Merker’s Outpost has a secret that spans galaxies. Below its hostile, barren red surface, a once-thriving research complex now lies seemingly deserted, watched over by an entity called Guardian. Lieutenant Harriet Montran, a Collective Space Centurion officer, is betrayed by her shipmates and stranded on Merker’s surface. She is rescued by Guardian, who enlists her aid to evict a group of smugglers who have set up base in one of the Outpost’s underground cities. Major Zohra, an undercover operative for the secret watchdogs of the galaxy, Naboth’s Vine, is also on Merker’s Outpost. She has infiltrated the smugglers with the intent of ending their illegal trafficking in sentient beings. Montran and Zohra join forces with Guardian to thwart the smugglers and protect Merker’s Outpost. Soon, the bond that joined them when they were cadets flares anew. Confronted by smugglers, renegade soldiers, programmed assassins, and betrayal within their own ranks, Montran and Zohra are caught in a desperate race to discover the planet’s secret before it falls into the wrong hands. Can their feelings survive it? Can they?
O’Rourke was unemployed all of two days, following her resignation as Rear Admiral with the internally conflicted United Planets of the Twelve Space Fleet. She registered with the Merchant Marine in another galaxy for a captain’s position and was promptly handed an interview slip from Osmona’s Freight Business on the Wesley. Once a military spaceship repair freighter, she was now a civilian spaceship repair freighter. Emergencies could happen anytime in space. What they couldn’t fully repair, they did their best and sent them to the nearest port or towed them. That was the Wesley’s purpose and Osmona left O’Rourke in command while she went to further her business interests in another galaxy. O’Rourke’s luck turned sour as she faced sabotage on board, staffing of unqualified sailors, and a powerful relic that took control of the ship and all on board the freighter.
In the sequel to ‘Merkers’ Outpost,’ Lady Alexandra and Lt. Vanster arrive on Arnica in the middle of a hostile take over. Their assignment was to find some of the hostiles from their side of the galaxy and find a way to neutralize them in accordance to the planets laws. Major Zohra finds herself landing in the middle of a lake at a monastery with a Sha’Kar to guide her to understanding the rules of a honorable warrior by Arnica’s standards. When their paths cross again, there will certainly be fireworks…not to mention a certain dance.
Darcy and Celine affirm to each other that whatever is happening out in the desert, they were only observers and would leave the stepping into the unknown for the more willing. However, they were chosen, along with their four-legged companions, Jade, Mandy and Medicine Man.
Two women are brought together in a storm, somewhere on a long stretch of freeway where even rural homes are hours away. Both women slowly discover an unusual connection, bringing them together as friends and then something more. Unperceived gifts they share come to the foreground and make their bonds even stronger.