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    LauraEvans Serna(Author)

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    For generations the Voyan have lived peacefully among Humans, blending in despite their special thought-sharing abilities and unique communal culture. But now a mysterious disease is killing Voyan babies.
Teagan is a Voyan wet nurse saving the lives of newborns. As the mother of a half-Human child, she struggles to fit into the Voyan world. When she falls for Josh, a Human man eager to take on the roles of husband and father, she starts to question her deepest beliefs about her people and her own fate.
Soon Teagan faces threats from unknown and unlikely foes. She must decide what she's willing to risk for a chance at love, security, and a future for her child.
 

Laura Evans Serna grew up in Albuquerque wandering the Sandia mountains. Later, she earned an MSc in mathematical modeling at the University of Oxford while pregnant and experienceing motherhood for the first time. She believes the world needs more, not less, of the maternal touch, and she plans to keep writing stories featuring strong, intelligent mothers. She lives in Tokyo with her husband and three daughters.

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  • PDF | 226 pages
  • LauraEvans Serna(Author)
  • Laura Evans Serna (April 17, 2017)
  • English
  • 9
  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By Melissa T. on December 1, 2017

    "Desert Melody" by Laura Evans Serna has both good and bad qualities to it. It's about a woman named Teagan who is part of the Voyan race. In this world there are Voyans, Ahns, as well as humans. On the outside, all three races look the same, but it is there inner workings that differ. Voyans are highly emotional and need to live in communities where they thought share instead of speaking out loud, and Ahns are more science and intelligence oriented.Since the protagonist is Voyan, we get a lot of insight to their world, but not a lot of information on the Ahns is given. I would have liked to know more about this world and how all three races function in it.It seems like humans are for the most part unaware of the other two races, but I wanted to know more. Why are they hidden? Who decides on who knows about the secret races?Teagan is different from the rest of her Voyan family because she had lost the ability to thought share. At first, this made her feel lonely and out of place, but soon she almost welcomed it since she could now focus on studies and science and blend in to the human world. Soon she meets Josh, a human who she falls in love with. Teagan hopes for a life with Josh. One where her and her half-human/half-Voyan daughter will be safe and be together.There's a lot going on in "Desert Melody", and at points all the subplots seem like they get a bit jumbled. I would have liked things to be a bit more streamlined, and believe it would have been easier to get engrossed in the story.The book also ends very abrupt. I'm assuming that a series is in the works, but "Desert Melody" ended in a way that did not seem finished. Most of the problems weren't wrapped up, and it was like someone just cut off the power, fading the story to black before it could finish.

  • By MSEreads on June 7, 2017

    Few Humans are aware that they share their world with two other races: the Voyans and the Ahns. The Voyans share mind thoughts and thrive in communal living arrangements. Their minds are usually busy with the buzz of thoughts which lessens their ability to study and advance in technical fields. The Voyans are struggling as a disease is killing their newborns. Teagan, a Voyan, has given birth to a half-Human child, Brianna. Teagan continues to be a wet nurse to other Voyan newborns who may only survive with healthy Voyan mother milk.Teagan did not have a good sexual experience when she conceived and she has not been interested in finding a partner, which is unusual in her society. Teagan has a ‘disability’ as she lost the ability to thought share when she became pregnant. This has allowed her to enjoy college studies, especially science labs.Teagan meets Josh at her favorite coffee hang out. He is attracted to her exotic beauty and is protective when he spots her trying to avoid another man. Teagan keeps bumping into Josh and soon believes that her ancestral grandmother is guiding her to be with him. They slowly become friends and, for the first time, Teagan feels drawn to a man. Her family is very unhappy with this as Voyans are supposed to find a partner among their own kind.Josh seems to sincerely care about Teagan. He worries that she is involved in a cult group and wants to get her away from that community. Teagan’s immediate family have determined they need to move to a larger, safer Voyan community. The family is inclined to leave Brianna to be raised by her Human family. Teagan is torn as she wants to be with her family but does not want to be separated from Brianna (even though Brianna spends a lot of time with others while Teagan goes to classes and spends time with Josh). Teagan is also torn because she wants to be with Josh.This conflict increases as the time for the move grows closer. A strong Voyan man appears claiming Teagan is to be his partner. Now she must make a choice – remain with the Voyans, sacrificing her own desires to the needs of the community, or leave her Voyan family to stay with Josh. Suddenly a terrible secret regarding Teagan’s disability is discovered and Teagan is given a warning exposing a secret about Josh. Teagan is reeling from these new facts, when her life takes a drastic turn.I did find the cult society issues interesting but felt that the science fiction element was merely a peripheral basis for the conflicted romance. There is a lot of detail spent on the wet nurse aspects that effected Teagan’s day to day routines as well as the times of emergency when she had to help newborns.The story is written in first person from Teagan’s view and there is a fair amount of telling rather than showing. Near the final third of the book there are twists and action which pick up the pace and make the story more engaging. I felt there were several loose ends. I would recommend this more for romance readers than hard sci fi readers.I received this title for book tour review.


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