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CAGED IN – From The Khekarian Threat, now out on Amazon.


The door opened to the Khekarian’s hand and her awesome presence was within the room. Filling it immediately. Owning it outright. An assertive and predatory gaze homed in on Aleisha, leaving her feeling suddenly caged in with a ferocious animal, no escape and no chance of any.

On the job, Aleisha realized. A shudder rippled through her flesh.

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Now She’s a Slave?


The Terran working team was not what Aleisha expected.

Within days of her arrival to the wilderness world, they had her pegged, they had her tethered, they had her sold.

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DEADLY KHEKARIAN SOLDIER – From The Khekarian Threat, out now on Amazon.


“She’s Khekarian,” Aleisha stated. Charlie didn’t see the problem.

“Yes, there are two of them,” he answered easily.

Soldiers?” Aleisha queried, swinging her head to look at him. She was invaded by deeper anxiety. “Didn’t you think I should know? Didn’t you think it was relevant?”

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AGGRESSIVE INTENT – From The Khekarian Threat, out now on Amazon.


Khekarians were a warring civilization. They had a long history of raids and assaults against the Chiddran. In the last hundred years, their aggression had intensified and the gloves were off for real.

Not only were the Khekarians the instigators of a full-blown galactic war against the Chiddran Empire, they also claimed galactic dominance.

They already had most of it, now they wanted it all.

Terrans were the new kids on the block, their whole Sector a poor cousin to the affluent Chiddran Reach. The fear they felt was simple. When the Khekarian Empire finished with the Chiddran one, how long would it be before their attention turned to the young and still pitifully weak Terran expansion?

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The Accidental Multi-planetary Playground – And BAM!


I didn’t plan on writing a science fiction series when it all began – I had one story, one planet and a bunch of ordinary non-hero types enjoying a minor adventure within a pioneering society.

They met villains on the planet that had few laws. There was lust and murder and violence, spaceships and aliens and all the fun stuff that makes science fiction.

Then I stuck in two warring factions, two civilizations contained in vast empires, each controlling a substantial amount of the galaxy. I did that just to give background and depth.

I didn’t expect to get involved with all of that. However, it seemed like a great idea to link my villain into that background. It gave him much more power and menace and reason for doing the things he did. And BAM! Suddenly I had a multitude of planets to play with.

It opened the door to much more than just a series. It allowed me to explore every layer of civilization there has ever been. There’s borderline habitation (inhospitable areas of the galaxy) where penal colonies are situated, through an assortment of planets and places at different stages of settlement, all the way up to fully fledged Kingdoms and Imperial Cores – Rulers and palaces, wars and slavery, the wealthy, the poor and the ordinary living their lives.

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THE BLOOD AND THE MURDER AND THE PSYCHIC – From The Khekarian Threat, now out on Amazon.


The knife was wet with blood, the handle slippery with it, the huge blade dark and crimson. He was splashed with its color, drenched with its odor. The coppery smell, warm and fresh, filled his nostrils and lungs, exciting him.

There came no warning. Clairsentient experience blasted Aleisha with horrifying abruptness, the great ugly weapon physically somewhere else, yet at the same time up beneath her ribcage, slicing her heart in two.

Tactile experience was always the worst part, the touch and feel of every sensation immersing her right into the action, but clairvoyance and clairaudience gave her sight and hearing, completing the experience for her. Aleisha knew the event was physically remote, but the real-time encounter didn’t feel remote at all. For the duration it was her flesh, her experience.

The knife had punched into the victim, panic slamming the woman, her heart slashed open so quickly that everything washed out. Splashed out. No time to feel the promise of death, no time even for pain.

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And then there was Blood


There are two Khekarians with Stephen, two cold-blooded killers in his road team exploiting their isolation as they travel across vast tracks of wilderness territory on a world barely colonized.


Murder has happened and it’s not for the first time.


Sturn has no remorse. The woman annoyed him and now she’s gone, brutally butchered out there in the loneliness. No warning. No. time. No escape. Just the big ugly knife and her blood splashing out.


She was one of Stephen’s team members and there is nothing he can do about it.


The Khekarians have had control for a while now. They’ll only leave when they get what they want, which is a handful of exotic alien-natives that will give Sturn bargaining power to return home out of exile. Oh yes, and Aleisha, the new girl, the unfortunate young psychic Sturn thought might be useful.


Stephen will happily sell her if it means getting rid of the Khekarians.


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Evading the Police – the OTHER reason for writing Sci-fi.


I’m a perfectionist, I really do want to get things right, particularly the supporting facts and figures of my novels for the simple reason that realism is THE most important foundation you can have – ever – and if it’s not there, unless you are writing a spoof, you’ve lost it as a writer – There has to be truth in there and not just big truths, but little truths as well.

Details count. If you’ve got a cop in your story, for instance, he or she has to speak and act like a cop, and behind that police officer, there have to be real (or at least realistic) laws. Same with soldiers, same with doctors, same with anybody. You cannot walk in their shoes in everything BUT their expertise – it’s their expertise that you need. That means you have to study to some extent and think and speak like they do.

Law enforcement was the issue for me. There are laws against roughing up someone. Laws against murder. Laws against kidnapping and selling people into slavery.

So, Stephen, the team leader sells his latest new recruit (Aleisha, 17) to the two Khekarians in his team because they want a psychic and she’s it. She’s not very good at it, but who cares? It will mean a life of slavery in a savage empire for her, but freedom for Stephen and the rest of his team when those same Khekarians finally go away, not to mention that the sale will put extra money in his pocket.

What a bastard! And what’s not to like? As it turns out, in any other format, there’s plenty not to like. The story is great, but it dies a death if all Aleisha has to do is get to the police station.

I needed to bypass the police. How? Where? I could go back in time, say into the pioneering era, but that rules Australia out. Heck, Australia was established as a penal colony – cops and soldiers all over the place! I’m not sure what would happen in the Wild West, possibly the local Sheriff would form a posse and run the villains out of town. Or string them up.

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Getting feedback without saying anything.


I write deep and complex fiction, I research every layer (hands on, where I can) and include twists and turns wherever and whenever I am able, which means surprises for my readers – Now, the only way I can be sure these surprises work is if they catch my Official Reader (my husband, Greg) out once I have handed over the final draft, and that means, folks, that I must not previously tell him anything that will give the plot or those surprises away.

Sometimes, however, I have a problem with the manuscript that I would like to talk out, so I have to employ a sort of code where I make all the right sounds and hedge around the issue without actually telling him the detail of what it is I am talking about.

A bit like I do here, really.

A case in point: Va’el (yes, again).

You know a bit about Va’el. If you’ve been reading my recent posts, you’ll know he’s a ten year-old obnoxious brat prone to throwing tantrums. You know he’s the bastard son of a bastard son of an emperor and he has his mind on a crown of his own. You know at some point he’s going to clash with Sevi and that it will be (hopefully) fun. You also know he’s also got some nasty stuff coming up which is going to twist him up in some unexpected ways and play into his future. You know it likely involves blood and also that I’m disinclined to go there (which means it must be pretty bad because I am not shy when it comes to my writing).

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Realism versus the Uh-oh of Consequences.


Do I or don’t I? In some areas The Bastard Line is developing to be more vicious than anywhere in the previous two books – it has more calculated cruelty and violence in the story – more blood, more death – The main thread was always certain, it just needed to be written and linked together in appropriate detail and order (yes, with some of that savagery), however a secondary thread, which is Va’el’s side of the story, had to be created from scratch and proved trickier than I anticipated, for reasons I didn’t expect – mainly because of the blood.

His age is a concern. How rough can you get with a kid? Yet, let’s be clear here, I don’t write children’s books and you always knew that once we got into Khekarian territory, things were not going to be so nice. This story is most definitely meant for adults. I had to give Va’el something more than a kiddies’ adventure and it had to be something fitting for the character, his future and the history and nature of Khekarian society.

What I have ahead for him is actually something pretty nasty, and I don’t mean Sevi. Given his age (ten), I’m not sure I should go there, but I’ve decided to push ahead anyway because the event has done a strange thing to his nature. Primarily, it will be what transforms him from spoilt-brat boy to eventual villainous adult, but along the way it opens him up a bit to sensitivity you don’t really expect to find in this sort of character. It also paves the way for connections with future ramification.

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