“You’re talking about covering seventy-five miles in less than two days of sunlight,” Kor said in amazement.
“Ah, this crew can do it,” Bilal announced, just loudly enough that the folks straining to overhear them overheard that. It sounded jovial.
Khiry shot him a withering glance. “You can fill their heads with nonsense, as I think someone suggested to Kor earlier, but running them into the ground until dark tomorrow night will just make them unable to fight whatever comes after them.”
“By tomorrow night, they’ll either be within the city’s walls or reinforcements will have come out to help us. Those aren’t the only buggies we own, you know.”
Khiry’s eyebrows arched as she considered this.
“Of course,” Kor mumbled. “You wouldn’t have risked all your powered vehicles at once.”
“If there’s hope, then,” Khiry thought out loud. “These others just might be convinced to double this pace tomorrow. We might be able to hold them together through the night, no matter what’s sniffing around their hiding spot in the dark. If there’s hope that these powered vehicles can come out to greet us close to the city tomorrow evening and pull us in where it’s safe, we just might get everyone to survive.”
Rewk offered a weak but genuine smile. “How long have you been leading this crew?” She was about to continue with “They must love you heartily; they will follow you to the ends of Eldora Prime.” But Khiry had snorted some sort of laugh that interrupted her.
“About twenty-four hours. Our captain, sot that he was, died in the crash. I assumed leadership by default.”
Rewk and Bilal exchanged nervous glances. “By default?” Rewk finally asked.
“Gibson is our security chief. By all rights, he’s next in the chain of command aboard our ship. But, look at him. You’ve seen his actions. You know his quality. That couldn’t lead us.”
Rewk nodded in agreement, but there was a hesitation in her agreement. Bilal stared at the ground.
“Say what you’re thinking,” Kor ordered them. “There’s no sense in us having secrets from each other out here. We depend on each other to survive the night.”
Bilal looked him in the eye. “You’re right, of course.”
“We think you sound a lot like resistance,” Rewk said. “You’ve got Presidente Lamahl Endh’s sister on your ship, yet you didn’t give her leadership when your captain died. She sounds like a hostage to a renegade band of jumpers who’ve got alien dragons for allies. You crashed here on your way back to Earth with these dragons. Were they a gift to the resistance blenders?”
Khiry’s jaw dropped open. What an inane theory! Kor reached up to scratch the right side of his beard with the knife no one had seen him palm. “We’re not jumpers,” he said calmly. His voice was all reassurance.
Problems on Eldora Prime
When 17-year-old pilot Khiry Okerson crashes on Eldora Prime, alarms still ring in her ears. She might have solved one problem, but she courts more danger than she realizes when she liberates some unexpected hostages on a foreign planet. Will the dragons she releases become her allies? It’s more likely they’ll join the inhabitants of this unforgiving world to hunt terraformers and the Instigator’s dwindling crew.
Khiry must find a way off this rock and into the United Society for Peace and Strength’s good graces. She’s got a capable marksman on her team in the handsome and renown Kor, but Khiry still wonders how her people can escape with a captain’s treason on her hands and a political leader’s sister in her care—care she can’t guarantee.
Why Should I Read Sandy Lender’s Stuff?
By Sandy Lender
For my current online book tour, the question was posed, “If I’d never heard of me, would I read my book?” You know, being a fantasy fan, I have to say “yes” to that. I dig new fantasy books!
Problems on Eldora Prime is a quick read, so it’s not like a huge investment of time with a new-to-someone author. It’s 201 pages of fast-paced reading. The heroine is likeable, normal-looking, kind, able to stand up to a bully, and able to ask for help when she needs it while still being pretty strong, so she’s the type of heroine I like to read about (and write).
What gets me about Problems on Eldora Prime is the scary bits that jump out and surprise me. I had to re-read the manuscript when editing it, you know, and that was several months after the Labor Day Weekend when I’d written it. I’d forgotten where the freaky bits leap out, right? So I had moments of jumping out of my skin while trying to edit.
That was cool.
Then there’s the ultimate: dragons. I put dragons into space in this novel. Strangely enough, it works so smoothly that it makes total sense. And I love dragons.
So yeah, even if I didn’t know who Sandy Lender is, even if I hadn’t read any of my other novels, even if I’d never visited www.authorsandylender.com, I’d still want to read Problems on Eldora Prime.
“Some days, you just want the dragon to win.”