Sneak Peek Sunday: Matrix Crystal Hunters


I’m posting six sentences from my published book, Matrix Crystal Hunters.

Team Alpha Three’s spaceship is out of power after fighting a wormhole, and parked on the primitive world of Zenevieva. With half the team sick from radiation poisoning, the team commander entrust geologist, Maya Gladstone, to find enough matrix crystals to power up their spacecraft, so they can go home to Earth.
Vach Namaste of the powerful Clan Namaste, a native of the planet, has desired the lovely Maya since she stepped off the spaceship on that astonishing day a year ago. He’s hounded her every step since. As Hymeneal Night approaches, he makes plans to take her as his bride… willing or not.

Excerpt (this is a little longer than six sentences): 

“Well.” He rocked on his heels, looking around. “I can’t take you further until you have purified yourself. I did it on my last trip through here, so I’m still considered clean.” The Goddess may strike me dead for lying so much in her sacred place, but if I get to see Maya naked, it’ll be worth it.

“You can be… ooh, all right.” She faced him while she took off her jacket, letting it fall behind her. Then she untied her boots, removed her socks and stood, before undoing her pants.

Vach swallowed hard, as he watched her every move.

She smiled. “Turn around.”


Writing Down My Goals

Writing Down My Goals

By Janice Seagraves

A little over a year ago, I mentioned that I was trying out an experiment. I had written down my goals for writing and posted them where I could see them every day. I promised to announce the results.

I wanted to let you know that most of my goals have happened.

The notes read:

Stay Positive

14,000 coming in.

Book Series Exodus Arcon

You will get another contract soon

I am a writer, I write books

The stay positive: is taking more effort on my part, but I’m really working on it.

14,000: hasn’t happened yet, but I did receive a nice royalty payment on my self-published books.

Book series, Exodus Arcon: is under contract and the name changed to Alien Heart.

You will get another contract soon: did happen for my SF romance series and my short story Weather Witch in an anthology.

I am a writer, I write books: has helped me write more manuscripts in my series. I have two submitted and accepted, and three more finished. Only eight more to go.

Mini Lesson: Self-editing

Mini Lesson: Self-editing

By Janice Seagraves

I went through three edits last year, and every editor told me the same thing, don’t repeat yourself. 

So I’m passing this on to you. 

Make a list of your pet words. Look through your MS for words you use too often. They can be a word or how you describe something: he/she frowned, jerked up or jerked away, turned around, turned to look, looked over shoulder, and squeezed arm/hand. 

Don’t eliminate these words, but check to see if you’ve used them too often, and if you have, then substitute another word or phrase.

Also use more descriptive words. Simply left clicking on the mouse will bring up a list, find synonyms and then locate a word that suits the situation you’re describing. You can also use a thesaurus, or what I use, a Flip Dictionary.