SFFS – 1/21/2012 – The Tennova Job

It’s Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday time again! As you may recall, SFFS is a ring of authors who share some of their work each Saturday. Anyone is welcome. The idea is to feature a snippet (ten sentences or less) of your work for others to enjoy.

I’m glad everyone has been enjoying BARRON’S LAST STAND, but I’ve decided to shake it up a little today with a snippet from THE TENNOVA JOB. This book is the first installment of THE BLACK WING CHRONICLES, the Space Opera series starring Bo Barron and Blade Devon. It is the prequel, if you will, to BARRON’S LAST STAND.

This scene occurs very early in Bo and Blade’s relationship. They don’t even know each other’s real names because they’re both under cover. Her father has been kidnapped and she has to steal a set of plans being offered on the black market if she wants to get him back. Blade has been coerced by the Inner Circle to return to work on “one last mission” to obtain said plans. Bo was blinded in a bar fight and Blade, a former military medic, has been tending to her injuries. After a rare attack of conscience, he’s decided that she would be safer if he sent her home. Unwilling to leave without the plans, she was reduced to begging for his help, but she can’t tell him why without placing her own life in danger.


“Somebody has you scared,” he said. “You’re not used to being scared, are you?”

Biting back her tears, Bo shook her head.

“You’re not used to swallowing your pride and begging, either. This must be something pretty big… important.”

He sighed.

“Ah hell… I’m a sucker for the chance to play the hero.” Disdain dripped from his tone. “Of course I’m going to help you. Blind, beautiful, helpless, mysterious… no holofeature writer could have come up with a better script for me. You’d better stop crying before I have to change your bandages again.”


THE TENNOVA JOB is currently making the rounds of slush piles everywhere.

I hope you have enjoyed this little snippet, don’t forget to check out the other wonderful authors in the web ring and please comment – writing is a lonely business and we’re such needy neurotic types we need to know our work is appreciated – or maybe that’s just me.

23 thoughts on “SFFS – 1/21/2012 – The Tennova Job

  1. Took me a second to figure out where to click for adding comments…and almost added it to the wrong post. Oops.

    Great little snippet…enjoyed the dialogue! Though, I do have to say that my own character usually finds himself deep in the s*** when he decides to play the hero. Somehow, I think Blade is going to find out the same thing.

    1. Thanks! I keep looking for a snippet with more description about the world, but I gravitate towards the dialog.

      He knows it’s coming… it usually does. He’d been trying to get out of the hero business, but… well…

  2. He really is a rat bastard isn’t he? well, I guess he must have some redeeming features that Bo found attractive. That or she married him by accident…

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