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Monday, December 1, 2014

Escaping Poison-- Releases December 24th!

The fourth book in my Diaspora Worlds series releases on December 24!

Escaping Poison is  the story of the fourth brother, Karvar.

 Each of Karvar's brothers embarked on a wild adventure and returned with a perfect wife. Karvar waited for his own adventure and perfect wife, but the years stretched by. No adventure, no wife.  The adventure wasn't all that necessary, but he did want the wife and happy family life.

Mother always wanted one of her sons to marry into the New Prague society so he finally agreed to court a young New Prague woman of her choosing. Brielle, a  general's daughter, was stunning, sweet, well educated and mannered, and she loved her little sisters. Karvar was certain they would do very well together.

Instead of enjoying a luxurious honeymoon with his lovely new bride, Karvar and Brielle are forced to hide at an old rain forest science station on the southern continent of the planet New Prague--the Big Poison. His carefully chosen bride was supposed to spy on his family for her blackmailers, but years of forced drug addiction took its toll and she collapsed on their wedding night. 

Brielle knows their marriage is over before it even began, but she is just grateful she has a chance at a future that doesn't involved drugs and a mysterious handler. But the science station is firebombed--someone wants her dead!

Short Excerpt:


   They stayed for some time. Brielle took pictures of the pool and other glowing flowers, and of the drifts of trillers moving from the plant to plant. Her own small triller flew to the plants and flocks, but constantly returned to Brielle, perching on her head like an exotic flower.
   “I really thought she would leave and join the other trillers,” Brielle said later as they moved toward the flitter to leave.
   A thundering roar filled the air and bright, sharp light burned through the forest. Brielle screamed and Karvar  pulled her down behind a tree. Debris  flew through the forest, plants and bark ripped up and thrown by something.    He dragged her to the flitter and gunned it into a vertical climb. As they breached the canopy there was a wall of fire where their dome had been. Far above it, a New Prague starfighter. Before they vanished into the greenery he took some frames of the ship with his focal. There might be a designation they could to find what ship this was.
   “We need to hide.”  He plowed the small ship into a thick stand of vines and bushes. “There are no large animals within the fence that could hide our body heat signatures. Our bodies will be the only thing of human mass around.”        He began grabbing vegetation. “We have to hide the flitter.”
   She joined him, ripping large round leaves and ferns from the soil. Soon the flitter was completely covered.
   “Come on.” Karvar grabbed her hand and dragged her through the forest to the pool. “The water will disguise our body heat.” They went to the pool and Karvar hopped in. The water was only to his chest. He held out his arms and she screwed her eyes shut and jumped.
   The water was cool, not slimy or anything. There were plants on the bottom brushing against her legs, which she could feel through her thin leggings. He held her close, which was far too comforting, but odd, because they only touched when necessary.
    “Reeds.” Karver moved them to the far shore, which had a growth of reeds reaching a couple feet above the water level.    They half-walked, half-swam to a stand of reeds and flowering plants along the opposite bank. They moved into the middle of them.
   A bright light zoomed overhead
   “Quiet now.” Karvar breathed right into her ear.
Lila her triller found them and fluttered wildly, along with a handful of her friends. She started to wave them away.

   “No. Looks natural. Wildlife…” Karvar whispered and she held still. The air of the night was warm, but she was already feeling cold.  The bright light moved on but then came back overhead.  
   Brielle began to shiver. Karvar wrapped his arms around her and held her pressed tight to his front for warmth.  A drone, not large, but menacing, with lights and ocular devices on swiveling appendages, swept through the clearing. Lila and the triller went crazy, whistling warnings and fluttering wildly.

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