Wednesday, November 25, 2020

My Black Friday to Cyber Monday eBook Sales

 


Several of my novels are discounted to 99c to celebrate the holidays.

The stories include Sci-Fi romance, Superhero, and Medieval Romance.

 

Europa, Book 1 in Taxyon Space

Near Future SciFi adventure & romance. Daredevil scientist and scarred alien merman in perilous alliance

“Awesome storyline, great character building and enough action to keep you turning pages till the wee small hours, highly recommend.”

99c at Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N  GooglePlay  Other 

 

Super Starrella, Book 1 in Secret Supers

Fantasy adventure & romance. Newly fledged supergirl Starrella and her flying horse combat alien killers.

“a flying horse. 2 good-looking suitors, her first year at college, and a mysterious super-villain make for a fun read.”

99c at Amazon  iBooks  B&N  Kobo  GooglePlay  Other

 

A Tale of Two Colonies, standalone novel

SciFi adventure & romance. Has Tiger Lily met her match on an alien planet of giant arthropods?

Tour de force assault on fallacies of 21st century culture (and a good story to boot!)”

99c at Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N 

 

Dame Audrey, Medieval romance with a touch of fantasy

Young widow seeks true love amid the turmoil of Chaucer’s England.

“Audrey is simply beautiful after being married at 14 to a man 30 years her senior. She deserves a strong and caring man after being widowed. And the HEA? Perfection!”

99c at: Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N  GooglePlay  Other


Saturday, November 21, 2020

A Harmless Old Man - snippet for #WeWRiWa

 


Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors.

Enjoy a little distraction from pandemic worries. Meet writers in various genres and read 8-10 sentence snippets of their stories. Find a new author and sample their work.

I’m continuing with snippets from the first chapter of a new fantasy story about a witch and an elf. The main character, Bridget Bramble, lives in a small cottage on the outskirts of a village. Her plans to go on a foraging expedition in the woods were interrupted when a troop of armed men marched into the village.

You can read last week’s snippet here: https://auroraspringer.blogspot.com/2020/11/a-small-army-enters-village-wewriwa.html

Please note, the text is unedited and subject to change.

Elder Grantham stomped onto the road to confront the troop of strangers. Old Grantham called himself the village chief and fancied he ran the place. He raised his hand and asked a question, his words inaudible at this distance.

The men’s leader barked an order.

A man in the front rank punched his fist into Grantham’s face.

The grey-haired old man crumpled, his body thumping onto the road.

Aghast, Bridget gulped. Grantham might be a pompous ass, but what cruel kind of person would mistreat the harmless old man?

A woman screeched inside the adjacent cottage. 

 

And a few more lines:

 

The intruders, clearly enemies, split into two groups. The first group rushed into the nearest cottages and dragged the occupants onto the road. A second set of men entered the houses and carried out boxes of valuables.

Villagers yelled in anger, or screamed and begged for mercy. The raiders beat off the scant opposition and herded the others into a field. 

 

Draft Blurb

In a land troubled by invasions from the east, Bridget Bramble lives in a small village where she barters herbs and carved buttons. When marauders target her village and murder her family, she flees into the woods. Armed with her Granny’s advice, and a bag of magic buttons, she sets out on the perilous journey to Oakenwald, the fabled land where elves and men live in harmony. As she travels farther from home, she encounters malicious creatures from the worst kind of folktales.

Lost in the foothills of the mountains, Bridget meets an elf, Windswift the Wanderer. He offers to guide her across the mountain range. But what is he doing in human territory? Can an ordinary, or almost ordinary, human girl trust a cold hearted elf? 

 

Any comments or suggestions are welcome.

 

My discounted book:

Dame Audrey 


Young widow seeks true love amid the turmoil of Chaucer’s England. 

In fourteenth century Britain, Dame Audrey cherishes her independence as the widow of a wealthy cloth merchant. Her worst nightmare is suffering under a cruel husband like the hateful jeweler, Henry Goldsmith, who has threatened to curb her lively spirits. When Audrey aids a wounded traveler, she wins the stranger’s blessing and a gold brooch with a green dragon. But, 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?

99c at: Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N  GooglePlay  Other


As always, I’ll be happy to reply to your comments. 

Please return to http://wewriwa.blogspot.com/ to sample the works of the other writers.

 

Find a catalog of my published stories HERE.

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Saturday, November 14, 2020

A small army enters the village #WeWriWa #Fantasy

 


Welcome to another Sunday with
Weekend Writing Warriors.

Enjoy a little distraction from pandemic worries. Meet writers in various genres and read 8-10 sentence snippets of their stories. Find a new author and sample their work.

I’m continuing with snippets from the first chapter of a new fantasy story about a witch and an elf. The main character, Bridget Bramble, lives in a small cottage on the outskirts of a village. Her plans to go on a foraging expedition in the woods have been interrupted.

You can read last week’s snippet here: https://auroraspringer.blogspot.com/2020/11/bridgets-trip-is-postponed-wip-fantasy.html 

Please note, it is unedited and subject to change. 

More yelling from below drew her to the window overlooking the road.

She peered out.

Well-armed men in a double line were marching into the village. Their helmets, sword hilts and spear points glinted in the sunlight. They wore thick doublets over kilts of leather dyed dark red. A helmeted man rode a black horse in the vanguard, his blood-red cloak billowing in the breeze. Walking behind the rider, another man carried a banner. In the rear of the column of fifty men, horses pulled two empty wagons.

And a few extra lines:

As they advanced, she watched in trepidation and puzzlement. Why were they entering the village? Had they come to collect tithes for King Athelric? Surely it was too early in the season. The tithe collectors always came after the harvest was gathered.

 

Draft Blurb

In a land troubled by invasions from the east, Bridget Bramble lives in a small village where she barters herbs and carved buttons. When marauders target her village and murder her family, she flees into the woods. Armed with her Granny’s advice, and a bag of magic buttons, she sets out on the perilous journey to Oakenwald, the fabled land where elves and men live in harmony. But as she travels farther from home, she encounters malicious creatures from the worst kind of folktales.

Lost in the foothills of the mountains, Bridget meets the elf, Windswift the Wanderer. He offers to guide her across the mountain range. But what the elf’s business in human territory? Can an ordinary, or almost ordinary, human girl trust a cold hearted elf? 

 

Any comments or suggestions are welcome.

 

New: Cosmic Trilogy, Boxset of Books 4-6 in the Grand Masters’ Galaxy 


Contains: Cosmic Rift, Cosmic Wars and Cosmic Lock

If you’ve enjoyed reading the first books in this series, the new boxset is cheaper than the 3 individual ebooks. 

Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N  GooglePlay  Other

 


As always, I’ll be happy to reply to your comments. 

Please return to http://wewriwa.blogspot.com/ to sample the works of the other writers.

 

Find a catalog of my published stories HERE.

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Saturday, November 7, 2020

Bridget's trip is postponed #WIP #Fantasy

 


Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors.

Enjoy a little distraction from pandemic worries. Meet writers in various genres and read 8-10 sentence snippets of their stories. Find a new author and sample their work.

I apologize for my absence for about two months. I needed a respite due to various stresses like family health issues, on-line teaching etc. The last week in October is an example: my husband had surgery and then we lost power for two days due to Zeta. Despite these difficulties, I have been writing the next story, and also had a successful BookBub Featured Deal for Europa (see my Blog post https://auroraspringer.blogspot.com/2020/11/anatomy-of-successful-bookbub-featured.html.) 


For a change, I’ve been working on a fantasy about a displaced witch and an elf. I have a clear outline in mind and have written 20k words. 

I’ll post the first lines of this story. They are unedited and may change.

 

A shout erupted from the lower village.

Bridget Bramble groaned. Not another interruption. She had planned to leave at sunrise, but it was already mid-morning and she could not reach the valley with the white lilies before nightfall. Soon after first light, Randall had rapped on the door and she had to attend to him. Her brother had come to collect dried indigo and madder as dyes for the next batch of wool. He lingered to discuss his family’s ills. His wife was bulging with their baby and she suffered from fatigue and swollen feet. She was unable to do many of the routine household tasks. Bridget had given him a package of herbs as a possible remedy for his ailing wife.

 

Draft Blurb

Bridget Bramble lives in a small cottage on the edge of a village where she carves buttons for a living. When marauders target her village and murder her family, she must escape into the woods. Armed with her Granny’s advice, a bag of magic buttons, and a wayward jackdaw she sets out on the perilous journey to Oakenwald, the fabled land where elves and men live in harmony. But as she travels farther from home, she encounters treacherous creatures from the worst kind of folktales.

Lost in the foothills of the mountains, Bridget meets the elf, Windswift the Wanderer. He offers to guide her across the mountain range. But what the elf’s business in human territory? Can an ordinary, or almost ordinary, human girl trust a cold hearted elf? 

 

Any comments or suggestions are welcome.

 

My current discounted books: 

Europa, Book 1 of Taxyon Space 


BookBub Blurb: On a scientific expedition to Jupiter’s moons, Dr. Nikki Bell’s spaceship crashes on desolate Europa. A mysterious being saves her, but none of her colleagues believe the story of her rescue. Could there be intelligent life hidden in Europa’s icy waters? First in a breathtaking series!

99c at Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N  GooglePlay 

https://books2read.com/u/bQ6vyD

 

A Tale of Two Colonies, my standalone novel, is discounted to 99c.


Intriguing ☆☆☆☆☆ review: tour de force assault on fallacies of 21st century culture (and a good story to boot!)

This reviewer likes to extract ideas in my stories that I didn’t consciously intend. Why don’t you read the story and tell me what you think

99c at Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N

http://books2read.com/u/ba0dw2

 

As always, I’ll be happy to reply to your comments. 

Please return to http://wewriwa.blogspot.com/ to sample the works of the other writers.

 

Find a catalog of my published stories HERE.

Join me on Facebook and Twitter 

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Anatomy of a Successful BookBub Featured Deal

 


Book Selected by BookBub: EUROPA, Book 1 of Taxyon Space

99c Deal in All Regions on Oct 13.

Two years ago, EUROPA was selected for an International feature.

 

BookBub Blurb: On a scientific expedition to Jupiter’s moons, Dr. Nikki Bell’s spaceship crashes on desolate Europa. A mysterious being saves her, but none of her colleagues believe the story of her rescue. Could there be intelligent life hidden in Europa’s icy waters? First in a breathtaking series!

 

Available at

  Amazon    iBooks    Kobo    B&N    GooglePlay    Other  

  PRINT 

 

My goals for promotion:

Showcase the book for more readers.

Drive readers to the next 3 books in this series and the pre-order for book 5.

Win a profit

Gain a bestseller flag in the US.  

 

The promotion met all my goals. Within two days, the sales ran into a profit. By the end of October, Europa had more than 2000 sales. Note, Barnes and Noble had no sales due to their hacking problem. 

Europa gained Amazon Bestseller stickers at the US, UK, Canada and Australia. This Bestseller status is temporary, but a pleasing reward.

 


Sales of the later books in this series were strong with more than 300 sold in October. 


There were also 18 pre-orders for Baswin, Book 5, which is scheduled for publication in July 2021. All the books also gained several new reviews.

I am encouraged by this successful promotion. In the next year, I plan to write and publish Books 5 and 6 in Taxyon Space.

 


 

Saturday, October 10, 2020

 


The wild sunflowers in the top photo make a lovely splash of color along the roadsides at this time of the year. 

We also see the purple and blue flowers of wild asters, lobelias and liatris blooming in the woods.

Native asters:  


Wild blue lobelia


Fritillary butterfly on a native liatris flower.


 A seasonal special is ripe native persimmons. The fruit ripens over several months, is easy to pick, and can be used to flavor delicious muffins or persimmon bread. This composite picture shows orange persimmons on the tree, ripe fruit in a blue bowl, and a dish of persimmon muffins. 




Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Background to my near-future #Sci-Fi series, Taxyon Space.

 


In 2017, I began a new science fiction series and published the first book in November, 2017. For this series, I planned to set the stories in the near future of our solar system, and gradually advance outward into the galaxy. The overarching theme is the story of how humans acquired the technology for space travel and their encounters with aliens from other worlds. The characters would be ordinary people, not superheroes or psychics, and various alien species. 

         I invented the name, Taxyon Space, for the series to suggest faster than light space travel. My initial idea was to set each story on a different celestial object, a planet or moon. For the first book, EUROPA, I imagined a race of human-like “mermen”.

 

Warrish and their Society

The Warrish are amphibious with gills and lungs to breath in water and air. They have greenish complexions, six fingers and six toes, but otherwise could pass for humans. Their society on their home world, Rishalt, is centered on triads and hexads. Triads consist of three men or three woman. Ideally, a triad would be three brothers or three sisters. Alternatively, men or women may be adopted to form a triad. During military service, Warrish can be conscripted into a triad. Triads are organized into the First, the Second and Third in order of age. Firsts lead their triads. Triads have unique names and tattoos on their cheekbones. They dye their hair in matching colors and often wear bracelets engraved with the family emblem.

The Warrish family unit is the hexad of two united triads, or ideally, three sisters married to three brothers. The family name of the hexad is derived from the family names of the male First and female First. Hence, Kiron Arqin Ramis is the second son of the hexad formed between the parental triads with family names of Ramis and Arqin.  

The Warrish society is hierarchical. It is governed by the three Primes and Nine Triarchs. You will learn more about this society in the second and third books of the series. The principal city on Rishalt, Pucklerakt, is constructed above and below the sea like an iceberg.

The elite in Warrish society strive to create strong alliances by arranging unions with the families of the Primes and Triarchs. Thus, most of the elite are interconnected by the triad and hexad system. Unfortunately, this society is not kind to those outside the triad system. If you lose a member of your triad, you must adopt a replacement or become an outcast. As you can imagine, people die by accident, illness, or in battle. People with physical or mental defects are also at a disadvantage.  

 

EUROPA, Book 1.

Jupiter’s moon, Europa, was an attractive prospect for the setting of the first story with its well-known potential for life in the ocean under the surface ice. In this near future (unstated) time, humans have established a small colony of scientists on Europa to study Jupiter and the life in the oceans. The colonists constructed Galileo Station on two levels, one within the ice crust with access to space, and the other on a plateau on the seabed. The book begins with a dramatic episode where the heroine, marine biologist Dr. Nikki Bell, escapes from a damaged spaceship only to crash on the icy surface of Europa.

Nikki is a true scientist, dedicated to the study of Europa’s marine lifeforms. She is also persistent in her search for her mysterious savior. During the story, she discovers intelligent native animals and learns how to communicate with them. It is dark in the waters under the ice crust, and the heroine must use artificial lenses with infrared vision and low light intensifiers when she explores the submarine world.

I enjoy imagining new worlds and their exotic inhabitants. Some of the creatures I envisioned resemble those in the NASA poster (see below from https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/visions-of-the-future/ ) with a few twists. My creations with an alien type of intelligence are polymorphic animals that morph from a disk-shaped floater form to a squid-like shape. 


The story really crystallized in my mind after I saw the hero’s face under the ice. The heroine has fallen into a deep crack in the ice and lands on a thin transparent sheet of ice on the surface of the ocean. Nikki is desperate, knowing she will die without help, when she sees a man’s face in the water. He smiles. She hopes he will rescue her, if he is in fact a real person and not an hallucination.

This scene is a pivotal moment in the plot. The hero and heroine are curious about each other attractive and want to meet again despite the impediments. The human colonists are unaware of the alien observers in their secret submarine base. Despite the colonists’ skepticism, Nikki persists in searching for her mysterious rescuer. The alien hero, Kiron, wishes to warn her of the dangers, and their meeting is inevitable. Their interactions with other characters amid the hazards of the moon lead inexorably to tragedy and exposure of the secret alien base.  

The story is told from the perspective of the two main characters, Nikki and Kiron. Their personalities evolved, or became clearer to me, as I wrote the story. The alien hero, Kiron, was undoubtedly the most difficult to create. He resembles a human in many ways, but is capable of living underwater as well as on land. I had to describe his unusual physical features, and the distinct society of his people, the Warrish. He is not alone. He is one of the Warrish Watchers who monitor the activities of humans form their base in the oceans of Europa. His companions are supporting characters with their own personalities and minor story arcs. I slipped in parts of his backstory to illuminate his character and the alien culture. Kiron is by no means an “alpha” hero. He is abused and has suffered misfortunes. He has a fine sense of honor and believes in saving lives rather than killing. He is also sweet and compassionate, a romantic in a society where romance has no place.

In creating Kiron’s backstory for Europa, I realized his people came from an extrasolar planet. When Nikki meets the Watchers, she quickly deduces that his people did not evolve on Jupiter’s moon since the Warrish are unlike any of the native lifeforms.

When I was writing Europa, I realized that Nikki and Kiron’s story had not finished. Their friendship is doomed under the rules of Warrish society. 

 

RISHALT, Book 2

In the second book, the setting moves to the Warrish home world of Rishalt. Kiron’s parents demand his return and submit to the advantageous union they have planned with a high-ranked female. Fortunately, Nikki is recruited into a diplomatic mission to Rishalt. She must learn to negotiate this alien society and learns the surprising truth about its leaders. Yes, there is a happy ending.

 

JUPITER, Book 3

In a new plot twist, Nikki and Kiron are sent back to Europa with the task of unblocking the hyperspace route from Jupiter to Rishalt. The hazards of unstable hyperspace travel are compounded by rising tensions between humans and Warrish. Someone has stolen a key alien device, and Earth’s governments are disputing the benefit of an alliance with the Warrish.


Books 4-6: the Tallis Triad 

After completing this trilogy about Nikki and Kiron, I wanted to introduce new protagonists for the next books in the series. Since Warrish culture favors triads of three brothers or three sisters, I decided to base the next stories on three brothers, the Tallis brothers of the Flaming Comets triad. Books 4-6 are named for the brothers, Alarik, Baswin and Karrik. These books describe how each brother meets their romantic mate, their adventures, and the gradual unravelling of the mystery about the alien spaceship that crashed on Mars.

In the background to these stories, the youngest of the Tallis brothers was crippled during their battle against the Swarm. The two oldest Tallis brothers have been forced to serve as undercover agents on Earth in order to support the medical care for their youngest brother.  

 

ALARIK, Book 4

Alarik is the oldest brother or First of the Triad and his story comes first. He is living on Earth under the alias of Rick Kent, a fake wealthy miner from the Asteroid Belt. When he reports the news about the discovery of the crashed alien spacecraft on Mars, he is ordered to investigate. His journey interweaves with the story of Phoebe Wong, a veterinary scientist on Mars, and the repercussions from the mysterious alien spacecraft. The story moves from Earth to Mars and ultimately to Europa where Phoebe and Alaric meet several characters from the earlier books.   


Taxyon Space

Near Future SciFi adventure & alien romance. Daredevil scientist and abused alien find perilous alliance  

EUROPA, Book 1  Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N  GooglePlay  PRINT

RISHALT, Book 2  Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N  GooglePlay  PRINT

JUPITER, Book 3   Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N  GooglePlay

ALARIK, Book 4  Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N  GooglePlay

Taxyon Space Triad, Boxset of Books 1-3: Amazon  iTunes  B&N  Kobo  GooglePlay