Thursday, December 1, 2016

Return to Earth Anthology Now in Print

WHAT IF OUR FIRST EXTRATERRESTRIAL ENCOUNTER WAS WITH HUMANS RETURNING TO EARTH?

Experience first contact…with us. The Alvarium Experiment is proud to present award-winning and accomplished authors in Return to Earth, now in print as a single anthology available on Amazon. Explore all ten unique short stories that blend science fiction with fantasy, suspense, mystery, romance, and history.

RETURN TO EARTH ANTHOLOGY

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About "AOB," a Return to Earth short story

by Bria Burton

In "AOB," Aona, an Alien-Operated Bot (AOB), suffers a malfunction that could jeopardize her mission on Earth and could lead to the extinction of an entire species from another planet.

About Return to Earth

Return to Earth is the second project of the Alvarium Experiment, a consortium of accomplished and award-winning authors.
The stories do not need to be read in any particular order; each story is an entry point into the overall story. Return to Earth stories & authors are:

“AOB” by Bria Burton. Aona, an Alien-Operated Bot (AOB), suffers a malfunction that could jeopardize her mission on Earth and could lead to the extinction of an entire species from another planet.
Visit Bria at www.briaburton.com

“The Paradoxical Man” by Bard Constantine. Albert Rosen is one of five explorers who vanished on a deep-sea expedition into the Bermuda Triangle. He returns to Earth centuries later, transported across space and time through a mysterious wormhole. However, Earth is not the home he remembers. Humankind has been evacuated, and the survivors lie in hibernation aboard the Locus, an orbiting space station. Rosen is forced to match wits with Deis, an artificial intelligence determined to keep humanity in stasis until he is convinced they are fit to return.
Visit Bard at www.bardwritesbooks.com

“Children Of The Stars” by Charles A. Cornell. In Japan, an American medical researcher discovers the deadly secret behind an eighty-year-old woman’s ageless appearance and incredible fertility, and her connection to the bizarre disappearance of the freighter the Ourang Medan in 1948.
Visit Charles at www.charlesacornell.com

“Project Bright Star” by Kristin Durfee. A once thought failed secret mission to colonize a distant planet, named 0X3B1, is discovered to have been successful when descendants of that mission return to Earth fifty-one years after their grandparents left, much to the surprise, and fear, of the world.
Visit Kristin at www.kristindurfee.com

“Recovery”by Veronica Helen Hart. When a virus threatens the lives of everyone on board a transfer station for intergalactic travel, it’s up to Dr. Candace Bertram to retrieve the only known vaccine from Earth. The risky, untested method of transport could mean catastrophic mission failure, and grave danger for Dr. Bertram.
Visit Veronica at www.veronicahhart.com

“Coming Home” by John Hope. Finally achieving his dream of being an astronaut on the Jupiter missions, Jasper’s mind is elsewhere, on the recent loss of his stepfather, Bud. But Jasper’s space mission is interrupted when he is sucked into a wormhole that transports him to a different time, 30 years in the past. And now, doctors don’t believe where he’s from. Fortunately, his loving nurse at his side comforts him and a love builds. That is, until he realizes that his nurse’s son is Jasper as a young boy.
Visit John at www.johnhopewriting.com

“Someday Loyal” by Elle Andrews Patt. Alien invaders are lobbing fireballs at Peoria, but Grandmama is holding tea. When the military arrives in search of Mrs. Suniol, Alice is drawn into the mystery of Lake Snow, a missing husband, and securing the key to an entire civilization’s survival.
Visit Elle at www.elleandrewspatt.com

“Under The Whelming Tide” by Ken Pelham. The Aethir, space-born descendants of the mythical planet Earth, are returning home at last to fulfill their destiny. But not all believe the great homecoming will be the heaven they have been promised.
Visit Ken at www.kenpelham.com

“Social Experiment” by Tracie Roberts. For the past two years Dr. Olivia Tate had led a satisfying life with her alien spouse, Kya Dumont. As a scientist and cancer survivor, Liv is on a mission to discover a cure for the deadly disease. But something equally deadly has put Kya’s people, the Oo’mahn, in danger of extinction. With an order to evacuate Earth, Kya struggles between helping her people and remaining with the woman she loves, especially now that Liv has also fallen ill. Now Kya’s ship is approaching and the couple must not only find a cure for Liv and the Oo’mahn, but also devise a plan to remain together despite the objection of the aliens.
Visit Tracie at www.tracieroberts.com

“Gaia Returning” by C.L. Roman. Pirates steal things. It’s what they do… When Captain Irina Demyanov’s first mate disobeys orders and steals the crown jewels of a vengeful alien race, she knows she’s out of options. Desperate to escape, Irina takes her chances on a dangerous vortex leap and lands near an unnamed, yet strangely familiar planet. The gamble may have paid off, but between hostile inhabitants and inevitable discovery by their pursuers, the pirates’ chances of survival appear slim. Can the human remnant find refuge, or will their enemies put a permanent end to the human race?
Visit C.L. at www.brassragpress.com

For additional info about the stories and authors, visit the website: www.alvariumexperiment.wixsite.com/returntoearth
Facebook Fan Page: The Alvarium Experiment

Friday, September 30, 2016

Return to Earth Spotlight: Veronica H. Hart


The Alvarium Experiment Presents Return to Earth


The Return to Earth stories are unique in that each story is featured as an individual $0.99 Kindle ebook. The stories can be read in any order. Once you select your first story, be prepared. You just might get hooked and want to buy all ten.

Today, I'm spotlighting author Veronica H. Hart.


Interview with Veronica H. Hart

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KE3J3YG

Veronica Helen Hart, like many of the Alvarium Experiment authors, writes in multiple fiction genres: women’s, historical and science fiction with a little murder and adventure on the side. “Recovery” is her first foray into science fiction and it is available for FREE today through 10/4 on Kindle. Follow link to download while supplies last!


Q: How did you come up with your story, ‘Recovery’, for Return to Earth?

VHH: My first idea fell apart, shattered by being too big for even a novella, much less a short story. I thought I’d do an interim sequel to Silent Autumn, my science fiction novel which is a finalist for a Royal Palm Literary Award (Florida Writers Association) this year. By adding the extra element of humans returning to Earth a hundred and fifty years after The Devastation, I created an entirely different story than anticipated. Taylor, Max and the kids will have to have something else to contend with when I get back to them.

In the meantime, I’d been watching the news about how Big Pharma can price-gauge the public and even withhold development or release of a drug until they can guarantee themselves the biggest profits regardless of the needs of the population, so I put a group of people on an intergalactic transfer station and created a disease. The premise of the story is to send one of their scientists to Earth to secure the formula. Once I had the premise, it suddenly turned humorous.

Q: What is happening in your writing world now?

VHH: While I await the results of entries into competitions, Silent Autumn in the RPLA, and The Reluctant Daughters in the Writers’ Digest Self-published competition, I am working on my first paranormal murder mystery/romance, Knife! I’m also spending time making the rounds of book fairs, libraries and other events to promote my books.

Q: What is the most difficult thing about writing for you?

VHH: The most frustrating is seeing my books associated with an author with a very similar name to mine. I constantly have to remind publicists for events that they must include my middle name or at the very least my middle initial when they post my books for sale at an event. For example, I will be presenting at a state university in October, and the press release has my name without the middle initial. If students type in my name to see what I’ve written, they will wind up on a porn site. It is unfortunate that that other writer’s name is a fictitious name – the woman is too embarrassed and ashamed of the trash she writes to use her real name. When I notified the people in charge, they  of course immediately corrected the oversight.

About Return to Earth

Return to Earth is the second project of the Alvarium Experiment, a consortium of accomplished and award-winning authors.
The stories do not need to be read in any particular order; each story is an entry point into the overall story.
Return to Earth stories & authors are:

"AOB" by Bria Burton. Aona, an Alien-Operated Bot (AOB), suffers a malfunction that could jeopardize her mission on Earth and could lead to the extinction of an entire species from another planet.
Visit Bria at www.briaburton.com

"The Paradoxical Man" by Bard Constantine. Albert Rosen is one of five explorers who vanished on a deep-sea expedition into the Bermuda Triangle. He returns to Earth centuries later, transported across space and time through a mysterious wormhole. However, Earth is not the home he remembers. Humankind has been evacuated, and the survivors lie in hibernation aboard the Locus, an orbiting space station. Rosen is forced to match wits with Deis, an artificial intelligence determined to keep humanity in stasis until he is convinced they are fit to return.
Visit Bard at www.bardwritesbooks.com

"Children Of The Stars" by Charles A. Cornell. In Japan, an American medical researcher discovers the deadly secret behind an eighty-year-old woman's ageless appearance and incredible fertility, and her connection to the bizarre disappearance of the freighter the Ourang Medan in 1948.
Visit Charles at www.charlesacornell.com

"Project Bright Star" by Kristin Durfee. A once thought failed secret mission to colonize a distant planet, named 0X3B1, is discovered to have been successful when descendants of that mission return to Earth fifty-one years after their grandparents left, much to the surprise, and fear, of the world.
Visit Kristin at www.kristindurfee.com

"Recovery"by Veronica Helen Hart. When a virus threatens the lives of everyone on board a transfer station for intergalactic travel, it's up to Dr. Candace Bertram to retrieve the only known vaccine from Earth. The risky, untested method of transport could mean catastrophic mission failure, and grave danger for Dr. Bertram.
Visit Veronica at www.veronicahhart.com

"Coming Home" by John Hope. Finally achieving his dream of being an astronaut on the Jupiter missions, Jasper's mind is elsewhere, on the recent loss of his stepfather, Bud. But Jasper's space mission is interrupted when he is sucked into a wormhole that transports him to a different time, 30 years in the past. And now, doctors don't believe where he's from. Fortunately, his loving nurse at his side comforts him and a love builds. That is, until he realizes that his nurse's son is Jasper as a young boy.
Visit John at www.johnhopewriting.com

"Someday Loyal" by Elle Andrews Patt. Alien invaders are lobbing fireballs at Peoria, but Grandmama is holding tea. When the military arrives in search of Mrs. Suniol, Alice is drawn into the mystery of Lake Snow, a missing husband, and securing the key to an entire civilization's survival.
Visit Elle at www.elleandrewspatt.com

"Under The Whelming Tide" by Ken Pelham. The Aethir, space-born descendants of the mythical planet Earth, are returning home at last to fulfill their destiny. But not all believe the great homecoming will be the heaven they have been promised.
Visit Ken at www.kenpelham.com

"Social Experiment" by Tracie Roberts. For the past two years Dr. Olivia Tate had led a satisfying life with her alien spouse, Kya Dumont. As a scientist and cancer survivor, Liv is on a mission to discover a cure for the deadly disease. But something equally deadly has put Kya’s people, the Oo’mahn, in danger of extinction. With an order to evacuate Earth, Kya struggles between helping her people and remaining with the woman she loves, especially now that Liv has also fallen ill. Now Kya’s ship is approaching and the couple must not only find a cure for Liv and the Oo’mahn, but also devise a plan to remain together despite the objection of the aliens.
Visit Tracie at www.tracieroberts.com

"Gaia Returning" by C.L. Roman. Pirates steal things. It's what they do... When Captain Irina Demyanov’s first mate disobeys orders and steals the crown jewels of a vengeful alien race, she knows she’s out of options. Desperate to escape, Irina takes her chances on a dangerous vortex leap and lands near an unnamed, yet strangely familiar planet. The gamble may have paid off, but between hostile inhabitants and inevitable discovery by their pursuers, the pirates’ chances of survival appear slim. Can the human remnant find refuge, or will their enemies put a permanent end to the human race?
Visit C.L. at www.brassragpress.com


For additional info about the stories and authors, visit the website: www.alvariumexperiment.wixsite.com/returntoearth

Facebook Fan Page: The Alvarium Experiment



Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Running Girls: A Novelette

The Running Girls

A New Novelette Now Available


Two girls with nothing in common except the 500-Mile Summer of '89 Challenge

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Clara is an average student and below-average athlete. With some inspiration from her cross country coach, Clara decides to take on a summer running challenge: complete 500 miles in three months. The problem? Her parents don't want her jogging all those miles alone, but Clara doesn't want to run with the girl they suggest. Joan is weird, and something seems to be mentally wrong with her. Except none of Clara's other friends run. Will she complete the challenge, or does being stuck with Joan mean she's destined to fail?


Book Signing Hosted by St. Pete Running Company

When: Friday, 9/23/16 from 6-8 PM
Where: St. Pete Running Company
6986 22nd Ave N, St. Pete, FL 33710

I'll be signing and personalizing copies of The Running Girls through an app called Autography.

Books available in print and ebook:
Lance & Ringo Tails
Little Angel Helper
The Prometheus Saga

What is a novelette?

A novelette is longer than a short story, shorter than a novella. The Running Girls is about 12K words.


Friday, September 16, 2016

Writing About Girls Who Run

The Running Girls

Novelette Launch Date 9/17/16


What's the story about?


Here's the tagline: Two girls with nothing in common except the 500-Mile Summer of '89 Challenge.

Clara is an average student and below-average athlete. With some inspiration from her cross country coach, Clara decides to take on a summer running challenge: complete 500 miles in three months. The problem? Her parents don't want her jogging all those miles alone, but Clara doesn't want to run with the girl they suggest. Joan is weird, and something seems to be mentally wrong with her. Except none of Clara's other friends run. Will she complete the challenge, or does being stuck with Joan mean she's destined to fail?

Where did this story originate?


A couple of weeks ago, my running partner, Terry, and I had just conquered a six-mile run through Clearwater that included the Sand Key bridge. Needless to say, we felt strong and fabulous.

On the drive home, my phone rang. The bluetooth in the car told me that Janna Angell (owner of St. Pete Running Company--and my boss) was calling. Unable to sift through the backseat for my phone as I drove, I apologized to Terry and proceeded to answer with the bluetooth, informing Janna that she was on speakerphone.

During the brief chat, Janna invited me to participate in a book signing that she and Cody were hosting at the store for Dr. Brian Fullem and his new book, The Runner's Guide to Healthy Feet and Ankles.

I was so honored to be asked. But once I hung up the phone, I realized that my only available books had nothing to do with running. My novel, Sprinter, is still under consideration by an agent and is not yet published.

When I mentioned this to Terry, she suggested that I write a story for this book signing about a runner.

Brilliant! Why hadn't I thought of that?

Running Legend Alyssa Bowers



I talk about my amazing cousin, Alyssa, quite a lot on this blog. She's the one who ran a crazy Trans-Alpine race about a year ago. Eight days, about a marathon a day in the Alps. And she FINISHED! Unlike a third of the other competitors. That's just one of the reasons she's a legend.

She's also the person behind my love/hate relationship with running. She got me started back in college when I had no intention of running more than a few miles at a time.

When I started jotting down ideas for a story about a runner, I immediately thought of Alyssa and her best friend, Jenni. Back in high school, they completed a 500-mile summer running challenge. That gave me the premise for the story.

The Florida Heritage Book Festival




When: Saturday, 9/17/16 from 7 AM-5 PM
Where: Flagler College (Ringhaver Student Center)
50 Sevilla Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084


Giveaway: Come by my table and enter the drawing to win a free copy of Lance & Ringo Tails. Find out instantly if you are the winner.


The Running Girls will be released as an ebook at this event. I'll be signing and personalizing copies through an app called Autography.


Book Signing Hosted by St. Pete Running Company





When: Friday, 9/23/16 from 5-7 PM
Where: St. Pete Running Company
6986 22nd Ave N, St. Pete, FL 33710


I'll be signing and personalizing copies of The Running Girls through an app called Autography.

Books available in print and ebook:
Lance & Ringo Tails
Little Angel Helper
The Prometheus Saga


What is a novelette?


A novelette is longer than a short story, shorter than a novella. The Running Girls is about 12K words.


Return to Earth Spotlight: Tracie Roberts

The Alvarium Experiment Presents Return to Earth


What if the alien visitors that surprised Earth were actually human? Ten authors unite behind this theme in Return to Earth, a unique science fiction collection. Each story is featured as an individual $0.99 Kindle ebook.

Today, I'm spotlighting author Tracie Roberts.


Interview with Tracie Roberts


Tracie writes in multiple genres including paranormal romance, YA, and New Adult. “Social Experiment” is her first foray into science fiction and it is available for FREE today on Kindle. Follow link to download while supplies last!


Q: So, Tracie, you weren’t involved with the first Alvarium project, The Prometheus Saga. How did you happen to join this second project?

TR: I didn’t even know about the first project! But my very good friend, critique partner, and fellow Alvarium author, C.L. Roman, vouched for me with the group and I was invited to join. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with other talented writers and hope to do so again in the future.

Q: Being a romance author, did you find it difficult writing science fiction?

TR: At first I did. I struggled to find a premise to write about without the story sounding cliché. I mean, as a Star Trek and Star Wars fan myself, I couldn’t think of many sci-fi topics that hadn’t already been covered. Then, as I wrote a basic outline for my story (that ended up being WAY bigger in scope than what I published for the Alvarium Project), I realized that I could write a romance that fit the premise of humans returning to earth. “Social Experiment” is what came of following that rabbit trail. And I would like to expand the story to include the larger scale premise that I originally started with and have more of an alien presence.

Q: Do you have any news about upcoming projects you’d like to share with the readers?

TR: I do! Though my writing has slowed down some since I returned to my paying job (as an English teacher of all things), I have been working to finish the first book in my new sweet romance series, The Lantana Beach series. In Skimming the Surface, readers are introduced to sassy, strong-willed Savannah Montgomery who speaks her mind but guards her heart especially around Ty Carafello, a former NFL player turned agent who is determined to prove to Savannah that there are still some good men to be found. The story is set in a fictitious NEFL beach town that many readers will automatically recognize. 

In a few weeks, I’ll be in Orlando as a signing author at Indie Bookfest. I’m excited to meet with readers during the two-day event on October 7-8. Anyone interested can check out the IBF website here.

Q: If readers want to check out more of your work or more about you, where should they go?
TR: You can find me on Facebook as tracie.roberts13 or on Twitter @tracie_roberts. Or you can visit my blog and sign up for my newsletter for the latest on my new releases, plus some exclusive content! I look forward to seeing you there.


About the Author

Tracie Roberts is a native Floridian who laughs loudest at her own jokes, ODs quite frequently on 80s nostalgia, and eavesdrops on perfect strangers to glean story ideas. She’s been writing for all of four years but has been telling stories since she was old enough to realize she could make people believe her lies.

Find out more about Tracie’s future works at tracieroberts.com or connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


About Return to Earth

Return to Earth is the second project of the Alvarium Experiment, a consortium of accomplished and award-winning authors.
The stories do not need to be read in any particular order; each story is an entry point into the overall story.
Return to Earth stories & authors are:

"AOB" by Bria Burton. Aona, an Alien-Operated Bot (AOB), suffers a malfunction that could jeopardize her mission on Earth and could lead to the extinction of an entire species from another planet.
Visit Bria at www.briaburton.com

"The Paradoxical Man" by Bard Constantine. Albert Rosen is one of five explorers who vanished on a deep-sea expedition into the Bermuda Triangle. He returns to Earth centuries later, transported across space and time through a mysterious wormhole. However, Earth is not the home he remembers. Humankind has been evacuated, and the survivors lie in hibernation aboard the Locus, an orbiting space station. Rosen is forced to match wits with Deis, an artificial intelligence determined to keep humanity in stasis until he is convinced they are fit to return.
Visit Bard at www.bardwritesbooks.com

"Children Of The Stars" by Charles A. Cornell. In Japan, an American medical researcher discovers the deadly secret behind an eighty-year-old woman's ageless appearance and incredible fertility, and her connection to the bizarre disappearance of the freighter the Ourang Medan in 1948.
Visit Charles at www.charlesacornell.com

"Project Bright Star" by Kristin Durfee. A once thought failed secret mission to colonize a distant planet, named 0X3B1, is discovered to have been successful when descendants of that mission return to Earth fifty-one years after their grandparents left, much to the surprise, and fear, of the world.
Visit Kristin at www.kristindurfee.com

"Recovery"by Veronica Helen Hart. When a virus threatens the lives of everyone on board a transfer station for intergalactic travel, it's up to Dr. Candace Bertram to retrieve the only known vaccine from Earth. The risky, untested method of transport could mean catastrophic mission failure, and grave danger for Dr. Bertram.
Visit Veronica at www.veronicahhart.com

"Coming Home" by John Hope. Finally achieving his dream of being an astronaut on the Jupiter missions, Jasper's mind is elsewhere, on the recent loss of his stepfather, Bud. But Jasper's space mission is interrupted when he is sucked into a wormhole that transports him to a different time, 30 years in the past. And now, doctors don't believe where he's from. Fortunately, his loving nurse at his side comforts him and a love builds. That is, until he realizes that his nurse's son is Jasper as a young boy.
Visit John at www.johnhopewriting.com

"Someday Loyal" by Elle Andrews Patt. Alien invaders are lobbing fireballs at Peoria, but Grandmama is holding tea. When the military arrives in search of Mrs. Suniol, Alice is drawn into the mystery of Lake Snow, a missing husband, and securing the key to an entire civilization's survival.
Visit Elle at www.elleandrewspatt.com

"Under The Whelming Tide" by Ken Pelham. The Aethir, space-born descendants of the mythical planet Earth, are returning home at last to fulfill their destiny. But not all believe the great homecoming will be the heaven they have been promised.
Visit Ken at www.kenpelham.com

"Social Experiment" by Tracie Roberts. For the past two years Dr. Olivia Tate had led a satisfying life with her alien spouse, Kya Dumont. As a scientist and cancer survivor, Liv is on a mission to discover a cure for the deadly disease. But something equally deadly has put Kya’s people, the Oo’mahn, in danger of extinction. With an order to evacuate Earth, Kya struggles between helping her people and remaining with the woman she loves, especially now that Liv has also fallen ill. Now Kya’s ship is approaching and the couple must not only find a cure for Liv and the Oo’mahn, but also devise a plan to remain together despite the objection of the aliens.
Visit Tracie at www.tracieroberts.com

"Gaia Returning" by C.L. Roman. Pirates steal things. It's what they do... When Captain Irina Demyanov’s first mate disobeys orders and steals the crown jewels of a vengeful alien race, she knows she’s out of options. Desperate to escape, Irina takes her chances on a dangerous vortex leap and lands near an unnamed, yet strangely familiar planet. The gamble may have paid off, but between hostile inhabitants and inevitable discovery by their pursuers, the pirates’ chances of survival appear slim. Can the human remnant find refuge, or will their enemies put a permanent end to the human race?
Visit C.L. at www.brassragpress.com


For additional info about the stories and authors, visit the website: www.alvariumexperiment.wixsite.com/returntoearth

Facebook Fan Page: The Alvarium Experiment


Friday, September 9, 2016

Return to Earth Spotlight: Elle Andrews Patt

The Alvarium Experiment Presents Return to Earth


I hope you're enjoying the Return to Earth short stories and the author interviews. Today, I'm spotlighting author Elle Andrews Patt.


Interview with Elle Andrews Patt



Elle Andrews Patt writes speculative and literary fiction and is a member of the Alvarium Experiment, a consortium of award-winning writers reinventing the way readers experience short fiction. Her novelette, "Someday Loyal" is available for FREE today on Kindle. Follow link to download today!

Q: How did you become involved with the Alvarium Experiment and what was the thought process behind evolving Return To Earth as AE's second project?

EAP: My friend M.J Carlson vouched for my writing skills and introduced me as a prospect to AE co-founder Ken Pelham at the Florida Writers Association (FWA) conference just as AE was forming. The next evening, I won the First Place Royal Palm Literary Award (RPLA) from FWA for Published Short Fiction for a second year in a row. Ken shot me an email containing the basic contract all AE writers agree to, the framework he and Charles A. Cornell had developed as the first project (The Prometheus Saga), the stellar list of writers who had already agreed to write with AE, and invited me to join if I liked the concept. I did and am still enjoying our collaboration. We write stand-alone stories that we publish individually, but all of which are connected in some way, by premise or recurring element, as a series of stories for readers. Readers can read them in any order they choose.

When we were ready to launch a second project, we kicked around the idea of writing within the Prometheus framework again. Either again featuring the Prometheus probe or of writing a different character/place/thing that again played a role in each author's story. As a group we decided to wait a bit longer before returning to that framework and live up to our name by experimenting further with concept, this time going from the very focused framework of Prometheus to the very open structure of writing stories that only share their premise. Eventually we narrowed down the various ideas we tossed out to each other to one: an unexpected return to earth by humans, leaving the time period, setting, and characters to writer's choice. In this way it is more of a 'traditional' anthology of short fiction, but we are continuing to break ground in the arena of collaborative indie development, editing, and marketing. By going to conceptual extremes in AE's first two projects we'll be able to analyze our success as a group and further experiment and refine our future projects to provide our readers the pleasurable benefits of fresh perspectives, interesting anthology structures, and engaging, high-concept stories.

Q: What was the inspiration for your Return To Earth story, "Someday Loyal"?

EAP: Actually, I started four different stories for this project. Three did not develop for me. The fourth one kept building and building until I had a 14,000 word novel treatment and outline instead of short fiction. I'll finish fleshing that out into a full novel. Casting about for a new idea, I sorted through my story scraps and found three paragraphs about three characters having tea while alien fireballs streaked through the sky. Charles had already developed a promo graphic that included flaming astroids falling to Earth and my brain went, ah-ha! 'Someday Loyal' grew from that little story scrap into a novelette that I am personally very pleased with. I hope your readers like it, too.

Q: Could you tell us about a difficulty you overcame as you wrote this particular story?

EAP: There were two issues I had problems with regarding "Someday Loyal". I write my stories completely first to get them down. Then I re-write by layering in story elements like weather and sound or planting an item the characters will need later. The first issue, the construction of and the 'why' behind the fireballs, kept coming back from my first reader and editors as confusing. It took me several passes to build the explanation of them in a way that readers could both recognize and remember as they continued reading. The second issue I had to re-write several times to get right regarded the climax and the 'telling of the tale', the mystery's reveal, in a way that allowed all the characters to participate, made sense, and didn't cause one character in particular to appear callous about others safety. Writing a group of characters talking together versus one character to another is actually much more difficult than it appears. I've had quite a bit of practice since it's a skill I wanted to have and have worked to develop over the years I've been writing, but it's still a challenge every time.

Q: What does your next year as a writer look like?

I have lots going on in my writing life. I'm in re-writes on a novel set on Beech Mountain. It's about a  female veteran who, after failing to save a life, searches for solace in the physical endurance of solitary running, but finds a family instead. I'm seeking representation for my paranormal murder mystery, Billie Mae, which is a 2016 RPLA Finalist in the Unpublished Mystery Novel category. I'm continually sending out short fiction submissions to paying magazine markets. I'm also working on three stories in progress, a sequel to Billie Mae, a standalone crime novel set in Daytona Beach called Blind Mice Bite, and the fourth Return To Earth story attempt gone awry, Annunaki"Someday Loyal" includes a minor character from Annunaki and is set in the same universe. When I need thinking time on one, I switch to writing on another. I'll be attending Dragon*Con and two writers' conferences during the next year. I also have family travel scheduled during which I'll be able to collect info and do research for short fiction and I've been invited on two separate ghost hunts as research for the Billie Mae sequel, which will be great fun. Within a few months, the Alvarium Experiment will be deciding on a third project, so there will be a story to write for that as well.

Q: How can readers find out more about your work?

Please visit me at elleandrewspatt.com to read my short fiction and samples of my novels. You can also follow me on Twitter: @LandrewsPatt Facebook: Elle Andrews Patt Instagram: elleandrewspatt


About the Author

Elle Andrews Patt writes literary and speculative fiction, mucks stalls, and photographs found objects. In the past she has made her living as a vet tech, a pizza maker, and a farm manager among many other ventures. She currently lives with her husband and two daughters in the breeziest part of Florida she's ever been to and is grateful for it everyday.

About Return to Earth

Return to Earth is the second project of the Alvarium Experiment, a consortium of accomplished and award-winning authors.
The stories do not need to be read in any particular order; each story is an entry point into the overall story.
Return to Earth stories & authors are:

"AOB" by Bria Burton. Aona, an Alien-Operated Bot (AOB), suffers a malfunction that could jeopardize her mission on Earth and could lead to the extinction of an entire species from another planet.
Visit Bria at www.briaburton.com

"The Paradoxical Man" by Bard Constantine. Albert Rosen is one of five explorers who vanished on a deep-sea expedition into the Bermuda Triangle. He returns to Earth centuries later, transported across space and time through a mysterious wormhole. However, Earth is not the home he remembers. Humankind has been evacuated, and the survivors lie in hibernation aboard the Locus, an orbiting space station. Rosen is forced to match wits with Deis, an artificial intelligence determined to keep humanity in stasis until he is convinced they are fit to return.
Visit Bard at www.bardwritesbooks.com

"Children Of The Stars" by Charles A. Cornell. In Japan, an American medical researcher discovers the deadly secret behind an eighty-year-old woman's ageless appearance and incredible fertility, and her connection to the bizarre disappearance of the freighter the Ourang Medan in 1948.
Visit Charles at www.charlesacornell.com

"Project Bright Star" by Kristin Durfee. A once thought failed secret mission to colonize a distant planet, named 0X3B1, is discovered to have been successful when descendants of that mission return to Earth fifty-one years after their grandparents left, much to the surprise, and fear, of the world.
Visit Kristin at www.kristindurfee.com

"Recovery"by Veronica Helen Hart. When a virus threatens the lives of everyone on board a transfer station for intergalactic travel, it's up to Dr. Candace Bertram to retrieve the only known vaccine from Earth. The risky, untested method of transport could mean catastrophic mission failure, and grave danger for Dr. Bertram.
Visit Veronica at www.veronicahhart.com

"Coming Home" by John Hope. Finally achieving his dream of being an astronaut on the Jupiter missions, Jasper's mind is elsewhere, on the recent loss of his stepfather, Bud. But Jasper's space mission is interrupted when he is sucked into a wormhole that transports him to a different time, 30 years in the past. And now, doctors don't believe where he's from. Fortunately, his loving nurse at his side comforts him and a love builds. That is, until he realizes that his nurse's son is Jasper as a young boy.
Visit John at www.johnhopewriting.com

"Someday Loyal" by Elle Andrews Patt. Alien invaders are lobbing fireballs at Peoria, but Grandmama is holding tea. When the military arrives in search of Mrs. Suniol, Alice is drawn into the mystery of Lake Snow, a missing husband, and securing the key to an entire civilization's survival.
Visit Elle at www.elleandrewspatt.com

"Under The Whelming Tide" by Ken Pelham. The Aethir, space-born descendants of the mythical planet Earth, are returning home at last to fulfill their destiny. But not all believe the great homecoming will be the heaven they have been promised.
Visit Ken at www.kenpelham.com

"Social Experiment" by Tracie Roberts. For the past two years Dr. Olivia Tate had led a satisfying life with her alien spouse, Kya Dumont. As a scientist and cancer survivor, Liv is on a mission to discover a cure for the deadly disease. But something equally deadly has put Kya’s people, the Oo’mahn, in danger of extinction. With an order to evacuate Earth, Kya struggles between helping her people and remaining with the woman she loves, especially now that Liv has also fallen ill. Now Kya’s ship is approaching and the couple must not only find a cure for Liv and the Oo’mahn, but also devise a plan to remain together despite the objection of the aliens.
Visit Tracie at www.tracieroberts.com

"Gaia Returning" by C.L. Roman. Pirates steal things. It's what they do... When Captain Irina Demyanov’s first mate disobeys orders and steals the crown jewels of a vengeful alien race, she knows she’s out of options. Desperate to escape, Irina takes her chances on a dangerous vortex leap and lands near an unnamed, yet strangely familiar planet. The gamble may have paid off, but between hostile inhabitants and inevitable discovery by their pursuers, the pirates’ chances of survival appear slim. Can the human remnant find refuge, or will their enemies put a permanent end to the human race?
Visit C.L. at www.brassragpress.com


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