Friday, February 3, 2017

Friday Feature: The Light from Other Suns


Today, I'm spotlighting two upcoming books from V.E. Lemp. Check out The Light from Other Suns and The Dark of Other Skies!


Artist Karen Foster draws while dreaming. Scientists label her a valuable commodity. Aliens call her their perfect messenger.
Seeking money for art supplies, Karen is thrilled when charming researcher Alex Wythe recruits her for a dream study called the Morpheus Project. But the Morpheus Project is not what it seems, and neither are the detailed technical illustrations Karen draws in her sleep.
Warned off by government agent Mark Hallam, Karen refuses to leave the project, even after her fellow subjects suffer breakdowns. Like the sun, her love for Alex blinds her.
Karen believes their love is forever, until a tragic accident blasts both their lives.
Aided by Mark—as well as a UFO investigator, his psychic daughter, and the dark-eyed strangers who haunt her dreams—Karen must fight to uncover the truth.
A truth that includes humans trading lives for profits—and a powerful cabal that will kill to keep such secrets from the world.
A truth that unveils the ultimate, terrifying, reality –
We have never been alone.

From: THE LIGHT FROM OTHER SUNS by V. E. Lemp

This excerpt is from the dream journal that my protagonist keeps as part of her participation in the Morpheus Project. Just a note: although Karen’s dream journal entries are written in first person POV, the rest of the book is written in third person POV.

Dream Journal, April 16th:
I walked alone on a wooded path. The forest was eerily quiet, with no sound of insects or animals. In a clearing, a small group of people draped nets from the tree branches. The group was dressed in identical outfits—baggy camouflage camp shirts, khaki pants, and heavy hiking boots. They’d shoved their dark hair up into black baseball caps. Androgynously slender, it was impossible to tell whether the individual members were male or female.
I asked what they were doing. One of them informed me they were trapping birds for a scientific study. I glanced at the far edge of the clearing and noticed two members of the group handling captured birds. They carefully extracted each bird from the net and placed it in a wire cage. After a few moments, when the bird had calmed its wild fluttering, it was taken from the cage and a small object was inserted in its neck using what looked like a large hypodermic needle.
“Are you harming them?” I asked.
“We do not intend to,” said one of the group, “but it sometimes happens.”
“Do they die?”
“From time to time. It is unfortunate, but the research must be completed.”
“If you’re studying them,” I said, “why not just keep them in a cage?”
“Because if you study the habits of something trapped in a cage you only learn how they behave while living in a cage. We want to learn much more. We want to understand how they behave in their own world.”
“In their own habitat, you mean.”
Heads turned, and I felt several pairs of dark eyes fix on me.
“Yes, habitat, of course,” said the figure holding the hypodermic.
“And why do this?” I asked. “What’s the point?”
“What point is there,” said the individual cradling the bird, “to art, Karen Foster?”
“This is not art. It’s science.”
“Science is our art,” said the one with the needle. “We have no other.”
“No art? How can you live?” A strange current of pity flowed through me. There was no life without art. At least no life I could imagine.
“We observe,” said the figure holding the bird. “We study. And we appreciate”—his hands opened, releasing the bird into the air—“the art of others.”
As the bird spiraled into the clear blue of the sky I woke from the dream.

Preorder here.


Older than our recorded history, and far superior in knowledge and technology, the Oneiroi are too alien to ever step foot on Earth.
Yet, aided by powerful human collaborators, they invaded Karen's dreams, stole her art, and shattered her life.
Now Karen must prevent them from destroying her planet.
The Oneiroi, extraterrestrials who’ve studied Earth for centuries, consider humans their lab rats. But a contingent of this ancient race—seeking to halt all experimentation—has launched a rebellion. Their mission, while just, is poised to ignite a battle that could blast Earth to a cinder.
With the planet tossed like a ball between fearsome forces, hope lies with a small band of humans and sympathetic aliens. Pursued by ruthless collaborators happy to sacrifice millions to silence the truth, Karen and her allies discover that only evidence bought with blood can expose those trading Earth’s autonomy for wealth and power.
It's time the world knew --
We are not alone.Now Karen must prevent them from destroying her planet.
The Oneiroi, extraterrestrials who’ve studied Earth for centuries, consider humans their lab rats. But a contingent of this ancient race—seeking to halt all experimentation—has launched a rebellion. Their mission, while just, is poised to ignite a battle that could blast Earth to a cinder.
With the planet tossed like a ball between fearsome forces, hope lies with a small band of humans and sympathetic aliens. Pursued by ruthless collaborators happy to sacrifice millions to silence the truth, Karen and her allies discover that only evidence bought with blood can expose those trading Earth’s autonomy for wealth and power.
It's time the world knew --
We have never been alone.
 Preorder here.


V. E. Lemp is a librarian turned author, and a lifelong science fiction and fantasy fan.

She loves speculative fiction in all formats, including books, television, and film. She also admits an unhealthy obsession with television shows that document extraterrestrial encounters and UFO sightings, and enjoys programs that present mind-expanding examinations of scientific discoveries and theories.

She believes the most important question is always: “What if?”

V. E. Lemp, who writes in other genres under the pennames Vicki L. Weavil and Victoria Gilbert, is represented by Frances Black of Literary Counsel, NY, NY.


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10 comments:

  1. Congrats. This story sounds quite captivating.

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  2. Congrats to V.E. I love her cover. Spooky, but the color really stands out!

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  3. I love the title Light From Other Suns. Sounds like a great book! The Dark of Other Skies also sounds interesting. Best of luck to V.E. :)
    ~Jess

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  4. These sound like intriguing stories. Lovely covers too. Congratulations, V. E. Best of luck to you.

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