The Missing Planets - The Cairns of Sainctuarie
by Hawk MacKinney
Planet Terato has become a member of the assembly of the Confederated League of Allied Star Systems. The Murian Outpost Terato once commanded by His Imperial Majesty’s Lord High Chamberlain Herklo Korvo XXXIV is now Teratoan staffed and under the command of Teratoan Eklam a’Qoc.
From the uncharted reaches between galaxies, attacks of extraordinary weaponry come against Terato and the Myr worlds of the Murians. Terminus Terato’s expanded link-portals and converter power modules are virtually useless. Power loss, defenses, communications and travel are totally disrupted. High Chamberlain Korvo’s unexpected return to Terminus on a mission for His Imperial Majesty leaves him stranded on Terato. Attacks grow more massive, more unpredictable; spread across the worlds of the League, as an isolated Terminus struggles among the shattered rubble and whispering remains of an ancient Polity of star-walkers.
Family and friends are lost, empires and civilizations in disarray, Terminus and Planet Terato almost defenseless. Desperate for answers, their worlds being overwhelmed by this remorseless aggressor, Eklam and Korvo reach across unexplored space in a despairing gamble and the last reserves of converter star-substrate, seeking one insignificant star system of gas giants and rocky inner planets for possible relics of the elusive Lantaraan Polity.
“... eastern radials unstable... strengthening vortices opposing orbital realignment...”
Parn’s head throbbed as his thoughts forced the converter toward more output. The power graph flattening with the unremitting decline as the quantum particles of the shell alloys began to disassociate. Output had reached max and was slowly dropping.
The sound of crashes and roars still louder—Ek knew Terminus couldn’t stand much more. “Once antimatter reaches the hub, the self-destruct will trigger.”
Screens blinked unresponsive. Drok shouted above the bedlam, “The Downday hasn’t attained minimum horizon-clearance. Targeting beams holding on standby. Unless the moon clears the horizon, the beams could refract; bounce off into space; never engage the receptors.” Converters shrieked like a wounded Teratoan swamp crawler. “Showing orbital irregularities... orbital constants vacillating,” eyes glued to the inputs. Puzzled at the unexpected readings coming from a source near the a’Qoc hamlet. “Receiving quick output bursts from the altar,” his tunic dusted with more debris, rivulets of sweat-puddled the dust-furrows of his face.
Ek said, “What type of altar outputs?”
Drok said, “Plasma components—unfamiliar readings.”
“The hub will lose power once the antimatter penetrates those last banks of converter,” Ek said. “Before we lose hub power I want you to go to the sublevel vaults housing the encode archives. Should a power failure warning be announced while you are there, backup power will last long enough. Be sure you are some distance away from the archive vaults before backup power is exhausted.” Reached a small odd-shaped crystal to Drok, “Use this to deactivate any security scrims, and duplicate the protocol crystals. No matter what you have to do, keep those crystals safe. If Terato survives and a Murian survey team returns, they’ll know what to do with those crystals. Those duplicates might be the only records to survive; their information could be vital for Myraa City—if Myraa City survives.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
With postgraduate degrees and faculty appointments in several medical universities, Hawk MacKinney has taught graduate courses in both the United States and Jerusalem. In addition to professional articles and texts on chordate neuroembryology, Hawk has authored several works of fiction.
Hawk began writing mysteries for his school newspaper. His works of fiction, historical love stories, science fiction and mystery-thrillers are not genre-centered, but plot-character driven, and reflect his southwest upbringing in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. Moccasin Trace, a historical novel nominated for the prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the Writers Notes Book Award, details the family bloodlines of his serial protagonist in the Craige Ingram Mystery Series. Vault of Secrets, the first book in the Ingram series, was followed by Nymrod Resurrection, Blood and Gold, and The Lady of Corpsewood Manor. All have received national attention. Walking the Pet is Hawk’s latest release in the Ingram series. The first book in another mystery-thriller series is scheduled for release in 2015. The Bleikovat Event, the first volume in The Cairns of Sainctuarie science fiction series, was released in 2012. Its sequel, The Missing Planets, has just been released.
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May 26, 2015
May 25, 2015
The Year of Our Invasion
By Margaret Pearce
Genre: Medieval Fantasy/Science Fiction
Length: 210 pages
Release Date: May 25, 2015
The dreadful invasion by the sinister Black Duke and his thugs is bad news for the village. Raven the herbalist is ordered to communicate with a very odd alien captive or else. When she discovers that the plant based alien is the key to the destruction of the Black Duke she hurtles into danger to rescue the hostages.
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AUTHOR INFORMATION & LINKS
Although I was launched on an unsuspecting commercial world as typist, stenographer and then secretary I started off my paid writing life as a copywriter in an advertising agency. I took to writing instead of drink when raising children. Much to the embarrassment of my children I started getting published. It was dead easy. No one runs out of material while they are neck deep in children.
Completed a BA at Monash University as a mature age student.
(English/History as majors, Class Civ. as a minor)
I lurk in an underground flat in the Dandenongs still writing.
May 18, 2015
The Earth is constantly flooding, and she isn't able to soak up all of the rain. She is terrified that she will drown. God sends the Earth a rainbow that takes away the rain and illuminates the Earth with brilliant colors. The Earth is delighted with the little rainbow and the rainbow continues to grow and become brighter and stronger every day. One day, the little rainbow disappears, and the Earth is devastated. The Earth must find the hope to survive the storm.
May 11, 2015
By Caroline Quigley
Genre: Epic Fantasy Saga
Length: 278 pages
Release Date: May 10, 2015
Phoenica Rising (Keeper of Light) Book One.
A Celtic, mystical, fantasy, adventure story.
Phoenica, a shy, sensitive, intuitive girl with a deep love of nature, moves to the West of Ireland and meets Bromia her estranged Grandmother.
With Bromia’s help she discovers the mystical City of Juna, located through the ancient Burren Mountains and learns that ‘Graydens’, energy stealers, have now taken over Juna and are stealing all of the natural light.
Once in Juna, Phoenica meets Ollen, a proud protector from the Tree Guardians, known as the Nash. Emie, the wild and fearless Silkie leader, Sianna her Guardian Angel and Keenan her true love from Miron, a technological futuristic City.
Phoenica must try to unlock the hidden secrets from her past which connect her to Juna and its people, and as the light keeper and warrior overcome the negative Graydens, so harmony can reign once more in Juna.
Caroline is an Irish writer, a left hander and a twin (twin sister); she lives in the West of Ireland in the beautiful Burren region with her husband Eoghan and her two cats Parker and Harvey. Caroline is also a natural intuitive, holistic healer, with a strong connection to the Angelic realm, spiritual guides, ancestors and Mother Nature.AUTHOR INFORMATION & LINKS
In the 1990’s, she studied acting and attended the Academy Drama School in London and the Lee Strasberg Studio, she studied film making at film base in the IFC, (Irish film centre) and directed a short film and several small documentaries in Dublin. Caroline ran her own theatre and film company Trapdoor Productions in Dublin, Ireland, in the late 1990’s.
After a significant personal healing she moved into the mind body and spirit field and studied spiritual and angel healing, holistic medicine, meditation and flower remedies, setting up as a private therapist, holistic practitioner, intuitive and angel healer, while also conducting workshops, seminars and classes.
In 2008 Caroline started writing and wrote An Angel Calling, her first book, a universal meditation and angel story book that was published in 2011, which has sold very well. She has also written two correspondence accredited diploma courses, Angel Healing and Celtic Angels, for the BSY College Group in the UK.
Caroline has written a book of adult fictional short stories called Eala's Journey set in the West of Ireland and a young children's picture book called Florie's Angel.
Pheonica Rising (keeper of light) is Caroline’s first teen, young adult, fantasy, adventure novel, and is also part of a trilogy series. Phoenica Rising was inspired by the beautiful, magical, Burren landscape.
Caroline loves all that is mystical, inspirational, creative and positive, and is also a nature and animal lover.
May 8, 2015
A VIXEN IN VENICE
by Kate Deveaux
He’s an art thief on the run…with her heart
Look closer, into Hotel Totally Five Star Venice, where art curator Monique Le Bres has just walked through the doors of the newly opened swanky luxury hotel to assist with their art collection.
Alessandro Bonnard, the world-renowned art connoisseur and collector has been sent incognito to supervise Monique and oversee her acquisitions for the hotel.
Concealing his true identity, Alessandro is intrigued by the art-loving vixen with an appetite for kinky sex. He pursues Monique, charming her at every turn — taking her to places she’s never been — both in and out of bedroom.
Monique falls hard for the man who has utterly captured her body and soul. Only to find out he isn’t who she thought he was after all…he’s an art thief on the run…with her heart.
Waiting a good half hour, Monique was quite sure the coast was clear after her supervisor had departed. Weary from her travels she couldn’t wait to get back to her nice room and fall fast asleep in the sumptuous looking bed.
Stepping out of her office, Monique headed for the elevator at the end of the hall, noticing each door she passed had a nametag with identifiers. Sales the Direttore Vendite. Food and Beverage. Diretorre del Marketing. Director of Marketing and so on.
The subdued hush of voices from an adjoining hallway made Monique stop in her tracks. Pausing, she listened. The soft giggles intrigued her. Tiptoeing towards the sound, she peered around the corner. Near the end of the hall, she glimpsed Donovan’s silhouette as he leaned against a woman, kissing her. His hands holding hers above her head as she hooked one long leg around his waist, pulling him closer to her as they embraced passionately.
Monique’s key slipped from her hand and tinkled noisily on the wood floor. Mouth agape, her cheeks flamed as Donovan looked up and nodded to her from down the long hallway. Then the woman looked at her too. Monique immediately recognized the young blonde with the pixie cut hair and the cute little body from the lobby. The one she’d seen Donovan pat on the ass when Monique had first arrived.
The young woman merely smiled at Monique, her legs still wrapped around her supervisor’s hips, and then returned to kissing Donovan. Running her hands along his wide shoulders before he spun her around and planted his hands on her ass, pulling her too him. Hard. Monique looked away, but then back again. Strangely aroused at the unbridled passion, she was aware her nipples peaked under her silk blouse as she watched his hands slide over her curves and slide up and then up and under her skirt.
He tugged the woman’s panties down.
She kicked them off with flair. Crumpled, the lace thong lay in the hall while the lovers went at it. Grabbing, tasting, and kissing. Monique was aware her own panties were moist, shocked by her own enjoyment at watching them. Hiking the woman’s skirt up further, Donovan pursued her, baring her sculpted thighs and making Monique’s body quiver as she watched when Donovan slid his fingers between the woman’s legs. A soft groan escaped his lover’s mouth as they kissed and she tugged impatiently at his belt.
Monique gulped an audible gulp. Donovan cocked at eye in her direction. Monique quickly retreated, embarrassed to have been caught standing there enjoying spying on the lovers.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Kate Deveaux is a contemporary erotic romance writer and die-hard romantic. A former wedding planner, she has always been “in love” with love! Kate is currently working on several fictional stories – each filled with sexy romance, heroines who are no shrinking violets and heroes who make your heart skip a beat. She currently resides with her husband in the U.S. When Kate is not busy writing, she can be found on the tennis court –yes, there’s even ‘love’ in that game too.
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