Update #1: Alien Bride Lottery Kickstarter ~ Update and New Bonus! #alienromance #kickstarter #books

In just one day, we were able to reach our funding goal for the Alien Bride Lottery Vol. 1 Hardcover Kickstarter!

And it’s all because of my amazing backers who made this happen!  I am so excited to have the opportunity to share this book with the world.

I can’t thank them enough.

While my editor finishes the second pass on Vol. 1, I’ve started Evading the Alien Bride Lottery, the ABL story everyone who backs at $5 or more will receive. I’ll share the first excerpt from it in just a few days.

While you wait, if you know someone who might be interested in The Alien Bride Lottery books,

Please click here and tap one of the share buttons to spread the word about this campaign!

I’m also adding a surprise bonus just for hitting our first goal!

This bonus will go out to everyone who backs the campaign. I’ll be adding more of these surprise bonuses as the campaign continues, so please stay tuned for the next update.

The Alien Bride Lottery books are some of my favorites to write—there was a time (not so long ago) that I was convinced I had burned out as an author. Then I started this series, and it ignited my passion for writing romance again. This project is a labor of love for me, and I’m excited that my backers are taking the journey with me.

While I work on getting everything ready to send out, I’d love to know: What do you like most about alien romance?

Click on over to the campaign and let me know with a comment.

And please do share the info about the book and rewards with a friend!

I hope you have an amazing day.

~Margo

About the Author

Author Margo Bond Collins

USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times bestselling author Margo Bond Collins is a former college English professor who, tired of explaining the difference between “hanged” and “hung,” turned to writing romance novels instead. She now writes urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and science fiction romance. Sometimes her heroines kiss aliens, sometimes they kill monsters. But they always aim for the heart.

You can learn more about her books on her website and follow her on social media:

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About the Kickstarter

Alien Bride Lottery Volume 1 Special Hardback Edition

This special edition will be exclusively available right here on Kickstarter, along with your guaranteed chance to grab it! The hardcover edition will include the first three books of The Alien Bride Lottery series and a bonus Christmas novella.

You can also get a whole slew of other alien romance goodies, including signed paperbacks, digital prints, an exclusive short story, and more.

Early Bird Perks

Get all these amazing books for FREE when you back this campaign by July 15, 2022: 

Click HERE to read a free excerpt from Entering the Alien Bride Lottery, book 1 of the Alien Bride Lottery.

Surprise Bonus #1: Unlocked!

Now that the project is funded, I’ll be unlocking super-secret surprise bonuses in addition to the ones listed in the stretch goals. These bonuses will be sent to all backers. The first surprise bonus is a digital playlist of the music I listen to as I write alien romance.

 MORE Bonus Extras! 

Once the project is fully funded, I have some great stretch goals, too:

  • At $1000, I will create another alien-themed digital sticker for every backer.
  • At $1500, I’ll send a free alien-themed vinyl sticker to every backer.
  • At $2000, I’ll send a digital copy of the Alien Bride Lottery short story, Evading the Alien Bride Lottery, to every backer.
  • At $2500, I’ll commission another Alien Bride Lottery digital art piece to send to every backer.
  • At $3500, I’ll commission illustrated chapter headings for the special edition hardcover. 
  • At $5000, I’ll write a second Alien Bride Lottery short story (title TBD) to be sent to every backer digitally in January 2023. 
  • At $10,000, I’ll send a 4×6-inch print of the artwork to every backer.
  • If I hit $15,000 or more, I will send a signed paperback copy of Evading the Alien Bride Lottery and a print of the exclusive art to every backer.

And I’ll add even more to the pledge levels as funding levels are reached!

About The Alien Bride Lottery Volume 1 Limited Edition Hardcover

Are you a fan of sexy science fiction romance, hot aliens, and surprise meetings between fated mates?

Do you enjoy spicy alien romances?

Even more, are you looking for a guaranteed happily ever after?

If you’ve answered yes to these questions, then you don’t want to miss out on the passionate romance series The Alien Bride Lottery.

This hardcover edition includes Entered in the Alien Bride Lottery, Captured for the Alien Bride Lottery, and Claimed for the Alien Bride Lottery.

Adult Science Fiction Alien Romance 18+

 *** This book is 100% complete and is currently being re-edited. I am raising funds to create this special hardcover edition with professional formatting. *** 

Genre: Adult, Alien Romance, Science Fiction Romance

Format: Hardcover, paperback, and ebook (pdf, mobi, epub)

Page Count: 500+

The Bachelor meets The Hunger Games…In Space!

The Alien Bride Lottery Volume 1 tells the stories of three human women whose names are drawn in the Alien Bride Lottery to participate in the Bride Games as part of a treaty between the Khanavai warriors and Earth’s leaders—whether or not the women want to become an alien’s chosen mate! (Hint: they don’t!)

This book includes three novels, and you do not need to have read any of the other books in the series in order to enjoy this fantastic sci-fi romance.

The Alien Bride Lottery is fully written. It is currently being edited for a second time and is awaiting professional formatting.  This story, previously published on Amazon Kindle, has not been released in hardcover. This version also includes a hot bonus scene written especially for this edition!

I have successfully published more than fifty books on Amazon and the various retailers.

The hardcover print version will not be available for purchase until late 2023, and that edition will not have all of the bonus content included in this book as presented with the Kickstarter offer.

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About The Alien Bride Lottery, Vol. 1

The Setting

Station 21 is the Khanavai-run space station that is home to The Bride Games, the Bride Treaty’s answer to “neutral territory.” There, the brides whose names are drawn in the Bride Lottery compete for the chance to win an alien mate–and participation is compulsory. 

The Characters

The Heroes: Khanavai Males

Cav Adredoni is a pilot in the Khanavai space military, but he has plans to go through training to join the military intelligence unit. He doesn’t have time for a new mate, but this might be his only opportunity!

Zont Lanov is a member of the Khanavai’s military intelligence, a spy for his government. But when Dr. Amelia Rivers goes on the run rather than join the Bride Games, Zont decides she’s the mate for him and goes to Earth to track her down.

Eldron Gendovi is a military commander who takes care of his people–including the woman he hopes will become her mate and her young son–no matter what it takes.

The Heroines: Human Women

Natalie Ferguson is a college student with a crush on a jazz musician classmate. When her name is drawn in the Alien Bride Lottery, she’s determined to get out of marrying a total stranger. She’s playing this game to lose.

Amelia Rivers is a talented surgeon who’s avoided the Bride Lottery so far–and when her name is drawn, she removes her tracker and translator and runs. Too bad for her, Zont Lanov is as determined to catch her as she is to avoid being caught.

Mia Jones is in hiding from her abusive ex. But her black-market tracker isn’t as anonymous as she was assured, so when she’s taken to Station 21, she focuses on bringing her young son to join her…while Commander Gendovi focuses all his attention on her.

Plus a whole slew of fun alien sidekicks, most of whom are tasked with keeping the brides in check, including Vos Klavoii, the beleaguered and manipulative Games Director.

Ready to read about these characters?

The amazing talent behind this campaign

I am forever grateful to the artists and the wonderful talent of the people who’ve helped me to create this book, and provide great extras for this campaign:

Cover Design: Daqri of Covers by Combs

Artwork: Elizabeth Dunlap of Pixie Covers

Author: Margo Bond Collins

Which pledge should I choose?

Digital

If you prefer not to bother with shipping but want the printable bookmarks, digital art, and/or the hot new short story, you can go with one of the digital-only pledges.

Physical

If, however, you love the feel of a book in your hands, you can go with one of the many tiers offering physical books, along with other Alien Bride Lottery gear!! You even have the opportunity to get the exclusive story narrated by me and a brand-new exclusive Alien Bride Lottery story starring YOU (or a character name of your choice).

***Note: Every pledge over $50 comes with a special thanks in the hardcover edition of The Alien Bride Lottery Volume 1!***

Where is the money going?

The majority of the monies earned will go toward funding the production and printing of the book, paying the hired artists, and paying for the swag for this campaign. Additionally, the money will be used to cover shipping, materials, and Kickstarter fees. If the stretch goals are met, additional monies will be used to create more stories in the Alien Bride Lottery series, available to Kickstarter backers FIRST. 

Other add-ons available through this campaign:

* Tote Bags

* Mugs

* Prints of the Evading the Alien Bride Lottery cover art

Question: I love your work, Margo. Do you have any bonuses available only during this campaign?

Over the course of the campaign, there will be exclusive perks available for those who back the campaign, including an invitation to a live video Q&A celebration!

Why this project? Why now?

In 2020, I took my daughter to Sydney, Australia to the Books & Ballgowns Event (BABE). We barely made it back home before we found ourselves in the midst of a pandemic, and like many, I sought to escape through reading.

Although I’ve read almost every genre out there, I had never read alien romance. But with travel no longer an option and everyone stuck at home, I decided to go on a reading binge.

I fell in love with Ruby Dixon’s Ice Planet Barbarians, and suddenly, I needed to create my own alien romance!

My Khanavai aliens have found some success out in the world, and more than anything, I want to keep writing them. My health is always a bit of an issue–five years ago, I was bedridden with an autoimmune disease that still flares up now and again–but living my dream of being a full-time author keeps me going. The stories I read and write remind me of the power of love, and I want to share that with everyone.  

Now that the world is opening back up, I’m excited about sharing my love of alien romance with readers everywhere–including the readers who prefer to have copies to keep on their shelves.

Thank you so much for your willingness to support this project and for helping to get this book baby a great hardcover launch!

***To READ an excerpt from Entered in the Alien Bride Lottery, for free, CLICK HERE. ***

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The Alien Bride Lottery:
A Brand New Story, Hardcover Vol. 1, and More


Are you a fan of sexy science fiction romance, hot aliens, and surprise meetings between fated mates?


Do you enjoy spicy alien romances?

Even more, are you looking for a guaranteed happily ever after?

If you answered yes to these questions, then you don’t want to miss out on the passionate romance seriesThe Alien Bride Lottery.
 
Author Margo Bond Collins is running a Kickstarter, where fans can get a brand-new story set in the world of The Alien Bride Lottery, a signed hardback copy of Volume 1 including the first three books, tons of digital and physical products–and you can even get a story starring YOU as the heroine (or hero) of your own Alien Bride Lottery story!

A New Alien Bride Lottery Story

For a pledge of as little as $5, you can get Evading the Alien Bride Lottery, a brand-new story set in the universe of The Alien Bride Lottery. And at higher tiers, you can get a beautiful print of the artwork the cover was created from, along with a pile of other digital and physical rewards.
 
 

The Bachelor meets The Hunger Games…in Space!

The Alien Bride Lottery Volume 1 tells the stories of three human women whose names are drawn in the Alien Bride Lottery to participate in the Bride Games as part of a treaty between the Khanavai warriors and Earth’s leaders—whether or not the women want to become an alien’s chosen mate! (Hint: they don’t!)
 
This book includes three novels, and you do not need to have read any of the other books in the series in order to enjoy this fantastic sci-fi romance.
 
This story, previously published on Amazon Kindle, has not been released in hardcover. This version also includes a hot bonus scene written especially for this edition! 
 
The hardcover print version will not be available for purchase until late 2023, and that edition will not have all of the bonus content included in this book as presented with the Kickstarter offer. 
 
This brand-new hardcover edition includes Entered in the Alien Bride Lottery, Captured for the Alien Bride Lottery, and Claimed for the Alien Bride Lottery.
 
Read a sample of Book 1, Entered in the Alien Bride Lottery, here!

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About the Author

USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times bestselling author Margo Bond Collins is a former college English professor who, tired of explaining the difference between “hanged” and “hung,” turned to writing romance novels instead. She now writes urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and science fiction romance. Sometimes her heroines kiss aliens, sometimes they kill monsters. But they always aim for the heart.
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Vexed by Vampires ~ Excerpt #paranormalwomensfiction #BlogHop #MFRWhooks #urbanfantasy

Vexed by Vampires releases June 15!

Vampires. Not the midlife crisis I expected.

When I finally got around to dating after my jackhole of a husband walked out on my fortieth birthday, I thought personal grooming was my biggest worry. Until I went on a date with a vampire and ended up fighting for my life.

Now I see magic—and danger—everywhere I look, and somehow I’m the one responsible for keeping everyone safe.

It’s worse than being roped into heading a PTA committee. Well…maybe.

Anyway, whatever happened to finding a teenage girl to be the Chosen One?

Still, I’ll do whatever it takes to keep the people I love safe.

I might even be willing to protect that jackhole ex. But only if I have to.

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Excerpt

I stood over a pile of bubbling red goo slowly spreading out and sinking into the surrounding dirt. I glanced back and forth between the sludge pile and the small tree branch in my hand, finally forcing my fingers to uncurl. The stick tumbled from my nerveless grip, hit the thin strip of struggling grass at my feet, and then bounced off the curb and clattered into the parking space next to my car.

“What the hell just happened?” I was sure I had spoken the words aloud, but I couldn’t hear them.

As if from a distance, the echo of sharp voices tumbled against me, cutting into the numbness cushioning me from reality.

“Go, go, go!”

My heart pounded in time to the shouted instructions.

Helmeted figures in dark clothes poured out of the back of a black van parked three rows over in the otherwise almost-empty parking lot.

A SWAT team?

The soldiers swarmed around me, buzzing like bees, their voices distorted by the helmets—or possibly by something in my brain.

I glanced back down at the pile of clumpy red jelly at my feet, then gagged as I remembered what it really was.

“Ma’am,” a woman’s voice next to me said, and I realized she had been repeating it for several seconds.

I lifted my gaze toward her more slowly than I intended. “Yes?”

My voice sounded as far away as theirs had seconds ago.

Her tone turned even more intense, as if that were possible. “Ma’am, did he bite you anywhere?”

My hand crept up to my neck, and I rubbed at it absently, pulling my palm away to check for blood. “I don’t think so,” I finally answered, holding my clean fingers out for her to see. “He tried, though.”

The woman in uniform next to me popped her visor open. “We’ll need to have our medics check you out, but I think you’re right.” She cast an experienced gaze over me. “No blood,” she announced to her team. “Time to clean up this mess.”

The commandos grabbed my arms and tugged me off the strip of landscaping. I stumbled away, and they began sweeping across the red clumps with flamethrowers, sending black smoke curling into the sky.

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About the Author

USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times bestselling author Margo Bond Collins is a former college English professor who, tired of explaining the difference between “hanged” and “hung,” turned to writing romance novels instead. She now writes urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and science fiction romance. Sometimes her heroines kiss aliens, sometimes they kill monsters. But they always aim for the heart.

You can learn more about her books at www.MargoBondCollins.net and follow her on social media:

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Alien Warrior Bound ~ New Release #MFRWHooks #scifiromance

Alien Warrior Bound, Book 1 of the Galactic Gladiator Games Series.

They have only one job: beat all the other contestants.

He’s a former POW who escaped the galaxy’s most secure prison.

She’s a curvy book nerd, abducted from her job as a small-town librarian on Earth.

Welcome to the Galactic Gladiator Games, where the toughest aliens in the galaxy fight for the most prestigious titles. But these games come with a twist: every alien warrior is mentally and emotionally bound to a potential Earth mate, forced to work with her to overcome their enemies–and sometimes each other.

Fans of Ruby Dixon, Evangeline Anderson, and Grace Goodwin will adore these hot alpha aliens and their sassy human mates.

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Temporarily Out of Luck by Vicki Batman #newrelease #mystery #romance

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Great job. What man? And murder.

Newly employed at Wedding Wonderland, Hattie Cooks is learning the industry from an expert planner. When her former brother-in-law is found dead in his luxury SUV, all fingers point to Hattie’s sister who is planning her own “I dos.”

Detective Allan Wellborn is caught between a rock and a hard place—Hattie’s family and investigating the murder of a well-connected Sommerville resident, the same loser who was once married to Hattie’s sister. Determining who’s the bad guy—or gal—isn’t going to be easy and sure to piss someone off.

Can Hattie beat the clock to uncover who murdered Jonson before Tracey is charged and her wedding is ruined?

Book 3 in the Hattie Cooks mystery series is a full of twists and turns and wedding-style murder and mayhem!

If you missed the first two books in the Hattie Cooks series, check them out below!

About Vicki Batman

Funny, sweet, and quirky, Vicki Batman’s stories are full of her hallmark humor and romance and will delight all readers. She has sold many romantic comedy works to magazines, several publishers, and most recently, three humorous romantic mysteries. Along the way, she has picked up awards and bestsellers. Avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practitioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Chocaholic. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome Hubby.

Five Things You Didn’t Know:
1. I was Miss Oak Lawn Moped
2. I am the oldest of four sisters
3. None of my sisters have the same eye color or hair color as me.
4. I love Jordan Almonds and Candy Corn.
5. My cat lived to be 23.

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Claimed for the Alien Bride Lottery #excerpt #newrelease #alienromance #scifiromance #BookHooks #MFRWauthor

I thought I’d escaped being given to an alien warrior. I was wrong.

I was one hour away from washing out of the Alien Bride Games.

None of the Khanavai warriors had chosen me, and I was scheduled on the next shuttle off the filming station.

But then a bright red alien passed me in a hallway—and the next thing I knew, we were all over each other.

Bad enough that my name had been drawn in the Bride Lottery.

Now, even though they’re supposedly over, I’m back in the Games. And not the usual ones, either—a whole new set of challenges, just for me.

Guess it’ll make for good television back home.

I just hope I can resist him long enough to get back to Earth, to the people I love.

And that I can keep him from learning my most desperate secret.

The odds aren’t looking good, though…

Fans of Ruby Dixon, Grace Goodwin, and Evangeline Anderson will adore this hot new series featuring gorgeous, bright alien heroes and the sassy human women they choose as mates!

Every book in the Khanavai Warrior Bride Games series is a standalone romance. Join these brides as they find a whole new world of happily ever afters.

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EXCERPT from Claimed for the Alien Bride Lottery

My name—the one I have now—never should have been drawn in the Alien Bride Lottery. 

The back-alley surgeon who replaced my ID chip promised me it was clean, loaded with the information that I had already been through the Games.

I guess that’ll teach me to trust the word of someone who made a living as a criminal, illegally replacing the chips our world government required all humans to have implanted.

But the night I was transported up to Station 21, I wasn’t at all worried. 

I was, however, hot, sweaty, and irritated.

“If you needed unbuttered toast, you should have noted it in the order,” I snapped at Kitty, the waitress on the other side of the passthrough to the kitchen—the one who was currently glaring at me over the plates under the heating lamps.

Noted it in the order?” she repeated with a sneer, one hand on her hip. “Who talks like that?”

I rolled my eyes and snatched the toast off the plate under discussion, replacing it with unbuttered toast. “There.”

Turning away without waiting for a response, I moved back to the grill. Kitty took the plate with a huff, and as soon as she was gone, I inhaled deeply and blinked away a tear. 

I shouldn’t be here at all. I trained at L’école de Cuisine du Chef, the single most prestigious culinary school in Paris. I should have been in a five-star restaurant in New York or London or Las Angeles, astounding patrons with my delectable, edible creations.

Instead, I was in a crappy diner in Atlanta, slinging hash browns and frying eggs.

But it beat the hell out of the alternative.

Yeah—this is infinitely preferable to what I ran from.

As I finished plating the last meal from the grill, voices rising from the dining room caught my attention. Wiping my hands across my apron, I made my way out to the front room to see what was going on.

“It’s the new Bride Lottery,” Kitty announced excitedly, clasping her hands under her chin as she stared up at the television.

I frowned. “Those poor girls.”

Kitty raised one eyebrow. “What do you mean, those poor girls? They are so lucky. They never have to work again. All they have to do is sit and be beautiful for their alien husbands.” She struck a pose. “Can you imagine how wonderful it would be to do nothing but spend all day being waited on hand and foot?”

“You don’t know what happens once the cameras are turned off,” Wanda, one of our regulars said. 

I moved over to pat her soft, wrinkled hand. “That’s right, Wanda. I don’t think we know nearly enough about the Khanavai. I bet they’re not as perfect as they pretend to be on TV.”

“I remember the first time they showed up,” she said—not the first time we had all heard the story, but I paid polite attention, anyway.

“The Prince sure was pretty,” she reminisced. “And for the first couple of years, him and his princess were all over the news. It was like a fairytale. Then they just up and disappeared. Hardly ever heard anything at all about their prince again.”

“So you think we shouldn’t trust them?” Kitty asked the old woman.

“Not even a little bit.”

“But it’s not like all that many women end up with Khanavai husbands,” Joey, our busboy reminded us. “A whole lot of women get chosen every year in the Bride lottery, and then a whole lot get sent back down to Earth.” 

“Some of them don’t,” Kitty countered. “Some of them gets swept off their feet and taken away to live happily ever after.”

I managed to contain my snort of derision, but only barely.

Happily ever after doesn’t exist. It’s a trick designed to convince women to give up their entire lives for somebody else.

At least, that was my experience.

“Ooh. Vos Klavoii is about to draw another name!” Kitty called out.

I decided to take a seat in the dining room. After all, no one was going to be ordering anything much until the drawing was done. I might as well take a break. I was practically dead on my feet. Working the 3 a.m. to 10 a.m. overnight shift well into the morning was good, because it meant I could get Josiah to bed at Rebecca’s and then be there when he woke up from his morning nap the next day. We might have to change that once he started school, but for now, it meant that we were home together for most of the day.

That didn’t leave me much time for sleeping, though.

But we were safe.

Someone would have to be watching us pretty closely to be able to tell where we lived. And if they found that out, they’d have to be watching even closer to figure out where Josiah spend his nights.

I stifled a yawn as Vos Klavoii, the bright green game show host who ran the Bride Lottery and Bride Games, continued his mindless chatter about this year’s crop of brides. 

Crop. He might as well come out and say it—he thinks human women are grown to be brides for Khanavai males. Like we’re not worthwhile on our own.

This time, my jawbone cracked as I gave a giant yawn.

Sitting down probably hadn’t been a good idea. I was about to drift off to the sound of everyone enjoying the Bride Lottery drawings when the sound of my own name—the one I used now, anyway—jerked me awake.

“Mia Jones,” Vos repeated, flicking his fingers toward the eboard behind him as he waited for the bride’s picture to be flashed on it behind him.

No. It can’t be me. This is not a terribly uncommon name. There must be at least twenty others with the same name, I reassured myself.

“We seem to be having some technical difficulty,” Vos said, his game-show host demeanor not breaking for even a moment. I wondered if he slept with that smile pasted on his face.

All around me in the diner, everyone began jumping up and down and shouting. 

“It’s you, Mia, it’s you!” Kitty grabbed my hands with both of hers and pulled me up out of the chair as if we were suddenly best friends.

I tugged my hands out of hers. “You can’t know that. It might not be me at all. Anyway, I’m not eligible for the lottery.”

My coworker stopped her silly dance. “Why wouldn’t you be?”

My breath stuttered to a halt in my chest. How can I answer that? 

No one here knew I had a child, and I was not about to tell them.

For that matter, I wasn’t even Mia Jones. I was just playing a part: Mia, a little shy, a little talented in the kitchen, trying to get by as best I could.

That’s all they needed to know.

Wanda peered deep into my eyes as if reading everything there, then turned to the others. “That’s none of your business,” she announced. “Maybe her name was already drawn before.”

“Nah. She’s lying,” Kitty decided. “She just doesn’t want a hottie alien husband. Because she’s insane. Clearly.”

Vos was still on the screen, his green skin glowing almost a neon color as he chattered away about the history of the Bride Games in an attempt to fill time while they sorted out their technical difficulties.

“Oh, here we go,” he finally said. “It looks like we are getting the feed through, finally. I hear they’re sending it over right … now.”

My entire world narrowed down to that one moment, the eternity in the second between Vos announcing the picture was on the way and the picture actually showing up.

When it finally came on the screen, I wished that I could have stayed in that second forever.

It was me.

Somehow, the Bride Lottery registration had gotten my name and new ID number and had drawn me in the Lottery.

Cold washed through my limbs and my vision flickered in and out.

I have to get out of here, have to run. A drumbeat started in my head. Get back to Josiah. Get us out of here. Save him.

The transportation technology picked me up when I was halfway to the door, dashing across the room and ripping my apron off as if it held my tracker. I don’t know where I thought I would go. There was no one on Earth who could save me, no place I could hide. I was acting on pure instinct.

The very last thing I saw as I was transported to Station 21 was the outline of Vos Klavoii’s face fading until only his smile remained.

Like an evil, green, Cheshire cat.

About the Author

USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times bestselling author Margo Bond Collins is a former college English professor who, tired of explaining the difference between “hanged” and “hung,” turned to writing romance novels instead. She now writes urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and science fiction romance. Sometimes her heroines kiss aliens, sometimes they kill monsters. But they always aim for the heart.

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Khanavai Warriors Alien Bride Games Series

Entered in the Alien Bride Lottery 

Captured for the Alien Bride Lottery

Claimed for the Alien Bride Lottery

Enemy of the Alien Bride Lottery

Interstellar Shifters

Star Mate Matched

Star Mate Marked

The Alien Warriors’ Reparation Brides Series

An Alien of Convenience

Alien Romance Boxed Sets

Stolen and Seduced

Captured and Captivated

Alien Embrace

Reverse Harem Alien Romances

Snatched

Her Alien Crew

Tiny and Fierce

Theirs by Destiny

Entered in the Alien Bride Lottery #FREE through Dec. 13

There are a million ways to end up in the Alien Bride Lottery. But it takes only one.

Every unmarried female human over the age of 21 gets entered once a year. You can also accept extra entries for legal infractions—instead of paying a parking fine, for example, you can request an extra entry. Lots of women do that. I mean, why not? The chances are astronomical that your name will get chosen to be one of the hundred or so women who get shipped off to space every year.

And even if your name is drawn, the odds are slim that you’ll match up with an alien who’s looking for a mate.

Most of the lottery-drawn women come back to Earth every year and resume their lives as if nothing changed.

But some don’t.

And no matter what, getting drawn in the Lottery means you have to compete in the Bride Games.

Guess that’s where I’m heading now.

I only hope I can avoid catching the eye of one of the giant, rainbow-hued brutes whose mission is to protect Earth—and who can claim me as a mate.

All because I was Entered in the Alien Bride Lottery…

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The Khanavai Warriors Alien Bride Games Series

What’s a reluctant woman to do when her name is drawn in the Alien Bride Lottery and she has to go join the Bride Games?

Play to lose, of course!

There are about a million ways to end up in the Alien Bride Lottery.

Every unmarried female human between the ages of twenty-one and thirty-five gets entered once a year. You can also choose to accept extra entries instead of dealing with the courts for various legal infractions—instead of paying a parking fine, for example, you can request an extra entry. Lots of women do that. I mean, why not? The chances are astronomical that your name will get chosen to be one of the hundred or so women who get shipped off to space every year.

And even if your name is drawn, the odds are slim that you’ll match up with an alien who’s looking for a mate.

Most of the lottery-drawn women come back to Earth every year and resume their lives as if nothing changed. But some don’t.

Some go up to Station 21 to compete in the Bride Games, where they can end up married off to huge, rainbow-hued alien males in search of a human mate.

Plenty of human women are thrilled by this idea.

But some women are less than delighted.

Ella & the Alien Prince: A FREE Alien Bride Lottery Prequel

She never expected her Prince Charming to be a blue alien.

Entered in the Alien Bride Lottery

There are a million ways to end up in the Alien Bride Lottery. But it takes only one.

Captured for the Alien Bride Lottery

I refused to be in the Bride Lottery—so now I’m a runaway bride.

Claimed for the Alien Bride Lottery

I thought I’d escaped being given to an alien warrior. I was wrong.

Enemy of the Alien Bride Lottery

I’ll do whatever it takes to destroy the Bride Games.

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Captured for the Alien Bride Lottery #newrelease #SFR #scifiromance #excerpt #alienromance

I refused to be in the Bride Lottery—so now I’m a runaway bride.

Somehow, I knew my name was going to be drawn in the Bride Lottery—the hellish agreement that Earth’s leaders had made to sell us to the aliens who protected our planet.

I’d grown up with the propaganda. It was our civic duty. Men registered for the draft, women registered for the Bride Lottery.

No way in hell was I going to be handed over to some giant man to be brutalized into bearing his children.

Instead, I cut out my bio-tracker and walked away from everything.

I should have realized they’d send one of those hulking, brightly colored aliens to track me down and bring me back.

Never did I expect that he’d be devastatingly attractive. Or that we’d have to go on the run from the evil Horde trying to destroy both our planets.

Now that we’re together, can I ever run away again?

And could he really hand me over to the Bride Games to be taken by another warrior?

Because I think I might be falling in love…

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EXCERPT

My choice to run to Chicago had been impulsive and last-minute, so there shouldn’t be anything to lead them to me. Whoever they might be.

But as soon as I stepped off the bus, I knew exactly who they were.

They was an enormous, surprisingly gorgeous, hot-pink-skinned Khanavai male with dark hair and overly developed chest muscles—which I could tell because he was shirtless. Possibly because no one on Earth made shirts big enough to fit him.

Startled, I glanced down the rest of him. Apparently, we didn’t make pants big enough, either. He wore what we had all come to recognize as a traditional Khanavai warrior’s uniform. A kilt-like skirt with a belt and a cross strap made out of some kind of leather, decorated with various symbols of prowess in war.

That was another reason I hadn’t wanted to get involved with the Khanavai—they were too warlike. I had been to war zones when I traveled briefly with Doctors without Borders, and I’d seen what war did to people.

I was a healer, not a fighter. I did not want to be involved with anyone who wielded weapons. In fact, I wasn’t even willing to date police officers here on Earth.

No. If I were ever to get married—which I wouldn’t—I wanted someone gentle and kind.

I couldn’t have spent more than two seconds taking in his appearance. But I completely froze during those two seconds, and apparently, that was enough to catch his attention.

Even worse for me, it was enough to catch the attention of another set of multicolored aliens scattered around the station as if they were trying to blend in. Like that was possible, given their size and colorations.

All four of them began to converge on me, apparently tipped off by my reaction to them—which seemed odd, since I certainly wasn’t the only Greyhound passenger staring at the aliens in our midst.

For all I knew, the big pink guy—presumably their leader, given all of the pins and medals and other symbols he wore on his leather cross strap—gave them orders to capture me by any means necessary.

“Shit,” I muttered to myself, ducking into a women’s bathroom directly inside the entrance to the bus station building and hoping it would be enough to keep them from following me.

It wasn’t, of course.

Seconds later, I was surrounded by leering aliens in all the colors of the rainbow.

Captured for the Alien Bride Lottery, now available on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited.