I’m at The Imaginarium this weekend, with print copies of OTHER EARTH, OTHER STARS. Currently, it’s only available for general sale in Kindle format. The print version will go live on Amazon on September 26, just in time for my 65th birthday. 🙂
Meanwhile, here’s this:
Leaving the Turtle — excerpt
by Marian Allen
“Their demand is out of the question,” SharShar na Bal said flatly. “Someone must fight.”
“But…to the death!” a younger Baba objected. “That’s never been done. Not on purpose, at least! Why would they throw away their best fighter?”
“Who will go?” Bal asked.
Ordinarily, there would be a clamor for the honor of defeating the native champion. The death-challenge was daunting, though, and there were no volunteers.
“BranDal na Cam,” Bal said, as I knew she would. “You will fight. They must have some secret or trick, or they wouldn’t make this challenge. You other fighters, watch. See what the secret or the trick is. One of you will win when we challenge them to take the hunting grounds back.”
The Earth people objected, but even I had to admit I was the most expendable of our fighters. It’s possible I even deserved it. A troublemaker from the womb, it’s as if I had been born for exactly this.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Write a scene in which your main character is the most expendable member of a group.