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Hooray for a New Twin-Bred Novel by Karen Wyle! (AND an exclusive comment from the author…)

I’m so pleased to be able to share information about the latest installment in a fantastic series – Leaders, the latest installment of the Twin-Bred series by the exceedingly talented Karen Wyle… Today is a double-release in fact – the new book and a new packaged collectionof the three in the series. The books are available through all the usual suspects electronically, and through Amazonand Barnes & Noble in hard copy.

I’ve read both previous books – Twin-Bred and Reach.  My review of Twin-Bred is here. If you haven’t read it yet, DEFINITELY DO – especially since you can get a copy for free on Amazon! I’ve raved already, so won’t repeat myself. If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading either yet, I definitely suggest you do post haste.

If you haven’t started reading, there is now a virtual boxed setof the three ebooks. The cover art is incredible – I understand it was illustrated by the author’s very talented elder daughter, just going to show that talent definitely runs in families…  The set is currently available on Amazon, soon to be in the usual other suspect online stores.

If you need a little teaser, here are Karen’s own words to introduce the series:

Can interspecies diplomacy begin in the womb? This is the question that launched the Twin-Bred series.

As the series begins, humans have lived on Tofarn, planet of creeks and rivers, for seventy years, but they still don’t understand the Tofa. The Tofa are an enigma, from their featureless faces to the four arms that sometimes seem to be five. They take arbitrary umbrage at the simplest human activities, while annoying their human neighbors in seemingly pointless ways. The next infuriating, inexplicable incident may explode into war.

Scientist Mara Cadell’s radical proposal: that host mothers carry fraternal twins, human and Tofa, in the hope that the bond between twins can bridge the gap between species. Mara knows about the bond between twins: her own twin, Levi, died in utero, but she has secretly kept him alive in her mind as companion and collaborator.

Mara succeeds in obtaining governmental backing for her project – but both the human and Tofa establishments have their own agendas. Mara must shepherd the Twin-Bred through dangers she anticipated and others that even the canny Levi could not foresee. Will the Twin-Bred bring peace, war, or something else entirely?

The saga continues in Reach, Book Two, and in the newly released Leaders, Book Three.

As a special treat, I’m pleased to share the following exclusive commentary from the author (we met when she asked me to review Twin-Bred, and I’m oh-so-pleased to report have stayed in touch since!):

“I’ve written stories connected in some way to two of my novels, but Twin-Bred is, so far, my only true series. The books and their characters are particularly close to my heart, in part because Book One, which gives the series its name, was the first novel I wrote after a multi-decade detour. My earliest and deepest ambition was to be a novelist, and this series symbolizes, for me, the long-delayed and long-despaired achievement of that goal.

Also, I would love to know Dr. Mara Cadell, though I expect she’d intimidate the heck out of me. And that goes (minus the intimidation, mostly) for Levi, Fel-lar, and many others whom I hope you’ll soon meet, if you haven’t already.”

These are excellent stories, written by a talented (and marvelous!) author – I cannot recommend them highly enough.  If you’ve read any/all and want to link to your own reviews in the comments, please do – it’s always interesting to me to see what other people think of the books I enjoy (and even the ones I don’t, teehee). Now stop messing around on here and go treat yourself with a new visit to Mara’s world!  Happy reading…

BTW, if you like the Twin-Bred books, check out Karen’s others – also incredible, with a couple of my reviews here (Wander Home) and here (Division).

And if you don’t read kindle books or want a different ebook version, you can also find it on:

It’ll be making its way to the Nook Store and the Apple store eventually.

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