I can’t believe this is the last official Six Sentence Sunday! My special thanks to the wonderful people who created this blog hop and kept it going for so long. I met tons of wonderful people, bought a LOT of good books, enjoyed all the thoughtful comments on my little snippets…You’ll be MISSED!
I do plan to continue posting short excerpts every Sunday and if another “official” hop starts up, I’ll certainly join in.
Last week I promised that today, for the end of Six Sentence, I’d jump wayyyy ahead and post the HEA for Shalira, my Princess of Shadows. (I’ve jumped over a LOT of plot to get here, folks LOL). It’s also more than six sentences but if we can’t get away with that today, on the final day, I guess I’m out of luck. The scene is at the end of the novel, taking place on the Sectors battleship Andromeda, whose captain is an old friend of Mike’s. Best Man Johnny is Mike’s cousin and fellow Special Forces operator:
Looking like he had stepped from a recruiting holo, Mike stood at the altar in his blue dress uniform, flanked by his best man, Johnny, who had never – to anyone’s recollection – worn a dress uniform before.
Mike took a deep breath, hoping to calm the butterflies in his gut.” This waiting is worse than any mission behind enemy lines, ” he said. “You’re sure you’ve got the ring?”
“I’ve got the ring, Mike,” Johnny whispered. “For the tenth time, I’ve got the damn ring, okay? And no, I won’t drop it.”
Now, the ship’s AI to began playing a processional from the days of Oldest Terra, which Mike’s ancestors had carried with them to their new home world.
Shalira appeared in the doorway on her elderly guardsman’s arm, her beauty taking Mike’s breath away.
There’s more the wedding scene of course but you get the idea – HEA!
Here’s the book’s blurb:
Blind since childhood due to an attempted assassination plot, Princess Shalira is more or less resigned to an arranged marriage with a warrior chieftain… until she meets Sectors Special Forces Major Mike Varone, sent to the planet Majumdar to investigate a crashed spaceship, lost in the planet’s mountains. After Mike saves her from another assassination attempt, she persuades her father the Emperor to order the offworlder to join her caravan, going to meet her bridegroom.
Mike resists his growing attraction to her but the pair bond further as they work to retrieve sacred artifacts from her mother’s tomb, narrowly escaping another ambush. Mike offers Shalira the opportunity to escape with him, but she insists on carrying out her father’s wishes. Heartsore, Mike promises to deliver her safely to her bridegroom and walk away.
But when they reach the mountain camp, the chieftain is revealed to be a brutish thug, with no intention of honorably marrying Shalira (even as a secondary wife). Can Mike rescue her, will they win the race against time to accomplish his mission, escape the hostile warriors hunting them and make it off the planet?
Waving goodbye to all my Sixer Friends (but I know we’ll meet again LOL)…
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