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2016 B2BCyCon Story Hop

A Friend in Need…
Part III

“Is a Friend Indeed”
by Chess Desalls

Calla brushed sand from her shirt and hair. She grimaced in apology as the dirt hit the floor. “Better than tell them, I can show them, Si-Ting.”

“Very well.” Si-Ting led the group through the door of the backroom to a metal shed.

A young man crouched next to a futuristic motorcycle with suspensors, a type of hovering device. He and the vehicle were similarly covered in sand and dust.

Caballito gaped. “A speeder?”

The young man stood up and frowned.

“It’s okay, Valcas,” Calla said. “Si-Ting and her friends can help us.” When he failed to reply, she continued, “We began our search while riding an Estrel Flyer. The vehicle changed to blend in with this time and place.”

Eying the speeder’s yellow and black paintjob, Bear grinned. “The Scrapmen will see that from miles away, mate.” His awareness of the cutter in his rucksack lessened as he took in the situation. “Were you two caught in a sandstorm?”

Valcas exhaled. “The sandstorm was caused by the impact of our arrival.”

LX trailed a finger along the speeder’s headlight. “The technology is inferior to my ship, but your vehicle remains intact.” After further inspection he added, “I cannot ascertain what apprehensions you and your female acquaintance have with a functioning vehicular device. It is not complicated enough to support the necessary processing equipment for traveling through time.”

“Don’t be offended by his criticism,” said Jane. “Lex’s ship has all the toys, but we’ve lost the connections and communications needed to get back on course. He’s bummed out that his time machine is as useless as a tin rocket.”

“I’m sorry to hear that, but the speeder is not how we arrived in this place and time. Our vehicle is not what’s broken.” Valcas held out a pair of sunglasses with a crack in one lens; the frame was bent where the opposite lens was shattered. “I doubt this will mean much to you, but we’d been searching for a solution to the conflict between the TSTA—Time and Space Travel Agency—and Aboreal, my mother’s home world. The glasses broke upon arrival—both pairs. They’ve never done that before.”

Calla frowned as she pulled a similarly shattered pair from her pocket. “At first we wondered whether what we were looking for couldn’t possibly exist—that the glasses somehow exploded and we’d traveled to a Nowhere. But we can’t tell for sure because we haven’t come across any water, still or otherwise.”

Bear’s lips set in a tight line as he looked at Caballito, who shrugged. “You won’t find much agua here, mis amigos.”

LX shifted closer to Valcas and stared intently at the travel glasses. “I do not understand how this ocular device with atramentous lenses facilitates movement through temporal and spatial intervals.”

Jane squeezed her forehead with both hands. “Lex only means that he’s not sure how the shades help you travel. Dig?”

“Yes, I got it the first time.” Turning to LX, Valcas explained, “With the travel glasses, we’re able to conduct a search for where and when we want to go. Once we are in motion, the glasses transport us.” He frowned. “But without them, Calla and I can’t return home or communicate with anyone who could help us.”

Bear crossed his arms. “So what you’re saying is, you need more than a mechanic.” He regarded Si-Ting with a sly grin.

“My method is not so easily broken.” Si-Ting closed her eyes.

The air stilled as objects in the room appeared to shift. Images flashed, shuttered as if captured seconds apart on film. Each point in the fabric of time stretched into a texture of its own. Si-Ting reached out and searched for two threads—one for Jane and LX, and one for Calla and Valcas. With the threads of time firmly within her grasp, Si-Ting pulled.

“I haven’t seen this travel talent before,” Calla murmured.

Valcas finally smiled. “This version of your world’s future has what the TSTA calls a Thread Bender, a time-witch. I have no memory of meeting one before today.”

Calla drew in a breath. “So that means we found—”

Exactly what we’d been searching for. Someone who can put things as they once were. But, with the glasses broken, we won’t be able to record her.”

“Or remember her on our own? But our search, our solution—”

Si-Ting twisted the threads counterclockwise, ending their conversation with a sharp sucking sound.


LX scanned the forward display screen. The data met his expectations, and the ship ran smoothly along its course. Only the communications within the cabin troubled him. He prepared to repeat a concept he worried his ancestor would never understand, no matter how many times he reworded the argument.

“We have had this discussion. I have explained the dangers of attempting to alter any historic event. While the outcome has potential for improvement, there is also the possibility that a greater calamity would replace the one that was averted by intervention.”

“You could at least show a little sympathy for…” Jane shook her head. “Never mind, man. I suppose help is more meaningful when it’s requested by someone you know. Just promise me that if I ask you for help, in the past or future, you won’t flake out with that altering time excuse. You have my permission to be helpful.”

LX nodded. “A close acquaintance who affirmatively assists with troubles made known to them exhibits true friendship, and is therefore undeniably a close acquaintance.”

“Sure, man. Something like that.”


TheStoryHopLogoGoodreadsBoothThank you for reading! To start this serialized portion of The Story Hop from the beginning, or to share it with a friend, follow the following story map for A Friend in Need…

Part I: Want Not

Part II: Waste Not

Part III: Is a Friend Indeed

Les Lynam, Tim Hemlin, and I hope you’ve enjoyed our time-travel story mashup. To go on more adventures with LX, Jane, Caballito, Bear, Si-Ting, Calla, and Valcas, check out the following books!

Books by Les Lynam

Books by Tim Hemlin

Books by Chess Desalls

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The Eye of Mares Blog Tour–Part 18!

ROTE - Eye of Mares Revised Cover Art

To celebrate the release of the second installment in Rocky Rochford’s The Rise of the Elohim Chronicles, The Eye of Mares is blog hopping like a headlining rockstar, with multiple showings for over the course of two weeks, and with a new page shared with each appearance. Today I get to host the latest page in the chronology.

The Eye of Mares – Part 18:

…experienced swordsman evade his attack.

The display lasted a lot longer than their previous ones had, but stopped a lot shorter than Mako expected, as Kazza walked straight into a trap set by him, but then the fight was always going to stop short. No matter how hard or clever Kazza struck, Mako was stronger, smarter and faster.

“Oh Kazza, such a simple mistake to make and make it you did,” Mako stated disappointedly.

Disarmed and eyes to the ground, Kazza knew his error. He’d overreached and dropped his guard.

“Let us see if you can redeem yourself. Do you know where you went wrong, Kazza?” Mako questioned.

“I overstepped the lunge,” Kazza answered.

“Yes, you did,” Mako concurred. He was happy with his student’s answer, but he would have more said on the issue first.

“Which caused you to what?” Kazza reclaimed his sword from the ground and put it away before he replied. “It caused me to make myself vulnerable to your counter-attack.”

“Very good, Kazza, and what should you have done?” Mako pressed.

“I should have done what you told me, when fighting a stronger and more skilful opponent. To maintain a good defence and draw them in before I make my move,” Kazzo said, recollecting the lesson.

“Exactly right, Kazza. Today’s lesson is a simple one to remember. A good swordsman is the master of their sword, but—”

“—a great one is the master of their enemies.” Kazza said, finishing one of Mako’s favourite quotes.

“Seeing as I have never said that to you myself, I guess Zach taught you one of my most used mottos,” Mako deduced.

“He may have used it a couple of times during one of our many private sessions,” Kazza answered, referring to

****Here concludes today’s Page****

Click here for a full list of stops and pages along the tour.

Be sure to check out the continuing blogs to watch the story continue, or pick up a copy direct from Amazon: The Eye of Mares – Out now!

You could even let the adventure continue and check out its prequel, where the story began and the series was created: The Spirit of Iris – Out now!

Cover Art Book 3 - The Story Continues

Title: The Eye of Mares

Series: Book 2 of the Rise of the Elohim Chronicles

Genre: Illustrated YA fantasy adventure

Book Content Rating: Suitable for ages 12 and up

Tag-line: “Darkness has many forms and Mares is its playground.”

Nearly four years have passed since Zach drew blade against the Shanzi Shimay and now the time has come for him to draw his sword once more. The Realm of Mares has fallen victim to invasion as three terrifying beasts of darkness, seek to destroy the world around them, as they await the inevitable arrival of their King.

With dark times ahead, the numbers of the Watchers on Iris has grown, as Zach is joined by seven fellow students, all too eager to prove their worth. It’s not long before the students are put to the test facing off against the Nein Navy and uncover a dark secret.

The stage is set and the Battle for Mares is under-way.

Author Shot - Rocky Rochford 2015Author Bio:

Rocky Rochford is your standard guy, if your standard guy scuba dives, partakes in underwater photographer and is a wake-boarding, adventure seeking, sword collecting, marine conservation supporter. After living life on the road and the places between, he finally settled down but not without benefiting from all the lessons life had to teach him.

Self-professed “Student of Everything, and Master of Nothing,” Rochford does not choose what he writes, but writes what chooses him, be it fantasy, crime, poetry, philosophy or even adventure. Life is a journey we all get to experience, just like a good book.

Every read into another of his typed works is another trip into the imagination of his mixed up, crazed and deranged mind and this year along those works include the likes of full novels, novellas and short stories.

Connect with him by visiting his website and following his Facebook, Twitter and Amazon pages.

Happy Holidays–upcoming blog hop and more!

Holiday Story Hop

The Holiday Story Hop begins next week! Watch out for the winter train logo for more than a dozen seasonal stories. Links to the hop will go live here on my blog on December 20.

To show my appreciation for those who have connected with me over the past year and a half, Travel Glasses is 99¢ from now through the hop. Great for last minute gifts! Find out how to turn an ebook gift into a stocking stuffer in my prior blog post here. Happy holidays. 🎄

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May is Birthday Month!

On May 7, a year will have passed since the publication of Travel Glasses (The Call to Search Everywhen, #1)! I can’t believe it! Where did that year go? To celebrate, there will be a Travel Glasses Anniversary Blitz on May 7 and an Insight Kindling Excerpt Tour starting May 18. Interested hosts, please sign up!

(Presented and organized by Enchantress of Books Blog Tours)

(Presented and organized by Good Tales Book Tours)

Ten Favorite Screen Characters

Many thanks to Tim Hemlin for tagging me in this super fun and quick blog hop. Now I must name my ten most favorite characters from movies or TV, then tag up to ten more blog writers to do the same! I don’t watch a lot of films or shows, but here goes.

1 & 2. Jareth & Sarah, David Bowie & Jennifer Connelly, The Labyrinth

3. Elizabeth Bennett, Jennifer Ehle, Pride & Prejudice

4. Vizzini, Wallace Shawn, The Princess Bride

5. Jo March, Wynona Ryder, Little Women

6. Captain Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp, The Pirates of the Caribbean

7. Rumpelstiltskin, Robert Carlyle, Once Upon a Time

8. Willy Wonka, Gene Wilder, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

9. Grandpa Joe, Jack Albertson, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

10 (& 11). Bellatrix Lastrange & Luna Lovegood, Helena Bonham Carter & Evanna Lynch, the Harry Potter series

Tag, you’re it! (There’s no obligation to post, but I’m sure we’d all love to hear about your top ten.)

D.B. Nielsen

Melanie Rodriguez

Ryan Guy

Taylor Ann Bunker

Cleo deLancey

Angela Caldwell

Quoleena Sbrocca

Jonathan Dixit

M.E. Walker

T. Anthony Bland

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