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Today's article is by Rachel Leigh Smith, author of Ayen series of books beginning with My Name is Ayen. Be sure to leave your feedback in the Comments section afterwards!
As an author, I stumbled into paranormal by accident. I’ve been surrounded by it in various forms all my life, but it always had a science fiction angle to it. Happens when you’re the daughter of a confirmed super-geek. When I dreamed about an alien four years ago, I wasn’t all that surprised. It was bound to happen at some point.
It didn’t take long to discover the aliens of A’yen’s Legacy, the Lokmane, are telepathic. My first inclination was to find a scientific way to explain their telepathy. I found one. But then other things started happening with them. Things I couldn’t explain with science. So I quit trying, and embraced the paranormal.
All the paranormal in the world of A’yen’s Legacy is related to minds and how they work. I discovered a man named Ro, who sees emotions as colors. He’s telepathic and empathic, and can also go into people’s memories. While he’s in there, he can also rearrange them, plant fake ones, and erase real ones. It’s a forbidden skill, and one he hates.
Next, I discovered a couple of telekinetics. One of them can manipulate electricity and has a tendency to accidentally make pulse weapons explode. The other one, rather than making those weapons explode, has unerring accuracy with them.
As I got deeper into the series (book five released earlier this month), I also became a voracious paranormal reader. I started building the world of A’yen’s Legacy in a way paranormal readers wouldn’t find off-putting.
Though the series revolves around humanoid aliens, you won’t find any of the things you’d expect. There’s no strange evolution of English, no glossary of terms, no calendar system you don’t understand, no incomprehensible alien language.
A’yen’s Legacy isn’t a series about science, or how technology affects humanity, or predicting what our future might be like. It’s a story about people, like you and me, who happen to have a different shaped face. They’ve been enslaved by humanity for so long that most of their culture is lost.
It’s also a series about finding one’s identity, holding on to family, and discovering what all it means to be free.
Another thing you’ll find is each book is all about the hero. If you can’t get enough of his POV in a novel, if you’re dying for a story driven entirely by the hero, A’yen’s Legacy might be exactly what you’re looking for. The first book, My Name Is A’yen, is free everywhere.
You can find out more about me and A’yen’s Legacy at my website, www.rachelleighsmith.com. While there, you can sign up for my newsletter, explore the books, or find me on Facebook.
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Rachel Leigh Smith was swept off her feet at the age of six by Magnum, P.I., then again at nine by Frank Hardy. She remembers her favorite romance novels by the hero’s name, so of course she writes romance for the hero lover. She lives in central Louisiana with her family, a half-crazed calico, a ginger tabby lion, and a menagerie of book boyfriends.