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Time for Weekend Writing Warriors (click the logo above) and Snippet Sunday (click the logo below) again! I’m still posting from Tourist Trap, from the hang gliding scene. Roi has realized that the misbehavior of his glider is probably due to sabotage, and he’d better bail out. But at the last minute he finds himself wondering about his parachute.

What if the chute had been sabotaged too? He reached into the package with his mind, and spat out a couple of curses from his years as a slave. The chute felt as if someone had tied it in loose knots and stuffed it into the holding bag. He’d really be in trouble with that deployed.

Better try to use his perceptive and telekinetic abilities to get the compensation circuit straightened out, he decided, and reached mentally for the chip in the left upright of the control triangle. His mind touched something that should not have been there at all, and he cried out aloud and doubled up under the impact of a high-powered screamer.

Roi had felt screamers before, and managed to work through them after a fashion. This one, however, was far stronger than anything in his experience.

And he’s just barely been able to control the glider at full ability. With the screamer going, most of his esper talents are useless.

The Blurb:

A vacation with his three best friends from slavery and a manhood challenge: Roi is given the graduation present he has dreamed of. Dogsledding, hang gliding, a chance to see Pleistocene animals transplanted to a Terraformed vacation world, horseback riding, sailing … all the sports he has returned to with his recovery from paralysis, and a few new ones to learn.

They’re prepared for danger from weather, wild animals and extreme sports. But none of them realize that Roi’s half brother Zhaim, determined to recover his old position as Lai’s heir, intends to kill them if he can—and he’s decided that the dangers of the trip will make a perfect cover for his schemes.

How long will it take them to realize that the “accidents” they keep running into are more than just accidents?


Tourist Trap, the second novel of the Jarnian Confederation, won first place in science fiction and fiction book of the year in the 2011 Reader Views contest.

Reviewers say:

“Fans of Sue Ann Bowling’s novel Homecoming will not be disappointed with its sequel. Tourist Trap returns the reader to the world of the Jarnian Confederation—to Roi, Lai, Marna, and all of their friends and relations. The author does a stellar job of bringing these characters to life, allowing the reader to not only see their actions but to understand the culture and politics that motivate them. (ForeWord Clarion review)

“Tourist Trap” is a great read for anyone that wants motivation and feeling to accompany the action in their sci-fi adventure. Alien beings and super powers are an integral part of Roi’s story but what makes this novel really shine is the heart. Nobody is good or evil just because that’s their assigned role. Just like in real life, everyone has their own motivations and desires, and Bowling does a great job of letting the reader see what it would be like to walk in the shoes of Roi, Xazhar, and even madman Zhaim. (ReaderViews review)

Tourist Trap (iUniverse, 2011) is available from:
iUniverse http://bookstore.iuniverse.com/Products/SKU-000188494/Tourist-Trap.aspx
Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tourist-trap-sue-ann-bowling/1104199464
Amazon  http://www.amazon.com/Tourist-Trap-Sue-Ann-Bowling/dp/1462029582/
in dust jacket, trade paper, and e-book formats.

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