USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author S.M. Schmitz

Sci-fi Romances and Mythic Fantasies with a little bit of heart and a whole lot of snark

Blog posts : "Books"

Mythology Lovers Rejoice


If you're like me and love world mythologies, then you don't want to miss the Mythic Fiction Promotion page run by Mythography Studios. Categorized by pantheons (or multiverse, like The Unbreakable Sword series), Mythography Studios has made it easy to find your favorite legends and browse titles featuring them. Love Celtic mythology? There's a section for that! Norse? They've got you covered! 

You can also opt-in to their newsletter list so that you don't miss out on new additi…

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Pets in Space Cover Reveal

I'm proud to host the cover reveal for an anthology by some extremely talented fellow science-fiction romance authors for Pets in Space, a special collection of stories for animal lovers plus it benefits a worthwhile cause. You can watch the YouTube book trailer here, and read on for more information!

Even an alien needs a pet...

Join the adventure as nine pet loving sci-fi romance authors take you out of this world and pull you into their action-packed stories filled with suspense,…

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First in Series Free for All

From August 8 to August 11, 61 Romance Authors are offering 63 books for FREE!
Sign up to receive the link to this awesome event.
Click one, click them ALL for FREE on Amazon, instaFreebie, or Book Funnel.
Then settle in for some happy reading.
This event is proudly hosted by Love Kissed Book Bargains.
(We're only mentioning this so you don't delete the email with the link to the event, which would be devastating.)

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Book Crazy Virtual Book Fair

The Alliance of Self-Published Authors is hosting a virtual Book Fair, and I'm delighted to participate by having my own "booth" at the fair to display my sci-fi romance novels! So here's my booth, what I have on display for the virtual book fair, and a little about the books.

My first trilogy, the Resurrected trilogy, is a second chance romance (the ultimate second chance romance - I mean, one of them dies and is resurrected by an alien) and it's also a science fiction conspiracy thrill…

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A New Cast in the Resurrected Universe (aka When Writers Get Bored)

Despite its edgy, and often uncomfortable, content, the Resurrected trilogy has always been one of my favorite worlds I've created. I've long wanted to add to that universe, even though Lottie's story was finished. 

And now, I am.

In September, I'll be releasing a spin-off novel to the Resurrected trilogy featuring a new cast of characters. Lottie's story is still at the heart of this world, and this novel takes place largely during the same time as Final Sacrifice, but the story ce…

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Our first Science Fiction Romance Promo with More to Come

This week, we have the pleasure of offering readers 44 discounted or free science fiction romance titles as part of an initiative by the Science Fiction Romance Brigade to increase awareness about all that SFR has to offer. Science fiction romance is still a relatively new subgenre of both romance and science fiction, so authors are exploring possibilities and letting their imaginations run wild - and that means the stories we have to offer are unique, quirky, and sometimes, even a little exper…

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Welcome to the SFRB Summer 2016 Blog Hop


Welcome to the SFRB Summer Blog Hop, where we introduce you to Other Worlds!

In my latest science-fiction romance trilogy, The Cambria Code, Zoe travels to another planet with Peyton, an alien she hardly knows. What is Cambria like?

It's a lot like Earth. Since Cambrians are almost identical to humans, I reasoned their atmosphere and environment would be extremely similar as well. But there are some differences, particularly in the animal life and flora of the planet. For example, some …

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SFR Brigade Showcase Presents Peyton's Light


With Peyton's Light, the final book of The Cambria Code trilogy, releasing on July 12, Zoe has returned to discuss love, aliens, and reader reactions to her strong personality with me.


SMS: Zoe, thank you so much for coming back on my blog.

Zoe: I didn't really have a choice. You created me and control me.

SMS: Right. But you could be a huge pain in the ass about it, and you're not.

Zoe: Wait. I just got here.

SMS: Then I'll make this quick. With only twelve mor…

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Meet the Gods of The Unbreakable Sword Series

With the first two books of The Unbreakable Sword series out, here’s a quick “who’s who” guide to the many gods and goddesses you’ll meet in Shadows of the Gods and Cities of the Gods.


Aonghus – one of the Tuatha Dé, he is the Irish god of love, beauty, and poetry.

Ares – the Greek god of war and brother to Athena.

Athena – the Greek goddess of war (and, oddly enough, basket weaving) and sister to Ares.

Badb – one of the triune of war goddesses in Irish mythol…

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Current Promotions and Giveaways

I've got a couple of promotions and giveaways going on right now that might interest fellow readers of fantasy and paranormal romance.

The annual UF/PNR Book Fair is hosted by Genre Crave / Free Kindle Giveaway and aims to bring you ONE HUNDRED of today’s best undiscovered Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance titles along with a chance to win TONS of really amazing titles from today’s hottest authors in the genre. There is truly something here for everyone! And when you enter our giveaway…

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Science Fiction Book Giveaway

I've got a giveaway running for a free e-copy of the first book in my science-fiction trilogy, The Cambria Code.

Head on over to my Facebook page and read the pinned post for your chance to enter to win a copy of Peyton's Myth!

Good luck!

When a mysterious spaceship appears above Cambria, Zoe remains skeptical that it’s anything but an elaborate hoax. By the time the first spaceship is joined by two others, Zoe reluctantly admits that Earth has been invaded, even though it’s a pre…

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Get ready to walk in the Shadows of the Gods

To celebrate the release of the first book in my new fantasy & mythology series, The Unbreakable Sword, Shadows of the Gods is available for purchase for only $0.99. The price will be increasing to $2.99 soon so grab your copy today!

You can watch the book's official trailer for a brief introduction to Cameron and Selena, and I hope you'll walk with them as they prepare for the final Battle of the Gods.


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BEA Book Blast

To celebrate BEA '16, instaFreebie, which I use to distribute The Scavengers as a thank you for signing up for my mailing list, is promoting authors' free books in their blog posts. The Scavengers will be featured in their May 13 email and blog post.

You can check out all of the free books by clicking on the image below, and if you haven't claimed your free copy of The Scavengers yet, you can get it here. Happy reading!

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Sabotaged Desires, a New Release from Rebecca Airies

Rebecca Airies' steamy sci-fi romance, Sabotaged Desires, releases today, May 1. If you like spicy, erotic romances, check out her new book!


Suz Lore thought she had everything she wanted, a job as an engineer and a position on a colony ship headed to another planet. That was before her arranged ménage marriage with Robert Smith and David Bradford turned into a disaster. She’d thought they were building more than a sizzling sexual relationship, but all they do is argue now. She isn…

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Alice in Sinland by Antara Mann

Antara Mann's newest release, Alice in Sinland, is now available from multiple retailers at the introductory price of only $2.99. Clicking on the book cover below will take you to the Amazon product page.


Alice has a wish… 

Alice Roseburg is a rising legal attorney in London, and it's nearly the perfect life, just not for her. Alice has always craved a different spotlight. 

"What do you want?" the voice asks. 

On a lark, Alice quits her career and cashes out her savings …

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Excerpt from The Scavengers

My post-apocalyptic novella, The Scavengers, is available exclusively for those who join my mailing list. You can claim your free copy here.

The Scavengers isn't your typical post-apocalyptic story. It doesn't feature zombies, although there are strange and dangerous creatures. My focus in writing the novella is on the children featured in the novella who grow into adolescence in a world without adults and rules, in a world that they have to try to make sense of when there is little left to…

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The Veil Series Boxset by Pippa DaCosta Sale

Here's an amazing deal for my fellow urban fantasy lovers! The talented Pippa DaCosta is offering her boxset of The Veil Series (Books 1 -3) for only $0.99 for a limited time! Starting today, March 28, the sale will run until April 3.

This set normally sales for $8.99, so this is a fantastic offer - I've already grabbed my copy! 

The Veil Series is available from multiple retailers, so you can purchase it from the vendor of your choice. Please see the links below to find your favorit…

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Character Interview with Zoe from my upcoming SFR

Soon, I will be releasing the first book in a new science-fiction romance series, The Cambria Code.

Book 1, Peyton's Myth, should be releasing next week, so the protagonist, Zoe, has been kind enough to sit down to talk to me about her initial reactions regarding the new visitors to Earth.

SMS: Hi Zoe, thank you so much for being here with me today and answering a few questions about what it was like to live in the city where honest-to-God aliens landed!

Zoe: No problem. It got me ou…

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A day in the Life of Literary Characters

Ever wonder what happens in the daily lives of your favorite characters? In between the inter-planetary travel and murder conspiracies and finding out your dead fiancee isn't actually dead, they probably have pretty normal, mundane lives like us... right?

Lottie from my Resurrected trilogy sent these to me to prove they're really quite ordinary... most of the time. 

Like when she has to remind her husband he's not getting out of dinner parties he doesn't want to go to...



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Keir's Fall, book 2 of the Redemption Series by Pippa Jay

A seductive tyrant. A lost hero. And a galaxy about to fall...

It’s been a year in paradise for Keir and Quin, but now the idyll is over. After Quin falls sick, they return to the hidden sanctuary of Lyagnius, and what she learns there will not only change their lives, but set them on a journey that could separate them forever.

When Keir falls victim to a ruthless Nercaandi Empress bent on conquering the galaxy with her cybernetic army, it will take all Quin’s diminishing powers and the …

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