“Saving him meant saving her colony…”
Lyra Bryan has been saving people her whole life from a chick in the ventilation pipes to her mentally ill brother when his mind drifts back to Old Earth. She meets her match when she finds a gorgeous alien man aboard the arachnid ship. Captured after a failed attempt to save his people, his spirit is broken, craving only vengeance. To save her colony, Lyra must save his body and soul.
Lyra’s lifemate, Tauren, is jealous of her obsession with the alien man and will do anything in his power to break them apart. While they travel to the arachnid’s home world to defeat the mother brain once and for all, they must set aside their differences and work as a team. But, can Tauren be trusted?
I had to save him.
The scar burned between my breasts. Would I ever feel whole again? I smoothed my fingers over the fabric of my uniform, where the sunburst blossomed red and pink on my skin. My other hand traced the exotic, inky patterns on the alien man’s face lying on the examination bed beside me. Only he could understand my pain. We’d both been cocooned on that wretched alien ship, waiting to die.
“Lyra, you have to leave him. The ceremony’s in twenty minutes.” Tauren stood with his arms crossed over his broad chest. A forehead worthy of an Old Earth cave man hung over his little, beady eyes as he stared with suspicion. “Don’t you want your medal?”
Behind me, monitors beeped with a steady, abnormally slow heart rate. A line fluctuating on a graph showed unprecedented brain activity. My ward dreamed. What of, I wasn’t sure: star systems I’d never seen, or maybe his home planet. My fingers traced his shimmery golden skin, soft and smooth except for the calluses on the underside of his palm and the hard ripped abs underneath the sheets--not that I’d peeked. For an alien, he looked more like a demigod or one of those statues of roman warriors from Old Earth.
I brushed back a strand of cobalt hair from his eyes and tucked in the bed sheets. “I don’t care about medals.”
Tauren lurched toward me and grabbed my wrist like I was his toy kite that had drifted too far on the wind. His fingernails dug into my skin. “What do you care about?” His voice was hoarse, his smudge-brown eyes desperate.
My thoughts wandered to the alien man. I hadn’t even spoken to him or learned his name. When I first saw him, wrapped in the arachnids’ cocoon aboard their metallic ship, my emotions ignited. Far from his home, he lay in stasis, trapped until the arachnids drained his body of life. I’d been in the same position until Nova saved me.
Aubrie grew up watching the original Star Wars movies over and over again until she could recite and reenact every single scene in her backyard. She also loved The Goonies, Star Trek the Next Generation-favorite character was Data by far-, and Indiana Jones. But, her all time favorite movie was The Last Unicorn. She still wonders why the unicorn decided to change back to a unicorn in the end.
Aubrie wrote in her junior high yearbook that she wanted to be "A concert flutist" when she grew up. When she made that happen, she decided one career was not enough and embarked as a fantasy, sci fi author. Two careers seems to keep her busy. For now.
Now for the professional bio:
Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Entangled Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. She recently signed her YA sci fi novel with Inkspell Publishing titled: Colonization: Paradise Reclaimed, which will release in October 2012. When she's not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras. She's a big Star Trek TNG fan, as well as Star Wars and Serenity.
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