The cat required a slave to carry her, so Aurora came along too. It's not wise to piss off the Grand Master's Cat. Below is the banner that Aurora wanted. It's very proper and professional. The cat wanted the above. Sorry Aurora, but the cat threaten to swat me.
And here's Aurora!
Over the past few weeks, I have added a prequel to the Grand Master’s Trilogy, renamed the series and recovered two of the books. The new title of Grand Masters’ Galaxy will allow me to extend the series from a trilogy in future.
The short prequel, Grand Master’s Cat, introduces the Grand Master, Athanor Griffin, and tells how he acquired his friendly orange cat and caretakers of his castle. The short story ends immediately before the events of Grand Master’s Pawn. In the first full-length novel, empath Violet Hunter becomes a Pawn and after several adventures, meets her Grand Master. Their story continues over the second and third books in the original trilogy.
When Grand Master Griffin investigates a wrecked spacecraft, his efforts to rescue the survivors lead to feline disruptions of his plans.
A hissing growl alerted the Grand Master to a new threat. He dodged aside and twisted to face his adversary, a sand-colored scorpion twice the length of his arm. The stinger missed his head, deflected by a small orange cat with its teeth fastened onto the segmented tail. The vicious creature whipped its tail from side to side, the fluffy orange animal dangling from the end. Losing its grip, the kitten dropped into the stony ground. The venomous tip stabbed at the fallen cat. The Grand Master thrust out his fist, blasting blue fire. Tottering under the psi blast, the scorpion staggered two steps and collapsed onto the desert sand.
The Grand Master chopped through its neck with a laser-sharp ray, and left his attacker. He ran to the cat, amazed that such a small animal had the courage to attack the giant scorpion. He lifted the limp kitten and ruffled its fur, searching for wounds with his psi probe. When he moved its left foreleg, the kitten whimpered. Sensing the mineral of the bones, the Griffin located a break. He sat beside the kitten and crooned to it. This simple fracture was within his ability to repair by sealing the gap in the bone.
While his psi energy bathed the tiny limb, the friendly cat rubbed its head against his hand and purred. Astonished by the cat’s lack of fear at his psychic emanations, he whispered, “Brave kitty!” The cat mewed and licked the Griffin’s fingers, apparently enjoying the tickle of psi power.
It must be the spacer’s cat. Or had he said cats?
Brushing his fingers over the soft fur, the Griffin gazed around the scene of the crash. He counted two wrecked ships, one caged black insectoid, one crushed scorpion, one dead human and this scrawny kitten. What else was in the ships? He had to check for any survivors.
What a fabulous prequel to The Grand Master’s Pawn!
I loved every moment of the story. But then The Grand Master’s series is one of my favorite Sci Fi Series.
The author’s ability to create new worlds is astounding.
And what is cooler than having a sentient tabby cat! I’d give this ten stars if I could.
Oh why not? It’s my blog!
Grand Master’s Cat is available on Amazon
Books by Aurora Springer
Atrapako on Eden
Feisty scientist solves puzzle of scaly aliens on the remote planet of Eden.
The Lady is Blue, Book 1
Dragons of Vkani, Book 2
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
Grand Master’s Pawn, Book 1
Grand Master’s Game, Book 2
Grand Master’s Mate, Book 3
Teen superhero, Starrella, and her flying horse combat vicious killers in Atalanta, a sunnier, southern Gotham City.
Super Starrella, Book 1
Starrella Falls, Book 2
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 set on Mars in the near future.
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.