More today from The Guardian Angel of Farflung Station, a science fiction romance that’s among my personal favorites because of the heroine. She’s far and away the best character I’ve created — best in the sense of morality, goal in life, and good intentions, even though she’s mute and an outcast. This passage describes how she uses stealth to do good, without anyone knowing it. She doesn’t want glory or thanks.
Two hours ago, she had slunk through Farflung Space Station’s dark and dirty mechanical underbelly, her favored route across the station because it was usually deserted. This time, though, Bahadur was there, prodding a dusty machine and cursing. Curious, Sandrina snuck as close as possible without being seen. Her psi senses, although limited to reading at short range a person’s greatest need and greatest fear, had told his story.
His greatest fear: People in the station would notice stale air if he didn’t get the plarking, mother-effing carbon dioxide stabilized. Mere months into a new career, his reputation on Farflung Station would be dirt.
His greatest need: Bring the carbon dioxide levels back below 1000 ppm…but he hadn’t been trained on centuries-old equipment like Farflung’s.
Sandrina hadn’t either, of course, but she’d read every tech manual in the restricted sections of the space station’s memory banks. One of her hobbies, you might say. She had a knack for recognizing and remembering important sections, so she could visualize the exact passage Bahadur needed — a masterpiece of succinct technical writing, featuring a charming table with links to all possible atmospheric adjustments.
She couldn’t walk up and tell him, obviously. In addition to being mute, she wasn’t authorized to be down there. Experience warned that if she wrote out her suggestion, he’d just laugh and call her a defective. So she had resorted to her other hobby: stealth. No one had ever caught her, until Principal Officer Dukelsky.
Despite that embarrassing and stimulating setback, everything should work out. She would forget about Duke, eventually. He would forget about her, quickly. If Bahadur had any intelligence, he’d search his manuals again and stumble on the bookmark she’d inserted. Maybe he’d think some previous technician had entered it. Maybe he’d curse himself for missing the obvious and thank his lucky stars for saving him from his greatest fear.
And a pinprick of light would blaze like a distant sun, dispelling a corner of the station’s eternal, infernal darkness. Such tiny, anonymous victories over the galaxy’s pervasive evil made her lonely existence bearable.
It wasn’t easy making a shy, mute young woman into a heroine strong enough to carry a novel and win the love of a powerful hero. But in her own, inimitable way, Sandrina triumphs, and I love her for it.
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Three Strangers Facing an Enemy Invasion
The space pirates think they’ve conquered Farflung Space Station — but they didn’t count on Duke. The station’s Head of Security wants to prove to his army-officer parents he’s outgrown his youthful rebelliousness. Defeating a small army of pirates single-handedly is the perfect opportunity.
And they didn’t count on Lockey. This kick-ass princess knows every weapon and martial arts system in the galaxy. She fell in love with Duke at first sight, so winning his heart — and destroying the pirates — are her greatest desires.
And most importantly, the pirates didn’t count on Sandrina. After loving Duke from afar, she now yearns to fight with—and for — him. 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.
This book is available at a special pre-order price of 99c — but only until the book goes live on October 4, 2018. So why wait?