Excerpt - Feral Winter

Feral Winter, Feral America Dystopian Suspense.

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Hudson is a nation under martial law, built from the collapse of the USA and the culling of New York City.

Special agent Ava hoped for newlywed nesting this winter. Instead Hudson grumbles with famine. In Virginia, weaponized Ebola returns. And her husband Cade is colder than the Upstate winter.

Citizens grow ornery with fear. Will life ever be good again?

Political concerns thrust the young couple back into the city. Her assignment: to investigate a string of suspicious deaths.

Where they lead could break her heart.

Old demons rise up from the Starve, when she too was quarantined in this damned city to die. Can she find answers in time, before the streets explode in riots?

Ava must confront her gang rat past, in this noir turn in a desperate city.

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Excerpt - Thrive Nozomu Appeal

Thrive Nozomu Appeal, Thrive Colony Corps Adventures book 5.

A giant invasion ship abuilding.
An envoy from Earth.
And a relic from Earth’s AI Wars…

Buffeted by advice, Ben refuses to fire on Moby Prick, as they dub the new colony ship. He won’t surrender his home world Mahina, either. There must be another way!

Ben has time. Surely the Prick can’t reach Mahina for a decade?

Two things are clear. They need more ships, and trained crew to fly them. Sass founds the new Colony Corps Academy, assisted by Ben’s space-resistant daughter Frazzie.

Can Sass lure her namesake to the stars?

As for the invasion, Ben has one slim hope. That between the two remaining colonies, one might welcome new settlers. The envoy Melkor says the newcomers will hail from Asia.

Can they persuade the xenophobic world Nozomu to welcome Earth’s new settlers, and deflect them from Mahina?

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Excerpt - Thrive Rayas Dreaming

Thrive Rayas Dreaming, Thrive Colony Corps Adventures book 4.

Rayas offers a singular prize - the Dream.

Last-settled of the Diaspora colonies, Rayas was privately funded by California refugees in Mexico. They couldn’t bankroll the immense settler ships that bore a quarter million souls apiece. And the terraformers were long gone.

Instead they sent teens, trained en route using an AI, the Dream. This virtual reality teaches every science and technology, quickly.

Students also relive Earth history first-hand as a video game. In Renaissance Florence, beat the Black Death and study under Michelangelo. Sail the Caribbean smuggling drugs, or master the ninja arts in feudal Japan.

The Dreamers turned out a bit…squirrelly.

Ben Acosta hopes to train crews using the Dream, in a new Colony Corp Academy. He offers Sass Collier the opportunity to found the school. They visit Rayas to perform their due diligence.

Sass’s Lunar lover Gabe hosts as salesman in chief.

The project gives Ben a fresh chance to evaluate Sass’s judgment calls. Because if Luna taught them anything…

Rayans lie. What dark secrets lurk within the Dream?

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Excerpt - Drone Rider 3

Drone Rider 3: Cyborg AI Science Fiction.

January 24, 2022!

Along the exotic ruins of the Silk Road,
cyborgs seek to slay an AI dragon.
Or is that, ally with the dragon?

Cyborg Betta honeymoons with her AI boyfriend Valentin in Chernobyl. But China is collapsing. Factions jockey for control, while Russia and Japan invade. Tai Loong, the Great Dragon AI, mounts a formidable defense.

Russia demands Betta’s team earn their keep. What kind of AI is Tai Loong? What are his weaknesses? How can Russia destroy him?

The drone riders infiltrate the Silk Road to discover his secrets.

But do Betta’s AI allies wish to conquer the charming dragon?

As allies prove enemies, and enemies become friends, her desert trek brings disaster, sorrow, and of course, new critters.

Read the nonstop conclusion of the Drone Rider trilogy, as likable cyborgs and AI tackle the cyber-dragon of the East in a broken cyberpunk world.

Excerpt - Thrive Luna Regroup

Thrive Luna Regroup, Thrive Colony Corps Space Adventures Book 3.

Thrive’s Earth tour concludes on freaky Luna, where the hidden agendas of three worlds collide. Will their expedition end in triumph, or a rout?

Sass and Ben team up to tackle Luna, final world of their Earth junket. Disgraced, Sass seeks redemption. Cautious Ben haggles for life-altering technology in exchange for saving Mars.

Luna is the elder space colony, crowded and weird. Wage slaves scurry to pay air taxes, bombarded by augmented reality ads. Corporations rule, led by frail eunuchs old as Sass, cruel and cunning. Ben finds the jaded Loonies hard to relate to.

Yet the team is adopted by friendly folk on day one, eager to take them sightseeing!

Too bad they’re not Loonies. There’s a fourth player here. Will Sass and Ben get played?

Don’t miss the rollicking conclusion of Thrive’s Earth homecoming trilogy!

Recommended for fans of Robert A. Heinlein’s Moon and Mars stories, Firefly, Lindsay Buroker's Star Kingdom, and Dennis Taylor’s Bobiverse.

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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?

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