Saturday, February 29, 2020

Quantum is here!

Quantum is a novella that slumbered in my computer for many years. I pondered whether to expand on it, but never got around to doing so, and I finally realized that it doesn't do any good sitting in my laptop. If people have the chance to read it, someone might find it entertaining. :-)


Leaving work early seems like an excellent idea, until a dimensional rift appears right in front of Alice's car and a semi-trailer truck pushes her into it. A moment later, she’s in an unfamiliar environment filled with hovering robots, people in uniforms, assigned friends, and no way to return to her own world.

The only possible upside is handsome ship’s captain: Lewis. He does his best to care for the lost young woman and helps her feel at home. Unfortunately, the universe can be fickle, and Alice is about to learn how it really works, on the quantum level.

It is available now, and you can read an excerpt on Amazon below!

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Need help finding these books

There are three books I read as a child that I would love to read again - or at least have in the bookshelf - and I can't remember their names, or who wrote them. It's driving me crazy.

Do you recognize any of these descriptions?

1. There's a city, and the residents keep it moving at all times. There's a team of people who go ahead of it, scout the terrain, and build a rail-type system for it to move on, and another team who goes behind it to tear the rail up, so it can be used again. The sun looks strange to them, it isn't round, and the people who go ahead - or work behind it - also start to look strange after being out there for a while. Finally, they've crossed the entire continent and reach the ocean, and it turns out the city's generator creates a force field that distorts their perception of reality.

2. The people are settlers on an alien planet. There is a mountain that must not be climbed, and a silvery "guardian" that no one has seen for a long, long time. One day a boy climbs the mountain and meets the guardian, and it turns out to be a robot who cares for a woman living on the mountain. That's all I remember.

3. It was a series of books about a girl. I think she lives in an idyllic place when the story begins, but things happen and she ends up traveling the world. She crosses a desert and an ocean and at one time I think she has an instrument and plays at an inn for food. She picks up tiny creatures along the way, there's a crab or worm or something that lives in a fold of her dress, and a wisp. The cover of one of the books I had about her was blue, showing a blonde young woman in a boat.

Great descriptions, right? Rudimentary remnants of memories, lol. Do you recognize anything?

UPDATE: I found them, with help from people on Librarything.

1: Inverted World by Christopher Priest
2: The Guardian of Isis by Monica Hughes
3: The Darkangel Trilogy by Meredith Ann Pierce

Friday, February 14, 2020

Happy Valentine's Day

Today is not just Friday - which is always awesome - it is also Valentine's Day, and release day for Kidnapped and its companion book Courage and Retribution. What a day, right! 

Happy Valentine's Day!

I know some people who have a hard time with Valentine's, because they feel lonely. "No one buys me flowers." One of my friends said Valentine's feels like a scorn, and it's the worst day of the year.

To me, that's not what it's about. To me, it's a great day to be thankful for the people in my life, and my pets. And, to take the opportunity to spoil myself.

It sounds trite to say that life becomes what we do with it, but it's true. :-)

And here we should have a logical connection into talking about Kidnapped, but I got nothing, so let's just plunge in.

I watched a lot of Better of Ted when I wrote that book. It was my favorite TV show at the moment, and yes, "my" Veronica is inspired by Portia de Rossi as Veronica Palmer.

I mean, how can you watch that and not be inspired? 😂😂😂  Several of the other characters have their roots in the same show. If you haven't watched Better off Ted, it's worth seeing. I don't think I outright stole any of them, but they were definitely inspiration.

Anyway, you can see a preview of the book here. Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

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