All her life, aviatrix Voi Román believed she had emelesia: a rare, incurable condition and a one-way ticket to a mental asylum. However, when approached by an unsettling government agent named Ron Callahan with a supposed cure in exchange for committing espionage, Voi must either choose an institutionalized life…or risk her life to be free of emelesia.
Running on her last drop of optimism, Voi accepts the agent’s coercive offer to learn more about her condition—which proves to be more mystical than he initially lets on after the so-called “cure” arouses strange, elemental impulses. Agent Callahan proves equally mysterious with a murky past, a guarded heart, and an uncanny ability to predict Voi’s whereabouts.
Determined to overthrow the tyranny of emelesia, Voi commits to ferreting out a terrorist faction with ties to the Haran: a foreign liberation movement. All at once, she is swept into a whirlwind of occult pseudoscience, experimental aerocraft, aerial espionage, and international intrigue. When a series of bizarre encounters with psychic Haran operatives causes Voi to question her allegiance and reality, can the paranoid aviatrix fly by the seat of her pants through a storm of esoteric politics to save her own hide—let alone her sanity?
Science fantasy meets espionage adventure in the first installment of a new, epic dieselpunk series.
Harken back to the golden ages of the League of Nations, globe-trotting aviators, and majestic luxury airships while exploring metaphysical phenomena in the world of Element 7. Here, a connection with the elements is a tangible thing, the power of the mind knows no bounds, and the politics of such forces may just be a cause worth conspiring—if not dying—for.
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Status: revising the manuscript based on feedback from beta readers. (Progress measured by scenes revised.) For a sneak-peek of the story and characters, check out my “8 Sentence Sunday” snippets! Or check out my YouTube video below.