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.”

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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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Femme Friday! Sexy Gritty Sleuths of SCIFI – Guest Donna Frelick

Femme Friday!  SCIFI’s SEXY CLEVER sleuths – Guest Donna Frelick

TIM ebook.2FBI Special Agent Alana Matheson is good at her job, despite a past that would make even a seasoned agent cringe. She has no time for the outside help the victim’s family has brought in on a kidnapping case, no matter how good-looking he is.

But galactic tracker Gabriel Cruz is no ordinary private investigator, and the skills he brings to the job will save both their lives. Because Lana and Gabriel are not the only ones seeking an unusual little boy and his mother. Their rivals in the chase are not of this world, and only an alliance built on the bonds of love can ensure that Lana and Gabriel beat the alien hunters to their prey.

Lana, the heroine of the second book in my Interstellar Rescue series, Trouble in Mind, is not the first FBI gal to encounter the unknown on the job. The most famous FBI agent of all, Dr. Dana Scully, is back at work investigating monsters, aliens and government conspiracies on Chris Carter’s THE X-FILES for six episodes this winter. And#FemmeFriday @DonnaSFrelick Talks Scifi’s Sleuthing Heroines #IARTG #SFRTG #SFR#SCIFIROM http://ow.ly/YdYCE, heroine of J.J. Abrams’ FRINGE, faced down not only an alternate universe, but her own alter ego in that apocalyptic science fiction love story.

What does it take for an FBI femme fatale to fight the bad guys and win, when those bad guys may hail from another planet, dimension, timeline or genetic code? Well, first, like any investigators, they need a cop’s instincts. Lana Matheson has the best solve rate in her Nashville office because of her uncanny intuition. Olivia Dunham had insight that was bred into her and honed by training as a child. Scully is the most skeptical and rational of the bunch. She just plods along using good, old science to find her proof. And has her mind blown every 15 minutes.

All of these women have overcome something in their pasts to get where they are. For Scully, those scars are never fully revealed, but it is clear that her relationships with her parents were never the loving, supportive ones she longs for. As a result, she keeps a tight hold on her emotions. In FRINGE, we learned all about poor Olivia’s manipulation as a child at the hands of scientists at Massive Dynamic. The more she learned and experienced, however, the tougher she got, until she was running a resistance campaign after the barrier between alternate universes had been breached.

Lana, too, carries the weight of her past. She’s kept it strapped down tight until now, fearing it would blow her apart. But Gabriel’s arrival in her life has cut everything loose, forcing her to re-examine and jettison the burden once and for all.

None of these FBI agents would be worth their training without the physical and mental courage to stand up to the horrifying threats they face. Call it grit, call it determination, Lana has plenty of both. She digs in. She pushes on. She just doesn’t give up. That’s Lana—a cop’s instincts, a haunted past. And major attitude.

Trouble in Mind launches February 16, 2016. You can pre-order your Kindle copy now on Amazon.

2014-10-15 02.21.07-3Donna S. Frelick was an RWA® Golden Heart® Double Finalist in 2012 for the first two novels in her SFR Interstellar Rescue series. She lives on 43 beautiful mountain acres in North Carolina with her husband and two talkative cats. Find her at http://donnasfrelick.com; blogging at http://spacefreighters.blogspot.com; on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DonnaSFrelickAuthor and on Twitter @DonnaSFrelick.

SFR Showcase! Nazi Slaying Maquis Ninja: Nancy Wake

 

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Writers often take their inspiration from real life. As an author of Science Fiction Romance, my inspirations can go anywhere and here is one of them. My Solar Flame series is inspired by tales of real women such as this.

Nancy_Wake_(1945)New Zealanders are made of strong stuff. I’ve met more than a few and I can honestly say that they brook no  nonsense. Nancy Wake was born in the gusty heights of Roseneath, Wellington in New Zealand and though she left her land of birth with her family at a young age, the NZ tough blood ran strong. That’s Maori blood for you. And yes, her great-grandmother was Maori who was (it is said) the first Maori maiden to marry outside of her tradition.

Who is Nancy Wake? After you read about her, you’ll think Hollywood made her up. But no. She was real. She was known by aliases through WWII. The SOE referred to her as Helene. The French Resistance (maquis) called her Andrée. But the most famous name she was given, and one she bore with pride, was given to her by the Gestapo. They called her “The White Mouse”. She ran rings around them frustrating all attempts at capture and it earned her that code name. Her bravery was not bravado. One cannot do the things she did for bluster and swagger. No her swagger was inborn not man-made. But her cause was justice, righteousness and freedom.

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 She is one of the most decorated woman of WWII being recognized with Medal of Freedom (USA), Companion of the Order of Australia, George Medal (UK), and France awarded her with the Médalle de la Resistance, Croix de Guerre (3x), and the Officer de la Legion d’Honneur. Finally, she was (after many petitions by her countrymen) honored with the RSA Badge of Gold (NZ).

220px-Charlotte_gray_ver2You can find first account interviews with Nancy Wake on YouTube and you can read her biographical account of her life in many books, including her own autobiography. There was a UK television series Wish Me Luck which was based on her exploits. Dialogue for the show was lifted directly from her autobiography. Movies for TV and Hollywood were made about her exploits and the other women of WWII’s SOE (Special Operations Executive). The film, which composites her story with her peers, is called Charlotte Gray and I urge you to have a look

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How did she get to France? To England? To the War in Europe? That, too, is a story in the telling. She inherited 200£ and with that emigrated to England to go to school for journalism. Plans changed. She met and married a wealthy French industrialist and settled into Marseilles. Six months later, the Germans invaded France. What drove her to join the resistance? The persecution of the Jews by the Nazis.It was a kind of injustice she felt reviled by, that would not stand in the world as long as she was living and breathing in it.

wake1In 1933, Wake’s newspaper beat took her to Vienna to do a story on the new German Chancellor,  Adolf Hitler. As the story goes, Wake interviewed Hitler, got the official party line, and then watched as gangs of Nazi thugs roamed the streets of Vienna locating Jews and beating them with no remorse.  Wake, horrified by this blatant and unchecked persecution, vowed to oppose Hitler at any opportunity. She and her husband joined the French Resistance. He remained behind to continue working in the maquis underground while she became a courier.

And when I say courier… holy crap. She once cycled 500km in 71 hours through Nazi occupied territory, through checkpoints, over dangerous countryside, over mountains, hiding out only for brief rest, to deliver replacement codes for a resistance cell her wireless operator had been forced to destroy them in a German raid. Talk about ninja powers! How did she get through? A little slap and tickle and a lot of flirting with the Germans at the checkpoints. She was a ninja! The literal translation of ninja is spy. Did you know? Now you do.

After she escaped Francewith a five million franc bounty on her head put there by the Gestapo—by crossing the Pyrenees into Spain (Hey! the Camino de Santiago does that! I’m about to do that myself but… not the same) she headed to Britain and joined the SOE to be trained in guerrilla warfare. Then she parachuted back into central France to locate and organize the scattered maquis cells. Blunt speaking, when one of her agents found her after a parachute drop, she was tangled in a tree. He remarked that he hoped all trees could bear such beautiful fruit. Nancy’s reply was to tell him not to give her any of that “French sh*t”.  Which amuses the heck out of me as her family origin, besides being Maori, was French (Huguenot).

Together with her compatriots, she organized the nightly supplies parachute drops into ammunitions and arms caches and arranged wireless network communications with England.  for D-Day and the Allies invasion which would turn the tide of the war by weakening the German army. Nancy led her maquisard men and women in the targeting of German installations, convoys and troops to further that end. Nancy’s sector gave the Nazi Reich the most heartburn. She had swelled their ranks from 3000 to 7000 with her skill at organization and recruitment. The Nazis, having had enough sent 22,000 troops, along with artillery, mortar, aircraft, mobile guns, to obliterate this Fortress of Franch-The Auvergne.  22,000 vs 7000. The maquis were outnumbered but they knew they had to inflict damage, heavy damage, before escape. And they did. That day the Resistance left 100 of their own and 1400 of the enemy laying on the plateau.

And she was a leader. During her wartime journey she led a raid on Gestapo headquarters, at a German gun factory she killed a sentry with her bare hands to keep him from alerting the guard. She was a soldier and as a soldier had to execute other spies, including another female spy that her own maquis were unable to bring themselves to kill. “Do you think the Nazis would have the same pity for me?”

She was the kind of woman that I wish I could be. A woman of fearlessness and resolve. It is this example that I use to bring kickass ninjas like Corrie Scott in my serial Freedom Bound to life.


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Bodice Ripping Ninjas in Space! Freedom Bound is Firefly meets Buck Rogers with a bit of boudoir. 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 heroines’ 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 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?

 


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10523987_10152279313750382_1139141219800348008_nJayne Fury is a SCIFIROM author who writes pulpy serials about bodice ripping ninjas in space. She lives on her urban farm in the Pacific Northwest with her three cats, five chickens and extremely tolerant husband. If asked, she will deny that she’s creating nest in her office out of old socks and wooly pooffs. She is also a performer in Tacoma’s one and only Ukulele Sing-a-long Circus. Her project, FREEDOM BOUND,  is currently publishing on Amazon.com

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Femme Friday : Pippa Jay talks Whovian Heroines

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Hi, I’m Pippa Jay, author of scifi and the supernatural with a romantic soul. I’ve been a devoted Whovian all my life (both my parents were fans), and the long-running, iconic British TV series has been a huge inspiration for my writing. But most of all, I’ve been inspired by the female companions throughout.I think I was lucky in some ways.

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Me, aged eighteen, with the then 7th Doctor, Sylvester McCoy.

My earliest memory of a Doctor Who episode was Planet of the Spiders, Jon Pertwee’s final adventure (3rd regeneration). But what I remember most is his companion at the time: feisty journalist Sarah Jane Smith (Elizabeth Sladen). She might have done her fair share of screaming (who wouldn’t faced with some of those oh-so-dodgy rubber aliens and jerky budget special effects of the 70s and 80s, lol) but she didn’t take a lot of nonsense from the Doctor even if he was from a supposedly superior race of Timelords forced to endure the company of an annoying human female. She stood her ground, often threw herself into the fray, and took her turn rescuing the Doctor rather than always having to wait for him to rescue her. By the end of her term as companion, the Doctor was clearly as devoted to her as she was to him.

It was Sarah Jane as much as the Doctor that kept me hooked for the next few years, and when she left I cried. Later she returned in a highly successful spin off—The Sarah Jane Adventures—inspiring a younger generation of fans (my daughter included) until her untimely death.

Happily Sarah Jan was the first of many in an era of strong female sidekicks, and SJ was replaced by fiery Amazonian Sevateem warrior Leela (Louise Jameson), always ready with her knife and paralyzing Janis thorn to defend the Doctor. Despite her savage ways, Leela had a good heart, was fiercely loyal, and the Doctor expanded her perceptions beyond the ‘stab first, think later’ philosophy of her upbringing. Leela finally departed after finding love on Gallifrey (the Doctor’s home planet) with a Citadel guard worthy of her high standards.

The next companion was played by two actresses: Mary Tamm and Lalla Ward. Why two? Well, the fourth Doctor was matched by a fellow Gallifreyan who shared his ability to regenerate. And this time he was overwhelmed by someone his intellectual equal (possibly his superior, even. Romana has since only been challenged in my approval ratings by the recent River Song). Romana might have been slightly naïve about the universe in general, having lived a sheltered life on the Time Lord home world, but she took no nonsense from the Doctor and often mocked his childish ways. For the first time we got a hint that maybe the Doctor wasn’t as smart as we might believe, but more the college student who skipped lectures to learn in the school of life (ie the rest of the Universe).

These four no-nonsense, headstrong women, each from very different backgrounds, had as much influence on me as over thirty years of watching Doctor Who overall. The very first novel I ever completed was a Doctor Who story (never published) and in it I had my own feisty female companion, inspired by those that I’d grown up with. That ‘companion’ went on to become my debut heroine Quin, even though she’s more often been compared to the Doctor himself. I often wonder how my books might have turned out if not for the likes of Sarah Jane in the TARDIS…


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Book One of Redemption

A demon waiting to die…

An outcast reviled for his discolored skin and rumors of black magic, Keirlan de Corizi sees no hope for redemption. Imprisoned beneath the palace that was once his home, the legendary ‘Blue Demon of Adalucien’ waits for death to finally free him of his curse. But salvation comes in an unexpected guise.

A woman determined to save him.

Able to cross space and time with a wave of her hand, Tarquin Secker has spent eternity on a hopeless quest. Drawn by a compulsion she can’t explain, she risks her apparent immortality to save Keir, and offers him sanctuary on her home-world, Lyagnius. But Quin has secrets of her own.

When Keir mistakenly unleashes the dormant alien powers within him and earns exile from Lyagnius, Quin chooses to stand by him. Can he master his newfound abilities in time to save Quin from the darkness that seeks to possess her?

Book One of the Redemption series and part of the Travellers Universe. A science fiction romance novel previously released by Lyrical Press Inc. 7th May 2012, Keir is a Readers Favorite Contest Awards Finalist 2012​, HOD RWA Aspen Gold finalist (3rd place)The Kindle Book Review’s 2013 Best Indie Book Awards semi-finalist, and a 2012 SFR Galaxy Award Best May to December Romance winner. Book Two – Keir’s Fall – released 7th December 2015, with a companion side story – Reunion at Kasha-Asor – releasing in May 2016.

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Image 1-13-16 at 17.38 (1)Pippa Jay writes scifi and the supernatural with a romantic soul. A lifelong Whovian, a Scaper and Sith-in-Training, she abides in the historical market town of Colchester with her husband of 22 years and three redhaired monsters while roaming the rest of the universe in her head. Her titles cross a multitude of speculative fiction, and she’s one of eight authors in Tales from the SFR Brigade, an anthology of romances from the stars. You can find her at her blog or website, but Twitter is her favourite place to hang out and chat.

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Femme Friday #9 – Complexities of Princess Aura of Mongo

Femme Friday is here!

What about a strong female antagonist? The bad guy being a big bad space princess? Oh yeah, Science Fiction Romance has that, too. Remember Princess Aura of Mongo from Flash Gordon? No? I’ll wait. She’s on YouTube with a short video of the Bombshell of Mongo.

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She is sexy. She is evil. She has a shiny hat. She is a space princess with a penchant for control. But what heroine or anti-heroine doesn’t have to feel in control? Right? No no, don’t go to the “but it’s romance, and that means our space princess needs to be rescued while she’s affecting the change in the hero”. Waaaa-waaa. No.

Who said? Not always! Sometimes she is the active rescuer, sometimes being rescued is the catalyst for the change in our hero. Sometimes badassery is the catalyst for change. Princess Aura of Mongo was the kind of sexy bad girl that made the boys’ boxers swing. She could be good or bad, depending on the situation and was, for decades, the standout example of complexity for female characters.

Sometimes it pays to be bad. Sometimes it pays to be good. Sometimes you never win, no matter which route you choose. .Poor Princess Aura, always in competition with Dale Arden for Flash’s affection, never wins. Wisely, Flash steers clear of Aura’s bad case of bipolar disorder. As the object of her affection, he’s the focus of her too-often trigger happy torture button but she could just as easily wield her ray gun at foes of the good guys, too. Complicated? Yup! But that’s the best kind of character.

Aura’s confusion is aptly drawn. Her father, Ming the Merciless, proudly passed on his lack of compassion to his only offspring.  She strove to please her father and yet at the same time, longed for the affection of her golden boy, Flash. When you love the man your father hates, you’re already fighting an uphill battle. And Ming was no chump when it came to making life hard for everyone around him.

Two men–both objects of a desire—are in direct conflict. From her father she needs approval; from Flash she needs a carnal desire fulfilled. Both needs and wants fulfill a deep seeded hunger to please and be pleased. At the core is selfishness. This is Aura’s fatal flaw. She wants it all. Her father has given her permission to go after whatever she wants, no holds barred. Except for Flash. She can’t have him and that is the red itchy zit of her blemished sanity.

But that blemish is her beauty mark. At one point , thinking they’d erase all our memories with one wave of the cinematic wand, they tried to make a Glenda the Good version of Aura—Aura.2 we’ll call her—who turned out to be the limpest mop in the Mongo palace. Every hero needs an enemy. For that brief time when blonde Aura prevailed, they had to make another badass. Lady Sonja. Who, I assure you, was no lady. Villains exist to make life interesting. Villains with conflict (such as our most recent one in the Star Wars Saga, Kylo Ren) are fascinating.

If you shine, there is always a shadow.

 

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