Saturday, October 14, 2017

Alien beauty - 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.

Tag line: What alien creatures lurk under the ice crust of Europa?

After Nikki’s lifepod crashed on Europa, she tumbled into a hole in the ice and saw a man’s face in the water below.
I have skipped some sentences and added punctuation to fit into 10 sentences.

Kiron Arqin Ramis stared through the thin plate of ice at the space-suited body. The Earther lay with the faceplate of the suit touching the ice and one gloved hand with five fingers flattened against the sheet. He pondered the dilemma posed by the stray Earther: her people must never learn of the Watchers’ existence, yet, she would die without his help.
Her eyes flicked open and focused on him, blue eyes in a pleasantly contoured face. Her fingers scraped the ice sheet between them, and her mouth opened in a soundless exclamation. He leaned closer and smiled in greeting. Her mirrored smile transformed her pale face with an alien beauty. Within a second, her lovely smile faded and her eyes shut. 
Kiron punched his fist through the thin ice.
The Earth woman slid headfirst into the water.

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.

You can read the first two chapters in your choice of format HERE.

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  1. His desire to save her definitely overruled the need to keep his people's existence a secret. Curious to know what happens next. :)

  2. OK wow, a lot packed into this snippet and of course I want to keep reading! Terrific excerpt...

  3. Very cool meet!! Love the visual and his dilemma.

    1. This scene was one of the first that I imagined for the story.

  4. Oh the dilemma and the decision! Great snippet, Aurora. :)

  5. Oh this is such a tense snippet. I hope he can save her without any repecussions, but I suspect it won't be that easy.

    1. Of course it won't be easy. This is just the start of a series of complications.

  6. Great description. I'm not sure that "drowning" counts as "rescuing" so I'm hoping he has something in mind other than hoping she grows gills.

    1. Drowning is not an immediate prospect. She is wearing a spacesuit with oxygen because the moon's atmosphere is too thin and cold to survive without a suit.

  7. He knows better, but he saves her anyway. Tense situation.

  8. What a difficult decision for him. Glad he did the humane thing.

  9. Haha! This snippet did it. I just pre-ordered this book. :-)

    1. Oh - great! He might be my most romantic hero yet, but his culture has no place for love.

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    1. Thanks. That's the trick - translating the vision into words.

  11. His idea of helping isn't an obvious solution!

    Sorry for being tardy to comment. Blame *#@!@ LAX for getting me home a day late.