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 new story, Alarik, book 4 in my series, Taxyon Space is at the awkward stage, so I’ve switched to snippets from the first book, Europa. This series stars alien mermen, Warrish, who have been secretly observing humans from a submarine base in the oceans of Jupiter’s moon.
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?
Introduction for snippet: While exploring the oceans of Europa, Nikki has escaped from large manta-like predators by hiding in a coral forest. Peering out of the coral branches, she spies six “mermen” hunting sea creatures in a clearing.
You can read last week’s snippet at https://auroraspringer.blogspot.com/2019/10/six-strangers-snippet-from-europa-for.html
I’ve skipped a little ahead, and altered punctuation to fit.
Nikki stared in growing delight. Other people lived in the seas of Europa, people like the man she had seen beneath the ice. Where in styx had they come from? Their humanoid skeletal structures were an anomaly in these dark waters; none of the animals she had encountered had internal bony skeletons nor had her predecessors’ notes indicated the presence of vertebrates.
She inspected the back of nearest stranger from the safety of her hiding place. He bore a tube in a green scaled harness on his back and wore leggings of darker scales; his blue hair stood upright on the top of his head. He turned slightly, revealing a sharp-featured face with tightly spiraled mustache of the same blue as his short hair. Parallel slits ran above his ribs, narrow openings filled with pink filaments - gills, she guessed. Were the gills natural, or a genetic modification, engineered like her hemoglobin for living underwater?
Swinging around, he brandished a harpoon with a cruel barbed tip.
Europa, Book 1 of Taxyon Space – SciFi Thriller and Romance
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Post Halloween Special
99c – Rosemary’s Quest – Young adult, coming-of-age fantasy
Untrained teen witch tangles with evil demon and white wizard
Seventeen year old Rosemary watches the shadows of Demon Kafkad creep closer and fears his vile darkness will engulf her village. She has no magic to counter his attack. When the villagers scoff at her warnings, she sets out on a desperate journey to beg the fabled Wizard Strange for his aid against the demon king. But Kafkad’s creatures pursue her and nobody knows if the mysterious wizard is still alive. With danger threatening on all sides, can Rosemary learn to harness her own powers in time to save her homeland?
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Oh that's really cool. Great description, Aurora.ReplyDelete
Thanks. My mermen are amphibious - just for a fun contrast.Delete
He sounds like he's part of a very intelligent species, but maybe also a little scary with that harpoon.ReplyDelete
You are absolutely correct.Delete
I love the vivid descriptions an your worldbuilding, Aurora!ReplyDelete
Thank you. Colors are important in many of my stories.Delete
Outstanding once again. I enjoyed every minuteReplyDelete
Thanks - you made my day.Delete
Again, you held my interest with your descriptions. well done.ReplyDelete
Your description of the merman made me see him, but it lulled me as I read until--wham!--he whirled around with that harpoon! Wow. Great surprise.ReplyDelete
Lol It's good she stayed hidden.Delete
This is a scary moment! I love the world-building in this book. Your descriptive writing in out of this world--pun intended. :-)ReplyDelete
Thanks for the fun pun. I didn't even explain about the suspicious disappearance of her predecessor.Delete
I always love the completeness of your details and when he turns around with that harpoon or spear - ohh, I'm on edge now. Well done snippet!ReplyDelete
Thanks. She's lucky it wasn't the wrong redhead.Delete
Obviously he's humanoid -- he's brandishing a cruel looking weapon.ReplyDelete
Exactly. Although the octopoid aliens can throw rocks.Delete
That's an interesting looking 'person' hopefully he is going to be friendly, though he looks a bit scary to me.ReplyDelete
He is a bit scary and not really friendly. They've been secretly watching humans.Delete
Loved the imagery of the being.ReplyDelete