Many of the books in The Department of Homeworld Security series had started getting longer by the time I was approaching the big number 10! I wanted to do something really special for this book, so Coalition Reckoning is a double-length book! It actually passed the minimum word count to be considered a novel with this one, which felt really good.
Having the extra space to explore what was going on turned out to be a double-edged sword for me. I could explore more of the characters and have a more intricate plot, but I also found that the more room I had to play around, the darker the story started to become.
Up to this point, I’d done my best to keep the evil machinations of the High Council in the background to the stories. In this one, they were front-and-center. It was, after all, a reckoning for the Coalition.
That the warship heading to Earth was also called the Reckoning absolutely worked with the story. This was also a reckoning for several of the characters in the story.
It was really wonderful to be able to spend more time with these characters and revisit more of the people we’ve met and love. And, of course, Craig and Barbara played a key role!
Things in the kitchen are about to heat up.
When a reclusive billionaire hires Brigid as his personal chef, she has a feeling the job is too good to be true. The pay is jaw-dropping—as is the wannabe she’s replacing in the kitchen. Dane’s heart is in the right place, but seriously, baked beans over pasta? It’s like he learned to cook on another planet. He’s eager to learn her ways, and Brigid is more than happy to give him very personal lessons.
Dane has never felt like he belonged anywhere. Not among his fellow Sadirian soldiers in the fleet of the Coalition of Planets and not as the highest ranking med-tech assigned to assist the Department of Homeworld Security on Earth. All of that changes the moment he meets Brigid.
Resisting their mutual attraction is impossible—especially when soldiers from the Coalition arrive to arrest the Sadirians living on Earth and wipe the memories of all the Earthlings who’ve encountered them. But as Dane and Brigid fight to preserve their chance at a future together, they find that a new enemy has risen in the galaxy that threatens everything they know and love. As their worlds shift around them, can they hold on to the spark that connects their hearts?
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