A woman isolated in the Mojave desert...an alien invasion...and a primal obsession.
For Gillian Hall running her diner in a desert outpost is the good life, until a man calling himself Gabriel arrives as her enigmatic and unpredictable new short-order cook. On the same day fiery explosions streak across the sky. Everyone in town assumes their presence must be part of a military operation from the nearby base.
What do the blasts really signal? Seven starbreakers--alien ships--have entered Earth's atmosphere. One of them is destroyed, scattering valuable and dangerous technology into the desert in its wake. Five ships depart.
The last starbreaker, the Menocai, stays to retrieve the lost debris before the military can find it, but its self-absorbed commander, Malakai, has an additional need. He wants Gillian as well. He has sent his brother Inac, in the guise of Gabriel, to retrieve her.
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About the Author
REGINA CLARKE was born in England and grew up near Boston, Massachusetts. With a doctorate in English, she taught at CUNY and then spent many years writing for corporations, creating books on network management systems, virtual protocols, and military surveillance software. (Who knew!) But during those years, writing books and stories, especially fantasy, mystery, and science fiction, was her passion. Her short stories have appeared in Kzine, Mad Scientist Journal, Over My Dead Body!, NewMyths, Aurora Wolf, Alien Dimensions, and T. Gene Davis’s Speculative Blog, among others. She has also been a ghostwriter, published a book on environmental management, and created an online workbook on soul development for the A.R.E. in Virginia Beach. She was a finalist in the Hollywood SCRIPTOID Screenwriter’s Feature Challenge for her script about a mother seeking the disabled child she had abandoned, in “Second Chances.” Her YA fantasy book MARI was a finalist in the ListenUp Audiobook competition. Two short stories-- “Calliope” and “Stopover”-- have been featured on The Strange Recital podcast in Woodstock, NY. After working on both coasts, in Texas, and overseas, Regina calls the historic and beautiful Hudson River Valley region her home now, and it pleases her no end to live not very far from where Rod Serling grew up and Jane Roberts encountered Seth.