Monday, October 16, 2017

Been Working Overtime. Here's A Snippet

I've been knocking out some serious hours at the real job, and writing.  Sleep is overrated.

Here's a snippet of Jessica, working with a team of Nines, to help save a friend...

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    The four Nines ahead of them stormed the open room. The lead Nine turned to face the large shadow, just out of sight, and became an instant smear of blood and meat. The second Nine had just enough time to fire a burst of fire from his heavy support weapon, then he, too, was cut to pieces by the whine and roar of the rotary cannon.

    Whatever the shadow was, it was big, and it was packing some serious heat. The two surviving Nines from the entry team dove into the rows of boxes and storage drums, trying to hammer rounds into the unseen beast. Heavy footsteps fell, and hundreds of rounds ripped into the pallets and containers sheltering them.

    Dodger turned to her, pulled a satchel charge about the size of a load of bread off his thigh armor, and pointed through the wall.

   “Suppress. Selfsame activate demo charge. Stand by,” the Nine said.

    “Suppress? Suppress what? I don't have a shot on that thing, whatever it is!”

    “Suppress. Through cover. Engage. Priority Utmost.”

    The Nine pressed a switch, and an orange light started blinking in rapid sequence on the demolition charge. She turned, bladed at an angle of 45 degrees, and dumped the contents of her carbine's ammo drum through the wall. The solid thud-thud-thud of the 20mm weapon echoed through the building.

    The fire shifted from the pinned-down Nines in the cargo racks back to her and Dodger. A stream of bullets chewed off the corner of the wall ahead of them, and a trail of punctures tore back towards her through the side of the passageway.

    Dodger dove under the exploding wall's fragments, entering the open kill zone. Jessica fell back on her butt, rolling and kicking to escape the oncoming stream of fire. The satchel charge flew from Dodger's hand, and he rolled into the shattered containers to join his surviving team mates.

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Best,
JBR

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Reviews and Snippet

Three reviews to share from kind folks...



Two Fives and a Four-Star.  Very kind, folks, thanks for taking the time to review.

Code of Armor: Vengeance, as I have flogged in the past, is available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, and Paperback.

Kindle edition...
https://www.amazon.com/Code-Armor-Vengeance-Part-One-ebook/dp/B075PKNYX9

Paperback...
https://www.amazon.com/Code-Armor-Vengeance-Part-One/dp/1549764705/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Now, on to a snippet from Part Two of Code Of Armor: Vengeance.  This happens in the middle of an argument between Jessica Kramer and Prath, her crew chief, dealing with the after-effects of a match in the arena.

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“Now, if you'll excuse me, I must look after Kitos and the diagnostics.  Go to the bar, like I asked.  I will come for you later.”
“Fine.”
Jessica stormed, as best she could on a bum leg, out of the shop.  She hit the main entrance door's exit button at full stride.  It didn't release, and she bumped face first into the thick plastic.
“Vervor!  Your door!  What's the void's wrong with this thing?  Let me out of here,”  She yelled at the establishment's proprietor, shaking the unresponsive handle while slamming the button again.
The Myoshan emerged from his small office door carrying a remote control.  He pressed the button, and a buzzer signaled the door's release.
“Security measure.  I'd rather not have a repeat of the Headhunter's last unscheduled visit.  Besides, you've made enemies of the Wardancers.  I don't need any vengeance oaths being fulfilled on my shop floor.  Oh, and mind the gentlebeing coming in, too.  He has an appointment,” Master Vervor said.
Jessica Kramer turned to the unlocked door's open frame to see it now occupied.  Her eyes went wide with recognition, sending her hand to her pistol's grip.  The human male produced something from between his outstretched fingers.
“Pilot Jessica Kramer, I am Masamune Kyuzo.  My card.”


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I have been writing up a storm as of late, fueled mostly by caffeine.  Oh, caffeine, thank you.
;)

Best,
JBR

Monday, October 2, 2017

We're OK in Southern Nevada. Give Blood, If You Can.


My family and I live in Southern Nevada.  Not in Las Vegas.  We left about 11 years ago once our youngest was born.

We now live about an hour and a half away from town, but we often spend "Vegas Days" at the movies, or the library, or any of a number of things we can't do in our small town.

We chose to spend Sunday at home, watching movies, instead of a Vegas Day. It was a fortunate decision. 

Not that we dodged a bullet, or anything, we were never in any danger from the mass shooting at the concert.

But, it hits home.

My thanks to those of you who reached out via phone, text, and Facebook to check in on me and mine. I appreciate it.

They are backed up in Las Vegas, right now, but consider donating to your local blood donation center.

United Blood Services in Las Vegas has been there for years on West Charleston and Rainbow.

Here's their website...

http://www.unitedbloodservices.org/lv/

Maybe you can find your own local blood center, and help out, if you can.

Best,
JBR

Friday, September 29, 2017

Critical Mass Tank Returns!

The Arc Fleet Heavy Grav Tank, which I sculpted for Critical Mass, is back on the market through the product line's new owners, Ral Partha Europe.

It is a joy, seeing this classic armored behemoth return to service!

Here's the link to buy it from RPE
http://www.ralparthaeurope.co.uk/shop/critical-mass-15mm-scifi-c-213/arc-fleet-c-213_219/afvhh3a-arc-fleet-heavy-grav-tank-p-4387.html

 And here are some original approval pics from back in the day from the digital sculpt.






That big, beautiful brick still stands the test of time.  Love it.

Best,
JBR

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Snippet: Jessica Vs. Kierra the Wardancer

Here's a small snippet from the lead-off chapter of Code Of Armor: Vengeance, Part Two.

It's Jessica Kramer vs. Kierra the Wardancer.
Pardon the weird formatting.  That's OpenOffice and Blogger not getting along...


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 “Ok. Give me 75 percent power to the hammer, NoName. I want that thing glowing, but I still need some jets,” Jessica said. Her reactor stepped up its output, a deep whine spooling up behind her. She flicked on her speakers.

“Kierra, that song's as old as your dance moves,” she said.

“Petty, not pretty. Just like you, Kramer,” the Wardancer answered. Jessica edged her mech closer to the wreck of Flevver's jalopy. Her external cameras showed her mech's foot was next to the fallen chopsaw.

“I'll show you 'pretty,' you worn-out excuse for a pleasure doll,” Jessica said.

Modern-day Wardancers were a proud and lethal warrior cult, but they did not like being reminded they were originally brought to Junctionworld as lab-grown “comfort hosts.” Long before the Gatekeepers took control, the Wardancer Rebellion ended with mass castrations of their overthrown enslavers, the K'Narr. Preserved containers filled with the offending members still turned up from time to time in excavations and refurbished buildings, much to the consternation of the males in the rehab and construction crews.

The poise and grace of the sleek mech's posture faded, and a blast of jets signaled Jessica that her goad worked. Screaming something incoherent over her loudspeakers, Kierra charged, her plasma-edged swords swinging in wild loops.

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Best,
JBR


Friday, September 22, 2017

Code Of Armor: Vengeance Paperbacks arrive.

So, my personal paperback copies arrived today of my recently-published book, Code Of Armor: Vengeance.

Voodoo, my ancient mini-panther, approves.




Here's a song to celebrate...
Heh.

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For a copy of my book, whether in paperback, Kindle download, or as a 3-chapter sample via PDF, consult the following links...

If you'd like to check out the first three chapters, here they are on PDF...
http://www.johnbearross.com/CodeOfArmor-VengeancePartOne-FirstThreeChapters.pdf


Kindle Paperback version is here...

Kindle Ebook version is here...

Best,
JBR

Thursday, September 21, 2017

New Review, and International Paperbacks!

The paperback copies of my new book, Code Of Armor:Vengeance are winging their way across the globe.

Here is Olaf's copy, in Deutschland...


Here's my brother Mark's copy, in SoCal...


And here's a 5-Star review from some kind soul that really made my day.
This person gets it, and I'm so happy.


For a copy of my book, whether in paperback, Kindle download, or as a 3-chapter sample via PDF, consult the following links...

If you'd like to check out the first three chapters, here they are on PDF...
http://www.johnbearross.com/CodeOfArmor-VengeancePartOne-FirstThreeChapters.pdf

Kindle Paperback version is here...

Kindle Ebook version is here...

Best,
JBR