Character-Driven Sci-Fi and Climate Apocalypse
Worlds of Wonder, not Warfare
Excerpt - Thrive Earth Rematch
Thrive Earth Rematch, Thrive Colony Corps Space Adventures Book 2.
Are the boat nations Earth’s last hope?
Stranded without her starship, Captain Sass Collier takes refuge in Earth’s criminal underworld. Her sole sponsor, Northern League agent Melkor, shelters them with family among the vibrant floating cities and cruise ship hulks of drowned Florida.
But lively hurricanes at sea postpone pursuit only briefly.
Because League ruler Voronin desires Sass’s pint-sized but powerful digital sentient, her robotic pet mink. The Russian controls his own weapon AI, a relic of dire wars.
And he offers rich bounties to tempt Melkor’s gangster relatives.
Yet Melkor believes in Sass. His dying world can be revived using Colony Corps tech. He connects her with renegade gene splicers striving to restore habitat.
Meanwhile her ride off-planet is stymied by sabotage on Mars.
Can Sass get the goods and escape Earth to the Corps? Or trapped between AIs and League factions, might one of her own companions betray her?
Excerpt - Thrive Earth Return
Thrive Earth Return, Thrive Colony Corps Space Adventures Book 1.
Earth is dead. Long live Earth.
Captain Sass Collier can’t die. A century ago, the Colony Corps carried her to the stars in the exodus called the Diaspora. Because Earth was doomed.
Still she longs to see home again. She hopes the terraforming tricks and miracle cures of the colonies can heal the one best planet for humanity. She expects to find isolated pockets of survivors, desperate for help.
She arrives with her motley crew from the boonies to face not one, but three surviving worlds — Earth, Luna, and Mars.
And Sass’s homecoming starts off with a bang.
The Northern League tyrannizes Earth now. They catch Sass and her ship to hold hostage against each other.
Can Sass save her crew from their most powerful foe yet — the mother world?
Join Thrive’s family of misfits for hard SF with rivets and fresh page-turning space opera adventure!
Suggested for fans of Firefly,Lindsay Buroker's Star Kingdom, or Dennis Taylor’s Bobiverse.
Thrive Large Print!
Excerpt - Sentient Thrive
Sentient Thrive, book 9 of the Thrive Space Colony Adventures.
Can Ben tame the monster AI?
Evacuating the planet Denali brings Ben Acosta to his knees. Thrive Spaceways is bankrupt. His marriage is on the rocks. And his homeworld Mahina is in chaos from the deluge of offworld refugees. Pushy arrogant refugees.
He’s disgraced. Fair enough — he blames himself.
But another 40,000 will die on Denali if he can’t turn this around.
Ben hatches a plan. The AI Loki is like a genie who grants wishes. A hostile, insane, ugly genie, with a track record for enslaving humans and building starships with asteroid-slicing guns.
If he can harness Loki, Spaceways can still save Denali.
Instead he’s trapped inside an airless rock with Remi. Can they survive?
Join the motley crew of Thrive for a space opera buddy story, lost in space!
Excerpt - Sylvan Thrive
Sylvan Thrive, book 8 of the Thrive Space Colony Adventures.
Fresh world, first colony!
Sass Collier and Thrive escort a colony expedition to the gorgeous Earth-like planet Sylvan.
Woefully underfunded, understaffed, and under-equipped, they’re establishing the first new human planet in a century. The expedition leader’s motto is Fail Fast.
And they’re doing a bang-up job of it!
But is the problem lovely forested Sylvan? Or sabotage?
Rejoin the motley crew of Thrive for another space opera romp across the sorry stars of the refugee diaspora on the wing and prayer plan!
Excerpt - Prosper & Thrive
Prosper & Thrive, book 7 of the Thrive Space Colony Adventures.
Have warp, will travel! A three-world tour!
Thrive Spaceways proved its new warp gate by saving Sass’s butt on Sanctuary. Now Ben and Copeland seek to turn their invention into a business. The Sanks hire them to visit the European theme world of Cantons.
But first the reunited crews owe a whirlwind trip home for inventor Teke. After 15 years, how does Denali of the pterodactyls fare?
Next stop is Sanctuary. Will the AI Loki let his people go?
And then on to Cantons’ city-states of…pikemen and Renaissance wizards?
Rejoin the motley crews of Prosper & Thrive for another space opera romp across the sorry stars of the refugee diaspora on the wing and prayer plan!
Excerpt - Sanctuary Thrive
Blurb and excerpt for for Sanctuary Thrive, book 6 of the Thrive Space Colony Adventures.
Sass versus AI!
Sanctuary, high-tech paradise with small-town charm!
Leave a message at the beep.
In a flash of old-fashioned warp, Sass’s crew catches up in time to Prosper.
Eager to greet a new world, instead Sass’s comms are blocked by an AI answering machine from hell.
Sanctuary is refuge to the Colony Corps who transported refugees out from Earth. Compared to Thrive’s home moon Mahina, it’s a paradise. People are healthy. Their dome stretches over sports fields. Electric horses and fun three-wheelers are available to venture out, complete with breath mask.
Robots do the work.
Something is off here. And Sass is doomed to fix it.
Can Sass liberate Sanctuary from its diabolical AI? Are Sass and Clay the perfect foils? Or just the most vulnerable?
And must Thrive crew get jailed on every world they visit?
Don’t miss Sass’s showdown with that nemesis your mother warned you about — someone just like her.
Excerpt - Feral Queen
Feral Queen, book 2 of the Feral Starve series.
A queen is tested.
Ava Panic yearns to become the new gang queen.
But Frosty doesn’t want his girlfriend as top girl. As rivals challenge Panic for supremacy, she needs to change his mind and win support.
Spring and summer in desperate Manhattan. Panic tries to prove herself by organizing rooftop crops and more. But survival savvy and vegetables aren’t enough.
The gang wars intensify as Frosty haggles and fights to win enough food for his people.
Disease and death stalk Manhattan’s mean streets in the height of the Starve.
Does Panic have what it takes to not just survive, but rule?
Feral Scenes Video
Some scenes of Ava Panic's New York City, mostly from Ebola Day and Feral King, but the last picture is St. Anthony's of Padua on Sullivan Street. So one of those fire escapes is Ava's apartment in Soho Ville after the Starve.
I originally intended to do a voiceover, narrating chapter 1 of Ebola Day. Yeah, that's way too long. :)