Tuesday, June 4, 2024

My Travels in Europe, Innsbruck, Part 3

In the next stage of our trip to Europa, we took a train from Munich to Innsbruck in the Austrian alps. This video shows our first glimpse of the alps from the train ride - https://www.youtube.com/shorts/Qm_ZSkp08Eo

 Innsbruck is a small city on the banks of River Inn and nestled in mountains. You can easily walk from one end of the city to the other.


 

We rode on a funicular train and a cable car from Innsbruck to one of the nearby mountains. The cable car terminated near the snow line.

Here's a series of short videos from our ride on the cable car.  

Cable car, Part 1 - https://youtube.com/shorts/8d_7iQgH3Mg

Cable car, Part 2 - https://youtu.be/QLICjQxRawU

Cable car, Part 3 - https://youtube.com/shorts/fK0sOsef_XE

 

We had an excellent view of City of Innsbruck and River Inn from the cable car station - https://www.youtube.com/shorts/o-mm595ajgY

On the mountain, we walked along a path and ate bread and cheese for lunch. These Alpine Choughs are waiting to grab a piece of bread.



This video shows how tame the birds are - https://www.youtube.com/shorts/YUqh8cW-z2g 

My next post will cover Hagen and Dusseldorf in Germany. 




Monday, June 3, 2024

May’s Book Bargains: Tenth Anniversary Specials

 


The Lady is Blue, Book 1 in Atrapako on Eden, Sci-Fi and Alien Romance.

Intrepid scientist thwarts invasion of scaly aliens.


Dr. Lucy Stannis’ quiet life on the remote colony is shattered when a crippled alien spaceship descends. She is thrilled to meet the captain, the formidable Sa Kamizan Veedak. But, the arrogant scaled Atrapako disdain the puny humans. Their plans for domination threaten the whole colony as well as her budding friendship with Sa Kamizan. Lucy must employ her skills as a covert Terran spy to discover the aliens’ secret vulnerability and save the planet.

If you like plucky heroines and mysteries where deceptions abound, then you’ll enjoy this science fiction adventure and sweet romance with a surprise twist at the end.

99c at my Webstore and other retailers.

See the complete series (to date) at https://www.auroraspringer.org/p/atrapako-on-eden.html

 

A Tale of Two Colonies

Fight for freedom. Fight to survive - For refugees from an overcrowded Earth, dreams of a better life on an alien planet transform into a terrifying battle for survival. 


Nothing will stand in the way of Tiger Lily's dream of escaping the subterranean slums of Terra and visiting the stars. She enters the fierce competition for a place in the scout team on the next spaceship to the remote planet of Delta, where an earlier colony disappeared. Before the ship departs, a mysterious message suggests the descendants of the first colonists may be alive.

A risky mission to seek the lost colony exposes the scouts to unexpected attacks, and they encounter a grim warrior in the isolated valley. Has Tiger Lily met her match in the tortured man? Is he leading them to safety or further danger? And who are the real rulers of this strange world?

Do you enjoy exciting adventures with alien encounters? Do you like your science fiction with a dash of romance? Read “A Tale of Two Colonies”, a story of betrayal, survival and hope by indie author, Aurora Springer. 

99c at my Webstore and other retailers.

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

My Travels in Europe, Munich, Part 2

 



My previous post focused on the Englische Garten and Old Town in Munich. We also visited the Schloss Nymphenberg, shown at sunset in the header image.

We traveled by tram across the city to the Nymphenberg Palace. A long canal leads to the front entrance. The canal is home to carp and other fish, swans, ducks, and coots. Below is a picture of a coot on a nest in the canal.

 


 
On a later day, we walked around the gardens at Nymphenberg. Entry to the gardens is free, and there are extensive paths and water features. 


This video shows carp swimming in an ornamental pond. They were an impressive size. One (near the end of the video) was 4 feet long. -
https://www.youtube.com/shorts/mcmGEn2ybkQ


 

Monday, May 27, 2024

My Travels in Europe, Part 1

 


In May 2024, my husband and I visited our son who is a graduate student in Hagen, Germany.

We spent 6 days in Munich, visited Innsbruck, Austria, and then, Dusseldorf and Hagen in Germany.

Part 1 shows some highlights of our visit to Munich. You can easily travel around the city via bus, tram, or subway train.

We spent part of two days walking around the Englische Garten.  The top image shows the lawns with people and buildings in the background. This large park has a lake and other artificial water features with waterfowl, beer gardens for refreshments, and a variety of attractions. It is a popular place to visit, especially at weekends and holidays.

 


Selfie in one of the beer gardens.

Swan and duck on lake by a beer garden. We fed fries to the swan and ducks.

 


One special and unique feature of the Englische Garten is the artificial cascade with surfers. Watch my video at https://www.youtube.com/shorts/PCUHX80k40s

We also spent time in Old Town, which is famous for its Glockenspiel.

See the Glockenspiel in action at https://www.youtube.com/shorts/0bIlu01HVgU


 
Old Town has many historical buildings.

The building shown in my video has some older architectural elements - https://www.youtube.com/shorts/BNCITzag0mA

My next post, Part 2, has views of the Nymphenberg Palace in Munich.


Monday, May 6, 2024

Coming Later in 2024: Princess Shuka and the Pirate King

 


Elf Princess Shuka flees into the perilous Marshes of Mu to escape a dragon and drops into the claws of vicious marsh wights. Her flight and fortunate rescue propel her into a new life among the humans she despises.

When pirate chief, Captain Rolf Fox, rescues a beautiful lady from the wights, he feels obliged to restore her to her father. But, avaricious Emperor Raglan has deployed a fleet of dragon ships to conquer the local town and subdue the marshmen.

In order to return to her homeland, Shuka must swallow her pride and work together with Rolf to destroy the enemy ships.

See the complete series (to date) of the Oakenwald Chronicles at https://www.auroraspringer.org/p/oakenwald.html


CHAPTER 1

As blue and deadly as an angry demon, the dreadful dragon swooped down.

Shuka ran.

Heart thudding in terror, she raced toward the barrier of tall sedges edging the marshes. Higher than a man, the bullrushes would conceal her.

A gust of wind from the beating wings of the great beast opened a narrow gap in the wall of rushes.

She dashed into the gap, and, brushing aside the tall reeds, she fled along the narrow track of a mudbank. The back of her neck itched in anticipation of the hot breath of the dragon.

Shouts and cries sounded from behind. A battle?

A woman shrieked.

Was that Musa?

Shuka’s foot slipped in the mud.

She clutched at a swaying stalk and regained her balance with an effort. Consigning the fate of her fusspot attendant to a distant part of her mind, she hastened deeper into the perilous Marshes of Mu. She jumped over small streams of ugly brown water and hopped onto the clumps of reeds.

The noises of combat faded, although the susurration of wind in the dry sedges on all sides did not reassure her. The forest of reeds might conceal her from an enemy on the ground. But that devilish dragon could fly.

Cringing in fear of an attack from above, she skidded to a halt and glanced up. The gloomy clouds held no winged beast. Or not yet.

She looked down. Half-sunk in the sticky sludge, her travel boots were soaked and filthy. She plucked her feet out of the mud, one by one, and hurried onward. 

The track veered around a murky pool.

Weary from her unaccustomed run, Shuka slowed and edged along the mud bank. She eyed the sluggish stream warily. Did evil demons lurk in the depths?

Water gurgled.

A hideous creature leaped out of the pool. Half toad and half scrawny-limbed man, the thing seemed the embodiment of evil.

She screamed.

A second toad-man hopped onto the muddy bank.

The ugly creature dove at her and dug its clawed fingers into her leg.

She fell.

Pain flared in the side of her head.

She sank into oblivion. 

 


Sunday, April 7, 2024

April’s Book Bargains #SciFi and #Fantasy

 

Europa, Book 1 of Taxyon Space Near future SciFi thriller & romance.

Only 99c this month 


What alien creatures lurk under the icy surface of Europa?

Dr. Nikki Bell’s plan to discover intelligent life in the oceans of Europa hits a rocky start when her spaceship crashes on the icy surface. 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?

99c at my Webstore and other retailers.

 

Other Books in the Taxyon Space Series

Rishalt, Book 2  Two alien worlds. Two lovers torn apart. Twist the hyperthreads into unity.

Jupiter, Book 3  A simple hop across hyperspace turns deadly, smashing hopes for a human-Warrish alliance.

Alarik, Book 4  Two people fleeing their planets discover a shared destiny.

Baswin, Book 5  Can a young psychic woman from Earth find a home among the alien Warrish?

Karrik, Book 6  Can an alien treasure help Flaming Comet brothers to unite with their chosen partners?


Super Starrella, Book 1 of the Secret Supers series, Superpowered college students with fantastic animals. 

Start my superhero series with a 99c special!


Teen superhero, Starrella, and her flying horse combat vicious killers in the skies of Atalanta.

The quiet summer before her freshman year turns frighteningly weird after Estelle Wright trespasses onto an Army base. Blown into the air and knocked unconscious, she wakes with a nascent superpower. Not to mention a winged horse with a snarky attitude and a mind of her own.

Back home in Atalanta, a serial killer is targeting the students at Goldman University. Before long she must juggle college classes with sneaking out of the house after dark to battle alien monsters. Estelle’s life is in danger, but who can she trust: handsome Mark Copper from military intelligence, or hunky Toby, the tough gangster with a motorbike? Both men have secret agendas, but falling in love is not in their plans.

Superheroes at college, quirky animal sidekicks, and a dash of romance enliven this thrilling adventure. Book 1 of the Secret Supers.

99c at my Webstore and other retailers.

If you like books with pictures, check out the Special Illustrated Edition of Super Starrella at https://payhip.com/b/Bnh4g

 

Other Books in the Secret Supers Series

Book 2, Starrella Falls Super Starrella faces a bigger challenge and Toby is tangled in family politics.

Book 3, Gargoyle Hunt Starrella’s studies abroad are interrupted by living gargoyles and devious aliens. 

 


 
Bridget Bramble and the Wandering Elf, First book in the Oakenwald Chronicles. Epic fantasy quest and romance. 

A young witch escapes the destruction of her home and seeks 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? 

This story weaves elements of folklore and a quest for a safe haven in a land where magic is real and dangerous.  

99c at my Webstore and other retailers.

See the complete series (to date) at https://www.auroraspringer.org/p/oakenwald.html

 

 

Friday, March 15, 2024

New Art for Sale on Prints or Merchandise

 


You can find Aurora’s Whimsical Art at her Fine Art Store: https://www.playfulgallery.com/digital-art

Top-quality prints with or without frames, and selected merchandise. 

The pictures include several new designs of fantastic creatures: dragons, unicorns, a flying horse, a griffin, and a wee fairy. 

Friday, March 1, 2024

The Galactic Mystery Bundle of Books #SciFi

 


Discover ancient interstellar secrets, mythical alien races and mind-blowing technologies!

The Galactic Mystery bundle is curated by Simon Kewin. This collection of eleven awe-inspiring novels by bestselling authors and rising stars is available at https://storybundle.com/scifi.

You decide what price you want to pay for this bundle!

$5 minimum for 4 core books:

           Synthesis: Weave by Rexx Deane

           Agrotharn by Milo James Fowler

           Infinite Waste by Dean F. Wilson

           Grand Master's Pawn by Aurora Springer

            

$20 for all 11 books, including the 4 core books and:

           Lift Off by Tyrean Martinson

           Dead Star - The Triple Stars Vol. 1 by Simon Kewin

           Dark Nebula - Books 1-3 by Sean Willson

           Birds of Paradise by Rudolf Kremers

           The Galathea Chronicles by J.J. Green

           Loophole by Ian Stewart

           Milijun by Clayton Graham

 

The Galactic Mystery bundle runs for a limited time only. It will end on March 21st.

Galactic adventures await! Grab your copy of the Galactic Mystery Bundle now! Click on https://storybundle.com/scifi


Friday, February 2, 2024

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with two romantic fantasy adventures.

 


February’s bargain books: Start my two fantasy series with a 99c special!

Super Starrella, Book 1 of the Secret Supers series, Superpowered college students with fantastic animals.

Teen superhero, Starrella, and her flying horse combat vicious killers in the skies of Atalanta. 

The quiet summer before her freshman year turns frighteningly weird after Estelle Wright trespasses onto an Army base. Blown into the air and knocked unconscious, she wakes with a nascent superpower. Not to mention a winged horse with a snarky attitude and a mind of her own.

Back home in Atalanta, a serial killer is targeting the students at Goldman University. Before long she must juggle college classes with sneaking out of the house after dark to battle alien monsters. Estelle’s life is in danger, but who can she trust: handsome Mark Copper from military intelligence, or hunky Toby, the tough gangster with a motorbike? Both men have secret agendas, but falling in love is not in their plans.

Superheroes at college, quirky animal sidekicks, and a dash of romance enliven this thrilling adventure. Book 1 of the Secret Supers.

99c at my Webstore and other retailers.

See the complete series (to date) at https://www.auroraspringer.org/p/secret-supers.html 

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Bridget Bramble and the Wandering Elf, First book in the Oakenwald Chronicles. Epic fantasy quest and romance. A young witch escapes the destruction of her home and seeks 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? 

This story weaves elements of folklore and a quest for a safe haven in a land where magic is real and dangerous.  

99c at my Webstore and other retailers.

See the complete series (to date) at https://www.auroraspringer.org/p/oakenwald.html