I am very excited today! A favorite author talking about a favorite series. Specifically, Pauline Baird Jones talking about the newest book in her Project Enterprise series – Found Girl. I love her quirky sense of humor. [Hmm. That reminds me. I hope she behaves.]
I’d like to thank Riley for inviting me to her blog!
[Looks around for a comfy place to sit and gets distracted by all the books…]
Oh, right, sorry. But she does have some great looking books lying around. I don’t suppose I can just read one?
Okay, I’ll be good.
(Small confession here. I started writing way, way, way back in—well, that’s not relevant. I started writing books because it forced me to “read” slower when I had the write the whole book. I must say, it does really slow you down having to type ALL THE WORDS. Shouldn’t there be an app for that?)
So recently I “read” a new novel in my Project Enterprise series. It’s called Found Girl. In previous Project Enterprise books I’ve hinted that there are other Project ships going in other directions. And this book follows one of those ships into a space load of trouble.
Here’s an exclusive to this blog excerpt from Found Girl: Project Enterprise 6:
Now that they’d boldly gone somewhere, Colonel Jackson “Coop” Cooper would have liked to do more than talk about how cool it was to boldly be somewhere.
The Boyington’s geeks claimed they had passed the boundary into a new star system during ship night. He’d have to take their word for it. Looking at the projected view outside? All he could see was a whole lot of deep space on one side and even more deep space on the other.
He loosed a silent sigh. Probably not much chance of finding another hidden base full of advanced technology and weapons, no matter how far they got from the Milky Way. In his experience, the universe didn’t repeat the good stuff. In the absence of a hidden base, he would settle for first contact with some actual aliens.
Where was the adventure they’d promised him as a consolation for the trip to Mars he hadn’t got? Okay, so the secret expedition wouldn’t be secret if they went to Mars where the Project Enterprise ships could have been spotted by who knew who—though no one had explained how they’d managed to get out of their system. And they wouldn’t. He was a fighter jockey, the commander of the Boyington’s air group, which meant he got orders, not explanations.
He leaned back in his chair and tried not to yawn as the head geek blah blah blahed about the results of their initial, deep system scan. Sure, he was ecstatic it had so much cool astrophysical crap and a big healthy sun. Who didn’t like finding another sun? He needed to work on his tan. Or here’s a thought. Turn him and his flyboys loose to go look at all of it. Flying sim-drills was not making any of them happy.
He glanced at Pappy, sitting across from him. Not General Boyette’s real name, but the nickname came with the command of the Boyington. Pappy, hiding a yawn with a hand and a cough, met Coop’s gaze and gave a slight shrug. Must be galling to him that they’d missed the battle in the Garradian Galaxy, then been sent here before things hotted up again. On the upside, the Boyington had been upgraded with a lot of the cool tech post battle, enabling it to go further than any of the other expedition ships.
Pappy’s eyes narrowed. “Is it just our point of entry that makes it look like we came in on the empty side of the system?”
It did kind of look like they’d arrived in the system’s boonies.
There was a concerted turn of geeks’ heads as they studied their arrival point, then the cluster of planets huddled on the other side of the system. What appeared to be streams of debris fanned out, as if drawn toward the cluster.
“And what is all this?” Pappy’s finger pointed to the debris fields.
“Asteroid belts?” one geek postulated.
“Not belts,” another disagreed. “Not seeing any with a center of gravity.”
There was a stir of excitement as someone zoomed in on the region.
“Some of the clusters do appear to have gravitational orientation,” someone murmured.
Coop tipped his head to one side. Kind of reminded him of a pool table. Wasn’t sure why that thought made him uneasy, other than the fact the Boyington seemed to be on the cue side of the table. He glanced at Pappy and found him frowning.
“Might be a good idea to do a risk assessment—”
Coop stiffened a half a second before the alarm cut off Pappy’s words. He was up and headed for the hatch opening as the alert began its klaxon call ship-wide. It was, so his pilots claimed, his super power, this uncanny ability to sense trouble coming even before the sensors.
“Clear,” he ordered, flattening civilians and other personal against the wall as he jogged past, headed for the squadron’s hangar bay. Over his comm, the updates started to come in from Ops.
Collision warnings began to blare as the space around them filled with multiple objects.
Unknown risk factors.
Other than the chance of getting slammed by multiple objects? “What do you know,” he snapped into his comm. Lots of explanations, but nothing with meat.
By the time he’d donned his speed jeans and was settling into the cockpit of his Dauntless, Ops was reporting that at least one of the objects was a ship. One possible life sign on board. Low energy signature. Possibly an indication of damage, or it was a dead/dying ship. Or it was just had a low energy profile.
Amazing how fast things could go from “wow, this is so cool that we’re in a new star system,” to “wow, there’s a bunch of UFO’s and an alien ship and I think I just wet my pants.”
Question #1: Does Found Girl tie directly into the previous Project Enterprise books?
Answer: Found Girl does not, well…it kind of does…but…
Question #2: Will new books eventually tie into the previous books in the series?
Answer: That is the plan. 🙂 [Hopefully, the Universe hasn’t taken notice and has my plan on its upcoming hosing list…]
And speaking of Project Enterprise, there will be a spin-off story in Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, releasing Oct 10, 2017 (but available for preorder now! Link to all vendors: http://www.paulinebjones.com/book/embrace-the-romance). “Time Trap” gives readers Master Sgt. Briggs a story (not to mention an adventure and a romance). “Time Trap” also ties into Nebula Nine. It’s like one of those knot things. You know. The knots. [Pause for a Google search] Endless knots. That’s it. But with explosions and characters shooting ray guns at each other.
And now I’m sure Riley is wondering why on earth she let me loose on her blog. LOL So I’ll stop and thank her again for letting me rampage, er, visit.
Riley: I’m happy to take a chance letting Pauline loose at WWMB. Thanks for visiting Pauline! Guess what?! I’ve read Found Girl (liked it a lot) and I even wrote a review.
About Found Girl: Project Enterprise 6:
She likes being lost…
He needs to be found…
Arian Teraz would be perfectly happy if she never returned to her cheerless, hopeless world. Her life changes when her ship is damaged. Rescued by a handsome alien from a distant galaxy, Arian longs to find a place with him and his people.
Hotshot USAF pilot, Captain Jackson “Coop” Cooper knew the risks of boldly going somewhere before he signed up for the Project Enterprise expedition. When an anomaly sends his ship into a mysterious, no-exit sanctuary about to be invaded by a deadly adversary, he is forced to trust the unusual woman who might be his only ticket out.
With an invasion threatening the sanctuary and enemies emerging from Arian’s past, Arian and Coop must combine forces to seize an uncertain future together. Can they save each other as they battle the forces trying to rip them apart, or will the secret Arian’s ship carries – along with those seeking to exploit her – separate them forever?
Grab your copy of Found Girl today and dive into the sixth installment in the award-winning Project Enterprise series – your transport to action, adventure, and romance in space.
Preorder today! Dive into the sixth installment in the award-winning Project Enterprise series – your transport to action, adventure, and romance in space.
Preorder today! The sixth installment in the award-winning Project Enterprise series – your transport to action, adventure, and romance in space.
Preorder the sixth installment in the award-winning Project Enterprise series – your transport to action, adventure, and romance in space.
Where you can buy Found Girl:
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07344JN1H/ (also available in print)
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