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 excerpt – This is Addy’s first day aboard the spaceship and she just prevented a disaster with the antigrav. She and the technician responsible have been summoned to the Chief Engineer’s office where they encounter the Fourth Engineer, who was on duty. Maeve is the Ship’s Artificial Intelligence. The Chief Engineer Takkei has asked if Addy “cares to explain” herself.:
Unsure if he was being accusatory or merely asking her to provide the context, she drew a deep breath and said, “Once I stepped into the main crew gravlift, I became aware the mechanism wasn’t operating properly and was in danger of failing. I communicated with the ship and was directed to go to where the technician was working on the impeller unit, which I did. It was plain to me he was making incorrect adjustments and I ordered him to stand down, after which I made the necessary changes to bring the unit back into proper tolerance.”
The three men stared at her. Addy kept herself from fidgeting or lowering her gaze.
“Ensign Tryndall averted a potential catastrophe,” the ship said out of thin air.
No one but Addy seemed surprised to have Maeve join the conversation. The chief leaned back in his chair. “Yes, but how did you know there was a problem, ensign? It was your first time using the gravlift, right?”
Now I’m in trouble. Nothing good ever came of admitting to her unique ability to sense and interpret the harmonics and vibrations of modern high tech. “I just knew—it felt wrong—I was sure the system was off balance.” She hated stammering. “Which is partly why I checked in with the ship, as she could do self-monitoring and either confirm or deny my concern.” No, I called her in a panic because I was afraid so many people might die.
“I’m perfectly satisfied with Ensign Tryndall’s actions,” Maeve said. “Technician Bradberry, however, is on probation with me until further notice and retraining.”
“All right, ensign, you’re dismissed,” the chief said before pointing a stubby finger at the men. “There’s more discussion to be had with you.”
As Addy rose, he added, “I’ll see you for your scheduled meeting tomorrow morning after staff, which is promptly at eight.”
“Yes, sir.” She was glad to have the rest of today to try to recover her equilibrium, get settled in her no doubt tiny cabin and review the Nebula Zephyr’s most critical specifications again.
VS: Her first meeting with her new boss turned out all right but still, not a good start. More from the book next week.
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…