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Meniscus: One Point Five – Forty Missing Days

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Know first, then judge … understanding one another may be the most dangerous part of any shared journey …

My new book in the Meniscus Series is available!!!!



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As I write my science fiction Meniscus Series, I realize there are questions my readers may have about circumstances in the books. In fact, I have a few questions. Why are there no knives on the planet Meniscus? What is beelwort (revealed in Meniscus Five)? Why do people on a planet with interstellar travel walk wherever they go?


The biggest question in my own mind — what happens during the forty missing days in Meniscus: Crossing The Churn (between the time when the Slain is shot and the time when he and Odymn release her lock of hair to the wind)? As I thought about this, I began to write Meniscus: One Point Five.



Meniscus: One Point Five

Forty Missing Days

by Alexandra (a.k.a. Jane) Tims


When the Slain bails on his contract to sell Odymn to the Dock-winders, he is shot trying to escape. Odymn, who loves the Slain, cannot abandon him. She recruits Wen-le-gone, an Argenop elder and healer, to help her nurse the Slain back to good health. As they make their way toward the relative safety of the Themble, the trio must forage for food, save Odymn when she encounters a poisonous foe, and get to know and trust one-another. When Wen-le-gone leaves for his home, Odymn decides to stay with the Slain. As they continue on their journey, they work together to survive the dangers of the Themble Wood but in the end, memories of the past may be their biggest obstacle to building a life together.


Meniscus: One Point Five takes place near the end of the first book in the Meniscus Series, and tells the story of the forty missing days after the shooting of the Slain. Helping the Slain heal from his wounds and protecting him from the dangers of Meniscus may be the least of Odymn’s problems.





Copyright Jane Tims 2018

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

new book in the Meniscus Series

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My new book in the Meniscus series … Meniscus: South from Sintha … is now available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats! The book follows the continuing story of Odymn and the Slain as they head out on a new adventure and build their relationship with one-another. To purchase the book click here for the paperback and here for the Kindle edition.



On a planet where Humans are slaves, Odymn is free. Her companion, the Slain, was once a trader in sentient beings. Now, for love of Odymn, he has agreed to change his ways and to return his former captives to their homes. Together, he and Odymn travel the urban alleyways and wilderness woodlands of the Southern District of Prell-nan, risking everything. They must battle wild life, outsmart power-hungry Dock-winders and dodge the grasp of ruthless Gel-heads. But in spite of good intentions, will the Slain be able to right the wrongs of the past? Or will the consequences of his actions outweigh the good he and Odymn want to do?


In the second of the Meniscus series, South from Sintha tells the continuing story of Odymn and the Slain. Odymn loves her silent companion, but trying to help his former captives may be a challenge she did not anticipate.


You can try to mend the broken, to right the wrongs of the past, but sometimes you can`t go back.



Copyright 2017 Jane (a.k.a. Alexandra) Tims

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