Saturday, November 4, 2017

Safe in Topside - snippet from Europa for #WeWriWa #SciFiRom


Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors. Meet writers in various genres and read 8-10 sentence snippets of their stories.

I’m posting snippets from my latest novel set on Jupiter’s moon, Europa. The book releases on November 14th.

Tag line: Daredevil scientist and scarred alien in perilous alliance

Blurb
Dr. Nikki Bell’s plan to discover intelligent life in the oceans of Europa hits a rocky start when her spaceship crashes on the icy surface. Seconds before she blacks out, she spies a man’s face in the water beneath the ice. When she wakes on the submarine Station, nobody believes her story. Convinced the mysterious stranger saved her life, Nikki searches for him while she explores the ocean and its alien inhabitants. 
Kiron Arqin Ramis chose exile as a Watcher on a remote outpost to redeem his family’s honor. He never expected to find an attractive Earther woman close to death. He violates the prime policy by rescuing her. Despite suffering the penalty, he strives to warn her about his hostile leaders.
Nikki’s unexpected meeting with Kiron triggers a chain of disasters in Europa’s perilous oceans. Can the daredevil scientist and scarred Watcher forge a new alliance despite their people’s antagonism?  
          Book 1 in a new SciFi series, Taxyon Space.

After Nikki’s lifepod crashed on Europa, she tumbled into a hole in the ice and saw a stranger’s face in the water below. He pulled her into the ocean under the surface ice and towed her to Galileo Station. You can read my last snippet here: https://auroraspringer.blogspot.com/2017/10/spinning-spacesuit-snippet-from-europa.html
I’ve skipped to the next chapter. Forgive my abuse of semicolons in the excerpt.

Nikki woke, clawing into consciousness through a miasma of muddled thoughts. Where was she? Not dead, not frozen, or deprived of oxygen; she lay on her back on a cushioned surface in a temperate, breathable environment. The astringent odor of antiseptic stung her nostrils.
Safe?
A minute passed, and a face loomed overhead. Instead of the green-eyed stranger she remembered seeing under the ice, an olive complexioned woman with a worried expression gazed at her from deep-set black eyes.
Her plump lips moved, “How are you feeling, Dr. Bell?”
Fighting nausea, Nikki struggled to sit up; her muscles were too weak to cooperate and her headache worsened.
The woman pushed her gently back onto the pillow, “Relax, you’re safe in Topside, the Upper Level of Galileo Station.”

 Europa

The book is available for Pre-order for only 99c
Amazon International: http://authl.it/B0764DFSDM/?d

Now, I'm writing Book 2 in the series. 

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34 comments:

  1. Well, she's safe, but I don't think she's going to forget her rescuer anytime soon. Great snippet! :)

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  2. I hope she's safe indeed. Interesting snippet.

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  3. I love your use of imagery in this snippet. Well done!

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  4. Great description of disorientation slowly sorting itself out.

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    1. Thanks! I try to write what I can visualize (conceptualize?) mentally.

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    1. She's safe for the moment. A quiet interlude before the coming storm.

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  6. I don't think she's going to forget a man floating under the ice, especially with green eyes. Whether she's safe or not will need to be proven. Great snippet!

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    1. Of course. She'll search for him everywhere.

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  7. I think I'd rather wake up to the face of her rescuer, too!!

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    1. It will be a long time before that happens.

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  8. Great description of her waking up. And a great job showing her confusion as well.

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  9. Great snippet and the whole premise of this book is so intriguing - can't wait!

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    1. It will be out soon and I'm writing the second episode in their story.

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  10. I wonder how long she'll stay safe... ;)

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    1. It depends on what you mean by safe. She's keen to explore the seas of Europa. How safe can that be?

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  11. Glad she's alive, but I wonder what threat will come next.

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  12. Safe = nauseous. I know that isn't your point, but I actually kind of like the equivalence.

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    1. True. She does prefer action to lying in bed.

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  13. Vry descriptive snippet, I could completely feel her disorientation - and I agree with everyone else, she's not going to forget her rescuer in a hurry!

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    1. Of course she won't forget the man she saw. But nobody believes her.

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  14. Wonderful description, although I do believe she would've found green-eyes a more pleasing site. At least she's safe.

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  15. Great description of coming out of unconsciousness. Plus a good description of her nurse/doctor.

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