Saturday, January 25, 2014

Maureen A. Miller's BEYOND Blog Tour


Beyond, #1

It is the day after Aimee Patterson’s high school graduation. College beckons, as does her dream of becoming an engineer. On an early evening walk, her cocker spaniel charges into the woods on the other side of the pond. Aimee trails after him, and in the stillness of that forest the unthinkable happens. She becomes paralyzed and watches in horror as her hands vanish before her eyes.

Waking to the sound of voices, Aimee realizes that she has been kidnapped. Little does she know how far away from home she is, though. In an attempt to flee her captors, she launches from their confines only to freeze at the view outside the window. The sky is black and filled with stars, and in the distance is a familiar blue globe. The planet Earth.

A group of humans forced to flee their planet after an epidemic destroyed their civilization now travel the galaxies in search of an antidote. Retrieving samples of plant life from every solar system, on this occasion Aimee was accidentally seized instead.

Aimee must learn to avoid the advances of an awkward young scientist who seems intent on dissecting her, as her own fascination turns to the exotic young warrior, Zak. Having fallen in love with Zak, she is now torn with the decision to return to Earth or live beyond the stars.

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Beyond, #2

They were coming.  It wasn't so much the sound that revealed them.  It was the subtle vibration of the ground beneath his feet, like the percussion of a distant explosion.  It was their march. The dead tread of stone against sand. A ghostly gait of menace.

Alone in a desert world...a world he once called home, Zak is now a damaged man. Reckless in his battle against the creatures that destroyed his family, he roams under the glare of the two suns, seeing phantoms--seeing Aimee.

Five years had passed since Aimee Patterson left the man she loved. For five long years she traveled the path of life, always waiting--always looking to the stars, knowing, hoping, that one day he would return for her.

And today was that day...

Beyond, #3

After spending years in space on an alien ship, Aimee Patterson is finally coming home. But this time she is not alone. Her lover Zak wants to meet her parents, and her friend Raja wants to experience life on Earth. Both get more than they ever bargained for.

Within days of being on Earth, Raja is caught up in an FBI sting operation. She is intrigued by Special Agent Craig Buchanan, but things go horribly wrong. Raja is faced with a dilemma. Save Agent Buchanan’s life or risk revealing her true identity.

It was supposed to be an innocent trip to Earth.... now Aimee, Zak, and Raja are fugitives of the ultimate kind.

A drawn breath sounded and then he managed a composed voice. "What are you doing on my ship?"

Yeah, he was not happy. The notion nearly made her smile.

"I didn't intend to stay on it," she defended. "But I climbed in—and then the hatch closed, and then next thing I knew you were on board, and before I even had a chance to say, Zak, I'm here, whooosh, we were off into the cosmos. And then I thought—I thought that maybe I could convince you to fly this thing to Earth."

A heavy silence loomed from the front seat.

Aimee opened her mouth to add more, but snapped it shut when she heard him say, "Stop."

"Stop what?"

"Stop talking."

She opened her mouth again, but shut it as Zak swiped his hand on the panel and she tumbled onto her side.

"Dammit, you could give me some warning before you do that," she admonished.

"If you were an approved passenger you would be secured in place, and I would not have to give you any warning."

She hated it when people were right.

"I have to concentrate," Zak continued. "We're in the approach to Bordran and it is a tricky one. In this atmosphere, I'm unable to rely on the TA's automatic landing references. I have to do this manually—and I need quiet."

Aimee held her tongue...for a second. "Am I going to go flying through the windshield when you land this thing?"

"Possibly," he grated.

She thought she detected a grin in his response. It aggravated her because it was at her expense. She climbed up onto her knees and spread her hands out, laying her palms flat on each side of the craft for leverage. No longer concerned about being detected, she could now inch her chin up and look out the panoramic window. She gasped, startled to find that the green planet which had appeared so minuscule on the Horus, now dominated the right side of the craft and seemed only miles away.

"It looks peaceful enough." Oh my God, she was about to land on a foreign planet!

"What you are seeing is a thick cloud of gas. The planet is far beneath that ring, and the voyage through that vapor is not an easy one. So yes, you could quite possibly end up going through the windshield. Fortunately, the windshield is made of a composite strong enough to withstand tremendous air pressure, as well significant fluctuations in temperature—" he hesitated while maneuvering the craft and then added, "—and catapulting young women."

"Is there anything I can do?" she cried, oblivious to his sarcasm.

"In front of you there should be a symbol that looks like a—"

"A circle with a line through it?"

"Yes. That one. Run your finger along the line, and back up a bit."

"Run my finger along the line and then back up?" she asked. "Or back up and reach forward and run my finger along the line?"

The sigh was unmistakable.

"Either. If something hits you, then move."

Aimee frowned. "You aren't being very nice."

"I didn't ask for a guest."

"I didn't ask to be taken from my planet."

"I didn't take you from your planet." Zak countered and added a hasty, "do it now, Aimee."

Author Bio & Contact Links:

Maureen's illustrious writing career began in the fourth grade with the blockbuster hit, Super Watermelon Man. Many years later, she evolved into a full-fledged Romantic Suspense author with her first novel, WIDOW'S TALE, which was nominated for a Golden Heart by the Romance Writers of America. A fan of the old Gothic romances, Maureen enjoys the formula of danger, romance, dark cliffs, and sinister houses. All these elements can be found in her romantic thriller, ENDLESS NIGHT. Maureen has now branched out into the Young Adult genre with her Science Fiction Romance, BEYOND series. Maureen is also the founder of the "JUST" sites...JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE, JUST CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE and JUST PARANORMAL ROMANCE.

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BEYOND Series Blog Tour Schedule
1/20 - Night Owl Reviews (spotlight)

1/22 Book Monster Reviews (guest post)

1/23  Charlene Blogs (excerpt)

1/24 - Fantasy Book Addict (interview)

1/26 - 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! (series spotlight)

1/28 - Kristina's Books & More (interview)

1/29 - Romance Junkies (interview)

1/29 - Books-n-Kisses (series spotlight)

2/01 - Book Pages and Dripping Ink (series spotlight)

2/01 - Mythical Books (series spotlight)

2/02 - Dalene's Book Reviews (interview)

2/02 - Deal Sharing Aunt (series spotlight)

2/02 - New Adult Addiction (series spotlight)

2/02 - Book Lovin' Mamas (interview)

2/02 - Tome Tender (series spotlight)

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