Saturday, August 12, 2017

Partitions clanged shut - snippet from WIP for #WeWriWa #SciFi

Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors. Meet writers in various genres and read 8-10 sentence snippets of their stories.

Okay, I’m biting the bullet and offering snippets from my WIP. It’s at 56k words and I’m editing. Among other things, I have to deal with killing off one minor character and rewriting him out of later scenes. This story has several deaths.

Current Tag line: What alien creatures lurk under the ice crust of Europa?

Here are the next few lines of Chapter one. Dr. Nikki Bell is traveling to Europa to study the alien life in the ocean.
It’s not a final version and any suggestions will be especially appreciated.

Her arms flailing for a grip, Nikki struggled to catch hold of the handrail. Her emergency training kicked in. Primed by drills every third day of the voyage, she knew what to do. She dived for the nearest oxygen canister. Working one handed while grasping the rail, she fastened the mask around her mouth and nose. Her mind cleared, clicking into logical mode. The spaceship was damaged, possibly hit by a stray asteroid on the outer fringes of the belt.
Heavy partitions clanged shut, separating the damaged sections of the ship. The nearer set slammed closed, and a second, fainter clunk, sounded in the opposite direction. Her section was isolated from the rest of the ship.



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Friday, August 11, 2017

Romance, SciFi & Fantasy - 99c & #FREE eBooks Plus #Giveaway

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Love Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Sci-fi & Fantasy Romance? Then check out this great sale. Even heroes and heroines need a little romance at the end of a long day of saving their corner of the galaxy. 40+ books only 99c for a limited time.

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 Romance
Aug 6-13: Instafreebie Romance Giveaway http://SecretWoodsbooks.com/promo 


 Readers Realm
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Giveaway for Kindle Fire
 KindleFire

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Reader Answers to 4 Questions about Book Choices #IndieAuthors #WritingTips

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Results of Reader Survey

Last weekend, I asked my newsletter subscribers to participate in a short survey. I was pleasantly surprised when 99 people responded. This number is probably not a statistically significant sample, nor was the survey designed scientifically, however, the results are still valuable.

Note the caveats. Many of my subscribers joined to get a free ebook or to enter a giveaway. Also, I join promotions and giveaways in science fiction, fantasy and romance because my stories are in those genres.  

I have listed each of my questions followed by the answers and my comments.

Questions for Readers
If you would like to help me by doing a short survey, please answer these questions:

1. Where do you buy ebooks: Amazon, Apple, Barnes&Noble, Kobo or GooglePlay?
Answers:
Amazon 92%; Kobo 12%; B&N(Nook) 9%; Apple(iBooks) 10%; GooglePlay 7%; Other: Smashwords, Instafreebie, BookFunnel, Authors
Although the majority buy from Amazon, many use multiple sources for books.

For Amazon, do you use Kindle Unlimited?
Yes: 17%

2. What is your favorite genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction etc?
Answers:
Fantasy 64%; SciFi 51%; Romance 33%; Mystery 23%; Horror 7%
Other: PNR, UF, SFR, Thriller, Historical
Many read all or a variety of genres.

3. Do you prefer a story written in the point of view of one character or more than one?
Answers:
One POV 23%; 2 or more 31%
Many readers did not care as long as the POV was obvious. A few complained about confusing switches in POV for some stories. 

4. Do you like stories that emphasize adventure or romance?
Answers
Adventure 83%; Romance 32%;
26% of readers said “Both” (included in separate categories).
Other readers said they enjoy adventure with a little romance. 


Are these answers helpful to you? Please comment. 
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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Blasted bad timing - snippet for #WeWriWa #SciFi #amwriting


Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors. Meet writers in various genres and read 8-10 sentence snippets of their stories.

Okay, I’m biting the bullet and offering a snippet from my WIP. It’s at 53k words and I’m editing. Among other things, I have to deal with killing off one minor character and rewriting him out of later scenes. This story has several deaths.

Current Tag line: What alien creatures lurk under the ice crust of Europa?
See NASA's artist's concept of the setting.  


Here is the beginning of my story. It’s not a final version and any suggestions will be especially appreciated. [Note, slightly irregular punctuation to fit.]

The Solar Spirit shuddered, slamming Nikki onto the steel floor of the passage.
Alarms wailed; red lights flashed warnings.
Biting back a scream, Nikki scrambled onto her feet. A second jolt tipped the floor into an awkward angle. Her boots lifted from the tilted floor and she spun slowly in midair. Styx; the ship’s artificial gravity had failed. What next? No life support? She groaned inwardly; what blasted bad timing. The Solar Spirit had begun decelerating and she had expected to reach Europa in less than two days.

Sorry - no cover yet. 

 GM Trilogy

For the first time in 2017, Books 1-3 of Grand Msters’ Galaxy are 99c until August 16th
Read about this Epic SciFi Fantasy Series with Adventure & Romance here:  http://www.auroraspringer.org/p/grand-masters-galaxy.html

Grand Master’s Pawn, Book 1:   Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N  GooglePlay
Grand Master’s Game, Book 2:  Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N  GooglePlay
Grand Master’s Mate, Book 3:  Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N  GooglePlay

You can also pick up 99c and Free eBooks in Science fiction, Fantasy and Romance, or enter a giveaway to win a KindleFire.

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Weekend Sale - 160 x 99c #SciFi & Fantasy eBooks - Plus #FREE

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 Big Sale

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July 30-Aug 5: Instafreebie Sci-Fi & Fantasy Plus GiftCard Giveaway - http://ccekeke.com/august-promo

 SecretWoods

Aug 6-13: Instafreebie Romance Giveaway http://SecretWoodsbooks.com/promo 

Giveaway for Kindle Fire
 YA NA

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Series Special: First 3 Books of Grand Masters’ Galaxy at #99c Each #IndieSFF

 GM Galaxy

Are the Grand Masters the guardians of the galaxy or a threat to civilization? Empath Violet seeks the truth.
Explore a world with aliens that slither, rattle and fly. Enter a universe where psychic powers are real. Teleport across a galaxy ruled by the mysterious Council of twelve Grand Masters.
Start this thrilling SciFi Fantasy series with Grand Master’s Pawn.


Sale runs for first two weeks in August. 

 Cat

Grand Master’s Cat, Prequel novelette
When Grand Master Griffin investigates a wrecked spacecraft, his efforts to rescue the survivors lead to feline disruptions of his plans.  99c at Amazon

 Pawn

Grand Master’s Pawn, Book 1
One woman challenges the super psychics ruling the galaxy and finds an impossible love. Armed with only her erratic powers and a mishmash of allies, young empath Violet must battle the most powerful beings in the galaxy.
Available for 99c at  Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N  GooglePlay

 Game

Grand Master’s Game, Book 2
Psychically linked lovers fight the powerful Grand Masters dominating the galaxy. The Griffin devises a risky plan using Violet as bait to uncover the culprits bent on destroying the galactic portal web.
Available for 99c at Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N  GooglePlay

 Mate

Grand Master’s Mate, Book 3
Young empath, Violet Hunter, and crafty Athanor Griffin tackle the villains threatening civilization. Their worst enemy rampages across the galaxy, while blocked portals prevent normal interplanetary communications.
Available for 99c at Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N  GooglePlay

 Rift

Cosmic Rift, Book 4
Empath Violet embarks on a new and desperate mission to find her missing lover. She must risk her son, her psi-powers, and her life to rescue her beloved mate in the hope they can unite to fight the new menace threatening the galaxy.
Available for $3.99 at  Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N  GooglePlay


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Dot and Misty - snippet from Gargoyle Hunt for #WeWriWa #UF

Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors. Meet writers in various genres and read 8-10 sentence snippets of their stories.

This week, I’ll continue the scene from Gargoyle Hunt, Book 3 in my Secret Supers series. Gargoyle Hunt is set in England and has scenes in some of my favorite places.

Blurb
Danger is the last thing on Estelle’s mind when she visits the University of Oxenford for a summer course. But, mysterious thefts from the archives and shadowy figures on the ancient walls propel 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. Under pressure from his family to succeed, Toby is trapped in a web of deceit. The two supers have less than two weeks to catch the crooks and salvage his reputation. 

Setting for snippet: Estelle (aka Super Starrella) is visiting West Kennet Long Barrow near Avebury stone circle as part of her summer abroad at Oxenford University. The mound and chambered tomb of the Long Barrow are popular with new age visitors. Estelle’s winged horse, Rockette, is with her in her pigeon disguise. Italics indicate their telepathic communications. When Estelle climbs on top of the mound, she sees two middle aged women with four small dogs.
Note: Farleons are aliens with superpowers who live in secret among us.

You can read last week’s snippet here:
(Apologies for slightly irregular punctuation to fit 8-10 sentences.)

If the mare could hear the dogs, Estelle guessed they must be Farleon animals. She sat on the grass and the dogs lay down and licked her bare legs, “Thanks, I’m visiting Oxenford for a summer course.”
Nudging her companion with an elbow, the plump woman said, “I’m Misty Tibbit and my partner is Dot Farthingale.”
“Estelle Wright; I’m from Atalanta in the United States.”
The pigeon waddled closer.
“And who is the bird that isn’t?” Dot asked in her astute fashion.
“Are you British Farleons?” Estelle breathed.
Misty nodded, “I am on my father’s side. Dot is something else.” The dark haired woman blinked and stared across the fields into the distance.

 Gargoyle Hunt

Gargoyle Hunt is 99c until Monday!
(FREE with Kindle Unlimited)
You can see some photos from my trip to Avebury and Kennet Long Barrow early in July at https://auroraspringer.blogspot.com/2017/07/avebury-and-associated-neolithic-sites.html

 Super Starrella

Super Starrella, Book 1, is 99c

 Starrella Falls

Starrella Falls, Book 2, is 99c until 31st

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

99c and FREE #eBooks - This week's Deals in Multiple Genres

 Secret Supers Special
Secret Supers series on Special this week -


 Show me the Muscle
July 24-28: Show Me the Muscle - 99c Books - erinbedford.com/promo


 Kickass females
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 Lose Yourself
July 24-30: Lose Yourself in Free Books - http://www.andreadomanski.com/promo 



 Fantasy
July 1- 31st: IF Fantasy Preview - FREEbies at https://dechapmanauthor.wordpress.com/giveaways/

Monday, July 24, 2017

Secret Supers Series – 5 Days of Special Prices #Superhero #YA


Praise for the Secret Supers
“Super girls and flying horses. What more do you need?”
the world building is fabulous, the characters well-rounded, and this plot is just FUN!”
interesting, intriguing, and fast moving action.

July 24-28th

Super Starrella – Free 

 Super 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.




Starrella Falls - only 99c 

 Starrella Falls



College freshman Estelle Wright has it all: a superpower, a flying horse, and a hunky boyfriend. All is threatened when her old enemy swears revenge, ruthless killers target Atalanta, and Toby is under pressure to dump her. But, Estelle’s knack of finding trouble scuttles his plans. Their lives are at stake and they face agonizing decisions where the wrong choice will lead to disaster. 







Gargoyle Hunt – only 99c 

 Gargoyle Hunt

Danger is the last thing on Estelle’s mind when she visits the University of Oxenford for a summer course. But, mysterious thefts from the archives and shadowy figures on the ancient walls propel 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. Under pressure to succeed, Toby is trapped in a web of deceit. The two supers have a week to catch the crooks and salvage his reputation.  

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Meeting on a burial mound - snippet from Gargoyle Hunt for #WeWriWa #superheroes

Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors. Meet writers in various genres and read 8-10 sentence snippets of their stories.

This week for a change, I’ll give you a snippet from Gargoyle Hunt, Book 3 in my Secret Supers series. The whole series is discounted though July 28th. Gargoyle Hunt is set in England and has scenes in some of my favorite places.

Blurb
Danger is the last thing on Estelle’s mind when she visits the University of Oxenford for a summer course. But, mysterious thefts from the archives and shadowy figures on the ancient walls propel 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. Under pressure from his family to succeed, Toby is trapped in a web of deceit. The two supers have less than two weeks to catch the crooks and salvage his reputation. 


Setting for snippet: Estelle (aka Super Starrella) is visiting West Kennet Long Barrow (See entrance to rock tomb in photo above) near Avebury stone circle as part of her summer abroad at Oxenford University. The mound and chambered tomb of the Long Barrow are popular with new age visitors. Estelle’s winged horse, Rockette, is with her in her pigeon disguise. Italics indicate their telepathic communications. When Estelle climbs on top of the mound, she sees two middle aged women with four small dogs.
Apologies for irregular punctuation to fit 8-10 sentences.

The two women made an incongruous couple; the thin one had a severe black dress and long black hair framing a pale face, while the other woman had short gray curls, round pink cheeks and wore a flowery frock. Two of the dogs, miniature greyhounds, scampered over and sniffed at Estelle’s knees; she bent down to pet them.
The plump woman said, “I see you like dogs.”
“I love animals,” Estelle said, smiling at the friendly woman. 
The thin woman stared at Estelle, sharp black eyes contrasting with her pale complexion. Lidding her eyes, she whispered, “I see white feathers;” she opened her eyes and asked, “Do you have a pet bird?”
With a flutter of wings, the speckled white pigeon landed on the mound nearby, “I’m not a pet,” Rockette squawked indignantly.
“Not a pet and not a bird,” the dark haired woman said, glancing at the pigeon.
Her pink cheeked friend smiled at Estelle, “Would you like to sit down and chat for a few minutes, dearie?”
The dogs have yappy thoughts, better find out who they are,” Rockette advised.

 Gargoyle Hunt

Gargoyle Hunt is 99c for the first time this year!
(FREE with Kindle Unlimited)
You can see some photos from my trip to Avebury and Kennet Long Barrow early in July at https://auroraspringer.blogspot.com/2017/07/avebury-and-associated-neolithic-sites.html

 Secret Supers

The first two books in the Secret Supers series are discounted. 
Read about the Secret Supers here: http://www.auroraspringer.org/p/secret-supers.html

Super Starrella is FREE July 24-28th

Starrella Falls is 99c through July 28th

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. 

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