Without Hesitation is set a thousand years in the future. Earth has become a
wasteland. Humans traveled into space to colonize other suitable
planets. Labels and stereotypes are a thing of the past and gender
and sexual identity are as fluid as love as humans strive to survive.
Here we meet Everleigh, the commander of her ship named Nirvana. She
is under the control of an evil madman, Caspar, who keeps her family
captive. He sends her to Valinor to abduct the Empress Akacia. When
she arrives, she is taken back by Akacia’s beauty and when the
Empress fights back, Everleigh realizes she has met her match.
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Akacia and Everleigh have been apart for almost an earthmonth. Both still
reeling from recent events, they try to get their lives back on
track. They soon find out an evil from their past has resurfaced and
their lives and home planet Valinor are in danger. Side-by-side once
again, they find themselves fighting for love, peace, and their homes.
labels and judgment. She has slowly been developing her voice for
those who need help speaking up. She believes that someday labels
will be a thing of the past, that sexuality will be fluid, love will
be love, and mental illness will be handled with love and care. Talia
is an author with fifteen books published including: Damaged:
Natalie’s Story, Teagan’s Story: Her Battle With Epilepsy, If I
Die Young, Secret Bloodline, Lost and Found, The Gifted Teens
Series, The Between Worlds Series and The Beyond Earth
Series. When she’s not writing, she enjoys hiking red rocks or
sitting on the beach with a Kindle in her hands and her toes in the ocean.
frantically. I stayed in the chair watching as she looked around and then down at her wound. Finally, her
golden eyes found mine.
“I’m here,” I answered, going to her side. “It’s good you’re awake. Are you in any pain?”
Her eyes searched mine, like she was looking for an answer for a question that I didn’t ask. She shook her
head. A slight grimace on her face was the only sign she was in pain. “You fixed me.”
“Your injuries weren’t that bad.”
“You can thank me by returning me to my planet,” was my firm response.
“I saved your life, too. Shouldn’t we be even?”
She was right, though I wasn’t giving in. I just needed some time to figure out how to get back home. “I
am the Empress. My people depend on me. Can I at least call and tell them I’m alive?”
“Fine, but you cannot tell them where you are.”
“And where am I?”
She held my eyes. “The Nirvana.”
I knew the name, Nirvana. It was a ship of criminals that were wanted by the Authority for a long list of
crimes including stealing and murder. I swallowed hard. What in the universe did the Nirvana want with
me? My heart pounded, and I took deep breaths to calm myself down. Don’t show fear. Get word to
Valinor. Bristow can figure out where I am. “Your reputation precedes you.”
“Then you know just how lethal we are.” She shifted like she was uncomfortable. “Let’s get to the
“You should rest.” I didn’t know why I was still concerned about her wellbeing, but I was.
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