The Alien and the Girl in the Rain
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My newest short story, The Alien and the Girl in the Rain, Book 2 of the Slakerian Empire series, is now available for purchase on Kindle, iBooks, Nook, Kobo and other venues!
Curiosity overcomes any moral objections Natalie Cardellini has at meeting an on-line dating match. After all, a cup of coffee and a few minutes of conversation isn’t a lifetime commitment.
Natalie doesn’t have a lifetime. The diagnosis of an inoperable brain tumor gives her less than six months to live. What harm can come of a glimpse into what-might-have-been?
Lt. Paul Landaeta is on a recruiting mission to Earth, using a computerized dating service to fill his quota for new Slakerian citizens. When a woman matching his date’s description leaves without contact, he figures he’s been stood up.
The next day he sees her dancing in the rain and is instantly smitten. Can he convince her to leave Earth and join him?
Is Natalie’s conversation with him real or a figment of her tumor’s cruel sense of humor? Hope is a precious thing to a dying woman. Dare she risk reaching out for it?
Mr. Right, Mr. Wrong, Mr. Alien, the first Slakerian Empire book, was to be a stand-alone short story. I never expected to turn it into a series. One day, I wondered about Dax Richque’s commanding officer. Was there a story for Jakes Echabarne? I paired him with the CEO of the matchmaking software the Slakerians needed to link their citizens with human mates.
Paul Landaeta was to be #3, but halfway through Jakes story, I realized, chronologically, Paul’s story had to be #2. How could his Earth-bound story happen before Jake’s ship-bound story?
Natalie is based off a story I heard about a dying woman telling her co-workers she was moving abroad for a job. She just didn’t tell them abroad was heaven.
That nugget stayed in my computer’s notes section, simmering and waiting for the perfect story to appear.
Future stories will include Ivy Mitchel, our bad I.T. chief; an architect; and possibly the Slakerian Emperor himself.
I’ll keep you updated of future releases.