Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Book Tour and Giveaway: End of Innocence by Romana Drew

End of Innocence
Romana Drew

Lenea's brother spends every clear night pointing a telescope at the same stars. When she confronts him, he lets her look through the telescope. A small sliver speck changes course, slows, and merges with a larger silvery spot.

In that brief moment, her life changes. Her brother spies on space aliens! Soon she learns the aliens have a settlement in the Kenned Valley, and that her boyfriend monitors their communications.

Then he disappears.

What do they want, and can her world survive?

Just before he has to give up and go home broke, Captain Seddry finds the perfect world. It is rich in ore, has a breathable atmosphere, and it even has a reasonable climate — an ideal place for a new Langon colony. The fuzzy natives won't be a problem. They don't have any large weapons or even airplanes, making them too primitive to ever find the mining colony hidden away in an isolated valley. Or so he thinks.

The two aliens, one dressed in green and the other in maroon, were further away now, ambling along the road. He tiptoed across the road again, snuck down to the river, and ran closer to them, wishing he had a vid recorder.

Lannes couldn't stop his heart from pounding, nor could he stand still. He stepped back on the road some distance behind the aliens and walked after them. They didn't look back or change pace. Lannes stopped. Maybe approaching these creatures alone wasn't safe. He dismissed the fear, walking faster until they turned to face him. This was too exciting to pass up.

He tried to keep the grin off his face. They stared at him. He glanced toward the river, then up, way up, into their dark, shiny faces. They were too big to follow the game path under the thorny brambles. He had an escape route.

“The man comes falling not,” the taller one said.

“What?” Lannes tried to stop the giddy laughter building inside his chest.

The other alien looked down at him. “Can you for road not.”

A rush of heat made his coat too warm. “What about the road?”

What did it say?” the shorter one said in the alien language, and Lannes understood him.

The taller one faced to the shorter one. “Try again.”

Lannes guessed the meaning correctly and waited while the taller alien composed a sentence.

“Who the what are stars.”

He didn't want to sound flippant, but what else could he say. “I don't know. Who the what are stars?” Lannes giggled. “Who the what are you?” Although they were big, they didn't appear threatening. Nor were they surprised to see him.

The shorter alien bent his head down, staring at Lannes. “The what who are.”

“Oh,” Lannes grinned. “This's fun. My name's Lannes. What's your name?”

The shorter one squinted at him. “What the are?”

Lannes brought his thumb to his chest. “Lannes. My name's Lannes. What's your name?”

What does Nanlas mean?” the shorter alien asked.

Lannes wanted to say, “My name's pronounced Lannes,” but didn't want the aliens to know he understood them. He wished they would talk in their language. It was easier to understand than this mangled version of Cadorie.

The shorter alien reached his hand toward Lannes' chest. “Take him back to the ship.

Lannes leaped down the embankment, sprinted under the bramble bushes, and didn't stop until he cleared the top of a distant hill.
I live in California with my husband and raise baby squirrels for a wildlife care center. I could go into detail about my background and education, but that is rather boring. Let me say that I am quiet, love the outdoors, and never have enough time to do all the things I want to do.

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  1. Sounds like a good SciFi read! The communication between the aliens and Lannes in the excerpt was amusing :-)

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    1. It is a picture of Lannes, one of the characters.

  3. the cover is very different! sounds great

  4. I liked the excerpt. Best wishes on your tour.

  5. I flinched when I saw the cover, it's a little scary.

  6. That cover made me curious. How much input do you have in the production of the final cover?
    sherry @ fundinmental

  7. I like it! favorite color?


  8. New author for me. Sounds like a fun read.

  9. that's a interesting does get you to notice it.