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Taking a snippet from my scifi rock star romance STAR CRUISE STAR SONG. I’ve jumped ahead after Addy and Ryder spend a little time in his cabin, listening to music and talking. Now she’s back in her own cabin on the crew’s deck. I’m switching to Ryder’s POV as he reflects on the date in his luxury suite many decks above.
The damn cabin seemed twice as forlorn with Addy gone. She had a positive energy Ryder found refreshing and it hadn’t been a boring evening after all. Probably the most chaste evening he’d spent with a woman ever. Grinning, he chuckled. I never knew I liked the shy ones. He’d been tempted to kiss her at the gravlift, to see if he could spark a reaction and extend the evening together, but at the last second he’d been overtaken by an unaccustomed sense of discretion. After only a few hours Addy mattered to him in an indefinable way. Although she was intriguing, he’d have to move with caution if he wanted to pursue this. She wasn’t a groupie pining for a rock star to fuck. Hells, she didn’t even know he was a rock star, or a has been anyway.
As he walked past the piano bench, the piece of paper where she’d drawn the visualization of what she said she heard when she was near the engines caught his eye and again he heard the notes of the new song in his head. Breaking stride, he sat at the piano and hesitantly played a few notes before frustration with a tinge of fear caused him to stop. Grimly he started again, focusing on Addy’s face as she’d been drawing—the expression of sheer happiness transformed her from a pretty girl into a person of rare beauty in Ryder’s opinion—and this time music flowed.
I’ve got to write this down.
Before the tune escaped.
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…
BADARI GLADIATORS BOOKS 1-3 by VS Note: I’ve bundled my three gladiator books into a box set and put it on sale for $.99 this month! Of course I’m hoping if readers like my gladiators they’ll want to read the ongoing, original Badari Warriors series too. And if you’re already a fan of one or both series, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
This Badari Gladiators box set gathers the first three science fiction romance novels from this series into one collection. Featuring genetically engineered soldiers of the far future, the Badari were created by alien enemies to fight humans. But then unscrupulous lab techs faked the deaths of a few men, smuggled them off the planet in cryo freeze and sold them to be gladiators. They meet their human fated mates in alien arenas and must fight to save themselves and their mates. Kyden is a Generation Five Badari whereas the main characters in the long running series are from a later time and are Generation Eight. This new series stands alone and you don’t have to have read any of the other books to enjoy this one. I couldn’t resist the temptation to tell a few other Badari stories, set in the galaxy’s Hinterlands, and who can resist gladiators? Please note each novel has been previously published on its own and all are standalone tales. No new material has been added, aside from a brief Author’s Note about why I wrote each novel.