The Queen’s Gambit: What’s Next?

Part of the serial story The Queen’s Gambit

Thank you so much to everyone who joined me on this journey. As a new author, I didn’t know what to expect, but you all have been amazing. I loved reading your comments as the story unfolded. :)

Thank you once again to my volunteer betas: Regina Brandt, Alex Curran, Julie Ferm, Amanda Larson, and Liv W. These brave souls helped make the final chapters stronger, and I appreciate their help so, so much.

So, what’s next? Now the novella will go through several rounds of edits to polish it from rough draft to final draft. After that, it will be posted up as an e-novella at your favorite retailers. Continue reading “The Queen’s Gambit: What’s Next?”

The Queen’s Gambit: Chapter 14

Part of the serial story The Queen’s Gambit

I spent the next few days putting out fires large and small. Now that we had food again, people seemingly lost their damn minds. I knew they were just blowing off steam after months of focused good behavior, but cracking skulls and dishing out punishments kept me busy enough that exhaustion plagued my steps.

The Kos Empire reopened trade and started allowing Rogue Coalition crews to take on shipping and mercenary jobs once more. My people went back to work and the number of incidents I had to mediate dropped steeply.

Food and supplies kept arriving, and I knew I was going to have to confront Valentin about it, but I always found a reason to put it off for just one more day.

Then, two days later, a morning came and went without a new message from Valentin. Continue reading “The Queen’s Gambit: Chapter 14”

I Survived the Half Marathon!

Today was the half marathon I’ve been (sort of) training for. It’s not my first half, so my training maybe wasn’t as good as it should have been, but I finished it!

My stretch goal was to finish in less than three hours and I came in at 2:57:47. I just squeaked under the line. :)

Also, I sort of forgot that racing involves getting up at the crack of dawn. Hello, 5:20 AM, it’s been a while. I ran with two friends and it wasn’t too bad until we hit mile ten or so. After that, it was a slog to the end.

Me with my finisher medal But look at this shiny, shiny medal! Yay!

Now I plan to take over the couch and spend the day watching the Olympics and doing nothing more strenuous than changing channels or flipping pages in a book. :)

The Queen’s Gambit: Chapter 13, Part 3

Part of the serial story The Queen’s Gambit

Stella and I waited in the open-sided indoor transport while Ari put Asray into standby. It occurred to me after Ari left that I probably should’ve been the one to do it, but in my current emotional state, I’d just as likely launch the ship into orbit. Perhaps it was best that Ari took care of it.

“Thank you for saving my life,” I said to Stella. “I know I’m a difficult patient, but I really do appreciate everything you do.”

She waved off my words. “All of my favorite patients are difficult,” she confided. “But that doesn’t mean I won’t bust your ass back to medical if I see you lifting anything even a gram over the limit. I have a scale and I’m not afraid to use it.”

I laughed at the mental picture of her trailing me with a scale. She would do it, too. “I’ll be on my best behavior,” I told her honestly. Continue reading “The Queen’s Gambit: Chapter 13, Part 3”

The Queen’s Gambit: Chapter 13, Part 2

Part of the serial story The Queen’s Gambit

Ari was waiting for me when I stepped out of the bathroom. “I see Stella wasn’t joking about assigning you as my babysitter,” I said without heat. I smiled and pulled her into a hug. “I’m just glad I’m here for you to babysit.”

She squeezed me tight. “Thanks for coming back for me. It was stupid and reckless, but I appreciate it.”

“You’re welcome,” I said. I let her go and stepped back to eye her leg. “How’s the calf?” I asked.

“It’s healed. Luckily, Asray has multiple med chambers. We made use of them, though you were the worst, by far.”

“I know you’ve been holding back on me. Catch me up while we walk,” I said. “I need to stretch my legs.” Continue reading “The Queen’s Gambit: Chapter 13, Part 2”