Maven: (The Endure Series, Book 1)

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Since losing her parents at fourteen, young prodigy Dr. Lydia Ashley has focused on one thing: an appointment on the Deep Water Research Command Endure. Now twenty-one, she's about to realize that dream, but nothing is how she imagined it would be. Her transitional sponsor forgets her, her new lab is in complete chaos, and, as if that weren't enough, she's about to discover something so horrific it could ...

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How far would you go for love?

Since losing her parents at fourteen, young prodigy Dr. Lydia Ashley has focused on one thing: an appointment on the Deep Water Research Command Endure. Now twenty-one, she's about to realize that dream, but nothing is how she imagined it would be. Her transitional sponsor forgets her, her new lab is in complete chaos, and, as if that weren't enough, she's about to discover something so horrific it could potentially destroy all life on the planet.

Daniel Brewer, a noted playboy and genius in his own right, may be exactly what she needs... Or he may make everything worse.

Has she finally found a puzzle she can't solve?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781484985632
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/29/2013
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Starla Huchton released her first novel, The Dreamer's Thread, as a full cast podcast production beginning in August 2009. Her first foray went on to become a double-nominee and finalist for the 2010 Parsec Awards. Since her debut, Starla's voice has appeared in other podcasts including The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine, The Drabblecast, and Erotica a la Carte. She is also a voice talent for Darkfire Productions, and narrates several of their projects, including The Emperor's Edge series, This Path We Share, and others. Her writing has appeared in the Erotica a la Carte podcast, a short story for The Gearheart, and an episode of the Tales from the Archives podcast (the companion to Tee Morris and Philippa Balantine's Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series), which garnered her a second finalist badge from the 2012 Parsec Awards. Her second novel, a Steampunk adventure entitled Master of Myth, was the first place winner in the Fantasy/Science Fiction category of The Sandy Writing Contest held annually by the Crested Butte Writers Conference. Maven is her third completed novel and the first in a planned series of four.

After completing her degree in Graphic Arts at Monterey Peninsula College, Starla opened up shop as a freelance graphic designer focusing on creating beautiful book covers for independent authors publishers. She currently lives in Virginia where she trains her three Minions and military husband.

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  • Posted July 22, 2013

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    This is the first book in the Endure Series by S.A. Huchton.  I

    This is the first book in the Endure Series by S.A. Huchton.  I have not read this author before and typically don't read "New Adult", but something about this book caught my eye when I signed up for the Book Tour. Honestly, I hadn't planned on doing a review.  My plate was/is full this last half of July and I just didn't have room for another book.  And yet when I read the excerpt I was intrigued.  So intrigued I had to read a little bit more.  Before I knew it I was half way through the book and letting Roxanne at Bewitching Book Tours know that I wanted to do a review as well.

    The story starts with Lydia, a young marine biochemist and nobel prize winner on her way to the Deep Water Research Command Endure. A goal she has been working on for over 6 years.  As a brilliant, but young woman, Dr. Lydia Ashley is used to working extremely hard and projecting a much more mature demeanor to be taken as seriously as some of the others in her field.  She is looking forward to working with Daniel, another prodigy in the field of computer software, who was stationed on the DWRC Endure with his father, the Captain, and who has since remained on board.  Unfortunately, they get off to quite the rocky start when he forgets her and leaves her to fend for herself.  Daniel figures she will be some older, boring scientist and conveniently forgets the date, since he is busy romancing a woman.  When they do meet, Lydia is unimpressed with his apparent lackadaisical approach and believes him to not be worth her time.  

    With its combination of New Adult, Science Fiction and Romance, this is one of those books that is hard to define and lodge firmly into a niche.  It's like fusion cooking, taking a little from this genre and a little from that one and creating something gloriously new and unique.  I have found that if a book will give a publisher nightmares on how to pidgeon hole it, then it's sure to be a favorite of mine.  And this book certainly fits that bill.  Lydia was smart, funny and just a bit naive about interpersonal relationships.  Daniel was smart and though a bit of a rake, underneath it all, very redeemable.  While their romance was fun to watch, it was only a subplot of the true story which has to do with mutation of underwater pathogens and a nefarious plot to destroy the world.  Take a psychological thriller, add a bit of action, more than a dash of romance, stir briskly, sprinkle with nautical and military terminology and set it in the future and viola - you have Maven.  I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads.   Yes, it was that amazing.

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  • Posted June 2, 2013

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    Wonderful SFR with science working in balance with romance. Refreshing drop of water.

    Lydia has reached her goal, set six years ago with several reasons, a position at Deep Water Research Command Endure. But, things she had dreamed of here may not be as she thought. Lydia is left abandoned upon her arrival as her sponsor forgets to meet and escort her to her lab. Then gets a sight of her predecessor's rather organization and mess, which will take Lydia weeks to sort through.

    Trying to make up for his lack of first impression, and looking the computer genius lackey with a reputation of being a ladies man of the Endure, Daniel realizes the beautiful Lydia is all work. What Daniel doesn't know, Lydia has known of him for years and had hoped to find a kindred soul in him, being brilliant and young like her. To show he can be focused and taking a new direction to win her eye, he sends her unknown sample files he found from her predecessors computer trash bin. When Lydia finally looks at them, in Daniel's presence, she's curious about the specific bacteria and why sampled and tested on this facility. Something is off, Lydia's never heard of projects centering around these, putting her and Daniel on the alert. What Lydia learns is deadly, to her and to the world.

    Lydia might find the man she was hoping for. Daniel might learn to find what he was missing in life. Lydia and Daniel will learn, with knowledge could come danger. These two hold more knowledge than the whole of the Endure, and can or have connected the dots... Will they find a level ground to work on to find a cure in time?

    First, this book was what I was needing in a time I was struggling through many great reads. I sat down with it Saturday evening, stayed up late, then woke up Sunday morning to pick it up and not set it down until I was done. I just fell in love with Lydia and Daniel. And the creation of Deep Water Research Command Endure. I couldn't stop reading this one! Adorable romance.

    We are in year 2050, in an under water research station. I felt I was experiencing Lydia's first experiences on the Endure with her. Excited, and let down when the welcoming sponsor wasn't there. But excited.

    We get two point of views, Lydia's and Daniel's.

    Meeting Lydia right off, I liked her. Smart and sharp minded. She made me smile at her words to Daniel as he saw her for a beautiful lady to hit on. My kind of girl. Love Lydia and her spunk. Not only is she a genius but quick. Lydia knows Daniel's reputation, and will not jeopardize her dream job for him. I love how she puts him in place, subtle but done and he knows it. It drives him NUTS!! lol. Daniel!! Ooooo, boy that man is something, and the exponential growth of his character throughout the book. WOW! He is full of potential. But when Daniel finds the left over files in the trash from Lydia's predecessor...things will take off, in all directions.

    I was drawn to learn more of what Lydia and Daniel found and how they would get more information, worried they would get caught by the people creating this danger. And there is their relationship. The mystery of finding more details and suspense surrounding a few characters had me flipping to know more. The corruption gets deeper and deeper as we go. So good. I had to see how it ended.

    This story is a science fiction romance. Yes, there is some science to it, but the romance is forefront. The technical and science part, done so I understand but in no way deters from the genius of the characters.

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