Please welcome Karen A. Wyle with her new release
Can interspecies diplomacy begin in the womb? This is the question that launched the Twin-Bred series.
As the series begins (Twin-Bred), humans have lived on Tofarn, planet of creeks and rivers, for seventy years, but they still don't understand the Tofa. The Tofa are an enigma, from their featureless faces to the four arms that sometimes seem to be five. They take arbitrary umbrage at the simplest human activities, while annoying their human neighbors in seemingly pointless ways. The next infuriating, inexplicable incident may explode into war.
Scientist Mara Cadell's radical proposal: that host mothers carry fraternal twins, human and Tofa, in the hope that the bond between twins can bridge the gap between species. Mara knows about the bond between twins: her own twin, Levi, died in utero, but she has secretly kept him alive in her mind as companion and collaborator.
Mara succeeds in obtaining governmental backing for her project – but both the human and Tofa establishments have their own agendas. Mara must shepherd the Twin-Bred through dangers she anticipated and others that even the canny Levi could not foresee. Will the Twin-Bred bring peace, war, or something else entirely?
The saga continued in Reach, Book Two, and now in the newly released Leaders, Book Three.
For a more specific peek at Leaders, please look here.
[In this scene, Mara and Fel-lar, on New Landing, are discussing the possibility of an expedition to Tofarn. (Why? That'd be a spoiler for this book.) Earlier in the discussion, Fel-lar has compared Mara to the biblical Moses, who led the Hebrews out of Egypt.]
Fel-lar twitched away as if to start pacing again. Mara held his hand firmly, and he desisted. “Returning to Moses. He grew up a prince of Egypt. And in the end, his greatest victory was to run away, with all his people. They, unlike him, had been raised as slaves. But what if all of them had shared the same princely goals and expectations?” Fel-lar was humming now, with that uniquely Tofa ability to hum and speak at the same time. “How much pride could any of them take in leaving all those dreams behind—no matter how long or short their journey to some substitute promised land, some distant Canaan?” The humming grew louder, and she had to strain to understand his words. “Would he not wonder whether he should have stayed to fight? To strike at least one blow?”
Mara searched the cliff face and found uneven stone on which she could step. She climbed up, working to maintain her balance, and reached a cautious arm around Fel-lar’s neck. He stopped humming and grabbed her arm with an upper hand to steady her and draw her close. That left her other hand free to stroke his cheek. “So recent events have jarred all these feelings loose. And that’s why you’ve been—different lately. Less calm. Less patient.”
“Less patient, and easier to anger. Which is why you should allow me, after all, to apologize for directing that anger at you, when you were hurt.”
“All right, if it’ll make you feel better. Now enough of that. Fel-lar, are you really thinking of flying back across the galaxy because you’re spoiling for a fight?”
Fel-lar unwrapped Mara’s arm from around himself, grasped her carefully under the arms, and lifted her down from the ledge. Then he moved the picnic basket aside and picked up the blanket, folding it rapidly with all four hands. “I may not have mentioned that I have been studying military history and tactics from time to time.”
Mara reached for the blanket without looking Fel-lar in the face and put the blanket in the basket. “No, you didn’t.”
“I do not want a fight to be necessary. I would prefer that all this proves to be ‘much ado about nothing.’ But if anyone must fight to protect our friends on Tofarn: well, I am no longer too young, if I was then. I am a leader, by my people’s choice. And I am ready to do battle.”
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About the author:
Karen A. Wyle was born a Connecticut Yankee, but eventually settled in Bloomington, Indiana, home of Indiana University. She now considers herself a Hoosier.
Wyle's childhood ambition was to be the youngest ever published novelist. While writing her first novel at age ten, she was mortified to learn that some British upstart had beaten her to the goal at age nine. After attempting poetry and short stories, she put aside her authorial ambitions and ended up in law school. There, to her surprise, she learned how to write with ease and in quantity. This ability served her well when, after decades of life experience, she returned to writing fiction.
Wyle is an appellate attorney, photographer, political junkie, and mother of two wildly creative daughters. (It was, in fact, her elder daughter who led her back to writing novels, by participating in National Novel Writing Month in 2009. In 2010, Wyle joined her in that pursuit.)
Wyle’s voice is the product of almost five decades of reading both literary and genre fiction. It is no doubt also influenced, although she hopes not fatally tainted, by her years of law practice. Her personal history has led her to focus on often-intertwined themes of family, communication, the impossibility of controlling events, and the persistence of unfinished business.
In 2015, Wyle brought together her careers as a lawyer and an author to produce a fairly massive reference work, Closest to the Fire: A Writer’s Guide to Law and Lawyers. While initially intended to entice her fellow writers into exploring the many dramatic possibilities awaiting in the legal landscape, it can also be a useful resource for law students, students in general, or anyone who would like to know more about the surrounding legal environment.Wyle’s novels consist of the Twin-Bred science fiction series, now at three books (Twin-Bred, Reach, and the just-published Leaders); two stand-alone near-future SF novels, Division and Playback Effect; and one mixed-genre novel, Wander Home, which could be called anything from women’s fiction to afterlife fantasy to family drama. Both Division and Playback Effect have earned Five Stars seals from Readers’ Favorite, and Awesome Indies has awarded Playback Effect its Seal of Excellence.
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