Awards news and talking about a cool compliment from Nalini Singh at the end of the post!
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!)
Since LADY OF THE STAR WIND is still my newest release – and doing quite well, thank you to all the Warriors for your support! – I’ll keep going with this book. I’ll continue with Mark’s POV.
Mark and his companions, including the unconscious Sandy, have been rescued by a clan of desert-dwellers. They’ve taken refuge in the underground village to wait out the sandstorm, before attempting to continue their trek to the Lost City. After treating Sandy as best they can for the snakebite, the chief takes Mark to show him the scrolls from the ancient library, rescued from the Lost City, including one depicting a snake such as Mark has described. Edited from the published version.
Long lines of elegant symbols surrounded the depiction of the snake.
The desert chief repositioned the anchor stones holding the parchment scroll open, “Read for yourself.”
Even if this was High Chetal in the written format, which Mark doubted, his hypno training covered spoken languages only – he could no more read this than the well-meaning man opposite him could speak Outlier. “I can’t – translate for me, please?”
“This is Sherabti, companion to the Goddess Mother Nuet, She Who Came Before. Sherabti served as her messenger, her watcher—”
“Wait just a moment.” Mark held up his hands against the flood of words, “You’re talking about this snake as if it’s a myth.”
Jagrahim seemed to be in unmistakable agreement, “Myth, legend, divine being, who can say?”
Are they merely luckless lovers … or a legend come back to life?
Mark Denaltieri, ex-Sector Special Forces, has been hired by the Outlier Empress to rescue her granddaughter, Princess Alessandra, from kidnappers. Since the Empress once had him tortured and banished, she’s the last person Mark wants to work for. But he takes the job. He’ll save Alessandra, his first love, and discover why she didn’t speak for him when he desperately needed her. Then he’ll be on his way, finally free of his past.
Alessandra would rather her rescuer was anyone but Mark–after all, he let her believe he was dead all this time. But when the couple are forced to flee her captors by Traveling via a strange crystal globe, they find themselves in a lovely Oasis on a desert planet, the old attraction sizzling between them again.
They soon discover they are far from alone. The Oasis holds the entrance to another world, one in which the inhabitants are convinced Sandy and Mark are the Lady of the Star Wind and her Warrior, come to free them from an evil Queen.
Mark and Sandy must work together to unearth an ancient mirror, and crown the true king of this land. Can they fulfill the prophecy of the Lady and her Warrior … and this time, will their love survive the test?
Ghost of the Nile was announced by InDTale Magazine as a RONE Award Finalist, and in another contest result also announced last week, was the Winner of the RCRW “Cover Me Contest” in the paranormal romance cover art category! (Frauke Spanuth of Croco Designs gets all the credit for the beautiful cover.)
And then this other lovely thing happened for Star Cruise: Outbreak, when Ms. Singh retweeted a review the book had gotten and added her own comment. She’s my favorite author, so I was beyond thrilled to know she enjoyed one of MY books!: