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NAVIGATING THE STARS (Sentinels of the Galaxy Book 1)

Yes, this is a new science fiction series! It's coming out on November 19, 2018 in Australia and New Zealand only. I don't have pub dates for the USA, Canada, and the UK, but I'm hoping to post them soon. I really LOVE the main protagonist's voice in this one. Lyra has a new kind of snark and she just refuses to be ignored. Another thing that makes this series different is that her parents are alive and well and have no qualms about meddling in her life. And for my fantasy readers, don't be put off by the "science fiction" tag, while I do have science elements like traveling through space and the time dilation (I did attend a week-long Astronomy workshop at the University of Wyoming to learn all about space), it's still my style--focused on the characters, lots of page-turning action, and a touch of romance.

This series also has Terracotta Warriors like the ones discovered in China. I've always been fascinated with them and was able to see them twice when they were on tour in the US. I thought wouldn't it be cool to write a book where Terracotta Warriors are discovered on other planets. Then that led to the questions: Why are they there and, more importantly, who put them there? The Warriors are the reason the series title is Sentinels of the Galaxy.

Here's the synopsis: Year 2471. A new discovery. Those three words thrill my parents - the galaxy's leading archaeologists - but for me, it means another time jump to a different planet. One so big, my friends will be older than my dad when we arrive. And I'll still be seventeen. Thanks, Einstein.

I really can't blame Einstein, though. No one expected to find life-sized terracotta warriors buried on other planets. So off we go to investigate, traveling through space and time. With my social life in ruins, I fill my days illegally worming into the quantum net - the invention that allows us to travel in space. Of course the only person close to my age is a hot-but-pain-in-the-neck security officer who threatens to throw me into the brig.

But when one of the warrior planets goes silent, we have bigger problems on our hands. The planet's entire population might be dead. And now my worming skills, along with a translation of an ancient alien artefact, might be the key to finding out why. But my attempts to uncover the truth lead to the discovery of a deadly new alien phenomenon, and also alert those who wish to keep it quiet.

Read an Excerpt from NAVIGATING THE STARS.

ISBN 13: 9781489252746
Release date: November 19, 2018 HQ Young Adult, Australia
Price: $19.99 AU dollars - Trade-size paperback

NAVIGATING THE STARS If you don't live in Australia or New Zealand and wish to purchase a copy, I HIGHLY recommend that you PRE-ORDER the book from Book Depository online (free worldwide shipping!). The Australian editions tend to sell out on Book Depository very soon after its published.

You can pre-order NAVIGATING THE STARS online at these retailers:

SHATTERED GLASS Glass Series #4 - A Glass Series eNovella!

Yep, you read that right, I wrote an e-Novella about Opal. The story takes place between NIGHT STUDY and DAWN STUDY, making the perfect read while you're waiting for DAWN STUDY to be released in January 2017!

Here's a synopsis: While trying to teach her adopted daughter, Reema how to work with molten glass, Opal receives a strangely worded letter from Master Magician Zitora Cowan requesting Opal's immediate help. Zitora resigned from the Sitian Council over two years ago to search for her lost sister and no one has heard from her since. The letter is probably an ambush, but Opal refuses to pass up the opportunity to help her mentor who may be in genuine trouble. Good thing Opal isn't easy to trick, and with her two soldier friends, Nic and Eve providing backup, the three travel down to a small town in the Jewelrose Clan with the hope of rescuing the Master Magician without being caught in the same trap.

The eNovella costs 0.99 US. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Araella, an 18 year old friend of my daughter who was recently diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. :( The money will help her with medical and travel expenses as she undergoes extensive chemotherapy.

Read an excerpt from SHATTERED GLASS HERE

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