Today, I welcome Liza O’Connor as a guest on my site, celebrating release of her exciting Science Fiction romance, Scavenger’s Mission.
Don’t diss the ground soldier!
Not everyone who helps protect the Americas is a SkyRyder. The quantity of ground soldiers is actually higher than the number of SkyRyders. But then they get less than half the pay, so the Corps can afford them. The ground crew at Colonel Logan’s small fort has a tendency to play poker while on duty, but only if they are assigned to protect the interior of the fort. If they protect the external area, they tend to sleep with the rifle in their arms.
In the Capital Fort, the largest Fort in the entire west coast, the ground crew is run by Gunny, and nothing gets by that fellow. However, he has the strangest combination of jobs. He serves lunch and dinner to the general’s table. He doesn’t cook it. There’s a staff for that, but he does serve it, because the general keeps firing his staff if he leaves it to his crew. He also takes care of packing Colonel Sparkes’ Catcher when the fellow is too busy to do so. And now he’s taken up watching over their newest captain, Alisha Kane. She’s only been in the Corps for one day, and already shows a great potential for greatness and trouble.
Scavenger’s Mission By Liza O’Connor
Meet Alisha: A young woman who refuses to live the life her parents want.
In a single month, Alisha Kane has gone from a wealthy debutante to street girl to scavenger. While testing her new flying skills in the Cully Canyon, Alisha incurs a near-death crash landing. She’s “rescued” by a colonel of the SkyRyders and her life changes forever.
Meet Logan: A SkyRyder colonel in charge of a sleepy fort with little to do other than arrest the occasional scavenger.
For the first time in his life, Logan’s attracted to a young woman, only she’s probably a scavenger and he’ll have to arrest her. But first he offers her a shower and food while he checks on his crew. His videographer has captured her extraordinary flight through the Cully and her flying is astounding!
He forgoes arresting her and puts his career at risk by asking MAC to assess her skills and integrity as a potential SkyRyder. If he can get Alisha into the SkyRyders, it will be his greatest contribution to the Corps.
Meet MAC: The Artificial Intelligence that runs the SkyRyders Corps.
Upon seeing her arrival, MAC upgrades Alisha’s test. Her flying skills are not just excellent; they exceed what was previously thought possible. MAC classifies her as its top asset and soon she proves her value.
But…the SkyRyders remain a male dominated Corps where Alisha’s sense of right and wrong often clashes with her superiors. How long can a rebellious young woman survive in a regimented Corps?
Alisha stared at the sheet in confusion. While the signature resembled hers, she knew she hadn’t written it. “Gunny, do you know who signed me out?”
“That would be you, sir,” Gunny assured her. “Reg 14.69.2 forbids anyone other than the flyer to sign out. I do believe Colonel Sparkes asked to see you when you returned,” he added with a smile.
“Was it an order?”
“Not that I could tell, sir.”
Alisha sighed and picked up the log and signed herself in. “Then I’ll talk to him some other time. I’m too tired to party.”
“You can’t leave, sir. The troops are expecting you. There were no casualties today—not one—and everyone here knows why. They’d be mighty disappointed if you didn’t at least have one beer with them.”
“I can’t do it, Gunny.”
“Sir, they aren’t asking you to fly in a headwind or teach a squad to do impossible maneuvers in a single hour. All they’re asking is for you to have a beer with them. I know you must be tired, but this is important to the men, sir.”
She just wanted to sleep away her misery. “Gunny, I’m exhausted, down-to-my-bones tired. I just want to go to bed.”
“Well, sir, then you might as well go to the party, because it’s my duty to deny you takeoff. By your own admission, you are clearly unfit to fly. I’ll see a tent is set up for you in the officers’ section. It’ll be ready in about an hour. In the meantime, may I suggest you step in and have a beer with the troops, sir?”
Alisha couldn’t believe how deftly he had outmaneuvered her. “Are you always this Machiavellian, Gunny?”
“Me, sir? Harmless as a kitten. Have a beer then get some sleep. In the morning, you’ll see old Gunny was just looking after you when you were too tired to think straight.”
The SkyRyder’s Series, Book 1
About the Author
Liza O’Connor lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.
Sci-Fi Soap Opera with humor, romance, and science
The SkyRyders Series
Scavenger Falters-coming 2017
Scavenger Vanishes-coming 2017