Download this 24 pg., sci-fi short story, free! #scifi

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Follow this link to download my futuristic, sci-fi short story, Salamanca, Gutter Angel for free.

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Salamanca is an eighteen-year-old who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks in 2047. What sorts of trouble are impulsive kids getting into in the year 2047? Read to find out.  Is there any hope for the youth of tomorrow?

If you’ve read my most recent novel, Detours in Time, you may recognize Salamanca as the sassy-mouthed girl with interesting body modification that our characters run into on their jaunt to the future.  This short story gives a little more of her background and just what turned this defensive, sassy girl into who she is.

 

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From Lost to Loved, now a permafree download on Amazon.com & Smashwords! #doglover #freeread

If your adopted shelter dog could tell his story, what wonders or secrets might you learn? If you’ve ever wondered why your dog reacts with fear when the kitchen timer goes off or gets defensive when he meets a tall man, consider the origin story of Bixby. Read this tale of survival, hardship, hope, and kindness in unexpected places as Pamela imagines the long journey of his life before they found each other and he became part of her family.  (Partial blurb)…

Call it a labor of love, but I wanted to publish something with a clear lesson for younger readers. However, the fact is, readers of all ages can enjoy this story.  It is a free read, 25 pages long, written from the point of view of my beloved dog, Bixby.  It all came to mind as I was waiting on editors and beta-readers to proof my latest sci-fi manuscript.

Download “From Lost to Loved”  for free on Amazon Kindle in the U.S. at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073XTV2JF. (If not in U.S., it is priced equal to .99.  Use this link:  https://bookgoodies.com/a/B073XTV2JF ). Or you can find it on Smashwords free for your Nook or all other e-reader formats that could be useful on your laptop,etc.  Smashwords download link:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/722693

“Heart-warming and moving, well-written!” -Smashwords reviewer

“We recommend it to dog-lovers everywhere!” -Amazon reviewer

Friends and fellow bloggers, I ask that you download this one for free and share a review on Amazon or Smashwords to show readers it is worth their time.  You can also give feedback here.  I am debating putting this one into paperback and what its uses could be for younger readers or charities.  Thanks for giving it a read!

 

 

 

Left:  Before coming home. Notice his facial expression: anxious, a little nervous, and unsure.  Right:  Comfortable at home, after being part of our family for several months.  The lighting is also brighter on the left than it is at home.

Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. “My Friend.”

Photo credit, (c) Louise at The Story Teller’s Abode

We’d been friends for many years.  That year, our families took a vacation together.  The sights were beautiful.

Michael was not sleeping.  He was constantly on the go.  His dad wouldn’t let him go alone for fear he’d not return, so I tried to keep up with him.  Once, his dad accompanied him, and they’d both come back angry.

I was tired.

It was sunrise.  He grasped my hand and raced us toward the water.  “A boat!  We’ll sail in a boat!”

He looked crestfallen as we saw that the tide was low.  Michael sat in the wet sand.  “I’m sorry.  I think I’m out of control.  I never asked what you want to do.”

I smiled.  “I want to sit still with you, and watch the tide come in.”

“Still my friend?”

“Yes, still friends, Michael.”

He put his arm around me and said, “Thank you for looking out for me.”

I sat pondering, knowing that someday I’d need my space, hoping he’d understand.

~The End~

 

165 words

A prompt photo will be provided each Monday pm to be used as a base to your story. Please include photo prompt with your story.

2. Linking for this challenge begins on Monday pm and runs to the following Monday pm.

3. Please credit photo to photographer.

4. The story word limit is 100 – 150 words (+ – 25 words). Please try and stay within this limit.

5. Please indicate the number of words in your story at the end of your story. (It doesn’t count into the amount of words).

6. This is a flash fiction challenge (stories in 100-175 words or less) and each story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end. 

You can join the flash fiction fun at flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com

Stairway to Heaven, Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. #Fffaw

Photo credit, (c) J.S. Brand

The day was as hot and sticky as a devil’s armpit.  Sasha opened her mouth to complain, but the determination showed in her mother’s face, despite the underlying anguish of seventy-year-old arthritic knees.

“You sure you’re up for this?”  Sasha asked, hoping to turn around.

“I’ve waited all my life,” her mom answered, wiping her brow.

With a shirt drenched in perspiration, Sasha shut up.

“Just wait,” her mom said, gleam in her eyes.  “I’ve seen pictures.”

Crossing the ocean to see this much revered site was her mother’s goal, not Sasha’s.  Yet, the twinkle in her mother’s eye kept her moving, despite the discomfort.

A few more steps…..She grasped her mother’s hand, feeling the dizzying affects of climbing.  Her mother clasped it gratefully.

“We are here,” the tour guide announced.  Stretched out on an endless horizon was a breathtaking view of steep mountains, a lush green valley, and a hawk soaring overhead.

“Heaven,” Sasha’s mother whispered.

Pictures could not do it justice.

~The end~

(Approx. 165 words.)

 

So how does this challenge work?     Find this blogging challenge at  https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2017/07/17/fffaw-challenge-week-of-july-18-2017/      1.  A prompt photo will be provided each Monday pm to be used as a base to your story. Please include photo prompt with your story.

2. Linking for this challenge begins on Monday pm and runs to the following Monday pm.

3. Please credit photo to photographer.

4. The story word limit is 100 – 150 words (+ – 25 words). Please try and stay within this limit.

5. Pingback to the challenge post in your story’s post.

6. This is a flash fiction challenge (stories in 100-175 words or less) and each story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Therefore, no serial (continuation) stories. They become too complicated for our readers.

Friday Fictioneers, #flashfiction. Resist.

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Photo credit, (c) Janet Webb.

Overwrought with emotions, Mary took out pen and paper.  Tomorrow the family of the man she was arranged to marry, as was the custom in those days, would visit.

He was a man of means, something she should desire.  He was not the man of her dreams, who’d gallop in, rescuing her from this lecher who’d touched her backside like he owned her.

By candlelight, she wrote a goodbye letter, surrounded by the trappings of femininity.  They’d stay behind.

She stuffed her brother’s clothes into a satchel, grabbing a blade.  Her hair dropped in one swift cut.  Practice pays off.~

 

*Exactly 100 words.

*Directions: Write a story in 100 words or less in response to the photo prompt.  Give the photographer credit.  Enter your link to the inlinkz button.  Respond to others.

*Friday fictioneers is a blog/writer’s challenge hosted weekly by Rochelle at https://rochellewisoff.com/

Side Character Sunday. A glimpse into the #scifi novel, Detours in Time

These are some of the side characters from my latest sci-fi novel, Detours in Time, a sci-fi tale of time travel and the mess we can make.

From left to right:  Elise, a vintage throwback in (2047), Amy (1997), Salamanca (2047), below is Tomas (2047) Click to see Tomas.

What would each character tell you about herself/himself?

*Elise: (2047)   “Yeah, you could say I’m a throwback to a better time.  What can I say?  I’m not sure about where this world of ours is going.  I have a decent job, and those bots can’t replace me.  Oh, and I get evenings off.  Gives me more time at the dance hall.”  *Winks.

*Amy:  (1997) “I’m Tabitha’s best friend; we met in Art school.  People look at me like I’m strange,  but to me, it’s all about self-expression.   I’m used to people staring at me.  Tabitha’s not really like that, though.”

*Salamanca: (2047)   “I met these two, Milt and Tabitha, by complete accident.  She couldn’t stop staring at me, must be the wings I just got.  I was passing by; I thought I’d just have a quick smoke. I’m really trying to quit, trying to straighten up my act.  Do you like my wings?  They have special meaning for me.  Helping me remember my momma and her angels.”  From the book:   “It’s okay.  I’m just a tad bit moody.  Sorry guys, I’m really working on my patience!”

*At bottom above, Tomas: (2047) “Milt and Tabitha were such a lovely pair.  I don’t know where they’re from, but it’s obviously not here.  Still, they needed a little help.  Milt was so appreciative of everything and very curious.  I never could get too much information from them, though.  Still, I was honored that I could be of some help to them.”

Next to Tomas is a representation of what his arm tattoos might look like.  Tomas is an avid fisherman for a living, and his tattoos reflect that.  He also dabbles in art on the side.

Stephen Pring, (2018) and Jared Hansen (1997), Pinky’s wayward brother.

*Stephen:  (2018)- “They came from out of nowhere, and saved me.  Everything happens for a reason.  I’m telling you, I will make sure we win this war.  People say I should bow out now because of the injury.  Not on your life.  I will make a difference.”

*Jared:  (1997)- “Well, yeah, I care about Tabitha.  She hasn’t heard from me in so long, because I’m trying to get my life together.  I don’t want to lean on her.  We all have our own stuff, our own garbage to deal with.  That, and the days sometimes just seem to blur into each other.”

To quote a snippet from the most recent review:  “I found it quite interesting and some of the ideas and characters brilliant and well developed.”

Find out about Detours in Time for yourself at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0711ZW6XF  It’s available free in Kindle Unlimited, or on a Kindle Countdown for 1.99 from 7/18-7/25 for Kindle edition! (Normally priced at 2.99 for Kindle).

Detours in Time, Main Character Intro.

As part of my book launch for my first full-length novel, Detours in Time, I held a Facebook launch.  It lasted several hours, and I did have a few people who kept me company online for the event.  At any rate, one of the elements I loved the most was sharing my visual representations of the main, and side, characters in this sci-fi, time-travel novel.  So, I thought I’d share it with the WordPress community.  Side characters will be presented in a few days.  Today, I’ll share my main characters, Dr.  Milt Braddock and Tabitha Hansen.  I hope you enjoy!

Photos courtesy of Pixabay.

From the top left, we have two representations of Dr. Milt(on) Braddock, a Science professor, because he is truly a mix of the two pictured men.  He has a lot of hair like young photographer, yet he is a little older, with the smile lines of the second guy, and yes, he wears spectacles when needed.  I guess the hair is what gives him a little bit of a sexy edge, despite being older and super-intelligent.  By the way, intelligence is quite sexy!

Quotes on Milt:

“Obviously, being the scientist made him an authority at times.  At other times, she could tell he was struggling to behave in socially appropriate ways.  It was actually quite endearing.”

“He was odd, quirky, and comfortable alone.”

“He let it down slowly and hesitantly, as if having been forced to choose between the bug and Pinky.  He was like a teenage boy when it came to bugs, worms, caterpillars.  Pinky hated bugs, but still found his excitement amusing.   He was truly a young soul in that fifty-year-old body, that honestly didn’t look fifty, anyhow.”

“While at times he felt she was wasting her time with him, he also felt incredibly lucky.”

Tabitha (Pinky) Hansen is the woman pictured above, a struggling artist who was hired to clean Dr. Milt Braddock’s office by his colleagues, years before the plot of this novel begins which is in 1997.  At the point of this novel, she works in an art gallery.  On her off-time, she is normally dressed in jeans, Doc Maartens, and a band t-shirt, with lots of hair.  She doesn’t wear much make-up except for special occasions.  She is a good bit younger than Milt, yet not as socially awkward.  She is quite independent due to having lost her parents when younger.  She is also just a little stubborn and not as open-minded as Milt.

Quotes on Pinky:  “She had a big voice for such a small girl, along with even bigger dreams, first, to become a dancer, and later, to break into the Art scene.”

“Anyone who knew Tabitha well never asked why, at thirty, she wasn’t married yet.  She was fiercely independent and moody.”

“She was the realist of the two of them.”

“Milt liked raising Pinky’s ire at times, just for fun.”

Milt and Pinky don’t agree on everything, but they make each other laugh and get along pretty well.  That’s probably helpful when you get into a sticky situation.

The bottom line is, when you are setting out on a time-travel journey, it is best to take a friend.  Be sure it’s someone you can trust and can stand being around for days…..

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Detours in Time, the tale of a sci-fi, time-travel journey, is available on Amazon in Kindle, in paperback, and free on Kindle Unlimited.