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May be edited a bit from published version.
Excerpts from my newly released novel COLONY ON FIRE.
Continuing on from where we left off last week. Saffia and Micah open the interstellar cargo carrier to see her ‘new’ (refurbished) mobile medical clinic. The excerpt:
“Impressive.” As she walked toward the door, Saffia was pleased. Her decision to invest the extra budget she’d been given as a reward for handling the epidemic last year plus what she could squeeze from the budget and use it all to purchase the mobile unit had involved higher finances than anything she’d ever spent other than her medical school tuition. It had been terrifying to sign the contract with the dealer on faraway Barton Seven. The company came highly recommended though and had glowing testimonials, including some from prestigious Non-Government Organizations who used their mobile stations on various underdeveloped worlds.
She stepped up into the main body of the mobile clinic and stopped, jaw dropping. “Wow.” The interior was all gleaming surfaces, metallic and crisp white, with examination bays, a scan area, three critical care beds, and other medical amenities. “I mean, I pored over the marketing materials and I know what I ordered but this is amazing.”
“You can treat anything in here,” Micah said, opening a cabinet and closing it again.
As she walked through the central aisle, Saffia was more than pleased by her choices. “I can even do major surgery if I have to, deliver babies, administer specialized treatments—”
“Pull teeth?” Head tilted, Micah eyed a cabinet labelled ‘Dental’. “Branching out into a new specialty?”
“I figured I should get the minimal kit, yes. In the remote area, I might be the only person who can treat a dental issue, if it was an emergency. Obviously people would come into town and see the real dentist for most things. I have the minimum kit for a few specialties in fact, like ophthalmology. I was running thin on budget by that point in the sales order form and had to skip a few things. I had to remind myself the goal wasn’t to recreate my clinic up there in the wilderness but to provide a basic level of care.”
“I found the best thing about Gretchen,” he said a minute later, voice muffled as he’d proceeded to the rear of the vehicle.
Saffia looked up from her contemplation of the operating room suite of support devices. “What do you mean? How would you know, my non-medical friend?”
Grumbling a bit but curious she made her way to the back, having trouble resisting checking out all the other amenities. She found Micah standing in an alcove outside the tiny doctor’s office. As she walked up, he pointed at the shelf and Saffia began to laugh. Raising her hands, she said, “Yes, I ordered the deluxe coffee pot.”
When she came to Haven Two Dr. Saffia Mandell expected to grimly do her five years of medical service as the colony’s only doctor, work off her medical school debt and leave. Then she’d fallen in love, handled an epidemic and become an accepted member of the community. Now, in her second year, she faces new challenges as the tinder dry planet heads into a fire season and a mysterious food allergy threatens the local restaurant’s reputation.
Chief Ranger Micah Navonn of the Calinurra never expected to fall in love with a human woman but Saffia was a special person who captured his heart and now means everything to him. Not all of his people are as enthusiastic about the situation and his efforts to handle the politics are getting complicated. Add to that an infestation by insects from another world, causing portions of the forest to die off and his plate is full.
When the jet stream shifts course and the fires rage, will the colonists and the Calinurra set aside their differences? With Saffia’s life hanging in the balance, can Micah arrive in time to save her and the colonists in jeopardy?
Life on Haven Two never lets up.
Welcome to the story of the greatest interstellar cruise liner disaster of all time (“Titanic in Space” as the Galaxy Express Blog termed it), one small group of survivors and what befell them in later years, as told in three novels. This box set gathers three of Veronica Scott’s award winning science fiction novels into one collection. Please note each novel has been previously published on its own and all can be read as standalone tales.
WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM: Traveling unexpectedly aboard the luxury liner Nebula Dream on its maiden voyage across the galaxy, Sectors Special Forces Captain Nick Jameson is ready for ten relaxing days, and hoping to forget his last disastrous mission behind enemy lines. He figures he’ll gamble at the casino, take in the shows, maybe even have a shipboard fling with Mara Lyrae, the beautiful but reserved businesswoman he meets. All his plans vaporize when the ship suffers a wreck of Titanic proportions. Captain and crew abandon ship, leaving the 8000 passengers stranded without enough lifeboats and drifting unarmed in enemy territory. (This novel was loosely inspired by the events of the 1912 sinking of the Titanic on Earth but set in the far future, in space.)
STAR SURVIVOR: The survivors of a terrible wreck meet again—but this time only one can survive. The long-awaited sequel to The Wreck of the Nebula Dream…They survived an iconic spaceship wreck together. She never expected to see him again … especially not armed to kill her. Twilka Zabour is an interstellar celebrity. She built on her notoriety as a carefree Socialite who survived the terrible wreck of the Nebula Dream, and launched a successful design house. But now the man who gave meaning to her life, then left her, is back–this time for the worst of reasons. Will he kill her … or help her survive?
D’nvannae Brother Khevan survived the Nebula Dream in the company of a lovely, warm woman, only to be pulled away from her, back into his solitary life in the service of the Red Lady. Now Twilka’s within his reach again–for all the wrong reasons. Khevan will do everything within his power to discover why Twilka has been targeted for assassination, and to save her.
But Khevan is not Twilka’s only pursuer. Will allies Nick and Mara Jameson arrive in time to aid the couple, or will Khevan and Twilka’s ingenuity be all that stands between them and death?
STAR CRUISE RETURN VOYAGE: 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 make the effort 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. The two share more in common than either of them realizes and their attraction grows as the voyage continues.
But powerful enemies including a conspiracy theory-obsessed fellow passenger and sinister individuals with hostile intentions 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 the day her last voyage came to a disastrous end?