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 – We’re leaving Addy for the moment and getting Ryder’s perspective on his arrival on the Nebula Zephyr.
Ryder closed the portal to his Level A suite behind him and dropped his satchel to the lush carpet. Much more carefully he unslung his guitar case and set it off to the side before venturing further into the lavish accommodations. Although luxurious, the Nebula Zephyr’s top cabin reminded him of every other first class hotel he’d ever stayed at or ship he’d flown on. Nothing like where I’ve been for the last year. Strolling toward the bedroom beyond, he paused at the piano for a moment, clenching his fists. He wasn’t surprised to see the vintage instrument there, since he’d specifically requested one. And the damn candies better be in the dish beside the bed, he thought savagely. He supposed all rock stars since the original days on old Terra itself had had strange requests in their contracts. It was a tradition whose roots were lost in time.
He was pleased at this sign his management team had picked up the old threads smoothly and ensured he was getting the treatment he was used to. “Lords of Space it’d be so easy to slide right back into it all.”
Unable to force himself to step away from the piano, he rolled back the cover over the keys and touched one, without depressing it enough to make the hammer strike the strings and produce sound. “Those days are over,” he said softly as he replaced the cover. “Never to return.”
Now he did proceed to the bedroom and flopped on the bed, staring at the ceiling. What in the seven hells am I doing here? Was he really going to return to the stage and sing and dance the oldies like a washed up has been fool, for presumably ecstatic audiences? Could he forgive and forget what had been done to him by his former best friend? “I haven’t agreed to anything yet.” His declaration was defiant and echoed a bit in the lonely stateroom.
But merely by being here on this ship, flying at hyperspeed toward a reunion he’d sworn would never happen, he was more than halfway to accepting the request.
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…