talking and blogging and tweeting about these absolutely fantastic awards for books we loved in science fiction romance in 2012. For the complete details on how the SFR Galaxy Awards came to be, head on over to The Galaxy Express and Spacefreighter’s Lounge. These ladies were inspired by Ursula K. LeGuin, and I ask you, who better?

The Sunday Post AKA What’s On My (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand? 1-20-13

No football metaphors this weekend. Not that you could tell that from the Seattle news–they’re still talking about the Seahawks dream season. It’s right up there with Boeing’s nightmare week.

Guess where Boeing’s headquarters are?

Let’s just say that the Seahawks were way more fun to watch than what’s going on with the 737 Dreamliner right now.

Although speaking of mad scrambles, there’s going to be a totally different kind of mad scramble going on in Seattle next week. The Librarians are Coming! The American Library Association Midwinter Conference will be here in Seattle next weekend, January 25-28.

Between 5,000 and 10,000 librarians, vendors, exhibitors and associated hangers-on will descend upon Convention Center and the environs. It’s agonizing on the feet. It’s a terrific learning and networking experience. And did I mention it’s in 5 days?!?!?!

Meanwhile, the Happy Endings Blog Hop started yesterday, it runs until January 26, right in the middle of my ALA adventure. You still have plenty of time to enter for your chance at a $10 Amazon Gift Card and lots of other fabulous bookish prizes. Think of me as I’m destroying my poor feet in the exhibit hall. (There are lots of lovely ARCs, but you have to walk miles of carpet over concrete to get them)

Enough about next week for the moment. What about last week?

B+ Review: Heels and Heroes by Tiffany Allee + Giveaway!
B Review: Sonata by Blair McDowell
Guest Post from Blair McDowell On Character Studies + Giveaway!
B- Review: Double Time by Olivia Cunning
B+ Review: King of Darkness by Elisabeth Staab
A Review: The Killings at Badger’s Drift by Caroline Graham
Happy Endings Blog Hop

And we’re off to another exciting week at Reading Reality!

Three author visits this week! On Tuesday, Lacy Danes will be here for an interview, talking about the first book in her new paranormal/fantasy romance series. The book is Waterfall, and the series is Dragon’s Fate. So yes, we have dragons, and even better, they’re living in an alternate Regency. The first book was a terrific introduction. I’ll be reviewing Waterfall as part of Lacy’s tour.

Wednesday it will be my pleasure to host Stacy Gail as part of her tour for Nobody’s Angel, the first book in her Earth’s Angels series. Stacy’s going to have a guest post, and I have a review of the book. This Angel may not exactly be angelic, but that just makes him a lot more delicious.

And on Thursday, Stacey Kennedy is going to be at Reading Reality to introduce the first book in her new series (yes, this looks like first books week!) The Cat’s Meow is the first book in Stacey’s new Witch’s Brew series. I’d have reviewed anything with a “cat” title, but this witchy book has all of Stacey’s trademark humor mixed with romance.

Looking ahead to the last of January (that’s after ALA madness), on January 31 we’ll announce the winners of the SFR Galaxy Awards! Woohoo! What are the SFR Galaxy Awards? They are annual awards (this is the first year) for science fiction romance. Yours truly is one of the judges. We want to recognize some of the terrific work in SFR and raise awareness of this fantastic genre.

Love and spaceships. We think they go together like chocolate and ice cream!