Saturday, January 18, 2020

Not a Drill - Snippet from ALARIK #SciFiRom for #WeWriWa



Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors. Meet writers in various genres and read 8-10 sentence snippets of their stories. Find a new author and sample their work. Enjoy! 

This weekend, I’m continuing snippets from my new SciFi Romance story, ALARIK, book 4 in Taxyon Space
Phoebe Wong is at a training session for colonists bound for a distant planet. She is tending to the sheep.
Alarik, masquerading as wealthy mining magnate Rick Kent, has been invited to observe the colonists at a training center. He gets special treatment because everybody wants a piece of his fake asteroid of rare metals. The manager, Bron Hamme, is showing him the future colonists. 

You can read last week’s snippet at https://auroraspringer.blogspot.com/2020/01/a-capable-woman-snippet-from-alarik.html
This week’s snippet continues a few lines afterward.
(edited a little from published version with extra semicolons to fit 10 sentences.)

     As Alarik mulled over the challenges of establishing a viable colony on a strange planet, a piercing wail interrupted his thoughts; he asked sharply, “What’s that?”
    “Don’t worry, Mr. Kent; it’s just an emergency drill, a standard part of their training.”
   The sky darkened overhead; a light patter on the exterior of the dome switched abruptly to a deafening crash of particles.
     Hamme’s face paled in shock; “Sandstorm. Not a drill.” Dashing to the wall, he grabbed a couple of oxygen canisters and pushed one into Alarik’s hand, yelling over the siren’s noise, “Can’t risk a breach in the dome.”
     Stunned by the sudden change, Alarik accepted the cylinder, adjusting the attached mask to cover his nose and mouth, he looked down.
    In the field below, the woman glanced at the sand showering onto the transparent barrier; her eyebrows compressed briefly. She clipped an oxygen tube on her nose and shooed the children toward the exit. Tucking the second lamb under her free arm, she calmly walked toward a box-like enclosure; the adult sheep, probably the lambs’ mother, trotted after her. She urged them into their cage, secured the door and followed the children to the exit.

 Alarik

Blurb:
Two people fleeing their planets discover a shared destiny.
   When an alien spacecraft crashes on Mars, the repercussions sweep throughout the solar system and endanger the fragile new alliance with the Warrish mermen.  
    Alarik Kenton Tallis, First of his Triad, is forced to infiltrate human society on Earth as a spy to insure his injured brother receives proper medical care. But when his transmissions are detected, he must flee the planet.
   On Mars, Phoebe Wong, a veterinary scientist with dubious family connections, is desperate to escape the underworld gangs terrorizing the domed city. She jumps at the chance to join the colonists bound for a distant exoplanet.
   Their paths intersect on a space ferry bound for the outer planets. Trouble created by the mysterious spacecraft pursues them to Jupiter. Will they find the answers in the oceans of Europa, the hyperspace gateway to the stars protected by three diverse species?

ALARIK will release on Wednesday, 22nd at


 Europa

You can start this series for 99c
Europa, Book 1 of Taxyon Space99c at:  Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

My Writing Goals for 2020 #IndieAuthor


 My Books

Last year, I published two full-length novels, which brings my total to 14 novels in four series, 2 standalone novels, 2 novellas and 4 short stories. 

For 2020, my writing goals are: 

1) Complete ALARIK, Book 4 in Taxyon Space
 ALARIK

This book is intended as the first story in a trilogy about three alien brothers, Alarik, Baswin and Karrik of the Flaming Comet Triad. The youngest, Karrik, was severely wounded during their military service and left as helpless as a newborn baby. His older brothers agreed to serve as undercover agents on Earth to pay for his care. Initially, Alarik and Baswin are disguised as humans. They had to sacrifice their sixth fingers, stain their green skin and conceal their gills. Their stories are entwined with those of three women and the mystery of the alien ship that crashed on Mars.


2) Finish Cosmic Lock, book 6 in the Grand Masters’ Galaxy 
This story is partly written, but I put it aside to promote Taxyon Space. 
 GM Galaxy



3) Two possibilities are: 
A) Continue the story of the three brothers in Baswin, Book 5 in Taxyon Space

B) Write a second Medieval Romance and expand Dame Audrey into a series. The series would be set in the same region of fourteenth century England and stories would be linked by a touch of fantasy and Bridda’s blessing. 

 Audrey


Saturday, January 11, 2020

A Capable Woman - Snippet from ALARIK #SciFiRom for #WeWriWa



Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors. Meet writers in various genres and read 8-10 sentence snippets of their stories. Find a new author and sample their work. Enjoy!

     I’m back after the holidays, which for me included a week in Savannah and a bout with the virus that’s been circulating through my family.
     This weekend, I’m continuing snippets from my new SciFi Romance story, ALARIK, book 4 in Taxyon Space. Earlier snippets were in Alarik’s pov, and I’m continuing with his first sight of the heroine. Phoebe Wong works in a farming complex on Mars. After Phoebe’s brother called to warn her that he was being hunted by Martian gangs, she decided to flee the planet. She has joined a group of colonists bound for a distant planet. Alarik is also on the run, as you can read in this earlier snippet - https://auroraspringer.blogspot.com/2019/12/alien-signals-discovered-snippet-from.html
    In this scene, Alarik, aka wealthy mining magnate Rick Kent, has been invited to observe the colonists at a training center. Everybody wants a piece of his fake asteroid of rare metals.  
     Phoebe is teaching the young colonists how to handle sheep. Sheep are a novelty. Mars only recently permitted such livestock due to the expense of feeding them.
[Please excuse the addition of semicolons to fit into 8-10 sentences.]

     One of the small sheep, a lamb, butted the legs of a girl; the child backed away, moaning in fright.
     Her face bright with laughter, the woman picked up the lamb and spoke to the youngster.
     As she cuddled the animal, her warm smile and graceful figure evoked Alarik’s admiration. A capable woman, she seemed at home with the farm animals and the children. With a pang of regret, he remembered a certain girl in his homeland; Elissa often held her tame luma in the same manner. A sweet girl, now beyond his aspirations; her parents had begun to seek another triad match even before he and Baswin had left for Earth. By now she must be united in a hexath.
     Pointing down, he asked, “Who is that woman?”
     “The one with the lamb? Phoebe Wong; she was recruited because of her veterinary experience.”

 Alarik


Blurb:
Two people fleeing their planets discover a shared destiny.
     When an alien spacecraft crashes on Mars, the repercussions sweep throughout the solar system and endanger the fragile new alliance with the Warrish mermen.  
    Alarik Kenton Tallis, First of his Triad, is forced to infiltrate human society on Earth as a spy to insure his injured brother receives proper medical care. But when his transmissions are detected, he must flee the planet.
   On Mars, Phoebe Wong, a veterinary scientist with dubious family connections, is desperate to escape the underworld gangs terrorizing the domed city. She jumps at the chance to join the colonists bound for a distant exoplanet.
    Their paths intersect on a space ferry bound for the outer planets. Trouble created by the mysterious spacecraft pursues them to Jupiter. Will they find the answers in the oceans of Europa, the hyperspace gateway to the stars protected by three diverse species?

You can preorder the book at: Amazon and Kobo 
(I plan to release it by the end of this month.)


 Europa

You can start this series for 99c
Europa, Book 1 of Taxyon Space99c at:  Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N

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.

Find a catalog of my published stories HERE.
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Monday, January 6, 2020

Snippet from ALARIK - Phoebe sees his alien form #SciFiRom

 Alarik


Blurb
Two people fleeing their planets discover a shared destiny.
When an alien spacecraft crashes on Mars, the repercussions sweep throughout the solar system and endanger the fragile new alliance with the Warrish mermen.  
Alarik Kenton Tallis, Eldest of three brothers, was forced to infiltrate human society on Earth as a spy to insure his injured brother receives proper medical care. But when his transmissions are detected, he must flee the planet.
On Mars, Phoebe Wong, a veterinary scientist with dubious family connections, is desperate to escape the underworld gangs terrorizing the domed city. She jumps at the chance to join the colonists bound for a distant exoplanet.
Their paths converge on a space ferry bound for the outer planets. Troubles generated by the mysterious spacecraft pursue them to Jupiter. Will their flight end on Europa, the hyperspace gateway to the stars protected by three diverse species?

Excerpt  
Phoebe has spent a lot of time with Rick Kent on the space ferry, but she doesn’t know he is an alien. In this excerpt, she finally sees him without his disguise. Note: Warrish men have colorful hairstyles and moustaches. Alarik has very striking hair.   

Several Warrish men were relaxing in the room. They wore identical clothing of loose white tunics with wide belts and scaled green leggings over their six-toed bare feet. Near the entrance, a familiar triad with matching blue hair leaned on the counter, each man clasping a flask of greenish liquid. Another triad, three men with maroon Mohawks, sat around a table. In the middle of the counter, a tall Warrish man was filling a flask from a spigot. His flamboyant hair style caught her attention. His locks swept back over his scalp like a fiery wave with vivid orange roots shading to yellow at the tips. His eyebrows and short moustache had the same orange to yellow coloring. His left cheekbone bore a triad mark, an orange streak terminating in a yellow spot. Like several of the others, he wore wrist guards of gleaming copper. As she drew nearer, his familiar profile twisted her heartstrings.
He turned toward her, halting to stare at her. He smiled, warm recognition sparking in his vivid green eyes. “Hello, Phoebe. What tides swept you here?”
She scanned his green-tinged face with the strange intense eyes and orange tattoo. “Rick? Is it really you?”
“It’s true.” He placed his hand over his heart, bowed and touched two fingers to his triad mark. “Alarik Kenton Tallis, First of the Flaming Comets. That’s my real name. You may call me Rick if you prefer.”


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Scenes in and around Savannah, GA #Nature


     My husband and I stayed in Savannah on the coast of Georgia over the New Year. Here are some pictures from our visit. On the top, a view of the bridge over the Savannah River at sunset. 
     Savannah is a pedestrian-friendly city and also offers free trolley rides and a free ferry across the river. We dined at a variety of restaurants within walking distance of our rental place. 


      Savannah is noted for its squares, each centered on a monument. Since it's a southern city, the trees are draped in Spanish moss. 


  Here's the view from the rear window of our rented one-bedroom house. A cat came to visit one morning. 


  One of our favorite local sites is the Savannah Wildlife Refuge. Alligators and various birds are common in the Refuge. This alligator was on the trail watching another one in the water. We also saw an armadillo and a dead bobcat. 


     Tybee Island is another place we enjoy visiting. When our sons were young, we often stayed there. Not many people were on this section of beach since they were replenishing the sand by dredging from farther out in the sea. 


   The pier on Tybee beach had a crowd of birds looking for handouts. Most were seagulls, however, a flock of boat-tailed grackles were perching on the rails. This one, a female, had found a piece of bread. 

What are your favorite places to visit? 

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Holiday Specials – Four Series Starters at 99c #eBooks #SciFiRom




99c at Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N  GooglePlay
 Lady
Dr. Lucy Stannis leads a quiet life as the chief biologist on the isolated planet of Eden until an alien spaceship arrives. Undaunted by the scaled bodies and sharp claws of the formidable Atrapako, Lucy befriends their leader, Sa Kamizan Veedak. But, her hopes for studying the aliens are frustrated when they refuse to cooperate.
Sa Kamizan is desperate to find a haven for his exiled people. After the terrible voyage from their desolate homeland, he cannot permit the puny humans to scuttle his plans to settle on the fertile planet. After meeting the beautiful Dr Stannis, he must rethink his devious scheme. Her skills astound him at every new challenge, but he cannot claim her without revealing the Atrapako secret.
Conflicts between the unemotional aliens and the lively humans threaten the entire colony. Can Lucy and Sa Kamizan learn to work together to save his people and the human colonists or must they part forever?



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 Pawn


Young empath, Violet Hunter, dreams of exploring exotic planets as a Grand Master’s pawn. Breaks in the teleportal network threaten countless lives, and suspicions point to the twelve Grand Masters. Violet must penetrate their curtain of secrecy to identify the culprit. Her challenges escalate when she meets the enigmatic man behind the griffin avatar. She plunges into a world of deadly intrigues and risks a perilous love. Armed with only her erratic powers and a mishmash of allies, she must battle the most powerful beings in the galaxy.
Enter a universe where psychic powers are real. Explore space and meet alien creatures that slither, rattle and fly.







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Near Future SciFi adventure & alien romance. Daredevil scientist and abused alien merman forge fragile alliance in perilous seas of Jupiter’s moon
 Europa
Dr. Nikki Bell’s plan to discover intelligent life on Jupiter’s moon hits a rocky start when her spaceship crashes on the icy surface of Europa. Seconds before she blacks out, she spies a man’s face in the water beneath the ice. When she wakes on the submarine Station, nobody believes her story. Convinced the mysterious stranger saved her life, Nikki searches for him while she explores the ocean and its alien inhabitants. 
Kiron Arqin Ramis chose exile as a Watcher on a remote outpost to redeem his family’s honor. He never expected to find an attractive Earther woman close to death. He violates the prime policy by rescuing her. Despite suffering the penalty, he strives to warn her about his hostile leaders.
Nikki’s unexpected meeting with Kiron triggers a chain of disasters in Europa’s perilous oceans. Can the daredevil scientist and scarred Watcher forge a new alliance despite their people’s antagonism?   



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Fantasy adventure & romance. Superheroes with quirky animal sidekicks tackle murderous villains
 Starrella
The quiet summer before her freshman year turns frighteningly weird after Estelle Wright trespasses onto an Army base. Blown into the air and knocked unconscious, she wakes with a nascent superpower. Not to mention a winged horse with a snarky attitude and a mind of her own.
Back home in Atalanta, a serial killer is targeting the students at Goldman University. Before long she must juggle college classes with sneaking out of the house after dark to battle alien monsters. Estelle’s life is in danger, but who can she trust: handsome Mark Copper from military intelligence, or hunky Toby, the tough gangster with a motorbike? Both men have secret agendas, but falling in love is not in their plans.
Young adult superheroes, quirky animal sidekicks, and a dash of romance enliven this thrilling adventure. Book 1 of the Secret Supers.



Monday, December 23, 2019

Review of My Writing Accomplishments in 2019 #SciFi #Historical #Romance


Books Written and Published in 2019

 Trapped
Marooned on a desolate planet, joining forces with the enemy is their only hope for escape.
Maya Pandita spent years preparing for an expedition to the Deadlands. But her dreams of unearthing ancient artifacts are shattered when her shuttle is buried by a violent sandstorm, and her team is abducted by the scaled inhabitants of the planet. Maya and her companions must try to outwit their blue captor and call for help before they die in the toxic atmosphere.
Sa Vittaran has a problem in his claws. Along with treasures from the ruins, he has retrieved three smooth-skinned foreigners. He cannot leave them to die in the desert. Yet the puny creatures have little value as workers, except perhaps for the impudent woman who claims to be their leader. Her knowledge of the ancient script will be an asset if she can survive the long trek to his house. 
An attack by marauders forces Maya and the Blue leader into a wary alliance. They must work together to thwart the bandits and reunite their company. Can Maya convince Sa Vittaran to help her team? If she fails, they are doomed to a short unpleasant life on the desolate, war-torn planet. 



Young widow seeks true love in a Medieval romance with a touch of fantasy. 
 Audrey

In fourteenth century Britain, Dame Audrey cherishes her independence as the widow of a wealthy cloth merchant. But some of the wealthier traders covet her profitable business and she fears they will invoke the Abbot’s authority to compel her to marry a man of their choice. Her worst nightmare is suffering under a cruel husband like the hateful jeweler, Henry Goldsmith, who has threatened to curb her lively spirits.
Audrey joins a pilgrimage to Glastonbury to pray for guidance. The holy relics give her no inspiration nor do her fellow travelers. On the homeward journey, she aids the dying victim of a brutal robbery. She wins the stranger’s blessing and a gold brooch with a green dragon. Back in her hometown, the faerie brooch attracts trouble from thieves of all ranks and the attentions of a handsome yeoman, Selwyn Drake. As her nightmare looms nearer, she grows desperate to preserve her freedom.
Can the magic brooch help Audrey evade the schemes to force her into wedlock or must she submit to a husband’s will?



Fantasy adventure. Superheroes with quirky animal sidekicks tackle murderous villains. 
 Lost Girl

Estelle and her flying mare join Toby and the Secret Supers to search for a missing seven-year old girl.
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These stories bring my total output to 16 novel-length books, 2 novellas and 4 short stories since I began publishing in 2014.


Coming in early 2020: 
Alarik, Book 4 of Taxyon Space
Near future Sci-Fi adventure and romance starring alien mermen 
 Alarik

Two people fleeing their planets discover a shared destiny.
When an alien spacecraft crashes on Mars, the repercussions sweep throughout the solar system and endanger the fragile new alliance with the Warrish mermen.  
Alarik Kenton Tallis, Eldest of three brothers, was forced to infiltrate human society on Earth as a spy to insure his injured brother receives proper medical care. But when his transmissions are detected, he must flee the planet.
On Mars, Phoebe Wong, a veterinary scientist with dubious family connections, is desperate to escape the underworld gangs terrorizing the domed city. She jumps at the chance to join the colonists bound for a distant exoplanet.
Their paths converge on a space ferry bound for the outer planets. Troubles arising from the mysterious spacecraft pursue them to Jupiter. Will their flight end on Europa, the hyperspace gateway to the stars protected by three diverse species?

Pre-order at Amazon  Kobo   


Strategic Goals
First, I’m aiming for longer series to gain more sales from promoting the first book.
Currently, I have one series (Grand Masters’ Galaxy) with a prequel and five full-length novels.
Taxyon Space will soon include four novels and a short story. The fourth Book, Alarik, was conceived as the start of a trilogy about the three brothers in the Flaming Comets Triad. Each book will focus on a different brother.
Secret Supers has three novels plus a short story.
Atrapako on Eden comprises three novels.

Free promos
In March, I ran a free promotion of Grand Master’s Pawn with about 4,700 downloads plus sales of subsequent books in the series. Pawn gained 2 new reviews of 4-5 stars.

In October, I ran a free promotion of Europa with about 5,200 downloads plus sales of subsequent books in the series. Also, Europa acquired 7 new reviews, mostly 4-5 stars. 

This strategy appears successful.