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#Scif Worth Reading: Space Murder #BookReview

Looking for some space fun and some laughs? Space Murder: Captain Liz Laika Mysteries 1 by Nikki Haverstock will fulfill that wish.

The action is nonstop in this story, and the characters were really fun. Captain Liz is head honcho on a very slow freighter that delivers goods from place to place. Convinced her life isn’t great, she keeps to herself and doesn’t realize how much she has to lose. Not until she’s framed for a murder committed aboard her ship.

This novel is very well written and has fun twists and turns. It’s basically a cozy mystery in space. A lot goes wrong very quickly in the plot, and then keeps getting worse. Nothing was boring about this read. It was very enjoyable. Yup, I recommend this one, and, yes, I was attracted to the dinosaur on the cover.  Couldn’t say no to that.

For everything there is a season…
Once the star student of her training class, Captain Liz Laika is now an outcast, a casualty of family scandal. Now stuck in the worst post in the Fleet, she should keep her head down. But when a Cerulean passenger is found decapitated, and Liz is framed for the murder, she has no choice but to fight for her life. No easy feat when she’s facing kidnapping, ship-eating whales, horse-sized spiders and corrupt fleet officers with personal vendettas. And in the middle of the intergalactic murder drama, her ex-fiancé reappears. Captain Liz needs to clear her name–and fast.

 

 

Weird and Wild Oregon: Umpqua Hot Springs #NaturePhotography #NatureBeauty #nature

The Umpqua Hot Springs is an unexpected, almost alien landscape in the Umpqua National Forest. The hot springs overlook the North Umpqua River, cascading down the cliff in a natural terrace. Umpqua means dancing water, and the river below roars and races. It’s also very cold, running down from the mountaintops.

Each pool is a different temperature, and it’s unreal relaxing in a hot pool while gazing at the majestic river and forest. Fair warning: lots of naturalists like to visit the hot springs.

 

 

 

 

The Summer Solstice is Coming, and Soon There will be Monsters! Rifters Sale! #fantasy #steampunk #fantasybooks

Every year on the summer solstice, the rift opens. Celebrating the coming season of monsters with a monstrous Rifters sale! Get all four books for the price of one! A Not of this Earth Bookshop special!

Rifters Series

A monstrous secret hides in the backwoods of a remote western town—a portal connecting our world to forty-two other universes. The visitors—most would call them terrifying—often have devastating effects. Their destruction hasn’t been intentional… until lately. The usual band of protectors, The Rifters, defend us with daring and weapons built from coils, gears, and crystals, which is no longer enough. Earth’s survival depends on an outlaw from 1888 and a librarian with a knack for ghosts.

 

 

#SciFi Worth Reading: Dark Nebula #BookReview

After starting a bunch of books I didn’t care to finish, I found a gem-Dark Nebula: Isolation by Sean Wilson. Well written, well-plotted, and a treat that kept unfolding.

This is a space opera with a great cast and a plot too big to be contained in one book. The pages turned quickly while I gobbled down this fantastic read filled with intrigue, mysteries, secrets, and aliens. There was fascinating new technology, and the whole book is spent in space. In this future world, humanity expands into the solar system and beyond. Plans were put in place to save us from a threat that arrived hundreds of years ago and kept a heavily guarded secret.

The worlds and populations are interesting and complex. A lot went on before the novel opens, which impacts parts of the story, and a lot is going on when the aliens arrive in our solar system. Their intent isn’t friendly, and it all hinges on that old secret.

A very excellent space opera, and I look forward to reading more in the series. Of course, I recommend this one.

 

Lies crafted from good intentions. Death spreading through the stars. When the past returns to claim its due, will anyone survive?

Earth Solar System, the Future. Abigail Olivaw is drowning in self-doubt. Hiding a devastating secret from the populace, the President of the Confederation of Planetary Explorers is horrified when hostile aliens arrive to announce they’re putting humanity on trial. Forced to act as her species’ defender in court, she struggles to hide her family’s hidden multi-generational history that could lead to a sentence of genocide.

Epsilon Eridani Colony. Joyce Green’s passion for her job is dwarfed only by her love for her son. So when he dies from a mysterious virus that threatens the entire settlement, the Director of Colonization vows to stop at nothing to discover what triggered the deadly infection. And as she uncovers the truth bit by bit, her heartbreak fuels a berserk need for justice.

Trapped by guilt over a mistake she didn’t choose, Abigail falls into a tailspin when the invaders reveal the facts of her race’s origins. And when Joyce unmasks a traitor, the rest of her people would be lucky to only die from disease.

With their paths on a collision course, will the women’s consequence-laden decisions destroy humankind’s last hope?