Emerald 3 by Colette Duke
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Fioran will take exploration of new galaxies over setting colonization beacons any day. All she has to do to achieve her dream of becoming an interstellar scout is set one final beacon on the mist-shrouded Emerald 3.

Trouble is, her empathic crewmate discovers an alarming truth about Emerald 3's inhabitants and is not above using it to influence Fioran's destiny.

The relationship between the two Galaxy Command beacon crew mates is complicated. Aloxhi knows Fioran to the bottom of her soul. Every desire, every emotion, every fear. And sending the woman he loves to the far reaches of the universe is not among his priorities.

Alohxi's honor won't allow him to seduce Fioran unless she makes the first move. Which works out fine for her . . . until they crash-land and she blurts out an eleventh-hour profession of her attraction to him.

Trapped on a planet that resurrects her most terrifying nightmares, Fioran must face the reality of giving up her dreams, perhaps her life itself, if she cannot escape the clouds of Emerald 3. Now all bets are off as Fioran attempts to salvage the mission while Alohxi charts his own course to Fioran's heart.

Length: approximately 22 pages

About Colette Duke

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Published March 12, 2011 by Starsong Publishing. 24 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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