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When snow isolates East Ridge
Pasts are revealed
Acquaintances become friends
And friends lovers
Rivals become ruthless
And human nature is exposed
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Solar Search by Ross Richdale
In the last days of an interspecies war, Captain Tara Fye is given control of Yolk 3, a secret spaceship hidden on an asteroid orbiting Earth. She ordered to activate the Earth’s final defence system against the enemy of hexapods, six legged insect species and their allies, electronic entities. The planet is sealed both physically and electronically from the enemy by an artificial bubble. No spaceships, including their one can land or leave Earth. As well, no audio or visual transmissions can penetrate the bubble from either direction.
Yolk 3 is designed to maintain human life until another world is found to save humans from extinction as an intelligent life force or, if possible to return in the future to reunite with those sealed on the planet.
Tara also finds several somewhat sinister facts about her superiors, including having a computer implant installed unknowingly in her mind and that outer pods encircling Yolk 3 contain hundreds of humans in deep frozen hibernation. They include, not only scientists, engineers and medical doctors but also many young women who have been impregnated without their knowledge in the hope that future generations would survive, even if the humans on Earth become extinct.
Tara and her crew are alone but the enemy still lurks out there ready to annihilate them without mercy if they are found. Read Solar Search to discover how Tara and those aboard Yolk 3 survive a journey to unknown galaxies.
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If magic arises unchecked to breed upon itself, it is unstoppable and the balance of good and evil will be compromised forever.
Quotes from “The Great Book of Everything That Will Be.”
In the days of old when knights ruled the land of Castle Rockshade, Kyla Kiro does not want to be forced into marrying the evil Sir Edwin O’Hane. She persuades Shane Wynex the man she really loves to escape with her to the surrounding forest. She has friends there who can help, from Sliver a transman, half human and half tree to the forest dwarfs and talking birds.
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Jelena heard the footfall first and assumed it was Elder Dalton or one of her friends. When she turned, blood ran from her face and her whole body shook. There, standing beneath a massive oak tree was Bard Griffen. He carried a huge machete that he held up like a fork.
“Hello, My Sweet,” he said. “It’s taken a while but I have found my betrothed at last. It was naughty of you to leave before the ceremony.”
She turned to see a red headed and bearded warrior step out of the trees a dozen strides ahead. With panic gripping her body she swung around. The bard now blocked the track behind.
He grinned. “It is useless to run. Why don’t you accept your destiny? You are about to become my senior wife and by your twentieth birthday would have bore two children for me, hopefully boys.”
He stepped forward.
Her lip dropped and chin shook. She was not Druid’s Daughter Jelena or Soothsayer Jelena, the leader and advisor who helped villagers but that timid fourteen-year-old back in Darbarri. That was when the bard had originally attacked and molested her. At the time, only the arrival of a work squad in that remote shed at the far side of the village fields had prevented him from violating her body. She had told nobody, not even Adenydd or Olwina, her best friend even back then, about the episode but avoided ever going back to the shed or anywhere near the man over the next four years.
She snapped! Screaming, she tore downhill through the trees and into swampy rushes near the stream. She almost reached the lower weir where the village women would be still washing their clothes. A hand grabbed her by the wrist, she was swung around, and crying, kicking and punching out with her clench fists she was held. The glimpse of grinning eyes behind a shaggy red beard caught her vision as she struggled. There was a distinct crack and pain above her right ear. Everything around spun around and she collapsed to the ground.
*How much later she didn’t know but she had the sensation of being carried over a man’s shoulder. She could see the ground and grass but little else until she saw stood two massive brown oxen hitched to a four-wheeled wagon, one of those with a box-like back used in harvesting.
“No!” she screamed as she was lifted like a rag doll as the man climbed a small ladder and pushed through a skylight door in the wagon’s roof. She dropped, landed on her hands and knees, just as the door was slammed shut.
But she was not alone. Warm arms hugged her and held on tightly. Hands stroked her hair and eyes met hers. The trouble was they were filled with tears and looked as a scared as she felt.
It was Olwina, her dearest friend Olwina!
“Where are we?” Jelena sobbed.
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When the remote settlement of East Ridge in the South Island of New Zealand is isolated during a snowstorm, Renee and Tyler take in three travellers. Without electricity or mobile phone contact and with all the roads around closed, the five are completely cut off from the world. There, they begin to bond and help one another with problems in their lives.
Renee is now living with her partner Tyler at East Ridge after a violent marriage to a Larry Brooks and the loss of an unborn child. Tyler, who has a tractor to patrol the local section of highway, rescues Aza and Sofia after their car slides off the road in a heavy snowstorm. As well, Ian, a lawyer who was actually coming to visit Renee is also found in a separate accident where his motorbike skidded off the road.
Aza is a lecturer and researcher at Auckland University who has had her work on genetic profiling, plagiarised from her PhD thesis by Professor Joseph Hardy who becomes an enemy when she can prove his crime.
Ian is a lawyer who works for the Crown Prosecutors Office in Auckland. He tells Renee that her ex-husband is being investigated for murder of his child and attempted murder of a partner after a car crash. However, there is not enough concrete evidence to prove that it was not an accident and circumstantial evidence is needed to show Larry Brooks violent past. Several of the man’s previous partners are too scared to testify. Ian came down to the South Island to try to persuade Renee to be a witness at a trial that may eventuate.
During their isolation at East Ridge, the five find they are being stalked and later attacked by an armed criminal, obviously employed by someone to assassinate one of them.
But who is being targeted? Is it Aza who is a threat to the professor at the university, Renee by the violent Brooks or Ian, the lawyer out to build up a case against him?
And how does being isolated from the world by the snowstorm add to the problems? Romance enters the equation in an unexpected way after Sofia is shot and wounded in the assassination attempt. Was she the target of the mysterious assassin or was it a mistaken identity with Renee or Aza being the intended target?
All will be revealed in this romantic thriller set in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
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