The word LOVE is used to express a great many varied topics such as
I Love: pizza, football, a superstar I’ve never met in person, books, movies, etc.
Then there is the even shorter love: Love the dress, the comment, your shoes, the look, the style…
Odd that the same word is used for expressing intense emotions often enduring for years, even a lifetime.
In my Multiverse Series, Zousan loves his daughter, Athena and she loves her father and that bond will last for many billion years, even when she shows up with a baby.
Second has been in love with Athena from first sight, but knowing Zousan’s protective nature, he tries his hardest to see her as death incarnate. But the night they all get drunk ends with him waking in her bed. While neither can remember what happened, he fears they made love, because that is what his body always wants to do with Athena.
Marybell and Pane unquestionably love each other, but since she is an organic computer and he a furry orangutan/God their love remains platonic, although Pane often caresses Marybell’s monitor.
Knowing Pane’s need for physical love, Marybell convinces Zousan to purchase a Tea Cup Puppy that can wake Pane with kisses. The little fellow becomes Pane’s surrogate child whom he loves dearly.
Pane also loves the sentients he shepherds over. At first he worried this would get him into trouble since having any emotional connection with the sentients was previously frowned upon. However, Zousan has now realized that loving his sentients only improves Pane’s ability to teach them to care for themselves.
The Giant Sargon bull adores the human Saran. If their species were compatible for mating (which they aren’t) Blue would want no female but Saran, which would get me into serious trouble with the ‘no bestiality’ rules of publishing. Instead, their love is safely platonic.
The Soulbond of Three is a single soul so large that it requires 3 bodies. The three hold different parts of their soul, so they have different personalities and one isn’t even a human anymore. They love each other greatly. In fact, when Tarmara was murdered, their intense love held her to them as a spirit. Saran and Dmitri make unusual children that are born with all their memories installed. This means their two sons, whom they love dearly, had to be grown at birth into young men. For no one with adult thoughts wishes to be in a useless baby body.
The second son, Sojourn falls in love with Emperor’s daughter. As a commoner, he hasn’t a chance, but that doesn’t change his feelings. In Princess Shakana’s eyes Sojourn is not ‘common’. He is the future of the Multiverses. The prophecies say so. Finally, they admit their feeling for one another and are soulbonded into one.
The first born Ky has known who he would marry since he read it in a prophecy, and the young girl, True, does not disappoint his expectations. Only the council has asked him to wait a few years before they marry, which he agrees to until True dies. Only with the power of true love and the promise to marry her at once, can Ky call her back to her body. Once married they bond into a single soul and he discovers how special his wife is.
Yes, love is the one thing all sentients possess, even in the future. Unfortunately some sentient’s love has regressed into ‘I would love to devour you’—thoughts of the direwolves from planet GRRR who slaughtered their sentient sheep or Brenner’s ‘I would love to make myself rich and powerful on the backs of others.’
Fortunately most sentients still have a strong sense of true love even when we go outbound and they are the future of our worlds….
by Liza O’Connor
An alien species is removing human colonies from planets, but to where, no one knows. Sojourn, along with the Emperor’s daughter and their crew, must find this unknown species and negotiate a treaty before the Empire’s army declares war on all non-human races.
Those who do not follow the Path of Light would prefer to kill all the non-human sentient beings before they are even aware they are under attack.
Matters turn bleak for the Path of Light when Sojourn’s ship crash-lands on Terranue before their journey even begins.
Zousan smiled as he turned from his monitor. “Marybell, I have a great wish to reward Pane for his extraordinary work getting the alien bias removed from the books so Drogan could return to Captain Longfellow’s service.
“He did more than that,” the sentient computer replied. “By not placing Drogan on the crew list, your father has been under the presumption he died and thus has made no further attempts to kill the poor fellow.”
Zousan had wished he’d known what an ass his father intended to be. Then he would have bothered writing a trillion rules to stop his father from cheating. But no, he mistakenly believed he and his brothers as sisters had been successful with their intervention and his father had realized he needed to stop controlling all of their lives. Given all the troubles his father had plagued him with, he worried what happened to Poseidon’s fishing trip and Hade’s desire for a warm climate. He doubted his father had played fair with them anymore than he had with Zousan.
“What does Pane want more than anything?”
“To be woken with kisses,” she replied.
“I thought you loved Pane?” Zousan challenged.
“Then why did you suggest I find him another woman to warm his bed?”
“I suggested no such thing! I said he wanted to be woken with kisses.”
“And how do you propose we achieve the matter? I guarantee you no female on this ship will accept the job.”
“Well, I would, if I could, but I can’t. But I have found a cute little tea cup poodle to do the trick.”
“There’s a planet with sentient tea cups?” Zousan asked. He was definitely demoting whoever made tea cups sentient.
“Actually one your idiots did try to make sentient tea cups, to prank you, but when he poured the hot water into the cups, I made it so hot the cups melted, spilling hot water all over the idiot.”
“Why didn’t you tell me about this before?”
“We weren’t on speaking terms back then. You preferred your interface.”
“That was a huge mistake on my part. One in which I’m most thrilled to have changed.”
“Thank you. I much prefer our current relationship as well.”
“So, back to the original topic. What type of Tea Cups are able to kiss Pane awake?”
“It’s a puppy. A very tiny puppy. So small, he’ll fit in a tea cup. Which means Pane can keep him in his pocket so he doesn’t have to worry about the little fellow when he’s working.”
“Then let’s get him a teacup puppy. He’s more than earned those kisses.
Book 4 : Surviving Sojourn ~ Amazon
Book 3: Surviving Terranue ~ Amazon
Book 2: Surviving Outbound ~ Amazon
Book 1: The Gods of Probabilities ~ Amazon
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Liza is a multiple genre author of 17 novels. A Late Victorian Series, The Adventures of Xavier & Vic, plus a spinoff, A Right to Love, is an ongoing series. A Long Road to Love is a humorous Contemporary Disaster Romance series of five books. She has two single books. One is a humorous, bad boys contemporary novel with ghosts, called Ghost Lover, the other is Untamed & Unabashed, a spinoff from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
Now, she’s rolling out her Science fiction series (with romance & humor) called The Multiverses. The first four books are slotted for last half of 2015. In addition she hopes, if she hasn’t dropped from exhaustion by then, to re-release a sometimes humorous/suspense thriller called Saving Casey.
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