Spymaster Chip is the King of Clubs – a professional bar manager and soldier – sent to run intel operatives out of a bar on Madhatter Station out near the Galactic Rim. Lila has been managing the bar in her sister’s absence for two weeks when, as she predicted using her deck of cards and her clairvoyant gift, Chip arrives. Sparks fly between them almost immediately, only spiking higher when they uncover a plot to take over the station. Can the new lovers and a handful of retired vets avert catastrophe and save the station?
Chip didn’t expect to find the bar open for business when he arrived at The Rabbit Hole on Madhatter Station. Not only is it open, but a beautiful woman is running the joint. He’s instantly attracted to her, but tragedy in his past has kept him from getting involved in any but the most superficial of relationships. This woman, though, she tempts him like no other.
Lila foresaw the coming of her own personal Charlemagne, the King of Clubs. She had no idea he would be so appealing though. A widow, Lila didn’t expect to be so attracted to the ex-soldier. Her female senses stir to life for the first time in years and she wants to get to know him better. A lot better.
When pirates plot to take control of Madhatter Station, it’s up to Chip and Lila to organize the resistance. With a handful of well placed vets and a handful of pilots, they mount a defense, but will it be enough? Or will it be too little, too late? And what of the lovers? Will their love and belief in each other be enough to see them through one of the greatest tests of the human mind?
* The Jit'Suku Chronicles is a generational saga encompassing several centuries of warfare between the Milky Way Galaxy and its mostly human inhabitants and the Jit'Suku Empire. There are four novellas set in the same time period as the short story, End of the Line. They are: King of Swords, King of Cups, King of Clubs, and King of Stars.
The Chronicles continue, a century or so later, in the Sons of Amber novellas: Ezekiel and Michael.
Look for more Jit'Suku Chronicles coming in 2014 and 2015.
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Published June 30, 2012
by Liefde Press.
Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction.