Saturday, October 1, 2016

Coming Oct 5th: Scavenger's Mission


Scavenger’s Mission
Liza O’Connor

Meet Alisha: A young woman who refuses to live the life her parents want.
In a single month, Alisha Kane has gone from a wealthy debutante to street girl to scavenger.  While testing her new flying skills in the Cully Canyon, Alisha incurs a near-death crash landing. She’s “rescued” by a colonel of the SkyRyders and her life changes forever.
Meet Logan: A SkyRyder colonel in charge of a sleepy fort with little to do other than arrest the occasional scavenger.
For the first time in his life, Logan’s attracted to a young woman, only she’s probably a scavenger and he’ll have to arrest her.  But first he offers her a shower and food while he checks on his crew. His Videographer has captured her extraordinary flight through the Cully and her flying is astounding!
He forgoes arresting her and puts his career at risk by asking MAC to assess her skills and integrity as a potential SkyRyder. If he can get Alisha into the SkyRyders, it will be his greatest contribution to the Corps.
Meet MAC: the Artifical Intelligence that runs the SkyRyders Corps.
Upon seeing her arrival, MAC upgrades Alisha’s test. Her flying skills are not just excellent; they exceed what was previously thought possible. MAC classifies her as its top asset and soon she proves her value. 
But…the SkyRyders remain a male dominated Corps where Alisha’s sense of right and wrong often clashes with her superiors. How long can a rebellious young woman survive in a regimented Corps?

“How’s your knee?”
“It’s okay,” Alisha lied.
“Good, because MAC wants you to do it over.”
Alisha sighed. “I don’t think I can do it any better.”
“How about if you used your own catcher?”
“Oh, then I can do it much better,” Alisha assured him.
Riley gave her a look, then stared forward. “Then let’s do it again.”
With her own catcher, Alisha was up in less than a minute. Riley never had a chance to call an abort. Two seconds after takeoff, she was at an altitude of three hundred feet, holding her position precisely over his head.
“Your target is the remaining tree with a box. You know the drill. Straight to the tree, secure package, and bring it back to the circle.”
This time, Alisha didn’t need to ask for a deviation to the plan. Her catcher could run a straight line. Due to modifications she had made to her toggles, she could continue to control them even as she reached down and snared the package. She then performed a perfect one-eighty rotation and skimmed over the top of the tree, coming straight down to the circle and placing the package precisely in the square.
“Before you land, do you want to show MAC any other moves?”
Alisha maneuvered the catcher over to her pack lying on the ground and pulled one of her slats from its sleeve. While holding her catcher steady, she attached one slat to the boot of her un-injured leg. She then pulled a forward vertical lift. This was a new experience for her. The change she had made gave her the ability to move into the wind—something so impossible that most would equate it to moving backward in time. She laughed and did a celebration flip in her harness.
She continued her climb until she was at two thousand feet. “This is on purpose, so don’t worry.”
Facing the hundred-mile wind, she collapsed her catcher and began to surf the powerful wind with the wind slat. “I hope you’re catching the fact that I am moving into the wind.”
“Noted, along with the fact that your catcher is collapsed and you’re headed into trees. If you have a plan to inflate the catcher, I’d prefer you do it now.”
Alisha laughed and pulled hard on her top toggles. Instantly the catcher opened and her slat-riding stopped. She pulled a sharp one-eighty and headed back to the testing site. There she performed a perfect crosswind tact with a harness-released landing, pulling the slat to a halt right in front of Riley.
“You didn’t move,” she teased. “The colonel didn’t either.”
“Well, since I’ve decided I’m still asleep in my bed, I didn’t need to move. I can be as brave as I like in my dreams.”

The SkyRyder’s Series, Book 1
Scavenger’s Mission

Liza O’Connor lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.

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