Saturday, May 23, 2020

Help from Space Corps - Snippet from COSMIC LOCK for #WeWriWa

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.
Sorry I’ve been absent for a few weeks. Between the stress of online meetings and worries about COVID, I didn’t even write for a while. Now, my creativity is reviving and I’ve added a long section to my latest story Cosmic Lock. Also, the boxset of the first 3 books in this series was accepted for a BookBub featured deal at the end of this month. Good publicity and certainly inspired me to finish the story.
Here's the next snippet from Cosmic Lock. At the beginning of the story, Violet and Athanor Griffin discovered their baby son was missing after an attack on the planet of Avalon. They found him in the Master Smith’s forge in the volcanic cone.
Athanor spoke the final sentence: Now, we must squash these obnoxious invaders.”
He has teleported to the nearby town to deal with the attackers. Note, Violet can see what’s happening through a special amethyst he wears. FERIE is the entity within the volcano.

Spying through his amethyst, Violet perceived the town square with the nearest interplanetary portal. Charred timber and smashed bricks were strewn over the cobblestones. Were they remnants of the attack or the result of FERIE’s defensive blasts? Armed Space Corps troops strode through the wreckage of the houses.
Athanor stopped to speak to a Space Corps officer, “Has the mothership been located?”
“What do you mean?” the officer stared at him, assessing his questioner’s authority.
Impatient at the delay, the Grand Master emitted a puff of azure psi, “Do you have a drone in orbit?”
Startled, the man stammered, “Gr…Grand Master, we’ve been dousing the fires in the village, but, we’ve just ported in the first shuttle.” He pointed to the opposite side of the square. A shuttle rested in front of the large frame of a newly erected portal.  


Draft Blurb
Grand Masters Violet and Athanor Griffin return from beyond the Cosmic Rift with two shiploads of rescued children and escaped slaves, but their enemies have not been idle in their absence. Avalon is in flames and their little son is missing. Finding him may be the easiest problem for the powerful couple. They must unite the fractious Grand Masters, stop the bloodsucking Ixioths from enslaving sentients, and seal the Rift to prevent new incursions of the vindictive Nulls. Can they overcome the challenges and secure peace for the galaxy?

Cosmic Lock is on pre-order at Amazon
I hope to release it well before the listed date.


Best Deal - First time in over 2 years - 99c for Grand Master’s Trilogy 
Epic SciFi / Fantasy Adventure and Romance - Three Volumes in One.
Spin through the galaxy, meeting exotic aliens, as young empath Violet hunts the secrets of the Grand Masters and finds a perilous love.


99c for The Lady is Blue, Book 1 of Atrapako on Eden
Best reviewer’s comment: “A sassy human female and an arrogant, scaled alien spaceship Captain collide. What could possibly go wrong? Or go right?”

As always, I’ll be happy to reply to your comments. 
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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

My #SciFi Adventure and Medieval Romance Novels on Sale


99c for Dame Audrey – Adventure and romance set in Chaucer’s England.
Can a magic brooch help Dame Audrey evade the schemes to force her into wedlock with an unscrupulous merchant?

On sale until May 31st 


99c for The Lady is Blue, Book 1 of Atrapako on Eden
Sci-Fi Adventure and Romance on a distant planet.                                            
Intrepid scientist discovers secret of scaly aliens. 

On sale until May 31st  

 GM Trilogy

Best Deal - First time in 18 months - 99c for Grand Master’s Trilogy 
Epic SciFi / Fantasy Adventure and Romance - Three Volumes in One.
Spin through the galaxy, meeting exotic aliens, as young empath Violet hunts the secrets of the Grand Masters and finds a perilous love.
Note, I am currently writing the sixth book in this series.

On sale until June 30th  

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Natural Changes - Images of Rose and Lake

Change is natural.
Buds spread their petals and bloom. 
Clouds shutter the skies and sun dispels the gloom. 

Joseph's Coat climbing rose. 
The petals change color in 2-3 days, starting pale pink and yellow and darkening to red. 

Friday, May 1, 2020

Real Background to The Lady is Blue My - First Science Fiction Romance Novel


The Lady is Blue: What Color are your Scales?

My first science fiction romance novel The Lady is Blue is set on the distant planet of Eden in a town, which mingles aspects of Yale University, USA, and Oxford University, UK. The story was written some decades ago, while I worked at Yale.

The heroine, Dr. Lucy Stannis, runs a lab in the Science Center in the main town of the small colony. The Science Center is a recreation of the Kline Biology Tower at Yale. Its 12th floor cafeteria is the site of several scenes, including an attempt to kill the heroine. The real cafeteria was popular among science faculty and students for lunch and informal discussions. No scaly aliens have dined in the cafe to my knowledge, although I once met a famous ballet dancer who had been smuggled in under the fake name of Mr. Brown because he wanted to see real research laboratories. 
Kline Biology Tower, Yale University

When the aliens are released from quarantine, Lucy and Sa Kamizan often stroll around the nearby park. The park and bridge over the river are transported from Oxford University Parks
Rainbow Bridge, Oxford University Parks

The Lady is Blue: What Color are your Scales?
Book 1 in the series Atrapako on Eden
    Dr. Lucy Stannis leads a quiet life as the chief biologist in the small human colony on Eden until an alien spaceship arrives. Undaunted by the scaled bodies and vicious claws of the formidable Atrapako, Lucy befriends the captain, Sa Kamizan Veedak. But, soon she grows suspicious of the aliens’ intentions and believes they are hiding a secret. 
    Sa Kamizan is desperate to find a haven for his exiled people and he cannot permit the puny humans to scuttle his plans to settle on the fertile planet. He longs to claim the beautiful human scientist as his mate, but he has sworn to conceal the Atrapako weakness. Yet Lucy’s skills astound him at every new challenge, and he is forced to rethink his devious scheme to seize control of the colony.
    Conflicts with the arrogant Atrapako threaten to destroy Eden’s peaceful society. Can Lucy discover the aliens’ secret weakness in time to save the colony or must she and Sa Kamizan separate forever?

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What Reviewers say about The Lady is Blue
“Really Captivating and Fun!”
“A sassy human female and an arrogant, scaled alien spaceship Captain collide. What could possibly go wrong? Or go right?”
“I loved the twists and turns of the story.”
An amazing, adventurous romance between curious adversaries.”

Main Characters
The main protagonist is Dr. Lucy Stannis, a scientist and secret Terran agent. She is aided and abetted by Dr. Colin Murti, her physician; Roger Fourno, her (soon to be ex-) lover; Dr. Trisha Duran and Dr. Jun Danzhu, her friends and scientific colleagues, and her students, especially the beautiful Sonia.
The elected Governors of the independent colony on Eden are: Mossy Fairweather, Don Vargos and Bernal Mathis.
Lucy is in contact with Admiral Simon Sinclair on a Terran Spaceship.

The Atrapako Blue, Sa Kamizan Veedak, Captain of their spaceship is the major player. He is supported by the old Blue judge, Sa Radekis Volkin, and the Green scientists, Te Suzzaine Sukla and Te Tamarkis Varenne. He is opposed by the young Blue Sa Varasek and the other Blues, including the Honorable Lady Kamilla.
The Atrapako have a rigid class system and their scales are colored according to their class.
Blues are the leaders. They scheme for power and expect instant obedience from the other classes.
Greens are the technologists, scientists, and mechanics.
Reds are strong and massive. They are soldiers and laborers and rarely speak. They have no names as far as the other classes are concerned.
Yellows are the children and anyone not included in the other three classes. For instance, an artist would be a Yellow since art is an unvalued talent, unnecessary for survival on Vkani. 

Short Conversation between the Main Characters:
    “Why do you talk to me anyway?” Lucy said. 
    He laughed and seemed to relax again. “Your questions are very direct, Dr. Stannis. I like your fearlessness. The others are nervous or afraid of me.”
“I’m not surprised they are nervous,” she retorted. “You have vicious teeth and sharp claws.”
    He curled one set of claws in front of her face and ran them lightly down her arm. 
    It tickled and Lucy grinned. “Oh, you are so mild mannered you wouldn’t dare to lay a hand on me!” 
    Sa Kamizan gripped her wrist firmly. “Call your committee and tell them they need another token female scientist. Then, you can see me at the meetings.”
    “I may be a disruptive influence.” Lucy grimaced, she hated restraints. Suddenly, she twisted her wrist against his thumb in a maneuver intended to free her arm. It was a mistake. Her arm slipped free, but she felt claws scrape her skin as Sa Kamizan quickly pulled his hand away.
    She examined her arm. Blood was welling from two shallow punctures. Most humans would blame Sa Kamizan if the incident were known. She glanced up. He looked wary, waiting for her response with crest lowered. “I hope your nails are clean,” she remarked nonchalantly, while searching through her pockets with the uninjured hand. 
    He stared at his hand. Then, he offered her a wad of tissues from a desk drawer. “Let me help you.” He wiped off the blood.  “You should be more cautious in future when playing with Atrapako,” he said softly. 

The series Atrapako on Eden includes three novels.
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