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A good-looking squadron. #WeWriWa snippet from ALWAYS HER WINGMAN #scifi #romance #scifirom

Welcome to my Weekend Writing Warriors post!

Hello! Thank you to everyone who stopped by to read my post last weekend! I have another unedited snippet from ALWAYS HER WINGMAN, the first book in the series MARS SQUADRON 17 for you to read.

Set-up: This snippet continues from last weekend’s, where the crew are sitting around discussing their favorite flavors of meal replacement bars. Enter the hero of the story…


“Yeah, except we ate all of those on our way to Mars.” Senior Airman Colin Garish entered the mess hall, taking the seat across from Hannah and beside Zhang.

He glared at Moon. Probably for sitting beside her rather than for eating the last of the good meal bars, because they’d all devoured them together. Hannah had even stashed a few chocolate-flavored bars in her locker to keep from the others. Yet, they hadn’t lasted the first month of their journey.

Garish’s attraction to her was no secret among the squadron, but it wasn’t returned. Sure, he was good-looking. All of her squadron was when they actually took the time to clean themselves. But Hannah had Peter, the teen who’d stolen her heart back on Earth and she’d vowed to remain faithful to while she served her five years with the Space Military Command.

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ALWAYS HER WINGMAN blurb…

Staff Sergeant Hannah Coriveau dedicated the last five years to the Space Military Command. Heading back to Earth, she’s ready to begin civilian life and reunite with her parents and the boyfriend she left behind. The person she’ll miss most is Garish—her wingman, best friend, and the one who made her regret not being single.

Senior Airman Colin Garish wants his squadron leader. Bad. After spending so much time by her side—both in the Martian skies and on the red planet—being her friend isn’t enough. When Hannah learns of her boyfriend’s infidelity, Colin is there to comfort her.

Before Colin has the chance to confess his feelings, Hannah receives worse news from home. Her father is dying. Seeing her devastation, Colin remains the friend she desperately needs. But in her grief, she pushes him away. Will Hannah let him back in her life when they land on Earth? Or will Colin never get the chance to win her heart?


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What’s your favorite flavor? #WeWriWa snippet from ALWAYS HER WINGMAN #scifi #romance #scifirom

Welcome to my Weekend Writing Warriors post!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! I haven’t participated in a few weeks due to the holidays, but I’m back with an unedited snippet from ALWAYS HER WINGMAN, the first book in the series MARS SQUADRON 17. Since I last posted from this story, I’ve revised it in many places, changed my character inspiration, and started the story in a new spot. I also have a cover now, but I’m not ready to show it.

Set-up: This is from the NEW beginning of the book when Mars Squadron 17 is on the way back to Earth after serving their time on Mars.


Staff Sergeant Hannah Coriveau took a bite of her meal bar—bacon and egg-flavored this time—not her favorite, but a definite improvement over the one the manufacturers called “spaghetti and meatballs”.

“Ever try a kimchi-flavored one?” Senior Airman Moon Jin Woo waved his bar around beside her. “Or Korean Fried Chicken? My grandmother used to tell us they taste close to the real thing. And they’re definitely better than the North American flavor pallet I’ve been forced to consume for the past six years.”

“I agree.” After shoving the last piece of his bar in his mouth, Senior Airman Alex Zhang stood while rolling the empty wrapper into a ball. He tossed it toward the trash compactor and got it in with a rim shot. “The Dim Sum is my favorite, though I don’t mind the pizza or chocolate ones.”

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ALWAYS HER WINGMAN blurb…

Staff Sergeant Hannah Coriveau dedicated the last five years to the Space Military Command. Heading back to Earth, she’s ready to begin civilian life and reunite with her parents and the boyfriend she left behind. The person she’ll miss most is Garish—her wingman, best friend, and the one who made her regret not being single.

Senior Airman Colin Garish wants his squadron leader. Bad. After spending so much time by her side—both in the Martian skies and on the red planet—being her friend isn’t enough. When Hannah learns of her boyfriend’s infidelity, Colin is there to comfort her.

Before Colin has the chance to confess his feelings, Hannah receives worse news from home. Her father is dying. Seeing her devastation, Colin remains the friend she desperately needs. But in her grief, she pushes him away. Will Hannah let him back in her life when they land on Earth? Or will Colin never get the chance to win her heart?


Weekend Writing Warriors is a Sunday short-snippet blog hop in which authors share short excerpts from their books (published or unpublished). There’s a variety of genres–something for everyone! To visit the participating authors, click on the logo:

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Enjoy an Extended Excerpt from FORGED IN FIRE (Book 2 of Bringer of Chaos) by @KayelleAllen #scifirom #scifi #romance

Thanks for hosting me today, Jessica. I’m celebrating the release of Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire the second book in my science fiction Bringer of Chaos series.

Bringer of Chaos: the Origin of Pietas (the first book) poured out so fast and furious I could hardly keep up. I was afraid the next book would be harder to write, and it was — at first — but once I got started, Forged in Fire was the same way. The story streamed onto the page.

It’s satisfying to have a story come alive and see it become a living, breathing entity. Writing a book is like giving birth in that sense. No wonder authors want to talk about their stories! Ask any mom about her kids and you’ll get an earful. All we need is a break in the conversation and out come the pictures. Speaking of which, have you seen my latest banner? *smile*

In this scene from Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire, the immortal king, Pietas, is surveying the alien world where he’s been exiled. Sempervia is a beautiful planet, but it’s not fully terraformed and it harbors dark secrets of its own…


Sempervia, year 1 in exile

Pietas pushed further up the mountain, where hand over hand, he climbed up among black boulders. Their pockmarked texture stung his palms but did no harm to his feet. He’d hiked half the planet barefoot. Panting from the quick exertion, he turned to take in the view. The summit lay a good distance ahead, but they had left the forest. Scant grasses and scrubby bushes dotted the landscape.

Across plains to the east, low-scudding clouds skimmed a fringe of mountains, no more than blue smudges on the horizon. Their white tips implied great height. North, the lazy river he and the human had followed from its source snaked its way across the savannah, a necklace of shimmering gold. The path took seconds to trace with his gaze but had taken them weeks to walk. As it wended its way further south, the confluence of its mighty waters with another river turned its gold to muddy brown.

What worried him were the sheets of gray in the northwest. A storm marched straight toward them. The heavy, pelting rain on Sempervia so saturated the air one could drown on land.

They did not dare let it catch them in the open. They needed to cross the summit and reach shelter.

He braced both hands on his knees. How galling to need a break. He’d hiked less than five hours. Was he no better than a mortal?

Before his exile, Pietas would have run–not walked–up this mountain without a single pause. When mortals and traitors among his kind imprisoned him in an unpowered life pod and left him to rot for over a year, it broke his health and shattered his stamina.

Had it not been for his friend, Six, what sanity Pietas possessed would have been as beaten and battered as dirt clods trampled in a horse paddock. Though unable to free Pietas, Six had stayed with him day and night, talking, whistling, singing songs, sharing life and light through his tales.

Long after Pietas could no longer respond.

Broken in body as he was, his will, determination, and drive survived intact, as had his undying thirst for revenge.

No doubt his enemies thought to teach him a lesson. Having endured the worst they could muster, he’d learned there was no pain he could not bear, no matter how horrific. One day, he’d return the favor and teach them.

Down the mountain, his sister, Dessy, staggered into the sunshine. An equally unsteady Joss stumbled after her. The two female immortals plopped onto the ground with all the grace of drunken gazelles.

Behind them came the twins, Armand and Philippe, their massive height and girth impressive even from above. Armand squatted beside Dessy while his twin remained standing, alert and on watch.

Last to reach sunlight was Six, the ghost.

Not a phantom or aetheric creature, but a member of Ghost Corps. A human who’d died and been resurrected by infusing his body with Ultra blood. Transformed into a quasi-immortal with enough strength to perma-kill Pietas or another immortal. And ironically, the closest friend Pietas had ever had in his entire unceasing, solitary life.

Without slowing his pace, Six skirted around Philippe, trudged up the hill toward Pietas and joined him atop the rocks. He, too, shielded his eyes.

He’d grown lean and ragged over the weeks they’d hiked the planet. Both of them had. No matter how much fish they caught, or what wild fruits they found, there was not enough to gain weight. Like Pietas, Six had no beard, a result of his transformation. His naturally brown skin had grown browner while they tramped in the sun. His dark hair had grown at a human pace and curled over his ears.

Pietas, who could not tan or sunburn, had grown blonder. He’d cut his hair not long after their arrival on Sempervia, but already, it hung halfway down his back. He wore it tied behind him to keep it out of his face.

“Pi, look at this view!”

The nickname irked. He’d asked Six to drop it, to no avail. Pee-ah-toss, he ranted in silence. Not Pi. Pee-ah-toss.

“I can hear you thinking. You know that, right?”

Then you know what I’m thinking now.

“Same to you, Ultra. Besides, you call me Six. I call you Pi. Suits you.”

“Six is an integer. Pi is an irrational number.”

The man shot him a smile. “Like I said.”


FORGED IN FIRE

by Kayelle Allen

Marooned on a barren world with no food and few survival tools, Pietas knows it could be worse. He could be alone. But that’s the problem. He’s not.

Half a million of his people sleep in cryostasis, trapped in their pods and it’s up to Pietas to save them. But before he can, he must take back command from a ruthless enemy he’s fought for centuries. His brutal, merciless father.

Immortals may heal, but a wound of the heart lasts forever…

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Kayelle Allen writes Sci Fi with misbehaving robots, mythic heroes, role playing immortal gamers, and warriors who purr. She’s a US Navy veteran who’s been married so long she’s tenured.

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The sexy mall Santa. #WeWriWa from HEY, SANTA #alien #romance #scifirom

Welcome to another Weekend Writing Warriors post!

Thank you to everyone who commented last week on my snippet from GIB AND THE TIBBAR! This weekend, I’m switching to another story, a Christmas alien romance called HEY, SANTA.

Set-up: Claire has never liked the holidays since she lost her parents and brother right before Christmas a few years prior. But, her friend is trying to get her to enjoy them again and wants her to ask out the local mall Santa whom they both think is good-looking. The snippet below happens right after Claire finally summons the courage, and is in the hero’s POV. (edited to fit) Enjoy…


Andreas blinked, trying to wrap his head around what the sexy woman in front of him had just asked. He’d stared at her miles of long legs showed off by black tights, and her full, glossy lips, but he never expected her to leave her friend and come over, let alone ask him on a date. The only women who ever approached him were already married and concerned about the results of their child’s picture with Santa Claus, or the single moms who thought he’d make a great baby daddy.

“You want to go out on a date? With me?” he asked.

She nodded, her eyes glassy, as if about to cry if he said no. He would hate himself if that happened. But, her expression changed in an instant, her stare hard. “Forget I said anything,” she said stepping back. “You’re looking a little green anyway.”

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About HEY, SANTA:

She doesn’t want a lot for Christmas…

Claire Otton dreads spending another holiday alone. When her best friend convinces her to approach the sexy mall Santa, she takes the chance and asks him out, hoping for so much more.

He’s waiting under the mistletoe…

Although Andreas Castellanos blends in on Earth, he knows he will never belong. But when the gorgeous woman he’d been staring at invites him to dinner, he has a hard time saying no.

All they’re asking for…

Can these two lonely souls find magic together or will their secrets steal their chance of a happy Christmas?

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