Scavenger's Mission

Scavenger’s Mission
Liza O’Connor

Meet Alisha: A young woman who refuses to live the life her parents want.
In a single month, Alisha Kane has gone from a wealthy debutante to street girl to scavenger.  While testing her new flying skills in the Cully Canyon, Alisha incurs a near-death crash landing. She’s “rescued” by a colonel of the SkyRyders and her life changes forever.
Meet Logan: A SkyRyder colonel in charge of a sleepy fort with little to do other than arrests the occasional scavenger.
For the first time in his life, Logan’s attracted to a young woman, only she’s probably a scavenger and he’ll have to arrest her.  But first he offers her a shower and food while he checks on his crew. His Videographer has captured her extraordinary flight through the Cully and her flying is astounding!
He forgoes arresting her and puts his career at risk by asking MAC to assess her skills and integrity as a potential SkyRyder. If he can get Alisha into the SkyRyders, it will be his greatest contribution to the Corps.
Meet MAC: the Artifical Intelligence that runs the SkyRyders Corps.
Upon seeing her arrival, MAC upgrades Alisha’s test. Her flying skills are not just excellent; they exceed what was previously thought possible. MAC classifies her as its top asset and soon she proves her value. 
But…the SkyRyders remain a male-dominated Corps where Alisha’s sense of right and wrong often clashes with her superiors. How long can a rebellious young woman survive in a regimented Corps?

“How’s your knee?”
“It’s okay,” Alisha lied.
“Good, because MAC wants you to do it over.”
Alisha sighed. “I don’t think I can do it any better.”
“How about if you used your own catcher?”
“Oh, then I can do it much better,” Alisha assured him.
Riley gave her a look, then stared forward. “Then let’s do it again.”
With her own catcher, Alisha was up in less than a minute. Riley never had a chance to call an abort. Two seconds after takeoff, she was at an altitude of three hundred feet, holding her position precisely over his head.
“Your target is the remaining tree with a box. You know the drill. Straight to the tree, secure package, and bring it back to the circle.”
This time, Alisha didn’t need to ask for a deviation to the plan. Her catcher could run a straight line. Due to modifications she had made to her toggles, she could continue to control them even as she reached down and snared the package. She then performed a perfect one-eighty rotation and skimmed over the top of the tree, coming straight down to the circle and placing the package precisely in the square.
“Before you land, do you want to show MAC any other moves?”
Alisha maneuvered the catcher over to her pack lying on the ground and pulled one of her slats from its sleeve. While holding her catcher steady, she attached one slat to the boot of her un-injured leg. She then pulled a forward vertical lift. This was a new experience for her. The change she had made gave her the ability to move into the wind—something so impossible that most would equate it to moving backward in time. She laughed and did a celebration flip in her harness.
She continued her climb until she was at two thousand feet. “This is on purpose, so don’t worry.”
Facing the hundred-mile wind, she collapsed her catcher and began to surf the powerful wind with the wind slat. “I hope you’re catching the fact that I am moving into the wind.”
“Noted, along with the fact that your catcher is collapsed and you’re headed into trees. If you have a plan to inflate the catcher, I’d prefer you do it now.”
Alisha laughed and pulled hard on her top toggles. Instantly the catcher opened and her slat-riding stopped. She pulled a sharp one-eighty and headed back to the testing site. There she performed a perfect crosswind tact with a harness-released landing, pulling the slat to a halt right in front of Riley.
“You didn’t move,” she teased. “The colonel didn’t either.”
“Well, since I’ve decided I’m still asleep in my bed, I didn’t need to move. I can be as brave as I like in my dreams.”

The SkyRyder’s Series, Book 1
Scavenger’s Mission

Liza O’Connor lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.

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Oct 5th
How does one go from Debutante, to street girl, to Scavenger, to Skyryder?

AUTHOR LIZA O'Connor gives advice on
How to get along in the SkyRyders, the Corps of our future.

Oct 7th
There’s a Problem with the East Coast Training Facilities-they are creating psychopaths.

Oct 8th
Colonel Logan learns he has abandoned his squad to bad captain.

Oct 9th
How did an AI responsible for Merit Assessments take control of the SkyRyders?

Discover the male’s baby compulsion of the future.

Oct 11
MAC is a scary AI. It can image & record your thoughts. 

Oct 12
Who is most likely to throw up on Flight Test Examiners?

Oct 13
In a single month, Alisha Kane has gone from a wealthy debutante to street girl.  

Oct 14
Beware the Meat-eaters

Oct 15
Alisha hasn’t had many friends so far. Find out why.

Oct 16
The Original SkyRyders policed themselves.

Oct 17
Most females leave after their 3-yr service, if they survive long enough to do so.

Oct 18
Why MAC helped do away with the 5th Amendment

Oct 19
Don't diss the ground soldiers!

Oct 20
Check out the Top Ten things that riles our little Scavenger Alisha

Alisha visits Lea Kirk’s blog and shares her story with Lea’s character, SIMONE

Oct 22
General Powell likes for his men to stand out and sparkle.

Oct 24
How did Alisha ever even conceive an upwind maneuver?

Oct 25
Can you teach fliers new techniques if they don't believe it possible?

Oct 26
Media Package

Oct 27
MAC the AI know how hard discovering the truth is with humans.

Oct 28
Why MAC nixed the first battle plan.

Oct 30
Alisha's skills are far beyond a normal flyer

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