$25 GIVEAWAY and SERIES SPOTLIGHT: Beyond by Maureen Miller
BEYOND Genres: New Adult, Romance, Science Fiction
It is the day after Aimee Patterson’s high school graduation. College beckons, as does her dream of becoming an engineer. On an early evening walk, her cocker spaniel charges into the woods on the other side of the pond. Aimee trails after him, and in the stillness of that forest the unthinkable happens. She becomes paralyzed and watches in horror as her hands vanish before her eyes.
Waking to the sound of voices, Aimee realizes that she has been kidnapped. Little does she know how far away from home she is, though. In an attempt to flee her captors, she launches from their confines only to freeze at the view outside the window. The sky is black and filled with stars, and in the distance is a familiar blue globe. The planet Earth.
A group of humans forced to flee their planet after an epidemic destroyed their civilization now travel the galaxies in search of an antidote. Retrieving samples of plant life from every solar system, on this occasion Aimee was accidentally seized instead.
Aimee must learn to avoid the advances of an awkward young scientist who seems intent on dissecting her, as her own fascination turns to the exotic young warrior, Zak. Having fallen in love with Zak, she is now torn with the decision to return to Earth or live beyond the stars.
BEYOND TWO SUNS
They were coming. It wasn't so much the sound that revealed them. It was the subtle vibration of the ground beneath his feet, like the percussion of a distant explosion. It was their march. The dead tread of stone against sand. A ghostly gait of menace.
Alone in a desert world...a world he once called home, Zak is now a damaged man. Reckless in his battle against the creatures that destroyed his family, he roams under the glare of the two suns, seeing phantoms--seeing Aimee.
Five years had passed since Aimee Patterson left the man she loved. For five long years she traveled the path of life, always waiting--always looking to the stars, knowing, hoping, that one day he would return for her.
And today was that day...
BEYOND THREE PATHS
After spending years in space on an alien ship, Aimee Patterson is finally coming home. But this time she is not alone. Her lover Zak wants to meet her parents, and her friend Raja wants to experience life on Earth. Both get more than they ever bargained for.
Within days of being on Earth, Raja is caught up in an FBI sting operation. She is intrigued by Special Agent Craig Buchanan, but things go horribly wrong. Raja is faced with a dilemma. Save Agent Buchanan’s life or risk revealing her true identity.
It was supposed to be an innocent trip to Earth.... now Aimee, Zak, and Raja are fugitives of the ultimate kind.
BEYOND by Maureen Miller
This book was a nice surprise. Not only was it well written, but it kept me captivated the entire time. Miller’s writing flows easily through the story as she describes how Aimee, a young teenager from Earth must cope with the fact that she was just abducted from Earth and has no chance of returning for five years.
Supposedly the “abduction” was a mistake caused by a young scientist who was on Earth to gather plant life that might be critical to the survival of his race. The aliens on the Guardian ship Horus, also human-like – and just let me stop here because I’ve seen a lot of readers say human-like aliens are a lack of imagination on the author’s part. But I have to disagree. As a scientist, the human body plan makes a lot of sense. Why wouldn’t it be duplicated? Anyway – the aliens on the ship Horus are human-like and I appreciated that.
So Aimee has been picked up for some nefarious reason by a young man named Salvan, who seems to have an infatuation with her. His job is to find a cure for a devastating disease that has wiped out the home world of these transient beings. And this is why they are traveling the universe—stopping by as many planets as they can to collect plant life, desperately seeking a cure.
But there is another young man on the ship – and this guy looks and acts different form the rest. Zak is a warrior. He’s standoffish (aren’t all the good ones standoffish!) and he’s gorgeous. He feels an attraction to Aimee, and Aimee feel the same way back. They have a few adventures together, but always there is that damn Salvan meddling in Aimee’s life.
This was book was very good. If you’re into SF I’d highly recommend it. It’s got just enough adventure and romance to keep you interested in just about every way possible. The new technology introduced is interesting, and the twists at the end are quite unexpected. I won’t give any away, but the second book is set up perfectly. And best of all – all three books are out right now.
1.) Amazon $25 gift card.
2.) Signed print copies of all 3 books in the series (US Only).
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