WeWriWa Sunday – Freedom Bound: Mateu

Freedom Bound Episode 3: Mateu

IN WHICH WE MEET THE DUDE TO WHOM WE WILL ALL SWOON FOR…

So here we are, Episode 3 is being rereleased on Amazon in just a week! New cover. Rebrand. And new edits to tighten it up.

My freshman effort at indie pubishing was too rushed and unpolished.  I had a long chat with my editor about it and we’ve been hashing out the rewrite. There’s more building upon on the characters of Corrie and Mat and their personal arcs along with braiding in the the story and series arcs. I may have bitten off more than a newbie could chew, two years ago.

What is in the new book? Why is it better? Why do you need it? There’s less naval gazing and more trust in the reader to understand and inhabit the world. Speaking of which, weaving the worldbuild into the character development has been my biggest challenge. This week’s excerpt comes in with Mat, our hero-dude, trying to have dinner in the food court and coming upon the meat market societal mores of Starbase 18. He attempts conversation telling the two women hitting on him where he’s from…

“Union of Democratic Meritocracies.” He sighed and wiped his mouth with a disposable serviette. “It’s far away from here. I’m not trying to be cold. Where I come from we don’t get in bed with strangers. It’s very different.”

“Oh,” said Jenny to his left. She nodded but the vacant look in her eyes told Mat all he needed to know.

“I’m not judging. It just… the way I am? I’m a square peg in a round hole. You might say as far as holes go, I’m not interested in yours.”

That was a straight up lie. Straight up like what was going on in his pants.

“At least not before I can appreciate the attached brain.” There, that should explain it. He tried a smile and in return got blank stares.

Nope.

And that’s Episode 3’s clip this week.

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FREEDOM BOUND Description

Bodice Ripping Ninjas in Space! Freedom Bound is Firefly meets Buck Rogers with a bit of boudoir. Welcome to the Solar Flame universe where corporate suzerains control the universe, or do they? Each book unravels yet another thread of the Freedom Road for the reader to continually discover.

In Freedom Bound, Corrie Scott, late of Frobisher Corporation finds herself unleashed in enemy territory alone for the first time in her life. But she is plagued by the threat of corporate slavery and devilishly handsome Mat Parker. Together they must battle through ridiculous red tape, space pirates, and backstabbing double crosses. Can they trust each other long enough to win this dangerous game?

More of the series will be populating the other vendors this month.

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Until next week…

Femme Friday: The Handmaid’s Tale gives you words…good ones

The Handmaid’s Tale:  FOOD FOR CIVIL ACTION

Some days you just wake up and go… “Wow, this is truly Orwellian.” Or if you’re like me, you grab your copy of The Handmaid’s Tale and start thumbing through to reassure yourself that fiction is still worse. Lately, that’s getting harder. Maybe you’ve run into someone who blows your mind because they just don’t see that it’s not normal. It’s not good. It’s NOT wholesome. And you don’t know what to say.

Ok, so why pick The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood for Femme Friday? Is Offred a strong female character? Doesn’t she cave? Doesn’t she give in? Doesn’t she submit to her oppressors? Doesn’t she allow herself to be used?

No, Offred finds small ways in which to rebel. Little ways. A look beyond her veil. A smile at an Angel. And eventually, her involvement with Mayday, the Resistance. Offred, in her quiet way, resisted. She never let herself forget what freedom had been and could be.

This week is less ‘me talking’ and more ‘you thinking’. I just want to offer a few quotes. Discuss their relevancy to what is going on today to dehumanize the poor, needy, and marginalized. Don’t think of Offred as a woman, think of her as representative of everyone who lives in peril whether because they are homeless or in mortal danger… now, not just under some uber-religious rule as is caricatured in this novel but by the twisted and un-godly regime that pretends holiness. Substitute gender with homeless or immigrant or refugee. Make Offred’s words come from a Sudanese, Somalian, Mexican, an senior citizen, a child, a homeless veteran…

“I wish this story were different. I wish it were more civilized.”

“You can’t help what you feel but you can help how you behave.”

“I would like to be without shame. I would like to be shameless. I would like to be ignorant. Then, I would not know how ignorant I was.”

“Whatever is silenced will clamor to be heard, though silently.”

Nolite te bastardes carborundorum. Don’t let the bastards grind you down.”

“I don’t have to tell it. I don’t have to tell anything, to myself or to anyone else. I could just sit here peacefully. I could withdraw. It’s possible to go so far in, so far down and back, they could never get you out.”

“Are they old enough to remember anything of the time before, playing baseball, in jeans and sneakers, riding their bicycles? Reading books, all by themselves? Even though some of them are no more than fourteen—Start them soon is the policy, there’s not a moment to be lost—still they’ll remember. And the ones after them will, for three or four or five years; but after that they won’t They’ll always have been in white, in groups of girls; they’ll always have been silent.”

“If you don’t like it, change it, we said, to each other and to ourselves.”

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About the Author

Jayne Fury is a speculative fiction romance author. She likes colored pens and ukuleles. Ironing is her zen. You can find her books on Amazon and other online retailers.  You found her home here at this blog but you can also follow her (and she loves to chat) on social networks (social follows are up on the right). AND… if you havne’t already, sign up for the Jayne’s Ninja News or if you’re into it, the Advanced Reader Copy team (Jaynie’s Ninjas) is looking for a more to the corps.

 

Speculative Fiction Romance WeWriWa 8# Sunday 2/12/17

What do you mean Speculative Fiction Romance?
and why aren’t you just using Science Fiction or Futuristic?

Because Speculative Fiction takes in a whole lot more. It encompasses Paranormal, Time Travel, Steampunk… on and on.  And all of these genres are wrapped in a beautiful shell called Speculative Fiction. One day I hope that the RWA recognizes it as a category and we can stop arguing over what ScifiRom is as opposed to Paranormal Rom as opposed to… It all comes under the umbrella of Speculative Fiction + Romance aka SFR (I’m retaking the acronym!).

Space Opera and Bodice Ripping Ninjas with transmogrifying lizard men is speculative fiction. Shifters in spaaaace – speculative. Anyway, there aren’t any shifters in Freedom Bound. Here’s where I am in this rewrite. We are still in

FREEDOM BOUND: Episode 2 –Unhinged

When last we left Corrie Scott, late of Frobisher Corp and now a … well, she doesn’t rightly know. In the moments leading up to this scene, Corrie’s just been delivered some interesting news and turned to the only attorney she knows… Corrie is talking via interplanetary messaging to her best friend and co-pilot, Jody Benson, also not dead.  (see last week’s snippet for why that means something).

“Okay, so you’ve been contacted by an attorney’s office in the CCC.” Jody used the acronym for their new corporate suzerain, the Cordoba Constellar Conglomerate.

“Hmmm,” Corrie mumbled, still wincing and holding her head.

“Take a headache stim, drink a lot of water, you party animal.”

“Shut it, Jody.”

“Right, get over there and don’t sign anything. But you have been sheltered behind the Frobisher wall. Someone could have been trying to get in touch with you. A relative? Didn’t you say you were from Tiva Oa and never knew it?

“Hm…” Corrie said.

INTRUGUED? Pick up FREEDOM BOUND: Prologue for FREE (and maybe post a nice few word review in exchange?)

FREEDOM BOUND Description

Bodice Ripping Ninjas in Space!

Firefly meets Buck Rogers and a bit of boudoir. Corrie Scott isn’t a fainting female in need of rescue. Follow the series on convoluted romps through space with smart, super sexy females and their companions. Happily for now, guaranteed.

Welcome to the Solar Flame universe where corporate suzerains control our heroine’s lives. How do they win sovereignty over their own lives and their loves?

In Freedom Bound, Corrie Scott, late of Frobisher Corporation finds herself unleashed in enemy territory alone for the first time in her life. But she is plagued by the threat of corporate slavery and the devilishly handsome Mat Parker. Together they must battle through ridiculous red tape, space pirates, and backstabbing double crosses. Can they trust each other enough to win this dangerous game?

And so… Now you know a little more. Albatross and the current novelettes in the serial can be found on the Amazon series page for Freedom Bound. More of the series will be populating the other vendors this month.

Amazon | Scribd | Kobo | Barnes & Noble 

See the other authors of Weekend Writing Warriors. Click the logo:

And so… Now you know a little more. Albatross and the current novelettes in the serial can be found on the Amazon series page for Freedom Bound. 

Femme Friday: The Last Honest … the last third

FEMME FRIDAY: BOOK REVIEW

The Last Honest Seamstress
by Gina Robinson

I love historical fiction and historical romances are by far one of my most guilty pleasures. With this book’s setting, Seattle—a city near and dear to me—I was hooked. The story is set in Seattle 1889, the year of the great fire that leveled Seattle and thus began its rebuild on a grid, raising it higher above the tideline and the final fixing of the sewers so that the privvys didn’t gush at high tide. Simple things. Our heroine is an actual seamstress, as opposed to you know… “a seamstress.”

First things first: the good

There’s great storytelling in this book. She does a great job of  weaving of history and fiction in a Seattle 1889 scenario. That’s the year of the great fire that leveled Seattle. The capable heroine is well drawn and likable. The hero is an unusually enlightened man of his time which. as a reader, I automatically like and enjoy reading.

The premise? Like in all historical romances, our super smart no-nonsense heroine (what, not all?) must find a husband in order to succeed with her plans because the world is stacked against an unmarried woman. She’s had her heart broken. She’s moved out West to get away from bad memories and start her business anew. Enter hero who is an upstanding fellow and of high moral value. We like him. He’s got a successful business.

Then comes the great Seattle fire of 1889. And the story really takes off. The scenes written around this are well executed. It brings the right tone to the inciting incident. It’s all going to hell in a handbasket and things are steaming along neatly in three nicely braided plots:  Heroine, Hero and Redemption.

Now the stuff you need to hear: the not so good as opposed to the bad… because I’m loathe to dis a fellow author

But then, then the fourth plot comes in and that’s where I feel that it went pear shaped. It wasn’t the fourth plot so much as the polishing that was involved in adding it weakened the other storylines and did not add to the tension between the two main characters. If I describe this plot it’s spoilery so I won’t.

The author did her research. It read like she went through a thorough edit process (good descriptions, tight writing), and the pacing was spot on. The excellent pacing and wordcrafting came to an abrupt halt, like the pavement on a back country road, the line is unmistakable. It made me sad.

This book was thoroughly enjoyable until the last third. That’s  when it gets rough. It t lacks the smooth ride of the previous two thirds.

Gina Robinson has great writing chops. This is me, begging her to re-visit and revise the last third of this book to make it flow. Pretty please?

Space Opera Serial WeWriWa 8# Sunday 2/5/17

Hello and welcome to my little corner of WeWriWa! Thanks for the visit!
Today I’m visiting a rewrite for Episode 2 of Freedom Bound. This episode is called ALBATROSS.

If you like these 8 sentences, then you’re in luck! The previous episode, PROLOGUE (15 pages) is free. Click the book cover to the left to get to the details.

In this snip, our heroine is just realizing just how close to death she came.

Vaguely, Corrie recollected having hit the distress signal on the fighter’s steering panel. The memories came in snips. Her body pinned by centrifugal force as the fighter barrel-rolled. Her hands strained taut on the steering stick. Her stiffened fingers reaching for the distress signal pad as her view of the stars spiraled. The shockwave pushing them, tearing at them.  She closed her eyes tight against the onslaught of pain memories that came. As she did, she felt the gentle hand of Joseh on hers.

“Now, now, you’re here. You’re not dead. That’s good.”

FREEDOM BOUND Description

Bodice Ripping Ninjas in Space!

Firefly meets Buck Rogers and a bit of boudoir. Corrie Scott isn’t a fainting female in need of rescue. Follow the series on convoluted romps through space with smart, super sexy females and their companions. Happily for now, guaranteed.

Welcome to the Solar Flame universe where corporate suzerains control our heroine’s lives. How do they win sovereignty over their own lives and their loves?

In Freedom Bound, Corrie Scott, late of Frobisher Corporation finds herself unleashed in enemy territory alone for the first time in her life. But she is plagued by the threat of corporate slavery and the devilishly handsome Mat Parker. Together they must battle through ridiculous red tape, space pirates, and backstabbing double crosses. Can they trust each other enough to win this dangerous game?

Amazon | Scribd | Kobo | Barnes & Noble 

See the other authors of Weekend Writing Warriors. Click the logo:

 

I am part of the Space Kissed February Free for All. There are eight SFR stories FREE for the next five days, including my Alien Admirer. Some  are FREE on Amazon, and others on Instafreebie. You can find them all here: http://spacekissed.com/february-sfr-free-for-all-giveaway/

NOT FEMME FRIDAY: Bulletjournals have nothing to do with artillary

Bulletjournal and my 2016

New Year, New Journal

I know this should be a FEMME FRIDAY post but you know what? I am the AWESOME FEMME this time.  I did a thing!

The thing is bulletJournaling. And it made last year amazing. The best year of my professional career so far!

A quick review of what I did in 2016 and all of the things that bulletjournaling or just daily journaling did for me as an author:

  • I wrote more and more consistently.
  • I tracked my food and lost over 30 pounds of excess weight.
  • I stimulated another part of my brain that likes to make pretty things.
  • I was able to connect more with people I hadn’t been connecting with.
  • I set priorities and followed through.
  • I felt ACCOMPLISHED and ORGANIZED.

After a year of consistently  using it (except for when I was in Spain for six weeks) I rewarded myself with a brand new awesome Bujo leather wrap to hold my journals together.

My old 2016 journal and my new leatherbound version.

The important thing to remember is, it doesn’t have to be perfect and it doesn’t have to work a specific way that isn’t right for you. Make it right for YOU. For instance, I got my friend Julia into bulletjournaling recently.  She’s a jiujitsu athlete, an avid reader, a cosplay fiend and an all around awesome and inspiring person. So she customized the way she lives to the way she journals because bujo is FLEXIBLE. Make it work for YOU.

Here’s some sites that can get you started as a bulletjournaler, whether you’re an author or just someone who wants to put their life in order.

  1. bulletjournal.com – the Granddaddy of the bulletjournal
  2. Pretty Prints and Paper – all the amazing ideas and hacks you can find
  3. Boho Berry – great handwriting and other ideas and oh so pretty
  4. Tiny Ray of Sunshine – smart work ideas
  5. The Plan with Me Challenge on Instagram – inspiration that I continue to return to and that launched me into the habit of Bullet Journaling.

What sites are YOU using for Bullet Journaling ideas?  How are you using the bullet journal in your life?

WeWriWa #8Sunday 11/20/16

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WeWriWa Sunday

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warrior and 8 Sentence Sunday time, the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! Writers share an 8 to10 sentence snippet. Be sure to visit the other writers. You can find them here.

A snippet from the soon to be released Baby It’s Cold In Space multi-author book set. Included in that collection is the next Solar Flame stand-alone novella, Still Life.

Jody is a super-capable freedom fighting spy. Ewan is a sexy, nerd astrobiologist. Her mission will destroy his future… she must remain strong, on task, dispassionate, distant… and when that doesn’t work out…

“It’s okay,” Ewan kept his voice low and soothing, taking her face into his hands. “You’re gonna be fine.”

Her mouth formed a perfect “o” as she stared wide-eyed into his eyes. Perfect blue eyes surrounded by thick, tawny lashes.

The stillness enveloped them.

He felt her pulse quicken beneath his fingertips. It wasn’t until he felt her hands on his wrists that he realized it was because he was still holding her face, inches from his.

“I’m…”bicis_cover

“You’re okay,” he felt his grin broaden. He couldn’t help it.

Her fingertips stroked the edges of his short beard. “You saved my life.” Her face was so close to his, he could taste the scent of her citrusy lip gloss.

Eight Authors! Eight amazing steamy SCIFIROM stories. Check out more info about the collection by following the menu item or clicking –>SFR Shooting Stars Presents!

 

Still Life – WeWriWa Sunday Snippet 11/13/16

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WeWriWa Sunday

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warrior and 8 Sentence Sunday time, the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! Writers share an 8 to10 sentence snippet. Be sure to visit the other writers. You can find them here.

A snippet from the soon to be released Baby It’s Cold In Space multi-author book set. Included in that collection is the next Solar Flame stand-alone novella, Still Life.

Jody Benson is an undercover agent for the Freedom Road, a reistance organization pledged to protect and free the masses from corporate slavery. Six is a modified lab drone with a peculiar personality. They meet on a frozen planet when Jody’s mission is about to destroy Six’s master’s future.

“Six, you’re not a battle drone. You can’t do this. My suit will protect me.” Without EVA over the armor, she would be a silent deadly killer.

As soon as she pulled the hood up, she began to fade into their surroundings. “My job is to protect and free those in corporate slavery, and if that means dying in the process, I will. Don’t worry,” she reassured Six, “it’ll take more than his spiked tongue to get through this.”

“That is quite the tech…”

“And shhhh about that.”

“Yes, Commander,” Six said.

Jody allowed herself a brief smile. “I risk exposure if I go too fast. The suit camo doesn’t adapt to speed or complicated backgrounds. The corridor is ideal.”

“I will begin the mission clock.”

“Stay on the plan, no matter what, Six. No matter what.”

The drone nodded.

“Let’s move out.”

Eight Authors! Eight amazing steamy SCIFIROM stories. On pre-order now for only 99¢! Check out more info about the collection by following the menu item SFR Shooting Stars Presents!

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July Goals & Accountability

IMG_4130My Goals this July are plenty:

1. Publish Episode 5: Albatross
2. Finish first draft of next Solar Flame release (a novella!)
3. Write 30K (Camp Wrimo goal)
4. Second edit Episode 6: (seeekrit)
5. Back to Hiking – Now that my feet have healed after walking 800km (500miles) across Spain – it’s time to get back on the trail!
6. Characterization Class with Alicia Rasley
7. Research best ROI promo places for promotion reach.
8. Produce Freedom Bound: Special Edition (episodes 1-4) as paperback through CreateSpace.

I’ll check in at the end of the month to see how all of the went.

Femme Friday: Badassery? Not just for knights!

Femme Friday!  WOMEN IN SCIENCE CARD GAME for INTERNATIONAL WOMEN AND GIRLS IN SCIENCE DAY!

10676120_839969126113872_8948812156057212850_nLast week was the first EVER International Women and Girls in Science Day on February 11 as declared by the United Nations.

In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/70/212 (draft A/70/474/Add.2) declaring 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

Talking about this now? You probably didn’t know and you should mark your calendar for next year. Yes, I really do feel silly not having told you before. After all, FEMME FRIDAY is a feature designed to demonstrate the very thing the IWaGiS was created for, to highlight the sheer badassery of women. And to that end, so was the Women In Science Card game created by the University of Exeter.

I won’t bore you with platitudes. I just wanted to highlight this awesome game. The game is downloadable for free: http://imgur.com/gallery/SKM8B

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Take a few minutes and just look through the cards. You will learn about some cool ass women. I know I did. The three women above range from Paleontologist to Computer scientist to Polymath. That Emelie… I am soooo going to read up on her some more.  You HAVE to check this out.