Helena Puumala's Science Fiction Romance novel "The Witches' Stones Book One: Rescue from the Planet of the Amartos" will be free on Amazon this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (April 24 to 26, 2015).
Book Two of the series will be out within a few weeks, so we thought we would give readers a chance to be introduced to the saga with a free promotion on Book One. It was originally released in July 2012, but Helena had focussed mainly on the Kati of Terra series in the intervening time, so this series had a bit of a break.
But now it is time to re-enter the galaxy of political intrigue, action, and romance of The Witches' Stones series, as heroine Sarah Mackenzie and hero Coryn Leigh battle the shadowy force known as The Organization, on behalf of the Terra Confederation and the Witches of Kordea (who are a race of beautiful and powerful psychic aliens).
The book has a beautiful new cover, featuring a backdrop painted by artist Leona Olausen, of a soft gamma repeater (a type of dangerous neutron star), which represents a pivotal scene in the book.
Links to the book and the book summary are below.
Witches’ Stones Book One – Rescue from the Planet of the Amartos
Sarah Mackenzie had trained as a space ship mechanic at the Space
Port of her home city on Earth. She left Earth to explore the galaxy,
and, some months later, landed a dream assignment, to become the ship
mechanic of an Explorer ship, the Beth 117.
The Beth was on its way to a planet at the edge of the galaxy, where
its crew members were to search for the Witches’ Stones, or amartos, the
mysterious crystals, which the Witches of the world, Kordea, use to
channel and augment their psychic energies. Sarah has no idea that she, herself, happens to be Stone-sensitive, just like the Witches are.
Under perilous circumstances, she comes across the cache of the
Stones which the Explorers are looking for, and, unwittingly, “keys”
them, igniting a psychic blaze that attracts the attention of The
Organization, the implacable foe of the Terra Confederation, the
centuries-old star-spanning government of most of the human race, and
its non-human allies. To make use of amarto-energy, The Organization
needs, not just the Stones, but also amarto-sensitive individuals whom
they enslave to the devices which they have developed in their pursuit
of galactic domination. Thus, they want not just the cache of Stones;
they also want Sarah.
To forestall galactic war, rescuers, from a counter-intelligence
group, known as The Agency, are sent to the Planet of the Amartos. A
fast scoutship, manned by an Agent and a Pilot, must try to fetch Sarah
and the amartos, bringing them to a safe haven among the Kordean
Sarah, herself, has to deal with serious conflicts. In the psychic
realm she must choose between The Organization and the Kordean Witches,
while retaining mastery over her own mind. In the physical reality, she
has become the centre of an armed battle between the Terran scoutship
and a military task force sent by The Organization to capture her and
the Stones. Her determination to keep control of her own self sends her
into unexplored mental realities, while exciting but dangerous physical
events swirl around her and the crew of the scoutship, Camin.
To further complicate things, she senses within herself, the
beginnings of an attraction to the handsome Agent sent to rescue her.
However, she’s merely a naive young woman from Earth; surely, her hopes
are beyond realization....
The novel is about 100,000 words, or 250 pages. It is the first
book in the Witches' Stones series, which will explore the struggle for
power among the Terra Confederation, the Kordean Witches and The
Organization, as well as the personal and romantic entanglements of the
characters. Book 2 will follow in May, 2015.