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.


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 


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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  1. Uh oh! Sounds like those in the shuttle are about to experience more bad luck. Great snippet!

  2. Interesting! This would also explain why the shuttle got buried so deeply. I was wondering about that last week, as the force of impact alone would be unlikely to do it without wrecking the craft.

  3. Sounds like quite an adventure! Also, I forgot to change the time on my post, but it's live now!

  4. Amazing world-building! I was there, with him, spying through the glass.

    Great writing, Aurora. :-)

    1. Thank you. It helped that I'd created the society and planet in the previous books.

  5. Very succinct and informative. In just a few sentences we know why this guy is looking forward to the storm -- though of course not the surprise he'll find instead of his target.

  6. Completely excited. Interesting to see what happens next.

  7. I'm fascinated by the idea of the storm revealing the ruins and his taking a risk to go excavate one more time...excellent excerpt. Another cool story from you!

  8. Great imagery. I'm curious to know more.

  9. So much information in so little words. Great snippet.

  10. There is trouble brewing... and not just for Maya and her crew. I get a feeling that our scaly friend has been just managing to get by for a time too.

    1. He is managing, but lawlessness is increasing. It's not the best land for a man who prefers not to kill.

  11. I enjoy your description of the storm and what it reveals.