Saturday, October 12, 2019

Semi=aquatic sentient - Snippet from ALARIK for #WeWriWa #SciFiRomance



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 week, I’m switching to my new story, Alarik, book 4 in my series, Taxyon Space. This series stars alien mermen who’ve been observing humans from the oceans of Europa. Their secret is exposed in the first Book, Europa.

I’m continuing from the beginning of the book. Alarik, the hero, is watching the broadcast about an alien ship landing on Mars. You can read last week’s snippet at https://auroraspringer.blogspot.com/2019/10/an-alien-craft-snippet-from-alarik-for.html

    The occupant, presumably the ship’s pilot, sprawled on the floor. Four eyestalks drooped on top of a purple carapace and the clawed tips of three jointed limbs poked from under its shell. A trail of orange ran from a clump on the floor to the shell. The microbes also ingested metals and other nutrients from living creatures.
“Eekrepisth,” Alarik breathed. What was the semi-aquatic sentient doing on Mars? Did it intend to land on the arid planet or had its ship crashed in a dust storm? In either case, his duty was clear, he must notify the Triarchs. The Watchers would receive the information once the radio signals reached Europa, but he and his brother were likely the only Warrish to infiltrate human society. Who else would agree to the excision of an entire finger and diminished status due to this mutilation?

 ALARIK

Draft Blurb
Two people fleeing their planets discover a shared goal.
     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. Trouble pursues them. Will their flight end on Europa, the hyperspace gateway to the stars protected by three diverse species?



 EUROPA

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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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Saturday, October 5, 2019

An alien craft - Snippet from ALARIK for #WeWriWa #SciFi Thriller



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 week, I’m switching to my new story, Alarik, book 4 in my series, Taxyon Space. This series stars alien mermen who’ve been observing humans from the oceans of Europa. Their secret is exposed in the first Book, Europa.

Here are the first lines of the new book. Please remember, they are from an unedited, incomplete draft.

     “An alien craft was discovered on Mars earlier today.”
    Alerted by the chirpy voice of the announcer, Alarik frowned at the image. Orange stains surrounded great holes in the roughened surface of the six-sided spacecraft. The metal-eating microbes, originally engineered to oxygenate the Martian atmosphere, were eroding the ship’s hull. The camera lowered through an irregular gap and the view switched to the interior. Yellow blotches of microbes stained the interior surfaces and obscured the details. Under the lumpy coating, he distinguished the edges of hexagonal control panels set in the stippled metal walls.
     The reporter, a young woman with a bouffant of purple hair, continued in a more subdued tone, “The spacecraft was found by a couple of teens on a joyride out of Mars 4. Microbes had eaten much of the hull, and the mangled remains of a crab-like creature were found inside. After our staff took this footage, the local security force closed off the site for evaluation.” 

 Hearts

Note: If you are interested in the microbes, you can read my short story at https://books2read.com/u/bowMxL


 Europa

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Europa, Book 1 of Taxyon Space – SciFi Thriller and Romance
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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Saturday, September 28, 2019

A goodly defense - Snippet from #Medieval_Romance DAME AUDREY 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!

     My latest novel, Dame Audrey, released a month ago, and I’m working on new stories in two different series.
     For now, I’ll continue snippets from Dame Audrey, my new medieval romance set in fourteenth century England in and around my hometown of Reading.
     In the last few snippets, Audrey met the sheriff’s bailiff, Selwyn Drake, in her parish church and they exchanged sympathy for their lost families. He’s a widower.


I have jumped to the first day of Saint James’ Fair. Audrey, a good businesswoman, is manning her cloth stall.

Please excuse my mis-punctuation to fit 8-10 sentences.
     “Good day, Dame Audrey.” Selwyn Drake’s deep, sincere voice elicited a thrill of delight in my wayward mind.
     Smiling at him, I said, “Have you come to bargain for my wares?”
     His hazel eyes twinkled in laughter, “I have no need of fine laces; rather, I am surveying the stalls to deter robbers.”
     “An excellent notion; I chased off two urchins earlier this morning.”
     His dark brows compressed in a frown as he stared at the finery displayed on the linen tablecloth next to my box of silver coins, “Do you have any protection against thieves?”
     “I am prepared,” swiveling toward the rear of the booth, I called, “Here, Rufus.” My wolfhound uncurled from his sleeping place, shook his fox-red fur, and ambled over to nose at my outstretched fingers. Glancing up at the bailiff, I said, “My dog protects me and my wares.”
     “A goodly defense; though not proof against a swordsman,” he held out his hand to the dog.

 Dame Audrey


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Thursday, September 26, 2019

#New PETS IN SPACE 4 #SciFiRomance



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A cyborg who's vowed to keep his emotions and lethal powers leashed, discovers the one woman who can bring him to his knees.

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Being separated by time and distance does not lessen the love Volcair has for the woman who captured his heart.

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Two crew members of an interstellar luxury liner must join forces with a retired military canine to find a missing relic before the curse brings disaster for everyone.

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Sunlit graveyard - snippet from DAME AUDREY for #WeWriWa #Historical_Romance



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!

My latest novel, Dame Audrey, released at the end of August, and I’m working on two new stories in different series.
For now, I’ll continue snippets from Dame Audrey, my new medieval romance set in fourteenth century England in and around my hometown of Reading.
Audrey has discovered the sheriff’s bailiff, Selwyn Drake, praying in her parish church. He explained he was praying for his deceased wife and stillborn child.


This snippet begins a few lines later. Two women entered the nave and were staring at Audrey and Selwyn, so he suggested they leave the church. 

     Once outside the church, I stepped into the sunlit graveyard. The sounds of bartering came from the market across the main street, yet the narrow path winding between the graves was peaceful and private.
     Unconsciously, I took my usual walk in the direction of my family’s grave. The names carved in the headstone had been rinsed clean by the rains, although the daisies I had laid at the foot of the mound on Sunday had been washed away.
     I paused and placed my hand on the top of the gravestone, “My husband lies here beside our two little children.”
     He touched the polished stone and his gaze traveled over the inscription. “You are fortunate; you can pray at their grave. My family’s tomb is far away.”

 Audrey

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Monday, September 16, 2019

SONGBIRD - New SciFi Romance by Liza O'Connor



Five hundred years from now, the necessity of population control and a preference for male children has resulted in a shortage of women. Down from the Appalachian Mountains, comes Tory White, an unusually tall and muscular young woman. Unable to read, she is deceived into signing a lifelong contract as a concubine. Entirely unsuitable for the position, she soon finds herself slotted for the ‘beds,’ where few girls live beyond a month. Yet, her honest and forthright manner charms the head of security into saving her and sets her upon a path in which she becomes the ‘heart’ of the world and the savior of man’s future.

Excerpt


“What has you looking so pensive this morning?” Link asked as he sat down beside her on the grassy hill overlooking the lake.
“Love.” She laughed at his look of concern. She explained the nonsense of the Summers/Hatchet/Smith affair. When she stopped talking, he still looked confused.
“People get married in the mountains?”
“Of course. How else would they keep the farms going? There’s man’s work, woman’s work, and children’s work. And you need all three parts to keep a farm running.”
“Why did you leave there?” he asked. His voice sounded strained as if he was upset that she’d left the mountains. He could probably hear in her words how much she missed her old way of life.
“Well, none of the boys wanted me for their wife. They were willing to take me on their farms, but not respectfully. So, when Leroy come around looking for a partner to sing duets in city clubs, Momma said I should go, for there weren’t nothing for me in the mountains but a future of shame and misery.”
“And you think this will be better?” he asked in surprise.
“No,” she laughed. “This ain’t at all what I thought I’d be doing. I was supposed to be singing for my living, but I ain’t done nothing here but get myself in trouble every time I turn around. I’ll be so happy when this week is out, and I can leave here!” She then paused. “Except, I’ll miss you terribly, Link. I ain’t never met a person ’cept for Gram that I like more.”
She had expected him to smile, for surely, he understood how big a compliment that was. But he didn’t smile. In fact, he looked most upset.
“What do you mean leave?”
“I mean pack my bags and go,” she said. “I’m sorry to sound so ungrateful, because you’ve been awfully nice to me. But beyond you, there isn’t one thing I like about this place. I will be very glad when our contract is up, and Leroy and I can leave. And just so you don’t think I’m some stupid-headed female, the moment Leroy hits the other side of that gate and I get my half of the money, I’m going on my own. Leroy only cares about himself and will sell me out any chance he gets. I see that now, and he’s not pulling this shit on me a second time.”
Link seemed more upset than ever. “Tory, only Leroy is leaving in a week. Your contract is for life.”
“For life? Whose life? Mine? That can’t be! Who would hire a musician for life?”
He shook his head as if trying to make sense of her. “They didn’t hire you as a musician, Tory. You signed on as a concubine.”
“A what?”
“A concubine.”
She’d never heard the word before. “Exactly what does a concubine do?”
He stared at her a moment and then he sighed. “It won’t work. We tape the contract signings to prove the girls are not under duress when they agree to become a concubine. I watched you read that contract word for word, myself. You cannot claim you did not know you were signing on as a concubine.”
She sighed. “Can I trust you with a secret?”
He nodded and reached out and took her hand.
“I can’t read. Girls aren’t taught in the mountains. But Leroy says it’s against the law not to teach girls, and if I told anyone I couldn’t read, they’d go up in the mountains and kill everybody for breaking the law. So, I did like he told me, and looked at each and every block of print for a moment before going on to the next block.”
“Which is why you smiled when you finished it,” he said, as if he finally understood something that had been bothering him.
“It wasn’t easy to stay focused on such a tedious task. I was so relieved when it was over, and I had managed to pull it off so we could work here.”
“As a musician?”
“Yeah, for a month.” She frowned. “I didn’t think he’d lie about the contract because he had to sign one as well. Did he know mine was different than his?”
“Without a doubt. He received three hundred dollars for bringing you here. He knew exactly what you’d be doing for the rest of your life.”
Tory’s frown deepened. “Will I be doing whatever the other girls do?”
“Yes.” He watched her expression.
“They’re concubines?”
He nodded.
“Is that like a waitress?”
“No.”
She swallowed. “Will you just tell me what I have stupidly signed up for? Because my stomach is starting to go sour.”
Link told her about the three levels of girls. The most pleasing girls were “High Girls” and they entertained important men. Then there were the Common Girls and they entertained regular men. Last, there were the “Low Girls,” and they were sent to the “Beds,” where they were strapped down to a cot, and the worst of men did whatever they wished to them.
“It’s no life at all for a Low and a hard life for the Common girls. The only ones that have any chance of happiness are the High Girls.”
“And who makes the decision as to what level I’ll be?”
“Miss Dunbery.”
“Well, now I know why she smiles every time she looks at the calendar.” Tory sighed.




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Saturday, September 14, 2019

A sad loss - Snippet from DAME AUDREY for #WeWriWa #Medieval Romance



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!

Last weekend, I had the chance to visit Niagara Falls since my husband was giving a talk at a conference. Here is a view of the bridge and the American falls from Goat Island.



My latest novel, Dame Audrey, released at the end of August, and I’ve been working on two new stories in different series.
For now, I’ll continue snippets from Dame Audrey, my new medieval romance set in fourteenth century England in and around my hometown of Reading.
Audrey has discovered the sheriff’s bailiff, Selwyn Drake, praying in her parish church. St. Mary’s is a twelfth century church in Reading with a distinctive checkered tower.  
Photo by Ron Sanders

I have adjusted the punctuation slightly to fit 8-10 sentences.

     “Good morning, Dame Audrey,” he said, “I trust you have recovered from yesterday’s assault.”
     “The thief didn’t touch me,” glancing at his severe features, I asked,         “Are you visiting the chapel to mourn a friend?” 
     “By Jesu’s bones, you’ve hit the target; I’ve come to offer a prayer for my wife and child. The eve of Saint James’ Feast is the anniversary of her death. Graziella died in giving birth to our stillborn son; at one stroke, I lost my two dearest kin.” 
     “A sad loss indeed; when did you lose your family?”
     “It has been five years.” He passed a hand over his face as if recalling the tragic event, “I didn’t learn of their deaths for many weeks since I was away with Lord William and fighting in the king’s army. The years have passed swiftly, yet my heart is still burdened with guilt.” He sighed and gazed over the altar into the light-filled rose window.

 Dame Audrey

Blurb:
Young widow seeks true love in this vivid Medieval romance with a touch of fantasy.
     In fourteenth century Britain, Dame Audrey cherishes her independence as the widow of a wealthy cloth merchant. But several 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?

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