Space Pirates Arrive Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedHere’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!)

We’ve moved on to Hostage To The Stars, which released in June. Edited from published version.

  “Excuse me,” Sara said, “Was the earlier announcement about pirates on the level?”

                The crew member didn’t stop walking but she gave Sarah an odd look, “It’s not a rare occurrence in this quadrant. Unfortunately for us, we were stopped to make minor repairs on the engines in this old bucket and the pirates were out hunting.” She stepped into the gravlift and Sara followed. “I’ve been through this before.”

                Sara digested the information as she ascended next to the stewardess. “So what happens next?”

                “The pirates are mostly interested in our cargo – probably offloading it now in fact,” Her companion shrugged, “Everything’s insured.”

                 This incident would make an exciting tidbit to tell people about when she got home. “So the raiders don’t bother the passengers and crew?”

Bad assumption on Sara’s part….more next week!

Hostage ToTheStarsFinal-FJM_High_Res_1800x2700The story:

He rescued her from space pirates … but can he keep them both safe from the far greater evil stalking a deserted planet?

Space travel without Kidnap & Ransom insurance? Not a good idea. University instructor and researcher Sara Bridges can’t afford it, so when pirates board her cruise liner, she’s taken captive along with the mistress of a wealthy man, and brought to a deserted planet. When a military extraction team sent to rescue the mistress refuses to take Sara too, she’s left to the mercies of a retired Special Forces soldier, along as consultant.

Reluctantly reactivated and coerced into signing up for the rescue operation to the planet Farduccir where he once was deployed,  Sgt. Johnny Danver just wants to get the job done. But when the team leader leaves one captured woman behind, he breaks away to rescue her himself.

As Johnny and Sara traverse the barren landscape, heading for an abandoned base where they hope to call Sectors Command for help, they find villages destroyed by battle and stripped of all inhabitants. A lone survivor tells a horrific tale of the Sectors’ alien enemy, the Mawreg, returning after being pushed out …

Searching for evidence to give the military, Johnny is captured. He regains consciousness in a Mawreg cage–with Sara next to him. Death is preferable to what the aliens will do to them… And even if they do escape their captors, can they alert the military in time to prevent another invasion of the Sectors?

Standalone sequel to Mission To Mahjundar (mild spoilers for Mahjundar in this story.)

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34 comments on “Space Pirates Arrive Weekend Writing Warriors

    • I made the book as much of a standalone story as I could, and I think in general readers have been ok with it, and then going to read the earlier book after ‘meeting’ Johnny in this one. Of course, it’s not a bad thing to read Mission to Mahjundar first 🙂

      • Cool! 🙂 …oh! Saw that it was possible to get it with an audible addon so I bought it. 🙂 It’s great being able to “read” while driving to and from work. 🙂

  1. I love how she didn’t even believe there were pirates, and how calm and matter of fact the other woman is — nice set up for the shock that’s about to come.

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