'Til Death Do Us Part (Lily Drake Book #2) ~ New Release


New Release from author T. Michelle Nelson

With a doting husband and a new job training a vampire military, Lily Drake was living up to the prophecies of being the best. Her life was seemingly perfect, until tragedy strikes bringing her a loss she's not sure she can endure.

The hard-working super mom / vampire slayer, Lily Drake, has just learned problems still exist even after you become immortal.

As everyone knows, even if you find the perfect guy, you don't always get a happily-ever-after. Lily may have found temporary happiness being a newlywed, but the honeymoon is over. When she finds her husband going out for late night bites with another woman, Lily has to fight to try and regain what she wants most, love and a happy family.

If Lily thought being a single mom was hard, she’ll find being married can be a bloody mess.


Now available! Visit http://www.tmichellenelson.com/order.html to order your copy today!



Life and Death of Lily Drake – Have you read the first book yet? You wouldn’t want to miss Lily Drake kicking some serious vampire butt. J

Check out more about this series here! – Life and Death of Lily Drake

About the author:

T. Michelle Nelson is a native of Benton, Kentucky and a graduate of Murray State University holding a degree in Education.  Currently she resides in picturesque Mount Vernon, Ohio, which is also the setting of her Lily Drake series.  The first book in the series, Life and Death of Lily Drake, is available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Kobo, and your other favorite online book stores in paperback as well as e-reader formats.  The second book, 'Til Death Do Us Part, is being released by Inkspell Publishing in April of 2013 and currently, T. is working hard to finish her third book.

When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her singing out of key while playing Rock Band with her husband and son, watching B-Horror movies or wrestling with her two ill-behaved fur babies, Buddy Perro and Bunchie. 



Author T. Michelle Nelson is also hosting a photo contest giveaway!

Contest Rules and Prizes:

* Take a photo of yourself with a copy of Life and Death of Lily Drake  or 
'Til Death Do Us Part  (can be paperback or with your Kindle or Nook or whatever e-Reader you use).  
* Send the photo to info@tmichellenelson.com with the subject line: "Photo Contest."  (By submitting your photo, you are agreeing to allow www.TMichelleNelson.com the right to post it to the website. Please only send photos of yourself and no nudity or otherwise totally profane pics.)  
* Photo contest begins April 12, 2013 and deadline for all submissions will be April 30, 2013 at midnight EST.  
* Submissions will be posted to www.TMichelleNelson.com on May 6th and winners will be chosen by votes.  
* Contestants will have until May 13th at Midnight EST to vote, and winners will be posted May 14th.  
* Prize packs will be sent out within one week from that date.  
The two most popular photos will win a Lily Drake Swag Pack including....

Custom Signed Bookplates
Lily Drake T-Shirt
Mousepad
Postcards
Bookmarks 

Coffee Mug

Contest open to residents of the US and Canada only.



'Til Death Do Us Part (Lily Drake Book #2) Guest Post by author T. Michelle Nelson


'Til Death Do Us Part, the 2nd book in the Lily Drake series is set to release in just 3 days! We have author T. Michelle Nelson here as a guest posting about her series inspiration and setting.


From Mount Vernon, Ohio to New Orleans?

I love that I made the setting for the Lily Drake series my hometown. Mount Vernon is a great place with tons of history, but I wanted to mix things up a bit in the newest book. Few places are as historical, over-the-top and exciting as New Orleans.

I take a vacation there every year. From the first moment I set foot in the French Quarter I was in love. Someday I will call New Orleans home. So naturally, it got thrown in the book and really – what better place to have vampires? It’s been done time and time again, but that’s because New Orleans is the type of place you can really imagine anything happening.

My vampires, Rose, Mathias and Valentine are all quite old. Needing a place where they could have had some history centuries ago, yet still be an exciting place for my main character Lily to visit, New Orleans was the perfect locale. The architecture, the people, the food… no place else on earth is quite like NOLA.



Author T. Michelle Nelson is also hosting a photo contest giveaway!

Contest Rules and Prizes:

* Take a photo of yourself with a copy of Life and Death of Lily Drake  or 
'Til Death Do Us Part  (can be paperback or with your Kindle or Nook or whatever e-Reader you use).  
* Send the photo to info@tmichellenelson.com with the subject line: "Photo Contest."  (By submitting your photo, you are agreeing to allow www.TMichelleNelson.com the right to post it to the website. Please only send photos of yourself and no nudity or otherwise totally profane pics.)  
* Photo contest begins April 12, 2013 and deadline for all submissions will be April 30, 2013 at midnight EST.  
* Submissions will be posted to www.TMichelleNelson.com on May 6th and winners will be chosen by votes.  
* Contestants will have until May 13th at Midnight EST to vote, and winners will be posted May 14th.  
* Prize packs will be sent out within one week from that date.  
The two most popular photos will win a Lily Drake Swag Pack including....

Custom Signed Bookplates
Lily Drake T-Shirt
Mousepad
Postcards
Bookmarks 

Coffee Mug

Contest open to residents of the US and Canada only.


'Til Death Do Us Part (Lily Drake Book #2) releases April 24th!

Moonlit by Jadie Jones - Book Blast - April 17th


Moonlit

Eighteen-year-old Tanzy Hightower knows horses, has grown up with them on Wildwood Farm. She also knows not to venture beyond the trees that line the pasture. Things happen out there that can’t be explained. Or undone. Worse, no one but she and the horses can see what lurks in the shadows of the woods.

When a moonlit ride turns into a terrifying chase, Tanzy is left to question everything, from the freak accident that killed her father to the very blood in her veins. Broken and confused, she turns to Lucas, a scarred, beautiful stranger, and to Vanessa, a charming new friend who has everything Tanzy doesn’t.

But why do they seem to know more about her than she knows herself?





Praise

"Virginia's trees look like they're burning. Most of them blaze crimson or gold, but some still have a chokehold on their green. I wish they'd give it up already. Leaves are more beautiful when they're dying."

And so Moonlit begins. From here the story rolls from one twist to another with many vivid characters whose motives are hard to predict. I found myself being suspicious of everyone, wanting to tell Tanzy to be very careful. The deeper I fell into the plot, the more questions kept rising to the surface. But not to worry, all of my questions were answered. Appropriate for all ages, if you love paranormal fantasy mixed with suspense, mystery and other-worldly romance, you'll love this novel!

~Author Julie Ford



Prologue

The first anniversary of my father’s death was even harder on my mother. Back then, I thought she was haunted most by what she didn’t know. I refused to blame her when she raged above me on our staircase that night, drunk and sad and angry. When she made me promise I’d never ride again. When she hurled a half-full bottle of vodka at my face and it exploded on the wooden stairs at my feet. I hadn’t tried to get out of the way. She had just missed.

I wanted to tell her that knowledge was no solace, that what you know can burn inside you until there’s nothing left but guilt and ash. I also wanted to protect her from losing the only piece of him she had left. So I didn’t say a word.


Author Jadie Jones

Georgia native Jadie Jones first began working for a horse farm at twelve years old, her love of horses matched only by her love of books. She went on to acquire a B.A. in equine business management, and worked for competitive horse farms along the east coast. The need to write followed wherever she went.

She currently coaches a hunt seat equitation team that competes in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association, and lives with her family in the foothills of north Georgia. When she's not working on the next installment of the Moonlit series, she is either in the saddle or exploring the great outdoors with her daughter. Moonlit is her first book.




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The Silver Sphere by Michael Dadich Book Review - Blog Tour April 12th


The Silver Sphere Book Review



Blurb: Shelby Pardow never imagined killing someone. That's about to change.

While hiding from her troubled father in the local library, Shelby stares at a flashing instant message on her computer: YOU ARE NEEDED. She discovers a portal that opens and teleports her to the planet Azimuth, where soldiers await. Here, she is not a child but a warrior, Kin to one of the six Aulic Assembly members imprisoned by Malefic Cacoethes, the daunting leader of the Nightlanders.

Malefic, the evil spawn of the demon Biskara, razes towns and cities in his quest to rule Azimuth, and yearns to turn his forces against Earth. Yet every time Biskara gets close to achieving his malevolent goals, the Assembly uses the Silver Sphere, a sophisticated armillary device, to thwart him.

With the Assembly deposed, Biskara directing Malefic's conquests, and the Silver Sphere out of reach, Shelby is thrust into an unforgettable quest with her fellow Kin. She must learn to kill and lead an army into battle, or Azimuth—and Earth—will fall.

This book was a surprise! The blurb caught my eye because I'm a sucker for fantasy books and there aren't enough high fantasy reads (most are riding the current contemporary wave) with elements of sci-fi as a bonus, but this was a welcome addition to my library. Two worlds combine in this story where I was expecting it to start out in the high fantasy world. Instead we are introduced to main character Shelby as she escapes her alcoholic and abusive father and runs to the library for solace. Her home life is a bit tough to read in that I sympathized with her tough situation and was relieved when she escaped. A message on her computer serves as the bread crumbs to lead her to another world. But she isn't alone. Another boy named Zach witnesses one of his old school friends mistreated by bullies in school and rescues him with a fire alarm, only to return home that day to his parents fighting amongst themselves. He soon receives the same message on his own computer and is soon transported. Shelby and Zach are one of two in a group called The Kin, young members of an assembly with special abilities joined together to fight an ancient evil.  

On the surface, the story may sound like many other works of its kind but author Michael Dadich stamps out his own world and mythology with unique characters. I really liked Shelby and considering the rough life she had in the beginning, I was rooting for her chance to make her mark on the world and save the day. Books like this are what inspire many people, children especially, to feel like they can achieve anything. Gearing this toward young adults was perfect. I also love the sense of good fighting evil. In our current times, much of the entertainment is greyed out to be 'more realistic' rather than to entertain and tell a good story. I loved that I got a sense of good vs evil in this book and seeing the characters grow from their dire beginnings made this all the more enjoyable for me.

My last fave series was the YA fantasy books in the Iron Fey series and some instances reminded me of that series. Mainly main characters that started out ordinary in their own world as the underdog and grew to be extraordinary heroes. There's a love story here that doesn't hit the reader over the head and thankfully stays away from the tired love triangle angle that has been prevalent in YA fiction today. Unlike the Iron Fey series, this focuses on a group of characters and relies on third person give a more objective POV. I kind of wished we stayed on Shelby's and Zach's journeys in particular as they were the ones to stand out for me. Nevertheless the story is effective in its storytelling and reading this was a wonderfully refreshing book for me. I'm eager to continue the series as I would love to see how Mr. Dadich continues the story and the world he created in The Silver Sphere. I highly recommend this book not only for young adult readers but also adult readers who enjoy being transported themselves to other worlds with characters and a story they can relate to and root for. Keep an eye out for select illustrations sprinkled throughout the book!


AWD Commentary: Defiance, SF Channel's New Original Show & Game (I'm shocked as well :-))


After taking a much needed break from the stress of the book publishing world and a barrage of wedding planning, I'm excited to be back to losing myself in a new game. I had been waffling over getting the new Defiance MMO (Massive Multiplayer Online) Game. Looking at the costs, the risks of the play factor (I'm not a huge shooter game fan but I love SF RPG games as there aren't enough of them) and whether the world building would be as fun as it looked, I'm happy to say that I am having fun again! It's not as immersive as Mass Effect 2 (my all time fave) or Dragon Age: Origins but the potential is there for this to be a nice tie-in to the upcoming SF Channel show.

A bit of background, I remember when the SF channel was coming and various staple actors in the genre urged viewers to order it from our cable station. It boasted awesome classic shows from Lost in Space, The Twilight Zone, Time Tunnel, VR-5, Land of the Lost, Dark Shadows, The Bionic Man and Star Trek just to name a few. It also had original non-fic programming from the awesome Bob's Basement of treasured and rare props from fave sci-fi movies, Sci-Fi Buzz, an entertainment magazine show which kept viewers up on conventions and the goings on in the world of Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror, Inside Space which shared news and updates on anything space related. Later the show was joined by originals such as Lexx (Love this show!), The Invisible Man, Farscape and First Wave (yay Cade Foster!). The channel also featured Exposure, a showcase of short films from amateur filmmakers and veteran ones such as Alex Proyas, Tim Burton, George Lucas, Eric Kripke, David Koepp and others. I LOVED the Sci-Fi Channel and it would always be on in our house because there was always something we would want to see.

As the station dwindled over the years, it became depressing to turn into and soon I forgot it existed except around New Years Eve to turn into my annual Twilight Zone Marathon (weee!).

Now we have a reason to tune in again it is *gasp* original programming! Not another reality show nor a remake, not even a show that premieres on another network first that SFC is trying to covet and call their own original programming. No, sir.

Bring on Defiance!

I'm jazzed word is getting around for the show and game. Charlee over at Smart Girls Love Sci-Fi (awesome blog btw, subscribe to them!) recently posted about her thoughts on the show.

Defiance, the show, is basically a futuristic dystopian focusing on a small group of characters living on an Earth that has been meshed with various aliens, collectively called Votans. The game opens with this description:

"The Votans' arrival was more immigration than invasion.
Peaceful attempts to integrate collapsed into decades of war and chaos.

The Earth was transformed. Extinction seemed inevitable, until...
The Battle of Defiance.

Human and Votan soldiers defied orders and united to save innocent lives.
This valiant act inspired the belief that we must brave this new frontier together."



Part space western and part dystopia, on the surface, Defiance seems like ground that has been tread before in SF. There's a little bit of Firefly, a little bit of Mad Max, a dash of Starship Troopers and a pinch of
nuBSG with a wink of steampunk aesthetics. It seems a little out of place for the more schlocky material the SF channel is more known for now, but I have hopes it will stake its claim in SF history. We will have to see based on the quality of the storytelling and its weekly arcs.

For now, the game seems to set the scene up quite nicely.



Spoily spoiler alert ahead for folk who haven't played the game or want to go into the show completely unspoiled!

We are introduced to two storylines running alongside each other. In the main one, the player's character is an Ark Hunter working for the brainy Dr. Von Bach of Von Bach Industries. As we open on the Earth Republic Stratocarrier,  we are ordered by a Captain Grant to take our seats as the carrier preps for a landing. The ship seems to carry a mixture of military (here called Earth Military Republic (aka E-Rep)) and some civilian passengers. As story lore goes, most ships don't exactly land moreso than crash into the ground. These are generally called ArkFalls. Once an Arkfall lands, they are open to scavengers to scrap for resources.

Anyway, Von Bach is uptight about his "arktech", technology located in the Bay Area that can bring Earth back to the way it was. The head military man in charge isn't quite interested and goes back to ordering everyone to their seats. Here our player is created and customized before strapping in and meeting two familiar passengers: the main characters of the show Josh Nolan (Grant Bowler) and his adoptive daughter Irisa Nolan (Stephanie Leonidas). A shaky landing turns into a crash and there we are in the bay area, but not as we know it.

Once we hit the ground, the story turns to the player where we discover the post apoc world of the Bay Area, Defiance style. This is basically a prologue of the show where we encounter Nolan and Irisa again, Captain Grant and feisty Irithrian named Cass. The characters are colorful with a main storyline running alongside an episode mission that beings the Defiance story before the characters jump off the game screen and onto our television screens.

Things I like: The amount of stuff to do in this world! There is a lot of baddies running around to defend oneself from and a lot of quests to finish. You also get a main storyline quest and a episode storyline quest which ties into the show featuring Nolan and Irisa. It's pretty fun how you get to venture alongside them and be a bit of an independent rogue in your own right. The storyline is interesting so far and as I finish the episode mission in time for next week's premiere, I discovered a twist that took my interest in the two main characters down a peg. It's not exactly how they are written; they do something that doesn't quite endear me to them, but I'm still interested in seeing how the story begins as it continues from the game into the show.

I'm still playing as we speak and discovering it alongside my husband-to-be as we have time to play together in between work and basic life stuff, but it's been fun stretching it out in little morsels. Not to mention getting some snuggle time in game (squee).



Character customization was fun! It took me a while to get the hang of it as some features I didn't realize were there. And although it isn't as extensive as say, Mass Effect 2 (ME2), it still gets the job done and I finally settled on a look that envisioned for my character.


I love that I'm able to ride around in some awesome vehicles. My fave is the ATV wheeler which is nice and maneuverable and especially handy in running down the bad mutant monsters (vroom vroom)! The graphics are pretty gorgeous. There are nice sunsets and changes in whether which makes the game engine pretty impressive.

Best aspect of the game. ;-)

Things I don't like so much: The world isn't as immersive as I like. I would love to be able to interact with things more. Like for instance, scrounge for food and supplies in abandoned bunkers and camps. In previews of the show, we see a full fledged city with all the goodies it involves. I would love to have a marketplace/gathering center where goods can be traded and sold, also offering housing if people want to rent, contract jobs they can do as a Ark Hunters are already mercenaries in a way. I hear there is a big patch coming next week in time for the show and also the city of San Francisco will open up for play, so I'm hoping it offers more

Being a huge fan of RPGs (roleplaying games), I would love a chance to be able to roleplay my character with other folks. Some games feature separate servers for this and I wouldn't mind having a special RP Defiance server. Even so, this world is so rich and offers a potential for it that I wouldn't be surpised to see RP spring from here onto other sites.

Nevertheless, I'm excited to see what's in store with the game when the show starts. Creators have said that both will mesh together and things that happen in the show will affect the game and vice versa. San Francisco, the location in the game, will open up and the developers are always adding updates and fixes. A lot is riding on this for the channel. It's a risky endeavour not only for the meshing of two mediums to tell one story but real juicy sci-fi shows hasn't been on the channel since the Stargates and nuBSGs were canceled. As a big SF fan and gamer. This has my high interest!



Advisory: The tv show is listed as TV-14 most likely for language and adult themes but the show is a heavy Mature due to language, violence and adult themes of the HBO variety.

Kick Butt Characters Hop Winner!






Thanks to all who entered the hop for Kick Butt Characters. I had a blast going out with a bang a I'll be holding off on hops for a while as I transition into a blog hop hiatus (for a short time) and then a short blogging hiatus thereafter.

The winner of this hop is:

Jennifer G W

Hope everyone had a fun time! See you around the book stalls! 

Blue Hearts of Mars Blog Tour ~ Guest Post by author Nicole Grotepas



So I had this line running through my head, probably in relation to someone I'd interacted with: "He was more machine than man." And I liked the way it sounded.


I wrote it down.


What if he was a machine, and less a man? But what if he looked like a man and behaved like a man? And then I wondered, "What if we could create a being that was exactly like a human in every way? He could breathe, had a heart, organs, a brain, a personality? Would he then be human?"


The next line formed.


It was kind of like that skit from Monty Python, when Thomas Hardy is writing The Return of the Native. There was a crowd cheering for me and everything, with gasps and awes at my deletions and additions.


No, really. But in an ideal world, writing would be a spectator sport. Right?


In terms of the concepts, the idea at the core of Blue Hearts of Mars is very old, going so far back as Frankenstein and probably even further, like back to a time when some dude wanted to turn a man made of wood or straw into a human. Or, even further back, like to when some God wanted to turn a creature made of clay into a human. I wasn't exactly thinking of that stuff, however, because I was thinking about the story too, not just the premises. And I wanted all of it to be interwoven into one, hopefully seamless, narrative.

Technologically, our civilization is very much past where Mary Shelly was—I mean, we reanimate dead flesh all the time (not really)—but we're still not quite to where Star Trek: The Next Generation is, so to speak. I'm thinking of Data and his android nature that wants to comprehend humans, but can't quite grasp them.


What I believe Data lacked was a soul. But there's a question burning in me that's greater than whether or not we'll ever be able to create a being like Data, because I think we'll get there.


The big question is: when we do, will what animates a human, animate an android? Do they have souls or spirits? The life-force that leaves when a person dies—what is that? These questions inspired Blue Hearts of Mars. I've watched such ideas populate shows like Star Trek: TNG, and the new Battlestar Galactica, and I don't believe they've been answered. I suppose we won't have answers for them until we get there. Blue Hearts is my answer and it makes its appearance as a YA Sci-fi romance, not straight-forward, hard sci-fi. Because without romance, what's the point?


Romance is my weakness. Before I started writing fiction, I wrote poetry. And all my poetry managed to end up about love. No matter how hard I tried to barricade my poems against love, it always found a way in. I'd even sheepishly apologize to the people in my poetry critique group. "Sorry, yeah, this poem is about love, too," before I launched into reading it. Some of the ladies would laugh and tell me, "No need to apologize!" I guess because they loved romance too. The men were always strangely silent.


Before I wrote Blue Hearts of Mars, I was totally unaware that science fiction had widened to include a branch that was designated Sci-fi Romance.


I have always read fantasy and science fiction, but until recently, most of what I read was relegated to what other people wanted me to read: my college professors, the pocketbooks behind the traditional publishing behemoths, the classification system of bookstores and how they're designed, to name just a few.


A reader couldn't hop onto Goodreads and get a Listopia list of YA Sci-fi romance until just a few years ago. If you liked sci-fi, but wanted a strong element of romance, how did you find it? These days you can very easily navigate your way onto a discussion board and talk to other people who care about books that possess these features. As recent as 2001, a common method of finding books was merely perusing the stacks at Barnes and Noble or Borders. There wasn't a shelf assigned to YA Sci-fi Romance.


In short, this explosion of niche genres is awesome. It's mind-blowing and revolutionary. Thanks to this parallel universe known as the Internet, we have a way of spreading the word on exciting new genres that appeal to our varied tastes. Today I am in the mood for a story about time-travel and romance. I join a group on Goodreads or look for an Amazon discussion on this topic or start one myself, and boom, I get ten titles or more to add to my list. So, let's say hypothetically speaking that you're in the mood for a YA Sci-fi Romance? You know what book you should read? Blue Hearts of Mars. I heard it's really good.


Author Nicole Grotepas

Nicole wrote her first fantasy novel in 7th grade on her mother's old Brother typewriter. It was never finished but it strongly resembled a Dragonlance plot and she's forever wondered what happened to the manuscript and Tonathan--the handsome elven protagonist. After living in Nashville where she worked as an editor, she returned to the Utah desert where she was raised. Nicole now lives near the Wasatch mountains with her husband. She writes and raises her son and three cats full time.

Starseed Blog Tour - Guest Post by author Liz Gruder




UFOs and Paranormal Activity
--or the “U” in UFOs

by

Liz Gruder


One summer evening when I was about nine, I saw a group of UFOs.  I’d been riding bikes with my best friend Connie.  At the street corner we stopped. In the sky was a group of white lights. Strangely, they pulsated and then expanded in diameter. The hairs on my arms rose as I asked, “Why are there so many full moons in the sky?”  We knew full well these weren’t moons. This was something else. While in awe, we were simultaneously terrified as the glowing moons hovered above us.

Humans try to categorize things and make sense of what we experience based on previous experience. So calling them “full moons” was the only thing, in my limited experience, that could categorize this sighting.

Connie was impressed with the sighting too. In school, she made a copper plate depiction of us playing “ball” with the lights in the sky. She still has it.

Connie and I know that UFOs exist—because we’ve seen them. But remember that the “U” stands for “Unidentified,” for many sightings later turn out to be a satellite, aircraft, balloon or even birds. The “U” simply means we can’t identify exactly what it is we’re seeing. YouTube is filled with sightings—real and hoaxed.

Shortly after our sighting, I remember Connie and her sister telling me they were scared because they saw these little ghostly creatures emerging out of their closet. At sleepovers, I’d hold the blanket up to my nose, staring at the closet. I never saw anything come out of Connie’s closet, but later I saw my own ghost.

She stood at the foot of my bed, dressed in an old fashioned, floor-length dress. She had dark eyes and had her hands outstretched toward me. When I sat up and saw her filmy appearance and that her eyes were fixed on ME, I screamed. Sorry, not a ghostbuster, especially not at that age. The ghost visited two more times. And two more times, I screamed.

Recently, I quizzed my family. They remember me screaming and saying I’d seen a ghost. Connie remembers seeing the UFOs. So something happened, but what?

While researching Starseed, a story about a sixteen-year-old girl who is half human and half extraterrestrial, I did a lot of research on UFOs and aliens. I didn’t want to make up stuff on aliens … I wanted it to be as authentic as the UFOs I’d seen.

The odd thing is that many people who’ve had UFO sightings say that afterward, there’s a spike in paranormal activity.
In my research I discovered that aliens are masters of mind control and can manipulate perception and memory. I used this fringe science research in Starseed.

The aliens quietly invading a high school use these mind tactics on their fellow students and teachers. When Jordyn, a hybrid raised far from Earth falls for Kaila wants to spend time with her and they’re late to class, he makes the teacher believe Kaila fell and hurt her knee. The teacher sees a bruise when no other students can. This is called a “mind screen.”
In the years since I saw that ghost, I wondered: What was she? What did she want? Why did she appear to me three times?

Creepily, in my research, when I considered “mind screens” I wondered if the ghost I saw was a true perception. So I injected that “creep factor” into Starseed. For when Kaila falls in love with Jordyn and becomes more disgusted with the cruelty she endures by the human high school students, she scorns the human race and “defects” to the aliens. But Kaila is asked to prove her allegiance. She is asked to aide in student abductions, including her best friends.  When her friends sit up in bed at night during a “visitation,” what do they see at the foot of their bed?

Not an alien, but a ghost.

Then the mind control sets in of paralyzing the girls and later, subsequent memory loss of what really happened.
In Starseed, you get to see what really happened, because it’s told through the point of view of the alien.

To this day, I watch the skies and see amazing sights. I’ve seen lights that move slowly, stop and then make a right angle turn. What are they? Not weather balloons. Not satellites. Those lights, whatever they are, are still classified as the great “U” --“Unidentified.”

Still, through science fiction we can experience all sorts of physics and speculations. In fiction we try to make sense of this mysterious world we live in.

--Liz Gruder

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Starseed (available in print and eBook)
by Liz Gruder
Publisher: WiDo Publishing
ISBN: 978-1937178291
 

Starseed concerns a sixteen-year-old girl who falls in love with a starseed boy who reveals that she, too, is half extraterrestrial, and is forced to choose her allegiance between Earth or her star family.

Liz Gruder website: www.lizgruder.com
Liz Gruder twitter: https://twitter.com/LizGruder
WiDo Publishing: www.widopublishing.com