This is science fiction — specifically space opera.
Book 1, Far Seek Chronicles!
Friends in High Places
Space bandit and trader Torri Rendego and the crew of the Far Seek are trying to acquire a shipment of opals from the mining colony of Newburg, on Earth. But the hated Coalition is upping security to break up smuggling rings. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Torri’s Academy bunkmate and captain in the Coalition forces has been stationed there, as well. Will the bonds of the past overcome their current affiliations? And will they be able to complete their conflicting missions?
Finalist, 2010 Golden Crown Literary Award, speculative fiction
Cover art by Beck McCoy
Book 2: A Matter of Blood
Outlaw Torri Rendego can’t shake her past, which involves her connection to her Academy bunkmate, Kai Tinsdale, now a commander in the hated Coalition. Torri thinks the Coalition is up to something on Kai’s family’s holdings. Problem is, she’s right, so she and the crew of the Far Seek devise an outrageous plan to gather information and get it to Kai somehow. But even the best-laid plans can go dangerously awry, especially where Kai’s concerned. Risking herself, her crew, and a tenuous tie to a shared history, Torri goes deep into Coalition territory to uncover a secret with far-reaching consequences for a distant and ancient culture. The stakes of this venture may prove way too high, even for a gambler like Torri.
Finalist, 2011 Golden Crown Literary Society award, speculative fiction; winner, 2011 Rainbow Award, science fiction
Commander Kai Tinsdale knows something’s afoot when she receives orders to post to the military base Koto on the virtually impassable jungle planet Hanzey. Rumors of rebellion against the Coalition are spreading across the quadrants, and the threat of war makes Kai all the more suspicious about her assignment. What does Major Tinniset Vic, the ranking officer at Koto, want with Kai? How might the decade-old destruction of a Hanzien city pertain to Kai’s new posting?
The only person she trusts, former Academy bunkmate turned trader Torri Rendego, is running merchant routes in other quadrants and may be facing her own problems in the growing rebellion. So Kai must play the hand she’s dealt in a high-stakes game of intrigue and revenge where Major Vic holds all the cards and where a gamble could unleash a war all its own on Hanzey.
Finalist, 2014 Golden Crown Literary Award, speculative fiction
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