Excerpt: Liberation’s Kiss

The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl welcomes science fiction romance author Wendy Lynn Clark, who has graciously offered to share an excerpt of her latest story, Liberation’s Kiss, book 1 in the Robotics Faction series. Take it away Wendy!

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Liberation’s Kiss: A Science Fiction Romance (Robotics Faction #1)

by Wendy Lynn Clark

The only one who can keep her alive is the man who was sent to kill her.

The Old Empire has crumbled. Strong factions prey on the weak, and strongest of all are those who ally themselves with the mysterious Robotics Faction…

Cressida Sarit Antiata is twelve years old when her diplomat parents learn that her name has appeared on the Robotics Faction Kill List, a classified document of dangerous individuals marked for execution. Calling in all of their connections, her parents smuggle her to a small but wealthy ore-producing moon where she grows up in anonymous luxury, secure that her data is safe.

Until now.

Xan | Arch is an x-class android with one mission: execute the target n81, also known as Cressida Sarit Antiata. Although he possesses biological skin, hair, fingernails, and eyes – and extensive conditioning to pass as a sweating, swearing, rough-and-tumble everyman – beneath the surface, he is all machine.

When he arrives at the moon, something unexpected is waiting for him. Something that circumvents his execution order and forces him to protect Cressida instead. Something that gives him the free will to question his makers, control his destiny, and awaken his heart. Together, they might escape their destinies and forge an entirely new future.

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Enjoy this Excerpt from Liberation’s Kiss:

“You’re like a grenade that could go off at any time! How can you sit here like nothing is wrong?”
“Are you going to run?” he asked quietly.
She realized that she’d already taken several steps away. She wavered, the historical instinct to run fighting the impulse to trust, just a little longer, that it was all a mistake. That there was something more. She retraced her steps until she was standing before him. “No.”
His jaw clenched. “I’m sorry.”
“Just explain so I can feel safe again,” she said. “Are you not a grenade?”
He scratched his head, a rueful smile curving his lips. “Honestly? I don’t know.”
She hugged herself. “That doesn’t make me feel better.”
He flashed to her and sobered. “I don’t know who installed the other program, so I don’t know her intentions. I don’t even know if she’s human. The Faction will deconstruct the code when they disassemble me completely.”
She swallowed. “Disassemble?”
“That is the usual consequence for an android that goes off assignment.”
She knelt at his feet. “But it wasn’t your fault.”
His brows drew together. “What does fault have to do with anything?”
She sat back on her heels.
“I don’t really care either way.” He cupped the back of his neck. “It’s not like I have a biological imperative forcing me to stay alive and transmit my genes. Up until a day ago, I, like all of my brethren, had only one imperative: to enact the will of the Faction. And now…”
He released his hold and filled his eyes with her. His expression changed to awe, almost pleading, and his voice turned raw, as if she could answer his questions.
“What is it about you that makes me so fucking compelled to hold you?”
His question stole her breath.
He shook his head. “Even now, when you distrust and fear me, I just want to yank you into my arms and squeeze you until your eyes glaze with pleasure and your breath comes in gasps. It’s not an assignment. It’s not the will of the Faction. I just want you. I want to memorize every single molecule, from the inside to the outside, from the chemical bond to the neuro-physical configuration, so that I could be your resurrect if you needed it.” He smacked his arms. “It feels like burning under my skin, but when I query my dermal receptors, they report nothing but ambient temperature. I don’t understand these sensations. I need you.”
The words set her on fire. He was as lost and confused by these feelings as she was, and he would suffer just as greatly if the Robotics Faction caught them. Android and human, they were the same.
And he wanted her. Just like she wanted him.

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Everyday Fangirl Remembers James Horner


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I am very saddened by the news that James Horner passed away the other day in a plane crash. I believe he is one of the greatest film composers, next to John Williams, of our time. In addition, like John Williams, he had long standing collaborations with directors including Ron Howard and James Cameron. Some of the wonderful soundtracks he composed included An American Tail, Cocoon, Willow, Krull, Titanic, Avatar, The Rocketeer and my favorite of his Star Trek II The Wrath of Kahn. I was just thinking on the morning he passed away, when driving to work, that James Horner would be the perfect composer to take over the Star Wars sequel or anthology films because his style compliments the styling of John Williams.

To celebrate James Horner’s legacy, I am going to share with you my Top 5 favorite themes and tracks from his soundtrack scores.

1) Surprise Attack from Star Trek II The Wrath of Kahn

2) Willow’s Theme from Willow

3) Ride of the Firemares from Krull

4) Theme from Cocoon from Cocoon

5) Somewhere Out There from An American Tail

So which themes or tracks from James Horner soundtracks make your Top 5 list?

Star Wars Rebels – Siege of Lothal recap

I am so happy that I can finally talk about the amazing start for Star Wars Rebels season 2 that I saw at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim back in April! I am still thankful to Disney and Lucasfilm for offering me the opportunity to watch the premiere as a member of the media.

Below are some of the highlights from this amazing Star Wars Rebels episode:

Beware spoilers ahead…

The Siege of Lothal opens with a big dog fight by The Ghost crew and a Rebel Fleet to acquire some crates that the Imperials are transporting. It is very good to see the crew of The Ghost, especially Hera, work with this Rebel fleet. However, Kanan is not too sure about being part of a military organization again. Especially, based on what happened during The Clone Wars.

The conversations between Hera and Kanan about his concerns during this episode remind me of Han and Leia. [Many of us think that this proves that they are ‘space married’.]

Minister Tua is a tragic figure in this episode. With the arrival of Darth Vader, she realizes that in order to preserve her life, Tua must leave her post and get passage off Lothal. In order to do this, she asks the crew of The Ghost for help.

What I think is the most overlooked part of this story is what Tua uses to barter her way off of Lothal. She agrees to give the Rebels a list of sympathizes that are being watched by the Imperials. In addition, Tua offers the reason WHY Lothal is so important and not just for the mining of fuel. [My husband and I agree on the theory is that it has something to do with the Death Star, but nothing has been confirmed within the story line yet.] This is the reason that Kanan and Ahsoka agree with Ezra that it is important to help her.

Unfortunately, Darth Vader uses her desire to leave as a trap for the crew of The Ghost, which Sabine suspected. However, this trap did not play out the way my husband and I thought it would. Vader used Tua’s attempt to leave as a way to turn the entire planet of Lothal against this crew of Rebels by accusing them of killing her. Darth Vader shows that with this he is not only good at using brute force, but is also adapt at using strategy in dealing with these ‘traitors’ to the Empire.

The confrontation of Kanan, Ezra and Darth Vader is shown in the season 2 trailer. When my husband and I saw that trailer, we did not realize that this confrontation would happen so quickly. Therefore, this is a very happy surprise to all those who watched this episode.

We knew that when this happened that Kanan and Ezra, no matter how powerful either is, could not stand for long against Darth Vader. With the help of Sabine and Zeb, who threw bombs to topple over two walkers, they thought they defeated this new foe. However, as shown in one of the previews of this episode, Darth Vader is much more than either of them can handle.

Of course the climax of the episode is when Darth Vader pursues these Rebels, using a homing device, to the fleet. Darth Vader still proves that even though he is now a Dark Lord of the Sith, he has the flying skills of Anakin Skywalker. Hera is the only pilot that was able to stay out of Darth Vader’s range during this engagement.

The pivotal moment in this episode happened during this confrontation with Darth Vader.

Ahsoka and Kanan use their Jedi abilities to identify the pilot of the fighter that is destroying the squadron. In addition, Ezra was trying to let Ahsoka know that based on his feelings that it has to be the new foe that Kanan and him encountered on Lothal. Just as Ezra said this, Ahsoka finally made contact with the pilot of the fighter through the force. However, whatever she discovered during this contact overwhelmed her.

Unfortunately, Darth Vader is able to use this to identify just who is making contact through the force.

The remains of the Rebel fleet and the crew of The Ghost were able to make their escape. Kanan and Ezra decide to contiue the fight against The Sith and The Empire with the support of Hera, Sabine, Zeb and Chopper.

They are going to need each other in order to deal with another Inquistor that Vader is dispatching to continue the hunt for ‘Skywalker’s Apprentice’ and any other lost Jedi, like Obi-Wan Kenobi.

My husband and I believe that season 2 will continue to have consequences for everyone involved, on both sides of this conflict. Either way it will be a wild ride that we and many other Star Wars Rebels fans cannot wait to take.

So, have you seen this episode?

What do you think about these highlights?

Happy Father’s Day to my Dad

I wanted to take a moment to say Happy Father’s Day to my Dad.  He has been one of my biggest supporters throughout my life and is a big influence on expressing my fandom.


My Dad loves science fiction, fantasy, westerns and mysteries, especially Star Wars, Star Trek, NCIS, Colombo, James Bond films and War movies and Westerns starring John Wayne. My dad expresses his fandom by reciting trivia he learned, what he knows about the actors and what he thinks will happen in a future film or episode based on what we currently know. He has always encouraged me and supported me throughout my life dispite me being female.  I never heard him say that I could not do something because I am a girl. I know that without his support and encouragement, I would not be the person and the everyday fangirl that I am today!

Thank you Dad for everything!

Everyday Fangirl will be watching these

First up is Sailor Moon Crystal on Hulu.
  
I will be watching this as soon as it is posted on Hulu at 6AM EST. I am really looking forward to the next episode of the Black Moon Arc, Attack-Black Lady.

Doctor Who on DisneyXD

I am really happy that Doctor Who is available on DisneyXD, especially these episodes starring David Tennet as the 10th Doctor. Anyone who has not experienced Doctor Who and wants to know what all the fuss is about should take this opportunity to watch.

Star Wars Rebels on DisneyXD

Finally, Season 2 finally premieres with the Siege of Lothal! I can now talk about what I saw back in April. Especially, my thoughts on the inclusion of Ahsoka and Darth Vader into the series and how the crew of The Ghost reacts to the inclusion of these characters.

Interview with an Author: Diane Burton

It is pleasure to welcome Diane Burton, author of several Science Fiction Romance series and now the author of a new series of mysteries with Femalel P.I., Alex O’Hara.


Welcome Diane to The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl and thanks so much for taking the time out your busy schedule to help us get to know you and to learn more about this new series.

What does the title of this novel, series or set of stories signify?

The Case of the Bygone Brother signifies that this is a mystery, sort of like the old-timey P.I. mysteries of the 1940s, except this is modern day and the private investigator is female. The subtitle is An Alex O’Hara Novel and that indicates it’s (the first in) a series.

Do the names of the characters in your novel have some sort of significance or importance to you? If so, give a few examples…

The story takes place in a fictional resort town along Lake Michigan. Many of the early settlers in West Michigan came from The Netherlands. Today, Dutch names proliferate. Since some of my ancestors also came from The Netherlands, I used family names for many secondary and tertiary characters. The title character Harry Anslyn (the missing brother) is named after my great-great grandfather who fought in the American Civil War. I took the liberty of changing his first name from Louis to Harry.

What prompted you to write in this genre and who or what inspired you to?

This is my first mystery, but I departed from the usual dead body at the beginning. I love Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. At times, while reading before sleep, I’ve laughed so hard the bed shakes. I’d love to do humor as well as Janet does.

What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer and do your characters reflect some of these attributes?

Writers are supposed to be sane???
Number One is having a supportive spouse. He doesn’t mind that the furniture hasn’t been dusted since New Year’s Eve (we had company) and he’ll do laundry and make meals, especially when I’m buried in a story. I see Nick Palzetti (Alex’s teenage heartthrob who’s returned) being that supportive—if he and Alex ever get married.

What kind of research did you have to do for the novel, series or set of stories that was different from others?

I needed to know the qualifications for an investigator in Michigan. Google is the best. A friend of mine is a retired police chief who is always willing to let me pick his brain. Then he’ll give me enough info for the next three books, at least.

What makes you laugh?

Besides Stephanie Plum and Lula’s antics? Romantic comedies, witty dialogue and send-ups to old movies in current ones. Example: in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Robert Downey, Jr. is riding a mule and the theme from Two Mules For Sister Sara starts playing. I think everyone in the theater stared at me when I cracked up.
My favorite laugh-makers are my grandchildren. Some of things they say. LOL The baby’s cooing makes me grin.

What makes you cry?

Emotional scenes in movies and books. In Linda Howard’s Cry No More and Kiss Me While I Sleep, two scenes had me sobbing. I’m a sucker for romantic movies with a BIG black moment. Hand me a tissue, please.

What are you a fan of and is this reflected in your writing?

Movies. I’ll use movie quotes (with appellations, of course) in my books. From my previous answers, you know I love Janet Evanovich and Linda Howard books. I also love Linnea Sinclair’s science fiction romance (which I also write).

Again, thank you Diane for answering these questions and helping us to become better acquainted with you and of course your new mystery series.


The Case of the Bygone Brother: An Alex O’Hara Novel by Diane Burton is now available at AmazoniTunesBarnes & NobleKobo or Smashwords

After taking over O’Hara & Palzetti, Confidential Investigations from her dad and his partner, Alex O’Hara’s bottom line has taken a plunge. So when a femme fatale offers her the case of a lifetime along with a huge advance, Alex sees her finances on a definite upswing. But someone doesn’t want her to find the long-lost brother. Complicating matters is the return of Alex’s old heartthrob, Nick Palzetti. Is he really there just to see her or does he have an ulterior motive? The Lake Michigan resort town of Fair Haven is abuzz with the news that O’Hara & Palzetti are together again.

For more info and excerpts from her books, visit Diane’s website: http://www.dianeburton.com

Connect with Diane Burton online through the following:

Blog: http://dianeburton.blogspot.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/dmburton72
Facebook: http://facebook.com/dianeburtonauthor
Goodreads: Diane Burton Author
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/dmburton72/

Other Books by Diane Burton:
Switched Series
Switched
​Switched, Too
​Switched Resolution

Outer Rim Series
​The Pilot: An Outer Rim Novel
​The Chameleon: An Outer Rim Novel

​One Red Shoe
​How I Met My Husband (contributor)

Bio:

Diane Burton combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction and romance into writing romantic fiction. Besides the science fiction romance Switched and Outer Rim series, she is the author of One Red Shoe, a romantic suspense, and The Case of the Bygone Brother, a P.I. mystery. She is also a contributor to the anthology How I Met My Husband. Diane and her husband live in Michigan. They have two children and three grandchildren.

Interview with a Fangirl: Marie Nomad

I am continuing with my series of interviews with Fangirls that I have met through social media!

Today, it is my pleasure to introduce you to Fangirl Marie Nomad. I met Marie through fanfiction.net after reading and reviewing several of her anime fanfic stories. She is not only a Fangirl, but one of my longest online friends in the anime Fanfic community.

Welcome Marie to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl and thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule for this interview!

When did you begin to realize you were a Fangirl?

When I went into college and I discovered that there are other people who write sci fi fan fiction and watch anime.

When did you first see Star Wars and did you love it right away or did this grow over time?

Well, I heard about Star Wars but I loved Star Trek first. I did watch the movies and loved it. I enjoyed episodes Four, Three, and One.

What have you learned from the Star Wars community that has had a positive impact on your life?

Star Wars taught me that things will get better with time.

What else do you Fangirl about and how would you encourage others to appreciate?

Various things. I like all sorts of fiction. I had been a fan of wrestling lately. I see it as a form of art that requires dedication and physical ability. I do enjoy Doctor Who and sometimes independent sci fi films and those silly B films.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

Helped me. There are a ton of fans out there. They are awesome. Although, I don’t interact with social media too much, except for Twitter. Even sci fi characters like Supernatural have their own twitter accounts.

Thank you again Marie for this interview and letting us get to know you.

Connecting Through Star Wars, Part I: Past Generations and Fandom by Johnamarie Macias


Awesome series of articles by Fangirl and blogger Johnamarie Macias, who I finally met in person at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, about Connecting Through Star Wars. There will be a new article in this series posted over the next couple of weeks. Check out her first article in this series below:

Connecting Through Star Wars, Part I: Past Generations and Fandom by Johnamarie Macias.

MINDER RISING by Carol Van Natta– Excerpt

The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl is proud to share with you this Excerpt from Minder Rising by Carol Van Natta.

  


Minder Rising
is the second of the new Central Galactic Concordance series. They can be read in any order, though Minder Rising takes place after the events in Overload Flux.  

Excerpt from Minder Rising

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Imara triggered the cold pack she’d pulled from the bar’s supply and handed it to her son. “You know the drill. Fifteen minutes on, ten minutes off. Lie down in the booth.” Derrit did as she asked without hesitation, meaning his nose was hurting a lot.
“Sit, before you fall,” she told Lièrén in the same no-arguments-I’m-your-mother tone, pointing to the barstool next to the one the bald telepath had monopolized. Lièrén smiled faintly. He looked exhausted and pale, but she’d seen him look worse, those first few days after he’d moved to the hotel.
Just as she opened her mouth to pepper him with questions, Poltorak and Okonjo finally arrived.
“What happened here?” asked Poltorak. She was a short but wide woman with a thick Russian accent and a ready smile. Okonjo was a tall, thin black man who looked like the wind would blow him over, but he was a ramper, a minder talent that made him stronger than he looked and wickedly fast. On him, bald was a good look.
Imara pointed to the telepath, still slumped on the floor, but now stirring. “Pre-chemmed guest. Wanted me for sex, and got unhappy when I turned him down, which is when I sent the Priority Two. He tried to get physical, then passed out. I didn’t serve him anything with a kick—you can check the dispense logs.” It was the truth as far as it went, and skipped over Lièrén’s and Derrit’s involvement. Fortunately, Poltorak was just as familiar with the hotel’s unwritten policy about no trouble and didn’t ask any more questions.
“Is good, then. We take him back to room, let him sleep.” She and Okonjo helped the woozy telepath sit, then get to his feet.
Okonjo looked to Imara. “English?” She nodded. “Mister… sir…” asked Okonjo solicitously of the man he was supporting. “What room are you in?”
Imara surreptitiously watched the telepath’s face for some sign of cognition, but he was really looped.
Okonjo sighed and thumbed his percomp to ping the front desk. “Iggy? Got a guest, can’t remember his room. Use security QB-2 and take a look.” Okonjo and Poltorak turned around with the man so he faced the discreet camera eye above the bar. Okonjo tilted the man’s head back so his face was clearly visible.
“He came in with an associate who called him ‘Karl,’ and he speaks German,” said Imara helpfully, loud enough for Iggy to hear. “The other guy mentioned the fourth floor.”
After a moment, Iggy came back with a fourth-floor room number. Okonjo and Poltorak half-carried, half-walked the man out of the bar.
Imara waited a few long seconds more to make sure they were really gone, then turned to Lièrén. “What will he remember?” She kept her voice low and quiet.
“That he had fantasies about you, but the last chem he took was chaotic, making him feel dizzy and fluxed, and then—fade out. The next thing he’ll remember is whatever the security team does with him. Even if they show him the video, he won’t remember assaulting you and will probably blame it on a bad chem reaction. Since you didn’t serve him any, you’re clear.”
Imara was impressed by how well the story fit together, and disturbed. She hadn’t realized how… chillingly effective high-level minders could be. “What did you do to him to make him drop like he was in 3G gravity?”
“Sifters can modulate synapses, neurotransmitters, and hormones. I flooded his receptors with a monoamine…” He trailed off, looking almost embarrassed. “I apologize for the tech speak. Think of it as doping, like applying a happy-drug slap patch.”
She wanted to ask a hundred more questions, but she needed to prioritize them. “Let me get you something to drink, on the house.”
“Thank you. Water would be welcome.” His shoulders were drooping, and one of his eyes was half-blinking with each heart beat. Damn, but the man was polite, even when he was in agony.
“Would you like a painkiller to go with the water?” She dropped three ice cubes in a glass and started filling it. “I have several in the dispensary…”
He shook his head. “You’re kind to offer, but most chemical painkillers don’t work on sifters. I’d need a healer to follow me around for a few hours.”
“Really?” No wonder it was taking him such a long time to recover. She couldn’t imagine not being able to slap on a pain patch after a hard day on the road crew. “Well, that flatlines.”
“Yes,” said Lièrén, the corner of his mouth twitching with amusement.

Minder Rising (Central Galactic Concordance Book 2) by Author Carol Van Natta, published by Chavanch Press, LLC is available at the following retail outlets: Amazon.com |Amazon UK | Nook | Kobo | iTunes (coming soon) |Google Play 

Synopsis: A millennium into the future, all children are tested for minder talents, and the best are recruited for the Citizen Protection Service.

Agent Lièrén Sòng is recovering from a near-fatal crash. He should want nothing more than to get back to using his talents to interrogate criminals for his covert CPS field unit, but being sidelined gains new appeal when he makes friends with a woman and her son. Imara Sesay, road-crew chief and part-time bartender, breaks her ironclad rule never to get close to customers when she asks Lièrén to teach her son how to control his growing minder talents.

Unexpected deaths in his field unit make Lièrén suspect he isn’t a lucky survivor, he’s a loose end. He should pull away from Imara and Derrit to keep them safe, but when the local CPS Testing Center is entirely too interested in Derrit’s talents, Lièrén must make an impossible choice. Can he stay alive long enough to save Imara and her prodigy son?

Interview with a Fangirl: Liza O’Connor

I am continuing with my series of interviews with Fangirls that I have met through social media!

Today, it is my pleasure to interview Fangirl and guest blogger, Liza O’Connor.

Welcome again Liza to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl and thank you for taking the time out of your busy writing schedule to answer these questions!

When did you begin to realize you were a Fangirl?

Since you invited me to join your blog of Fangirls. Before that, I just loved Star Wars, having no idea there were others who dreamed of traveling the stars each night.

When did you first see Star Wars and did you love it right away or did this grow over time?

It was love on first sight. I said, oh aren’t you handsome, and he said — well, I don’t actually know what he said. But if you combined a walrus, a lion, a bear, a camel and badger saying “I love you” in unison, I’m sure that’s what it would sound like. But then Chewie may have been demanding to go to the bathroom. He wasn’t allowed to when in makeup.

What have you learned from the Star Wars community that has had a positive impact on your life?

If you build small childlike robots, they will behave like noisy children. And if you build a know-it-all, excessively proper butler…you’ll get a pain in the ass metal butler. BUT just when you pigeonhole everything, they will do something totally out of character because even robots, that should be predictable, can take you by surprise. AND know this: Oddly you speak, wise you seem.

But the most important concept: Sentient life comes in all forms possible. Different is the norm.

What else do you Fangirl about and how would you encourage others to appreciate?

I fangirl over The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. If you haven’t read Douglas Adams, you should. He probably won’t be writing any more, being dead and all, but with Adams, you never know.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

Social media expands my horizons and brings me things I wouldn’t see otherwise. But it also overwhelms me and consumes much time from writing my own humorous novels. And presently there are three pairs of boots stalking me wherever I go on social media. It’s a bit creepy.

Thanks again Liza for letting us get to know you better! I learned something new about you today and my husband, Michael, who is also a big Douglas Adams fan, would agree with you as well.

For more Information about Liza O’Connor, who is the Author of the upcoming The Multiverses series (2015), investigate these sites:

Liza’s Blog and Website, her Facebook page or you can follower her on Twitter as well.

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