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Saturday, October 19, 2019

#WeWriWa ~ THE PILOT: And You Are?


Each weekend, the Weekend Writing Warriors share an 8 - 10 sentence snippet. Be sure to visit the other authors. You can find them here.

Thanks to everyone who visited last week, which wasn't a good week for me. After dealing with my husband's health issues, I had no energy to visit. I will try to hit both your post last week and this one on my visits.

I'm sharing snippets from The Pilot: An Outer Rim Novel. It's the 1st book in a series featuring strong women on the frontier of space. When Celara's ship is hailed by one claiming to be Coalition Security, she gives them the slip in an asteroid field. In this snippet, she's landed at Vesteron Colony to deliver her cargo. There. a mechanic catches her eye.

Please excuse the creative punctuation, necessary to keep this within the guidelines. It's also edited a little from the original.
  
“Did you arrive on that hauler?” He nodded to her ship, his voice, a tantalizing allure of baritone and chokiris, sounded vaguely familiar.
“Yep, that’s my ship,” She tucked her thumbs into the side pockets of her trousers and thrust out her chest a little in pride, “D’Enfaden’s Thermopylae, fastest little transport in three sectors.”
He walked past her to examine her ship then ran his hand—long, strong fingers, she noted—over the dents and scrapes along the aft section, “It appears to have sustained damage.”
“My thruster gimbal got damaged when I kissed an asteroid evading filthy pirates—they didn’t catch me, though,” She grinned, “Hey, you new around here? Don’t remember seeing you before—and I sure would remember seeing you.”
He arched his dark eyebrow.
She raised her hand, palm outward, in the traditional indie greeting, “Celara d’Enfaden.” As he stared at her with green eyes as sharp and clear as veridion, she raised her own eyebrow, “And you are . . .”


There's no place like home, and he stole hers. 

Life on the frontier of space is hard enough so when pirates stole Celara d'Enfaden's cargo, she vowed not to be tricked again. 

Determined to make an example out of indie pilots who disobey orders, Coalition Administrator Trevarr Jovano impounds Celara’s starship and cargo. If he backs down, he’ll lose respect. If she can’t deliver her cargo, she’ll default on her loan and lose her only home—her ship. 

More important than her ship, though, is her brother. To rescue him from a galactic gangster, she’ll even work with Jovano who is bent on avenging his wife’s murder.

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

#WeWriWa ~ THE PILOT: Wanna Party?


Each weekend, the Weekend Writing Warriors share an 8 - 10 sentence snippet. Be sure to visit the other authors. You can find them here.

Thanks to everyone who visited last week. 

I'm sharing snippets from The Pilot: An Outer Rim Novel. It's the 1st book in a series featuring strong women on the frontier of space. When Celara's ship is hailed by one claiming to be Coalition Security, she gives them the slip in an asteroid field. In this snippet, she's landed at Vesteron Colony to deliver her cargo and sees a mechanic bent over an engine. The last sentence was: As she stared at his butt, all she could think was oh, mama.

Please excuse the creative punctuation, necessary to keep this within the guidelines. It's also edited a little from the original.
 
Celara hoped he was human and the rest of him lived up to the preview—better yet, she hoped he was in a party mood. After escaping from the pirates, she wanted to howl . . . and someone to howl with.
“Hey, big boy,” she called to the mechanic, “Wanna party?”
“Yo, d’Enfaden,” a pilot hollered, “How come you never ask me to party?”
“You space jocks will party all night then stick me with the bill,” she shot back before approaching the mechanic, “You there, working on the Agilean—that is one fine ship.”
When he turned around, she sucked in a breath, Oh, yeah, a primal part of her sat up and took notice. His backside, gorgeous as it was, didn’t compare to the rest of him—the broad shoulders and muscles of a laborer plus the black hair, square jaw and blade-straight nose of Bricaldian aristocracy—what a delicious combination.
He tossed aside the rag on which he’d wiped his hands, then he raised his arms to slip them into the work uniform, and she noticed a fading red scar near the bottom of his ribcage. Knife fight . . . he was lucky the wound hadn’t been deeper or higher.



There's no place like home, and he stole hers. 

Life on the frontier of space is hard enough so when pirates stole Celara d'Enfaden's cargo, she vowed not to be tricked again. 

Determined to make an example out of indie pilots who disobey orders, Coalition Administrator Trevarr Jovano impounds Celara’s starship and cargo. If he backs down, he’ll lose respect. If she can’t deliver her cargo, she’ll default on her loan and lose her only home—her ship. 

More important than her ship, though, is her brother. To rescue him from a galactic gangster, she’ll even work with Jovano who is bent on avenging his wife’s murder.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

It's Ba-ack! Pets in Space 4 #sfr

The latest Pets in Space (#4) dropped into my iPad yesterday. Hurray! I love this series. The stories are varied, as varied as the authors themselves. I can't wait to read this latest anthology. 

Cassandra Chandler is back to tell us more about the stories included.






Pets in Space® 4 is Back!!

by Cassandra Chandler

Who doesn't love a pet?! Now put that pet in space and watch the universe spin!

Pets in Space® is back for its fourth year and they’ve had a wide variety of pets sharing star billing with our heroes and heroines in the last four years. This year, their pets are even more diverse and feisty, even dangerous, than ever. Each of the 13 authors in Pets in Space® 4 have given me an exclusive peak of their pet in this year's Pets in Space® 4. Which is your favorite pet?

S.E. Smith - MADAS' FALLING STAR
L’eon is one of those characters that captures your heart. Hurtling into space after his home is destroyed, he mourns the lost of his species until he is found on the Tearnat home world by an unsuspecting Tearnat Princess. When he is found by Madas, he is immediately smitten with her gentle and kind heart. Madas is unaware that L’eon is a species that is feared by those that know about them. Lightning Chameleons may look cute and cuddly, but they are highly intelligent, virtually impossible to kill, and extremely lethal when threatened!

Anna Hackett - DARK GUARD
My cyborg cat started her life as a small hunting cat from the lawless desert world of Carthago. After an accident, she is rescued by the cyborg gladiators of the House of Rone, and given several cybernetic enhancements. Cat is very interested in the lives of the gladiator cyborgs of the House of Rone. She meddles, goes where she thinks she’s needed, and has a matchmaking streak she puts to good use. I definitely have a soft spot for this super-smart, independent, interfering feline.

Tiffany Roberts - ENTWINED FATES
Cypher is an inux, a creature that’s much closer to a living organism than a robot, and he has his own unique personality and intelligence that are belied by his animal appearance. Cypher is a loyal companion, but he also has a will of his own, and he isn’t afraid to risk himself to protect the people he’s bonded with.

Veronica Scott - STAR CRUISE: IDOL’S CURSE
I liked the idea of making Charrli a darling little dog who could be carried around in a purse but who actually has all this ferocious military style training and abilities. He’s not afraid of anything, not even alien idols!

Pauline Baird Jones - CYBORG'S REVENGE
This year, my pet is a snake, about the size of a boa conscritor. I know. I am not quite sure how this happened. I might be a little afraid of snakes. Snake’s name isn’t the only secret lurking under the reptile’s hide. She also has some surprising skills that help save the day. But the greatest thing that Snake and the other pets offer to their humans is their unconditional love, companionship, and loyalty. And I never thought I’d say that about a snake.

Laurie A. Green - SPYDOG
Maura may be the craftiest and most resourceful of all the StarDogs yet, because she's a very special brand of bio-engineered upgrade, created to work as a partner with deep cover Network agent, Rigel Blackline. Maura has a number of enhancements above and beyond “normal” StarDogs, creatures who often serve as ship's mascots and companion animals.

Donna McDonald - NOTHING REMOTELY FAMILIAR
After listening to an Australian friend talk about the mythical mutant koalas called Drop Bears, all my other ideas about pets fled because I couldn’t stop thinking about a cute koala bear with fangs. Adding an alien twist, I decided antenna were also going to be needed. Fangs are admittedly good in a fight, but I couldn’t send my cute creature to an alien ice planet without his own personal warning system.

Regine Abel - DOOM
Stran is a Creckel, a warrior beast that resembles a pangolin with a dragon head. Bigger than a Tibetan mastiff, he’s covered with thick, dark scales that protect him from almost any form of damage when he rolls up into a ball. As Doom’s lifelong friend and war companion, he has come to Earth to help free humanity from the Kryptid invaders who had also previously attacked his homeworld. Though he cannot speak, Stran is extremely smart and can communicate through telepathic imagery. The minute he sees Victoria, he recognizes her as his best friend’s soulmate and becomes extremely protective of her.

Alexis Glynn Latner - WINTER'S PRINCE
Characters in fiction come alive for the author. If they don’t, they may not come alive for the readers either.  Prince definitely came alive for me. He let me know that, like mythical unicorns, he has a special affinity for women who aren’t pair-bonded.  There’s a Medieval legend about how unicorns would come to a virgin and lay their head in her lap. In Winter’s Prince, he helps two women each find their true love—while our heroines and heroes battle a criminal smuggling ring that has invaded the Winterfair.  Prince is one of the heroes. And he knows it, too!

JC Hay - HEART OF THE SPIDER'S WEB
The behavior of my hero Rayan Barr’s goanna, Darcy, is patterned after a green iguana I kept for many years and was often described as acting like a big, scaly cat. Darcy is a big, insistent goof, and a bit of a food-hound, much to the delight of the ship’s crew.

E.D. Walker - THE PRINCESS AND HER BODYGUARD
Pym, the caliba, is a species of mystical birds who have an empathetic connection with their chosen person. In this case, Pym is linked to Liana, and he has mystical powers that he can use—but only to help her. The caliba are beautiful and deadly, and the villain of my story wants to exploit the wondrous birds for profit. Of course, my hero and heroine would never let that happen.

Kyndra Hatch - INTERRUPTING STARLIGHT
Squeak is a molk, a burrowing animal that resides in Korthan space with the look and size of a large hedgehog of Earth. Trumpet ears allow him to hear very well, especially when hunting. Playful and social, molks make great pets. They are scavengers, but also fierce hunters with the bonus that anything they scavenge or catch can also be eaten by humans

Cassandra Chandler - IMPORT QUARANTINE
I adore cats, and calicos are among my favorites. When it came time to pair a certain Sadirian soldier with an Earth pet, the first thing that came to mind was a super-sweet calico with a few big patches of orange and black on her white fur. Meredith is from the clowder of semi-feral cats that we met earlier in the series. She wins everyone’s hearts before long, unless they’re trying to hurt her friends and family! And this little Earth-cat is harboring a big surprise...



Grab your copy of Pets in Space® 4 today! https://www.petsinspaceantho.com For a limited time, Pets in Space® 4 brings together today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors to help Hero-Dogs.org, a non-profit charity that helps our service veterans and first responders.

Journey to far off worlds with Anna Hackett’s House of Roan or board Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr for another amazing Interstellar cruise. From S.E. Smith’s Lords of Kassis, Tiffany Roberts’ The Infinite City, to Pauline Baird Jones' Project Enterprise series, plus stories from Laurie A. Green, Donna McDonald, Regine Abel, Alexis Glynn Latner, JC Hay, E.D. Walker, Kyndra Hatch, and Cassandra Chandler, you’ll find the perfect story along with a few unusual pets.

Thirteen incredible stories by thirteen of today’s bestselling authors. Don’t miss out on this limited time offer for Pets in Space® 4 and help a great charity! https://www.petsinspaceantho.com

Proud supporters of Hero-Dogs.org, Pets in Space® authors have donated over $7,100 in the past three years to help place specially trained dogs with veterans and first responders. 10% of all pre-orders and the first month’s royalties of Pets in Space® 4 will again go to Hero-Dogs.org. Open your hearts and grab your limited release copy of Pets in Space® 4 today so together we can continue to assist this worthy charity! https://www.petsinspaceantho.com




Sunday, October 6, 2019

#WeWriWa ~ THE PILOT: Oh, Mama!

Each weekend, the Weekend Writing Warriors share an 8 - 10 sentence snippet. Be sure to visit the other authors. You can find them here.

Thanks to everyone who visited last week. 

I'm sharing snippets from The Pilot: An Outer Rim Novel. It's the 1st book in a series featuring strong women on the frontier of space. When Celara's ship is hailed by one claiming to be Coalition Security, she gives them the slip in an asteroid field. In this snippet, she's landed at Vesteron Colony to deliver her cargo.

Please excuse the creative punctuation, necessary to keep this within the guidelines. It's also edited a little from the original.


As Celera walked out of her ship, the heat and humidity of Vesteron coupled with the heat of the repair bay brought her to a halt, so she loosened the top of her shirt and rolled the long sleeves up to her elbows. The environment and gravity of this place always weighed her down—she took several deep breaths to orient her body to the surroundings, while the cloying sweet smell of barzilium, the tang of lubricating fluids and the odor of male sweat assaulted her nose.
“Hey, guys,” she called to a cluster of pilots lounging near a Volpian cruiser similar to the one she’d evaded, “Watch out for pirates near the Ytersigon Asteroid Field.”
One of the men gave her a mock salute, “Thanks for the warning, d’Enfaden. Glad to see they didn’t get your cargo this time.”
“Thanks,” She scanned the bay for the Dock Master, “Is Vakus around?”
She stopped looking for him when she saw a pair of legs topped by the most gorgeous set of male buns she’d seen in at least a year. The owner of the aforementioned body parts, encased in the dark blue uniform of the repair crew, was bent over the open hatch of an Agilean Speeder.
Now there was a ship—the sleek vessel, one of the fastest in the galaxy, almost distracted her from the mechanic. He’d shrugged off the top portion of the jumpsuit so that it pooled around his waist, the environment of the repair shop affected many newcomers, especially those unaccustomed to the heat.
As she stared at his butt, all she could think was oh, mama.



There's no place like home, and he stole hers. 

Life on the frontier of space is hard enough so when pirates stole Celara d'Enfaden's cargo, she vowed not to be tricked again. 

Determined to make an example out of indie pilots who disobey orders, Coalition Administrator Trevarr Jovano impounds Celara’s starship and cargo. If he backs down, he’ll lose respect. If she can’t deliver her cargo, she’ll default on her loan and lose her only home—her ship. 

More important than her ship, though, is her brother. To rescue him from a galactic gangster, she’ll even work with Jovano who is bent on avenging his wife’s murder.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

#IWSG: Fall


Happy Insecure Writers Support Group Day. IWSG is the brainchild of Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Thanks, Alex, for starting this group and keeping it going. 


October shouts Fall loud and clear. It’s my favorite time of year. Crisp days and cool nights, and sometimes fog “creeping in on cat’s feet” – as Carl Sandberg reminds us. And it’s my birthday.

This summer was beastly hot, a rarity to last so long in Michigan. It felt more like winter since I mostly stayed inside our air-conditioner house and ran from the air-conditioner car into air-conditioned stores. I didn’t “feel” like writing. Why did we ever subscribe to Netflix? Binge watch! Consequently, my WIP is still in progress. I wrote so little from May through August I’m ashamed to admit the number of words. In September, I wrote over 3500 words, and the story is finally rolling.



October 2 question - It's been said that the benefits of becoming a writer who does not read is that all your ideas are new and original. Everything you do is an extension of yourself, instead of a mixture of you and another author. On the other hand, how can you expect other people to want your writing, if you don't enjoy reading? What are your thoughts?


I can't imagine not reading. As I wrote last month, I not only binge-watch television, I binge read. It's an escape and a way to keep myself informed in the genres in which I write. For those of us who write science fiction (with or without romance), we need to know the tropes common to our genre plus commonly used terminology. I'm not saying copy other authors, but who wants to come up with a new phrase to describe how a spaceship gets from one part of the galaxy to another? Warp drive, FTL (faster than light) engines, a wormhole. Who needs another term?

Not everyone can make time to read. With only 24 hours in each day, a writer can only squeeze in a day job (aka one that makes money), family, hobbies, volunteering, and writing. What little time is left over is earmarked relaxation. I'm fortunate that I'm retired from the day job. Plus I read before bed. Some nights I read a page or two and have to catch the iPad before it hits the floor. Other nights, I'm so engaged in the story that I'm still reading at 2 am. 

Besides reading in my own genres, I belong to a local readers' group. The host for the month's meeting chooses a book from a list the library has on loan for book groups. Not often, the host chooses a book not on the list. (I've been fortunate that they've read a few of my own books.) The books are usually best-sellers, biographies, nonfiction. Rarely are they books I would've chosen to read. That's the great thing about the book group--reading outside my comfort zone.

Reading is essential to good writing. We learn by example.


Click here to find others on the Insecure Writers Support Group Blog Hop. Or go to IWSG on Facebook to see who’s blogging today.