Enjoy some Science Fiction Adventure from the Ambasadora-verse! I'm posting my novel Starrie in order starting from chapter one. This is post ten 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 on the Starrie page.
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STARRIE (FROM THE WORLD OF AMBASADORA) by Heidi Ruby Miller
Stavros grabbed her chin and shook her head. He jabbed the knife into her bicep. "Scream! I need to hear you scream."
She did. Only the roar that escaped her lips sent Stavros scrambling up onto his hands and knees to hover over her on the plush bed.
Pressure built behind her eyes as her blood pressure rose and swished through her ears. The adrenaline surge she experienced was far from the kinetic manipulation she'd hoped for, but it provided her with enough power to break one of her leather bonds.
Forget the old woman's trick.
Naela had something better—twenty years of experience as a killer.
She thrust the edge of her hand into Stavros's throat, knocking him off the bed and sending the knife flopping to the fluffy, white comforter. Within seconds she had scooped up the torture implement, slashed through the remaining straps and stood atop the mattress. She'd gut this pig the old-fashioned way.
Stavros tried to shout for his security detail, but managed only a strangled hiss from his damaged windpipe. The effect reverberated through the mind minstrel's speakers as the floating parallelogram focused its turquoise beam on Stavros's struggling form.
He hefted a lamp at Naela. The knife's blade broke from the deflection. She tossed it to the stone floor.
A knife would be too easy anyway.
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.