Which seeds will aid Bex in saving her world?
In a world ruined by long-forgotten ancestors, Bex sets off to establish a new homestead with her ideal man. The fact he’s a robot and has to do everything she says is wonderful. For a day. When she arrives at the plot of earth, from which she will nurture the precious seeds she’s been entrusted with, it’s already occupied. By a man. And he’s no robot. He has radical ideas as corrosive as the air.
Also included is the Deadly Sins Collection:
The Fall: A battle with aliens for the last habitable planet will determine humanity’s fate. Are we the supreme life form in the galaxy?
Poetic Greed: The wrongs keep piling up as a heroic doctor attempts to right her life. Two greeds don’t make a right.
Blood is Thicker than Time: An anger so violent, so virile, it transcends time.
Corrosive story only (no sins) at Bookcessories for 75c
Also part of the Mayhem in the Air anthology…
Tales from Untethered Realms. Ten stories of horror, the fantastic, the future, and macabre, all embracing the element of air.
From Amazon bestselling and popular science fiction and fantasy authors comes Mayhem in the Air, a supernatural anthology of ten thrilling tales. Meet hot robots, hungry winds and the goddess of chaos. Explore alien planets, purgatorial realms, and a shocking place where people bury the living with their dead. Mayhem in the Air is the second, long-awaited story collection from the dynamic and inventive Untethered Realms group.
“A Strange Penitence” by Catherine Stine – A young artist pays a supernatural price when a drawing trip to North Carolina turns deadly.
“Mass Transit” by Graeme Ing – For Emily, mind over matter is not just a saying, but the gateway to her career among the largest starships built by man.
“A Tangled Weave” by River Fairchild – A TimePulse rips through the Great Tapestry of Life, leaving Earth’s history in a jumble, and Death and Chronos in a race to save the world yet again.
“Corrosive” by M. Pax – In a world ruined by pollutants, Bex sets off to establish a new homestead with her dreamy robotic man. Already farming her plot of land is another dreamy man with radical ideas, presenting new challenges as corrosive as the air.
“Saving Scrooge: A Short Story Prequel to the Saving Marley Series” by Gwen Gardner – Marley is sent from purgatory to save the soul of his old friend. Can he save his own in the bargain?
“The Silent Wind” by Christine Rains – A team of specialists must dispel a mysterious storm on an alien planet to prepare it for colonization. One by one the crew disappears until only a seasoned soldier remains. How can he battle a hungry wind that makes no noise?
“Paper Lanterns” by Cherie Reich: In order to keep his promise to his daughter, Mayor Alfred Merry must betray the woman he loves.
“Chaos. Hope. Love.” by Misha Gerrick – Although Eris is the goddess of chaos, her life has fallen into a nice and comfortable routine. Until someone from her past shows up in her bookstore.
“Cardinal Sin” by Julie Flanders: Beleaguered hospital workers bury the living with the dead in the midst of a tuberculosis epidemic and a seething spirit vows vengeance from the skies.
“The Ark” by Cathrina Constantine -Plagued with memory flashes of fiery explosions and running for her life, Fallon emerges from a drugged stupor to find herself in an airborne Ark, and the earth below is a drowning wasteland.
With hard work, Bex’s generation could be the first to make tangible improvements. Like every citizen of Earth, she longed for nothing besides a companionable Coda and to succeed at her homestead so her name would live on in the archives as a contributing citizen.
Enter the physical attributes of your Coda. The request for data scrolled across the glass partition hanging from the ceiling.
Bex’s fingers sank deeper into the squishy control panel. Her thoughts pulsed down her arm and into the kiosk. “Powerful, devastating smile, warm eyes, warm skin, rakish curls, preferably dark,” she answered.
Enter your Coda’s behavioral attributes.
“Fierce.” She would need a protector. “Hard working. Devoted to family. Good sense of humor. A sensitive side.”
How many children?
Visualizing her life with the perfect Coda had occupied most of Bex’s childhood hours. While toiling at chores, her mind would carefully design every exhaustive detail of her Coda’s ideal personality and sigh-inducing appearance. She would also picture their children and had thought up the perfect name for each. “Seven,” she replied without hesitation.
Names, genders, birth order.
She rattled off four boys and three girls, one named for her mother, and requested all be as strong as a Coda. It’d be the only way her descendents would survive.
Grating noises rumbled out of the wall from which the conveyor belt jutted. Bex chewed her lower lip, anxious to know what her Coda would be like. Had she been specific enough? Had she been too restrictive?
“I should have said kind. I hope it’s kind like mother’s.” The Coda who had raised Bex had loved to play games and tell stories. He had been so patient and caring. Her mother had done well. Bex had asked her mother’s advice before embarking to the elevator and had typed in the same data her mother had. Well, what her mother remembered.
Clanking joined the high-pitched whine of a drill. The conveyor spasmed to life, jerking and sputtering. Bex tried to hold her breath. Her suit didn’t let her, and she inhaled a gasp. The strips of plastic over the opening in the rear wall billowed as if caught in a strong wind, and the Coda she had always imagined poked through. He rode the belt to the center, glimmering under the strong lights.
Bronzed skin, a chiseled physique, and rakish waves falling over hazel eyes glittering in a formidable dare, he held out his hand. A circuit buzzed warming his fingers as Bex touched them. He was perfect, the vision she had dreamed about.
“Will you join your life with mine?” he asked.
Only one answer formed on her lips. “Yes.” His virtual mouth touched the image of her mouth. Her modules sent the tremor of pleasure over her nerves.