"Wildly insane...Tons of fun...You'll fall in love." - Kathy Austin
Lily Whistler has a dream, birthed from the fanciful Parisian memories of her late mother: to open a floral shop called La Fleur de Blanc, selling only white flowers. Back home in Kansas, such a fairy tale notion could never survive … but in the fashionable seaside town of Cielo del Mar, Lily has gambled her inheritance that it will.
At first, the lavish Palms Couture shopping center seems like the perfect place to start again. The weather is beautiful; the vistas of the ocean are breathtaking; the customers are elegant and wealthy. There are even two men who’d suit Lily’s fancy if she had time for romance: charming Len, who operates a fine food cart, and the dark and brooding Matthew Vitale, who runs Bella by the Sea — an elite restaurant that hosts only a few couples per night at an exorbitant price.
But the one thing Lily didn’t anticipate was a nemesis: Kerry Barrett Kirby, who owns an upscale furniture store across the courtyard. Kerry seems determined to crush Lily for a reason Lily can’t imagine … and has the power and connections at the Palms Couture to make it happen.
Lily only has one chance to make her shop work — a tall feat, considering the prior shops Kerry has driven out of business, and the way the Palms always bows to Kerry’s will. But Lily’s charm has bought her a handful of unlikely allies … and as Kerry will find out, quiet little Lily Whistler has more than a few country girl tricks up her sleeve.
But Ephraim is on Eden for another reason. He’s obsessed with finding his brother who disappeared more than a decade ago. He’s sure he’s on this island, which is why he’s been trying to get to there for years.
But Eden doesn’t surrender its secrets easily, and when Ephraim stumbles upon a disturbing truth, all of his evidence mysteriously disappears. He knows they’re onto him, but is suddenly unable to trust his own mind. Ephraim is left wondering if the world around him is falling apart, or if it’s just him.
Ephraim believes that he’s on a quest to find his brother, but in truth, he’s on a journey to discover himself. And what he finds will turn his entire life into a lie.
The man responsible, Ephraim Todd — who previously burned the island of Eden to ashes — is alone and incarcerated, trapped in a world where no one believes his story. Yes, he killed Neven Connolly, but it was in self-defense.
Unknown to Ephraim, Neven is alive and well. His death was all part of the plan, and Ephraim played his part so perfectly well. Now all Neven needs is for Ephraim to stay in jail and out of the way.
But Ephraim escapes with the help of one of the world’s most powerful and beloved people—a man who may be to blame for the end of the world as we know it.
Will Ephraim stop Neven before it’s too late, or is the end of humanity one Tomorrow Clone away?
Two years later, the world lives in fragile peace. But a clandestine search has begun … and a clock has started ticking.
Two years after first contact, Astral forces have established their fragile kingdom around the globe. Motherships occupy the cities. Shuttles patrol the lawless outlands. The pacifist class of Astrals known as Titans assist humans in running their alien empire, while bloodthirsty Reptar peacekeepers ensure that order is kept. And unseen in the ships above, a third class of visitor calls the shots — the unseen Divinity, worshipped and feared by citizens in equal measure.
Meyer Dempsey sits on his plinth as Viceroy of Heaven’s Veil, on the old site of Vail, Colorado. As with other Viceroys in the eight other world capitals, humanity’s remains revere Meyer almost as a god.
But below the surface, both colonies and outlands have begun to crumble with unrest.
Until now, the rebellion has been quiet. Now, desperation bubbles as they learn the Astrals have begun digging for an ancient device buried beneath the glowing blue Apex at Heaven’s Veil.
But twin truths of the forthcoming alien war (or a possible alien apocalypse) have dawned at Benjamin Bannister’s facility in Moab, sending plans into action:
The Astrals have lost what they hoped to uncover.
And humanity’s only chance is to find it first.
This relentless, page-turning tale of colonization and alien empire is the third in the Alien Invasion series by masters of story Truant and Platt, authors of The Beam, Robot Proletariat, the Dream Engineseries, and many more.