Hello Everyone and Happy New Year!

As a New Year’s gift I am giving away ALMOST HOME: NICK AND KRISTA CHRISTMAS, the intro book in the Soul-Love Series, from Amazon Kindle. On January 3rd the buy price goes back to $2.99 so claim your free read on January 1st or 2nd. This slice-of-life novelette, set in 1960's Boston introduces characters musician Nick Zelmenis and ballet dancer Krista McBaine who are also the hero and heroine of the first novel Remember Him Yesterday.

Look for Remember Him Yesterday coming in 2016. 

Enjoy your free copy of ALMOST HOME.



Almost Home ~ Nick and Krista Christmas

Almost Home ~ Nick and Krista Christmas, my new Christmas novelette from the Soul-Love Series released on Amazon Kindle on December 23. Almost Home features characters, Nick and Krista, from Remember Him Yesterday, my full length book releasing mid 2016.  To find out more about what Soul-Love is visit my Website and my Soul-Love Connections blog. I've been writing for several months and there are lots of good articles on the Soul-Love blog.


Almost Home ~ Nick and Krista Christmas

It is unseasonably warm for mid-December as musician Nick Zelmenis and the love of his life, ballet dancer Krista McBaine shop for a Christmas tree. They take time to share their special Soul-Love and to spend quality time together before Nick maps out a trip to Ohio on his Yamaha. He is going to visit his ageing grandmother for several days. Krista will visit her parents in Vermont at the same time. The two plan to be back in Boston and share Christmas Eve with each other and with a few close friends. But things never go as planned. The unpredictable changing winter weather causes major problems. Nick must reluctantly tap into his psychic abilities so he can try to get back home to Krista before a mammoth snowstorm hits Boston and the entire northeast with a vengeance.

See you inside my books!

Kaye Manro

© copyright Kaye Manro 2015


Possible Giant Alien Structures ~ Could This be Real?

Artist's concept shows NASA's planet-hunting Kepler
spacecraft operating in a new mission profile called K2

Now this is what I'm talking about!
This is the exiting stuff SF is made from. And guess what, it's getting close to reality. How cool is this. Read on:  

NASA's Kepler Space Telescope is tasked with finding small, rocky worlds orbiting distant stars. 

However, exoplanets aren’t the only thing Kepler can detect — stellar flares, star spots and dusty planetary rings can also pop up in the mission's observations.

But the space telescope may have the ability to detect more than natural phenomena. Kepler may also detect the signature of artificial structures orbiting other stars, if they're out there. Imagine an advanced civilization which has the ability to harness energy directly from its star. This alien civilization may want to construct vast mega-structures, like supersized solar arrays in orbit around their host star that could be so big that they blot out a sizable fraction of starlight as they pass in front.

When Kepler detects an exoplanet, it does so by sensing the very slight dip in starlight from a given star. Kepler detects the slight dimming of starlight and creates a "lightcurve" — basically a graph charting the dip over time. Much information can be gleaned from the lightcurve, such as the physical size of the transiting exoplanet. But it can also deduce the exoplanet’s shape.

For the most part, any dip in star brightness is some kind of natural phenomenon. But what if all possibilities are accounted for and only one scenario is left? What if that scenario is this object appears to be artificial? In other words, what if it’s alien?

A star, named KIC 8462852, has been found with a highly curious transit signal. In a paper submitted to the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, astronomers report: "Over the duration of the Kepler mission, KIC 8462852 was observed to undergo irregularly shaped, aperiodic dips in flux down to below the 20 percent level."

The research paper is thorough, describing the phenomenon, pointing out tha846t this star is unique - they've seen nothing like it. Kepler has collected data steadily for four years. It's not instrumental error. Kepler isn't seeing things; the signal is real.

The Planet Hunters volunteers are depended on to seek out transits in Kepler's stars in the direction of the constellation Cygnus. The group described KIC 8462852 as "bizarre," "interesting" and a "giant transit." They're not wrong.

Follow-up studies focus on two interesting transit events at KIC 8462852, one that was detected between days 788 and 795 of the Kepler mission and between days 1510 to 1570. The first event appears to have been a single transit causing a star brightness drop-off of 15 percent, whereas the second was a burst of several transits, possibly indicating a clump of different objects, forcing a brightness dip of up to 22 percent. To cause such dips in brightness, these transiting objects must be huge.

The researchers also investigated the possibility of a huge planetary collision: could the debris from this smashup be creating this strange signal? The likelihood of us seeing a planetary collision is extremely low. The only natural explanation favored by the researchers seems to focus on an intervening clump of exocomets. "One way we imagine such a barrage of comets could be triggered is by the passage of a field star through the system," write the researchers.

A second paper is currently being written to investigate a completely different transit scenario that focuses around the possibility of a mega-engineering project created by an advanced alien civilization

This may sound like science fiction, but our galaxy has existed for over 13 billion years, it's not such a stretch of the imagination to think that an alien civilization may be out there and evolved to the point where they can build mega-structures around stars.

And hunting down huge structures that obscure the light from stars is no new thing. The Search for Extraterrestrial Technology (SETT) is one such project that does just this. 

But as KIC 8462852 is showing us, there may be something else out there — possibly an alien intelligence that is well on its way to becoming a civilization, which is setting up some kind of artificial structure around its star.

Of course, these mystery transit events are nowhere near "proof" of an alien civilization. In fact, it's barely evidence and a lot more work needs to be done.

The next step is to point a radio antenna at KIC 8462852, just to see whether the system is generating any artificial radio signals that could indicate the presence of something we'd define as "intelligent."

It might be a long shot, and the phenomenon is more likely a clump of comets or some other natural phenomenon that we haven't accounted for blocking star light from view, but it’s worth investigating, especially if there really is some kind of alien intelligence building structures, or perhaps, ancient structures of a civilization long-gone, around a star only 1,500 light-years away from Earth.

This kind of stuff makes me really miss all that research I use to do for SFR stories... Wow! It sure does take me back to my love of anything scientifically space oriented, SF for sure. The ideas kind of remind me of Stargate Universe. (SGU)

See you inside a new alien culture! 



I Need You ~ Short Story part two on Soul-Love Blog

(Links to the  Soul-Love blog and I Need You are now working in this post.) 

A Twin Soul Story 

Just updating everyone.

If you'd like to read the free second installment of 

the short story, I Need You  it is posted now on the 

Soul-Love blog 


This is a free read, and if you haven't read the first 

part of the stroy you can read 

I Need You 

part one first which was posted on October 17 


or click the Soul-Love Blog on the side bar

Hope you enjoy it!



New Short Story

Today I'm posting first half of a Twin Soul short story on the Soul-Love blog. Its title is
I Need You. So if you are interested in reading it trip on over to the Soul-Love Connections Blog for a look

Or click the Soul-Love blog icon on the sidebar. Hope you enjoy it! 

What I'm doing now:

I am busy writing part two of Remember Him Yesterday, the Nick and Krista story, while also in edits for part one of this story.

Have good week-end days, as the winter season will be upon us before we know it.



Sex, Love or Both?

Have you ever thought about our society and why we like the kinds of entertainment we do? I'm not necessarily talking about SFR or SF but love/sex scenes in romance in general. And a little about our penchant for yeah, all things sexual. And true, how we as authors write the scenes into our books as well...

Slide on over to the Soul-Love blog and read the post, 

Love Scenes ~ Is It All About Sex? HERE

Tell me your ideas and what you think. I'm sharing where I am at this moment in time as an author. Keep in mind we creators of fiction are a fickle bunch when it comes to discovery and work. And we are subject to change! 

See you on the Soul-Love blog, 



How Much Tech Is Too Much In Time Travel SFR?

There are numerous things that need to be done on this blog. And it needs me focused here to update my friends on what is happening with my straight up SFR stories. (which have nothing to do with my continued fondness for the new Soul-Love Series)

First up, when I fell out of my direction and into the abyss of life, I was working on a killer time travel series set partially in the 12th century. One of these stories actually tied for a 1st place award for best SFR story and blurb.

A few days ago, I pulled up the not quite finished time travel series and even amazed myself with the detail, the settings, the background, the actually believable scientific way time travel happened between the 23rd century and the 12th century in the first book. And more. Basically the stories center around stopping those from changing or destroying timelines and putting things back the way they should be. Hardly ever can happen though, according to theory.

Coined first by H.G. Wells in his iconic story, The Time Machine, we have been fascinated with the subject ever since. TV shows and movies picked it up and featured it in series like Star Trek and Stargate. But what is time travel and the scientific theories surrounding it? 

Just to touch a little on the current theories about time travel, once a line is disrupted, it is never the same, what is set in motion is ripples, which will continue but on a different track (here we go with string theory) but not the same as before. These ideas can get really complicated. I am pretty much a stickler for keeping to the research as well as can be.

But if you are going to have that all important R in the SF you have to take a few liberties with science. So if my hero knight from the 12th century and my time travelling heroine from the future happen to fall in love, well, that has got to change things like timelines and such.

I will add here that my heroine in this story didn't just get thrust back into the past by some unknown vague thing, which is the usual way it happens in time travel romance. She is a scientist whose job is keeping timelines in tact. While working, she gets trapped in the 12th century trying to stop a bad guy who is mucking up various timelines. That's not to say that my 12th century medieval research wasn't just as in-depth.

Okay she does get involved with that sexy hero knight, but against her better judgement. She just can't stop her primitive attraction from emerging. And in her defense, she is trying to protect the hero's way of life when it happens. There is a bunch of SF in this story. Including the use of, let's see, Laser Blasters? 

So the bad guys who don't care about keeping the timeline safe start the battle using futuristic weapons, So yeah, she has to fight back, you know. And how can she do that unless she can level the playing field? But this is romance after all. Thus the SFR tag for Science Fiction Romance. Still its kind of a fun SF adventure too. 

I remember how much I enjoyed working on it, writing it, doing the research and making sure it flowed the way it should. The first two stories, yet to be published, are ready for working and not too far from finished. They need lots of edits, rewrites and layering, as well as insightful input from critique partners. In my opinion, crit partners are an author's saving grace. They can spot things you can miss and help flush out plot holes, areas that don't work and give you ideas to make the story better.

Thoughts to ponder:

With all this said, the question is, can I work on two distinctly separate focuses at the same time? Lots of writers do. But I'm not other writers. I tend to give my complete undivided focus to one project at a time. And then there is all the promoting of a new series, etc. I don't even know if I can convey how much I love soul-love and my characters Nick and Krista. They are a part of me like no other characters before, and in ways hard to imagine. And keep in mind too that Remember Him Yesterday (Nick and Krista) is a romance that also has SF elements.

But still, working a little on the time travel may not be a bad idea after all...



Supermoon Trilogy

But will your eye see that the moon is bigger on the night of August 29? Well … it depends. Are you an incredibly careful observer? Have you watched the full moon over a period of months, leading up to now? If so, says Daniel Fischer in K√∂nigswinter, Germany, you can discern the extra-large size of the supermoon using just your eye.

The closest and largest full supermoon of them all will fall on September 28, to stage a total eclipse of the moon. Some will call it a Blood Moon eclipse.

In North America, we often call the August full moon the Sturgeon Moon, Corn Moon or Grain Moon. The August 2015 full moon is also the first of three full-moon supermoons in 2015. Previously, we had three new moon supermoons in January, February and March, 2015. The full moons on August 29, September 28 and October 27 all enjoy the supermoon designation because the centers of these full moons and the center of Earth are less than 361,836 kilometers (224,834 miles) apart. The closest supermoon of the year comes with the September 28 full moon, presenting a moon that’s only 356,877 kilometers (221,753 miles) from Earth.


Coming Soon 
Stem Cells: The Future Is Now




Wow! This is so interesting... 

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft captured a solar flare in multiple wavelengths of light. The X-class solar flare is the most powerful category of sun storm.

"Given the impulsive nature of this event, as well as the source location on the eastern limb of the sun, we are not expecting a radiation storm at Earth," scientists with the U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado. Despite the radio blackouts, the blast is unlikely to cause major issues here on Earth, researchers said.

CMEs are massive clouds of solar particles rocketed into space at millions of miles per hour. Solar flares, by contrast, are blasts of high-energy radiation. CMEs that hit Earth can trigger geomagnetic storms that can disrupt power grids and satellite navigation.

Scientists classify strong solar flares into three categories: C (weakest), M (mid-level) and X (the most powerful). X flares are 10 times more potent than M flares. Wednesday's outburst clocked in at X2.7, outranking the previous flare champion of 2015 — an X2.2 storm that erupted March 11 from a sunspot known as AR12297.

There could be more sun-storm action coming soon, SWPC researchers said.



I have several excerpts posted on the Soul-love Connections blog from

Remember Him Yesterday:  

Musician Nick and dancer Krista fall in love amid tumultuous times in 1960s Boston. Their soul-love ebbs and flows as they experience the offerings of the counter-culture. Yet unknown forces are destined to pull them apart and away from each other. They become lost in different worlds, left bewildered and searching.


Nick and Krista First Love - JUNE 27

Nick and Krista Heartache - JULY 4

Nick and Krista Letters Lyrics and YD3 - JULY 11

Nick and Krista Soul Love One Month Live - JULY 15

Nick and Krista Far Away - JULY 26

If you haven't seen these excerpts you may want to check them out and let me know what you think.



Another Planet Earth?


Is this great or what? A SF writer's dream! Just think of all the ideas and possible scenarios this discovery can generate. 

NASA’s Kepler Mission Discovers Bigger, Older Cousin to Earth

NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” around a sun-like star. The newly discovered Kepler-452b is the smallest planet to date discovered orbiting in the habitable zone -- the area around a star where liquid water could pool on the surface of an orbiting planet -- of a G2-type star, like our sun. The confirmation of Kepler-452b brings the total number of confirmed planets to 1,030. This video shows an artist's concept that depicts one possible appearance of the planet Kepler-452b. 

For more information about the Kepler mission, visit HERE  For more information about NASA Ames, visit HERE



Life just does it to you sometimes doesn't it? Like all of us I have some really good days and some that could be better. Then there are those times that you just have to wonder what the hell is going on to cause your life to be so messed up all at once. Like characters in a story, if we did gaze into our future or past could we change a few things? Would we? 

Just sharing a rundown because the situation is keeping me out of creativity, and that all by itself can make me really edgy.

First up, the scariest one - remember back on the 4th of July I said I had a cold and didn't go river kayaking with friends? (Mentioned on the Soul-Love blog) Well that cold morphed into a monster. I should be thankful. Because my worse nightmare didn't come upon me... My head hurt so bad I couldn't see straight, was throwing up, and so dizzy it felt like I was on a merry-go-round most of the time. Could this be the head injury I suffered a few years ago as a dancer coming back to haunt me? Scary. Those kind of things do happen. 

I don't like docs I tend to be more of a naturalist. I called on my natural healing friends and they did their best. It helped but not enough. Back for those damn tests to see what was going on inside my head. No traditional doc ever stopped to think, oh maybe she has a virus-- until my cousin, a doctor who has spent time at yoga retreats and all kinds of wild new age stuff-- said maybe it is that virus that's going around. Wow! Still not back to normal but lots of antibiotics and I'm feeling better. (Thank you, M)

Number two coming up. During this sick scare time, my computers took a notion to crash. Yes I said computers. I'm a windows girl, everything connects, my laptop, tablet, phone all of it. I loved the way it worked. I could save docs and photos, etc. on one device and on all of them at the same time from remote places. (I know Macs are this way too.) Why did this happen? I'm not going into the details but suffice it to say it got fixed, for the most part. 

I'm not done yet. My car, yes it's older--I'm kind of retro that way-- has been in the shop more than it's been out lately. Spent lots just keeping it going. So much so that I'm now good friends with my mechanic and his wife. During the down time with being sick and crashing computers, my mechanic tells me my car is probably toast. Gone. No more. Oh good. I don't want a car payment, don't need a car payment. I just want my old car back and running again. I don't think that's  going to happen... Car-less. 

My new age buddies tell me I have a bunch of stuff I haven't dealt with that needs to be addressed and cleared out. All right... sure. Maybe when I have the time. 

Didn't stop me from screaming throughout the house and slamming doors though. ("Get away from me! Just get the fuck away!") And I said that to anyone who came close. Was I that bad? Yes I was. Bad girl. But hey in my defense consider what I was going through. 

Good thing I live in a small easy to get around place, though I have been thinking seriously about leaving here. I have a brother who is about an hour's flight away from me, near Atlanta. And another brother in Jacksonville. Maybe it's time for a change...    

The Sex Guru I  mention from time to time would say I need to be f***ed and f***ed good. Oh really? By whom? Dreams and fantasies don't work? Maybe I have to disagree... That's the way it is right now. 

My publisher tells me I have a few months before deadline on Remember Him Yesterday. Okay so Nick and Krista are going to catch the brunt of all this. They could use a few heavy scenes from my pent up emotions and frustrated, umm energy-- All I can say is look out guys.   

I'm resourceful if anything and I will figure this out.  I always do, always have. This crap is starting to feel like hilarity. Laughing about it. Me thinks things have got to get better on all fronts, right? How much better could it be?

Okay so I'm off to practice balancing my...(yeah) Chakras. Should I add a few crystals to the mix maybe? 

Until next time,   


(cross posted to the Soul-Love  blog with different images)


Welcome Aurora Springer with Grand Master's Game

My special guest today is fellow SFR author Aurora Springer. Aurora is here to introduce her fantastic new book Grand Master’s Game, second in the Grand Master’s Trilogy, which releases today. You won’t want to miss reading this one! 

Welcome Aurora.

Aurora Springer’s latest release is GRAND MASTER’S GAME.

Spin across the galaxy as Violet and her Grand Master hunt their enemies.
Cracks in the portal web threaten galactic civilization, and suspicions fall on the mysterious Grand Masters with their immense psychic powers. Once, there were twelve Grand Masters, humans and aliens, on the Council. Now there are eleven. One was killed when the young pawn, Violet, rescued her Grand Master, Athanor, from the Red Queen’s dungeon. The Red Queen fled the fight and now she lurks out of sight, regenerating her energies.
Athanor devises a risky plan to expose his enemies on the Council and force the Red Queen into the open. His strategy will employ Violet’s empathic skills as his secret weapon. Meanwhile, she wrestles with her erratic talents and doubts about their unequal partnership. In their search for revenge, they contend with the portal crisis, psychic traps and hostile aliens. In the inevitable battle of Grand Masters, Violet and Athanor each will face their worst nightmares. What is the sacrifice for victory?

The Professor’s office was large, furnished with a desk, side table, couch and several chairs. Leather-bound books filled the shelves on one wall, while a landscape on the opposite wall attracted Violet’s interest.
Phineas stood up politely when they entered, and Violet hid her amusement at the contrast between the two men. Even disguised and shielded, Athanor exuded an air of authority tinged with menace, while the Professor was a bright-eyed academic brimming with curiosity. Phineas straightened and stared at his visitors. Usually, he was the authority in his office. He was both disgruntled and curious about the grim man examining his books. He noticed Violet gazing at the picture, and waved a hand at the landscape, saying, “It is a scene from my home planet of Phylox alpha.”
Violet was admiring the picture, while Athanor ran his finger over the spines of the books to read their titles, when they heard quick footsteps in the corridor.
Tessa stepped into the office and cried in her nervous high-pitched voice, “Oh, Phineas, I didn’t realize you had visitors.” Her beautiful face brightened on recognizing her friend, Violet, and Tessa ran to hug her.
Athanor frowned at the interruption and the door slammed shut, leaving an unnatural silence.
Tessa stared intently at his saturnine face, which radiated confident pride despite his disguise. Her eyes widened in shocked insight and she yelped, “Violet, he’s your Grand Master!”
They all stared at Athanor. His figure appeared to grow taller and darker. The room filled with psi pressure and blue rays flared from his unveiled eyes. Simultaneously, the clicks from the box sped up until their volume reached a shattering crescendo. Athanor’s gaze flicked to the box and the clicks halted abruptly.
Tessa gasped and clutched at her chest.
Violet called, “Stop! Mute your power or Tessa will faint!” The psi pressure lessened and his eyes dimmed to a faint blue glow.
The Professor paled beneath his tan. Tessa squeaked and fled to the comforting arms of her fiancé.
“It is all right, Tessa,” Phineas said in a shaky voice. “He does not mean to harm us.”
You’d be dead!” The Grand Master’s mental snarl reached Violet, and she restrained the urge to give him a mental kick. In her opinion, a friendly approach would serve him better. The two people trembling behind the desk were not the enemies he wished to crush in a blast of power.
The Grand Master pointed a finger at the metal box on the desk and demanded, “What is the purpose of that noisy contraption?”
Phineas gulped, “It’s my invention. An instrument for detecting psychic power.” He patted the shiny top of the box. “Did you break it?”
“You are fortunate. I merely located the off switch,” Athanor said. The blue beams from his eyes played over the box.
“How could you touch the switch from the other side of the office?” Tessa’s voice was shrill.
The Professor gulped again and muttered, “My dear Tessa, he is a Grand Master.”
“Just so. I suggest you keep your detector well away from Council Hall.” The room vibrated with the ominous undertone.
Violet giggled. She caught Athanor’s blue gaze and sent, “Show off!”
He tossed her an image of the box exploding on exposure to the full power of twelve Grand Masters.

Aurora Springer is a scientist morphing into a novelist. She has a PhD in molecular biophysics and discovers science facts in her day job. She has invented adventures in weird worlds for as long as she can remember. In 2014, Aurora achieved her life-long ambition to publish her stories. Her works are character-driven romances set in weird worlds described with a sprinkle of humor. Some of the stories were composed thirty years ago. She was born in the UK and lives in Atlanta with her husband, a dog and two cats to sit on the keyboard. Her hobbies, besides reading and writing, include outdoor activities like gardening, watching wildlife, hiking and canoeing.
Aurora has published science fiction romances in two series, two novellas and short stories. Her first series, Atrapako on Eden, describes the interactions of humans on the terraformed planet of Eden with scaled aliens from the hostile planet of Vkani. She has published two books in this series: The Lady is Blue and Dragons of Vkani. Her second series is Grand Master’s Trilogy. Book 1, Grand Master’s Pawn, was published in March 2015. Book 2, Grand Master’s Game, is available for pre-order and release on July 17th. Her short story, Gifts of Jangalore, is set in the Grand Masters’ Universe. Her standalone novellas are: A Tale of Two Colonies and Captured by the Hawk.

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Cosmic Sparklers

While fireworks only last a short time here on Earth, a bundle of cosmic sparklers in a nearby cluster of stars will be going off for a very long time. NGC 1333 is a star cluster populated with many young stars that are less than 2 million years old -- a blink of an eye in astronomical terms for stars like these expected to burn for billions of years.

This new image combines X-rays from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory Spitzer with infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope as well as optical data from Mayall’s 4-meter telescope.

To make a detailed study of the X-ray properties of young stars, a team of astronomers analyzed the data of both NGC 1333, located about 780 light-years from Earth, and the Serpens cloud, a similar cluster of young stars about 1,100 light-years away. Then they compared the two datasets with observations of the young stars in the Orion Nebula Cluster, which is the most studied young star cluster in the Milky Way galaxy.

The bigger the stellar sparkler, the brighter it will glow in X-rays.

Rare Stellar Fireworks Encounter in 2018

Astronomers are gearing up for high-energy fireworks coming in early 2018, when a stellar remnant the size of a city meets one of the brightest stars in our galaxy. The cosmic light show will occur when a pulsar discovered by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope swings by its companion star.

This was a fun post for celebrating the 4th of July!

Have a fun fireworks kind of day!



Solar Flares And Alien Contact

I love following our sun's solar flare activity. Especially since I'm back to working on my SFR Books. The story I'm concentrating on right now is: 


This book has a setting with a world on the brink of a CME (coronal mass ejection) extinction level event caused by its sun's extreme solar flare activity. Not to worry, a cool alien from an advanced tech culture is about to step in and render aid. Problem is, the race he is trying to help has no knowledge or belief that any kind of alien species exists.

Now on to what's happening on our world:

The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare peaking at 2:23 p.m. EDT on June 22, 2015. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured an image of the event. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. At present harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through our Earth's protected atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however -- when intense enough -- they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel.

To see how this event may affect Earth, visit NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center at, the source for space weather forecasts, alerts, watches and warnings.

This flare is classified as a M6.6 flare. M-class flares are a tenth the size of the most intense flares, the X-class flares. The number provides more information about its strength. An M2 is twice as intense as an M1, an M3 is three times as intense and so on.

What is a solar flare?

For answers to this and other space weather questions visit:


Genna Duberstein

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland

Keep in mind my story, AN ALIEN PRESENCE, is a true Science Fiction Romance with emphasis on the romantic/sensual connection between two characters from different worlds. Stay in touch for more on this story.

And yes, I'm still working on the Soul-Love series too. Can't let Nick and Krista down! Updates on REMEMBER HIM YESTERDAY are coming soon to the Soul-Love Connections Blog, and Website.



Celestial Lovemaking

If you’re looking to see a fantastic show this month, go outside at sunset and look west. Throughout June, Venus and Jupiter, two of the brightest objects in our sky, are converging They'll glide closer and closer to each other until they appear to form a single bright glow on the horizon.

Their slow dance started at the beginning of the month, with both planets visible low in the sky at dusk and early evening. On a clear night, you can’t miss them: after the Sun and the moon, Venus and Jupiter are the third and fourth brightest objects in the sky. Last night, June 20, the planets were just 6 degrees apart—and even more interesting, they were joined by the waxing crescent moon to form a celestial triangle. Looking at this apparent joining of celestial bodies with the naked eye was no doubt a thing of beauty.

Of course, in reality they’re nowhere near each other—Venus is 67 million miles from the sun and Jupiter is 484 million miles—but from our perspective, they will seem very close for a very short amount of time. On June 30 and July 1, the show culminates as Venus and Jupiter appear just one-third of a degree apart, which is less than the diameter of the moon when it’s full in the sky. They'll be so close, you'll be able to hold up your pinkie finger to the sky and cover both planets at once. This is the first occurrence since 2005.

NASA’s ScienceCast has a video about the phenomenon: The pair will go their separate ways after July 1 when the full moon rises. But keep your eyes on the sky, because July features a second full moon—known as a blue moon—on the 31st. Happy planet gazing!

Talk about a celestical lovemaking!

Thanks to Romance Author Linda Banche for discovering this first.

Read the new post on Soul-Love Connections blog: A SOULMATE KIND OF LOVE



Changes Finally Changes

I walked away... 

Yeah I did. And it wasn't because RRP, my publisher closed its doors holding several of my manuscripts hostage, not entirely. Though that was not a good thing to happen it was only a part of it. Life happens and not always the way we want or plan. 

Am I making a come back? Can I do it? Am I ready? I will say this I finally have a whole new view after many losses. read on and see what you think.

When the dancer me took a fall from a high stage rafter, well that took me down a few notches to say the least. While healing from those injuries still another hit. My wonderful parents passed from this earth in the same year. 

More darkness. Upside down. Devastation. Broken heart. Hard times prevail. Everything suspended around me like a dangling participle, forcing the dancer to put away her pointe shoes. Causing the writer to drop her pen...

Yes I did write and publish several books and more were on the way, but... it just wasn't going to happen, not then. But here I am now, here I stand poised and ready to try this anew.

Does time really help? Well my injuries are mostly healed now including my broken heart. The dancer in me comes back from time to time and in her wake new found creativity emerges. Even though I have written a few books none of those words could touch my soul the way that dancer did and still does.

As I pondered what to write next I thought of my parents, how they were together even when they were apart. The depth of their love, of the soul level connection they seemed to share. A love that had no bounds.

Based on the love they had for each other, and laced with my love for the dance, as well as some tear-stained heart-felt songs, the concept for a  novel took shape in my mind. Out of a few ideas and musings a new series was born, it is different from my usual SFR books it's more poignant, more touching, more like soul level love yet with an ever present undertone of  a sci fi destined mates story. And it is now my new focus.

The first book in the series is set in 1960s Boston, amid war protests and a changing counter-culture. Nick and Krista find each other and fall in love. But something devastating happens...       


Musician Nick and dancer Krista fall in love amid tumultuous times in 1960s Boston. Their soul-love ebbs and flows as they experience the offerings of the counter-culture. Yet unknown forces are destined to pull them apart and away from each other. They become lost in different worlds, left bewildered and searching.

There you have it. I will share more of this story on my new website for this series which I will link here as well as other places soon. Thanks to you who hang with me no matter what I do. I am aiming for a happy writing publishing experience. Hope to see you out there.