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Sunday, June 9, 2013




Abandoned by his mother after his father’s death, Gethyon Rees feels
at odds with his world and longs to travel the stars. But discovering
he has the power to do so leaves him scarred for life. Worse, it
alerts the Siah-dhu—a dark entity that seeks his kind for their
special abilities—to his existence, and sets a bounty hunter on his

When those same alien powers lead Gethyon to commit a terrible act,
they also aid his escape. Marooned on the sea-world of Ulto Marinos,
Gethyon and his twin sister must work off their debt to the Seagrafter
captain who rescued them while Gethyon puzzles over their
transportation. How has he done this? And what more is he capable of?

Before he can learn any answers, the Wardens arrive to arrest him for
his crime. Can his powers save him now? And where will he end up next?


Take me away from here. He stared deep into the image, his longing to be out there burning in his chest. Take me far away.

Something within him stirred, forcing him to focus deep inside the
image. Warmth flowed from his chest, through his arms and into the
crystal. Suddenly, the image opened and surrounded him; the room
transformed into the dark void of open space, the stars orbiting him
in slow rotation, a supernova within the grasp of his free hand.

Gethyon gasped in shock and dropped the CHI device; the illusion
vanished, leaving the inactive crystal gleaming at his feet. He stared
at it, expecting the images to leap from the crystal again and
surround him. Tentatively, he reached down for the gem and his fingers closed around it. He lifted it to his face, gazing intently into the faceted prism, turning it this way and that as if it would suddenly reveal its secret. When nothing happened, he held it at arm’s length and activated it a second time. Again, the picture rose from the CHI device and hovered above it, nothing more than a simple hologram. Not understanding the strange sensation that seemed to spill from him into the heart of the imager, he allowed it to happen again. The view expanded and enfolded him in deepest, blackest space and sparkling stars. A cloud of infinitesimal space debris drifted across his eyes like wisps of cloud, and he pushed the fingers of his free hand into it, watching as the particles dispersed around his fingers.

Marveling at the sudden magic that had brought the galaxy’s image to
life, he permitted more of the energy to surge into the CHI device,
forcing it when it threatened to trickle to a halt. The image expanded
farther, beyond the confines of his room and out into the landscape.
Something within him seemed to unlock, and glittering threads of
crystal fire shot through space, a long twisting corridor stretching
out to infinity. Gethyon stood gasping on the threshold, dizzy with
power and exhilaration, waiting to fall into the passageway.

Sudden alarm shot through him in an icy stream; he turned, fear
stinging his nerves and fiery agony pulsing in his mind. From behind
him darkness deeper than space, an antithesis of light, life and
warmth, billowed into his vision, swamping and consuming all before
it. He tried to scream, but the sound locked in his throat, leaving
him silent and helpless. He tried to release the CHI device, to banish
the image and the darkness back into the gem, but a paralysis claimed
him. The blackness swelled. Amorphous fingers reached for him across
the millennia, seeking to claim him. Power bled from him as the
darkness drained his energy, sucked the life from him.

Pain exploded in his hand to the sound of splintering, and the vision
shattered. Gethyon stood frozen. Shards of the CHI device fell from a
hand dripping in crimson. He screamed as the darkness swallowed him.


A stay-at-home mum of three who spent twelve years working as an
Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay
bases her stories on a lifetime addiction to science-fiction books and

Somewhere along the line a touch of romance crept into her work
and refused to leave. Between torturing her characters, she spends the odd free moments trying to learn guitar, indulging in freestyle street dance and drinking high-caffeine coffee. Although happily settled in historical Colchester in the UK with her husband of 20 years, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head. 

Her works have won a SFR Galaxy Award, and finaled in the Readers Favorite Award Contest and the Gulf Coast RWA Chapter Silken Sands Self-Published
Star Award.


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