I can’t scream. I’m being hauled backward too forcefully. I try to twist, expecting to see another flash of silver, knowing I’m unable to stop it. But there isn’t one.
In one fluid movement, from capture to release, the Aeon hurls me through the air, in the direction of the rift, never once breaking in his fighting with Onegin and other Thelle’eons. As I sail backward I watch it fight with both hands again, easily slaughtering Thell’eon while working somewhat harder to fight off Onegin.
I land on my butt, hard. Only slightly winded. Why am I not dead? Why would it throw me near? Oh, it hits me, as the Aeon is slowly but surely backing up toward me and the rift. He’s going take me back with him! Aeon use sifts, Or’ic’s words replay loud.
Over my dead body!
I scramble to get up and look over at the exit relieved to see a fresh batch of Thell’eon entering, including Or’ic and Kell’an. They assess the situation and head for the Aeon determined. Grim-faced.
When I, too, look at the Aeon, my stomach drops. Onegin has been hurt. Badly. He’s collapsed on his knees before the Aeon. Blood’s pooling in his eyes. Just like what I saw through the rift yesterday!
The Aeon risks attacks from all sides to draw out the most deadly instrument I have ever seen from a holster on his leg. This is the moment. He’s going to point that narrow, piercing arrow-like device at Onegin, who appears helpless. I don’t think, I act. I run toward its back. The Aeon’s finally outnumbered now. I can help. Its waxy flesh, torn all over from blade slashes, melts like bubble gum from close-range fire.
“Stop!” shouts Or’ic at the Aeon, and, surprisingly, it does. Its weapon is still pointed at Onegin, but waves of some kind of force come out of it. They pulse like heat beating down from the sun, but it goes right around me whereas every other Thell’eon in sight appears to be . . . Frozen!
It’s too late to stop my mid-air launch, even if I could, and I land on the Aeon’s back. He must not have been expecting me (why didn’t I freeze, too?) because I manage to get my legs around it and put it in a chokehold, though I sense I’m posing no more bother than a tiny insect. Holy crap, this is not good.
A secret she must never share. A secret that two warring species are determined to control. A universe’s future at stake.
Twenty-year-old Cassiel Winters joins Earth’s new space academy in hopes of finding her brother, one of Command’s top pilots and her only family, who’s been reported MIA. But she quickly realizes she may not be cut out for life in space, where female cadets are outnumbered, competition’s fierce, and she’s already failed her hand-to-hand combat test once.
Even the station’s most respected officer, Lt. Damian King, probably can’t help Cassiel pass the second time around – so why is he so interested in her progress? If only one of her freaky déjà vu visions would offer an answer instead of mysterious messages like hide.
When Cassiel’s manipulated into a perilous mission, she encounters a warrior species bred to protect the universe from an even greater threat. And she learns that her secret visions are at the heart of it all.
Now Cassiel must fight to control her own destiny and race to save her brother – even if it means pretending to be the pawn of Prime Or’ic, the cold-as-steel Thell’eon leader. Even if it means risking her life, facing hard truths, and making the ultimate sacrifice.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Journalist Lesley Young never thought she would delve into the world of writing fiction, but when she sat down for the first time to put pen to paper, ideas for what would become her first novel just poured out naturally. Young’s first book, “Sky’s End,” is a multi-genre tale that showcases her unique style of weaving romance, action and wit into one page-burning story.
Young was born in Edmonton, Alberta in Canada. She holds an arts degree from the University of Alberta and a journalism degree from the University of Victoria.
Young now lives in Loretto, Ontario where she works as a journalist, freelance writer and editor for health, décor and business magazines. Since 2008, Young has written more than 300 articles for print and online media including Profit, Toronto Life, MSN Green, and Elle Canada among others. She is a regular contributor to Reader’s Digest, Best Health, Canadian Living and House and Home Magazine.
Soul Mate Publishing releases “Sky’s End” on July 15 in paperback and e-book. The novel is Young’s first installment in a series about Cassiel Winters, a futuristic heroine, and her outer space escapades.
Lesley will be awarding a $75 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.