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Sandra Sookoo Week: Day 2 Tuesday Teaser

Nov 9, 2010


Which man is her destiny? Charlotte Jackson knows everything about her small portion of the galaxy but nothing about the secrets of her heart.
Her life is as unstable as a supernova when her ship—the Copernicus—is visited by a blue-haired alien who calls himself Garreth. He tells her he’d like to build an alliance with Earth to improve the dire problems of both their planets. As if intergalactic space negotiations weren’t complicated enough, Charlotte finds herself more than a little attracted to the man who she should be thinking about in only the most professional terms. This does nothing to make her second-in-command—and would-be lover Jax—any more relaxed about the whole cooperation.

When her ship is attacked by the very beings Garreth wants to save them from, Charlotte and Jax will have to put their feelings for the blue-haired alien aside and focus on saving not only themselves but the entire galaxy. What the three find at the end could be the most valuable commodity of all.

Now for Sandra's Tuesday Teaser

Excerpt:  She huffed in annoyance. “We’ve hosted visitors from other worlds before and you’ve been fine with them. What’s changed?”

Jax swung around to face her, took a few steps in her direction. “The difference is none of the others have tried to get you into bed.”

“That’s absurd.” Charlotte glared. “I didn’t get that feeling from him at all.” She wondered if God would strike her dead for the little white lie. A muscle twitched along Jax’s clenched jaw line. Charlotte swallowed past the lump of uncertainty in her throat and silently cursed her father for putting her in this situation.  “He just wants to help us in exchange for a few metric tons of our waste.”  She felt the censure and speculated what would happen if he funneled his pent-up energy into a different emotion. If you ask me out again—right now—I’ll say yes. Anything to remove the fierce scowl from his face.

“Charlotte, stop and think for a moment.” Jax grabbed her upper arm. “I’ve never told you how to live your life, but for whatever reason, you’ve become enamored with Garreth. You don’t know anything about him. At the base of all life forms, we’re all the same. No one does anything without a motive. Everything he tells you could be a lie.”

“And what if he’s not lying, Jax?” She yanked her arm from his grasp. “What if it’s all true?” Her gaze focused on the freckle just under his left eye. She liked to tease him about it, said it took away some of his toughness. Then her gaze moved lower until she stared at his lips. Not full, not thin, but somewhere in between, and set in a hard line. She strengthened her glare. “What if he does indeed have knowledge that will spare Earth from an attack, not just now, but in the future?”

“What if he doesn’t?”

“Haven’t you ever wondered what else you’re capable of?” Hot anger rose in her chest to blot out anything she may have felt for him previously. Hell, Jax was right. She couldn’t command this ship let alone her own emotional response regarding both men. Charlotte felt as if she were in a free fall and had no means to stop. “Do you ever think what else you could do if you didn’t follow the rules or have restrictions?” The urge to break away, do something crazy just for herself, rattled in her brain.

Would Jax go along with her? “If you weren’t afraid of consequences, would you follow your heart?” Would you choose me?

“No. I thumbed my nose at the rules once. It didn’t go well.” His eyes blazed green lightning. “I’m doing exactly what I’ve always wanted to do. A life in the military, an interesting job with fantastic benefits, the ability to travel the solar system. Are you afraid, Charlotte? I can see it in your eyes. You’re trapped. You don’t like it, but have no idea what to do about it. I won’t let you destroy yourself and your career for some alien. It’s not worth the risk. He’s not the answer to your problem.”

“I hardly think it’s any of your business. If I want to befriend Garreth, I will.” Her breath caught in her throat when Jax’s hands curled into fists. She knew his feelings ran deep but she had no idea what he’d do if he were pushed. “Sometimes, the greatest achievements of mankind are not about the risk. That’s why this program was created in the first place.”

“No, this program was created to make sure beings like Garreth are never put into a position to make our decisions.” He swung away then just as quickly turned back to her. “Have it your way. You always do, but it’s merely a convenience of title not for the good of the ship. I cannot—will not—support any decision you make that will potentially harm the Copernicus or its crew. When things go to hell, and they will, you won’t have another chance to get your shit together. Not even your darling daddy will be able to save face.”

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4 Hottie Follwers Thoughts:

Victoria November 9, 2010 at 12:23 PM  

Excellent excerpt. I love the tension here and kind of feel for Jax. vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

RENEE November 10, 2010 at 5:51 AM  

The relationships seem intense and wonder why Charlotte is playing games - or why she's changed her mind about Jax.

A compelling teaser!


Kristen November 12, 2010 at 6:54 AM  

Ohhh this just makes me want to read the book even more!! Thanks for sharing

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