You Understand Make Believe? Weekend Writing Warriors

WeWrWa(If you’re looking for the SFR Brigade Presents, the link is here.)

Here’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!)

Here’s the third snippet from STAR CRUISE: OUTBREAK, which released in April. In recognition of Mother’s Day in the USA, best wishes to all Moms, and I picked an excerpt involving a child on the cruise liner, at dinner with a famous guest. But not a sad scene! (Edited a bit to fit our requirements.)

Leaving her chair, the youngest Enzell child tugged at Liora’s sleeve, asking in a high-pitched, excited tone, “Are you the Gantaran Fairy Queen – will you grant me a wish?”

“Now don’t bother the lady, Syl, please go back to your seat.” Her mother shushed the girl, turning to the actress apologetically, “It was her favorite trid last year and she can sing all the songs.”

Liora leaned closer, putting her arm around the child. Focusing all her star power on the girl, she said, “I got to pretend to be her. You understand make-believe, right?”

Syl nodded, eyes wide.

“Well, the queen let me make-believe I was her for a little while, but I couldn’t very well borrow her real magic –  she needs it all to keep Gantara safe.” The actress plucked one of the cloth napkins from the table, and her husband handed her a writing instrument in a deft move he’d obviously made many times before. Liora drew a caricature of a fairy on it, signed her name and wrote a short message before handing it to the girl, “Just for you,” she said.

StarCruiseOutbreak-FJM_Mid_Res_1000x1500The story:

She saved countless soldiers in the wars … but does she have the weapons to fight an outbreak?

Dr. Emily Shane, veteran of the Sector Wars, is known as “The Angel of Fantalar” for her bravery under fire as a medic. However, the doctor has her own war wounds–severe PTSD and guilt over those she failed to save.

Persuaded to fill a seemingly frivolous berth as ship’s doctor on the huge and luxurious interstellar cruise liner Nebula Zephyr, she finds the job brings unexpected perks–a luxe beach deck with water imported from Tahumaroa II, and Security Officer Jake Dilon, a fellow veteran who heats her up like a tropical sun.

However, Emily soon learns she and Jake didn’t leave all peril behind in the war. A mysterious ailment aboard the Zephyr begins to claim victim after victim … and they must race against time and space to find the cause and a cure! Trapped on a ship no spaceport will allow to dock, their efforts are complicated by a temperamental princess and a terrorist–one who won’t hesitate to take down any being in the way of his target.  If anyone’s left when the disease is through with them…

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NEXT WEEK: We’ll return to an excerpt from LADY OF THE STAR WIND, because I’ll be revealing the cover on May 10th, and the book’s going to be released very soon thereafter.



39 comments on “You Understand Make Believe? Weekend Writing Warriors

  1. I’d say this is a sweet snippet, and it is, of course … except for the looming threat of disease that might strike down the nice actress and the cute kid.

  2. Thanks for all the comments – I’m glad the scene and the book are resonating with people. Seemed odd not to have excerpted it here more often but we were making our way through that long scene in Lady of the Star Wind for so many weeks LOL.

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