Terraforming or Terrorism?

Still Life: A SpecFic SciFi Romance

Remember Jody from Freedom Bound? Well, she’s the star of the next book in the Solar Flame series about Bodice Ripping (sic) Ninjas in Space!

STILL LIFE is not just an episode, it’s a full length novella with a beginning, middle and an end. No kidding.

Terraforming or Terrorism? His future is her next target.

     Aboard Ebudae, a cargo ship of the Cordoba Constellar Conglomerate, Captain Jody Benson, who, for the purpose of her undercover operation is posing Specialist Jody Wall, is on her way to the remote, uninhabited ice planet of Tapogoani XII. The climate can kill.

Jody’s mission? For the sake of millions of freed slaves, she will destroy all traces of an old Freedom Road stop. Jody wakes up from a leisurely nap only to find that the ship she’s on is crashing into an ice planet and nobody else aboard is alive.

     Astrobiologist Ewan Stewarts is excited that finally his equipment is arriving, only to realize that Ebudae is crashing. As he watches in horror, his sidekick the robotic companion, Six, accompanies him to the site to locate the one remaining crew member that is still alive, Benson.

And that’s just the beginning!   

Along the way, Jody and Ewan must learn to trust one another. They’ll have to rely on each other and fight a common enemy— the freezing planet and the storms that threaten to kill them—before the relief ship arrives.


WeWriWa 3/26/17

Freedom Bound Episode 3: Mateu

IN WHICH OUR LADY NINJA gets a tour…

Mateu is currently with my crit partner for a final pass. This means it will be in publish by the end of March!

What is in the new  improved episode?? 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.

This vignette is from Episode 4: Coriander. Our heroine finally gets to her destination and is getting a tour of the Truncheon class starport.

She’s being escorted around by Bob. Bob’s old. Bob has connections. He’s an old port rat that she’s befriended. That’s all you need to know about Bob.

For now.

    “So, this level holds several contracted leasing berths.” As they walked off onto their platform, Bob explained. “That one to your left is contracted by Zulim Brothers. They’re a fair lot. Ours, rather yours, is maintained by Parker Shipping. It’s a one man operation. Parker’s small, it only has about a dozen berths that he maintains.
“He?”
“Mateu Parker, young guy. Pretty new to the business.

And that’s Episode 4s clip this week.

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! 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…

WeWriWa 3/19/17

Freedom Bound Episode 3: Mateu

IN WHICH OUR DUDETTE FINDS HERSELF IN A NEW PLACE…

So here we are, Episode 3 is being rereleased after some heavy edits. New cover. Rebrand!

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.

This vignette is a little earlier in the episode than last week’s.

Corrie has just gotten aboard a transport ship, bought a ticket in steerage and has made her way to her transport pod.

They have barely left dock

Corrie is exploring the Personal Information Tech interface with her pod. It’s obvious that the pod next to her is also doing the same with quite a different take.

     Clicking the pod’s environmental link for the PIT, she immersed herself in petrichor. Corrie drew in the scents, sounds and the breeze of a primordial rainforest. “That’s so much better.”
The sound next door was quite different. Someone was enjoying the benefits of an environmental pornographic fantasy. “Well, I guess it’s a way to pass the time.” Corrie shrugged. Though she was less inclined to go the synthetic route, her steerage neighbor evidently, and with clear volume, declared their choice.
“A little soon to be bored, isn’t it?” Corrie mumbled. She hit the baffle to muffle her neighbor’s loud enjoyment of her dream date orgy.

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

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! 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.

Amazon | Scribd | Kobo | Barnes & Noble 

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

Until next week…

WeWriWa 3/12/17

Freedom Bound Episode 3: Mateu

IN WHICH OUR DUDETTE FINDS HERSELF LOOKING FOR SOMETHING ELSE…

My apologies to all that visited this site earlier. I’ve had some issues with my computer (read water on the keyboard) and this fell off the radar. It’s all fixed now. 😀

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.

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.

In this scene, Corrie, our heroine, is pondering the boredom of interstellar travel in JumpSpace.

 

 

The public baths were the land of zipless circle jerks.

In the past, in the Corps, she’d be in with both feet and some spare orifices. That wasn’t now. That wasn’t here.

She didn’t know them.

She didn’t trust them.

They were all still the enemy.

Corrie’s could hear the echo of her mother’s voice saying, “Boredom is the enemy of the creative.” Drunk and high, Elaine Scott left an indelible twisted imprint of family on her daughter. The Corps fulfilled the need.

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

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! 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.

Amazon | Scribd | Kobo | Barnes & Noble 

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

Until next week…

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Femme Friday: LEGO my feminism! Women of NASA snap together, finally.

WOMEN OF NASA LEGO SET

The set comes in a display case!

While LEGO is probably the least misogynistic toy a child can own it still has a few leaps to make. A few? This week LEGO has finally recognized another service they have lacked for femme empowerment.

Lego announced the WOMEN OF NASA set. I feel both empowered and disappointed. Kind of like when DC finally decided to make that Wonder Woman movie we’ve all been standing around thinking, “hey… but what about Diana Prince” since Hollywood rebooted ANT MAN. ANT MAN? Seriously, guys? You did ANT MAN before WONDER WOMAN? Thanks. Wow, I feel better already.

In her project proposal, Maia Weinstock was clear in the project’s intent to  celebrate “five notable NASA pioneers and provides an educational building experience to help young ones and adults alike learn about the history of women in STEM.” You will note that many, if not all, of these women continue to be an advocate for women in STEM.

Those five women are:

Nancy Grace Roman

Astronomer: The “Mother of Hubble” is included in this set and was one of the first female executives at NASA. The Roman Technology Fellowship in Astrophysics. She was instrumental in developing space based astronomical instrumentation. She’s ninety-one as of this writing and that means she was one of our Femme Warriors who had to fight for every little step she took in a field that was dominated by men, in a time that discouraged women from having careers. She said in an interview for VOA, “One of the reasons I like working with schools is to try to convince women that they can be scientists and that science can be fun,” she says.

 

Margaret Hamilton, née Heafield

Margaret Hamilton

Computer scientist: Director of the Software Engineering Division of the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory, which developed on-board flight software for the Apollo space program. She is a pioneer in the modern concept of software. She was discovered while at MIT through the Whirlwind , a project developed to predict the weather. By outsmarting a smarmy male scientist who wrote everything in Greek and Latin, she wrote all her answers in the same language.  Apparently, NASA likes a smartass because it got her the job as  lead developer for Apollo flight software.

Katherine Johnson

Katherine Johnson

Mathematician and astronavigator: Yes, that Katherine Johnson who was recently featured in the movie Hidden Figures doing the maths for the Mercury and Apollo programs — including the Apollo 11 the first lunar landing.  Let me tell you a little thing about Katherine Johnson… she was a child math prodigy. And in Greenbrier West Virginia when she was a youngster, the didn’t have a school for African Americans past eighth grade. She would have been wasted if not for a program at West Virginia College that admitted her at the tender age of ten years old. Holy cats, that’s a SUPER FEMME! It took a United States Supreme Court (Missouri ex rel. Gaines v. Canada (1938)) ruling to allow her to even go to college. Take that Betsy DeVos. Totally nuts.

Sally Ride and Mae Jamisen

  Sally Ride 

Astronaut, physicist, and educator: A physicist by training, Ride became the first American woman in space in 1983 but, her sex aside, she’s also the youngest astronaut to travel to space as of this writing. After retiring as a NASA astronaut, she founded an educational company focusing on encouraging children — especially girls — to pursue the sciences.  In 2014, Ride was installed in the Legacy Walk, an outdoor public display that celebrates the achievements of the LGBT community. She and her partner Tama O’Shaunessey wrote six acclaimed children’s science books together.  Ride succumbed to pancreatic cancer in 2012.

Jemison’s face on the stamp of Azeri

  Mae Jemison

Astronaut, physician, engineer: Trained as a medical doctor, served in the Peace Corps, and all around awesome femme, Jemison became the first African-American woman in space in 1992 aboard the Endeavour space shuttle. Since her retirement from NASA  she’s been busy running a company which develops new technologies and encourages students in the sciences. Oh yeah… she once appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation, too. Her inspiration? Uhura. Thank you, Nichelle.

 

 

Follow these social links to learn more about the Lego set itself.

 

Photos sourced from Lego and Wikipedia.

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.

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! 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.

Amazon | Scribd | Kobo | Barnes & Noble 

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

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.”

***

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?

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