Marcalan is haunted by secrets. He learned early on not to tell anyone about his alien ancestry. It would only bring shame on his family if people knew. Not to mention the trouble he'd be in if anyone found out he's dared to fall in love with his Thane’s niece.
As for her, Tam is unsure of herself, and now, living in the city where she's heir to the Thane, she feels even more alone, especially with her alien abilities. Her uncle is determined to use her to access the fabled portal and its secrets.
Opening that portal could change the world: literally change it. On the other side is the technology of the aliens whose DNA gave Marcalan and Tam their special gifts and could bring to their people advanced technology and advanced civilization, and the loss of everything they love.
They could lose control of their secrets.
They could lose one another.They could even lose their lives.
L. S. King has books published in two series: Deuces Wild and the Sword's Edge Chronicles. Her short stories have been published in Deep Magic, The Sword Review, Dragons, Knights & Angels, Digital Dragon Magazine, Residential Aliens, and Ray Gun Revival. The fact that several of the publications which have released her stories are now defunct has nothing to do with her. Honest.
She has worked as a submissions editor and a copy editor on several magazines and was a founding editor of the online magazine, Ray Gun Revival, now on hiatus. Currently, she has several works in progress.
A science fiction fan since she was a wee babe, she cut her teeth on Twilight Zone and Outer Limits. She cosplayed before it had a name, creating her own alien outfits back when folks didn’t even know what a Trekkie was, and writing fanfic on everything from Batman to Dark Shadows to Star Trek to X-Men and Avengers.
As a child, L.S. began studying the martial arts, eventually earning the rank of master. Other items in her eclectic background are working in an electronics store, as a journalist, a school bus driver, in a radio station, and as a gymnastics coach. She also homeschooled all four of her children.
When on the planet, this mother and grandmother enjoys gardening, soap making, reading, and online gaming. She also likes All Things Middle-earth, Looney Tunes, the color purple, and is a Zorro aficionado, which might explain her love of swords and cloaks.
Security Chief Avadhron struggles to keep order out of a sense of duty, but he has no more optimism than anyone else.
The long-dormant portal activates, ushering in the arrival of an alien. Is he of the race his people call the Elders? The ones who dumped them on this unstable planet and deserted them?
Avadhron doesn’t trust this alien or his offers of help, but reluctantly is forced to back the plan which would move his people through the portal to a new planet, but can they learn the survival skills necessary to live on this new world? And is it already too late? Can they move an entire population before their planet destroys itself?