Friday, July 31, 2015

Grand Master's Game - on Moon Station -Snippet for #SFFSat

Welcome to another Saturday of Science Fiction & Fantasy snippets exchanged by several writers.
I'll switch to a WIP soon when I have a piece in readable shape. My contribution this week continues the scene on Moon Station from Grand Master’s Game, Book 2 in the Grand Master’s Trilogy. Last week, the excerpt ended with a woman’s voice. Read it here:  

“Her pawn’s collar stopped the jaws from closing,” Athanor grated. The Grand Master clambered to his feet and retrieved his dagger from the punctured eye of their attacker. He lent his hand to help Violet scramble up.
She hung shakily to his arm and looked around. Six bulky yellow-striped bodies lay on the floor, their legs still twitching. A tall woman in a survival suit stood two paces away. Her open faceplate showed the white skin and dark goggles of an albino. Two men in combat gear moved from body to body, aiming heavy duty lasers in case an insect revived.
The fragmented body lying in front of Kondric and the green goo spattered over his survival suit showed his accurate aim with one of his grenades. He grinned at her and wiped green blood from his face. One workman had defended himself with the toolbox and screwdriver he brandished. The second workman lay on the ground, blood pumping from his neck where the mandibles had cut through the tough suit. Sickened by the gory sight, Violet turned away.
The albino woman focused on Athanor’s tall figure and asked, “How did you get here? Did you fix the portals?” 

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Grand Master's Game - 8 sentences for #WeWriWa

Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors. Here, writers showcase their work with 8-10 sentences. Join the fun and read our snippets.

This week, I’ll share a scene from my new release, Grand Master’s Game, Book 2 in my series, Grand Master’s Trilogy. In this series, the portal web is the main means for interplanetary transport. But, the portal has misdirected to a deadly planet.
Last week’s snippet can be read at

End of last week’s snippet: The frigid air stunk of rotten eggs. Violet gagged and blocked her nose.

Athanor expanded his psi shield to envelop the three of them. As a further precaution, Violet reattached the breather on her suit.
“The atmosphere is deadly,” Athanor grated.
The lights on the control panel clicked off.
“The portal’s died,” Kondric groaned.
With a squeak of alarm, Violet gripped Athanor’s arm. They stood on an unknown frozen planet with a toxic atmosphere, overlooking a bottomless precipice.
“Where are we?” Violet breathed.
No one answered.

Grand Master’s Game is book 2 in a Trilogy


Spin across the galaxy as Violet and her Grand Master hunt their enemies. Cracks in the portal web threaten galactic civilization, and suspicions fall on the mysterious Grand Masters with their immense psychic powers. Once, there were twelve Grand Masters, humans and aliens, on the Council. Now there are eleven. One was killed when the young pawn, Violet, rescued her Grand Master, Athanor, from the Red Queen’s dungeon. The Red Queen fled the fight and now she lurks out of sight, regenerating her energies.
Athanor devises a risky plan to expose his enemies on the Council and force the Red Queen into the open. His strategy will employ Violet’s empathic skills as his secret weapon. Meanwhile, she wrestles with her erratic talents and doubts about their unequal partnership. In their search for revenge, they contend with the portal crisis, psychic traps and hostile aliens. In the inevitable battle of Grand Masters, Violet and Athanor will face their worst nightmares. What is the sacrifice for victory?

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Book 1, Grand Master’s Pawn is 99c in July:

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