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Book 1: The Love of the Tayamni

By Teresa McLaughlin All Rights Reserved ©

Fantasy / Scifi

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In 1962, two hostile alien races, converge and ally with each other to obtain control of the Solar System. The only thing standing in their way, are The Tayamni, benevolent aliens, active at Earth for over 200,000 years. Journey with Batresh, a young Tayamni woman, from an ancient settlement on the Nile to Tupelo, Mississippi. She is sent to 1962 to protect the life of a human boy, crucial to the survival of humanity. As she grapples to understand the people and culture around her, a human man, unwittingly helps her at a critical moment and falls in love. Hostile aliens work to instigate another civil war, and help the Soviets develop an anti-matter weapon. While the U.S. is embroiled in internal conflict, they plan to use their Soviet allies to help them conquer the world. The alien war, kept secret from humanity, intensifies as benevolent allies and hostile mercenaries struggle against each other for control. As the war spreads, the Tayamni reach out to a military alliance of benign species for help.

Prologue: The City Palace at Sekhem

“…If we cannot learn to actually enjoy…small differences, to take a positive delight in those small differences between our own kind, here on this planet, then we do not deserve to go out into space and meet the diversity that is almost certainly out there.” Gene Roddenberry

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She stood at her mother’s bed.

Clay lamps cast trembling shadows. Breezes stirred linen drapes, the air heavy with incense.

Women with golden faces stood around the bed, hunched over the old woman.

She lay still, wheezing, taking shallow breaths. Wisps of hair, tangled and brushed away from her forehead framed an aged face. In outstretched hands, she grasped coverings.

They stood in silence, transmitting words and images with thoughts.

Gasping, the old woman called out in a hoarse voice.

The Hathors acted quickly. Technology in the jewelry they wore, medallions and stones that hung from their foreheads, activated, casting light towards the woman. Closing their eyes, they chanted low-pitched spells, bodies swaying.

Acolytes shook sistrums, accompanying the chant with metallic shimmering.

Batresh’s head swam. The walls curved, bending around her. She held onto the bedpost. Incense burned her nostrils. Her heart pounded. She closed her eyes; a blinding flash of light and sizzling elements. The pungent smells of burning filaments swirled in the room, as if electric currents burned away all moisture.

Slowly, as if waking from a dream, dizziness diminished and she regained her footing. The chanting stopped.

Opening her eyes, she saw the Hathors standing back from the bed, staring at the lifeless body.

The Matriarch was dead.


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