Jumping Barrel, a freebie cyborg short story, will be releasing in December. Nola, the heroine of Jumping Barrel, is an Expert. That is what the Humanoid Alliance calls teachers.
This story is a nod to my two sisters. Both of them are teachers and they often talk about the conflict between giving students individual attention that would help them learn easier and faster vs using the recommended general method of teaching to reach as many students as efficiently as possible.
If you’re a reader of the cyborg series, you can probably guess that the Humanoid Alliance doesn’t approve of giving students individual attention. They’re interested in teaching compliance and hold the stance that either beings fit into the system or they’re to be eliminated from it. Permanently.
Nola, in contrast, leans more toward giving students individual attention. She wants to tweak her methods to best benefit each student. This puts her in conflict with the Humanoid Alliance, her employer. When she meets Barrel, our cyborg hero, she has been fired from three teaching positions and is desperate for work.
What is the cyborgs’ stance on education? Cyborgs are half machine. Transferring knowledge for them is as simple as transferring a file. The warriors train merely to perfect more practical skills like fighting. Any knowledge one cyborg gains is shared with all of them. (This is why the cyborgs evolve with each story.) As soon as they are manufactured, they ‘know’ everything.
The issue is Mira and Vapor have been adopting war orphans. These little humanoids don’t have the ability to transfer knowledge. They have to be taught. Barrel takes responsibility for their education and he doesn’t have a clue what he’s doing. (grins)
He decides the best solution is to hire an Expert. He finds Nola.
He requires an Expert. She needs a hero.
Barrel requires an Expert for the Tau Cetian orphans. He’s looking for a female who is willing to commit to a lifespan-long role, who is comfortable with moving off planet, and who, preferably, has the ability to speak the offsprings’ first language.
Nola wants the role Barrel is offering so badly she bends a few truths. Yes, she was born off planet but she has lived almost all of her lifespan in sheltered Academies. Yes, she has learned Tau Cetian but she has never spoken with a local. Yes, she plans to follow the rules but his deep, sexy voice tempts her to rebel.
When a fact-morphing human academic meets her battle-worn cyborg warrior, deceptions are revealed, passions flare, and circuits sizzle. Wrong seems right. Lies turn into truth. The candidate least qualified for the role becomes the one candidate Barrel can’t let go.
Jumping Barrel is a short companion story in the Cyborg Sizzle series and is meant to be read after Releasing Rage, Breathing Vapor and Crash And Burn.
It is also a BBW Cyborg SciFi Romance.
Coming For FREE In December 2016
Note: Amazon doesn’t allow me to list stories for free. I have to list Jumping Barrel for 99 cents and then ask them to price match it to other booksellers. This story was written as a gift for you. Please wait until the price is reduced to ZERO i.e. FREE before ‘buying’ it. Save your dollar for my next release (in February).