I’m posting another excerpt from my new Sci-Fi Romance, Lured by the Lion. This story is part of a new series, Second Chances in Space, with standalone stories about space pirates, spies and second chances for romance.
Relevant background: Josie, a taser-toting captain of a small spacecraft, was delivering a vase to her aunt when she rescues a frightened young woman from a gang of bullies. She offers to walk to the woman’s home and discovers that Penelope is a school friend of her younger sister. Josie meets her father, Leonardo Horlis, a widower still mourning his deceased wife. The Horlises invite Josie for lunch next day.
You can read last week’s excerpt at: https://auroraspringer.blogspot.com/2022/03/the-grieving-widower-excerpt-from-lured.html
I’ve skipped the next chapter where Josie delivers the valuable vase to her aunt. Here, Josie has arrived for lunch with Penelope and Leonardo Horlis and meets Penelope at the door. This excerpt introduces a conflict.
Josie stepped into the hallway and looked around, curious about their home. The hallway ran the full length of the building with two doors on either side wall and a glass door at the farther end. Coat hooks were mounted on one wall next to a mirror in an ornate frame of carved ebony wood. The life-size portrait of a woman hung on the wall opposite the mirror.
Penelope pointed at the portrait. “That’s Mama. Isn’t she beautiful?”
The painting showed an ethereal lady with large brown eyes and a halo of blonde curls. Her rose-pink gown had the same high neckline and long sleeves as her daughter’s dress. Perhaps it was a style peculiar to the Felicines’ home planet.
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“Very lovely,” Josie agreed.
“I wish I were beautiful.” Penelope sighed and shook her head. “I’ll never be as beautiful as Mama.”
Scrutinizing her forlorn face, Josie felt compelled to encourage the modest girl without being untruthful. “Perhaps not. I think you look charming. And, if you wore your hair like your mama’s loose curls it would frame your pretty eyes.”
“Do you think such a style would improve my looks?”
“Undoubtedly.” Privately, Josie thought the girl’s sweet smile was her greatest asset.
Pursing her lips in thought, Penelope withdrew her gaze from her mother’s portrait to look at the glass door at the end of the hallway. “We should join Tata on the patio. He’s waiting for us.”
Josie laughed. “And for his lunch, I’m sure.” As she walked along the corridor, the mother’s luminous gaze seemed to follow her. Suppressing a shudder, she wondered if the dead woman’s specter haunted the house and disturbed its occupants.
Widow with a spaceship meets widower with a dangerous secret.
After the death of her ailing father, Jocelyn Navarre Yazzie is free to roam the galaxy in the Star Condor, the spacecraft she inherited from her deceased husband. She embarks on a trip to deliver her father’s bequest to her aunt on a rural planet outside the civilized sectors.
A chance encounter with the crippled Leonardo Horlis changes her future. Horlis suffers from a debilitating malady and expects to live for less than a year. Josie is strongly attracted to him, yet she cannot hope to compete with his beautiful dead wife, whose portrait dominates his house and his memories. Sympathizing with his grief and illness, Josie offers to transport him in her spaceship to the top medical center of the ultracivilized inner planets.
Their attraction intensifies in the cramped quarters of her spaceship. But, Leo has a dangerous secret that threatens to terminate their voyage and their lives. Can Josie and Leo escape the perils and vanquish the ghosts of their past to find happiness together?
The first book in this new series, Captured by the Hawk, is a fun and fast-paced space opera. An intrepid Irish spy is captured by the notorious space pirate, Captain Hawk, a widower with a tragic secret.
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