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, just as Shannon Kendricks has. As to encounters with alien children, as in the trilogy, 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 lives in Costa Rica with her black cat. All similarities between her cat and the trilogy's Narcissus are purely and probably coincidental.
My production team at Bublish sent me two covers to choose from for my first book refresher. This is the one we are not using, based on a survey of artistic types and people familiar with the book. I was personally drawn to this cover, perhaps because of that beautiful beluga in the background, who features prominently in the Power Rising series, especially the first book, Power of Three. I also am very fond of the colors, which carry symbolic meaning from the book. What do you think of it? Would this cover prompt you to pick up the book and read the back cover to learn what the book is about? [the people who didn't love this cover were primarily concerned with the woman; something about her expression bothered them.]