Greetings! As part of this week's SFR Brigade Presents I'm sharing a snippet from my second Cy'ren Rising book, Morningstar. The Cy'ren Rising trilogy is a spicy space opera filled with epic space battles, laser gunfights, and steamy romance. Here's a bit from the scene where Morningstar's heroine Bryn meets Captain Carmen Hawke, a heroine from Nightfall.
The doors to the med bay opened as the doctor treated her, and Bryn tensed as a human woman entered.
“I’m Captain Hawke. Don’t worry, I ordered the males to stay away.” Like Bryn she was tall for a female, but she had a human’s bland skin tone—a sort of bronzed beige. The captain’s face was marred by an old burn scar, but Bryn was most interested in the Cy’ren markings inked in black on the side of her throat. No slave marks, and she bore odd heritage runes, but she had two mate marks from House Sunsinger.
“I won’t let them take her,” Bryn blurted.
“Agreed. My mate, Talena, was in phase recently. I understand how difficult that can be. I won’t let anything be forced on your friend,” Captain Hawke said.
“Sabine is my mate,” Bryn corrected. “I’ve never heard of a human with Cy’ren mates.”
“Well, now you have. And you are?”
“Brynnaren Viera, shadow sword of House Wintersend. I served as a lieutenant aboard the Sabre.”
“I’m not familiar with that ship.”
“The Sabre was destroyed almost six years ago. Five of us made it to an escape pod. We were captured. I don’t know what happened to the others after—” Bryn stopped, the words vanishing as her throat squeezed shut. After I was sold. She rather hoped her crewmates were dead. Death would have been an honorable end, and easier to bear than the hell she’d been through.
Desire is an addiction that could destroy them all.
The second son.
Lieutenant Commander Jace Harrow is the second son of House Morningstar—the spare, not the heir. Armored with an arrogant mask, Jace keeps the world at arm’s length to protect those around him from becoming targets for his bloodthirsty brother.
The broken sword.
Lieutenant Bryn Viera was a shadow sword and a decorated officer, dedicated to protecting her people. But for the past five years she has lived as a slave and has the scars to prove it. Bryn vowed to escape or die trying—until she met Sabine.
Born into slavery, Sabine never expected to fall in love. Her feelings for Bryn sparked her desire for a new life, but now Sabine is in phase, consumed by the need to mate with a male. Her dream of freedom with Bryn is on the brink of destruction, for to deny the phase means death.
Thrown together by the unforgiving demands of the phase, they must unite to save Cyprena’s people from a deadly new bioweapon—or be destroyed by the scars of their pasts.
The first Cy'ren Rising book Nightfall won second place in the Fantasy/Sci-Fi category of the 8th Annual Passionate Plume Contest, and was a finalist in the Science Fiction Romance category of the 2014 EPIC eBook Awards. Nightfall is available in print and e-book at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Samhain Publishing, Kobo, and All Romance eBooks. You can pre-order Morningstar at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Samhain Publishing, iTunes, and Kobo. The third book in the trilogy, Sunsinger, will be out in December 2014.