Halloween Flash Fiction by A.P. Taber Plus The Chimera Project Book Tour #YASciFi #SpaceOpera

The Harvest Festival By A.P. Taber

The year was 2115 and Halloween had since evolved from its ancient earthly traditions. The Harvest Festival in New Refuge was a big event that attracted beings from all over the galaxy.
Darcy, a journalist from Earth, came to document the amazing parties and famous traditions. She strolled through the busy port where beings of all sizes arrived in fancy costumes and looked up to see the tall scarecrows. Their shimmering skins were made from the molts of the enigmatic Meloidae race–insectoid creatures with translucent, opalescent bodies. The children screamed happily at the lifelike holographic haunted houses near the town square.

As night fell, the main event began. The colonists ceremoniously opened a massive pod, grown into the shape of a warped pumpkin using alien horticulture. From within its fleshy bulk, thousands of bioluminescent spores were released into the sky. The Meloidae elders had genetically engineered the spores to dance in mesmerizing movement as a symbol of their cosmic oneness with all life.

Darcy admired the display with professional detachment, recording the experience through her optic implants. But suddenly, she felt a sharp prick in her hand. Looking down in horror, she tried desperately to remove it, but the tendrils had already anchored deep inside her.

A colonist noticed her distress and approached solemnly. “Ah! You’ve been chosen. The spores are a blessing from the Meloidae. You will be transformed, merged with the harvest.”

Darcy protested this violation of her human free will. But as an ink glowing web spread within her, she realized she had to warn humanity about the true cost of dealing with alien races. She only hoped the footage captured by her implants would survive after she was gone.

The Chimera Project
Ryser Academy Series 
Book One
A.P. Taber

Genre: YA/Sci-fi- adventure, space opera, alien encounter
Publisher: InkBound Press
Date of Publication:  08/23/2023
ISBN: 979-8-218-25732-3
Number of pages: 280
Word Count: 66k
Cover Artist: izii_designer

Tagline: In a Universe of Secrets. One Girl's Destiny Unfolds

Book Description: 

A celestial mystery. A destiny waiting to be embraced.

Neo's life at Ryser Academy was supposed to be straightforward, but enigmatic dreams and hidden family secrets have turned it into anything but ordinary. As she digs deeper, she uncovers truths about her lineage and the untapped powers within her, thrusting her onto a perilous path of adventure and self-discovery. Neo must summon the courage to face her destiny with the universe's fate hanging in the balance. Alongside her loyal friends, she embarks on an epic quest filled with interstellar intrigue, battling to protect not only her life and that of her friends but the fabric of the universe itself.

Will Neo rise to the challenge and unravel the mysteries that define her true identity? 

Discover the truth in The Chimera Project.

The secrets await. The adventure begins. The universe calls—are you ready to answer?

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Embark on an adventure filled with celestial mysteries, hidden family secrets, and untapped powers as Neo, a determined young woman from Mars, navigates her way through the prestigious Ryser Academy. Plagued by vivid and enigmatic dreams, Neo's thirst for truth is ignited when she stumbles upon a discovery that sends shockwaves through her very soul.

In "Ryser Academy Book 1: The Chimera Project," Neo's journey of self-discovery takes her to the edge of the known universe and beyond. With each heart-pounding revelation, the layers of her lineage are peeled back, unveiling a tapestry of cosmic intrigue and hidden potential that threatens to consume her.

But Neo is not alone. Surrounded by loyal friends and driven by an unwavering sense of purpose, she finds herself thrust into the heart of an intergalactic conflict that is far greater than herself. At stake is not only her destiny but the very fabric of existence.

This pulse-pounding space opera weaves together elements of mystery, action, and personal growth as Neo must summon the strength within her to face her destiny head-on. Will she rise to the challenge and uncover the secrets that are key to her true identity? Or will the shadows of the past prove too overwhelming for her to overcome?

Join Neo on an epic quest filled with thrilling twists, unforgettable characters, and a story that will leave you breathlessly awaiting the next installment.

About the Author:

Meet A.P. Taber, the ever-busy soul balancing life as a teacher, nurse, mother, and artist. When she’s not saving lives or shaping young adults’ minds, she’s venturing into other realms through her writing. She’s busier than a Trekker at a Star Trek convention! Her first novel was penned at age 10, and she’s been hooked on books ever since. (No intervention needed, she promises!)

A.P. lives in Nevada with her family. She’s known to cast spells with her words, summon creatures with her art, and maybe—win a game of Magic: The Gathering now and then.

When she’s not teaching, healing the sick, or dreaming up other realms, you can find her traveling to exotic lands or locked in an intense game of D&D, MTG, or any other board game that requires a strategy guide thicker than a triple-decker sandwich. And if she’s not there? Check the couch, where she’s likely petting her adorable cats.

A.P. writes with a focus on exploring the psychological and sociopolitical aspects of futuristic settings and the intersection of future tech, sociopolitics, and complex inter-species relationships. Her work delves into the intricacies of human (and non-human) relationships in a universe where the stakes are as high as they are diverse.

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