Tuesday, December 18, 2012

High Gravity - scifi romance and black holes!

My series of scifi romance novellas - Embarkment 2577 - finally continues. The re-write of High Gravity, second in the series, is done! Many thanks to sweet Christy Elkins for helping me beta-read. :-)

I originally hoped to have all three novellas done before the holidays, it would be nice to finish the year with wrapping this up, but the last one, Adam and Eve, will probably have to wait until January. (I suspect the Embarkment novellas will never truly be done; my muse has been popping up her head claiming we should write a prequel taking place on Earth. Time permitting, that might be a 2013 project!)

In the first book, Brand New World, Alexandra wakes up with amnesia in the year 2577. She's in a spaceship, and adapting to the new time and environment is not easy. In High Gravity, she's assaulted by more adventures and more new technology. I'm fascinated by black holes, and they play a prominent role in this story.

High Gravity can be read stand alone, but the books are probably better in order. If you haven't read Brand New World, there's a chance to win a signed paperback on the Embarkment 2577 website!

If you're interesting in reading and reviewing the books, comment on this post or send me a message. I'd be delighted to send over a pdf or epub file!

Here's an excerpt from High Gravity. Alex has just escaped becoming a science experiment.

“Joshen Martinez is an old friend of mine, a mentor, he wouldn’t hurt you. He just wants to connect you to a machine that will tap out your memories. Your knowledge is valuable, and everyone would be able to see what you know. Sort of... like watching a movie.”

Having people watch all my memories? Intrusion of privacy, much?

I got to my feet. “I’ve heard enough of this. I have other things to do.”

Kevin stood up too. “Yes you do. Go pack your bags. This joke is over and you’re coming with me to the Kentucky.”

I took a step towards the door. “In your dreams.”

Blake said, “Sit down. Both of you.”

He didn’t raise his voice, but it was impossible not to obey. Kevin opened his mouth and my Captain made a dismissive gesture. “You’ve already said too much. Sit down and be quiet.”

Watching the scientist sink down, carefully keeping his mouth shut, filled me with glee. Blake pressed a button on his desk. “Commander Adam, could you come to my office for a minute, please.”

My husband’s voice filled the room. “Right away, Sir.”

I didn’t realize how tense I was until he stood in the doorway and I dared relax. He glanced between me and Kevin and crossed his arms over his chest. Adam was tall, strong, intimidating, and mine.
“What’s going on?”

Once again, Kevin opened his mouth. Blake snapped, “Silence.”

Kevin leaned back in his chair and rolled his eyes.

“Adam, this is Kevin. He has come to retrieve your wife.”

“Not happening, Sir.”

I wanted to squirm. “Can I move now?”

Blake smirked. “Yes Alex, you may move.”

I bounced to my feet and threw my arms around Adam. He hugged me back and murmured, “Don’t worry.”

After kissing me tenderly, he put his hands on my shoulders and turned me around so I faced Kevin. Then, he wrapped his arms around me from behind. “This is my wife. She means more to me than my life. She definitely means more to me than your life. If I were you, I’d choose my next words wisely.”

I glanced up at him. “I love you too.”

He smiled and brushed his lips over my temple.

Blake leaned his elbows on the desk and tapped his fingers together. “Mr Nolan, have we satisfied your curiosity, or do you wish to continue the discussion with the commander? I’m sure he’d be more than happy to demonstrate his... abilities. Would you like to see him fold a spare piece of hull plating a couple of times?”

“We’re good.”

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