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.
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.
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.
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!
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