The Chalice by @plparker is a Celebrate Weddings pick #romance #scifiromance #weddings #giveaway
Title: The Chalice
Author: P.L. Parker
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Decimated by the savage Deg’Nara and teetering on the brink of extinction, the last surviving males of the once great Chiagan-Se embark on a quest to salvage what is left of their civilization. They send their remaining seeker ships into the void, searching for genetically compatible females. Time is running out, but in the far reaches of the universe, on an obscure and primitive planet, a match is discovered. One thousand panic-stricken women awaken two hundred years in the future, captives aboard an unmanned alien spacecraft bound for parts unknown! How had they gotten there and why? The males thought they came willingly. The females believed they’d been kidnapped. Full of hopeful expectation, the Chiagan-Se prepare for the arrival of their new mates. Terrified and furious at the inexplicable abduction, the women prepare for combat! And when the two sides meet, the battle commences.
As she neared the dais, Tegan stepped down, took her hand and pressed his lips to her fingertips. Her breath caught in her throat. With that small gesture, all thoughts flew from her mind.
A slight smile creased his full lips. “You are beautiful, my Kara,” he murmured in English.
His Kara! Okay then.
She moistened her lips, praying for mental clarity. “As are you,” she replied in Chiagan-Se.
He stepped up, drawing her along. Together they turned, facing the assemblage.
The tempo of the music changed, grew more familiar. Sounds like the Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet! It is the Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet! How appropriate was that? Music for star-crossed lovers. But Romeo and Juliet died!
Was it a bad omen of things to come?
Tegan raised his arms, motioning for quiet. The room stilled, the atmosphere rife with expectation.
The rhythmic cadence of his voice filled the air. He spoke too quickly for her to understand every word, but the meaning was clear. He was giving his approval for the union and asking for their blessings. The short speech ended and it was her turn.
She gulped, swallowing hard. “My friends,” she began in English. “I, Queen Kara Nichols of the planet Earth, give my approval to the joining of Hannalore Svenson and Mordaq of the Chiagan-Se. I ask that you share in my approval and good wishes to the happy couple,” adding a smile to signify the end of her speech.
The room erupted with good-natured cheering and clapping.
Tegan signaled for silence again. From the hidden stereo units, the first bars to Here Comes the Bride rang through the hall.
Where is all this coming from?
Dread started down the aisle, followed by Ume and then Anne, each dressed in burgundy drapes and carrying the much coveted bouquets. When they reached the altar, they paused, turning to watch as Hanna and Mordaq entered. A hush fell over the assemblage.
Tears of happiness stung Kara’s eyes. Oh great! I’m gonna bawl. Good thing mascara wasn’t available in this reality.
Beside the huge Warrior, Hanna looked almost delicate. Her shining face glowed with happiness. Mordaq’s somber visage caused her some concern, but then he smiled, beaming with pride. Okay, they look happy!
The music faded as they neared the altar and then stopped. The moment had come.
She cleared her throat. “This couple stands before me seeking approval for the bonds of wedlock. Is there anyone here who would dispute their joining?”
Heads bent, whispers flew interpreting her speech. After a few moments of silence, she resumed.
“Hannalore Svenson, do you take this man, Mordaq of the Chiagan-Se, as your lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward until death do you part?”
Hanna’s full lips trembled, tawny eyes alight with love. “I do,” she stated.
Okay, now the Chiagan-Se. Lord, give me strength!
“Mordaq of the Chiagan-Se,” she began in the alien dialect. “Do you accept this joining with the human Chalice Hannalore Svenson as your life mate from this moment forward?”
Mordaq kissed Hanna’s palm. “I accept this joining,” he stated, his husky voice strong with conviction.
“Then it is so,” she finished. Kara nodded at Tegan, giving him the floor.
Tegan bowed his head, closing his eyes. “Gods of the Chiagan-Se we seek your blessing on this joining. May it be fruitful and long-lasting.”
He spoke slowly, giving the human contingent time to digest his phrasing.
“Mordaq,” he began, “is this joining acceptable?”
The big Warrior grinned. “It is my Lord.”
He switched to English. “Chalice Hanna, do you accept this joining?”
“I do,” Hanna whispered, her throat working. Moisture glistened in her starry eyes.
“You are as one,” Tegan said.
“I now pronounce you husband and wife,” Kara added.
Buy Links (including Goodreads and BookBub):
New Concepts Publishing: https://www.newconceptspublishing.com/product-page/chalice-the-1
Rakuten Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-chalice-3
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Everyone wishes for that perfect love but can it be possible when 1,000 women are abducted as mates for lonely alien males? It can! True love knows no bounds and The Chalice proves this concept. If you like scifi romance and high adventure, this novel is a must-read.
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I write stories with alpha males and strong, determined women. I am a dreamer, an avid reader of fiction, a sometimes gardener and an inept crafter. I live in Idaho. I have three sons, two daughters-in-law, a granddaughter and little grandson. Over the years, I taught and performed dance but as time passed, I decided to try my hand at a new endeavor - writing. I enjoy life and all its promises.
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