I Gave My Word WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM Weekend Writing Warriors

WeWriWa buttonA fun way to sample new books and find new writers! Here’s the link to the Weekend Writing Warriors central page, so you can visit all the participants sharing excerpts today…

(I’ve now set a new record of 9 days without a trip to the hospital or ER so I think I’m making good progress out of the woods. Thanks for all the support and encouragement, Warriors! It has definitely helped.)

The luxury ship Nebula Dream has suffered a middle of the night catastrophe in space. My hero, Nick Jameson, has fought his way to the nearest lifeboat and found chaos. Some creative editing and punctuation has occurred. As he’s just about finished loading the lifeboat, businesswoman Mara Lyrae arrives, much to his relief. But she refuses to get on the lifeboat, as there are children in need of rescuing…

After hearing about trapped children, Nick knew he’d stay on board as long as it took to free them. But first, she needs to be safe. “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 took a hasty step away from Nick, 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.”

“I swear to you I’ll go up there and do my best to get them out of whatever trouble they’re in, but I want to see you safely off this ship first,” Nick said. “Now please take your place in this lifeboat so I can seal it and send it – you may not have another chance at a seat on an LB later.”

“I gave them my word – I can’t leave them.” 

And she doesn’t……

Wreck-of-the-Nebula-DreamFinalMedThe 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 ofTitanicproportions. 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?

31 comments on “I Gave My Word WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM Weekend Writing Warriors

  1. And the story just gets better from here! I love that she continues to stick to her word throughout the story. Glad to hear you’ve stayed out of the hospital. Wishing you the very best, Veronica!

  2. So glad you have decided to give the ER doctors a break : ). Love this snippet. He should just grab her by the arm and set off full speed to the kiddos. She’s not getting on that boat…

    • Uh oh, did I miscount in my exuberance??? Sorry, promise not to do that again, must be respectful of people’s time commitment here. My apologies 🙂 But thanks for the kind words – HUG!

  3. Again, the position each character takes in this snippet reveal much of their characters, I like that! Hopefully Nick comes around to realizing two is better than one and he leaves off this ‘I gotta protect her’ nonsense. Sounds like she is easily as strong as he is in terms of passion, determination, and smarts.

  4. I’m so glad you’re on the mend!

    I love both your stubborn characters, here! She’s too worried to listen to him, and he’s too worried to figure out how to convince her not to worry. 😀

  5. You choose amazing snippets. I literally didn’t breathe reading this interaction. You create great dramatic tension in such a small space of time as well as providing good insight into the psychology of the characters.

  6. Glad you’re getting better. Liking how your female lead doesn’t compromise at all here. Writing deadlocks is never easy, but always makes for the best reading. Good eight.

  7. First, thank goodness you are feeling better – continued wishes for good health.

    This is a wonderful snippet and shows so much about their personality. I like that she is not a wilting-flower and with a bit of coaxing, he comes to accept that. I hope they are successful in rescuing the children and themselves.

  8. If I’m ever trapped on a ship I hope peeps like these two are on board too. Very nice snippet. *Beaming healthy vibes @ you*

  9. Thanks first of all for the good wishes on my health, really feeling encouraged that I’ve turned some corner and am continuing to feel better and more “myself”. And I always appreciate the comments! I’m so glad everyone seems to be enjoying the snippets. I did love writing WRECK so much and it was my first self published SFR. Fun for me to revisit it on Weekend Writing Warriors! (And for everyone here who has already read the book, thank you and I’m so GLAD you liked it!)

  10. I love that she’s a strong female character–no damsel in distress. It’s so cute that he wants to protect her! Now stop talking and save those children 🙂 !

    Keep smiling,

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