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  • The Destiny Trilogy, Volume 1

    When Jestine Darnell is rescued from her sabotaged starship by the crew of the Destiny her only objective is to complete her mission and keep her promise to save a world from slavery. Love is the last thing on her mind. However, she has not counted on losing her heart to Kerry Marchant the ship’s second in command, who makes his distrust of her painfully obvious, despite the chemistry between them. The completion of her mission has consequences that neither of them could have foreseen.

    Enter Dahll Tarron, who becomes involved in a long and dangerous quest to find the Destiny. Fates become intertwined, perils shared, culminating in the realization that sometimes love may be so close that there is a danger it will not be recognized until it is too late…

    Rose
    PRINT ISBN 1-60154-355-7
    (292 pages) Sensual

    Excerpt

    Kerry knelt beside Jess and groaned in anguish. There was nothing he could do to save her. His eyes misted as he lifted her into his arms. "It should have been me. That laser was meant for me--"

    His voice faltered, and he shook his head to clear his vision. A smear of blood glistened on her lips ... a stain on perfection and evidence of his own negligence.

    "Please..."

    He should have prevented this. Somehow, he should have prevented it! He ran his fingers through the mass of flame-colored hair, golden highlights gleaming in the Phidian sunshine. He buried his face in its softness and held her close to his heart, hoping that somehow his words might filter through to her subconscious mind, as her life slowly ebbed away. "Forgive me, Jess. I love you. I always will ... always. I could never tell you how much." An instinctive sense of danger pierced his grief. He whirled and rolled over his shoulder, just in time to avoid the laser aimed at his back. The blaster he picked up from close to where Jess had fallen made short and bloody work of his would-be assassin, but it seemed even Jess's last moments were to be denied him. He was compelled to leave her and concentrate on destroying the assailants who came at him from all sides. If they could still rout Ayandos's men and free the Phidians, Jess would not have died for nothing.

     

Reviews

Grade 
02/15/2010

Review

Get ready to travel the galaxy and visit worlds beyond your
wildest imagination. Hywela Lyn's, Starquest is an extremely engaging read simmering with passion, bold exploration and non-stop action. With an interstellar romance that will keep you guessing until the end, this novel is a true masterpiece!"
Author Sky Purington
The Mac'Lomain series

    Grade 
    02/15/2010

    Review

    "If you thrill at the concept of space travel, or crave breathtaking adventure, want to partake of intense conflict with fighting bad guys, and--as an extra plus--discover your one true love, then look no further than Starquest. The descriptions of other worlds is so vivid you'll actually believe you're there. All the different species of "aliens" are so striking you'll think you've entered the "bar" of Star Wars! Hang on for the ride of your life as you travel the stars aboard the Quest. You don't want to miss this one."
    Best Selling Author Miss Mae
    'See No Evil My Pretty Lady

      Grade 
      02/15/2010

      Review

      5.out of 5 stars Wonderful read!
      For those who love a great sci-fi adventure story, 'Starquest' by Hywela Lyn is the read for you! Besides adventure, the heroine, encounters a sweet romance with a satisfying, surprise ending. Loved it!

      Susan McCatee

      Paranormal/Historical romance author

        Grade 
        02/15/2010

        Review

        "Starquest is a fantastical journey about one
        strong, brave, and independent woman's search for love that will take the reader to places they've never imagined and reveal insights we all know deep inside. I lost myself for hours in her action-packed adventures, and knew that when the book ended, she had indeed succeeded in her quest to find the one true home for her heart."

        Liana Laverent award-winning author of Thin Ice and Jake's Return

          Grade 
          02/15/2010

          Review

          "I must say that Starquest takes the reader onto an awesome galactic journey. The characters are strong and convincing. Jess is a courageous woman who brings so much life to the story. I love her bravery and determination. One will not find a dull moment with this story; it is loaded with action from beginning to end. With secrets, passion and an incredible amount of trust, Jess, Kerry and Dahll learn quickly the true value where the heart lies. Hywela Lyn weaves a romance that is truly out of this world, as the reader grasps hold and hangs on tightly for the exciting ride of their life. Be captivated by what the wonders of space have to offer in an amazingly wonderful story."

          Cherokee, Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance

            Grade 
            02/15/2010

            Review

            The lovely, lovely descriptions never slow the action, but manage still to convey emotion and carry the narration forward. This is an incredibly original tale, and for all the science fiction trappings is truly a classic quest for love, and the romance, which at first seems very much at the periphery, will become not only a primary motivation, but the chief joy of the tale. Adventure may be the main motif, but the heartwarming side will be a surprising bonus."
            'Snapdragon'
            LONG AND SHORT REVIEWS
            Read full review HERE

              Grade 
              02/15/2010

              Review

              "unfolding before your eyes is a heroine, Jess, who captivates your heart totally. Brilliantly written, the story weaves smoothly through past and prsent, drawing you into her emotions, the people she encounters, and bonds made. Every page and every minute spent reading is an enjoyable one."
              'Rache'

                Grade 
                02/15/2010

                Review

                "unfolding before your eyes is a heroine, Jess, who captivates your heart totally. Brilliantly written, the story weaves smoothly through past and prsent, drawing you into her emotions, the people she encounters, and bonds made. Every page and every minute spent reading is an enjoyable one."
                'Rache'

                  Grade 
                  03/24/2009

                  Review

                  Starquest by Hywela Lyn has all the elements I want in a story. There's science fiction, descriptive language, romance and my list goes on. I enjoyed the fight scenes and the romantic element. This story kept me guessing, surprised me several times as I had to move on to the next chapter immediately. The alien landscapes are wonderfully done, the ship workings are believable and the fire between the characters in the story whether they are enemies, friends or lovers are vivid and well done. I'm glad to have bought this book directly from Lyn and have her autograph.

                    Grade 
                    02/20/2009

                    Review

                    For those of you who love a great sci-fi adventure story, Starquest is the read for you! Besides adventure, the heroine, Jess, encounters romance of the sweet variety with a satisfying, surprise ending. Loved it!

                      Grade 
                      01/09/2009

                      Review

                      If you are looking for action, danger, romance, and love the science fiction then look no further than Hywela Lyn's futuristic romance, Starquest! Starquest follows the heroine Jestine Darnell. The story starts off with a heart pumping action as Jestine finds that she must abandon her ship, but is soon saved by the crew of the Destiny. Jestine is on a mission and to keep a promise to save the world from slavery, a mission she refuses to disclose with the crew of the Destiny. Leaving those around her a bit suspicious of her actions and to further watch her should should she do anything irrational. Could the crew of the Destiny give her the benefit of the doubt? Jestine is so focused on her mission that love is the last thing on her mind. Until she meets, Keri Marchant the Destiny's second in command, who makes his distrust of her painfully obvious, despite the chemistry between them. This makes the completion of her mission a bit harder.

                      This wonderful tale takes place in a trouble time. A time in which the Union’s stranglehold on Earth is strong and the enemy, the Grakk's have spies lurking in every corner. Hywela's story is written beautifully, her dialogue on point, and her descriptions magical. I really enjoyed reading Jestine's story. Her character was outspoken, strong, and selfless. Will Jestine complete her mission, what obstacles will she run into, and will her heart be stolen?

                      DENISSE ALICEA -THE PEN AND MUSE

                        Grade 
                        01/09/2009

                        Review

                        Jestine “Jess” Darnell is on a humanitarian mission to find help for the peaceful planet Phidia, which has been captured by the vicious warlord Ayandos. But suddenly, Jess is in trouble as well, when her hyperspeedster begins to break down in space. Luckily, Jess is saved by a passing spaceship, the Destiny. Jess finds herself on the horns of a dilemma, for in spite of her attraction to the ship’s second-in-command, Kerry Marchant, at first she feels she cannot tell him the truth about her mission. When she finally does tell the Destiny’s crew the truth, they agree to go with her to save Phidia, but the mission goes terribly awry. Jess’s life will never be the same afterward.

                        Science fiction novels generally follow one of three themes, and this one is a perfect example of the adventure theme. The heroine is on a quest for her true love, and she travels throughout space in search of him. Along the way, she has many adventures, which teach her things she needs to know about herself and her companions. The author plotted the story so that everything ties together in the end, which I like in a book. Readers will be interested in knowing that Starquest is heavy on the science fiction and light on the love scenes; this is definitely a “sweet” romance. I thought the characters were a bit cool and distant, and I had to work at getting into the story at the beginning. Fortunately, I quickly became engrossed in Jess’s adventures and finished the book in one sitting.

                        Reviewed by: Jean, FALLEN ANGEL REVIEWS

                          Grade 
                          01/09/2009

                          Review

                          "Starquest is a fantastical journey about one strong, brave, and independent woman's search for love that will take the reader to places they've never imagined and reveal insights we all know deep inside. I lost myself for hours in her action-packed adventures, and knew that when the book ended, she had indeed succeeded in her quest to find the one true home for her heart."
                          Liana Laverentz, award-winning author of Thin Ice and Jake's Return

                            Grade 
                            01/09/2009

                            Review

                            "Get ready to travel the galaxy and visit worlds beyond your wildest imagination. Hywela Lyn's, Starquest is an extremely engaging read simmering with passion, bold exploration and non-stop action. With an interstellar romance that will keep you guessing until the end, this novel is a true masterpiece!"
                            Author Sky Purington
                            The Mac'Lomain series

                              Grade 
                              11/28/2008

                              Review

                              LONG AND SHORT REVCIEWS (Four and a half book rating)

                              A love that will carry the heroine across the galaxy; a challenge that will threaten her life. Starquest by Hywela Lyn leaps into the deep end of galaxy right from the start, as the Jaii-onboard-computer announces a calamity that is but moments away. The navigational corrections are not enough, the starship’s drive is compromised; prepare to abandon ship…
                              Starquest kicks off with a literal bang, and you will feel your heart thumping at the race to abandon ship. The heroine, Jestine Darnell, is setting off on a desperate quest and does not quite know why. Her personal trajectory is impossible to predict, as she soon finds herself in the hands of telepaths – who are telepaths and more. Unsought friendships emerge, but can she trust them? And can that sort of reliance (no matter how good a navigator she is) come to matter among a large starship crew? It doesn’t help that she has to start off with a lie, then wonders if they can see through it.

                              The Destiny’s crew find her competent, but they have reservations. Kerry and Jon acknowledge her competence, and you will find yourself hoping against hope that they will give her the benefit of the doubt. It is a troubled time; from the Union’s stranglehold on Earth, to the dangerous Grakk spies lurking all over the universe. Even as we hope for her to be accepted, you will feel a thread of doubt yourself. In an amazing way, Lyn will make you identify – even if just a little bit – with almost every character.

                              Some emotions, like a somewhat shared sense of longing, are common among these people that cannot help but remember, a little sadly, the Earth home they left, long ago. What seems like a minor emotion – a loneliness or regret, becomes surprisingly evocative in this tale.

                              Ms. Lyn does a great job making surprise characters, like Jaii and other ships’ computers, seem ordinary. And, it’s refreshing that various characters share a sense of pride and enthusiasm in their ships’ capabilities.

                              Dialogue tends to be to the point and believable. Events become more and more unpredictable as the story moves forward. The backdrop is a universe – a beautifully envisioned universe. It seems rare to find a story with a science fiction bent so beautifully described. Read a little slice:

                              “… watching the rapidly unfolding vista of stars, like shimmering jewels in the black velvet backcloth that was deep space. There was something about the sheer immensity of the Universe that made her feel very insignificant and, at the same time, very tranquil.”

                              The lovely, lovely descriptions never slow the action, but manage still to convey emotion and carry the narration forward. This is an incredibly original tale, and – for all the science fiction trappings – is truly a classic quest for love, and the romance, which at first seems very much at the periphery, will become not only a primary motivation, but the chief joy of the tale. Adventure may be the main motif, but the heartwarming side will be a surprising bonus.

                              Review by Snapdragon
                              The Long and Short of it Review site

                                Grade 
                                10/05/2008

                                Review

                                "Starquest by Hywela Lyn is a sweet and wonderful book. It is a story of Jess who travels across the galaxy to find the love of her life. An incident happen to her that makes her lost her memories and the man that she loves. She woke up with nightmares and a strong desire to find Destiny and her crew, especially the blue-eyes man who makes her tingles and her hearts ache. But her head hurts every time she tried to remember, and she needs to find Destiny to get the last piece of the missing puzzle in her brain.

                                Jess made a pact with Dahll to help her with her quest. But she was not aware that he has his own reason to help her. He has a secret, so deep that it can jeopardize their journey and their life. A woman with a mission, a man hunted by a killer, little did they know the journey will test their courage, trust, and most of all, their heart.

                                This is a wonderfully written book that will keep you on your toes and ended with a big smile on your face. An adventure like no other, this is a book that you don’t want to miss big time. "

                                Reviewed by Amylove
                                http://blog.lyndacoker.net




                                Reviewed by Amylove


                                Reviewed by Amylove


                                Reviewed by Amylove




                                Reviewed by Amylove

                                Amylove
                                Writers and Readers Of Distinctive Fiction

                                  Grade 
                                  08/29/2008

                                  Review

                                  I wish there were ten stars to rate this book, it's THAT good! If anyone loves the seafaring films of old with Errol Flynn as a swashbuckling hero, or the adventures of Sinbad the Sailor, or even maybe Pirates of the Caribbean, you'll fall in love with this story. Instead of sailing the high seas on Earth, the reader cruises the vastness of space in a ship named The Quest. Perilous trials confront the brave heroine as she searches distant planets to reunite with the man she loves.

                                  Breathtaking imagery, nail-biting blaster fights, and a beautifully woven romance all combine to create a sensuous tale you'll remember long after you read, "the end".

                                  Miss Mae, author of the bestselling, "See No Evil, My Pretty Lady".

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