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GENRE: Sci-fi Fantasy
Telepathy creates as many problems as it solves, as everyone in the secret organization x0 would admit. When new member Lola discovers another group of telepaths with a totally different approach, those problems multiply at the speed of thought.
Soon, Lola’s family and friends are in danger. Lucky for her, she’s not your average budding psychic. Each person she is close to has a special gift of their own. That’s good, because it’s going to take every power they possess to stop these others from tearing apart x0.
Lola had settled onto the couch with her laptop hoping for some distractions when the call came. Maybe it was Zane, contacting her from Iceland? She was disappointed when she heard an unfamiliar female voice with a faint Spanish accent.
Out came a story of working for Reel News, and how media magnate Warren Moore had formed an improbable league of telepaths, and now it was an awful mess and going to get worse.
Lola knew she was on her own, isolated from x0. Any effort to help this woman was too risky. “I feel bad for you; Violet was it? I do. I just can’t be of much help right now.”
The woman laughed. “You’re confused. I don’t want your help.”
“Oh.” Lola wasn’t sure what to say.
“The name is Vee oh lay tah. With an ay tah on the end. We met in the studio two weeks ago. You are in danger. I’m offering you my protection, but only if you wish it. Yes or no?”
Well, this was awkward.
“Yes. I suppose.”
Violeta explained she’d made the call intending to form a working mental connection but had encountered the psychic wall of fuzz surrounding Lola and guessed its purpose.
“Do you know when your people will take down the wall?”
Lola had no idea, but she hesitated. If Violeta’s offer of help was a ruse, “never” was the best answer.
“I think there’s a good chance they never will.” She realized the barricade around her brain kept her from knowing if Violeta was telling the truth, but it also kept Violeta from detecting her lie. The deception worked.
“You’re probably right. It would be the safest path for your teachers. You don’t need telepathy for me to look out for you. Be patient, I’ll find other ways to stay in touch.”
As she hung up, Lola wondered if her lie had been the truth. Could her mental gift be gone forever?
AUTHOR Bio and Links
Sherrie Roth grew up in Western Kansas thinking there was no place in the universe more fascinating than outer space. After her mother vetoed astronaut as a career ambition, she went on to study journalism and physics in hopes of becoming a science writer.
She published her first science fiction short story and then waited a lot of tables while she looked for inspiration for the next tale. When it finally came, it declared to her it had to be a whole book, nothing less. One night, while digesting this disturbing piece of news, she drank way too many shots of ouzo with her boyfriend. She woke up thirty-one years later demanding to know what was going on.
The boyfriend, who she had apparently long since married, asked her to calm down. He explained that, in a fit of practicality, she had gone back to school and gotten a degree in geophysics and had spent the last 28 years interpreting seismic data in the oil industry. The good news, according to Mr. Cronin, was she found it at least mildly entertaining and ridiculously well-paying. The bad news was the two of them had still managed to spend almost all of the money.
Apparently she was now Mrs. Cronin, and the further good news was they had produced three wonderful children whom they loved dearly, even though to be honest that is where a lot of the money had gone. Even better news was that Mr. Cronin turned out to be a warm-hearted, encouraging sort who was happy to see her awake and ready to write. “It’s about time,” were his exact words.
Sherrie Cronin discovered that over the ensuing decades Sally Ride had already managed to become the first woman in space and done a fine job of it. No one, however, had written the book that had been in Sherrie’s head for decades. The only problem was the book informed her it had grown into a six book collection. Sherrie decided she better start writing before it got any longer. She’s been wide awake ever since, and writing away.
Author Social Media Links
46 Ascending – https://46ascending.org/
Face Painting for World Peace – http://tothepowerofzero.org/
Fire Dancing for Fun and Profit – http://ytothepowerof1.org/
Treasure Hunting for a Good Time – http://zsquaredblog.org/
Leaving the Nest to Touch the Sky – http://ctothepowerofthree.org/
Touching the Sky to Save the World – http://dtothepowerof4.org/
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S.R. Cronin will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC and a kindle copy of another book from the 46. Ascending collection (winner’s choice) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.