Hello! Today I have the pleasure of sharing a long-coming project by D. Martin! I was lucky enough to get to work with D. on this book, so I’m excited to share it with you! Step into Corissa’s world and find out the magic hidden in the stones… and an alien world.
Survival and finding love isn’t easy for a vulnerable young woman in an isolated Human colony on a distant planet….
#FuturisticRomance #Alien Contact
Magical stones, barley, unrequited love, and a young woman on an isolated Human colony lead to the unthinkable….
Corissa Danvins lives alone on Torben’s only Human colony that’s enclosed by an impenetrable force-field placed there by the planet’s mysterious nonhuman overlords. They’re the powerful, unseen First Dwellers. Corissa has survived family upsets, tragedy, and a broken heart. She has a rare talent and thinks it can keep the Alliance government from snatching her landholding.
She plans on using her ability to spark life in a mysterious gemstone found only on Torben—until the planet’s overlords, political events beyond her control, and a complex musician friend with a questionable mental condition—all interfere. She’ll need courage to face Torben’s secrets. Doing so might save colonists and help her find love again.
Her mouth fell open. An actual exposed terrina stratum—and not hidden inside heavy rock geodes?
Excitement brewed within Corissa, and she dared to hope again. No additional deadweight from the thick limestone shells in her bounty when she lugged it away! She quickly calculated how many large, raw crystal nuggets she could hew out then and there using a small pick axe and chisel. The haul would have to fit inside her small belt pouch. Not expecting to find much of anything, she’d left both her backpack and a much sturdier carrying sack at the ATV.
She stretched out a hand and stroked her gloved fingers along the ragged groove. Her eyes prickled at the thought that Jeremy Danvins had last touched that spot….
A brilliant golden glow flared to her right.
Someone else is here! How? A startled gasp escaped Corissa’s throat. Her heart squeezed with shock as she spun toward the light. Surely she should have heard the warning sounds of their approach from the echoing cavern walls.
Her eyes watered, squinted against the light’s intensity. She strove for a glimpse behind it. Who, or what? She carried no weapons, except the small hammer and chisel, opting to leave the cumbersome wave-rifle tucked away in the ATV. She hoped her fists and boot-clad feet would give her additional defense if the intruder proved hostile.
The light’s brilliance intensified as it advanced closer. Corissa thought she’d detected a tall shape silhouetted beyond the glare.
Then a deep, decidedly male voice spoke.
“Go back. It is not safe here for you,” it sharply commanded. The words were in Allied Basic, a universal language across the Human-occupied worlds, but they sounded stilted and strangely accented enough that it took moments before she understood. “Get out! You are in danger.”
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D. Martin likes science and finding out how things work. She was one of those exasperating kids who drove her mom and teachers nuts with unending questions of “Why?” Her career in science gave her the opportunity to play in labs, operate strange equipment, and avoid blowing the place up while creating some pretty neat stuff—and maybe advancing technology a little. She’s passionate about coffee, books, and fashion boots. But not necessarily in that order.
She believes a person can never have too many books. She reads everything, but is fond of science fiction, fantasy, and romance. World cultures fascinate her. She once wanted to be an astronomer to find out what’s ‘out there’. She lives in the Midwest with her family when she’s not off the planet chasing down wild stories
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