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Free Fiction: Bearadise Lodge

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For this month’s free short story, I have something new for my science fiction fans. (Though this is more of a moon-side fun adventure than anything hard scifi, so fantasy readers may enjoy it too.) The characters in this story don’t appear in any of my novels yet, but if you enjoy what you read here, you can find another story with them in the freshly released Bridge Across the Stars anthology.

I’ll eventually bundle some of these short stories into ebooks, but for now, please enjoy them on my blog. Thanks, and happy reading!

Bearadise Lodge

Snow on an alien planet / scifi short story Bearadise Lodge

“Payment received from six planets away within three hours? She must have had it en route before I even sent

my report. Put her down as someone we’ll rearrange the schedule for if she needs future debtors or delinquents located.” McCall leaned back in her chair and kicked up her slippered feet, resting her heels on the navigation console. The first sun peeked from behind the moon the Star Surfer was orbiting, its yellow-orange rays highlighting the lush green forests and vast blue lakes of the terraformed continent below.

“Knowing your preferences, I have already made that annotation in the records,” her business partner, Scipio, said from the other seat in NavCom.

“You’re an extremely efficient android.”

“All androids are efficient,” Scipio observed, turning his metallic silver eyes toward her. “Our programming does not allow otherwise.”

“But are they extremely efficient?”

“I am uncertain. Since extremely is a degree adverb, it is difficult for me to quantify it.”

“Just know that I’m pleased and will transfer your half of the funds over right now.” McCall waved for the holo display interface to float within reach so she could carry out the banking task. “What new type of hat will you buy?”

“Actually, I am considering purchasing a new waistcoat to go with my Devonresh suit, so I can appear more professional when I speak with potential clients who prefer video communication.”

McCall shuddered at the idea of video communications with strangers as she eyed Scipio’s impeccably dressed and wrinkle-free form, then compared it to her rumpled sweatpants, baggy six-pocket shirt, and fuzzy slippers adorned with dog hair. She was glad he’d taken over interfacing with clients and suspected that was a large part of why the business had been flourishing this last year.

“We’ve successfully closed twelve cases this month. I’m going to order a bottle of Château Nouveau Cheval Blanc to celebrate. But for now, what’s next on the list?” McCall twirled the chain and charms bracelet on her wrist, the reward of a fine wine sounding appealing, but not as appealing as a new work challenge.

“We’ve cleared the docket. The Imperial Diamond Trust Collection Agency is due to send a new list of delinquent accounts next week, but nothing is scheduled for this week.”

“Nothing at all?”

Dragon Storm Preview Chapters (my new series is out!)

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I released Dragon Storm, the first book in my new Heritage of Power series, right after Christmas, so you might already have it, but if not, I’m posting the first couple of chapters here.

These books take place in the same world as my Dragon Blood series, introduce some new characters, and bring a couple of old friends along for the ride. The first two novels are out now with the third coming on January 7th (or tomorrow, if you’re one of my Patreon subscribers).

For now, the books are exclusive with Amazon, but they will eventually be out everywhere (and when I do the advanced copies on Patreon, those are for all e-readers).

Dragon Storm

Telryn “Trip” Yert has always been a little odd, with hunches that are too accurate to explain. Magic is feared and forbidden in Iskandia, so he’s struggled his whole life to hide his eccentricities. As a boy, he was forced to watch his mother’s execution. Her crime? Witchcraft. 

Understandably, Trip wants nothing to do with the power that lurks within him, always threatening to reveal itself. Instead, he dedicates himself to serving as an officer in the king’s army, to battling pirates and imperial conquerors. He longs to become a soldier as respected and renowned as the legendary General Zirkander. 

But his country is in need of more than a soldier. 

After disappearing for over a thousand years, dragons have returned to the world. A few of them are willing to be allies to mankind, as they were millennia before, but far more want to destroy or enslave humans and claim the world for themselves. 

There are few people left with the power to fight dragons. For reasons he doesn’t understand, Trip may be one of those people. But if he chooses to learn more about his heritage and the power he can wield, he risks losing everyone he loves and everything he longs to be.

Pick it up: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon AUS | Amazon CA

Preview Chapters 

Chapter 1

Trip reveled in the cool wind rushing past his face. He was tempted to tear off his cap and goggles, and let the salty air wash over all of his senses. Probably not wise, since the one time he’d flown without them, he’d streamed tears enough to thoroughly wash his scarf, and a small bug had spent two days lodged in the corner of his eye.

He settled for tilting the flight stick and sending his dragon flier into a spin and grinning like a boy. Even after two years as a pilot, the sensation of corkscrewing through the air, clouds and sea alternating positions above his head, never got old.

“Is there a problem with your flier, Lieutenant?” the dour, humorless, and dyspeptic Colonel Anchor asked.

In truth, Trip couldn’t be sure about that last adjective, but it seemed as likely an explanation for the first two as any.

“No, sir.” He straightened his craft to fly sedately next to the other seven fliers in the squadron. “I had an urge.”

Free Fantasy and Science Fiction Novels

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I had grand plans to get another short story up here for Christmas, but that didn’t happen. I’ve got something else though, a list of free fantasy and science fiction novels from some of my fellow authors that you can check out over the holidays (or after). I’ll leave this list up indefinitely. Some of these may only be free for the next few weeks, but a lot of these are always free.

The ones in the first list are free for anyone and available in many stores. The ones in the second list are on Amazon only and are in Kindle Unlimited so they’re free if you have a subscription there.

There’s a mix of fantasy, science fiction, and some scifi/fantasy romance thrown in for good measure. I hope you’ll find something of interest!

Completely Free for Anyone Books

 

Renegade

How far would you go to protect your superpower?

Sixteen-year old Mathilda Brandt just discovered hers: the ability to hear, control and even kill plant life. She will face a stark choice if and when the world learns about her new ability. Either she will have to put on the blue jumpsuit and become an officially sanctioned Empowered member of the Hero Council and follow any and all orders, or instead forswear ever using her power for any reason. Mat decides to keep her power a secret, but then she meets “rogue” Empowered people like herself who are creating a hidden sanctuary. She finally has a place where she can belong and use her power freely.

But if she wants a place to belong, first she must fight to save it.

Get Renegade from your preferred store.

Heritage of Power Coming in Two Weeks (Today to Patreon Subscribers)

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Hey, folks! Thanks to all of you who popped in to read Crazy Canyon, my latest Dragon Blood story. As I mentioned, I’m returning to this world with a new series. (I’m also starting on a new installment in the original series — watch for the preorder for Oaths to go up in the next week.)

The new series (it started as a trilogy, but I’m finishing the rough draft of Book 4 right now, so it seems to have expanded) is called Heritage of Power and takes places three years after the events of Soulblade and Shattered Past. We’ve got some old friends on the journey, but also a couple of new heroes:

  • Telryn “Trip” Yert, a young lieutenant with a gift for piloting fliers. He longs to follow in General Zirkander’s footsteps and become a great hero. The problem? He has amazing hunches and strange things sometimes happen when he’s around, so he’s always worried someone will suspect he has magical powers — that can get you killed in Iskandia!
  • Lieutenant Rysha Ravenwood, a noblewoman and a scholar who decided to defend her country by joining the king’s army. Not only that, but she’s determined to become only the second woman ever to be accepted into the elite troops, much like her role model, Captain Kaika. She just has to survive the training first…

This first two books in the series are available now (I’m uploading them later today!) for Patreon subscribers. You can get advanced copies of all my books over there, usually 1-2 weeks before they’re published, and that includes titles that will be exclusive at Amazon for the launch. (This will be the case with Heritage of Power.)

Here’s the official blurb and the cover art for the first book:

Born with a secret power he must hide…

Telryn “Trip” Yert has always been a little odd, with hunches that are too accurate to explain. Magic is feared and forbidden in Iskandia, so he’s struggled his whole life to hide his eccentricities. As a boy, he was forced to watch his mother’s execution. Her crime? Witchcraft. 

Understandably, Trip wants nothing to do with the power that lurks within him, always threatening to reveal itself. Instead, he dedicates himself to serving as an officer in the king’s army, to battling pirates and imperial conquerors. He longs to become a soldier as respected and renowned as the legendary General Zirkander. 

But his country is in need of more than a soldier. 

After disappearing for over a thousand years, dragons have returned to the world. A few of them are willing to be allies to mankind, as they were millennia before, but far more want to destroy or enslave humans and claim the world for themselves. 

There are few people left with the power to fight dragons. For reasons he doesn’t understand, Trip may be one of those people. But if he chooses to learn more about his heritage and the power he can wield, he risks losing everyone he loves and everything he longs to be.

Look for Dragon Storm on Amazon on December 26th. The second novel, Revelations, will follow shortly after on December 30th.

Or, if you’re not an Amazon fan (or you just want the books now), subscribe to my Patreon campaign, and you’ll get both of them today (December 13th). They won’t be available on Patreon indefinitely, as I need to take them down when I make them exclusive with Amazon, but you can always subscribe, and if you missed these books, you’ll get the next one that comes out.

While I’m rambling here, I’ll share the cover art for Book 2 (but not the blurb, since it would be a bit spoiler-y). Can’t have too many dragons, right?

Free Fiction: Crazy Canyon (a Dragon Blood short story)

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As I mentioned in my last post, I’m returning to my Dragon Blood world. There’s a new spinoff series coming soon (set three years after the events in the original series), and the first two books are almost ready to go. Just waiting for final cover art! There will also be another book coming late winter/early spring with the original core characters.

Those are the guys we’re visiting with this short story. “Crazy Canyon” stars Ridge and Therrik (with a few appearances by the dragon who believes he’s a god, Bhrava Saruth). It takes place after the events in Shattered Past, but you should be able to read it even if you’re not familiar with the series.

It is on the long side for a short story, so you may want to grab a latte or some wine and perhaps some chocolate before diving in…

Crazy Canyon

a Dragon Blood short story

by Lindsay Buroker

Copyright © 2017 Lindsay Buroker

 

“Potted plants?” General Ridgewalker Zirkander scratched his head. “You came to see me about potted plants?”

“Yes, sir.” The young man from the king’s castle—what was his title? Steward?—rolled out a blueprint of the courtyard. Or what the courtyard would look like after the construction finished. Thanks to dragons, demolitions, and a sorceress, the castle was still undergoing “renovations,” as the newspapers called them. “We want to ensure the landing pad for the king’s fliers meets the required specifications, but Lady Dilwandser—she’s overseeing furnishing and decor, since the queen passed away—thought the pad would look too bare.”

“It’s supposed to be bare. So fliers can land on it and so the king, his entourage, and their supplies can be loaded.”

“Lady Dilwandser wants to know if it’s safe to place foliage around the pad. At the corners here and here. And then perhaps a hedge along this side.”

“A hedge?”

“Yes, sir. Unlike the pots, it would be planted and immobile. We were worried about the heat from the thrusters wilting the plants. I brought you a sample of the shrub Lady Dilwandser suggested. It blooms in the spring, and the flowers are delicate.” The man produced a leafy twig, or maybe that was a vine, and a dried red flower. “What do you think?” Very serious, earnest eyes regarded Ridge.

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