Saturday, May 18, 2019

A Pang of Sorrow - Snippet from Medieval Romance 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 am continuing snippets from my new medieval romance set in fourteenth century England in and around my hometown of Reading.
You can read the first lines in last week’s snippet - https://auroraspringer.blogspot.com/2019/05/what-about-medieval-romance-with-touch.html
My heroine Audrey and her cousin Margaret have taken a pilgrimage to Glastonbury Abbey. This week, I have skipped a few paragraphs describing their devotions in the cathedral. They have left the Abbey gates and are walking back to the hostel (an inn for pilgrims). On the way, they run the gauntlet of beggars again.
Please excuse a minor misuse of semicolons to fit 10 sentences. Also, note this version is an early draft and unedited.

     As our party approached the hostel where we had lodged, I caught sight of an old woman holding the hand of a small child. They stood apart from the majority of beggars; their dresses were neat, although frayed at the sleeves. The woman’s wrinkled face had a resigned expression; her blind eyes stared straight ahead and she leaned on a stick. The child was a fair-haired girl of perhaps five years of age, the same age as my dear Ellen when the Lord took her from me. A pang of sorrow pierced my heart and I resolved to give this woman a silver coin.
     Beckoning to the blind woman, I said, “Old mother, come closer.”
     She did not react, but the child fixed forlorn eyes on me and tugged at the woman’s hand. With the child’s encouragement, the woman hobbled forward, tapping the ground with her cane at each step.
     I held out my hand with two silver pennies on my palm.
     Releasing her grip on the child’s small hand, the old woman touched my fingers lightly and felt her way to the coins; she curled her fingers around the gift, and bent in an awkward curtsy.

Draft Blurb:
In fourteenth century Britain, Dame Audrey enjoys her independence as the widow of a cloth merchant. Her demure dress hides a fiery and compassionate spirit. When a dying traveler gives her a curious brooch with a green dragon, she vows to find its true owner. The strange jewel attracts trouble from thieves of all ranks and the attentions of a handsome yeoman, Selwyn Sage. She sees no advantage to a second marriage, but the unmarried merchants have other ideas. They covet the young widow and her prosperous business and plan to force her into wedlock. Can Audrey evade the schemes alone or must she accept Selwyn’s help to survive the greedy ruffians and fulfill her oath?


This month, I’m celebrating my fifth anniversary as an indie author. Two of my books are discounted for the entire month.

 Oawn

SciFi Fantasy - Super psychics in space. One young woman challenges the super psychics ruling the galaxy, and finds an impossible love
99c at Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N  GooglePlay

 Lady

SciFi Romance. Feisty scientist solves puzzle of scaly aliens on the remote planet of Eden.
99c at  Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N  GooglePlay


As always, I’ll be happy to reply to your comments.  
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Monday, May 13, 2019

Week 3 of my Fifth Anniversary Celebration - #SciFi Adventure & Romance


 GM Galaxy

For the third week of my anniversary month, I’m showcasing my longest series, an epic science fantasy: Grand Masters’ Galaxy.

Fans of Anne McCaffrey may enjoy these stories starring super psychics and dragons in adventures across the galaxy and beyond.

The first book, Grand Master’s Pawn, is free when you subscribe to my newsletter – HERE

You can find out why I wrote this Science fantasy series HERE.
You can learn about the planets and other celestial orbs my characters visit in the Grand Master’s Galaxy in the short Guide HERE. 

Grand Master’s Pawn, Book 1  Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N  GooglePlay  PRINT  - Only 99c for May
Grand Master’s Trilogy, Boxset of Books 1-3 – Cheapest option  Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N  GooglePlay

I write science fiction and fantasy adventures entwined with romances. You can find a complete list of my published stories HERE.

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Saturday, May 11, 2019

What about a Medieval Romance with a Touch of Fantasy? #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 apologize for my absence for the past few weeks. Besides the usual dilemma of which story to write next, real life events, both good and bad, intruded on my writing. These events included: end of semester exams, my son’s graduation from college, and my husband’s surgery. I’m trying to get back into the routine of writing every day. 

In an amusing switch from science fiction, I had an idea for a medieval romance and a survey of my newsletter subscribers encouraged me to write the story. It is set in fourteenth century England in my hometown of Reading, and will include an element of fantasy. the photo shows the twelfth century church of St. Mary's with its distinctive tower of checkered stone. 

So here is an early draft of the first lines of this story. What you think about the concept?

     In late summer of my twenty-third year, I made a pilgrimage to Glastonbury in Somerset, thereby proving my piety and enlightening my mind. Our parish priest often advised a visit to a holy shrine as penance for sinful thoughts, especially for a widow like me. Regardless of the state of my soul, a pilgrimage suited me since I delighted in traveling to new places. Both my business and private affairs benefited from the direction and timing of the trip from my house in Reading.
     Our group of pilgrims mounted on sturdy horses made the journey in five days of easy riding in the clement weather of early July. We were instructed to leave our horses in the stable yard and walk along the final path to the Abbey gates. Beggars crowded on either side of the paved road, stretching out their hands and pleading for alms. Once, two lads ran into the road and tugged at the sleeves of an elderly merchant. He shook them off and shouted for help. The Abbot’s men at arms unsheathed their swords and shoved the boys away; no others dared approach us.

St Mary's Church, Reading, UK, by Ron Saunders

Draft Blurb:
In fourteenth century Britain, Dame Audrey enjoys her independence as the widow of a cloth merchant. When a dying traveler gives her a curious brooch with a green dragon, she vows to find its true owner. The strange jewel attracts trouble from thieves of all ranks and the attentions of a handsome yeoman, Selwyn Sage. She sees no advantage to a second marriage, but the unmarried merchants have other ideas. They covet the young widow and her prosperous business and plan to force her into wedlock. Can Audrey evade the schemes alone or must she accept Selwyn’s help to survive the greedy ruffians and fulfill her oath?


This month, I’m celebrating my fifth anniversary as an indie author. Two of my books are discounted for the entire month.

 Pawn

SciFi Fantasy - Super psychics in space. One young woman challenges the super psychics ruling the galaxy, and finds an impossible love
99c at Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N  GooglePlay


 Lady

SciFi Romance. Feisty scientist solves puzzle of scaly aliens on the remote planet of Eden.
99c at  Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N  GooglePlay


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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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Week 2 of my Fifth Anniversary Celebration #Indie #Author - Plus Bargain-priced Book


 Secret Supers

For the second week of my anniversary celebration, I’m showcasing my superhero series, Secret Supers

This superhero adventure and romance is set in contemporary At(a)lanta, USA, and Ox(en)ford, UK. The main characters are students at the local university. Estelle Wright is a freshman when she acquires a superpower and a flying horse. I had fun mixing scenes of “normal” college life and visits to neighboring locations with attacks by unnatural killers. Also, the flying horse, Rockette, channels Captain Haddock of Tin Tin for sarcastic remarks and curses. 

Read why I wrote the series HERE.

Super Starrella, Book 1  - only 99c this week! 
Gargoyle Hunt, Book 3
Secret Supers, Boxset of Books 1-3, usually cheapest option

 Secret Supers boxset


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Monday, April 29, 2019

Celebrating the Five-Year Anniversary of My Career as an #Indie #Author



In the last five years, I have published a total of 14 full-length novels in four main series, 1 standalone novel, two novellas and a few short stories. These stories run the gamut from fantasy, science fantasy and superheroes to SciFi adventure and romance. It is still a struggle to find time to write because I have a family and a full-time job.

I write science fiction and fantasy adventures entwined with romances. You can find a list of my published stories HERE.

Each week, I’ll showcase a different series with discounted books.

My first novel, The Lady is Blue, a science fiction romance set on a distant Earth-like planet, was published at the end of April in 2014. This book became the first in a series called Atrapako on Eden. Coincidently, my most recently published novel, Trapped on Vkani, the third book in the series came out this March.



SciFi Romance. Feisty scientist solves puzzle of scaly aliens.
Read about this series HERE
The series is set on two remote planets, Eden and Vkani. The societies on these planets offer two possible futures for humanity – see my Post - HERE

The Lady is Blue, Book 1  Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N  GooglePlay  PRINT      on Sale for 99c in May!

Dragon Lady, Boxset of Books 1 & 2  Amazon  Kobo  Apple  B&N  GooglePlay

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Welcome to National Superhero Day


 Secret Supers

Aurora Springer - Super Starrella
Young Adult Science Fiction Mystery Romance
Teen superhero, Starrella, and her flying horse combat vicious killers in the skies of Atalanta.
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. 





Michael C. Bailey – Action Figures
Young Adult Superhero
Join the action with the Amazon best-selling YA superhero series! The worst summer of Carrie Hauser's life began with her parents' divorce and ended with her receiving superhuman abilities from a dying alien. Now Carrie is trying to put her life back together, and all that stands in her way are an insane artificial intelligence, the mercenary known as Manticore, and a mysterious organization that wants to claim her power for itself. Save the day? Sure -- as soon as school lets out.




Emerald Dodge – Battlecry
Urban Fantasy
For one superhero, the good guys can be deadlier than the bad guys.
Jillian Johnson, known as the mighty Battlecry, was born into a superhero cult. She craves a life of freedom, far away from her violent and abusive team leader, Patrick. With no education, no money, and no future to speak of, she's stuck in the dangerous life...until she meets the mysterious and compelling Benjamin, a civilian with superpowers. When Patrick confronts her, she fights back--and then runs for her life. One by one, her ex-teammates join her until a new team has formed.
But Patrick will not let his upstart teammates get away so easily. Humiliated and hellbent on vengeance, he waits for his chance to strike back and kill the new team, and he is happy to murder superheroes and civilians alike. On top of that, Benjamin has joined Jillian and her comrades, angering his own lethal family. Jillian's enemies begin to close in from all sides.
Desperate and in hiding, Jillian must shed everything she thinks she knows about what it means to lead. Can she rise up to the challenge of defeating Patrick? Can she save Benjamin from his family? Or will she die like every other superhero who's dared to challenge the cult?



Sunshine Somerville – The Kota
Science Fiction
Mankind is stricken. Brought to its knees by a devastating virus, the world is further crushed by the Dominion tyranny.  Humanity struggles to survive this apocalyptic nightmare, and there’s only one hope – the ancient promise of an annihilated people.
“By the Bearers brought into time, fulfillment shall come in a Mark, and hope in four children born. Evil will flee Earth before the four Marked.”
 – The Mark Prophecy of the Kota
Troy Kandoya remembers the world before all this came to pass. He saw the beginning of global war, genetic manipulation, and viral plague.  Now called Trok, the immortal Kota Interceder, he must fulfill the prophecies he once rejected.
After 500 years, the four Marked saviors are born. However, nothing about these heroes is what Trok expected. Loree is a master assassin who can disappear without a trace. Zaak grew up exiled on an alien planet. Alex is a telepath traumatized by an inexplicable, missing year of her life.  Ryu, the final Warrior, has incredible mutate-genes of strength.
With Trok’s guidance, the Warriors join Earth’s rebels and fight the Dominion – but this isn’t going to be easy. Rebel politics are complicated, particularly for Loree. Zaak finds it difficult to navigate his home world. New questions arise for Alex as she helps civilians recover from a shared trauma.  Ryu can’t hide from his famous past. And always, the Dominion threatens with its unstoppable weapon – the dehumanizing DRK virus.
For centuries, no one’s been able to end Earth’s nightmare.  Can four Warriors really make a difference?



David Reiss – Fid’s Crusade
Science Fiction
For more than two decades, the sight of Doctor Fid's powered armor has struck terror into the hearts of superhero and civilian alike. But when a personal tragedy motivates Doctor Fid to investigate a crime, a plot is uncovered so horrific that even he is taken aback.
Haunted by painful memories and profound guilt, the veteran supervillain must race against time if he is to have any hope of confronting the approaching threat. Every battle takes its toll...but the stakes are too high for retreat to be an option.
In the end, it may take a villain to save the world from those entrusted with the world's protection.



Richard L. Wright – Burden of Solace
Romance
Cassie Whelan can heal any wound, but the price is too much to bear. The government wants to control her. So does the sadistic killer that's behind an epidemic of murder, madness and suicides in her city. She may be the only one immune to his power, the only one that can stop him. There's only one man she trusts, but if he betrays her it could destroy everything. Because the only thing she can't heal is her own heart.


Percival Constance – Vanguard
Science Fiction
After a mysterious phenomenon called The Event, superhumans—called specials—now walk among us. And the potential danger these untested and powerful beings warrants a way to keep them in check. Enter Vanguard, a government-sanctioned team of superheroes designed to deal with rogue specials.



Joynell Schultz – The Secret Lives of Superhero Wives
Comedy / Humor
What happens after the superhero gets the girl? Find out in this romantic paranormal mystery.



Nancy O’Toole Meservier – Red and Black
Dawn Takahashai knows all about superheroes.
She's been a fan of them for years. So when she’s granted an impressive powerset of her own, she dives right in, eager to prove herself as Bailey City’s first superhero: Miss Red and Black.
Her first challenge is Faultline. He’s powerful, smart and, as a henchman for Bailey City’s first supervillain, standing right in her way. But that’s not the real problem. The real problem is that under the mask, Faultline is Alex Gage, a working-class guy trying to scrounge together enough money to help support his younger sisters.
Dawn has no idea that the charming and seemingly straightforward Alex is Faultline. Alex has no idea that the adorably awkward Dawn is the superhero he clashes with at night.
And Dawn and Alex have a date next week.



Ian Thomas Healy – The Just Cause Universe
Young Adult Science Fiction Comedy Romance
The Just Cause Universe is the original superhero universe created by Ian Thomas Healy and published by Local Hero Press. It focuses on diverse, complex characters in a gritty, realistic setting despite their fanciful abilities.



Taya Okerlund – The Spec Set
Young Adult
Copernicus Science camp looks harmless enough on the surface, at least no one will tell you otherwise, least of all Max McKenzie, who doesn't speak at all. He can't even defend himself when he's implicated in a high stakes chemical theft from the camp lab. Or can he?
His brother Emile is desperate to help, but he's waking up to his own problems--chief among them the fact that he's developed an incredible (and incredibly dangerous) new ability. He doesn't know how to control his awesome new power, and turns to the one person he's loathe to ask: Lilly Fang.
Lilly has everything under control, including other people's biochemistry. (Or is Emile really that crazy about her?) Either way, she's hiding a boat-load of secrets (and secret powers).
Lilly assembles a team of friends like none Emile's ever dreamed of to help Max.
There's Fetu, a near giant, whose presence alone seems to suck the air out of the room. Or does he do that literally?
And Danika, who's so shy she seems to fade right into the background. Or does she actually become invisible?
And Eliza, who never lifts a finger--but is that because she lifts things with her mind?
The Spec Set will need all of their combined strengths (and their weaknesses) to combat a threat reaching all the way go to another universe.
Fans of The X Men and Marvel's Avengers will enjoy The Spec Set.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PB5W8QZ/



CM Raymond and LE Barbant – Catalyst
Urban Fantasy
How far would you go to save the city you love?
A mad scientist fighting the laws of man and nature.
A demon-monster of mythical proportions.
A corporate conspiracy that goes back more than a century.
The Steel City is in desperate need of a hero.
Willa Weil has a secret--she comes from a long line of magicians trained to unlock the power hidden within poetry. This skill requires discipline, and the Guild demands obedience. Willa has long kept her power to herself, but when a molten metal creature threatens to consume her friends, she can no longer remain on the sidelines.
History professor Elijah Branton moved to Pittsburgh for the job of a lifetime, researching the family history of one of the nation's wealthiest and most attractive CEOs. But not everything is as it seems in the Steel City. The historian soon unearths a deadly conspiracy that threatens to unravel his world.
Can they save their city, or will they lose themselves in the process?
Catalyst is Daredevil meets The Dresden Files, a gritty and gripping superhero/urban fantasy story for the 21st century. With magic and monsters, science and secrets, Catalyst pushes readers to consider their own path and the ethical compromises we all make--heroes and villains alike.
Welcome to The Steel City.



Trish Heinrich – Serpent’s Sacrifice
Urban Fantasy
She never backs down from a fight
When Alice’s aunt is murdered, she must take justice into her own hands to make it right. But becoming the vigilante Serpent doesn't come with a guidebook, and with one mistake, Alice unleashes a nightmare upon Jet City.
Now the innocent are being turned into maniacal puppets, and time is running out. Seeking other vigilantes, Alice discovers her past might hold the key to unlikely allies.
As Phantasm tightens the noose, Alice vows to end this fight. But is her determination enough to protect the city or will defeating the Phantasm demand a hero’s sacrifice?
Serpent's Sacrifice is the first book in The Phantasm Trilogy, a twist on the popular superhero mythos. If you like brave heroines, chilling villains, and nail-biting action, then you'll love the thrilling emergence of the Serpent!



J.D. Cunegan – Bounty
Mystery/Thriller
Jill Andersen is one of Baltimore’s best and brightest detectives, but she harbors a dark secret — a secret that threatens to come out when the body of Dr. Trent Roberts is pulled out of the Chesapeake Bay. Dr. Roberts’ connection to Jill reveals a past that involves a tour in Iraq, a secretive cybernetic experiment, and a conspiracy that involves a native son.
Can Jill solve the case while still keeping her secret? Will her partners at the Seventh Precinct find out what she’s so desperate to hide? What was Dr. Roberts looking into that led to his murder? And perhaps the biggest question of all…
Who is Bounty?



N.K. Quinn – Awakening
Young Adult
A below-average underdog. A supercharged crime-fighter. Their shared secret could transform the world.
Kalum Walker lives in the shadow of his athletic older brother. Scrawny and prone to panic attacks, he's a far cry from the superheroes he doodles in his notebook. When his brother steals his meds to help calm his game time nerves, he doesn’t put up a fight. After all, the fate of his family rides on his brother's performance. But without his pills, Kalum’s blackouts begin getting worse… and a disturbing voice inside his head starts urging him into some dangerous situations.
When a blackout-related encounter with bullies puts him in a hospital bed, he starts to notice mysterious bruises all over his body. As he learns of a masked crusader serving up a new kind of justice outside the Corporation compound, he realizes the vigilante bears a striking resemblance to his superheroic sketches. Locked in a battle with the voice inside his head, Kalum must solve the mystery of the infamous Steel Falcon and save his brother before he loses control for good.
Awakening is the first fast-paced novel in the Steel Falcon YA sci-fi superhero series. If you like immersive future worlds, family drama, and edge-of-your-seat twists, then you’ll love N.K. Quinn’s action-packed coming-of-age tale.
Buy Awakening to unmask an electrifying sci-fi superhero adventure today!



Jeff C. Carter – Criterion
Grimdark
Criterion is the world’s mightiest hero. His sidekicks just found his body.
Who killed Criterion? Who will die next?



Eugene W. Cundiff – The Heirs of Babylon
Science Fiction
In the dying world of 2027, there's no place worse than Babylon.
The fallen city once known as New York is now ruled by feudal gangs and plagued by doomsday cultists. No sane soul ventures there willingly, but former childhood friends Morgan Whitechapel and Kurt Petrovich have no choice.
Fate once separated the compassionate, streetwise survivor and the brooding son of privilege. But the dangerous attentions their newly-manifested superhuman powers bring force them from their homes and reunite them on the savage streets. Their only hope for survival lies with each other - and with a pair of strange nomads who possess powers of their own. Against all odds, these extraordinary young people will fight to make a new home for themselves in the bones of the Big Apple.
Together, they might just stand a chance...



Rebecca Bosevski – Imperium Academy
Young Adult
Superheroes aren’t born. They're moulded by government academies.
Ellen doesn't remember much about her parents, they died when she was four. Raised by her aunt she's envied for years the homo-magis children called on to be tested and subsequently enrolled in one of the five academys for heroes.
Ellen isn't a homo-magis.
Or so she thought.
Her parents were two of the first Superheroes, their lives sacrificed to stop Novaside and save their only child.
Ecstatic, yet a little nervous to finally be a part of the world she'd dreamed of, Ellen is off to Imperium Academy.
But her classing doesn't go as expected.
Instead of joining the ranks of the illustrious Star Heroes, Ellen is regulated to the role of Sidekick, after all, night vision is barely a superpower.
Many have begun to question the need for Sidekicks, some teachers even suggesting they would be better suited to other employment.
But with Novaside getting bolder, and her latest attack hitting too close to home, Ellen is determined to stay at the academy and prove them wrong.
After all, where better to learn to be a hero than a school full of supers?