I’m running a special on Caught in Time for three days after Mother’s Day. May 11,12, and 13th. I will offer this first book in the Alysian Series free, free, free.
The story concerns a time travel romance and adventure to medieval times, along the lines of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, except it takes place on an abandoned alien world rather than Earth.
Lots of adventure, intrigue and a pinch of romance bubble through the story.
Also our Beaverton Writers’ Five Elements Anthology will also be free on Amazon for a limited time. (May 7-11) I have a short story in it called “The Peace Treaty” that was fun to write.
Furthermore, I’m excited that Ted Blasche has finally published The Rust Bucket Chronicles. Ted is ex-military and has a wicked sense of humor. He loves military scifi and often suggest books for me. Lois Bujold is one of my favorite authors, and Ted has that same flavor of military action, humor, and adventure with a touch of romance that has made her so popular.
The Rust Bucket Chronicles takes place on one of Earth’s long abandoned colonies. Russell Buckley is a back alley kid who loses his mother to the plague, but is saved by a medic of her Majesty’s Third Rifles. From then on, his goal is to join that special military unit. When he finally secures an interview with Queen Arrabella to qualify for the unit, he lands smack in the middle of a palace coup attempt where he is the only one left to save the young queen. Danger and narrow hiding spaces soon make them close companions as they thwart the rebels’ attempts of a takeover.
While he sees Arrabella as the woman of his dreams, she sees him as a troubleshooter who she can use to solve her many political problems. Within six months, Rusty finds himself on the nearby world of Garbasso battling mud, incompetent officers and ten foot lizard-like aliens that are eager to have him for lunch. His courage, his daring and common sense help save him and his unit, while his candid observations and determination to change the system lands him in trouble. In anger, one of the officers call him “Rust Bucket,” and the nickname sticks to haunt him for the rest of his life.
This adventure is the first of many in this fun new series. Check it out on Amazon.
Another military series catching on is Ryk Brown’s Frontier’s Sagas. Often I recommend the first book in the series, but have little time to go back and read the rest. This time the first book Aurora CV-01 was so fast-paced and exciting that I was determined to check out others in the series.
So I just finished reading the second book, The Rings of Haven, which is calmer, as you are introduced to an alien planet far from Earth. Young Nathan Scott, son of a rich senator, finds himself Captain of a damaged spaceship far, far from Earth and home.
Having survived two unexpected battles with alien humans, he has guided his surviving skeleton crew and ship to a planet called Haven on the advice of dodgy alien rebels. His ship is running out of food and supplies, and he must somehow repair the ship and figure out how he can return them all safely back to Earth. The only way appears to be through the prototype jump drive that got them so far out in the first place. But nearby enemy Tarkans are very interested in such devices and would do anything to get their hands on it. Who can he trust? And how can he get his ship home?
While I liked this next episode, it didn’t have the fast-paced action found in Aurora CV-01. Still, the new world was interesting as Captain Scott and crew try to gain allies in order to find their way back to Earth.