Authors Stephanie Osborn and Darrell Bain Bring The Y Factor to E-Books

September 5, 2009 at 2:12 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

Darrell Bain, multiple Eppie Award winner, and Stephanie Osborn, author of the science fiction
mystery Burnout: The Mystery of Space Shuttle STS-281, have collaborated on the next
science fiction novel in the Cresperia series, The Y Factor. Osborn’s mentor, Travis “Doc”
Taylor, and Bain co-authored the first novel of the series, Human By Choice, published by
Twilight Times Books.
The series concerns the first contact between the pacifistic natives of Cresperia, whose planetary
government is a loose political anarchy, and the inhabitants of Earth. The Cresperians have a unique ability
to tap into the quantum foam, not only to read general impressions of events, situations, and emotions,
but to manipulate certain aspects of their reality – up to and including their own forms and the forms
of humans for whom they care. This ability to manipulate the humans includes healing and delaying
aging, both highly desired abilities, making them valuable “commodities.” Upon crash-landing
on Earth in the first novel, several of the “Crispies” take human form and must contend with the strange
customs and political environments of Earth.
The Y Factor picks up where Human By Choice leaves off, with the international race to obtain
Crispies and Crispy technology. But there’s a catch. Crispies are delicately balanced creatures, and not all
of the nations after them – good OR bad – understand just HOW delicate. Can they even survive, let alone
thrive, on Earth? And what if more Crispies come? What happens then? And who – or what – else is
out there?
The Y Factor is a fascinating continuation in what promises to be an exciting and popular
science fiction series.

Darrell Bain is the author of more than three dozen books, in many genres, running the gamut from humor to mystery and science fiction to humorous non-fiction. For the last several years he has concentrated on humor and science fiction, both short fiction, and suspense thrillers.

Darrell served thirteen years in the military as a medic and his two years in Vietnam formed the basis for his first published novel, Medics Wild. Darrell has been writing off and on all his life but really got serious about it only after the advent of computers. He purchased his first one in 1989 and has been writing furiously ever since.

While Darrell was working as a lab manager at a hospital in Texas, he met his wife Betty. He trapped her under a mistletoe sprig and they were married a year later. Darrell and Betty owned and operated a Christmas tree farm in East Texas for many years. It became the subject and backdrop for some of his humorous stories and books.
StephanieStephanie Osborn is a former payload flight controller, a veteran of over twenty years of working in the civilian space program, as well as various military space defense programs. She has worked on numerous Space Shuttle flights and the International Space Station, and counts the training of astronauts on her resumé. Of those astronauts she trained, one was Kalpana Chawla, a member of the crew lost in the Columbia disaster.

She holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in four sciences: Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics, and she is “fluent” in several more, including Geology and Anatomy. She obtained her various degrees from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.

Stephanie is currently retired from space work. She now happily “passes it forward,” tutoring math and science to students in the Huntsville area, elementary through college, while writing science fiction mysteries based on her knowledge, experience, and travels.
Reviews and links:
NYTimes: This Week at Mobile Tech Manor–e-books-and-id-10572.html

Stephanie Osborn
Best-Selling Co-Author of The Y Factor

and SF Top-25 Seller Burnout: The mystery of Space Shuttle STS-281
ISBN: 978-1-60619-200-9


and PopSyndicate Blog It Ain’t Rocket Science – Oh Wait, It Is

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The Odyssey By Elena Dorothy Bowman

August 3, 2009 at 9:33 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Odyssey_54_Web-aSynopsis – The Odyssey

    The small sleepy New England town of Oakville is unexpectedly struck by a devastating flood. The people as much as it was possible were able to deal with the flood and its disruption of their lives.  But it was the aftermath of this disaster and what it brought to them that had a lasting effect on each and every citizen of this small village.
    When the dam above the town was built, it changed the course of a river flowing underground, and up to now it had never been a problem.  But the huge rush of raging water surging through the town was instrumental in rerouting the underground river back to its original course and in so doing had created a large sinkhole.
    Two young brothers, curious as to what happened to their oak tree, took it upon themselves to investigate the sink hole and quickly learned that was where their tree had disappeared to.  But what they discovered at the bottom of that hollow embedded in its side was more than they or their parents and neighbors could possibly expect to find.  At first glance, they weren’t sure what it was.  But on further investigation knew it was a probe.  They were also certain that it did not come from the future, but from the very distant past, antiquity as one would put it, but who or why they couldn’t begin to guess.
    While the adults pondered what to do with their discovery, the two young brothers had other ideas.  They thought the probe was a space ship, or at least that’s what it looked like to them. When morning came, they rushed down to see their “space ship” and decided to take command and sail into space.  When they pushed the buttons on the probe they initiated a set of circumstances that took that little village and everyone in it on a journey that would change their lives forever.
    The probe transferred the entire neighborhood to a planet drifting in space and to the trials and tribulations the inhabitants had suffered when its twin suns collided and destroyed all life within.  The probe had a two-fold mission: find an intelligent species who could help them survive the oncoming catastrophe; if that failed, find a people who could be persuaded to remember their existence, and who in time would become a part of them.            *Excerpts and reviews of all my novels can be viewed on my website:
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