SFFS for December 15– A new book for the New Year!

I’ve been absent from the Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday line-up for awhile, having three different manuscripts in the editing process, which is a huge but satisfying timesuck. 🙂  Today I’m excited to share the newest space opera in my repertoire, the first in the Horizon Crossover series, HORIZON SHIFT, which will be out after the first of the year.

horizonshift800x1200 HORIZON SHIFT tells the story of Temms Rogers, a career captain with the Confederation, who leads a rebellion against what he sees as the greedy, grasping hands of his superiors in the Fleet. He uses a bit of untested alien technology to escape a space battle, nearly destroying his ship in the process. When he wakes up, he discovers his crew decimated, his ship badly damaged, and he has no idea where he is. Even once he gets his equipment working again, he finds himself in an area of space no one of his faction—maybe his whole race—has ever been before. Lost, and alone.

 Not quite alone.

 His former commander Jal Burko, bent on revenge, hasn’t given up the fight, determined to punish Rogers for the rebellion he led.

 Desperate, the clock ticking, Rogers enlists an assortment of people to help him rebuild and repair his ship, many of them misfits who deserve a second chance, each with a special talent to share: a runaway bride, a 17-year old navigation whiz sold into slavery, a cocky xenophobic engineer, a pair of genetically engineered lizard-humans. He even finds a friend aboard he never expected.

 A chance meeting with an economic power called the Consortium brings Rogers powerful friends, and the key to putting the clues together.    But the appearance of a strange autistic boy, abandoned in the Doubtful’s cargo bay, becomes the catalyst that may save the ship and its crew from Burko’s single-minded hatred when all else fails.

Rogers, like another captain so many of us love, Malcolm Reynolds, tends to look into people and see the best side of them, even if they seem to be misfits. He’ll have the chance to see how his choices pay off in 2014’s HORIZON STRIFE and then HORIZON DYNASTY the next year.

So here’s our snippet for this week:

“Everyone strap in!” From Rogers’ seat, set in the middle of the back wall of the bridge, he checked each of the other stations. His officers grabbed belts and secured themselves, ready for anything.

‘Anything’ was what they were about to get.

 “Weapon activated, Captain and positioned toward the fleet. Now!”

With a silent prayer, Rogers clenched his fist and waited to see what would happen.

To his surprise, there was no explosion. Nothing left the ship. A ray of red light seemed to flutter in black space ahead of them for a few moments, then it coalesced into a cloudy opening – a wormhole.

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HORIZON SHIFT will be available from Dragonfly Publishing in the next few months. Thanks for stopping by–read other snippets from talented sci-fi and fantasy writers at Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday. Maybe you’ll find the next big thing!

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Posted on December 14, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Intriguing snippet; I’m guessing from the general information about the book that this is the moment where Rogers uses his bit of untested alien technology – which makes me think entering the wormhole is going to be traumatic. Good snippet – thanks!

  2. Sounds like a great story. I’m adding it to my reading list. My snippet in over at my blog, but alas I forgot to add it to the list this week.

  3. Well, that was unexpected! Very nice.

  4. Wonderful snippet. The story sounds great – I love when a band of misfits are put together. 🙂

  5. Thanks, all, for stopping by. This is one of my favorite stories, I think for the reason Gayle said. Misfits can often, as in FIREFLY, come together to be the better whole. 🙂

    *grins at J M) I’ve done that too. Thanks for adding it here, at least.

  6. I gather the snippet is from early in the story?

  7. Nice snippet. I like that the tension builds but what appears is unexpected, thus ratcheting it up even higher.

    No snippet from me, alas. Next week, though!

  8. It is, Sue Ann– first chapter. Then the hard work starts. 🙂

  9. This has great tension and excitement and the end is a fantastic kicker. Great snippet, wonderful premise.

  10. So excited about this book’s concept, Lyndi! And the tease with your snippet.

    🙂 Heidi

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