*So, you’ll love this one: If you saw this post come up essentially empty except for intros, that was what was saved in draft. When I finished writing the post and tried to publish, it failed because — it told me — I didn’t have permission to publish posts. Since I’m the owner and sole poster here, that was…. weird. I thought “Ahah, Worpress is being funky” found the draft post, which is usually updated to the last minute, and published that. It came up empty. So I went to edit and copy-pasted the contents. No, I have no clue what’s going on, but this is stupidity of a very high order. Very high. As in Colorado-high.- SAH*
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FROM PAM UPHOFF: Murder in the Rigel Brigade (Fall of the Alliance Book 6)
Detective Inspector Smirnov is back!
On medical leave, with his leg in a cast, so the man gunned down in the street wasn’t his case. Even thought he’d been in a meeting with the man just a few hours before.
No, his problem was reviving the Rigel Brigade because a cross dimensional World has set it’s sights on Rigel as a nice place to acquire.
So it’s time for a cross-dimensional shopping trip for the equipment and personnel the Brigade is going to need.
And return to find the Council Chairman and eight others dead in a brutal assassination.
Can Inspector Smirnov solve the crimes while training the Brigade? And can he do it before the next invasion?
If you love chilling, demonic horror that’ll keep you up at night, and stories of the ultimate battle between good and evil for humanity’s soul, then plunge into this pulse pounding, paranormal thriller series from bestselling author Amie Gibbons.
Since The Fall, demons have walked the Earth. Most people these days don’t believe. But as the world grows darker, what they don’t know will hurt them.
Sarah Blakely’s back home after her life falls apart. With no plan, no direction, and no hope, she could use something to believe in. Especially after her depressed mind starts playing tricks on her.
She’s seeing and hearing things that aren’t there, that can’t be there, because the supernatural isn’t real…
Sarah’s either losing her mind, or there are more things in Hell and Earth than are dreamt of in her philosophy, and they’re using her depression to break her. She’s not sure which would be worse… but she’s about to find out.
FROM DAVID COLLINS: The Void Ripper (Starship Medusa Book 1)
The AI informed Jason that due him having to some traces of alien DNA, he was now the Captain of a massive alien Starship. That should have been good news.
Except that a lot of government agencies had different ideas about the massive ship.
And then there were all these other different alien races, and the wars.
And the AI, it may have gone a little insane being a derelict for centuries…
But real problem was, Jasons DNA had a second trait, one that shouldn’t be there…
FROM CLAYTON BARNETT: Obligations of Rank
Empress Faustina has always ruthlessly used those around her. With her three sons now young men, it is their turn.
To the imperium’s west, the Texans are increasingly unhappy with the empress, especially following her use of a fusion weapon against the city of St. Louis. A broken demi-human, Edward, is sent to patch up what affairs he can.
North, fleeing the ice and snow of a coming ice age, the Canadians and their army are on the Ohio River, threatening territory the imperium considers its own. Young human Robert, undercover as a simply legionary, joins a task force to find out what is going on.
But the prize is the terraforming of Mars, led by the Russian Empire. Crown Prince Laszlo, a friend of the Russian court, takes an experimental ship to determine what they and their Machine allies are doing on the once-red planet.
FROM PAUL CLAYTON: Escape From the Future and Other Stories
What if you had access to a time machine and could go back to visit a deceased love… one more time. Would you?
In 1962, Bobby Newman’s Grandpa, a basement inventor, loses his wife to cancer, then begins to lose his mind to grief. While tuning up his not-yet-perfected time machine for one last visit with his wife, he ends up going the wrong way… into the dystopian future of 2025. Inexplicably, he sends the machine back.
Fourteen-year-old Bobby uses it to lead Mom and Dad on a mission to find Grandpa and bring him back.
But Grandpa has other ideas…
FROM SAM SCHALL: Destiny from Ashes
Colonel Ashlyn Shaw is on a collision course with an enemy determined to destroy her and all she holds dear. Honor demands she not turn away from the upcoming battle. Duty requires her to do whatever is necessary to protect her command and her home system. The Corps and her family stand with her, ready and willing to do whatever it takes to finally bring this war to an end.
But when the enemy turns out to be closer than she thinks, how will Ashlyn react? Will this finally be what breaks her or will it see the might of the Fuerconese Marine Corps raining death and destruction down on all who would stand against Fuercon and her enemies?
Honor and duty. Corps and family. These are the hills upon which Ash and every Marine in her command will live and possibly die as they fight to protect Fuercon and her allies.
FROM DAVE FREER: Cloud-Castles
Augustus Thistlewood was an idealist. The youngest scion of a vastly wealthy family, he’d come to help the poor, deprived people of the strange world of Sybill III – a gas-dwarf world with no habitable land. The human population, descendants of a crashed convict transport, lived on a tiny, crowded, alien antigravity plate they called ‘the Big Syd’, drifting through the clouds in the upper atmosphere. It was a few square miles of squalor, in a vast sea of sky, ruled by the degenerate relics of two alien empires.
The problem was that the people of the Big Syd wanted to help themselves, first – to his money, his liberty, and even his life.
Only two things stood between them and this: the first was his ‘assistant’ Briz, – a ragged urchin he’d picked up as a guide. She reckoned if anyone was going to steal from Augustus, it was going to be her, even if she had to keep him alive so that she could do it. And the second thing was Augustus himself. He didn’t know what ‘giving up’ meant. Actually, he didn’t know what most things meant. As a naïve, wide-eyed innocent blundering through the cess-pit of Sybill III, he was going to have to learn, mostly the hard way. Some of that learning was going to be out in the strange society that existed on the endless drifting clumps of airborne vegetation, and the Cloud-Castles of the aliens who hunted across them. Most of it was learning that philanthropy wasn’t quite what they’d taught him in college.
FROM KATRINA LEGG: Some Like it Bot (Noir Good Deed Goes Unpunished)
When the blonde bombshell walked into his office, Deputy Corbin was certain he’d seen this show before.
Then she asked him to solve her murder.
Deputy Corbin will have to follow a convoluted trail of lust and madness to save the tragic starlet… and he might not be in time, even if he figures out who did it.
This is a long short story, not quite a novella, and should not be mistaken for a novel.
FROM SARAH A. HOYT: Other Rhodes (Rhodes Mysteries Book 1)
Lily Gilden has a half-crazed cyborg in her airlock who thinks he’s Nick Rhodes,
a fictional 20th Century detective. If she doesn’t report him for destruction,
she’s guilty of a capital crime.
But with her husband missing, she’ll use every clue the cyborg holds,
and his detective abilities, to solve the crime her husband was investigating
when he disappeared.
With the help of a journalist who is more than he seems,
Lily will risk everything to plunge into the interstellar underworld
and bring the love of her life home!
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.
If you have questions, feel free to ask.
Your writing prompt this week is: RECESS