Thanks for having me as your guest yet again! I always love stopping by to talk scifi romance. Today I’m sharing a little of what influenced me to write my soon-to-be-released novel Danger in the Stars, plus an exclusive excerpt.
Once the car reached the restaurant, Opherra swept inside as if she was a queen and the entire planet her domain. Miriell and the others trailed behind her as the boss was taken immediately to a highly desirable table with a breathtaking view of the unending cityscape. Twinkling lights of all colors stretched to the horizon in all directions. Opherra declined the menus and ordered for the table without asking anyone’s preferences. The restaurant was crowded, with couples and well-dressed family groups. A trio of musicians was playing softly in the far corner of the room.
It was at the third course when Opherra suddenly leaned over and said, “I want a demonstration of what the exotic can do. Prove to me you can be of assistance in what I need.”
“Can you give me a few more details on what you want me to make her do?” Jareck asked.
Miriell felt nauseous as her muscles tensed while she waited to learn what atrocious act she’d be required to perform now, what perversion of her Thuun-given gifts would be demanded.
“The end game is to help me attach a particular influential gentleman who’s been curiously resistant to my charms,” Opherra said, her lips twisted in annoyance. “I need him in thrall to me for our plans here to move forward. In too deep to back out when I reveal my true agenda. No names, but he’s key. My boss is tired of waiting for the standard ploys to yield results.”
“Is he here?”
She shook her head. “Of course not. I need to see these abilities in action before I risk my entire operation on an unknown.” Glancing around the restaurant, she laughed. “Oh yes, an excellent target for the demonstration I want. You see that blond woman, the one with her husband, the older couple and three children? I never saw anyone less likely to commit suicide. Make her throw herself off the balcony and I’ll be a believer.” She drummed her talon-like red fingernails on the tablecloth. “Now.”
Miriell’s heart sank. The target was clearly happy, surrounded by her family, and had been casually targeted by Opherra to die, just to prove a point. She gathered her power, which was curiously difficult to do, perhaps because she was so repelled by the task, and hummed the death song under her breath. Reaching out with her senses, she found the tiniest gray in the unfortunate woman’s vivid colors. Each sentient has their private sorrows and constant worries. Miriell worked to expand the gray, suppress the other colors. The woman’s companions were oblivious to her sudden silence because the lively children were laughing and talking so happily. Suddenly there were gasps as the target of Miriell’s attack rose abruptly from the table, knocking her chair into the person next to her. Face blank, the woman strode toward the edge of the dining area, where the observation platform built over thin air had safety rails, but nothing robust enough to stop a determined adult from pitching headfirst to the ground hundreds of feet below. Her husband raced after her but she had a head start and was increasing her speed as she went.
Hoping no one would notice what she was doing, Miriell continued her pressure on the woman but began to subtly affect one of the waiters until at literally the last second, he backed away from a table, carrying a huge load of dishes and collided with the would-be suicide, sending them both reeling and collapsing to the floor, tangled together, covered in food and broken crockery. Miriell released her hold on both sentients and fell back in her chair. Hand shaking, she reached for her glass of water and sipped, although her throat was nearly closed from stress. Please let that be enough of a demonstration for Opherra.
As she set the glass down, she realized Conor was watching her, silver gray eyes narrowed.
Due to my Editor having a few delays when real life issues arose, the book will be out towards the end of March….you can sign up for my mailing list to be notified when Danger in the Stars is released. And in the meantime you can read Star Cruise: Stowaway, my novella in the Pets In Space anthology, featuring Tyrelle, the sister of the heroine in the forthcoming full length novel.
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Best Selling Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance author and “SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happily Ever After blog, Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing her own stories.
Seven time winner of the SFR Galaxy Award, as well as a National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, Veronica is also the proud recipient of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal relating to her former day job, not her romances! She was honored to read the part of Star Trek Crew Member in the audiobook production of Harlan Ellison’s “The City On the Edge of Forever.”