Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday Snippet: First Time Laid Eyes on You

August 24, 2014

So… I found out last week The Last Ship did indeed get renewed! WooHoo!! I'm also almost caught up on Defiance, which continues to keep me interested. The new season of Doctor Who premiered and eh… I'll watch and hope I get more into it. So far, I'm not a huge fan of the new Doctor, but I went into viewing with that thought so it's only fair to hold off making a final decision about watching and give the guy a fair chance.

In something of more fun news, the Bitten and Arrow casts are so much fun to follow on social media. They're always posting fun tidbits and behind the scenes stuff, which just makes me more excited to see the new seasons. Gotta give credit to Kurt Sutter for keeping the Sons of Anarchy stuff rolling out, too.

Tonight's post is from First Time Laid Eyes on You, a short story where my characters don’t really start out on the right footing with each other.

Here's the tagline:

Nadia Blunt takes one look at Bart Uppermark and decides they'll make a great team in the air and on the ground. But when Bart shows zero interest in working together—she takes too many risks for his comfort zone—Nadia pulls out all the stops and proves him wrong.

And a sneaky peek…

Nadia entered the viewing room and remained standing in the back, her eyes riveted to the screen. Bart Uppermark took her breath away. His flawless precision in the simulator made the hair on the back of her neck stand up. Perfection. Sheer perfection.
The absolute best senior pilot in the squadron. And she wanted him. Okay, she wanted to fly with him—so badly her mouth watered.
She'd never actually met the object of her fixation. But their entire first conversation played out in her mind—in one take.
"Hi, Nadia Blunt. Nice to meet you."
"Um, hello. Who, exactly, are you?"
"Your new wingman. I hope."
"Wait. Blunt. As in crazy, insane, hasn't met a complex maneuver she won't try?"
"Well, uh… yes?"
"No. No way. Not gonna happen in this lifetime. You will not be my wingman." He waited a beat. "Ever."
"Thought you might say that. But I promise you I will be."
Oh hell. Their conversation always ended the same way. He didn't want to fly with her and she promised she would change his mind. Scuttlebutt had Bart in need of a new partner when his current wingman transferred out to a new station. The rumor mill also said his impossibly high standards were all but unreachable, and he refused to fly with show boaters or risk-takers. Considering her reputation as both, she definitely had her work cut out if she wanted to convince him they'd make a great team in the air.
The scenario ended and the screen went blank. Nadia heaved a sigh and headed for the exit. She almost made it to the door when it opened and Bart entered, colliding with Nadia. The lights went up and she sucked in a harsh breath.
Holy shit. The man had the most stunning green eyes. The square jaw and high cheekbones made her mouth go dry. She swallowed, mumbled an apology and darted around him, seeking refuge in the corridor outside the viewing room.
She'd never been in close proximity to the man, basing her desire to be his new wingman solely on the numbers he pulled and watching endless hours of footage from simulators and combat missions.
Her unattainable goal just got harder—because she had every intention of proving they'd be unbeatable in the air and on the ground.
Honestly, I love writing characters who don't get along when things start out. So much fun!

That's it for this week. Catch everyone on the flipside.

ML Skye

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