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The Hard Life of Female Cadets
Only one percent of the West Coast Ryders are female. Almost all leave after their three-year service, if they survive long enough to do so. (That’s the first time they can legally quit the service, and most do. Being abused and gang-raped every night is not what they signed up for.)
General Powell, who runs the main and largest base for Ryders, won’t allow any females onto his base. Not in his ground crew, not as medics, and certainly not as Sky Ryders. All women are shunted to smaller bases that support the minor areas further out from Capital.
In all of the Corps, there is only one colonel who is female, and she got there by ignoring her captain’s threats to dunk her assessment test. She knew the only way to get out of the captain’s harem was to fly and shoot with perfection.
Thus Anna knows exactly what Alisha is in for, because DC was her captain as well.
Check out the excerpt below where Colonel Anna Riley worries about Alisha.
The SkyRyder’s Series, Book 1
By Liza O’Connor
Meet Alisha: A young woman who refuses to live the life her parents want.
In a single month, Alisha Kane has gone from a wealthy debutante to street girl to scavenger. While testing her new flying skills in the Cully Canyon, Alisha incurs a near-death crash landing. She’s “rescued” by a colonel of the SkyRyders and her life changes forever.
Meet Logan: A SkyRyder colonel in charge of a sleepy fort with little to do other than arrest the occasional scavenger.
For the first time in his life, Logan’s attracted to a young woman, only she’s probably a scavenger and he’ll have to arrest her. But first he offers her a shower and food while he checks on his crew. His videographer has captured her extraordinary flight through the Cully and her flying is astounding!
He forgoes arresting her and puts his career at risk by asking MAC to assess her skills and integrity as a potential SkyRyder. If he can get Alisha into the SkyRyders, it will be his greatest contribution to the Corps.
Meet MAC: The Artificial Intelligence that runs the SkyRyders Corps.
Upon seeing her arrival, MAC upgrades Alisha’s test. Her flying skills are not just excellent; they exceed what was previously thought possible. MAC classifies her as its top asset and soon she proves her value.
But…the SkyRyders remain a male dominated Corps where Alisha’s sense of right and wrong often clashes with her superiors. How long can a rebellious young woman survive in a regimented Corps?
Excerpt from Scavenger’s Mission
“Alisha, I don’t know how to say this, but I know from personal experience that terrible things happen to women under DC’s command. If anything has happened, if you need someone to talk to, a shoulder to cry on… I’m here for you.”
Alisha felt like shit. Here she was thinking about how to keep Anna away from her colonel, and Anna was reaching out to help her recover from an event that, had it occurred, would no doubt have been a life altering trauma.
Alisha took her hand. “He did tell me what was going to happen, but he never got the chance. The colonel allowed me to stay in his room.” Alisha stopped when she saw Anna’s expression alter slightly. “It’s not like that. The colonel and I didn’t do anything. He just let me sleep there.” By the furrows in Anna’s brow, she knew her new friend didn’t believe a word of it. “It’s the truth!”
Anna sighed. “Unfortunately, it’s not a believable truth. When it comes out that you were sleeping in Logan’s bed, it will support DC’s claims of sexual favoritism.”
“That’s so wrong. Especially when DC is the one who turns the female squad members into his personal concubines.” Alisha stopped and looked up. “Wait…I can prove that the colonel and I haven’t had sex.”
“I’m still a virgin. They can tell that medically, can’t they?”
Anna’s eyes rounded in shock. “Yeah…they can.” She picked up her tablet and her fingers tapped rapidly for a short while. “And there you are—a virgin. No one would ever expect a twenty-one-year-old Ryder to be untouched.”
“Well, until a month ago, I was an overprotected debutante, so it wasn’t unnatural.”
Anna choked. “A debutante?”
“I know—it’s hard to believe a debutante could do anything beyond arrange a dinner party. They’ve got to be the most worthless, helpless, whiny group of females on the planet.”
“I suspect you weren’t a very good one,” Anna teased.
Alisha laughed and collapsed back on the bed. “I was the worst debutante since the earliest times of debutantes. No one could have been more ill-suited for the role.”
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About the Author
Liza O’Connor lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.
OTHER BOOKS BY LIZA O’CONNOR
The SkyRyders Series
Scavenger Falters-coming 2017
Scavenger Vanishes-coming 2017