The hostesses, Mary, Sharon and Lyn, gather around the observation port, barely able to contain their excitement.
Hanging in the starry void like a huge, bejewelled casket, is the Bartlett station This space station belongs to the privately owned Hoatch Foundation, a scientific firm that transcends planetary boundaries. They've arranged a party on the station for the author Nancy Cohen. Many interesting intergalactic personalities have been invited, including the main characters from her book 'Silver Serenade', Silver Malloy herself, and Jace Vernon.
Oliver was probably a little miffed when he found out that the station's cuisine is handled by Botdrones. He has created a special celebration cake though, and is the only one who can fly the hostesses' little space cruiser, so no doubt he'll end up taking charge and supervising the botdrones!
"I'm quite looking forward to sampling some different interstellar food," Sharon says, reading the small holographic menu which conveys images of the actual food, along with its origins and description:Anhunda: A type of meaty fish, usually farmed like tilapia, and Mantay Fish: Tasty wild fish caught at sea; then there are Bangleberries, Marlberries: A juicy berry like a mulberry and
Pava Melon: A sweet fruit grown in tropical climate on Stacktown.
Krellian Steak: Tender meat from range-fed Krellian cattle.
Capsilon Spice Sticks: A valued spice used for flavoring,Chaklah Bread: A loaf of egg bread like Challah.
Fried Sorgut Bellies: Popular junk food, Mog Soup: A nourishing soup on Elusia made from brookworms, Peratoes: Root vegetable like a potato grown on Kurash, and Pickled Ochart’s Tongue: A delicacy made from the tongue of an ochart beast found in the outer provinces.
The bar offers such exotic beverages as Melarian Brandy: A prized brandy from the mountain province on Melaria, Stentorian wine: A common label red wine made from a blend of grapes and other fruit from Stentoria’s extensive vineyards. and Talusican Ale: A popular type of ale.
"Don't think I fancy the mog soup," Mary says, the other stuff looks very appetizing though."
"Mmmmm wonder if they have any Anraatian mead?" Lyn murmurs.
Silver is dressed in a jumpsuit, her favorite TechVix LD-6 Sharpshooter Special laser rifle slung over her shoulder. She has platinum hair which she wears in a tight braid down her back, and violet eyes.
Jace wears a linen shirt under a vest, leather pants, and polished black boots. He has a patrician nose and a jaw set at an arrogant pitch. Jet black hair sweeps in tousled waves to his nape. He carries a Laker Super 7 laser pistol tucked into his waistband.
The hostesses arrive in the lounge, trying not to stare too hard at Silver and Jace, who acknowledge them with a casual wave. Oliver carries the special celebration cake he's made for Nancy, They spot the table laid ready for the Guest of Honor, Nancy Cohen and Oliver places the cake in position.
Suddenly everything goes dark. For a moment there is a stunned and apprehensive silence, then a scintillating purple haze slowly forms, solidifying to reveal the stunning sight of Nancy, in the most amazing, shimmering gown which seems to glow with a purple fire within the fabric. Her hair is swept up in an exotic style that defies artificial gravity.
There is rapturous applause, then the lights brighten, and holographic words appear on the bulkhead behind her, revealing the secrets of her latest book 'Silver Serenade'.
A beautiful assassin and a desperate fugitive join forces to catch a
terrorist and prevent an intergalactic war.
Ace pilot Jace Vernon is forced to flee his home world after being framed
for murder. He seeks justice, but S.I.N. agent Silver Malloy gets in his
way. The platinum-haired beauty counters his every move in the quest to
clear his name. As he makes it his mission to break her, he doesn't count on the personal consequences of success.
Silver refuses to abort her deadly mission even if it means killing the one
man Jace needs alive to prove his innocence. Her resolve wavers when Jace's charms melt the barriers around her heart. Can she help him win his case, even if it means betraying her own people?
Despite the coolness of the woods, sweat dribbled down the back of Silver Malloy's neck. Her muscles ached from hours spent in a crouched position, but stealth mattered more than comfort. She'd waited for this opportunity for months-no, make that years-and wasn't about to lose it due to a lapse in technique. This first kill might be her last, but at least she'd complete her revenge.
Using her rifle scope, she scanned the dusty street that stretched below her hillside vantage point. The few scruffy inhabitants who trudged between the ramshackle buildings didn't interest her. A lucky tip had brought her to Al'ron, a watering hole for space travelers. Those who visited here were not often welcome elsewhere. They came to buy arms, men, and equipment to carry out lawless raids against innocent victims, and Tyrone Bluth had earned the reputation as the cruelest bandit of all.
Silver couldn't wait to end his reign of terror.
Raucous bird cries and the drone of insects rang in her ears, augmented by the auditory sensors in her gold drop earrings. She ignored them-her concentration centered on the only saloon in town.
Squinting, she watched the set of double swinging doors, eager for the slightest hint of movement. The spicy scent of tangleberries tickled her nose. She stifled a sneeze, unwilling to lose focus, even for a moment.
Someone staggered from the saloon. Her pulse accelerated as she recognized Bluth, the leader of Tyrone's Marauders. He sported a wide-brimmed black hat, militia-style clothes, and a weapons belt bristling with armaments. A hostile scowl creased his ugly face, a face that had haunted her dreams
Shutting one eye, she took careful aim through the targeting sight of her TechVix LD-6 Sharpshooter Special.
Her gut clenched, and she steeled herself to fire. Just as her finger twitched on the trigger, a shadowy figure dove into her. The impact knocked her to the ground. She dropped the rifle, but not before it discharged a
A heavy weight toppled across her body, forcing her spine down against the packed earth. Tiny pebbles dug into the small of her back. Brittle pine needles pierced her skin. So much for the protective jumpsuit she'd worn.
"Let me up." She shoved at the bulk immobilizing her. Unable to break free, she aimed a string of expletives toward the man whose furious green eyes glared down at her.
"Who the devil are you?" he demanded, his thick dark brows inched together in an angry scowl.
"I could ask you the same." Silver's hand scrabbled in the dirt, searching for her fallen weapon. "Are you one of Bluth's men?"
"No." His thighs pressed her firmly to the ground.
"Then get off me so I can finish what I started."
"Only after you tell me why you're here."
Panic seized her as she faced the possibility of failure. "All I need is one clear shot, then we'll talk." She thrust at his broad chest, but he wouldn't budge.
"If you're worried about Bluth getting away, it's too late."
"What?" Silver lifted her head to peer over the crest of the hill. Sure enough, Tyrone Bluth was nowhere in sight.
The villain had torn apart everything meaningful in her life, and now she'd lost her chance to even the score.
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writing futuristic romances. Her first title, CIRCLE OF LIGHT, won the HOLT
Medallion Award. After four books in this genre, she switched to mysteries
to write the popular Bad Hair Day series featuring Florida hairdresser Marla
Shore, who solves crimes with wit and style under the sultry Florida sun.
Several of these titles made the IMBA bestseller list. PERISH BY PEDICURE
and KILLER KNOTS are the latest books in this series. Active in the writing
conferences, Nancy is listed in Contemporary Authors, Poets & Writers, and Who's Who in U.S. Writers, Editors & Poets.
Nancy J. Cohen
Silver Serenade: A Futuristic Romance released July 2010
Killer Knots: A Bad Hair Day Mystery
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