The Five Seasons of Terranue
The eldest bull, Solomon, stepped forward and mind-spoke in a deep gravelly voice. “We are blessed with five seasons, each six weeks long. We call them Angry Days, New Life, Full Life, Dry Days, and Hard Life. Some reward, while some test the will of the Sargons.”
As the elder bull explained each season, Dmitri tensed with worry.
Dry days and Hard Life concerned him the most, and both were right around the corner. They were already in the third week of Full Life, which was, in the Sargon’s opinion, the best of seasons with just enough rain and warmth that life on the planet flourished.
In less than four weeks, Dry Days would begin. The sun would strengthen, and no rain would fall. Grass would die, and the river in the valley would shrink to a dwindling stream.
Dry Days led to Hard Life when the temperatures would suddenly plummet as the winds shifted, bringing storms from the North. Snow would bury the valley, sometimes up to fifteen feet deep.
With Angry Days the north and south would battle for dominion bringing lightning storms and hard winds.
“Eventually, the warm south winds will prevail, melting the snow and filling the entire valley with water and mud to replenish the soil. Then New Life arrives and all that survived the testing seasons will burst forth in celebration.” The elder bull’s reverent voice echoed within Dmitri’s head as the other bulls resonated a deep moan.
The dramatic tonal conclusion did nothing to quiet Dmitri’s worries. Sixty percent of the planet’s cycles would be hell for humans to survive, and they had only three weeks to prepare.
Leading a colony of frightened people on a new world is rarely easy. The human colonists of Terranue have as their leader, Tamsarandem, the only Soul-bond of Three that has ever existed. Unfortunately, some perceive the innate kindness in the shaman’s choice of leaders as a weakness, thus, challenges begin. From the moment they arrive on the planet, self-survival instincts take hold among the colonists, putting the survival of the colony at risk.
To survive, they must act for the good of the colony rather themselves, even when their natural instincts tell them to do the opposite. First, they must befriend the dominant intelligent life form on the planet, long-haired blue cattle, only slightly smaller than the blue bull Tamsarandem brought with them. Second, they must find a way to survive three of the planet’s five seasons. Otherwise, they’ll be baked, frozen, and pummeled to death. Third, they must protect themselves from the giant bears, saber tooth lions, and T. rexes that roam their planet. But worst of all, deep within the planet, a seed of evil grows, waiting to devour every living creature on the surface.
Every day in their new paradise is a challenge to survive. Despite all the advantages the Gods have provided, success is neither easy nor certain, and people are rarely as good as they need to be.
Book 3: Surviving Terranue
Book 2: Surviving Outbound
Book 1: The Gods of Probabilities
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Liza is a multiple genre author of 16 novels. A Late Victorian Series, The Adventures of Xavier & Vic, plus a spinoff, A Right to Love, is an ongoing series. A Long Road to Love is a humorous Contemporary Disaster Romance series of five books. She has two single books. One is a humorous, bad boys contemporary novel with ghosts, called Ghost Lover, the other is Untamed & Unabashed, a spinoff from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
Now, she’s rolling out her Science fiction series (with romance & humor) called The Multiverses. The first four books are slotted for last half of 2015. In addition she hopes, if she hasn’t dropped from exhaustion by then, to re-release a sometimes humorous/suspense thriller called Saving Casey
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