And that’s a wrap

Today I closed down Chrome and opened OpenOffice to write the last scene of COUP DE GRACE. The last scene of my Amazing Grace series.

A few moments ago, I wrote the last sentence.

I love this series. I love Grace and Benedict. I love the fact the series is peppered with references to Stargate, Buffy and several comic heroes. It’s been a fun series to write, not least because I’d done the minimal planning and the plot often took turns which surprised me. In fact I’d no idea how Grace and Benedict were going to stop the Bad Bad until the last few scenes of SAVING GRACE, when I had an epiphany and had to open a new document to make notes.

I am a little sad to be ending Amazing Grace. However, I doubt I’ll be leaving the ‘verse forever.

Before I leave it for the moment, I’ll leave you with THE song I’ve listened to while writing this series.

SFFSat – 14/04/15

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Welcome to another snippet from STONE COLD DEAD. Last week, I introduced a mysterious thief or may or may not have had something to do with Alex’s murder. In this scene, he’s still playing hard to get with Jade.

The thief’s eyes narrowed. “Are you accusing me of murder?”

“Are you admitting to it?”

“Miss – it is Miss, isn’t it?” He paused and she nodded. “Miss Waters, I admit to being a thief. I admit to being a damn good one, and to be a good thief one has to be all but invisible. Committing murder is not invisible.”

“But you were in Corridor Tango between eleven and one last night.”

He gave her a thin smile. “Perhaps.”

“You have no ID,” Jade reminded him. “No pass. So no, I don’t know who you are, but I can imagine that you are wanted by at least one police force back on Earth. Right now, the very least you are guilty of is theft and boarding a spaceship without proper identification. I suggest that you cooperate. Otherwise you will be facing a murder charge.”

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SFFSat – 07/03/15

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Welcome to another snippet from STONE COLD DEAD. So far Jade and Alex had boarded a starship, gone to a party, and Alex has gotten himself murdered. In this scene Jade is interviewing a thief caught in the vicinity of her quarters and whose lack of ID puts him at the top of her suspect list.

The thief lifted his head as Jade walked in. His eyes were sea-blue and glittered with intelligence. This was no petty thief, but a man who made a living conning his way around the galaxy. Knowing that, Jade considered her tactics as she lowered herself into the seat opposite.

“Do you know who I am?” she asked, genuinely curious.

He shook his head. “No. Should I?”

“My name is Jade Waters. I am – was – Alexander Stone’s personal assistant.”

“And this concerns me why?”

Jade bit back a retort. She blew air through her nostrils and fixed a smile on her face. “Alexander Stone was murdered last night. You were in the same area at that time.” Canting her head to one side, she widened her smile. The cold edges of it felt as it her skin were about to split. “And that is why it should concern you.”

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SFR Brigade Showcase – March

For the March showcase, I’m sharing a snippet of my on-query novel GENESIS DUSK. Maybe doing so will bring me some luck!

“Can you tell me what happened?” I asked him.

“Just what we expected.” He dropped to sit on the edge of the bed and rubbed his hands over his face. “We went to Maynard’s office and forced the door. He shouted about it being a mutiny, but didn’t deny that he’d refused to order relief to Parcae. It was over then, really, and he knew it. He’s in the brig now.”

I sat next to Corin and put an arm around his waist. “You did what was necessary. At least there wasn’t any violence.”

“True, but still…” He sighed hard. “He was my superior officer, Ellandra. No matter how briefly, no matter that the Council intended me to replace him. His record before today was exemplary. Whether I approved of his methods, I cannot deny his years of good service to the Protectorate.”

“What will happen to him?”

“That’s up to the Council to decide. I’ve ordered the Obsidian to Genesis.” He grimaced. “And not only because of Maynard – there’s still the virus to track.”

I’d almost forgotten that. “There are other implanted Techs, and we have the counter code. We can eradicate it for once and for all.”
Corin hummed, though it sounded rather unconvinced. “Hey,” I said, cupping his cheek and turning his face so our eyes met. “It’ll all work out. You’ll see. Then this will just be a bad memory.”

A smile ghosted over his lips, then his gaze scanned my face. “How are you coping, Ella? Today… well, it didn’t quite go as I’d planned.”

“You meant to show me a planet and, despite what happened, I’m still touched by that intention. It means a lot to me, Corin.” I slipped off the bed, then straddled his legs to sit on his lap. “You mean a lot to me, and I can’t believe I nearly screwed it up.”

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Cover Reveal: Bound to You, AR DeClerck


Jackson Baine is a man with a gift, and he has never had a problem with selling it to the highest bidder. His newest job is with one of the biggest terraforming companies in the universe, and the money he stands to make will allow him and his crew to retire on any planet in any galaxy they choose. His biggest problem: Ferrell Terraforming has assigned him a company liason to see to his needs and protect their interests. But that’s not his only problem. Lia Bernardi is smart, beautiful and strong, and she entices Jacks in a way no other woman ever has. She is a distraction he cannot afford on the surface.

Anatolia Bernardi is ready to climb the corporate ladder, get out from under her egotistical boss, and impress her overbearing father. All she has to do is turn one dead, empty planet into an oasis. Her company says Jacks Baine is the key, and it’s her job to make sure he’s productive and happy. Both of which, she soon learns, are harder than she’d thought they’d be. For some reason Jacks can get under her skin and break down every wall she’s constructed between herself and the world.

On the surface of a long-dead planet Jacks and Lia will be forced to face the startling realization that the past never really goes away.

amypicAR DeClerck lives in the Quad Cities, IL. She is a wife and mother of two daughters. She has two dogs and a cat, and always has her nose in a book. She’s either reading one, or writing one. She writes romance in many sub-genres, and has always had a soft spot for sci-fi romance. She credits her love of reading and writing to her mother, who always keeps a book handy.

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SFFSat – 28/02/15

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Another snippet from STONE COLD DEAD and this contain spoilers, sweeties.

Jade looked at the reflection of Alex’s bed. He lay on his side, not moving. Hands trembling, she turned and walked over. Pulled back the cover. Put a hand on his shoulder and rolled him on to his back.

A red-black hole sat between his glassy eyes. The skin edging the hole was scorched and raised somewhat. There was surprisingly little blood. There was also nothing she could do to save him.

“Oh God.” Backing away from the dead body of her boss, Jade’s knees hit the frame of her bed and she sat down hard. She’d seen too much death to be disturbed by its cause. That it was Alex, though… She closed her eyes and took several deep breaths in an attempt to calm the panic before it started. She had to remain cool. Detached.

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