Enjoy some Science Fiction Adventure from the Ambasadora-verse! I'm posting excerpts of my novel Starrie in order starting from chapter one. This is the thirteenth post and we're into chapter three. 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
Naela extinguished the whip and leapt to the floor, disappearing into a crouch behind the bed. She snatched the little tank top Stavros had stripped off her and pulled it on as she dashed for the closet.
Inside she shoved past thousands of hanging clothes and walls of beautifully crafted drawers to the secret door in the back. Her implanted wrist reporter spit out the lock's code—stolen when Stavros's security team first dragged her through this secret hallway from the ballroom on the other side.
As soon as the door seal swished open, the light blinded her. Someone had retracted the huge metal shield walls to expose the insulated windows behind them. Outside, the cold prow of the building stretched silently into the air, like a giant patio on this jagged mountain top. It was almost majestic and tranquil.
Inside was pure pandemonium. The Armadans and contractors blasted away at one another with crackles of cender fire and staccato blasts from battle rifles. The smell of singed hair, sizzled skin, and smoldering wood swirled toward the cathedral ceiling on lazy smoke trails.
There was no way past the firefight.
A concussive explosion sent shards of glass flying past Naela. Her ears popped and a roar of wind rolled through the room. Shrill alarms bleated louder than the rushing air.
One of the gargantuan windows had been breached.
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.