In last week’s snippet from my sci fi rom, Alien Contact for Kid Sisters, Marianne met Quinn Lebatarde, wearing Captain Charleyjohn’s Royal Guardian uniform. For safety from a rebel attack, they’re in one of the many tunnels that honeycomb Kwadra Island. Charleyjohn is supposed to be her bodyguard.
Marianne is the sister of the Kwadran queen, who met the king while filming a TV show introducing to the world the newcomers — alien humans from an alternate earth. The show was called Alien Contact for Idiots (book one in the eponymous series).
“You are Captain Charleyjohn, right?” she asked.
“Yeah, sure, of course I are. Read nametag, eh? Who are you?”
Having a sister in the Kwadran royal family meant Marianne knew Shanoog. The language was based on the old Chinook trade jargon used by natives and Europeans in the Pacific Northwest, with generous borrowings from French and Spanish. Her mediocre Shanoog was better than Captain Charleyjohn’s English, so she switched languages.
“Didn’t they tell you?”
“They? Who’s they?” His eyes shifted from side to side. “And where are they?”
A shiver ran through her. The rocks overhead seemed to press on her shoulders. If her protector was as unprofessional as he appeared, who would take care of her in this scary underworld?
“Oh yeah, you’re wearing the prince’s jacket,” Charleyjohn said in Shanoog. “Are you the klootch he took up to his room for some…?”
Although he didn’t finish the insinuation, Marianne kept her temper with an effort.
Charleyjohn looked her over from toes to nose. “You didn’t answer my question.”
She rolled her eyes. One of them had to act like an intelligent, civilized adult, so she kept her voice level. “My name is Marianne Harmon.”
“Yo, I’m… Wait a minute. Harmon?”
Marianne braced herself.
“The sister of Alien Contact for Idiots?”
“Television shows don’t have sisters. But yes, I’m Ell Harmon’s sister.”
Alien Contact for Kid Sisters
Fleeing murderous rebels, the queen’s sister finds a hero to save her.
Or is he kidnapping her, instead?
Marianne is sick of being just the kid sister of the famous queen of Kwadra Island. Although she daydreams about being a warrior, when rebels bomb the royal ball she’s shunted to one of the many tunnels that honeycomb Kwadra, where she awaits a captain of the valiant Royal Guardians.
Quinn, a scam artist fleeing the police, dons the uniform of a Royal Guardian killed by a tunnel collapse. When Marianne mistakes him for her bodyguard, Quinn can’t decide whether to save the feisty maiden, fall in love with her—or kidnap her. With bloodthirsty rebels pursuing them and a treasure map in his pocket, what will he choose?