Saturday, January 28, 2017

Four down! Snippet from Gargoyle Hunt for #WeWriWa #Superhero Adventure & Romance


Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors. Here, writers in different genres showcase their stories with 8-10 sentences. Join the fun and read our snippets.

I am still posting snippets from Gargoyle Hunt, Book 3 of Secret Supers.

Blurb
Danger is the last thing on Estelle’s mind when she visits the University of Oxenford for a summer course. But, mysterious thefts and shadowy figures spur her into action. With Toby five thousand miles away, Estelle and her winged horse must hunt for the culprits alone. Soon they are embroiled in a mixed bag of aliens and ancient magic. Toby’s unexpected arrival throws her into turmoil and spurs events into a climax. 

Toby is in London where he has been followed. He walked into an ambush. See last week’s snippet –
Final sentence last week: A large black bird swooped on his attacker, beating its wings at the man’s head and stabbing its cruel beak at his eyes.
(Excuse the slightly creative punctuation)

The mugger staggered aside, flinging up an arm to protect his face. He fired into the sky, missing the swift raven by an arm’s length.
Footsteps thudded toward Toby’s back; he spun on his toes.
Four men rushed him.
Outnumbered, but not outclassed, Toby darted forward. His fist pounded the chest of the foremost attacker, knocking him aside. Dodging the bludgeon swung by the second man, he grabbed a hairy arm and yanked the thug at the gun-wielding goon at his back. They crashed to the ground.  
Four down; two to go.
A hazy streak shot past; a man screamed.

 Gargoyle Hunt

Secret Supers, Book 3, Gargoyle Hunt

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Specials in #Superheroes #SciFi & #Fantasy eBooks

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Monday, January 23, 2017

#SciFi & #Fantasy - New Releases & 99c Specials

Do you love reading Science fiction and fantasy stories?
This post is for you. I have compiled a combination of new releases and special promotions on ebooks. Note: please check the prices.

New Releases
My new Box set of the Grand Master’s Trilogy is available at Amazon  Apple  B&N  Kobo and discounted to $5.99. 



Lifeboat, Book 2 in the Earth's Last Gambit trilogy by Felix Savage.  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N5DSCXU/  



The Alorian Wars by Drew Avera
New Release: Mutiny Rising, Book 3
Broken Worlds, Book 1 is 99c



The Perception of Prejudice by Alasdair Shaw

Find other New Releases at www.sffbookbonanza.com/newreleases  


99c Specials


Generation, Shadows of the Void by JJ Green
Start the series for 99c https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LXNGOV6/


Shifting Reality by Patty Jansen



The Blade Heir, Book 1 in the Azuleah Trilogy by Daniel Adorno


Ever in the After: Lift4Autism Charity Anthology
13 Authors, 1 anthology, 1 epic cause
100% of the proceeds will be donated to Lift4Autism.



Saturday, January 21, 2017

Shots cracked. Snippet from Gargoyle Hunt for #WeWriWa #Superheroes

Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors. Here, writers in different genres showcase their stories with 8-10 sentences. Join the fun and read our snippets.

Since my WIPs are at a rough stage, I am still posting snippets from Gargoyle Hunt, Book 3 of Secret Supers.

Blurb
Danger is the last thing on Estelle’s mind when she visits the University of Oxenford for a summer course. But, mysterious thefts and shadowy figures spur her into action. With Toby five thousand miles away, Estelle and her winged horse must hunt for the culprits alone. Soon they are embroiled in a mixed bag of aliens and ancient magic. Toby’s unexpected arrival throws her into turmoil and spurs events into a climax. 

Toby is in London for a meeting with the head of the British Farleons. When Toby left the building, he discovered a short man was tailing him. His attempts to shake the tail are in last week’s snippet –
The final cliffhanger sentence was: Pain burst down the back of his neck.

Dizzy and shaken, he stumbled against the nearest wall. Muggers! His tail had called in an ambush. Adrenaline pulsed, firing Toby’s instincts into fight mode. Dodging aside, he aimed a kick at the man who had walloped him. His attacker yelped and slammed to the ground; his cudgel thumped on the concrete.
Shots cracked.
Toby swiveled to face the first armed man and blinked in astonishment. A large black bird swooped on his attacker, beating its wings at the man’s head and stabbing its cruel beak at his eyes.

 Gargoyle Hunt

Secret Supers, Book 3, Gargoyle Hunt

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Monday, January 16, 2017

New Release! Claimed by the Cyborg by Cara Bristol #SciFiRom Plus #Giveaway


What do you do when there is no escape route?
By Cara Bristol

Get in, but make sure you can get out. We like to leave ourselves an escape route, don’t we?

Our homes have more than one exit in case of fire. Public buildings and airplanes have emergency exits.

If we’re going to a meeting or event that we fear might be long and/or boring, we sit near the door. We often choose a parking space by how easy it is to get out of.  We’ll leave events early to beat the rush.

On a blind date, we might prearrange for a friend call mid-way through just in case we need an exit line. We use the good-spouse, bad-spouse excuse to avoid engagements we don’t want to attend. Gee, I’d love to attend your day-long multi-level marketing pyramid enterprise seminar, but my husband already made plans.

We leave ourselves an escape route with marriage too. “‘Til death do we part” isn’t final at all. Around 40% of US marriages end in divorce.  For couples of certain religious beliefs who won’t divorce, in many cases, annulment is an option.

But on Xenia, the alien planet setting for Claimed by the Cyborg, there is no escape route. Divorce and annulment don’t exist. Once you are “bonded,” you are bonded for life. No outs. Because of the finality, mate choices are not left to amateurs. Bondings are arranged by a seer who choses mates who will be the most compatible.

Most Xenians accept that their bondings are arranged and look forward to that stage in their life.


An excerpt from Claimed by the Cyborg

(It’s the eve of Julietta’s bonding to a man she’s never met. Her completed bonding tunic has arrived and her sister Marji urges her to try it on)

Marji’s eyes were wide. “You don’t want to see what it looks like? Come, on! I’ll help you.” She scooted off the bed. “Try it on, please?”

“All right,” she capitulated. The tailors had done an excellent job, but it wouldn’t hurt to verify the garment fit—and it would make Marji happy. At only sixteen solar cycles, her younger sister’s bonding wouldn’t occur for several years. Like most girls her age, she talked about her future ceremony constantly, planning what she would wear, who would attend—and wondering who her mate would be.

Julietta stripped down to her panties and a lacy bra. She’d adopted Terran undergarments when she’d attended school off planet. For the bonding ceremony—and thereafter for the rest of her life—she would wear the traditional one-piece Xenian undergarment. Her choice of underwear—one more thing bonding would force her to give up.

She pulled on the pantaloons sewn in the royal huber fabric. Shimmering threads of pale rose were woven throughout so that the garment sparkled. Marji undid the fastening of the shift and held it out. Julietta slipped her arms through it, and her sister did up the back.
The weight of her world rested on her shoulders.

 Her sister reached for the headdress.

“That, too?” she protested, but bent at the knees so the crown could be settled on her head. Her legs threatened to buckle, but she shored up her strength and remained upright.
“You look beautiful. Just like an empress!” Marji gushed.

“How appropriate, considering,” she replied dryly.

The ceremony brought her closer to becoming the sovereign. The bonding—and production of an heir—were the only two hurdles left. Then, when her father passed the scepter upon his fifty-first solar cycle, she would rule with her consort at her side.

The last time she’d tried on the dress, the crystals hadn’t yet been sewn on. She took a few exploratory steps.

“How does it feel?”

Crushing. “Fine.”

“It’s perfect!” Marji said.

Could she walk down the aisle without toppling over, without bursting into tears, without making a spectacle of herself in front of thousands?

She would have to—what choice did she have? As firstborn, she was heir apparent. Her future had been decided on the day of her birth, twenty-five solar cycles ago. “Let’s take it off now.” She lifted the crown from her head and tilted her neck from side to side in relief. Marji undid the back of the shift and removed the garment. While she hung up the tunic, Julietta donned her clothing.

“I can’t sleep, I’m so excited for you,” Marji said. “Tomorrow night, you get to see your consort! I don’t know why you never chose to see him before this. As future empress, you receive special dispensation and could have seen him if you’d wanted to. I would have jumped at the chance!” She sighed. “But, like everyone else, I won’t see my future mate until the Sha’A’la and won’t meet him until the bonding ceremony.”

“Whether I see him or not, the future will proceed as scheduled,” Julietta said.

“Father says he’s very kind. Mother says he’s supernova!” she said. “That’s means handsome.”


“I know what it means. Mother has been watching too many Terran vids.”
Marji giggled, and, despite herself, Julietta smiled.

Though she hadn’t seen Earth herself, their mother loved Terran culture and had encouraged her eldest daughter to study there and explore the wonders of the Blue Planet before fulfilling her duty. Julietta had had two glorious years of freedom, two glorious years of being “Jules,” two glorious years of being just another Terran Technical Institute student, two glorious years with a man who most definitely qualified as supernova, two glorious years to pretend the future would never come.


Claimed by the Cyborg Description

March Fellows assumed he had all the time in the galaxy to pursue a relationship with Jules, an alien exchange student from Xenia, until she vanished without a trace. After years of searching, he finds his lost love on the eve of her arranged marriage.

The daughter of the Xenian emperor, Julietta never meant to fall in love with a Terran man while visiting Earth. Leaving to fulfill her responsibilities on her home planet opened up a hole in her heart that could never be filled. When March, now a cyborg, unexpectedly shows up just before she is to be bonded, she struggles to find the courage to turn him away a second time and follow through with her duty. Before she can act, the lovers are thrust into a political conspiracy that threatens the Xenian empire and their lives.

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Cara Bristol Bio
USA Today bestselling author Cara Bristol has been the no. 1 best seller in science fiction romance, bdsm erotica, and holiday fiction on Amazon. She’s the author of two science fiction romance series featuring tough alpha heroes: the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance cyborg series and the Breeder science fiction romance series, which emphasize character-driven stories written with a touch of humor and sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. Cara lives in Missouri with her own alpha hero, her husband.

Twitter, @CaraBristol: https://twitter.com/CaraBristol



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Writing Goals for 2017 #poweredbyindie #amwriting


What are my Goals for 2017?

I am listing practical goals for my writing in 2017 and celebrating each small success. In addition to my own work, I plan to help other indie authors with advice and promoting their stories. 

Accomplished in January
Publish Box Set of Grand Master’s Trilogy
Available at Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N
 Trilogy

Write short romance to offer readers for Valentine’s day
Will be available free in February. 


Solid Progress

Write Book 4 in Grand Masters’ Galaxy

Write SciFi adventure set in the near future in our solar system

Publish an Anthology of my short stories. 

Increase the number of subscribers to my newsletter

Try new promotions, including cross-promotions with other indie authors.

Initial Steps
Write Book 4 in Secret Supers Series



Publish a Box Set for the first 3 books in Secret Supers
Current series:
Super Starrella, Book 1: Amazon
Starrella Falls, Book 2: Amazon
Gargoyle Hunt, Book 3: Amazon


Write a short story or novella from my backlog of ideas

Recover Books such as A Tale of Two Colonies

My current goals are subject to change, depending on life events, and speed of accomplishing them. I’ll review my goals in mid-year. 

What are your goals for the year? 




Saturday, January 14, 2017

Masked man - Snippet from Gargoyle Hunt for #WeWriWa #YA #superhero

Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors. Here, writers in different genres showcase their stories with 8-10 sentences. Join the fun and read our snippets.

Since my WIP(s) is at a rough stage, I am still posting snippets from Gargoyle Hunt, Book 3 of Secret Supers.

Blurb
Danger is the last thing on Estelle’s mind when she visits the University of Oxenford for a summer course. But, mysterious thefts and shadowy figures spur her into action. With Toby five thousand miles away, Estelle and her winged horse must hunt for the culprits alone. Soon they are embroiled in a mixed bag of aliens and ancient magic. Toby’s unexpected arrival throws her into turmoil and spurs events into a climax. 

Toby is in London where he met Lord Winterbourne, head of the British Farleons. When Toby left the building, he discovered a short man was tailing him. His casual attempts to shake the tail are in last week’s snippet –
The final sentence was: Time to switch to a different tactic.

Toby stopped in a pub for a curry and a pint of bitter. The short man entered warily and sat three tables away, studiously nursing a glass of ale while hiding his face behind a newspaper. Toby swallowed the last mouthful of curry on his plate and drained his glass. Time to shake off his inept pursuer. Leaving the payment on the table, he scooted round the corner into the men’s room. Once out of sight, he tucked his posh jacket under an arm and switched the color of his nanofabric shirt from white to blue as a simple disguise.
He exited the pub by the back door, stepped into an alley smelling of rotten garbage and trotted to the far end. Halfway to the intersection with a broader street, a bird screeched. Jerking toward the sound, Toby glimpsed a masked man aiming a pistol.
Pain burst down the back of his neck.

 Gargoyle Hunt

Secret Supers, Book 3, Gargoyle Hunt

Best Deal! The 3 books in my Epic SciFi Fantasy are now available as a Box Set, Grand Master’s Trilogy, and discounted to $2.99. Sale ends this weekend. Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N
 Trilogy


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As always, I’ll be happy to reply to your comments.

Please return to www.wewriwa.com to sample the works of the other writers. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Monday, January 9, 2017

New Release! Scavenger Falters by Liza O'Connor #SciFi #Romance

The Real Reason Alisha Ran Away
Like all debutantes, Alisha lived to the whims of her parents. Her mother decided who her friends would be, what she would wear, and what she could say.
Her father decided who she would marry, and his choice was the President of Americas. Alisha had hated the slime-ball as her president, so imagine her horror when her father decided he would be her husband. Fortunately, nothing could be done as of yet, for Slime-ball still had a wife he needed to set aside, and it had to be done carefully or the wealthy father of his current wife would take revenge.
She had hoped with time, she could convince her father what a disastrous marriage this would be. But her father didn’t care about her happiness. He just wanted the lucrative contacts he could make with a family connection to the President.
Lucky for Alisha she had programmed their security system to record the day’s events which she would review each night before going to bed. Thus, she had a day’s warning when she learned her parents planned to drug her and she would wake up married to the Slime-Ball. And that is why Alisha, the worst debutante ever, climbed out a window and returned to Captial as a street girl in search of her gramps.

Scavenger Falters
By
Liza O’Connor

Alisha Kane, the Corps’ best flyer, is promoted to colonel, in charge of teaching the Corp’s SkyRyders her extraordinary flying maneuvers. The man she loves, Logan, continues to place the Corps first and insists they both remain focused on their work. For Alisha, this means ferreting out the best flyers in a Corps that has systematically forced great flyers into mediocrity. Logan focuses on learning Alisha’s flying techniques so that he can become the hero the East Coast desperately needs. The result includes fractured ribs and broken hearts, but through it all they never relinquish their love of the Corps.


EXCERPT

“Young girls are the strangest, yet most beautiful things on God’s Earth,” Daniel declared.
Logan didn’t even dare want to attempt a reply in his present mood, but fortunately Daniel didn’t seem to be looking for one.
“Alisha’s mother, Caroline, was much like Alisha when she was sixteen.”
Logan’s heart climbed into his throat. “Alisha says she’s twenty-one.” Dear God, don’t let her have lied.
“Is she?” Daniel laughed and shook his head. “I suppose she is. Doesn’t seem possible. She looks so young to me. But then I’m growing old, and the young keep looking even younger every day.”
“Then she is twenty-one?”
Daniel paused as he did the math in his head. “She turned twenty-one the day after she left Flatland, I believe.” Then his gaze fell upon Logan. “But she’s a young twenty-one. Until she left Flatland, she had been pampered and protected from the world at large. It’s the way they raise socialite children. Teach them no values, no ethics, no skills, unless you call setting a table a skill.”
“Doesn’t sound like a life Alisha would like.”
“No, but had you asked me, I would have told you her mother would have likewise shunned it. Caroline was just like Alisha, one minute a playful kitten, and then next, doing something so extraordinary it would take your breath away. One day she and some of her friends had gone into Capital to see a movie. That was back when the subways still ran. While they were waiting for the train, a little boy fell onto the tracks. His nanny screamed for help, but there was a train barreling towards them. No one could save him, or so it seemed.”
Daniel smiled with pride, intermingled with regret. “Caroline dived onto the tracks, grabbed the boy, and rolled out of the way of the oncoming train within seconds of impact. After the train was gone, she handed the boy back to the nanny and then tried to pull herself back up onto the dock. Unfortunately, she had sprained her right wrist and no matter how hard she tried, she couldn’t climb up.”
“Wouldn’t anyone help her?” Logan asked.
“You would think so, but no. They were afraid to get close to the edge. Afraid she’d accidentally pull them over. She remained on those tracks for almost an hour, dodging one train after another, now too proud and angry to ask for further help.
“Finally, the father of the child arrived, and the little boy told him what happened and begged him to help the nice lady who had saved him.” Daniel sighed. “So he called her over, pulled her onto the dock, and took her to his home where she was well cared for by his personal medic.




SALES LINKS
The SkyRyder’s Series, Book 2
Scavenger Falters


The SkyRyder’s Series, Book 1
Scavenger’s Mission

About the Author
Liza O’Connor lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.

OTHER BOOKS BY LIZA O’CONNOR
SCIENCE FICTION
Sci-Fi Soap Opera with humor, romance, and science


Sci-Fi/Romance

The SkyRyders Series
Sci-Fi Romance
Scavenger Falters-releasing Dec 30th 2016
Scavenger Vanishes-coming 2017


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