Snail’s Pace

Susan McDonough-Wachtman

A young woman in 1884
doesn’t have many options …
But Susannah did not expect
to be tutoring an alien snail child
while aboard a ship sailing in space …
Who will get the real education?

Orphaned and penniless in Hong Kong in 1884 — what’s a young gentlewoman to do?

Impulsive, adventurous, and self-confident, Susannah accepts an offer to become the governess to a young foreigner on a ship. She does not expect the ship to be in space, or the foreign child to be an alien who looks like a giant snail. Nevertheless, she throws herself into the job of bringing Victorian decorum to the natives.

But when she is accused of spying and put on trial in an alien court, Susannah has to challenge the law of the aliens to save herself — and her young and slimy student.

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About The Author

Susan McDonough-Wachtman

Susan McDonough-Wachtman

Susan McDonough-Wachtman has been writing since grade school. She has tried her hand at children’s stories, short stories, romances, historical novels, essays, fantasies, mysteries, science fiction, numerous letters to the editor, and a blog.

Susan has been a burger tosser, customer service rep, ad taker, curriculum developer, parent, teacher, reader, and gardener. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with one cat and one husband.

Most recently, “Mother, May I” was accepted for the Halloween edition of Tales From the Moonlit Path, “Xanthippe” was included in a Brigids Gate anthology, “Pantsed” was published in Willow magazine, and “I Will Go Gently” appeared in Metaphorosis.