It all rushed forward, darkness that encompassed the stars became albescent. Complete white space fractured, turned into fiber-optic streams, infinite points of colored light, the rainbow overcame her and Arshira sighed under its soothing warmth.
Guyrin’Rla vanished, to leave Arshira alone, afloat in the ocean of streaming color.
“Welcome home Frederika.”
Arshira’s lips parted, before her stood a figure enshrouded in a robe of light vestments. The luminescent outline removed its hood, she beheld a bearded Sharr. “Are you… are you Sharr?”
The being smiled, shook its head and said: “No, this avatar is just one I’m very fond of, and I knew you would enjoy seeing it one final time.”
“So, I’m dead.” Arshira fanned her opalescent wings, angelic and airy, for the first time in her life she felt unburdened, at rest. “Are you God?”
A twinkle in the figures blue-grey right eye became a starburst, the being of light mirthfully roared, all around the two individuals, Wyrd’s candescent threads sung a song that resounded across space-time.
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The current incarnation of the novels which became The Falcanian Legacy Series began with the working title Vanguard Chronicles: The Sundering. A bit of a mouthful to be sure. The “Vanguard” in this instance had been meant to highlight the Falcanian’s artificial island homeland. I soon asked myself, why am I highlighting the island? Sure it was interesting in and of itself, a man-made construct and when I first began writing the novellas my intent was to explore every nook and cranny of Vorkrur as a character itself.
As it happens, ideas mutate and become different things as we mediate upon them, go back and revise and add or take away bits of writing. I soon grew dissatisfied with the title Vanguard Chronicles: The Sundering, which not only put the focus on the wrong thing, the island, but was just too much work to say.
I then got the idea that the title should have a double meaning, and that I should both highlight a character with it, in this case Frederika would be that character. As well as a thing, a space ship to be exact, the Falcanians new battlecruisers, the FX-24 Arshira-class Destroyers. I changed the title to Starblade: The Sundering, which was the English word for “Arshira” literally Starblade. Brilliant! What could go wrong?
For the longest time I was pleased with the title “Starblade”, umm, until I Googled it and learned it was a name of an arcade game. I wanted my title to have a zing, and standout in a Google search! Even one of my friends told me “Avoid ‘star’ anything, its so typically sci-fi, a cliche.” Though oddly he was against the latest name change.
Anyway, I set out to build an “official website”. I really like building websites… and tried to find a cool title, so I settled on the “scientific classification” that Falcanians list themselves as: Falco Ornis-Sapien Invictus. There’s a whole big moment when this classification is revealed to the reader, which is meant to shed some idea on how the Falcanians think about themselves as a species.
While building the site I started thinking about my book and what its actual focus was all about. Sure Frederika is a pretty important character, and it’s basically her journey which lets us explore who and what the Falcanians are, though as you go through the next two novellas the story does shift to other characters, it’s really an ensemble cast and Frederika is simply the spark which lit the fire.
As I started to become aware of that, I realized that the story is really about, what its always been about. THE FALCANIANS. A word which I also wanted to “take ownership of” and try to fit into the marketing aspects of this whole writing thing. Though “Falcanian” alone didn’t work as a title. Every version of the story, since I began my first attempts to tell it as a young kid was the history of the Falcanians. Sure it’s also about the humans, at least via the Morningstar Children, but really the future history which I’m laying out is about Falcanians and their place in the universe.
I found myself often rereading the moment in the first novella where the scientific classification of Falcanians is revealed. Everything came to a pinpoint for me there. The proper title for this book was right on that page and encompasses exactly the point I had been trying to get across. Its Falco Invictus, “The Unconquered Falcon”.
I have been reworking book 2, of The Falcanian Legacy Series book covers. I figured as Frederika gets heavily featured in ‘On the Forge of War’ – both in the story as well in various incarnations on different covers, its only right to place Sharr’s first wife, and queen Nadia, called T’Kara on the next book cover. Also she takes on an active role in shaping things on a political level in ‘Under A Raptor’s Wings’. The teaser cover actually has the bad guy on it, but it was seeming very flat…
This is not a cover, only a character portrait. Mmm… women featured on two book covers. Now I’m not sure what I’ll be doing for the third book. The teaser cover currently has ummm a male, who is very important to the story.
It’s almost a pity I’ll have to put clothes on her for the final version.
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Augmented by Genetics and Cybernetics the Transhuman reign over the Globe. The year is 2030 and the planet rebuilds still in the wake of World War III, the “War on Terror“. The United States is no more, yet from its ashes arose the Imperium which seeks to rule all it surveys. For vengeance, and survival Imperator Romulus sends his newest space battleship: DSV Excalibur to seek dangerous allies to help him complete his dominance over the planet. If he succeeds no nation will be free from Julius Romulus Giovanni’s boot, in particular the small German Dukedom of Saxe-Coburg.
One woman is a well honed blade: Frederika von Gotha, Duchess of Saxe-Coburg and a product of genetic engineering called a Morningstar, as a spy for her tiny nation she is given a mission, learn about the mysterious Falcanians and the secrets they keep hidden away on their artificial island. Once she steps foot on Vanguard, neither Frederika nor the world, again on the brink of chaos will ever be the same.
I do this sometimes, redo covers when the impulse strikes. The thing I’m not overly pleased with, is the city in the background. It’s supposed to be Vanguard Island – though it resembles Canada…
This is actually a companion piece to this cover:
Sort of a beginning of the story, and end of the story. Want to guess which is which? You can only get the above cover on Amazon, as Smashwords won’t let me have multiple versions of one book up. I don’t get why we can’t put up new editions like that.
To celebrate the new cover, On the Forge of War is FREE at Smashwords until May 26.
Promotional price: $0.00
Coupon Code: DH32K
Expires: May 26, 2012
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“My lord? You asked to see me?”
Frederika entered Sharr Khan’s polished lair. The Shotar motioned for the blonde to come closer. Clad only in ox-blood colored silk pajama bottoms a triangular patch of black-gold feathers puffed out on his chest in pride. He presented an appearance of a rooster that had found a favorite new hen and arose from his comfy, bulky chair.
“Take this off,” Sharr Khan ordered.
He pulled on the lace of Frederika’s red velvet dress that clung to her perfect form. Accustomed to being obeyed the Shotar waited for the dancer to comply. Sharr felt obligated to ejaculate at least once a day, if not more (which often it would be) to complete his sense of his day’s accomplishments. He watched Frederika strip out of her body-hugging gown and he grinned pleased. It dropped to her ankles and onto the black and maroon carpet. She stood in front of him, wearing naught but chunky fuck-me heels, a lacy black thong and matching bra.
Sharr took hold of her bottom. She let out a pleasured moan at his caress.
Pouty pink lips parted, her pheromones activated. Frederika touched her mouth to his, yet Sharr didn’t appear to be affected by her body’s pheromones anymore. Why? Excited, thrilled she felt her heart pump harder.
“Kneel up,” Sharr Khan commanded.
He pushed his blonde trinket onto the cushioned nest. Hips up, vagina exposed, her face turned to the side. With her honey blonde curls in disarray, Frederika grabbed the fabric of the nest in anticipation. Sharr loomed over her. Out of the corner of an emerald eye she could see his shadow and she longed for Sharr to thrust inside her. Flushed, Frederika shuddered at what awaited her. He was going to use her until he was spent. She understood this. Sharr had females at his merest impulse. This encounter between them would be pure sex. The Shotar wished to have her and that’s all that mattered. She could appreciate the honesty of that, enjoyed the fact he lorded his carnal desires over her.
His fingers explored her pink slit. Sharr’s gentle touch made her wet, moist and ready. Her body arched and felt his middle and index finger slide inside her. She groaned while he rubbed at her sex.
His lips brushed her ear as he continued to play. “Exquisite,” he whispered. “Such beauty.”
She smiled up at him, pleased that he was pleased.
“This won’t be like intercourse with a human male.” Sharr said.
She heard the warning tone in his voice. Perhaps he dared for her to refuse him?
“There are certain chemicals secreted by a Falcanian that stimulate the senses,” he told her. “Some girls often find the experience overwhelming. For a Falcanian valka, the effect can easily be put aside. But for a human female, it is like a drug. And addictive.”
Was that why her pheromones no longer worked on him? His sexual arousal canceled out her control over him. And this helped explain the checkup conducted upon her arrival here. The Shotar wanted to be sure his dancers could endure a sexual encounter with him.
His fingers slid in and out of her, heightening her pleasure. She remembered when she lost her virginity to one of the footmen in her household when she was eighteen. Oberon had learned of the tryst and became infuriated. The Colonel had promptly dismissed the footman. Kreis found her romp debasing and dealt with Frederika with a dose of his razor strap to her butt. She hadn’t been deterred, and still got a thrill out of it all. She expected to enjoy this fuck just as much, no matter what she must endure.
Frederika cried out and felt his erection penetrate her.
Deeply, roughly he thrust. Sharr gripped her hips as he pushed hard, his penis fully engorged, and warm inside her. The Shotar’s great wings canopied them both. The augmented girl gasped and clutched the finely woven bed sheets. At the edge of her eyesight colors swirled, Frederika moaned. He pushed deeper. He rode her hard, unapologetically primal.
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