Quinn Lyons has slid beneath the radar. She cleans floors in a mining station next to a section of the Asteroid Belt called the Briar Patch. The humble act doesn’t last. When the station recovers a ghost ship it leads her and Angle Xiang on the quest to answer a riddle about what it takes for small ships to travel as fast as large ones – pulse speeds that approach light speed. The process unmasks them and brings them closer together. Both will tie themselves in knots to protect the other.
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I received my undergraduate education at Eastern Michigan University. My career path has focused in the non-profit sector. The first jobs I had out of college were in public broadcasting. I migrated into university administration. The last 15 years I have served in research administration at the University of Michigan. When not running into deadlines, I am an itinerant wanderer and keeper of many books.
For this project I want to humbly thank my writing friends. The cover artwork was created by artist Thailan When. Thailan's Zodiac Rabbit was striking and I fell in love with it for this project instantly.
The cat that rules my home is Pakka. She has watched over this development with feline skepticism.
Acknowledgement of two friends I've lost touch with: Pete, who once provided me with a fire extinguisher as a Christmas gift because he understood about me and fire. John's grace and social engineering skills outside of work and across the table are still an example I admire.
Ten Feet of Steel Hu, a dainty young girl who fights with a pair of swords almost as big as she is (hence the nickname). She routinely hands even the most experienced warriors their asses, and her first meeting with her future husband, the bandit warlord 'Stumpy Tiger' Wang, ends with her defeating him in pitched battle and taking him prisoner.
Quinn Lyons has a collection of names during this story and one is a call back to The Outlaws of the Marsh. So few of the women in that saga rated heroic treatment, but she stands out.
I'll share some of the germs that were collected and embedded into The Years Ran Like Rabbits..
My story used a future vision of Mars. The Red Planet is having a moment in the collective consciousness thanks to the current NASA Mission. It is exciting to see them overcome distance and adversity.
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