The Alien Turtle Is Naughty Weekend Writing Warriors

Eyn the alien turtle (or moyed)

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 new release STAR CRUISE: TIME LOOP,  which is in the Pets in Space 6 anthology.

Excerpt: From the beginning of the novella. I’ve skipped ahead a bit from last week and Raelyn and her pet are back on the ship, with the odd glass bauble.

Five perfectly modulated crystalline notes, designed to bring the deepest sleeper to consciousness with no disruption…

In the morning, Raelyn ignored the gentle chimes from the Ship’s Artificial Intelligence even though she’d selected the sound of the alarm specifically. In a futile effort to deny reality she tried to stay in bed. Her head ached from overindulging a bit at the crew party the night before. She asked the Ship for headclear and once the inject popped up on the bedside table, promptly took the full dosage. As the ache in her temples stopped pounding, and her thinking became clearer, she took a look at the time and swore.

“Damn it, I’m going to be late.”

Rising to her feet, she was a bit dizzy but headed for the bathroom. As she went she noticed her carryall was open and various items were strewn around the table. “You’ve been busy and naughty,” she said to Eyn, clucking her tongue. The moyed loved glittering objects and was known to haul small things away to secret caches.

Eyn was standing with his front paws on the odd glass bubble she’d bought on impulse at the end of the trip. He was staring fixedly into the misty center and his tongue flickered in and out as if he was trying to taste the captured air inside. Disconcerted by how intent her pet was, Raelyn reached for him. “You’ve seen your reflection before for star’s sake. Be careful or you’ll push it off—”

VS: So what do we think will happen next? Another snippet next week and we’ll see!

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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8 comments on “The Alien Turtle Is Naughty Weekend Writing Warriors

  1. I can already hear the tinkle of breaking glass. 🙂 Can’t wait for what’s going to happen next! Love the snippet! Can’t wait to read more, so I just downloaded it!

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