Saturday, October 21, 2017

Hint of a Smile - 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. You may notice the new genre-appropriate cover. I’m called it a SciFi thriller and romance.

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 stranger’s face in the water below. He pulled her into the ocean under the surface ice.

Quickly coming to a decision, he wrapped a strap around the suit and hauled her toward the Earther station. In a dozen lengths, he halted under a depression in the ice, an inverted trough gouged out by the tidal waves. He had often sipped oxygen-enriched air from these pockets. He enlarged the cavity and tethered the spacesuit to the ice crust. Holding her head above the water, he deciphered the unfamiliar mechanism and unfastened her helmet. Loose strands of her brown hair clung to his hands as he examined her pale face in the dim glow of his night light. Under the fine arch of her brows, her eyes were shut. Her sweet lips held a hint of a smile as if she hoped he would save her. 


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.

The book is available for Pre-order for only 99c

Please comment if you would prefer to read the book in ePub (iBooks, Kobo, nook) format.

My science fiction story, A Tale of Two Colonies, is discounted to 99c this month. 

The giant alien spiders make it fit for a Halloween read. 

Fight for freedom. Fight to survive - For refugees from an overcrowded Earth, dreams of a better life on an alien planet transform into a terrifying battle for survival.
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  1. That is a fantastic description of the trough beneath the ice, Aurora! Wonderful snippet!

    1. It's my view of Europa - the ocean waters sloshing against the crust of ice. The atmosphere is mostly oxygen from NASA probes.

  2. I love the subtlety of his attraction to her. Good job.

  3. So much for him not getting involved. A great snippet! :)

    1. There'd be no story otherwise. She'd die and he'd swim away in chapter 2. LOL!

  4. Wonderful excerpt! Can't wait for this book :)

  5. Great description. I'm glad he's taking her to her own people.

  6. Beautifully descriptive snippet, you write so vividly and he seems such a sweet guy!

  7. Great snippet with wonderful description.

  8. I liked the connection he had to the water and ice. Good snippet, Aurora.

    1. Thank you. He's at home in the water - mystery man

  9. Love the description of his feelings for her. The images you create of his world is fascinating.

  10. Great descriptions. liked the snippet.