A GALACTIC HOLIDAY: In Snippets
We are thrilled to be here and talk a little about out sci-fi romance holiday anthology, A GALACTIC HOLIDAY. But instead of us doing the talking, we thought we’d let our stories do the talking. Here are a few exclusive sneak peeks into A GALACTIC HOLIDAY!
WINTER FUSION by Anna Hackett
Opening line: “Seduce her.”
Savan smiled. “Best Yule gift I ever received.”
She raised an eyebrow. “Isn’t it the only Yule gift you’ve received?”
He brushed some strands of hair off her cheek, fingering the golden silk between his fingers. “It wouldn’t matter if I’d received hundreds.”
Throat tight, Savan just stared at her, willing her to listen. But he couldn’t find any words, let alone the right words. His tongue felt too big, his lips clumsy.
He, the master negotiator, couldn’t find anything to say.
Ex-space marine Savan Bardan survived the Galactic Wars to become the most ruthless trade negotiator in the galaxy. His planet needs energy to survive, and he’ll do anything to close the deal for the Perman fusion crystals that can provide it—even if it means seducing his beautiful, infuriating opponent, a rival icier than her planet.
Perma’s top negotiator, Brinn Fjord, lost her father when Savan delayed her planet’s Trade Guild membership years ago. She hates the handsome Rendarian and the planet he represents. She’s determined to finish the deal and get rid of him as quickly as possible, so she can celebrate the holidays.
But soon the rival negotiators are in a fight for their lives. Besieged by mysterious accidents and unforgiving weather, Brinn and Savan have no one to depend on but each other. As they put the past aside, they uncover a desire hot enough to melt ice, and Brinn discovers a secret that may keep them apart.
GALILEO’S HOLIDAY by Sasha Summers
Opening line: She hung upside down, her small, gloved hands tightly gripping the heavy pneumatic socket driver to the plate braces.
“Cookies? Pixies? Fairies? Holiday? It’s like you’re speaking a foreign language, Marguerite. I don’t understand any of it.” She moved around Marguerite to the long electrical panel. “But I can fix your heat sensor. That I understand.”
“Leo, you’re wet.” Rex shook his head. “You’re supposed to take off your clothes when you bathe.”
“Leo wasn’t in the bath,” Walt offered.
“But Riley was.” Iggy scratched his head.” So we’re trying to figure out how Leo here ended up dripping wet…”
Ice miner Riley works alone in the depths of space, and that’s the way she likes it. She’s proud of her independence, and when her ship gets destroyed by raiders on the icy surface of Galileo, she’s not sure she wants to rely on rakish trader Leo and the kindness of a band of settlers to survive.
Despite her attempts to keep her distance, it’s not long before Riley warms to the family atmosphere of the settlers’ station. As Galileo’s Holiday approaches and she develops feelings for the handsome, charming Leo, she questions whether she really wants to remain alone.
But Leo is hiding cargo the raiders want, and when they come back for it, everyone on the small station is in danger. Riley will risk anything to protect her new friends—because if the raiders succeed, the choice between Leo and a life alone won’t be Riley’s to make.
HOW THE GLITCH SAVED CHRISTMAS by Stacy Gail
Opening line: “…one-year anniversary of the death of Chicago’s hometown hero, Delbert Vincent Conrad, otherwise known as the father of androids.”
“You’re crossing boundaries. Boundaries that have been there between us for two years.”
“When you put it like that, I can’t believe I’ve wasted that much time. Boundaries were made to be crossed, Reina,” he added when her gaze flew to his in a heated awareness she couldn’t hide. “One by one, I’m crossing them all.”
“I’m just trying to warm you up.”
“Congratulations, you’re doing a bang-up job of it.” His head lowered, and his eyes drifted shut as he brushed his face over her hair. “God, Reina. I didn’t know you smelled like heaven and sin all rolled into one. If I had, I would have done this a lot sooner.”
She pulled in a breath to ask him what he was doing when his mouth slid down her cheek to unerringly capture hers.
Reina Vedette chose principle over position when the Chicago police department ordered her to accept performance-enhancing body modifications or lose her rank. Demoted to a level one detective, Reina’s stuck chasing a bizarre, Grinch-in-reverse break-in case with fiery bod-mod enthusiast and level five top detective Edison Wicke.
Wicke has had his eye on Reina for ages, and as the two of them hunt down the benevolent burglar, they take turns warming each other with body heat in the subzero Chicago winter. Despite professional friction and their opposing views on bod-modding, Reina soon has to admit that she and Wicke are perfect for each other.
But when they track down their philanthropic quarry on Christmas Day, an unexpected glitch in a homemade android brings out Reina’s emotional side, and she and Wicke must decide whether love between a Neo-Luddite and a “walking toaster” is a gift that either of them can give.
So, this year, why not celebrate the holidays sci-fi style with an off-world Yule, a Galilean Holiday and a futuristic Christmas?
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