Copyright © Melissa Conway 2014
In the future, bioengineered animals provide organs for human transplantation. Grafts of animal skin have replaced tattoos in popularity, which gives rise to a unique new demographic: xenofreaks. Bryn Vega's father is head of the Pure Human Society and when she's kidnapped by the Bestia Butcher, the most notorious of the criminal xenosurgeons, she assumes it's payback for her father's anti-
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A stillborn child revived.
The past and the future intertwined.
One girl lives two very different lives.
By all appearances, Sorcha Sloane is a typical small-
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Aboard a scientific drilling vessel taking core samples from an ancient impact crater, student intern Kevin Guzman has one of his prescient feelings just before an earthquake sends a tsunami radiating out from under the ship.
Now a strange woman has requested his help in saving the world. She’d like him to believe that millions of years ago an asteroid struck the earth and converted it into an enormous communication satellite for the denizens of some distant galaxy. But the messages haven’t been coming through, so the Gossamer Sphere is about to “tune” itself-
Kevin is skeptical, but given the odd things that have been happening to him lately, intrigued. All Caitlin O’Connor has to do is demonstrate her shapeshifting abilities, however, and he’s a believer. Caitlin introduces him to Lizbeth, the magician’s daughter with nimble pickpocket’s fingers, and Zach, whose weapon of choice is sarcasm, but whose martial arts training is more effective.
The teens aren’t pleased to discover they’re descended from shapeshifters themselves, and Caitlin isn’t exactly endearing herself to them. After centuries of watching those she’s loved grow old and die, she’s put up an enigmatic front, but she needs their help finding the Gossamer Crown-
I grew up in the California bay area until my family moved to the Pacific Northwest when I was in high school. I went to college there, then spent the next twenty years in San Diego. Now I live and write in southeastern Washington state. My college background is in advertising art, so I dabble in the digital arts. I'm a big fan of genealogy, antiques, nutrition, and all things 3D animation.
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