18 May 2012


Welcome to yet another installment of Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday here on the blog. Thanks for all the comments that you leave, and be sure to go visit all of the other SFFS writers through that link above and read even more snippets from some great authors.

For those who may or may not know, I recently finished all of my work on the paperback version of my latest novel, Death Brings Victory. So, in anticipation of it finally coming available (sometime soon, I hope), I'll be providing another snippet from that novel today. In this one, Aston and Rione have just returned from a strike mission and are undergoing a bit of a celebration with their Rulusian crewmates:

Dillager smiled and repeated the toast, “To victory!”

The two Rulusians again gulped down their drinks. I tipped my glass until the fluid reached my lips and pretended to drink. Bad things happened when I drank too much Jungle Juice, and I had no intention of passing out before I wanted to.

Rione, however, finished the whole glass off.

“Careful,” I warned.

She laughed under her breath. “This is supposed to be a celebration, isn’t it?”

“That’s the spirit!” Dillager poured another round.
I wouldn't want to be Rione, that's for sure...those who read my first book, Heroes Die Young, know exactly what's about to happen to her. For the rest of you, you'll just have to find out yourselves. *smile*

And for those who think they might be interested in Death Brings Victory, check out this blurb:

Aston West just escaped death at the pair of psychotic twin brothers, only to take refuge in a war zone. Fighting alongside his friend Rione Sc’lari, he hopes to help the underdog Torian rebels gain the upper hand against their government. Trouble is, his friendship blossoms into a love that he can’t let happen, or risk Rione dying just like the last woman he had feelings for.

The Torian government drives Aston and Rione into hiding, bringing them even closer. As the noose tightens, he must find a way to save Rione and himself from the brink of destruction. Their only chance to end the war rests on a plot fashioned from bloodlust and vengeance. Aston must decide how far he’s willing to go, both with his love for Rione and his thirst for revenge.


  1. I get the feeling that it's going to be a long night for Aston. (And no, I haven't read the books...yet.)

  2. You're a tease--especially with that bit at the end.

    This is on my TBR list because I can't resist an Aston West story.

    Congratulations on the upcoming paperback release!

  3. I love it - no intention of passing out ... before he wanted to. I have many friends who drink like that. Of course, they all end up passing out.

  4. Can't say I've ever passed out from a drink, that I remember... ;P

    Congrats on the paperback!!! It should look fabulous!! ;)

  5. Well, Patrick...just found out moments ago that DEATH BRINGS VICTORY is out for the Nook (and has already been out for the Kindle a few months)...hint hint. ;-)

    Thanks, Heidi! I do love my e-reader, but there's something special about holding a paperback version of your book for the first time...and even with the Kindlegraph, there's something still special about personally signing copies for folks. :-)

    Cary, I have to agree...and given what Rione just did, I have this feeling she's going to be following in those footsteps. :-D

    TK, I've never passed out, and have only suffered mild hangovers (way back in the distant past). Aston has this need to escape his life. If only he had a good book to read... :-P

    Thanks everyone for stopping by and commenting!

  6. And the party was going just as planned until the Rulusians showed up. Great piece and set up for what's in store. A lot of drama being hinted at in ten sentences.

  7. Well, technically the Rulusians were hosting this little party...but they do have this knack for turning parties on their ear. ;-)

  8. Aston tends to watch a lot of them...hee hee. :-)

  9. Homemade hooch is always dangerous!

  10. Oh darling Aston, what WILL you do if you ever encounter a woman who can handle her liquor better than you can?

    The Kindle version is on my to-read list (which is sadly very full)

  11. Liana, HEROES DIE YOUNG has the full story on how this stuff is made...Aston actually had a hand in its mass-marketing, strangely enough. It also comes onto the scene for Aston from time to time, for various reasons. :-)

    Cassandra, I have a feeling I may have to make that into a story somewhere...hee hee. :-)

    Thanks to everyone for stopping by!

  12. Smart man!! Too many times have I awoken on top of a moving train! Can be very disconcerting!! Great snippet, TM!!

  13. Thanks! Yes, those can be disconcerting, and with all the extra possiblities of being in space, it should be more so here.

  14. Just based off of Aston's caution, I can tell Rione's going to regret the need to party hardy. Nice set-up and fun read.

  15. Thanks! Aston's basing his caution off experience, so regret is most likely going to come into play. Thanks for stopping by!

  16. Always be careful of any alcohol not from your home planet.

  17. Indeed! And the "homemade" stuff (such as this is) tends to be a little worse for you anyway. ;-)


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