Monthly Archives: April 2013

Is a woman right for a man’s job? If a man can’t do it — SFFS for April 27!

517SzU07bNL__SL500_AA300_It’s Saturday again! That must mean it’s time for delicious bits of science fiction and fantasy–how yummy. This week’s snippet from HORIZON SHIFT is calorie-free, and deals with a mysterious mission.

The Doubtful is offered the opportunity to retrieve some artifacts they need to rebuild the alien device that sent them into a universe, then exploded. All they have to do to get them is help the Lenci get their priestess back from her journey inside a set of caves. She’s been missing several days, and they’re afraid she might be dead. Oh, yes, and they can only send women on the mission.

Sounds easy enough, right?

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The Lenci communication had been very sketchy about the rescue mission, perhaps with intention. Even when the team arrived, the Lenci representatives seemed nervous and uncomfortable.

“As I said, Captain, since we don’t engage in trade with outsiders, we trust the artifacts will adequately recompense your team for the dangerous undertaking.” Rez spoke hurriedly, glancing over his shoulder as Malka passed around them with the stinking incense again.

Rogers straightened his shoulders. “You’re sure you need women?”

Liang bristled at the implication in the captain’s voice that women were somehow insufficient. A quick look at Riviera showed a similar reaction.

Rez sighed, and the others twitched and nodded as one.

“The males never come back.”

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Well, maybe not so easy, then.

HORIZON SHIFT is available at Amazon.com, at Dragonfly Publishing’s new ebook page  and at other online distributors, or order it in paperback from your local indie bookstore.  🙂

For more information, click the tab above to learn about HORIZON SHIFT, and its sequels coming soon.

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Sneak a peek at my new Sci-fi romance!

asmalldegreeofhope3Hello, Sneaky-Peekers! Hope your Sunday is going well, and that you’re getting some time to just relax and do what you want to do.

Today I have for you something a little different. (Yes, I know I say that about a lot of my books….but then a lot of my books are a little different!) Today’s  excerpt is from my soon-to-be-released science fiction romance A SMALL DEGREE OF HOPE. Here’s the scoop from the back cover:

TAG: Even the smallest degree of hope can spark love.

Against her wealthy father’s demands, and the usual blockades of a male dominated profession, Kylie Sanderson proves worthy of her position as lead investigator of planet Andan’s Scientific and Investigative Research Taskforce. Someone is killing Andan’s women in an attempt to mutate them into reptiles. Kylie makes it her mission to discover who’s behind the murders and prevent more grotesque deaths.

Shapeshifting lizard Griff comes to Andan to stop his brethren from mutating other planets’ women into mindless breeding stock. Overcoming Kylie’s suspicious and defensive nature proves difficult, but he must in order to help the SIRT team thwart his planet’s scientists.

When Kylie is abducted and becomes the first human to survive the transformation, it’s up to Griff to rescue her so SIRT can restore her human form. On the run and desperate to unravel the mysteries of Kylie’s past to solve the crimes of their present, can she and Griff forge a future for themselves?

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I really love this story because it takes the concept of falling in love with a shapeshifter (wolf/bear/Loch Ness monster/bat/whatever) and adds an alien twist! See if you like this cut, taken from a point where Griff’s been captured and Kylie’s the officer assigned to interrogate him:

 

“I want to talk to you.”

“Then talk. I’m right here.”

“No. Talk to you.” He whirled, almost faster than her eyes could follow. Taking the thin mattress off the narrow bunk, he ripped it in half. Claws flashed out of his fingertips amid the shredded bits of cheap stuffing that showered the room. As the detritus settled, he glared at the monitor. “Talk to you like equal being. Face to face. I tried. You won’t let me! Now one is probably lost, maybe more because you are too inflexible to listen.”

Only when she realized she was holding her breath did Kylie notice the others had done the same. They’d frozen at the demonstration of Griff’s swiftness and power. She made herself breathe as she gathered her thoughts. Those claws. An inch long at least. He wanted her to go in there with him.

Her nerves tingled. “You keep saying women are going to die. But you won’t tell us where they are. You won’t help, like you say you want to. This shows me you don’t really mean what you say. You’re going to let those women die. You’ll be an accessory, Griff. You’ll go to prison.”

He turned away. “Then you are, too. Because you won’t listen.”

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Fortunately, Kylie realizes there’s more to this reptile/man than meets the eye. Enough more that, hounded by her own people, on the run for her life, she realizes Griff is the only one she can count on, no matter what or who he is.

A SMALL DEGREE OF HOPE will be a June 3 release from Lyrical Press! Read more about it at the tab above. Can’t wait!

No sense in working without an angle…SFFS for April 13!

cvr200x300elfguardian2This week’s snippet goes back to one of the elf queen’s human friends, Lane Donatelli. For those who’ve read the YA Clan Elves series, you’ll remember Lane is a former foster-care child who compensates for his anxiety with food, especially cupcakes, and he’s a master computer whiz.

But he also needs to pay his bills:

Lane retreated to the Cave, his carefully-constructed getaway inside the apartment, four computers ensconced in a space enclosed by walls built from an assortment of cardboard boxes, crates and storage bins.  Once upon a time, his whole life had been centered within these artificial walls, very much like Crispy had constructed his own “safe” place, his agoraphobia keeping him inside the apartment until his therapist—and a generous helping of elven magic—had invited him back into the world.

            Lane’s egress into the greater world had taken a different form. Plopping down in his well-padded manager’s chair, he noted the blinking icon that indicated he had email waiting for him. Clicking on it, he revealed seven notes from fans new to his recently-published digital book, The Elf Princess.

            He’d taken the adventure he’d shared with Jelani, Astan and the others, and written a thinly-disguised version of the story, careful to set it near Butte instead of Missoula, to protect the clan’s existence in the Montana woods.  The manuscript had been rejected by a dozen agents as “too outlandish,” proving to Lane that truth was indeed stranger than fiction. Finally, he’d tapped one of his gamer buddies online, they’d whipped the manuscript into shape for e-publishing, and he’d published it himself.

            His gamer friends spread the word, and as they were a widely-diverse group, Lane had sold a good number of copies already, a fan base developing almost without his effort.

“Now if I can only figure out how to leverage this into a fully-paid appearance at the San Diego Comic-Con…”

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wildwest-trip-107-150x150THE ELF GUARDIAN is the fourth book in the Clan Elves of the Bitterroot series, available at Dragonfly Publishing and at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, at Apple ITunes and most other online outlets. Find out more about the series at the tab above or at the home of the Clan Elves online.

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Alone in the dark –SFFS for April 6

For this week’s snippet, I traveled back to my first published science fiction novel, TRIAD. (Okay, it’s only last year, but it’s about 10 published books in-between, so it feels like the Way Back Machine!!)

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TRIAD tells the story of three women commanding different factions of an area of disputed space: the Solarii, run by Trezanna Len, Dragonfleet, led by Estrella Drake, and the Khimeyr, a group that splintered away from Dragonfleet, commanded by Catava Rolon. When the Arkosian space pirates come to attack, hoping to annex all the territory belonging to these factions, they find they have to work together to defeat the enemy. But one of the leaders has her very own agenda that could bring them all to ruin.

When one of Trezanna’s lieutenants is captured by the pirates, he’s locked in a dungeon and left alone. The experience kicks him into flashbacks of his time as a prisoner of war:

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Winston shuddered again and started over with the multiplication tables.

One times one is one—one times two is two—one times three is three….

Years before, in his days with the Western Alliance, captured soldiers learned ways to focus, to redirect thoughts, to offset brainwashing or other assaults on one’s sanity. Structure, logic, progression. One fact followed another, which followed another, to a known point. Don’t let the mind stray after that creature, the one that sounded small at first but might be larger, might have teeth, might have—

Stop.

Stop.

He took a deep breath, felt it shudder out of him. The tricks only worked so long.

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TRIAD, a Dragonfly Publishing release, is available at Amazon.com and most other major online retailers, and can be ordered in print at your local indie bookstore! For more information, click the tab above that says “TRIAD”!

BLURB:

After five years of silence, the Arkosian space pirates are back to terrorize the sector where Trezanna Len fights to save her Solarii colony, a small group of Terran descendants settled on the planet Induna. To survive, the Solarii need assistance. And soon. Trezanna could ask for help from the neighboring group called Dragonfleet, but its cruel leader Estrella Drake has been on a rampage to annex Solarii space. Estrella would never agree to an alliance with the Solarii. Or would she?

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