Greta van der Rol

Biography

Greta van der Rol loves writing action-packed adventures with a side salad of romance. Most of her work is space opera, but she has written paranormal and historical fiction.

She lives not far from the coast in Queensland, Australia and enjoys photography and cooking when she isn't bent over the computer. She has a degree in history and a background in building information systems, both of which go a long way toward helping her in her writing endeavours.

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Books

A Matter of Trust
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,930. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Pursued by her father's agents, Princess Amira races across the galaxy in a desperate search for a safe haven from a forced marriage. Amid simmering tensions at the edge of the Empire, Amira must trust Imperial Admiral Ul-Mellor, known as the Demon Admiral. But Ul-Mellor isn't human. What will he do when forced to choose between Amira and his hard-won commission?
Kuralon Rescue
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 68,630. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Jirra’s on the run, Siena’s rescuing her lover, Toreni wants Master Chef status and Chet wants her reputation back. Four women, four goals, and one very small ship. Add a fleet request to free a rebel, the promise of little to no help and a caste-defined society on the edge of explosion. The women have to form a team or they'll all fail.
White Tiger
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 57,910. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
New York is no place for a tiger – not for weretiger Sally Carter or for the white tiger she finds in a Harlem basement, guarding an enormous stash of heroin. Sally is determined that the tiger will find a home in a sanctuary, but the drug baron has other ideas. Sally and her husband find themselves mixed up in a situation where even their weretiger talents may not be enough to save them.
Ink
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,960. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Life's good for 18-year-old Ashkar Ravindra. School's over, and he's been accepted into the Fleet Academy. There's time for one last trip to the mountains. But not everyone is pleased to see the privileged admiral's son. Jealousy and ulterior motives turn the pleasant hunting trip into an ordeal. Lives are a stake. If Ashkar makes the wrong decision, he will be the first to die.
The Iron Admiral: Deception
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 86,100. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
The gripping sequel to 'The Iron Admiral: Conspiracy' Grand Admiral Saahren wants his lady back, but Allysha Marten is a target of agents bent on pushing the galaxy into war. Saahren tries to protect Allysha but in the end she must choose her own direction. If she gets it wrong, she won't be the only one who dies.
The Iron Admiral: Conspiracy
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,450. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Accused of an atrocity, ex-Admiral Chaka Saahren goes undercover to clear his name. Systems Engineer Allysha Marten, takes one last job to rid her of debts and her cheating husband. Together, they uncover a plot that threatens to plunge the Galaxy into inter-species war. It's a race against time to prevent a holocaust.
Starheart
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 90,660. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Jess wants to know how her husband really died. Hudson wants to know who is trading with the alien Ptorix – and offering them a large enough prize to induce them to part with their beloved starhearts, the jewels they call the windows of the soul. It's a deadly game of political intrigue, murder, and greed which will test both Jess and Hudson to their limits.
Morgan's Return
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 103,150. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Supertech Morgan Selwood and Manesan Admiral Ravindra follow a tenuous trail back into humanity’s past, to the time historians call the Conflagration, looking for the Manesai roots. It begins innocently enough - but what they uncover will land humans and Manesai alike, into deadly peril.
A Victory Celebration
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,390. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
The Fleet has won a major victory and Admiral Ravindra is celebrating with his officers. Morgan gets a rare invite for a girls’ night out. Dinner, a little dancing, a little jealous pining… And a whole lot of trouble when Ravindra discovers his lady is out ‘n about... without protection. What started as an innocent night on the town turns into something very, very different.
Black Tiger
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,020. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
It was meant to be a six-month contract for Dr Sally Carter. But from the very day she arrives in India, a Black Tiger stalks her nightmares. It's a beast of legend - but what does it mean? Her employer, Raja Asoka Bhosle, cannot - or will not - provide answers. Is she losing her sanity, or is there more to Sally than she herself knows?
Morgan's Choice
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 102,830. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(2.00 from 1 review)
Morgan Selwood and her companion, stranded in space in a derelict ship, are rescued from certain death by aliens - but there's a price to be paid. Which side will Morgan choose? The freedom fighters or the military elite? And what about the deadly force that threatens to destroy them all?
Supertech
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,790. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
She’s a Supertech, bioengineered from birth, fresh out of the Academy and tasked with designing a control system for an experimental fighter. Morgan’s up for the challenge but there’s more to the job than meets the eye. The Fleet invested in her education but did they train her for … this?

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Smashwords book reviews by Greta van der Rol

  • His Name In Lights on March 09, 2011

    Set on Io, arguably the most dangerous of Jupiter's moons, this hard SF novelette reminded me very much of the late, great Isaac Asimov's work. It is a mixture of well-researched science, robots and politics with a very clever technological twist and a good dose of humanity. Mind you, it is now some years since Dr Asimov passed on and our knowledge of robots, computers and the like have come a long way. Jansen has done her homework. The setting and the tech are convincing and the political situation is all too plausible. The story is written from the point of view of Daniel, half human half robot, and the female boss of the company which created him. Eilinn is a tough, hard nosed woman with a softer side. I particularly liked the way Jansen described the internal wars between Daniel's robot and human sides. Whether there is any significance in her choice of Daniel as her hero's name I don't know. But I, like many Asimov fans, remember Daneel. This novelette is the forerunner to a novel. I shall look forward to reading it.
  • The Cowboy Next Door on Sep. 28, 2011

    This is a fun read. It's well written and it's easy to connect with Lilah and Clay. I could relate to both of them. I enjoyed the journey. Recommended for a quick read in the park or on the beach.
  • Roman (Saints and Sinners) on Dec. 16, 2012

    This book starts off with a fairly routine YA premise – a sixteen year old girl (TJ) finding herself dumped on her estranged father when the mother she despises dies. Coming from a wealthy, upmarket life style and a private school, she's faced with a new life in an impoverished, dying mining town where Latinos do what they can to survive. The longed-for college sporting scholarship is no longer an option in a school which doesn't (can't) support women's sport. TJ's brother, Tony, the only person who cares about her, the closest to a father she has ever known, is a serving soldier due to return to active service, leaving her to cope on her own. Before he goes, he makes her promise to keep away from Roman, a young man working for her father. It's obvious TJ isn't going to keep away from Roman. But many things about this novel are not obvious. TJ's father, Ben, has his own demons tormenting him with deep levels of guilt at not taking in his daughter when he and his wife divorced. TJ's deceased mother is an invisible participant, sitting on the sidelines, mocking TJ and Ben. Ben's cousin, Marcus, is a Roman Catholic priest who delves into ancient scrolls. Tony's girlfriend, Marsha, is a scarred veteran of the Iraq war. And then there's Roman. He's described as a seventeen year old juvenile delinquent who is sent to live with Ben as a form of rehabilitation. From the outset it's obvious he is dark and dangerous. But how dangerous? And who to? He arrived in Montville not long after a series of mysterious events that are still spoken about in whispers, accused of bashing a man near to death. In a way this is the usual YA coming of age story, but it is so much more. There's a thread of dark fantasy – or call it myth - which begins as a hint, then coalesces in the latter part of the book and brings it to a thumping, heart-stopping climax. It's a book about love, acceptance, sacrifice and redemption on many different levels. The characters are all well-developed, real people with pasts and futures and reasons. Only the mother's motives are not crystal clear. But then, that's life, isn't it, and she is dead. The writing is sensual and evocative. You spend a lot of time absorbing atmosphere, feeling events. This is no skim read. You have to pay attention or you'll miss things. Perhaps that is my only criticism. I occasionally lost my place as it were, since the narrative might skip from the present to a past conversation or reminiscence in the character's head. The description is rich and real. I particularly liked the detail. You can see the town, the garage, the metal stairs up to Roman's apartment. The author talks about motorcycles, a dying Pennsylvania town, living on a mountain road in the woods and coal mining, just to name a few, with authority which lends authenticity. I really enjoyed this book. My YA days are far behind me and it would be sad to imagine that this is just a story for 'teens'. It's not. I give it *****.
  • The Rune House on Jan. 10, 2013

    It's an interesting tale. Certainly not a 'whodunnit', it's more looking at history from 2 directions.In the present, two elderly detectives are drawn into a murder investigation at an old girls' school. In a second arc, the history of the house is revealed through time from when it was first built in 1575. There's no doubt the author knows the history of the period. I particularly liked (if that's the word) the section on the Civil War. Although the writing is ok, in my opinion the novel could have been improved with a serious edit - but that doesn't mean it was unreadable. The characters of the two detectives was very well drawn, as was their changing relationship. On the down side, I found it difficult to get my head around the many, many characters in the family tree. For me the ending was something of a whimper - but I don't think everyone would agree. Well worth a read if you like history and mystery with a scoop of paranormal.
  • The Christmas Toast on Dec. 08, 2013

    This gay romance short story is much lighter and 'nicer' than Nya Rawlyn's other work - but just as well written, with well developed characters with their own unique voices. Sure, it's a feel good, HEA but the author has included enough hints with sub-plots to leave this reader thinking after I reached 'the end'. Well worth the price.