SFR Brigade Showcase, May 2017

SFR Brigade showcase

Welcome to the Science Fiction Romance Brigade’s showcase. Once a month, the brigade’s authors highlight snippets from new works, WIPs, cover reveals or other fun things. This month, I’m featuring a personal favorite SFR from my backlist: The Guardian Angel of Farflung Station.

I prefer good people to tough guys, and this book has the best heroine I’ve ever written.  Sandrina is a waifish underdog who uses intelligence, daring, and a wildly good heart to become the most knowledgeable person on her city-sized space station.

Blurb

Space pirates think they’ve conquered Farflung Space Station — but they haven’t counted on Sandrina. The attractive waif has discovered so many of Farflung’s secrets that she’s the most powerful person on the station … though nobody knows it yet.

They’re about to find out.

Excerpt

Against the backdrop of an invasion by space pirates, Guardian Angel features two women interested in the same man. Princess Lockey is rich, forceful, and tough — the archetypal kick-ass heroine. Sandrina is shy, mute, and unglamorous. By all rights, Lockey should easily win Duke’s heart … but Sandrina won’t give up easily.

An evil spirit—or maybe a wise angel—seized control of Sandrina’s body. She slammed the closet door, stabbed the lock button twice so it couldn’t be opened from the other side, and leaned back against the metal, breathing hard. Startled by what she’d done, she squeezed her eyes shut. Lockey pounded on the door, her shouts to be let out muffled by the thick door.

Duke’s footsteps, lighter than the princess’s despite his size, approached. “Sandrina?” he asked in a firm but gentle voice. “What do you think you’re doing?”

She met him halfway. At the foot of her bed.

Unable to explain, she shrugged. She didn’t have access to her vocalizer, for one thing. For another, she hardly knew herself what she was doing.

Again she startled herself. She flung herself into his arms, hugging his body against hers. The cloth of his shirt rubbed her cheek like a caress; his heartbeat echoed hers in syncopated rhythm. She looked up at him, lips parted. The confusion in the room and in her heart was palpable, a gooey, breath-stopping molasses.

Idiot, she chided herself. Let go of him. He has a battle to fight, which leaves no time for this. Idiot!

Interested?

Read chapter one of Guardian Angel.

Be sure to check out the other great writers participating in the SFR Brigade’s showcase.

The novella is available wherever fine e-books are sold, including:

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6 comments

  1. Passion has no sense of timing!

    1. The danger of heading into battle increases her passion — and his.

  2. Love like molasses! lol
    A mute heroine is an interesting concept.

    1. In hindsight, a mute heroine is beyond ‘interesting’ and well into ‘absurdly difficult’ — but I was so taken with my conception of Sandrina that the difficulties honestly didn’t occur to me until I was halfway into the book. When she gets to a vocaliser that verbalizes what she types, she has one really sharp tongue on her!

  3. Well you have to make time for some things LOL. Loved the excerpt!

    1. There’s (almost) never a bad time for two characters to go into a love clinch.

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