Don’t Drop the Orb Weekend Writing Warriors

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.

I’ve switched to my upcoming new release STAR CRUISE: TIME LOOP,  which is in the Pets in Space 6 anthology, releasing October 5th.

Excerpt: From the beginning of the novella, continuing on from last week when a glass bauble at a vendor’s stall caught Raelyn’s eye: 

She was surprised to feel warmth against her palm rather than the cool surface of a glass object but it had been in the sun. Gazing into the orb, she saw what looked like iridescent mist floating. Everything about the object was pleasing and she thought maybe she’d keep it for herself. “Ten credits,” she said.

A passerby in a hurry jogged her elbow and she nearly dropped the glass knickknack. Juggling it, she managed to avoid the disaster.

The seller hissed between jagged, discolored teeth. “Careful, honored visitor. Bad things will happen if the orb shatters.”

“I’d have to pay you for nothing, you mean,” she said in good humor. Digging in her purse, she came up with a ten credit token. This planet dealt in metal money, which was a charming throwback and a bit inconvenient.


Oh no, now she wants to bargain. Frustrated at being drawn into the negotiation she’d hoped to avoid, Raelyn ground her teeth, loathing the idea of leaving a unique find behind.

“Hey, Cantorini, we’re leaving.” The shouted admonition came from one of the Nebula Zephyr’s other stewards. He stood beside the ground shuttle, holding the door and gesturing to her urgently. “The captain said not to be late getting back to the ship, remember?”

‘Eyn’ – the alien turtle

The book blurb:

Raelyn Cantorini, senior stewardess on the interstellar cruise ship Nebula Zephyr thinks the alien artifact she bought on the last planet the ship visited was just a pretty glass orb…until her pet Eyn knocked the ornament off a table, shattering it and sending her into an infinitely repeating time loop.

Stuck reliving the same day over and over, Raelyn has only hours to try to save the ship and everyone on board from dying in a terrible catastrophe. As she tries to solve the mystery of what happens to the ship right before midnight each time the day repeats, Raelyn meets Kev Stevens, the former Special Forces soldier turned actor and finds herself falling in love with him. Each time the day repeats, she learns more about him while he has no memory of her. Can she persuade him they’ve met before? Will he trust her enough to help stop the Nebula Zephyr’s destruction?

And if they do save the ship, will that reset time for Raelyn?


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13 comments on “Don’t Drop the Orb Weekend Writing Warriors

  1. Oh, I hope she gets to buy the orb before she has to leave! Clearly it’s bad if the thing breaks, but it must bring good luck if it remains intact. That’s my theory and I’m sticking with it! 🙂

  2. Congratulations on your release, Veronica! I love the premise of this book! The Groundhog Day theme is one of my faves. I do wonder if Raelyn ends up paying full price just so she can be on time! 🙂

  3. This post might show up twice. I have a hard time posting a comment here for some reason. Anyway, congrats on the release. I bet she’d better be careful with that orb.

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