In this fast-paced science fiction thrill ride, gravely ill Shannon Kendricks, attorney and seaquarium volunteer, must return the alien child Essi to her world, while trying to free a captive beluga Juneau, and combat a pair of ancient aliens set on destroying Earth. Her friends can help, but not everyone will survive. On the upside, with the arrival of the alien child, Shannon’s physical appearance changes dramatically and she now possesses useful, near-magical traits to help her with barriers that appear insurmountable. Will Shannon succeed in her quests before it is too late, or run out of time? Find the answers in POWER OF THREE, a thrilling novel from Cathy Parker.
Like her protagonist Shannon Kendricks, Cathy Parker is an attorney. She volunteered as a zoo keeper's aide for eight years and did have a very special beluga buddy, Mauyak. As to encounters with alien children, she is not saying. She was also a radio and print journalist and once was the 'Jill of all trades' for a small satellite paper in Wyoming. She did everything from taking to the photos to writing the articles and op-ed pieces to helping with layout and hauling the newspapers through blizzards once a week. As a result, she saw lambs being born and went on a cattle drive and ate her first (and last) Rocky Mountain Oyster. She has seen mountain gorillas in the wild in Rwanda and orangutans in Borneo and even rocked an orphaned baby orangutan to sleep on her chest. She has volunteered with a chimpanzee sanctuary for former research subjects. So you can see where her heart lies. Currently she is happy at home with her black brindle mastiff and her black cat. All similarities between her cat and Narcissus are purely and probably coincidental.
In this excerpt from the first chapter of the first book in the Power Rising series, Shannon, the protagonist, takes heart, takes energy, takes satisfaction from her friend, the beluga whale Juneau. She is, in a word, inspired by the whale. Different kinds of inspiration feed us. When I need serenity, to calm and center myself, I look for water--the ocean, a lake, a pond. If water isn't available, I look to the green, to plants, to trees, to forests. When I need energy, I look to the wind, to the rushing, tumbling river, to a snowy walk, to recollections of wildlife adventures. When I need to renew my sense of wonder, I look to the animal world, to nature. And when I need to renew my desire to create, I look all around me at the wonderful creations of others, to art, to literature, to movies, to music. It's quite true that inspiration is all around us. The trick is to open our eyes and our souls.