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. This is the next day and a nosy co-worker asks Addy how the evening went.
“So how was your date?” her mentor asked, pausing as she repacked the tool kit and raising her eyebrows expectantly.
With great difficulty, Addy refocused and tried to parse the question. “Date?”
“You know, Passenger Hottie who came to the engineering deck hunting for you.” Barbra chuckled. “So inquiring minds want to know how was the dinner?”
“Oh we uh, we ate and we talked. Then I went back to my cabin to study up for today’s work assignment.” Trying to edit her comments in real time, Addy said, “It wasn’t a date. He thought he owed me but all I did was help him get on board and avoid a crowd of paparazzi at the spaceport.”
Barbra’s eyes grew wide. “Even better, he’s a celebrity? Who?”
“This ship carries celebrities all the time,” Addy said, making a desperate effort to deflect the questions. “I read about it in the orientation materials. He’s a singer, or was a singer I guess. I never heard of him.”
“I like your discretion. When are you two going out again?”
“We’re not. It was strictly a one-time thing. My tiny brush with a famous person, I guess.”
“Yeah the upper deck crews and the stewards and stewardesses and officers have all the fun,” Barbra said, getting to her feet. “I bumped into the actor Kev Gordonn in the casino once when he was filming a big budget trideo on board but that’s been my closest brush with anyone famous. Well, doesn’t sound like you had a great a time either if the evening ended so early. Grab the cabling, will you?”
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…
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.