Friday, March 1, 2013

Science Fiction Romance Brigade Presents... Severance

Once again, I'm participating in the SFRB Presents, where a bunch of us put up snippets of our sci-fi romance works. Today I'm re-visiting Severance...

Nakita Branson made a deal with a demon to rescue her best friend. But when things don't go the demon's way, he dumps her off on a derelict spacestation with no money and no way of getting home.
A year later, Nakita is still searching for her friend, but finds trouble instead. And the only thing worse than the possibility of getting killed by a fanatical jerk? A familiar green-eyed demon turning up just in time to save her.
Alastor is back with news that the contract they agreed to is still intact and until he can find a way to break it, he is compelled to protect her.
The last thing Nakita wants to do is go anywhere with the demon who has a history of screwing her over. Not only that, but when he looks at her with that emerald gaze, intense enough to burn, she feels something she shouldn't for the gorgeous demon.
With the demon monarchy in chaos and enemies all over the universe, they are forced to rely on each other while unraveling the mystery of two sacred relics, and the contract that still binds them.
But, by the time Alastor and Nakita find a way to sever their deal, the idea of being apart may no longer be what either of them wants.

And now for the snippet...
Forcing her swimming vision to focus, she glared up at Gerek as he unholstered his ion blaster and aimed it at her face. His expression looked twisted, enraged; it should have terrified her, but something just behind him caught her attention, a swirl of silver red mist that seemed to materialize out of thin air. She blinked, trying to ignore how everything around her tilted as the mist turned into a man. A tall, lean, blond man with emerald green eyes.
A wave of power, like super-heated energy, rolled over her, reminding her of every damn second she'd spent with him, causing her body to react in ways she'd forgotten and didn't want to think about. She pushed up onto her elbows, not sure who she should be more afraid of, Gerek, or the demon.
Gerek went to take a step toward her, but Alastor reached out, grabbed Gerek's head, and twisted. The muted cracking of bones breaking beneath flesh ended before she quite understood what had happened. Gerek dropped to the ground, his head in an unnatural position, muddy blue eyes staring off toward nothing. Her breath hitched in her chest, the throbbing in her head making her stomach lurch. She sucked in a gasp of air and swallowed over the urge to throw up. Alastor stepped over Gerek's body, catching her attention when he crouched down in front of her.
"You killed him." Her voice came out so high-pitched, she might as well have joined a choir as a soprano.
Alastor flicked an icy green gaze over the body and then looked back at her. "Yes, that tends to happen when you twist someone's head around too far."
She sat up, wishing the ground would stop moving beneath her. "But, why?"
He shrugged. "It's what I do. I'm the Executioner."

And now, to read more exciting sci-fi romance excerpt, head to the SFRB blog. 


Rachel Leigh Smith said...

How intriguing! Paranormal sci-fi. Makes me curious as to what exactly is in their past to make her react so strongly to his return.

Jess Anastasi said...

Thanks, Rachel!
Alastor and Nakita's story technically starts in Sanctuary, which is the first book of the series. But if you happen to read Severance first, it shouldn't matter, I've (hopefully) put enough back story in to cover it :)
Thanks for dropping by!

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