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The creation of Goudrogen Crystals in PASSAGES by @LaurelWanrow #scifi #romance #giveaway

Goudrogen Crystals

When readers first meet Eve, the empathic cyborg heroine of Passages, she is wearing a crystal ring. It’s not just any crystal, or even a familiar one.

I did consider using quartz, scientifically known as silicon and the second most common mineral on earth. (Feldspar is the most common.) It is abundant on other rocky planets we’ve explored, so it makes sense for it to be found on another planet.

But, it was quartz, a mineral everyone knows, which would make it meh in my story.

Goudrogen is anything but meh.

Yet I had to base the tory crystal on something familiar, so I considered its properties. Goudrogen, or ‘goud’ as Passages’ characters refer to it, is a non-metal element. Only 18 of the elements on our Periodic Table of Elements are non-metals, but they make up most of earth’s crust, atmosphere and oceans, and are even found in the tissues of living organisms. Goudrogen had to be a non-metal, because it is everywhere on Aarde, and even has its own cyclic system.

I decided goud crystals would be in the hexagonal crystal family, like quartz and its other forms, such as amethyst. They form six-sided prisms, with six-sided pyramidal ends.

In my world, they are all doubly-terminated crystals, which if I told you why, would be a spoiler. 🙂

To name this element, I wanted something similar to other non-metals, like hydrogen and nitrogen, so I ended it in “rogen.” For the “goud” part, I used the Scottish and German and Dutch name origin of gold. Yes, I considered using gold, but it’s not a common element in our universe! I did keep the yellow color.


PASSAGES

by Laurel Wanrow

“Find someone you can trust.”

For decades, Eve and her fellow electorgs—part human, part machine—have worked on the quiet planet of Aarde, beating back toxic spores that threaten to poison the native people. When the new commander halts work right before a deadly spore release, Eve frantically plots to protect the villagers she considers friends and family.

On the run after an ambush, Quinn holds a secret that nearly got him killed. If only he knew what it was. Though the attack scrambled his memories, Quinn is sure of one thing—he can’t trust the electorgs. But they know information he desperately needs to puzzle out who wants him dead, and why.

With the fate of life on Aarde in the balance, the logic of joining forces with Eve overrides Quinn’s fears…and erupts into an attraction that could prove fatal for both of them.

Because the planet’s commander might just be Quinn himself.

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blog excerpt 2016

from Eve’s point of view:

I kept my hand over the young man’s mouth. He’d accessed Evard’s shortcut to Dome. No one else knew about the illegal connection—or could know. Absolutely not, under no circumstances…no.

I swallowed, unable to catch my breath. If a Blackguard caught an Aardite in the ’torg-only facility, saying he’d come via Zeffir, unaccompanied, and without a pass slip! All that on top of today’s no-use mandate, we’d be hauled in for review. Attention I didn’t need if I petitioned to stay on Zeffir, d’dair.

Eve, you’ve got to calm down. Though if ever there was an occasion for swearing, this was it, especially the Aardites’ curse of the Dead Air plaguing their planet.

I rubbed my thumb across the inch-long crystal in my ring, liquefying part of the yellow stone with just the friction. The goud—an element properly named goudrogen—washed over me, spreading comfort like a warm fire. Nothing had happened to warrant a reprimand. My position at the remotest Post on G47 was safe, as were those of my triad run-mates. For now.

What business could this youth, obviously an Aarde native, have at Dome? He’d made a mistake, that was all. I never should have left him alone in the shop. I lowered my hand, ready to slap it up again if so much as a syllable came out of his mouth.

It didn’t.

blog about the author 2016

Before kids, Laurel Wanrow studied and worked as a naturalist—someone who leads wildflower walks and answers calls about the snake that wandered into your garage. During a stint of homeschooling, she turned her writing skills to fiction to share her love of the land, magical characters and fantastical settings.

When not living in her fantasy worlds, Laurel camps, hunts fossils and argues with her husband and two new adult kids over whose turn it is to clean house. Though they live on the East Coast, a cherished family cabin in the Colorado Rockies holds Laurel’s heart.

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blog giveaway 2016

Below are the bloggers participating in the Blog Tour for Passages. Each stop will have excerpts and tidbits about the science & fantasy, and a chance to win the tour prizes: a $10 Amazon eGC or a sign paperback of Passages. (Giveaway open to US/CAN)

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Jan 26: Travel to a Mineral Hot Springs on Vicki Batman’s blog
Jan 27: Hornworts on C. D. Hersh’s blog
Jan 29-31: Thermophiles on The Multiverses of Liza O’Connor
Jan 29: Author Interview with Mia Jo Celeste
Jan 30: Moons and Rising Waters with Laurie A. Green on Spacefreighters Lounge
Jan 31: Creating a Character’s Home Planet on Pippa Jay’s blog
Jan 31: What kind of a book is it? With Kira Decker
Jan 31: Lacuna, a Bit of Realism, a Bit of Magic on Author J. C. Nelson’s Urban Fantasy and More
Feb 1: Resolving your story problems…including knocking out a pesky spore? on Whiskey With My Book
Feb 3: What do u think of when I say “cyborg”? with Veronica Scott
Feb 4: The Mystery of Transporters on The Galaxy Express

Paleontology on distant planets ~ THE COLONY by @Laurel_R_books #scifi #romance #newrelease

It is my pleasure to host fellow SFR author Laurel Richards. Please welcome her, and check out her new release, THE COLONY.


I am so excited about my new sci-fi romance novel The Colony. This is the most action-packed SFR work I’ve ever done, and I worked hard to include some unique elements. As a child, I was fascinated by paleontology—mostly the study of dinosaurs—and I still find the fossils of Earth’s past inhabitants interesting as an adult. That got me thinking. Wouldn’t other planets have fossils too? And what kind of historical creatures could we find if we could explore that far?

This is a major theme in The Colony, in which the heroine works as the Chief of Paleontology on the planet of Jangala. Dr. Elisa Everett is smart, well educated, and passionate about her work. Elisa is not your typical heroine. She’s a scientist, not a warrior, but she’s tough and uses her smarts to survive. Elisa also suffers from severe asthma—an ailment I shared when I was younger. It’s extraordinarily hard to do anything when you can’t breathe. Elisa doesn’t let this stop her, however, though it does give her another obstacle to overcome.

The hero, Alexander Valerian, is a nice foil for the heroine. Alex starts life as a rancher and eventually joins the army in order to get his college degree. He sees active military service and then eventually leaves the army to join colonial security. Alex is a man of action. While he’s far from stupid, his smarts lean more toward instinct and common sense, and he’s a protector through and through. When something deadly happens at the Jangala colony, will he be able to find Elisa and get her out safely?

THE COLONY

by Laurel Richards

Not everyone will make it out alive.

Responding to a distress call, Officer Alexander Valerian and the rest of his security team arrive at the human colony on the planet of Jangala to find blood and gore all over the walls. All the colonists are dead or missing except for Dr. Elisa Everett, a pretty paleontologist he finds injured and nearly suffocated in a ventilation shaft. Now Alex has to figure out how sixty-nine colonists were wiped out in a single night, but Elisa’s account of killer monsters just raises more questions. Has the colony really been attacked by bloodthirsty beasts, or did everyone succumb to a powerful hallucinogen that made them turn on one another? He had better find out fast, because Elisa’s life is in his hands.

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Human colony, planet Jangala…

“What the hell is going on?”

Dr. Elisa Everett huffed out the demand as she ran into the colony’s security room. Her hand wasn’t quite steady as she took a hit from her asthma inhaler and got her first good breath since sprinting here from her lab in the southwest wing. The blaring overhead alarm nearly drowned her out.

From her seat in front of the security monitor, her sister shot her a concerned look while she punched buttons that were blinking a violent shade of red.

“All hell is breaking loose,” Bria shouted.

Her remark was punctuated by the frantic squawking of the nearby intercom.

Elisa strode closer to get a look at the screen and was overwhelmed by the kaleidoscope of images. Section N1’s camera revealed two male colonists pounding at each other with their fists. They were both swaying on their feet, but they didn’t let up. In another frame, a woman in section NW2 was gesticulating wildly and evidently talking to herself. The Jameson cousins in R3 stood atop the cafeteria table and waved at the lens for help. Five other displays were down and filled with static.

Elisa muttered a prayer. “Where’s your commander? What happened to your backup?”

Her sister was a Beta security officer here at the Jangala colony. She wasn’t supposed to handle something like this by herself.

“I don’t know!” Bria cried above the alarm. “Someone triggered the fire alert in the northeast wing. Commander Walsh took Donaldson with him to check it out. I didn’t see flames, but Guy Robbins was spraying extinguisher mist all over the damn place. I saw someone tackle him through the haze. By the time the fog cleared, Guy was lying there with his head bashed in. Nobody is answering their radio, Commander Walsh ran for the north door ten seconds before we lost picture for that whole wing, and then my emergency panel lit up. We’ve got an outbreak of assaults, reports of killer insects, and— Oh, my God!”

Elisa followed her sister’s gaze and gripped the edge of the table. Framed at the top of the screen was Liddy Harper, a petite eighteen-year-old who usually wore a star-bright smile. The girl was currently throwing herself against the walls of one of the workrooms in the northwest wing. A gash on her forehead bled profusely, and blood smeared the room where she’d pinged around like a fly in a bottle.

Elisa’s mouth went dry, which only made the medicinal aftertaste from her inhaler more noticeable. “She’s hurting herself. We’ve got to stop her.”

“She’s on the other side of the compound,” Bria pointed out, but she was already heading for the door. “We need stunners. Weapons locker, sublevel.”

Elisa didn’t argue. She just concentrated on her breathing as she followed her sister’s quick, athletic strides.

The air grew stale as they hit the cold metal staircase that descended to the basement. They’d almost reached the last step when the lights cut out. Elisa rocked back on her heels and clutched the handrail as they were plunged into total darkness. Her sister cursed in front of her, and the alarms fell silent.

Bria’s voice rose from the void. “Elisa, you’re only one or two steps behind me. Reach forward and find the back of my jacket.”

“Okay.” Elisa ignored the tremor in her hand as she reached blindly ahead.

When she made contact with nothing but air, she slid her shoe forward to find the step’s edge with her toe. Both she and Bria jumped when her fingertips hit her sister’s hair, but then she managed to pinch a crease in the back of Bria’s security jacket.

Her sister took control. “Good. Step down the rest of the way with me, and we’ll walk to the weapons locker together. It’s going to be down the hall to the right, second door on the left.”

“Got it.”

As one, they started moving. Elisa felt a moment of disorientation when they first hit the landing, but she got her bearings once she was sure there were no more steps. After navigating the narrow hallway, they found the door they wanted.

“How you doing? Are you taking nice, easy breaths?” Bria knew stress always made the asthma attacks worse.

“Maintaining,” Elisa replied, and she hoped she could keep it that way.

Her palm grew sweaty against Bria’s jacket, but she expelled a breath of relief when the code panel beside the doorframe lit up. She could just make out her sibling’s outline in the eerie green glow of the buttons.

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2016 in Review ~ Coming in 2017 ~ Reader Contest! #reading #giveaway

Hello readers! Well, 2016 is over and 2017 is here. I wish you all the very best this year! I have skipped last weekend’s and today’s Weekend Writing Warriors posts, as I have been busy celebrating the holidays. I will return next weekend with a new excerpt from It Took A Zombie Apocalypse.

2016 IN REVIEW

2016 was filled with some personal highs and lows for me. I completed the 22-Day Push Up Challenge to bring awareness to PTSD and  the high suicide rates of the men and women who serve our countries, finishing off with a donation to Wounded Warriors Canada. I also completed a 90-Day Fitness and Healthy Eating Challenge where I lost 27lbs, went down two pant sizes, and learned to love vegetables. (Or most of them, anyway.) The challenge ended with a photo shoot. I also participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time. While I didn’t hit the 50k word target, I managed 40,284 words, which is a personal best for me.

But, on the day of my fitness photo shoot, I came home to find out my grandmother had passed away. And at the end of December, one of the retailers I used to sell my books informed me that they were closing and weren’t going to pay me my contractually-obligated royalties. And that doesn’t include the ups and downs in the world around me.

Please Note: On December 29, I removed all of my books files from All Romance eBooks so the owner would not have access to them when the site went down. If you purchased one of my titles from the retailer, but did not get a chance to download it, please email me at jess @ jessicasubject.com.

TITLES I RELEASED IN 2016

Alien Next Door: The Complete Series
Made For Her
Galactic Defenders: BRYCE
Beyond Reach
Cosmic Sutra

    

WHAT I READ IN 2016

Mated with the Cyborg by Cara Bristol
Cruz by Anna Hackett
Captured by the Cyborg by Cara Bristol
Wyvern’s Mate by Deborah Cooke
Mission to a New Earth by Diane Burton
Pets in Space (currently reading)

  

  

WHAT I LISTENED TO IN 2016

Prodigy by Marie Lu
Champion by Marie Lu
The Crusader’s Bride by Claire Delacroix
The Last Star by Rick Yancey
Alien Hunter by Whitley Strieber
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Scarlett by Marissa Meyer (currently listening to)

COMING IN 2017

All-in-all, I’m glad 2016 is over, and I’m looking forward to what 2017 has in store. This year, my country will celebrate its 150th birthday. In fact, the celebrations started last night.

At the beginning of 2016, I’d planned to release Made For Her, Beyond Reach, Bryce, and have Jager written. Well, I managed to accomplish that and a little bit more. During NaNoWriMo, I finished writing It Took A Zombie Apocalypse, and wrote most of Jager.

  

So, here’s what I plan to release in 2017:

It Took A Zombie Apocalypse
Galactic Defenders: JAGER
Secret Multi-Author project
Always Her Wingman
Galactic Defenders: JACE

They may not release in that order, but those are the stories I will be focusing on, with the first two stories now in edits.

I also plan to read more. I know I say that every year, but I didn’t read near enough in 2016. What’s on my immediate to-read list?

Wyvern’s Prince by Deborah Cooke
The Roar by Emma Clayton
more Cara Bristol
more Anna Hackett
more Veronica Scott
more Sci-Fi Romance
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1st prize: Choice of one of my signed paperbacks
Choose from: Bryce, Cosmic Desires, or
Alien Next Door: The Complete Series

    

2nd prize: Choice of one of my audio books
Choose from: Another Night Another Planet,
Beneath the Starry Sky, Unknown Futures, or
The Star Princess

3rd prize: Choice of one of my audio books
Choices as above.

   

Contest is international except where prohibited by law.
Must be 18 or older to enter.
No substitutions will be made.
Odds of winning are dependent upon the number of entries.
Contest ends January 15, 2017.
Winner will be notified by email.

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