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 STAR CRUISE STAR SONG.
The excerpt – Addy ignored a message from Ryder in favor of preparing for her first day on the new job. So he came to find her. I’ve jumped ahead during their first dinner date and Addy is trying to draw a representation of how the engines ‘song’ looks.
“I’m not used to eating such rich food.” She sipped her water and for lack of anything else to fill the silence with, picked up the paper and concentrated. Trying to remember exactly what the engines had sounded like in her head, she let her hand drift across the paper and lost herself in the sensation.
Addy had no idea how long she was in the flow but slowly she became aware of Ryder watching her with an awed expression. He reached over and took the paper, studying the whorls and loops she’d drawn, some pressed deep and others fainter, or even dotted. “Amazing,” he said. “And now when I see what you drew, it speaks to me—I start to hear music.” Rotating the page this way and that, he studied her doodle. “I can see how the tune would progress. I don’t have lyrics for it yet but they’ll come. Maybe.” He let the page drift to the table and his mood changed on a dime. “Did you want dessert? Or an after dinner coffee maybe?”
She shook her head. “I hardly made a dent in my dinner. It’s been lovely but you didn’t owe me a meal, especially not here, in the top of the line restaurant. I feel guilty not eating.”
“Don’t worry about it. It was my pleasure. Let’s go for a walk maybe?”
“Sounds good to me.” Addy was curious about the passenger areas of the ship, which was an area she’d probably rarely venture into, since her job was strictly behind the scenes. She reached for the drawing but Ryder beat her to it.
“I’d like to keep this, if I may?” he said.
VS: The hasbeen rock star may have found a new Muse…more to come.
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…