The Athena Lee Chronicles

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Sneak Peek here is the first cover for the Upcoming Paranormal Series

Here is a sneak peek of the first cover of the Paranormal series that I will be publishing later this year. A short background for this. Both my wife and I read Paranormal fiction. Her more than I. She hates Sci- Fi, the horror of it all!  So she asked me to wrote something she would read. Hence the new series. Ball park release date is sometime in October. I have yet to write any part of this one yet, but I do have a title, a character sketch, and a basic plot.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Something really funny

Apparently this commercial has been out for a while but its the first I've seen of it. Too funny. I need to think of a way to incorporate this idea into a book. If I ever write aliens.. 

Just a note. I no way represent beans or any bean company in any part or form or gas. LOL

Friday, July 29, 2016

Big Huge Shout out to My Readers and Fans!

There were a few bumps in the road getting the new book up onto Amazon and available for Download and purchase. Nothing too bad however. The new book is my LONGEST yet coming in at 39,000 words. Lots going on inside too. No Spoilers here.  As soon as it became available many of you fought your way through and found it. I hope that you are enjoying it. I had a lot of fun writing it. Like many of my books there is quite a few "Easter egg" type jokes inside it along with a few names that if you check or sound it out (hint) you will find amusing.   You are readers not Authors but we live and die by the numbers and the numbers are good. Have a good weekend and enjoy the book.


The book is now available....Finally -- Updated!!!

https://www.amazon.com/Prelude-War-Athena-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B01JB3M2GQ/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1469829443&sr=8-8&keywords=prelude+to+war#nav-subnav


Sorry...the previous link was given to me by a friend. I posted originally with my my phone, which by the way sucks.  Amazon is being incredibly  slow in posting the book. it took 16 hrs for review and has been in "Publishing mode" for over 2 hours now. They aren't posting any links for me to use yet but you can find the book by searching amazon. A sure fire fail on their part today!  I changed the link so it works. Sorry for any problems anyone encountered.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

New Book has been submitted!


The New Book is now words complete!

I finished writing it last night. Book 9 will hit the editors and get run through a program called Prowriter aid  to look for those little things like commas and periods that I missed. I will give one hint about the new book. Mortal combat is about to begin. Bring it on!


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Last Snippet before the New book comes out!


The Cabal hit team broke into two sections. The first section was tasked with causing as much damage and mayhem as they could. The second team was to kill Amalie Dorr and the Hong Kong Ambassador. If any of the team survived they were to destroy the command center too.

The main cafeteria served on average over two-thousand meals daily. It was state of the art with robotic food producing machines and a staff of over a hundred. The kitchen staff was unusually alert today as very few troops were eating today. The staff had already sent up box lunches for most of the watch standers. They only half noticed when a half dozen strangely uniformed troops raced into the room. The first shoot killed the head chef who asked if they needed to eat. Everyone in the room tried to take cover as they all became targets for the killers.

Finding targets of opportunity the Cabal assassins stalked the cooks in the kitchen. Those that stood on the line were killed almost instantly. The robot techs and dish handling crews had more machinery to hide behind. The killers spread out in the food prep area. There were four of them hunting the cooks. The other three were killing patrons execution style in the dining room.

PO 1st class Lawrence Sanders was new to the Martian service. He found himself practically drafted when he admitted that he used to work for Robots-are-us. All the new kitchen equipment was built there and the Military barely knew how to repair it. He was permanently assigned kitchen duty after basic training. Now he was being hunted in his own kitchen! He calmed down for a moment and used his head. It was his kitchen! He knew where everything was and maybe stood a small chance of surviving. First thing kill the lights!

The main breaker was in the rear of the kitchen. Lawrence belly crawled across the deck to just outside the storage area. He had seen one of the Chiefs do this in a demonstration once. Fuses were a thing of the distant past. This breaker box used a computer to monitor power usage and control voltage. The demonstration that he witnessed was all about  what ifs that could plague a kitchen. He opened the box and pressed a tiny button on the bottom of the computer unit. This would turn off the computer so the unit could be serviced. During maintenance everything would be turned off. This was not training. The secondary system registered the lack of control and power sources and shut everything down. The kitchen was now almost pitch black.

Now Lawrence had a small chance. Praying that they didn’t have night vision or infrared he began to stalk them in the near darkness. Several pilot lights were still on casting blue shadows over the kitchen. Lawrence found the largest wrench in his kit and searched the kitchen for his prey. They were gone. All he found was the bodies of his friends and the piles of dead in the dining area. Alarms triggered by the gunfire and power outage were sounding throughout the base.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Check out the new Cover for Book 9 - Prelude to War!

Here is the new cover for Athena Lee book 9 - Prelude to War. The artwork comes from one of the two artists I have used before. Digital Artist Scott Richards. Check out more of his stuff here!


Major Milestone for the Athena Lee Chronicles!








Kindle Unlimited Readers have read 3,000,000 Million pages over the last five months! I'm so happy that everyone loves the books. The newest Athena Lee is on track and should be released this weekend. I have only 5 chapters left to write!
  Later. Scott

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Here is an Update of what I am working on.

   So far I am 20,000 words into the new Athena Lee book # 9. The working title I have for it is  -Prelude to War.  I'm  about at chapter 11-12 right now. My editors have got the previous 10 chapters and are working on them. I have the Artwork for the new cover but have yet to pass it off to my designer. He's an author too and is busy working on his new book. I will catch up with him this week and see it he has time to help. There is an Audio book now out for book 7 -the Martian Inheritance. It comes in at about 3 hours. I have paperback copies of the most recent Athena Lee book 8 available for those old school readers. Both of these were created so I could give them as Christmas gifts. But you guys can get them too. Not just me! LOL  The new book will be done soon. 
  Coming up later this year we have more Athena Lee Universe books, Tisiphone and the Catts will return. Someone has already noticed this but that storyline takes place about a book and a half behind the regular series.  In October I will release a Paranormal series just in time for Halloween. I have the artwork for that and will release the cover soon. Don't worry though. There will be lots of new Athena Lee books to come. In the future we will see a resolution to the Cabal issue, Irish pirates will return to cause havoc, and as a special treat we will see the Death of Buckley.

Don't forget to visit this site every Wednesday for Wilson's stories. Over to the right is the subscription link, sign up there so you never miss a post.  Stay cool in this Heat wave!
  Later  - Scott

Friday, July 22, 2016

Here it is Snippet # 4 from the Upcoming Athena Lee Book 9

“What else have you heard?” This day just gets worse and worse. Miguel needed to get a handle of things before any Earth forces showed up.

“No very much. Mars has deployed the same sort of anti-spy system that Hong Kong is using. All of our intel sources are drying up and many of our agents have been captured. Sam 0256 has showed up on Mars. He was spotted in the company of the Primus’s security forces.”

“There is an example for you Roger. Never show any sort of weakness because it will come back and bite you in the ass every time. I should have killed him like I was ordered to. Instead I reprogrammed his systems and put all the worst troublemakers on board his ship. Once upon a time he was my friend, my brother, and my commander. Now he is just my enemy. Add his name to the hit list. Tell our operatives on Mars to take out the command group whatever the cost. Send a similar message to Hong Kong. We need to cut the head off the snakes or we will all be doomed.”

“Yes, Sir. I will send it right now!” The man ran from the room.

“Good help is so hard to find these days!” He pressed a button on his console. “Send in Jeremiah!”

Jeremiah 117 was a tall man with bushy eyebrows. “Sir!”

“Sit down Jeremiah. Now, what is our Fleet status.”

“We control about eighty-eight percent of the Fleet at this time. Admiral Kane escaped with a scratch squadron build from three fleets. Other than her forces there is a small scattering of random ships here and there. Mostly they are supply ships or anti-piracy patrols. We are accounting for as many as we can. All of our shipyards are in full swing building the next generation ships from our ship designers.”

“Did the shipyard guilds give you any trouble?”

“Not after we sent the first group of protesters and the guild leaders for a walk outside. I have a vid of the the second meeting as they drift past the office windows. So far there have been no further issues.”

“Good. Try and keep it that way. Do we know where Admiral Kane’s fleet went?”

“We think they went either out to the rim or one of the underpopulated systems. We are checking.”

“Tell your scouts to keep an eye out for unknown ships. Roger just reported to me that some of Earth’s fleet may have survived the Martian ambush and may travel straight to us. Make sure our ships are informed. How goes the rest of the Empire?”

“Most of the Imperial Senate has joined us. Any that didn’t have been retired. So far the Maskirovka is holding.”

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Snippet #3 from the New Book! Athena Lee Book 9

Enjoy it!


I remember standing in the Martian war room myself as the battle for Mars unfolded above us. I saw with my own eyes as the decimated Earth fleet dove their ships in Kamikaze attacks against our ships. In the end they were blasted from space with no quarter given.

“Primus the Earth fleet is breaking up!”

We turned our heads toward the main monitors just in time to see the large cruisers and support craft separate into three smaller units.

“Captain Bishe tell our ships to attack that fleet!”

“Yes, Primus.”

“Grandmother that third fleet unit, they are trying to break orbit!” I pointed at one of the monitors. All of our attention was on the main battle. The Earth fleet were attacking the reserve ships without any regard for their own safety.

“Alert the defense stations tell them to stop those ships!” It was at that moment that the third group strafed the Space station and drew much of the fire onto themselves as they broke orbit in the opposite direction. In an almost planned maneuver the small fleets went in opposite directions confusing our defense stations. Both managed to break orbit.

“Primus, we are in pursuit of the second group that appear to be headed toward Earth. The third group slipped past the orbitals and have disappeared.”

“Disappeared? How? How can they have just vanished?”

“Our techs can only speculate, but they may have the codes to our IFF system and were able to fool our system into ignoring them.”

“Those keys are one of our state secrets! Damn, it! Find them.” In the end Wilson was needed to dive into the system and track the access codes. Special codes were used by outside forces the spoof the system. They were traced back to a computer tech inside the defense building. He was found dead at his desk surrounded by thirteen credit chips. Someone in the Cabal has a sense of humor.

As I said that was ten days ago. Now we have prisoners who might talk to us. We already know much of their order of battle and what some of the conditions on Old Earth are like. Wilson brought out much from their computers. Direct intelligence is what is really needed. We tried before and failed to talk to them. I was not present, but Dar was when the first prisoners were brought in. Very few occupied survival pods were found from the Colossus.

The three prisoners were all unconscious. Dar and Martian Security forces were watching as local med teams attempted to wake the Earthies up.

Checking the prisoners bonds Corporal Kovac extended her hypo spray and injected the first prisoner in an attempt to wake them up. The Earthie woke up with a jerk and thrust his arms forward breaking the titanium manacles and freeing himself. He jumped off the cot he was on and attacked the med team.

“What in the nine hells?” Corporal Kovac watched in horror as her patient broke free and attacked.

“Xandrie, get down!” Hearing Sergeant Martelle’s voice she hit the deck just as the prisoner was hit from all sides by gunfire.

As she got up she began cursing. “How the hell did he get free? Those are military grade cuffs!” Just to make sure he was dead she stood over the prisoner and bent down to check his pulse. As she touched his neck his eyes opened! He turned his head, saw her surprised face, reached up, grabbed her arm and pulled her down.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Robots are turning up in the strangest of places!

Saw this and just had to post it here! Wilson would just love this. Of course He would chase the cows first!

Friday, July 15, 2016

TIme for another Snippet! Here is #2

Enjoy:



Station personnel were running through the corridors carrying boxes and bags. Those with children clutched them to their breasts as they ran. Sam ran out into the hall and grabbed one of the Station porters as he jogged by. “Hold on a moment! What they hell is going on? Is is a general evacuation?”

“Let me go old man!” The porter tried to pull away but Sam was much stronger than he looked for his age.

“Tell me!” Sam squeezed the mans arm even tighter causing him pain.

“Fine! Civil war has broken out on Capitol Planet. The Navy ships are firing on other Navy ships. Armed troops took over government buildings and most of the heavy industry locations. Here on the station security has blockaded the Governor’s office and are threatening to vent the station! Now. Let. Me. Go!” Sam released the porter and he ran off toward the docking ring. Sam returned to his office and tried logging in to the station’s new update service. There were vids playing of fighting in the Empire and some footage of Naval vessels shooting at one another at the San Diego Fleet supply. Nodding his head Sam made an internal decision and activated his basic warehouse defenses. The front door and outer bay doors still needed to be manually closed and locked so he hurried off to go do that.


As he approached the bay doors he saw movement reflected on the shiny internal walls. Sam ducked to one side and pulled up his monitors on the tablet in his pocket. All cameras were off. This station had manual controls and they were located next to the doors. Weaponless, Sam made the decision to run. He reversed course and ran for the main warehouse. Sitting just inside the doors were two War Bots. They were still wearing signs advertising his business. He never did figure that one out. He clearly remembered buying them from one of the rarely visited colonies out on the fringe. That was a story he should tell sometime, he thought to himself. The family that ran that planet was just plain crazy but they had neat stuff. He was pretty sure that the two robots had been nonfunctional. Very strange. Pressing some buttons on he tablet he sent the signal that would activate them and gave them orders to guard the door. Without an operator that was all they would do until destroyed. The radio signal frequency, basic connection protocols, and an apology showed up in his mailbox about a week after the incident. The note was unsigned.

The front door area was clear of intruders so he quickly closed and locked the warehouse. His office was armored against basic attack. Too many customers over the past few decades thought that the ‘old man’ was easy pickings. Checking the security monitors he caught sight of what looked like a military strike team engaging the two War Bots. There was only a couple of reasons that the military would attack him and none of them were good. Grabbing his go-bag out of his desk, Sam pushed the desk forward three feet exposing the hatch inset in the floor. Time to go.

The hatch opened to a ladder leading down about fifty feet to a large bay. In the middle of the bay was an old Colonial  model 798 Heavy. In this part of the galaxy the 798 was a very rare ship. Originally designed as a passenger ship the 798 was his personal freighter and storage ship. Checking the fusion storage Sam estimated that he might make Mars. It was time he paid an old friend a visit.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Here it is! The first Snippet from the Upcoming Book 9 of the Athena Lee Series.

Enjoy:


So much has changed in my life over the past couple of years since my rescue. All I could think about were the shouting matches between father and me the day I left for the Academy. He kept yelling about my duty to the family and plans he had made for me. Even then I was independent. I threw it into his face that I was of age and on our planet a functioning adult. He could not stop me legally even if he tried. I remember boarding the shuttle and starting my big adventure. The second Interstellar War was still raging and officers were in demand. My training and interests were what directed me toward the Engineering program at the Academy. Unknown to Father when I completed my general education degree at the University I also completed a Mechanical Engineering degree at the same time. He did not think that women should be educated and payed very little attention to me at that time. I lived on campus so he was unaware of my interests. There was a bodyguard on campus for me but he was easily distracted by some of the athletics on campus. I graduated at the top of my class for both degrees. I did very little of the college experience that many talk about. My goal was to build a career doing something I enjoyed. I did not remember my real mother but I knew she had been someone in the diplomatic service to Mars. I wanted a real career, not just a minor post in the Militia.

The Navy recruiter must have thought he hit the jackpot when I walked into his office. I barely made the height requirement needed to enlist. It was when the Sergeant looked at my education and basic training that he started paying attention to me.

“So Ms Lee why do you want to enlist in the PPL Navy? I see from your Militia record that you have all the qualifications to excel as a foot soldier and logistics officer if these records are to be believed.”

“Sergeant I want to do more with my life than be Just a logistics officer, I want to go into space and excel. My college degree is almost in my hand.”

He was flipping through the hard copy reports looking for the college information. He found it just as I spoke.

“I am in the top percentile of my general studies degree and I will have a minor in Mechanical Engineering. I really want to complete the Engineering degree and maybe one day build beautiful things. I hope that the Navy can help me with that.”

The Sergeant raised his eyes up from the papers he clutched and just stated at me. “Ms Lee you are extremely qualified to join the Naval Engineering program. Where would you like to serve?”

I laughed to myself when I thought about my response to the recruiter’s question. They give every potential recruit that question but everyone gets assigned to ship duty. Everyone.

“Ambassador Lee? There you are! Please come inside. I have been searching all over for you. You are needed in the conference room.”

So much for peace and quiet. “Mr. Choy. I believe that I asked for an hour of peace this time. What is so urgent that you disturb my rest?”

“Ambassador you are needed for a meeting with both the Martian representative and the ambassador from New Texas. They have asked to see you urgently.”

“Fine, fine. I’m coming, keep your pants on.” That is something else. This job. It was not all dinners and shaking hands. Every overindulgent freighter captain that gets into trouble gives me a call. At all hours of the night. Not to mention all the diplomatic things this job comes with. I could kill my father for sticking me with this.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

This could be a symbol for the Cabal in the Books

If you read the series You will understand this. Everyone else will just think it's strange...


Friday, July 8, 2016

New Book! New Series! Familiar Faces! Shades of Learning is now Available!

The new book went live a few moments ago. 

An Exciting new Series Set in the Athena Lee Universe!

A New Heroine steps up to join the battle against the Cabal and The Ships of Old Earth!

The Galaxy is in turmoil. A new terror group calling themselves the Cabal is plaguing the galaxy. Former Imperial Navy Ensign Tisiphone thought returning home was going to be easy. Life on the farm was still incredibly boring. Her home planet is still recovering from the recent revolution. They have been attacked from space and thousands are dead. A new and effective Military is what they need. To be the best officer she can be she needs to go to the Academy first. Will the Cabal give her planet time to learn to combat them? Or will a new threat from Old Earth come into play?


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01I5M4Q9K

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Here is the Last Snippet before the New Book comes out!

Enjoy!


“Freddie here said he was given a task by the wardens. That is what the enforcers of the Cabal are called. Military Intelligence will want to talk to these four.”

“Tisiphone, we are pretty far out. The closest base is hundreds of miles away, you know that. Who would we call?”

I looked down at Artemis. “Should I call her? Can you give Merlin a heads up so she takes me seriously?” The cat nodded her head.

I pulled out the communicator that Commandant Yannos had given me. Lately I had been taking it everywhere with me. Punching in the number that she had given me I called Major Minerva Lee.

“Who are you calling Tisiphone?” Dad looked confused at the communicator I held.

The communicator came to life and a small hologram formed in the air above the device. “Cadet Tisiphone what can I do for you? It must be bad if you called me. Spit it out I’m extremely busy right now.”

“Sorry Major Lee. My roommate and I are out at my families farm for the weekend. We had a little scuffle with some criminals that my brother was involved with.”

“Get to the point here Cadet. I’m not hearing why you called me. Speed it up! That’s an order if you like.”

“Long story short my brother mentioned that he was hired by the ‘wardens’ to procure something.”

“Wardens? Damn. I thought we got rid of them. They are worse than cockroaches. Those we can find. Lock them up somewhere, including your brother. I will send a team down in a couple of hours. Thank you Cadet Tisiphone.” The hologram vanished. I looked to my left and my father just stood there with his mouth open.

“How… Why do you have the number of the orbital commander? She is practically the head of the Militia these days!

The Martian Inheritance Audio Book is now Live!

So for you audio book fans out there. Book 7 the Martian Inheritance is now live on Audible, Amazon, and Itunes.


https://www.amazon.com/Martian-Inheritance-Athena-Chronicles-Book/dp/B01I1VLEFO/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1467913730&sr=1-1&keywords=martian+inheritance+audio

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Something fun!

Just playing around when I should be writing. Fellow Author Craig Martelle introduced me to this site called Pulp-o-mizer that lets you make fake old fashioned magazine covers. I made one for Athena Lee!




Just got my paperbacks!

I ordered copies of the newest book in Paperback just to see how they look and to give my family copies! They look really good!

https://www.amazon.com/Infiltration-Athena-Lee-Chronicles-8/dp/1534909354?ie=UTF8&ref_=asap_bc

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

New snippet from the Upcoming new Series - Shades of Learning.

Progress on the new book is good. I have 15 chapters written and should be done by the end of the week. My beta readers and editors are working like little worker bees and are rushing as much as I to get this one finished and off my computer so I can get started on the next Athena Lee book! Check out this snippet:

“Sir, are those CATTs some kind of AI?”

“Cadet Eberly why do you say that?”

“We watched one enter the cafeteria. It independently did something. I have worked with Military AI’s and they are too stupid to do something like that.”

“Yes they are some kind of AI. You two just joined the secrets act. Expect paperwork on that soon. For now talk about this and go directly to jail and not the fun kind. Understand?” He looked intently at the both of us.

“There is at least one true AI in the galaxy. Commander Athena Lee has possession of one that she acquired a few years ago. He, the AI, agreed to make dumber copies of himself and allow us to use them. The new RAM robots and the CATTs are products of this. They follow instructions but have independent thought. The CATTs more than the RAMs, those are more like the classic droids. We don’t know about the CATTs so far they take instructions. So far.”

We sat there in silence for a moment. There were Super Cats on the planet after all.

“This is what we are going to do. The two of you will keep your mouths shut about this whole incident. Cadet Tisiphone promise to keep your name out of as much of this as we can. If you see a CATT ignore it. They have a job to do and so far are doing a good job. Go back to the dorms. Dismissed.”

Lena gave me another hug as we left the office. She was so happy I was OK. I promised myself that I would fight the next time that someone tried to arrest me.

We kept our word and did not seek out the CATTs. I did catch movement from time-to-time out of the corner of my eye so I knew they were still around. The possible scandal of the security group never came to light. Rumor had it they stepped over the line and gave a ticket it the commandant. If only people knew. The new Militia guards were very nice and in some cases grandfatherly. Being old did not stop them from putting the hammer down on a neck or two if cadets got too rowdy. Old does not mean stupid.

It was almost two weeks to the day when we saw a CATT again.

The day was very long. The obstacle course class was kicking my ass. I had gotten my time down to forty-five minutes so I was getting there. Weapons and tactics had progressed to actual tactics. Using one of the courses we now played paintball during class. I was dead on my feet when I returned to the dorm. Lena was sitting at her desk staring at me when I walked in.

“Are you OK? You look paler than usual.” She pointed at my side of the room.

“Meow!”

Friday, July 1, 2016

Here is a Snippet from the New Book to Start the Month off right!

Enjoy!


I laughed at her expression. “The obstacle course is out out window over there.” I pointed. “It’s an athletic challenge. They use it for Special Operations. To qualify you have to run it in less than fifteen minutes. My best time so far is an hour.”

“I saw that when I prowled the school. We have to run that thing? For real?”

I laughed at her again. “I’ll help you out. I’ve spent all summer running it. CSM Yannos let me stay here rather than with my family.”

“Don’t you like your family?”

“I love my family but they are in the middle of planting season and I would just be in the way over there. Plus they gave my room away to my second cousin. His parents were killed in the Farmers Union Day Massacre.”

“Sorry about your cousin. We watched the vids of that. Horrific, really.” She looked at the expression on my face and said. “Is there a bug on me or something?”

“No bug. You talk very strange did you know that? I don’t mean the New Texas accent either. Sometimes you sound like someone from New London.”

She nodded and looked down at the floor. “I have a fondness for Old Earth Vids. For some reason there is a large collection of the early science fiction vids in our Capital City Library. I’ve seen them all more than once. The Doctor is my favorite.”

“Who is your favorite?”

“Exactly! You’ve seen them?”

“Who are you talking about?”

“You’ve got it. Who!”

“Who, who. What the hell are we talking about?”

“Who of course.”

We continued like this for several minutes before she burst out laughing and explained by showing me some black and white Vid episodes. That night we sat up half the night watching ancient British Vids and laughing.