Apologies for missing the past three weeks. I'm back now and 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. She and her co-pilot, RJ, plan to escape.
Please excuse the creative punctuation, necessary to keep this within the guidelines. It's also edited a little from the original.
“Cargo transport, I repeat, this is Coalition Security . . . identify yourself,” The pirate’s voice carried the ring of authority.
For a half sec, Celara had misgivings. What if they were Coalition Security? If she didn’t obey, she would be in deep horse pucky, but she’d been tricked before by pirates claiming to be Coalition Security. No way were they getting her cargo again because, if that happened, she would be in even deeper trouble. She’d gone into serious debt to replace the cargo the first pirates stole. If she lost this load, she would lose more than her investment. Her starship was the collateral securing her loan.
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.