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Time Split http://www.timesplit.co.uk Website for the author, Patricia Smith Sun, 11 Oct 2015 12:10:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.3 Five star review for Distant Suns – The Silexous http://www.timesplit.co.uk/five-review-for-distant-suns-the-silexous http://www.timesplit.co.uk/five-review-for-distant-suns-the-silexous#respond Mon, 17 Aug 2015 17:51:33 +0000 http://www.timesplit.co.uk/?p=687

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Announcing the release of Distant Suns – The Silexous http://www.timesplit.co.uk/announcing-the-release-of-distant-suns-the-silexous http://www.timesplit.co.uk/announcing-the-release-of-distant-suns-the-silexous#respond Tue, 11 Aug 2015 19:09:32 +0000 http://www.timesplit.co.uk/?p=684 Distant Suns – The Silexous will be released on August 12th.

As the survivors of the catastrophe that turned Earth into a barren rock are settling on their new planet, an enemy from a past encounter finds them and a new fight for survival begins.
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“There’s a ship coming around from the dark side of the planet. I’ve tried communicating with it, but have so far received no response,” Lauren informed.

“Is it the Cyroux?” Joel asked.

“It doesn’t look like the original craft we saw.” Then, as the vessel cleared the planet and moved away from the murky effect of the atmosphere, Lauren leapt from her seat and lunged for the captain’s chair. “It’s the ship that attacked us,” she yelled.

“Get out of there,” Joel called, “go anywhere, just get away.”

Lauren pulled on the headset used to control Terra’s systems and was just about to instruct the ship to go to warp, when the screen was swamped by a powerful pulse of energy.

As the alien vessel grew larger, Lauren realized Terra was moving towards it when a set of numbers, indicating their location in space, changed rapidly on the holographic display which appeared ahead the moment her brain waves connected with the ship’s systems.

She instructed Terra to go to warp. Space ahead blurred slightly, but before the craft could make the leap, a pulse of energy was fired from the attacking vessel again and the warp drive was disabled.

“They’ve got us in a tractor beam, we’re being dragged towards them,” she told the captain on the surface.

She now instructed the ship to reverse. For a moment, the numbers on the holographic display held static and Lauren had some hope they might escape the grip of the beam until another pulse pounded Terra, resonating throughout the hull, and the figures returned to their previous state, continuing to climb.

“What about the force field?” Anton suggested, dragging his eyes away from the enemy ship. “Could we repel them with the force field?”

“It’s on. It activated the moment the system sensed I was alarmed.”

A hiss, soft at first, but increasing with proximity, began to grow on the flight deck. It decreased slightly when the front of the alien vessel opened out to reveal a massive cargo hold. Then, as Terra continued to be dragged in, the hiss climbed again until it reached a painful level.

“What’s happening?” Joel called.

“We’re being pulled into the ship. They’re taking Terra inside their vessel.”

“The force field is overloading,” Anton informed. “The energy levels are into the red.”

“Deactivate it,” Joel instructed. “Do everything you can to escape. We’ll…” Then the link was severed as space behind Terra disappeared.

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Distant Suns – The Silexous now available for pre-orders. http://www.timesplit.co.uk/distant-suns-the-silexous-now-available-for-pre-orders http://www.timesplit.co.uk/distant-suns-the-silexous-now-available-for-pre-orders#respond Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:49:46 +0000 http://www.timesplit.co.uk/?p=680 Distant Suns – The Silexous, due for release 12th August, now available for pre-orders on Amazon.

As the survivors of the catastrophe that turned Earth into a barren rock are settling on their new planet, an enemy from a past encounter finds them and a new fight for survival begins.
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“There’s a ship coming around from the dark side of the planet. I’ve tried communicating with it, but have so far received no response,” Lauren informed.

“Is it the Cyroux?” Joel asked.

“It doesn’t look like the original craft we saw.” Then, as the vessel cleared the planet and moved away from the murky effect of the atmosphere, Lauren leapt from her seat and lunged for the captain’s chair. “It’s the ship that attacked us,” she yelled.

“Get out of there,” Joel called, “go anywhere, just get away.”

Lauren pulled on the headset used to control Terra’s systems and was just about to instruct the ship to go to warp, when the screen was swamped by a powerful pulse of energy.

As the alien vessel grew larger, Lauren realized Terra was moving towards it when a set of numbers, indicating their location in space, changed rapidly on the holographic display which appeared ahead the moment her brain waves connected with the ship’s systems.

She instructed Terra to go to warp. Space ahead blurred slightly, but before the craft could make the leap, a pulse of energy was fired from the attacking vessel again and the warp drive was disabled.

“They’ve got us in a tractor beam, we’re being dragged towards them,” she told the captain on the surface.

She now instructed the ship to reverse. For a moment, the numbers on the holographic display held static and Lauren had some hope they might escape the grip of the beam until another pulse pounded Terra, resonating throughout the hull, and the figures returned to their previous state, continuing to climb.

“What about the force field?” Anton suggested, dragging his eyes away from the enemy ship. “Could we repel them with the force field?”

“It’s on. It activated the moment the system sensed I was alarmed.”

A hiss, soft at first, but increasing with proximity, began to grow on the flight deck. It decreased slightly when the front of the alien vessel opened out to reveal a massive cargo hold. Then, as Terra continued to be dragged in, the hiss climbed again until it reached a painful level.

“What’s happening?” Joel called.

“We’re being pulled into the ship. They’re taking Terra inside their vessel.”

“The force field is overloading,” Anton informed. “The energy levels are into the red.”

“Deactivate it,” Joel instructed. “Do everything you can to escape. We’ll…” Then the link was severed as space behind Terra disappeared.

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Distant Suns – The Silexous http://www.timesplit.co.uk/distant-suns-the-silexous http://www.timesplit.co.uk/distant-suns-the-silexous#respond Sat, 20 Jun 2015 15:09:30 +0000 http://www.timesplit.co.uk/?p=675 My new book, Distant Suns – The Silexous, will be due for release at some point over the next couple of months.  A final read through before it goes off to a proof reader is required, but in the meantime here is a taste of things to come:

Prologue

Anton leaned forward and studied the display.  A ship, emerging from the dark side of the planet, was slowly coming into view.  As he watched, more of the bow was exposed giving him an insight into the size of the vessel.

Glistening in the glare of the sun, the large white craft opened out, wider and wider from a pointed tip, to reveal more of the hull.

He turned to Lauren.  “I thought the Cyroux were not due to arrive until tomorrow.”

She looked up from the display she was studying and stared at the image, then shook her head.  “The Cyroux ship didn’t look like that.”

“They might have different vessels for different purposes,” Anton reasoned.  “The ship we saw was on a scientific expedition, this could just be one from another class.”

Lauren stood and moved to a nearby console.  “I’ll try to raise them.”  She touched the screen, activating the communication pad and pressed the icon to transmit.  “Vessel off our stern, please identify yourself.”  She released the button, waited a moment, then, “This is Terra contacting the spacecraft off our stern, please respond,” she urged, when the speaker remained silent.

“Maybe they don’t understand us,” Anton suggested.

“In that case, they’re not the Cyroux.  The Cyroux learn very quickly and mastered our language in less than a day.”  She touched another section on the display and opened up a different comm. link to the planet.  “We’d better report this in.”

A connection was quickly established and a disembodied voice was heard on the flight deck.  “Hello, Joel here.  What’s up?”

“There’s a ship coming around from the dark side of the planet.  I’ve tried communicating with it, but have so far received no response.”

“Is it the Cyroux?”

“It doesn’t look like the original craft we saw,” then as the vessel cleared the planet and moved away from the murky effect of the atmosphere, Lauren leapt from her seat and lunged for the captain’s chair.  “It’s the ship that attacked us,” she yelled.

“Get out of there,” Joel called, “go anywhere, just get away.”

Lauren pulled on the headset used to control Terra’s systems and was just about to instruct the ship to go to warp, when the screen was swamped by a powerful pulse of energy.

As the alien vessel grew larger, Lauren realised Terra was moving towards it when a set of numbers, indicating their location in space, changed rapidly on the holographic display which appeared ahead the moment her brain waves connected with the ship’s systems.

She instructed Terra to go to warp.  Space ahead blurred slightly, but before the craft could make the leap, a pulse of energy was fired from the attacking vessel again and the warp drive was disabled.

“They’ve got us in a tractor beam, we’re being dragged towards them,” she informed the captain, on the surface.

She now instructed the ship to reverse.  For a moment, the numbers on the holographic display held static and Lauren had some hope they might escape the grip of the beam until another pulse pounded Terra, resonating throughout the hull, and the figures returned to their previous state, continuing to climb.

“What about the force field?” Anton suggested, dragging his eyes away from the enemy ship.  “Could we repel them with the force field?”

“It’s on.  It activated the moment the system sensed I was alarmed.”

A hiss, soft at first, but increasing with proximity began to grow on the flight deck.  It decreased slightly when the front of the alien vessel opened out to reveal a massive cargo hold.  Then as Terra continued to be dragged in, the hiss climbed again until it reached a painful level.

“What’s happening?” Joel called.

“We’re being pulled into the ship.  They’re taking Terra inside their vessel.”

“The force field is over loading,” Anton informed.  “The energy levels are into the red.”

“Deactivate it,” Joel instructed.  “Do everything you can to escape.  We’ll…” then the link was severed as space behind Terra disappeared.

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A Drop of Ink Review http://www.timesplit.co.uk/a-drop-of-ink-review http://www.timesplit.co.uk/a-drop-of-ink-review#respond Thu, 28 May 2015 09:27:45 +0000 http://www.timesplit.co.uk/?p=671 A fabulous review for Distant Suns from Erin at A Drop of Ink:

Distant Suns by Patricia Smith

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Listening to your creative side. http://www.timesplit.co.uk/listening-to-your-creative-side http://www.timesplit.co.uk/listening-to-your-creative-side#respond Fri, 08 May 2015 10:58:51 +0000 http://www.timesplit.co.uk/?p=669 A lovely article about listening to your creative side.

http://booksbywomen.org/art-heart-getting-way-writing/

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Distant Suns for 0.99p http://www.timesplit.co.uk/distant-suns-for-0-99p http://www.timesplit.co.uk/distant-suns-for-0-99p#respond Sun, 03 May 2015 12:08:11 +0000 http://www.timesplit.co.uk/?p=667 To celebrate the up and coming release of my 3rd Distant Suns novel, the 1st Distant Suns, is available for 0.99p.

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A bit of fun; 25 random facts about me. http://www.timesplit.co.uk/a-bit-of-fun-25-random-pieces-of-information-about-me http://www.timesplit.co.uk/a-bit-of-fun-25-random-pieces-of-information-about-me#respond Sat, 18 Apr 2015 12:46:22 +0000 http://www.timesplit.co.uk/?p=663 1   My father named a star after me for Christmas.
2   I went to Sorento in Italy for my honeymoon; strangely, one of my best friends and her husband went to exactly the same place for their
honeymoon also.
3   I love all animals, but my chosen animal as a pet is cats.
4   I do the 5:2 diet every week to keep my weight under control.
5   My other passion, apart from writing, is astronomy.
6   I own my own telescope.
7   I climbed my first mountain, in Mull, a few years ago.
8   I’m hoping to climb my second mountain this year in the summer.
9   I love Christmas so much the celebrations start on the 1st December (there aren’t enough Christmases in your life to waste a single moment).
10 I also love the snow.  I get so excited when it snows, it’s embarrassing.
11 I don’t like the summer, it’s too hot; even in the UK.
12 My favourite season is Autumn.
13 I’m lucky enough to be one of those people that can find joy in even little things, it doesn’t have to be expensive holidays or clothes to make me
happy.
14 I fulfilled a lifelong dream and crossed the Arctic Circle and saw the Northern Lights a couple of years ago.
15 I won’t fly.  I will go to great lengths to go by land, rail or sea, but I won’t fly.
16 I’m frightened of heights.
17 I did some rock climbing on my last staff training day (and yes I did have a panic attack when I got up high).
18 I seem to have forgotten how to slow down and even when I’m not in a rush I find myself doing a trolley dash around the supermarket.
19 I look after hedgehogs every winter.  We usually have at least a couple of baby hedgehogs that we nurse through the winter, to be released in
the spring.
20 My brother is effortlessly good at everything, unlike me who has to work hard to make things work.
21 I used to be a computer technician/programmer.
22 I have very little sense of direction (heaven help us on Snowdon).
23 I work better under pressure.
24 I love the sea and find days at the beach so relaxing.
25 I used to race competitively, long distance running, for my school.

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Indie Book Discovery http://www.timesplit.co.uk/638 http://www.timesplit.co.uk/638#respond Sat, 14 Mar 2015 13:10:59 +0000 http://www.timesplit.co.uk/?p=638 Indie Book Discovery:  A new site to find Indie books and authors.
Follow the link to find my books and those of other Indie authors:
http://www.indiebookdiscovery.com/ibd/author/119_patricia-smith/
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Three fabulous reviews from Charlene at Literary R&R http://www.timesplit.co.uk/three-fabulous-reviews-from-charlene-at-literary-rr http://www.timesplit.co.uk/three-fabulous-reviews-from-charlene-at-literary-rr#respond Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:45 +0000 http://www.timesplit.co.uk/?p=636 http://literaryrr.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/review-distant-suns-by-patricia-smith.html

http://literaryrr.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/review-distant-suns-journey-home-by.html

http://literaryrr.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/review-islands-epidemic-by-patricia.html

Many thanks to Charlene at Literary R&R for the time she took to read and review my novels.

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