Saturday, October 26, 2019

Six strangers - 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. Find a new author and sample their work. Enjoy!

I’m working out some details in my new story, Alarik, book 4 in my series, Taxyon Space. Since it’s at the awkward stage, I’m switching to snippets from the first book, Europa. This series stars alien mermen, Warrish, who have been secretly observing humans from a submarine base in the oceans of Jupiter’s moon.

Blurb
Dr. Nikki Bell’s plan to discover intelligent life on Jupiter’s moon hits a rocky start when her spaceship crashes on the icy surface of Europa. 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? 

Introduction for snippet: Despite the suggestion she had been hallucinating, Nikki searches for the strange man while she is studying the Europan sea creatures. Note, she breathes through special oxygen extractors in her nostrils and has infrared, low light lenses. She is scrambling through a forest of coral to escape from large manta-like predators.

Exhaling in abrupt relief, Nikki slid closer and peered out. The coral forest ended in an open space covered with mounds of slime.
Six strangers swam above the slimy bottom, human-like figures with pale green skin and scaled legs. The pale yellow illumination came from bands on their heads. Her pulse thudding in shock, she ducked into the concealment of the coral forest. Curiosity stung and she peeked between the branches. At first, a flurry of bubbles obscured her view. Gradually, she made out the details. The six men had bare green chests, and tufts of dark red or blue hair on top of their heads. Each stranger grasped a harpoon and surrounded a group of the seadillos, docile animals with bands of shell protecting their humped backs and tendrils curling underneath.

Europa, Book 1 of Taxyon Space – SciFi Thriller and Romance
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 Taxyon Space
Near Future SciFi adventure & alien romance. What alien creatures lurk under the icy surface of Europa?
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Alarik, Book 4  Amazon (pre-order)

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27 comments:

  1. Looks like she escaped the predators to find several strange men. I wonder if they'll discover her, or if she'll make herself known first.

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    1. Wait until next week, or pick up a free copy of the book.

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  2. Hopefully the manta-like predators won't appear while she's distracted.

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    1. The coral forest is pretty dense so the large predators can't get her.

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  3. You have created an marvelous scene. Exciting background.

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    1. Thank you. I had fun creating the Europan sea creatures.

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  4. Wow! Great descriptions of the men, yet it doesn't feel forced. They are intriguing.

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  5. Oops. Forgot to add: I forgot to sign up. You can find my post at: http://dianeburton.blogspot.com/2019/10/wewriwa-pilot-im-confiscating-your-ship.html

    My memory is really getting bad. lol

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  6. As always, I love the descriptions you provide and the excellent worldbuilding! Great snippet...

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    1. Thanks. The oceans of Europa were fun to imagine, along with a little help from NASA.

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  7. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The world-building is amazing. :-) !

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  8. Well, that is a foreboding find! I loved the description of the setting. I've always been fascinated by ocean life.

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    1. Life in Earth's oceans is already fascinating. I tweaked a few creatures for Europa.

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  9. I guess that solves the hallucination question...

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  10. Now she knows she wasn't hallucinating at least.

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    1. She's happy about that, but her people's refusal to believe has made her lose trust in them.

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  11. Wonderful intro to your world! Looking forward to more.

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  12. I was enticed into your world with your first snippets from this book and went on to enjoy the whole book. Your world building is so convincing an this scene is really visual - great work!

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    1. Thank you. A colorful scene despite the dark submarine setting!

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