"A Magical Near-Future Adventure"
Nine-year-old Jana Jasper is the youngest child of a
California state senator and a Russian ballerina. Jana knew
great things were expected of Jaspers, but although she had
a fertile imagination she had never been able to
communicate verbally. She knew what she wanted to say but
when she tried to speak the words got all jumbled and
refused to come out. The one thing she wanted most was the
gift of gab, and one night she got her wish!
A Coalition scientist has been sent to Earth to collect
specimens in order to determine the planet's habitability.
If the planet is found to be habitable, the Coalition would
relocate the native inhabitants replacing them with their
own citizens. Curiosity finds his young son, Cavin, caught
in an oak tree beneath Jana's bedroom window. Unable to
tell anyone about the magical glowing boy she dubs Peter
(after Pan) Jana determines to rescue him herself. Cavin is
as delighted with her as she is with him. For the first
time he becomes concerned about the Coalition's intentions.
Unfortunately he cannot stay. One night he return's to
Jana's window to say goodbye. When Jana tries to follow him
she trips and falls, cutting her knee. Cavin heals her
wound, bestows her with a kiss, and flees. An amazed Jana
calls after him, and it appears that he's done more than
heal her outside. She can speak! Jana tells her older
sister that some day she will marry that boy.
Jana put her gift to good use and by age 29, she had become
the youngest state senator in California history.
Unfortunately her social life hadn't been nearly as
successful. Now at 32, the pressure was on for her to make
a commitment or ruin her career. It's not that she hadn't
tried. She'd even gone as far as to become engaged three
times, but she'd never felt the magic that she'd felt as a
little girl with "Peter", and that had been a figment of
her imagination. Or had it?
When the Jasper's squeaky clean reputation is inexplicably
tarnished, Jana is determined to keep a low profile.
Unfortunately when she is approached in the supermarket, by
a man resembling something from a video game, it becomes
virtually impossible. No, he's not part of some new
promotion. He's come specifically to find Jana. He claims
to be that "imaginary" boy that had ruined Jana for other
men. He had never forgotten her and had worked his way up
through the coalition ranks with the single minded purpose
of saving Jana and her world. Now Earth had reached the top
of the Coalition's acquisition list, and to make matters
worse, an assassin had been sent to make sure Cavin of Far
Star never accomplishes his mission. So much for keeping a
low profile! Now insanely in love and on the run, can the
pair get to area 51 in time to save the planet?
What fun! This book is an emotional roller coaster with
multiple elements of fantasy, humor, romance, intrigue,
suspense, and a wonderfully strong family foundation
without which the pair would have had no chance for
success. Amazing! Your Planet or Mine? is a magical
near-future adventure that is not to be missed.
Posted: August 11, 2006
Copyright © 2006
Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted November 2, 2006
**2006 PEARL HONORABLE MENTION - BEST FUTURISTIC ROMANCE
Think the grocery store is a great place to meet men?
Hunky interstellar fugitive, aisle 5.
With outrageously false accusations piling up against her famous political family and an ex-fiancé in hot water determined to take her down with him, the last thing Jana Jasper needs is more trouble--especially man trouble. But when she heads to the grocery store for an ice cream fix, not only does the muscled hunk in the frozen foods section ranting about spaceships and invasions look crazy, he looks... familiar.
Cavin of Far Star has never forgotten the girl he met during his weeks spent on that quaint little world, planet Earth, the girl who didn't believe he was real. And now he'll risk his future to save her. All she has to do is take him to her leader. Simple enough plan--although Jana isn't so easily convinced. Hell-bent on charming his way past her defenses, he's determined to stay one step ahead of the galaxy's most feared assassin--and may just capture his favorite Earthling's heart in the process.