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Zon by Maureen A. Miller - Book Tour + Giveaway




(Can be read as a stand alone)
Young Adult – Science Fiction - Adventure
Date Published: June 22, 2020
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From USA TODAY bestselling author, Maureen A. Miller, comes this young
adult cosmic adventure.

With a father from the planet, Ziratak, and a mother from Earth, Zon's
challenges are galactic. Zon doesn't possess superpowers, though. If
anything, he's a bit of a klutz.
In Ziratakian folklore, the tale of the Temple of the Monarch has been
passed down for generations. As legend has it, a series of miniature globes
lead to the temple’s gate.
Folklore…nothing more.
Except, Zon knows of a cave with small globes in it. And with one clumsy
mishap, he triggers the gate–opening a portal to other worlds.
A trip through this vortex transports him to Earth, where the first human
he encounters is a young woman with challenges of her own.

This is a brand new saga, and a new generation. There is no need to read
the BEYOND series. However, for readers of the series, you will enjoy this
continuation of the epic science fiction adventure.


 
Excerpt
“Zon?”“Zon?”“Zon?”“Zon?”
Zon cracked his eyes open and dragged in a deep breath laced with a briny scent. His entire body felt drenched in perspiration.“Zon?”“Zon?”
“What!” he snapped at the appeal.
“What just happened?” JOH asked in a hollow voice.
Realizing the inquisitive orb was still clutched in his palm, Zon released him while trying to survey their overcast surroundings.
“You’re asking me? You’re supposed to know everything.”
“Well, yes, generally I do know everything, but this time–”
It didn’t sit well that the animated droid was at a loss for words.
Sprawled atop a muddy surface, Zon gathered his legs and teetered into an awkward stance. It was awkward because the ground was spongy, and his head was still spinning. A quick glance around revealed a dreary environment with sodden trees, their amber-colored bows hanging low under the weight of drenched, heart-shaped leaves.
Attempting a step, Zon’s boot sunk into the muck. His hand lurched out for balance and latched onto a leaf the size of a small child. His grip slipped off the viscous surface.
There was not much delineation between ground and sky. Hazy air. Clammy dirt.
,JOH circled around him, taking a tentative sweep of the immediate area, his black eyes slanted in determination. When he stopped to hover before Zon, his shiny surface was dotted with moisture and his expression, pensive.
“An exoplanet. Unnamed, but I can identify the galaxy. The Bellmor galaxy. It’s not the location that concerns me, though. We can’t stay here, Zon. The atmosphere is loaded with methane.”
To keep track of how far they had travelled, Zon searched for his footprints. They formed a trail of hollow indentations now filled with water and debris. No, not debris. Bending over for closer inspection, he discovered it was actually hundreds of phosphorescent specks whirling through the puddles.
The spot where he had landed was still marked by three deep holes, indentations from his butt and hands. Just behind those grooves stood a moss-covered rock wall.
The slime churned and roiled in a circular pattern–just like the cave wall back home had done before he was sucked through it.
“JOH!” He pointed towards the vortex.
JOH zoomed towards it and Zon saw the siphon tug on the shiny blue sphere.
“Hurry, Zon!” The tinny voice cried. “We have to hope this takes us back–or–somewhere safer than here.”
Zon tried to run but the muddy surface hindered him. Plodding forward, he felt the haul of the vacuum, the fabric of his vest sticking out with the force.
JOH bobbled with effort to stay in place until Zon could reach him, and together they surrendered to the pull.

 About the Author

USA TODAY bestselling author, Maureen A. Miller worked in the software
industry for fifteen years. She crawled around plant floors in a hard hat
and safety glasses hooking up computers to behemoth manufacturing machines.
The job required extensive travel. The best form of escapism during those
lengthy airport layovers became writing.

Maureen's first novel, WIDOW'S TALE, earned her a Golden Heart nomination
in Romantic Suspense. After that she became hooked to the genre. In fact,
she was so hooked she is the founder of the JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
website.

Recently, Maureen branched out into the Young Adult Science Fiction market
with the popular BEYOND Series. To her it was still Romantic Suspense...just
on another planet!

Find more about Maureen at www.maureenamiller.com

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