Hello, my loyal blog readers. In just four weeks you will be able to step through the gate to Htrae, Earth’s mirror-image twin. Join the good people of Htraea in their battle for survival against the evil forces of Natas and his Nellaf Slegna. Here is a snippet of the adventure that awaits you. (Divad has just turned down Natas’ offer of worlds, indeed universes, to rule.)
“Natas was accustomed to being rejected, indeed spurned, by mere mortals, but each rejection was worse than the previous one. He had no patience for Divad,but did not want to kill him. He would be more useful imprisoned than dead. ‘Have it your way, Divad. See if Mā-I can save you.’ Natas gestured toward the pine forest below. Upon that signal, two Slegna Nellaf emerged from the forest, leading two scaly serpents on leashes. Released from their tethers, the serpents slithered toward Divad, their yard-long tongues flicking in and out.
‘Save yourself, Divad. Jump off the cliff. Save yourself. Don’t you trust Mā-I? Didn’t he give you the power of Pure Light? Where is your Mā-I? These serpents were condemned by Mā-I to crawl forever in the dirt. They hate him and they hate you.’ Natas burst into shrieking laughter. His breath stank of rotting flesh. His tongue, split like those of his serpents, flicked in and out of his mouth.”
The Gate to Htrae will be available in approximately 4 weeks at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other retailers. This book is designed for young people, middle schoolers, and above--as well as for imaginative adults who enjoy sci-fi and fantasy.