Tuesday, December 18, 2012


The year is 1554. The year of a great fire in Eindhoven, Netherlands, a rebellion by Sir Thomas Wyatt against Queen Mary of England, a historical city founding—São Paulo, Brazil, and a royal wedding—Queen Mary marries King Philip of Spain on July 24th of that year.

It is also the year a Learner from an alien galaxy first visits Earth.

Her name is NayéLi and she is a Šumayin from the planet Šumaura. She was sent here when she was thirteen alien years old on a ten year mission—Šumayin years which is a long time by Earth standards as one alien Šumayin year equals fifty-one Earth years.

Her assignment is simple and straightforward—learn everything she can about the flora, fauna, civilizations, history, geology, meteorology, and all other physical characteristics of this third planet from the sun—and convey this data back to her rulers on Šumaura, her home planet millions and millions of light years away on the dark side of the universe.

Assuming the form of Earth’s most advanced species—Homo sapiens, NayéLi becomes a young woman and goes about her business in an impersonal and methodical fashion, never deviating from the covenants and strict rules her controllers have imposed upon her.

Nine Šumayin years have passed and NayéLi, now twenty-two Šumayin years old, has done an exemplary job. One Šumayin year more and she will be ready to depart Earth forever. She will have been successful in all she’s strived for.

Simple and straightforward, right? Or so she thinks.

Until she meets a man who makes her realize she has become far more human than she—or her rulers—could have ever anticipated.

NayéLi does something she never would have thought possible when she first arrived on Earth—NayéLi falls in love.

And suddenly her alien mission and everything else the Šumayin part of her stands for is placed in jeopardy.

Look for THE LEARNER on Amazon and Barnesandnoble on 1/1/13.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

THE LEARNER. Šumayin Glossary

XýK  dark galaxy

XÙ  dark Šumayin sun

ZÐ   the boundary between the visible and dark universe  

Šumaura    alien Šumayin  planet in the dark universe

Šumayin    inhabitant of Šumaura

Usýs  God in Šumayin

HADJX  Šumayin code of conduct/laws

X§YTH   Šumayin  memory shield 

IY§UN  sojourn, temporary stay on an alien planet

I’WßE  humans, homo sapiens

ÞØ   planet earth

Æ  when a Šumayin enters a host body and germinates, becoming the host

XDÐΣ  when a Šumayin abandons a host body

RÐYZ  to lose consciousness

X£  Shut-down-mode

ΣY  when a Šumayin converts to dark matter and passes through solids

Z¥X   Šumayin  rulers

venøsó   learner

fønsà  retriever

gòvà  a class of Šumayin who produce offspring

dirgßs  lowest class of Šumayin

SolTæs   parent or parents

Tæs  offspring

wǒnéye   ringed-one. A host who will play a significant role in events affecting the host civilization. Ringed irises are only visible to Šumayins

kué    Šumayin teacher, highly respected

Tßçû    healers

Tßç    to cure oneself

BAæJ    brain-challenged human, either in brain anatomy or thought processes

junýæ   Šumayin comuunication/data storage device

ßǒ  when a Šumayin  influences a host’s thoughts

Σμ  energy

Σμ\ý change in energy flow pattern

Σμ><  energy bond

Σμß  energy pattern of distress

Ðh   hello

Ðhx  good-bye

}~   no, negative

~}~    yes

ßçû    data/vital statistics of a species

uyâ   kiss

uyâx   Šumayin energy fusion comparable to host sexual foreplay/intercourse

Ñý   death

î   Territory One—Europe, India, parts of Russia, Siberia

ï   Territory Two—Asia, parts of Russia, Siberia

ì    Territory Three—Antarctica, South Pole

í    Territory Four—Africa, Madagascar  

ïì   Territory Five—Australia, New Zealand, all islands of Indonesia, Japan

îì   Territory Six—Indian, Atlantic, Pacfic Oceans and islands

î¡  Territory Seven—South America

ïï   Territory Eight—North America

 Territory Nine—Arctic region, North Pole

Xckht   planet where NayéLi failed her first sojourn or IY§UN

ploqx   primary sensory organ of the host species on Xckht. Used to seek out minerals


An alien from the dark side of the universe is sent to Earth on a mission. Her name is NayéLi and she’s called a Learner. When NayéLi falls in love with a human—which is against her specie’s covenants of exploration—her rulers order her to leave him. NayéLi refuses, risking not only the successful outcome of her mission on Earth, but also her life as well as the life of the man she loves.  

THE LEARNER arrives on Amazon and Barnesandnoble on 1/1/13.


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Second annual Holiday Blog Hop!


It's time for the IWU Holiday Blog Hop! Are you  ready to shop--I mean hop? Then let's go. First, a few rules for the contest.

Any reader/writer is eligible. All you have to do is leave a comment on my blog post beginning 12/10. Very important--please leave an email address where I can contact you. At the end of each day, I will randomly pick a winner and the winner's name will be posted below. The prize is a free Smashwords coupon for my biomedical thriller GARGOYLES, the first book in the Resurrection Trilogy series. From 12/10 until 12/14, there will be five winners.

Then on 12/15, I will randomly choose one winner from these five who will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.

Now for the REALLY good news! There will be two, yes I said two kindle fires, given away for the grand prizes! At the end of the blog tour, two lucky individuals will win these fantastic Holiday Hop grand prizes. Also, more prizes--including gift cards, signed books, and digital books--all free to more winners.

That's it. Simple. So everyone enjoy yourselves and have fun. With all the different blogs participating, there are plenty of prizes for everyone. Click on the link above or below and START HOPPING! Happy holidays all!


Day #1 winner--Marianne Stephens. Congrats!

Day #2 winner--Jennifer Mathis. Congrats!

Day #3 winner--Jessica Crawford. Congrats!

Day #4 winner--Sara M. Congrats!

Day #5 winner--Brittany C. Congrats.

$25 Amazon gift card winner is...Marianne Stephens.

Thank you everyone for stopping by, have a great holidays and look for the next Hop in January.