Beyond the Next Star

Love Beyond Series

Book One

Melody Johnson

Genre: Sci-fi Romance
Publisher: Incendi Press, LLC

Date of Publication: June 23, 2020
Number of pages: 392
Word Count: 91, 815

Cover Artist: Robin Ludwig Design Inc.

Tagline: An intolerable order. A desperate charade. A deadly secret.

Book Description:

“She wasn’t dreaming, in a coma,
having a mental breakdown, or in hell.
She was abducted by aliens.”

Before Commander Torek Renaar can
return to active duty, he’s ordered to purchase an animal companion to help
relieve his PTSD symptoms. But having been a caretaker for and lost a loved
one, keeping even one little human alive is a challenge he feels doomed to
fail. It doesn’t help that his animal companion is the newest, most exotic
breed on the market, demanding constant attention, daily grooming, and delicate
handling. If she doesn’t die first in his incompetent care, she’ll be the death
of him.

After witnessing the murder of
her domestication specialist, Delaney McCormick allows her new owner to treat
her like the pet he believes her to be. If anyone suspects she’s more
intelligent than a golden retriever, her murder would be next. She endures the
humiliation of being washed, the tediousness of being trained to “sit” and
“come,” and the intrigue of hearing private conversations. But in Torek’s care,
she finds something unexpected on this antarctic planet, something she never
had in all her years on Earth while house-hopping between foster families: a

As companionship grows to love,
must Delaney continue the charade, acting like an animal and hiding from the
murderer waiting on her misstep? Or can she trust Torek with her secrets, even
if the truth threatens everything he holds dear—and both their lives?

About the Author:

Melody Johnson is the author of the
“out of this world” Love Beyond series and the gritty, paranormal romance Night
Blood series published by Kensington Publishing/ Lyrical Press. The City
Beneath (Night Blood, book 1) was a finalist in the “Cleveland Rocks” and “Fool
For Love” contests.

Melody graduated magna cum laude
from Lycoming College with her B.A. in creative writing and psychology.
Throughout college, she wrote contemporary love stories, but having read and
adored the action and dark mystery of vampires her whole life, decided to add
her fingerprint to the paranormal genre.

Melody's unique perspective on
vampires lends fresh bite to a classic paranormal genre. In addition to a
reimagined transformation—the requirement of night blood—vampires have
gargoyle-looking, vicious day forms, an orgasmic bite, and as the series
progresses to Sweet Last Drop (book 2), a mindless, rampaging, zombie-like
breed is introduced. Melody is constantly upping the stakes, and Day Reaper
(book 4) is no exception.

Beyond the Next Star is an exciting
branch from Melody's paranormal romance roots, keeping the dark grit from her
Night Blood Series and taking it to new worlds. Told from the dual perspectives
of both human pet and alien owner, Melody's story weaves a slow-burn romance
that explores the bonds of love in all its forms, navigating the main
characters’ relationship in delicate stages from oblivious ownership to woke,
romantic love.

After moving from her northeast
Pennsylvania hometown for some much needed Southern sunshine, Melody now works
as a digital media coordinator for Southeast Georgia Health System’s marketing
department. When she isn’t working or writing, Melody can be found swimming at
the beach, reading at the pool, and exploring her new home in southeast