Hello, Snippetteers! I hope everyone’s 2017 is off to a good start. For me, it’s only a week now until release day for Regeneration, so there’s just enough time to squeeze in two more snippets before it’ll be available.
First, don’t forget to check out the Rainbow Snippets group on Facebook where you’ll find links to lots of great snippets from a variety of awesome LGBTQ stories. If you want to join in, the more the merrier. Authors post links to 6-line teasers from WIPs, published works, or recommendations. I’ve found lots of wonderful reads this way.
Now to my sci-fi romance, Regeneration.
In the 23rd Century in the galaxy of Sigma Kappa, Kim Fortune was the first surviving experimental enhanced human—a regenerate. Aged fifteen, he escaped the lab and years later, his failings as a regenerate and the suspicion of regular humans, leave him lonely and lacking in self-worth. Stranded on an abandoned planet, the arrival of a stricken ship and its crew give him hope that he may finally find what he always longed for—love.
Christian Novak is a successful regenerate with all the intended attributes—including lack of human emotion. Despite their immediate attraction to each other, Kim’s failing confidence, and Christian’s inability to empathize are a recipe for disaster. But war, imprisonment, and danger throw them together, and after each saves the other’s life, their feelings begin to change.
Can a seemingly unsuitable pair ever find love, or is a future together destined to fail?
This one is from the end of Chapter 4. Kim and Novak have fixed Kim’s old ship with parts from Novak’s crashed one. Much to their delight it fires up. Moments prior to this, Kim had jokingly asked Novak not to kill him if the repairs didn’t work.
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I turned to Novak and beamed. “We did it! We can leave!”
I wasn’t prepared for what happened next. Novak turned in his seat and lifted both hands to cup my face. Holding me there, he leaned in and placed his lips on mine. It was a brief but firm kiss and when he drew back, his eyes gleamed.
“I told you I wouldn’t kill you.”