The Focus Won’t Be on You Weekend Writing Warriors

WeWrWaHere’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!)

Taking excerpts from Star Cruise: Outbreak for a few weeks of excerpts….Dr. Shane has been at loose ends since leaving the military and her father’s arranged for her to take a temp job on an interstellar cruise liner. Moving on again, Jake has repeated his invitation to Emily to attend a crew party on the beach deck of the Nebula Zephyr but mentions his experience in the war, on the beach at Fantalar. (Edited slightly from published version.)

 Raising her hand as if to physically fend off his grateful remarks, she shook her head, “Can we please not talk about it?”

            As if sensing her distress, he took a step back, out of her personal space, saying, “Of course, Doc, whatever you want. The subject can be completely off-limits the rest of your tenure here, unless you change your mind. Our beach on board is totally different, was all I was going to say.”

            “Why does anyone want to meet me anyway?”

            “You’re one of us, even if only for this leg of our cruise. We’re a team and teams don’t function as well when there’s a big unknown.” He studied her, blue eyes steady. “It’s a belated engagement party for my second-in-command and his fiancée, but no one expects you to bring a gift. Good low-stress way to meet the people –  the focus won’t be on you.”          

StarCruiseOutbreak-FJM_ARE_200x300The 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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33 comments on “The Focus Won’t Be on You Weekend Writing Warriors

  1. I have to wonder if it’s the beach theme that’s throwing her or if she just doesn’t like parties and other social gatherings? Either way, I love that he backed off a bit and gave a reason why she needs to be there.

  2. Seems a reasonable enough request, and handled well. If her past experiences are so overwhelming then she really does have a problem that she has yet to address!

  3. He’s very soothing, as if he understands her distress and is working hard to gain her trust as he calms her. Great snippet.

  4. I’m guessing she needs to talk about it, or at least face it, and that Jake’s the guy who’s going to insist, eventually, that she does. Of course, I could be way off base…it’ll be fun to find out. =D

  5. Yes, perfect way to meet everyone if no one’s attention is solely on you anyways. He seems like he might have thought this through to the point she won’t have an out argument left.

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