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Remember Him Yesterday Nick and Krista ~ been away too long.
, After posting RHY Nick and Krista ten months live yesterday 15th April on Soul Love blog, I have been thinking. I really do miss writing their story. I loved the energy surrounding them, their lifestyle, the time period, and just the way they are. It seems though that Nick and Krista became such a good place for me to focus. And I think it still is. Other writing is good too, but these characters came from my heart. And when I get into their life and space, it brings me to a happier better place inside me. So here's to seeing Nick and Krista come alive the way they should in the near to me future. Creating. If I just didn't have so many stories floating around in my head! Maybe I could capture these and get them out. Some are finished and need a rewrite. Others are in stages of finishing, others are floating inside my head still. A goal is to take them out and get them done. It would be amazing to create our life just the way we want it, like we can create stories wouldn't it. Here's the original short premise for RHY:
Remember Him Yesterday
Musician Nick and dancer Krista fall in love
amid tumultuous times in 1960's Boston. Their soul love ebbs and flows as they
experience the offerings of the counter-culture. Yet unknown forces are
destined to pull them apart and away from each other. They become lost in
different worlds left bewildered and searching
Set up: Alex takes a high orbit around Ramie’s
planet in his FTL spacecraft. He prepares a force field around him as he rides
on the surface of a transport that is called lightning bolt to the planet below. Details in the opening clarify
the SF features. And how Alex ends up in the predicament he does.
Chapter Two: Alex of the Light Power
Riding his Lightning Bolt headlong through a Dimensional Rift Alex surfed the stellar
winds near the world which was below him and was his destination. He felt his body shifting and
moaning under the pressure of a large whirlpool of debris floating above the
planet. It hit him without warning.
Pulling in, he contorted and tightened his
body against the edge of the Bolt,
and turned toward the expanding energy. The Bolt
which wasdesigned to disintegrate
upon landing, hit the planet’s atmosphere
hard. Alex lost his footing and damn near caused the force field surrounding
him to collapse. But he managed to regain his position and push the field back
on full. His objective was straight ahead.
He hit the ground with a dizzying jolt as
he tumbled across the dirt. Trying to break the impact, he threw himself into a
large dirty green object that lay just ahead of him. His body slammed into it
hard and everything went black.
When he woke his head pounded and every inch
of his skin stung with unfamiliar pain. Thinking clearly eluded him. He peered
around through blurred eyes. A faint flash of memory surfaced in which he
beheld the greatest of Powers, but vanished as quickly as it had risen.
He felt small and insignificant in the midst
of the gritty noise and strange surroundings. An acrid smoke-like substance
hung in the air above his head causing his throat to burn, and tall structures
jutted up from a dank nightmare glow.
A putrid smelling man with a whiskered face
stood nearby slouching against a granular wall as he stared blankly into the
hot murky night.
Sensing despair torturing the atmosphere Alex’s
heart swelled into an odd sadness. He had no idea where he was and for that
matter, who he was. He moved in an attempt to stand but his body rolled and
fell backward onto the trash-strewn pavement. Confusion filling his brain.
The man turned slightly and seemed to notice
him at last. Grunting, Alex pushed to sit up. His ragged voice came out in a
“Where am I?”
“Why? Don’t you know? You’re in hell, boy.”
The man sneered as he turned and staggered away.
Finally managing to get to his feet, Alex
followed the foul-smelling man. “What do you mean--is Hell the name of this
The man threw his head back and laughed, but
kept on walking. Alex caught up with him. With a sudden burst of strength, he
trapped the man’s arm in a demanding grip. “I would know what place this is.”
The man tried to wrestle free but Alex held
him firm. He faltered as he watched Alex through wild eyes.
“Y-You’re in the dregs of the city of angels, boy. Los Angeles. Humph, angels
Alex loosened his grasp. The man jerked and started running
aimlessly, mumbling something about angels not giving a damn.
Alex exhaled a sigh and rubbed his aching
head as he peered through the haze. In the distance, gigantic letters fraught with
colored light shone bright. Squinting, he used an innate ability he didn’t know
he had until now and read the word, “Hollywood.”
He wandered around the littered streets in a
state of forgetfulness, as the muggy night turned to a hazy morning. Restless, with an unknown emptiness in his
belly he sank down against a wall and ate of meager findings.
Then he saw a thing that caused an unnatural
excitement to give rise within him. Protruding out from one of the trash bins in
which he hunted for discarded foodstuffs sat a narrow board with wheels on
either end. Cracked as it was down the middle and discarded as useless.
Alex picked it from the trash and with a calm
focus he didn’t remember having, he fixed it. He wasn’t at all sure how he did
it, but as he ran his hand down the fractured board, he felt it tighten and
smooth beneath his touch. He tested it out. Placed it on the sidewalk and moved
it forward and back with his foot. It felt sturdy under his weight. He easily mastered
the skill of riding the thing and could move about the streets with more
Anguish grew strong inside him and with it came
a distressing foreign kind of bitterness. He sensed and absorbed his surroundings,
becoming part of the turmoil that existed here.
Yet something deeper told him this was not
his home. Search as he may, the memory of his identity escaped him. “Not part
of this place, I’m not part of this place,” he chanted repeatedly, more times than
he could count.
Riding his newly found board swerving in and
out between the others on the street, he heard tell of a location called
“shelter” where one could find things like fresh food and sleeping quarters. He
listened closely to the talk on the street, learning the vicinity of this shelter
and went there. It truly contained fresh food and water and beds…
Soon Alex will meet Ramie. Even though he gets bits and pieces of his life before, it still takes a lot of story before he finally knows who he truly is. That's it for now.
You hear her calling from across the distance between you. See a vision of her in total darkness and danger.
What would you do if you knew your true love mate was in
impending danger? You would move so called heaven and hell to get to her, help
her, save her. The problem is you live light years away from her and she doesn’t
even know your world exists.
What would you do then?
For Alex of the Light Power the distance between them isn‘t
as far as it seems. His people have mastered advanced quantum FTL the power of
faster-than-light speed energies. The difficulty is in convincing the alliance
to let him go, because on her world how to use the quantum hasn’t been discovered yet…
he saw first in a beggar's game her heart was heavy but her eyes were light...
Here is a cool story idea that I'm working on.
Dancer ~ Beggar’s Game
In the traditional sense a gypsy dancer was part of the
nomad Romani people in the mid 1800’s. They had dark hair and skin and were beautiful.
(no blonde dancers here! Okay, I can fix that.) As it goes Romani people had no
real home and would travel around from place to place, sharing music and
sometime card reading and other psychic things to make ends meet.
The Dancers were the young women who would entice men to
throw coins as they danced around in sometimes, yes, seductive ways. But not
always. Many of the young gypsy dancers didn’t like doing what they were forced
to do. But had to dance and at times do other things for money. The caravan stayed
on the outskirts of various towns where they would set up their camps, and open
their wares to the public.
In my idea for a short story and/or stage dance, Gypsy Dancer, Essie is a beautiful
dancer who is reluctant to do what she is being forced to do. That is dance for
men to gain money. So as you see her, she has a rather sad look about her, yet
she also has that sensual appeal men love. Note: This is no stripper or belly dance
stuff, this is real dance based on the traditional folk lore of the gypsy
Story Opening: Beggar’s Game
When Jeffery, a young man of
means, chances upon the Gypsy Caravan camping in a clearing on the outer side
of his property he is not happy and intends to tell them they must leave at
once. But then he sees her. And when she begins her Gypsy Dance to the Romani
music being played, he is mesmerized. She is beautiful, enticing. And he can’t
take his eyes from her. In truth he has never wanted to bed a woman as much as
he did her.
As she dances around in a circle she stops
directly in front of him. Her sensual movements and come on looks almost do him
in. But when their eyes meet, he senses something about her. Something not
right about what she is doing. What is it? He feels that she is trying to tell him something. But what?
Okay, what will happen
between Essie and Jeffery? She does entice him to bed her for payment of the
gold watch he carries. But what will happen next? Will Jeffery kick the whole bunch
off his property and be done with it? Or will he fall in love with Essie and try to save her from a life
she doesn’t want or deserve? We shall see.
Stay tuned for the
conclusion to Beggar’s Game as it is
written. Probably tomorrow...
Is this anything like courtly love? Not exactly. Sci Fi Rom is a place I really like to be. It is one of my fave elements. Been away too long. But I'm back to share one of my time travel Knight pre-story ideas that I left on hold a long while back...
I love the idea of time travel and the 12th century is one place I envision as my best place to be if I were living in that time period.
That's where characters, Alisa and Bryan meet and fall in love from the book, Knight Medieval. But how did they meet? How did they first encounter each other?
The follow is how the two first came together.
Alisa Vonn is a present day archaeologist working deep inside the ruins of Calimere Castle. As she carefully scrapes through the dirt and strata, she uncovers a small odd object that certainly doesn't belong in the ruins of a 12th century castle. In fact she can't figure out where it would belong. She examines it, touching its odd keypad and suddenly she is thrown into a whirlwind of swirling energy, which knocks her out.
When she awakens, she finds she is inside what appears to be a catacomb of some kind. So she goes to explore. What she finds astounds her. She discovers that the dig she worked beneath the castle ruins is not a ruins at all, but is actually beneath an intact 12th century castle...
What will happen when Sir Bryan, Knight of Calimere, while on night watch, finds this scantily attired woman hiding beneath the castle proper?
Stay tuned to find out more...
who is back with Medieval Time Travel fun! Yes! Keep watching.
Almost Home ~ Nick and Krista Christmas, my new Christmas story from the Soul-Love Series released on Amazon Kindle on December 23. Almost Home features characters, Nick and Krista, from Remember Him Yesterday, my full length book releasing in late 2016. To find out more about what Soul-Love is visit my Website.
Almost Home ~ Nick and Krista Christmas
It is unseasonably warm for mid-December as musician Nick
Zelmenis and the love of his life, ballet dancer Krista McBaine shop for a
Christmas tree. They take time to share their special Soul-Love and to spend
quality time together before Nick maps out a trip to Ohio on his Yamaha. He is
going to visit his ageing grandmother for several days. Krista will visit her
parents in Vermont at the same time. The two plan to be back in Boston and
share Christmas Eve with each other and with a few close friends. But things
never go as planned. The unpredictable changing winter weather causes major
problems. Nick must reluctantly tap into his psychic abilities so he can try to
get back home to Krista before a mammoth snowstorm hits Boston and the entire
northeast with a vengeance.
spacecraft operating in a new mission profile called K2
Now this is what I'm talking about! This is the exiting stuff SF is made from. And guess what, it's getting close to reality. How cool is this. Read on: NASA's Kepler Space Telescope is tasked with finding
small, rocky worlds orbiting distant stars.
However, exoplanets aren’t the only
thing Kepler can detect — stellar flares, star spots and dusty planetary
rings can also pop up in the mission's observations.
But the space telescope may have
the ability to detect more than natural phenomena. Kepler
may also detect the signature of artificial structures orbiting other
stars, if they're out there. Imagine an advanced civilization which has the ability to harness energy directly from its star. This alien civilization may want to construct vast mega-structures, like
supersized solar arrays in orbit around their host star that could be so big
that they blot out a sizable fraction of starlight as they pass in front.
When Kepler detects an exoplanet, it does so by
sensing the very slight dip in starlight from a given star. Kepler detects the slight dimming of starlight and creates a "lightcurve"
— basically a graph charting the dip over time. Much information
can be gleaned from the lightcurve, such as the physical size of the transiting
exoplanet. But it can also deduce the exoplanet’s shape.
For the most part, any dip in star brightness is some kind of natural phenomenon. But what if all possibilities
are accounted for and only one scenario is left? What if that scenario is this
object appears to be artificial? In other words, what if it’s alien?
A star, named KIC 8462852, has been found with a highly
curious transit signal. In a paper submitted to the journal Monthly
Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, astronomers report: "Over the
duration of the Kepler mission, KIC 8462852 was observed to undergo irregularly
shaped, aperiodic dips in flux down to below the 20 percent level."
The research paper is thorough, describing the
phenomenon, pointing out tha846t this star is unique - they've seen nothing like it.
Kepler has collected data steadily for four years. It's not
instrumental error. Kepler isn't seeing things; the signal is real.
The Planet Hunters volunteers are depended on to seek out
transits in Kepler's stars in the direction of the constellation Cygnus. The group described KIC 8462852 as "bizarre,"
"interesting" and a "giant transit." They're not wrong.
Follow-up studies focus on two interesting transit events at
KIC 8462852, one that was detected between days 788 and 795 of the Kepler
mission and between days 1510 to 1570. The first event appears to have been a single
transit causing a star brightness drop-off of 15 percent, whereas the second
was a burst of several transits, possibly indicating a clump of different
objects, forcing a brightness dip of up to 22 percent. To cause such dips in
brightness, these transiting objects must be huge.
The researchers also investigated the possibility of a
huge planetary collision: could the debris from this smashup be creating this
strange signal? The likelihood of us seeing a planetary collision is extremely
low. The only natural explanation favored by the researchers
seems to focus on an intervening clump of exocomets. "One way we imagine such a barrage of comets could
be triggered is by the passage of a field star through the system," write
A second paper is currently being written to investigate
a completely different transit scenario that focuses around the possibility of
a mega-engineering project created by an advanced alien civilization
This may sound like science fiction, but our galaxy has
existed for over 13 billion years, it's not such a stretch of the imagination
to think that an alien civilization may be out there and evolved to the point
where they can build mega-structures around stars.
And hunting down huge structures that obscure the
light from stars is no new thing. The Search for Extraterrestrial Technology
(SETT) is one such project that does just this.
But as KIC 8462852 is showing us, there may be something
else out there — possibly an alien intelligence that is well on its way to
becoming a civilization, which is setting up some kind of artificial structure
around its star.
Of course, these mystery transit events are nowhere near
"proof" of an alien civilization. In fact, it's barely evidence and a
lot more work needs to be done.
The next step is to point a radio antenna at KIC 8462852,
just to see whether the system is generating any artificial radio signals that
could indicate the presence of something we'd define as
It might be a long shot,
and the phenomenon is more likely a clump of comets or some other natural
phenomenon that we haven't accounted for blocking star light from view, but
it’s worth investigating, especially if there really is some kind of alien
intelligence building structures, or perhaps, ancient structures of a
civilization long-gone, around a star only 1,500 light-years away from Earth. This kind of stuff makes me really miss all that research I use to do for SFR stories... Wow! It sure does take me back to my love of anything scientifically space oriented, SF for sure. The ideas kind of remind me of Stargate Universe. (SGU) See you inside a new alien culture! Kaye
Have you ever thought about our society and why we like the kinds of entertainment we do? I'm not necessarily talking about SFR or SF but love/sex scenes in romance in general. And a little about our penchant for yeah, all things sexual. And true, how we as authors write the scenes into our books as well... Slide on over to the Soul-Love blog and read the post,
Love Scenes ~ Is It All About Sex? HERE Tell me your ideas and what you think. I'm sharing where I am at this moment in time as an author. Keep in mind we creators of fiction are a fickle bunch when it comes to discovery and work. And we are subject to change! See you on the Soul-Love blog, Kaye
There are numerous things that need to be done on this blog. And it needs me focused here to update my friends on what is happening with my straight up SFR stories. (which have nothing to do with my continued fondness for the new Soul-Love Series) First up, when I fell out of my direction and into the abyss of life, I was working on a killer time travel series set partially in the 12th century. One of these stories actually tied for a 1st place award for best SFR story and blurb. A few days ago, I pulled up the not quite finished time travel series and even amazed myself with the detail, the settings, the background, the actually believable scientific way time travel happened between the 23rd century and the 12th century in the first book. And more. Basically the stories center around stopping those from changing or destroying timelines and putting things back the way they should be. Hardly ever can happen though, according to theory. Coined first by H.G. Wells in his iconic story, The Time Machine, we have been fascinated with the subject ever since. TV shows and movies picked it up and featured it in series like Star Trek and Stargate. But what is time travel and the scientific theories surrounding it? Just to touch a little on the current theories about time travel, once a line is disrupted, it is never the same, what is set in motion is ripples, which will continue but on a different track (here we go with string theory) but not the same as before. These ideas can get really complicated. I am pretty much a stickler for keeping to the research as well as can be.
But if you are going to have that all important R in the SF you have to take a few liberties with science. So if my hero knight from the 12th century and my time travelling heroine from the future happen to fall in love, well, that has got to change things like timelines and such.
I will add here that my heroine in this story didn't just get thrust back into the past by some unknown vague thing, which is the usual way it happens in time travel romance. She is a scientist whose job is keeping timelines in tact. While working, she gets trapped in the 12th century trying to stop a bad guy who is mucking up various timelines. That's not to say that my 12th century medieval research wasn't just as in-depth.
Okay she does get involved with that sexy hero knight, but against her better judgement. She just can't stop her primitive attraction from emerging. And in her defense, she is trying to protect the hero's way of life when it happens. There is a bunch of SF in this story. Including the use of, let's see, Laser Blasters?
So the bad guys who don't care about keeping the timeline safe start the battle using futuristic weapons, So yeah, she has to fight back, you know. And how can she do that unless she can level the playing field? But this is romance after all. Thus the SFR tag for Science Fiction Romance. Still its kind of a fun SF adventure too.
I remember how much I enjoyed working on it, writing it, doing the research and making sure it flowed the way it should. The first two stories, yet to be published, are ready for working and not too far from finished. They need lots of edits, rewrites and layering, as well as insightful input from critique partners. In my opinion, crit partners are an author's saving grace. They can spot things you can miss and help flush out plot holes, areas that don't work and give you ideas to make the story better.
Thoughts to ponder:
With all this said, the question is, can I work on two distinctly separate focuses at the same time? Lots of writers do. But I'm not other writers. I tend to give my complete undivided focus to one project at a time. And then there is all the promoting of a new series, etc. I don't even know if I can convey how much I love soul-love and my characters Nick and Krista. They are a part of me like no other characters before, and in ways hard to imagine. And keep in mind too that Remember Him Yesterday (Nick and Krista) is a romance that also has SF elements.
But still, working a little on the time travel may not be a bad idea after all...
But will your eye see that the moon is bigger on the night
of August 29? Well … it depends. Are you an incredibly careful observer? Have
you watched the full moon over a period of months, leading up to now? If so,
says Daniel Fischer in Königswinter, Germany, you can discern the extra-large
size of the supermoon using just your eye.
The closest and largest full supermoon of them all will fall
on September 28, to stage a total eclipse of the moon. Some will call it a
Blood Moon eclipse.
In North America, we often call the August full moon the
Sturgeon Moon, Corn Moon or Grain Moon. The August 2015 full moon is also the
first of three full-moon supermoons in 2015. Previously, we had three new moon
supermoons in January, February and March, 2015. The full moons on August 29,
September 28 and October 27 all enjoy the supermoon designation because the
centers of these full moons and the center of Earth are less than 361,836
kilometers (224,834 miles) apart. The closest supermoon of the year comes with
the September 28 full moon, presenting a moon that’s only 356,877 kilometers
(221,753 miles) from Earth.
Wow! This is so interesting... NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft captured
a solar flare in multiple
wavelengths of light. The X-class solar flare is the most powerful category of sun storm.
"Given the impulsive nature of this event, as well as
the source location on the eastern limb of the sun, we are not expecting a
radiation storm at Earth," scientists with the U.S. Space Weather
Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado. Despite the radio blackouts, the
blast is unlikely to cause major issues here on Earth, researchers said.
CMEs are massive clouds of solar particles rocketed into
space at millions of miles per hour. Solar flares, by contrast, are blasts of
high-energy radiation. CMEs that hit Earth can trigger geomagnetic storms that
can disrupt power grids and satellite navigation.
Scientists classify strong solar flares into three
categories: C (weakest), M (mid-level) and X (the most powerful). X flares are
10 times more potent than M flares. Wednesday's outburst clocked in at X2.7,
outranking the previous flare champion of 2015 — an X2.2 storm that erupted
March 11 from a sunspot known as AR12297.
There could be more sun-storm action coming soon, SWPC
I have several excerpts posted on the Soul-love Connections blog from Remember Him Yesterday:
Musician Nick and dancer Krista fall in love amid tumultuous times in 1960s Boston. Their soul-love ebbs and flows as they experience the offerings of the counter-culture. Yet unknown forces are destined to pull them apart and away from each other. They become lost in different worlds, left bewildered and searching.
Excerpts: Nick and Krista First Love - JUNE 27 Nick and Krista Heartache - JULY 4
Nick and Krista Letters Lyrics and YD3 - JULY 11 Nick and Krista Soul Love One Month Live - JULY 15
Nick and Krista Far Away - JULY 26
If you haven't seen these excerpts you may want to check them out and let me know what you think. Kaye
Kepler Is this great or what? A SF writer's dream! Just think of all the ideas and possible scenarios this discovery can generate.
NASA’s Kepler Mission Discovers Bigger, Older Cousin to
NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed the first
near-Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” around a sun-like star. The
newly discovered Kepler-452b is the smallest planet to date discovered orbiting
in the habitable zone -- the area around a star where liquid water could pool
on the surface of an orbiting planet -- of a G2-type star, like our sun. The
confirmation of Kepler-452b brings the total number of confirmed planets to
1,030. This video shows an artist's concept that depicts one possible appearance
of the planet Kepler-452b.
For more information about the Kepler mission, visitHEREFor more information about NASA Ames, visitHERE
Life just does it to you sometimes doesn't it? Like all of us I have some really good days and some that could be better. Then there are those times that you just have to wonder what the hell is going on to cause your life to be so messed up all at once. Like characters in a story, if we did gaze into our future or past could we change a few things? Would we?
Just sharing a rundown because the situation is keeping me out of creativity, and that all by itself can make me really edgy.
First up, the scariest one - remember back on the 4th of July I said I had a cold and didn't go river kayaking with friends? (Mentioned on the Soul-Love blog) Well that cold morphed into a monster. I should be thankful. Because my worse nightmare didn't come upon me... My head hurt so bad I couldn't see straight, was throwing up, and so dizzy it felt like I was on a merry-go-round most of the time. Could this be the head injury I suffered a few years ago as a dancer coming back to haunt me? Scary. Those kind of things do happen.
I don't like docs I tend to be more of a naturalist. I called on my natural healing friends and they did their best. It helped but not enough. Back for those damn tests to see what was going on inside my head. No traditional doc ever stopped to think, oh maybe she has a virus-- until my cousin, a doctor who has spent time at yoga retreats and all kinds of wild new age stuff-- said maybe it is that virus that's going around. Wow! Still not back to normal but lots of antibiotics and I'm feeling better. (Thank you, M)
Number two coming up. During this sick scare time, my computers took a notion to crash. Yes I said computers. I'm a windows girl, everything connects, my laptop, tablet, phone all of it. I loved the way it worked. I could save docs and photos, etc. on one device and on all of them at the same time from remote places. (I know Macs are this way too.) Why did this happen? I'm not going into the details but suffice it to say it got fixed, for the most part.
I'm not done yet. My car, yes it's older--I'm kind of retro that way-- has been in the shop more than it's been out lately. Spent lots just keeping it going. So much so that I'm now good friends with my mechanic and his wife. During the down time with being sick and crashing computers, my mechanic tells me my car is probably toast. Gone. No more. Oh good. I don't want a car payment, don't need a car payment. I just want my old car back and running again. I don't think that's going to happen... Car-less.
My new age buddies tell me I have a bunch of stuff I haven't dealt with that needs to be addressed and cleared out. All right... sure. Maybe when I have the time.
Didn't stop me from screaming throughout the house and slamming doors though. ("Get away from me! Just get the fuck away!") And I said that to anyone who came close. Was I that bad? Yes I was. Bad girl. But hey in my defense consider what I was going through.
Good thing I live in a small easy to get around place, though I have been thinking seriously about leaving here. I have a brother who is about an hour's flight away from me, near Atlanta. And another brother in Jacksonville. Maybe it's time for a change...
The Sex Guru I mention from time to time would say I need to be f***ed and f***ed good. Oh really? By whom? Dreams and fantasies don't work? Maybe I have to disagree... That's the way it is right now.
My publisher tells me I have a few months before deadline on Remember Him Yesterday. Okay soNick and Krista are going to catch the brunt of all this. They could use a few heavy scenes from my pent up emotions and frustrated, umm energy-- All I can say is look out guys.
I'm resourceful if anything and I will figure this out. I always do, always have. This crap is starting to feel like hilarity. Laughing about it. Me thinks things have got to get better on all fronts, right? How much better could it be?
Okay so I'm off to practice balancing my...(yeah) Chakras. Should I add a few crystals to the mix maybe?
Until next time,
(cross posted to the Soul-Love blog with different images)
My special guest today is fellow SFR author Aurora Springer.
Aurora is here to introduce her fantastic new book Grand Master’s Game, second
in the Grand Master’s Trilogy, which releases today.
You won’t want to miss reading this one!
Aurora Springer’s latest release is GRAND
across the galaxy as Violet and her Grand Master hunt their enemies.
in the portal web threaten galactic civilization, and suspicions fall on the
mysterious Grand Masters with their immense psychic powers. Once, there were
twelve Grand Masters, humans and aliens, on the Council. Now there are eleven.
One was killed when the young pawn, Violet, rescued her Grand Master, Athanor,
from the Red Queen’s dungeon. The Red Queen fled the fight and now she lurks
out of sight, regenerating her energies.
devises a risky plan to expose his enemies on the Council and force the Red
Queen into the open. His strategy will employ Violet’s empathic skills as his
secret weapon. Meanwhile, she wrestles with her erratic talents and doubts
about their unequal partnership. In their search for revenge, they contend with
the portal crisis, psychic traps and hostile aliens. In the inevitable battle
of Grand Masters, Violet and Athanor each will face their worst nightmares.
What is the sacrifice for victory?
The Professor’s office was large,
furnished with a desk, side table, couch and several chairs. Leather-bound
books filled the shelves on one wall, while a landscape on the opposite wall
attracted Violet’s interest.
Phineas stood up politely when
they entered, and Violet hid her amusement at the contrast between the two men.
Even disguised and shielded, Athanor exuded an air of authority tinged with
menace, while the Professor was a bright-eyed academic brimming with curiosity.
Phineas straightened and stared at his visitors. Usually, he was the authority
in his office. He was both disgruntled and curious about the grim man examining
his books. He noticed Violet gazing at the picture, and waved a hand at the
landscape, saying, “It is a scene from my home planet of Phylox alpha.”
Violet was admiring the picture,
while Athanor ran his finger over the spines of the books to read their titles,
when they heard quick footsteps in the corridor.
Tessa stepped into the office and
cried in her nervous high-pitched voice, “Oh, Phineas, I didn’t realize you had
visitors.” Her beautiful face brightened on recognizing her friend, Violet, and
Tessa ran to hug her.
Athanor frowned at the
interruption and the door slammed shut, leaving an unnatural silence.
Tessa stared intently at his
saturnine face, which radiated confident pride despite his disguise. Her eyes
widened in shocked insight and she yelped, “Violet, he’s your Grand Master!”
They all stared at Athanor. His
figure appeared to grow taller and darker. The room filled with psi pressure
and blue rays flared from his unveiled eyes. Simultaneously, the clicks from
the box sped up until their volume reached a shattering crescendo. Athanor’s
gaze flicked to the box and the clicks halted abruptly.
Tessa gasped and clutched at her
Violet called, “Stop! Mute your
power or Tessa will faint!” The psi pressure lessened and his eyes dimmed to a
faint blue glow.
The Professor paled beneath his
tan. Tessa squeaked and fled to the comforting arms of her fiancé.
“It is all right, Tessa,” Phineas
said in a shaky voice. “He does not mean to harm us.”
“You’d be dead!” The Grand Master’s mental snarl reached Violet, and
she restrained the urge to give him a mental kick. In her opinion, a friendly
approach would serve him better. The two people trembling behind the desk were
not the enemies he wished to crush in a blast of power.
The Grand Master pointed a finger
at the metal box on the desk and demanded, “What is the purpose of that noisy
Phineas gulped, “It’s my
invention. An instrument for detecting psychic power.” He patted the shiny top
of the box. “Did you break it?”
“You are fortunate. I merely
located the off switch,” Athanor said. The blue beams from his eyes played over
“How could you touch the switch
from the other side of the office?” Tessa’s voice was shrill.
The Professor gulped again and
muttered, “My dear Tessa, he is a Grand Master.”
“Just so. I suggest you keep your
detector well away from Council Hall.” The room vibrated with the ominous
Violet giggled. She caught
Athanor’s blue gaze and sent, “Show off!”
He tossed her an image of the box
exploding on exposure to the full power of twelve Grand Masters.
Aurora Springer is a scientist morphing into a
novelist. She has a PhD in molecular biophysics and discovers science facts in
her day job. She has invented adventures in weird worlds for as long as she can
remember. In 2014, Aurora achieved her life-long ambition to publish her
stories. Her works are character-driven romances set in weird worlds described
with a sprinkle of humor. Some of the stories were composed thirty years ago. She
was born in the UK and lives in Atlanta with her husband, a dog and two cats to
sit on the keyboard. Her hobbies, besides reading and writing, include outdoor
activities like gardening, watching wildlife, hiking and canoeing.
Aurora has published science fiction romances in two
series, two novellas and short stories. Her first series, Atrapako on Eden,
describes the interactions of humans on the terraformed planet of Eden with
scaled aliens from the hostile planet of Vkani. She has published two books in
this series: The Lady is Blue and Dragons of Vkani. Her second series is Grand
Master’s Trilogy. Book 1, Grand Master’s Pawn, was published in March 2015.
Book 2, Grand Master’s Game, is available for pre-order and release on July
17th. Her short story, Gifts of Jangalore, is set in the Grand Masters’
Universe. Her standalone novellas are: A Tale of Two Colonies and Captured by