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Never trust a pirate–SFFS for July 27

Whew.

After a summer that’s been plagued with some serious personal issues, I think I’m finally back on track. Life goes on, as they say, and it’s time to get back to my book babies, making sure they’re all warm and loved.

I’m so proud to have had my books featured on this blog over the last few months–thank you, my friends! Now it feels like coming home. 🙂

cvr200x300triadToday’s snippet is from TRIAD. The Solarii have launched a daring, two-pronged rescue attempt of their man Monty Winston, who’s been captured by the space pirates. While the intrepid team goes through the sewer to break into the dungeon and get him, Stefan and Catava, posing as a slaver and his merchandise, try to distract the pirate leader and his men on the main level of the stolen Dragonfleet base. But somehow things just don’t go as they expect…

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Weapon in hand, Stefan spun to face Marcand. He couldn’t figure out why the pirate hadn’t summoned his guards, but he suspected it was a matter of pride—he wouldn’t let a woman and a skinny trader beat him. “Let her go, Marcand.”

“She’s mine.” Marcand caught Catava’s neck again and turned her back to him, wrapping his sinewy arm across her throat, holding her between him and Stefan. “Back off, Philean, or she’s meat.”

The pirate sucked in deep draughts of air, still trying to catch his breath from her assault. “I knew something reeked of duplicity in this. Who is she, an assassin? Out to kill me for her DragonFleet revenge?”

***

Love it when a plan comes together, right? Ooops.

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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.

***

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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New site to buy Lyndi’s books!

cvr200x300elfmageThe ebookmall is now hosting Dragonfly Publishing books, including my elf series and Triad! You can buy the ebook for many different formats at the click of a button. Check it out here! http://www.ebookmall.com/ebook-search?searchterms=Lyndi+Alexander

Final edits for HORIZON SHIFT have gone in to the publisher, so soon this will be available, too–as well as THE ELF GUARDIAN.  So much reading, so little time….

How easily power can shift….SFFS for 10-13

It’s been awhile since we checked out the above the bedspread dealings of political gain in the TRIAD universe.

Today’s snippet comes from a scene a little later in the book. Hawk Kenton, previously Dragonfleet’s #2, has learned that the Solarii aren’t all bad, and a joint mission with them has concluded successfully.

While he could go back and join his fellow Dragonfleeters, he takes advantage of Suzanne Taylor’s invitation to remain free and learn more of the Solarii and Khimeyr. When he goes back to tell Estrella he’s leaving, she reacts ratherly poorly to that and tries to stab him. He takes issue with that:

Grabbing her by the hair and the right arm, he spun her away from him, then captured her again, her back against his chest, his arm around her throat, tight, until she gasped for air.

 “Strey, I haven’t betrayed you, but I won’t see Dragonfleet destroyed. By the honor of my father, it will live, with or without you.” As he felt her knees weaken, he shoved her away and she fell to the floor, choking.

“Get out!” she hissed.

Kenton stepped away, keeping his expression passive until he cleared the door. The others regaled him with stories of Estrella’s transgressions in his absence, but he just smiled, self-confidence building by the moment as he saw how they looked to him for guidance and leadership.

“Nothing I haven’t heard or expected, but things can be different if you want them to be.” Hawk’s deep-set eyes twinkled as he read support in their faces: was that his answer?

The Queen is dead…Long Live the King.

TRIAD is a space opera with a large, multi-national cast, set after a Diaspora from Earth has scattered its seed across the galaxy. The pages tell of courage, bravery, deception and betrayal, love and hate, birth and death. Pretty much everything in the unverse short of zombies. (But we do have space pirates!!)

TRIAD is a 2012 release from Dragonfly Publishing, Inc. , available in ebook, paperback and hardback. at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, most other web sources, and can also be ordered through your local indie bookseller!

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One little, two little, three little space pirates…. SFFS 8-18

Well, if you’ve been following the TRIAD snippets, you know that space pirates are on the horizon, and at least one space battle is bound to ensue.

The snippet today is from one of those battles, one which has a costly ending for the young alliance of the Khimeyr, Solarii and Dragonfleet. But when you stand to lose it all, there’s nothing else to do but fight:

Unfortunately, the pirate weapons were heavier, causing greater damage. Both Pomeroy’s and Catava’s ships took hits which sent them out of the rotation on long ellipses, taking time to recover before rejoining the battle. Trezanna made a run herself, feeling her heart pound as she passed between the lines of fire, trading shot for shot, the roar of the weapons under her rumbling through her feet, her ship bouncing around as her shields bore the brunt of the assault.

Passing behind them to circle round, she avoided most of the fire from the rear turrets and headed back toward the front in a smooth arc. McKinley’s Amazon launched one of the prototype weapons at the pirate ship nearest, and Trezanna was thrilled to see it penetrate the shields and hit the hull with such force it seemed palpable even inside her cockpit. Winston and Hussard tag-teamed the other Arkosian ship, taking turns on the offensive, blasting, then darting quickly aside. Xiu followed them in, but as Trezanna watched, suddenly swung wide, making a large detour around the pirates. A glance at rear sensors revealed eight ships coming at great speed along the route the pirates had come.

More pirates?

Who’d fooled who here?

Read more about the book at the tab above. Several other snippets from this book have been posted in weeks and months past; please do check them out! TRIAD is available now from Dragonfly Publishing, Inc. , at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, and through most other sources. Order it in paperback from your local indie bookstore. (Yay, indie bookstores!!)

For more science fiction and fantasy snippets to round out your Saturday, check the main page at Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday, and find little bits of stories from SFF authors from around the globe!

And a bonus–here’s a sneak peak of 2013’s HORIZON SHIFT–first in a sci-fi series beginning next year!  Can’t wait till this series rolls out because I love these characters. 🙂   I know you will too.

BLURB: Captain Temms Rogers uses a bit of untested alien technology to escape a  space battle, nearly destroying his ship in the process. When he wakes up, he discovers his crew decimated, his ship badly damaged, and he has no idea where he is. Even once he gets his equipment working again, he finds himself in an area of space no one of his faction—maybe his whole race—has ever been before. Lost, and alone.
Not quite alone.
His former commander Jal Burko, bent on revenge, hasn’t given up the fight, determined to punish Rogers for the rebellion he led. Desperate, the clock ticking, Rogers enlists an assortment of people to help him rebuild and repair his ship, many of them misfits who deserve a second chance, each with a special talent to share: a runaway bride, a
17-year old navigation whiz sold into slavery, a cocky xenophobic engineer, a pair of genetically engineered lizard-humans. He even finds a friend aboard he never expected.  A chance meeting with an economic power called the Consortium brings Rogers powerful friends, and the key to putting the clues together. But the appearance of a strange autistic boy, abandoned in the Doubtful‘s cargo bay, becomes the catalyst that may save the ship and its crew from
Burko’s single-minded hatred when all else fails.

Welcome home….NOT. SFFS for August 11, 2012

I got such a great response for my little spitfire Estrella last week, I wanted to give another slice of her life again. Not only has she discovered, in last week’s snippet, that the Khimeyr are back, but this week she discovers that the commander is not who she thinks at all. Her world is in serious WTF mode, and she needs to take action. But what?

ESTRELLA returned to her base, flying blindly, jumping at every shadow. Gus reported the withdrawal of the Khimeyr from Dragonfleet space leaving the main Dragonfleet missile launcher destroyed, but that wasn’t what tore at her gut. She hadn’t anticipated them. She, who had always been one jump ahead of everyone else.

She was in a rare state of anxiety by the time she came in to land the Talon. Catava and Qiao, conspiring against her, her former comrades-in-arms, traitors, traitors…

She pulled up at the last minute, swerving into an alternate vector, flying past the boundaries of her base, punching up one land map after another onto her glowing monitor, scanning until she found it. There. She launched a barrage of laser fire at a building on the ground, utterly destroying the remains of the house where Catava’s father had raised his family. If she wanted it back now, she could have it—in molecules.

I have to hand it to her, the woman knows how to get things done. On the other hand, it’s not always great to run a government on impulse, and pretty soon it’s going to catch up with her.

Read more about the book at the tab above. Several other snippets from this book have been posted in weeks and months past; please do check them out! TRIAD is available now from Dragonfly Publishing, Inc. , at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, and through most other sources. Order it in paperback from your local indie bookstore. (Yay, indie bookstores!!)

For more science fiction and fantasy snippets to round out your Saturday, check the main page at Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday, and find little bits of stories from SFF authors from around the globe!

You know what they say about a woman scorned…SFFS for August 4

This week, we have another excerpt from TRIAD, introducing the third commander, Estrella Drake of Dragonfleet. She is, shall we say, volatile?  Nothing a regular dose of psychotropic meds couldn’t handle, but she doesn’t believe in such things. All she wants is to be the ruler of the universe. Is it so much to ask?

Estrella Drake tapped the tip of her carved black dagger on the wooden table, trying to comprehend the implications of the Khimeyr return. Luca Strada and his people, incapable of living under her rule, now enjoyed Solarii hospitality?

It made no sense.

The tapping grew more agitated until the dagger actually stuck into the tabletop. The petite brunette growled and leaped to her feet, hurling her cup behind the bar, where it broke with a satisfying crash.

Her early morning patrol of the borders of Solarii space had revealed the presence of  Khimeyr ships. The blaze of her anger had burned so hot that none of her people had dared venture uninvited into her private chambers.

A black leather jumpsuit held her slim body close, the familiar feel comforting her. The broad mirror on the far wall reflected the flash in her dark eyes, her hair pixie cut so she required little physical maintenance, unlike the other social butterflies of the Dragonfleet females. She looked like she meant business, all the way to the tips of her polished black boots.

Does she play well with others? I can assure you she does not.

Read more about the book at the tab above. Several other snippets from this book have been posted in weeks and months past; please do check them out!  TRIAD is available now from Dragonfly Publishing, Inc. , at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, and through most other sources. Order it in paperback from your local indie bookstore. (Yay, indie bookstores!!)

For more science fiction and fantasy snippets to round out your Saturday, check the main page at Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday, and find little bits of stories from SFF authors from around the globe!

Space pirates. What else do you need to say? SFFS for July 28

Trezanna Len (front), with Estrella and Catava, the three women commanders of TRIAD

Today’s snippet is a bit from the space adventure TRIAD. The Solarii are a small colony of Terran descendants, led by former Space Command officer Trezanna Len. Life is hard on the raggedy edge of space, and becomes near impossible when the Arkosian space pirates decide they’d like to have what the Solarii have. But Trezanna and her people don’t intend to make that fight an easy one:

Trezanna focused closely on the screen as the overhead lights dimmed. Other than the command post, the attack hadn’t damaged anything crucial. Seven ships occupied the air space directly over the base, four pirate ships, three of theirs. The Solarii ships, the Whirlwind, the Tiboron, and the Blaze, smaller and more maneuverable, circled the larger pirate ships like wild dogs, taking bites out of their hulls with each pass.

Running a hand through her hair to knock loose tiny bits of plasteel and krete, Trezanna tuned the controls, trying to catch the frequency her fighters were using. Barely able to hear at first, she leaned in close, the blue light from the screen dimly illuminating her face and body. Static phased in, then sharpened to a war whoop.

“Beat it, Winston, she’s gonna blow!” came the triumphant voice of Shelby Hussard, the spitfire teacher-turned-pilot of the Tiboron.

“Cheeky bit.” Monty Winston swerved the Whirlwind from its path, swinging wide to avoid the coming explosion.

 

Read more about the book at the tab above.  TRIAD is available now from Dragonfly Publishing, Inc. , at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, and through most other sources. Order it in paperback from your local indie bookstore. (Yay, indie bookstores!!)

For more science fiction and fantasy snippets to round out your Saturday, check the main page at Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday, and find little bits of stories from SFF authors from around the globe!

SFFS Snippets! Gotta catch ’em all!

United we stand–a phrase we’ve heard so many times. Three little words that sound so easy, but don’t always make it there.

In TRIAD (see link above), three different factions in one area of space– the Solarii, the Khimeyr and Dragonfleet, each sympolized by the insignia in the circles on the cover– must come together to fight a vicious band of space pirates, or they will all fall.

The divisions and grudges that threaten to keep them separated are long-held and nearly impossible to overcome.

It falls to the female leaders of each group to draw their males back from the raggedy edge and into a cohesive fighting force. Here’s an example from the group called the Khimeyr, who have arrived at the Solarii bases, their forces decimated after several previous bad decisions. Catava Rolon, who took over after their leaders were killed, does her best to rally her less-than-enthusiastic troops:

“This was a bad idea,” he grumbled, pushing past her to enter.

“What makes you say so?”

“Things locked up tight, no computer access, rationed supplies. Seven new graves out t’ graveyard. Mayhap we came here to die with them, eh?”

“No.” Her tone was firm. “No more dying. We’ve got to turn this around.”

Pomeroy snorted. “And their better-than-you attitudes? Worse than old Space Force days. Like as not they’re asking for an ass-kickin’.”

Catava frowned and straightened her collar. “I know it’s not easy. Dare, I’m counting on you to set a good example for the rest. We’ve got a bigger battle ahead of us, dealing with Estrella.” She stared at him, eyes hard. “Isn’t she the target? Isn’t Dragonfleet our enemy?”

“Don’t mean I have to like it.” He growled, his hands fidgeting,  picking at his shirt.

She allowed herself a smile. “No, it doesn’t. As long as you do it.”

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You mean you can’t kill your staff? SFFS snippets, away!

Today we have another snippet from TRIAD:

WHEN Trezanna woke up, she lay on her back, unsure of her whereabouts, someone crying out in pain near her, the room lit by blazing emergency lights that dazzled some sections of the room, but left the rest in darkness. She guessed it was the infirmary. She tried to push herself upright, but found herself restrained on a medical table. Her navy blue jumpsuit had been cut away in the upper right quadrant, and she was freezing.

“Boring!”

Her chief medical officer appeared from behind a blood-flecked curtain under the lights at the far end of the room. Eugene Boring was humanoid—bipedal, nearly human—but his Eponan physiology dictated he was short, squat and hairless, his skin tinged with a slightly jaundiced appearance. His eyes, a deep piercing violet, sparkled with good humor as he scanned her. “Ah, Len, you’re among the living. Nice for you.”

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