Donna Maree Hanson is a traditionally and independently published author of fantasy, science fiction and horror. She also writes paranormal romance and romance under the pseudonym of Dani Kristoff. As well as over 20 short stories published in various genres, she had a small press publishing house, been an editor, slush reader and science fiction convention runner. She used to work for the Australian Government undertaking audits of other government departments and their programs but in 2016 she threw that life away to become a PhD candidate researching feminism in popular romance fiction at the University of Canberra. She lives in South Canberra, Australia, with her partner Matthew Farrer (also a writer).
Essa Gayens is starting to accept her sister Rae into her life, sharing a dorm room in their swanky private school on Earth. Smarter, savvier and more in touch with the world than Rae, Essa's feelings of superiority and advantage are shaken when their mother goes missing, along with Rae's boyfriend, Alwin.
When Rae takes off after them into outer space, Essa is spurred into action. Very soon, Essa is hot on her trail, sneaking out of school, bribing officials and begging Captain Thorn Hanover to take her on his ship.
Thorn is a hunk, and Essa is thrilled with the prospect of an interesting trip, but Thorn has no interest in a spoiled rich girl. Not only does he reject her advances, he sets her up on the chore roster and expects her to work for her passage.
Essa has never been anything but a pampered princess, but both Rae and Thorn are challenging her to dig deeper, to be more. But to aspire is to risk failure, and Essa has never really risked anything before. Can she start with her heart?
A collection of seven science fiction tales by Donna Maree Hanson. Featuring, Beneath the Floating City, Green, Green Grass of Homeworld, Night of Masks and Spears, Warning Buoy, Lake Absence, Other and Abandoned Time.
"Shatterwing has all the fantasy ingredients I love: tormented heroes, a truly twisted villain - and a brand new take on dragons!" Glenda Larke, (award winning author of The Stormlord Trilogy)
"Dark and compelling, with strong characters and a sense of grim inevitability that pulls you along with the story." Craig Cormick, (award-winning author of the Shadow Master Series.)
Salinda recovers in the subterranean city of Barrahiem and learns more about the mysterious Hiem creature, Nils of Barr, and his vast store of pre-Shatterwing technology and knowledge. Meanwhile, Garan, Laidan, Danton and Brill flee from the Inspector only to have him pursue with his rebel army. Imbued with pure dragon essence, he also wants Laidan’s power!
Salinda must gather them together to defend the observatory so Margra has a chance to survive final moon fall…