Winter on Spring Street
by Stacey Darlington
If you were a witch, how far would you go to make someone love you?
If you knew magic, would you use it?
What if the love spell turns to lust?
Former singer superstar, Raven Viramonte, knows the answers. After her career comes crashing to a halt, Raven seeks refuge in the creepy central Florida bungalow she buys, sight unseen. She finds an unlikely friend/therapist in a homeless man named, Harry, who haunts the bench at the edge of her property. However, when Rocky, Raven’s sister, calls with the news of their mother’s ill health, Raven must return to the family owned apartment building she despises, 88 Spring Street, Connecticut, the tomb of her darkest secrets.
Harry urges her to return to New England to reconcile her past: The mother who despises her, the younger sister who betrayed her, and the gay father who abandoned her. Then there is Skyler Blue, victim of Raven’s blundering love spell. Calling on Harry’s psychological insights, Raven seeks to mend her broken psyche. By Fate, she encounters a bewitching woman who’s psychic powers and psychology degree help Raven dim the line between love and lust.
Winter on Spring Street is the profoundly sensual, sometimes humorous and always turbulent digression into Raven Viramonte’s paranormal life. Although, Raven is the unreliable and often unlikeable narrator, we can’t help but cheer her on as she faces her demons on Spring Street.
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FLIPSPACE Missions 10-12
by John Steiner
Surpassing the speed of light remained elusive in 2175. However, the trick was to hold still to swap out spatial locations. For Colonel Sumitra Ramachandra, Major Lamarr Fitch, Captain Malcolm O’Connell and the rest of the ISS Mockingbird’s crew jumping between solar systems is just the start of their wondrous, sometimes zany and often perilous missions. The future of aerospace defense stretches far above the blue yonder.
Testing a new Flipspace protocol, the Mockingbird travels to its most distant mission yet. There, Colonel Rama orders Major Fitch to lead a surface team to a planet outside the habitable zone, yet teeming with life based on ammonia. Rama flies a second science team in studying the remaining planets, where an artificial satellite is found. Fitch’s team also finds traces of civilization and discovers a lingering threat that destroys technology. The study of fallen societies turns into defense from a planet-wide force.
The Mockingbird is again drawn to the Kuiper Belt, when a mysterious object is triggered by human discovery. Believing it may be related to the disappearance of the Astraeus Fifteen Hundred NATO deploys a Flipspace-capable strike group and calls on Colonel Rama and her crew to aid the International Space Organization’s study. Finding the location of a star system with possible signs of life, the strike group is sent to investigate what phenomenon may threaten the future of exo-solar exploration.
The fate of the Astraeus crew is at last known. Serious questions remain as to why they disappeared. During the study of multiple life-sustaining worlds in peculiar orbits, ground support forces brought by the Mockingbird are attacked. Amid working out the nature and intent of the alien, a diplomatic dispute erupts over access to the discoveries. Colonel Ramachandra and her crew fall back on everything they’ve learned over the past year to understand what has brought together life from across the galaxy.
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