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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. Gianna and Trevor have arrived on the Nebula Zephyr. Gianna is taking a private tour of places on the ship which are similiar to areas of the Nebula Dream (the sister ship which wrecked when she was a child). There’s been an incident…
Dr. Shane rushed down the corridor, Trevor’s boss right behind. “What happened?”
“Ms. Nadenoft fainted,” Trevor said, deciding not to add any details while they were in an open corridor.
Jake gave him a hard look but went to work clearing the curious bystanders out of the area while the doctor checked Gianna’s vital signs with her handheld. Gianna regained consciousness, a bit disoriented while the quick exam was going on. “I’d like to check you over more thoroughly in the sick bay,” Dr. Shane said in a soothing tone. “I think you might also be a bit dehydrated, which I can remedy easily enough.”
“All right, whatever you think, doctor.” Gianna seemed quite compliant and Trevor was glad he’d told her who the doctor was, in terms of being a famous war heroine with PTSD issues of her own.
She walked to the sickbay on her own, but with Trevor bracing her on one side and the hound leaning into her on the other. Emily took her into an exam room as soon as they arrived and Jake and Trevor went into the doctor’s office to confer.
“I’m not so sure this special tour of hers is a good idea,” Jake said frankly. “That was quite an incident just now. Thank the Lords of Space it didn’t happen in full view of other passengers. We want to make Gianna happy with her voyage but not at the expense of others.”
“She handled the beach deck fine and the bridge visit fine,” Trevor said stubbornly, determined to defend Gianna. “I have no idea what was so upsetting about a storeroom but I gotta tell you something weird was going on. I felt this bone chilling cold and I couldn’t get the damn door open to get her out.”
Exasperated, Jake stared at him. “This ship is not the Nebula Dream. It’s not haunted by the ghosts of whatever went on there….”
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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: If you enjoyed my STAR CRUISE: RETURN VOYAGE in the Pets in Space 5 anthology and wanted more stories set on the Nebula Zephyr…here they are!
STAR CRUISE: SONGBIRD – Can there be a happily ever after for an interstellar rock star singer and the ship’s security officer assigned to guard her for a special cruise? My scifi rock star romance and one of my own personal most favorites! (Appeared in Pets in Space 2) Amazon Apple Books Kobo B&N GooglePlay
STAR CRUISE: MYSTERY DANCER – Is she a fabled princess on the run or an imposter? A desperate dancer auditions for an opening in the ship’s Comettes dance troupe. My scifi take on the Anastasia legend, set in the far future… (Appeared in Pets in Space 3) Amazon Apple Books Kobo Nook GooglePlay
STAR CRUISE: IDOL’S CURSE – Can Juli the Cruise Director return the piece of an alien idol to its home before the ship is destroyed by the cursed rock? Can Third Officer Steve Aureli get between her and the escalating bad luck? Will their second attempt to kindle a romance succeed or will the curse affect that too? (Appeared in Pets in Space 4)
And if you’d like to see how Red and Meg met before they joined the Nebula Zephyr: