Thursday, December 3, 2015

SRF Brigade Showcase - Grand Master's Mate

Welcome to the November Showcase of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade at
Remember to stop by the posts from the other authors.

I am thrilled to announce that I have completed the Grand Master’s Trilogy.
Today, I’ll showcase a longer excerpt from Book 3, Grand Master’s Mate.
Book 1 is on sale for 99c. Buy links are at the end of the post.   

Excerpt from Book 3, Grand Master’s Mate:

A small brown dragon popped into view, flying in midair towards Ythris. “Attack on Illoris!” it croaked. 
Silence fell within the great hall.
Acting fast, Ythris ordered, “Seltos, peep at the portal station.” The copper dragon vanished.
“My children!” Gullish wailed, clutching at the nearest little Brululians.
“We’ll get them,” Athanor grated, leaving Violet momentarily uncertain whether he meant the attackers or the Brululians on the moon. “Both,” he sent, grabbing her arm.
The rock walled hall disappeared as they spun into the void.
You retrieve the Brululians and I’ll hold off the attackers,” Athanor’s command winged to Violet.
Emerging under the dome of the portal station on the moon Illoris, Violet blinked at the confused melee of the attack. Giant amoeboids rolled over the rocky surface like gobs of gel. One wallith thrashed on the ground, leaking blue blood from its ripped limbs. The second wallith tore pieces from a pale green blob.
Seltos was nowhere in sight. Violet guessed he had scouted the moon and already returned to report to the Black Dragon.
The Brululian Warden reared in front of its cabin in a valiant attempt to protect its babies. Gulpah’s shell was coated in green slime and two of its thin limbs had snapped at the joints and hung useless. Undeterred by the wounds, Gulpah’s large foreclaw pinched into the squirming gel of its assailant.
Athanor shoved Violet towards the cabin. He stood tall, blasting blue psi beams into the attackers. Dodging past the struggling Gulpah and his opponent, Violet dashed inside the cabin and swept the three little Brululians into her arms. She peered outside.
Leaping to Violet’s side, Athanor caught her arm and barked, “I’ll port you to safety.” She grabbed one of the middle limbs of Gulpah and psi surged, flipping Violet and the Brululians into the void.
The great hall of the eyrie appeared around them. Violet released her grip on the Brululians and the shelly little creatures raced to the arms of Gullish and their siblings. She bent over the Brululian to examine his injuries.
Gulpah panted, “My children are safe. I can grow another leg.”
Placing her hands on his shell, Violet poured healing empathy into the Warden.
Reaching a clawed forelimb to the wounded Brululian, Istrelle sang, “Let me aid our brave Warden Gulpah. Save energy for your Griffin.” Stepping aside, Violet sensed the silver dragoness radiate her despised empathy to ease the Brululian’s pain.
Her Griffin, Athanor, had remained on Illoris to deal with the invaders. Shutting her eyes, Violet focused on their resonating crystals and saw through the amethyst he wore. Many transparent amoeboids oozed out of the portal. The coppery Seltos swooped back and forth, ripping into the enemy with his sharp claws. Athanor blasted holes in their membranes; they shriveled and died. More poured through the portal and filled the portal station with their pulsing bodies.
One pushed a metal box and cracked open the lid. Gray smoke billowed from the box.
Port out!” Violet’s thought arrowed to Athanor.
Hades!” Athanor groaned. Their link snapped.
Violet swung to Ythris and cried, “Athanor’s in trouble!”


Blurb for Grand Master's Mate
Young empath, Violet Hunter, and her crafty Grand Master, Athanor Griffin, tackle the villains threatening civilization. 
Their worst enemy, the Red Queen, rampages across the galaxy evading capture, while blocked portals restrict normal commerce among planets. Compounding their problems, half the Grand Masters on the Council fear Violet is the agent of their doom as her father foretold, and vow to eliminate her. To restore peace, Violet and Athanor embark on a hazardous quest for a weapon hidden by the ancient psychic masters on one of four planets. But, the weapon proves elusive, dangers lurk in the ancient sites, and new alliances forged with bizarre entities may not be sufficient to foil their enemies and save the galaxy.

Buy Links:

Book 1, Grand Master’s Pawn:   Only 99c

Book 2, Grand Master’s Game:

Book 3, Grand Master’s Mate:   Pre-order for Dec 9th release.

FREE short story set in the Grand Masters’ Universe


  1. Great cliff-hanger, Aurora! Can't wait to find out what happens.

    1. It all ends happily after several more dangerous adventures!

  2. Terrific excerpt. Sounds like a "must read."

  3. Replies
    1. The dragons come to the rescue a couple of times.

  4. Congrats on completing your trilogy!

    1. Thanks! And, congratulations on your new Keir book!

  5. I love the action, the world building details AND the dragon! Great excerpt...