The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl welcomes back author Veronica Scott as a guest blogger to talk about her newest release, GABE.
Take it away Veronica!
A Peak at the next BADARI WARRIORS Novel: GABE By Veronica Scott
Thanks for having me as a guest! Always thrilled to have a chance to talk about how things are going with the writing and the books!
I had a special thrill recently when AYDARR, book one of the series, won the I Heart Indie contest in the SF&F romance category.
GABE is the fifth book of the series, although – why did I do such a confusing thing?! – TIMTUR actually came out in mid-October under the In the Stars Romance label and is book 2.5 of the entire line of Badari adventures. His story fell between the events in MATEER and JADRIAN on the series timeline. So if you missed the story of how Timtur the healer and Lily the human teacher became mates, please do go pick that title up from your favorite ebook seller.
But getting back to Gabe, he’s a human, kind of devil-may-care ex-military guy and a supporting character since book one of the series. I have a special fondness for him and I always knew I’d give him his own book. There’s a special twist to the story, relating to who his mate turns out to be. The reveal comes pretty early in the book but SPOILER alert:
SPOILER: Keshara, the heroine, isn’t human. She’s a Badari woman!
The very fact that everyone has been so adamant all along in the series that there are no Badari females, that the evil alien scientists never created any, has been tantalizing to me as the author. I had to ensure there ARE Badari women just to confound everyone on the planet. But they needed a good solid backstory of how they came to be and how Gabe of all people meets them. I had great fun writing this book and I hope the readers will enjoy seeing the events unfold.
Now enjoy this excerpt of GABE!
Setting: Keshara is on the run, escaping from her home, and sees Gabe’s flyer crash. She debates whether to go investigate…
Deciding not to risk herself in the storm for mere curiosity’s sake, she prepared to return to the cozy den when a flash of lightning illuminated the sky and she caught sight of a new problem. A man was falling, clinging to a strange harness. He seemed to be fighting whatever was slowing his fall, and it was clear to Keshara he was descending much too fast.
Heart pounding, hand on the hilt of her knife, she watched him attempt to blunt the shock of hitting the ground by allowing his body to go limp. As he collided hard with the muddy, rock strewn ground near her den, she winced in unwilling sympathy. Through the driving rain she watched him, but he made no attempt to rise. After a minute, she heard an exclamation of pain and a few words with the force of a curse.
Enemy or not, Keshara didn’t have the heart to leave the poor man to die in the cold rain. She could at least go check out the situation, see if he had any chance to survive his amazing fall.
Adjusting her rain cape, knife at the ready, she crawled from the tunnel, rose to her feet and ran to where the man lay. Cringing as thunder boomed overhead, she prayed the lightning would hold off. The man lay on his back, one arm flung over his eyes and, as she drew close, she froze in astonishment.
He had no large crest of red and yellow hair and his skin tones were pale. He wasn’t Khagrish.
He was of some species unknown to her, similar to her own perhaps.
Groaning, he attempted to sit up but cut the move short with a jerk as he realized she was nearby. He fumbled at his hip as if searching for a weapon that was no longer there, lost in the turbulent fall perhaps. Then he spoke in a variation on her own language, the secret tongue the Director was unaware the sisters all knew. His accent was odd, some of the words made no sense, but the general meaning was clear.
“Well, you’re the last thing I was expecting.” He managed a lopsided grin despite obvious injuries, blood welling from a bad cut on one thigh and another on his head. He swiped moisture from his face. “Can we get out of the rain before we do introductions?”
Tongue tied, she stared at him. His face was undeniably handsome, although set right now in lines of pain, radiating from his eyes and lips. He was probably the same height as she was, well over six feet, and since his odd uniform was plastered to his body by the rain, Keshara could tell he was solidly built, with the muscles and sinews of one who was a deadly fighter. And what the wet fabric outlined between his legs was impressive as well. Her primary knowledge of males was gleaned from study modules, and observing the few Khagrish men left at the Retreat. This man put them to shame with his physique.
Thunder crashed again and lightning stabbed a tree at the far end of the meadow, throwing massive sparks high into the air and breaking her concentration. “We’d better get inside,” she said in her own tongue since he obviously understood the language. Reflecting on his aborted search for a weapon, she showed him the knife. “I’ll help you, but don’t think me easy meat for your taking.”
“Aww, seven hells, lady, if you’re what I think you are, you have better weapons than that.” His smile, although strained, was warming. “Do you have a shelter?”
Gabe Carter, hotshot pilot and ex-Special Forces soldier, is far from his home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments. Shot down by the enemy over desolate territory far from his Badari allies and gravely injured, Gabe’s only hope is a mysterious woman on the run herself.
Keshara has to decide whether to abandon the human to die of his injuries on a windswept mountain top or give up her own quest for freedom and take him to a place he can be helped. The undeniable spark between them complicates matters.
His attraction to her is off the charts but when she betrays him to the Khagrish enemy, Gabe doesn’t know what to believe. Trapped inside an alien lab bursting with mysteries and lies, his only hope may be to trust her…again.
Because the renegade alien scientist running her own private experiments wants to use him to accomplish her goals and perpetuate the evil, no matter what she has to do to ensure his compliance. Keshara’s life hangs in the balance and Gabe has to make a choice.
About Veronica Scott
USA Today Best Selling Author, as well as the “SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happy Ever After blog, Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing her own stories.
Seven time winner of the SFR Galaxy Award, as well as a National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, Veronica is also the proud recipient of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal relating to her former day job, not her romances! She recently was honored to read the part of Star Trek Crew Member in the audiobook production of Harlan Ellison’s “The City On the Edge of Forever.”
#AtoZBlogChallenge Topic: Kenshin & Kaoru
Below are some of my favorite pics of this couple:
From the manga series
From the anime series
From the live action movie series
Over the last few years I have been hearing about several different fandoms that I had not seen yet. In 2013, I was able to watch several of these ‘new’ fandoms and I have to admit I am hooked, especially the three series mentioned below:
I heard about this PBS/BBC series from several fangirls, who were cosplaying as Holmes and Watson from Sherlock, at a local con. They explained how the series was different from any of the versions that have been in existence so far, including the Sherlock Holmes movies with Robert Downey Jr. Based on their descriptions of the characters and a fan of the different versions of Sherlock Holmes, it was not a great feat to check these episodes out. In 2013, my husband and I started watching these through Netflix. Both the actors that play Holmes and Watson are very good and we could not wait to watch the next installment. Fortunately, we finished catching up with this series last night, just in time for the US premiere of season 3, scheduled for tonight on PBS.
Because I am a lifelong Disney fan, many of my friends and family were surprised that I had not started watching this series as soon as it premiered, but I had not. Thanks to DVD, I was able to watch both seasons 1 and 2 before the premiere of season 3 in Fall 2013. It is a great series that takes a new twist on all the fairy tale characters from Disney and others. I cannot wait to see what happens next on season 3, after the Winter break.
Even though the Doctor Who series has been around for over 50 years, this is one series that I was not exposed to until recently. I was introduced to this series at a panel that I attended at a local convention (different one from where I learned about Sherlock). The panel gave me a short introduction to the Doctor Who Universe and made me curious enough to seek the episodes out. However, since the series had so many episodes and Doctors, I had a hard time deciding where to start. Therefore, I needed some advise on where to start from someone who watches the series.
Fortunately, I asked fellow fangirl Ashley Eckstein via her Her Universe Twitter account about what would be the best place to start. She recommended starting with the 2005 Doctor Who series. This was a great recommendation and throughout 2013, I spent many evenings and sleepless nights watching Doctor Who. I was able to catch up on all the episodes from the 2005 series to the more recent series and was even able to watch the 50th Anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, live with millions of other Whovians.
I love the Dresden Files and will be following these blog posts as they are posted!
Note: This post was written jointly by both Michael and Rachel
The Dresden Files is Jim Butcher’s long-running urban fantasy series, combining detective fiction with a Fantasy Kitchen Sink, a bit of a noir style, and shout-outs to a lot of current scifi and fantasy fan culture. Butcher started the series as part of a writing course, and wrote it in deliberate contrast to the sword-and-sorcery stories he had done before. He’s described the series as a happy accident, “like penicillin”, and has been putting out a book a year on average since 2000 – along with a large number of short stories, novellets, and novellas set in the same universe. The franchise has developed to include comics, a table-top role-playing game, and a short-lived TV adaptation.
One of Butcher’s particularly successful strategies with the series has been how the various episodes stitch together to form a larger narrative. He…
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The Many Iterations of Sailor Moon In North America
Today, I found out that the newest Sailor Moon anime will start streaming worldwide, sometime during the 2013/2014 Winter Broadcast season! I am hoping that this will include an official North American version with either an English Dub or at the very least a professional English Subtitle track!
I am a huge fan of Sailor Moon in ALL iterations that I have encountered. Today, I am going to share with you all the different officially released North American Sailor Moon iterations that I have encountered, collected, re-watched or listened to over the years…
Sailor Moon Books
Sailor Moon Comic/Manga, Flipped version, originally published by TokyoPop
Sailor Moon the Novel paperback, originally published by TokyoPop
Sailor Moon Videos
Sailor Moon Animated TV Series, edited dubbed version, originally produced by D.I.C and released on video by ADV
Sailor Moon Anime Series: Seasons 1 & 2, unedited subtitled only version, originally produced and released on video by ADV
Sailor Moon Soundtracks
Sailor Moon: Songs From The Hit TV Series Soundtrack, originally produced and released by Rhino
Sailor Moon and The Scouts: Lunarock Soundtrack, originally produced and released by Kid Rhino
Sailor Moon: Full Moon Collection Soundtrack, originally produced and published by Koch Records
Sailor Moon Collectibles & Toys
Sailor Moon Chroma Cel, originally produced and released by AniMag
Sailor Moon Adventure Dolls, originally produced and released by Irwin Toys
Topic: Main Character Impressions – Doctor Who Season 1, 2005 series
Well I have almost finished watching all of the first season of the 2005 Doctor Who series. I am waiting to give a full review until I finish all of this series. However, I wanted to write about my impressions of the main characters from the episodes that I have seen so far.
As I watched the first episodes of the series, my impression of The Doctor, as played by actor Christopher Eccleston, is that he is used to being in charge and does not make mistakes. In addition, The Doctor does not seem to adjust well to unexpected circumstances and he gives the impression that he is not used to dealing with the consequences of his actions. However, The Doctor, as the series progressed, shows that he may not be able to solve every problem without help and that even an alien Time Lord can make mistakes. It is his flaws and insecurities, despite his self-assurance, that makes him such an interesting character.
In my opinion, Rose, played by Billie Piper, does not seem to be a good companion for The Doctor and I keep wondering why he wanted her along. At first, Rose seems to fall way too often into the damsel in distress mode. (I counted no less than 10 times she was nabbed, trapped or threatened.) In addition, she does not seem to be much good in a fight (I keep wondering when she is going to grab some sort of weapon to defend herself!). Finally, she often acts like a flighty bleached blond, even when does come up with a good idea.
However, Rose does have a few good qualities that may redeem her in the long-term. During the course of the series, Rose shows a lot of compassion for The Doctor and for others that she encounters along the journey. In addition, she has a cheerful disposition and it is this attitude that helps her encourage The Doctor to become more “human”. Finally, Rose shows that she has a flexible mind that can adjust to many weird and unusual circumstances, when others do not. Therefore, Rose may not seem to be the perfect companion at first, but maybe, in time she will grow and mature as she travels with The Doctor.
A-Z Blog Challenge Topic: “S” Franchises, Fandoms & Series
I have found an interesting fact: I can name over 20 franchises, fandoms or series that start with the letter “S”. Below is my list of “S” Franchises, Fandoms & Series (in alphabetical order):
So, can you name any others to add to this list?