Does She Outrank Me? Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedHere’s the link to the Weekend Writing Warriors central page, so you can visit all the participants sharing excerpts today…a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! (Also welcome to the Sunday Snippet visitors!)

I wasn’t sure what to post this week since we’re taking a hiatus from Healer of the Nile while we wait for the anthology to be released. But yesterday Nalini Singh (who is one of my very favorite authors in the whole world) told me she’d enjoyed Wreck of the Nebula Dream! I was walking on air about that, so here’s a quick excerpt from the book (also known as “Titanic in space…”). I know many of you have read the novel – thank you! –  and I’m always appreciative and thrilled when a reader tells me they liked it! But somehow the idea of my favorite author reading my book is just….well, FUN.

I’ll excerpt something new next week, promise!

The first speaker is Paolo, an eight year old Nick has rescued, along with his little sister, from a destroyed cabin. They’re traveling with the rest of their small party in a gravlift inside the damaged ship:

“Why do you call me trooper?”

“Well, because the rest of us are taller than you and we outrank you, but you’re definitely one of the team, which makes you a trooper.” Nick reached out and ruffled the boy’s hair. “First class.”

“I like it.” Paolo glanced shyly at Nick as they continued to descend. “Gianna doesn’t outrank me, does she? She’s just a baby.”

Nick laughed. “No, you rank her by age; relax and watch your feet – don’t want to land wrong and twist an ankle.”

Wreck-of-the-Nebula-DreamFinalHugeThe story:

Traveling unexpectedly aboard the luxury liner Nebula Dream on its maiden voyage across the galaxy, Sectors Special Forces Captain Nick Jameson is ready for ten relaxing days, and hoping to forget his last disastrous mission behind enemy lines. He figures he’ll gamble at the casino, take in the shows, maybe even have a shipboard fling with Mara Lyrae, the beautiful but reserved businesswoman he meets.

All his plans vaporize when the ship suffers a wreck of Titanic proportions. Captain and crew abandon ship, leaving the 8000 passengers stranded without enough lifeboats and drifting unarmed in enemy territory. Aided by Mara, Nick must find a way off the doomed ship for himself and several other innocent people before deadly enemy forces reach them or the ship’s malfunctioning engines finish ticking down to self destruction.

But can Nick conquer the demons from his past that tell him he’ll fail these innocent people just as he failed to save his Special Forces team? Will he outpace his own doubts to win this vital race against time?

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31 comments on “Does She Outrank Me? Weekend Writing Warriors

  1. My youngest fan was 8 years old when this book came out and his Mom read it to him, suitably edited-by-Mom for age appropriateness. He’d just gotten fscinated by the story of the real Titanic. He thought I’d gotten the little boy just right. I was highly complimented! Thanks for all the kind words, glad no one seems to mind too much that I’m revisiting my first published SFR this week.

  2. Congrats on having one of your favourite authors read your book. I think I’d be jumping up and down.

    A delightful snippet his week. The detail of Nick ruffling the boy’s hair – just makes it perfect and real.

  3. This was a great moment IMHO. There’s all kinds of bad stuff happening, and even though the adults naturally want to reassure the kids, I think the adults needed those lighter moments too. Way to go on the compliment from Nalini!

  4. Awww, what a cute snippet!! I liked the definition of a “trooper”. Nice job! And WOW, you must still be on cloud 9 after winning kudos from a favorite author!! Congratulations. I’m grinning ear to ear for you right now. 🙂

  5. Thanks for all the comments, much appreciated. I’m really honored that so many here have read the book,and enjoyed it! I’m late getting to make my visits to everyone’s posts, but I’ll work through them this week, I promise!

  6. Loved the sweet interaction. Enjoyed the snippet. 🙂 How cool to have one of your favorite authors compliment your work. But of course, well deserved. 🙂

  7. Wow! I would walking on air if I had a response like that too from my favorite author. Congrats on that! (Though I have too many favorite authors to choose from. LOL)

    Very cute snippet, I love it. Got a chuckle out of the boy wondering if his sister outranked him. Classic sibling rivalry in all good spirit. Nicely done, I can feel a connection between the three.

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