Going back to my scifi rock star romance STAR CRUISE STAR SONG, which just got a really great review from the Books of My Heart blog!
The excerpt: Addy and Ryder have been at dinner and he wants to keep the evening going:
They left the restaurant and strolled along the promenade towards the casino and the other entertainment venues. Addy heard music faintly from the theater but as they came close to the casino, all other sound was drowned out by the games of chance being played inside.
“Care to gamble?” he asked.
She shook her head. “No, thanks. I’m not much for taking chances. Besides, I can hear one machine is malfunctioning and if we go in there, I’ll be compelled to find it and tag it for repair.” She shrugged, still amazed she could be comfortable enough with Ryder to discuss her gift with him. “It can become a compulsion if I let it.”
“Out of all the noise and clamor, you can hear one machine?”
“It’s my gift,” she said simply. “Listen it’s been an exceptional evening and I’ve enjoyed our conversation but I should probably get back to my cabin.”
Head tilted he studied her. “Let me guess, and go over schematics or whatever they’re called? How about we keep the evening going a little longer? Come to my cabin for an after dinner coffee, or whatever you’d like to drink? You were talking about a compulsion and I’ve got one to write down the song your drawing put into my head.”
Low key panic ran through Addy like a jolt of electricity. Was he going to make a pass at her? Should she go to his cabin and take the chance? Part of her was severely tempted because being with Ryder was better than spending time with anyone else she’d ever met…but she didn’t want to be embarrassed or worse.
VS: What do we think, readers? Can she trust Ryder?
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…