Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Children of Clay by Ono Ekeh

The Clay Queen
The Children of Clay Book 1
by Ono Ekeh
Genre: Urban Fantasy, SciFi

With her armies defeated, Queen Nouei’s enemies march north to capture her. The earth god’s only hope is to alter history before they arrive. To become stronger she must restart her divine journey by reincarnating as Bridget Blade. But what if Bridget doesn’t want to be a god? 

All Bridget wants is a simple life with love and family. But she is confronted by a destiny she doesn’t even understand and burdened by powers and impulses she struggles to control. Bridget must choose a path that leads her to Nouei or, must force the Queen to settle for Bridget’s modest ambitions. 

Two women, two destinies, one life. Who will prevail?

“What’s the Order’s estimate?” Tumai asked.
“Six minutes.”
Tumai looked at Hera, who gave a slight nod.
“Go with the Order’s estimate,” she said. Still kneeling, she leaned back on her heels and watched their guest, holding her hand. Such courage to have undertaken an uncertain journey between worlds. The chances of success were incredibly low. But it made sense that someone from index one hundred would have the ultimate faith in her abilities. How strange a world it must be to never doubt yourself because there was never an alternative to consider.
“Hera, the heartrate’s still over two hundred. It’s slowed a little, but if the Order is right, we don’t have time.”
“Very well. Twelve milligrams of adenosine,” she responded. “Prep the defibrillator, get the electrodes ready.”
Tumai looked up at the time clock. “Hera. Restart the heart. There’s no time.”
“Her body has been through so much...”
“I know,” he said softly. “But the heartrate’s regular. She seems strong—”
“Okay, stay the adenosine. Twenty milligrams, calcium channel blocker,” Hera said.
“Blood pressure’s seventy over forty!”
Hera stroked the guest’s short curly hair. “I’m sorry,” she whispered. Looking up to her team. “Continue the blocker. At thirty seconds to the Wave threshold, apply the electrodes!”
Tumai looked at the Selites. “When the Wave pulses, take over!”
“Heartrate’s still too high.”
“Applying electrodes, defibrillator is charged and ready!”
“Thirty seconds to Wave,” Tumai called out.
“Selites, move in,” Hera ordered. “Everyone clear!” She pushed the button and the woman’s body pumped off the ground and landed back with a thud.
“I feel it.” A man to Hera’s right smiled and inhaled. “The Order’s estimate was correct.”
“I love you all so much. I’ll see you beyond the Wave. May Ryna bless us all,” Hera said as she lay flat on the ground. She never heard the responses. The Wave pulsed.

Clay to Ashes
The Children of Clay Book 2

Bridget Blade is both a god with an insatiable desire for love and adoration and a human plagued by insecurities, fears, and anxieties. Unaware of her true divinity she longs for the kind of love and a happy family she's never had. Her husband, Jeremy, though, seems more interested in turning her into a research project that he can commercialize.

When Bridget discovers her new abilities she revels in the discovery that she is a god. But her new powers attract unwanted attention and Bridget must fight for her independence and survival.

But when survival means giving up the adoration she craves Bridgett must confront the desires that drive her. Does she want freedom or does she want adoration? She can have one or the other, but not both.

“Don’t come any closer. I’ll kill her.” His tears streaked down his face.
“Why her?” Sister Kaypore asked. “Why not me, or Brother Juan here, or Sister Mascomb?” She pointed at Bridget. “Why her?”
“I have friends. I heard talk. They said there was a witch in here that you’re protecting. She caused all this. Why would you protect her?”
“Does she seem like a witch to you? Look at her! Does she look like a witch?” Sister Kaypore took two more steps.
“I will kill her. I don’t want to harm you.” He raised his hand, holding his palm outward in Sister Kaypore’s direction. “Why is this religion like this?”
“Your family worshiped Ryna? Why not you?” she asked. “Did you leave the Faith?”
“I chose to follow Thysia,” he said with force. “That’s a religion that makes sense. It’s why no one wants to follow your cursed religion any more. Don’t come any closer!”
“I don’t think you came to kill her.” Sister Kaypore walked confidently to the bed and stood across from him. “Put the knife away. If you really wanted to kill her, you would have done so already.”
“I came to kill the witch.”
“No, you came because you want answers.”
The doors swung open and Padre Bede Blade ran in. He stopped in his tracks at the sight of the man with the foot-long knife raised menacingly over Bridget.
“Oh, dear God,” he muttered.
“This is Father Bede,” Sister Kaypore said. “He is a Thysian priest. Will you listen to him?”
The man regarded Bede with interest. “You are a Thysian priest? Why are you here with these people and not with us? They worship a demon. They’re intolerant and disgusting. They follow no leader—have no priests.”

Ono Ekeh is a fifth generation android whose initial programming has exceeded its original boundaries resulting in a self-conscious, fully functional, quasi-human life form. He is married to a wonderful human woman and has four amazing kids. He is interested in religion, politics, science fiction, writing, food, mathematics, and other things.

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