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by Lesley Young
A secret she must never share. A secret that two warring species are determined to control. A universe’s future at stake.
Twenty-year-old Cassiel Winters joins Earth’s new space academy in hopes of finding her brother, one of Command’s top pilots and her only family, who’s been reported MIA. But she quickly realizes she may not be cut out for life in space, where female cadets are outnumbered, competition’s fierce, and she’s already failed her hand-to-hand combat test once.
Even the station’s most respected officer, Lt. Damian King, probably can’t help Cassiel pass the second time around – so why is he so interested in her progress? If only one of her freaky déjà vu visions would offer an answer instead of mysterious messages like hide.
When Cassiel’s manipulated into a perilous mission, she encounters a warrior species bred to protect the universe from an even greater threat. And she learns that her secret visions are at the heart of it all.
Now Cassiel must fight to control her own destiny and race to save her brother – even if it means pretending to be the pawn of Prime Or’ic, the cold-as-steel Thell’eon leader. Even if it means risking her life, facing hard truths, and making the ultimate sacrifice.
“Where is here? Why can’t I move?” “You can,” he says quickly. “Just try.” I focus and manage to move my arms and then, without any effort, my entire body. “How did you do that?” “I didn’t. You did. You can do absolutely anything you want in here,” he adds, looking around eagerly. “Where’s here?”
My mouth drops open. For no reason I can explain, I believe him.
“Well, get out!” “I can’t. You need me here in order for you to be here.” Huh? Forget this. I’m so getting him out of here. I’ll just return to the darkness.
“You can’t do that,” he says quickly. “You would die.”
He speaks the truth. How do I know that? What’s going on in here?
You were badly injured in the skirmish. It was my fault and I apologize. I should not have released the field. But the truth is, one more exposure would have stopped your heart.
So what happened to me? And uh, wait, why are we speaking without talking? Oh, this is so awful. I’ve got to end this.
It does not have to be awful! I would respect your privacy. I promise. You only need to share with me what you choose.
I choose not to share.
I will the blackness forth.
“Listen to me! Look at me! Look at me!” he shouts out loud, bringing me back from my refuge, the darkness.
There. I would explain but you must stay calm and focus on me. You have a concussion. We are rushing you back to our ship where you would be treated. I am interfacing with you in a manner that we call ‘symbiosis’ to ensure you do not slip into a coma.
Liar. He’s lying. He’s dangerous. I am not ly— “Stop reading my thoughts!” I am not. Well, I am only reading what is on the surface, nothing below.
“How do I know you’re not lying and that you plan to just fish around in here for ESE information?”
His eyebrows lift as if to say, Get real. But he doesn’t say anything.
“Why can’t I read your thoughts?”
Because I have much experience with symbiosis. I am blocking you. I wish to emphasis that I have no desire or need to probe your no doubt fertile mind for ESE secrets. We have had spies on Earth for centuries. You yourself told me you are nothing more than a cadet.
Well, his arrogance isn’t just for show. I heard that.
“Like I care.”
Author Information and Links:
Journalist Lesley Young never thought she would delve into the world of writing fiction, but when she sat down for the first time to put pen to paper, ideas for what would become her first novel just poured out naturally. Young’s first book, “Sky’s End,” is a multi-genre tale that showcases her unique style of weaving romance, action and wit into one page-burning story.
Young was born in Edmonton, Alberta in Canada. She holds an arts degree from the University of Alberta and a journalism degree from the University of Victoria.
Young now lives in Loretto, Ontario where she works as a journalist, freelance writer and editor for health, décor and business magazines. Since 2008, Young has written more than 300 articles for print and online media including Profit, Toronto Life, MSN Green, and Elle Canada among others. She is a regular contributor to Reader’s Digest, Best Health, Canadian Living and House and Home Magazine.
Soul Mate Publishing releases “Sky’s End” on July 15 in paperback and e-book. The novel is Young’s first installment in a series about Cassiel Winters, a futuristic heroine, and her outer space escapades.
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/skys-end-lesley-young/1115564788?ean=9781619352384
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