Janus is a Two-Faced Moon
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by Susanne Marie Knight
Category: Romance/Science Fiction
Description: Her family or her world? Who dies is up to Blade Sinclair, but how can she possibly choose?
eBook Publisher: Awe-Struck E-Books/Awe-Struck E-Books Inc., 2007 2007
eBookwise Release Date: March 2007
11 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [407 KB]
Reading time: 235-329 min.
"Ms. Knight has developed a very imaginative and creative science fiction romance. It is exciting to watch Chris and Blade being forced to play a game of cat and mouse as they try to keep their sexual desire a secret. The use of many different beings and their cultures adds depth to the storyline."--Candy Cay, Coffee Time Romance
"Even after putting Janus Is A Two-Faced Moon down for several weeks, I found I could pick up where I was reading and still remember everything I needed to follow the story. This is a book you can read in waiting rooms, on coffee breaks, while waiting to pick the kids up--and still understand it all."--Jacqueline Lichtenberg, www.simegen.com
"The romance in Janus Is A Two-Faced Moon is an interesting, fun story. The love that grows between Blade and Chris is fraught with peril. You can empathize with the characters and their dilemmas, even the non-human ones. The aliens are unique and believable. It was interesting to read about the moon city, Tychotown, and the expectations for a new Olympic Games. With all the story's intricate twists and developments, the resolution to the conflict seemed too simplistic. However, if you love futuristic romances for their out-of-this-world love stories, you will enjoy this book."--Robin Lee, Romance Reviews Today
Since the beginning of time, the beings known only as "the Ancients" patrolled the universe. Where they came from--no one knew. How many were their numbers--also a mystery. What was their purpose?
Ah, on that question, some could venture a guess.
Some called them angels, backed by divine intervention. Others took a dim view of the Ancients' activities, cursing their unwelcome interference. Meddlers, mediators, spawns of the devil; the list was as endless as the boundaries of space.
The Ancients cared not for the accolades, nor the opprobrium of other lifeforms. They had a job to do, and one must admit, they did it well. * * * *
Once again, She entered the beloved star system of Sol on a mission. Only an infinitesimal fraction of time had passed since She and her beloved partner had visited Earth with the purpose of saving the Milky Way Galaxy. A successful outcome had blessed them all, however a new threat now brought danger much closer to home. Earth itself was in jeopardy.
As was her way, She traveled ahead of her companion, eager to reach the dazzling beauty of the solar system's third planet. But the sight of a monumentally huge slab of rock floating aimlessly in space stopped her progress, which allowed her mate to catch up with her.
"What troubles you, my own one?" He reached out with his bodiless form to offer her an intangible embrace. "Is it this asteroid? Do you sense something wrong with Vesta?"
In the vast distance of space between Mars and giant Jupiter, the asteroid Vesta was the one of the largest remaining fragments of the former fifth planet. Long ago, too long to mention, a battle had been fought over this star system. She and He had warred with the vicious Sarthox, an equally prehistoric race of beings. The Ancients had won, but at a cost. Without conceding defeat, the Sarthox caused this world to explode, which spewed fragments of its newly-born glory out into the solar system and beyond. All that remained were barren bodies of rock and dust littering the celestial skies to create this asteroid belt. Then the Sarthox retreated, never to return until ... now.
The time for reflection had past. She gathered up her immense volume and proceeded to the third planet from Sol. "It is not Vesta, per se, that agitates me. Evidence of the Sarthox's ruthless destruction is right before us, and now they imperil our dear Earth--our very first venture as a unit."
Arriving at her destination, She paused above the outer edges of the living planet's atmosphere. "This jeweled orb is so dear to me. I cannot bear to think.... "She stopped. If She had eyes, She would have cried.
He coalesced his molecules next to hers, then mingled them together, in an attempt to soothe her. "My own one."
A gentle buzz vibrated through her, comforting and energizing. She readied herself for the task ahead. "Stay here. I have an idea."
Down She went, through the rich, murky atmosphere layering her favorite world. Heavier and heavier She grew with Earth's gravity. She did not stop until She reached land. For a moment, She absorbed the sights and smells of Humanity here on the home world. She stretched her infinitesimal mass out to analyze the myriad of sensations bombarding the airwaves. What She needed, who She needed was....
Here! She gazed down at a small, one-story red brick building. Through the large glass window, She observed a number of very young Humans, all females except for two males. The room in which they stood was brilliant with light, which bounced off mirrors lining three of the walls. One adult rose above these immature Humans, a young woman dressed in white tights and a long, baggy top. She was a teacher, instructing these children to perform some kind of action.
"Let's try again," the woman's vocal chords sounded. "Stretch up tall, heels together and toes apart. Now hold your arms in a soft circle in front of you as if you were hugging a very large ball." The female nodded and smiled approval at her pupils. "Look in the mirror so you can see your posture. This is the first position of ballet, called première."
Perfect. This young woman was the perfect choice. She could not contain her enthusiasm so She surrounded the teacher with waves of energy from her ethereal form.
A puzzled frown formed on the female's face. She did not want to alarm the young woman, so She quickly broke contact, and prepared to return to the freedom of space.
But wait. There was something here. Something not right. An icy tendril of death reached out from one of the four corners of the studio. Unprepared for this contact with evil, She shivered.
We have been waiting for you, an eerie voice hissed into every molecule She possessed. The Games begin. Prepare for battle.
She spiraled upward faster and faster to escape the Sarthox presence. Finding her partner, She relayed the dreadful news. "It has begun."
He compressed his celestial matter to encircle her form. "I feared as much. Come, we must decide what additional assistance we can provide."
With much regret, She and He left the solar system to journey out to the center of the galaxy.