Enjoy some Science Fiction Adventure from the Ambasadora-verse! I'm posting my novel Starrie in order starting from chapter one. This is post eight and the beginning of chapter two. It has been edited for content and space per the SFR Brigade Presents guidelines. Read the rest of the story so far here.
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STARRIE (FROM THE WORLD OF AMBASADORA) by Heidi Ruby Miller
Naela's ears rang as music blasted through the mind minstrel's speakers. Its turquoise laser danced in erratic waves over her head and naked torso. The leather straps lashing her to the bed sliced into her wrists, her ankles, and her throat with each movement. She had always hated the smell of wet leather. She hated it more as it mixed with the pungent scent of her blood.
Stavros still jumped around the stone bedroom like a dosed-up fragger, screaming and pounding his fist against his head and his chest in repeated rhythm. He was spotlighted in one of the minstrel's mind-scanning beams. The blue green light strobed in contrast to the magenta flames which burned in a double row of wall sconces and illuminated the perimeter of the spacious boudoir. The heat and the sweat from their bodies made the air thick and humid with the musky spice of Stavros's scentbots. It pervaded every breath she took.
As Stavros mounted the bed, the music pitched lower with a droning voice superimposed over whole beats in a minor key. She clenched her teeth in response to the eerie dirge, It reminded her of a death chant she'd heard as a child.
Starrie is a direct sequel to Greenshift. It follows the story of Ben Anlow (David's younger brother) and his team as they embark on a revenge mission to bring down serial murderer and rapist, Liu Stavros, at his fortress in the inhospitable mountains of Tampa Three. But contractor Naela Starrie already has her own kind of vengeance planned for Stavros. Even as a battle-hardened soldier, Ben's not prepared for the darkness he sees in the female assassin, nor the way she challenges his prejudices about contractors when she makes a sacrifice to save to his life.
This novel runs concurrent with Ambasadora Book 1: Marked by Light, the first book of the main space opera series. And we follow a thread of Starrie into Book 2: Scarred by Light.
Look for Starrie from Dog Star Books in July 2014 and Ambasadora Book 2: Scarred by Light in late 2014.