No Time To Waste 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!)

NEW RELEASE! The snippet is from Two Against the Stars (story below the excerpt). I’m continuing on from last week, where Dobkin, Carialle’s mob handler, has died in the bathroom of their cheap hotel room from an accidental, drunken fall. She was handcuffed to the bed but has gotten loose, although one cuff remains around her wrist. Edited somewhat from the published version:

Carialle swallowed hard and forced herself to go through his pockets, snagging the key to the handcuffs and his ID and credit tag. Her hands were shaking so hard it took her three tries to release the shackle around her wrist.

She took a deep breath to quell her rising hysteria – No time to waste.

Carialle unfastened a gaudy, retro timepiece from his wrist and sidled away. It took her a few moments in the bedroom to dump out the contents of his small pack, snatching whatever might be useful and leaving the rest on the bed.  She contemplated the small hand weapon for a long moment. She’d no idea how to use it but the allure of possessing a means of defending herself against those immune to her power was impossible to resist. Grabbing the shiny mini blaster, she hid it at the bottom of the pack and sealed the seams.

She straightened her spine, took a deep breath and checked the mirror to be sure there was no blood on her drab gray tunic, leggings or shoes. She hastened to the door and stepped into the hall, closing the portal behind her, keying the advisory to Do Not Disturb.

twoThe story:

Empathic priestess Carialle has escaped the evil Amarotu Combine, but she’s hardly out of danger. Not when she risks everything to rescue a drugged man from a crooked veterans’ clinic. By lulling the clinic staff to sleep, she reveals her powers. And once again, criminals are after her and her rescuer.

Marcus Valerian, a wounded Special Forces veteran, never expected to have his life threatened by the clinic that’s supposed to help ex-soldiers like him. But when he wakes from a drugged state to find a lovely woman urging him to run–he does. In his family’s remote fishing cabin, he suffers the agony of withdrawal, soothed only by her powers.

In their idyllic hideaway, the two also discover a nova-hot attraction flaring. But can they stay alive long enough for it to become more? Not if the Combine has anything to say–they are not giving up until Marcus is dead and Carialle is their weapon

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27 comments on “No Time To Waste Weekend Writing Warriors

  1. Well, this seems like a great chance for her, but I have a feeling things aren’t going to be so easy. Great snippet and congrats again on your new release! 🙂

  2. Oh man, I’d be scared out of my skull, too. Great snippet, Veronica, and congrats on the new release! 🙂

  3. I hope she makes her getaway, though there wouldn’t be much of a story if she easily make an escape and didn’t run into any further trouble.

    Congratulations on your new release!

  4. Thanks for the comments, always much appreciated! Yes, the interstellar crime syndicate has put Carialle through hell for four years and she knows this is her one chance to escape. Which makes it all the more difficult for her when she meets Marcus later in the book and has to put herself at risk again if she’s to help him.A lot at stake….

  5. “Carialle unfastened a gaudy, retro timepiece from his wrist and sidled away” Way to pack a punch in the first line, good adjectives. #WeWriWa

  6. Great snippet, Veronica. I admire her bravery, not just here but throughout the story. She is one gutsy lady.

  7. Fantastic snippet, looks like she’s made the most of a good opportunity, but something tells me it may not be so easy for her as the scene might suggest!

  8. Escape can’t be this easy. Great imagery in this snippet. You put me right there with her.

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