Saturday, November 9, 2019

The man beneath the ice - Snippet from EUROPA #SciFiRom for #WrWriWa

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!

My new story, Alarik, book 4 in my series, Taxyon Space is moving along slowly. In the meantime, I’ve switched 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.

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: While exploring the oceans of Europa, Nikki has escaped from large manta-like predators by hiding in a coral forest. Peering out of the coral branches, she spies six “mermen” hunting sea creatures in a clearing.
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The final line hints at danger: Swinging around, he brandished a harpoon with a cruel barbed tip.

Please excuse my rearranged punctuation to fit 8-10 sentences.
Nikki froze in alarm; had he spotted her? A second later, he turned away and dove toward the net. She inched back into the concealment of the coral.
A second stranger backed toward her hiding place, and halted in front of the coral branches. A slim waisted man with taut muscles in all the right places, better built than the majority of men on the station. Harpoon raised, the man swiveled slowly and stared into the forest, as if he were on sentry duty. His strip of hair and curled mustache gleamed bright auburn in the dull light. Excitement sizzled through her; that face was etched in her memory - the man beneath the ice, her savior. She clapped a hand over her mouth to stifle a gasp.


Europa, Book 1 of Taxyon Space – SciFi Thriller and Romance
FREE at:  Amazon  iBooks  Kobo  B&N  GooglePlay
Reviewers Say:
“Awesome storyline, great character building and enough action to keep you turning pages till the wee small hours, highly recommend.”
The author has created a tapestry that excites the reader’s senses, and inflames the imagination.”
packed with vivid imagery of Jupiter’s moon, Europa, and its oceans teeming with life.

November’s Bargain: Special Price of 99c for Super Starrella

Young adult superheroes, quirky animal sidekicks, and a dash of romance enliven this thrilling adventure. 
Reviewers Say:
“Super girls and flying horses. What more do you need?”
“an excellent storyline, relatable characters and plenty of action”
“a flying horse, 2 good-looking suitors, her first year at college, and a mysterious super-villain make for a fun read.”
If you like the His Dark Materials trilogy, you'll love this book!”
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  1. Oh, interesting. Enjoyed the read.

  2. Will they have a reunion? Or can she keep herself from being discovered? Intriguing!

  3. Replies
    1. Thank you. I'm plodding away at the fourth in the series.

  4. And will stifling her gasp draw his attention to her?

  5. A gasp will do it. She is about to get either in trouble or in love once again.

  6. Quite a dramatic moment, loved it! Terrific snippet...

    1. Thank you. This story has a lot of dramatic moments.

  7. Replies
    1. Thank you. It's the start of several illicit meetings.

  8. Such a good, tense scene - and I really enjoyed the book, well worth reading!

  9. Those involuntary gasps will always give you away. I can't wait for them to meet again.

  10. I'm curious if they will have a reunion. :) Great snippet.

  11. What a great snippet. And with a cliff-hanger. You are not nice. lol