She couldn’t trust him – or herself #mfrwhooks

In these snippets from my sci fi rom, Alien Contact for Kid Sisters, terrorists have attacked a royal ball. Quinn Lebatarde, a con man wearing Captain Charleyjohn’s Royal Guardian uniform, has led Marianne Harmon, the queen’s sister, deep into a tunnel where she’ll be safe. From the rebels, at least.

After a hard day’s hike in flimsy shoes, fleeing from violent rebels, Marianne gets a foot massage from Quinn, a con man posing as a soldier protecting her. The soldier he’s impersonating is married; Quinn is not.

She yanked her legs away from his touch. “Tell me…” she began, her voice coming out husky despite her anger and chagrin.

“Tell you what, eh?” He winked, as though assuming she was leading up to a proposition or something.

She turned her face away from him and bit her lip. “About your wife.”

“My what?”

“Shh,” Marianne reminded, but too late. Behind her, she heard a yawn.

“Aunt Marianne,” Delfina said, panicked. “Where are you?”

Marianne turned toward the girl. Her blush wouldn’t be visible in the dim light, she hoped. “I’m right here, Elfy. Uh, how did you sleep?”

The girl stood, yawned, and stretched. “I don’t like sleeping on the ground. I’m thirsty. Hungry too. And I need a lady’s room.”

“I’ll show you the latrine.” Marianne put on her shoes and scrambled to her feet—which both ached and glowed with warmth. She couldn’t meet Quinn’s eyes, though she was aware that they followed her every movement.

She definitely couldn’t trust him. Or herself.

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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?

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  1. Eventually she’s going to realize he’s not Charleyjohn. I’m surprised that she hasn’t caught on yet.

    1. When she finally learns the truth, she’s mad enough to shoot him — and since she happens to have a gun in her hand right then, well . . .

  2. ooh and a treasure map too!! Sounds like an exciting read!

    1. I had fun throwing in new problems for them to overcome — including the treasure map. It’s important because he has to choose between wealth (which has always been his goal in life) and Marianne.

  3. Anonymous · · Reply

    Glad I didn’t miss this. His wife?

    1. His supposed wife, that is.

  4. Cathy Brockman · · Reply

    Seems like Quinn Got a surprise

    1. So true. He knows very little about Captain Charleyjohn, the man he’s impersonating. Marianne knows only a little more — namely, that he’s married.

  5. Ooh. He’s in trouble!

    1. Note to Quinn: don’t make a pass with little kids around..

  6. Glad she’s sort of aware of the trust issue from both sides.
    Thanks for letting me know you link – I went over the links 10 times trying to find you.

    Also thanks for dropping by on Sunday – I figured out why my link didn’t work – I used the wrong permaliink.

    1. Ten times? I’m impressed! Thank you so much, Daryl.

  7. I like how you’ve been continuing with the same thread for Book Hooks, Ed. It builds anticipation for the following week! 😉

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. That’s the general idea, Emerald. The trick is to know when to switch to hyping a different book. With my next one due out July 1, I have a decision to make.

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