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Zon (Beyond #5)
by Maureen A. Miller
Genre: YA Sci-fi/Adventure
Release Date: June 22nd 2020

Summary:

From USA TODAY bestselling author, Maureen A. Miller, comes this young adult cosmic adventure.

With a father from the planet, Ziratak, and a mother from Earth, Zon’s challenges are galactic. Zon doesn’t possess superpowers, though. If anything, he’s a bit of a klutz.

In Ziratakian folklore, the tale of the Temple of the Monarch has been passed down for generations. As legend has it, a series of miniature globes lead to the temple’s gate.

Folklore…nothing more.

Except, Zon knows of a cave with small globes in it. And with one clumsy mishap, he triggers the gate–opening a portal to other worlds.

A trip through this vortex transports him to Earth, where the first human he encounters is a young woman with challenges of her own.

This is a brand new saga, and a new generation. There is no need to read the BEYOND series. However, for readers of the series, you will enjoy this continuation of the epic science fiction adventure.

 
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Excerpt
Zon picked up on
another sound. Hoofsteps. Footsteps. The tread of some unimaginable creature.
He spun, confused
by the acoustics. As he swung back, he distinctly heard the approach from his
right. Wrenching the utility beacon off his belt, he retreated a step towards
the whirling shadows in the grove of trees.
A creature
crested the hill, it’s blue beak the first thing visible.
“Oh!” It cried,
lifting its head and freezing.
Zon swallowed,
his legs paralyzed between flight and fight.
“You scared me,”
a soft voice claimed. “I’ll just–go–”
The blue beak
pivoted, although now he recognized it wasn’t a beak at all. It was a headpiece
of some sort. The word eluded him, but he remembered seeing one before.
“Wait,” he called.
The figure
halted, but did not look back.
“You speak–” he
hesitated, assessing the slight profile, “—English?”
The hat snapped
back and brown eyes narrowed under the shade of the brim.
Baseball hat! That’s what his mother called it.
“Uhh, yeah.”
The figure cocked
its head.
She.
Not it.
He was pretty
sure it was a female, but the slim figure was cloaked in oversized garments,
and the long hair was pulled back by a twine, which was something the males on
Ziratak did.
The brown eyes
slid down his body.
“Your pants are
moving,” she observed with a slight blush.
A nagging thump
against his thigh alerted him that JOH was trying to get out. Zon slapped his
hand down to still the motion.
“It’s just my
droid.” He shrugged uncomfortably.
“Droid? Oh, your
drone? Were you flying it?”
Her head tipped
back and he saw a pale throat.
“Good day for
it,” she murmured, and stared curiously at him.
English.
She was talking
to him in English.
And she looked mecaw–human.
Zon took another
glance around, hoping that his body eclipsed the swirling portal behind him.
“Is this Earth?”
he asked, searching the trees, but not seeing any buildings.
The girl’s eyes
flared in alarm. She stumbled backwards.
Inside his pants
pocket, JOH demanded attention, his incessant vibration driving Zon crazy. He
pulled open his pocket to give the droid a stern look. JOH’s animated face was
replaced with a string of text.
This IS Earth!
Childhood alarms
registered in Zon’s mind. The last time he came to this planet he was quite
young. But he remembered his mother’s caution.
Don’t say you’re from another planet.
Most of the people on Earth don’t know much about intergalactic
travel. They don’t know about life in other galaxies. And what they don’t
know–scares them.
Remember, you are half Earthling.
On Earth your name is Jon. It is for your protection.
Half Earthling.
All that it meant
was he was a Gorzot…again.
Encouraged that
the female hesitated in her flight, he tried for a more reasonable approach.
“Umm, just
kidding,” he fumbled. “I’m not from here.” Where’s
here?
“I’m visiting.”
A tentative
glimpse over her shoulder, and the woman–girl–she looked young–more like his
age–finally turned back to face him.
“I can tell.”
He felt awkward
under her probing gaze, but he always felt awkward when anyone looked at him
for too long.
“How can you
tell?”
 
About the Author
USA TODAY bestselling author, Maureen A. Miller worked in the software industry for fifteen years. She crawled around plant floors in a hard hat and safety glasses hooking up computers to behemoth manufacturing machines. The job required extensive travel. The best form of escapism during those lengthy airport layovers became writing.Maureen’s first novel, WIDOW’S TALE, earned her a Golden Heart nomination in Romantic Suspense. After that she became hooked to the genre. In fact, she was so hooked she is the founder of the JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE website.

Recently, Maureen branched out into the Young Adult Science Fiction market with the popular BEYOND Series. To her it was still Romantic Suspense…just on another planet!

Find more about Maureen at www.maureenamiller.com