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Worldbuilding for the Family Pride Paranormal Romance Series

Family Pride: Love and Challenges by Deborah A BaileyWhen I got the idea for my paranormal romance series, Family Pride, I was inspired by the TV show, Bewitched. Looking back on it now, I realize I didn’t get all the subtexts.

Here’s Samantha, a witch with the power to appear and disappear, fly, travel from one place to another in a literal blink of an eye. She’s lived for hundreds of years and will most likely live for hundreds more. She falls in love with an average guy and decided to live as a housewife in the suburbs.

Samantha gives up her status for love—though in spite of her husband Darrin’s desire that she give up using witchcraft, she never completely lives a normal, mundane life. Relatives and friends pop in and out, and eventually the children are born with powers as well.

When I wrote Family Pride: Love and Challenges (book 1), I wanted to flip the script. What would happen if a human started dating a lion shapeshifter? She would have to learn to navigate his world, instead of the other way around. But in this world, the shifters are living the regular, suburban life. They have their own customs and conventions, but they’re also under the radar as far as the rest of the world is concerned. Like Samantha, they have powers and rituals, but they have to keep everything under wraps so that the human population doesn’t discover that they exist.

I did some research on lions and their behavior, then added a few twists for the shifter version. For instance, there are challenges for domination and control—which figure into the plot of book 1. The shifters group themselves into prides, which are made up of extended families. So there is a normal world on one side, and the paranormal world on the other and Mac and Zora have to balance between the two.

In Family Pride: Blood Fever, Mac hints that other magical creatures exist in the everyday world (in addition to shapeshifters).

Family Pride: Blood FeverOf course she was going to ask the very thing he wanted to hold back. “I didn’t run into another shifter. There was something out there. I saw a shape in the darkness, like another lion. But it moved so fast…I felt the claws and my instinct took over. I fought, but it was like fighting air. My claws went through the thing.”

Zora shivered against him. “Is that possible? That’s unbelievable.”

“Most people think shifters are unbelievable. But here you are mated to one.”

“Yeah, you’re right.” She ran her fingers along his chest. “Some-times that’s hard to believe too. All the things I thought were just stories and fairy tales are real.”

Mac chuckled. “Let’s not get the fairies involved. They can be fierce when they’re pissed off.”

“You mean-” She lifted her head up again like she’d been yanked. “They’re real too?”

“Zora, baby. You’ve got so much to learn.” Mac leaned in for a kiss.

What really interested me about creating the series, was to show how what appears to be normal depends on how you define it. There are all kinds of worlds intersecting all the time, and what you see on the surface doesn’t tell the whole story.

Coming in June: Family Pride: Love in Legacy

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From Outer Space to Shapeshifters – Writing My First Paranormal Series

Family Pride: Love and Challenges by Deborah A BaileyMy genre of choice is science fiction, even for my short stories. For a long time I’ve wanted to give the paranormal genre a try. So, I decided to start with the Family Pride paranormal romance series about lion shapeshifters.

Wolves are a popular staple of paranormal romance, and most shifter stories I’ve read have featured them.

I was considering going in that direction as well, that is until I saw a program on the Smithsonian network. It featured a pride of lions and followed them for a period of about three months.

After seeing that show, I knew I had to write about lion shifters. Of course it helped that the name of the series, Family Pride, had been in my mind all along!

Since I had some ideas about the storyline and the characters, my next steps were to create a fantasy world for my characters to live in. Would everyone know that shifters existed? What would their culture be like? How could I introduce all the elements without massive info dumps?

It was actually easy to answer those questions. In my story world the shifters are under the radar, which adds tension because they always have to be careful not to reveal who they are.

I paired a lion shifter hero with a human heroine. As she learned about the shifters, the reader would learn too. The conflict would arise as the relationship matured and the couple had to learn to balance between two worlds.

As far as the culture, I added some elements from real lions and mixed in some ideas of my own. Shifter lions live in prides run by powerful families. Like humans in the real world, they have lots of family drama. But for the most part their concern is to keep the family members protected and to ensure that the next generation of shifters uphold the family legacy.

The lion shifters in my series have traditions as well. In Family Pride: Love and Challenges and Family Pride: Blood Fever, Mac and Zora (the hero and heroine) take part in a mating ritual and an “introduction ceremony” (the equivalent of a wedding reception). Their mating ritual in Love and Challenges was particularly fun to write. But I won’t give away any spoilers – you’ll have to check it out for yourself!

Family Pride: Blood FeverIn science fiction, things must be possible or at least probable. But in fantasy there are no restrictions. At first it was hard to write a fantasy story because I kept wanting to explain what was happening in real-world terms.

But as I kept writing, it got easier to add more fantasy and let go of the need to explain it with science. That’s very obvious in Family Pride: Blood Fever, where paranormal elements drive the story.

The series will continue with book 3, Family Pride: Love and Legacy, which will feature one of the secondary characters. In that book, I’m introducing another shifter group and a bit of mythology from our world.

For instance in Egyptian mythology, the warrior goddess Sekhmet is usually depicted as a woman with the head of a lion. What a perfect character for a story about lion shifters!

What started out as an experiment in writing in a new genre has taught me a lot about creating fantasy worlds and making them plausible – even if they’re not possible (as far as we know). You never know where ideas will come from and how they can help you create fantastic new worlds.

I hope you’ll check out the series. It was a lot of fun to write.

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This post originally appeared on Kelli A Wilkins’ website.

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Family Pride Lion Shifter Series Now on All Romance Ebooks

Family Pride: Love and Challenges and Family Pride: Blood Fever are now available on All Romance ebooks (ARe), along with B&N, Kobo, iTunes and more.

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Family Pride: Love and Legacy

Chris MacKinnon never liked having to live in the shadow of his older, too-sensible brother, pride leader, Mac. But being the second son has its privileges, and fun-loving Chris plans to enjoy them all.

When Mac takes a vacation on the island of St John for himself and his human mate, Zora, Chris tags along for ten days of fun in the sun with his latest girlfriend.

But then Chris meets and falls for Guinevere, a mysterious shifter who lives on the island. She’s everything he wants in a mate, and his one chance to have what Mac and Zora share: a lifelong bond of the deepest, truest love.

Guinevere is keeping a secret from Chris that may blow up his life as a lion shifter and destroy his relationship with Mac and sever his connection to the whole pride. Can Chris find a way to have his soul mate without losing everything, including his inheritance as co-leader of the MacKinnon pride?

Can love really conquer all?

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Now Available: Hathor Legacy: Revelations

Hathor Legacy: RevelationsNow available on Amazon!

The third book of the Hathor Legacy series is now on sale!

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Hathor Legacy: Revelations – Book Three of the Hathor Legacy Series

An enemy returns to spark new tensions between the Guardians and Novacorp. In the midst of the crisis, Nadira is given information about her parents that threatens to destroy her relationship to the Guardians and to Jonathan.

While Nadira searches for answers, Jonathan is enticed into the hedonistic world of the Novacorp executive class. His entertainment club attracts the elite of Hathor, but his notoriety comes with a price.

The worlds of the Guardians and Novacorp are put on a collision course where only one side may come out on top. Nadira is called on to make the ultimate sacrifice to save the legacy of the First Families, the original settlers of Hathor, while Guardians, Kasema and Deshtu PSI groups are faced with the choice to unite or be brought completely under Novacorp control.

Old scores are settled and long-hidden truths are revealed, and at the end Nadira and Jonathan’s relationship and their world will never be the same.

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Family Pride: Love and Challenges by Deborah A Bailey

Family Pride: Love and Challenges

Business owner Mac MacKinnon is a perfect catch: attractive, ambitious and successful. He’s a member of an old, established pride of lion shapeshifters, but determined to live life as a loner. Except that when Zora Mason walks into Mac’s coffee bar one day and applies for the position of assistant manager, he knows without a doubt he’s met the woman of his dreams.

Can she accept life with a shifter-boyfriend?

Zora knows a lot more about Mac (and the other shifters in town) than she’s been letting on. Falling in love with a sexy shifter is more than she bargained for when it comes to dealing with sibling drama, learning the business, and managing an alpha male who’s used to doing things his way. When a challenge to Mac’s Pride threatens to destroy Mac’s family, Zora has to decide whether to be claimed as his mate in a ritual in front of the pride.

Who knew that love with a lion shifter would be so challenging?

 

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After claiming Zora Mason as his mate, and fighting off a threat to the MacKinnon pride, Mac is more than ready to get back to managing his coffee bar and settling into mated bliss. But just when it looks like things are quieting down, Mac and Zora find more challenges ahead.

Plans for Zora and Mac’s official introduction the to the pride, and the opening of the new coffee bar may be derailed when, gripped by a mysterious blood fever lingering after the leadership challenge, Mac is driven to the edge of his endurance as he fights to keep his inner lion under control.

Juggling her responsibilities in the business and her position as the mate of the pride leader becomes even more challenging when Zora is forced to confront her fear that Mac is changing into someone she doesn’t recognize.

As the fever pushes Mac to the edge, the revelation of an old, painful family secret proves to be the key to saving Mac’s life. Zora and Mac come up with a plan to end the threat of the fever forever, but that same plan can destroy them both.

Is their love strong enough to defeat the blood fever, so they can live happily ever after as mates?

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“Good read I had read few of these shifter books and found them interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed”family pride, can’t wait for next book– Marilynn Hodge

*Coming later in 2016: Family Pride: Love & Legacy*

Hathor Legacy: Revelations WIP Excerpt Part 3

Hathor-Legacy-Revelations-Web-MediumHathor Legacy: Revelations – book 3 of the Hathor Legacy series will be coming in June. Here’s another brief excerpt.

Hathor Legacy: Revelations – Book Three of the Hathor Legacy Series

An enemy returns to spark new tensions between the Guardians and Novacorp. In the midst of the crisis, Nadira is given information about her parents that threatens to destroy her relationship to the Guardians and to Jonathan.

While Nadira searches for answers, Jonathan is enticed into the hedonistic world of the Novacorp executive class. His entertainment club attracts the elite of Hathor, but his notoriety comes with a price.

The worlds of the Guardians and Novacorp are put on a collision course where only one side may come out on top. Nadira is called on to make the ultimate sacrifice to save the legacy of the First Families, the original settlers of Hathor, while Guardians, Kasema and Deshtu are faced with the choice to unite or be brought completely under Novacorp control.

Old scores are settled and long-hidden truths are revealed, and at the end Nadira and Jonathan’s relationship and their world will never be the same.

*Read more about Hathor Legacy: Outcast and Hathor Legacy: Burn*

Excerpt

In this scene Jonathan Keel finds out the price of his new-found fame as a club owner on Hathor and member of the elite executive class. 

It wasn’t surprising to see crowds in the Entertainments district, but this was the Palatine. Usually there weren’t as many people hanging out on the streets. Security patrols ensured that the tourists moved along, aided by Guardian Watchers who kept a low profile while they were observing.

Unfortunately it wasn’t until the door of his transport opened that Jon had an answer to his question. Someone screamed and the mob converged on him, about 3 of them managing to stuff themselves into the doorway just as he tried to get in. Hands grabbed his shirt and jacket, pulling so hard he felt the fabric rip.

“Stop it! Get away from me!” he yelled, but it didn’t do any good. In fact, his reaction only seemed to fuel the intensity. The more he tried to pull away, the more hands gripped him. One woman pressed her lips against his, while a man grabbed at his hair.

“Jonathan! I love you!” The woman who had kissed him continued to press her lips all over his face.

“Get off!” He grabbed the woman’s furry purple jacket, but just came away with a handful of puffs of fake fur. “Close the door!” Maybe if the transport door could close, he could get these idiots to let him go.

“Sorry, sir, the door cannot close while passengers are entering.” the computerized voice replied. “Please clear the doorway of obstructions.”

“Damn it! I can’t clear it!” he snapped just before the sleeve of his jacket separated from the rest of it.

“Jonathan! Come out!”

“Jonathan!”

“Stop pushing, he’s mine!”

He felt himself being dragged out of the vehicle as hands continued to claw at his clothes and fingernails scratched his skin. For a moment it was like floating. He had no control over his own body as he felt himself being carried. All he saw were faces grinning at him and hands grabbing, obscuring the blue sky so that he felt like he was being smothered.

“Citizens! Stand off! Citizens!” Muffled voices broke through the squeals and screams, and Jon saw shiny black helmets hovering above him. His senses were in overdrive, making his stomach churn and overwhelming him with the sensation of being buried alive under the crush of writhing bodies.

Air. He had to get air right away. The feeling of being smothered was like being closed up in a mine shaft. Panic rumbled through his body, thundering up into his chest as his heartbeat accelerated. Prepared for fight or flight, he wrenched one arm out and worked to free the other.

“Citizens!” Black garbed security officers were pulling people off him, tossing them to the side in an effort to free him.

Finally the last person was pulled away and Jon found himself kneeling on the marble sidewalk. He saw something dark red drops on the ground and realized it was blood.

Hathor Legacy: Revelations WIP Excerpt Part 2

Hathor-Legacy-Revelations-Web-MediumHathor Legacy: Revelations – book 3 of the Hathor Legacy series will be coming soon (I promise!) but in the meantime, here’s another brief excerpt.

Hathor Legacy: Revelations – Book Three of the Hathor Legacy Series

An enemy returns to spark new tensions between the Guardians and Novacorp. In the midst of the crisis, Nadira is given information about her parents that threatens to destroy her relationship to the Guardians and to Jonathan.

While Nadira searches for answers, Jonathan is enticed into the hedonistic world of the Novacorp executive class. His entertainment club attracts the elite of Hathor, but his notoriety comes with a price.

The worlds of the Guardians and Novacorp are put on a collision course where only one side may come out on top. Nadira is called on to make the ultimate sacrifice to save the legacy of the First Families, the original settlers of Hathor, while Guardians, Kasema and Deshtu are faced with the choice to unite or be brought completely under Novacorp control.

Old scores are settled and long-hidden truths are revealed, and at the end Nadira and Jonathan’s relationship and their world will never be the same.

*Read more about Hathor Legacy: Outcast and Hathor Legacy: Burn*

Excerpt

This scene happens after Nadira has received disturbing news about what happened to her father, who was reported lost while on a deep space mission. According to Mikal, the former Guardian who tried to overthrow the Guardian Elders (in book 2, Hathor Legacy: Burn), the Guardian Elders were behind her father’s disappearance.  

“Good evening, Sentry Leader Nadira. What is your desired location?” The computerized voice inquired.

“Take me home,” she replied as she settled back into her seat. Their apartment was in a tower only about 15 minutes from this one. But by the looks of the clogged traffic lanes, the trip would probably take longer. This main boulevard led through the Entertainments District, one of the busiest areas of the city.

“Tell me what happened. Why do you think they killed your parents? Where did you get that?”

The transport pulled out into the traffic lane and slowly rumbled down the boulevard. Nadira looked out over the crowd, just in case she saw Zina among them. She knew it was a waste of time, if anything Zina would be in her private transport.

“I went to see Mikal at the detention center. He told me everything. My father got to the penal colony. He wasn’t lost out there. They had him killed.”

Jon opened his mouth to reply, then sagged against the cushions. “You went to see Mikal? And you believe him? Are you serious?”

“Why would he lie?”

“Is that a real question?” Jon sighed. “He’s trying to set you up. Don’t you see? He’s a liar and a killer.”

“He found my father’s ship, Jon. That wasn’t a lie.” She couldn’t understand why he wouldn’t listen. He had his mind made up and it was pissing her off.

“I know what he did at the medi-evac, Nadira. I figured it out when Maji told me she and Azure had gone there the morning after they took me to detention. I asked her to tell me everything and she did.” He reached over and grasped her hand. “He’s not getting another chance to hurt you.”

“Jon…”

“No more. Don’t see him again and don’t believe anything he says.”

Usually when they talked like this, their communication remained verbal. But right now she felt his energy on the edge of hers. It felt like sparks off a drill, stinging her with its insistence. His anger at Mikal was still fresh, as though it had all just happened yesterday.

“I have to know the truth. Either Zina or Elder Azure is going to tell me.”

“What about Elder Dakar?” Jon asked.

“He’s sick and not receiving visitors. His sister Jen’s orders.”

Jon sighed. “All they’ve done is hurt you, but I’d trust Azure before I’d ever trust Mikal.”

She felt his resignation and his disgust. But she felt his mood wasn’t only to do with her news. “Jonathan, what is it? There’s something else bothering you. I feel it.”

“I don’t want to go into it now, ashira.” He squeezed her hand.  “The club…it’s nothing. Don’t worry about it. Right now, I only want to protect you…but I know that I can’t.”

Why Lion Shifters Make Sexy Romantic Heroes

Family Pride: Love and Challenges by Deborah A BaileyThere is something about shifters that makes them incredibly sexy, and the image of the male lion with the full mane is a symbol of power and courage.

Lions are considered to be the most sociable of the big cats, and that was a good fit for the lion shifter community I wanted to create. Female lions are the hunters, and in my shifter world, the female lion shifters are just as fierce. Since lions usually live in prides, I used those as family units for the shifters.

In the Family Pride series, the hero Mac MacKinnon becomes the pride leader, and he learns a lot of valuable lessons from the family matriarch, Lena. She had to fight to keep the pride together for her son (Mac’s father) to inherit, and she’s able to provide important guidance.

The heroine, Zora Mason is a human woman who falls in love with Mac, and through her eyes the reader is introduced to the lion shifter community. As I created the culture of the lion shifter world, I added several traditions and rituals.

One ritual in particular leads to a very sexy scene in book 1, Family Pride: Love and Challenges. Sorry, I’m not going to give away any spoilers! In book 2, Family Pride: Blood Fever, family history leads Mac to face the biggest challenge of his life. Though he wants to live a normal life with Zora, he has to come to terms with the fact he’ll always live in two worlds. Family Pride: Blood Fever

Shifters are popular romantic heroes because of the balance between the man and the wild, untamed beast within. When I created the shifter world, I wanted to put them in everyday human situations, but with a twist.

Though Mac is an entrepreneur with real-world challenges, he also has another side that is influenced by his inner lion.
He’s loyal and extremely protective–as any lion would be when it comes to looking after the pride. But at the same time, he has to deal with real-world issues, like running his coffee bar and managing family drama.

Perhaps that’s part of the appeal of shifters. On the surface they’re regular guys, but underneath there’s an element of danger and excitement because you never know what will happen when their inner animal is set free. It’s what attracted me to create this lion shifter world and why readers love sexy shifter heroes.

Click on the links below to check out my novels, Family Pride: Love and Challenges and Family Pride: Blood Fever, books 1 and 2 in the series (affiliate links).

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“Hathor Legacy: Revelations” WIP Excerpt

Hathor-Legacy-Revelations-Web-MediumI’d originally planned to get Hathor Legacy: Revelations – book 3 of the Hathor Legacy series – published this month. But it’s still a work in progress.

So, in the meantime, I’m sharing a brief excerpt which might (or might not) make it into the final manuscript. You’ll have to read the published novel to find out for sure! 🙂

Hathor Legacy: Revelations  – Book Three of the Hathor Legacy Series

An enemy returns to spark new tensions between the Guardians and Novacorp. In the midst of the crisis, Nadira is given information about her parents that threatens to destroy her relationship to the Guardians and to Jonathan.

While Nadira searches for answers, Jonathan is enticed into the hedonistic world of the Novacorp executive class. His entertainment club attracts the elite of Hathor, but his notoriety comes with a price.

The worlds of the Guardians and Novacorp are put on a collision course where only one side may come out on top. Nadira is called on to make the ultimate sacrifice to save the legacy of the First Families, the original settlers of Hathor, while Guardians, Kasema and Deshtu are faced with the choice to unite or be brought completely under Novacorp control.

Old scores are settled and long-hidden truths are revealed, and at the end Nadira and Jonathan’s relationship and their world will never be the same.

Excerpt

In this scene, Nadira discovers that Mikal, the former Guardian who tried to overthrow the Guardian Elders (in book 2, Hathor Legacy: Burn), has turned himself in after an escape from the penal colony.

“Nadira, you must come to the detention center right away. Mikal has surrendered himself.”

“What did you say?” she asked, as she dropped down on the cushioned couch facing the com console. Azure’s concerned expression was projected across the width of the living area wall.

“He returned to returned and surrendered to the security detail at the terminal. I don’t know how he got on a shuttle to Hathor, but he’s here.”

After waiting for word over the past weeks, Nadira was relieved and apprehensive. Where had he been all this time? And why had he returned? She’s have thought he’d want to stay as far away as possible after breaking out of the penal colony.

“Why do you want me to come?”

“He’s requested a meeting with the Elders,” Azure replied. “It’s his right.”

“Right? He has no rights. Not anymore.”

“The Nova City Manager disagrees. She wants this handled quickly. It’s in the company charter, Nadira. He has a right to ask for this meeting. Then he can be returned to the colony.”

Nadira couldn’t believe what she was hearing. Suddenly everyone was supposed to go out of their way to respond Mikal’s request? After what he’d done? “I’m not going.”

“You must. It is your responsibility. Lange is already on the way, and so is Petra.”

So she was to be guilted into going? Why did Azure always think about responsibility first? Nadira could see why the Elder and her mother had had their differences.

“I’ll come, but I don’t care what he has to say.”

“Neither do I. But protocol must be followed. Is Jonathan with you?” Azure asked. “I think it would be best if he didn’t come.”

“He’s not here, and I agree,” Nadira replied. “I’ll see you there.”

The screen went blank. It was a good thing he was busy at his club in the Entertainments District. Otherwise, Nadira knew she’d have a fight on her hands. No way he’d let he go alone, not to see the person who had tried to force himself into her mind twice. Though the less Jon knew about the first instance, the better.

She stared out over the expanse of Nova City, which was spread out before her in a series of high rises and spires. Unfortunately her protests about moving to an apartment in the Palatine had not been well received by either Jon or Azure. There was more security, which was what they’d both been interested in. But she would’ve preferred a house near the City Park, where she could’ve felt less like a company executive. Not to mention she’d lived in a building like this when she’d lived with her mentor, Zina.

Now she’d have to go to the Detention Center and hear what Mikal had to say. He was the one person she’d hoped never to see again, but now she had no choice.

Hathor Legacy Worldbuilding Part 4 – The Rise of Novacorp

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This is the 4th entry in the worldbuilding posts for my Hathor Legacy series. (Check out part 1 and part 2 and part 3.)

For a super quick recap: Hathor (named after the Egyptian goddess) was/will be discovered in the year 2234.

During this time corporations are on the lookout for resources to be used for power sources and a host of other items. They’re also looking for places that are hospitable for farming and agriculture (the kind you grow, not the kind created in a lab).

Two mega-corps involved in this type of research are Terran Terraforming & Mining and Novacorp Gallactic, Inc. They want profits, so the takeover of planets (and systems) are key to their growth.

Similar to corporate takeovers here in the present day, these companies are just as ruthless about claiming planets for their use. (In Hathor Legacy: Burn, I go into more detail about how this affects the settlers who come to Hathor, and other planets under Novacorp control are also mentioned.)

After a disease decimates the settlements and the survivors eventually develop PSI abilities, there’s a huge upheaval of the somewhat planned society. Natives of the planet who have abilities are pitted against later arrivals who knew nothing about the disease until they arrived. This leads to a schism in society between the “original” settlers (AKA the First Families) and those who arrived later on.

People with PSI abilities are often persecuted and killed or are used by more powerful people. Under a corporate “government” it’s more like the survival of those who can create more profits, than any type of republic. Eventually after almost a century of increasing chaos, Joachim emerges as a leader for those with PSI abilities. He’s at odds with TTM, the corporation running Hathor, and they eventually ship him off world.

After his departure, he meets up with reps from Novacorp who would like to take over Hathor. He makes a deal with them to assist their takeover if they will assist his people. Not long after that, a mysterious fire breaks out in Joachim’s home and kills his wife and baby daughter. TTM doesn’t investigate it and it’s assumed they are behind it.

His remaining children, Dakar and Jen – characters who play important roles in Hathor Legacy: Burn, are sent away to what are called the Cold Towns of the North. (Called that because of the colder and harsher weather conditions.)

The Corporate Wars

Ultimately, Novacorp strikes a deal with Joachim, and the war is on. Their troops back him up and he’s able to get the allegiance of his followers to help overthrow TTM’s authority.

After a lot of destruction, TTM pulls out and Novacorp takes over. However, TTM doesn’t provide passage out for all their contractors. And those who either can’t afford to leave, or don’t want to leave, are relegated to the lower rungs of the new corporate hierarchy.

Novacorp draws up a corp charter, giving Joachim’s followers with PSI abilities a place in the company as the Guardians. The city is renamed, Nova City and the company claims all the land in that geographic area.

Novacorp Rule

Though there is still private ownership in the West and North, for the most part, people live on corporate land, in corporate houses and work for the corporation. You’ve heard of company towns? Hathor is a company planet. (Novacorp also takes over the neighboring planet, Astarte and Demeter, the moon where TTM had their mining operations.)

Approx. 50 years later, the Guardians are an established security force, and that brings us up to the time when Nadira and Jonathan Keel meet on Hathor.

I’d planned to add more about the three groups of people with PSI abilities: the Guardians, Kasema and Deshtu. But that will have to wait until the next installment! Their interactions will be featured in the 3rd book of the Hathor Legacy series, Hathor Legacy: Revelations.