SFRB September Showcase
The Science Fiction Romance Brigade Showcase is a great chance to find new Sci-Fi romance authors and books. For September, I’m sharing an excerpt from PROMISE THE STARS, book 5 in the Corwint Central Agent Files series. Please be sure to check out all the authors in this month’s showcase by clicking here, and find links to free science fiction romance books at the bottom of this post. Thanks for reading!
About PROMISE THE STARS
After watching Ethan, Torque, Hank and Merik all flounder when it came to love, Brom made himself a promise: Whenever he found the girl who totally turned his universe upside down, he would go after her with everything he had. Then, he met Nikkandri, who flipped his entire world sideways so hard, he wasn’t sure which way led forward. Keeping his own promises about not stumbling through love may have been easier said than done.
Nikki’s been to the deepest pit of darkness and lived to tell about it. Now, a promise to her father brings her back to where it all began: Thetos – where a buried secret awaits her return. Despite her independent, defensive nature, she lets Brom into her world and under her skin bit by bit. With her Trexen biology clawing its way into fruition, including unwanted side-effects like mind-reading and a deadly temper, she must fight with herself as she battles memories of her father and shadows from her past. The more she reveals to Brom, the faster she expects him to leave. She quickly learns Orellians don’t give up so easily, and Brom’s as stubborn as Orellians come.
But someone’s been waiting for Nikki’s return and the secret she guards. Its discovery could set the foundations for peace across the sector, or it could renew the call for war. In the wrong hands, even the best intentions can lead to catastrophe.
PROMISE THE STARS – Excerpt
Be a good friend first, then see where it leads. He could do that, right?
The bathroom door clicked open as the elevator lift door dinged. After picking up the robe and food order from the automated lift, he walked back into the main room and looked toward the hallway. It took everything he had not to drop the take-out bag. Staying content with being a good friend would’ve been so much easier if Nikki hadn’t been so damn cute.
She was standing just outside the bathroom door, an uncertain look on her face and her cheeks flushed from heat. One of his huge, Orellian-sized black towels was wrapped around her body below her armpits, with one arm crossing her chest, and her small fist clenching the fabric. Her black hair was slick with moisture, a few rebellious strands stuck to her sharp jawline. The towel came down to her ankles, and despite how hot she looked half-naked and wet, he had to laugh.
“Oh, you think it’s funny, do you?” Her black-eyed scowl narrowed, but he could see the way her lips were twitching to hold back a smile. “Seriously, hand me a needle and some thread. I can make a damn dress out of this thing!”
Her sass only strengthened his laugh as he set the take-out bag on the counter. “Sorry about that. I’ve never actually had a guest stay over before.”
“Seriously? So, what should I expect from the guest room? Some gigantic bed that’s going to swallow me whole?” She walked over, clutching the top of the heavy towel with one hand, then slapped his arm with her free hand. “Stop laughing! Oh, is that crezni stew I smell?”
“Yeah.” He tried handing her the fluffy white poolside robe, but she ignored it and sniffed the take-out bag. Setting the robe aside, he began unpacking the food. “There’s this little Hedarion cafe down the street. Best damn hajtchas you’ve ever had, I swear.” The look in her eyes as she watched him unwrap the food took the laughter from him. “Something wrong? Shit, do you not like crezni and hajtchas?”
“I do,” she nodded, her voice quiet. “It’s just been a while.”
“Since you’ve had hajtchas?”
“Since I’ve had anything this normal.” She glanced up at him then quickly away to the windows on the back wall. “Sorry. Guess I don’t know how to do ‘normal’ anymore.”
“You have nothing to apologize for, Nikki.” Watching her with heartrending concern, he wanted to reach out and touch her shoulder. Desperately, he wanted to pull her into his arms and give her comfort. Merciful Fates, he wanted to remove that towel and show her that it could all be normal – the two of them, together; that he would protect and cherish her like she deserved.
But, he figured that would be way too much, too soon. So instead, he quietly fixed up two plates of food and carried them into the living room. Setting them down on the coffee table, he motioned for her to join him on the couch. To help her find some sort of normal again, he’d start by offering friendly company and, hopefully, someone she could trust.
And if that’s all she ever wanted from him… Inwardly, he frowned at the idea, but he accepted the possibility. Having a friend like Nikki, though, would be better than not having her in his life at all. Wherever this relationship between them went, it was damn sure going to be an unsteady ride, but she was well worth however long it took to get there.
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