Like most kids her age, seven-year-old Cheobawn spends most of her day lost in her own world, imagining ways to defy her parents. Unfortunately her parents are a coven of mind-reading, gene-splicing priestesses intent on building a futuristic Utopia on a savage planet.
And you thought your childhood was rough.
Author J.D. Lakey re-released her series of science fiction novels, The Black Bead Chronicles, starting in January 2016. This riveting series of books features revised and expanded content — including maps and glossaries — as well as redesigned covers and interiors. Books one and two, Black Bead and Bhotta’s Tears, released in January of 2016, and book three, Spider Wars, came out in April 2016. The remaining two novels in the series will be releasing in the Fall of 2016 and the Spring of 2017.
Fans of science fiction of all ages are raving about the series, which has been lauded as a “mesmerizing page-turner” by one Amazon reviewer. The adventure begins as Cheobawn — the young protagonist — leaves the safety of her village’s Home Dome for the first time. Although she is the psychic “ear” for her foraging pack — a group of five young children especially trained to survive on the savage planet — she knows her unlucky black bead means her abilities will always be in question. But something sinister stalks them and each member of the pack must draw on their unique strengths and a lifetime of training if they want to survive to see another day.
“This series was inspired by my own struggle to find my life’s purpose, and I have been writing it in different forms for the past twenty five years,” says J.D. Lakey. “In Cheobawn’s world, all beings are connected on a psionic level, an idea that comes from my own personal philosophy about the interconnection of life on this planet. What’s different on her world is that children’s psi abilities are nurtured and the interconnection of all beings is vital not only to her village’s way of life, but to their very survival on the planet.”
The books have been well-received by readers of all ages, even those that do not normally read science fiction. “On the surface, this is an adventure story, a coming-of-age tale about finding your place and embracing who you are,” says the author. “But there are deeper undertones that more mature audiences will pick up on, such as new ways to experience human relationships and communication, living in balance with our environment, and especially exploring the role of women in society. Young women today are proudly beginning to call themselves feminists again, and this is a story that I hope inspires and brings hope for what a possible future of peace might look like for humankind.”
Who is J.D. Lakey?
J.D. Lakey was born and raised on the high plains of Montana under an endless sky and as far from civilization as anyone in the twentieth century could get. There she explored the finer nuances of silence and the endless possibilities of the imagination. The stories were always there. The shifting of fortunes finally granted her the time to gather all the stories and give them flesh. She currently lives in San Diego, California where she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and the ocean breezes.
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