This new fiery story will be published under Simply Sexy Reads as the first in a two book story. It is my first sci-fi novel.
Book 1: Esthim
With her father M.I.A. after an evacuation on the planet Esthim, Catha feels lost. Her family is incomplete and she is finally of age to do something about it.
Enter London Pruitt, Corporal of an elite crew of army soldiers, who specialise in rescue and retrieval work. Handsome, but serious and focused, he doesn’t have time for distractions.
It’s clear from the beginning that Catha is the distraction he desperately doesn’t need. Together, their chemistry is explosive. But so is the planet. Esthim is dying and their rescue mission is already on borrowed time.
Will their mission succeed? Will London realise that there’s more to life than work and duty? Will they ever find Catha’s father?
Book 2: The 1st 6 Months
After being stranded on Esthim for four months, London and Catha have come to love their new, simple life. They have found more survivors and built up a band of soldiers to help them do as much good during their time on Esthim as possible.
But when Catha makes an unexpected announcement, their simple life of survival becomes complicated. Having a dozen people around to help them is one thing, but they still haven’t found her father.
Will this new revelation make or break their survival? Will their new friends and comrades stand by them or leave them behind? Will they ever find Catha’s father? And if they do, will he be dead or alive?
Extract: from Esthim, Book 1
Dear Miss Young,
As you know, my superiors have granted your request, for an exploratory trip to Esthim. The next few weeks will require intense training and preparation on our end, so I hope you are prepared to wait, just a little longer.
I was informed that you requested me, personally. I am most honoured and remember your father well. Please accept my sincere apologies, for the fate of your father. Had me or my men known that he was still out there, we would never have left without him. You can be assured of that. If there’s one thing that we learn in the army, it’s never to leave a man behind.
If you are willing, I would like to continue communicating with you, as we both make our separate preparations. I want to make sure you know what will be expected of you, both before and after our arrival.
Dear Corporal Pruitt,
Thank you so much for your lovely correspondence. I was very pleased to hear that my request was granted, and that you have agreed to take on the mission. I know my father would be most grateful for your help. He spoke very highly of you, in his letters home.
Unfortunately, my mother will also be accompanying us on the trip, as the law decrees that I’m not of age to travel into space alone. It sounds ridiculous, since I’m old enough to hold down two jobs and pay for this expedition, but then again, money talks, doesn’t it?
I would be very happy to talk over the plans for the mission with you. Feel free to contact me whenever you like. I would love to know more about how you work, how the mission will proceed and what your expectations might be.
As a young woman, who has never been in the military, all I know of your abilities and practices, is from information my father provided, in his letters. I would rather know you for myself, before making any judgements about how well we will be able to work together.
Farewell for now,
Dear Miss Young,
I was very intrigued by your last e-mail. I must say, though I have yet to meet you, that you have your father’s fighting spirit. I hope that means we can find a way to work together, to find your father.
Esthim is a dangerous place and I sincerely hope your mother understands that her presence would not be recommended, on such a volatile planet. If she has a delicate constitution, then it would be even less advisable. Our attention will be focused entirely on the treacherous terrain of the planet, while we are there. We cannot afford the distraction of an emotional or nervous woman.
I am attaching a simple dossier, of the men I trust and will bring on the mission with me. Read their files thoroughly, so that you know their strengths and what you can count on them for. It is best that we all know each other, as well as we can, before we venture on such a dangerous mission together.
I am also going to go through the maps of Esthim that we have, so that I can locate the most dangerous areas and the more likely places to find your father. I will get back to you, as soon as I have that information.
I will have you know that my mother is neither neurotic or unstable. She is simply a delicate socialite, who has spent the last six years without her husband, trying to raise a daughter all by herself.
I’ll thank you to remember that, the next time you e-mail me.
As for the dossiers, I will make up my mind about your men, when I meet them.
You’re a feisty thing, that’s for sure.
I was in no way insulting your mother, only warning you that this journey will not be easy for her. We have no idea what we’re going to find on Esthim. But, if you choose not to read the dossier, that is up to you.
By the way, you’re everything my C.O. warned me you would be.
What exactly does that mean?
It means that we’re going to get along just fine.
I look forward to our mission.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Elaine White was born and raised in the small town of Haddington, Scotland. She began writing from an early age, experiment with various writing styles. Fighting cancer in her early teens taught her that life is short and dreams should be pursued. Now, she finds inspiration everywhere, which has led to numerous novels and series in any genre that can involve romance. Elaine currently lives at home in Scotland with her parents and a pack of wolves cleverly disguised as one standard poodle. She is a full-time writer.
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