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Sneak peek: Rob’s Rebellion

Here are the first six paragraphs from the fourth Aleyne novel, as yet unpublished.

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CHAPTER ONE

A Big Mess

The squad of Federation Guard soldiers marched down the shuttle ramp and surrounded the unfortunate Major Reynolds, who waited on the blackened surface of the spaceport landing field.

Colonel Robert Walker gazed across the port. The sands just beyond the black-paved surface of the field glittered with reds and blues, and the mountains, five miles distant, loomed purple. A fresh breeze blew the cinnamon scent of the flowers that clustered around the buildings. But the beauty of the landscape contrasted with his sour mood. He was ordered to arrest the commander of the Federation base and take control of it, here on an alien planet where the native Aleyni would just as soon see the entire base drop into a hole and disappear. “Major Reynolds, you are accused of high treason and are remanded to the planet of New Oregon for trial.”

A worried frown creased Reynolds’ forehead. Rob was empath enough to realize Reynolds was uneasy. But Rob’s message requested Reynolds meet him when the shuttle landed, nothing more. His unease, growing since he’d accepted the assignment, increased again. Was the major guilty of treason or not?

Rob nodded, and a guard manacled Reynolds’ wrists and chained his ankles together. One of the guards patted the major down and confiscated his wrist chronometer and his pocket computer.

Rob squinted against the glare of the desert sun. It must be easily 20 degrees Celsius, even now, an hour past first meal.

“Get moving.” A corporal shoved Reynolds in the direction of the shuttle. The chain forced Reynolds to shuffle like an old man.

Meanwhile, check out the third, Broken Bonds

 

Publisher’s website:

http://museituppublishing.com/bookstore/index.php/new-releases/broken-bonds-detail

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Broken-Bonds-Novels-Aleyne-ebook/dp/B00E5SGVSS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1374851946&sr=1-1

 

 

 

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Meet Rob Walker

Thanks to Carol Malone for getting me involved in this blog hop.

Carol’s bio:  Carol Malone has found a magical key for successfully combining her three passions – romance, sports, and writing in her highly rated book, “Fight Card Romance:

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Ladies Night.” http://amzn.to/1kI4dVo With “Ladies Night,” she became the first woman to punch her way into the suspenseful, male-dominated genre of pulp boxing with a tender love story. Since then she has written numerous stories to entice readers to scramble into a front row seat for a power-packed thrill-ride of romance and sports action.

Look for her novella “Hot Corner Magic” to be published in a pulp sports anthology in the next month or two and a Christmas visit to “Ladies Night” at Christmas time.

If not hammering out new tales, Carol is reading, watching sports or the Food Network on TV, or hanging with her sci-fi author husband on the Coast of California. Come visit her website and chat with her about sports and amour.

Website:  http://carolmalone.net/

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Twitter:  https://twitter.com/CarolAnneMalone

And now, meet the main character in the fourth Aleyne Novel, Colonel Rob Walker

1) What is the name of your character?  Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

My character’s name is Colonel Robert Walker, and he is a fictional character in the universe of my Novels of Aleyne. You can read more about the three previous novels here.

 

2) When and where is the story set?

The story is set several hundred years in the future on the planet of Aleyne. Rob is sent to the Federation Guard base on Aleyne to arrest Major Brad Reynolds for treason. Brad is DesertandMtthe main character in Broken Bonds. The environment around the Guard base is desert, with glittering multi-colored sands. The vegetation is red and the rocks are purple. The Federation and the Aleyni are experiencing strained relations, and the  treaty between them is up for renewal.

3) What should we know about him/her?

Rob is a native of the planet Bel, and as such is a cross between Terran and Aleyni. Like most Belans, he has some mind speech abilities. However, since psi is illegal in the Terran Federation, he must keep this a secret. He also has two wives, though he is officially married to only one of them, and the men on the base resent him for this as well as for arresting the popular Major Reynolds.

4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

He’s given the task of bringing the treaty negotiations between the Federation and the Aleyni to a successful conclusion. Unfortunately, neither side is willing to give an inch in the negotiations, and most on both sides would just as soon see the negotiations fail. In addition, Rob’s marriage is troubled, and he secretly yearns for his best friend, Captain Reuben Tyler.

5) What is the personal goal of the character?

To bring the negotiations to a successful conclusion and prove to one and all that he’s able to succeed, and to bring peace to his troubled marriage. The prospects for either appear dim.

6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

The working title at the moment is Rob’s Rebellion.

Blurb:

Colonel Rob Walker always his duty. So when he’s ordered to bring the treaty negotiations between the Terran Federation and the Aleyni to a successful conclusion, he’s determined to do just that, even when both sides would rather he fail. Can Rob pull off a miracle and avoid a war, one where both sides could be destroyed?

Here are the first two paragraphs as they presently stand:

The squad of Federation Guard soldiers marched down the shuttle ramp and surrounded the unfortunate Major Reynolds, who waited on the blackened surface of the spaceport landing field.

Colonel Robert Walker gazed across the port. The sands just beyond the black-paved surface of the field glittered with reds and blues, and the mountains, five miles distant, loomed purple. A fresh breeze blew the cinnamon scent of the flowers that clustered around the buildings. But the beauty of the landscape contrasted with his sour mood. He was ordered to arrest the commander of the Federation base and take control of it, here on an alien planet where the native Aleyni would just as soon see the entire base drop into a hole and disappear. “Major Reynolds, you are accused of high treason and are remanded to the planet of New Oregon for trial.”

Character Revolt

bannerfans_962234This month’s blog round robin is about character revolt: did you ever have a secondary character threaten to take over a novel?

Boy, did I ever. And what’s more, he succeeded.

It went like this: After I wrote Relocated I was haunted by a question that I asked myself during the writing of the book: what happened to  the partners of one of my characters, Ardaval, who is living alone in a large house in the novel. While contemplating this question, as well as the question about the future progress of my main character, Keth’s, romance with Orodi, I started another novel which I had taking place four years after the first one. I meant this novel to answer both questions.

Thus I was concerned with what would become two four-way relationships, the one between Keth, Orodi, Darus, and Jozi, and the one between Ardaval, Brad Reynolds, another character from the first novel, and Ardaval’s two remaining former partners, Nidrani and Imarin.  And I had to pick a main character and a romance to concentrate on.

I’d just finished writing a young adult novel, so I picked Keth as the main character and proceeded to write the novel in the first person, concentrating on his romance. Along the way, I signed up for a writing course that required me to write 1000 words a day for about five weeks, and produced a messy, multi-point-of-view incomplete draft concentrating on the romance between the adults. This consisted of a lot of the YA version rewritten into third person as well as some new material.

I completed the draft of the YA version, which  I called  New Aleyne Novel, revised it, and passed it by a beta reader. She pointed out some weaknesses in the novel structure and wondered if a version concentrating on the adults might result in a stronger story.

So what did I do? A short while contemplating her remarks convinced me she was right, and moreover, I needed to scrap BOTH version and start over. This time I made Brad Reynolds the main character and concentrated on the adult romance. I set out to pick my point-of-view characters and to lay out the arc of the revised story.

I’d never, outside of the messy draft for the online course, written a multi-pov novel,  but I had to pick my point of view characters. Although I loved both story lines, I needed to keep the number of point-of-view characters to a reasonable number.  I picked the four characters in the adult romance: Brad, Ardaval, Nidrani, and Imarin, and in addition, the antagonist, Senator Hank Manning. I rewrote the entire novel from scratch. It became Broken Bonds.

I also needed major help managing the multiple POV’s , but that’s another story.

Here’s to Character Revolt — long may it wave.

 

Blurb:brokenbonds_200X300(1)

When Major Brad Reynolds is assigned to head the Terran Federation base on planet Aleyne, the last thing he expects to find is love, and certainly not with one of the alien Aleyni. How can he keep his lover, in the face of political maneuvering and of Ardaval’s feelings for his former partners— and theirs for him?

Marci Baun  http://www.marcibaun.com/
Anne Stenhouse http://annestenhousenovelist.wordpress.com
Fiona McGier http://www.fionamcgier.com
A.J. Maguire http://ajmaguire.wordpress.com/
Beverley Bateman http://beverleybateman.blogspot.ca/
Diane Bator http://dbator.blogspot.ca/
Margaret Fieland http://margaretfieland.com/my_blog
Victoria Chatham http://www.victoriachatham.webs.com/
Connie Vines http://connievines.blogspot.com/
Geeta Kakade http://geetakakade.blogspot.com/
Rhobin Courtright http://rhobinleecourtright.com