Engines Are Easier 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!)

I’m now taking snippets from my newly released novel STAR CRUISE STAR SONG.

The snippet from close to the beginning of the book. Addy is at the spaceport on her way to join her new spaceship, the Nebula Zephyr cruise liner. I’ve jumped ahead a little bit and Addy and Ryder are getting on the shuttle to go to the cruise ship in orbit above: 

Addy led the way to seats at the rear.

“Afraid of a crash?” he asked as he stowed his gear and hers. “I don’t think any of us would survive, sitting at the back or not.”

She wasn’t about to explain any of her various reasons for the seating choice, not her anxiety, nor her desire to hear the engines more closely nor…well, anything else. “What brings you to the ship?” she asked instead, a little desperately. The employee orientation had suggested the question as a surefire conversational gambit when encountering a passenger.

He frowned as he sat next to her and offered her three pieces of red-and-white striped candy, which he’d fished out of the satchel while storing it in the overhead bin. “I’m meeting a few old friends at the next planet and then we’re going to do a gig together. Maybe. I haven’t quite decided. I kinda like the solitary road.”

“Oh.” She didn’t know where to go from there. She was having flashbacks to every school she’d ever attended, where even if she was lucky enough to have another person want to be friends, she never knew what to say. Engines and any high tech system were so much easier to understand but other kids weren’t interested in talking about those.

VS: Next week we’ll see where the conversation goes…


Here’s the official blurb:

Addy Tryndall is a fresh graduate from a highly respected engineering college in the Sectors, on her way to a plum job on the Nebula Zephyr cruise ship. She knows she’ll be on probation but she’s determined to succeed and nothing is going to distract her.

Ryder McRhodes is a has-been interstellar rock star, on his way to reunite with his fellow band members to see if the lightning of mega success will strike twice for them. He isn’t sure he wants to be in the spotlight again and he hasn’t been able to write music since the band broke up.

Addy has secrets. Ryder needs a muse to unblock the creative flow…could her tightly guarded past be the answer  to his problem?  When the two are thrown together in an attempt to avoid the interstellar paparazzi he’s intrigued. She’s wary.

And someone is sabotaging systems on the Nebula Zephyr. Addy unwittingly finds herself in the middle of the situation while juggling her increasing attraction to Ryder and her challenges on the new  job. Can she trust him with her secret? Or will he break her heart?

The danger on board comes ever closer to Addy as the cruise continues…

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5 comments on “Engines Are Easier Weekend Writing Warriors

  1. Love the title of this post. For anyone with an engineering bent, engines are easier to understand than humans. I enjoyed this book, as I enjoyed all those set on the Nebula Zephyr. I’d love to take a cruise on it.

  2. I so sympathize with Addy! I hate talking to strangers because I never know what to say either. Too bad her conversational gambit didn’t bear more fruit–and conversation! Can’t wait for next week’s snippet! Tweeted.

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