Born moments before his parents crashed landed on Earth, Jason was raised in foster care. As soon as he was old enough, he packed his backpack and hit the road. Just him and his bike.
Now a jaded young man, living above a roadhouse diner and bar with several other misfits, he struggles to understand friendships, relationships, and the bonds of family.
Unbeknownst to Jason, other refugees from the planet Altiss also made it safely to Earth. After discovering Jason living as a human, they seek to safeguard him and his fledgling abilities.
As Jason’s powers begin to manifest, his mate arrives on earth looking to claim him. Ano ki stalks Jason, seeking to gain his trust, and his proximity only intensifies Jason’s burgeoning magic..
Fearing they will be dragged back to the planet they fled, the refugees prepare to do battle. In Jason, they believe they may have what is needed to tip the scales in their favor.
Left with no choice but to accept his heritage and learn to fight, Jason struggles with some harsh lessons about love and trust amidst a backdrop of battle and betrayal.
This story keeps you thinking with lots of characters and personalities to puzzle out. just when you think you know who is going to end up with who the clues change and you’re left wondering again.
I loved the alien species in this story. They were inventive and different from any I have read about before. So often alien stories follow the same line, this one didn’t and that makes it stand out.
Another great story from one of my many favorite authors.
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SPIDER WEBS & COVER ART
Losing his brother leaves rocker Jace Christenson struggling to understand how it happened, and what he can do to open the door to conversation about suicide and mental illness.
Losing his brother leaves rocker Jace Christenson struggling to understand how it happened, and what he can do to open the door to a conversation about suicide and mental illness. A trip to visit an old friend who runs the tattoo parlor where he got his first tattoo soon nets him a conversation piece, in the form of a semi-colon tattoo, but the pain of grief is still overwhelming. Reconnecting with his band is an obstacle he’s not sure he can overcome. It takes some time away with best friend and fellow bandmate Troy Paulus to finally get him to open up and accept that the things he’s feeling are normal parts of the healing process. And if along the way, the two grow even closer, than that’s just a bonus right?
Spider Webs and Cover Art Excerpt
“So, what’s with these semi-colons anyway?” she asked as her fingers clicked over the mouse. “I’ve done six or seven of them in the past two months. I didn’t know so many people were into writing, at least, not around here. I guess with you and all those song it’s to be expected, but some of the folks who’ve had it done kind of shocked me. They seemed more the cartoon character tattoo types.”
Jace couldn’t help but chuckle at that. “It’s got nothing to do with writing.”
“Nope. It’s about way, way more than not forgetting to use proper punctuation.”
He’d been unable to keep his nose from wrinkling at the mere reminder of how many times his English papers had come back with more red ink than black and she’d turned just in time to see.
“I’d forgotten how much you used to complain about your English classes. You called them torture sessions, swore that Mrs. Chu had to be related to Vlad the Impaler.”
“I still say that old lady was capable of stabbing someone with a pencil until the right words bled out of them and on to the page.”
She laughed at that and just shook her head at him, “So then what does it mean?”
Jace glanced down at his wrist and the empty spot where the tattoo would go. A reminder never to cut there, a reminder never to hurt too much to tell someone he was in pain, a reminder of just how much it hurt to lose someone and be left wondering what you could have done to help and if you could have saved them.
“Hope,” Jace said at last, taking a deep breath and letting it out slow. “It’s an invitation, a conversation starter, a way to remember those who weren’t able to save themselves. It’s a reminder to look a little closer, ask questions, never forget that someone you love might be suffering from something that they don’t understand or aren’t able to share.”
“All that from a semi-colon?” she asked skeptically as she turned back to the screen.
“It made you ask, didn’t it?”
Warning – You will need boxes of tissues to hand for this book.
This book hit me really hard. Hearing Jace talk about his brother and how he didn’t realize anything was wrong. Then as he looks back over his brother’s behavior he starts to see the cracks. The guilt is crippling when he thinks he could have done something if he’d only paid better attention and not thought of only himself. His friend Sherri helps a lot by adding her story about her sister.
The story really highlights the subjects of depression and suicide. It also highlights the need for family and friends. It’s all handled with flair and sensitivity. The final scene of Jace facing the radio interviewer…well…as I said keep tissues to hand.
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Prize: $10 WIP Gift Card
About the author
LAYLA DORINE lives among the sprawling prairies of Midwestern America, in a house with more cats than people. She loves hiking, fishing, swimming, martial arts, camping out, photography, cooking, and dabbling with several artistic mediums. In addition, she loves to travel and visit museums, historic, and haunted places.
Layla got hooked on writing as a child, starting with poetry and then branching out, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. Hard times, troubled times, the lives of her characters are never easy, but then what life is? The story is in the struggle, the journey, the triumphs and the falls. She writes about artists, musicians, loners, drifters, dreamers, hippies, bikers, truckers, hunters and all the other folks that she’s met and fallen in love with over the years. Sometimes she writes urban romance and sometimes its aliens crash landing near a roadside bar. When she isn’t writing, or wandering somewhere outdoors, she can often be found curled up with a good book and a kitty on her lap.
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