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By Liza O’Connor
When I originally wrote the Scavenger series, I wrote it both in the hero and heroine’s perspective. I soon discovered no one but me wanted to read every event twice—not even my sister. Thus, I went through the huge manuscript and chose the best of each event and dumped the other one. Still being too large, I then broke it up in three books. Good thing too. Readers keep claiming the books are addictive and they are staying up really late trying to read it in one setting.
Scavenger’s Mission blurb
Meet Alisha: A young woman who refuses to live the life her parents want.
In a single month, Alisha Kane has gone from a wealthy debutante to street girl to scavenger. While testing her new flying skills in the Cully Canyon, Alisha incurs a near-death crash landing. She’s “rescued” by a colonel of the SkyRyders and her life changes forever.
Meet Logan: A SkyRyder colonel in charge of a sleepy fort with little to do other than arresting the occasional scavenger.
For the first time in his life, Logan’s attracted to a young woman, only she’s probably a scavenger and he’ll have to arrest her. But first, he offers her a shower and food while he checks on his crew. His videographer has captured her extraordinary flight through the Cully and her flying is astounding!
He forgoes arresting her and puts his career at risk by asking MAC to assess her skills and integrity as a potential SkyRyder. If he can get Alisha into the SkyRyders, it will be his greatest contribution to the Corps.
But…the SkyRyders remain a male-dominated Corps where Alisha’s sense of right and wrong often clashes with her superiors. How long can a rebellious young woman survive in a regimented Corps?
“Stop it! I am not your soul mate. There’s no such thing! I am a middle-aged man whom you have a temporary crush on due to gratitude. Trust me, this won’t last.”
She flinched at his words. “What I feel toward you isn’t a crush or gratitude.”
“Give it any name you want, Alisha. It doesn’t change a thing. I’ve got a squad that’s completely dysfunctional. This is your first command. And it’s my last command if I don’t get them turned around before their next assessment. We’ve no time for distractions.”
“So I’m a distraction?” she asked.
He could hear her anger finally kicking in.
Get angry. Do anything but cry.
“You will be if I let this go on. But that’s not happening. You’re going to step up as captain to this squad, and I’m going to be the most meddling and annoying colonel you’ve ever imagined. And neither one of us has time for anything else beyond our duty.”
She opened her mouth as if to argue further, but then stopped and stared at him, horror-stricken. Without another word, she escaped to the bathroom.
The moment Alisha reached the bathroom she burst into tears.
I can’t let him see how stupid I was, how I thought it was more than his desire to sire a child.
Ever since the government had made it illegal to have children without a license, and gave very few licenses out, suddenly having babies was all men thought about. Their need to procreate had reached the point of obsession. And for most men, their only chance was with a virgin, for that remained a girl’s one free shot at pregnancy. If she became pregnant on her first try, then the baby was classified as a virgin birth and she could bring it to term. Afterward, the law required all women to register with a medic and have a birth control device inserted. If a woman failed to do so and became pregnant, they’d abort the child, sterilize the mother, and charge her with negligent homicide.
While no one liked the new laws, everyone understood the necessity. The world simply could not support the pre-war population. Unfortunately, it made virgins easy targets for men intent on passing on their genes to the next generation. Some seduced the girl so subtly that she believed she’d decided her own fate, and others offered her parents a valuable position in the government, or a substantial contract, or just paid them in cold, hard currency.
Amazing! I escape one type of bastard only to fall into the hands of another. At least David didn’t pretend he cared about me. He didn’t make me love him with all my heart.
Alisha forced the tears to stop.
It’s over and done with. You gave him what he wanted. He has no further need of you unless by some odd chance you are pregnant.
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Liza O’Connor lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.