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free book – Meniscus: Crossing the Churn

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Want a quick read? A chance to explore a distant planet with two spirited characters? The first book in my science-fiction adventure series Meniscus: Crossing the Churn (Kindle version) is available for free for the next five days on Kindle.  From January 27 to January 31, you can meet Odymn and the Slain, and learn about their meeting and their first travels together across the landscapes of planet Meniscus.





From the dangerous streets of Prell-nan to the dark woods of the Themble, this is a dystopian adventure, set on a planet where Humans are slaves to an alien race. Their only hope for freedom is to work together, foraging for their food, running from the nasty Dock-winders and battling the wild life. The only way to survive will be in their growing love for one another.



A sample from the story …


She watches the fire,

the space where flames

feign glowing eyes.


The creature speaks and she startles,

then knows the words are the endless friction

of two close-growing limbs of banyan.


High pitched squeal, low grown.


She peers at the Slain.


“I’m Odymn,” she says,

points to the place

between her breasts,

the now-charred microchip.


Points at him.

“Who are you?”

Emphasis on ‘who’ and ‘you’.


Unwavering stare.

His eyes not black, but amethyst,

dark rings around the iris.


At the edges a pale film,

nictitating membrane.

Long lashes.


 “Odymn,” she says.

“Named by my father.


“Rare earth metal, Neodymium.

Atomic number 60. Silvery,

soft, tarnishes in air.


“Common as copper.

Makes a reddish dye,

colour of my hair.


“Now you,” and points at his chest.


Blue sparks snap to the tip of her finger.

Faint vibration through hand, along arm,

deep into torso.


Penetrating stare.

Lazy double blink.

Membrane and lashes close and open.


“OK. I’ll choose a name for you.

Daniel. Or James.

Not quite right, too common.


“You need an alien name.

Something deep from Dock-winder mythology.

Amblyn, god of fire. Or De-al, water-weld.”


Steady stare. Double blink.

One hand lifts. One finger raised to lips.

Be silent.


To get a free Kindle version of Meniscus: Crossing the Churn (from January 27 to January 31), just click on the book icon in the margin. This will take you to the Amazon website where you can get a free copy downloaded to your Kindle device.


If you like Meniscus: Crossing the Churn, you will love the continuing adventures of Odymn and the silent Slain – Meniscus: South from Sintha, Meniscus: Winter by the Water-climb and the newest book Meniscus: One Point Five – Forty Missing Days, available January 31, 2018.



Copyright Jane Tims 2018

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