Tuesday, August 3, 2021

A Walk in the Woods of Connecticut

 


My husband and I visited our son in Willimantic, Connecticut, in July. He took us for a short walk on a local woodland trail. It was too hot for a long hike. We enjoyed seeing the familiar scenery since we lived in Connecticut when we first met years ago.

The photo at the top shows the view from a rock on the summit of a hill.


 The woods have many outcrops of rock like the one in the image above. 

This trail passed several wet patches and this pond with waterlilies. The waterlilies had red flowers, although the flowers are difficult to see in the photos. 

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Saturday, July 31, 2021

Professional Searchers - Snippet from Baswin for #WeWriWa

 


Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday. Sample the work of a new author. Read snippets of stories in different genres.

I skipped the last couple of weekends while my husband and I were traveling to Connecticut to visit our younger son.

I’m posting excerpts from Baswin, the fifth book in my Sci-Fi Romance series, Taxyon Space. Baswin is an alien Warrish ‘merman’ who is living in secret on Earth disguised as a human. He is worried about being discovered. His brother Alarik, another covert agent, has traveled to Mars, partly to escape unknown enemies.

In my last excerpt, Baswin received an alarm about strangers entering his brother’s apartment.

My last snippet on July 4th introduced Baswin. You can read the snippet at: https://auroraspringer.blogspot.com/2021/07/intruders-threaten-his-secret-mission.html

 The men made a cautious circle of the open living area. They did not speak. At an unspoken signal, they separated. One man went to check the bedroom and adjacent washroom, while the other scoured the furniture in the main room. Each man searched the cabinets, shelves and drawers, removing individual articles and replacing them methodically. They ran their gloved fingers along the window frames and edges of the doors, feeling for hidden bugs.

Efficient and careful. Professionals, Baswin guessed.

Within a few minutes, the two men reunited by the sofa. Exchanging nods, but no words, they departed.

Ten lines and a little more:

He had to warn his brother.

This intrusion into Alarik’s apartment only intensified his worries. Their mysterious enemies had penetrated his brother’s primary residence and likely compromised his alias as Rick Kent. Pondering the sequence of events, Baswin drummed his fingers on the rover’s control bar. By this date, Alarik ought to have arrived on Mars. He might be safer on that planet, beyond the jurisdiction of any searchers, assuming their bosses were based on Earth.

He keyed the code for his brother’s qtel.

After a minute, Alarik’s face appeared on the screen.

“Bas?” He rubbed his eyes as if he had just been roused from sleep. It might be nighttime in his location on the red planet. 

 


 An alien spy on the run.

Two human sisters chosen to train as astronavigators.

Their paths are destined to converge.

Psychic sensitives, Holly Moon and her sister Rosie, are chosen as candidates for Warrish training as hyperspace navigators. The sisters are eager to promote humanity’s advance into space. Will they succeed? They must pass a series of rigorous tests and adapt to the alien neuro-implants.

Alien merman, Baswin Kenton Tallis, Second of his Triad, lives on Earth disguised as a human. When Earth agents discover the secret identity of his older brother, Baswin must flee to the Warrish embassy in the Pacific Ocean.

Holly and Baswin are swept together on an island in the Pacific Ocean, but their destiny lies farther away and many forces threaten to drive them apart. Can they overcome the obstacles and find a haven?

Follow the adventures of the three brothers of the Flaming Comets Triad in Baswin, Book 5 in Taxyon Space.

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Thursday, July 22, 2021

Summer Travels Part 1: North to Pennsylvania

 


Traveling North on Vacation

This July, my husband and I took our first vacation in about eighteen months. We drove from Atlanta to visit our son in Willimantic, Connecticut, 1000 miles each way and passing through 10 states along the East Coast. This journey partially replicates our moves over the past

On the outbound trip, we spent five days sleeping in a tent at two different campsites. The campgrounds were almost empty.

The left picture on the header image at the top shows our first campsite in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia. It’s across a stream from the road though the campground and quite private.

The most exciting event occurred when we were driving along a quiet stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway. A black bear cub jumped into the road in front of the car and quickly retreated.

We climbed Sharp Top Mountain. The heat with temperatures in the low 90’s made the short, steep ascent of about 1.5 miles more difficult.


Images of the view from the top of Sharp Mountain (above) and the peak (below).


We drove north to Pennsylvania and camped at Caledonia State Park. Again, the weather was hot with occasional rainstorms. Luckily, we escaped the rain while we were preparing meals and the tent kept us dry at night. We hiked on a trail near the campground. When we returned to camp, we had a burst of heavy rain. We just sat in the downpour in our rain gear and I opened my umbrella. The rain stopped quickly.


The image shows a stream we crossed on our hike. I paddled in the water and we saw some small trout in another stretch of water.

We returned via Harper’s Ferry and Asheville for a dose of history and culture. The image on the right of the header has a view over the Potomac River from Harper’s Ferry. I’ll describe our southbound trip in a second post.

 Writing News: My latest book, Baswin, will be available on the 29th


         An alien spy on the run.

Two human sisters chosen to train as astronavigators.

Their paths are destined to converge.

Psychic sensitives, Holly Moon and her sister Rosie, are chosen as candidates for Warrish training as hyperspace navigators. The sisters are eager to promote humanity’s advance into space. Will they succeed? They must pass a series of rigorous tests and adapt to the alien neuro-implants.

Alien merman, Baswin Kenton Tallis, Second of his Triad, lives on Earth disguised as a human. When Earth agents discover the secret identity of his older brother, Bas must flee to the Warrish embassy in the Pacific Ocean.

Holly and Baswin are swept together on an island in the Pacific Ocean, but their destiny lies farther away and many forces threaten to drive them apart. Can they overcome the obstacles and find a haven?

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Saturday, July 3, 2021

Intruders threaten his secret mission - excerpt from Baswin for #WeWriWa

 


Happy fourth of July!

Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday. Sample the work of a new author. Read snippets of stories in different genres.

I’m posting excerpts from Baswin, the fifth book in my Sci-Fi Romance series, Taxyon Space. Sorry I skipped last week due to other events. My snippets will not be posted regularly in July since I hope to be traveling and may not have wifi everywhere.

This weekend, you can meet Baswin, the alien merman of the title. He is living on Earth disguised as a human and is worried about being discovered. His brother Alarik has traveled to Mars, partly to escape unknown agents who detected his transmission. Note, their home planet of Rishalt is mostly ocean with small islands.

Baswin Kenton Tallis, Second of the Flaming Comets Triad, flew the rover over the vast forested slopes of the North American wilderness. Checking on the map, he located a passage between the mountains and gained altitude for the crossing. After programming the route, he flipped the controls to auto and leaned back against the headrest of the seat. He could relax, perhaps hook a little sleep, while the rover flew on a westward course.

He dozed; life in the warm, salty waves of Rishalt saturated his dreams.

Alerted by a tickling on the underside of his left wrist, Baswin woke with a start and glanced at his com. He had incorporated a secret quantum communicator in the standard Earther device. The qtel registered a signal coming from one of his personal monitors. Its alarm was designed to warn him of intrusions and potential threats to his mission of infiltrating Earther society.

Nine lines and a little more:

He tapped on his qtel to locate the origin of the alarm. The signal came from the super bug he had given Alarik to override the monitors in his apartment in the city. The extra precaution seemed warranted after his brother had warned him about the discovery of his hideout in a rented room. Alarik had swiftly abandoned his seedy rental and dropped his secondary alias in favor of his primary identity as wealthy Rick Kent, the mining magnate.

Baswin synched the rover’s display with the viewer on the remote monitor, being careful to select his secret channel and bypass the vehicle’s black box memory. He flipped through the monitors in the upscale apartment.

Two men were standing inside the door. Obviously on illicit business, their faces were concealed by masks and they wore gloves to avoid making fingerprints. Their dark suits gave no clue to their origin. Were they government agents or independent operators? Whoever had sent the intruders, they represented another threat to his brother’s career as a covert agent on Earth.

 


An alien spy on the run.

Two human sisters chosen to train as astronavigators.

Their paths are destined to converge.

They must overcome many challenges to find a haven.

Psychic sensitives, Holly Moon and her sister Rosie, are chosen as candidates for Warrish training as hyperspace navigators. The sisters are eager to promote humanity’s advance into space. But will they succeed? They must pass a series of rigorous tests and adapt to the alien neuro-implants.

Alien merman, Baswin Kenton Tallis, Second of his Triad, lives on Earth disguised as a human. When Earth agents discover the secret identity of his older brother, Bas must flee to the Warrish embassy in the Pacific Ocean.

Holly meets Baswin on an island in the Pacific Ocean, but their destiny lies farther away. Many obstacles will hinder their journey to a happy reunion with Baswin’s brothers. 

Follow the adventures of the three brothers of the Flaming Comets Triad in Baswin, Book 5 in Taxyon Space.

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I’ll be happy to reply to your comments. 

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Mid-Year Report on My Writing and Publishing Progress in 2021

 


My Writing and Publishing Progress in June 2021


 
Published in February: Bridget Bramble and the Wandering Elf

Fantasy romance. A young witch escapes the destruction of her home and embarks on a perilous quest for the fabled land where elves and humans live in peace.

In a land threatened by cruel invaders 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 folktale.

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 is the elf doing in human lands? Can an ordinary, or almost ordinary, human girl trust a cold hearted elf to lead her to safety? 

Epic fantasy adventure and romance with darker overtones. This story weaves elements of folklore and a quest for a safe haven in a land where magic is real.  

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Coming at the end of July: Baswin, Book 5 of Taxyon Space

Near future Sci-Fi adventure and romance starring alien mermen

An alien spy on the run.

Two human sisters chosen to train as astronavigators.

Their paths are destined to converge.

Can they overcome the obstacles and find a haven?

Psychic sensitives, Holly Moon and her sister Rosie, are chosen as candidates for Warrish training as hyperspace navigators. The sisters are eager to promote humanity’s advance into space. But will they succeed? They must pass a series of rigorous tests and adapt to the alien neuro-implants.

Alien merman, Baswin Kenton Tallis, Second of his Triad, lives on Earth disguised as a human. When Earth agents discover the secret identity of his older brother, Bas must flee to the Warrish embassy in the Pacific Ocean.

Holly meets Baswin on an island in the Pacific Ocean, but they are destined to travel farther away. Will their separate journeys unite them or force them apart?

Follow the adventures of the three brothers of the Flaming Comets Triad in Baswin, Book 5 in Taxyon Space.

Preorder at: Amazon   iBooks   Kobo   B&N   GooglePlay  Other

 

Plans for the second half of the year.

If all goes well, I will have several options. My priorities are the second story in my new epic fantasy series (as yet unnamed), and the sixth book in Taxyon Space.

 


Saturday, June 19, 2021

No time to scarper - #Snippet for #WeWriWa from Baswin

 


Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday. Sample the work of a new author. Read snippets of stories in different genres.

I’m posting excerpts from Baswin, the fifth book in my Sci-Fi Romance series, Taxyon Space. The main characters are an alien merman and two psychic sisters. By the end of the story, the elder sister (Holly) will match up with the alien (Baswin).

You can read last week’s snippet at – https://auroraspringer.blogspot.com/2021/06/an-invitation-for-moon-sisters-excerpt.html

The Moon sisters have just received an invitation to “undergo a critical assessment of your paranormal abilities.”  

Wrinkling her forehead, Holly looked at her sister. “It’s a strange letter.”

Rosie cocked her head and murmured, “What do you think?”

Holly stared at the neatly printed lines of the letter. “It’s phrased as a polite invitation for some unspecified important international business. But we haven’t been offered a choice. There’s no request for a reply. No com code given for any questions.” 

“It’s a puzzle. Should we go?” Rosie’s eyes brightened in anticipation.

Ten sentences and you can read a little more:

“I don’t know.” Holly frowned at the letter. “How on earth did this Braithwaite find out about our psychic abilities? Only a handful of people believe in our talents. Even our neighbors in the village are skeptical. They joke about our quaint notions.”

 “Not all of them,” Rosie said. “Dr. Greene believes my healing touch helps her patients to recover. And Sergeant Powell trusts you to find missing people.”

Checking the date on her com, Holly said, “We’ll soon find out. Tomorrow’s the fifteenth.”

Rosie scrunched up her lips in disapproval. “They didn’t give us much time to prepare.”

“No time to scarper,” Holly joked.

“Well, I’m going for the interview,” Rosie said in a decisive tone. “I’d love to have a free trip to the city.”

Holly shrugged. “Okay. We might as well go. If only to learn why the guys at the Ministry for International Affairs are so keen to assess our paranormal skills.” 

 


An alien spy on the run.

Two human sisters chosen to train as astronavigators.

Their paths are destined to converge.

They must overcome many challenges to find a haven.

Psychic sensitives, Holly Moon and her sister Rosie, are chosen as candidates for Warrish training as hyperspace navigators. The sisters are eager to promote humanity’s advance into space. But will they succeed? They must pass a series of rigorous tests and adapt to the alien neuro-implants.

Alien merman, Baswin Kenton Tallis, Second of his Triad, lives on Earth disguised as a human. When Earth agents discover the secret identity of his older brother, Bas must flee to the Warrish embassy in the Pacific Ocean.

Holly meets Baswin on an island in the Pacific Ocean, but their destiny lies farther away. Many obstacles will hinder their journey to a happy reunion with Baswin’s brothers. 

Follow the adventures of the three brothers of the Flaming Comets Triad in Baswin, Book 5 in Taxyon Space.

Preorder at: Amazon   iBooks   Kobo   B&N   GooglePlay  Other 

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, June 12, 2021

An invitation for the Moon sisters - excerpt from Baswin for #WeWriWa

 


Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday. Sample the work of a new author. Read snippets of stories in different genres.

I’m posting excerpts from Baswin, the fifth book in my Sci-Fi Romance series, Taxyon Space. This story stars an alien merman and two psychic sisters. By the end of the story, the elder sister (Holly) will match up with the alien (Baswin).

Partly in response to your comments, I have reordered the first chapters to start with the one about Holly since it seems more compelling. I have also rearranged the blurb.

You can read last week’s snippet at - https://auroraspringer.blogspot.com/2021/06/psychic-sisters-holly-and-rosie-get.html

At the end of last week’s snippet, Holly and Rosie Moon received a letter from the Ministry for International Affairs.

“It must be important,” Holly said slowly, holding out her hand for the letter.

Rosie thrust the envelope into her fingers, “Read it.”

She unsealed the envelope and removed a sheet of cream-colored paper. The gold crown and sunburst emblem of the Indo Eurasian Union were embossed on the top of the letter. She had never seen such a posh letterhead. The emblem glistened and the midnight blue of the territorial name created a vivid contrast on the pale colored paper.  

“Wow. It’s fancy.” She skimmed through the words and read the letter aloud,

Ten lines, and I bet you’d like to know what’s in the letter:

“Dear Misses Holly and Rosyline Moon,

You are invited to an interview at our Regional Office to undergo a critical assessment of your paranormal abilities. Your employers have been informed that you will be absent for important international business.

A driver will arrive at the eighth hour on the morning of the fifteenth day of August to escort you from Hampton in the Wold to our offices at the New London Spaceport. Please bring any device you employ in your craft. The assessment is expected to last for the entire morning. Transport will be available for you to return home after the interview. You have the option of visiting New London in the afternoon.

We look forward to your attendance at this important interview.

Yours truly, Augustus Braithwaite, Senior Minister

International Affairs Division of Indo Eurasian Union

Office for International Affairs, New London.”

 


 An alien spy on the run.

Two human sisters chosen to train as astronavigators.

Their paths are destined to converge.

Psychic sensitives, Holly Moon and her sister Rosie, are chosen as candidates for Warrish training as hyperspace navigators. The sisters are eager to promote humanity’s advance into space. But will they succeed? They must pass a series of rigorous tests and adapt to the alien neuro-implants.

Alien merman, Baswin Kenton Tallis, Second of his Triad, lives on Earth disguised as a human. When Earth agents discover the secret identity of his older brother, Bas must flee to the Warrish embassy in the Pacific Ocean.

Holly meets Baswin on an island in the Pacific Ocean, but their destiny lies farther away. Many obstacles will hinder their journey to a happy reunion with Baswin’s brothers. 

Follow the adventures of the three brothers of the Flaming Comets Triad in Baswin, Book 5 in Taxyon Space.

Preorder at: Amazon   iBooks   Kobo   B&N   GooglePlay  Other

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 

 

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Psychic sisters, Holly and Rosie, get a Letter - snippet from Baswin - #SciFiRom for #WeWriWa

 


Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday. Sample the work of a new author. Read snippets of stories in different genres.

I’m posting excerpts from Baswin, the fifth book in my Sci-Fi Romance series, Taxyon Space. The story begins on Earth iabout a hundred years in the future when we have colonies on the Moon and Mars, smaller bases in the asteroids, and scientific stations on Europa and Titan.

Holly Moon is the female protagonist with a psychic talent. She is helping the local detective by scrying for a missing girl.

You can read last week’s snippet at https://auroraspringer.blogspot.com/2021/05/see-where-holly-moon-lives-snippet-for.html

After describing the location of the girl’s body, Holly meditates about her home with her sister, Rosie.  

Holly picked up her scrying mirror, intending to restore it to the shelf.

Her senses pricked. A premonition?

She glanced at the mirror.

Colors swirled over the reflective surface and a face appeared. A strange face with chiseled features and an extraordinary sweep of vibrant orange hair curling like a wave over the top of his partly shaved head. A male face, she guessed, despite his unearthly appearance. His eyelids were closed and his expression as calm as if he were asleep. As she watched, his eyes flicked open to reveal startling irises of a golden amber hue. His pupils widened and he smiled at her.  

Ten lines and I suspect you’d like a few more:

Who was he? Could he really see her or was he looking at something else?

“Holly. Holly.”

Her sister’s strident call broke into her focused mind. She blinked and the strange vision faded from the mirror. 

Rosie burst into the room, waving a beige envelope. Her face glowed with excitement as she cried, “Holly, this letter just arrived. It’s from the Ministry for International Affairs.”

Enclosing the mirror in its case, Holly shook her head in disbelief. “Why on earth would the Foreign Ministry send us a letter?”

“I know. Isn’t it weird? But weird is what we do.” Rosie giggled. “Anyway, the letter’s from the Regional Minister, Mr. Braithwaite.”

 


Can a psychic woman from Earth find a home among the alien Warrish?

Alien merman, Baswin Kenton Tallis, Second of his Triad, lives on Earth disguised as a human. When the Earth authorities discover the secret identity of his older brother, Bas must flee to the Warrish base in the depths of the Pacific Ocean.

Psychic sensitives, Holly Moon and her younger sister Rosie, were chosen as candidates for Warrish training as hyperspace navigators. The sisters are eager to contribute to humanity’s advance into space. But will they succeed? They must pass a series of rigorous tests and adapt to the alien neuro-implants.

Holly meets Baswin on an island in the Pacific Ocean, but their destiny lies farther away. What obstacles will block their journey to a happy reunion of the Flaming Comets Triad? 

Preorder at: Amazon   iBooks   Kobo   B&N   GooglePlay  Other

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