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Tuesday 6 August 2019

☀✂ One of Two: 46. Ascending [6] - S.R. Cronin

Thank you for joining us on the Virtual Book Tour for One of Two, a Sci-fi Fantasy by (first published on as "One Too"; this edition 12 July 2019, Cinnabar Press, 439 pages).

This is the sixth book in the 46. Ascending series.

PREVIEW: Check out the book's synopsis and the Kindle Cloud Reader Preview below, as well as full details of the series.

One of Two
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Author S.R. Cronin will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN gift card, and an ebook copy of one of the other books in the series, to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.   Please do take part: comment on our post and follow the tour where you will be able to read other Exclusive Excerpts (✂).

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Telepathy creates as many problems as it solves, as everyone in the secret organization x0 would admit. Those problems become much worse when budding psychic Lola discovers another group of telepaths associated with a powerful media empire. This group is willing to destroy anyone capable of challenging them.

Soon, Lola's family and friends are in danger. Fortunately, they are gifted with astonishing abilities of their own. Yet, none of them know how to fight. It will take every power they possess, and the allegiance of a helpful warrior, to bring down the arrogant adepts who do the bidding of a man hell-bent on promoting destruction.

Can the talented people Lola cares about learn to trust each other and work together in order to save the world?

Teaser: KCR Preview

Teaser: Exclusive Excerpt

     Her plan was to stay a couple of years, build her resume and move on. It was a good one. Then Reel News bought them, and he offered her a position in New York as his full-time representative at the corporation’s headquarters. On paper, she’d be a producer in her own right as she coordinated efforts between the parent company and its Argentine subsidiary. In reality, her task was to use her unique talents to gather useful information for Gabriel.
     Her English had always been good, better than his, really, and by then she and Gabriel had reached an understanding about her telepathy. He understood her talents were small, and she could be trusted because he would know immediately if she couldn’t be. She understood her abilities were actually greater than his and she could keep him from knowing anything she didn’t want him to know. They were both content with the arrangement.
     Once she moved to New York, Violeta was happy to be away from him and to have a glamorous adventure in another country. In fact, she was so thankful for the opportunity that she didn’t give much thought to what a U.S. communications conglomerate wanted with a clairvoyant Argentine manager. Instead, she watched as Gabriel and his new boss traveled the world, bringing back more companies, each with a telepathic and telegenic new executive.
     Gabriel’s duties shifted to coordinating this group, which Warren dubbed “the monads.” Violeta’s focus turned to dampening her own talents as the number of telepaths at Reel News kept increasing.
     Sitting in her mother’s kitchen, it was clear to her she should have been more concerned about what Reel News was trying to do. Warren Moore was likable enough in a rich I-don’t-have-time-for-you kind of way. But he used a strong hand in guiding how his reporters and subsidiaries handled the news. They didn’t just report it; they shaped and filtered it for a purpose. Because he had a hand in so many different countries now, there wasn’t so much an obvious political slant as there was an emotional bent to his message. If Violeta had to put it in a few words, it would be this. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
     Why would anyone want that?
     For that matter, why would anyone want to build a second headquarters in a place as out-of-the-way as Ushuaia? Most of the world couldn't even pronounce the beautiful name "ew SWAY uh." Sitting mere kilometers from the tip of South America, there probably wasn’t a more remote city in the world.
     That’s it. Reel News is coming to Tierra del Fuego because it’s the most difficult to reach populated place on any continent.
     That made her shiver. A few dozen telepaths, possible control of the world’s news, and a bunker sheltered from most of humanity. This couldn’t be good.

Join an extraordinary family on a heart-pounding adventure as they face mortal danger.

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The Series: 46. Ascending

The 46.Ascending series is a collection of interrelated stand-alone novels.

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One of One [1]

Celebrate the superhero in us all in this unique exploration of the connections we forge.

Somadina, a young Nigerian telepath, faces a crisis. Since being forced into a frightening marriage, her sister, Nwanyi, has disappeared into thin air. Not even Somadina's gift can help locate her sibling. Terrified and desperate, she reaches out to fellow telepath, Lola--a Texas scientist--for assistance.

Lola, however, has been steadfastly ignoring the disturbing phenomenon in her mind for decades, and has no intention of embracing it now--much less for a total stranger. But once it becomes apparent Nwanyi is a pawn in a dangerous political game, the stakes rise for everyone, and Lola is forced to reconsider.

Can these powerful women overlook their differences and use their unique gifts to stop a fanatic willing to kill anyone to alter his nation's future?

(Contains scenes involving psychological torture and some abuse. )

[First published 20 February 2012 as "x0"; this edition 17 January 2019, 258 pages]

Shape of Secrets [2]

Sail the Pacific in this mystery adventure where things are not always as they appear.

Zane can look like anyone, if you give him the right clothes and a wig. When he starts his first real job, he expects to be bored. Instead, he is drawn into a world of corporate secrets and dangerous knowledge.

But the deceptions are only beginning. Sent on a sales trip to the South Pacific, Zane finds new friends with surprising abilities and serious problems.Too bad an unsolved murder sends them scattering, as Zane's issues from back home threaten to destroy lives half a world away.

Can he use his unique talents to unravel the mysteries he's encountered? More importantly, can he find out who framed his friend for murder before it's too late?

(Includes a low-heat Male/Male romance.)

[First published on 1 September 2012 as "y1"; this edition 18 February 2019, 281 pages]

Twists of Time [3]

Uncover the startling truth before time runs out in this complex search for an ancient treasure.

Alex is a former basketball player who has always been able to bend time. These days he teaches physics and parents three quirky children alongside his unusual wife.

When the administration at his high school wants to resume its connection with organized hate groups and reignite an era of white supremacy, Alex can no longer remain the quiet bystander. He must stand up and fight for what he believes is right.

Just when he has his hands full at school, Alex is drawn into a treasure hunt. An old high school rival and a handful of grad students lost an obsidian box years ago containing partial directions to a big discovery. The box has mysteriously reappeared and Alex's code-cracking skills can help locate more hidden relics containing remaining clues to the treasure. But can he do it fast enough to beat another unknown team of treasure seekers?

As both of Alex's situations grow more dire, it becomes clear he must tap into the abilities he left behind. Can he manipulate time for the people and causes he cares about most?

[First published on 26 January 2013 as "z2"; this edition 16 March 2019, 310 pages]

Layers of Light [4]

Celebrate those who light a candle in the darkness in this compelling and eye-opening tale. Teddie is into country music, her old pick-up truck and getting through high school with as little drama as possible. Yet somehow her best friend, Michelle, talks her into spending a semester in Darjeeling, India. The thrilling adventure turns treacherous when she uncovers a seedy underworld in which young women are bartered and sold--including her friends.

As she fights to understand a depravity she never dreamed existed, a stranger makes her an unexpected offer. He will train her to find her missing friends, but she will need to have trust in abilities she barely believes exist and more courage than she ever thought she could summon. And there will be no going back.

Given the choice between this and abandoning her friends to their horrifying fate, the decision is simple. She must rise to the challenge.

But how can she be a superhero when she doesn't know what her power is?

(Contains some non-graphic mature content and references to human trafficking and the sex trade.)

[First published on 29 January 2014 as "c3"; this edition 16 April 2019, 341 pages]

Flickers of Fortune [5]

Cling to the edge of your seat in this high-finance, high-stakes adventure.

What do we do with knowledge of the future? Clairvoyant Ariel has been doing her best to ignore it, finding the whole thing a nuisance. But when she comes across people using similar abilities to get extremely rich, her interest is piqued.

Then she discovers a second collection of gifted people. They care about ensuring the survival of the human race, but that doesn't stop them from being dangerous and crazy, too. Soon Ariel becomes the object in a game of tug of war between the two groups, as they fight to have her--and her particular talents--on their side.

She can't possibly help them both. Aligning with either could be a terrible idea. But how can she stay out of it when so much is at stake?

[First published on 21 December 2014 as "d4"; this is shortened and updated version 16 May 2019, 384 pages]

About the Author

Sherrie Roth grew up in Western Kansas thinking there was no place in the universe more fascinating than outer space. After her mother vetoed astronaut as a career ambition, she went on to study journalism and physics in hopes of becoming a science writer.

She published her first science fiction short story and then waited a lot of tables while she looked for inspiration for the next tale. When it finally came, it declared to her it had to be a whole book, nothing less. One night, while digesting this disturbing piece of news, she drank way too many shots of ouzo with her boyfriend. She woke up thirty-one years later demanding to know what was going on.

The boyfriend, who she had apparently long since married, asked her to calm down. He explained that, in a fit of practicality, she had gone back to school and gotten a degree in geophysics and had spent the last 28 years interpreting seismic data in the oil industry. The good news, according to Mr. Cronin, was she found it at least mildly entertaining and ridiculously well-paying. The bad news was the two of them had still managed to spend almost all of the money.

Apparently she was now Mrs. Cronin, and the further good news was they had produced three wonderful children whom they loved dearly, even though to be honest that is where a lot of the money had gone. Even better news was that Mr. Cronin turned out to be a warm-hearted, encouraging sort who was happy to see her awake and ready to write. "It's about time," were his exact words.

Sherrie Cronin discovered that over the ensuing decades Sally Ride had already managed to become the first woman in space and done a fine job of it. No one, however, had written the book that had been in Sherrie's head for decades. The only problem was the book informed her it had grown into a six book collection. Sherrie decided she better start writing before it got any longer. She's been wide awake ever since, and writing away.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting

James Robert said...

I encourage reading so having a family who loves to read I sure support.Thanks for sharing your terrific read with us.

Bernie Wallace said...

Are any of the places in the book based off of real places that you visited?

Sherrie Cronin said...

Hello BooksChatter and thanks so much for hosting me. I really appreciate your including the information on the other books in this collection, too. You have a lovely blog here!

Sherrie Cronin said...

Thanks James. And thanks for following along with the tour!

Sherrie Cronin said...

Many of them are, Bernie, and the rest are based on places I really want to visit.

Victoria Alexander said...

Love the cover!

Sherrie Cronin said...

Thanks Victoria.

Caryl Kane said...

What/who drew you to sci-fi?