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~ BOOKS for Kids: Janoose The Goose, its sequel- Janoose And The Fall Feather Fair, The Spy Game & The Great Snowball Escapade, a chapter book for 6 to 9 years old. For Adult: Stories & Imaginings For The Reading Spot.
If anyone had asked Wil VanLipsig where he'd be in five
years, he surely wouldn't have said he'd be fighting the ultimate evil on an
unknown planet in a lost galaxy. Fighting a war, probably. Killing off
insurgents, righting political wrongs, following another man's agenda,
decidedly. Funny how life throws things in our paths that we must overcome. Wil
is no different. With the help of his wife, Matilda, their good friends and
benevolent aliens, they battle the Kahlea's slaves, wondering when the Grand
Master himself will arrive. What's next for this tiny, insignificant oddment of
miners and marines? Travel to the forgotten world of Shakazan and find out!
The Maker is Book Three in the Lone Wolf Series, with more
to come. The story is far from being told.
Wil dragged Matilda back down the tunnel. Roaring, Surau
rushed them from the rear. Ben and Marc took shots at him, but they didn't have
time to aim carefully. The shots went wild, zinging around the tunnel
dangerously. They holstered their weapons and provided a meat shield for
Matilda. Wil ran, dragging her down the tunnel.
They encountered nothing until they got to the first
junction, where the metal passage intersected with the stone tunnels. Instead
of being empty as it had been, they found themselves facing tall, dark
humanoids. These carried lethal looking spears and didn't appear angry, just
startled. Raising their spears threateningly, the dark men charged the group.
Finding the way blocked, the unlucky humans veered off down
the metal passage, footsteps echoing hollowly as they ran. Matilda tripped over
her skirt, as it wrapped around her legs. Taking one set of claws, she slashed
a portion of it away, freeing her feet to run more efficiently. Wil's grip on
her arm was painful, bruising her skin, leaving her muscles feeling numb. She
did her best to keep up, but his legs were far longer than hers, his stamina
greater. The passage grew increasingly dim as they went further in. They had
never been so far from Sentience and her repaired networks before. They
initiated their Kindred suits as the air around them thinned and grew stale.
The dark men surged down the tunnel after them, their
numbers overwhelming. Ben and Marc formed a wall, with Wil directly behind
them. He tried to contact the ship to teleport them out, but there was too much
interference. Backing slowly as the men advanced, Marc picked off two with
carefully aimed shots. Ben joined him, taking out a couple more. Their weapons
were set to stun, but to the dark men, their comrades appeared to be dead.
Instead of stopping, the men grew more determined, advancing
rapidly. As one, they suddenly lunged forward, making a grab for the small,
retreating party of humans. One grabbed Marc, who crushed the dark man's skull
with a blow from his gun butt.
Another held Ben, who summarily broke his arm, yanking it
from the socket. The dark man screamed in pain as Ben's blow to his head killed
him. Wil kicked a third in the teeth, before aiming down the tunnel, targeting
the leader. His kill shot was true.
The dark men stopped advancing as their leader's head
exploded. With a mighty roar, they made a last, monumental attempt to grapple
with the humans. Wil pressed his wife behind him, trying again to contact the
ship. There was a crackle of static and a faint acknowledgment from Hammer.
"Smith, get us the hell out of here!" Wil roared
into his com.
The dark men gathered their dwindling numbers, preparing for
a final assault. Growling angrily, they reformed their ranks around the fallen,
glaring at the humans with hatred.
Wil shouted to his wife, "Run, Matilda! We'll catch up
to you! Run! Run!"
Matilda hesitated a moment. The passageway was dark, she
could feel it surround her. Even the Kindred suit couldn't compensate for the
complete lack of light. Her nightmares came back, freezing her in place.
"Wil, I can't! I can't see a thing! Oh, God, Wil, I'm
"Babe, it's okay. Hammer has us. He'll get us out of
here. Please, keep going a little longer."
Hesitantly, she picked her way along, the floor sagging
beneath her feet. The ceiling was partially collapsed, filled with so much
rubble, she had to stoop to move. The others were engaged in combat, she could
hear it. All her instincts screamed at her to go back, to fight beside her
Wil's voice echoed down the passage, "Run!"
One of the dark men broke through their line, scrabbling
over the stones, nearly on top of her. Matilda knew Wil was aiming at him.
Flattening herself against the wall, she pressed back as far as she could.
"Now!" she screamed. "You have a clear
The weapon fired as she ducked, turning further away,
sensing the electromagnetic pulse from Wil's gun, hit the dark man in the back,
hurling him toward her. She tried to dodge him, but a hand shot out from his
dying body, clutching at her flowing dress, dragging her with him. The floor
collapsed beneath their combined weight. The man fell like an anchor into the
nothingness below her. Kicking wildly, Matilda struggled for a hand hold,
Wil heard her scream, felt the give in the floor and ran
full speed down the passage. The ceiling collided with this forehead, the sides
of the passage snagged his clothing. "I'm coming! I'm coming! Hang
"Wil! Oh, Wil! I'm falling! Wil!" A scream ripped
from her throat, fading away as she fell.
Wil reached for her a second too late. He saw her dropping
into the bottomless pit. His cry of despair turned into a howl of grief. A
moment later, the men found themselves on the bridge of Hammer. Matilda wasn't
with them. Wil lay on the floor, still as death.
"Oh, God," he whispered. "Oh, God! No!"
Dellani Oakes is a Tennessean by birth, a Floridian by a
quirk of fate. She resides in a town south of Daytona Beach where her constantly
changing household usually has at least one grown child in it. Dellani loves
science fiction and grew up reading the greats. She always felt something was
missing from their story lines—a little romance. Taking that idea to heart, she
began her Lone Wolf Series, incorporating all she loved about sci-fi, but
adding a strong romantic bond between Wil and Matilda.
Dellani is an avid writer, but when she's not writing,
she's reading anything she can get her hands on. She leads a small writers
group through the Council on Aging, enjoying her time away from home. She also
hosts two blog talk radio shows a month, Dellani's Tea Time – Every 2nd Monday
of the month, and What's Write for Me – every 4th Wednesday. She and her
co-host, Christina Giguere, interview other authors.
The Maker – Book Three is ready for pre-order and will be
available May 15, 2017
J.D. Holiday is the author and illustrator of the children's picture books- JANOOSE THE GOOSE, its sequel- Janoose And the Fall Feather Fair, and THE SPY GAME, the chapter book for 6 to 9 year olds, THE GREAT SNOWBALL ESCAPADEand an eclectic collections of short stories for adults in Stories & Imaginings For The Reading Spot.