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Saturday, 12 August 2017

Last excerpt from Starquest - is this the end?


Welcome to Weekend Writing Warrior and 8 Sentence Sunday, the weekly hop for everyone who loves to read and write! We've got a variety of genres and talented writers just waiting for you to come sample their work.

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I'm currently sharing excerpts from Starquest, the first of the Destiny Trilogy


(Please don't hate me - things are not always as they seem, and this is actually just the beginning, there is a lot more of this book left, but I'll be starting on book 2 next week!)

Previously: Jess and Kerry have confessed their love to each other and Jess has persuaded the crew of the starship Destiny, to help her overcome the invaders of the planet Phidia.  

When they arrive on the planet, Jess saves Kerry' s life, taking the laser fire aimed at Kerry by the alien invader, Ayandos.

Fast forward a little -  Kerry kills Ayados, and with the battle raging all around him, kneels beside Jess.


(Punctuation edits from published version to comply with sentence count.)
STARQUEST - 10 Sentence Snippet:

A smear of blood glistened on her lips...a stain on perfection and evidence of his own negligence.

“Please...”


He should have prevented this, somehow, he should have prevented it! He ran his fingers through the mass of flame-colored hair, golden highlights gleaming in the Phidian sunshine. He buried his face in its softness and held her close to his heart, hoping that somehow his words might filter through to her subconscious mind, as her life slowly ebbed away. 

“Forgive me, Jess. I love you, I always will...always. I could never tell you how
much.” 

An instinctive sense of danger pierced his grief. He whirled and rolled over his shoulder, just in time to avoid the laser aimed at his back. The blaster he picked up from close to where Jess had fallen made short and bloody work of his would-be assassin, but it seemed even Jess’s last moments were to be denied him. He was compelled to leave her and concentrate on destroying the assailants who came at him from all sides. 



End Note: The Destiny's crew do defeat Ayandos's men, with the help of the Phidians themselves but as I said at the beginning - this is just the start !

Is this really the end for Jess?
How will Kerry cope without her?
Will the Phidians repay the crew for saving them from the invaders?

STARQUEST (The Destiny Trilogy, Vol. 1)


BLURB: When Jestine Darnell is rescued from her sabotaged starship by the crew of the Destiny her only objective is to complete her mission and keep her promise to save a world from slavery. Love is the last thing on her mind. However, she has not counted on losing her heart to Kerry Marchant the ship’s second in command, who makes his distrust of her painfully obvious, despite the chemistry between them. The completion of her mission has consequences that neither of them could have foreseen.

Enter Dahll Tarron, who becomes involved in a long and dangerous quest to find the Destiny. Fates become intertwined, perils shared, culminating in the realization that sometimes love may be so close that there is a danger it will not be recognized until it is too late…




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26 comments:

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    1. Thanks Jessica - yes, this was quite a hard bit to write.

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  2. Since you just told us this is the last excerpt, of course it's the end. Although then you turn around and say it's really the beginning. I'm confused... ;-)

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    1. LOL Ed - sorry, I didn't mean to confuse you! It's the last excerpt I'm posting from this 1st book in the Destiny Trilogy - but it's actually only chapter 4 and there's a lot more left in the book - but I don't want to give away too much! (Next week I'm starting on Book 2, which features some of the characters you met in book 1.

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  3. You're leaving us with a real cliffhanger!

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  4. Dramatic moment and excerpt for sure!

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  5. Tell me she doesn't die. That's all I ask of you.

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    1. Aw, sorry Charmaine, but if I told you I'd either be fibbing - or I'd give the plot away, and I can't tell you which, can I! :)

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  6. Yeesh, if that's not a cliffhanger ending, I don't know what is!

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    1. Thanks Amy, I love being wicked sometimes!

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  7. Good hook at the end of your snippet.

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  8. Touching scene.

    And thank you for the realism of his grieving being interrupted!

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    1. Thank you - glad you felt the interruption to his grief was added to the realism - it's actually an essential part of the plot too, although I can't say any more!

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  9. Julie Evelyn Joyce13 August 2017 at 19:54

    It's okay, I don't hate you because I trust that she'll be alive after all and they'll get married and have babies and live happily ever after. ;) Very touching and emotional scene!

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    1. Thanks Julie, for a while I think Kerry hated me!:) I will just say that things don't turn out as I expected when I first conceived the idea for this book - but then I didn't expect it to become a trilogy either!

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  10. Leaving us on such a cliff-hanger is not nice. LOL I guess we'll just have to buy the book to find out what happens. ;)

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    1. LOL Diane, I'm afraid so - I'm not a fan of cliffhangers at the end of books - but as I mentioned, this was from the opening chapters ... :)

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    1. Thanks Elaie - yes it doesn't look too good for her, a laser can do a lot of damage!

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  12. Tough place to leave us! But--if you don't actually see the dead body, there's always hope! (Sometimes there's hope with anyway, what with reincarnation, clones, or alternate time line shenanigans.)

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    1. You're right Caitlin,I think Kerry's resigned himself to losing her though.

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