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May be edited a bit from published version.
Sharing excerpts from STAR CRUISE: RETURN VOYAGE, my full length novel in the Pets In Space 5 anthology for 2020!
The excerpt I’ve skipped ahead to Trevor’s first meeting with Gianna at her family home. she’s had refreshments served.:
He selected a cup of coffee and a small sandwich and sat. This was the strangest assignment he’d ever had. The longer he sat with her, the more peaceful he felt, however. The setting was beautiful and he had no responsibilities aside from being ready to escort Ms. Nadenoft if she decided to take the trip. Trevor was at a loss for how to broach the subject of the voyage but he wasn’t here on a social call. Duty nagged at him.
“I never discuss the events of my childhood,” she said suddenly, not in a challenging way but more as a flat statement of fact.
There was silence for a few more moments. He knew she was staring at him but he was watching a pair of incredibly fluffy ground rodents chasing each other in a highly amusing fashion, quarreling over a nut. “I don’t discuss my past either,” he said finally, meeting her gaze, “So I’d say we’re even. Now we’ve covered that, what shall we talk about? Your home here is quite lovely.”
“Yes, we’re even as far as what events we keep off limits. I like the concept. Of course now I’m curious to know what it is you don’t discuss. My history is unfortunately searchable and legendary, whether it should be or not.”
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STAR CRUISE RETURN VOYAGE blurb: Gianna Nadenoft is a reclusive survivor of one of the worst interstellar cruise ship disasters in the history of the Sectors. Now a renowned artist, she hasn’t left her home planet in decades, not since returning there after the wreck as a traumatized three-year-old. With her service animal at her side, she’s going to attempt to travel across the star systems to attend her brother’s wedding and reunite with her fellow survivors.
Trevor Hanson is a security officer aboard the cruise liner Nebula Zephyr with his own traumatic past as a former Special Forces soldier and prisoner of war. He’s assigned to provide personal protection to Gianna during her time aboard the ship but soon finds his interest turning from professional to romantic.
Onboard the Nebula Zephyr, powerful enemies are watching Gianna and making plans to seize this rare opportunity to gain access to her and the secrets they believe she’s still keeping about the wreck. Can Trevor overcome his personal demons and rise to the occasion to save Gianna from the danger waiting on his ship, or will she slip through his fingers and suffer a terrible fate deferred from her last disastrous voyage?
VS Note: If you’ve been enjoying my STAR CRUISE Sectors stories, here are the alien empath spinoff titles (shown with STAR CRUISE STOWAWAY, which features Tyrelle. Her sister Mirielle, is the heroine of the second book and two of her fellow empaths feature in books 3 and 4. All are standalone, however.
DANGER IN THE STARS: A prisoner of the interstellar crime syndicate, can she trust the mob enforcer who loves her? He’s got secrets of his own… (There might be a scene on the Nebula Zephyr, just sayin’. No spoilers.) Amazon Apple Books Kobo Barnes & Noble Google
FATED STARS: She’s a tough mercenary with no time for foolish errands. But how can she resist risking everything for the alien empath prisoner who captures her heart? Amazon Apple Books Kobo B&N Google