Monday, February 24, 2020

Now Available in Print! RETURN TO NEVERWYLDE, The Rim of the World, Book 7

The Rim of the World, Book 7
Sensuous Sci-Fi Romance

Word Count: 57.7K
$3.99 e / $9.99 p

Things have been quiet on Neverwylde, but everyone has been busy. With a new group of research scientists sent to spend the next six months on the planet, their goal is to learn and document as much as possible to classify the alien world as a 2A planet. But things never go as planned on this still wild and unknown galactic anomaly.

Dox has a one-track mind, but that’s normal for his kind. Being an isotope baby, he was specifically created to be highly intelligent, often found working on inventions, and rarely speaking beyond a couple words. But he’s also fiercely loyal and protective, as well as sweet and innocent, with zero experience when it comes to women. They never even crossed his mind, until now.

Xeno-archaeologist Dr. True Brown can’t wait to get her feet on Neverwylde soil. Having researched everything there is to know of the planet so far, she’s somewhat starstruck when meeting the original crew, but no amount of research could prepare her for the reality of the world, or the feelings the quirky, quiet, innocent tinkerer invokes. She didn’t plan on romance while on this mission, but then again, she didn’t anticipate her fellow scientists turning on them either.

Politics and greed are getting in the way of science and discovery, and may push everyone off the planet for good, wiping out all of their hard work. With months turning into days, the crew scrambles to protect a world filled with endless precious resources and intelligent life.

Once again the greatest enemies may not be the deadly creatures on the planet, but some of their own.

Warning! Contains a borrowed uniform, lessons on love, lost luggage, a purple cavern, a mosaic map, relevant theories, alien watchdogs, low-frequency sound, and a fight to protect others as well as those who are beloved.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Six on Sunday - RETURN TO NEVERWYLDE, The Rim of the World, Bk. 7

Six paragraphs from RETURN TO NEVERWYLDE, The Rim of the World, Book 7

1. True descended the short flight of stairs and walked around to the front of the shuttle to get her first unblemished glimpse of this strange new world. The first thing she noticed was how arid the air was. It was pungent with smells she couldn’t identify, and that in itself was exhilarating. New smells. Unknown smells. Alien smells from an ages-old world.

2. He stared at her, indecision on his face. It confirmed her earlier suspicions. This man was a loner, and rarely conversed with others. Mostly because he was an isotope baby. Created in a test tube and raise like a specimen. The emphasis for such beings was to create highly intelligent people who could go out into space, sometimes totally on their own, and not suffer loneliness. They were capable of surviving in the most extreme conditions, usually because they could think of ways, or invent methods or devices, to save themselves and others.

3. A wide, thin beam of light swept over them. In the next instant, Dox fired on the things. More of them appeared, climbing over the lip of the rock, swarming it. Moving faster in an attempt to reach the two of them. True fired her weapon, aiming where Dox did not. The creatures shrieked as they disintegrated, but it seemed to have little effect on the numbers that now covered the platform to the point where the rock was no longer visible.

4.  “Starting immediately, before any use of the transporters, all receiving platforms must be swept first with expulsion rays,” Kyber announced, getting directly to business. “We are seeing more frequent attacks by the lower lifeforms, and we must remain vigilant. For those of you new here, have one of us show you how to have that done before you venture off. I also strongly suggest you keep a detailed map of the main board, so you can keep track of where you are. Jules, can you update their equipment?”

5. Impulsively, she threw her arms around his neck and gave him a hug. Dox’s arms encircled her body almost protectively, and for a long moment they stood there, wrapped in each other’s embrace. He was a strong and steadying force, unaffected by the magnitude of what was in front of them and surrounding them. Or maybe he seemed oblivious to what was around him because he’d become acclimated to the sight. Either way, she was glad he was there, watching out for her safety.

6. Something landed beside her with a wet thud. More pieces rained down on them. Chunks of flesh pelted the ground. Greenish droplets like blood splattered the area. The air reeked with a stench that made breathing feel like she was inhaling acidic fumes. Dox continued to cover her, pressing her against the ground, and she could feel the pounding of his heart against her back.

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