At long long last, Slipspace: Harbinger is now available exclusively at Amazon.com This has been a labor of love, blood, sweat, and tears and I am very excited to finally bring this title to you! So to help celebrate, I will be dropping a series of three linked excerpts. You’ll find the first one right here and now. But the other’s you’ll have to find in the coming days when they go up. I’ll tell you where to find them… after the break.
September 30, 2832
With each step, Nira Fen squeezed the powdery white sand between her toes. The tide rushed up against the shore line, splashing at her feet and soaking the fringe of her sarong. The wind picked up and she brushed her golden-brown hair out of her eyes and behind her ear. Her fingers slid past the flower in her hair and down the length of her hair to just below her shoulder blades. ‘Long walks on the beach’ seemed cliché but the opportunity to spend a few nights at Lumo’s Zarthine shores was far too tempting to pass up, even if she would be spending it alone.
Another cool breeze blew inland, sending a chill across her bare arms.
She continued walking, knowing she could not blame Cody. Business was business. She wouldn’t hold it against him if the Alliance had him out on a recruiting job despite the approved leave time. She sighed and looked out to the horizon over the sea. This far from any major city or settlement, there were no lights to dilute the beautiful starscape in the night sky. She craned her head upward, taking in a deeper view of the universe above her.
She watched as a stray meteor streaked across her field of view and followed it as it fell and burned out. Her eyes rose once more, moving from star to star. Cody was out there on one of those planets, orbiting one of those stars. Maybe, even now, he was looking up at his night sky toward the Lumir system, toward her as she looked upwards toward him in return. Perhaps their star-crossed gazes transcended time and space, meeting each other and warming the cold void.
With a smile, she continued her way down the beach. Her villa was just ahead, and the thought of getting some real sleep was very enticing. She closed the door behind her and entered a locking code. The door clicked. Nira stepped into the bedroom, pulling the sarong off her waist as she walked and let it drop to the floor. The swimsuit halter top came off with ease and she slipped the bottom off her hips and let it slide down her legs to rest. She left the flower in her hair. As she climbed into bed, the cool sheets slid smoothly across her bare skin. She pulled the blanket over her chest, turned out the lights, rolled onto her side and with thoughts of her husband, fell asleep.