Saturday, August 14, 2021

Swim in calm seas - excerpt from BASWIN for #WeWriWa


Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday. Sample the work of a new author. Read snippets of stories in different genres.

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 their unknown enemies.

Baswin has called Alarik to warn him about the masked men searching his apartment. You can read last week’s excerpt at:

The final lines were: 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.”

Their conversation continues in this week’s snippet:

“Might flow smoothly.” After a short pause, Baswin said, “I’ve already dived into cover.”

His First invoked the usual good wishes, “May you swim in calm seas.”

Hiding his fears behind a smile, Baswin said, “You also. Call from the Belt if you’re free.”

“I’ll transmit in code first. It’s safer.”

“Urish.” Baswin flattened the palm of his hand on his cheek in a farewell gesture.

His brother echoed the gesture and shut the connection.

Ten lines and a little more:

Baswin frowned at the blank screen. His brother risked discovery if the searchers found DNA evidence of his alien origin. But, Alarik hadn’t seemed overly concerned. As First of their Triad, his brother was always optimistic, even overconfident to the point of plunging impetuously into dangerous whirlpools.

He gave a mental shrug. He could not control his brother’s actions. Alarik might be diving into trouble by taking the space ferry to the Asteroid Belt. Whichever direction his brother chose to swim, he must take precautions to protect himself.

Last week, many of you expressed the same concerns about Alarik’s confidence in his plan.


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. Ah yes, those looking for his brother may go after Baswin to lure Alarick. Best he looks out for his own safety.

  2. Agree - best to look out for his own protection first. Nice snippet.

  3. I love how you pull the reader so quickly and easily into their world and involve them in the concerns of these two brothers.

  4. Enjoyed the snippet! I like the way Baswin tried to look out for his brother, as far as he can.

    1. True. The brothers look after each other as much as they can.

  5. If I were Alaric I would be concerned. I forgot to add my name to the list, but I have a post up at if you'd care to see it.

  6. I like your use of the word "netted". It works so well considering they are Mermen. :-)

    1. I tried to use appropriate words like swim instead of walk or run

  7. Interesting world that makes me want to know more. I could feel his concern for his brother.

    1. Thanks. My aim is to immerse readers in a new world.

  8. I love this line: “May you swim in calm seas.”

    1. Thanks - it's a typical farewell in their language.