Sunday, October 8, 2017

Diaspora Worlds Going Wide!




All my Diaspora Worlds books are working their way into all the digital bookstores! I decided to take them out of KU and set book 1 to Perma free on all vendors. 

It has taken a long time, but I have decided where I am going with the Diaspora Worlds. There are a few secondary characters I would like to revisit, but I think those will be short stories at .99 or free.

My next miniseries will be built around a group of Zh Cle' space freighters who discover a type of dimensional space travel(fantasy space element, the Zh Cle' have an established history of unusual powers).

While the Brothers from New Prague were planetary royalty, my new series will feature people who were raised on Reservation Worlds and face racial prejudice throughout the Terran Alliance. I'm excited to explore the Diaspora Worlds through this lens. My goal is to have the first book of four out in March.

In the Fantasy Realm, Orc in Winter revisions are almost finished, then to the editor, then to readers at Thanksgiving! For some reason I have been having writer-ly fun and enjoyment doing these revisions. 

Perhaps I am better able to compartmentalize my actual acts of writing from the current market craziness, which is difficult for so many writers right now.


Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Long and Whiny Road to Autumn


I love autumn and tend to want to look over my year, to start preparing for the new one.

This past year has had challenges for sure. I thought I would publish a fantasy rom novella and an SFR, but, life. Which has been the story of my life for the past several years!

In February we got very bad news about our health insurance plan changes, which left expensive meds hubby and I both take off the plan. A financial crisis, there. We tried to get that fixed but finally, I was forced to look for a new job. I'm 60, with mobility issues, so needed all desk/computer. And good insurance. And a little money! So that consumed time, energy and all my focus on writing fled. 

I finally found a job the end of April. It wasn't ideal. Insurance and money were good, the boss was demanding and scolding, and it involved more walking than I would be able to do during bad times. So I was still in job hunt mode.
Did I mention I live in a small oil boom town that has hit a huge depression due to the oil crash? Yeah...

I soldiered on. Became obsessed with kidlit and Harry Potter fanfic, lol. Comfort reads, I think. Plus, free, since the medication bills set us so behind. And some are very creative in a What If sense. When not writing, I am a book a day reader.

A little writing going on. Did some fun beta reads. 

A writer friend I knew online for years passed away so suddenly of an infection. My age. She had a stomach ache one day, went to the ER, and died the next day.

Thirty fanfics later, hubby burned his delicate, diabetic neuropathy feet, 2nd degree burns over 90% on one foot, 50% on the other. He is disabled due to his feet, so this was another crisis, the type that could lead to amputations (a 365 fanfic download situation).  Six weeks of bedrest with three dressing changes a day. Happily, I have lovely, helpful daughters who leaped in to help.

Finally, some good news. Scoldy boss got fired for scolding, I left the daily hike behind, and I got a substantial raise! I quit job hunting, since they seemed to want me to stick around. Hubby got off bed rest but needed to regain strength. I cut back on the fanfic.

I got back a beta read on a short story that opened it up for me. I revised, knowing where I was going. Writing was fun, right now. Set for a Thanksgiving release, Orc in Winter is a winter holiday fantasy romance set in a high fantasy world.

I have a scifi story that is eating my brain, but it starts with a pack of kids. Set in the Diaspora Worlds, though. An adult couple is just around the corner. We'll see if I can wrestle it into a Diaspora Worlds romance, or if it will need a new setting and become YA. Hmmm. Early days, still.







Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's in Space-- SFR Freebie!


Free for Mother's Day!

Widow Aerria faces galactic prison when her precocious daughter rescues a child from an observation-only planet. She turns to old friend Domingo, a recovered cyborg, for help. A short story set in the Diaspora Worlds universe.



What if you kick ass heroine becomes a mother? It is not really that far-fetched an idea.Women through the centuries have welcomed and loved their children. What about in Scifi Romance?

I love colonization SciFi. It is hopeful, people are moving to that alien planet to start a future, for themselves and their children.

Becoming a mother was a life changing experience for me. My life focus changed dramatically, far more than it did when I got married, or when I graduated from college or any other life passage. Life centered around the Child. Other women I know well have this same reaction to motherhood. It seems common. I suspect it was just as common in 11 BC as it is in our time.


What about 4011 AD? What will life be like for families, for children, for mothers? I doubt that a two-year-old will be any different in the distant future than a two-year-old is right now, or that child development will change any significant way. I doubt children will potty train upon walking with no muss, fuss or accidents, or that adolescents will be mood-swing free. Culture, marriage and family structure might change--but a two-year-old will still need constant interaction and oversight. Children will still need years of care and will never be conveniently hidden away until the day they are mature adults.

I find the topic of child rearing in the future fascinating. In popular television, we have glimpses of child rearing aboard the Enterprise. In classic scifi fiction, Robert Heinlein's Lazarus Long is part of a group marriage, where children are welcome and child care is shared. There are also planet pioneers with family structure similar to what we experience. Podkayne's life is disrupted by the early arrival of twins--though hers did not come from Mother's womb.

Although she is not actually scifi, Buffy is a good example of a kick ass heroine with parenting responsibilities  She becomes responsible for the rearing of her younger sister Dawn after the death of their mother. Lucky for them both, Buffy was not a loner and developed a loyal group of Scoobies, who helped her fight the evils from the Hellmouth and also made pancakes for her sister Dawn. Even Spike the vampire did babysitting duty.

That is part of what I find fascinating about the topic of children in the future. It is hard to raise a child all alone, isolated. Western homesteaders developed schools and social events so their isolated families could be together. Children encourage community, people bonding together to make a safe environment for families.

I do write SFR with Mother Heroines! My short story Cyborg Security, free today, has a situation caused by a precocious child.

In Refugees  On Urloon, I have a mother heroine. My heroine Svana is an older woman, and a mother. Her daughter is grown and they are separated by a huge distance. As if life is not complicated enough, planning a future on an isolated, strange world, Svana experiences an unplanned pregnancy.  She now has far more to worry about.

In Starlander's Myth, my heroine is a widow with a four-year-old daughter. Her child makes her situation even direr and she struggles to provide a safe haven for them.

While romances with children and babies do not appeal to every reader, they do have their readers. For a woman with a child, the stakes become much higher. Like in life, getting the job done might require an ensemble of caregivers, A child might do something impulsive or dangerous that causes I think there is room in science fiction romance for romances that include mother, children, fathers and the chaos of family life.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

WeWriWa Orc in Winter #2




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Excerpt from soon to be released short fantasy romance, Orc in Winter.

Morwenna was the only woman in the company.
Sherrow was furious.
“Dudley, you will sleep in the cart with her. You will stay with her at all times when we are stopped, and my cart always follows hers, understand? If the others try to order you around, ignore them. And carry a knife, both of you. A change of plans with an assassin on the loose calls for extra caution.”
Morwenna caught his eyes, and he nodded at her. “Make sure I have my sword here in the cart. I think it is with the household goods. In fact, get all the weapons I own in this cart."

Cover(wip):


I had a bunch of books age out of Kindle Unlimited so have been busy taking care of those. Ord is next!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

April 30 We Wr Wa: Orc in WInter



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Excerpt

Fiona checked the orc, who began to wake. His eyes, Morwenna was surprised to note, were the same hazel green as the Queen’s, rimmed in dark lashes.
“Good morning, cousin Sherrow,“ Queen Tadame said to the orc.  “We have you safely hidden for now, and Goddess willing, will move you north out of harm's way in a few short days.”
The orc grimaced. “It was my job to protect you, Tad. Not be coddled like yon babe.”
“You will one day be at full strength and protect me again. This is but for a season.” She raised her eyebrows at him.  “If it was a sword wound you would not fuss so much.”
Sherrow scowled. “Honey bread pudding. I was laid low by a sweet.”

My excerpt is from a short Fantasy Romance story coming out this week at 0.99, Orc in Winter, under an altered pen name, M. Locklyn Aires. It is set in a  series called The Everlands.



Sunday, March 26, 2017

Orc in Winter, coming soon!

I have a short fantasy romance out in April!




I have been playing with fantasy romance for some time. This short story is set in a series I call Frostmere Fantasies, a group of stories set in the countries that border a sea called Frostmere. It will be published in all bookstores

This is a Yuletide tale that was originally in the Romance DIvas' Romance Is... Winter Romance Anthology. The story I am publishing Orc In Winter as a .99 short in all the bookstores. It is a smidge longer and a smidge hotter than the story in the Antho.

Another short, Bridal Faire, should be ready this summer.