Beyond Earth Book 1
by Talia Jager Genre: NA LGBT SciFi Romance
Without Hesitation is set a thousand years in the future. Earth has become a wasteland. Humans traveled into space to colonize other suitable planets. Labels and stereotypes are a thing of the past and gender and sexual identity are as fluid as love as humans strive to survive. Here we meet Everleigh, the commander of her ship named Nirvana. She is under the control of an evil madman, Caspar, who keeps her family captive. He sends her to Valinor to abduct the Empress Akacia. When she arrives, she is taken back by Akacia’s beauty and when the Empress fights back, Everleigh realizes she has met her match.
**This book is an LGBTQ story with a female/female relationship.**
Without such much as a gasp she sat up with a wild look in her eyes and looked around the room frantically. I stayed in the chair watching as she looked around and then down at her wound. Finally, her golden eyes found mine.
“I’m here,” I answered, going to her side. “It’s good you’re awake. Are you in any pain?”
Her eyes searched mine, like she was looking for an answer for a question that I didn’t ask. She shook her head. A slight grimace on her face was the only sign she was in pain. “You fixed me.”
“Your injuries weren’t that bad.”
“You can thank me by returning me to my planet,” was my firm response.
“I saved your life, too. Shouldn’t we be even?”
She was right, though I wasn’t giving in. I just needed some time to figure out how to get back home. “I am the Empress. My people depend on me. Can I at least call and tell them I’m alive?”
“Fine, but you cannot tell them where you are.”
“And where am I?”
She held my eyes. “The Nirvana.”
I knew the name, Nirvana. It was a ship of criminals that were wanted by the Authority for a long list of crimes including stealing and murder. I swallowed hard. What in the universe did the Nirvana want with me? My heart pounded, and I took deep breaths to calm myself down. Don’t show fear. Get word to Valinor. Bristow can figure out where I am. “Your reputation precedes you.”
“Then you know just how lethal we are.” She shifted like she was uncomfortable. “Let’s get to the bridge.”
“You should rest.” I didn’t know why I was still concerned about her wellbeing, but I was.
Painted Skies Beyond Earth Book 2
Akacia and Everleigh have been apart for almost an earthmonth. Both still reeling from recent events, they try to get their lives back on track. They soon find out an evil from their past has resurfaced and their lives and home planet Valinor are in danger. Side-by-side once again, they find themselves fighting for love, peace, and their homes.
**This is an LGBT story with a female/female relationship.**
Talia is no stranger to labels and judgment. She has slowly been developing her voice for those who need help speaking up. She believes that someday labels will be a thing of the past, that sexuality will be fluid, love will be love, and mental illness will be handled with love and care. Talia is an author with fifteen books published including: Damaged: Natalie’s Story, Teagan’s Story: Her Battle With Epilepsy, If I Die Young, Secret Bloodline, Lost and Found, The Gifted Teens Series, The Between Worlds Series and The Beyond Earth Series. When she’s not writing, she enjoys hiking red rocks or sitting on the beach with a Kindle in her hands and her toes in the ocean.
What are some of your pet peeves?
Messy public bathrooms. To the people who leave toilet paper, feminine products, and other disgusting things on the floor, on the back of the toilet, or anywhere but in the toilet or garbage, is this how you leave your own bathroom? Also, I know toilets malfunction, but with the number of toilets I see full of what someone ate for dinner last night, there can’t be that many malfunctioning. Doesn’t anyone remember how to flush anymore?
Lack of respect for others’ opinions. We all think differently. We all have different views and opinions. That’s one of the things that makes us unique. But just because we have one opinion doesn’t mean we shouldn’t respect other opinions even if they’re different or we think they’re wrong. There is a lot of this going around today. People are being divided. They are disrespecting each other. When we have different opinions, sit down and discuss them. Maybe you’ll change someone’s mind. Maybe not. But you will show that you are mature and can talk about things without name calling or being rude.
Someone who doesn’t cover their mouth when they cough or sneeze. Yes, there is an occasional time where a sneeze comes out of nowhere, but normally you have enough of a warning to get your hand or elbow up to your face. Maybe you have enough time to pull your shirt up and sneeze/cough in that. Or at the least, turn around and aim for the ground. Germs are yucky. I don’t want them.
Paying attention. Now, this is coming from someone with ADHD. I have attention problems. I manage them. But that’s not really the attention I’m talking about. I’m talking about when I’m trying to have a conversation with someone and they’re texting someone else, scrolling through Instagram, or SnapChatting with a friend. It’s like… “HELLO! I’m right here! Talk to me!” We’re so engrossed in social media today that sometimes we forget to look up and appreciate who we are with and have actual face-to-face conversations.
And here I thought this was going to be a quick answer question. I have to put down one more since we’re on the topic of cell phones. Cell phones in the movie theater or a kids’ dance recital or a play or anything like that. It is very disrespectful to have that bright screen shining when it’s dark. Turn it off! Watch the movie or play. Enjoy your kids’ dance recital with your own eyes and if you want a copy, buy the DVD.
I could go on all day. Other drivers or the way people park. Smokers who are inconsiderate. Not picking up after your dog or thinking that you’re exempt from the leash law because your precious Fido wouldn’t hurt a flea (I can tell you from experience, he can and will).
Even with all my pet peeves, I still try and choose kindness when dealing with other people.
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