Friday, December 11, 2015

Snippet from new #SciFi eBook Grand Master's Mate for SFFSat

Welcome to another Saturday of Science Fiction & Fantasy and read snippets exchanged by several writers.
Since Book 3 of the Grand Master’s Trilogy released this week, I’ll give you a scene from Grand Master’s Mate. Violet and Athanor are investigating an attack on the ocean Planet of AguaSalva, which is ruled (somewhat ineptly) by Grand Master Ravaleen.

A delicate sail of pale yellow swung into view, flying above an almond colored boat with brown stripes. When it drew closer, Violet saw the boat resembled a giant cockle shell. The thin central membrane of the sail protruded from the fleshy base of the marine mollusk. The huge half shells were taller than a man and the sail towered three times higher.
The shell boat steered into the pavilion and halted near Violet. The sail membrane folded down and the shell halves rocked in the gentle waves.
“Board the Callama,” Ravaleen said, “Bollerol will accompany you as a translator.” 
Thoughts wafted into Violet’s mind. “Wish, wash, ride on me. Three limbs, four limbs twice, and Bollerol five limbs.” The slow rhythms of Callama’s voice merged into the background swell of the sea; no wonder the translator did not recognize the shell animal’s speech.
Touching her fingers to the corrugated outer shell, Violet sent, “Callama, we have names, I’m Violet and the bigger four limbs is Griffin. Three limbs is called Threeleaf Amarylla.”  
Vil, Val, Violet speaks to Callama,” the shell animal hummed its reply.
“Excellent,” Athanor said, hearing the words through his link with Violet, “We have a second translator.”
Raising her delicate hands in surprise, Ravaleen cried, “What do you mean? We cannot speak directly with the Callama.”


Grand Master’s Pawn:

Grand Master’s Game:

Grand Master’s Mate:

This trilogy has adventures on diverse planets with over a dozen alien species. Experience the ice planet of Erebus, the ocean planet of AguaSalva (in snippet), the fiery hot planet of Sythos and idyllic pastoral planet of Avalon. 

You are welcome to request an ARC of one of these books by PM. 

Please return to and read the other snippets.
Your comments are welcome as always.


  1. I really like your descriptions of the ocean world and the creatures within it - very evocative and nicely alien.

    1. I drew inspiration from some of Andre Norton's stories, although Callama is original as far as I am aware.

  2. Fun description of the their planet and their transportation. Describing them as three, four, five limbs was original. Can't say I've seen that before and I, for one, want to know what the clam has to say.

    1. Thank you - I wanted to give you a scene without a fight.