Patty Perrin

Science Fiction & Fantasy

Author Profile

Patty  Perrin

Patty Perrin, who writes under the pen name P.T.L. Perrin, grew up in Europe as a military brat and speaks several languages. She enjoys the diversity of people and cultures, and has an insatiable curiosity, especially about who we are in the universe and the wonders of our own planet and history. Books were her lifeline growing up without television. She has always loved adventure, sci-fi, and teen/young adult fiction, and she's writing books in those genres that she would have loved to read and that her grandchildren will enjoy. To her surprise, people of all ages are enjoying her books. Patty lives in South FLorida with her Tennis-pro husband, where they exercise bragging rights in the beautiful winters and where they enjoy their large, constantly growing family of misfits.

Books

TERRA’S CALL

Science Fiction & Fantasy

A Cherokee prophecy, escalating natural disasters and strange sounds, mark the approaching end of planet Terra, our Earth. When Jewel Adams leaves home school for high school in her senior year, she discovers she’s not the only one with special abilities. Jewel, the Fletcher twins and Storm Ryder share a destiny as the only ones who might avert the coming disaster, but will their enhancements be enough to save Terra? Jewel sees auras and through disguises. Sky is a strong empath and her twin brother Pax, the only one who can calm her, is able to smell pheromones and other scent molecules better than a bloodhound. Storm’s telekinesis seems to be the most practical gift, but can he control it during one of his rages? Will an ancient enmity between two star systems cause their mission to fail? Are they willing to take the chance? If they don’t, Terra will self-destruct and mankind will be destroyed.

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Encounters

Have you ever seen a UFO? What would you do if you encountered one up-close? I have seen some, but never close enough to get a good look, and never long enough to fumble with my camera (pre-smart-phone days) or my phone to get a photo. I wonder how many we really see and dismiss as just another airplane. In this book, my characters suddenly find themselves being attacked by UFOs, and they have no idea why. Who is driving them? Who is out to get them? As the story unfolds, secrets that directly involve Jewel, Pax, Sky, and Storm are gradually revealed. Can they handle the truth?

UFO Sightings

Have you ever seen what you thought might be a UFO, or unidentified flying object? I have, and I wasn’t alone during two of the sightings. My grandson saw the first and he and his sister both saw the second. They were neither surprised nor frightened, possibly because their grandmother, the only adult present, wasn’t either. I have seen others, but always alone, and always with no proof. I can never reach my cellphone in time to take pictures. During this scene, the four teens are just getting acquainted when they witness an alien attack on Jewel’s home – and an alien rescue following a short, intense battle. Do these craft look like the ones I saw? I’ll never tell.

Forbidden Territory

When I was young and invulnerable, I was a risk-taker like Storm. I rode a motorcycle through woods and hills, and the smells and feel of the air will stay with me forever. I also explored caves and gullies I was told to stay away from. Invulnerable, remember? Storm’s curiosity, like mine, overrides the warnings of his elders. I once spent the night at Frankenstein’s real castle ruins, by myself in a pup tent, because I was curious. Nowadays, my curiosity takes me to places I may never see in person, thanks to the wonders of search engines. I share those places with you throughout this series. Enjoy this snippet…

TRITON’S CALL

Science Fiction & Fantasy

When Jewel Adams is abducted and taken to a place that most people don’t know exists, her friends are frantic to find her. The one alien race they thought they could count on refuses to help them. The other, the reptilians, are holding her captive. Will they harm her? Together, the four have abilities that, when combined, can save Earth from self-destruction, but they can’t do it without Jewel. In this exciting sequel to Terra’s Call, the four teens discover that things are not at all as they seem. There are more mysteries in this world than any of them have dreamed of, and they’re about to meet some of those mysteries head-on.

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If not whales, then what?

Have you ever seen something mysterious, unexplainable, that raises your curiosity level? I’ve never seen the Loch Ness monster, but the testimonies of people who have, and the photos they’ve taken, are, to me, compelling evidence that Nellie exists. Did Storm and Sky see and hear something like Nellie, or was it something different? Whatever it was, it emitted a powerful blast of emotion, which Sky, being an empath, readily experienced. Grief beyond anything she’d ever felt overcame her. Whatever the sea creature was, it was grieving. Why?

Voice of Viracocha EBOOK

Science Fiction & Fantasy

When Jewel and her friends are needed in South America, they discover a malevolent enemy zeroing in on her. How can they stop him? In their search for answers, they find unlikely allies as strange as the interplanetary races they’ve already met. Will their combined efforts be enough to rescue Jewel from a fate that would doom the planet to self-destruct? In this exciting sequel to Triton’s Call, more prophecies are revealed, but if even one of the four is unable to help, all hope is lost.

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Who are these people?

Have you ever met someone who makes your hair stand on end? Someone creepy, or someone your dog intensely dislikes? Pax’s ability to scent pheromones warns him that something is off about Jaina Chen, a photographer for a noted TV archaeologist who has met up with the team in Peru. In the published book, the mind-conversations are in italics, which didn’t translate into this version. My apologies. I trust that you’ll figure out who’s ‘talking’ during that conversation. It’s key to understanding what happens later; when they meet the giants.

Voice of Viracocha

Science Fiction & Fantasy

When Jewel and her friends are needed in South America, they discover a malevolent enemy zeroing in on her. How can they stop him? In their search for answers, they find unlikely allies as strange as the interplanetary races they’ve already met. Will their combined efforts be enough to rescue Jewel from a fate that would doom the planet to self-destruct? In this exciting sequel to Triton’s Call, more prophecies are revealed, but if even one of the four is unable to help, all hope is lost.

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Changes

With the end of summer morphing into a new season of school and work, everything changes for us. We adjust and take the new season in stride, switching from swim suits and shorts to sweatshirts and backpacks. In this third book in the Tetrasphere series, the four teens are finally home, but everything has changed. New and troubled relationships among the four teens are further complicated when a lie is exposed, and two unexpected young people join them. Their eighteenth birthday is approaching, but will they be able to celebrate it? Will they ever celebrate a birthday again?

Can you picture it?

How does an author describe what a character with enhanced vision sees? How can anyone imagine colors that their eyes cannot register? The landscape of the imagination is a remarkable thing. It’s a superpower that we humans can improve with use. Can you picture what Jewel is seeing in this excerpt? What she feels now that she’s able to fully see again, and able to use her father’s invention to communicate with her friends telepathically? How long will her contentment last?

What to reveal?

If you picked up this third book in the series first, and I told you everything that happened in the first two, would you want to read the first and second in the series? What constitutes a spoiler? What information is important to know to pick up the story? It’s a conundrum for series authors.

Beginning number three

Writing a beginning is a daunting task for one book, but what about the third book of a series? What if a reader picks this one up first? Will he or she be able to follow a multi-book plot line? Each book in a series must have its own plot, its own challenges and a satisfying ending, even if that ending isn’t the end of the story. The story must flow through the series in its own arc, building to a climactic finish in the fourth and last book. Will that happen? I guess you’d have to read on to find out…

Triton's Call

Science Fiction & Fantasy

When Jewel Adams is abducted and taken to a place that most people don’t know exists, her friends are frantic to find her. The one alien race they thought they could count on refuses to help them. The other, the reptilians, are holding her captive. Will they harm her? Together, the four have abilities that, when combined, can save Earth from self-destruction, but they can’t do it without Jewel. In this exciting sequel to Terra’s Call, the four teens discover that things are not at all as they seem. There are more mysteries in this world than any of them have dreamed of, and they’re about to meet some of those mysteries head-on.

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Did humans cause all this?

With all the crazy weather patterns we’ve experienced in the last few years, and no sign of their letting up, many of us question why. My characters have been told what is causing them, but they are not fully convinced. Surely, we humans have played a part in nature gone wild. The point of view is Pax’s here. Unrelated to the story, I’m happy to announce that Triton’s Call is a Royal Palm Literary Awards Winner!

Science vs. Fiction

While I was writing this book and the others in the series, I let my research take me to new depths and into fascinating theories that many believe are fact. Why wouldn’t there have been a real Atlantis that sunk in the Bahamas? And if ancient aliens built advanced civilizations at one time, why would they not have them still if they remained on our planet? Many archaeologists have found evidence they cannot explain. What if it’s all true?

Relationship problems

Pax doesn't want to be in the middle of the conflict brewing between his sister and Storm. He did what any of my brothers would have done. He removed himself from the situation, but his thoughts continued to churn. Pax is sure Storm is interested in his sister, but is he? He's ignoring a fact that may turn out to be significant. His gift allows him to scent pheromones, and Storm emits the same ones around Jewel as he does around Sky. Could Storm really be interested in the same woman Pax is falling for? Or both?

Setting the stage

The first couple of chapters introduce more than the characters. They introduce conflicts and tension between the characters, many of which have been carried over from the first book in the series. Without conflict, there is no story. We know that Jewel is missing. We know that Sky is Pax's sister and he feels protective over her and thinks Storm is an idiot. We know that Sequoia isn't feeling well. What will these bits of information lead to?

Falling in love

In this excerpt, Pax is talking. He's undeniably attracted to Jewel; and why not? She’s beautiful with her raven hair and aquamarine eyes. Does she like him, too, or is it Storm she wants? The point is moot, because Jewel is missing, and Pax has no idea how to find her, or if he ever will. As a writer, my characters live and breathe and for them, falling in love is inevitable, multi-faceted and powerful. How will the four teens handle their conflicted feelings?

Triton's Call Beginning

The hardest part of writing a book is the first chapter, especially this one. The second book in the series must include some of what happened in the first book, without repeating too much and without giving too much away. You, the reader, could start with this one, and it should stand alone as a complete book, but the story began in book one, and I don't want you to be clueless. So how much backstory should go in the first chapter? This is the beginning of the first chapter. It was my goal to make it enticing enough for you to want to read more. I hope I've accomplished it. Happy reading!

Terra's Call

Science Fiction & Fantasy

A Cherokee prophecy, escalating natural disasters and strange sounds, mark the approaching end of planet Terra, our Earth. When Jewel Adams leaves home school for high school in her senior year, she discovers she’s not the only one with special abilities. Jewel, the Fletcher twins and Storm Ryder share a destiny as the only ones who might avert the coming disaster, but will their enhancements be enough to save Terra? Jewel sees auras and through disguises. Sky is a strong empath and her twin brother Pax, the only one who can calm her, is able to smell pheromones and other scent molecules better than a bloodhound. Storm’s telekinesis seems to be the most practical gift, but can he control it during one of his rages? Will an ancient enmity between two star systems cause their mission to fail? Are they willing to take the chance? If they don’t, Terra will self-destruct and mankind will be destroyed.

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I remember when...

High school in Italy was a mixed bag for me. I didn't feel as if I fit in anywhere. I kept to myself in a friendly way, careful not to share much with anyone. Studious, nerdy, delighting in literary magazine and yearbook activities much more than sports or dating, I did okay. My alter-ego emerged after school. Much like Jewel, I saw life in more brilliant colors, and I shook off the restraints. There were days when my one best friend and I told our parents we were staying at each other's houses, and we would take off to Milano, the nearest city with a dance club. We'd stay out all night and come back to school the next day slightly rumpled, half-asleep, and under strictest silence about our adventure. Once, we traveled to Rome with our parents' blessings and a strict itinerary complete with train travel and hotel reservations. We got off the train in Venice, cashed in our tickets, hitchhiked the rest of the way and stayed in cheap hostels. Our parents never found out. Jewel is much less a rebel than I was, but like me, she wants to live life on her own terms. Will she be able to?

Taking a breather

Non-stop action may be fine for some movies, but I find it exhausting to read. The stories I've loved most have a pace that breathes. They start with action, like Jewel dropping the mug when she discovers the entire world depends on her doing something --- but what? She goes to a school that is a complete mystery to her, and to compound matters, she has to dull her vision, hiding behind dark glasses. Poor Jewel. A pause in the action allows the reader to rest and build anticipation for what's coming next. This breather gives Jewel a chance to enjoy her remarkable sight and ponder on what she doesn't know. What's next? What on earth is a Sentinel?

How much tech?

Technology changes rapidly these days. Nothing I introduce in this story is beyond the realm of possibility. The cell phones we carry everywhere have the computing power of some of the room-sized computers I worked with years ago. We first saw them in Star Trek, long before anyone imagined that most of us would own at least one, taking them and the fact that we don't like to be without them for granted. What does the future hold? Perhaps wristbands that give us telepathic abilities. Why not? Every bit of tech in this series is important to the story. It gets better!

Introducing Characters

My first attempts at introducing Jewel Adams were full of backstory. Writing it helped me become familiar with her background and what caused her parents to isolate and home school her as a child, but I soon learned that too much, too soon, would result killing the flow of the story instead of enticing the reader to keep reading. One wise teacher told me to start with action, and to trust the reader. The details of my characters will unfold as the story progresses.

Old premise, unique approach

I love reading good YA Science Fiction Fantasy books. Always have, but I never had the confidence to write one. Hasn't every plot, every idea, already been written? Who am I to attempt an undertaking like this? I'm curious about everything, and a question posed online led me to answers and more questions, until I realized that Someone was guiding me to a plot that, although not a new idea, would flow through twists and turns that may not have been fully explored, with characters as unique as each human, who have gifts few, if any, humans have. Welcome to the TETRASPHERE series! Here's how it begins...

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