Enjoy some Science Fiction Adventure from the Ambasadora-verse! I'm posting my novel Starrie in order starting from chapter one. This is post nine and we're already into 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
It was appropriate that that particular memory came to mind. She pushed past the sensory bombardment to hear the mind minstrel repeating Stavros's words…Deep cuts or little slices, you choose.
With a jerk of his shaky hand, he nicked her abdomen.
Naela controlled the pain through her breathing by forcing in two more quick breaths after she had filled her lungs. Then she concentrated, working toward the trance, preparing for the trick that would save her.
Another cut—this time to her thigh and deeper. She couldn't keep her concentration. Doubt shadowed the back of her mind. With each little slice of Stavros's knife more of the darkness seeped into the illuminated portion of her consciousness.
The trick was taking too long.
Maybe that old woman from the desert just outside Palomin Canyon had had a trick of her own, fooling Naela into believing she could manipulate the world around her with only her mind. So much for Naela being a star pupil and mastering the technique so quickly. But those times had been without the distraction of a serial rapist and murderer slicing at her abdomen.
She tried one more time for that delicate connection to the Otherside.
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.