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Kicking Ashe (Project Enterprise 5)

Project Enterprise 5

Author(s): Pauline Baird Jones

A science fiction romance novel

When you save Time’s tush—or its version of one—it ought to cut you a break, not kick your tush some where and some when. Though boo yah on providing a hot guy in leather to pull that tush out of the impact crater that Ashe so did not make despite the somewhat damning evidence to the contrary.
So, the sitrep:
    •    She's stuck on primitive planet
    •    Time Tracker suit down
    •    Lurch (her nanite) unable to connect to any tech (see primitive above)
    •    Surrounded by a bunch of buccaneer types who haven’t been around nubile, young women cause it's against their law
    •    The one guy (Vidor Shan) she’d like to kiss on the mouth is off limits (time rule)
    •    Someone gunning for Shan from somewhere in time
    •    And, oh yeah, some really strange meteorites are making landfall in some very strange ways.
Seems Time has a new hobby: kicking Ashe (and shame on It for doing it when she’s down).
Not that she plans to stay down. Or give up the guy.

Praise for Kicking Ashe:

“KICKING ASHE by award winning author Pauline Baird Jones is the final awesome book in the Project Enterprise series...Fast paced suspense with just a dash of romance, KICKING ASHE is the perfect ending to a favorite sci/fi series.” Single Titles

“Whether you prefer straight science fiction or like yours with a dash of romance, this is a very enjoyable read.” LASR-SFF
"If you love science-fiction romance, then you will want to read KICKING ASHE…” Romance Junkies

“Jones concludes her Project Universe series with this fun, fast-paced tale. Ashe is a tough, no-frills heroine with plenty of spunk and a lovable companion, her nanite Lurch, who steals the show with his snark. Filled with plenty of humor and sexual tension, this quick read is ideal for lovers of sci fi romance.” RT Book Reviews

“This is a series of stories that I can see myself revisiting again in the future when I want something fast paced and fun with strong heroines and hunky heros, even if some of them are completely alien!” Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf


Expect the unexpected.
Ashe’s painful return to consciousness was not expected and shouldn’t have been. Why would she expect to survive a trifecta that included a time tsunami, their disrupter and a wonky time crevasse? Unless she hadn’t survived? Lurch?
A long, scary long pause ended with the sense of something unfurling inside her, not unlike how it had felt when the nanite first blended with her. Are you all right? He felt as off balance as she did.
I am alive.
He did not feel thrilled by this. She shared that not-thrilled-ness. Should open her eyes, but she wasn’t sure she wanted to see where they were. It didn’t feel great. Hard, lumpy surface under. Hot, humid air over. Achy body in between. And, adding insult to time tsunami injury, the air reeked of sulfur and was thick enough to feel like a blanket she couldn’t kick off. She shifted to ease hard and lumpy—
“It moved.”
It? Outrage popped her eyes open, though they probably shouldn’t until she got a better sense of who thought she was an it. The circle of faces looming over her jerked back, a thicket of weapons sliding into view. Would have been kind of funny if every barrel of every weapon weren’t pointed at her. Seven of them, she noted, hoping her math was wrong as she eased her hands up by her ears into the classic surrender position. Would they recognize or honor her capitulation?
On the ground, flat on her back—if she didn’t count the lumps—gave her a unique perspective on the boys and their guns. The weapons appeared high tech—an interesting contrast with their rustic garb. The boys were all young, square and stocky in build, kind of what she’d imagined dwarfs would be like, except they were too tall and had better noses.
Dopey, Sleepy, Sneezy—
This is not the time. Though she found herself finishing the list because she couldn’t help it when there seemed to be a face for each name…Bashful, Doc, Grumpy and Happy.
“It has eyes.”
It. Again. Their manners needed work, just in case the barrels in her face weren’t enough of a clue polite wasn’t in their skill set.
One of the boys licked his lips. “Do you think it’s dangerous?” His hand tightened on his weapon, the finger on the trigger twitching in a way she couldn’t like. Sucked to be called an “it,” though getting shot while being called an “it” would be worse.
Getting shot is worse than most things.
True. She’d picked a bad time to wake up. My shields?
Off line.
“I do not know.”
The voice, calm and familiar, came from the region of her head.
Is that who I think it is? Ashe did not mind the distraction from maybe getting shot by Dopey. And she’d rather hoped to run into him again.
Vidor Shan.
Lurch sounded less than thrilled. Not a surprise. He had issues with Shan that trailed back into at least one alternate reality. Possibly more. What’s his problem? I know he’s seen girls before.
You are wearing the Time Service uniform.
Oh. If her shields were offline, then so was her camo, which meant she looked shiny silver from head to toe. The suit’s compression factor made her a sex-less humanoid with eyes. Crap.
On a cracker.

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Genre: Science Fiction
Date Published: 12/06/2013
Publisher: Pauline B Jones

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