This is science fiction — specifically space opera.
NOTE: These books are currently unavailable. I will keep people posted on when they’ll be available again. THANKS!
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
Cover art by Winona Nelson. Find her here, too.
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
will we see any more far seek books
Hi, Nancy–thanks for stopping by. And why YES you will. I’m halfway through the fourth. Hoping that one will be out next summer. 😀
Andi please, come back to this wonderful series and gift us with that fourth Torri and Kai adventure.. I miss them
HI! Well, there’s been a hitch in my giddyup and life has kicked me in the teeth. The pandemic meant I had to do some drastic re-alignment of my life, and that included full-time work and moving across the country to care for relatives. There’s a bunch of other stuff in there, too. Life happens. All I can do is roll with the punches. Appreciate your love for the series, though!
Where did the title for the chronicles come from?
The name of the ship that Torri and crew cruise around in is the Far Seek. 🙂
Awesome descriipptions of the series! How many books are planned for the series? Are you going to be offering a pdf box set of the completed series?
Hi, there — I’m going to drop you a line via email, too. At any rate, I don’t have a set plan for how long the series is going to go. It’ll go until I don’t write it anymore, I guess. And no, I’m not going to offer a set of the completed series because like I said, I don’t have plans at this point to end it. It’ll go for at least a few more books, and I’m sure if I find a publisher to pick it up and continue it, they’ll probably be interested in making it available in bundles and in as many formats as possible. I’ll keep everybody posted, though! Thanks for stopping by.
Any update on the availability of these? Specifically the third in the series
The third is available, like the first two, as a used paperback and you’ll probably be able to find it online that way. OR you can email me at my contact page. I can hook you up with a paperback of the third (The Edge of Rebellion). I might be able to hook you up with a PDF of the ebook, but I have to check my archives. I’m currently on the road and don’t have access to all my files. BOO!
Also, the rewrites are under way and I will hopefully be re-releasing them this year. More info as it becomes available. 😀
I’m also working on a fourth, and that will be all new. WOOOOOOOOOOO! Stay tooooooooned and thanks so much for your interest.
Great series.Any news on the next book
I also emailed you. This is what I said:
Thanks for stopping by. I assume you’re referring to the reprints, yes? I just released the 2nd edition of “Friends in High Places” and am currently engaged in an overhaul of the second, “A Matter of Blood.” I changed and added a bunch of things in the Friends reboot, so I have to make sure everything matches up in the second and third and the fourth, which is in progress.
Hopefully “A Matter of Blood” will be re-released next spring.
Greetings! I recently came across Friends in High Places, and read it in one sitting because I couldn’t put it down. I’ve tried to find books 2 and 3 in the series, and I’ve had no luck. Are there still plans to re-release them, following the re-release of book 1? Thank you.
HOWDY. I’m hoping you read the reboot, which is available via Dirt Road Books here: https://www.dirtroadbooks.com/friendsinhighplaces
The originals are probably available used in various places (but they’re not as fancy as the reboots are and will be…lol), but the second, “A Matter of Blood,” is currently in the shop for a reboot and we hope to get that re-released ASAP while “The Edge of Rebellion” is next in line for a reboot (that’ll start after the new year).
So stay tuned! And thanks for reading. So glad you enjoyed it!