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Saturday, May 5, 2018

#WeWriWa - The Chameleon: Oust Him or Die Trying #Authors4ALSA



Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors where authors share an 8 - 10 sentence snippet. Be sure to visit the other authors. You can find them here

I'm sharing snippets from my science fiction romance, THE CHAMELEON (An Outer Rim Novel).


Legally Blond meets Mata Hari

Socialite Jileena Winslott has perfected the image of the spoiled, rich, bubble-headed daughter of an industrial magnate. In reality, she’s a smart, savvy aide to her father in social situations where she is his eyes and ears. She yearns to be her true self and run the family business. When her father sends her on a covert mission to the Outer Rim, she has the chance to prove herself. Big problem. He insists she take along a fake fiancé—the man she’s secretly loved for years.

Security Officer Laning Servary has better things to do than babysit a spoiled rich girl on a tour of the Frontier. If he refuses, he can kiss his career good-by. Then Jileena’s father sweetens the pot. If Laning keeps her safe, his family will receive the land they share-crop. He can’t refuse.

In the close quarters of her ship, Laning and Jileena discover they aren’t who they seem. Pirates, weather, and her recklessness threaten to derail the mission. As Laning and Jileena revise their impressions of each other, they’ll have to make hard choices about their goals. Can their budding love survive?


Here's the end of last week's snippet:

When the elevator opened, a large man stood squarely in the middle of the spacious lift. Pilad Sindaro, his arms folded behind his back. With barely a glance, he dismissed her—the frump who worked in accounting.

This week's snippet picks up right after.

“Are you getting in?” he said without moving. “I am late for a meeting.”
Jerk. Jileena thought of several more colorful expletives to call him. “Sorry, sir,” she mumbled, head and eyes down as she scooted around him.
During her covert internship in various departments she’d managed to avoid close encounters with the Chief Operating Officer of her family’s business. Temporary COO. By the stars, she would oust him or die trying.
How overly dramatic. Just what everyone expected from Daddy’s Little Girl.





During the month of May, 12 science fiction and paranormal romance writers are donating 25% of their royalties for their special Blue Cover books to the ALS Association, an organization dedicated to providing ALS patients and their families with a multitude of different types of assistance, and continuing research to find a cure for this deadly disease..

I'm donating 25% of my royalties from my sci-fi romance, The Chameleon (An Outer Rim Novel) to ALSA in memory of Stephen Hawking. Despite the debility of ALS, he accomplished so much in the field of physics and cosmology.

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41 comments:

  1. She acts the part well, but it seems she's having her own internal conflict. Great snippet!

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    1. She does. Glad you can see that. Thanks.

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  2. Great snippet - the internal and external viewpoints are great.

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    I had a crazy busy week and forgot to sign up – my post is live - https://daryldevore.blogspot.com/2018/05/dereks-broken-up-with-his-woman-of.html

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    1. Thanks, Daryl. Forgetting to sign up happens to all of us. I hope you told Teresa. She'll add you to the list.

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  3. Ditto - I enjoyed the contrast between her thoughts and subservant words.

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    1. Playing a part isn't easy. She's been playing the part of an employee for almost a year.

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  4. Diane, I'm completely intrigued by these snippets, so I bought the book. I love that you're donating to ALSA.

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    1. Thanks, Alexandra. I appreciate it, so will ALSA.

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  5. Diane, I so enjoy your writing style. Stop by sometime and we'll have tea and crumpets

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    1. I'd love to, Charmaine, esp. since I've never had crumpets. Thanks so much.

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  6. Colorful expletives. Love the inner thoughts.

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    1. Thanks, Trin. Not always easy to come up with expletives from other planets.

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  7. Definitely a self-important jerk. It's normal polite practice to move aside to let people enter the elevator, not stand squarely in the way!

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  8. Sounds like her disguise is working! Mata Hari meets Legally Blonde is an amazing concept!

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  9. I'm really enjoying the 'undercover boss' aspects here! I'm sure it'll take a long time and many plot twists but will be very satisfying when this guy gets his comeuppance. Great snippet...

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  10. That must be torture for her to have to act that way. Sure makes for great tension, though!

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  11. She's a pretty good actress - and has a lot of self control not to shoot him a few choice words. Sounds like he could use a few lessons in common courtesy!

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  12. Her disguise must be working. I bet she'll give him his comeuppance one of these days.

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  13. I wouldn't want to mess with her. I bet she has a looong memory regarding those who do her and her father wrong.

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  14. She's putting up a good front of being meek. Great snippet!

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    1. Thanks, Nick. She has to if she wants to continue working there without Daddy knowing.

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  15. Love the sound of your female character!

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    1. Thanks, Rosemary. I loved writing her as two different people.

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  16. Jileena sounds like she could be a force to be reckoned with. Good job!

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  17. I'm intrigued by her internal thoughts and the way everyone is seeing her. I can't wait for the fierce woman to emerge.

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  18. The descriptions are marvelous. I'm with her. I don't like the dismissive jerk either. :-)

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  19. This snippet feels so real- when you want to call someone a jerk but you just can't. Can't wait to read more!

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