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The Year of the Monkey – Penny’s Reading Resolution

Today is the Chinese New Year and as such is a time for new beginnings. Typically, I am not the most prolific of reviewers in the first quarter of the year as I have other commitments that supersede my reading (the horror!) but that doesn’t mean that I can’t regularly share what I am reading and what I have added to my towering TBR pile. Without further ado, Happy New Year! I hope the Year of the Monkey brings you all luck and prosperity.

 

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During my sci-fi binge last summer I came across an utterly fantastic writer, Ruby Dixon. Her Ice Planet Barbarians series is literally the only one that I will immediately drop everything to read. To my delight the latest installment was released yesterday, true to my words above I dropped everything and now am about halfway through and this one could very well be my favorite of all!

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Barbarian’s Prize (Ice Planet Barbarians #5)

BPIt’s hard being the most popular girl on the ice planet. The alien men are falling all over themselves to impress me in the hopes that I’ll take them to my furs. But they don’t know my secrets – none of them do. And they don’t realize that behind my smile, I just wish they’d go away.
I don’t want any of them. I want someone else – someone with a gorgeous blue body, big horns, and the most intense gaze ever. He’s the only one that knows the truth. Maybe with him, I can work through my fears of the past….but I’m pretty sure he wants more than just friendship.
He wants forever, and I’m not sure I can give it.
 

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While one might think that a series featuring the romance between two different species, human women abducted by aliens and 7’ft tall blue barbarians would possess about as much depth as a puddle, they would be quite wrong. Throughout Ruby Dixon’s writing are displays of razor sharp wit and raw sensuality while simultaneously the Ice Planet Barbarians series skillfully addresses issues, like rape, illness and abandonment. Without question this author was my favourite discovery of 2015.

UPCOMING

Alien Attachments (Alien Attachments #1) – Sabine Priestly

Will their love be strong enough to keep them alive and get them back to Earth?

Finding one’s psi-mate is something every Sandarian hopes for, but when Ian Cavacent accidentally starts the bonding process with the Earthling, Dani, he has to fight his desire with every ounce of his being. If the process is completed, it means both political and financial suicide for Ian and his family.

A natural klutz, Dani somehow always manages to land on her feet and win her mixed martial arts matches. At home on Cat Island, her balance is thrown when bazillionaire Ian takes notice. Unfortunately some Torog aliens also take notice, sending her life spiraling out of control and into Ian’s arms. But Dani isn’t the type of woman to let alien voodoo decide her future or her mate. . .no matter how gorgeous the man is or how much pleasure he gives her.

For centuries the Cavacents have mined Earth for a precious element, carnium, while protecting the planet from other alien species. Thanks to the Torogs, Dani and Ian must flee to Sandaria. As Dani learns to use her newfound psi powers, the empire crumbles around them.

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Barbarian Mine (Ice Planet Barbarians #4) – Ruby Dixon

In July this year I discovered a brand new “one-click” author by the name of Ruby Dixon. Who would have thought that I had a preference for 7′ foot tall blue aliens? Yet surprisingly I do, I guess it shouldn’t be that much of a shock what with my not so secret penchant for sci-fi. In fact, if you were to pair it with romance and liberal amounts of wine and you might never see me again… but I digress I loved, LOVED Ice Planet Barbarians it was unique, quirky, funny and smokin’ hot. I proceeded to rip my way through the rest of the series as quickly as I could load them onto my iPad. To the point that I think I am reading pretty much as fast as she can write them. You can go ahead and judge me, #sorry, not sorry.

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Recently, I was given the opportunity to read the latest in the series Barbarian Mine and suffice it to say I was intrigued, read – I dropped everything and started reading immediately. There was literally a party right in the hallway outside of my hotel room and did I join them, heck no! I had reading to do.

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Barbarian Lover, the third book ended on a bit of a cliffhanger with the unmistakable sound of a khui resonating and then Harlow being knocked unconscious, leaving the reader to assume that she is to be dragged off to some mysterious alien’s lair to be his mate/sex slave? With that sort of hook who could resist? Certainly not I and Barbarian Mine fulfilled every one of my expectations. While I had greatly enjoyed Barbarian Alien (Liz’s story) and Barbarian Lover (Kira’s story), it was  perfect timing for Ms Dixon to throw a mystery into the mix.

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The ice planet has given me a second lease on life, so I’m thrilled to be here. Sure, there’s no cheeseburgers, but I’m healthy and ready to be a productive member of the small tribe.

What I didn’t anticipate? That there’d be a savage stranger waiting nearby, watching me. And when he takes me captive, the unthinkable happens… I resonate to him.

Resonance means mating, and children… but I don’t know if this guy’s ever been around anyone before. He’s truly a barbarian in all ways, right down to clubbing me over the head and claiming me as his own.

So why is it that I crave his touch and hunger for more?


I must applaud Ms. Dixon for taking a unique, okay kinda weird but not as far out as one might think, idea and managing story after story and keeping the reader engaged and wondering what will happen next. For those unfamiliar with the Ice Planet Barbarians series and who are not as utterly committed to reading books in order like myself, the series follows a group of female alien abductees who en route to be sold into slavery crash onto a very inhospitable planet.

IPBIce Planet Barbarians – You’d think being abducted by aliens would be the worst thing that could happen to me. And you’d be wrong. Because now, the aliens are having ship trouble, and they’ve left their cargo of human women – including me – on an ice planet.

And the only native inhabitant I’ve met? He’s big, horned, blue, and really, really has a thing for me…

The survivors face a number of challenges first and foremost to do away with their captors. Then they have to figure out how to survive in an arctic-like climate with no supplies and with hostile indigenous species. Shortly, after the crash they come upon another reluctant resident of the planet the mostly male sa-khui they are huge (about 7′ tall), horned and blue. Who wouldn’t think it would be an instant love connection? However, after three books it was time for something different and hoo-boy Harlow’s story is precisely that.

It may flirt with your sensibilities to read the Ice Planet Barbarians series but let me assure you that they deliver in hilarity and in plain ol’ entertainment value. To occupy myself while waiting for the next installment I will console myself with Ice Planet Holiday and ponder what Ruby Dixon will do with a whole motorcycle club.

Thanks to the author for providing a copy for review, it was truly wonderful. More please!

About the Author


Ruby Dixon is the secret penname of a NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author.

Ice Planet Barbarians: A Sci-Fi Alien Serial Romance by Ruby Dixon

“We all know interspecies romance is weird.” ― Tim Burton

Take one part X-Files, an equal serving of Jericho Barrons’ monstrous alter ego in the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning, or as Auralee has coined him the “ferocious beast” as in Maggie and the…, with a soupçon of The Host, combined with a heroine straight out of one of her novels. I meant Auralee Wallace, not Stephenie Meyer, which is a good thing believe me. Is there anyone alive who wouldn’t love to punch Bella Swan in the face, just once? Then consider the Herculean task of surviving on a planet almost but not quite like Hoth, the snow planet in The Empire Strikes Back and you will have an idea of what reading the unexpectedly delightful Ice Planet Barbarians is like.

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Maggie and the Ferocious Beast: My One and Only Box, Just for Fun Video. Published by: Corus

In case I haven’t mentioned it lately, despite it’s faults, I love, love, love Goodreads. When doing my daily troll I noticed that Cara Bristol, author of the vastly entertaining Breeder series that I read last year, had posted a recommendation for an e-serial called Ice Planet Barbarians. Wait, what! I swear the title alone gave me pause however when I clicked on the description I was sold and one-clicked it immediately then proceeded to read it all in a single evening and stayed up WAY past my bedtime. Something that I will tell you, for those who don’t know me, I do not do lightly.

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From GoodreadsYou’d think being abducted by aliens would be the worst thing that could happen to me. And you’d be wrong. Because now, the aliens are having ship trouble, and they’ve left their cargo of human women – including me – on an ice planet.

And the only native inhabitant I’ve met? He’s big, horned, blue, and really, really has a thing for me…

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Georgie Carruthers didn’t believe in aliens, truly, why would she? One moment it was just another Tuesday in Florida and the next she had been transported into terrifying nightmare that proved to be all too real. She awakens in the hold of a ship, caged with a dozen or so other kidnapped women. All 22 years of age, in good health and relatively alone in the world. Thanks to Kira, the one captive who had been outfitted with a universal translator, they know that they are cargo being transported across the universe for what can only be nefarious purposes.

Being a “take charge” kind of girl Georgie is not content to “let the chips fall where they may” but it seems that the fates have other plans when the starship malfunctions necessitating that they dump their cargo planning to return for it later. To say the planet is inhospitable would be a massive understatement. They coin the planet “Not-Hoth” due to its frigid temperatures and barren tundra. The women have no supplies beyond the clothes on their backs and face the very real possibility of dying, if they do not find shelter and food beyond the hold and what few provisions their alien captors had provided them with.

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After she kills one of the tyrannical guards in their escape attempt and also being the one of the least injured in the crash, Georgie is the natural choice to go out and search for help and/or supplies. Unfortunately she is trapped while fleeing a monstrous carnivorous aquatic-type animal. Personally I would faint too if I was hanging upside down and saw something that resembled the abominable snowman, and not the one from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, approaching to see what they had snared!

One of the things I’ve always liked about science fiction is the way it makes you think about things, and look at things from angles you’d never have thought about before.” ― Jo Walton, Among Others      

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James P. Sullivan, Monsters Inc. (2001)

It is at this point that $hit gets weird or weirder if you will, Georgie finds herself rescued by the fireman calendar equivalent of Sully from Monsters Inc. I apologize if I have ruined the Disney-Pixar classic for you but really… Seven feet tall? Blue? Furry? Tail? Horns? I’m just sayin’.


This whole damn planet is against me.

I’m feeling pretty miserable when Vektal sets me down in the snow and glares fiercely at me. “Saan tes.” He points at the ground. “Tes!”

“Stay here. Got it,” I mumble, feeling guilty. I cross my arms over my chest and wait.

He gives me an exasperated look and then heads a few feet away. I notice we’re right back at that stupid cliff with the buried cave. We’re right back where we started a short time ago, except in the meantime I’ve had half my hair pulled out by rabid yeti, acquired a few more bruises, and now he’s pissed at me.

I hate this place. I hate that it’s cold and it’s snowing all the damn time and everything wants to eat my freaking face. I hate that I’m wearing a smelly gross jumpsuit and that I ate raw meat and that there are a dozen girls up the hill who would probably kill to be in my place at the moment, and I can’t even feel grateful.  – Ruby Dixon, Ice Planet Barbarians


7_martaFor once it wasn’t Captain Kirk getting to bang the green chick or blue as it were. And who would have thought oral sex was the key to world peace or at least pretty darned close? When Vektal finds the strange female in his snare he is shocked to realize that the creature is actually his mate. What follows is a hilarious and X-rated courtship that has to be read to be believed. Now before you judge, read it first. I never would have considered relations with a blue horned alien prior to this at all titillating, well in truth I didn’t consider them at all. But then again my husband seems to often share a personality with Shrek so maybe I am just more open minded…

Ultimately, Ice Planet Barbarians: A SciFi Alien Serial Romance was all that I hoped Squirm by Cari Silverwood would be and sadly was not. Underneath the WTF synopsis was a story that was in equal parts sexy, humorous and sweetly romantic. I can only hope that she writes faster as I need the rest of the crash victims stories, well yesterday. Though I may never view Monsters Inc. in the same way again I enjoyed every word of this wonderfully ridiculous tale and have added Ruby Dixon to the list of my must read authors.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ruby Dixon is the seekrit penname of a NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author. Ruby, in conjunction with Ella Goode and Kati Wilde, is a contributor to the Motorcycle Club series. These are novellas for when you want all of the heat and emotion but don’t have all of the time. With word counts between 20,000 to 30,000, these sexy stories will deliver a hot romance between your favorite leather clad heroes and their amazing women.

Ruby also writes alien romance serials! Check out BARBARIAN ALIEN!

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