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Plight of the Eli'ahtna

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28 Aug 2013, 01:34 AM
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Plight of the Eli'ahtna will be the third book in The War of the Second Iteration series. I'm in the process of revising the book in response to beta reader comments, and have made a few chapters worth of progress. Here's a scene from the second chapter:

Holm turned Alicia to face him, and gently held her head between his hands. Red hair flowed over his fingers. "Eli'sana, hear me. I do not make this decision lightly, or without cost. I love you. I love you both. You are my family! But just as you cannot turn from the task before you, we cannot ask Robert to leave this matter to another. He would always question the result, especially if something went wrong! He would never again be whole. I believe you understand this."

"I understand it," she replied in a broken voice. "I understand. And I know nat'ashim seth. It's part of the Way of Leyra'an, and we swore to live by that, in the joining." Alicia drew a deep breath. "It's just - I'm sorry, Holm. It doesn't help much!"

I'll be back from time with more teasers as I move forward.

(Admins - if this isn't quite what you had in mind for the eBook PR section, feel free to remove this.)

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28 Aug 2013, 10:50 PM
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No objections from this admin... it just reminds me that I must get on and read Founders' Effect

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09 Sep 2013, 02:19 AM
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The inner airlock hatch cycled and the tone sounded indicating it was safe to open it. At least, it was safe to do so under ordinary circumstances. John made no move abort the airlock sequence, and allowed the hatch to open. In the dimly lit space beyond, John saw a large shape moving.

He and Wirolen floated in the central compartment together, no more than two meters from the airlock. On either side of the lock were equipment and EVA suit lockers, one of which was hanging open. John glanced at Wirolen, who held her weapon steadily, her attention fixed on the airlock. They were warriors standing their ground, but John knew a fight would be pointless. If these beings were hostile, they were finished.

Were they being rescued? Or – something else?

Another snippet from the forthcoming Plight of the Eli'ahtna, War of the Second Iteration, Book Three.

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10 Sep 2013, 05:17 AM
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Good stuff, Thomas. Sounds like a great read.

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16 Sep 2013, 09:55 PM
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Thanks, Kevis. It certainly has been fun to write!

So they followed the Hroom, matching the movements and pace of the larger, slower species to avoid collisions. In places they found themselves at a loss for come-alongs or push points, and would have drifted helplessly, had the nearest Hroom not provided gentle nudges, or simply taken an arm and brought them along. It was a source of amazement that those huge, warm hands could be so gentle. They left the ship by way of a tunnel, which John assumed was a component of the huge black docking mechanism. At the end of the tunnel they entered a black and white room; they might have been back in the ship, or in another like it, for all John could tell.
"It is a lift, I think," said Wirolen as she looked around. "See how they arrange themselves?"
"Yes," John replied. "All feet pointing the same way." He twisted himself around to do the same, and saw Wirolen follow suit. Horga watched them maneuver and gave them the thumbs up.
"A most useful gesture," Wirolen said.
"So long as every species we encounter has thumbs," John said, "we should be okay." As Wirolen laughed a low grumbling sound emanated from the ten Hroom in the lift with them. "I guess they get the joke, too."
"There is amusement," Horga said. "Humor is understood."
"That's convenient," John said.
"It is," Horga agreed. "Also hopeful."

From the forthcoming Plight of the Eli'ahtna
War of the Second Iteration, Book Three

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12 Oct 2013, 12:32 AM
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There was a crystalline quality to the universe, as seen through the eyes of a sentient starship, a clarity that gave an illusion of depth to things too far away to really give such perspective. The great Void was a perfectly transparent crystal, and Robert was but a mote of imperfection within the crystalline structure, able to look through it in all directions at once.
After so many decades of experiencing the universe in such a way, he still couldn’t find just the words he wanted. What he saw and felt defied description.

Beside him, a presence felt but not seen, Greg Millhouse simply said, “Wow . . . ”

“Yes,” Robert replied.

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20 Oct 2013, 03:08 PM
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Robert was suddenly and for only an instant, acutely aware of every bone in his body, because every muscle attachment twitched. He normally had no body awareness in the link at all. Fire burned the roots of his teeth. His vision of the universe was hazed over with a blood-red aurora that was gone almost before he recognized the color. An illusion of sound pierced his head. And all of it in one excruciating blink of an eye.

In that same instant, Robert was suddenly in the hands of a smiling, sadistic lunatic, in a room full of bright, cold light, and small, sharp knives. It was real. He was there. Again.

With a shout, he found himself cut out of the pilot’s link, leaning over his control boards, gasping for breath. But the pain and the vision both were gone. He looked up over his boards and saw that the display area was filled with the image of a pair of diamond-studded steppers. “Where are we?” he asked after clearing his throat.

“Transit complete and target system acquired,” said the Xantus. “Erdan’nosta Station beacon acquired. I have helm control.”

Robert leaned back in his seat and muttered, “Thanks for that.”

“You were beyond normal safe limits at the end,” the shipmind explained. “I deemed it necessary to exercise caution.”

“Wasn’t second guessing,” Robert replied.

“Well, it worked!” Greg’s voice was strained, but calm. “We just crossed more than one-fifth of the Confederation in a single nodal transit. And you look like hell!”

“I should,” Robert replied. “I was just there. For a moment.”

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06 Nov 2013, 01:09 PM
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Well, here's a bit of a quandary - any excerpt I post past this point, and I've been doing them chronologically as I work through revisions on the book, beginning to end, will amount to spoilers.

However, revisions are at last complete. It's down to copy editing (well underway) and formatting. The Plight of the Eli'ahtna will be available as an ebook sometime between now and the end of November, very likely before Thanksgiving Day (US).

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30 Nov 2013, 04:14 PM
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It's a work in progress no more!

The Plight of the Eli'ahtna, War of the Second Iteration Book Three, is now available for Nook eReaders.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-plig...0148893158

The Kobo edition is in the works, but recent changes in the way Kobo works with indie authors makes it impossible for me to guess when it will be available. I'll get back to you as soon as I know anything! Big Grin

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03 Dec 2013, 10:13 PM
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Now available for Kobo ereaders!

http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/t...-eli-ahtna

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