About L.V. Lloyd

I live in Australia with my partner, daughter and two cats. After thirty years of working with the unemployed, coping with threats, tears and broken lives (and these were only from fellow staff!), I took early retirement. Best decision ever! Now I can spend my days actually doing what I always dreamt of - writing, reading and occasionally fishing! I love the freedom of science fiction, the freedom to use my imagination, not only for my characters but for the setting and the plots. Creating your own world - what could be better than that? At present I am working on a series of nine books, all gay romances set in my version of the Aurigan constellation. I also love to write sci-fi short stories, both with and without, romance.

Solar Eclipse due August 2017

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More than 300 million people in the United States potentially could directly view the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse, and NASA wants everyone who will witness this celestial phenomenon to do so safely.

That Monday, a partial eclipse will be visible in every state. A total solar eclipse, which is when the Moon completely covers the Sun, will occur across 14 states in the continental U.S. along a 70-mile-wide (112-kilometer-wide) swath of the country.

It’s common sense not to stare directly at the Sun with your naked eyes or risk damaging your vision, and that advice holds true for a partially eclipsed Sun. But, only with special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer, you can safely look directly at the Sun.

NASA recommends that people who plan to view the eclipse should check the safety authenticity of viewing glasses to ensure they meet basic proper safety viewing standards.

Eclipse viewing glasses and handheld solar viewers should meet all the following criteria:

·      Have certification information with a designated ISO 12312-2 international standard

·      Have the manufacturer’s name and address printed somewhere on the product

·      Not be used if they are older than three years, or have scratched or wrinkled lenses

·      Not use homemade filters

·      Ordinary sunglasses — even very dark ones — should not be used as a replacement for eclipse viewing glasses or handheld solar viewers

“While NASA isn’t trying to be the eclipse safety glasses ‘police,’ it’s our duty to inform the public about safe ways to view what should be a spectacular sky show for the entire continental United States,” said Alex Young, associate director for science in the Heliophysics Science Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “It’s important that individuals take the responsibility to check they have the proper solar eclipse viewing glasses. With the eclipse a month away today, it’s prudent to practice ahead of time.”

An alternative method for safe viewing of the partially-eclipsed Sun is with a pinhole projector. With this method, sunlight streams through a small hole – such as a pencil hole in a piece of paper, or even the space between your fingers – onto a makeshift screen, such as a piece of paper or the ground. It’s important to only watch the screen, not the Sun. Never look at the Sun through the pinhole — it is not safe.

NASA has coordinated with medical and science professionals to provide additional safety information. For details, visit:

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety

-….And All Shall Fade to Black by Layla Dorine

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Announcing!….And All Shall Fade to Black by Layla Dorine

 

Moving into his new apartment, Jax never expected to have to break up a fight between his new neighbors, resulting in a physical altercation and a visit from the cops. Never in his wildest dreams did he imagine that it would lead to him meeting Danny, the cute theater manager and playwright that lived next door. Unfortunately, his first impression of Danny and the way he’d cowered away in the fight with his ex, wasn’t exactly a favorable one.

Jax already has his own issues to deal with, between his past problems with his mother and the chain of men who’ve floated in and out of her life, his new job as a piercer in his sister’s tattoo shop and his struggles with an eating disorder; the last thing he plans to add to it is a relationship. Yet Danny isn’t so easy to ignore and when they find themselves bonding after Danny shows him around town, and more when Jax offers to help with sets for his latest play, it becomes harder and harder for him to ignore the connection forming between them.

As Jax’s insecurities and food issues grow more and more out of control, he find himself turning to Danny for help, rather than his longtime friends Callum and Max who lives just downstairs. Danny’s mix of patience, stubbornness and tough love make it harder and harder for Jax to keep his distance, and somewhere in the course of their daily lives, they find themselves moving from being friends, to being more.

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Buy Links

US Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072Q41YGQ

UK Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B072Q41YGQ

JP Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B072Q41YGQ

CA Amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B072Q41YGQ

About the Author

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LAYLA DORINE lives among the sprawling prairies of Midwestern America, in a house with more cats than people. She loves hiking, fishing, swimming, martial arts, camping out, photography, cooking, and dabbling with several artistic mediums. In addition, she loves to travel and visit museums, historic, and haunted places.

Layla got hooked on writing as a child, starting with poetry and then branching out, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. Hard times, troubled times, the lives of her characters are never easy, but then what life is? The story is in the struggle, the journey, the triumphs and the falls. She writes about artists, musicians, loners, drifters, dreamers, hippies, bikers, truckers, hunters and all the other folks that she’s met and fallen in love with over the years. Sometimes she writes urban romance and sometimes its aliens crash landing near a roadside bar. When she isn’t writing, or wandering somewhere outdoors, she can often be found curled up with a good book and a kitty on her lap.

Layla Dorine can be found at:

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005197938547&fref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/layladorine

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/layladorine/

Tumblr: https://layladorine.tumblr.com/

Author Website: layladorine13.wix.com/layladorineauthor

Author on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9814124.Layla_Dorine

 

“Renewal” Flash Fiction Anthology

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I’m excited to announce my story “The Librarian,” has been accepted for inclusion in Renewal, the next Queer Sci Fi flash fiction anthology.

Publication is due later this year around August / September.

The following authors have also been included, with more to be announced!

Andrea Speed, The Return
Carrie Pack Chowske, Allora’s Kiss
E R Zhang, ARC
Emily Horner, Bluebonnets
Joe Baumann, Walkers
John Moralee, After the Fall
L.v. Lloyd, The Librarian
Lloyd A. Meeker, Renewal
Naomi Tajedler, Gilgul
Ofelia Gränd, A Fake Cup of Coffee
Paul Stevens, Winter Idyll
PW Covington, Dash T
R.l. Merrill Author, Exchange
RL Mosswood, Molt
Sarah Einstein, The Witches’ Garden
Wendy Rathbone, The Groomsman

If you’d like to get a taste of what’s to come, you can check out these sample stories here!

Jupiter

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This image shows Jupiter’s south pole, as seen by NASA’s Juno spacecraft from an altitude of 32,000 miles (52,000 kilometers). The oval features are cyclones, up to 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) in diameter. Multiple images taken with the JunoCam instrument on three separate orbits were combined to show all areas in daylight, enhanced color, and stereographic projection.
Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Betsy Asher Hall/Gervasio Robles

Early science results from NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter portray the largest planet in our solar system as a complex, gigantic, turbulent world, with Earth-sized polar cyclones, plunging storm systems that travel deep into the heart of the gas giant, and a mammoth, lumpy magnetic field that may indicate it was generated closer to the planet’s surface than previously thought.

“We are excited to share these early discoveries, which help us better understand what makes Jupiter so fascinating,” said Diane Brown, Juno program executive at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “It was a long trip to get to Jupiter, but these first results already demonstrate it was well worth the journey.”

Juno launched on Aug. 5, 2011, entering Jupiter’s orbit on July 4, 2016. The findings from the first data-collection pass, which flew within about 2,600 miles (4,200 kilometers) of Jupiter’s swirling cloud tops on Aug. 27, are being published this week in two papers in the journal Science, as well as 44 papers in Geophysical Research Letters.

Splinters of Glass – FREE on Smashwords!

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Splinters of Glass is available for FREE from Smashwords until 31st May 2017! Just enter the coupon code XS49P at the checkout to get your free copy.

“Tabula Rasa.” The words came from the other side of the white door. “She’s a blank slate. Everything has been completely wiped—like a newborn.”

“Is she dangerous?” The second voice was lower, clipped.

“I hardly think so,” answered the first voice, dismissively. “Not now, at any rate!” There was a short laugh. Then the door handle turned, and the woman lying on the white bed realised they were talking about her.

In Vera Loy’s second collection of five science fiction stories, a woman wakes to discover she knows nothing– except how to kill; the latest version androids prove to be all too human; and humanity discovers that only women can explore deep space, and remain sane. Although the settings are different for each story, they share a common theme of strong female characters, smashing through that glass ceiling.

Each story a different represents a different sci-fi sub-genre. Tabula Rasa (Spy-fi), Kate and Peter (Bardpunk – based loosely on Shakespeare’s famous play, The Taming of the Shrew), Immortality (Biopunk), To Boldly Go (Space Exploration), and Space Opera.

Click here for the link. This offer is limited to Smashwords.

Gothic Romance branches out!

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Gothic Romance has been in Kindle Unlimited for nine months now and I’ve decided not to renew it. This means the book is now available from other retailers. Click on the links below if you would like to purchase your copy for 99c!

Apple

Barnes and Noble

Kobo

Smashwords

Amazon

You can also purchase the paperback edition for only $5.99 from Createspace

Happy Mother’s Day! 14th May 2017

L.V.

 

Last chance for FREE copy of TimeLabs Inc!

The FREE promo goes from 5th to 7th May only! (US time)

Grab your copy now 🙂

Sam and Zak take a Time Tour for their honeymoon, visiting some of the events through time which have captured their interest, including the very first Olympics. A five-star time machine for transport, luxury meals, fine wines—what could be more perfect? TimeLabs Inc.

Tom loved his master, his job and the wonderful society he lived in—until one day, somebody hacked his tattoo and his world changed forever. Tattoo

Kel meets his first alien and falls in love with her. Except… Alien Love Story

Evan and Joey step through a door and find themselves in a whole new world where mythical creatures are as real as they are. Love Spider

General Parker Rodriguez didn’t believe for one second in the existence of flying saucers with little green men conducting random probes, but he still knew that Aliens were out there. And when they came, he would be ready. E-Contact

And My Day At The Beach

TimeLabs Inc is a collection of six science fiction short stories, all with a romantic theme. LGBTQ. Heat rating – sweet. Suitable for both teens and adults.

 

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Click here for the link: Amazon

FREE on Amazon!

My newest book, TimeLabs Inc, is now available for FREE download from Amazon for the next 3 days! Whoot!

TimeLabs is a collection of LGBTQ (mainly m/m) sci-fi shorts. Heat level is sweet.

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NB Free promotion runs from 5th to 7th May (US time)

Click below for the link 🙂

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