How does Alisha fly into a headwind?
To fly into a headwind is clearly impossible. A Ryder must go WITH the wind not against it. So how did Alisha ever even conceive an upwind maneuver? When she was a debutante in Flatland she sometimes watched the old videos of the Olympics before the Terror Wars ended them forever. She was fascinated as to how high and long skiers could soar through the air on their skies. So she made herself some slats. Turned out they were very helpful for two new maneuvers. They could protect her from dips into a river when traveling close to the water (without slats, snagging even a toe would result in a two-hundred-mile-an-hour roll-to-your- death) and secondly, if she collapsed her catcher and dived into a head wind with the slats nearly parallel to her body, she could glide at a downward angle through the headwinds just like the skiers would. She even learned how to transition the energy into forward motion when she hit the sands.
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?
Alisha focused on her gear until she realized someone towered over her. She looked up at Colonel Sparkes. It was hard to take such a handsome man seriously, even if he was a colonel.
“Can you really do it?” he asked.
“Do what? Fly into a headwind, or not be seen?”
“Both,” Sparkes replied, kneeling down beside her, staring intently with his baby-blues.
“I can definitely move into a headwind; whether you call it flying is another matter. Can I do it without being seen? That depends on luck. I’m not invisible. If one of them decides to stretch his neck as I’m flying by on his right, he’ll see me as clear as day.”
“Will you be in gun range?”
“You aren’t carrying a weapon.”
“It’s my first day as captain.”
Her explanation upset Sparkes. She feared he planned to call it off. “I can do this,” she promised him.
After what seemed an endless pause, he pulled out his gun and handed it to her. “Just in case you have an opportunity to shoot first.”
“Thanks, but you’ll need it.”
“Not me.” He smiled. “I only plan battles. I don’t fight them.”
Alisha didn’t return his smile. Her colonel would never sit on the sidelines. He intended to be out there with his squad.
He’s not your colonel, she reminded herself, and stepped into her harness, double-checking the Velcro grips on the camera.
“So how do you plan to do it?” Sparkes asked.
“I’m going to fly in from the north end of the ridge at a high altitude, then drop down to a thousand feet and descend across the back side of the ridge, hopefully above the guards. When I get too low on the ridge, I’ll re-engage my catcher and gain back altitude.”
“Wait…when did you disengage your catcher?”
“It’s how I drop. I collapse my catcher.”
“That doesn’t make any sense.”
Alisha sighed. “Look I don’t have time to explain it. Just watch me with your binoculars.”
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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.
Sci-Fi Soap Opera with humor, romance, and science
Artificial Intelligence Series
The SkyRyders Series
Scavenger Falters-coming 2017
Scavenger Vanishes-coming 2017