Monday, April 16, 2018

Review & Tour: Between Venus & Mars by S.C. Mitchell


Title: Between Venus & Mars
Author: S.C. Mitchell
Genre/Age: Sci-Fi Romance/Adult
Series: The Soul Mate Tree (Book Three)
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Format: ebook via Goddess Fish Promotions
Rating: ✺✺✺
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SynopsisOnce Upon a Galaxy . . .

Zana Starchild is on a mission to restore her tribe's livestock and save herself from one more meal of kelp. Sure, it's technically illegal to visit Old Earth, but to a rim rat like Zana, galactic laws are really just guidelines. Her wrecked starship just means she'll need to use her backup plan to get off the abandoned world, an old Earth legend her uncle passed down to her.

Pulled from a relaxing shower, across the galaxy to Old Earth, Galactic Marshall Kyle Kepler finds himself naked and marooned with a quirky rim rat. Zana's broken more laws than Kyle can count, and he plans to arrest her, just as soon as he can find transport off the planet and a pair of pants.

A junk heap of a starship, a magical tree, and a roving gang of mutant kangaroos are just the beginning of rollicking intergalactic journey filled with laughs, love, and adventure.


Gasping, she reached the top of the hill, her eyes glued to the tree. This had to be her uncle’s Soul Mate Tree.

She scanned her surroundings. Not another tree in sight anywhere.

The twisted, gnarled trunk was just as he’d described it. Golden bark with dark brown patches. Small, oval leaves, pale green on top with silvery undersides.

“Not really the way I planned on meeting Mr. Right.” She’d decided to avoid that little occurrence indefinitely. In her experience, men were nothing but trouble. They wanted sex, which meant babies, which meant settling down. And they wanted to control everything.

Nope, not ready for that.

According to her uncle, she just needed to touch the tree for it to work its magic.

She reached out, palming the bark as she scurried around to put the trunk between her and her pursuers. “Come on, tree. Get me out of here. Any time.”

She hoped her Soul Mate didn’t turn out to be Andel Narkol. The boy was big and strong, but dumb as a stump. Kennen Plankold had a little more sense, but his nasally voice . . .

Maybe it will be someone I don’t even know yet. Though she was pretty sure she’d met all the eligible men on Konga 10.

“What the hell!” Deep, golden, bassy tones exploded behind her.

“Stupid tree. You were supposed to send me to him, not bring him here.”

Her hand shook as she fired at the first roo to crest the hill. She missed by a mile.

What the hell was she supposed to do now?

“Give me that.” A large, well-muscled, bare arm reached over her shoulder to snatch the blaster from her hand. “Teleporting sentient beings is against galactic law,” he snarled.

Great, the love of her life sounded like a cop. Still, he had a big, bumpy, delicious looking arm.


S.C.Mitchell grew up an avid reader of comic books, science fiction and fantasy literature. He’s been writing stories for over thirty years. In 2010 he left his job as a computer desktop support specialist to pursue his passion for writing full time. He is a PAN member of the Romance Writers of America as well as the Wisconsin chapter.

As a writer of paranormal, sci-fi, and fantasy romance, S. C. Mitchell crafts unique and wondrous worlds where characters explore, romp, and fall in love. Whether traveling through dark, demon filled dimensions, the edge of wild space, or ancient mythological heavens, heroes and heroines, guided by their adventurous hearts, discover hidden strengths on their pathway to enduring love.

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Between Venus and Mars (March 2017)


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A fun and sexy adventure through space!

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Zana isn't supposed to be on the planet she's just crash-landed on. But she's on a mission to save her people and the only way to do that is to collect livestock for food. This planet has plenty of that. And it also has another perk, a supposedly magical tree that will connect you with your own soul mate. When she runs into a gang of violent roos, she sure hopes the legend of the tree is real and her one true love will come save her.

Kyle's shower is rudely interrupted by a woman claiming a silly tree is responsible for his space travel to a forbidden planet. He doesn't believe it, but he's naked and about to be attacked by roos. His options are a little limited. So this undercover agent bluffs his way out of the situation and into a pair of pants. Then he has to decide what to do about this alluring woman who is violating so many galaxy laws... and winning his heart.

This book was a pleasant surprise and just the distraction I needed for a busy work weekend. From the very first page, I was sucked into the story and I hated to put this down in order to work. After reading several books in this series, all pretty great stories with the same soul mate tree as the center theme, this one might be my favorite.

I immediately fell in love with our heroine and I must say that our hero's entrance to the story was hilarious and a nice twist on the story. The entire premise of Old Earth and the roo gangs was fascinating for me. It had a post-apocalyptic feel to it when our characters were on that planet, which was pretty neat. I may never look at kangaroos the same way.

Our couple were nicely written and their love story was sweet with some steam. Even though the heroine was a virgin, she didn't act like an immature and helpless female, just one who was inexperienced. I appreciate that. Past the halfway point, I began to wonder if there was going to be any more conflict. Oh, there was. When it hit, it was like one exciting twist after another and I was a little sad to see it end.

In closing... 
Such a great addition to this series! Four suns!