A cannibal wasteland isn't the ideal place to fall in love...
Eily lost everything in her pursuit of safety, including her twin sister. Now she lives a life of atonement within the walls of the Holdout, tolerated but not accepted because of her green skin and savage past. When news arrives that her sister may still be alive, she's offered a chance to rescue her — all she has to do is deliver a deadly plague to the very people she once called family.
As a trader, Jubal only avoids two things: slave trading and the green-skinned Flame Runnas. Unfortunately, he's forced to seek out both after a cannibal king takes his father hostage and demands Jubal bring back a green-skinned slave as ransom. The impossible mission is sure to end in Jubal's death, until sweet, green-skinned Eily makes his task far easier than it should be.
As Eily and Jubal travel across the poisonous countryside, they discover they have more in common than they first imagined, and Eily must decide how much of the peace she clings to is nothing more than an illusion.
With a father’s life at stake on one side and a sister’s on the other, someone is going to have to lose. And they both risk losing their hearts in the process.
(This book contains adult situations: sex, violence, drug references, and murder. You’ve been warned.)
About the Author
Born and raised in Alaska, Tam uses the long dark winters to nurture her love for reading and learning. Science has always been especially interesting to her. Senior year of high school, she took AP Chemistry and AP Biology, won a scholarship to a DOE camp at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, toured the superconducting supercollider, and karyotyped DNA from the HIV virus. Then she realized if she pursued biomedical engineering, she might never see the outside of a lab again. So she attended Willamette University and earned a Bachelor of Science in English. She began writing her first novel as a senior thesis. After college graduation, she moved back to Alaska, had two children, bought a house, became a Certified Master Gardener, and began the challenge of gardening and farming in the High North. Newly attuned to the land and our food supply, her mind created futuristic scenarios of a world without plants. A world without food. A world where bio-engineering might be the only thing that could save humanity. She drew on her previous grounding in science, plus the things she'd learned about plants and animals while farming to create the Botanicaust world. When she's not writing, you can find her either outside, weeding the garden, fishing the river for salmon, stalking the woods for moose, or inside canning or cooking while listening to her favorite audio books. She currently lives in Chugiak, Alaska with her husband and two children and a house bunny named Abigail. You can learn more about her by visiting her website at http://www.tamlinsey.com