Weekend Writing Warriors – Excerpt From SF Wreck of the Nebula Dream

WeWrWaMuch as I miss the Six Sentence Sunday weekly blog hop, I’m happy to report there are several new possibilities going on for posting and reading weekly excerpts in an organized fashion!

Wreck-of-the-Nebula-DreamFinalMedThis week I’m going to post 8 sentences from WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM, my science fiction adventure with romantic elements, which received an SFR Galaxy Award this past week for “Best Disaster Rewrite”! (I’m still beaming, can you tell?)

The ship has suffered an unknown accident in the middle of the night and Sectors Special Forces Captain Nick Jameson, traveling aboard the Dream as a passenger, is  trying to get panicked civilians aboard the lifeboats on Level Three, all the while worrying about Mara Lyrae, the businesswoman he’s very much attracted to. She arrives in the corridor, asking for help. The excerpt starts after she’s explained about the two children trapped in a cabin near hers. I did a tiny bit of condensing to make the excerpt work as eight sentences:

He’d been prepared to search the entire ship for her if necessary, but now here she was.

After hearing about trapped children, Nick knew he’d stay on board as long as it took to free them.  “Tell me exactly where on the Second Level and I’ll go. You get in this LB.” Nick reached out to take her by the arm, intending to guide her through the portal.

“No,” she said, taking a hasty step away, shak­ing her head vehemently. “I promised that little boy I’d come for them myself, as soon as I found their father, or someone. If you’re going to help me with this, then we have to hurry.”

The 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?


I love and appreciate your comments and feedback! Go here  to find all the other Weekend Writing Warriors and read  a variety of excerpts…

32 comments on “Weekend Writing Warriors – Excerpt From SF Wreck of the Nebula Dream

  1. Congratulations on your award. Please tell me you rocked a happy dance with that smile. Come on, you know you want to, lol.
    I love the tension in this excerpt and I still love this cover.

  2. Congratulations on the SFR award, Veronica! I loved the strength she showed standing up to him. Nicely done and pretty cover! 🙂

  3. I like that she’s insisting on going back. It will make the children feel a lot better to have someone they at least recognize.

    Congratulations on the award! Well done!

  4. I love all the layers you put in to build tension and emotion. The drifting ship abandoned by its crew in enemy territory is an especially haunting image, and the hero trying to overcome his past makes the plot riveting.

  5. I really appreciate all the comments and people taking the time to stop by! I’ve been out checking the various excerpt-sharing websites all day, trying to find everyone….

  6. Your heroine seems like a real “take charge” sort, Good for her and what an interesting story! Congratulations on your award and I wish you much success.

  7. There is always a sceptic in me as I read. I am wondering at your heroine’s motive. Is she really concerned about the children? Why does she want to go with him? Yes, I know she told us about the boy. I hope that is correct. I’m going to keep reading.

    • I always appreciate a Reader who looks below the surface, doesn’t necessarily take things at face value! But in this case yes, Mara genuinely is concerned for the children. There are a couple of scenes earlier on in the book where the casual acquaintance between her and the children is made clear, as well as the fact that Nick also has met them. AND that Nick and Mara are attracted to each other, although nothing has happened between them *yet*. Disaster hits the ship pretty early in the cruise…

  8. We’re going to be issuing the audio book of WRECK soon BTW – Michael Riffle, the actor who narrates, “gets” Nick *perfectly*. He does a terrific job with the rest of the characters too but he just IS Nick. Thanks again to everyone for the comments and congratulations today – MUCH appreciated!

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