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Hello visitors. On my blog I'm talking about my books, but also about what I'm currently working on and, maybe, some other stuff. Browse through my posts and don't forget to check out my older posts in the archives. If you are interested in my books, please, visit my website Fictitious Tales for more information and a few excerpts. You'll find more excerpts in my old website Herbert's World. Also, take a look at my second blog Herbert Grosshans, where I talk about fun-stuff and things that concern me.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Dark World

Here is an excerpt from The Xandra, Book 8, Dark World. Soon to be released from Melange Books.

As it turned out, Ruuro had a twin brother who offered to guide Hunter. His name was Ramuuro. Ruuro also knew of a couple of warriors who were more than willing to go with Cameron and Malone. They were on their way four days after the decision to split was made.
One of the two warriors, Stasra, was the runner who had brought the news about Regina’s whereabouts. He was tall and wiry, with long, muscular legs. Markas, the other guide, was shorter but stout and wide-shouldered.
According to Cameron’s time-piece, it was early morning when the four men headed for one of the tunnels that led out of the cavern. Even after two months, he couldn’t get used to the constant daylight, and it was almost a relief to enter the twilight of the tunnel.
Just before they walked deeper into the tunnel, someone called Cameron’s name. He turned to see a figure hurrying toward them, carrying a spear in one hand. It was easy to see it was a female, and when she came closer Cameron recognized Carini, the mystery girl.
They waited for her, and Cameron wondered what she wanted.
“Rob,” she said when she caught up with them. “I’m glad I got here in time.”
“I’ve been looking for you everywhere, Carini,” he said. “I was hoping to see you again.”
She gave him an enigmatic smile. “I know.”
“Why are you here?”
“I’m coming with you.”
“So I can protect you.” She pushed the point of her spear into the ground.
Cameron looked at the spear. “I have a feeling it will be my responsibility to protect you.” He slapped his rifle with his free hand. “A spear is no match for my weapon.”
“That may be so, but I know the tunnels, and I know the dangers. You don’t.”
“That’s true, but I already have two guides.” Cameron looked at the two warriors. “She wants to come with us.”
Markas shrugged his massive shoulders. “That is her choice. If you accept her, we have no objections.”
Cameron nodded, hoping he wouldn’t regret his decision. “Okay.”
She carried a pack made from leather on her back. Strapped to her waist, she had a skin filled with water and a leather sheath holding a knife. He realized she was well prepared and wouldn’t have taken no for an answer, but he was puzzled, wondering about her real reason for coming along.
“Do you know this girl?” It was Malone who wanted to know.
“I met her some time ago,” Cameron explained.
“You’ve never mentioned her.”
“It was only a brief encounter and I forgot about her.” Cameron didn’t see any purpose in telling Malone about his involvement with her, as brief as it was.
“Why is she coming with us?”
“I don’t know. She must have her reasons.”
“Very strange,” Malone said, shaking his head. “Why would a woman you barely know want to join our search? It doesn’t make any sense. Do you trust her?”
Cameron grunted, annoyed at Malone for insisting on finding out more about Carini, especially since he was thinking along the same lines as Malone. “Like you said, I barely know her.”
“I hope she won’t become a problem.”
The first day went by without any major obstacles. They spent the night in a small cavern. There were no shrubs or trees. Neither was there a pond in which to bathe, but a narrow river provided them with fresh water and a chance to wash. The ceiling of the cavern was not covered with the radioactive crystals to create daylight conditions. A few glow-roots clung to the ceiling and the walls, providing them with barely enough light, but it was sufficient. Cameron didn’t mind. He had his headlamp should he be in need of more light.
He set up his Guard-Dog, which would warn them if unwanted visitors should drop by, but as it turned out it wasn’t necessary. Cameron slept well, considering a thin blanket was the only cushion between his body and the hard surface of the tunnel floor. Fortunately, it was warm in the tunnels and they didn’t need blankets to protect their bodies against cold drafts.
In the morning, Cameron and Malone ate from the rations they brought with them, not caring much for the strips of dried meat and vegetables the Jnaar offered them.
“I don’t think I could ever get used to this,” Malone grumbled as they moved on.
“Used to what?”
“The constant light in the caverns or the forever near darkness in the tunnels. Your system must get completely screwed up, not knowing if it’s day or night. This is daytime, isn’t it?”
Cameron looked at his wrist. “According to my computer, it’s seven in the morning.”
“The way my body feels it could be the middle of the night. I didn’t sleep well. At times I had the feeling I was lying on a bed of pointy, sharp rocks.”
“I have no doubts you were.” Cameron laughed. “Perhaps you’re getting soft, Malone.”
“You’re probably right. I haven’t seen any real action for a long time. A man needs to be active. It is the only way to live. I don’t want to get used to the quiet, comfortable life.”
“Some people don’t mind the comfortable life. It is much safer. Men like you usually don’t live very long.”
“It’s better to have lived a short but exciting life instead of a soft and boring long one.” Malone shifted his laser rifle from one shoulder to another. “What good is a superior weapon if you can’t use it once in a while?”
“Spoken like a true mercenary.” Cameron threw a sidelong glance at the big man. “Why did you join the colonization program in the first place? You must have known there wouldn’t be much demand for a mercenary.”
“I can’t give you an answer for that. Perhaps I thought planets a few hundred light-years from Earth would be different and more exciting. Maybe I was secretly hoping to discover a warlike alien race and my services as a soldier would be needed.” His gaze rested on the two Jnaar warriors walking in front of him. “We’ve met members of an alien race, but they proved to be a disappointment.”
“Their ancestors were probably superior to us when it came to technology. In fact, these are only descendants of stranded alien space travelers. Their people are still out there somewhere. Perhaps we’ll meet them someday. I hope they are peace loving, and our meeting with them will be peaceful.”
“You sound like a typical civilian who loves the soft, boring life.” Malone laughed.
“It does not have to be boring or soft, but I prefer to live a peaceful existence. There is nothing to be gained in warfare but misery and heartaches. People, and by that I include any alien race we may encounter, should be able to live together in harmony. Trading merchandise or knowledge instead of firing at each other with deadly weapons has always been more lucrative in the end for everyone involved.” Cameron knew his words did not exactly resonate with Malone’s beliefs. Malone was a mercenary, a soldier for hire. His life had always been hard and full of danger. Peace was not at the top of his list.

This is the Cover of Dark World:

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Alien World

Book Seven of my The Xandra series has now been released by Melange Books and is available from the publisher and many other outlets.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Alien World presale

#Alien World, Book Seven in my The Xandra series, is now available for $2.99 from Amazon, Smashwords, and Kobo. The official release date is June 6. I love the cover (the story is also great 😄)

Friday, May 19, 2017

#Free ebook

Welcome to my blog. Look through my library of books. If one arouses your interest and you would like to read it, here is your chance to get it for free. There are never any strings attached. Just send me an email to hegro@shaw.ca and ask for it.

Thanks for visiting. Hope to hear from you.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

#Codename Salamander

I'm busy right now writing my next novel in the new series Operation Stargate. So far, the title is 'Outpost Savanna'. It is not a continuation of #Codename Salamander, but the events take place around the same time.

The Characters are new and the book stands on its own. The background is the universe I created in Outpost Epsilon, which continued with the trilogy 'Lizard World', and, of course, with Codename Salamander. Actually, the complete series is called 'The Spider Wars'.

Savanna is a planet almost identical to Earth, but it is far away from the regular trade routes and close to Spider-occupied space. The Solar Union doesn't have much interest in Savanna for that reason, but the Trading Commission, a powerful Cartel, is interested in the precious stones and minerals that are plentiful on Savanna. The Solar Union's military powers set up an outpost requested by the Trading Commission, but instead of sending regular Troopers they send all the misfits to Outpost Savanna.
There are human colonists on Savanna and they are trying to live in peace with the indigenous population, with is not always easy.

So far, I've written about 11.000 words and things are beginning to take shape and new ideas are coming as I write the story. I have sort of a skeleton outline, but, as usual, the characters are going their own way and I let them. I have created a long list of characters, some of them may never appear in the story, but this way I don't have to spend much time thinking of new characters as I write.

In the meantime, I'd be happy if readers  would buy my other books in the series to wet their appetite and make them hunger for more books in the Series 'The Spider Wars'.

If you've read this far, I would like you to take advantage of my offer. I will give a Free Copy of any of my books in any format of your choice to anyone who sends me an email to hegro@shaw.ca and asks for it.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you.

No strings attached. There will be no follow up emails and any other annoying communication from me. If you enjoy my books and if my stories take you away in your mind to other places that will be reward enough for me. My greatest pleasure is to share my imaginative journey to other worlds with my readers and I hope they find as much fun in reading them as I have writing my stories.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

#Free book just for visiting

Welcome to my blog and thank you for your interest. Just for visiting my blog, I will give you a free copy (ebook only, sorry) of any of  my books you would like. All you have to do is send me a email to hegro@shaw.ca and ask for it. No strings attached and no follow-up emails.

I hope to hear from you.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

#Bullet of Revenge - A mystery novel

Here is something curious. I discovered somebody is trying to sell Bullet of Revenge for $60.00 used and $70.00 new on Amazon. Wow!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Sale: Codename Salamander and Bullet of Revenge

My publisher Melange Books decided to have a sale of two of my books.
#Codename Salamander and #Bullet of Revenge are on sale right now for $2.99.
Codename Salamander is the first book in a new Science Fiction series I started. Operation Stargate is a sub-series in the ‘umbrella series’ The Spider Wars.
It all started with #Outpost Epsilon. I always wanted to write a story about an outpost on an alien planet. I’ve always liked dinosaur and I decided to populate this new planet with dinosaurs. That’s how Outpost Epsilon was born. I liked the premise so much and wrote another story about 15 years in the future of that first story. It became too long to be published as an eBook, so I made it into a trilogy, featuring three different characters.
One of the characters, Terrex Stonewall, a Scout with the Solar Union, fascinated me, so I brought him back in Codename Salamander, but he is not the main character in that story, even though he does play an important role.
If you want to find out more buy the book. In fact, start with Outpost Epsilon. You may also fall in love with that universe and the variety of alien species in it.
Right now, I’m working on another novel in that same universe I created with Outpost Epsilon. The working title is ‘Outpost Savanna’, but that may change when I’m done.

Even though I love Science Fiction, I also love Thrillers and detective stories. I also love Westerns. Perhaps some day I will take a crack at writing a Western. Perhaps. There are so many stories I still would love to write, but I only have so much time. I hope I live long enough to write at least a few of them.

#Bullet of Revenge is a Thriller/Mystery, featuring PI Frank Hummer.
Here is the blurb from the back of the book:

When PI Frank Hummer takes on a new case to help a woman in distress, he soon finds himself in a web of lies and deception. Ghosts from the past reach out toward him, demanding atonement for the things he committed a decade ago, things he tried hard to forget.

Perhaps it wet your appetite to find out what it’s all about. Here is your chance. For only $2.99 you can spend a few hours to live in a world of mystery and suspense.