Sunday, July 10, 2016

Other Worlds - SFRB Summer Blog Hop - #Giveaways #eBooks

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For my tale of Other Worlds, I bring you A Tale of Two Colonies and Planet Delta, fourth one from its sun.

Fight for freedom. Fight to survive - For refugees from an overcrowded Earth, dreams of a better life on an alien planet transform into a terrifying battle for survival.
Nothing will stand in the way of Tiger Lily's dream of escaping the subterranean slums of Terra and visiting the stars. She enters the fierce competition for a place in the scout team on the next spaceship to the remote planet of Delta, where an earlier colony disappeared. Before the ship departs, the arrival of a mysterious message from Delta suggests that the descendants of the first colonists may have survived.
A risky mission to seek the lost colony exposes the scouts to unexpected attacks, and they encounter a grim warrior in the isolated valley. Has Tiger Lily met her match in the tortured man? Is he leading them to safety or further danger? And who are the real rulers of this strange world?

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I envisaged Delta as a younger Earth. It has an eccentric orbit and greater extremes of temperature. The mountains are newer and higher than on Earth. The seas are full of large predators. On land, the major flora are ferns, mosses, and grasses. Giant arthropods are the dominant animals.
And of course, one tall warrior in black armor.

Excerpt
While the others were resting, Lily wandered off to examine a rocky outcrop where she had caught a glimpse of red among the rocks. When she reached the outcrop, nothing was visible. She paused and stared up at the forbidding grey sky.
Suddenly, her leg was pulled from under her. Screaming, she toppled to the ground. Huge chitinous jaws trapped her leg, dragging her toward a red gaping mouth. She twisted around, wedged her knife between the jaws, and wrestled the blade from side to side, trying to loosen the grip on her leg. A needle-like tail arched down toward her helpless struggling body. In a rush of air, Conley leaped and slashed his sword through the menacing tail, catching the severed end in his other hand. Standing astride the crumpled body of the dangerous creature, he sliced through its narrow neck. Lily sighed in admiration. He looked magnificent, like a tall, medieval knight brandishing a heavy sword.
Seconds later, Max and John arrived and pulled her free of the creature’s jaws.
“Thanks!” Lily panted. She sat up and massaged her leg.
“Sorry we’re late!” John apologized. “Guard Conley has an incredible speed.”
Conley held out a bulging mass cut from the tip of the tail. “Poison,” he said. “Put on arrow to kill.” Then, he threw the ugly lump far away.
“A dangerous beastie,” Max muttered, staring at the twitching yellow body. 

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31 comments:

  1. Excellent story premise! Oh and as for Summer Activity - preparation for Christmas in Australia :D

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  2. A dangerous beastie indeed! I wonder why it was after her. My favorite summer activities are either staying inside air conditioning or escaping the Arizona heat by heading north to visit family.

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    1. I'm in cold wet Wales this week, but ac is good in the US summer.

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  3. Delta sounds a bit scary, but I'm sure it wouldn't be so bad with a warrior by my side. Right now, it's so hot, I want to stay inside. But, on days a bit cooler, I like to visit the parks with my kids. There are many in the city, each slightly different to give them something new to try.

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  4. Delta sounds dangerous. I wonder what happened to the colony? Summer here in the sub-tropics is my least favourite time of year. It's warm and humid, so staying inside playing solitaire is a nice option. :)

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    1. If you read the book you can find out about the colony.
      Summer in Atlanta is also hot and muggy.

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  5. It's a toss-up between reading under the A/C or pretending to swim in the pool, lol. Thanks for the exciting excerpt!

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  6. "A dangerous beastie" seems a gross understatement! I like to sit out in the garden and listen to the birds while watching my chickens forage.

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    1. It is too hot and humid to sit out for long in Atlanta.

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  7. I love bestiaries and am now imagining fantastic monsters.

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  8. I live in a Summer destination town by I'd rather hide from the heat and read!

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  9. Hi Aurora:

    The book sounds great! Does the story spend much time on over-crowded Earth, or is it all on Delta?

    Best wishes for mega sales!

    Cheers,

    t.

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    1. Hi! It begins with a couple of chapters in Terra and the colony ship, but it's mostly on Delta.

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  10. Love to swim.

    jonesjnd at yahoo dot com

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  11. I would want to avoid Delta at all costs! Holy cow!

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    1. It's my Halloween special - giant spiders etc!

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  12. Enjoyed the excerpt. Warriors in black armor are nice too. :)

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  13. Looking for a lost colony on a hostile world? Yes, please! And this grim warrior is their first clue. Very intriguing. And I love to swim in the summer, though swimming on Delta may not be such a great idea, lol.

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    1. No, the rivers have nasty creatures too!

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  14. I consider our own oceans to be pretty darn scary, so hearing Delta's oceans will have even larger predators? I'm staying on my couch. ;) Lol.

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  15. Survival on a new planet! I love these types of stories. :) Sounds fun!

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