Episode 7 of “Silver Buckshot”: Houdini Bathtub

The all-clear sounds before lunch, so Flavia and Frank are no longer confined to her suite.

You’d think that bathing and changing for a luncheon, even a royal luncheon, would be no great trick, but Flavia’s polio-weakened legs and her immensely deep claw-footed bathtub present a challenge.

Under normal circumstances, her maid would have assisted her, but Miss Parmalee turned out to be a traitor and is now dead. For obvious reasons, Flavia doesn’t want Frank as her bath attendant, so she attempts the necessary acrobatics alone.

Find out how that turns out, and the revelations that follow, in Episode 7: Houdini Bathtub.

See my main story post for Silver Buckshot or jump right into the story on Kindle Vella.

Episode 6 of “Silver Buckshot”: Ticklish Situation

The king leaves after breakfast, warning Frank and Flavia to remain in her rooms until he gives the all-clear. Wait, does that mean the danger isn’t over yet? Find out in Episode 6: Ticklish Situation.

See my main post on Silver Buckshot or jump right into the story on Kindle Vella.

Episode 5 of “Silver Buckshot:” Room Service

In Silver Buckshot, Episode 5: Room Service, Flavia awakens to find three new letters she doesn’t remember writing: one to Frank, one to the king, and one to herself. It’s been hours since anyone tried to kill or kidnap them, so this episode is going to be uneventful, right? Don’t bet on it.

See my main post on Silver Buckshot or jump right into the story on Kindle Vella.

Available Now: Silver Buckshot, Episodes 1-7.

Silver Buckshot

The action-packed initial episodes of my serial fantasy adventure/romance novel Silver Buckshot are available online. A new episode is added every Sunday.

This uses the new Kindle Vella platform, which is specially designed for episodic stories. The first three episodes of every story are free. After that, you pay, but they hand you 50,000 words worth of “tokens” just for showing up, so it’ll be a while.

I leverage my own experiences in this book for that extra realism in spite of the fantasy elements. Flavia’s polio is based on my father’s, for instance.

Silver Buckshot: Magic, Mystery, and a Most Aggravating Boyfriend

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Description

Thirteen-year-old Princess Flavia has endured a lot recently. Polio crippled her legs and killed her mother, her father is sunk in grief, and her servants veer between negligence and cruelty. She takes refuge in her books and never complains. But she draws the line at being murdered. She enlists fourteen-year-old Frank Barron, fresh from the California side of the gateway and the world’s most aggravating boy, to conceal her when the coup attempt begins. Things get interesting after that…

Partial Episode List (Episodes with links are available now):

  1. First Handshake.
  2. Behind the Arras.
  3. Inaccurate Fairy Tales.
  4. Penetrable Disguise.
  5. Room Service.
  6. Ticklish Situation.
  7. Houdini Bathtub.
  8. Louisa Delphine Marianne Maréchal (July 3).
  9. Fifty-Dollar Bill (July 10).

… and plenty more. Season One wraps up with Episode 39. I have already started work on Season Two.

Feel free to comment on these episodes here or on Facebook. I’d also appreciate a thumbs-up and a follow on the Vella platform.

Happy reading!

“Silver Buckshot” Now Available!

I’m publishing my fantasy adventure/romance story, Silver Buckshot: Magic, Mystery, and a Most Aggravating Boyfriend as a serial, with four episodes available now and new ones posting every Sunday starting June 12, 2022. There are 39 episodes so far (think of it as Season One), and I’ve made a start on Season Two.

Description

Thirteen-year-old Princess Flavia has endured a lot recently. Polio crippled her legs and killed her mother, her father is sunk in grief, and her servants veer between negligence and cruelty. She takes refuge in her books and never complains. But she draws the line at being murdered. She enlists fourteen-year-old Frank Barron, fresh from the California side of the gateway and the world’s most aggravating boy, to conceal her when the coup attempt begins. Things get interesting after that…

How To Get Your Mitts On It

I’m using the Kindle Vella platform. The first three episodes are free and Amazon will give you enough free tokens to keep you reading for free for 50,000 words or so. After that, you buy more tokens. They’re pretty cheap.

I’ll be posting an update for every new episode here and also on my Facebook PlamondonFiction page and my Twitter page. Feel free to give me feedback in any or all of these places. I’d love to hear from you!

Robert Plamondon’s Fiction

I have one complete novel out and several stories in the works. This site talks about my stories and also about fiction writing in general.

Silver Buckshot: Magic, Mystery, and a Most Aggravating Boyfriend

Serial Fiction on Kindle Vella. Read the first 3-20 episodes free. Discuss them here.

Read the first episodes free on Kindle Vella.

Thirteen-year-old Princess Flavia has endured a lot recently. Polio crippled her legs and killed her mother, her father is sunk in grief, and her servants veer between negligence and cruelty. She takes refuge in her books and never complains. But she draws the line at being murdered. She enlists fourteen-year-old Frank Barron, fresh from the California side of the gateway and the world’s most aggravating boy, to conceal her when the coup attempt begins. Things get interesting after that…

This is a Ruritanian romance, or, if you prefer, a romantic fantasy thriller with teen characters but aimed at adult readers.

As of this writing, four episodes are available. A new one is posted every Sunday.

One Survivor

Available now in paperback and on Kindle.

Order on Amazon.

When was the last time you enjoyed a science fiction book where teenagers put an alien ship back together? One Survivor is the kind of old-school SF adventure you love, with competent, strong-willed characters, believable technology, fast-paced action, humor, mystery, murder, betrayal, and a touch of the supernatural, all set against the backdrop of the ruined Terran Empire.

One Survivor will remind you of Heinlein’s early work, but with a depth of background more like Jack Vance. It pits fifteen-year-old Beverly di Mendoza against her parents’ murderers, on a backward planet whose inhabitants owe her nothing. With the help of two other teenagers and their battered spaceship, Beverly survives the initial onslaughts and soon moves to the offensive.

One Survivor is my first novel. It’s available in paperback and Kindle formats on Amazon.

 

Dad Swore Every Word Was True: Plamondon Adventures with Everything from Circus Acts to Moon Landings

Starting soon on Kindle Vella.

Family anecdotes as told by my father, grandfather, and other upholders of absolute truth when it didn’t get in the way of a good story.

Wolf in the Manger

Starting eventually on Kindle Vella.

The other novel is Wolf in the Manger, set in 1957. Seven-year-old Louisa Maréchal is one of six children attacked by the same werewolf on the same night. She becomes a werewolf, along with three of her fellow victims. Abandoned by her family, she’s taken in by an old man who has also adopted two vampire children.

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