The Marann by Christie Meierz
Tales of Tolari Space (Volume 1)

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WINNER of the 2013 Prism Award for Futuristic Romance!

"A beautifully realized story that proves that politically driven space opera and tender love stories do not have to be mutually exclusive." Kirkus Reviews

"For anyone who enjoys tightly written, wonderfully imaginative Science Fiction wrapped with romance, this one is a must!" InDTale Magazine                                   

A story that will appeal to fans of Marion Zimmer Bradley and Zenna Henderson, The Marann recounts one woman's experience on a world where everyone can read her emotions.

Marianne Woolsey is a high school Spanish teacher in rural Iowa, when Earth Central Command decides her linguistic talents would be better exercised if she spent 26 years teaching the daughter of an alien ruler on a planet 24 light years from Earth. Deeply wounded by a childhood trauma, she avoids men, but now she's thrown into close contact with a man who is as dangerous as he is gentle.

Driven by duty, and deadly to anyone who dares cross him, the Sural has ruled his province and led his planet far longer than he can admit to his daughter's human tutor. He hides much more from the space-faring races of the Trade Alliance than he is willing to reveal. What he doesn't want Central Command to know, he has to conceal from Marianne, but that becomes increasingly difficult as years pass and her exotic beauty breaks down the walls he long ago built around his heart.

The Marann is a sweet romance with a non-graphic description of an assault memory. Might not be suitable for young teens.
 

About Christie Meierz

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Christie Meierz was born in Chicago, brought up in Southern California, married in West Virginia, brought up her children in upstate New York, and now lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband, one of her four sons, her piano, and a very sharp oboe. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, quilting, knitting, and trying to keep her menfolk from telling odious puns.
 
Published October 11, 2013 by Sky Warrior Book Publishing, LLC. 201 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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In the first in a series, Meierz's debut, a rich sci-fi love story about a female teacher sent to a foreign planet to tutor the daughter of its rulers in various Earth languages, could be described as a space-opera spin on Anna and the King of Siam.

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