Monday, December 4, 2017

Liza O'Connor shares Surviving Outbound

How this series came to be:

When I first wrote this sci-fi series, I began with the story Surviving Outbound which refused to end, so I broke it down into 2 books. The  first book covers the dangerous voyage to a new world, then second is their struggle to survive on a planet with T Rexs, large sentient blue cattle called Sargons, giant bears, and a billion large rats that will devour anything in their path. One of those result in the key Gods getting very drunk in the book that is finally declared #3.

Once the colonists befriend the sentient race of blue bulls, they move to the Sargon’s valley where the giant blue bulls can protect them so I can focus on the lives of the colonists. Like typical humans, they fall in love, some marry, some have to wait and thus just long to marry, babies arrive, and a great deal of conniving and bad behavior occurs.

Less typical is that my main characters are a Soul-bond of Three. That means three bodies hold a single massive soul comprised of the three before they bonded.

While each still retains their own personality, they can hear and feel what their soul bonds do unless one purposely blocks the others. They only do this when they need to protect the other two from something they think the others are better not knowing. 

For example, when Saran was chained, face to the wall, in the basement and whipped daily, she imagined herself in her room. Thus, Tamara never had a clue of her true state.  Nor did Saran realize Tamara had married a man, then died on his ranch, since they mind-spoke every day and she never mentioned either situation.

When Saran also married Dmitri (the man Tamara had previously married) they had expected it would be a normal two-bonded fems with a non-bonded husband.  For that was the way it had always occurred before. However, for the first time in any multiverse, a three-bonded soul was created from the sweetest woman you’ll ever meet, a sassy spirit, and a hardworking, honorable, strong man.

Three books center around the Soul-bond of Three and their offspring.  But one other character in the last book so intrigued my early beta readers, they demanded a book one to set the stage and explain how this sentient being came to be. 

So I wrote The Gods of Probabilities. At first I wrote it with the Gods working silently in the background, but then I realized the books would be so much funnier if I let the Gods come out from behind their curtain and let us see how badly they can behave and how hard it is to save someone within their bureaucratic rules.

So in book one we meet the adorable water children of Oceana, including the very nice and talented Drogan, plus a whole bunch of sassy, cranky Gods. (I am assuming you’ve read book 1. If not, you may start at book 2, since it was the original beginning. However, I recommend reading book 1 first.

In Book two, you will begin on Earth with the humans and gain a berth in the outbound ship. (Sorry, all I could afford was a 3rd class cube for you, but the captain assures me no one dies from curling up in a ball and sleeping in a rubber cube.)

Now, if the Gods can solve a great deal of issues with the few God interventions left for them to use, hopefully you and the colonists will all make it to Terranue in one piece. I promise not to leave you hanging, you either will or won’t land, depending on how the probabilities fall. (This will cease to be a Schrodinger’s cat situation once the event collapses).

 I wrote it so you and the colonist would land, but another me in another universe may be perverse and write it where they die in space. It’s all too likely that another me will do that. And if you grasp that concept, you’ll understand why the Gods are so cranky. They don’t just have to control one of me, but billions of me.

However, you can help. As you read the book, you can focus on positive resolutions. Positive thinking is very important in Quantum Physics. In fact, it turns out to be more important than the concept of Reality.

Surviving Outbound
Liza O’Connor
Saran along with her ‘not dead, just no longer human’ soul-bondTamara, and their giant blue bull leave in search of a handler so Blue can escape Earth and travel outbound. The man Saran meets and falls in love with turns out to be Tamara’s husband. Their spiritual joining of three sets into play a prophecy written long ago. Together, they become Tamsarandem, the most powerful soul-bond in all the multiverses.  

The shamans pay for their voyage to Terranue, an unknown planet, never before colonized by humans. In return, Tamsarandem must look after the other colonists and help them to prosper and find their Paths of Light. They will need to do this mostly on their own, for the Gods are running out of authorized interventions. However, the God Pane, with the help of the sentient ship-computer, Marybell, constantly search for clever workarounds to ensure The Path of Light will reign supreme upon the final collapse. But there is only so much they can do within their bureaucratic rules. 

Having failed to stop Tamsarandem from leaving Earth, those who walk the Path of Darkness embed their own people, including their darkest lord, on the ship to ensure it will never arrive at Terranue.

Focusing, Tamara created a faint, shimmering image of her former self. She could have created a solid appearance, but she thought a shimmer might make Saran realize the change in her existence without the sudden blow of what it meant.

“Tamara, is that you?” Saran whispered.

“Yes,” Tamara replied through mind-speak.

Saran’s face distorted in anguish. “Are you dead?”

Tamara flinched at the waves of pain Saran exuded. As soul-bonds, what one felt, the other felt, unless they purposely blocked their soul-bond from the truth, which she had done during her painful death.

Saren’s torment was exactly the reason she had delayed returning. She could not bear to feel sweet Saran in pain, nevertheless be the cause of it. “I prefer to be called no longer corporal.” She moved closer, wishing she could embrace her soul-bond, but that was not possible. All she had to comfort were her words. “You possess half of my soul. I cannot die as long as you live.”

As Tamara neared, goose bumps formed on Saran’s arms, which she tried to rub away.

Sorry for the chill. It’s the ionization process I use to create my form.” Unable to endure her soul-bond’s current distress, she checked out the animals.

Tamara had purposely portrayed herself exactly as she had looked the day she’d run away six years prior, the last image Saran had of her. She’d hoped the familiar brown, weaved pants and white shirt of a handler would make their first meeting less stressful. Her blond hair was braided down the center of her back, just as Saran had done for her six years ago.

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Book 2: Surviving Outbound
Book 1: The Gods of Probabilities
About Author
Liza is a multiple genre author of 38 novels. Here are some of her followers' favorite:

For Sci-Fi, my personal favorite is The Multiverse Series. 

However, my sci-fi readers seem to prefer my Post Apocalyptic Army Trilogy: Savager's Mission, Scavenger Falters, Savager Vanishes.

I also have a Artificial Intelligence two book series: Public Secrets and Birth of Adam. Some readers find it a bit too disturbing in book two.

I also write in other genres:

My personal favorite series is A Late Victorian Sleuth Series, with a young woman who dresses as a man and works for the finest sleuth in London: The Adventures of Xavier & Vic. There are nine books in the series as of now, with more to come.
Don't miss the spinoff, A Right to Love. It is part of the ongoing story.

My best selling series: A Long Road to Love is a humorous Contemporary Disaster Romance series of five books. First book sets the stage: Worst Week Ever

If you love men behaving badly, try Ghost Lover. While you may not like the fellows at first, you will fall in love with Senna, the sexy ghost Lassier, and the invisible ghost Ocelot, and the men eventually straighten up and behave as well.

In a desire to help Jane Austen out, since she died from a curable disease in her prime, I took on the task of telling what happened to the youngest daughter of Pride & Prejudice: Lydia Bennet. The first book is Untamed & Unabashed. Some readers were shocked upon reading, but with Wickham as her husband and she being only 16 when she married, what else could it be. However, on the first day of book 2, The Duchess Lydia, I killed off Wickham, which freed her to choose her own life. You'll be far more pleased with how Lydia grows up in book 2.

Another favorite is Saving Casey. It's about an old woman who dies and wakes up in the body of a teenager from hell.

To be honest, I love all 38 of my books, but I'll stop talking about them now.

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