Saturday, March 16, 2019

Unnatural sound - Snippet from TRAPPED for #WeWriWa #SciFiRom

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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 when a sandstorm buried their shuttle under a thick layer of sand, they had to dig to the surface to call for help. Maya was pulled out of the sand by a blue scaled alien with curved claws.  
In last week’s snippet, Maya’s ungloved hand was being examined by the blue scaled hero of the story -
In fact, I had skipped a few lines for better continuity in these short snippets. Maya’s teammate Jack had preceded her to the surface of the sand. Before she answered the Blue, she had seen Jack’s body lying by a Red. Reds are the laborer caste and are massive, all muscles and rust-red scales, and never speak to other classes. [You can find a couple of noteable exceptions in the second Book in this series.]
Please excuse minor misuse of punctuation to fit.

     While her interrogator was examining her hand, she pointed at Jack; “Is my comrade injured?”
     “Your Green attacked my Red,” an ice-cold, implacable answer.
     She swallowed hard; was Jack dead?
     The beeps of an incoming call rang from Jack’s com.
     The Blue swung toward the unnatural sound and snapped an order. Instantly, the Red plucked the com from Jack’s belt and crushed it between clawed finger and thumb.
     “No,” Maya cried. Too late. The Blue merely scowled at her.


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. He cannot leave them to die in the desert. Yet the puny creatures have little value as workers, 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  Apple  B&N  Kobo  GooglePlay
for release on March 22nd

The first books in this series are:
The Lady is Blue, Book 1, Still 99c Amazon  iBooks  B&N  GooglePlay
SciFi Romance. Feisty scientist solves puzzle of scaly aliens. 

St Patrick’s Day Special:

Meet Irish heroine, Katrina Sligo aka Mistress Trina, daughter of Ambassador Sligo, aka Grey Kat, code thief. Sparks fly and spaceships crash when she is captured by pirate Captain Black Hawk.
Watch for the lucky Shamrock near the end of the tale!

Captured by the Hawk is 99c at Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N

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  1. Uh oh! Was that their means of communication? I'm very curious to know what happens next.

    1. One of them. They hoped to call for a rescue shuttle from the orbiting space station.

  2. This is a prime example of a failure to communicate -- and not just because of the broken comm -- because they don't understand each other.

    1. Correct. He doesn't like the coms and she doesn't understand why until near the end.

  3. Things are not going too well for her...but I love your worldbuilding details! Enjoyed the intense story so far.

    1. Thanks - there aren't many slow spots in this story.

  4. Uh-oh, they are thinking and behaving on such different wavelengths it's going to be hard to find any of the common ground she needs if they're going to get help.

  5. This scene is intense. Is Jack dead--and will that leave her alone with these scaled creatures. The cold response--wow! That adds another layer of intensity to this.

    If he and his group are not welcoming Maya and crew, then it's no surprise that he'd destroy what he guesses (?) is a comm device. He'd surely not want more of their kind to reach the planet's surface.

    Good snippet, Aurora!

    1. Thank you. You might be surprised at the next scene. A little later, she will acknowledge the justice of his remark. These people are well-armed and have good reasons to be wary of strangers.

  6. Things are not going well. I hope it will improve but so far it doesn't appear it will.

    1. Not for a while, depending on what you mean by improve!

  7. Intense snippet. It's not going well for her.

    1. Certainly it doesn't look good for Jack. Maya hasn't been harmed.

  8. They're certainly in a difficult position! Nice sustained tension, Aurora!