Happy 4th of July if you’re in the USA and celebrating – stay safe with those fireworks!
Now taking excerpts from my newly published scifi romance COLONY UNDER SIEGE: INTERSTELLAR PLAGUE.
Here’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!)
May be edited a bit from published version.
The excerpt: Saffia has been requested to report to the colony’s spaceport and wait for an incoming Socialite’s yacht and has refused to abandon her patients at the clinic to do so. Kayla is her friend and the spaceport manager.
Saffia was a bit annoyed, although the fact the patient was a child earned the yacht’s owner a measure of her sympathy. She had to push away memories of several unpleasant encounters she’d had with entitled Socialites during her residency. “If there’s no emergency, the family can bring the child here to me. It’s not far from the port to this building.”
“It’s not far from anywhere in the village to anywhere,” Kayla laughed at the mere idea of a long commute, “They did tell you when you were assigned here that for a third of the year our population is 90% entitled rich people, right? This family won’t be happy you aren’t going to be standing here on the landing pad with your exam instruments in hand and a prescription ready in the other.”
Her friend’s teasing only strengthened Saffia’s resolve to stay where she belonged, in the clinic. A small vid screen off to the side on her desk linked to Warby let her know she was already running behind and had two patients waiting. “I have to go, there are people I should be taking care of right now. If the situation changes or if you think it’s an emergency once they land, call back.”
“Will do.” Kayla signed off.
The blurb: Newly graduated from a prestigious interstellar medical school, Dr. Saffia Mandell has been assigned to the Haven Two colony on the galaxy’s outer rim as the only doctor for some 2000 human residents. She’s counting the days until her five years there is up, trying to adjust to rural living after life in the crowded Inner Sectors and fighting her attraction to Chief Ranger Micah Navonn. She’s dreading the upcoming tourist season when the rich and pampered will descend on the planet for the scenic wonders and novel sports opportunities and no doubt inundate her little clinic but the colony depends on the seasonal income to survive.
As the senior official for his people, the Calinurra, the indigenous inhabitants of Haven Two, Micah enforces the treaty, regulates the tourist permits, patrols the forests and resists his fascination with Dr. Mandell. He never expected to be involved with a human woman and doesn’t want to believe in the concept of a fated mate. He wants to keep his life simple and isn’t ready for any long term commitment. Besides Saffia keeps proclaiming she’ll be leaving when her appointment is up in four and a half years so why should he risk his heart?
Then a ship arrives unexpectedly carrying a very ill little girl and soon the deadly virus is spreading through Haven Two. The colony authorities are desperate to cover up the problem to preserve the all-important tourist season and Saffia and Micah have to work together to battle the outbreak, the local administration and their undeniable feelings for each other.
Can the colony survive? And will Micah and Saffia be able to move past their fears about entanglements to act on the mutual attraction?
An 87K word novel of the far future…