Time for more Weekend Writing Warriors snippets. We post 8-10 sentences from one of our works every weekend.
From 3/18 through the end of the year, I’m featuring my upcoming novel: Fan the Embers. Each excerpt will begin from where the previous week’s left off. By the release date in November, you’ll be able to read the full prologue and part of the first chapter.
Shite. He dove for the sofa and grasped the five part harness that was built into it. It was only years of having to do emergency maneuvers at a moment’s notice that allowed his fingers to snap the harness into place. His brain shut off long enough to hook himself in and to grab the air mask that lay nearby and attach it to his face.
The smooth putter of the engine turned to a grinding sound and the room jerked again.
Veck, veck, veck. Hugh closed his eyes and tried to keep his heartbeat slow and his breathing normal. It would be bad if he’d used up all the oxygen if for some horrible reason the ship broke apart.
It’s 2096, Earth is relatively new to the intragalactic game, and 18-year-old Earthen Hugh MacGivens thinks he’s going to spend a few months on a distant world with his ambassador parents. Instead, he steps onto the planet to find he’s Earth’s selection for solidifying an alliance with the genderless people of Figor—by mating with a local.
Trend a’Bahn is ready for xys life to begin. Xe wants to gain an apprenticeship to a master builder and find xys mate in claiming season. Never would xe have expected an attraction to an offworlder.
While the two navigate claiming season, an undercurrent in Figor emerges. They don’t like anything non-Figorian and they hate what Hugh represents. As peaceful as Figorians are, a fire has been lit. If their beloved Empeer won’t stop such a mating from occurring, they will take care of it themselves.
Hugh came to Figor for a few months and possibly the rest of his life. If they have their say, his life ends now.