You Have A Lot To Learn 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’m doing a different excerpt from Wreck of the Nebula Dream this week – I KNOW, I promised something new, but I do have a reason, which I’ll explain after the snippet, so as not to violate the Rules!

Nick and the others are working on a plan to escape the dying ship, which involves flying a small shuttle out of the hangar deck. But – of course! – there are obstacles Nick has to deal with and the enemy is hot on their trail. Lucky for them all, Mara has unexpected skills:

            Impatiently, Nick tried to direct Mara to a passenger seat, but her next words forestalled him.

            “I have an intra system pilot’s license,” she said matter of factly, “You go deal with the other shuttles and the air lock, and I’ll get this baby revving.”

            He stared at her, evaluating this suggestion.

            “Go on,” she urged him, impatient now herself, but good-natured­ly. “You have a lot to learn about me. I tried to tell you once before, up on the Observation Deck, but you were in too big a hurry to listen. Trust me – I can pilot this class of ship, okay?”

            “Right.” He shook his head, assimilating this unexpected piece of luck – a qualified co-pilot. “Okay, she’s all yours – get the engines hot, stay below redline.”

OK, so the reason I excerpted Wreck  again today is that Mara Lyrae was included on a list of the “Best SFR Heroines in a Book” by the Smart Girls Love SciFi blog and now they’re doing a vote…so IF you had time and the inclination, I’d really appreciate a vote for Mara. I’m honored to have my character on the list, some really excellent authors and heroines there, terrific company 🙂 Here’s the link: http://smartgirlslovesfr.com/2015/10/29/vote-for-the-best-sfr-heroines-in-books-and-movies/

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 Titanicproportions. 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 “You Have A Lot To Learn Weekend Writing Warriors

  1. Mara is shaping up to be a strong character. I like that she’s not a helpless female in need of rescue, and I love the way she so subtly put him in his place about not listening to her before.

  2. I really appreciate all the comments (and patience with my asking for a vote), and the support! HUGS all around! And I promise no matter what, next week WILL be a snippet from something new.

  3. Surprise! She can help him out of this jam. Wonder what else he’s going to discover about the woman he thought was no more than a businesswoman he might have a fling with? Nice job with the tension and urgency in this scene. Good luck with the contest!

  4. I have a feeling that it isn’t in his nature to trust someone else – I also don’t think she will settle for being the CO-pilot. Two strong characters, very well done.

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