Friday, February 21, 2014

SFR Brigade Presents: STARRIE 3.2

STARRIE 3.2

Enjoy some Science Fiction Adventure from the Ambasadora-verse! I'm posting excerpts of my novel Starrie in order starting from chapter one. This is the thirteenth post and we're into chapter three. It has been edited for content and space per the SFR Brigade Presents guidelines. Read the rest of the story so far on the Starrie page.

And, check out other wonderful Presents posts at the SFR Brigade.


STARRIE (FROM THE WORLD OF AMBASADORA) by Heidi Ruby Miller

Naela extinguished the whip and leapt to the floor, disappearing into a crouch behind the bed. She snatched the little tank top Stavros had stripped off her and pulled it on as she dashed for the closet.

Inside she shoved past thousands of hanging clothes and walls of beautifully crafted drawers to the secret door in the back. Her implanted wrist reporter spit out the lock's code—stolen when Stavros's security team first dragged her through this secret hallway from the ballroom on the other side.

As soon as the door seal swished open, the light blinded her. Someone had retracted the huge metal shield walls to expose the insulated windows behind them. Outside, the cold prow of the building stretched silently into the air, like a giant patio on this jagged mountain top. It was almost majestic and tranquil.

Inside was pure pandemonium. The Armadans and contractors blasted away at one another with crackles of cender fire and staccato blasts from battle rifles. The smell of singed hair, sizzled skin, and smoldering wood swirled toward the cathedral ceiling on lazy smoke trails.

There was no way past the firefight.

A concussive explosion sent shards of glass flying past Naela. Her ears popped and a roar of wind rolled through the room. Shrill alarms bleated louder than the rushing air.

One of the gargantuan windows had been breached.

~~~

BOOK DESCRIPTION:
Starrie is a direct sequel to Greenshift. It follows the story of Ben Anlow (David's younger brother) and his team as they embark on a revenge mission to bring down serial murderer and rapist, Liu Stavros, at his fortress in the inhospitable mountains of Tampa Three. But contractor Naela Starrie already has her own kind of vengeance planned for Stavros. Even as a battle-hardened soldier, Ben's not prepared for the darkness he sees in the female assassin, nor the way she challenges his prejudices about contractors when she makes a sacrifice to save to his life.

This novel runs concurrent with Ambasadora Book 1: Marked by Light, the first book of the main space opera series. And we follow a thread of Starrie into Book 2: Scarred by Light.

Look for Starrie from Dog Star Books in July 2014 and Ambasadora Book 2: Scarred by Light in late 2014.

EVENT PHOTOS: Capclave 2013

EVENTS

RDSP and Dog Star Books had a big representation at Capclave 2013 with John Edward Lawson, Jennifer Barnes, Jason Jack Miller, Heidi Ruby Miller, K. Ceres Wright, Matt Betts, and Hanna Gribble. Other guests in attendance included the GoH George R. R. Martin, Catherine Asaro, Alma Katsu,Michael Swanwick, and dozens of others. Such a good time and good people. Looking forward to next year's!

Heidi Ruby Miller, Jason Jack Miller, George R. R. Martin

Heidi Ruby Miller

John Edward Lawson

Alma Katsu


Catherine Asaro, Heidi Ruby Miller, Matt Betts

Jason Jack Miller

K. Ceres Wright

Hanna Gribble, Heidi Ruby Miller, Michael Swanwick



Heidi Ruby Miller

Jason Jack Miller, Jennifer Barnes

Heidi Ruby Miller


Matt Betts

Friday, February 14, 2014

SFR Brigade Presents: STARRIE 3.1

STARRIE 3.1

Enjoy some Science Fiction Adventure from the Ambasadora-verse! I'm posting excerpts of my novel Starrie in order starting from chapter one. This is the twelfth post and we just started chapter three. It has been edited for content and space per the SFR Brigade Presents guidelines. Read the rest of the story so far on the Starrie page.

And, check out other wonderful Presents posts at the SFR Brigade.


STARRIE (FROM THE WORLD OF AMBASADORA) by Heidi Ruby Miller

Ben slapped an adhesive grenade onto the electronic lock and stepped back as the incendiary device blew the door from its frame with a loud boom.

He slipped through the caustic residual smoke and into Stavros's bedroom. The ringing in his ears complemented the frantic squeals and unintelligible screams blasting from the mind minstrel.

What Ben witnessed beyond the fog of smoke and adrenaline stopped him in his tracks, stopped the shriek of the mind minstrel, stopped time, in fact.

Stavros—pieces of Stavros—littered the stone floor.

No one moved, except the woman standing half-naked atop the burning bed. With one fluid motion she snapped a retractable electric whip in an arc over her body. The thin wire, burning blue-white with the voltage streaming through its coil, snaked around Stavros's head, severing it from his dismembered torso and sending it rolling along the polished stone to rest at Ben's feet.

She stared back at Ben with Mari's familiar coral irises…until they blinked to an icy blue at the same moment her sugary blonde hair darkened to midnight black.

He recognized her then with a little jolt of fear—Naela Starrie, the Embassy's most elusive assassin.


~~~

BOOK DESCRIPTION:
Starrie is a direct sequel to Greenshift. It follows the story of Ben Anlow (David's younger brother) and his team as they embark on a revenge mission to bring down serial murderer and rapist, Liu Stavros, at his fortress in the inhospitable mountains of Tampa Three. But contractor Naela Starrie already has her own kind of vengeance planned for Stavros. Even as a battle-hardened soldier, Ben's not prepared for the darkness he sees in the female assassin, nor the way she challenges his prejudices about contractors when she makes a sacrifice to save to his life.

This novel runs concurrent with Ambasadora Book 1: Marked by Light, the first book of the main space opera series. And we follow a thread of Starrie into Book 2: Scarred by Light.

Look for Starrie from Dog Star Books in July 2014 and Ambasadora Book 2: Scarred by Light in late 2014.


Thursday, February 13, 2014

BOOKS: Goodreads Giveaway for The Revelations of Preston Black by Jason Jack Miller



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Friday, February 07, 2014

SFR Brigade Presents: STARRIE 2.3

STARRIE 2.3

Enjoy some Science Fiction Adventure from the Ambasadora-verse! I'm posting my novel Starrie in order starting from chapter one. This is post eleven and we're finishing chapter two. It has been edited for content and space per the SFR Brigade Presents guidelines. Read the rest of the story so far on the Starrie page.

And, check out other wonderful Presents posts at the SFR Brigade.


STARRIE (FROM THE WORLD OF AMBASADORA) by Heidi Ruby Miller

She unclipped a decorative piece of metal from the seam of her panties. With a twist of her thumb the clip expanded to the width of her middle finger and twice its length. Her heart sped up, relishing what came next. The mind minstrel's beat pounded with the same anticipation.

With a flourishing flick of her wrist, Naela released the coiled wire inside the clip. It ignited as it spun free with a blue-white glow and snapped to life at her side as the electricity supercharged the three meter filament.

Stavros backpedaled against the wall.

She teasingly snapped the whip back and forth, slicing through the mattress and frame. Wisps of smoke haunted the air and coated her tongue with the tang of singed silk and scorched wood. The sizzles and cracks and flares of electric light promised a painful end for Liu Stavros. And the mind minstrel captured it all, including when Naela said, "It makes me happy…that you're going to die this way."

~~~

BOOK DESCRIPTION:
Starrie is a direct sequel to Greenshift. It follows the story of Ben Anlow (David's younger brother) and his team as they embark on a revenge mission to bring down serial murderer and rapist, Liu Stavros, at his fortress in the inhospitable mountains of Tampa Three. But contractor Naela Starrie already has her own kind of vengeance planned for Stavros. Even as a battle-hardened soldier, Ben's not prepared for the darkness he sees in the female assassin, nor the way she challenges his prejudices about contractors when she makes a sacrifice to save to his life.

This novel runs concurrent with Ambasadora Book 1: Marked by Light, the first book of the main space opera series. And we follow a thread of Starrie into Book 2: Scarred by Light.

Look for Starrie from Dog Star Books in July 2014 and Ambasadora Book 2: Scarred by Light in late 2014.