Reconsider the Party? 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!)

Moving on to 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.

 “I wish you’d reconsider about the party – you wouldn’t have to stay long, just let me introduce you to a few folks, grab a plate of food and a beer, and leave.”

            Freeing herself from his light touch with a frown, she retreated a step, “Why do you care?”

            “I understand why you aren’t too fond of beaches—”

            “We were staging the wounded there, on Fantalar, for transfer to the Cassie,” she said, using the nickname the crew had given the battleship she’d been assigned to. “Until the Mawreg attacked and—”

            “I know – I was on Fantalar’s beach too.” His voice was quiet.

            Alarm bells rang in her mind. Veterans who wanted to thank her for saving them were the worst. She never knew what to say, and in their well-meant words of gratitude, she always heard the unspoken criticism of her failure to save everyone.

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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35 comments on “Reconsider the Party? Weekend Writing Warriors

  1. Oh, so he actually told her where he knew her from. I have a feeling he’s going to surprise her. I hope so. 😉

  2. I wonder which ship he was on? Perhaps there are answers in earlier excerpts, I’ll have to check. Very interesting lines.

  3. Bad memories associated with beaches. I wouldn’t want to go to the party either. (Then again, I don’t like parties.) I hope you continue with this scene — I’d love to hear more about it.

    • I might give a bit more from this scene. I’m trying to give the flavor of the book…before I move on to the next book. I have another one coming out in the Fall that I’ve never excerpted here as yet.

  4. Oh, great way to introduce her internal tension. I’m sure that failure to measure up in all in her own mind, but it’s totally believable. Great little excerpt!


  5. This is a great complication for your story. I can’t help but wonder, though, if the voice she hears uttering an unspoken criticism of her failure to save everyone isn’t her own voice.

  6. Oh so he IS going to remind her they’ve met! Huh… Somehow I didn’t think he would. Can’t blame her for not wanting to go to that party. Then again, I’m not a fan of parties either. Not a big fan of beaches either…

  7. Nice touch of backstory without slowing down the pace. 🙂

    Mawreg? Reminded me of our Sue Ann Bowling. I wonder if they ever got her stories finished and published…

    • Yeah my bad guys have been the Mawreg since 1988. Sue Ann’s books are available on Amazon, with her bio as if she was still with us, which I find a bit jarring. I miss her – she had an excellent sense of humor that would sneak up on you and she sure could do worldbuilding!

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