The Tribulations of Tompa Lee (The Trilogy of Tompa Lee #2)
By Edward Hoornaert
Genre: Science Fiction
Age category: Adult
Goddess or Madwoman? Even she isn't sure.
Tompa Lee serves as ambassador to the Shons' planet and is hailed as their goddess . . . but she distrusts fellow humans, has a dead man living in her head, and fears an imminent attack by Klicks, mankind's greatest enemy.
Ming Mengliev is posing as a mere musician when Klicks destroy the Terran embassy … but although he strives to win Tompa's trust—and her heart—whose side is this secret agent really on?
Lord Keevie, the leader of warlike Klick missionaries, wants to drive humans off planet Zee Shode … but above all he wants to eviscerate Tompa in person, because crushing a goddess will surely make him a god.
A PARK CRAMMED WITH CARNIVORES
Can Tompa survive Keevie's pursuit, divine madness, and the predators of Palla Pelly Park … and conquer her mistrust of humans long enough to shepherd a ragtag troop of Shons and humans to safety?
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“Who are you?” Tompa called to the Klick, remembering the old advice, know thine enemy. “What’s your name?”
The tyrannosaurus-like creature rose, bowed, and then sat back on his tail. “My name is Keevie klauk Enkirk’s Spawn, but you may call me Death.”
“The Klick leader?”
“Do you never soar above the obvious?”
“Nope.” To her own surprise, Tompa laughed. Chatting in the dark of night to a bloodthirsty lizard who wanted to kill her felt bizarre. Surreal. Everything that had happened to her on Zee Shode was either terrifying or absurd.
No, not true. Some of Zee Shode was glorious. Finding a friend like Awmit who accepted her. Finding a place where she actually belonged.
And sleeping with Ming? Hadn’t that been glorious, too?
“What can you expect from an uneducated street meat?” she taunted. “I’m the smallest, skinniest, dumbest, lowest class human you're ever going to find. And yet, a few months ago I beat the tail spikes off you bullies. Drove you right off this planet.”
That’s telling him, girl. Dante spoke inside her head with more passion than usual, making Tompa feel cozy and less alone.
“How I shall enjoy eviscerating you, Tompa Lee.” Keevie paced back and forth, his tail thrashing from side to side, tearing up the grass-like ground cover.
Note from the author:
The books in The Trilogy of Tompa Lee are standalone novels that share an overall story arc. The books are:
• The Trial of Tompa Lee
• The Tribulations of Tompa Lee
• The Triumph of Tompa Lee
Before I start writing, I have to think of something I haven’t seen before. Without a unique kernel, I can’t get anywhere.
In The Tribulations of Tompa Lee, there were two kernels: national parks and a James Bond-type secret agent who plays the oboe. (I play the oboe, too, but that’s strictly a coincidence, I assure you.)
I’d never read a book set in a national park on another world. What would aliens preserve in their version of Yellowstone? Hmm.
Shons care less about the beauties of nature than they do with preserving as many lethal predators as possible – and thus a huge park crammed with carnivores is the setting for Tribulations. Tompa must overcome not only aliens who want to kill her, but the fiercest beasts the planet has to offer.
Other books in the series:
The books in The Trilogy of Tompa Lee are standalone novels that share an overall story arc. Book one is The Trial of Tompa Lee, which is currently free:
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Book three in the trilogy is The Triumph of Tompa Lee:
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About the Author:
What kind of guy writes romance? A guy who married his high school sweetheart a week after graduation and still lives the HEA decades later. A guy who’s a certifiable Harlequin hero—he inspired Vicki Lewis Thompson’s Rita Award finalist Mr. Valentine, which is dedicated to him.
Ed started out writing contemporary romances for Silhouette Books, but these days he concentrates on science fiction romance. He’s been a teacher, principal, technical writer, salesman, janitor, and symphonic oboist. He and wife Judi live in Tucson, Arizona. They have three sons, a daughter, a mutt, and the galaxy’s most adorable grandson.
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