Tuesday, 8 September 2015

The Witches's Stones Book One - Rescue from the Planet of the Amartos, on Kindle Countdown this week

Helena Puumala's Science Fiction novel "The Witches' Stones Book One: Rescue from the Planet of the Amartos" is on Kindle Countdown, beginning tomorrow (Wed, Sept 9) and ending on Sept 16.  That means that the book will be $0.99 for the first two days, $1.99 for the next two days, and $2.99 after that, before going back to the regular price of $3.99.

It's an action packed SF, a bit space opera, a bit paranormal, and with a hint of eventual romance.  Book Two of the series has been published and Book Three is being written by Helena currently.

U.S.: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008PNIRP4
U.K.: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B008PNIRP4 

Here's the summary:

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 Witches.

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....

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