Zon by Maureen A. Miller excerpt and giveaway

 

Today I have a spot for the YA sci-fi Zon by Maureen A. Miller! You can read an excerpt of the novel below. Don’t forget to scroll down and enter to win a $10 gift card! 
 

Zon (Beyond #5)
by Maureen A. Miller
Genre: YA Sci-fi/Adventure
Release Date: June 22nd 2020

Summary:

From USA TODAY bestselling author, Maureen A. Miller, comes this young adult cosmic adventure.

With a father from the planet, Ziratak, and a mother from Earth, Zon’s challenges are galactic. Zon doesn’t possess superpowers, though. If anything, he’s a bit of a klutz.

In Ziratakian folklore, the tale of the Temple of the Monarch has been passed down for generations. As legend has it, a series of miniature globes lead to the temple’s gate.

Folklore…nothing more.

Except, Zon knows of a cave with small globes in it. And with one clumsy mishap, he triggers the gate–opening a portal to other worlds.

A trip through this vortex transports him to Earth, where the first human he encounters is a young woman with challenges of her own.

This is a brand new saga, and a new generation. There is no need to read the BEYOND series. However, for readers of the series, you will enjoy this continuation of the epic science fiction adventure.

 
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Excerpt
“Do I look so different?”
Zon continued. “Just because my mother is from another planet? Because she is
human and my father is a mecaw?”
“There is very little
difference between a human and a mecaw,”
JOH reminded. “It’s practically the same word–just different languages.”
“If that’s so–” Zon slipped
on loose gravel, his thick sandal flirting with the jagged precipice, “–then
why do they judge me as an alien? I look like everyone around here, don’t I?”
It was a plea he had asked
JOH a thousand times. Each time, the intuitive ball offered a different
response.
“Keep in mind who you’re
asking. But, yes, you have your father’s tall frame and solid build. You have
his strength. Your hair is dark like a Ziratakian, but under the suns it bears
a flash of red from your mother. And your face–there are more curves to your
face–”
JOH stopped, sensing that
his feedback went unheard. He waited until Zon maneuvered the most precarious
incline, and then zipped alongside him once they reached a bluff high above the
crater.
“It’s not what they see,” JOH considered quietly, bobbing
against the strong winds at this high altitude. “It’s what they know. They know
you are different. Sometimes that’s all it takes.”
Zon rubbed the back of his
arm across his forehead. Perspiration lurked here even with the wind.
“They don’t call my mother,
Gorzot, and she truly is.”
JOH’s face slipped down at
an angle. “They accepted your mother long ago as one of them. She did a lot for
the Ziratakians. She helped rid the drylands of the Korons.”
“Well, why won’t they
accept me?”
Zon hated the whiny plea.
Regretting the outburst the moment he voiced it, he kicked a rock off the cliff
and watched it vanish into the fissures grooved from ancient landslides.
He knew, though. It wasn’t
just the subtle disparities in his appearance. It was his lack of trying to fit
in. It was he who alienated himself. He was the one who remained distant.
Aloof. Different.

 

As much as Ziratak was his
home, he never felt rooted here. He felt the galaxies held a unique destiny for
him–something far from the crimson-colored lowlands, baking under two suns.
 
About the Author

USA TODAY bestselling author, Maureen A. Miller worked in the software industry for fifteen years. She crawled around plant floors in a hard hat and safety glasses hooking up computers to behemoth manufacturing machines. The job required extensive travel. The best form of escapism during those lengthy airport layovers became writing.

Maureen’s first novel, WIDOW’S TALE, earned her a Golden Heart nomination in Romantic Suspense. After that she became hooked to the genre. In fact, she was so hooked she is the founder of the JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE website.

Recently, Maureen branched out into the Young Adult Science Fiction market with the popular BEYOND Series. To her it was still Romantic Suspense…just on another planet!

Find more about Maureen at www.maureenamiller.com

07/27/2020 - Category: Book tour/blitz - Tags: Book Tour / YA Bound tours

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