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Saturday, September 7, 2019

#WeWriWa ~ THE PILOT: Nice Try, Boys


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

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I'm sharing snippets from The Pilot: An Outer Rim Novel. It's the 1st book in a series featuring strong women on the frontier of space. Celara's ship was hailed by one claiming to be Coalition Security. In this snippet, we're back with Trevarr and his buddy Laning as they follow Celara through an asteroid field. 

Please excuse the creative punctuation, necessary to keep this within the guidelines. It's also edited a little from the original.



“By the Matriarch’s left tit!” Laning shouted, “are you trying to wreck my new ship?”
Trevarr wrestled with the rudder to control the cruiser’s pitch and yaw.
“You there, claiming to be Coalition Security,” the feminine voice was almost as big a surprise as tumbling around an asteroid field, “do you need help?”
He struggled to regain control of the ship, momentarily taking one hand off the controls, he opened the comm channel as Laning announced, “Looks like we’re okay—a little scraped but—”
Trevarr shot Laning a warning look, “Cargo hauler, we are in need of your assistance.”
“What’s wrong with my ship? Is it in danger?”
Trevarr needed both hands to level out the cruiser, “No, but that cargo hauler will be when I catch him.”
A female laugh came through the comm channel, “Nice try, boys—you damn pirates aren’t getting my load this time. I’m going with that first report, and a word of advice—make sure you end communication before arguing between yourselves,” she laughed again before ending communication with a click.




There's no place like home and he stole hers. 

Life on the frontier of space is hard enough so when pirates stole Celara d'Enfaden's cargo, she vowed not to be tricked again. 

Determined to make an example out of indie pilots who disobey orders, Coalition Administrator Trevarr Jovano impounds Celara’s starship and cargo. If he backs down, he’ll lose respect. If she can’t deliver her cargo, she’ll default on her loan and lose her only home—her ship. 

More important than her ship, though, is her brother. To rescue him from a galactic gangster, she’ll even work with Jovano who is bent on avenging his wife’s murder.

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16 comments:

  1. LOL Seems they didn't plan what to do when they actually had a chance to communicate.

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  2. Ooh, score one for her - yes! Really enjoyed the snippet today...but of course there's a lot more action ahead, I'm sure. Can't wait!

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    1. Not a fan of ‘outer-space’ stories, Diane, but your brilliant handling of the genre has converted me!

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    2. Oh, yes, Veronica. Lots more action.

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    3. Thanks ao much, Carole Ann. Now I know how Nancy Gideon felt when I told hers was the 1st vampire novel I read and I enjoyed it.

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  3. Ha, ha! Good for her. Really enjoyed this snippet.

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    1. Thanks, Alexis. After being scared and running for her life, she can laugh at them.

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  4. She sounds fierce! Great snippet!

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    1. She's had to be, Amy. A woman alone on the frontier, fighting to keep her cargo.

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  5. Great opening line!I always love your snappy dialog, Di!

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  6. I did a double take with that opening line! Great stuff!

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    1. Thanks, Nick. That was a fun expression to make up.

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