Tamara Carrington always felt different. One event in high school left her wondering if maybe she really was a freak, although she’d managed to leave that experience in the past—buried deep in her psyche. With the arrival of the exchange students from the planet of Azelle to her college, Tamara’s long buried memories threaten to erupt. As Tamara’s emotions build and her friendship with the Azellians grows, so does the knowledge of secrets within her own family.
With the deterioration of her mother’s health, Tamara doesn’t know where to turn for answers or solace. What has her family been hiding? Why does she feel inexplicably drawn to the Azellians? What will happen if she unleashes her long-suppressed passion? Will she survive or even recognize herself afterwards? Wanting answers, yet being afraid of what she might find, Tamara wonders if it would be better to remain asleep.
Sara L Daigle has been creating stories since she first forayed into the world of writing at the age of eight. As an avid reader, growing up in a small town without much access to a library, and before the birth of the Internet, Sara devoured her mother’s extensive stack of science fiction and romance novels to keep her literary thirst quenched. Soon afterwards, she began writing her own stories and entertaining her friends by composing plays for them to act out.
A passionate interest in astronomy, anthropology, and linguistics, coupled with this early background in science fiction and romance, led Sara to merge the two fields and create a series of interlinked stories built around a fictional planet’s culture and its interaction with ours.
Sara currently lives in Denver, Colorado, with her husband and three very loving but energetic dogs.
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Sara’s Top 10 Favorite Books & Why
I’m an avid reader. I will read anything from history books to novels, biographies and self-help books. But my top preference is for fiction, and specifically, urban fantasy, fantasy, science fiction and a few other character driven stories. As long as there’s a drop of romance in them, I’m good. I LOVE a series. So my top 10 list actually has considerably more than 10 books on it.
Robin McKinley – Sunshine. This book always makes me feel like I’m eating chocolate and coming home. I’ve read it so many times I quote it. It’s a Beauty and the Beast story filled with a heroine who comes into her strength. What’s there not to like?
Karen Chance – Cassie Palmer novels. These are just plain fun. Madcap, fast paced story and a love triangle that I’m dying to find out how it resolves (if it does)…I have my favorite!
Kim Harrison – The Hollows Series. Kim is a master at slowly changing her character and developing that character over time. I loved the little hints she dropped along the way as to her characters’ HEA (happily ever after).
Katherine Kurtz – Deryni Series. This series is an older, intricate, fascinating alternate history/fantasy series that takes you through heartbreak to joy again, as a world crumbled and found itself again. Into the darkness and out again…inspiring.
Julian May – The Pliocene Exile, Galactic Milieu series. These are my top favorite books of all time. The incredible talent it took to write a book series that covers 6 million years and ties the first and the last books together into an incredible mythology that has no holes that I ever found, no matter how many times I read it…she has had a huge impact on my own writing.
Glen Cook – Garrett , PI series. This series is fun and light with little twists along the way to solving a mystery in the very bumbling, but get-it-done Garrett fashion. A little bit of fun to read before bed.
L.M. Montgomery – Anne series. I adored this series when I was a child and still read it today. Throughout her entire life, Anne maintained a bubbly, loving personality. Talk about a heroine!
Laura Ingalls Wilder – Laura Ingalls books. Another childhood favorite and adult pleasure. I loved reading about the Wild West from the point of view of someone who had been there.
JRR Tolkien – The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings series. Another childhood favorite. I adored the world building and created a culture, language and entire world for myself that I then could play in.
Diana Gabaldon – The Outlander Series. A delicious, fun read. Diana Gabaldon has done a great job of creating a very vivid picture of what it was like to live in the 18th century from a modern perspective. Add a spicing up of time travel and a hint of science fiction to the historical romantic fiction …I can hardly wait for the next one!