Like her protagonist Shannon Kendricks, Cathy Parker is an attorney. She volunteered as a zoo keeper's aide for eight years and did have a very special beluga buddy, Mauyak, just as Shannon Kendricks has. As to encounters with alien children, as in the trilogy, she is not saying. She was also a radio and print journalist and once was the 'Jill of all trades' for a small satellite paper in Wyoming. She did everything from taking to the photos to writing the articles and op-ed pieces to helping with layout and hauling the newspapers through blizzards once a week. As a result, she saw lambs being born and went on a cattle drive and ate her first (and last) Rocky Mountain Oyster. She has seen mountain gorillas in the wild in Rwanda and orangutans in Borneo and even rocked an orphaned baby orangutan to sleep on her chest. She has volunteered with a chimpanzee sanctuary for former research subjects. So you can see where her heart lies. Currently she lives in Costa Rica with her black cat. All similarities between her cat and the trilogy's Narcissus are purely and probably coincidental.
And here at last is the final new cover for the Power Rising Trilogy. The big addition, of course, is the guy standing beside Shannon Kendricks, the protagonist. He is Luke Quintana, and okay--I am an incurable romantic, which is why he plays a critical role in Power Stabilized. I mulled the idea of depicting his hands cradling the image of Shannon, as the dragonpanther Roebor's cradled the image on the Power Multiplied cover, but this idea was nixed as too similar to book two´s cover. Instead we see the three pronged circle that represents Shannon, the alien Essi, and the beluga whale Juneau, tying back to the first book where those three feature so predominantly. The stream of light is representative of the extraordinary Power that Shannon must fight, and, as noted, Luke is at her side in that battle. Meanwhile, I am still in the editing stage of the novella that I will be offering for free. Much of the editing process is pure drudgery and I am having trouble willing myself into finishing the task. The story involves a family with magical powers, although Shannon plays her part, too. Stay tuned.
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