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After a miserable few days fighting a cold, 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 on the other ship with Trevarr and his buddy Laning.
Please excuse the creative punctuation, necessary to keep this within the guidelines. It's also edited a little from the original.
“Fire a shot across the transport’s bow,” Trevarr ordered, “Show the pilot we mean business.”
“Why? He’s done nothing wrong.”
“He is running, a sure sign of guilt—he’s a smuggler. Why else would he flee?”
“Gee, I don’t know, how about fear?”
“Fear of discovery of his illegal cargo is more like it. I want that ship stopped.”
“You might have a point,” Laning fired the lazin cannon and splintered a small asteroid in front of the transport.
The little ship easily dodged the fragments. Trevarr’s frustration with the pilot’s silence and failure to stop warred with admiration for the pilot’s flying ability.
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.