Wednesday Weekly Roundup

And last week I got back to my 10K or so, both writing that last story for submission (that will head for the editor’s desk with the rest next week) and starting a new project that should be quickly done so I can start writing for the Anthology Workshop at the end of the month.

After brainstorming with myself I decided to go back to the Star Minds Lone Wolves and next year will see three more longer stories and at least another ten Lone Wolves Team missions with new members. I’ve started with Kaori, who has shown up quite a lot in all the published books, and wrote her story. No spoilers for whoever hasn’t checked them out yet, though.

She’s on the cover of Star Minds Third Generation Snippets, though, as Galaxy Police rookie. The Lone Wolves are set ten years later, so her book is abviously titled “Cop”. Then I’ll have “Assassin” and “Smuggler” and more Team missions.

But going back to Silvery Earth, did you know November is Fairy Tales Retold Month? Yeah, I made that up, but look at the coincidence: I published More Fairy Tales Revisited and Fairy Tales Revisited came out in a brand new bundle curated by A.L. Butcher! ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Backstage Pass is also about those fairy tales and how they came into being. I wrote them all months ago, but hoped to make it a book as long as the first one – except I didn’t actually found another Rithvik and Kerrien to play with! ๐Ÿ˜‰ So there you have it, a shorter book waiting for more to become Volume 2! ๐Ÿ˜‰

All in all I’m quite happy that last week I managed to finish the lettering on the Silvery Earth Kids strip (both English and Italian) as well as writing new stuff. Now I’m back to DayJob, so I’ll have to go around it – although I might actually be able to start working on the Star Minds Kids strip in the mornings.

On Sunday I watched How to Train Your Dragon 3 with Dear Nephew, and we had a lot of fun. I think it’s a nice ending for the trilogy, and I liked the extras (although some I watched alone, since he had to go back to Mom’s to do some homework).

By Christmas he’ll probably be taller than be, but he’s still pretty much into those 3D stories. He even sort of summarized for me a story he has in mind, but I don’t know if I’ll ever manage to make him write it, LOL! He says he has all the character names down, though – all in English, can you believe it! ๐Ÿ˜€

Oh, and Sunday night I updated the trailer for Silvery Earth! ๐Ÿ™‚ Not a masterpiece, but at least I took out all the ugly covers and the books that are no longer available!

And it’s Infinite Bard time again! Go check the latest story! Happy reading and have a great week!


Writer Wednesday

Last week I wrote almost 19K, but 15K were that expanded outline that was the original version. By Friday I was able to start adding meat (and deleting some of that outline stuff that didn’t really belong) and will continue this week before moving to Part 2 that has less prose outline underneath, since it’s a comic.

I have considered asking one of my artist friends to redraw that comic, but I’d need to rewrite the story first anyway, so I might as well just do the new prose version and forget the comic. But I recycled a couple of frames in Silvery Earth Kids, when Copperscales tells Torik some history, haha!

I have published Missions 6-10 of the Lone Wolves Team, but you can also wait until I put them all together in one volume. Missions 1-5 is out at 99c, this second volume is at 2.99$ as will the others be. Six in total, for 30 missions.

I’m slowing down the publishing after the summer, especially since l don’t think l’ll sell anything at Worldcon. I’m still debating if actually getting a table or not. Oh, and since the dreaded summer heat is here, I’ll also discontinue the Backstage Pass on the publisher’s page, at least until the end of summer.

You probably know by now that I hibernate in summer, and even though I have two scheduled trips to colder countries, I don’t think I’ll have the brains to do much. I’ll be home, writing, that’s for sure! ๐Ÿ™‚ Wishing you a wonderful week! ๐Ÿ™‚

Writer Wednesday

Last week I wrote close to 15K and by Christmas I managed to more or less wrap up Book 3 and 4 of Future Earth Chronicles. I had to move some words from book 3 to book 4 and rewrite on epilogue and add a new incipit, but at least now both are around 41K (otherwise it would have been 47K and under 40K). Taking a break to revise a story I will publish in January, then onward to book 5! ๐Ÿ™‚

And we’re at the year’s roundup post! The Publishing achievements are 16 new titles, of which one is in Italian and 12 also have paperbacks (including a paperback for a book that came out last year). And since I have 6 Star Minds Lone Wolves novels and novellas, expect more box sets next year, along with more stories (the Lone Wolves Team and a collection of the shorter stories).

The writing achievements! As you know, I reached my goal of 500K two weeks ago, producing the above mentioned 6 Star Minds Lone Wolves + 15 Lone Wolves Team stories (still mostly unpublished, stay tuned), 1 Silvery Earth Heroine, 1 Vampires Through the Centuries short novel and revamped what became the Future Earth Chronicles – new blurb and cover on Book 1, Brainwaves, and publishing Book 2, Wanderlust, while writing the rest.

Now and until the end of January I hope to write Book 5, then I’ll take a break from this series and write 15 more Lone Wolves Team stories. In 2019 I hope to write at least 1 if not 2 Silvery Earth Heroines because I have the covers and they’re wonderful and I look forward to showing them off. And I also have the cover for what I have decided will be Fairy Tales Revisited Volume 2.

Then I’ll write a few more Future Earth Chronicles books and Vampires Through the Centuries books, since the series have crashed together. Again in the hope of reaching those 500K, but if I don’t, I won’t beat myself! ๐Ÿ˜‰

And sorry if I didn’t enroll anything, but the Smashwords End of the Year sale is now on. If you want, though, Sci-fi July Redux is now on sale, and will be gone by the end of the year. 10 space opera novels for 5 buck… get it now before it’s gone! ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great week! ๐Ÿ™‚

Writer Wednesday

I must say that writing 3 entwined books at the same time is a new and fun process for me. I should have done the same with the vampires novels, but well… too late for that! ๐Ÿ˜‰

The workshop on Writing Series was really helpful for this, so a big THANK YOU goes to Dean Wesley Smith! I used also the Teams (no longer available) and Writing Science Fiction workshops for this one.

I’m wrapping up these 3 books this week and then I’ll go back to shorter works for the rest of the month – I have promised one story to a charity anthology and I want to submit to Tor novella again (albeit in the July window).

Kindle Scout results! As expected, I wasn’t chosen, hence in June you will have the first new title of the year, my historical novel The Fern and The Cross. I shall set up the pre-order next weekend, since I’m afraid at the end of the month Kindle Scout might vanish completely.

Thank you to anyone who nominated me, you will be notified through KindleScout when the (e-book first) comes out. I’ll do the paperback after the summer. Or you can keep following this very blog, haha! ๐Ÿ˜€

Writerly links! David Gaughran is still everywhere, I wonder if he’ll show up at Dublin 2019 worldcon next year! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Guest on D2D blog, platform building and related terrors. And on Joanna Penn’s blog, someone talks about his book Strangers to Superfans.

Speaking of Dublin and Worldcon, I filled the form to be on the programme. Soon I’ll fill also the programme suggestions form… we’ll see where that takes us! ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh, and… Happy Birthday, Smashwords! ๐Ÿ˜€ Have a great week!

Random Friday

And it’s Star Minds Friday! Here’s the series trailer for those of you who don’t know them yet:

You can meet the characters of the Trilogy and the Snippets here:

Star Minds Sundays on the authorโ€™s blog: Kol-ian, Daniele&Chantal, Gaurishankar and Maela, Ker-ris and Shan-leo, Mya, Cโ€™ellโ€™andy and Tyro.

AAAAND on Lisa Burton Radio (Daniele)!

The next generation is here:

Interview with Shan-leo and Dadina

Interview with Izzy-lee

Interview with Kay-low

Interview with Zaphadin

And even though her story came out a few months ago, now you get to know better the third generation in the person of Iso-bel Aya Shermac! (To the one and only buyer of Star Minds Third Generation Snippets – that includes the ebook above – I uploaded a correction about a secondary character’s age – get your copy from Smashwords or just know that Arica of Sylvania is 60 at the time of Sire Minds, not “in her forties” as previously stated!)

Hi guys,

I’m Samantha and I come from another world โ€“ the original, old Silvery Earth, where people are immortal and never grow up. When I’m not switching bodies at will, I travel to other universes, especially books or movies. That’s how I met Rajveer the vampire, for example!

So, I’m taking over the interviews on this blog! And here I am, meeting people from other books/universes/whatever!

So hello, girl! Tell me a little about yourself (name, ageโ€ฆ)

Iso-bel Aya Shermac, daughter of Shan-leo Shermac-Vaurabi and Mayumi Ikagoru. I’m twenty and currently training at the Sylvanian Academy, even though I’m actually from Marc’harid, the Sire planet.

I’ve heard those names before… Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

A blue-eyed brunette, petite and willowy. Father’s colors, mother’s height.

Do you have an enemy or nemesis? If so, who are they and how did they become an enemy?

Not really, except maybe myself. I’m my worst enemy.

Would you kill for those you love? And would you die for them?

Yes, that’s why I joined the Sylvanian Academy and yes, if only I could.

Are you involved in a relationship? If so, with who and what is it about them that you find appealing?

My first and current boyfriend is Jes-syd Russom. We got together when we were fifteen. We might get married when we finish our studies. He is a wonderful person and handsome too. He cares for me and makes me feel protected.

What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

Surviving the destruction of my home-planet, a cosmic accident that wipes out many lives.

Do you have a family? Tell me about them.

My parents and my younger brother Dan-ylo, who is seventeen. My father was an only child, but he surrounded himself with an extended family, my mother ran away from Xi-kong so I don’t know much about that side of the family except that I have a cousin, Kaori Ikagoru, who is in the Galaxy Police.

Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

After secondary school was over, I dyed my hair of rainbow colors for a summer.

Star Minds the series (ebooks and paperbacks)


Writer Wednesday

Star Minds Third Generation Snippets is out! Check the damn Amazon link so the people at Booklinker won’t bother me with useless emails! But it’s available also everywhere else *waves at the gal who already bought it on Smashwords – I know who you are, thank you*! Next weekend I shall work on the paperback version.

The cover is by Mighty Marvelous Maurizio Manzieri – which means I have the same cover as some traditional SFF magazines or books, yay! ๐Ÿ™‚ It might be one of his stock illustrations (it ain’t free, babe), but again I wrote a story that fit it, like I did with S.E.T.H. (on the cover of Star Minds Next Generation Diaries).

Like I do with Techie Bro’s digital paintings. Who needs writing prompts with such great artists out there? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m still commissioning custom covers, though. Next month you’ll see the awesome covers Rossana Beretta did for Talwar and Khanda and Saif’sย  Story. And besides doing maybe a cover or two myself, I’ll have Cristina do another southern kingdoms illustration. Not to mention the official cover artist for Vampires Through the Centuries, Shafali Anand! ๐Ÿ™‚

Tomorrow starts a Kobo-only promo – the Books of the Immortals Box Set will be 30%off for a few days. Just hop to the Kobo page and see what other box sets get discounted until the 29th! ๐Ÿ™‚

Lots of writerly links today! David Farland on busting your editor’s chops. Kris Rusch on types of brands – I might not be the best at cover branding yet, but well… too many books, too little time! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m still learning cover branding, but that’s only the surface. There’s a whole lot more about branding to study and learn.

And then two posts by David Gaughran about those darn Amazon bots… how we’ll end up asking “please don’t buy my books” and who’s pointing at you. I’ve been on Yasiv when I tried to set up that Amazon ad… some of my titles don’t even come up on Yasiv! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I mean, even putting a series title like Star Minds not one book of the series shows up. Vampires Through the Centuries brings up only Vampire Diaries. Silvery Earth brings only the Fairy Tales Revisited… And “body switches”? Tons of non-fiction and conspiracy theories and mind-controlling texts!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

I’ll have to find other ways to find tags for my next Amazon ads. Yasiv clearly doesn’t work for me! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Also, did you hear about the KU advocate being kicked out of KU? Mighty Zon is a dangerous beast! ๐Ÿ™‚

Off to the next story… have a great week! ๐Ÿ˜€

Sunday Surprise

I’m currently translating into Italian some of the character interviews or articles I’ve written on Star Minds when I published the English version and sending them to an Italian blogger as well as publishing them on my Italian blog. I’ve also published Yash & Ryo in Italian and it’s selling a lot more than its English counterpart, in spite of my total lack of marketing.

Why am I mentioning this? Author voice part 2 or 3 or whatnot. I sent a printed copy of Yash & Ryo to my Italian beta-reader (the Angela I dedicated Technological Angel to), and she said that my voice has changed. The story I sent her is the translation of a work originally written in English, and that may account for the change of style and voice she perceived.

In case you missed it, here’s the characters interview. What I wanted to explore in this story was male rape without putting it on the page like I did for Smeraldo and Kyrio. I also want to write more ACE-friendly stories from now on and not only because I hope to be picked up by Goodreads Ace Book Club. So you won’t get many more Adults Only buttons on the publisher’s site! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I know I wanted to talk more about all this, but I’m tired, and ideas keep running away from me to leave room for more of Kaylyn‘s plotting. I’m not done yet, I hope to finish Chapter 11 tonight. Four more to go. If I manage one a day, I should be done by Friday, since Wednesday is Dear Nephew Day. So next weekend (longer than usual, since April 25 is national holiday in Italy) I hope to go through it and polish that first and probably only draft!

Have a great Sunday! ๐Ÿ™‚

Sunday Surprise

Cyber Bodyguard

by Barbara G.Tarn

C’ell’andy was confused. He remembered the explosion, and throwing Kol-ian to safety before being half-buried by a crumbling building. Now he felt a numbing pain and couldn’t tell if he was conscious or not. He still had a body and it was probably tied to a machine โ€“ he could feel the tube down his throat, but not much else.

He didn’t know where he was, if the darkness was inside or outside of him, or if he was alive or dead. His mind struggled to stay focused, to understand what was going on.

C’ell’andy, do you hear me?

The powerful mind of the Emperor echoed in the nothingness that engulfed him. This was getting scary โ€“ he didn’t know how to answer with his mouth full โ€“ then he remembered the Emperor was a telepath and he didn’t need to speak. The voice in his head was a mind projection anyway.

Your lower body is badly damaged, and we need to attach a prosthetic to keep you alive, the Emperor continued coldly. But we don’t have anything ready except a horse body. You might not live long enough to have a proper human prosthetic, but it’s still your choice. Do you want to live as a scary-looking cyborg, or would you rather die and be honored for saving my son’s life?

So he was alive, albeit maimed. He couldn’t die now. The Sire had the most advanced technology in the galaxy, so the prosthetic might actually enhance him. He was a bodyguard, sworn to protect the Emperor’s son. If the Emperor saw it fit to save him by attaching a weird-looking prosthetic to what was left of his body, he could only be grateful for the gift.

Let me live, Imperiestra.

You shall live.

C’ell’andy’s consciousness slowly faded away.


art by Silvano Beltramo

art by Silvano Beltramo

C’ell’andy put down the dumbbell with a sigh. Time for the last pull-ups. He didn’t have any abs anymore, and his upper torso muscles had atrophied during the past two months. He’d recovered their strength by now, though, in spite of the added weight of the prosthetic. His biceps swelled as he pulled up the miracle that kept him alive. It looked like a silvery horse body attached to what was left of his hips. In the daylight it gleamed white, which made a great contrast with his dark-chocolate skin.

“Bravo!” Tyro clapped his hands while C’ell’andy finished his exercise.

C’ell’andy’s naked upper torso and shaved head were covered in sweat, but the prosthetic didn’t produce any. He walked to his friend, relaxing as his new lower half moved under his command.

“You’ve recovered your full mass of muscles,” Tyro complimented him. “You look even more fierce than before.”

“I look weird, but I had no choice if I wanted to live.” C’ell’andy sighed. “I think the Emperor used me as guinea pig.”

“Well, you’d be dead anyway if your body rejected the implant,” Tyro said. “But I’m glad everything went well. You control everything now?”

“Yes.” C’ell’andy went through some gaits โ€“ walk, trot, canter, gallop โ€“ around the gym, then slowed again to a canter and then a walk. He stopped in front of the scientist who had created the artificial body. “How did I do?”

“Perfect. I knew you could do it. You’re ready to go back on duty.”

“I’ll stop to hug my wife and will be on my way.” C’ell’andy grinned and clasped Tyro’s arm. “Thank you, my friend.”

They exited the gym together, and as they walked through the Vaurabi Labs, C’ell’andy’s metallic hoofs clanged on the floor.

“Do you think you can add padded horseshoes so I don’t scare Kol-ian away?” the cyborg asked, frowning with worry.

“Sure!” The pale-skinned scientist was quick to fix the annoying noise.

C’ell’andy exited the Imperial palace and galloped back to his quarters, exhilarated. The housing looked very small with his new body, and his wife giggled as he bumped into furniture with his prosthetic.

“Sorry, I’ll have to figure out a way to sleep,” he grumbled. “So far I lay my head on a shelf with a pillow… let’s see if I can sit by the bed and use it the same way…”

He squeezed the implant between the bed and the wall and sat his horselike body down. Since it was mechanical, it had no problems in doing so. Rotating his torso felt uncomfortable, though, so he decided he’d have to find another solution.

He rose again to his four feet with a sigh and backed out of the narrow passage.

“We’ll work it out later.” L’ill’oretta slid a waistcoat on his shoulders. “I know you don’t have private parts to cover anymore, but you don’t want to be completely naked, especially in front of the Emperor โ€“ or his son,” she chided.

He adjusted the colorful sleeveless vest and turned to take her in his arms โ€“ his beautiful, pregnant wife who now barely reached his nipples. The implant made him even taller than what he already was.

“Thank you,” he whispered, before kissing her. He was grateful she had stood by him in spite of the maiming that had cost him his manhood. Well, the whole lower half of his body.

“You’re alive. Our child will have a father,” she replied tenderly.

He caressed her round belly, thanking the gods for keeping him alive. He might have a robotic body, but he still felt completely human. He was lucky the accident happened when L’ill’oretta was already expecting, or he might have lost his wife along with half of his body.

“Thanks to Tyro Megnaghy and his wonderful prosthetic,” he said.

“How does it feel?” she asked, curious.

“I’m getting used to it. Controlling four legs instead of two is tricky at first. Unfortunately it was the only implant ready and available when I was taken down.”

“You look gorgeous,” she assured. “Like our legendary man-horses!”

He chuckled and gently squeezed her in his powerful arms.

“I better go and see how Kol-ian is doing,” he said, then kissed her frizzy hair. He knew he hadn’t been replaced, and the little prince he’d protected from the explosion was locked in his room since the accident โ€“ two long months to attach the implant to his ruined body, make it work, and then for him to learn to control his new lower limbs through a neural interface inserted at the back of his neck.

“Sure.” She sighed. She was on maternity leave, which had allowed her to care for him before she got too big and needed care herself. “See you tonight.”

They kissed and C’ell’andy left their apartment to go back to the palace. He walked to the higher floors and the little prince’s room, mostly ignored in spite of the obvious prosthetic. He knocked before the door slid open and he entered the child’s apartment โ€“ an antechamber for playing and reading, and a bedroom.

ImperialPrincesTXTeng_resize“Prince Kol-ian?” he called, not seeing him on the couch as he expected. “Are you hiding?” he chided, stepping forward. He reached the bedroom and heard a ragged breath coming from behind the big bed.

“Why are you hiding, my prince?” he asked, stopping at the door.

A tuft of raven hair followed by a pair of big black eyes peered over the bed. The eyes widened and C’ell’andy heard a gasp. The head vanished again.

“Prince Kol-ian, may I come forward?” C’ell’andy asked. “Why are you afraid of me all of a sudden?”

“I’m not scared.” The childish voice was muffled. “I’m ashamed.”

Startled, C’ell’andy crossed the room and reached the corner where the prince was hiding. Kol-ian Vaurabi was six and his eyes were wide with pain, shame, guilt and who knew what else.

C’ell’andy’s impulse was to grab him and hold him to his chest. He followed through with it and picked Kol-ian off the floor. The child looked even smaller next to his mechanic body.

“Why are you ashamed?” C’ell’andy asked, puzzled, looking Kol-ian in the eyes and stroking his back with one hand as he held him with the other arm.

The child sniffed and lowered his eyes. “Because Granny is dead and you are maimed, and it’s all my fault,” he whispered.

“No, it’s not your fault,” C’ell’andy assured. “What makes you think you have anything to do with this?”

Barely a whisper. “They were trying to kill me. Because I’m the Emperor’s son.”

C’ell’andy sighed. “Well, that’s why I’ve been appointed your bodyguard. So nobody could hurt you. That’s why I’m protecting you. Unfortunately I couldn’t save your granny.”

Kol-ian sniffed again and glanced at his horse body. “You look funny.”

“Do you want to ride me?” C’ell’andy suggested with a smile.

Kol-ian nodded.

C’ell’andy moved Kol-ian to his metallic rump and wrapped the short arms around his waist. “Ready for a ride?”

“Yes!” Kol-ian said, finally loud. Soon he was all giggly, and his shame was forgotten while C’ell’andy caracoled between the two rooms making horse sounds.

The cyborg finally took the child off his back and threw him on his bed, where he landed with a soft thud and a final giggle.

“Thank you, C’ell’andy,” Kol-ian sighed, curling up. “Will you tell me the story of C’est’aran now?”

“Of course.”

C’ell’andy realized he couldn’t really sit on the boy’s bed like he used to. Drat, this prosthetic can be very impractical in some situations. He couldn’t lie to sleep, he couldn’t sitโ€ฆ but the happiness of the little prince riding his implant was priceless. Kol-ian was a gloomy prince โ€“ the second-born of the Emperor โ€“ who had found some affection only with his late grandmother.

The Imperial family was quite cold and used to hiding their feelings. Some said they didn’t have any, in spite of being Sire and telepaths and superior to other Humanoid races like C’ell’andy’s. But the cyborg knew Kol-ian had feelings, much like his mother used to.

It had been mostly his maternal grandmother who often made the child smile. Except the aging woman had been killed in the assassination attempt and Kol-ian was left with only his bodyguard, now a cyborg, who could still tell him stories of his home world, Ulba’wis.

Kol-ian listened wide-eyed for the umpteenth time to the story of C’est’aran, a hero from Ulba’wis. The Humanoids living there were warriors and had plenty of stories about wars and great adventures, while the Sire had lived in peace for centuries, until they’d become the dominating race among the Humanoids and had formed the Galactic Empire. For some reason, Kol-ian preferred Ulba’wissian stories to Sire stories.

“You will have your own child soon?” the boy asked when the story was over. He looked worried again.

“Yes, in a couple of months,” C’ell’andy answered, caressing the child’s black hair.

“So you will tell him or her your stories.” Kol-ian averted his eyes, disappointed.

“No, I will still tell them to you. It will take some time before my child will be able to listen to my stories,” C’ell’andy assured.

“Really?” Kol-ian brightened again. “Tell me another, then!”


Cyber Bodyguard is included in Star Minds Snippets. Pictures by the author and Silvano Beltramo.

Sunday Surprise

Hi guys,

I’m Samantha and I come from another world โ€“ the original, old Silvery Earth, where people are immortal and never grow up. When I’m not switching bodies at will, I travel to other universes, especially books or movies. That’s how I met Rajveer the vampire, for example!

So, I’m taking over the interviews on this blog! And here I am, meeting people from other books/universes/whatever!

Today we have two handsome young men with futuristic looks… Hello you, the tall, shy one… Tell me a little about yourself!

by Barb

by Barb

My name is Yashvardan Samara, I was born on Ypsilanti, a matriarchal planet of the Star Nations, twenty-five years ago.

Star Nations! Where there was the evil Emperor Seti-luc Vaurabi, right? My twin Sonia absolutely loves his accursed son Kol-ian and his better half Ker-ris Shermac… but I’m digressing, sorry! Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

I’m an athlete, brown hair, grey-green eyes.

Well, I can see you’re an athlete! Look at that perfectly toned body of yours! Why are you blushing?

I know I’m handsome and I’m not interested in you.

Well, neither am I, honey. Only looking! Do you have an enemy or nemesis? If so, who are they and how did they become an enemy?

My family is my enemy. I ran away from my home planet because they locked me in the basement and my “girlfriend” forced herself on me. And if you think men can’t be raped, you better run a search on your own planet meganet โ€“ I’m sure there are plenty of cases of male rape.

Mmm, not on Silvery Earth, but on Earth most certainly. So, are you involved in a relationship? If so, with who and what is it about them that you find appealing?

No, I’m asexual, I’m not interested in a relationship. Especially after being raped.

O-okay, fine! What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

Overcoming my trauma โ€“ and staying alive and free.

Do you have a family? Tell me about them.

I do not wish to talk about my powerful mother and her tame husband.

Fine! Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself, then!

I won medals as a gymnast and a runner. But it wasn’t enough for my mother, she wanted grandchildren, so she hooked me up with that abusive girlfriend.

I see… and you’re not willing to talk about that either! *sigh* Okay, let’s hope your companion is more talkative! For the earthlings out there, this one has almond-shaped eyes and looks Chinese or Japanese โ€“ except, of course, he’s an alien Humanoid.


by Barb

So, tell me a little about yourself!

I’m Ryo Hanashima, mob boss son from Xi-kong, The Patriarchal Planet of the Star Nations (yes, all caps, thank you)! I’m a few months older than Yash, and he’s the most handsome guy I’ve ever met, don’t you think?

*chuckle* Definitely! Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

Long black hair and mob tattoos.

What is your role in the story?

Mmm, good question. Yash and Birgit saved me from a “corrective rape”. And I’m smitten. Yash is gorgeous. If he weren’t so traumatized, I’d have already kissed him blind!

*LOL* He is indeed! What is your relationship with him, then?

*sigh* We’re friends… We left the Star Nations together… I didn’t want him arrested by the galaxy police…

What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

Staying alive and free. Hoping I’ll end up seducing Yash!

Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

I have a serpentine dragon coiling on my back and the tail of the dragon on my left arm reaches the side of my neck. And I’m good at races both with flying cars and motosonics…


Yash&Ryo_resizeBook(s) in which the characters appear: Star Minds Interregnum โ€“ Galaxy Police (cover art by Shafali Anand) or Star Minds Interregnum (cover art by Maurizio Manzieri) in the story Runaway. A brief mention to Yashvardan Samara is in King of Music โ€“ Zaphadin (included in Star Minds Chasing Stardom with cover by Maurizio Manzieri).

Ebook coming soon: Yash & Ryo Lost in the Milky Way with cover art by the talented RenRou.

Writer Wednesday

As I’m trying to relax in London, reading and writing, I thought I’d give what I promised. I didn’t participate in the Read an ebook Week, but you can have now and until Sunday these discounted titles:

Star Minds coupon code CY27Q.

Star Minds Snippets coupon code HP87B.

Star Minds Next Generationย  coupon code EH87B.

In the occasion of the release of Star Minds Next Generation Diaries, all are 50% off for the rest of the week with the above coupons.

And if you don’t know what the fuss is about, the first book of the whole saga will be free until April 12 with the following Technological Angel (Star Minds Book 1) coupon code TB88J. That’s the book that started it all.

More info on the series and stay tuned for Star Minds Chasing Stardom! ๐Ÿ™‚

SMtrilogy_resizeWhen I come back, I’ll work on the POD version of SMNGDiaries (and thanks to whoever got a copy of SMNG). There will be more stories in this universe this year, but the rest in the second half of the year. I hope to submit the shorter ones to some traditional markets.

Now off to write as B.G. Hope for the rest of the month… still wondering if I should get rid of that pen name before I publish the next title… since I plan to rebrand most of the contemporary covers! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Will hopefully make up my mind sometime this week, LOL!

To quit or not to quit – Moira Allen’s part 2 and the comments of the readers of the newsletter (including yours truly). I particularly like Moira’s idea of writers continuum… Have a great week! ๐Ÿ™‚

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