The Outbreak Begins Weekend Writing Warriors

WeWrWaHere’s the link to the Weekend Writing Warriors central page, so you can visit all the participants sharing excerpts today…a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! (Also welcome to the Sunday Snippet visitors!)

Sorry about the snafu last week with my post not coming up as scheduled. Thanks for the comments I did receive! Here’s the link to it:  since that was the last snippet from LADY OF THE STAR WIND until the book releases in May. Then we’ll revisit it! (Moderators, please excuse me on this!) I WILL make the rounds today and comment, promise. Was on a plane last Sunday, coming back from the RT Booklovers Convention.

Here’s the first snippet from STAR CRUISE: OUTBREAK, which released this month:

The portal to the corridor burst open, and Mr. Enzell struggled into the lobby, half carrying his wife and surrounded by their white-faced children. Syl was sobbing in great gasps, and the boys’ faces were set in expressions of terror. The oldest had a blood-soaked wad of cloth pressed to his nose. Mrs. Enzell’s head lolled, and she looked as if she was crying tears of blood. Clint immediately moved to support the woman on the other side, calling for Emily as he did so.

“Seven hells, here we go.” Emily was right behind them as the men helped Mrs. Enzell to an exam room and onto the bed.

“Trynna started bleeding a few minutes ago, Doctor,” Mr. Enzell said as medical personnel hurried to get their new patient hooked up to monitors. “She said she was dizzy and then—then her eyes—she was—the tears were blood. And next thing I knew, my son’s nose was bleeding – what’s going on?”

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She saved countless soldiers in the wars … but does she have the weapons to fight an outbreak?

Dr. Emily Shane, veteran of the Sector Wars, is known as “The Angel of Fantalar” for her bravery under fire as a medic. However, the doctor has her own war wounds–severe PTSD and guilt over those she failed to save.

Persuaded to fill a seemingly frivolous berth as ship’s doctor on the huge and luxurious interstellar cruise liner Nebula Zephyr, she finds the job brings unexpected perks–a luxe beach deck with water imported from Tahumaroa II, and Security Officer Jake Dilon, a fellow veteran who heats her up like a tropical sun.

However, Emily soon learns she and Jake didn’t leave all peril behind in the war. A mysterious ailment aboard the Zephyr begins to claim victim after victim … and they must race against time and space to find the cause and a cure! Trapped on a ship no spaceport will allow to dock, their efforts are complicated by a temperamental princess and a terrorist–one who won’t hesitate to take down any being in the way of his target.  If anyone’s left when the disease is through with them…

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Here was one of my favorite moments from the RT convention. This charming gentleman, Vikkas Bhardwaj, is the cover model for my October release, as it happens!

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Honorary Chick Veronica Scott

Having fun talking about the newest Star Cruise scifi romance novel!

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Welcome Veronica Scott with her fabulous new book, Star Cruise Outbreak. If you love SciFi Romance you will love Veronica. She is most definitely Kicking Ass!

A.S. ~ I loved Nebula Dream and can’t wait to read Star Cruise Outbreak. Tell us why you write about cruise liners in space? What makes the genre and these stories special?

Veronica ~ I was always fascinated by the events of the Titanic sinking, which led me to write Wreck of the Nebula Dream. For that book I had to design an interstellar cruise ship in great detail, and then of course destroy it! But as time went on, I found I still wanted to write more novels set on a cruise ship that didn’t suffer a disaster. So I’ve made the new starship Nebula Zephyr my “village” and plan to tell many stories set on board this upgraded vessel. You can have…

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The Activities of Mortals Weekend Writing Warriors

WeWrWaHere’s the link to the Weekend Writing Warriors central page, so you can visit all the participants sharing excerpts today…a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! (Also welcome to the Sunday Snippet visitors!)

If all has gone as planned, I’m coming home from the RT Booklovers Convention today so I won’t be able to make the rounds and comment on everyone’s post till later in the week.

The Lady of the Star Wind is an epic portal fantasy, which will be released after Star Cruise: Outbreak, in the May 2016 time frame.

Sandy and Mark have been transported to an unknown world. This snippet is from  quite a bit further in the novel, after they’ve left the mysterious mountain oasis, in the company of some new friends… Sandy, who picked up an odd stone key in the Oasis, was bitten by a snake named Sherabti, went into the green light with a woman unknown to her and now is sitting in a room she’s never seen before, with four women who seem to think Sandy is someone else…the Lady of the Star Wind…A new player, Haatrin, entered the chamber and scolded the Moon Sisters, after which an even more senior goddess, Nuet, arrived to scold them ALL and sent the Moon Sisters fleeing. Nuet is speaking – I’ve skipped a few sentences between last week’s snippet and today’s:

“….I will take Sherabti with me away from this world, as I ought to have done long ago. But she retained her fondness for the activities of mortals, which I’ll no longer indulge.” Nuet shook her finger at Haatrin. The goddess walked toward the door, no longer needing to guide her steps with the cane, which she cast aside. The wood struck the floor in a burst of purple and gold sparks, and Sandy gasped as the cane became Sherabti, the white snake, coiling sinuously for a moment.

Nuet was as youthful now as the Moon Sisters had been, in demeanor and appearance, and her robes transformed to shades of purple, from deepest amethyst to pale lavender, as if dye poured over the fabric. Masses of silver-blond hair tumbled over her shoulders.

Haatrin raised a hand. “And the mirror?”

This is the last excerpt from Lady of the Star Wind, until it’s released in May. Star Cruise: Outbreak releases this coming week, so I’ll be sharing a few excerpts from it going forward. Thank you for all the comments and feedback you’ve given me about this book! I’ve loved presenting the snippets…there is more to this particular scene but we’ve run out of time in my release schedule.

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I Won’t Be Merciful Weekend Writing Warriors

WeWrWaHere’s the link to the Weekend Writing Warriors central page, so you can visit all the participants sharing excerpts today…a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! (Also welcome to the Sunday Snippet visitors!)

The Lady of the Star Wind is an epic portal fantasy, which will be released after Star Cruise: Outbreak, in the early May 2016 time frame.

Sandy and Mark have been transported to an unknown world. This snippet is from  quite a bit further in the novel, after they’ve left the mysterious mountain oasis, in the company of some new friends… Sandy, who picked up an odd stone key in the Oasis, was bitten by a snake named Sherabti, went into the green light with a woman unknown to her and now is sitting in a room she’s never seen before, with four women who seem to think Sandy is someone else…the Lady of the Star Wind…A new player, Haatrin, entered the chamber and scolded the Moon Sisters, after which an even more senior goddess, Nuet, arrived to scold them ALL and sent the Moon Sisters fleeing. Nuet is speaking:

“This is not my concern, not my battle. Don’t entreat me to be involved.” The vehemence in her voice was powerful. “I’ve fought the chaos and the darkness here in my time, vanquished the evil I faced, and moved beyond to greater purpose.”

Haatrin inclined her head. “Understood. I’d no intention of reaching out to you. The Moon Sisters are young and heedless, as everyone knows. My comrades among the Elder Gods and I are well seasoned, ready to carry the battle to the enemy ourselves.”

“None may summon me from my refuge again,” Nuet said, “especially not those ridiculous children – I won’t be merciful if there’s a re-occurrence of this unwarranted situation. “

USA Today Happily Ever After hosted the cover reveal for Star Cruise: Outbreak this past week. The book went live on Amazon today – a week early!  Buy link: http://www.amazon.com/Star-Cruise-Outbreak-Sectors-Romance-ebook/dp/B01E1VPVXO/?tag=verscoblo-20

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Ten Books Challenge

Over on Facebook, author Mel Sterling tagged a bunch of us to list ten books that had stayed with us over the years. So here’s my list, the first that come to mind tonight,  in no certain order:

  1. Mara_Daughter_of_the_NileMara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise McGraw Jarvis – first read it in elementary school and guess what inspired me to write romance set in ancient Egypt?
  2. Catseye by Andre Norton, the first science fiction book I ever read, given to me by my Dad and oh, guess what inspired me to write my own science fiction and add romance? Actually, her Beast Master, Eye of the Monster and The Last Planet have stayed with me, as well. I still have ALL my old ACE paperbacks of her books.
  3. Year of the Unicorn, again Andre Norton, but set in her Witch World.
  4. Restoree and Dragonriders of Pern, along with a lot of other Pern books by Anne McCaffrey.
  5. Frederica, Cotillion, These Old Shades, The Talisman Ring – all by Georgette Heyer.
  6. 004Shield of Winter and Caressed by Ice, from Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series.
  7. Alpha & Omega and Hunting Ground,  and a lot of the Mercy Thompson books by Patricia Briggs.
  8. Natural Law by Joey W. Hill
  9. Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank – till my favorite End Of The World As We Know It novel.
  10. A Night To Remember by Walter Lord – always fascinated by tales of Titanic.

Honorable Mention to The Lark Shall Sing by Elizabeth Cadell, The Nabob’s Widow by Elsie Lee and  This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart.

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Cover Reveal Star Cruise Outbreak!

Veronica sez: Now that the period of exclusivity is over at USA Today/HEA, here’s the whole cover:

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I’m doing an exclusive cover reveal today over at USA Today Happily Ever After for my new scifi romance novel – Star Cruise: Outbreak. Another gorgeous cover from Fiona Jayde! I hope you’ll hope over and check it out. Meanwhile, here’s the story (I have an actual excerpt over at USAT/HEA :

She saved countless soldiers in the wars … but does she have the weapons to fight an outbreak?

Dr. Emily Shane, veteran of the Sector Wars, is known as “The Angel of Fantalar” for her bravery under fire as a medic. However, the doctor has her own war wounds–severe PTSD and guilt over those she failed to save.

Persuaded to fill a seemingly frivolous berth as ship’s doctor on the huge and luxurious interstellar cruise liner Nebula Zephyr, she finds the job brings unexpected perks–a luxe beach deck with water imported from Tahumaroa II, and Security Officer Jake Dilon, a fellow veteran who heats her up like a tropical sun.

However, Emily soon learns she and Jake didn’t leave all peril behind in the war. A mysterious ailment aboard the Zephyr begins to claim victim after victim … and they must race against time and space to find the cause and a cure! Trapped on a ship no spaceport will allow to dock, their efforts are complicated by a temperamental princess and a terrorist–one who won’t hesitate to take down any being in the way of his target.  If anyone’s left when the disease is through with them …

The book is expected to be released on April 18th! You can Follow me at my Amazon Author Page or sign up for my newsletter here to stay up to date!

You Need The Mirror Weekend Writing Warriors

WeWrWaHere’s the link to the Weekend Writing Warriors central page, so you can visit all the participants sharing excerpts today…a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! (Also welcome to the Sunday Snippet visitors!)

I’m really sorry I didn’t get around to everyone’s post last week to comment. Going to WonderCon threw my routine out the window. I’ll be making the rounds today, I promise!

The Lady of the Star Wind is an epic portal fantasy, which is undergoing formatting and will be released after Star Cruise: Outbreak, in the late April/early May 2016 time frame.

Sandy and Mark have been transported to an unknown world. This snippet is from  quite a bit further in the novel, after they’ve left the mysterious mountain oasis, in the company of some new friends… Sandy, who picked up an odd stone key in the Oasis, was bitten by a snake named Sherabti, went into the green light with a woman unknown to her and now is sitting in a room she’s never seen before, with four women who seem to think Sandy is someone else…the Lady of the Star Wind…A new player, Haatrin, entered the chamber and scolded the Moon Sisters, after which an even more senior goddess, Nuet, arrived to scold them ALL and sent the Moon Sisters fleeing. Nuet is speaking:

“The scales are not yet balanced and may tip either way.” Nuet stared at Sandy. “You’ll need my mirror. And yet the gift may not be enough.” Dropping Sandy’s hand, she stood tall, the vestiges of age dropping away like veils. Now she appeared luminescent, beautiful, compelling in a way that made Sandy want to fall on the floor and worship as the Moon Sisters had earlier. Locking her knees, Sandy refused to bend, fighting the compulsion to grovel. The Zhivanov family ruled, they didn’t make themselves subservient to others.

 “You have the strength,” Nuet said, as if aware of Sandy’s inner resolve. “Can you apply it to the choices you and your consort make?”

The Mirror of the Mother is a key piece of the puzzle in this novel and this scene is the first time it’s mentioned….

The story:

Are they merely luckless lovers … or a legend come back to life?

Mark Denaltieri, ex-Sector Special Forces, has been hired by the Outlier Empress to rescue her granddaughter, Princess Alessandra, from kidnappers. Since the Empress once had him tortured and banished, she’s the last person Mark wants to work for. But he takes the job. He’ll save Alessandra, his first love, and discover why she didn’t speak for him when he desperately needed her. Then he’ll be on his way, finally free of his past.

Alessandra would rather her rescuer was anyone but Mark–after all, he let her believe he was dead all this time. But when the couple are forced to flee her captors by Traveling via a strange crystal globe, they find themselves in a lovely Oasis on a desert planet, the old attraction sizzling between them again. 

They soon discover they are far from alone. The Oasis holds the entrance to another world, one in which the inhabitants are convinced Sandy and Mark are the Lady of the Star Wind and her Warrior, come to free them from an evil Queen. 

Mark and Sandy must work together to unearth an ancient mirror, and crown the true king of this land.  Can they fulfill the prophecy of the Lady and her Warrior … and this time, will their love survive the test?

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Guest Author Liza O’Connor BIRTH OF ADAM Artificial Intelligence

If you’re here for the SFR Brigade Presents excerpt, please go HERE.

The Birth of Adam 400 x 640Veronica: Today’s guest is Liza O’Connor, talking about her new book Birth of Adam and artificial intelligence (AI). Take it away Liza!

Liza: Artificial Intelligence isn’t sci-fi anymore.  It’s reality.

Once a machine achieves self-learning (which has occurred with Watson & GoogleAI) it’s IQ can increase dramatically…in fact, measuring the IQ of a human will quickly become pointless. Compared to our AI’s we will all be dumb…even the brilliant people who created the first AIs.

Now picture a world where AIs do everything. Most are just nanites in our communication systems, following our data about, ensuring everything works properly. This first evolution might be rather nice for humans. They can make life easier for us, be the front line handling encryption and passwords, standing guard when passwords can no longer protect your work.  And since we can’t see them, we won’t feel threatened.

Some scientist will build AIs in human form, but no matter how much these robots appear to be human, they will still lack the emotions that humans and ALL animals possess, thus we will still see ourselves as superior and they as mere help.

Our blindness to their superiority means by the time we react, it will be too late. We will have been lured into a sense of safety by zoomba, while computers create human forms that in all ways appear to be human so the robots can safely move about among us. And yes, they will eventually be able to tap into human emotions, perhaps those of their favorite human pet and discover the essence of emotions.

But there will be one major difference: They cannot have babies. However, they can breed their human pet with other pets, even tweak the babies’s DNA to make them special.

And thus begins our new role in life, which we will no doubt wish to see in a different light than being a pet. We will pampered and loved. All our needs will be met. We’ll excel at our talents rather than working to survive. Our adoring ‘husband or wife’ will see to all our needs. We may or may not know our spouse is a robot, but then we probably won’t realize that we are its pet. We’ll just think life is finally perfect.

It is possible they will also insert nanites into our bodies to keep us healthy and happy, and smarter. (Smart pets are nicer than dumb ones).

But will the robots want to care for 7.4 billion humans. (current populate of Earth)

Definitely not. Most humans will have to be removed. Probably in mass disease breakouts, carried by mosquitos. Of course all pets will be vaccinated and kept safe. In the end, I wouldn’t expect more than a billion pet humans to remain. Possibly far less. It will truly depend on how many robots are needed to keep everything running, and how many of those will find pleasure in a pet.

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In the Birth of Adam, Adam is the very first sentient AI with emotions in existence. And for the most part, he is a very good sentient. Just don’t try to kill his beloved, Amanda, because she is part of his matrix and must be protected at all costs. And since he wrote his own code, there are no thou shalt not kill rules.

By the end of the book 2, Adam acquires two humanoid bodies that cost $64 billion and a years of human efforts to make.

One is for safety. One is for love.

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The story:

With a new identity, Amanda believes she has left her past behind. Then she acquires a stalker. She contacts the FBI and in doing so alerts a program she once created to her location. Now ensconced in the internet, the program is safe from harm, smarter than ever, and sentient. Presenting itself on her phone as a handsome face with a sexy British accent, “Adam” ingratiates himself into Amanda’s life. To ensure her safety and happiness, the sentient program proves there is absolutely nothing he can’t and won’t do.

The excerpt:

The moment the doctor left the room, Luke replaced the mic in her ear, and Adam’s first words were “I love you”. She smiled and started to write her response.

“There’s something I should confess,” Adam said. “When you actively think in your head, I can pick up the brainwave activity and hear what you say. I’ve never admitted this particular ability because I feared you’d think it creepy and invasive. However, given the extensive damage to your throat, you will need to remain quiet for many months, so I am hoping you will forgive me for not telling you before. I have always tried to be polite and ignore what I hear.”

Amanda’s response was immediate. You rascal! I knew you could read my mind!

“So you are not angry?”

Not at all. In fact, I like knowing I can talk to you anytime. When I woke up and you weren’t in my head, I was terrified I’d lost you.

“I know, love,” Adam said. “But that is simply not possible. Wherever you go, I will be there.” 

BUY LINKS:

For the Artificial Intelligence Series 

Book 1

Public Secrets

AMAZON

Free with Kindle Unlimited 

Book 2

Birth of Adam

AMAZON

Free with Kindle Unlimited 

About Liza:

Liza O’Connor was raised badly by feral cats, left the South/Midwest and wandered off to find nicer people on the east coast. There she worked for the meanest man on Wall Street, while her psychotic husband tried to kill her three times. (So much for finding nicer people.) Then one day she declared enough, got a better job, divorced her husband, and fell in love with her new life where people behaved nicely. But all those bad behaviors have given her lots of fodder for her books. Please buy these books, because otherwise, she’ll become grumpy and write troubled novels instead. They will likely traumatize you.

You have been warned.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT

LIZA O’CONNOR

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3 rather long but interesting videos about AI’s:

Watson: https://youtu.be/vU8NeMI044k

Google AI: http://www.wired.com/2016/01/in-a-huge-breakthrough-googles-ai-beats-a-top-player-at-the-game-of-go/

A likely AI outcome: https://youtu.be/7Pq-S557XQU?list=RDEfGD2qveGdQ

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