Fan the Embers

Inside a CyboPod

Time for more Weekend Writing Warriors snippets.  We post 8-10 sentences from one of our works every weekend.

From 3/18 through the end of the year, I’m featuring my upcoming novel: Fan the Embers. Each excerpt will begin from where the previous week’s left off. By the release date in November, you’ll be able to read the full prologue and part of the first chapter.

Here starts Chapter One. Meet Hugh MacGivens.


Hugh groaned, wondering why it felt like he was going to throw up. A slight undulation around him told him he was not at home, in a bed, or lying out in the park. He unfortunately knew that feeling. It meant he was on an interplanetary flight. A jerk startled him enough that his eyes shot open and he stared above him. At the interior lid of a CyboPod. That meant a long interplanetary flight as it put a person into stasis and held them there until a few hours before they arrived at their destination. A slow shudder ran down his spine. Being inside one always made him think he was in a casket.


Figor Book One cover
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Fan the Embers

It’s 2096, Earth is relatively new to the intragalactic game, and 18-year-old Earthen Hugh MacGivens thinks he’s going to spend a few months on a distant world with his ambassador parents. Instead, he steps onto the planet to find he’s Earth’s selection for solidifying an alliance with the genderless people of Figor—by mating with a local.

Trend a’Bahn is ready for xys life to begin. Xe wants to gain an apprenticeship to a master builder and find xys mate in claiming season. Never would xe have expected an attraction to an offworlder.

While the two navigate claiming season, an undercurrent in Figor emerges. They don’t like anything non-Figorian and they hate what Hugh represents. As peaceful as Figorians are, a fire has been lit. If their beloved Empeer won’t stop such a mating from occurring, they will take care of it themselves.

Hugh came to Figor for a few months and possibly the rest of his life. If they have their say, his life ends now.

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