Friday, February 12, 2016

Review: My Father The Pornographer by Chris Offutt

My review of the memorial by Andrew Offutt's son is up on the other website

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Warbrides Of The Empire

Here is the introduction to my new space opera series. It's free on Kindle Direct until 2/12/16.
You can go directly to the Amazon site and download it.

Shakti was five standard days in Harmony when the watch busted her for shaking down a customer and selling her body without a license.
It was hard to get a license to do business in Harmony as the planetary governor made plenty of money on the side selling them to the girls who needed work. He pocketed the difference between what the legal code allowed him to charge and what the girls or their pimp paid him. It was usually double what the regulations showed as the standard fee. Plenty of the pleasure workers found the spare coin to do it since the governor approved only so many permits every year. To be caught in the capitol city of Nuvar without a permit while selling your favors was a serious crime.
Shakti didn’t care for their permits or permission when she found herself on the planet. Harmony was another military planet where Shakti could earn some fast money and move onto the next world. Recruits in the emperor’s armed forces were sent there as part of their basic training. The planet had plenty of different terrains to support the many fighting scenarios the soldiers encountered over the thousand worlds of the empire. Some place was always in revolt or trying to cause trouble to another star system. The emperor always had need of new bodies in uniform to hurl at pirates or planets.
Harmony was close to the capitol world of the empire; only ten standard light years away. When the dominion of humanity spread across the stars, it was one of the first colonized by humans. The local flora and fauna still survived, although many of them thrived only in zoos or botanical gardens. It was a tragedy, but the empire needed somewhere to train the legions and Harmony was ideal.
The shuttle dropped Shakti off three standard days ago. She was a busy girl who earned her first handful of silver from a lonely merchant.  He supplied provisions to the local officer’s quarters. Female companionship was hard to find on Harmony for him, since all of his wives were off world. It was a brutal and harsh training environment in the port city where she disembarked. Shakti stood alone the day she paid the smuggler on the shuttle and walked to the nearest bar from the landing field. She carried with her a bag of clothes and personal possessions; all she owned in the universe.
The merchant was the first man she met on the planet. He was leaving the bar when the green-eyed, dark woman with the travel bag walked up the street. She was alone and the middle-aged merchant saw an opportunity. If the woman was alone, she was new. He wouldn’t have to pay an absurd amount of money for her companionship this evening. It was a lucky day for Mr. Lin Dai. This new arrival appeared no more than twenty-five years of age, which was his ideal.

Shakti saw him right away. He had fine clothes and the need in his face. No uniform, which meant he was not part of the military. This man had to be a contractor to the emperor’s legions who needed some love. It was a thing she could provide for the right price. Love was expensive and she knew the going rate.