The Taldra adventures focus on gays, people of color, and powerful women. Books 1 and 2 of Taldra both appear in this specially priced collection.
Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure (Taldra Book 1) flings an Iroquois family into a battle across time and space.
In an alternate reality, Earth is the planet Valchondria. No illness exists, gay marriage is legal, and everyone is a person of color. However, the Maintainers carefully monitor everyone’s speech, actions, and weight.
The Maintainers also force so-called “colorsighted” people to hide their ability to see in color.
The Iroquois scientist Taldra thinks of her twin gay sons as the hope for Valchondria’s future, but one of them becomes entangled in the cult of Degranon, while the other becomes stranded on the other side of a doorway through time. Can they find their way home and help Taldra save their world?
Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure (Taldra Book 1) was Winner of StoneWall Society Pride in the Arts Award.
In Sons of Taldra: A Science Fiction Adventure (Taldra Book 2), alien shapeshifters want to feed on humanity. Taldra again relies on her sons to help protect Valchondria. The Maintainers still hold dark secrets that might pose an even greater threat than the invaders. World events and Native American storytelling inspired this sequel to Degranon.
“A thought provoking and fun sci-fi read.” —Blogger Girls
“The most intriguing aspect of the story is controlled by emotion as relatable characters grow and brave it all together, selflessly helping each other.” -Enas Reviews
“Edge-of-your-seat action, scenes that detail the turmoil and terror of an alien attack and an inside look at love and acceptance for humanity’s differences.” —Tome Tender
Imagine a world where civilization doesn’t see the color of your skin, where your sexual preferences are a non-issue and illnesses have been eradicated. Sound too good to be true? In this alternate reality, there are still warts, lies, secrets and “Big Brother” is watching, monitoring, waiting to pounce…Valchondria’s world is far from a Utopia, but the human spirit is strong when tested. Enter Duane Simolke’s world of science fiction and feel yourself transported to a different Earth in a different reality where right and wrong can become another shade of gray.
Duane Simolke’s characters are vital and alive. His handling of gay relationships is not highlighted as a rallying cry, but rather presented as another normal aspect of a world with a myriad of other problems, such as survival and now learning to live in a world that is not ruled through spying and rigid controls allowing only accepted language or ideas. False gods and beliefs will be revealed and the best of humanity will rise.
Edge-of-your-seat action, scenes that detail the turmoil and terror of an alien attack and an inside look at love and acceptance for humanity’s differences. Great world-building, great storytelling! I received a complimentary review copy from Duane Simolke! – Dianne