Tuesday, February 28, 2017

SFR Snippet! From The Enforcer

This is a story set in my Love on the Space Frontier universe. The hero is Kian Starlander, related to my hero in Starlander's Myth. This story will be in a cross genre anthology later this year.





Harlowe sat hunched on her cot, her wool blanket around her shoulders. Three year old Jerzee sat on her lap playing a counting game with chalk pictures on a piece of slate. Soon it would be lunch, then quiet time for the children of the jail. Most of the adults would nap, too, conserving their strength from the meager food rations they were given,
The midday meal was delivered and it was larger than the normal thin soup and bread. There was bread, cheese and a thick stew with visible meat. And seasoned with salt! All the prisoners in Cell Q7 were pleased, but confused. They were the lowest of the low. Traitors with few skills the overlords could exploit the family members of executed rebels. Mostly the five women cared for a hoard of children, who ranged in age from infant to a seventeen year old boy. Some were their own children, others were orphans, children or relatives of dissidents.
Supper, usually a piece of bread, was bread, cheese, and an apple. Harlowe fell back on her cot and wondered what was going on. Their guards, surly, slovenly as they were, remained the same.
Breakfast was eggs and bread. Eggs, scrambled with butter and salt.
While it was great to feel full, to have more energy, Harlowe wondered what was going on. Two weeks after the expanded rations, the guards had them line up. "We are going to another facility where you will shower and change into more appropriate clothing."
The facility was a brightly lit military bunkhouse at the spaceport, the clothing was skinsuits, thin knits like those worn on spaceflights under protective coveralls. A guard— female— had them shower and change into the two piece under suits with skirts and blouses over. The clothing was used, but in good repair, and clean. It was the first time in over a year Harlowe was completely clean, hair shampooed and everything.
“Sit here quietly.” The guard shut them all into the bunkhouse and they whispered a bit and tried to keep the children calm.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Superhero and Sci-fi Romance Sale!





Check Out All The Super Entries!


My Entry is ALIEN BLOOD. Here is a little bit about the story.

Alien Blood is actually the first book I wrote in the Diaspora Worlds Series, and it started out as a 10k short in an antho that never saw the light of day. After that publisher #fail  I wrote Her Cyborg Awakes about one of the other brothers in the family of the four sons of the Protectorate of New Prague, Judith. I thought it mght be hard to re-contract Alien Blood (this was before self publishing became a thing, back when small digital romance publishers were everywhere.) Her Cyborg Awakes came out and I finished Alien Blood...but the publisher I found was again a huge issue (bat crap crazy) and I went through a painful process of getting rights back for Her Cyborg Awakes, while Alien Blood just sat there on the computer.

Eventually I self published Her Cyborg Awakes,  followed by Alien Blood, and later, Starwoman's Sanctuary. Escaping Poison finished the original series.
A new story, actually with two minor characters from Alien Blood, will be out this summer, Cyborg Defective.

Alien Blood is a survival story, and for me it is pretty symbolic of the volatile nature of digital publishing. My Hero and Heroine had to be flexible and wily to win the day, so do authors!  

Sunday, January 8, 2017

LOVE IS ...WINTER ROMANCE


Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MQTGXCZ

Other Store: https://www.books2read.com/u/me0qAY

Only .99



My short fantasy romance, Orc in Winter is set in a fantasy world I am developing, The Everlands. I plan to have more fantasy romance out in the future. This is a great antho for a cold winter's evening!

I have been wanting to publish more fantasy romance because fantasy is my first love. I read the Narnia books as a child over and over! So many great series and authors in the fantasy genre a as I got older--Terry Brooks, Tolkein, Andre Norton. Hours of enjoyment through the years.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

A NEW YEAR

  


It has been a couple years since I wrote something longer than a novelette. I have an immune condition that seems to flare up every three or four years, the flare can last two or more years. Yuck. Slows me down in all areas of life. But, through sheer luck-- since nothing in my lifestyle seems to make it better, though lots of things make it worse!-- I have made it through several months with no breathing issues beyond typical asthma. I can live with that!





I'm going to continue my Diaspora Worlds Series! This is a book I've been planning for a long time, but now I have an actual outline, characters, setting. A real plan!

I'm not promising to crank it out in a couple months, but I think late spring is workable. My working title is Cyborg Defective.

I have other writing projects, but want to concentrate on the Cyborgs!

In an attempt to simplify my online life, I am switching from the emailed newsletters to a Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/melisseairesgroup/

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

SFR Brigade Holiday Showcase!



Happy Holidays from the SFR Brigade Authors!
Check out the blogs--many giveaways and Holiday Fun!


I love Christmas and the traditions my family celebrates year after year, many of which come from my childhood. My mother was the one who made Christmas happen, with many more details that I do now days! 

When I look back on the warm memories of the holidays, I can't remember the gifts, though I got carefully chosen presents every year. Mostly I remember making decorated cookies, fudge, and popcorn balls, which were always a kid project.

I remember my mother's table. She had a pale pink brocade tablecloth and napkins. We polished the silver and Mom got out her cut crystal. Dad would serve us 7 Up in cut crystal wine glasses with a drop of wine in it to make it pink!

I always had a new holiday dress and shoes, something pretty and festive. I miss that, now that my own daughters are in their twenties. No more green or red velvet or lace!

We do still bake, though not as many types of cookies as my mother would bake. This year we are baking cut-out sugar cookies and jam thumprints, with different flavors of jam. Pretty!


FREE

I have one novella that has a Yule celebration, and it is free during this showcase! It is my Firefly inspired romance, Starlander's Myth.  


Have a lovely holiday!
Melisse Aires

Sunday, December 4, 2016

December News, Ho Ho Ho and Freebie!

I have been a bit absent from Writing World. The election was crazy, followed by an illness that swept through the house. All is well--and it is December!

Hubby and I decided to take a chunk out of savings and do some home renovations, with a view of moving south. We haven't decided for sure where, Fort Collins/Loveland, CO, area is a top runner. I was also offered a job move to Arizona, so that is a possibility. We don't need to decide right away because we have a list of home repairs and renovations to do to our little old house that will take months. Eek!

But in Writing News:  A RELEASE


I have a short winter fantasy story, Orc in Winter, out soon in the Romance Diva Antho:





Then, during election week I buried myself in Photoshop and this resulted:


ESCAPING POISON is currently free! 
A proper, New Prague Society marriage leads to a dangerous escapade in the alien jungle of New Prague, The Big Poison. Of course, they head for the beach! A stand alone Sci-fi Romance in the Diaspora Worlds Series.


In my plans, I am working on a Cyborg book in the Diaspora Worlds Series. Dooley, a transport pilot introduced in Alien Blood wakes up a cyborg on the planet of Arden. A defective cyborg. He needs to hide in plain sight, or he is going to be destroyed as a defective. A cyborg woman he once had a crush on is there on Arden. 
Am thinking the title might be Cyborg, Defective. Hmmm

Also have a Starlander story started, it is definitely Sci-fantasy.



Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Welcome S.A.Hoag with RENEGADES!


Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood
by S. A. Hoag

They made you strong, and smart. We kept you safe, and in the shadows. It took them damned near twenty years to find you.

Uncontrollable. Unpredictable. Dangerous.
The Wildblood.
Now, Team Three know what they are.
Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood – Autumn 2016


Excerpt
“This is one of three air bursts,” Vance said, indicating the video monitor.  It was recording as the airplane banked around to give them a clear view.  “It happened early that morning, just before nine.  It was a Tuesday.  The other detonations were east and south, one directly over downtown Denver, the third at the airport, all within minutes a few minutes.”  He remembered clearly, but recited it like he was reading from a textbook.  None of the others were old enough to remember.  

 The first group of buildings were isolated and more than that, destroyed.  Melted, irradiated, and nothing that remained looked like it had ever been occupied by a human being.  They were twisted and misshapen, matte gray against the distant blue mountains.

 “Rocky Flats,” Shannon said carefully, concentrating.  There were no ghosts, no impressions of the past, crowding into her thoughts.  She was glad for that.  Being Gen En, genetically enhanced, she could see things not so obvious to others.  This place was empty, it was. . . null.  The war had been twenty years ago, the voices faded.  Now civilization consisted of tiny enclaves, hidden away and carefully guarded against other remnants of humanity.  Her home, The Vista, was one of those places.   Vance’s city, Estes Park, was another.  

 “Anything?” Green asked, aware of the possible consequences if she sensed something unusual.  He'd been her second, her backup, for years.  Today he was piloting, as well.

 She wrinkled her nose, distracted.  “No, nothing that merits mention.”  Flying was an aversion, one she hadn't been able to avoid recently.  They were far from home, wary guests of Vance’s these past few months.

 “What does that mean?” Cooper asked, the first thing he’d actually had to say during the journey.  He’d taken the seat behind Vance and kept to himself.  That was his job, to make sure Vance stayed safe and out of trouble.  The Vistans were trouble.  There were only a few of them, but they were a dangerous few.

 “It means, she doesn't see anything we can't see,” Green offered.  He wasn't Gen En.  He was Siksika, a Blackfoot, and a misplaced Vista Security officer, like her.  Being her bodyguard, at least for a couple hours, was a duty Green didn't mind.  Capt. Allen, Shannon, was younger, more adept at controlling tricky situations, and his senior officer.  Their relationship was far less complicated than most people believed.

 Vance nodded.  He'd been in charge of Estes Park for a decade.  The areas south could be troublesome.  Most of what had been central Colorado was under his protection, but there was a large and empty landscape where Denver had been.  Even the scavengers kept clear.  The Vistans and his people weren’t friends, and it wasn’t something he could foresee at any point soon.  They might be able to work out a trade agreement despite some stark differences.  

 The Vista was far to the north, past his influence.  Having them show up on his doorstep a few months earlier hadn’t entirely been a surprise.  They’d been hunting Rafe, Vance’s former partner-in-crime and fellow Gen En.  Rafe had proven to be extremely violent, volatile and unpredictable.  After years at odds with each other, Vance was resigned to his presence nearby, raiding and ransacking villages.  Young, brash, and looking for revenge, the Vistans had accomplished in weeks what he hadn’t been able to do in a decade

Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LYNY774
Available now on Pre-order at Amazon.  



Author Info
S. A. Hoag is an author, lapidary artist, very amateur astronomer ("I just look at the stars, I can't tell you their names."), hockey fan, and accidental desert-dweller. Born in the middle of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, she has lived in a number of cities, in a number of states, before crash-landing in the New Mexico desert. Not Roswell, however. Science Fiction has always been her first interest in reading and writing; many other genres sneak into the novels and that's alright with her.
Other Books

The Wildblood Series

No one remembers what started the war, the big one.  It happened too fast, and there were too many lies, for the truth to be known.  Civilization stopped, and what came next was fueled by rage and fear.
Twenty years on, a tiny refuge, a place called The Vista, may be one of the last vestiges of humanity.  Isolated, guarded, and hiding a dark secret, the people have survived World War Last, and they are content with that.  Their children, however, are not.  The search for others will send them out into a world they know nothing about, where the line between enemy and ally is blurred.  The war may not be over.

Backlash, prequel to The Wildblood series.  Before Team Three, there was the Blackout. Set on a near-future Earth mostly devoid of humans, this reveals some of the harsh realities facing people of The Vista, and how Team Three began.
When Security faces an unknown adversary that threatens to wreak havoc across what little civilization there is left, they must rely on the unusual abilities of a new team, and hope it's enough to stop the chaos.


Before Team Three, there was The Blackout.
Backlash, prequel to The Wildblood.  Available in paperback now!

The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood introduces Team Three – Allen, MacKenzie and Wade.  An elite team of security officers, they’re young, ambitious, and at the forefront of a movement to discover what is beyond The Vista.  They also believe they are genetically enhanced, Gen En, a practice outlawed long before they were born.  Venturing beyond their valley draws the attention of someone dangerous, someone that shares their past and wants to control their future, or destroy them because of what they might be.  The team decide to take the fight away from their home and end up finding new allies – and new enemies.

What happens, after the end of civilization?
The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood.  Also available in paperback.
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Hunter’s Moon: An Urban Mythos Novella
Lyra Alexander considers herself an archeologist, a job that normally wouldn't be very dramatic or dangerous. The problem with her job, however, is that she studies vampires. And they aren't too keen on being studied.
In this world, there are all kinds of creatures prowling in the night . . . Humans are no longer at the top of the food chain.
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