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To Wish For Hope
Jayme Evans
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Malleneese Sharah of the family Hast lives in the wilds of Elfax and is afraid of men. When she finds the unclothed Elfaxen on the freezing forest floor, she goes against the fears, and maybe her better judgment and takes him to her shelter. Later when she is captured as a slave by the lizard people from the planet Coss, can she wish for hope that Braise will go against everything he knows and rescue her so far away?

Grand Basis Braize doesn't know what to think of the beautiful Malleneese woman, who lives alone on the mountaintop. When at last he convinces her to go to his village, he is amazed how womanly she can be, even with her male clothing. Can he ever convince her that not all men are dangerous to her? He can only hope.

As quiet as an elkaleen, Sharah of the family Hast stood in the Elfaxen forest and watched the person who had collapsed not far from where she was standing behind a giant tree. The three-unit diameter, much taller than a normal Trio-World man, of the katrok tree’s base provided more than ample protection from being seen while she could see satisfactorily all around her. The man, not wearing anything, had stumbled in her direction and fell with a mighty thud to the floor of the forest. He now lay still as the frost-laden leaves he fell in.

Usually, she wasn’t one to watch men without clothes, but this one certainly needed watching. Something had happened to him. Even on Elfax, nakedness wasn’t a sight she usually saw, especially in the freezing temperatures of The Freeze. During The Heat, the Elfaxen natives didn’t wear much clothing compared to what her home planet of Mallen wore, but at least they wore something.

She stayed silent, keeping her ears open, listening for any disturbance among the branches and undergrowth. The brisk cold air blew into her face, taking her breath, but she kept watching. The birds had ceased their chirping. What few birds that hadn’t flown toward lower elevations for The Freeze didn’t even call between them. No sound could be heard. It was an unnatural silence, amid the fallen leaves and barren outreaches of the arms of the trees.

Too silent.

Time crept by just as a snarl, the slowest of the forest creatures, might rush toward its destination. Now, it might be safe to approach the fallen man. Sharah stirred very little on the ground around her as she closed the units of the distance between herself and the fallen man.

She stopped again and peered around, and then glanced down at herself. If the Elfaxen man awakened what would he think of her garments? Most likely he had never seen anyone like her. She was an unusually clad female. Her knee-high tanned-skin boots and breeches, also of tanned skin, brought only a whisper to trained ears. A long sleeved cottalin tunic covered her upper body and brushed her thighs and became visible only underneath the open front of her thigh-length fur coat.

Her garb, which was that of a Malleneese woodsman, belied the fact that she was a woman. The plait of long blonde hair and soft feminine curves, which she couldn’t hide beneath the cottalin tunic said otherwise. A blade handle at her waist peeked from under her open coat and a projector filled her hand as she approached the stranger with the caution of a seasoned warrior. She would take no chances.

Finally reaching him, she crouched beside him and placed her fingers on the pulse of his neck. He was still alive. His long brownish-black hair mixed with the frozen leaves into which he had fallen; the plait above his pointed left ear fell across his face.

He didn’t even have the short Elfaxen sword or a weapon of any kind on his person. Had he lost them in his run from his enemy? Well, she wouldn’t know unless she talked to him and, right now, he remained unconscious.

She gave him a shove and turned him over, gasping at the hard muscles that defined his abdominal area. This man was a fine specimen of manhood. She rarely saw such a balance of sinews and bones.

A Cherrok. That was easy enough to decide. His coppery complexion and brown-black hair with plaits beside his pointed ears represented easy clues. His lack of clothing did not. The Cherrok men usually wore tanned leather vests, loin covers and soft shoes. This man had a wide metal band circling his neck and lying flat against his collarbones. The symbolism of the adornment meant something, but she couldn’t remember. The metal band wasn’t anything like the beaded collar of yellow, blue, red or black that marked an Elfaxen slave’s neck. Even though she’d never seen an Elfaxen slave, she’d heard too much about them.

Multi-published author, Jayme Evans writes the 'weird stuff'. As a time-travel, romantic suspense, paranormal and futuristic author, she likes to carry her imagination to the extreme and escape from the 'real' world. Jayme lives in Kentucky. She has two married sons, four lovely granddaughters and a spunky grandson.

Jayme began writing when her oldest son flew the nest in 1992. She took the Writer's Digest Advanced Novel Writing Workshop to complement her love of writing.

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To Sail Through Time, 4.5 stars out of 5. I can highly recommend this book as a 4.5 stars out of 5. Well written, well paced and thoroughly enjoyable to read. I eagerly look forward to more novels by this particular author, especially if she continues in this genre. --REVIEWED BY: Katherine Schlem

TO SAIL THROUGH TIME was a fun read, full of adventure, bits of history and romance all in one. I thought the author did a good job portraying the conflicts between a man from the 1800’s and an independent woman from the 1990’s. While this romance had the predictable fairy-tale ending, the plot had sufficient twists and turns to make the ride worthwhile. I got quite a laugh at some of the situations Bethany got herself into, and I thoroughly enjoyed the discussions she and Joshua had over human rights and fair treatment of prisoners. A good book to pick up for a fantasy trip of your own. -- ***1/2 Recommended Aimee McLeod

Eternity's Many Loves - I enjoyed reading this story, stayed up till the wee hours of the night to finish it. I can only hope [hint] that Ms. Evans has plans to write stories for Ethan's vampire friend's Demetri Lupino, and Blake. Curious to know what happens with them! I highly recommend reading, "ETERNITY'S MANY LOVES" 5 Stars, --Charlene Smith, Simegen

To Wish for Peace: I don’t typically read Futuristic SciFi/Romance. At least, not until now. From the first page of To Wish for Peace, author Jayme Evans held me captive. Her characters, especially Elayna and Tramall, are engaging, and I was quickly drawn into the drama as it unfolded between them. On one level, Evans has written an enjoyable romance between these characters that will warm your heart and make you smile. On another level, she has created a world not so very much unlike our own, save for one thing: It’s a future world in which differing cultures actually come to believe in the possibility of peace. To Wish for Peace offers many lessons in both love and peaceful coexistence. It’s a story you will enjoy, no matter your genre preference. -- Linda Rettstatt, www.geocities.com/lindarettstatt

‘To Wish For Peace’ by Jayme Evans is a literary masterpiece. I read it in one day, because I just couldn’t put it down. It is an enchanting love story between Elayna of the family Connan and Tramall, the Grand Bastis of the Cherroks. The growing affection between them is touching and guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings. Those with a hankering for romance and tales of everlasting love will be captivated by Ms. Evan’s book.

I was moved to tears by the love and loyalty that are themes running throughout this inspirational novel. The quest for Peace that is the ultimate goal of Elayna, a beauty, both inside and out, is a mission that you find yourself rooting for, along with our heroine. Tramall is a gorgeous hunk of man that sure gets the heart pounding away. Not only is he incredibly handsome and magnificently fit, but he is honorable and capable of great love and devotion to those he loves.

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ISBN(13-digit): 9781597058544
Copyright: 2009
Book Publisher: Wings ePress
Binding: Perfect
No. of Pages: 404

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