Practically as soon as Wreck of the Nebula Dream was released back in 2012 (the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking), readers started asking me for a sequel to tell them what happened next for Twilka and Khevan.
Twilka was a Socialite, a rich, entitled young woman, and Khevan was a D’nvannae Brother, a mysterious assassin/bodyguard serving an alien goddess. Both were caught up in the events of Wreck, which was my scifi take on a futuristic version of Titanic, set in space on an interstellar cruise liner. They were secondary characters in that novel, part of the small group of people fighting to survive against the odds, led by Nick Jameson, a Special Forces solder, and Mara Lyrae, a tough businesswoman. Twilka and Khevan discovered a mutual attraction during the book and not to deliver spoilers, were together as it ends.
I had kind of a plot in mind for them fairly soon after the book came out. It was along the lines of a romantic suspense novel, with an HEA of course, but somehow I just never felt like writing it. There was always some other book that called to my Muse more, something else shinier. I’ve written and released seven other scifi romances since Wreck of the Nebula Dream, and been in a slew of sets and anthologies! Finally this year I realized that if I knew so much about these two characters and felt so strongly that they deserved their Happily Ever After, there had to be a deeper reason I never put words on paper (or into a WORD file) to tell their story.
Once I had my cup of tea ready, removed the cat from the table and concentrated on just Khevan and Twilka, it hit me like a lightning bolt that I wasn’t interested in telling the story I had in mind. OK, that’s a bad thing LOL. So I tried to turn the entire concept inside out in my head. I asked myself what happened to the real Titanic survivors who were Twilka’s equivalents – rich, society people who didn’t lose loved ones on the ship. They pretty much went on with their lives. As I said to myself, you don’t normally have two Titanic-level events in one lifetime. (Unless you were ship’s crew but that’s a different story.) So what would Twilka have done with her life, if she and Khevan weren’t together?
And of course, WHY wouldn’t she and Khevan have stayed together? That’s the key question – was it only their wildly different life styles and places in Sectors society? Or?
Twilka wouldn’t be one to just continue her pretty superficial existence of parties after what she went through with Nick, Mara, Khevan and the rest of their small group. I knew the events of the wreck would have left her profoundly affected. At her core, she was a smart, capable person – she just didn’t know herself very well before the Nebula Dream. Several of the prominent Titanic First Class survivors actually were fashion designers. It occurred to me that Twilka could very well become one herself, like a few well known celebutantes, actresses and others in our own day, using her notoriety as a business asset.
I’ll let Khevan explain himself to you (and Twilka) in the book, but trust me, it took a LOT to keep him away from her…don’t forget he was sworn to serve the dangerous Red Lady of D’nvannae, a jealous and all powerful goddess.
Once the lovers do come together again, I had to think about what they’d face, how they’d reconnect, and how they could ever be free to enjoy the Happily Ever After they’d earned. Whose help would they need? Were there unaddressed issues going back to the time on the dying Nebula Dream?
I hope readers will enjoy the story in Star Survivor and feel satisfied by the struggle and the outcome.
I did use many elements of the original story I’d had in mind, but the facts became more backstory. I knew the details but they didn’t necessarily get air time in the book. Although one new character, the Renegade, definitely impressed me enough to make it from the original concept to the current story and oh yes, he’ll get his own book, I promise!
I also find myself with ideas for additional sequels with Khevan and Twilka now. I think their journey together might have more interesting twists and turns, but as a united couple from the beginning this time. I’ll have to see what the readers think!
The survivors of a terrible wreck meet again—but this time only one can survive.
The long-awaited sequel to The Wreck of the Nebula Dream…
They survived an iconic spaceship wreck together. She never expected to see him again … especially not armed to kill her.
Twilka Zabour is an interstellar celebrity. She built on her notoriety as a carefree Socialite who survived the terrible wreck of the Nebula Dream, and launched a successful design house. But now the man who gave meaning to her life, then left her, is back–this time for the worst of reasons. Will he kill her … or help her survive?
D’nvannae Brother Khevan survived the Nebula Dream in the company of a lovely, warm woman, only to be pulled away from her, back into his solitary life in the service of the Red Lady. Now Twilka’s within his reach again–for all the wrong reasons. Khevan will do everything within his power to discover why Twilka has been targeted for assassination, and to save her.
But Khevan is not Twilka’s only pursuer. Will allies Nick and Mara Jameson arrive in time to aid the couple, or will Khevan and Twilka’s ingenuity be all that stands between them and death?
Best Selling Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance author and “SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happily Ever After blog, Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing her own stories.
Three time winner of the SFR Galaxy Award, as well as a National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, Veronica is also the proud recipient of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal relating to her former day job, not her romances! She recently was honored to read the part of Star Trek Crew Member in the audiobook production of Harlan Ellison’s “The City On the Edge of Forever.”
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