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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2009 8:12:46 AM PDT
Mike Luoma says:
Hey Terry, Gregory was responding to you, you can tell by the "In reply to an earlier post" notation at the top of any post. But it wasn't a critique, he was looking out for you. I can understand you getting defensive, but don't mischaracterize what he said. Gregory was not stating that there is some universal set of rules, just pointing out one thing you just did that will send potential readers running away from your work because you've made yourself appear ridiculous.

Confidence is important, but hubris stinks like rotting cabbage. And desperation smells pretty bad, too. Posting a review of your own work sends out both those signals, whether you like it or not. What you did isn't wrong, doesn't break some rule, the guy was just telling you how modern readers react to a self-review. Most won't believe it, first of all, because there's no way you can distance yourself from your work. But worse than that, the vast majority won't READ your review, and note your name and book title as one to avoid.

By the way, referring to it as your Brilliant new novel isn't doing yourself any favors either, just another helpful bit of advice. Hate to break it to you, but you are in no position to judge, and it's working against you... again, this isn't a critique, just an explanation.

BTW,in the past authors HAVE written reviews of their own work... but they usually use a pseudonym. Some have been successful at it, others, exposed, have become laughing stocks. Not a "rule" just reality.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2009 11:25:07 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 21, 2009 11:26:51 AM PDT

Your book may indeed be the most brilliant thing ever written, and I just may take you up on your offer as long as you accept that my opinion will be an honest one, whether YOU agree with it or not. I don't do vanity reviews. But let me also say this, all that rhetoric about "universally accepted rules" is a bunch of self justifying baloney. I'm a short, black, disabled man who has spent most his life being looked down upon like the freak of the week by many, and I didn't get this far in life by believing one has to conform to any societal standards, since I'll never conform even if I was stupid enough to try. That does not in any way change the fact that there are some things, not many, but some, that are truly, clearly, right or wrong. And reviewing one's own book is VERY wrong, if for no other reason than the one I gave you...the negative impact it will have on your book will a thousandfold outweigh any benefit, and that benefit, if existent at all, will be minuscule.

You're free to walk around intoxicated by your own lovely scent, but you'll be far better served by taking a break and taking a whiff of the real world. It may not smell the way you want it to sometimes, but it smells pretty darn good when you're willing to accept it for what it is. So take my advice and give yourself an even better chance of success, or don't, and further assure your chances of failure. The choice is yours. Just make sure you choose with your head and not your ego, because the ego lies.

Posted on Jul 21, 2009 8:40:53 PM PDT
K. Bell says:
Regression Regression by Kathy Bell

"If I knew then what I know now..." That's the refrain of the twenty-odd people who find themselves living their lives over again. The main character, Adya Jordan, is a typical mom with atypical genetics. When she goes from loving forty-something mother of six to confused teenager trying to decide if she's crazy or really is living her entire life again, she searches for the cause. In her quest for answers, she enounters the Three Eleven Corporation, populated by scientists from the future who are changing the world. This alternate reality pares technology, research, and development down to an as needed basis, where Three Eleven has control of the distribution and use of almost every twentieth century invention and those who invented them. Adya goes through an intriguing journey as she investigates the true intentions and purposes of this company and its directors.
Every third chapter, diary entries of Nicholas Weaver are written from the future, where some terrible event has taken place which destroys the human race. He never quite tells us all the details but the journal entries allude to a global disaster where one of Adya's children offers the last hope of survival. He seems a maudlin but affable type, responsible for sending Adya back in time, doing it for the love of a woman. Over and over again for more than ten lifetimes - now that's love. The science rules of time travel are clearly defined - we can only ever travel within a span of one hundred eighty years, and are travelling into parallel versions of ourselves, not the same timeline. No aliens, no real fancy gadgets or space ships, but the underground city of Sanctum and some other futuristic concepts should keep your interest if you want harder core science fiction. The story is more character driven than technology driven.
There is a fairly conservative social commentary, presented through the mouthpeice of Three Eleven's policies. The overall statement is that our current society was on the path to self destruction - whether or not some outside force ended up being the final cause - and that Three Eleven's initiatives were going to create a society both sustainable and advanced. Technology should be used productively instead of for entertainment. Families should focus on children, not possessions. People need guidance and limits set by those with greater understanding of the greater good. You have to wonder what a future run by Three Eleven - benevolently meant or not - would look like. Rewind our world to 1985, dub in today's technology but only for the elite, then press play.

Title: Regression
Author: Kathy Bell
Publisher: Northern Sanctum Press (
ISBN: 9780981289601
Versions: print, PDF download on publisher's website; Kindle (August 2009)

Try before you buy - view a PDF of the first few chapters on the publisher's website.

Posted on Jul 22, 2009 5:06:00 PM PDT
Thanks Esme I appreciate what you are doing with this discussion and 'Genre Threads.' I would really appreciate more readers and reviews for my novels.

My name is L.D. Alford, and I have a series of three novels called the Chronicles of the Dragon and the Fox from OakTara publishing. The individual titles are: The End of Honor, The Fox's Honor, and A Season of Honor.
The End of Honor: A Novel (The Chronicles of the Dragon and the Fox)
The Fox's Honor
A Season of Honor

I also write historical fiction, and you can find all my all my books on You can also find more on my writing at I don't mind contacts from my readers, you can find my email address on the site.

I write books that I like to read. They will appeal to those who like adventure, a little romance, and a lot of space warfare. My favorite sifi author is Jack Vance. I don't write like him, but I attempt to make my writing, settings, and characters rich and complex like his writing. I am a test pilot, chemist, mechanical engineer, and aerospace engineer. I try to keep the science in sifi while telling a fun and exciting story. That's what you'll find in these novels. They are fun and exciting. Plus, I need a lot of readers so my publisher will contract my next series, the Ghost Ship Chronicles. Three of these novels are already written and my readers are asking for more stuff.

I would really appreciate it if you would take a look at the Chronicles of the Dragon and the Fox--I think you will be happy you did.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2009 3:14:27 PM PDT
My sf novel is HOME IS THE HUNTER, which is half of Double Dog #3 and shares billing with Lazette Gifford's FARSTEP STATION. My novel involves a character regaining consciousness -- sort of -- after a horrific accident and learning he has no resources and the government dole will run out in twenty-three days. To save his life and get another pair of eyes (he was also blinded in the accident) he's offered a job. It turns out that his job is as an assassin. He has next to no face left and, in 1000 to 1200 years, the makeup is indistinguishable from real features, so he can look like anyone. His job is to hunt down and kill the leaders of the Freekor, mercenaries who plunder for fun and profit.

The book is available from the publisher, Yard Dog Press and from Amazon, and the book is reviewed on Amazon.

Thanks for a chance to make a pitch.

Posted on Jul 30, 2009 10:53:34 AM PDT
I'm Gary Battershell, and my book is called The Third Epoch: Beyond the World Wall. If you like books with prehistoric settings and expecially books that merge horror elements (vampires) with science fiction (pre-Egyptian high-science civilizations and alien invaders), you might like this one. It's available in e-book and print on the Amazon and E-Treasures sites. If you think this might be something you'd like, go to one of those and read a summary or, better yet, download a sample.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 31, 2009 3:15:10 AM PDT
Some wonderful books I'm looking forward to reading, fellow authors. And thanks, Jennifer, for tipping a hat to my book, "Where Angels Fear to Tread" that I wrote as Yolanda Pascal. I tried to blend the humor of Hitchiker, with Star Trek TOS themes, and a Sherlockian detective, to provide readers with a roller-coaster ride to enjoy and ponder. Please have fun with the book, and I'd welcome feedback at

Posted on Jul 31, 2009 6:14:18 AM PDT
Hello Everyone

My name is Simon Law and my book is called 'Bringing Forth the End of Days'. It's an apocalyptic sci-fi horror novel set in the year 2023.

Here is a brief synopsis;

In 2013, the Earth is robbed of oxygen by a mysterious green gas that covers the planet.
Bringing Forth the End of Days is part sci-fi thriller, horror story, mystery and suspense novel all tied into one.
Accusations run wild on the blame for the poisonous gas and nuclear warfare results. As plant life withers and dies, a rebirth of technology and surgery are able to combat some of the effects of the poisonous gas on the planet. Ten years pass and, in a desolate world, the few remaining survivors see what appears to be other humans living in the oxygen-deprived atmosphere. Uniting in an effort to find more survivors, the group sets out into the bleak wilderness. But one participant is hiding an important secret.

And some info;

Hardcover: 392 pages
Publisher: Eloquent Books; 1st edition (June 10, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608602036
ISBN-13: 978-1608602032
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Many thanks everyone !

Simon Law
Bringing Forth the End of Days

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 8, 2009 1:19:31 PM PDT
Claudia says:
Dannis - This is one sentence is enough to keep me from every buying anything you write -
"Because of my religion, I don't use cuss words or get explicit." I could care less about your religion, but if an author believes "cuss" is proper use of the English language, then there's a big red flag to me that your writing would be nothing I'd care to purchase. You might say that you don't use 'profanity', or even 'curse' . . . but "cuss" sounds a little too much borderline ignorant
for my taste. Perhaps you could market your material to others who share those religious beliefs or who aren't too particular about the use of proper language - I'd be very surprised if you manage to attract many other people with a sentence such as the one I quoted.

Overloading Amazon with one piece after another all at the same time doesn't seem a particularly effective marketing technique either.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 8, 2009 6:07:42 PM PDT
Dannis Cole says:
Thanks for your thoughts. I guess you can tell I grew up in the Southeastern US, because nobody down here says 'profanity', even highly educated folks. I write for folks like me, so I try to make my writing active voice, and I deliberately try to avoid idioms and long words for non-English speakers. Many of my characters are Southern, and smart. I use correct grammar when not in the vernacular, but when I write about my writing, I'm just another girl who grew up in the South. Yes, that won't appeal to some people, but the ones who enjoy my kind of writing will find me very different from many authors in science fiction today. That's why I am a self-publisher.

As for releasing many titles, my marketing plan is to make all my titles available on Kindle, and market one paperback at a time. Home Is Not Home will be released by next month through CreateSpace. I am learning new 3D modeling software to replace the cover I did in Paint for my Kindle version. Hopefully, once someone likes Home Is Not Home, they will download the next book in the series, Home Is New. I will probably only market one paperback a year; if I was a reader and wanted to know what's going to happen next, I wouldn't want to wait for the paperback to come out! So, that's why I have all 13 finished novels in the Home Is...Series on Kindle.

If you look at my list, I have everything from short-short stories to novellas as well as novels. Some people like a long read, and some, a short read. Variety is the spice of life!

The post you read was merely to introduce myself as an author and try to describe my writing in general. The proof of whether my stories are worth reading is not here, but in the stories themselves.

My books are standalone; you could start with any one of them and figure out what's going on up to that point, because I include flashbacks that explain things.

If you like, here's the link to Home Is Not Home:
Home Is Not Home

And, if you don't, there are plenty of other books to read on Amazon! Have a nice day.


Posted on Aug 12, 2009 3:33:12 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 12, 2009 3:33:42 PM PDT
Renata says:
Journey Towards a Preordained Time is a time travel book that is also a satire on the life of Jesus. The first chapter is available at and it gives a better idea of what the book is about than any description. The first chapter also can be read as a short story. The book is available only on the kindle and it costs 99 cents.

Posted on Aug 12, 2009 7:09:03 PM PDT
TJD says:
As an indie author and publisher, getting `noticed' is the most difficult challenge to overcome. The system is designed to showcase the bestsellers. Although my books are selling, the rate at which they're climbing the sales charts seems agonizingly slow. Each of the two books I have available on Amazon have garnered one review each. They seem so positive that I often worry people might think I wrote them myself. Not true of course, but if two people think my books are so great, why haven't I sold more? I would be grateful for any reviews, even less than stellar ones. At least then people won't think that I'm writing them. :-)

My name is Thomas DePrima and I've written an outer space opera titled A Galaxy Unknown. At present there are seven novels in the series, but only the first book is available here thus far. Here's the product description:

June 6th, 2267 - A life-pod, missed by rescuers following the mysterious explosion of a Space Command vessel a decade earlier, is discovered by a passing freighter in deep space. A young officer, still cocooned in stasis sleep, is found inside. When revived, Ensign Jenetta Carver learns of the lawlessness that now suffuses interstellar space. Pirates and slavers seem able to attack and pillage with impunity. Space Command has committed its full resources to stopping the anarchy, but criminal groups have grown immensely powerful.

Although determined to rejoin SC as soon as possible, Jenetta is captured by pirates before that can happen. At first she fears for her life, but when she's indelibly marked as a pleasure slave, she gets mad; fighting mad. And when they tamper with her DNA to make her appear sexier, she gets even madder; killing mad.

Can a petite blonde, cut off from Space Command, create more mayhem among the criminal elements than a full decade of SC effort? You'd better believe it!

The book is available in Kindle, 533 KB. The 6x9 trade paperback is 400 pages but I don't recommend that anyone buy it yet. Someone is selling it here at almost double the list price. I'm working on a new cover and it should be re-released soon, but at half the price.

A Galaxy Unknown

My other book is a sci-fi paranormal, titled: When The Spirit Moves You. When I wasn't having any luck finding a publisher for my space opera, I decided to try a different direction. I found an agent who liked the new book, but she told me that there were too many such books in the pipeline already. Someone must have liked it and told friends because I've sold four Kindle copies so far this month.

Anyway, it's available in Kindle and 6x9 trade paperback forms. Here's the product description:

Arlene Watson and her girlfriends intended to spend most of their summer vacation at the beach among friends, and naturally boys, before returning to high school for their senior year.

But on one particularly hot and lazy afternoon in late June, Arlene consents to perform tarot readings for her closest friends. Her minor talent for 'fortune-telling' had seemed to mature dramatically since receiving an unusual hand-painted tarot deck as a gift from her sister. Since then, whenever she gathered socially with friends, someone would beg for a reading.

Repeated attempts at finding answers in the cards on this occasion only produced more questions. In frustration, Arlene gives up. Hoping that contact with a real spirit from the 'great beyond' might help clarify ambiguous responses from the cards, she convinces the others to join her in an experimental séance at a deserted mansion where a ghost is reputed to roam the grounds each evening.

Waiting until security patrols end for the day, the four young women sneak onto the estate and manage to enter the house. Their efforts at contact appear to fail, but as they prepare to leave, the spirit arrives and shows them how foolhardy they were to tamper with metaphysical forces beyond their ken.

The spirit pursues them through the house, finally cornering them in a front vestibule. As it approaches, they collapse into unconsciousness.

When they awaken, nothing is familiar; not even their reflections in a mirror. Everything is as real as anything they've ever known, yet they appear to have traveled more than a hundred years back through time. The body of an unmarried, desirable, and very eligible young woman has replaced the body each has known all her life.

Trapped in a nightmare from which they can't escape, they are at first desperate to reestablish a link with the reality they know. But as romances with young men of the period blossom, they slowly realize that it might not be so terrible if they can't find a way home. Can four twenty-first century girls, used to speaking their minds freely and behaving independently, assimilate into a Victorian period where women don't even possess the right to vote?

Perhaps it's true that love can conquer all.

When The Spirit Moves You

I've written a sequel, but it's not ready for release yet. It still needs some editing work.

Thanks for taking the time to read this, and thanks to anyone who buys a copy. And if you take time to write a review, I'll be grateful. For a positive review, I'll be eternally grateful. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 12, 2009 9:42:17 PM PDT
Hi Esme,
My name is Donald Sullivan. I've written a sci-fi novella called "The Psionic Man," and I'd like to tell about it on The Genre Thread. BUt when I try the link you post in your message, here is what I get:

"Connection Interrupted
The connection to the server was reset while the page was loading.
The network link was interrupted while negotiating a connection. Please try again."

Is it my PC, or is there a flaw in the link?


Posted on Aug 13, 2009 8:55:42 AM PDT
My name is Elmore Hammes, and I am the author of several books available on Amazon in print and Kindle editions. Here's the latest review for my novel "The Cloud":

"4.0 out of 5 stars A good book that keeps you guessing!, August 12, 2009 By Athenagwis (Hudson, NH) -
This is the second book I have enjoyed by this author. The idea behind this book was inventive. The author does a good job of allowing the reader the opportunity to suspend their disbelief. Even though this story is completely unbelievable, I felt as though it *could* be happening. That is a sign of a good book, one that can make the fantastic seem real. I was kept guessing the whole time and really had no guesses as to what would come next, it kept me intrigued and pressing the next page button long past my bed time. This book is a good size at about 4794 kindle locations, and had very good formatting, grammar, spelling, and sentence structure. overall an excellent read!"

Back cover blurb:

A story of hope, love and redemption set against the stars.

An unstoppable cloud hurtles through the cosmos, annihilating all life in its path, absorbing the energy of living creatures as it passes from system to system.

A lone survivor of an advanced civilization is rocketed from his doomed planet in an attempt to preserve a race, heading toward the solar system and the green-blue orb called Earth. A simple farm girl holds the key to stopping the approaching menace, but she must find her way to love to do so.

With a beginning inspired by Superman and pulp fiction such as Flash Gordon, the story then transitions into modern space opera. The Cloud is a science fiction romance with action and adventure, appropriate for teenage readers and above.

Thanks again for the chance to share my books,
Elmore Hammes
author and reader

The review is from the Kindle edition, but it is also available in paperback.
The Cloud $9.95 Paperback
The Cloud $1.99 Kindle

Posted on Aug 16, 2009 9:24:46 PM PDT
HI. I'm Ed Klingman and my book, "The Chromodynamics War" has been out for about one week. My goal was to write the "hardest" sci-fi ever written. The story assumes that Everett's 'Many Worlds' interpretation produced a split in 1921 such that physics on 'Old Earth' developed as we know it, while physics on 'GEM World' developed in a radically different manner. In 2008 the parallel worlds 'intersect' with the radical science being transferred into the head of a Stanford physics grad student. That's the beginning of the book. You won't have to employ much 'suspension of disbelief' -- you'll have to work hard to find any problem with the 'other worldly' science.

The book is full of diagrams and even equations, although the descriptions should be such that you don't need to understand the equations. (If you do dig equations, you'll find they too work!)

I hope you 'hard sci-fi' lovers check it out. If there's a harder one out there, let me know, I'd enjoy reading it!

The Chromodynamics War

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2009 7:41:24 PM PDT
Thank you so much for being there for struggling authors. It's hard to get people to notice your stuff in all the backwash of so many talented artists. With that, I'll go ahead and introduce myself and my endeavor.

I'm actually creating three science fictions, one of which is supposed to be available on soon through Lulu. Two of the three aren't prose, but manga. The other one is strictly prose. I'll introduce each in order.

1. Akashik: Battle of Angels. This is a web serialized manga and actually is the one that should be available for purchase soon in regards to the first manga book compilation. It's a very comedic take on the antics of one AWOL soldier elite and her search for the perfect sandwich. Or maybe the nearest mall. It's not quite clear, really, what she's looking for. Her captured stowaway cum mechanic would attest to this.

2. Heavenly Bride - also a serialized manga, and set in a science fiction universe being as it is the same world as the one Akashik is set in. However, it's a romance and very soppy. It's not as hard core on the science fiction elements as others. However, Lhung was a celestial dragon floating merrily through space when he noticed a miserable mudball. He went planetside out of curiosity and was sucked into an empty body. From there he meets Taus, falls in love, but can never tell her. To make matters worse he has went from holy dragon to vampire. Has any other celestial entity ever sunk so low?

3. Last but not least: Trait of Honor is a science fiction serialized on the web. I have plans when it's finished to publish it in a more traditional format and take the serialization down, but I have to finish it first. Seraph is the daughter of a Demonfolk lord; she and all like her are genetic perfections created and reared for the glory of their people. When she is kidnapped and carried far away from everything she knows, she decides to stay. So it's not like she meant to run away. It just happened. And of course now her infuriated father wants her to come home.

All three endeavors can be found at - and I can't wait until book one of Akashik is finally released on Amazon! It's going to feel very good seeing it up for all to find.

As for me, I've been writing since I was a small child. I'm fortunate to have been encouraged by Marion Zimmer Bradley from afar and, of course, my father. So now here I am, and I hope I do a good job entertaining you. =^-^=

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2009 8:33:50 PM PDT
Dannis Cole says:
Good luck to you! Isn't this fun?


In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2009 8:34:55 PM PDT
It's really fun when your readers give you feedback! :-) I'm finally at the point that I get comments on the rare occasion.

Posted on Aug 25, 2009 4:54:31 AM PDT
My short story collection, Strange Times is out on Kindle and I have made it 99 cents until the end of August.

Also if you don't have Kindle it is available on smashwords. I put 30% of it up as a sample, so you can read several stories for free to decide if you like it. Thanks a lot.

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Posted on Aug 25, 2009 10:48:42 PM PDT
Dannis Cole says:
Home Is Not Home: Home Is... Series Paperback
Home Is Not Home for Kindle
Home Is Not Home, Vol.01 of Dannis' Home Is... Series, is now available!
Here is an excerpt for you, from the paperback, which is also in the Kindle version:

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
I reached quickly for the Cube in my pocket. Take me to my Love! Help me to save him before Eriganh....
The Cube warmed, pulsated now almost like a heartbeat. My impatience turned time long. I stared into it and it filled my mind with centuries of memories. Eriganh knew I had the Cube. Our minds touched. Terror shook me. But, the flood of memories ceased. I stood aboard the ship; D'gharr at last on the display! My heart leapt as I tried to sense Ryee's thoughts.
Ship`s weaponry activated. ―No! Disengage! This ship cannot fight Kajarian cruisers--they carry weapons that destroy worlds--‖
Then, another display formed in air above the console. I saw wreckage all around us. Wreckage of hundreds of ships.
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Eriganh`s entire fleet that accompanied him everywhere without loss--
I lurched backwards--fell into my chair--sickening dizziness--pain in my right shoulder!
Break the link. Adia feel-s this. Drop the ribbon!
"Keep the link! Ryee, Love, I am well! I come to help you!" I shouted, and my voice rang about the green interior of the two-person ship. I felt for help through the Link, and pulled my mind out of it. Eriganh can touch it and find me? He cannot feel this contact, our more personal link, can he?
The light dimmed slightly. A man stood over him. The uniform was...Kajarian. Dark brownish-red, metallic but flexible jumpsuit. A wicked laugh. "You want to break the link?" His voice mocked. "You cannot. I control the link."
"Who are you?" Ryee fixed his eyes on the man, but they wandered in and out
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of focus. His dark curls shook with every heartbeat and teased his face.
"Why, Ryonne~, are you well? Surely you recognize the Emperor--your new Emperor." He laughed. My heart pounded in my ears. How long must this continue? Anger replaced some of my fear.
Eriganh! Recognition brought panic to his mind, distasteful panic. I must be brave, must meet death calmly. Without fear. I must fight!
Ryee struggled in vain to rise. His arms quaked. Terror choked his breath. I sent my love in waves to his mind that did not reach him; I felt no returning echoes. Can I not help him now, when he needs it desperately? I prayed for time. For Eriganh`s mistakes. For Ryee`s strength! I prayed that he could feel my love to give him hope, however faint! Will the Cube let him die?
"Have you trouble gaining your feet? How strange for the great son of Ye~! You
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were their last hope. Pity you cannot help your poor wife fight me in the final battle. Now tell me where the White Cube is!" He reached for Ryee's collar with his left hand, and slapped the back of Ryee's head with his right. I clutched the back of my seat in a futile attempt to stay in it; suddenly my perception of up and down left. Ryee jumped to his feet, gasping, dangerously unable to think. Suddenly my body responded to me.
The ship accelerated at impossible speed. The link broke. Rage filled me!
―He harms Ryee! Let me go to him!‖
Fast as thought, I stood trembling in a corridor of black stone--the Fortress! A voice inside my mind said:
Stay calm. Think not. Feel your love for your King. Feel your way to Ryonne~.
I wondered, How? I cannot feel his mind, only shadows of emotion and sensation. Surely he is unaware, or his
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telepathic centers have damage. I shuddered; damage that severe-- Suddenly, I appeared inside the large inner chamber. Ryee! I ran to him, but the Cube said:
Do not touch him yet! Eriganh is near. Be still, do not think, do not move.
I stopped as Eriganh himself came close to Ryee. He turned his back to me! I knelt next to a low table where Ryee lay. His breathing echoed in my ears, loud and ragged, eyes open, staring as the dying soldiers`. Orange blood on his face! Eriganh cruelly slapped Ryee's dislocated shoulder; Ryee barely moved, without sound. His hands rolled, useless across his heaving chest.
"I know you can hear me, King of Ye~. I will break you. I will find what your Emperor plots against me. You are almost without cover; a little more and your mind will open completely.‖ He leaned closer as if that act increased his power. Ryee`s skin that should be yelloworange shone under
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the light, as pale as moons. The black of his eyes dominated the golden color. My hand gripped the Cube.
"I can read your memories as easily as I draw data from my systems. I know of your precious wife. Where is she now? Do you know if she has tried to rescue you and even now is my prisoner?"
Ryee threw himself at Eriganh, but fell heavily off the table headfirst. The pain of striking the floor pierced my husband, pressed him flat. I bit my lip. Intense vertigo engulfed him, and a churning whiteness blinded. My beloved struggled to make his arms push his chest off the floor. His face contorted with effort, yet his body merely trembled more violently as he struggled. The effort brought sharp pains through his head! In all this merciless torture, not a sound escaped him. The silence in the room contrasted Eriganh`s sudden laugh.
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"The great King of Ye~; unable to even crawl as an infant! Yes, you know what my methods would do to her. You cannot bear to see her in pain, though you are strong. I mean that you were strong before I captured you!" His laughter rung through the chamber, pounding in Ryee's ears as heavy blows.
Ryee lifted his wavering head. "I... will... never tell you..." Eriganh's mind tore into him full force. His head fell!
"You will tell me everything you know. Yes, I see your fears. Adia has your ship!" Eriganh shouted in Ryee`s ear. My dear one writhed in pain, arching until he suddenly flipped onto his back, mouth gaping in a soundless scream.
A soldier rushed into the chamber. "Eriganh! A ship enters D'gharr's atmosphere! A whole fleet of our destroyers lies in wreckage!‖
Eriganh looked away, and Ryee went limp. Tears showed in the staring eyes.
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"I will finish you after I destroy your ship and Adia with it!" Eriganh ran after the soldier.
"Ay," Ryee gasped, his voice barely a whisper, "Ne!
Now ! the Cube said. I put my arms about Ryee. Suddenly we lay on the soft, warm floor of the ship. Engines accelerated at a breathtaking cadence! The clicking vibrated in my chest. In the lurch, the hull creaked loudly.

There is another excerpt, and cover art, on my website

Dannis Cole

Posted on Aug 28, 2009 8:15:23 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 28, 2009 8:16:07 PM PDT
I've written a book call Urtaru that I have published only on the Kindle. Urtaru (The Urtaru Chronicles)

It's a Space Fantasy with familiar characterization of races and religious conflicts. It has a pretty strong historical and technological bent.

You can read more about it on my book website

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 28, 2009 9:26:40 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 28, 2009 11:56:45 PM PDT
Photoscribe says:
Mary....leave PublishAmerica as fast as you can!! That outfit is NOTORIOUS among the writing cogniscenti, (if you don't believe me, visit "Predators and" and look up anything concerning PA....they HATE them!) Amazon's one-stop-shopping for first time authors, anyway.....;-)

Dump PA, do CreateSpace, (or Mobi).....

The Last Voyage Of The Cassiopeia: A Novel Of Adventure And The Human Condition
The Avedon Question

Posted on Aug 29, 2009 3:17:49 AM PDT
I finally found a place where I can spam my work. I just self-published 3 books and the 4th will be available very soon. It's a sci-fi series and it all started as a lighthearted spoof of Star Trek. The series has taken on a life of it's own now and I'm regretting all the 'Trekkie' names but I'm stuck with them. The books published so far are 'Star Tricks', 'More Star Tricks', and Star Tricks Three'. As I mentioned, 'Star Tricks Four' is nearing completion and I'm planning a fifth novel. The first just became listed on Amazon and Kindle and the next two will be appearing soon. I'm holding my breath because 'Star Tricks' is my very first attempt at any type of creative writing. It's probably pretty amateurish but I like it and I certainly hope others will too.

David A Shaffer
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