SFR Brigade Showcase — terrifying music

SFR Brigade showcase

I’m escaping the Arizona heat this week in wonderfully cool Toronto, visiting a couple of my sons and a BIG dog — but I wouldn’t miss the Science Fiction Romance Brigade’s showcase. for anything. Once a month, the brigade’s authors highlight snippets from new works, WIPs, cover reveals or other fun things.

Today I’m highlighting a short selection from my most recent science fiction romance, Newborn, with some great music attached as a bonus.

Have you ever heard music that terrified you? Jo Beaverpaw has. Read on to find out why it frightens her.

According to the clock on the log wall, I’d wasted more than fifteen hours sleeping since my conversation with Darby.

The Kwadran music player Darby had given — no, loaned — me sat near my pillow. With the earphones removed, music filled the room. Haydn, my mind informed me. Why did I know about Papa Haydn when so many important things remained as unknown as the fourth planet of the dimmest star in Orion’s belt?

The mysterious opening of Symphony Thirty-Nine tiptoed through the air like a cat on the hunt. Hesitated. Crept closer, hesitated again. Then pounced.

I somehow knew that even for most music lovers, this symphony remained hidden under the mountain that was Haydn’s hundred-plus symphonies; yet I also knew that the first movement was one of my favorite pieces. The idea of having favorite music comforted me.

But it also terrified me — because I’d never in my life heard this so-called favorite. What was wrong with me?

I’ll bet you’ve never heard this piece, either.

Here’s your chance. The first half minute is the part described in the snippet.

(BTW, as a musician who’s played this symphony, I’m appalled that this conductor is making the musicians stand up for the whole piece. Cruel and inhuman punishment!)

She was born to kill. Not love.

Jo Beaverpaw is born fully grown, well-armed, and impatient to tackle her Destiny … which is to kill her alien nation’s most wanted fugitive. Her life is pre-programmed and straightforward – until she meets the sexy bodyguard of her intended target.

What if Schwarzenegger’s robot assassin in the original Terminator were a bad-assed yet petite female?  Read Newborn to find out.


And of course, check out the other great writers taking part in the  Science Fiction Romance Brigade’s showcase.

Finally, my science fiction short story collection, Future Love, is one-percent of these hundred books on sale for a short time only.  Click the picture below and look under Space Opera.




  1. Yes. That would be terrifying – how could she remember when she is newborn?

    1. That’s the mystery at the heart of this book. What (not who, what) is she?

  2. I’m just as confused.

    1. Thanks for stopping by anyway, Misa.

  3. Sounds fascinating, Ed. What is she? I might have to find out.

    1. Well, whatever she is or wherever she comes from, she’s here to be an assassin — the most innocent assassin you’ve ever met.

  4. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    A very intriguing and mysterious snippet! Well done! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Jessica!

  5. Great snippet – and I love the phrase you use to describe the music – “…tiptoed through the air like a cat on the hunt. Hesitated. Crept closer, hesitated again. Then pounced.” Iit describes the music perfectly!

    1. Why thank you, Hywela. To be honest, one of the reasons I described that particular piece of music was because that description had occurred to me before. Most music isn’t easy to describe in words.

  6. Ooh, that’s unsettling all right. I have read that music tends to stay in the memory even after other things are lost, as with Alzheimer’s patients for example. An excellent excerpt!

    1. Smells too, I believe. The sense of smell if closely associated with memory.

  7. I LOVE this series. Newborn is the only I haven’t read yet, but I will. Have to find out what happens to Jo. Love your description of the piece, btw. Well done.

    1. Wow, that’s so great to hear. Not about you having gotten around to Newborn yet. The other!

  8. Sabine Priestley · · Reply

    Very intriguing. Love the premise and thanks for the great music!

    1. I know this sort of thing has been done many times before, but I love the idea of someone not knowing who or what they are, knowing only that they have to kill someone. It sets up such a fascinating set of internal (and external) conflicts.

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