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A Time Trapping Excerpt

An excerpt from Time Trap

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This week should be a fun one here on the blog. Today I have an excerpt from “Time Trap,” my Project Enterprise/Pets in Space 2 story. (Author’s note here: this story is ONLY available here on my website.) On Wednesday, I have a fun blog post about parrots, and this Friday Donna Frelick is visiting to tell us about her upcoming release in her Interstellar Rescue series.  

Before we get to the excerpt, what is “Time Trap” about? 

“Of all the stories in Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, Time Trap was the most fun!” 

Hiding in time is not as easy as you’d think…

USAF Engineer Master Sergeant Briggs—only his mother called him by his first name—is not enjoying his birthday. A year older and ordered to recuperate on a quiet bay away from the Garradian outpost, he’s ready to mutiny and go back to his beloved engines. When his friends send him a gift from Area 51, he figures it will relieve his boredom for an hour or so.

Until he turns it on and he gets his second present of the day. 

Madison, and her parrot partner, Sir Rupert, are on the track of a traitor to the Rebellion when they time travel into a trap. Their only way out is via an old transport pad, but instead of sending them somewhere, it sends them back in time. Straight into the arms of the one man who could kick her tires and light her fires. 

She would like to get to know the handsome engineer, but the trouble following her can get people erased from existence. The fact he’s a hero, like her lost brother, just makes her want to protect him more. 

Briggs doesn’t trust time travelers—with good reason—but now he has to work with the unlikely pair because trouble is coming. Trouble that puts an outpost filled with geeks and ancient technology at risk. It’s not the first time he’s worked with a woman to save the universe, but it’s the first time he’s wanted to keep her for himself. 

If only she were a little older…

With a Time Service Interdiction Force on their heels, can the three craft a plan that will save a base full of geniuses and technology and get them the happy ending they deserve?

This short story originally appeared in Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, Library Journal Best Book of 2017 (eOriginal) and USA Today bestseller. 

And now for the excerpt: 

Something catapulted out of the green beams of light like it had been hurled, something that squawked loudly as it tumbled beak over claws, just missing Briggs’ head. The spinning tumble continued unchecked toward a stand of palm-like trees. Somehow it recovered, made a narrow pass between two tree trunks, then circled back to a landing on the peak of the cottage. It ruffled its feathers as if annoyed, then began to preen itself. 

A parrot? He blinked. The green body, with a band of red just above the beak looked parrot-like. 

“That’s not something you see every day.” Particularly in this birdless place. Too bad he’d already turned off the video. No one would believe he really saw a parrot shooting out of that thing. 

The bird looked up and Briggs had the odd feeling it had understood him. He’d heard parrots were pretty smart. He glanced back at the disc. At least now he was pretty sure it was some kind of a transport pad. Definitely needed to get the power supply out—

He heard the hum build again and turned fully around, just in time to catch what flew out next. Instinctively his arms wrapped around the very humanoid—very female—form it ejected. He staggered a few steps and then went down. The sand was harder than he’d have thought. His breath rushed out as they slid toward the water, his arms still wrapped around the woman. 

When they hit wet sand, they slowed, and finally stopped. He felt water soaking into his shirt and heard the waves hitting close to his head. Took him a couple of tries before he could grab some shallow breaths. Each one was filled with the smell of salt, woman, and singed something. 

He could feel the female struggling to catch her breath, too. Yeah, she was definitely female. Almost every inch of her was pressed against a lot of him, creating a different problem in catching his breath. 

In the sudden silence, the bird squawked once.

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I hope you enjoyed the excerpt from “Time Trap.” I had fun writing Briggs story for my Project Enterprise fans. As you know (I hope!), the pets will be launching again this year! Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3 will hit the virtual shelves next October. I’m hard at work on the story and also prepping Project Enterprise 7 for release, hopefully in June. So be sure to check back, or sign up for my newsletter!

Perilously yours,

Pauline

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