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Genre: science fiction romance
Release date: August 31, 2016
Length: 88 pages (25k words)
Blurb: Earth’s overpopulation and dwindling resources force the United Earth Space Agency to expedite exploration of new planets for a possible new home. When new crises ensue—a giant tsunami and the threat of nuclear winter—the timeline changes. Eight years of training crammed into four. Sara Grenard and her team prepare for launch, but are they ready for the one-way trip? Will the Goldilocks planet prove just right for Earth’s inhabitants? Before time runs out.
Excerpt: From the pictures sent back by the probe of the Earth-like planet we named Serenity, our new home would look as natural as Earth itself. I wanted so badly to believe the reports that the surface would have breathable air, that we would be able to walk outside without our enviro suits, that we could live there as we lived on Earth. After two years in an enclosed environment, I was going a little stir-crazy. More than a little. Being an outdoor girl, cabin fever had hit me a lot sooner than the others. Rather, I used to be an outdoor girl.
So how did a California beach girl like me end up on Saturn’s moon, preparing to make history? It was a long story, best reserved for a starlit night in front of a campfire overlooking the dark waters of the sea, and accompanied by a cool glass of wine. With Marsh, of course. Even he didn’t know my whole story. Just like I didn’t know his.
The short version: I volunteered. Slightly longer version: my parents died in a car accident; teaching bratty kids sucked, especially when a kid eight inches taller and a hundred pounds heavier attacked me, and the principal didn’t support me. Believe me, I was ready for a change.
And what a change.
I never imagined I’d be selected. Not when over fifty thousand applied within ten hours. Or so I heard. Out of five hundred thousand applicants, the eighteen of us became the chosen teams. Oh, not as easy as that. The tests they put us through—physical, psychological, intellectual—still boggled my mind.
And I used to think teaching high school kids with more money than smarts was a challenge. Nothing prepared me for the adventure of a lifetime.
Being a pioneer.
About the Author:
Diane Burton combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction and romance into writing romantic fiction. Besides the science fiction romance Switched and Outer Rim series, she is the author of One Red Shoe, a romantic suspense, and the Alex O’Hara PI mystery series. She is also a contributor to two anthologies: Portals, Volume 2 and How I Met My Husband. Diane and her husband live in West Michigan. They have two children and three grandchildren.
For more info and excerpts from her books, visit Diane’s website: http://www.dianeburton.com
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Alicia, I love hearing that a non-sci-fi lover can enjoy my books. Thanks!
M.J., I’m so glad you like this excerpt. Being a pioneer would be such an adventure! Thanks.
Best excerpt yet! But maybe it’s because I can identify with the teaching high schoolers part and the administration not supporting you when threatened by a student part. That’s part of why I no longer teach. But I’m still not sure I’d volunteer to go to another planet instead. Bully to your heroine! I love the last lines about nothing having prepared her for an adventure of a lifetime, for being a pioneer! I don’t suppose anything could, and yet everything in her life probably did. Thanks for sharing! I hope this novella garners the attention to your work that it deserves!
An excellent novella! Even for a non sci-fi lover, it was an enjoyable read. Best wishes!
Susan, thanks so much.
Pam, love your blessings.
Love it! Sounds like a great story!
Another great post Diane!
Good luck and God’s blessings
Another great post!
Good luck and God’s blessings with your new release.
Serenity! A name full of promise–so why do I expect some menace? Something about “being a pioneer…” Sounds like a compelling read. Good luck!
You’re welcome, Diane!
Kathy, thanks for spotlighting my book.