Sunday, August 30, 2015

Surviving Terranue by Liza O'Connor. Book 3 of the Multiverses.

Welcome to Terranue!
Lots of vegetation presently.
We’ve two lovely moons.
It’s a scenic wonderland during this season.
We do have T. Rexes, Large bears the size of elephants called barrads and saber-tooth lions…
But your biggest worry should be what lives in the ridge…
Your next biggest worry should be the ‘trying’ seasons. Neither you nor your fragile homes will survive them.

Surviving Terranue
Liza O’Connor
 Leading a colony of frightened people on a new world is rarely easy. The human colonists of Terranue have as their leader, Tamsarandem, the only Soul-bond of Three that has ever existed. Unfortunately, some perceive the innate kindness in the shaman’s choice of leaders as a weakness, thus, challenges begin. From the moment they arrive on the planet, self-survival instincts take hold among the colonists, putting the survival of the colony at risk.

To survive, they must act for the good of the colony rather themselves, even when their natural instincts tell them to do the opposite. First, they must befriend the dominant intelligent life form on the planet, long-haired blue cattle, only slightly smaller than the blue bull Tamsarandem brought with them. Second, they must find a way to survive three of the planet’s five seasons. Otherwise, they’ll be baked, frozen, and pummeled to death. Third, they must protect themselves from the giant bears, saber tooth lions, and T. rexes that roam their planet. But worst of all, deep within the planet, a seed of evil grows, waiting to devour every living creature on the surface.

Every day in their new paradise is a challenge to survive. Despite all the advantages the Gods have provided, success is neither easy nor certain, and people are rarely as good as they need to be.

Everyone wanted to be on the Improvement Committee, and those not invited were gravely offended since they had a great deal of things they wished improved.
Dmitri found sad irony in their complaints. They were unhappy with life presently, while he would give anything to keep life as it was now.
Over the next week, he was impressed with the men Brenner put on the committee. Dmitri shared everything he knew and brought a Sargon to answer further questions. This information only revealed their situation more precarious.
Healer Soy provided the first bad news. “For a full grown Sargon to be carried two miles, the winds probably rise to over two hundred miles an hour. Those shelters won’t withstand winds over fifty. Even if they did, any stone shrapnel flying through the air would tear them to pieces.”
Another man by the name of Johanson chimed in. “Before we ever face those winds, we’ve got to worry about the dry season. To dry that river three feet a day, we are probably looking at temperatures around a hundred and forty to a hundred and sixty degrees. Those shelters will cook us alive.”
“At that temp, those shelters will buckle,” Brenner said.
“Can we expand the caves?” Dmitri asked.
A muscular fellow named Rocky, who looked out of place among this erudite group, spoke up. “I spent most of my life as a miner, and that rock is solid.”
“Is that good or bad?”
“Pends. The harder to carve, the stronger our home. And it won’t collapse on top of you when the storm season arrives. It’ll protect us from heat and cold better too. I’d say it’s our best chance of surviving, but we’ll need a lot of dynamite to do it.”
Brenner frowned. “We don’t have dynamite. We have a case of ten thousand bullets, ten rifles, and five lasers.”
“Could we cut the stone with lasers?” Dmitri asked Rocky.

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Book 3: Surviving Terranue
Book 2: Surviving Outbound
Book 1: The Gods of Probabilities
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About Author
Liza is a multiple genre author of 16 novels. A Late Victorian Series, The Adventures of Xavier & Vic, plus a spinoff, A Right to Love, is an ongoing series.    A Long Road to Love is a humorous Contemporary Disaster Romance series of five books. She has two single books. One is a humorous, bad boys contemporary novel with ghosts, called Ghost Lover, the other is Untamed & Unabashed, a spinoff from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Now, she’s rolling out her Science fiction series (with romance & humor) called The Multiverses. The first four books are slotted for last half of 2015.  In addition she hopes, if she hasn’t dropped from exhaustion by then, to re-release a sometimes humorous/suspense thriller called Saving Casey

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Surviving Outbound by Liza O'Connor

Surviving Outbound

Surviving Outbound


Liza O’Connor


Saran along with her ‘not dead, just no longer human’ soul-bond—Tamara, and their giant blue bull leave in search of a handler so Blue can escape Earth and travel outbound. The man Saran meets and falls in love with turns out to be Tamara’s husband. Their spiritual joining of three sets into play a prophecy written long ago. Together, they become Tamsarandem, the most powerful soul-bond in all the multiverses.  

The shamans pay for their voyage to Terranue, an unknown planet, never before colonized by humans. In return, Tamsarandem must look after the other colonists and help them to prosper and find their Paths of Light. They will need to do this mostly on their own, for the Gods are running out of authorized interventions. However, the God Pane, with the help of the sentient ship-computer, Marybell, constantly search for clever workarounds to ensure The Path of Light will reign supreme upon the final collapse. But there is only so much they can do within their bureaucratic rules.

Having failed to stop Tamsarandem from leaving Earth, those who walk the Path of Darkness embed their own people, including their darkest lord, on the ship to ensure it will never arrive at Terranue.

Meet Tamsarandem, 
the only Soul-bond of Three in the Multiverses. 
(And yes, there is one per universe).


 This is an unusual soul bond. Normally, Two Soul-bonds are formed in the womb and are normally twins. However, Saran formed with Tamara when her father brought home a baby and commanded that she care for it. (Saran was five at the time.) With no mother, she was thrilled to have someone to love. (The father was unloveable).
The moment she held Tamara to her chest, the bonded into a single soul and would know what each other felt and thought for the rest of their lives, and unbeknownst to Saran, ever after Tamara died. (She was murdered.) 

Not wishing to cause her soul-bond pain, she failed to mention she was no longer corporeal and stated a desire to travel the world instead. She only came home when she knew it was time to go Outbound.

So they take their giant bull, Blue and head through woods that will kill the normal person, and on the other side, Saran meets Dmitri, who happens to be the handler that can take Blue outbound, and Tamara's husband, which she had also failed to mention to Saran in the last six years. 

With Tamara's encouragement, Dmitri falls in love with Saran and asks her to marry him, making them legally a married soul-bond of two. But when they make love, they bond into a single soul, now contained in three bodies. They have the sweetness of Saran, the optimism of Tamara, and the strength and honor of Dmitri. 

They are now the one and true Soul-bond of Three that the shamans have been waiting for. Now the ship can go outbound to a new planet to ensure the Path of Light reigns supreme at final collapse.

Oh wait....those who walk a dark path do not wish that to happen. And thus the battles of craftiness begin.

There are several levels in this story.

Level 1: The Gods of Probabilities.
While they may sound a bit like mythological gods, overtime we have twisted reality a great deal.

While they call themselves Gods, they appear to me to be an advanced sentient species that expects to be obeyed. OR ELSE!

My favorite are Zousan, his daughter Athena and the half-God Pane. (Referred to in our myths as Zeus, Athena, and Pan)

When Zousan complains about their current deadbeat staff, Athena suggests they bring on all the half-Gods on the various planets. 

While the children of Gods and other sentients normally resemble the Gods, since it is the better DNA, whatever God mated with Pane's mother couldn't match her DNA and thus poor Pane came out looking like a strange orangutan. 

Another interesting character it the pipes behind Pane in the picture. That's part of an organically grown computer, named Marybell. When Pane thanked her for delivering his first meal she began a rather rabid maturation into a sentient being and they quickly fell in love with each other.

Level 2:
The humans who get on a ship, traveling to an unknown planet where they have a 4.8% chance of survival on their new planet.

But first they have to get there, and that's not looking too good. There are tampered people and an ancient darkness aboard the ship, plus a whole bunch of pain in the asses normal people.

I'm not judging. I'd be cranky too if I had to sleep in a 4X4 rubber cube for the long 9 month journey. Why does it take so long? you ask. 

Simple, space is really really really big. So even with space warp technology that allows you to create a bubble so the ship can travel outside of the laws of quantum physics and go faster than the speed of light, it still takes time to go so far. 

(That's something a fellow at NASA is in charge of, even as I write this. I have confidence that he and his department will succeed.)

Yes, I try very hard to tether my stories to reality. However, in sci-fi, the results are often mind boggling given the theories of Quantum Physics. It's a crazy world out there, so jump on my ship and come along. 

Warning: I could only afford to book you a rubber cube.