Zero Flux: Central Galactic Concordance Book 2.5 (Novella)

Chavanch Press, LLC
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A couple investigating murder on a cold planet discovers their first challenge is staying alive.

Forensic investigator Luka Foxe has begun a new life with Mairwen Morganthur, and left his troubled past far behind. Only a plea from his old friend and mentor can lure him back to investigate a violent crime scene frozen in an ice cave.  Unfortunately, Luka's old friend knows far more than he's telling, which could get them all killed, even with security specialist Mairwen on their side.

 An unexpected ice fall reveals a hidden lab buried deep in a mountain and the find of a lifetime. Now someone is trying to make sure those secrets stay frozen in time, even if it means more deaths …

 Hang on for a space opera murder mystery in the far reaches of deep space—get your copy of Zero Flux today!

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 Zero Flux is a complete story. It can be enjoyed without having read the series, but your experience will be enhanced if you've read the previous books.

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The Central Galactic Concordance series:

Overload Flux (Book 1)
Minder Rising (Book 2)
Zero Flux (Novella 2.5)
Pico's Crush (Book 3)
Jumper’s Hope (Book 4)

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 space opera, science fiction, adventure, thriller, novella, mystery, genetic engineering, psychics, ice planet, romantic elements

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About the author

Carol Van Natta is a USA TODAY bestselling science fiction and fantasy author. Works include the Central Galactic Concordance space opera series, paranormal romance, and retro science fiction comedy. She shares her Fort Collins, CO home with a sometime mad scientist and various cats. Find her on the web at Author.CarolVanNatta.com or facebook.com/CarolVanNattaAuthor. Sign up for her author newsletter at http://bit.ly/CVN-news.

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Chavanch Press, LLC
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Sep 21, 2015
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70
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English
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Fiction / Romance / Fantasy
Fiction / Romance / Multicultural & Interracial
Fiction / Romance / Paranormal
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Fiction / Science Fiction / Genetic Engineering
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Reunited lovers must outwit a ruthless government agent, or their rumored deaths will be real this time.
Two retired elite special forces veterans discover their battles aren't behind them after all. Someone considers them loose ends, and will stop at nothing to erase their knowledge of a secret government project. Their service left them both with wounds that will never heal. Do they still have what it takes to survive?

Kerzanna Nevarr's elite special forces days of wearing Jumper mech suits and piloting Citizen Protection Services' ships are long gone. The dark legacy of her service forced her to learn to live a quiet life. And she had to do so alone, without the lover who died before her eyes.

Jess Orowitz, veteran of CPS's secret spy organization, Kameleon Corps, made the mistake of trusting his superiors. He's paid a horrific price—fractured memories, constant headaches, and the death of the only woman he ever loved. Retirement on a quiet farming planet has kept him in an emotional deep freeze, but safe.

But now, Kerzanna is being hunted for reasons she can’t guess, and even more stunning, the man who helps her escape is Jess, her supposedly dead lover. For Jess, discovering Kerzanna is still alive is only the first of the lies and betrayal he uncovers.

Worst of all, their hunter is someone with CPS intel and lethal resources. Someone who believes the only obstacles standing in the way of success are one broken-down ex-Jumper and a fractured Kameleon.

Together, are they strong enough to escape death one more time?

Hang on for a desperate race for survival in the far reaches of deep space—get your copy of Jumper's Hope today!

Jumper's Hope is an 82,000-word novel that is best enjoyed after reading the earlier books in the series.

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The Central Galactic Concordance series:
• Overload Flux (Book 1)
• Minder Rising (Book 2)
• Zero Flux (Novella 2.5)
• Pico's Crush (Book 3)
• Jumper's Hope (Book 4)

The bestselling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new near-future thriller—a heist story set on the moon.

Jasmine Bashara never signed up to be a hero. She just wanted to get rich.
 
Not crazy, eccentric-billionaire rich, like many of the visitors to her hometown of Artemis, humanity’s first and only lunar colony. Just rich enough to move out of her coffin-sized apartment and eat something better than flavored algae. Rich enough to pay off a debt she’s owed for a long time.
 
So when a chance at a huge score finally comes her way, Jazz can’t say no. Sure, it requires her to graduate from small-time smuggler to full-on criminal mastermind. And it calls for a particular combination of cunning, technical skills, and large explosions—not to mention sheer brazen swagger. But Jazz has never run into a challenge her intellect can’t handle, and she figures she’s got the ‘swagger’ part down.
 
The trouble is, engineering the perfect crime is just the start of Jazz’s problems. Because her little heist is about to land her in the middle of a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself.
 
Trapped between competing forces, pursued by a killer and the law alike, even Jazz has to admit she’s in way over her head. She’ll have to hatch a truly spectacular scheme to have a chance at staying alive and saving her city.
 
Jazz is no hero, but she is a very good criminal.
 
That’ll have to do.
 
Propelled by its heroine’s wisecracking voice, set in a city that’s at once stunningly imagined and intimately familiar, and brimming over with clever problem-solving and heist-y fun, Artemis is another irresistible brew of science, suspense, and humor from #1 bestselling author Andy Weir.
An injured veterinarian and a cyborg with unusual pets must join forces to save their town.

The vast Central Galactic Concordance strictly prohibits genetic experimentation and alteration of humans on any of its 500 member planets. Animals aren’t so lucky.

On a frontier planet, veterinarian Bethnee Bakonin made a home for herself in the frozen north. Her minder talent for healing all kinds of animals would ordinarily assure her success, but her unwilling stint in the shady pet trade industry left her damaged and scared. She works around her limitations as best she can, and rescues pet trade castoffs.

“Volunteered” for a black-box research project, elite forces Jumper Axur Tragon now has dangerous experimental tech in his cybernetic limbs. He escaped and crash-landed a stolen freighter in the northern mountains of a frontier planet, only to discover a secret shipment of designer pets was part of the cargo. Determined to do right by them, he enlists reluctant Bethnee’s aid in caring for them—a definite challenge, considering Bethnee is terrified of him.

When greedy mercenaries come raiding, can Axur and Bethnee work together to overcome their limitations, with help from their unusual pets, and save the day?

It's a deadly adventure—with pets—in the fringes of space. Grab your copy of Pet Trade today!

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Series note: Pet Trade takes place between Pico's Crush and Jumper's Hope in the Central Galactic Concordance series timeline, but is a standalone story. Originally appeared in the USA TODAY bestselling anthology Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2.

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"...a poignant romance… I loved watching as these two individuals start to heal, and find love together.”

-- Kathy Andrico - KathysReviewCorner.com

 

 

Come along, a millennium into the future… if you dare.
The Central Galactic Concordance government boasts 500 member planets and 200 years of prosperity, thanks to the sprawling Citizen Protection Service. The agency uses any means necessary to keep the peace, from allying with giant pharma corporations and political maneuvering, to secret black-box projects with darker purposes.
The CPS also employs minders--people with telepathic and telekinetic talents--for service and security, and covert operations.
Being a minder isn't easy--they are followed by fear and prejudice. But being a "person of interest," or of use to the CPS is even worse. Throw in corruption, hidden agendas, planet-sized secrets, and space battles…
Your only hope for survival is to know who your friends are… and keep them close.
Jump on board for the interstellar ride of a lifetime—read the first three books of this award-winning series today.
The Central Galactic Concordance collection includes three full-length novels of space opera, adventure, mystery, and romance:
Overload Flux - Two loners fighting to stay alive discover they must now save the galaxy.
Minder Rising - A covert agent asked to train a prodigy telepath discovers he must first keep the boy and his mother alive in a gleaming city full of danger.
Pico's Crush - Trouble comes to paradise when a serial killer chooses a galaxy-famous college campus for his hunting ground. 
"Space opera packed with diverse characters, intricate world-building, and plenty of intrigue" ~ Anna Hackett, USA TODAY Bestselling Author of the Hell Squad series
More books in the CGC series:
— Zero Flux (novella, Book 2.5)
— Jumper's Hope (Book 4)

Come along, a millennium into the future… if you dare.
The Central Galactic Concordance government boasts 500 member planets and 200 years of prosperity, thanks to the sprawling Citizen Protection Service. The agency uses any means necessary to keep the peace, from allying with giant pharma corporations and political maneuvering, to secret black-box projects with darker purposes.
The CPS also employs minders--people with telepathic and telekinetic talents--for service and security, and covert operations.
Being a minder isn't easy--they are followed by fear and prejudice. But being a "person of interest," or of use to the CPS is even worse. Throw in corruption, hidden agendas, planet-sized secrets, and space battles…
Your only hope for survival is to know who your friends are… and keep them close.
Jump on board for the interstellar ride of a lifetime—read the first three books of this award-winning series today.
The Central Galactic Concordance collection includes three full-length novels of space opera, adventure, mystery, and romance:
Overload Flux - Two loners fighting to stay alive discover they must now save the galaxy.
Minder Rising - A covert agent asked to train a prodigy telepath discovers he must first keep the boy and his mother alive in a gleaming city full of danger.
Pico's Crush - Trouble comes to paradise when a serial killer chooses a galaxy-famous college campus for his hunting ground. 
"Space opera packed with diverse characters, intricate world-building, and plenty of intrigue" ~ Anna Hackett, USA TODAY Bestselling Author of the Hell Squad series
More books in the CGC series:
— Zero Flux (novella, Book 2.5)
— Jumper's Hope (Book 4)

Two loners fighting to stay alive discover they must now save the galaxy.The only vaccine for a deadly galaxy-wide pandemic is missing … and the only ones who may be able to find it are a powerful talent on the verge of a meltdown, and a security specialist hiding her extraordinary skills in a menial job.

 Brilliant investigator Luka Foxe must act fast if he's going to save the civilized planets of the Central Galactic Concordance. For as a pandemic sweeps across the galaxy, someone is stealing the vaccine. To make matters worse, Luka's hidden mental talents are out of control, leaving him barely able to function in the midst of violence and a rising body count. The convoluted trail leads to a corrupt pharma industry and the possibility of an illegal, planet-sized laboratory. In the face of increasing threats, he must rely on an enigmatic, lethal woman who has secrets of her own.

 

Mairwen Morganthur hides extraordinary skills under the guise of a dull night-shift guard. The last thing she wants is to provide personal security for a nova-hot investigator, or to be plunged into a murky case involving sabotage, treachery, and the military covert operations division that would love to discover she's still alive. Worse, she knows that two more deaths won't bother their enemies one bit. Their only hope for survival is to share their darkest secrets. With everything in their universe at stake, can they learn to trust one another?

 

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"Overload Flux is a brilliant, suspenseful tale that will keep readers captivated from beginning to end." ~ S.E. Smith, New York Times & USA TODAY Bestselling Author of The Alliance series.

 

* * 2014 SFR Galaxy Award winner * * 2015 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award Finalist * *

 

Don't miss this thrill-ride through a futuristic galaxy—get your copy of Overload Flux today!

 

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The Central Galactic Concordance series:

• Overload Flux (Book 1)

• Minder Rising (Book 2)

• Zero Flux (Novella 2.5)

• Pico's Crush (Book 3)

• Jumper’s Hope (Book 4)

*****

"...a good read that any sci-fi or romantic suspense reader would enjoy." — C.E. Kilgore, award-winning author of The Ghost in the Machine and the Corwint science fiction romance series

"Overload Flux is a riveting adventure that brings two very interesting characters together with unexpected results." — J. Jones, Amazon Vine Voice

"If you like Sci-Fi, Romance, Action Thrillers or Detective stories then you need to read this book." — Barry Owens, Amazon

*****

Series keywords: science fiction romance, action & adventure, space opera, romance, fantasy, mystery, corporations, pharma, pharmaceutical, detective, private investigator, paranormal, telepathy, genetic engineering, strong female lead, mental talent, mercenaries, exploration, galactic civilization, technology, suspense, thriller, interstellar travel, space battle, SFR, scifi, sci fi

Reunited lovers must outwit a ruthless government agent, or their rumored deaths will be real this time.
Two retired elite special forces veterans discover their battles aren't behind them after all. Someone considers them loose ends, and will stop at nothing to erase their knowledge of a secret government project. Their service left them both with wounds that will never heal. Do they still have what it takes to survive?

Kerzanna Nevarr's elite special forces days of wearing Jumper mech suits and piloting Citizen Protection Services' ships are long gone. The dark legacy of her service forced her to learn to live a quiet life. And she had to do so alone, without the lover who died before her eyes.

Jess Orowitz, veteran of CPS's secret spy organization, Kameleon Corps, made the mistake of trusting his superiors. He's paid a horrific price—fractured memories, constant headaches, and the death of the only woman he ever loved. Retirement on a quiet farming planet has kept him in an emotional deep freeze, but safe.

But now, Kerzanna is being hunted for reasons she can’t guess, and even more stunning, the man who helps her escape is Jess, her supposedly dead lover. For Jess, discovering Kerzanna is still alive is only the first of the lies and betrayal he uncovers.

Worst of all, their hunter is someone with CPS intel and lethal resources. Someone who believes the only obstacles standing in the way of success are one broken-down ex-Jumper and a fractured Kameleon.

Together, are they strong enough to escape death one more time?

Hang on for a desperate race for survival in the far reaches of deep space—get your copy of Jumper's Hope today!

Jumper's Hope is an 82,000-word novel that is best enjoyed after reading the earlier books in the series.

- - - - - - - - - -

The Central Galactic Concordance series:
• Overload Flux (Book 1)
• Minder Rising (Book 2)
• Zero Flux (Novella 2.5)
• Pico's Crush (Book 3)
• Jumper's Hope (Book 4)

A covert agent asked to train a prodigy telepath discovers he must first keep the boy and his mother alive in a gleaming city full of danger.

 A millennium into the future, the Citizen Protection Service tests all children for minder talents, and recruits the best.

 Injured agent Lièrén Sòng is recovering from a near-fatal crash in Spires, the gleaming capital city of the galaxy. He should be preparing to return to interrogating criminals for the Citizen Protection Service, but he's made unexpected friends with a woman and her son. The boy has strong telepathic talents similar to Lièrén's, and his attractive mother makes Lièrén long for the stability of family.

Imara Sesay works hard as a road crew chief in Spires and part-time bartender to provide for her son Derrit. For him, she even breaks her ironclad rule never to get close to a customer, when she trusts Lièrén to teach her son how to control his growing telepathic talents.

However, new fatalities in his covert unit make Lièrén suspect he isn't a lucky survivor, he's a loose end. He should pull away from Imara and Derrit to keep them safe. But when the local CPS Testing Center shows a more than usual interest in the boy, Lièrén must make an impossible choice—protect the boy, or run for his own life. Can he stay alive long enough to save Imara and her prodigy son?

** 2015 SFR Galaxy Award winner **



Hang on for another action-packed ride through a futuristic galaxy—get your copy of Minder Rising today!

The Central Galactic Concordance series:

 • Overload Flux (Book 1)

 • Minder Rising (Book 2)

 • Zero Flux (Novella 2.5)

 • Pico's Crush (Book 3)

 • Jumper’s Hope (Book 4)

 

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Keywords: science fiction romance, space opera, action, adventure, telepathy, paranormal, galactic government, republic, corporations, romantic suspense, psychic, love, international, thriller, mystery, interracial, multi-cultural, LGBT

Trouble comes to paradise when a serial killer chooses a galaxy-famous college campus for his hunting ground.

A galactic security specialist expects a quiet vacation visit to his daughter's college campus. Instead he finds himself in battling for the safety of the students, with old friends and an ex-military squad-mate fighting at his side. Can they find a cunning serial killer before he finds his next target?

 When ex-military sniper and current personal security specialist Jerzi Adams visits his daughter Pico's quiet college on the paradise-like planet of Nila Marbela, he doesn’t expect emergency evacuations and rogue robots. Nor does he expect to renew a friendship with former squad-mate.

 Explosions, sabotage, and assaults used to be Andra De Luna's daily routine, but she gave it up for a professorship at a prestigious university. Now she's flung back into that world, with an entire floating campus of students to protect.

 When the hunt for a cunning serial killer leads Jerzi's old friends Luka and Mairwen (Overload Flux) to town, there's trouble in paradise as the body count starts to rise. Either the world of academia has gone from merely cutthroat to downright deadly, or more sinister forces are in conflict, with the campus as a battleground. Without an improvised miracle or two, no one’s going to make it out alive.

Come along for the next wild ride in the Central Galactic Concordance series—get your copy of Pico's Crush today!

 NOTE: Pico's Crush is a complete story. It can be enjoyed without having read the series, but your experience will be enhanced if you've read the previous books.

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The Central Galactic Concordance series:

• Overload Flux (Book 1)

• Minder Rising (Book 2)

• Zero Flux (Novella 2.5) – sequel to Overload Flux

• Pico's Crush (Book 3)

• Jumper’s Hope (Book 4)

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