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My Blooming Novellas

When you say "sure," novellas happen.

Novellas by Pauline Baird Jones

The story of my blooming novellas is a lot like that of my blooming short stories. 

Which is to say, they all happened a bit by accident—if you define an accident as someone asking me a question and me saying, “sure, I’ll do that.” 

And then I wondered what the heck? 

I usually write on impulse, so I might have panicked a little after I said, “sure.” (And yes, I did it again and panicked again.)

The two panic novellas, Specters in the Storm and Nebula Nine, were all the result of me being invited to contribute to anthologies. That’s where the “sure” happened. And the panic.

Open with Care happened because Genie and I were like, why haven’t we written anything together? 

And wow, we should do it now. 

And then, let’s do something for Christmas and set it in Wyoming, but with aliens.

It was about this point I said, “We should totally do that,” and somehow we did. 

It was an interesting experience to write a Christmas story in August, the hottest month of the year (at least for me). I set the A/C low and put on Christmas carols and I may have channeled a few personal issues into the story—plus those aliens. 

So Open with Care is a duet—two stories for the price of one. 

All three of my stories are quirky. 

I know, what a shock I’d write a quirky story. 

Here are the blurbs for all three novellas:

Nebula Nine:

Lives at risk. Time out of whack. Is it a test? Or a trap?

Special Forces Temporal Agent, Jane Doe finds the thrill of going where she’d never gone before giving way to wondering what is wrong on Nebula Nine Space station. Is the Agency testing her loyalty? Or has she jumped into a trap? As her doubts grow, so do her fears of destabilizing her own timeline and disappearing from existence. And who is Ryder Jaxon? 

Ryder Jaxon doesn’t trust anyone. And he sure doesn’t trust things that only he can see. So when he starts seeing visions of the station blowing up, and he has to work with a woman he wants to trust, he wonders if he should take a long vacation. 

It’s a trip into crazy for both of them and as they race to stop a madman messing intent on destroying the station. But when they realize how completely they have both been betrayed, they must make a choice that will change more than their past history.

And here is where you can find out more. 

Specters in the Storm:

Specters, Automatons & Evil, oh my!

Dr. Ernest Warren is done with love. Losing his wife in the Great Storm of 1901 left him with questions only science and interstellar travel can answer. When disturbing storms begin to brew again, he reluctantly turns his airship back to where he lost his love in hopes of finding answers. 

Prudence Pinkerton has been following Ernest’s multi-dimensional career from the future and knows she has to meet him. 

When he reluctantly accepts her help, Prudence doesn’t waste time. She knows time is running out and the world is on the cusp of life-altering change. 

Prudence must overcome his distrust of her if they are to save Earth from the evil hiding in the heart of the storm. 

Pauline Baird Jones is known for writing smart, quirky, funny fiction. Check out her venture into a time-bending paranormal detective story with Specters in the Storm.

And here’s where you can find out more.

Open with Care:

Unexpected guests come bearing gifts. This interstellar Christmas will be one for the ages…

Gini won’t let her bickering family or the incoming blizzard dampen her holiday spirits. But nothing could prepare her for the uninvited houseguests. She’s not sure if she’s ready to exchange gifts with the man who broke her heart or the little green aliens on the roof. 

But the intergalactic visitors have a gift for Gini… a taste of the youth and love she left behind…

Jane MacKenzie has never opened a Christmas gift that transformed her world. At least, not until she accidentally opens a box to find a man who was lost in a blizzard over 100 years ago. Jane isn’t sure how to handle the strange visitor and his otherworldly agreement…

But the Christmastime encounter may just open her heart to a love that can stand the test of time. 

Open With Care contains two sci-fi romances inspired by the spirit of gift-giving. If you like simmering chemistry, snowy Wyoming settings, and family drama, then you’ll love Genie Davis and Pauline Baird Jones’s festive story set. 

Buy Open With Care today to discover why love isn’t alien on Christmas!

And here’s where you can find out more.

So that’s the story behind my blooming novellas. Have you said, “Okay” to something recently that left you wondering what you’d gotten yourself into afterward?

Perilously yours,


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