As bitter enemies scheme against each other with the fate of Tolar in the balance, Laura Howard, made a powerful empath by the Jorann's gift, loses everything — again. Now she must recover and find her place, and herself, while fighting against the ghosts of her past and the expectations of everyone around her.
Loss after tragic loss shakes the Paran to his very soul. With his allies vying for control of the planet and his own province caught in the middle, he must risk his life as well as that of the woman he loves to take the one action he never thought he would: fight for the leadership of the ruling caste.
Christie Meierz writes space opera and science fiction romance set on a world of empaths at the edge of a dystopic Earth empire. Her published works include her PRISM award-winning debut novel, The Marann, two additional novels (Daughters of Suralia and The Fall) and a collection of short stories, Into Tolari Space. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, spent 10 years raising sheep in upstate New York, and has been declared capable of learning Yup’ik.
Christie now lives in Pittsburgh with her mathematician husband and an assortment of stuffies. When she’s not writing, she writes about writing on her blog, Meierz Musings, her personal Facebook page, where she welcomes comments and friend requests, and her Facebook Author Page.