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"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

SUMMARY

**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.

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Your Planet or Mine?
(Otherworldly Men: Book 1)
by Susan Grant

HQN
August 1, 2006
Available: August 1, 2006
ISBN #0373771061
EAN #9780373771066
384 pages
Paperback
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