Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Teaser Tuesday - A Tale of Two Colonies

Today I'll give you a short excerpt from A Tale of Two Colonies.
Sultry Lily White, nicknamed Tiger Lily, searches for the lost colony from 400 years earlier. Her scout team meets Conley, a taciturn and attractive warrior. He is a valuable guide on the planet with many alien predators. Here, they are relaxing after one narrow escape.


Lily leaned against Conley and relaxed with the boulder supporting her back. She closed her eyes sleepily under the warmth of the afternoon sun.

Conley shifted slightly. “Lily?” he said softly.

“Yes,” she opened her eyes. He was gazing into her face.

“Thank you,” he said, and kissed her warmly.

She slid her arms around his neck and leaned into his embrace. It was peaceful lying in the sun with a faint humming sound in the distance. As they kissed, the sound grew louder.

Suddenly, Conley broke away and leaped to his feet with a warning yell, “Stripers!”

Looking up, Lily discovered the source of the sound was orange striped insects flying above. She struggled erect and pulled out her laser. Conley was jumping high to slash with his long sword at the zooming insects, which were attacking in formation. Rows of insects advanced toward their camp. They had two pairs of vibrating wings and bore a stinger on their tails.

Tiger Lily swung into action, firing her laser beam and severing the insect bodies. They kept attacking; swooping down and quickly soaring out of reach. Lily and Conley moved together, standing back to back for protection, while swiping at the heads of the flying insects. 
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Four hundred years earlier the great spaceships had departed from Terra to colonize distant planets. Few ships reached their destinations; their sporadic signals waned and disappeared. No one knew whether the colonists survived. Now, construction of a new generation of hyperdrive ships was scheduled at one every five years. Planet Delta was selected as the next target for survey because the arrival of a brief signal suggested the descendants of the colonists were alive.

Tiger Lily longs for freedom. In her fight to escape the subterranean slums of Terra, Lily competes to join the scout team selected for the next spaceship along with a new set of prospective colonists. Their mission to discover the lost colony faces the challenges posed by the voracious predators of the planet. In the mountains, they encounter Conley, a grim warrior who longs to escape the confines of his isolated valley. Has Tiger Lily met her match in this tortured warrior? But, where is he leading them? Danger lies ahead, and conflicts between humans and aliens. Can they ensure the safety of the new human colonists, or must they retreat to Terra?

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