Saturday, February 16, 2019

Alien beasts - Snippet from TRAPPED 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!

I’m continuing my new story, Trapped on Vkani, book 3 in my series Atrapako on Eden. The settings are two remote planets: Eden, a terraformed planet with a colony of humans; and Vkani, an inhospitable planet with scaled human(oid) aliens. You can read about the planets and their inhabitants in my Blog Post HERE.

Maya and her team had planned to explore the ruins of an ancient civilization in the radioactive Deadlands. But before they landed, a sandstorm smashed into their shuttle. Now, they are trapped. The shuttle is buried under a thick layer of sand, they cannot communicate with the space station, and their supply of air is running out. 
This week, I’ll give you another snippet from Chapter 2 in Sa Vittaran’s pov.
Note 1: This alien society has color-coded castes. Blues are at the top and really stand out in the landscape of red rocks.
Note 2: His steed is an alien animal that runs on two hind legs. 

As the clouds of sand dissipated, he turned to look down at his crew and raised his hand. At his signal, the two Reds tightened the leading reins of the yushos and slapped the armored flanks of the large beasts. Each yusho carried a pair of empty panniers to hold his loot. The beasts swung their heavy heads, their side horns butting at their handlers. The old Green rose from his seat on a boulder and massaged his spine. He stretched his arms, pulled his hood over his gnarled head and slung the sack over his shoulders. Sa Sumakis was slowing with age; he might be incapable of making the trek to the Deadlands in the next season.
Giving a mental shrug, the Blue leaped down the steep slope to his pekron. The glossy black steed lifted its short forelimbs and snuffled, begging for a treat. The lively thoroughbred, prancing in its eagerness to move on, was his sole concession to luxury.

 Trapped

Marooned on a desolate planet, joining forces with the enemy is their only hope.
Maya Pandita spent years preparing for an expedition to the Deadlands. But her dreams of unearthing ancient artifacts are shattered when her shuttle is buried by a violent sandstorm, and her team is abducted by the scaled inhabitants of the planet. Maya and her companions must try to outwit their blue captor and call for help before they die in the toxic atmosphere.
Sa Vittaran has a problem in his claws. Along with treasures from the ruins, he has retrieved three smooth-skinned foreigners. They will die if he leaves them in the desert. Yet the puny creatures have little value as slaves, except perhaps for the impudent woman who claims to be their leader. He plans to keep her. Her knowledge of the ancient texts will be an asset if she can survive the long trek to his house. 
An attack by marauders forces Maya and the Blue leader into a wary alliance. They must work together to thwart the bandits and reunite their company. Can Maya convince Sa Vittaran to help her team? If she fails, they are doomed to a short unpleasant life on the desolate, war-torn planet.

Pre-order Trapped on Vkani at Amazon for release March 22nd
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NKTVHFJ

The first book in this series, The Lady is Blue, will be 99c for the rest of February at Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N  GooglePlay 
 Lady




Dr. Lucy Stannis’ quiet life as the chief biologist in the small human colony on Eden is interrupted when an alien spaceship arrives. She is thrilled to meet the captain, the formidable Sa Kamizan. But, arrogant scaled Atrapako plan to subdue the puny humans, and conflict threatens the peaceful populace. Lucy must employ all her skills to discover the aliens’ secret and save the colony.






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Saturday, February 9, 2019

A likely prospect - Snippet from TRAPPED 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!

I’m continuing my new story, Trapped on Vkani, and hope to set up a pre-order soon. It will be book 3 in my series Atrapako on Eden. The settings are two remote planets: Eden, a terraformed planet with a colony of humans; and Vkani, an inhospitable planet with scaled human(oid) aliens. You can read about the planets and their inhabitants in my Blog Post HERE.

Maya and her team had planned to explore the ruins of an ancient civilization in the radioactive Deadlands. But before they landed, a sandstorm smashed into their shuttle. Now, they are trapped. The shuttle is buried under a thick layer of sand, they cannot communicate with the space station, and their supply of air is running out. 
This week, I’m skipping to the second Chapter where we meet the hero, a native of the planet. He will collide with Maya and her team in Chapter 3 in one of my favorite scenes.
[Note, minor change in punctuation to fit 10 lines.]

     On a ridge on the border of the Deadlands, a hooded figure peered through spyglasses at the desert. Sa Vittaran Viktu bared his teeth in satisfaction. A storm of that size could scoop out tons of sand, exposing long-buried ancient ruins. He had scavenged many strange treasures in this region during the last three seasons. By his calculations, he could risk one more raid before making the long journey to his house for the hot season. Once the cloud settled, his crew could search until noon; enough time to delve into the ruins, whilst leaving a safe margin against overexposure to lethal radiation.
     The tornado whirled away, spinning deeper into the Deadlands, and he adjusted the magnification to zoom onto the trail of destruction. The squared outline of a wall hinted at a likely prospect within an hour’s journey.
     As the clouds of sand dissipated, he turned to look down at his crew and raised his hand. At his signal, the two Reds tightened the leading reins of the yushos and slapped the armored flanks of the large beasts.

 Trapped

Marooned on a desolate planet, joining forces with the enemy is their only hope.
     Maya Pandita spent years preparing for an expedition to the Deadlands. But her dreams of unearthing ancient artifacts are shattered when her shuttle is buried by a violent sandstorm, and her team is abducted by the scaled inhabitants of the planet. Maya and her companions must try to outwit their blue captor and call for help before they die in the toxic atmosphere.
     Sa Vittaran has a problem in his claws. Along with treasures from the ruins, he has retrieved three smooth-skinned foreigners. They will die if he leaves them in the desert. Yet the puny creatures have little value as slaves, except perhaps for the impudent woman who claims to be their leader. He plans to keep her. Her knowledge of the ancient texts will be an asset if she can survive the long trek to his house. 
     An attack by marauders forces Maya and the Blue leader into a wary alliance. They must work together to thwart the bandits and reunite their company. Can Maya convince Sa Vittaran to help her team? If she fails, they are doomed to a short unpleasant life on the desolate, war-torn planet. 

Pre-order at Amazon for release on March 22nd. 

The first book in this series, The Lady is Blue, will be 99c for the rest of February at Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N  GooglePlay 


 Lady


Dr. Lucy Stannis’ quiet life as the chief biologist in the small human colony on Eden is interrupted when an alien spaceship arrives. She is thrilled to meet the captain, the formidable Sa Kamizan. But, arrogant scaled Atrapako plan to subdue the puny humans, and conflict threatens the peaceful populace. Lucy must employ all her skills to discover the aliens’ secret and save the colony.

Note, this story has puns (including the title), violence ( one or two deaths), and sex (fade to black). 




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Saturday, February 2, 2019

No Answer - Snippet from Trapped for #WeWriWa #SciFiRom



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 continuing my new story. It will be book 3 in my series Atrapako on Eden. The settings are two remote planets: Eden, a terraformed planet with a colony of humans; and Vkani, an inhospitable planet with scaled human(oid) aliens. You can read about the planets and their inhabitants in my Blog Post HERE.

Maya and her team had planned to explore the ruins of an ancient civilization in the radioactive Deadlands of Vkani. But before they landed, a sandstorm smashed into their shuttle.
My tentative title is Trapped on Vkani. You can read last week’s snippet here – https://auroraspringer.blogspot.com/2019/01/flash-of-panic-snippet-from-trapped-for.html
I’ve skipped a few lines and changed the name Mark to Steve. Also, working on notes like “need scary ending” for Chapter 1.
Please excuse my abuse of punctuation to fit.

      Maya focused on Steve, Lieutenant Jarvi had been assigned by the Terran Space Authority as their pilot and expert on inhospitable environments; he would know what to do in this emergency.
     “Steve?” she prompted.
     “Felix, check the  instruments,” he ordered, tapping the control panel; “Hong, call the station.” Their support staff, Kit Rangi and Ross Wu, were based in the orbiting station.
     Grabbing the mike, Hong called, “Mayday, mayday, come in Big Bird.” After repeating the call for a third time, she swiveled to face Steve, “There’s no answer.”
     He directed his laser beam at the windshield. The light reflected on a dull red surface with tiny glints of crystalline particles. “The shuttle’s buried under the sand, a thick layer. Our radio transmissions can’t penetrate to the surface.”

Draft Blurb
Marooned on a desolate planet, joining forces with the enemy is their only hope.

     Maya Pandita’s expedition to the Deadlands ends abruptly when her shuttle is buried by a violent sandstorm. Her team is abducted by the scaled inhabitants of the planet and their belongings confiscated. Maya and her companions must try to outwit their captors and call for help before they die in the toxic atmosphere.
     Sa Vittaran has a problem in his claws. Or rather three problems, three smooth-skinned foreigners he has retrieved along with treasures from the ancient ruins. He cannot stomach killing the puny creatures, nor can he permit them to summon a superior warlord. His band must begin their long trek to his house before the hot season. 
     An attack by marauders forces Maya and the Blue leader into a wary alliance. They must work together to thwart the bandits and reunite their company. Can Maya convince Sa Vittaran to help her team? If she fails, they doomed to a short unpleasant life on the desolate, war-torn planet.  

 Atrapako

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 Game

Does he really love her or is she merely a pawn in his game?
Psychically linked lovers fight the powerful Grand Masters dominating the galaxy.
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