What’s In The Crate? 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!)

One more excerpt from my story ‘Star Cruise: Stowaway’ in the PETS IN SPACE anthology, which released this past week. Edited a bit from the published version. Picking up from where I stopped last week:

He hoped Moby hadn’t sampled whatever Midorri was drinking. The alien animal could probably handle anything up to and including nuclear fuel, who knew, but Moby was definitely a terrestrial cat, with a more delicate stomach. He tried to shoo Midorri away from the slowly growing puddle of green goo, dripping from a dented corner of the container. Musta gotten banged when the shuttle crew offloaded the final pallet too fast and had to straighten everything in a rush.  “I better see what’s in there,” he said to the interested animals.

moby_and_midorri_pets_in-space_artwork_nyssa_juneau            Moby yowled, startling him as her voice echoed, and Midorri emitted a high-pitched chirping that grated on his ears like a physical assault.

            Midorri tried to climb over his boot to return to the growing puddle.

            A loud click echoed in the cargo bay and the seams on the crate glowed yellow, unsealing in a smooth progression along the rim. Sure enough a deluge of liquid followed, but Embersson froze for a moment as he saw what had been inside the crate. Then he was on his knees beside the now-open container, heedless of the green cryo fluid soaking his pants, as he tried to extricate the woman who’d been illegally stored inside.

Here’s the blurb for the anthology, followed by the blurb for my story:

The blurb for Pets In Space:

Even an alien needs a pet…

PETS_In_Space_cover_artJoin the adventure as nine pet loving sci-fi romance authors take you out of this world and pull you into their action-packed stories filled with suspense, laughter, and romance. The alien pets have an agenda that will capture the hearts of those they touch. Follow along as they work side by side to help stop a genetically-engineered creature from destroying the Earth to finding a lost dragon; life is never the same after their pets decide to get involved. Can the animals win the day or will the stars shine just a little less brightly?

New York Times, USA TODAY, Award Winning, and Best selling authors have eight original, never-released stories and one expanded story giving readers eight amazing new adventures  and one expanded story that will capture your imagination and help a worthy charity. Come join us as we take you on nine amazing adventures that will change the way you look at your pet!

10% of the first month’s profits go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

And the blurb for Star Cruise: Stowaway:

Cargo Master Owen Embersson is shocked when the Nebula Zephyr’s ship’s cat and her alien sidekick, Midorri, alert him to the presence of a stowaway. He has no idea of the dangerous complications to come – nor does he anticipate falling hard for the woman whose life he now holds in his hands. Life aboard the Nebula Zephyr has just become more interesting – and deadly.

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31 comments on “What’s In The Crate? Weekend Writing Warriors

  1. Although the situation is quite different, my memory wants to insert details from the scene in Firefly in which Mal opens the crate in which River was smuggled aboard.

  2. Oh my gosh! That’s not what I expected to be inside. I’m looking forward to reading this anthology. It’s next on my to-read list. 🙂

  3. Interesting way to stowaway. I’m wondering if this is the way she was supposed to awaken aboard the craft. And why did she stowaway?

  4. Thanks for the comments! No spoilers but I can say this is definitely an illegal activity going on here and not the way anyone should travel….but is she the victim or???? Well, that’s the story….PETS IN SPACE has done really well this week, since its release (which is gratifying and also good for the charity we’re supporting) and my thanks to everyone for all the support!

  5. Love the descriptive detail of the cats eating habits – up top and including nuclear fuel – lol.

  6. “…the seams on the crate glowed yellow, unsealing in a smooth progression along the rim.” So vivid! I could see the crate zipping open, as it were.

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