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May be edited a bit from published version.
Excerpts from my newly released novel COLONY ON FIRE.
The snippet – Saffia and Micah and one of her nurses have flown the mobile clinic up to Northern Station, the remote, very small village. A bet was made whether there’d be a parade. There’s definitely a brass band. Roann is the nurse. I’ve skipped some introductions. Continuing on, Ellen the town administrator is speaking…:
“Please allow me and our citizens to escort you to the government house so you can rest and relax after your long flight.”
Saffia followed her toward the cars while Micah closed Gretchen up and activated the locks and security before joining her and Roann in the cavalcade. Saffia was expected to sit in the spot of honor in a convertible car, where she could see and be seen.
The parade left the landing field and drove slowly down the one central road.
Feeling slightly ridiculous, Saffia smiled and waved at small groups of people here and there beside the street. The band marched behind them, valiantly playing a catchy tune with a lot of drum accents. “I’m honored,” she said, leaning close to Ellen so her words could be heard over the percussion behind them. “Is the band from your school?”
Ellen shook her head, waiting for a trumpet riff to subside and said, “Actually it’s a community thing but one of the teachers at the school is the director and organizer. Up here we do the best we can to provide activities for people. We have a small theater group and an intramural tisba league with three teams, a book club and a quilting circle but that’s about it. A lot of rugged individualists.”
The parade arrived at the official building before Saffia could respond. Northern Station really was quite tiny. As she was extricating herself from the groundcar with Micah’s help, the band finished their song and the players wandered off with waves and shouted good wishes. The other cars also sped up and departed in various directions and when Saffia turned around the street was empty aside from her group and Ellen.
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.