Amy has always loved science fiction—books, movies, shows, and games. She was born in San Diego, California, and moved with her family to Vancouver, Washington, at the age of seven. After devouring some of the classics like Dune and Ender's Game in her tween years, she began writing science fiction and fantasy short stories.
In the ensuing years, Amy attended the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, where she continued to study creative writing, visual art and played viola in the school orchestra. During this time, she began the very early sketches of what would eventually evolve into the Cadicle series.
Amy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Portland State University, and also pursued minors in Professional Writing and Business Administration. After graduating, she moved to Portland, Oregon, and began working in business development for an energy efficiency consulting firm. Over the next several years, she primarily wrote proposals to prospective utility clients and managed the proposal development process. She then transitioned from energy efficiency into the architectural, engineering and planning industry. However, she eventually succumbed to the writing bug.
Now a full-time author, Amy currently lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband. When she's not writing, she enjoys travel, wine tasting, binge-watching TV series, and playing epic strategy board games.
BOOK 2: A LIGHT IN THE DARK
ABOUT THE BOOK
The real invasion is about to begin.
An alien fleet is coming. Elle and her friends are the Hegemony's best chance for fighting back, but they'll need to head straight into enemy territory in order to identify the Darkness' origin.
The Hegemony is out of time... and the war may already be lost before it even starts. The only chance for salvation is the mysterious shard of the Master Crystal, supposedly capable of initiating a universal-scale reset. Except, no one knows what a reset of that magnitude might entail, or if it's possible.
Despite the risks, no step is too extreme in the frantic fight for survival. Elle and her friends must stop the insidious alien menace before every world is consumed.
PLOT SYNOPSIS - A Light in the Dark (Dark Stars Book 2)
No measure is too extreme in the frantic fight for survival.
Elle and the Dark Sentinel team—Kaiden, Toran, and Maris—know the next phase of an invasion is coming, but they still haven’t identified the origin of the alien menace. In an effort to get answers, they embark on a dangerous mission to Windau, the planet first infected by the Darkness.
While on Windau, they nearly succumb to the twisted vegetation and wildlife, though they are ultimately able to interface with the planet’s primary crystal. They discover a strange signal may hold the clues they’re looking for.
Once back on the Evangiel, Toran identifies a set of coordinates embedded in the signal, and the Hegemony prepares to confront their would-be invaders. Upon traveling to the indicated location, a hyperdimensional anomaly appears, and out of it comes the first of the alien ships. However, before the Hegemony fleet can mount an assault, a single alien ship destroys the fleet with a weaponized black cloud that disintegrates everything it touches. With the battle lost before it had rightly begun, Commander Colren orders a risky universal reset—the only chance to try again and avoid the devastating loss.
Elle and the rest of the Dark Sentinel team come to their senses the moment after sealing the Master Archive with a strange feeling of déjà vu. In time, they remember about the alien attack and take measures to ensure a more favorable outcome. However, when they arrive at the anomaly site, the alien fleet is already waiting; apparently, the aliens have clear memories the events from before the reset, unlike the Dark Sentinel’s scattered recollections.
Before initiating a second universal reset, the team devises a strategy to carry over specific memories through the reset, hoping it will be enough to gain an upper hand next time; this time, Colren joins them at the locus of the event to hopefully make him remember, as well. They reset to a slightly later point and are able to remember enough of the previous encounter to devise a new strategy.
Knowing they only have one chance to try something new, the Dark Sentinel team boards the alien ship while it’s still forming in the anomaly, to plant a spatial disruptor—a bomb capable of spanning dimensional planes. Using their magical abilities, seemingly augmented by proximity to the spatial anomaly, Elle and her friends fight their way to the center of the alien ship and deploy the disruptor.
With moments to spare before the scheduled detonation, the team retreats to their shuttle. However, before they can dock, and the Evangiel is forced to jump away and leave them behind. The Dark Sentinels focus their magic energy on Elle’s sword to create a bubble around their shuttle and ride out the spatial disruption wave.
The Evangiel returns to retrieve them, finding that the anomaly has been destroyed and the immediate invasion threat averted. Though shaken from this encounter, now they know how to hurt the aliens, and it’s time to fight back.