Fan the Embers

Vecking CyboPods

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.


In fact, he had insisted on attending a high school on Earth for his final year. Then he’d spent a couple months with his maternal grandparents and a few months with his paternal grandparents. The sendoff party had been epic with more alcohol than was probably prudent to drink, but drink he did. After all, he had to keep up with his relatives who had a staunch resistance to alcohol. Even though he knew he needed to head out the following morning to spend time with his parents, he’d drunk more than his fill. Which was why he was on a space flight to Figor, the planet his father was the first Earthen ambassador to.

And why he currently needed to barf.

Hugh kicked the lid up and barely managed to stick his head over the side before he lost every ounce of alcohol he’d drank that night. Vecking CyboPods. Why couldn’t they drain the alcohol before they put him into stasis?


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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