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A Nigerian beauty searching for her captive sister seeks a fellow psychic to help her. What she finds is a cranky Texan who denies her own talents. An ancient group of telepaths known as x0 wants to ignore both women, but how can they? The sister's captors are turning more dangerous, and common links are forging these two radically different women together in ways that even x0 barely understands. More

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About Sherrie Cronin

Sherrie Roth grew up in Western Kansas thinking that there was no place in the universe more fascinating than outer space. After her mother vetoed astronaut as a career ambition, she went on to attended Northwestern University studying journalism and physics in hopes of becoming a science writer.
She published her first science fiction short story long ago and then waited a lot of tables while she looked for inspiration for the next tale. When it finally came, it declared to her that it had to be a whole book, nothing less. One night, while digesting this disturbing piece of news, she drank way too many shots of ouzo with her boyfriend. She woke up thirty-one years later demanding to know what was going on.
The boyfriend, who she had apparently long since married, asked her to please calm down. He explained that in a fit of practicality she had gone back to school and gotten a degree in geophysics and had spent the last 28 years interpreting seismic data in the oil industry. The good news, according to Mr. Cronin, was that she had found it at least mildly entertaining and ridiculously well-paying. The bad news was that the two of them had still managed to spend almost all of the money.
Apparently she was now Mrs. Cronin, and the further good news was that they had produced three wonderful children whom they loved dearly, even though to be honest that is where a lot of the money had gone. Even better news was that Mr. Cronin turned out to be a warm-hearted, encouraging sort who was happy to see her awake and ready to write. "It's about time," were his exact words.
Sherrie Cronin discovered that over the ensuing decades Sally Ride had already managed to become the first woman in space and apparently had done a fine job of it. No one, however, had written the book that had been in Sherrie's head for decades. The only problem was, the book informed her sternly that it had now grown into a collection of six books. Sherrie decided that she better start getting it on down paper before it got any longer. She's been wide awake ever since, and writing away.

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Review by: Liza Butler on April 23, 2014 :
Somadina and Lola are two totally different people, on different continents, worlds apart but find themselves linked by telepathic abilities. They hear each other, hears each other emotions but do not know of each other until many years later; Somadina to earn money and Lola because it is kind of driving her crazy.

Somadina has made her little sister, Nwanyi, her priority when their mother died during child birth. She knows that Nwanyi won't get the love and attention she will need from their father. Their mother was his only love. Since she was now dead because of yet another daughter, he is forced to marry again to give him and his father another "heir".

When he finally tires of being tormented by his dead love, he decides to do "right" by the youngest daughter and marry her off, but not to the man that he thought he had.

Somadina eventually fears for her sisters life after not being able to tap into her sisters thoughts as she use to as a child, after Nwanyi's calls home stopped abruptly. Using their [newly honed] abilities, Lola, along with a group of other telepaths, assist Somadina in her search for her sister Nwayni.

I found the story intriguing, it kept me reading. As I am not a lover of READING sci-fi, I skimmed a lot of the educational parts.
(reviewed 80 days after purchase)
Review by: melissa pollard on March 16, 2014 :
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

If you like fantasy with a little dose of reality this is the book for you. It contains factual information on Nigerian heritage. I loved the interactive style this book is written in. When speaking of a song the author would give a link to the song. I can not wait to read more from this author.
(reviewed 42 days after purchase)
Review by: Carol on July 14, 2013 :
This is an interesting novel using telepathy as its focus. The Nigerian element was different and the plot unique. The e-pub formatting did not leave spaces to differentiate changes in location and POV so it was hard to follow at times.
I found that incorporating a play list into the text was contrived and didn't add anything. I didn't try the other links to background.
(reviewed 13 months after purchase)
Review by: Sophia DeLuna on Jan. 8, 2013 :
What an intense book! It was so captivating that I stayed up till 4 a.m. to finish it.

I think that including the links was a great idea. I like doing a bit of research if a subject/place/person/etc. mentioned in a book interests me, so the included links saved me quite some time. Unfortunately some of the links are no longer valid - I will tell you which in an email, as requested, so you can put other links in instead.
Most of the youtube videos aren't working in Germany, though some do work with the Firefox addon ProxTube.

I'm looking forward to buy and read the sequel.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
Review by: Christi Killien on Sep. 21, 2012 :
This is a book I'll never forget. It educated me at the same time that it moved me deeply. I had no idea that there have been THREE oil spills in Nigeria larger than the Valdez! Oil companies have ravished the Nigerian ecology, and this learning helped me to understand the cruelty and craziness of one of the characters. In fact, Cronin's expansive international plotline is full of fascinating characters and learning about telepathy and reincarnation as well as the oil industry, which makes for a bit of crazy-making emotionally (as one character is methodically tortured), but I skipped ahead to assuage my panic and was satisfied that the author was skilled enough to carry me through this crisis to a relatively happy ending. The telepathy and the international organization Xo that exists to help telepaths is so realistic that I googled Xo just to see if I could join. (XO is also a grade of Cognac!) I bought the sequel Y1 and am happy to be in the presence of this fascinating family again. P.S. I read it on my Kindle and wasn't bothered by or interested in any of the links. The text completely stands alone without them.
(reviewed 58 days after purchase)
Review by: Brian Rush on July 29, 2012 :
This book is really creative and unusual. That up front. I'm interested in seeing the sequel, which is always high praise. The voice is good, the characters are interesting, and so is the plot. There are a couple of experiments that the book makes and I'm still trying to decide if they work, which probably means they do. I'll get to that in a moment.

In synopsis, this is about two women living on opposite sides of the world, geographically and culturally, who are bound together by a telepathic tie even though they are total strangers. The main plot line involves a nefarious political scheme, with the sister of one of the two women as its intended victim. It's a good story, and the way the telepathy contributes to the story development held my interest.

A word about the experiments. There are two of them. One is that the point of view shifts often and abruptly, creating the sense of identify being a fluid and shifting thing, and the isolation of the individual being an illusion. That violates a basic convention of fiction writing which holds that point-of-view changes should be done not too often and clearly delineated by (for example) chapter headings (although other ways of making the shift clear and unconfusing can work, too). I found that jarring to begin with, and you may, too, but my suggestion is to get past it and get used to it -- I think it works. The defiance of the convention is deliberate here, I understand why it was done, and the story still flows well.

The other experiment is to embed links in the story to music, articles, and so on where these occur in the story. That I don't think works as well, but it's by no means a killer. If you click on those links, you'll disrupt the flow of the tale badly and lose immersion, but I didn't find it hard to ignore them, and of course they're still there if I want to go back and check it out.

I did feel that the pace of the story could have been a bit faster and livelier. Some of the passages of description and technical detail could have been shortened, the necessary information conveyed more economically, and the story would have been more gripping; as it was, some of the plot's potential (and it has a lot) was lost, I felt.

Still, good story, and a worthy read. Oh, and also: if you, yourself, are a telepath, you'll especially love this. I won't explain that. You'll understand if it applies.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
Review by: Abby L Vandiver on July 21, 2012 :
A gripping tale of despair, hope and an unlikely friendship that is forged through transmitted thoughts sent thousands of miles away and bound though faith. It mixes real life facts with fictional characters bringing them to life. A most enjoyable read. You won't want to put it down.
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)
Review by: Abby L Vandiver on July 21, 2012 :
A gripping tale of despair, hope and an unlikely friendship that is forged through transmitted thoughts sent thousands of miles away and bound though faith. It mixes real life facts with fictional characters bringing them to life. A most enjoyable read. You won't want to put it down.
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)
Review by: Bob Craton on June 3, 2012 :
This book is a marvelous mixture of real life and fantasy for adults. The 'magical realism' approach is intriguing. I highly recommend it.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Review by: Marianne VonFeldt Oxenhorn on April 13, 2012 :
Great book club book. Just reviewed it with my book club and everyone gave it a big thumbs up!
(reviewed 36 days after purchase)

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