Saturday, May 18, 2013

Sneak Peak Sunday: Rock Bound—Signing Her Life Away



 Six Paragraphs:  Signing Her Life Away

“You women are being transported as auxiliaries. You’ll service the men.”
“Service how?” Annie asked timidly. She thought she knew the answer, but couldn’t quite accept it. The guards were grinning at the sides of the room.
The colonel leered at her and answered, “However they want you to.”
“Women have done worse things to survive,” Crystal muttered as she signed her papers.
“Ten years isn’t so long,” Vivian agreed and signed her name. She took it for granted she would be able to return to Earth when her term was up.
Well, it was prostitution or death. Annie supposed she could endure ten years as a prostitute. She imagined the women would perform other services for the miners as well, such as cooking and cleaning. It wasn’t like she was a virgin. Besides, once she paid her debt to society, she would be able to come home to Bobby. She hoped that he and her mother were both alright. She refused to consider any other possibility. She agreed to the sentence and signed the papers before her without reading them. After all, she already knew she was being screwed.

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9 comments:

  1. Well, that caught my attention! I do love futuristic romance.

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  2. Thanks, Linda. I missed my name on the list and thought I'd been removed for some reason. I guess I need to FB and Tweet this! I'm glad this caught your attention. Hope you buy Rock Bound and enjoy it.

    Thanks again,
    Rochelle

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  3. Wow, Rochelle, what an interesting premise. Nicely done. I'm going to have to check out Rock Bound.

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  4. Thanks, Kathryn. What these ladies don't know is that after ten years on the Moon, they physically won't be able to return to Earth. Furthermore, they'll be charged for everything--rent for the space they take up in the barracks, board for the food they eat, the water they drink, and even the air they breathe. And their assets on Earth have already been seized by the crooked dictator who is sending them to the Moon so they won't be able to pay their way home. What they think is a ten-year sentence is really a life sentence.

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  5. My god, that's horrible! Er, wow, that came out wrong. Let me try again. Ahem, wow, what a great premise for a book! You've written an amazing hook and I can't wait to read more.

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  6. Okay, this is a very effective hook. My first thought was this is a futuristic version of what happened to female criminals evicted from England to either Australia or America. Very interesting.

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  7. Rock Bound started as back-story for a couple of characters in Rock Crazy. I needed a reason for good people to be sent to prison, so a dictator took over the US. These ladies just met at a protest in DC which turned into a Tiannamen Square kind of scene where Annie's husband was killed.

    I suppose very few convicts ever made it back to England from the Americas or Australia, but it was physically possible. Coming back to Earth after ten years on the Moon is not. One's muscles would deteriorate and a person would not be able to tolerate Earth gravity after ten years of living in one-sixth gee. Part of me was thinking of the precedent of convicts being shipped here and to Australia, though. Thanks, ladies!

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