Friday, November 15, 2013

SFR Brigade Presents: Brand New World

The SFR Brigade Presents is a blog hop where sci-fi romance authors present snippets of their work. This week, I would like to share an excerpt from my book Brand New World.

Brand New World is the first book in my Embarkment series, and they're a bit different from all my other books. They're written in first person, and not meant to be taken all that seriously.

Check out the other participating authors as well! =)

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The world was a bank of fog that came and went like waves on the sea, interrupted occasionally by the blackness of night, or maybe death. My confused mind couldn’t determine which. At times the fog was thinner, and revealed a world so surreal it must be feverish dreams or visions in a coma. Soon, these brief images appeared real, and life as it had been resembled a dream.

When consciousness returned it came painfully and I gasped for air, overwhelmed by a flood of impressions. There were memories that must surely be dreams, dreams appearing much too real, and sounds and smells I didn’t recognize.

A light came from above, much too bright for my eyes, and I squinted, trying to make out anything besides abstract shapes. My body was too heavy, and moving my head completely impossible.

“Look who’s awake. Welcome back.”

The female voice sounded vaguely familiar, but I couldn’t place it, and I couldn’t see her.
As my eyes adjusted, I saw bright cones hanging from the ceiling. The walls were slightly curved, and the shapes of shadows from objects outside my view stood much too tall and distorted. Was I in a hospital? Maybe I’d been in an accident. The thought was logical, and much more appealing than the alternatives.

Another voice spoke. “Doctor Ima to the Captain, our time traveller is conscious.”

That comment didn’t make any sense at all. I hadn’t been on a boat, so why would there be a Captain? Time-traveller? Maybe I was still unconscious after all, trapped in a weird dream.

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When Alexandra wakes up in an unknown environment, populated by a cat-like woman with a tail and a hologram of a rockstar, she knows she has to be hallucinating. Maybe she hit her head, or finally suffered that nervous breakdown. It doesn't get any better from finding out she died and was taken into the future by the elusive Adam, whom she can't remember, or from people telling her she's on a spaceship.

The last year or so is gone from her memory, and she has no choice but to try to adapt. As days go by, her new environment becomes more and more unnerving. She finds herself helpless, and completely dependent on a man who isn't even human.

10 comments:

  1. Cool concept, Maria! Very Farscape. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you! I haven't seen Farscape, but a lot of people say I should, so it's on my list. =D

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    1. Thank you! My poor heroine has a tough ride ahead, LOL!

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  3. Mysteries upon mysteries but intriguing to explore and find out what is going on. Excellent excerpt!

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    1. Thank you! It takes a while for her to figure it out, LOL!

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  4. Love your descriptive narrative. It sets the mood and prepares the reader for something unexpected.

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    1. Thank you! These novellas is my one and only attempt to write in first person. It's hard. =)

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  5. Your descriptions brought me right into the story. Wasn't expecting the time traveler part! I certainly want to know more.

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    1. Thank you, Deb! And thank you for coming over =D

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