BY LIZA O'CONNOR
Sojourn is probably in the brig presently, so allow me to tell you about the book.
An alien species is removing human colonies from planets, but to where, no one knows. Sojourn, along with the Emperor’s daughter and their crew, must find this unknown species and negotiate a treaty before the Empire’s army declares war on all non-human races.
Those who do not follow the Path of Light would prefer to kill all the non-human sentient beings before they are even aware they are under attack.
Matters turn bleak for the Path of Light when Sojourn’s ship crash-lands on Terranue before their journey even begins.
Something moved in Sojourn’s dinner of rehydrated protein-and-vegetable stew. He poked at it with his spoon and a green head the size of his thumb rose above the brown goo and clamped down on the utensil, tearing at it with its rows of needle-sharp teeth.
His shipmates farther down the stainless steel dining table roared with raucous laughter. One of them must have found the vicious creature on Alpha 201, the planet they just left.
Everyone had been hoping for a bonus, which they got whenever a colony survived a full year. Unfortunately, not a single person remained on the planet. Evidently, the crew decided to take out their frustration on the newest crewmember.
“Funny, real funny,” he declared, tempted to toss his spoon with the attached Gila worm down the table, but that would get him in trouble…again. Instead, he carried his bowl over to the barely functioning recycling unit and poured the contents down the hole.
He’d probably catch hell for throwing a non-degradable spoon away, but no way was he going to risk a potentially lethal bite just to save one slightly warped eating utensil.
The recycling unit groaned and shivered as if it didn’t feel like working today, or maybe it didn’t like Gila worms either. The brown sludge and Gila worm had just disappeared when Captain Longfellow’s voice barked from the ship’s communication system.
“Sojourn to the bridge!”
Old man Thomas, no doubt the idiot who had brought the Gila aboard, smirked and leaned back in his chair. “Was that the brig or bridge?”
Charles, playing cards at the end of the table with Drogan, paused in his game. “It’d save time if he let you head to the brig straight off.”
Everyone laughed but Drogan. Still, the blue-skinned, gilled Oceanic had to be relieved not to be the target of their torment for once. The morons of this crew constantly told him fish jokes, which no doubt made the fellow wish he’d never left his water planet.
Sometimes these jerks made Sojourn wish he’d never left Terranue, but in his case he’d had no choice. According to a prophecy, if he didn’t leave, the colonists would blame him for some terrible plague that was coming.
Book 4 : Surviving Sojourn
Book 3: Surviving Terranue
Book 2: Surviving Outbound
Book 1: The Gods of Probabilities
Liza is a multiple genre author of 17 novels. A Late Victorian Series, The Adventures of Xavier & Vic, plus a spinoff, A Right to Love, is an ongoing series. A Long Road to Love is a humorous Contemporary Disaster Romance series of five books. She has two single books. One is a humorous, bad boys contemporary novel with ghosts, called Ghost Lover, the other is Untamed & Unabashed, a spinoff from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
Now, she’s rolling out her Science fiction series (with romance & humor) called The Multiverses. The first four books are slotted for last half of 2015. In addition she hopes, if she hasn’t dropped from exhaustion by then, to re-release a sometimes humorous/suspense thriller called Saving Casey
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