Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Aurora Springer shares Gargoyle Hunt, Liza Reviews

Gargoyle Hunt, 
Book 3 of the Secret Supers

Danger is the last thing on Estelle’s mind when she visits the University of Oxenford for a summer course. But, mysterious thefts and shadowy figures spur her into action. With Toby five thousand miles away, Estelle and her winged horse must hunt for the culprits alone. Soon they are embroiled in a mixed bag of aliens and ancient magic. Toby’s unexpected arrival throws her into turmoil and spurs events into a climax. Under pressure to succeed, Toby is trapped in a web of deceit. The two supers have a week to catch the crooks and salvage his reputation.  


Toby was standing under the arched stone entrance holding a brown paper bag. Instead of his trademark black T-shirt exposing his muscular arms and cat tattoo, he wore a long sleeved, dress shirt. He smiled and walked toward her, looking hunky despite the wary expression in his shadowed eyes. Estelle longed to hug him.

“Toby!” Questions burst from her, “Are you okay? What happened in London?” 

“Hi babe! Sorry I’m late.” He waved the paper bag, wafting the salty small of greasy fries to her nostrils. “Picked up a steak pie and chips. Ate half of it already.” He glanced over her shoulder, straightened and stared.

Estelle turned to see what had caught his interest. In a short scarlet dress and matching red shoes with stiletto heels, Cynthia Mortimer sailed toward them. A mismatched pair of men accompanied her. A tall, distinguished-looking man with iron gray hair and a charcoal gray suit clasped her left elbow. A sallow-complexioned man with slick black hair, a head shorter than her, walked at Cynthia’s right side.

Cynthia’s gaze clamped onto Toby and she eased away from her escorts. Batting her inch-long fake lashes, she arrowed straight for him and stood temptingly close. In her high heels, her eyes were level with Toby’s. She spoke in a throaty, seductive voice, “You must be new. I didn’t see you at the banquet on Sunday.”

“Visiting from California,” Toby drawled, eying her as if he were mesmerized.

“I’m Cynthia Mortimer, Doctor of Philosophy. You must attend my seminar tomorrow afternoon.” Her tone as sweet and cloying as molasses, she purred, “I am open to questions after the lecture.”

Seething with envy and furious with Toby, Estelle clenched her fists. Her palms itched to scorch her rival with fire.

The distinguished man tapped Cynthia’s arm. “Come along, my dear. We’ll be late for the performance.”

The shorter man inserted, “Yeah. You can’t miss the opening act. Songs are real swell.”

With a parting flick of her eyelashes, Cynthia walked away on the arms of her escorts. Still enthralled, Toby rotated, his gaze following her. Cynthia’s slender legs looked impossibly long between her miniskirt and the stiletto heels. 

“Toby!” Estelle hissed.

He turned to face her. “I have to talk to her.”

“What?” she screeched, clenching fists hot with flames.

“Chill! Winterbourne said she could help find the crooks. Not sure if I trust him.” Toby rubbed her arm. “Find somewhere private and I’ll tell you about my day.” He groaned, “Ain’t been easy so far.”

Starrella/Estelle is back!  This time she’s on a six-week summer course at Oxenford, England with her friend, Diane. Student by day and super hero by night. Author Aurora Springer throws up something new for every book. This time someone is animating stone gargoyles. And unlike prior creatures, the gargoyles can see right through Starrella’s invisibility cloaking.

Fortunately, Toby flies over for a week, because she’s going to need his help. There are also a great many thefts occurring at the college which Starrella, Toby and her friends try to figure out. I loved the sleuthing feel of this book. While sleuthing, they discover some people are not who they claim to be.

Also, the on-and-off-again romance between Estelle and Toby finally gets settled. (I can’t tell you how it is settled, that would be a spoiler.)

This was another delightful read. Aurora brings to life book 3 of the Young Adult Starella series. I love her creative details.  It’s fantasy on steroids!
5 stars

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Books by Aurora Springer

Atrapako on Eden 
Feisty scientist solves puzzle of scaly aliens on the remote planet of Eden.

Grand Master’s Trilogy 
Super psychics in space: One young woman challenges the super psychics ruling the galaxy, and finds an impossible love
Grand Master’s Cat, Short Prequel

Secret Supers
Teen superhero, Starrella, and her flying horse combat alien crooks.
Gargoyle Hunt, Book 3

Standalone Novel
For refugees from an overcrowded Earth, dreams of a better life on an alien planet transform into a terrifying battle for survival.

Novellas and Short Stories
Captured by the Hawk A space operetta, fun and fast-paced.
Rosemary’s Quest Young adult fantasy: teenage witch meets demon king and white wizard.
Gifts of Jangalore Short story set in the Grand Masters’ universe.
Lonely Hearts on Mars Short story set on Mars in the near future.

Author Bio
Aurora Springer is a scientist morphing into a novelist. She has a PhD in molecular biophysics and discovers science facts in her day job. She has invented adventures in weird worlds for as long as she can remember. In 2014, Aurora achieved her life-long ambition to publish her stories. Her works are character-driven romances set in weird worlds described with a sprinkle of humor. Some of the stories were composed thirty years ago. She was born in the UK and lives in Atlanta with her husband, a dog and two cats to sit on the keyboard. Her hobbies, besides reading and writing, include outdoor activities like gardening, watching wildlife, hiking and canoeing.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Veronica Scott shares Star Survivor & how it came to be.

Today, I have the fabulous
 Veronica Scott over.
And she is going to explain how this book came to be. They don't happen by magic, you know...
Take it away, Veronica!

I think one of the highest compliments an author can receive is requests for a sequel. Therefore I was always pleased whenever someone would ask me “When will you do the sequel to Wreck of the Nebula Dream?” Wreck was my 2012 “Titanic in space” scifi novel with romantic elements, loosely based on the sinking of the actual Titanic, but set in the far future on an interstellar space liner. I’d always been fascinated by the tragic sinking, since I was a little kid and my mother used to tell me we had a relative aboard the ship, in Second Class, who survived. As an adult, with the vast resources of the internet, I’ve done a lot of research and seriously doubt the woman was actually related to us, despite the somewhat unusual family name. But nevertheless my interest in everything to do with Titanic remains unchanged.
Before writing that book, I’d done huge amounts of research, not just about the actual ship, passengers and crew, but about other similar events and life on large ships like aircraft carriers. One thing I hadn’t paid as much attention to was how life went on for those who survived.
My readers were pretty specific that they wanted the sequel to tell them what happened next for two secondary characters in the original novel – Twilka, a high society party girl, or Socialite as I termed them, and Khevan, a darkly mysterious D’nvannae Brother from an organization of assassins and bodyguards sworn to serve an alien goddess. It’s not a huge spoiler to say these two were together at the end of Wreck.
When I looked into what life had done with the First Class survivors of Titanic, especially those who didn’t lose loved ones in the sinking, I realized they pretty much went back to what they’d been doing before the tragedy. An early movie star, Dorothy Gibson, made a film about the sinking and wore her actual clothing from the disaster in the key scenes! Several of the ladies were fashion designers for high society and continued in that line of work. And of course everyone knows the Unsinkable Molly Brown, who was rich, and used her post-Titanic fame to help her do charity and philanthropic work, and also apparently tried her hand at acting.
So as I was pondering what Twilka might have done next with her life, two things were apparent. First, almost no one endures more than one “Titanic level event” in their life, other than a few crew members, but that’s another story for another day. So a survivor has to just keep going with ordinary day to day life like all the rest of us. Second, as a famous (some might say notorious) Socialite in the far future, Twilka could leverage her status as what we call a “celebutante” in these times, and a Nebula Dream survivor to follow various career paths. I could see her becoming a fashion designer, especially because I’d been clear that the Socialites were very into clothing and setting trends.
As for Khevan, he was sworn to serve the Red Lady of D’nvannae and she’s an extremely jealous goddess. That’s pretty well established in Wreck. So how would she react to his romantic connection to Twilka?
Then there’s also the issue that Sandra Bullock’s character ‘Annie’ raises with Keanu Reeves’ character ‘Jack’ in the movie “Speed” – do romances that start in a crisis situation last, or not? How smoothly do they run?
Probably not a spoiler to tell you that I only write romance so there is definitely a Happily Ever After ending in Star Survivor  but it’s not easily achieved!

The story:
The survivors of a terrible wreck meet again—but this time only one can survive.
 The long-awaited sequel to The Wreck of the Nebula Dream…
 They survived an iconic spaceship wreck together. She never expected to see him again … especially not armed to kill her.
Twilka Zabour is an interstellar celebrity. She built on her notoriety as a carefree Socialite who survived the terrible wreck of the Nebula Dream, and launched a successful design house. But now the man who gave meaning to her life, then left her, is back–this time for the worst of reasons. Will he kill her … or help her survive?
D’nvannae Brother Khevan survived the Nebula Dream in the company of a lovely, warm woman, only to be pulled away from her, back into his solitary life in the service of the Red Lady.  Now Twilka’s within his reach again–for all the wrong reasons. Khevan will do everything within his power to discover why Twilka has been targeted for assassination, and to save her.
But Khevan is not Twilka’s only pursuer. Will allies Nick and Mara Jameson arrive in time to aid the couple, or will Khevan and Twilka’s ingenuity be all that stands between them and death?

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Another fabulous tale by Veronica Scott!
This is a sequel from Wreck of the Nebula Dream. And as good as that was, I loved this one even better.  While Twilka had proven in the prior book that she was more than a socialite, this time she literally goes to the mats for the man she loves.
I don’t want to share too much.  But I will say that making bad choices due to anger can be hard to break and to do so, you’ll need some help from those you love.

And one other share: nomally, I hate weddings, but this was the best HEA ever!

Author Bio:

Best Selling Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance author and “SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happily 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.
Three 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.”