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One of Two by S.R. Cronin - Book Tour + Giveaway

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One of Two
by S.R. Cronin 


GENRE: Sci-fi Fantasy



Telepathy creates as many problems as it solves, as everyone in the secret organization x0 would 
admit. When new member Lola discovers another group of telepaths with a totally different approach, 
those problems multiply at the speed of thought.

Soon, Lola’s family and friends are in danger. Lucky for her, she’s not your average budding psychic. 
Each person she is close to has a special gift of their own. That’s good, because it’s going to take 
every power they possess to stop these others from tearing apart x0.


Warren waited four long days for the report on the search of Maurice’s home. 
His men examined every email on Maurice’s computer, every scrap of paper in his drawers, 
and every message on his phone. From this they compiled a list of suspicious contacts called 
“potential psychics.”

Warren scanned the names. No special ability was needed to notice the surprising amount of time 
this retired geologist spent communicating with people from Africa, India, and East Asia. 
At the top of the list was a man named Olumiji who’d spoken with Maurice every week for years. 
Who was this Olumiji?

To Warren’s surprise, the contacts weren’t even the real gold mine. 
The computer yielded a secret website visited by Maurice almost daily. Warren chuckled. 
Who’d have thought a group of telepaths would maintain a website?

Access required two massive passwords, and Warren’s team supposed Maurice did what most 
older people did. He wrote his passwords down. It was to his credit the two were kept in separate 
places, but eventually the right combination was found and a pleased IT expert showed Warren how 
to log into the website of a group called x0.

“Real nut case stuff,” he confided. “You’re gonna get a kick out of this nonsense.”

“I’m sure I will.” Warren squinted at the screen and said no more until the man took the hint and closed 
the door behind him.

I’ve got you people right where I want you. 

Warren skimmed the content for anything useful, making notes as he went. Yes, this was good. 
That was filler. That was garbage. Wait, this gave an idea of the size of the organization. 
Good Lord, there were hundreds of these people! Could they all read minds? 

The phone rang, annoying him with its the interruption. Then he guessed who was at the other end 
of the line. I hate goddamned telepaths. He picked up the phone.

“You’re correct. My name is Olumiji and we’re quite capable of changing a password before you use it. 
But we didn’t. I trust you’re enjoying our website?” 

The deep voice resonated with the melody of Africa.

“I’m finding it interesting, thank you.”

“Wonderful. My group and I have decided it’s a waste of valuable time for us to play hide and seek with 
each other, simply because we have different philosophies. Needlessly dangerous as well, 
don’t you think?”

“It hasn’t been dangerous for me.” 

There was silence.

“What is it you want from me?” Warren asked.

“We’d like to meet you. Have you over for tea, so to speak. 
See if there are areas in which we can work together while we eliminate our mutual fear of the 
unknown by learning to understand each other.”

“No thank you.”

There was more silence.

“You don’t even want to meet us?” The man sounded genuinely baffled.

“Not really,” Warren said. “We’re not looking for new friends. 
My telepaths have work to do, and I don’t have time for play dates.” 

His eyes flicked to the screen. He’d been logged out. 

Don’t underestimate their technological capabilities.

“Correct. You’d be well advised not to underestimate any of our capabilities.” 

Warren winced. 

“But suit yourself. Perhaps the monads who choose to tell you about their encounters with us over the
next few days will suggest you reconsider.”

“Encounters? How do you know about the monads?” 

Warren got no answer. The line went dead, then the screen went dead, and then the lights went off.

“Cheap trick.” For once he hoped every telepath out there could hear him. 


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Sherrie Roth grew up in Western Kansas thinking there was no place in the universe more fascinating 
than outer space. After her mother vetoed astronaut as a career ambition, she went on to study 
journalism and physics in hopes of becoming a science writer.

She published her first science fiction short story and then waited a lot of tables while she looked for 
inspiration for the next tale. When it finally came, it declared to her it had to be a whole book, 
nothing less. One night, while digesting this disturbing piece of news, she drank way too many shots 
of ouzo with her boyfriend. She woke up thirty-one years later demanding to know what was going on.

The boyfriend, who she had apparently long since married, asked her to calm down. 
He explained that, in a fit of practicality, she had gone back to school and gotten a degree in 
geophysics and had spent the last 28 years interpreting seismic data in the oil industry. 
The good news, according to Mr. Cronin, was she found it at least mildly entertaining and ridiculously 
well-paying. The bad news was the two of them had still managed to spend almost all of the money.

Apparently she was now Mrs. Cronin, and the further good news was they had produced three 
wonderful children whom they loved dearly, even though to be honest that is where a lot of the money 
had gone. Even better news was that Mr. Cronin turned out to be a warm-hearted, encouraging sort 
who was happy to see her awake and ready to write. "It's about time," were his exact words.

Sherrie Cronin discovered that over the ensuing decades Sally Ride had already managed to become 
the first woman in space and done a fine job of it. No one, however, had written the book that had been 
in Sherrie's head for decades. The only problem was the book informed her it had grown into a six 
book collection. Sherrie decided she better start writing before it got any longer. 
She's been wide awake ever since, and writing away.

Author Social Media Links
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S.R. Cronin will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC and a kindle copy of another book from 
the 46. Ascending collection (winner’s choice) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter 
during the tour.

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