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May be edited a bit from published version.
We’ve left JAMOKAN and moved on to my newly released novel COLONY ON FIRE.
Excerpt from the very beginning of the book:
Haven Two had an unusually large spaceport for being a small colony on an outer rim world. The huge luxury vacation resort and playground of the rich located on the planet was the explanation for almost everything that happened on Haven Two and this was no exception.
As she rode in her fiancé’s groundcar to the spaceport to collect her delivery, Dr. Saffia Mandell gazed in awe at the array of sparkling, fancy space yachts and small cruise ships spread out on the landing pad. “Usually there’s just the weekly freighter, if anything. This is amazing. I feel like you’re driving me through a used spaceship lot here.”
Micah Navonn, Chief Ranger for Haven Two, glanced at her. “The resort keeps the spaceport a going concern too, you know, like the colony itself. Gotta make the credits during the season. Time to sleep and relax later. You’re lucky you’re funded by the Sectors Medical Service.”
Saffia gave vent to an unladylike snort. “Says the man whose people own the damn planet. You don’t depend on the tourists either.”
When she came to Haven Two Dr. Saffia Mandell expected to grimly do her five years of medical service as the colony’s only doctor, work off her medical school debt and leave. Then she’d fallen in love, handled an epidemic and become an accepted member of the community. Now, in her second year, she faces new challenges as the tinder dry planet heads into a fire season and a mysterious food allergy threatens the local restaurant’s reputation.
Chief Ranger Micah Navonn of the Calinurra never expected to fall in love with a human woman but Saffia was a special person who captured his heart and now means everything to him. Not all of his people are as enthusiastic about the situation and his efforts to handle the politics are getting complicated. Add to that an infestation by insects from another world, causing portions of the forest to die off and his plate is full.
When the jet stream shifts course and the fires rage, will the colonists and the Calinurra set aside their differences? With Saffia’s life hanging in the balance, can Micah arrive in time to save her and the colonists in jeopardy?
Life on Haven Two never lets up.