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 1: INFILTRATION
ABOUT THE BOOK
Prevent a stellar civil war... or die trying.
When Captain Kira Elsar comes face-to-face with a military assault mech inside a civilian research lab, it’s abundantly clear that MTech is up to no good.
Illegal alien nanotech experimentation. Clandestine political dealings. Disappearances. Connections all trace back to MTech’s newest research lab on Kira’s homeworld.
As the Tararian Guard's sole telepath, Kira goes undercover to get to the bottom of the mystery. Hints point to a brewing stellar civil war, but she needs to gather proof. Except, the mysterious forces behind the conflict already have their own plans for Kira that will change her life forever.
PLOT SYNOPSIS - Infiltration (Mindspace Book 1)
Captain Kira Elsar leads a covert ops team within the Tararian Guard, specializing in information retrieval. She is the sole telepath within the Guard, with a unique blend of abilities only found in some individuals born and raised on her homeworld of Valta.
When a recon mission goes wrong, evidence of illegal nanotech experimentation and a brewing civil war point toward Kira’s homeworld. She is sent on an undercover mission to gather information, with her ex-boyfriend, Leon Caletti, serving as her local point of contact. Leon works as a genetics researcher in the target lab on Valta, the newest facility of a Mysaran organization called MTech.
Through her investigation, Kira discovers that the MTech lab’s director, Monica Waylon, is one of the rare Tarans with telekinetic abilities. She has been gathering subjects on which to test a new strain of alien-hybrid nanites, which may grant recipients special abilities. The resulting ‘Robus’ can shift from their normal Taran form into a hybrid state with enhanced speed and strength, metallic scales, silvery claws, and distinctive orange bioluminescent eyes.
Meanwhile, there’s a mole somewhere in the Tararian Guard. Colonel Kaen launches an investigation with the security chief, Deanna Olvera, and they eventually discover three seemingly independent leaks—one connected to each of the three planets in the Elvar Trinary: Elusia, Mysar, and Valta. They realize that forces have been working behind the scenes to prevent the independent colony system from officially rejoining the Taran Empire.
Political pressures come to a head. Leon’s sister, Ellen—who was working on Elusia for Mysaran conspirators with the objective of assassinating the president, Joris—realizes she’s been working for the wrong side and pledges her allegiance to Elusia. With the Mysaran military making a move against Elusia, President Joris signs the Taran reunification agreement without formal approval from others in the system, leaving Valta and Mysar with an uncertain future.
Realizing that MTech’s plans extend far beyond Valta, Kira transmits the necessary evidence for the Guard to seize the MTech lab. However, Monica won’t go down without a fight. Kira’s backup arrives, and she re-enters the MTech lab to free Monica’s test subjects and arrest the rogue scientist and her assistant, Jared. In the process, Kira gets into a physical altercation with Monica, during which Monica slips her a dose of a new strain of experimental nanites via a syringe.
Kira wins the fight, killing Monica in the process. Leon is out of a job when the MTech lab is condemned, but Colonel Kaen offers him a position as a civilian consultant with the Guard, which Leon accepts. Kira returns home, happy to have rekindled her relationship with Leon. Everything seems to be the best it’s been in years—until she looks in the mirror and sees the telltale glowing eyes of a Robus staring back.