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FROM ALMA T. C. BOYKIN: Miners and Empire: Merchant and Empire Book Five.
Aedelbert Starken shapes stone, not magic. Or so he thinks.
The town of Garmouth depends on the mines for life. Aedelbert comes to the city with his partner Caedda Quaedel in order to build three new smelters for the ore. Aedelbert and Caedda, master stone-cutters, just want to work, collect their wages, and move to the next job. Nothing more or less.
To their chagrin, building smelters and training an apprentice pose the least of their problems. A noble with a grudge threatens the mines and the city, leading to a race between the men of Garmouth and the mines, the noble, and the forces of ice and water.
Aedelbert wants nothing to do with any of it. The Scavenger, however, has other ideas. And what He gives, He can also reclaim…
C.J. CARELLA: To The Strongest (The Bicentennial War Book 1).
The Warp Marines Are Back!
When an ancient foe returns to threaten the known galaxy, the United Stars of America’s Navy and Marines must rise to the occasion and fight the alien invaders to the death. Epic space and land battles against a species of deadly space nomads will determine the fate of humanity.
Jason Giraud: All he wanted was to become a Warp Marine but the Corps wasn’t hiring. When a bizarre accident grants him strange new abilities, however, Jason earns a place in the mysterious and secretive Wraith Marine Regiment. His life will never be the same.
Heather McClintock: She’s back with the CIA, protecting America from foreign enemies. Will her analytic – and telepathic – skills be enough to win the day?
Russell Edison: Retirement did not suit him. Russell returns to his beloved Corps, this time as a Critical Skills Operator instead of a regular infantryman. He soon discovers that Special Ops are even more dangerous than ground-pounder duties.
To The Strongest is the first book of a new series that follows the events of the best-selling Warp Marine Corps series that began with Decisively Engaged.
Vignettes by Luke, Mary Catelli and ‘Nother Mike
So what’s a vignette? You might know them as flash fiction, or even just sketches. We will provide a prompt each Sunday that you can use directly (including it in your work) or just as an inspiration. You, in turn, will write about 50 words (yes, we are going for short shorts! Not even a Drabble 100 words, just half that!). Then post it! For an additional challenge, you can aim to make it exactly 50 words, if you like.
We recommend that if you have an original vignette, you post that as a new reply. If you are commenting on someone’s vignette, then post that as a reply to the vignette. Comments — this is writing practice, so comments should be aimed at helping someone be a better writer, not at crushing them. And since these are likely to be drafts, don’t jump up and down too hard on typos and grammar.
If you have questions, feel free to ask.
Your writing prompt this week is: hair.