Evening Star? #mfrwhooks

Another hook from Constellation XXI., my just-released sci-fi romance. Today, the meet cute.

Sienna Dukelsky is a tugship pilot whose job is to guide incoming spaceships to a safe harbor at the space station orbiting her home world. She has just spied her first incoming ship — but it doesn’t respond to her calls.

A silent ship might be damaged, in which case she must wait and render assistance. However, given the perilous political situation, silence might also indicate a Proximanian invader. In those cases, she must fire her missiles an instant before she herself was nuked, which she surely would be.

And because each case was different, neither procedures nor checklists could tell her how long to wait before firing. She was on her own.

She readied her weapon systems and targeted six torpedoes on the incoming ship. She stretched her palm over the dreaded purple button, ready to slap down at any provocation. She’d give the ship thirty seconds to respond.

Ten seconds. Her hand didn’t tremble. Very professional.

Fifteen. Sweat ran into her eye.

Twenty. Her thumb started to shake.

“Come on, you plarking jerk. Respond!”

The comm unit crackled to life. “That you, Evening Star?”

Evening Star?

Evening Star!

Her full name was Sienna Vesper Dukelsky. In one of Earth’s ancient languages, Vesper meant evening star, but nobody had ever called her that, except for—


Oh gods. She’d spoken his name.

“The vastly same man, love,” Crispin Hunt said in a teasing voice that hadn’t changed in six years. Six years in which she’d changed completely. Six years in which she’d yearned never to see him again, while dreaming she would.

“Thought I recognized that voice,” Crispin said. “Glad to see me, Evening Star?”

She balled her fist over the weapons button and slammed down as hard as she could.

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Constellation XXI

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Although Sienna Dukelsky had been the most promising student pilot at Keening AstroSpace Academy, she

When her tugship inexplicably loses power while aimed straight at her space station home, Sienna Dukelsky tries frantically to get her ship working in time. But can she cooperate with Crispin Hunt, a former lover she’d once betrayed, to find a way to regain control before the ship kills thousands?



  1. Cara Hartley · · Reply

    Now, that’s one way to get rid of an unwanted suitor. Nuke them from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure!

    1. Female empowerment!

  2. Hywela Lyn · · Reply

    So she’s not happy to see him? 🙂 Great excerpt, I really want to read this now!

    1. Let’s just say she’s ferociously ambivalent about him.

  3. Enjoyed the cute? meet.

    1. More like “meet violent”.

  4. Now that display of firepower was a shock. What happens? Heck, I know you won’t tell. LOL Great hook!
    JQ Rose

    1. What do you mean, I won’t tell? I spend the next sixty thousand words telling. Or I should say, showing.

  5. henhousepublishing · · Reply

    How fast can Crispin’s ship dodge?

    1. Tune in next week, same time same station, to find out.

  6. That’s one way to say hello.

    I’m a bit late this week.

    1. It’s not a terribly friendly way to say hello.

  7. And I thought my character’s verbal put down was something. Nukes outdoes a scan and “go away” any day.

    1. Sienna has her touchy side, but I have to say she’s not quite crazy or homicidal.

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