Saturday, August 7, 2021

Swim Clear of Earth - Excerpt from BASWIN for #WeWriWa


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I’m posting excerpts from Baswin, the fifth book in my Sci-Fi Romance series, Taxyon Space. Baswin is an alien Warrish ‘merman’ who is living in secret on Earth disguised as a human. His brother Alarik, another covert agent, has traveled to Mars, partly to escape unknown enemies.

In last week's snippet, Baswin called Alarik after receiving an alarm about strangers entering his brother’s apartment. You can read the previous excerpt at:

 This excerpt continues directly. 

Baswin mouthed in their native language, “Are you secure?”

“No bugs here.” Alarik covered a yawn. “What’s the problem, Bas?”

“Didn’t you get the alert? Your apartment’s been rifled.”

“I must have been asleep. What did they hook?”

“Two men entered at night. Searched the whole place. Professional job.”

Ten lines and a little more:

“I left nothing to indicate my true identity.” Alarik fingered the scar over the triad mark on his left cheekbone. “Did they find your super bug?”

Proud of his miniature device, Baswin grinned. “No.”

“Take anything?” Alarik asked.

“Not that I saw.” He added a caveat, “But, they weren’t always in view. You blocked the bug in your wash room.”

“Tantra’s teeth,” Alarik swore. “If they were looking for DNA samples, they’ll pin me as Warrish.”

“Just as we feared.” Baswin placed forefinger across his lips to emphasize his warning. “You’d better swim clear of Earth.”

“My escape route is still open. I’m booked on the ferry to the Asteroid Belt.”

Exasperated with his brother’s blithe unconcern, Baswin shook his head. “How does that help? You can’t survive for long among the asteroids even if you steal a ship.”

Offering a confident smile, Alarik said, “Assuming the captain isn’t sent an order to net me, I’ll change my destination to Europa. Explain I’m planning to sell ores to the mermen.”



An alien spy on the run.

Two human sisters chosen to train as astronavigators.

Their paths are destined to converge.

Psychic sensitives, Holly Moon and her sister Rosie, are chosen as candidates for Warrish training as hyperspace navigators. The sisters are eager to promote humanity’s advance into space. Will they succeed? They must pass a series of rigorous tests and adapt to the alien neuro-implants.

Alien merman, Baswin Kenton Tallis, Second of his Triad, lives on Earth disguised as a human. When Earth agents discover the secret identity of his older brother, Baswin must flee to the Warrish embassy in the Pacific Ocean.

Holly and Baswin are swept together on an island in the Pacific Ocean, but their destiny lies farther away and many forces threaten to drive them apart. Can they overcome the obstacles and find a haven?

Follow the adventures of the three brothers of the Flaming Comets Triad in Baswin, Book 5 in Taxyon Space.

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  1. I hope he's not overconfident and is able to change the plans.

    1. Alarik's story is told in book 4, Alarik. It partly overlaps with Baswin's story.

  2. Nice bit of complication for them. Well done!!

  3. He seems to have a solid plan, but I'm curious as to whether things will go as planned.

    1. Alarik is the First and leads his two brothers. He always has a plan, but whether it works as he wishes is another matter.

  4. He has it all figured out. As they say, "In a perfect world..."

    I predict danger ahead. :-) Good snippet, Aurora!

  5. He seems overconfident to me...lots of interesting times ahead, I'm sure. Congratulations again on the book's release!

    1. Thank you.
      That's one of Alarik's characteristics.

  6. I wonder if he's taking this seriously enough. I'd be worried.

    1. This scene illustrates the difference between the two brothers. Baswin perceives his older brother as being overconfident.

  7. He doesn't seem very concerned. Not sure if he's right, or if it will backfire on him. Enjoyed the excerpt!

    1. Thanks.
      Any backfire is not what you might guess.