Aliens in the Barn

Thursday, March 2, 2017

#MIND Freebie and New Release Blog Tour with @Jennnixon








MIND: The Beginning (Bk1) – Free March 2nd through 6th www.amazon.com/dp/B017M3IJM8

After Dina Ranger loses telepathic contact with her twin brother, Duncan, she breaks into his apartment and stumbles onto a special government unit responsible for monitoring the psychic population. She’s offered a job where she can use her psionic gifts to help people.

Stranded on earth over a hundred years ago, Liam of Shria is searching for a metal needed to repair his ship when he finds Dina inside an alien escape pod and narrowly saves her after she trips the alarm.

As the mystery and their relationship deepens, Liam helps Dina learn the truth behind her abilities while uncovering a plot to rebuild an ancient weapon, exposing dangerous secrets about the alien presence on earth that may change the future forever.





MIND: The Message (Bk4) – New Release on sale March 4th 2017 www.amazon.com/Jenn-Nixon/e/B002BLNBBQ

After years of trying to fit in, Casey Wu made her own path, her own way, working as a private security consultant in New York City. When Casey’s apartment is broken into and she and her mother become targets of powered individuals with ties to her long-missing father, reality is turned upside down as she’s pulled into an exciting and treacherous world she’s more connected to than she realizes.

Former General Theo Struck left the military behind to shore up the strength of the MIND team, worried about the significant emergence of psychic and visitor abilities on Earth. While trying to recover from the trauma he suffered during The Reckoning, and attempting to keep the entire team safe, he learns a mysterious private investigator is tailing him. The moment Theo confronts the powerful descendant sparks fly, but her story, almost too unbelievable to consider, isn’t something he can ignore.

Determined to uncover the truth about her extraordinary powers, Theo agrees to help Casey, and when they uncover connections between her father and a government chip his former unit used on human psychics, their blossoming friendship is tested as the dangerous investigation puts the entire MIND team at risk.

MIND: The Message Release Party: https://www.facebook.com/events/575657465965855/



About the author:

Jenn Nixon's love of writing started the year she received her first diary and Nancy Drew novel. Throughout her teenage years, she kept a diary of her personal thoughts and feelings but graduated from Nancy Drew to other mystery suspense novels.

She often adds a thriller and suspense element to anything she writes be it Romance, Science Fiction, or Fantasy. When not writing, she spends her time reading, observing pop culture, playing with her two dogs, and working on various charitable projects in her home state of New Jersey.

Jenn Nixon is a member Liberty States Fiction Writers.


Website: jennnixon.com







Excerpt:

Dina stared into the man’s eyes, trying not to notice how they somehow looked silver under the moon, and focused on linking with him. His gaze narrowed, as if he knew, but it didn’t stop her. She pushed harder, further, forcing the link. She felt a slight connection, concentrated more, felt it grow.
“Who are you?”
“Liam of—stop! Who the . . .?” he spat, stumbling back. “What are you?”
“What the hell was that thing?”
“Most likely an escape pod or module from a larger craft,” Liam said, blinked, and shook his head. His face turned darker, and he snarled, “I’ll answer your questions, Dina Ranger, but not by force. Release my mind!”
The man knew her name. Aside from the invisibility and teleportation, he had some telepathic abilities. He didn’t seem to be the man who had set the fires and wasn’t responsible for that pod in the Gut. He was searching for something else. When she ended the link, the scowl on his face softened, his lips almost curling upward in one corner. His eyes, now a darker shade of gray, swept across the field to the pillar of smoke rising in the air. It grew bigger and darker, stinking up the Gut worse than it already smelled. They really needed to leave.
“Yes, we do.”
Dina grunted and unlocked the car. “Get in.”
They reached the end of the service road without a problem. No sign of sirens when they turned onto Route 9. She hoped the explosion was far enough into the Hook that no one noticed, but it seemed awfully loud to her. Then again, a front row seat would do that.
The man sitting beside her chuckled softly.
“Something funny, buddy?”
“You, you spunky little ball of energy.”
“Seriously? All right, let’s start over. I’m Dina Ranger, thanks for saving me from the exploding escape pod thing.”
“Hi, I’m Liam, and you’re welcome.”
“Why were you there?”
“Same reason as you, the radiation. My scans picked it up.”
“You have radiation data from there?”
“Mostly residual. Now I know why. The pod was covered, leaking bits of radiation into the dirt. Over time, it dissipates into the air, leaving small traces behind, not usually detectible from satellites in space.”
“Do you have readings on anything else?”
“Yes.”
“Are you government?”
“Entrepreneur.”
Dina slammed on the breaks, threw the car in park, and turned sideways. “Who are you?”
“You won’t believe me.”
“Try me.”

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

SFR Brigade Holiday Showcase: Meet Douglas Fir #SFRB #scifi #romance #scifirom


Welcome to the SFR Brigade Holiday Showcase! There are over 30 authors participating in this awesome blog hop, so when you're done reading here, hop on over to the next person. Lots of prizes and giveaways are being offered from each author. The list of participants can be found here: SFR Brigade Holiday Showcase.

Ever look at something we do in our culture that makes you go, "Huh?" I love studying cultures and traditions. We, as humans, look at the traditions of other cultures and wonder where they came from or how those traditions were started. We even look at our own traditions in or own culture and wonder.

Such as Christmas trees. Bringing live trees indoors to put decorations on them is a little odd when you think about it. The tradition is so ingrained that we even have fake trees, just to continue the tradition without having to get a live one. We even have toys and gimmicks that all revolve around the Christmas tree.

Other cultures may look at this tradition and think us very strange indeed. I like to take sentiments like that one step further. How would an alien from outer space interpret human traditions? What would Christmas trees look like to a space alien? Specifically, what would singing Christmas trees look like to an extraterrestrial? Remember those? They were called 'Douglas Fir.'

I couldn't help it. "Meet Douglas Fir" was born from this idea. In this story, a human family introduces Christmas to an extraterrestrial couple they happen to know. If you've read "Aliens in the Barn," it's the family from that story.

Here is a short excerpt. This is right as Alex shows his extraterrestrial friend, Bazin, a Douglas Fir singing Christmas tree:


Eyes popped opened from their disguised place within the branches along with a mouth that started singing "Jingle Bells."
The alien let out an uncharacteristic yelp before lunging forward in a flurry of movement, knocking the tree from Alex's hands and then stomping it until the music stopped. To Bazin's credit, a gun didn't appear out of nowhere like last time they were at this truck stop. He even managed to keep his human disguise.
"What are you doing?" Alex yelled. "Those are really hard to find!"
"Did you see the size of its mouth?" Bazin nudged it with his foot. One of the bushy branches covering an eyeball twitched and he stomped on it again. "It could have eaten your hand."



I learned how to make book covers this past summer. This one is my favorite!

Thank you so much for reading! What human tradition is your favorite? Or what space alien tradition you've read somewhere made you smile, or a reaction to a strange tradition? Tell me in a comment below. I will be gifting a copy of "Meet Douglas Fir" to 5 commenters (chosen at random / ebook gifted from Amazon).

'Meet Douglas Fir' can be found on Amazon here. 'Meet Douglas Fir' can also be found in "Aliens in the Barn: 4 Short Stories of Mech Alien Romance and Misadventure."

Go check out all the other blog posts of this SFRB Holiday Showcase . Happy reading!

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Cyber Monday Science Fiction Romance Sale! #SFRBlast #SciFi #Romance





Happy Cyber Monday! There are over 40 free and 99cent science fiction romance ebooks for sale today through November 39th. My book, "Aliens in the Barn," is included! It will be 99cents! If you're looking for some fun reading before the Holidays are in full swing, or maybe looking for something to read during the Holiday break, check out these must-have science fiction romance books. Journey to another world!

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Enjoy!