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Friday, 9 June 2017

The #SFRBShowcase - Fight Like A Girl #scifi #romance


Hello, and welcome to another SFR Brigade Showcase. I'm sharing an excerpt from my scifi romance adventure Tethered, currently on sale for 99 cents. I know I've shared this particular scene a few times before, but it is my favourite! Here, my genetically engineered assassin Tyree had been doing some training to work off her frustrations, but gets interrupted by Zander, the man she's been assigned to protect and who she finds particularly irritating. And she wants to teach him a lesson he won't soon forget...

She sprang forward and aimed two rapid punches at his face. Zander evaded both with a speed and grace totally out of proportion to his bulk. Her third he blocked with little effort, and she stepped back to reassess her strategy. But only for an instant.
A quick step forward and she lashed upward with her foot, snapping his head back. Zander staggered but didn't fall. Her second kick failed as he grabbed her ankle and jerked her off balance. She twisted as she dropped and caught him hard in the knee. Zander collapsed. Both rolled aside, and then jumped up to face each other again.
Not bad.
Tyree bit back a laugh as they exchanged blows, each faster than the last. Zander blocked or evaded most, but not all. His skill almost matched hers, yet his defenses were just a fraction too slow. Each move she made tested his reach, his reflexes and his stamina until she could sense him struggling a little.
Time for the kill.
She floored him with a kick to the chest, the full weight of her augmented density behind it, but as she moved in to finish the fight he dove into her. Tyree landed on her back hard enough to drive the breath from her lungs.
Zander had her pinned to the ground. She bucked but couldn't shift him. The triumphant smile on his face sent rage blazing through her gut. With hardly a whisper, she Misted out and went through him. Golden heat filled her for a second before she pulled free. Zander pushed to his feet and spun to meet her, but she cranked up her molecular density and punched him hard in the chest. He collapsed, gasping and coughing. In one fluid movement she sat astride him at full density, and the air whumphed out of his lungs. She pinioned his arms with her hands, her face hovering mere centimeters above his.
As her breathing slowed to normal, a huge grin split her face. She'd made a vow to herself to jump him, and she'd done it. Perhaps it was childish, but it warmed her heart.
"Your...reputation...is well deserved," he gasped.
"You're not so bad yourself," she complimented him. He'd fought well, but perhaps not quite with the determination—and certainly not the desperation—of most opponents she'd faced. "For a human."
"Thank you. Perhaps we could try this again tomorrow?"
Tyree laughed. As much as he could irritate the hell out of her, he was equally amusing. "If you want to spend most of your morning on the floor..."
He gazed up at her with that easy smile, making no effort to struggle. Most humans, without the influence of her pheromones and the distraction of her naked body writhing above theirs, would not have been so trusting. So compliant. She found herself staring at his mouth. What would it be like to kiss him, without the use of her talents? Would it be as satisfying? As sensual? The warmth of him, the firmness of his body beneath hers, sent heat spiraling through her abdomen.
"Perhaps you could let me up now?" His words jerked her from such musings. What the hell was she thinking?

Tethered is currently on sale for just 99 cents at Amazon (and hopefully other retailers, but you know how it is with some of them!). Just click the links below the book cover to visit your chosen retailer. Then click HERE to visit the other participants in the showcase.
A SciFi Romance Novella
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She can kill with a kiss. But can assassin Tyree also heal one man's grief, and bring peace to a galaxy threatened by war?
For Tyree of the Su, being an assassin isn’t simply something she was trained for. It's the sole reason for her existence. A genetically enhanced clone—one of many in Refuge—she's about to learn her secluded lifestyle, and that of all her kind, is under threat by a race capable of neutralizing their special talents to leave them defenseless.

For Zander D'joren, being a diplomat has not only cost him his appearance, but also the love of his life. Scarred, grieving, he must nonetheless continue in his role as co-delegate to the fearsome Tier-vane or risk a conflict that could only end one way.

Now both of them need to keep each other alive and maintain a perilous deception long enough to renegotiate the treaty with the Tier-vane, or throw their people into a war that could wipe out Terrans and Inc-Su alike. But there's more at stake than humanity, whether true or modified. Can the love growing between them save them both? Or merely hasten their destruction?

A science fiction romance novella, previously released by Breathless Press 24th July, 2014.

8 comments:

  1. I love Tyree and Zander! Thank you, Pippa, for the little stroll down Memory Lane. :)

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  2. Great excerpt - love the action and the interaction between these two!

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  3. I remember (and enjoy) this snippet. Also, I have a question. US news media are calling the recent election a "hung parliament", and I can't say I ever heard that term up in Canada. Is this something new?

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    1. Thanks Ed.
      No, a hung parliament isn't a new thing in concept though the term itself only started being used in the 1970s here. We had one in 2010 as well, but Wikipedia lists several over the past 200 years. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hung_parliament
      Interestingly they mention Canada's hung parliaments in the article too!

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  4. Yup, pretty good scene! I always enjoy revisiting this one...

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  5. Very intriguing! Great description of the right scenes.

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