What makes her special? #WeWriWa from GIB AND THE TIBBAR #PetsinSpace #scifi #romance

Welcome to another Weekend Writing Warriors post!

Thank you to everyone who commented last week on my snippet from GIB AND THE TIBBAR! This story is in the EMBRACE THE ROMANCE: PETS IN SPACE 2 anthology, which releases Tuesday! Here’s another snippet…

Set-up: The first chapter of this story can be found in the FREE Embrace the Romance sampler. This weekend’s snippet follows a few paragraphs after the one from last weekend. (edited to fit)


Vilarra straightened a napkin with a heavy sigh before slinking back to the kitchen. Maybe the Defenders did know more about Hemera than her. Maybe she was just a lowly commoner on a backward planet and she’d never amount to anything. It’s not as if she’d ever become royalty or get a chance to leave Hemera. The two men she’d overheard had probably been to every planet belonging to the Alliance and some that didn’t. Why would any Defender care about her—about any of her friends—when the Defenders didn’t want to be there? Not even at the request of King Luchivus.

All she’d worked to accomplish, all her dedication meant nothing beyond Hemera, and really didn’t mean much on her own planet. She was the same lowly girl she’d always been, with a darker than average complexion and tight curls instead of everyone else’s straight locks. Her mother used to tell her that’s what made her special, helped her stand out from the crowd, but the confidence boost died with the woman who’d birthed her.

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About GIB AND THE TIBBAR:
A Novella in the Galactic Defenders Series

A dedicated Defender to the core, Gib is willing to go to any planet the Galactic Alliance sends him. That is, until he’s sent with his squad to Hemera for their Alorama ceremony, far from any threat of Erebus invasion and with no chance for promotion.

Vilarra has lived on Hemera all her life, working hard in the kitchens of the royal palace until she achieved lead hand. But learning of the universe beyond her world reveals her insignificance and shreds her sense of accomplishment and purpose.

With the help of a furry, little tibbar, Gib is determined to win the affection of Vilarra, prove to her how significant she is to him and the people who depend on her. But will his personal mission be cut short before he has the chance to win her heart?

About the anthology:

The pets are back! Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, featuring twelve of today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors brings you a dozen original stories written just for you! Join in the fun, from the Dragon Lords of Valdier to a trip aboard award-winning author, Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr to journeying back to Luda where Grim is King, for stories that will take you out of this world! Join New York Times, USA TODAY, and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, M.K. Eidem, Susan Grant, Michelle Howard, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Sabine Priestley, Jessica E. Subject, Carol Van Natta, and Alexis Glynn Latner as they share stories and help out Hero-Dogs.org, a charity that supports our veterans!

10% of the first month’s profits go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

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22 thoughts on “What makes her special? #WeWriWa from GIB AND THE TIBBAR #PetsinSpace #scifi #romance”

  1. You give us such a glimpse into her insecurities. I wonder what it will take to boost her self-confidence. Maybe Gib will have something to do with it? Wishing you and all the other authors the best of luck with the release of Pets 2. Can’t wait for my copy.

  2. I loved Vilarra – she really comes through and steps up in the story (which I was lucky enough to read when we were putting the anthology files together.) Great snippet! And the book is out on Tuesday – SQUEE!!

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