Perfect Gravity by Vivien Jackson – Spotlight

Long and Short Reviews welcomes Vivien Jackson who is celebrating the recent release of Perfect Gravity, the second book in the Wanted and Wired series.

Kellen Hockley usually keeps quiet about his past, but once upon a time he loved a girl named Angela. He hasn’t seen her in a decade, but now he has to break the news to her that his team of rogue treasure hunters accidentally killed her husband. He’s had better days…

It’s not the news that’s delivered to Angela Neko that breaks her apart―it’s the rumbly, Texas drawl delivering it. She can’t believe she’s hearing Kellen’s voice again. But there’s no time for distractions. When Angela’s own life is threatened, yielding up all of her lies and secrets, she and Kellen must figure out how to reverse the geopolitical firestorm she lit to save the world, to save Kellen’s cat…and just maybe to save each other.

About the Author: Vivien Jackson writes fantastical, futuristic, down-home salacious kissery. After being told at the age of seven that she could not marry Han Solo because he wasn’t a real person, she devoted her life to creating worlds where, goldarnit, she could marry anybody she wanted. And she could wield a blaster doing it. A devoted Whovian Browncoat Sindarin Jedi gamer, she has a degree in English, which just means she’s read gobs of stuff in that language. When she’s super comfortable with you, she might confess those late-night limericks about old Gondor (and where to find them). With her similarly geeky partner, children, and hairy little pets, she lives in Austin, Texas, and watches a lot of football.

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Favorite SciFi Books/Movies by Vivien Jackson – Guest Blog and Giveaway

Long and Short Reviews welcomes Vivien Jackson, whose newest book Wanted and Wired was recently released. Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of the book.

Asking a girl like me to list four of her favorite science fiction books/movies/TV shows is like giving somebody a lollipop and then limiting them to only four licks. At least we can cut it down to just science fiction, so I’ll carefully wrap up the fantasies—epic and urban and space—and tuck them aside (so, so many goodies, more on you another time).
So. Science fiction only. Gotcha.

1. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami. This book is a bridge: Western detective-noir with cyberpunk shadings meets Japanese literary tradition, which is often backed by this nervous tension, the certainty that everything will end, and probably sooner rather than later. I followed the path laid down by the bridge of this book and found a whole new world: Akira and Ghost in the Shell and manga and anime and Tanizaki and Abe Kobo: a feast for a spec-fic-wired brain.

2. Firefly. Just, everything about this show. I love it so hard. I need more of it on my eyeballs. Right now.

3. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. This was the first science-fiction book I read, and I read it again to my children when they were old enough to hear. It made me think about and ask questions about things like mathematics, astrophysics, angelic mythology, social exclusion, and self-acceptance. It made this quiet, nerdy girl more comfortable in her own skin at time when she desperately needed that comfort. Most of all, it made love a superpower.

4. The Fifth Element. Yes, I do realize this is a popcorn movie. Bright colors, silly lines, flying cars, Band-Aid bikinis, Ruby Rohd, and muuuulti-pass. But dang if it isn’t also one of the coolest rides through popcorn-movieland in existence. Sometimes when I watch the news lately, I feel like Leeloo when she was researching “war,” and I also want to roll over and weep. But, flying cars! And Diva Plavalaguna! It’s going to be okay.

No, no way that was four already! I haven’t talked about Ender’s Game or Frankenstein or Terminator 2 or Octavia Butler or Theodore Sturgeon or Dune or Star Trek or The Matrix or Battlestar Galactica or Stargate or William Gibson or The X-Files or The Expanse … oh hell. Spec-fic, I love all of you. Even your cheese and your bug-eyed aliens and your robot puppies. Maybe especially those.

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Vivien Jackson writes stories with robots, grenades, pixies, and always, always down-home salacious kissery. She’s an unrepentant fangirl of many fandoms and would love to discuss your favorite ships here or here or here.

A rip-roarin’ new snarky, sexy sci-fi paranormal romance series with the perfect balance of humor, heat, and heart. Now that Texas has seceded and the world is spiraling into chaos, good guys come in unlikely packages and love ignites in the most inconvenient places…

Rogue scientist • technologically enhanced • deliciously attractive
Heron Farad should be dead. But technology has made him the man he is today. Now he heads a crew of uniquely skilled outsiders who fight to salvage what’s left of humanity: art, artifacts, books, ideas—sometimes even people. People like Mari Vallejo.

Gun for hire • Texan rebel • always hits her mark
Mari has been lusting after her mysterious handler for months. But when a by-the-book hit goes horribly sideways, she and Heron land on the universal most wanted list. Someone set them up. Desperate and on the run, they must trust each other to survive, while hiding devastating secrets. As their explosive chemistry heats up, it’s the perfect storm…

About the Author: VIVIEN JACKSON is still waiting for her Hogwarts letter. In the meantime, she writes, mostly fantastical or futuristic or kissing-related stories. When she isn’t writing, she’s performing a sacred duty nurturing the next generation of Whovian Browncoat Sindarin Jedi gamers, and their little dogs too. With her similarly geeky partner, she lives in Austin, Texas, and watches a lot of football.

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