VBT – COMPANY ASSASSIN
Posted by authorcamilson
by Claudia Blood
It’s Duff Roman’s eighteenth birthday, but no one is lighting candles.
Turning eighteen in the orphanage on Kalecca means starvation for those who aren’t hired into a Family. Outside the Family compounds lies the jungle. And in the jungle lies death. And Relics—the only real currency on Planet Kalecca.
The orphans are Duff’s family, and he’s sacrificed everything to keep the orphanage running, even his chance to move on. Now, at eighteen, he has no choice but to leave. Without him to bring in extra money, the orphans will starve under the Company’s control. Duff’s only chance to save them is to find a spot on an independent crew and hopefully find a Relic to sell.
A seemingly chance encounter with Z, leader of the most feared independent crew, offers Duff his opportunity to score a Relic. And offers Z a chance to relieve the guilt he feels over his past.
But a company assassin has plans to lay waste to Duff’s future, and the orphanage as well.
Matilda from Chapter 4
Matilda sat at the table and threaded the needle. The demon alarm still buzzed in the background. She’d given the kids their assignments and tried to act as normal as possible. She didn’t want them worried about Duff or the demons since even the orphanage had company supplied protections. As long as they stayed in the orphanage, they should be fine.
Miss CuddleBug, Sheila’s doll, needed some surgery. Usually this sort of activity would calm Matilda. She checked her nails and saw the distinctive purple at the base that meant her nanites were activated. She took a deep breath and used the mantras her father had taught her.
Peace is within my reach.
Breathe and breathe again.
“Will Miss CuddleBug be well?” Sheila stood on her tip-toes to see her dolly on the table.
“I’ll get her fixed up.” Matilda stroked Sheila’s hair. Sheila’s complexion grayed. Matilda snatched her hand back. She had to be careful with the little ones when she was this worked up.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Claudia Blood’s early introduction to Dungeons and Dragons, combined with her training as a scientist and a side trip into the world of IT set her up to become an award-winning author of Science Fiction and Fantasy.
For her latest release, visit her at http://www.ClaudiaBlood.com
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Do you ever wish you were someone else? Who?
I have always wanted to be a dragon. I know it sounds funny, but with that change you are almost guaranteed to be in a world with magic and possibilities.
The best part would be to camouflage myself and people watch. I bet I could make a great chai latte with my flame.
What did you do on your last birthday?
In my house, my hubby’s, my birthday, and our anniversary are a couple weeks apart. So we tend to have them all celebrated together. This last year was not a year that I woke up with a card from my hubby, but I had forgotten to get one for him. Awkward. (That was the year before)
What part of the writing process do you dread?
The part that is the hardest is the editing. When you start your story can be literally anything, but when you edit you have to pick THE story to tell.
For dread, It’s more a dread and hope mix and that’s when I’m sending a book to a beta reader. That inner critic comes out with a megaphone and sirens, but I want the reader to like it.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
Yes. I have suffered writer’s block. It honestly took me a while to figure out I was blocked. I remember one time I had binge read eight books in a weekend. So – if dusting is done or my TBR is smaller in one go, I’m blocked.
I have writing buddies that I call and we talk. It helps to “what if” or even just try to vocalize why whatever I’m working on just isn’t working. If I’m lucky, I have an “ah ha” moment. If not, then I have to either walk the dog, or write a journal entry in a character’s POV.
Or I switch to one of the other projects I’m working on. I think sometimes my subconscious just needs some alone time with the problem.
Tell us about your latest release.
I’m in the middle of releasing a Trilogy. The first book came out on January, 15th. The next book will go live on Feb, 15.
The tagline is: Time is coming apart at the seams.
This series was inspired by a dream about the second book.
The scene opened with a team hacking through the jungle and uncovering this ancient ruin. They were desperately looking for Relics. (whatever that was)
Then inside was an alien machine. Rocks and dust fell down on them as they moved into the room. They put a silver pocket watch on a platform and turned the machine on.
Lights and electricity coalesced on a platform and the whole structure shook. But they stayed inside because they were desperate for one of these Relics.
What appeared on the platform? An ’80’s aerobic instructor who had been pulled forward in time. She was even wearing leg warmers!
I thought wow, I have to figure out what happened!
The first book is about Duff Roman and his desire to save the kids he had to leave behind in the orphanage.
There’s a jungle with monsters, ex-assassins, an obsessed CEO, and secrets.
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