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Never aging past thirty, even into your eighties? Sounds like a nice problem to have, I know. But when everyone else you know ages normally, it’s not so comfortable. Always wondering why you’re different, and whether or not you have an “expiry date”? My name is Luta Paixon, and I need answers.
I think my mother knows why–she was a geneticist, after all–but I haven’t seen her in over sixty years. I have to believe she’s still alive, but it’s no small task to track her down in the vast, wormhole-ridden expanse of Nearspace.
And of course PrimeCorp never leaves me alone for long, since they think the secret to my longevity is in my DNA and they think they own that secret. Well, as far as I’m concerned, they don’t, and I’m not going to be their test subject. And I’ve got bigger problems to worry about, along with keeping my ship and crew busy working hauling cargo across Nearspace. My husband’s ninety, after all, and feeling every one of those years, and I can never seem to get past my daughter’s resentment that I didn’t pass along this anti-aging secret to her.
I don’t know where my search for answers will take me–but I need them, and I’m going to get them. Whatever it takes.
A cache implies a hidden treasure, although what we find inside is not always what we hope for or expect. Sometimes it’s less; sometimes more; sometimes nothing we’ve ever imagined.
The eleven stories and two poems in this collection feature all manner of unusual things found in strange places; an alien ship in a forest hideaway, ghosts inside a computer network, a distraught goddess in a detective’s office, a teenage busker on a space station. The treasures are varied as well, from lost genomes and altered memories to alien alliances and self-discovery.
Whatever waits to be discovered, these stories suggest that sometimes the search is the important part…
(Note: Although there are a couple of stories in this collection that lean more to the urban fantasy side, they are predominantly science fiction)
“I thoroughly enjoyed this new collection of short stories and poems, by Sherry D. Ramsey. As always, her fiction is rooted in authentic human emotions, problems and foibles, even when we’re reading about aliens or fairies.” – 5* Amazon review (read the full review here)
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If humans ever do encounter aliens, will it be for good or ill? These five short stories explore our possible interactions with aliens, and the thought-provoking and sometimes uplifting outcomes. This ebook includes: “The Ambassador’s Staff,” “On the Road with Fiamong’s Rule,” “The Cache,” “Encountering Evie,” and “Alien Gifts.”
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Robots don’t always know best!
When a meteorite storm wreaks havoc on their family’s cargo ship, sort-of-twins Rudi and Trudy find themselves stranded on an alien planet. In their search for help, they uncover a fiendish plot against the friendly and mysterious alien critters the twins call “fleeps.” With only an overprotective robot for company, can they survive on their own, find their parents, and save the fleeps from certain doom?
Action-packed adventure science fiction for kids of all ages! Diverse young readers with an interest in astronomy, space travel, and science and technology will love Planet Fleep and the Science Twins, and have some laughs along the way.
From my favourite review of this book: “[My daughter] goes on to tell me that she liked the book so much she plans on keeping it forever and possibly marrying it when she grows up. I’ve never asked her to rate a book before so I am unaccustomed to such… devotion.” 🙂 Read the full review on Goodreads here.
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“Waiting to Fly” – A Nearspace Novelette
Teenage orphan Lucy Daz is carving out a busker’s life on Damyadi Space Station, saving what credits she can for passage to one of Nearspace’s new colony worlds. But when a hawker turns up on the station selling a “miracle cure” for space sickness, Lucy is faced with a tough decision: try to ignore to the problem and the pricking of her conscience, or take a big risk to protect the unsuspecting colonists who come to her shows…
Set during the colonization years of Nearspace, before the events of One’s Aspect to the Sun, Waiting to Fly offers a glimpse into space station life in the early days of wormhole travel.
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“Space opera with heart”
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Other links: http://tychebooks.com/nearspace-trilogy
Book 1: One’s Aspect to the Sun
Captain Luta Paixon of the far trader Tane Ikai needs to know why she looks like a woman in her thirties–even though she’s actually eighty-four. She isn’t the only one desperate for that information.
The explanation might lie with her geneticist mother, who disappeared over sixty years ago, but even if her mother is still alive, it’s proving to be no small task to track her down in the vast, wormhole-ridden expanse of Nearspace. With the ruthless PrimeCorp bent on obtaining Luta’s DNA at any cost, her ninety-year-old husband asking for one last favor, and her estranged daughter locking horns with her at every turn, Luta’s search for answers will take her to the furthest reaches of space–and deep inside her own heart.
Book 2: Dark Beneath the Moon
Luta Paixon has plenty of trouble on the Tane Ikai, with relationships in flux and the sticky problem of two captains on one ship. But when an alien artifact, the remnant of a long-ago war, shows up on the other side of a newly-discovered wormhole, the crew also find themselves pressed into the service of the Nearspace Protectorate. The Tane Ikai‘s task: covertly deliver an alien historian to the site to decipher its meaning—and possible threat.
Jahelia Sord is a woman with a grudge against the world, and against Luta Paixon and her family in particular. She has her own secrets to guard, and an alliance with the notorious PrimeCorp—one she’ll keep only as long as it suits her own hunt for vengeance.
When a mysterious attack leaves them stranded in an uncharted new system, Luta, her crew, and Jahelia must try to put their differences aside and decide who to trust, while they uncover a shocking truth about the Chron war and what their old enemies are so afraid of…
Book 3: Beyond the Sentinel Stars
Luta Paixon and the crew of the Tane Ikai have made it back to Nearspace safely, but that safety is short-lived. As if a disastrous diplomatic mission to the crow-like Corvids isn’t enough, Luta’s old enemy Alin Sedmamin is back—and asking Luta to help save his life. In exchange, Sedmamin is offering secrets stretching back more than a century into Nearspace’s past—secrets that could prevent a war.
Meanwhile, Luta’s brother Admiral Lanar Mahane is faced with an awful truth: the Protectorate is spread too thinly across Nearspace to offer adequate protection or defense when the aggressive Chron turn their murderous sights on Nearspace again. They must forge new alliances if Nearspace is to survive, but it’s almost impossible to know who to trust.
As interstellar conflict looms on the horizon and a political plot of tremendous scope and daring threatens to destroy Nearspace from within, Luta and Lanar will test the bonds of family and the strength of hope as they struggle to maintain peace in a world that seems destined for war.
Read on to the next post to find a novelette set in the Nearspace universe!
Kit Stablefield is a detective with a secret and a crush on a guy she knows only online, in a future where magic is a part of everyday life. But when millionaire Aleshu Coro walks into the offices of Darcko and Sadatake with a message from the Murder Prophet and fourteen days to live, everything changes.
Suddenly Kit is questioning the decisions of her past, trying to find out if the man she loves is, in fact, a man, and hunting for a murderer and a mysterious seer. With her eighty-six-year-old grandmother insisting on helping out, and a sentient goose who simply won’t stop pestering her to watch his “killer” video game moves, Kit has more than her hands full as she races against the clock to prevent Coro’s murder…and possibly her own.
The second book in the Magica Incognita series, The Chaos Assassin, is due out later this year, so this would be a great time to read the first one!
What readers say:
“I was hooked the moment I met the goose. ;-)” – Goodreads Review
“…an intriguing murder mystery, with more than one twist, that grabs you and keeps you from page one.” – Goodreads Review
“I loved the sentient animals” – Amazon.com Review
“I would suggest this to any reader who enjoys the unusual, thenon-formula, the quirky, and the inventive side of writing and reading” – Amazon.com Review
“…offers something delightfully new.” – Amazon.com Review
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Do you like your fantasy on the short side? This collection of fantasy short stories might be for you!
Many things can go wrong when you’re apprenticed to an absent-minded, sometimes crotchety wizard, and all you really want is to learn a few new spells! Follow Albettra as she faces magebattles, murder, strange disappearances, and a halfhigh stalker in this light-hearted collection of four short fantasy stories.
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The Seventh Crow
“A fun adventure fantasy…a great choice for middle grade students.”
When you can’t remember most of your life, you’d better be prepared for anything. The day a talking crow meets her on the way home from school, fourteen-year-old Rosinda is plunged into a forgotten world filled with startling revelations: magic ability flows in her veins, she’s most comfortable with a sword in her hand, and the responsibility for finding a missing prince rests solely with her.
While dark forces hover in the background and four forgotten war gods from Earth’s past plot to reclaim long-lost power, Rosinda struggles with waves of slowly-returning memories as she searches for clues about her past and the true identity of her family; a search that takes her back and forth between two worlds. In a race against time to recover her memory, find the prince, and rescue her loved ones, Rosinda has only her friend Jerrell and an unusual trio of animals as companions. And as the gods prepare to bring her world to war, Rosinda is unaware that the shadow of betrayal lurks within one whom she trusts the most…
“This fantasy is a quick-paced adventure from beginning to end. A walk home turns to a trip to a new world for Rosinda, where her memories, long suppressed, begin to reawaken. Led by a crow and joined by a boy, a cat, and a wolf, Rosinda sets out to save her Aunt and to reclaim her memories. What she finds is more than she ever imagined. YA readers will love this quick fantasy.”
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Jefferson City Public Schools
The Seventh Crow is available in print and in multiformat ebooks; find all retailer links at this one handy spot: https://books2read.com/theseventhcrow
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The fourth installment in the series is Toil and Trouble, a novella available in both print and ebook formats.
When a local coven of urban witches mistakenly summons a malevolent spirit, they look to Acacia to help track him down. Inconsistencies in the witches’ story make Acacia suspect they’re not telling her everything—and then the murders start.
With her assistant Oliver stressing over an unfortunate witch encounter in his past, a demon on the loose, and a handsome police detective who wants to know too much, Acacia’s up to her sixth sense in supernatural trouble in this new novella in the Olympia Investigations series.
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In the novelette, “Dead Hungry,” number three in the Olympia Investigations series, patrons of a local homeless shelter start turning up dead, with suspicious-looking bite marks on their necks. A local vampire is an obvious suspect, ut as Acacia digs deeper into the case she starts to wonder…could even more sinister forces be at work?
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In the second Olympia Investigations book (a novelette), a heartbroken Greek goddess comes asking for Acacia’s help. Her investigation takes her from an isolated cavern on Earth to the Olympian heights…but can a mortal sleuth wring the truth from a phalanx of dysfunctional deities?
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P.S. It’s not necessary to read the books in any particular order!
Acacia Sheridan is a private detective with a special gift for communicating with the supernatural. Her clientele includes ghosts, demons, fae, and many more denizens of the otherworld…which makes for some interesting cases. Join Acacia and her office assistant and somewhat prickly cousin, Oliver (also gifted with the same perceptive abilities), as they bring their deductive talents and sense of humour to bear in dealing with Olympia Investigations’ most unusual clients.
We first meet Acacia when her newest client is a ghost looking for her help–to find his missing widow and stop her from making a terrible mistake. And he’s not sure how much time he has left…
The first Olympia Investigations story, “Addicted to Love,” is free on most platforms – find it through any of these retailer links.
You can also grab the epub or mobi file directly from my website here.
Read on through the next posts to find out about the other books in the series (or click this link for the series page on amazon).
Hi all, I’m Sherry D. Ramsey and I write a fairly broad range of urban fantasy, science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, and mystery. I like to mix genres, so most of my UF has mystery thrown in for good measure. 🙂 I keep a website at http://www.sherrydramsey.com and this is my first OWSCyCon, so I’m both excited and a little lost at the moment. I’ll figure it out! Nice to meet you all.
ADMIN EDIT: Find Sherry’s booth here: https://owscycon.ourwriteside.com/forums/topic/sherry-d-ramsey-author-booth/