SFRB Showcase: Star-crossed Lovers

SFRB-ShowcaseBannerLast month I shared a snippet from chapter one of my Work In Progress (which still doesn’t have a title even though it’s due to be turned in this weekend. sigh).

This month’s Science Fiction Romance Brigade Showcase snippet comes from chapter two. You’ll notice I changed the heroine’s name from Dynariss Ironslayer (um, yeah, I’m terrible at names) to Rozell Rōnin. You’ll also notice I used silly name holders like [Mother Planet] for the planets I have yet to name. Did I mention this novella is due now and that I’m terrible at names?

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this short snippet. If you’re feeling creative, feel free to suggest a name for a moon or two in the comments and maybe it will make it into the book…with credit to you, of course!

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Inside the six-seater passenger gallery, Jaxzon retracted the 180 degree stargazer dome, turned off the lights, and lay in the recliner next to Rozell already gazing out into space, her expression a concoction of awe and fear and amazement.

“Which one is mine?”

He leaned his head close enough to smell the lemon scent of her shampoo and pointed it out. “There. The colorful one on the right. The twin grey ones are Acridite and [Destroyed Moon]. Over there–” he pointed across the gallery, “–is [Mother Planet]. And beyond that is–”

“It’s beautiful,” she whispered.

At first he thought she meant their polluted ancestral home [Mother Planet], but then realized she hadn’t taken her eyes off of her moon.

“Like a marble. All blue, green, and brown covered with swirls of white.” Mesmerized, she strolled to the dome and pressed her hands and forehead against the interior pane as if doing so would bring her closer to the rock from which they sped away at thousands of kilometers per hour.

He joined her at the window.

When had he first seen his own planet from space? He must have been very young; probably four or five. Had he marveled at it then like Rozell did now at twenty-two? He couldn’t remember, but something in her wonderment was contagious and he couldn’t relax his smile or the quickening of his pulse.

Seeing the [Mother Planet] System through her eyes, glistening with unshed tears, was like seeing it all for the first time.

How did she do that to him?

“Breathtaking, isn’t it?” she said.

No longer gazing out the window, he leaned closer and lowered his voice. “Yes. It is.”

Wait. What the hell had come over him? He’d end up in a white cell in the tower if anyone caught him flirting with his brother’s betrothed. He stepped to the side creating proper space between them.

Princess Rozell Rōnin was so off limits, she existed in another galaxy.

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Thank you for taking the time to read my Showcase post! Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments, especially if you have a name suggestion! 🙂

 

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14 Responses to SFRB Showcase: Star-crossed Lovers

  1. Diane Burton says:

    Great snippet. Sometimes names will come to me out of nowhere. If they don’t, I use placeholders like yours. Good luck with this project. Sounds intriguing.

  2. Names can be difficult. How about Broken for the moon and Dynariss for the Mother Planet?

    • K.M. Fawcett says:

      Broken might be too on the nose, but perhaps Dynaria could work. Will have to cogitate. Thanks, Aurora!

  3. elleclouse says:

    He he he, I do the same thing. I mark a and come back later. Can’t lose the flow over a name! Great snippet.

    • K.M. Fawcett says:

      I’ve actually lost the writing flow in the past because I’ve stopped to research a name. Such a waste of time. For one book, the hero didn’t have a name for months. I just called him Hero. Boy did my critique partners get annoyed with. haha.

  4. Ed Hoornaert says:

    I sympathize on the names, and especially on the tight deadline. For over a decade, I’ve been keeping a file of names as they occur to me. It’s three columns wide and 17 pages long. I usually just pull a name out of the list as a placeholder and put an asterisk by it to indicate I’ve used it. I’ll often go through 3 or 4 names before settling on that one perfect moniker.

    • K.M. Fawcett says:

      I have a list of names I thought about using for each book, but I’ve never thought to compile them in one place. Sounds like a great idea!

  5. JC Hay says:

    Great excerpt! Glad to see I’m not the only person that uses coding placeholders when in the middle of a writing jag.

  6. Enjoyed the excerpt, very nice flow…

  7. Cynthia Sax says:

    LOL I hear you about names. I usually name my planets after existing stars, tweaking them a bit.

  8. K.M. Fawcett says:

    Sounds like a good way to do it!

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