Special Lieutenant Jewels Enbran, a human telepath unable to shield her
mind from thoughts, uses telepathic anchors who protect her vulnerable
mind. Her current anchor, Colonel Jeremy Lingley, is nearing burnout.
An alien race is seeking an alliance with Earth and the pair are
assigned the mission of discovering the aliens' secrets.
Prince Dex LoudRoar is a Gatoan warrior and a royal with a terrible
secret. His people wage a constant war against their enemy, the
Lupinious empire. But the tide of battle is turning and his people seek
help from a new source: the humans of Earth.
With an interstellar war looming, Jewels and Dex seek salvation for their planets and find their destinies changed forever.
Jewels was written first as novella for a Space Opera anthology contest that Samhain Publishing put out a call for submissions. It didn't make it but I took the rejection as a stepping stone and expanded Jewels from a novella to a novel.
The idea for Jewels came from a blog post where I was experimenting with the use of first-person point of view.
Praise and Reviews
"If you are looking for a read that combines a variety of issues and
layers that will have you running through the pages, then JEWELS by
Lakisha Spletzer is just the right kind of book for you. At a time when
series like those created by Stephanie Mayer, J. K. Rowling and others
are dominating the bookstores and now the movie theaters, this is one
that I can see headed in that direction. When talent and skill are the
requirements for success, then you won't be able to go wrong with this
literary adventure." -- C.A. Webb "Conversations Book Club"