Title: CLANDESTINE CHAOS
Category/Genre: NA Science Fiction
Word Count: 72,000
My Main Character is most uncomfortable with:
Kadence hails from the great white north, where anything over freezing is bikini and BBQ weather. The gentle tumble of snowflakes outside her library window is her sanctuary. Body heat and coffee keep her plenty warm. Under blazing sun and choking humidity she would channel her inner California Raisin and shrivel up.
After inheriting his father’s dysfunctional transport ship, Jeremiah Colt decides to make a legacy of his own and rebuild his family’s tarnished name. He struggles to run the ship, the privateer business and keep his “sister”, the ship’s medic, from running off with his sworn enemy.
Kadence Murphy wants out of college and into her medical career. Stuck with a hormone-surged roomie, a two-timing almost boyfriend, and financial aid problems, the only thing keeping her grounded is her job in the campus library.
When a mysterious book shows up, Kadence finds herself unable to resist reading it. Each chapter lures her in until reality and the storyline intertwine, dropping her into Colt’s lap. Their lives merged, they discover they’re from alternate timelines. Kadence must adapt to his dystopian version of 2013, a result of a global meltdown from Y2K. She just wants to get back home, and he wants to put her there, but they can’t stop bickering long enough to formulate a plan.
As they learn more about their different timelines, they in turn learn about themselves and peel back the walls each of them hide under. In the end, they’re not only fighting their growing feelings, but fighting the thing they both wanted most; her to go back home.
A book, mutinous crew, and long-lost family members lead to clandestine chaos.
First 250 words:
Nothing made Kadence hulk-out faster than someone pulling her from a good book. A stack of periodicals dropped on the counter in front of her, the reverberating thud echoed through the hollows of the library. She scooted back, slamming her book shut. Forcing a smile through her annoyance, she bit her tongue and clenched a fist behind the counter.
“Kadence, rockin’ the sexy librarian look again,” The student leaned on the counter. His sandy-blond hair swept across his face as he inched his way into her personal space.
Holding back every urge to high-five him in the face, she replied as politely as she could muster, “Seth, why must you irritate me so?”
“One day I’ll break down your walls. You coming to the study session tonight? Campbell’s finals are killer I hear.”
Shelly will be humping Felix like a rabbit in the dorm. And I really don’t need to brush up on anatomy. “Um, yeah I’ll be there.”
She scanned the last of the items and pushed the stack of medical journals towards him.
“Awesome, see you tonight.” He winked, slinging his backpack over his shoulder as he walked off.
“Shit!” she said, louder than intended, as the library occupants frowned in her general direction. She clasped a hand over her lips and took off after him.
“Seth,” she cried out just above a whisper.
He turned on his heel. “Ah, finally come to your senses, eh?”
“Er, no. I think I you accidentally grabbed my book.”
His cocky smile cracked.