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Watcher's Web [NOOK Book]

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She?s not your ordinary country girl, even though she might look like one. She casts webs of power, reading the feelings of living beings and telling them what to do. Nobody knows what causes it, least of all her. Her name is Jessica, but most people call her ?freak?.
One fateful day, her ?web? connects with a stranger, and stray power causes the plane in which she?s travelling to crash in an alien world. An accident? The more she discovers about the world in which she has ...

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Watcher's Web

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Overview

She’s not your ordinary country girl, even though she might look like one. She casts webs of power, reading the feelings of living beings and telling them what to do. Nobody knows what causes it, least of all her. Her name is Jessica, but most people call her ‘freak’.
One fateful day, her ‘web’ connects with a stranger, and stray power causes the plane in which she’s travelling to crash in an alien world. An accident? The more she discovers about the world in which she has landed, the more she doubts it. She is a survivor from an ancient race that once travelled the stars. Her ancestors were powerful and dangerous, and it seems at least two people want her: the man who invades her mind, and the man who’s desperate to help her get back home. But Jessica grew up an Earth girl, and isn’t having any of this. She’ll pander to no one, thank you very much, even if her stubbornness enrages the tyrant race who hold the world in their grip.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011281693
  • Publisher: Patty Jansen
  • Publication date: 4/27/2011
  • Series: Return of the Aghyrians , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 3,902
  • File size: 380 KB

Meet the Author

A couple of years ago, Patty Jansen was told by a very large publisher: "This book is well-written and well-plotted, but no one will publish this". The manuscript in question was book 1 in the Ambassador series, and to say that Patty was a little taken aback and shaken is an understatement.

But, against conventional wisdom, she kept writing similar stories, and had some success in the short story market. She won the Writers of the Future contest and took part in the amazing workshop in LA, hobnobbing with big-name writers like Kevin Anderson, Larry Niven and Greg Benford. She sold some stories to Analog. But she prefers to write novels.

She was getting good industry responses to the Icefire trilogy when the GFC hit, and the publishing industry crawled into a hole. She would like to tell the agents who still have the manuscript from back then that it has been published, so they can remove it from their desks.

Patty didn't set out to become a vocal supporter for self-publishing. In real life, she is not a very controversial person, trained as scientist. She loves writing science bits into novels, whether the genre is science fiction or fantasy.

When she was told by yet another publisher not to bother submitting hard science fiction because she is a woman, she finally decided that maybe the publishing industry was not for her.

She might be stubborn, but she believes that people should allowed to be themselves:

- Women should be able to write science fiction (high-tech and space opera, no naked torsos), even though 95% of the bestseller lists in those genres are male.
- They should do so under their own name.
- Writers should write in their local type of English, and not be "required" to make all their spelling and idioms US-centric.
- Writers have the right not to be held to ransom by publishers who take their manuscripts and then take years to make a decision, or grabbing rights (like movie rights, creative rights) which they are not going to use.

With this in mind, Patty, who lives in Australia, writes science fiction and fantasy about people who also believe in those things, or fight for those things.

Want to keep up-to-date with Patty's fiction? Join the mailing list here: http://eepurl.com/qqlAb

Patty is on Twitter (@pattyjansen), Facebook, LinkedIn, goodreads, LibraryThing, google+ and blogs at: http://pattyjansen.com/

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  • Posted July 13, 2013

    Jessica is returning home when her plane crashes and she is thro

    Jessica is returning home when her plane crashes and she is thrown into an alternate universe. She is rescued but is not sure who to trust. She had been communicating with a man through her mind but will not let others know for fear that they will think she is crazy. She has been able to read people’s minds and emotions growing up so she knew she was different. Now she must decide whether to reach out to this man in her mind or place her trust in another survivor of the plane crash in Patty Jansen’s, WATCHER’S WEB, book 1 of her RETURN OF THE AGHYRIANS series. Where is she? Who can she trust? Can she come back to earth?

    Patty Jansen does a good job with her world building. We learn the rules and history on a need-to-know basis along with Jessica. She is 17-years old. She knows what it is like to be an outsider. She works to learn the customs and language but it is not easy. She feels she is responsible for the accident but has no one to help her through her guilt. She is around an alien people and cultural. When she once again meets the other survivor, Brian, she knows he is hiding something but she cannot figure out what it is. As Jessica learns who to trust and who not to trust, she has been in communication with a man, Daya. She has been able to connect with him through her mind. Now they will meet but Brian, also known as Iztho in this world, has sown seeds of mistrust so she does not know who to believe has her best interests at heart. It does not help that both men use sex as a way to control her.

    As Jessica struggles to survive in this world and make it back to her own world she learns to control the special gift she has. She also learns that she has a history that may connect her to the people in this world. Jessica has to decide if she wants to stay or go.

    I could not tell if the story was it supposed to be for YA or adults. Sometimes it was more YA and other times it was adult. I would say this story is for 16 and up.

    I like the characters. The story kept me interested so that I want to know what Jessica’s future holds. Does she stay or does she go? At times the pacing of the story was slow, especially at the beginning. By the end there is a lot of action and adventure that kept me involved and wanting more. There are questions I want answered so I will be reading book 2 to find out what happens.I was given this book by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    Great Read!

    I got turned onto this by Bookhub, it was free and now I'm hooked! I will now purchase the other 2 in the series and will check out other works by author Patty Jensen! Original, creative,exciting, unpredictable, everything a great escape ride should be.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2014

    Interisting world

    An early book revealling a promissing reality.
    But the edges need to be smoothed into a smoother story.
    Hope the next has been polished.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2014

    A suprise read,

    This book started off slow,but what book doesn't. Then it got so interesting I couldn't put it down. I read it within two days. I can not wait to read the next book in this series.

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    Posted August 17, 2014

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    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2014

    Teen

    Not read

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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