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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Erotic Sci-fi Winter in Paradise by T. C. Archer

This may be the spooky month, but outside, the ground is covered with snow. We're expecting between six and ten inches here in New England. Snow in October is rough, but we know it won't last. Unlike the snow that is falling on Onyx, a planet in a distant galaxy where the Kirsovals, perfect humans who are a result of genetic engineering, have turned the subtropical planet into a ball of ice. If Major Kelly Andres and her lover Major Byron Grayson aren't successful in diverting the Kirsoval's attention while Onyx's military attacks the Kirsoval armada, Onyx will be destroyed. So how does a people who have never seen snow battle an enemy during a perpetual blizzard?

Plush furs, big mittens, and fuzzy boots weren’t what Kelly signed up for when she’d joined the Provisional Army. Wind cut dry and cold though her furs and hood. Staggering against the force of the blast, she saw no tracks—as expected. Thankfully, footprints weren’t needed. She would follow Grayson’s nav-track as far as it lasted. She bent into the wind and trudged forward.
It had taken only thirty minutes to realize he had moved faster than her, likely because she fought the additional wind resistance of her furs. She hoped that was the reason he had worn only his skin-tight enviro-suit. That would mean he hadn’t intended to die out here as she’d first thought, but would activate the disruptor, then return to base before his suit depleted and she awoke.
But he’d miscalculated. At his rate of travel to where his signal dropped off the grid, it was clear he wouldn’t make the round trip. He had obviously come to the same conclusion. Rather that sticking to the valleys, his path had become straighter, over rises and between ice-cliffs. She had turned on her goggles’ heat vision earlier, hoping to meet him on his way back home, but everything—ground, air, and sky—was a uniform cold. If he suffered from hypothermia, he could already have lost his way and be miles off course.
Between gusts, she called his name. She scanned for heat and walked and scanned and shouted. On a planet of five million, only she and Grayson occupied this two-hundred mile square of frozen wasteland in Onyx’s western hemisphere.
Hopelessness settled deeper with every unanswered shout. Several times, she had seen a warm object materialize only to rush forward and find it had been an illusion. Another figure took form up ahead. Kelly trudged forward, expecting to find her imagination had conjured another illusion. The apparition grew. She put the targeting graticule on the form and the temperature readout jumped. The heat was real. She pulled her weapon.

On a planet turned to ice, a warm heart is worth dying for. 
When Major Kelly Andres awakens to find Major Byron Grayson gone from the cave that has been their military base the last five months, she realizes he has disobeyed her orders. He’s gone to activate the quantum disruptor that he hopes will draw enemy fire, enabling the Provisional Army to attack the enemy armada. It’s a suicide mission. And Grayson knows it.

Kelly has no intention of letting Grayson die alone in the frozen wasteland that planet Onyx has become since the war began. She’s determined to find him and bring him back to base, because when they die, she wants him in her bed.

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Anonymous said...

This sounds really good. I hope I win it! The writing is excellent and compelling. Thanks for the great excerpt and blurb.

Na said...

We haven't gotten any snow here yet and some winters we won't get any. Just lots of rain. I can always appreciate a great read in the winter though. It beats venturing out in the cold.

Jean P said...

The snow on the cover reminded me of what is to come! Great blurb, sounds like a winning story.

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