Saturday, October 21, 2017

Hint of a Smile - Snippet from Europa for #WeWriWa #SciFiRom

Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors. Meet writers in various genres and read 8-10 sentence snippets of their stories.

I’m posting snippets from my latest novel set on Jupiter’s moon, Europa. You may notice the new genre-appropriate cover. I’m called it a SciFi thriller and romance.

Tag line: What alien creatures lurk under the ice crust of Europa?

After Nikki’s lifepod crashed on Europa, she tumbled into a hole in the ice and saw a stranger’s face in the water below. He pulled her into the ocean under the surface ice.

Quickly coming to a decision, he wrapped a strap around the suit and hauled her toward the Earther station. In a dozen lengths, he halted under a depression in the ice, an inverted trough gouged out by the tidal waves. He had often sipped oxygen-enriched air from these pockets. He enlarged the cavity and tethered the spacesuit to the ice crust. Holding her head above the water, he deciphered the unfamiliar mechanism and unfastened her helmet. Loose strands of her brown hair clung to his hands as he examined her pale face in the dim glow of his night light. Under the fine arch of her brows, her eyes were shut. Her sweet lips held a hint of a smile as if she hoped he would save her. 

 Euroa

Blurb
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?  
          Book 1 in a new SciFi series, Taxyon Space.

You can read the first two chapters in your choice of format HERE.

The book is available for Pre-order for only 99c

Please comment if you would prefer to read the book in ePub (iBooks, Kobo, nook) format.

My science fiction story, A Tale of Two Colonies, is discounted to 99c this month. 

The giant alien spiders make it fit for a Halloween read. 
 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.
Available at Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N


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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Alien beauty - Snippet from Europa for #WeWriWa #SciFiRom

Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors. Meet writers in various genres and read 8-10 sentence snippets of their stories.

I’m posting snippets from my latest novel set on Jupiter’s moon, Europa.

Tag line: What alien creatures lurk under the ice crust of Europa?

After Nikki’s lifepod crashed on Europa, she tumbled into a hole in the ice and saw a man’s face in the water below.
I have skipped some sentences and added punctuation to fit into 10 sentences.

Kiron Arqin Ramis stared through the thin plate of ice at the space-suited body. The Earther lay with the faceplate of the suit touching the ice and one gloved hand with five fingers flattened against the sheet. He pondered the dilemma posed by the stray Earther: her people must never learn of the Watchers’ existence, yet, she would die without his help.
Her eyes flicked open and focused on him, blue eyes in a pleasantly contoured face. Her fingers scraped the ice sheet between them, and her mouth opened in a soundless exclamation. He leaned closer and smiled in greeting. Her mirrored smile transformed her pale face with an alien beauty. Within a second, her lovely smile faded and her eyes shut. 
Kiron punched his fist through the thin ice.
The Earth woman slid headfirst into the water.
 Europa


Blurb
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?  
          Book 1 in a new SciFi series, Taxyon Space.

You can read the first two chapters in your choice of format HERE.

The book is available for Pre-order for only 99c

I am running two other special discounts.
The 3 books in my Secret Supers series are 99c this week or free with kindle unlimited. 
 Secret Supers

Superheroes at college, snarky animals, and devious aliens living among us.
Super Starrella, Book 1: Amazon
Starrella Falls, Book 2: Amazon
Gargoyle Hunt, Book 3: Amazon


My science fiction story, A Tale of Two Colonies, is discounted to 99c this month. 
 Colony

The giant alien spiders make it fit for a Halloween read.
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.
Available at Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N

As always, I’ll be happy to reply to your comments.
Please return to www.wewriwa.com to sample the works of the other writers.

Find a catalog of my published stories HERE.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 - New Release #SciFi #Romance


Thanks for having me as your guest today to talk about Embrace the Romance: Pets In Space 2!
I thought today I’d share a true story I’ve talked about before, regarding a ‘pet’ who actually went into space and came back.
Even though we’re writing about fictional pets for this anthology, I’ve seen an actual animal who went to space and survived to enjoy a well-deserved retirement on Earth later – Miss Baker, a squirrel monkey who became one of the first two monkeys launched  together into space by the US and recovered alive in 1959. The petite one-pound lady had a sixteen minute flight including nine minutes of weightlessness (one wonders what she thought about all of that but the way she was strapped into her flight capsule, she probably didn’t float much.) Her nickname was “TLC” because her handlers appreciated the way she responded to their tender loving care. 

Sadly, Miss Able, the rhesus monkey on board the same Jupiter rocket, also survived the actual flight but succumbed four days later to a rare and fatal reaction to anesthesia. Ironic to have been to space and back, and then be stricken with a more earthly fate.
It’s hard to imagine now, in the days of the space station, and men and women who routinely remain in orbit for months on end, that in the earliest days of the space race, no one was sure humans could survive even a brief trip off. It was deemed necessary to send up other animals first. Monkeys, mice and dogs were the mammal test cases, and much was learned from each flight, even though sometimes there were tragedies. Other animals sent up by the USA and Russia before the double monkey flight didn’t fare as well as feisty Miss Baker. The Russians had successfully recovered two dogs before the time of Miss Baker’s flight, however. 

She got to retire after her one trip into space and resultant fame, including her photo on the cover of LIFE magazine. In 1962, she ‘married’ a fellow monkey named Big George and when he predeceased her, she married again, to ‘Norman,’ although she refused to wear the wedding outfit someone had designed for her.
I saw her several times at the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, where she lived from 1971 to 1984. She was a lively little thing, accepting the admiration of all the visitors, and enjoying herself, scampering around the enclosure. Miss Baker became the oldest recorded living squirrel monkey, so apparently her flight into space didn’t faze her much. 
Strawberry gelatin with bananas was her favorite food and she received approximately 100 letters per day from school children.
The rocket she rode to fame was approximately 70’ tall. For comparison sake, the Saturn V rocket that sent men to the Moon was approximately 363’ tall.
It’s said that people leave bananas on her tombstone in Huntsville, Alabama to this day.
Snails, fish, spiders, moths, sea urchins, mice and baby chicks have been sent into space so far, but no mature birds like my alien eagle in the story. The theory is that birds would cope well with gliding about in the lack of gravity. Bees which were sent to the Space Station had a tough time at first but by the end of a week were flying normally. Nature finds a way, as they famously state in the movie “Jurassic Park.”

Blurb for Star Cruise: Songbird:
Grant Barton, a Security Officer on the Nebula Zephyr, is less than thrilled with his current assignment to guard an Interstellar singing sensation while she’s on board the ship. It doesn’t help that he and his military war bird Valkyr are dealing with their recent separation from the Sectors Special Forces and uncertainty over their future, with their own planet in ruins.
Karissa Dawnstar is on top of the charts and seemingly has it all – talent, fame, fortune and devoted fans, but behind her brave smile and upbeat lyrics she hides an aching heart. When a publicity stunt goes wrong, Karissa finds herself in the arms of the security officer assigned to protect her – and discovers a mutual attraction she can’t ignore.
Trouble continues to plague the pair, driving a wedge between them and leaving Grant certain that Karissa is in more danger than she realizes, from overzealous fans and her own management. Grant is determined to protect Karissa whether she wants his help or not. Can he discover the truth behind what’s going on before he loses Karissa or is there someone else plotting to keep them apart – permanently?


The excerpt, where the singer meets the alien eagle:
“Wow,” said Karissa, coming closer. “His claws are like knives. How can you hold him without getting hurt?”
“The glove and the shoulder of my shirt are made from woven cartefl fibers, strongest material in the Sectors,” Grant said. “In the old days, a handler had to wear bulky leather gloves and thick padding but modern tech makes things much easier. Shall we go?”
Karissa moved toward the door but gave him a dubious look. “You just carry him through the ship? What if he gets spooked and flies away?”
“Valkyr is a highly trained military asset,” he said, entering the corridor behind her. “And a registered sentient. He knows how to behave in a noncombat situation. This way.”
“So the two of you were in the war?”
He really didn’t want to talk about his past or explain himself to this pop star. “Yes. We were in the Special Forces Z Unit until recently. Z for zoological.”
“I saw a documentary on them once,” Karissa said as they entered the gravlift.
Valkyr liked antigrav and flared his wings to the full 8’ span, posing dramatically as they drifted downward toward the hangar deck.
Don’t show off for her too much. Grant chuckled a bit as Karissa gasped at the display his companion was making.
“How can you keep him on a spaceship?” Karissa asked, her voice full of reproach. “How can that possibly be good for him?”
They stepped off at the hangar deck, Valkyr folding his wings obligingly so Grant could get through the portal. “This a temporary job for me. I needed a place to land after the military, while I figured out our next steps.”
The hangar deck was the single largest space on the Nebula Zephyr, as big as the two cargo decks combined, and ran the entire length and breadth of the ship. Currently the three shuttles, the captain’s flitter and two small exterior maintenance vehicles were parked neatly in their assigned spaces, with plenty of room left over for incoming shuttles when the liner was in orbit above a planet.
A crewman greeted them, staring at Karissa so hard it was amazing to Grant that the man managed any coherent words. “Deck’s clear, as ordered. You have an hour.”
“Thanks.” Grant watched the man leave as Karissa gave him a wave and threw him a kiss. The crew member stumbled and all but fell into the gravlift.
“What now?” she asked.
“Now he flies.” Grant lifted his arm in a rapid motion and Valkyr launched himself into the air, flying low across the deck at first and then beating his wings to gain height. He was soon lost to view in the far end of the deck.

Blurb for Embrace the Romance: Pets In Space 2:
The pets are back! Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, featuring twelve of today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors brings you a dozen original stories written just for you! Join in the fun, from the Dragon Lords of Valdier to a trip aboard award-winning author, Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr to journeying back to Luda where Grim is King, for stories that will take you out of this world! Join New York Times, USA TODAY, and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, M.K. Eidem, Susan Grant, Michelle Howard, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Sabine Priestley, Jessica E. Subject, Carol Van Natta, and Alexis Glynn Latner as they share stories and help out Hero-Dogs.org, a charity that supports our veterans!

10% of the first months profits go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

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Author Bio:
Best Selling Science Fiction, Fantasy & Paranormal Romance author, as well as the “SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happy Ever After blog, Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing her own stories.
Seven time winner of the SFR Galaxy Award, as well as a National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, Veronica is also the proud recipient of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal relating to her former day job, not her romances! She recently was honored to read the part of Star Trek Crew Member in the audiobook production of Harlan Ellison’s “The City On the Edge of Forever.”


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Man beneath the ice - Snippet from Europa for #WeWriWa #SciFi

Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors. Meet writers in various genres and read 8-10 sentence snippets of their stories.

I’m posting snippets from my latest novel set on Jupiter’s moon, Europa.

Tag line: What alien creatures lurk under the ice crust of Europa?

I have skipped several pages to give you a glimpse of the hero. Nikki ejected just before her lifepod crashed on Europa. She has fallen into a hole in the ice crust. 
Please excuse any irregular punctuation to fit into 10 sentences.

She scrunched her eyes closed and lay motionless, dazed and light-headed from exhaustion and low oxygen.
Seconds, or maybe hours later, she opened her eyes and bit back a cry of shock. A new face stared up through the transparent layer of ice. A finely chiseled man’s face with green eyes under straight reddish eyebrows, and prominent cheekbones, one bearing a triangular mark.
Nikki stretched her fingers toward him, and his lips curved in a handsome smile. 
She brightened with hope. He would save her life; if he were not merely a dream born of her fuzzy imagination.
She mouthed, “Help!”
The edges of her vision grayed.
Her thoughts flickered, Help…Safe…Dream…Nothing.

 Europa

Blurb
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?  
          Book 1 in a new SciFi series, Taxyon Space.

You can read the first two chapters in your choice of format HERE.

The book is available for Pre-order for only 99c
International: http://authl.it/B0764DFSDM/?d

I am running two other special discounts. 
 Gargoyle Hunt
Gargoyle Hunt, Book 3 of Secret Supers, will be 99c until 22nd
Superheroes at college, snarky animals, living gargoyles and devious aliens living among us.

 Colony

My science fiction story, A Tale of Two Colonies, will be discounted to 99c this month. The giant arachnids make it fit for a Halloween read.
Available at Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N

As always, I’ll be happy to reply to your comments.
Please return to www.wewriwa.com to sample the works of the other writers.

Find a catalog of my published stories HERE.
Join me on Facebook  Twitter  Google+


 My Books