In the sequel to ‘Merkers’ Outpost,’ Lady Alexandra and Lt. Vanster arrive on Arnica in the middle of a hostile take over of the planet. Their assignment was to find hostiles from their side of the galaxy and to neutralize them in accordance to the planets laws. Major Zohra finds herself landing in the middle of a lake at a monastery with a Sha’Kar to guide her to understanding the rules of a honorable warrior by Arnica’s standards. When their paths cross again, there will certainly be fireworks…not to mention a certain dance to make them bondmates.
NOTE: This is an unedited version. When it was originally published the editor removed chapters due to the story was too long. I have added the chapters back and added more to the story, as well as pictures. If you’re sensitive to errors I suggest you purchase the published e-book version. Enjoy. Read story:
It felt like Lonnie led many lifetimes and finally she was settling down where she felt safe enough to call home, however, the call to return to space led her back to dangerous adventures she seemed to have a need for.
Connie saw the mandatory draft as an opportunity to escape an unwanted life of subjugation in a cult that devalued women. Posted as a tower guard on the border wall along the frontier, she found her life was never dull. Another opportunity came her way when her air cart was shot down and crash landed on the other side of the border wall. While she recovered from her injury, she became an apprentice to a woodcrafting wisewoman, who taught her the ways of the forest and herblore in the Morwea Woods.
At 16 all children of the Realm were conscripted into public service for two years. The ideal was away from family they would acquire self confidence and learn a trade or have an idea of what occupation to pursue after their return home. Connie saw the draft as her escape from a life she didn’t consent to and saw no other way to escape her confinement but through the draft. She was determined to make the most of her two years, and disappear from those that felt it was their duty to return her to a life she had no intention of returning to.
Calose had three days to stay out of trouble on Dysta Space Station, a small station that did minor ship repair and at a reasonable cost. It seemed a safe idea to keep under the eye of the surveillance cameras so hustlers and pick-pockets wouldn’t bother her, but no loitering was allowed, and cruising through stores without purchasing anything caught the attention of the security bots. Her thought was to sleep the days away with a good reader in a sleeping cubicle but the ones in safe locations were already occupied. While she moved around she spied a potential spot to sleep, and when the station moved into nightshift, she settled for a light nap. Her sleep was disturbed when a relic was dropped in her lap and for the next few days she spent trying to avoid relic Hunters, until she found who the relic belonged to.
Leona Bestolie’s life started when she chose her required time in public service as an ambassador’s courier on another planet. When her service came to an end, instead of returning home, she chose to expand her horizons, most notably on other planets. Her new job as an Observer, provided her training in new professions, expanding on her talents. She became comfortable in her twenty-years as a professional dancer on board a space cruise liner, visiting exotic places and the opportunity to making unusual friends, as well as sending reports to HQ about her observations. In her twentieth year in space she was assigned a new handler in both her Observer role and as a professional dancer. What she wasn’t expecting was that multiple attempts on her life were made after the changes, and her new entertainment agent’s assignment to babysit a diva. Never upstage a diva, was her constant self-reminder. She should also have listened to her friend and guarded her heart.
After twenty years of being employed as an entertainer, Lonnie was officially retired from her dancing contract with agent and cruise liner. She looked forward to visiting space ports Earl Gray didn’t fly near but first, she had a pressing engagement on Amant. Caline, the woman who recruited her to work as a civilian for HQ as an Observer, under the guise of an entertainer on a space cruise ship, sent a request for her to stop and see her. From there, she planned on hitting various space ports on her way to seeing another friend, and then, hopefully, the construction on her new home located on a frontier planet, would be completed. Maybe by then the travel bug wouldn’t be so strong.
Ready for Part II? Alex and Elizabeth settle down to living as a couple in Sunrise, both trying to balance their occupations while learning about intimacy. Elizabeth, no longer bait to a stalker, and Alex no longer working for a covert operations agency find they still have enemies to protect themselves from.
What can a frustrated weekend artist do when an unexpected windfall drops in her life after the loss of her lifelong supporter, her mother? Shelly Abbot’s passion and relaxation was her art, which unfortunately took a backseat to her major distractions and stresses. She had a difficult supervisor at work, was still recovering from a heartbreaking relationship, and wasn’t able to face prospective customers to sell her art. Her mother offered her help as a partner, to sell the art work that was taking space up in her garage. Reluctantly, Shelly agreed, knowing it meant the customers would want to meet the artist. So when her mother died, an unimaginable change in her life occurred. She inherited more money than she could imagine, which gave her free time to work on her art, have a designed workshop, and hire an art agent. However, with the money came responsibilities and new relationships, as old and new required her to work on her social skills. Also, in both the art world and her new financial world, she has unexpected challenges that are dangerous and sometimes life threatening.