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Saturday, 15 June 2013

#Science #Fiction #Fantasy Saturday #62


Hello! *waves* Welcome back to another round of #sffsat snippets. Last week we left my young hero all disorientated and slumped in an Underway...and I'm afraid that's exactly where he's going to stay. Heh heh! Mean, I know. Instead, I want to share a snippet from my scifi romance short story Imprint, due to be part of the Tales from the SFR Brigade - a FREE anthology of science fiction romance stories, including one by Linnea Sinclair (squeee!) - that should be releasing at midsummer. I'm so excited to be part of this project and honoured to be with such a bunch of talented authors!

Anyhow, we are meeting my 'heroine' Jiona as she makes her escape from a bank heist...

Her manta ray-shaped flitter ship sat, in camouflage mode, nearby. The craft shimmered into a reality of silver and black at her touch, gleaming in the hazy sunlight. Jiona slipped inside, harnessed herself into the pilot’s seat, and fired up the engines. As soon as it left the ground, she gunned the engines and plummeted over the edge of the TransGalactic Bank’s three hundred story tower into the airborne tumult of the traffic below.

As she dived into the busy lanes of Chupalla, sirens blared. Jiona dodged oncoming vehicles with ease, laughing. The criss-crossing exhaust trails and energy signals would throw any pursuer off her track, and few law enforcers would be suicidal enough to try following her. Still smiling, she dropped through the last lane and into the sea of fuel fumes clouding the lower levels of the city, and headed for her base. Only the smallest sliver of guilt tightened her chest as she thought of the handsome man she’d left lying under a ticking bomb.

And there you have it! Hopefully the rest of it will be available very soon now. I won't be taking part next week as I'll be very busy hosting and running the SFR Brigade's 2nd Midsummer Blog Hop, and the grand prizes are STUNNING. Pop back next week if you're interested in winning a stack of books and some serious cash-worthy gift cards. In the meantime, you can check out the other authors participating in Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday by clicking on the banner below.




11 comments:

  1. "the handsome man she’d left lying under a ticking bomb"--Sci-fi romance, you say. I'm really curious to see how that relationship can be mended, assuming he's the love interest.

    Great snippet! I look forward to reading the whole story.

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    1. No spoilers! *giggles* Thanks, Tara. Can't wait for this one to be out - Jiona was so much fun to write.

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  2. I see they haven't figured out 'green' fuels here. All those nasty fume trails have me choking. (I hope it's not a dirty bomb!).

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  3. Love the snippet...action-packed and plenty of partial information to leave us wanting more.

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  4. You had me at 'manta ray-shaped flitter ship.' EXCITING!! This reminds me of Fifth Element (double-exciting!) Looking forward to reading this. Great action and you have such cool names! Love it!

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    1. Lol, TK - I watched Fifth Element this week as I realized the description reminded me of Leeloo diving off that building into all the traffic. Maybe that's where the inspiration came from. At least Jiona had an aircraft and didn't hit a taxi. :P

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  5. I love it when the scene proceeds causally and then the last line completely spins the story. I can't wait for a follow up.

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  6. I'm jumping in with TK, I got a Fifth Element vibe too. Some great details that you took the time to set up for a great visual of the scene. Last line really sets up the story, great read.

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  7. I love the introduction to the world and your character. The details are fun and definitely make for a great visual. But that last line is killer. Tells us so much and is totally bad ass.

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  8. Great snippet from a fantastic story! I can't wait for everyone else to read the whole thing and be as captivated as we were by it.

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    1. Aww, thanks JC. I had so much fun writing this one, and I can't wait for the anthology to be out!

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