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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.
,br> 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.
Enjoy this exclusive excerpt:
The déjà vu was pretty freaky, and that’s saying something, considering I’m regularly afflicted by a weird type of been-there-done-that premonition. I wipe my sweaty palms on my pants and pace my pod. I can get three full strides in before I have to turn around.
I used to think everyone experienced déjà vu just the same as me. The sense of familiarity slips in, and suddenly you think, Hey, this has happened before! Weird, right, but so what? Only, for me, a second version unfolds. I literally see double, one slide on top of another, out of time by minutes, sometimes days.
I was seven when my brother, Daz, figured out I was different. I remember my age because he had just celebrated his 18th year, days before, racing his velo in Quadrant Nine, which is totally illegal, since Quadrant Nine, with its threat of supernova and colossal dust whirlies, has a 960 percent greater likelihood of accidents than neighboring quadrants. Anyway, my ‘premonition’ ended up giving him a window of less than half an hour before Patrol showed up at the door.
I’m not sure why he believed my desperate display of urgent pleas and tears, but he left in a hurry, and never did get charged. Not long after that, the Academy recruited him. Now, he’s Lieutenant and top pilot for ESE (Earth Space Exploration), pronounced “easy,” emphasis on sarcasm. Daz is the reason why I’m here, actually, on ESE’s prime space station, 568,000 miles from Earth, sitting in Pod D-17, trying not to hyperventilate about my pending Academy hand-to-hand combat test in, oh, let’s see, LESS THAN 40 MINUTES!
Breathe, Cassiel. Breathe.
About the Author:
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.
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