Shafter

Seeds Among the Stars

Book 1
TTO Publishing
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Seeds Among the Stars, Book 1

Born in the abandoned subway shafts beneath First City, Trina measures life in the coin she steals from her wealthy father’s people living above. She gives little weight to her dying mother’s fairy tales about how her father will rescue Trina and her twin sister, taking them away from this planet. Yet the stars catch her attention every time she goes to the surface.

Trina is the protector, a role she created more from heroic tales in books her father gave them than anything in a shafter’s life. When she sees drunken aristocrats harassing laborers, she can’t turn away even though attacking them carries a death sentence. Her paternal grandfather discovers Trina before the enforcers can and offers everything she has ever desired—safety for her family and a way off Ceric.

Can she trust their family connection, or will the price of her dreams be more than Trina is willing to pay?

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About the author

Margaret McGaffey Fisk is a storyteller whose tales often cross genres and worlds to bring events and characters to life. She currently writes science fiction, steampunk, fantasy, and romance,  but will go wherever the story takes her. Foreign Service brat, data entry clerk, veterinary tech, editor, manager, and freelancer are among the roles she’s lived, giving depth to the cultures and people that form the heart of her works. As her website is titled, she offers tales to tide you over.

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TTO Publishing
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Published on
Dec 17, 2013
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Pages
214
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ISBN
9781631390005
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Coming of Age
Fiction / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure
Juvenile Fiction / Action & Adventure / General
Juvenile Fiction / Science Fiction
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Lily’s health has suffered under the constant strain of sheltering a fugitive Natural, and an untimely word would have condemned every person on the estate. Henry had hoped sending his wife’s sister to safety on the Continent would bring relief from the threat that has been hanging over the manor and ease his wife’s suffering. Instead, disaster struck. Sam is missing with no word beyond vague rumors, and Lily grows ever worse.

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