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Good morning. Today is Wednesday, December 12, 2007. I hope you enjoy the
two excerpts below the story and character introductions.
Paula Calloway

A Second Chance: Tarot – King of Cups
(Series, Tarot, Science Fiction, Paranormal)

Story Introduction
A rogue mage disliked by his people for his kind and just ways, his talent
for diplomacy unmatched, Tarmathian maneuvers what he wants where he needs.
Her gift able to kill or heal when manipulating the forces around her,
Anesya holds unleashed and undeniable power and is possibly the last of her
kind. There are no exceptions to the rule everyone deserves a second chance
at love and, when given such, Tarmathian and Anesya discover it takes two to
fill a cup of love.

The Hero
Six foot six, well-muscled and roguish, Captain Tarmathian is a mage with a
cool, pale blue-tinted complexion, pale lavender gray eyes and stomach
length platinum hair.

The Heroine
Five foot four, shapely and untrained, Anesya is a healer with a warm
pink-tinted complexion, dark blue eyes and hip length soft black hair.

** RELEASED 2005 **
A Second Chance: Tarot – King of Cups
Tarot Series, Science Fiction, Paranormal

4 cups from Coffee Time Romance
4 angels from Fallen Angel Reviews


Born to a loving people and enduring the long training process required to
teach her to use her gift, Anesya is suddenly ripped away by a cruel man,
her incomplete training a death sentence.

Gifted since birth with spectacular powers and a caring heart his people
never intended he have, Tarmathian turns his back on them to make a
difference in a realm where caring and tolerance require calm, diplomatic

Brought together by circumstances and standing united, the couple attempts
to save their dying races. Exploring beyond the veil of magic into the realm
of souls, they discover it takes two to fill a cup of love.

Sometimes all love needs is a second chance.


* lost *

(Setting – Tarmathian just rescued Anesya from certain death at the hands of
a slaver and brought her to his ship.)

Not all hope is lost for time and care will restore her beauty. He slipped
behind her and lowered his mouth to her ear, his voice soft, “I didn’t think
you would enjoy such a fate. I’m Captain Tarmathian Nightsky. Welcome to the

“No, I wouldn’t.” Anesya shivered, but remained uncertain if the effect came
from the caress of his warm breath or her knowledge of the horrible fate his
kindness averted.

Tarmathian turned from the screen. “Come. I will show you where you can
clean up and sleep.”

Distracted by the three other beings on the bridge, she studied the
creatures unlike any ever encountered. One had four arms and worked the helm
control. Another with numerous eyes sat at the data study area. The
expression of the delicate crystalline bi-pedal being at the intercom panel
tugged at her soul.

The crystalzine proffered a sad, yet welcoming gaze.

Her attention held, Tarmathian eased behind her, his whisper soft, “He’s a
crystalzine from the planet Crystalis. He’s living quartz crystal and is the
last of his kind. I offered him safe passage on the Bellatrix.”

Anesya disliked the idea of anyone alone. She looked at the captain. “There
are no others?”

“None to my knowledge. His desire is to travel in hopes of finding just one
of his own.” Tarmathian gazed down at the trembling nymph. “There are but a
few of your kind as well.”

She denied his words. “I am from Luna.”

“We’ll talk in private after I take you to rest.”

Anesya looked from one creature to the other and settled her gaze on the
living quartz crystal. “Most everyone on this ship is the last of their
kind, aren’t they?”

The crystalzine nodded while his melodic voice chimed with softness, “Most
all, yes.”

“Not me. My home is on Luna and I have a family.”

Tarmathian remained quiet. The revelation of the destruction of one’s world
hard, the how and why remained far worse.

Anesya looked from one creature to the next. Their answer nothing more than
to look away, she faced the captain. “Tell me I have a home.”


* ship-to-ship *

(Setting – Tarmathian stands on the bridge of the Bellatrix while his
brother confronts him from the bridge of an enemy ship.)

Tarmathian straightened. His displeasure concealed, he faced the view
screen. “What can I do for you, lieutenant?”

Malerian sprang to his feet. “Don’t shove rank down my throat since you are
no longer part of the task force and carry no legal status, Tam. Hell,
you’ve been a maverick since you abandoned your post centuries ago. Besides
it’s more what I can do for you, Brother. I came as an emissary from Surya.”

“I don’t need nor want Suryarian rank and leaving my post was the best thing
I could have done for anyone not a murderous fiend living on Surya. When
will you learn M is not the third letter of my name? Still on your knees,
little brother? Since when did you ever do anything honorable?”

The lieutenant scowled. “I was never on my knees. To seek a hunted man,
especially my own brother, is not rewarding. If you willingly come with me
on the Aludra, they ordered me to leave your crew and the Bellatrix in one
piece. Otherwise, we handle this the hard way. Please remember the
anti-magic shield went into effect the minute our ships came close enough to
activate it so you don’t have the upper hand in said area. By the way, they
outfitted the Aludra to exceed the Bellatrix in an all-out conflict.”

His gaze never wavered as Tarmathian assessed the situation. Installed on
all Suryarian ships, the anti-magic shield prevented other Suryarian ships
from doing what the Lunarian nymph did to the Bellatrix from the Sirius. He
expected the council to provide the pursuing leader a matched ship or
sending someone after him would be stupid, which made the choice to fight
foolish. The Bellatrix had a good crew, but the Aludra’s crew was more than
likely battle trained. Flight was out since his opportunistic brother sought
even the slightest chance to kill.

“Give me a moment, Mal.” Ever gentle, he laid his hand on the helmsman’s
shoulder. “Do nothing, Jaswinder.” He walked toward the view screen. “My
ship and crew will remain untouched?”

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