Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Alliances: Cover Image

Up here at the Secret Lair, we're fortunate to be mostly safe from the variety-pack of misery that this year has served up.  People are behaving themselves and, for the most part, not being terrible to each other.  So that's nice.

At the moment, we appear to be experiencing the start of an insect plague.  Untold legions of caterpillars have descended on the compound, crossing the lawn like a fuzzy brown carpet and stripping their trees of their foliage in a matter of days.  Why?  Because it's 2020, that's why.  I would expect no less. The way this year has been going, I wouldn't be entirely surprised to see Godzilla go stomping by.

In the meantime, the third book in the 'Hybrid' series now has a name: Alliances.  The book has made the rounds of the Readers Of The Apopsicle, and is really coming together.  It even has a snazzy cover:

Fifty years have passed since the end of the war and the evacuation of Earth.  Millions of people still live in refugee camps while humanity's governments argue over their fate.

Humanity's ally -- the ancient Palani Empire -- is creating colonies to house the neglected refugees.  Ruthless war hero Zura Varta now finds herself governing dozens of colonies full of irritating humans.

Zura's people are dwindling toward extinction.  To stave off oblivion, geneticists are creating a generation of Human/Palani hybrids.  But those that are 'too human' are abandoned; only a lucky few are adopted, like Zura's daughter Yaella.

Now, hybrid children are being abducted and shipped Coreward.  For impulsive Yaella, finding and rescuing her hybrid 'family' gives her the purpose she's been looking for.

For resolute Zura, the fate of a few hundred children is trivial compared to a widening crisis that threatens the lives of millions.

Mother and daughter are both headed into uncharted territory.  They'll need to find people they can trust.  They'll need to make Alliances.

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