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Encrypted by Lindsay buroker

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Professor Tikaya Komitopis isn`t a great beauty, a fearless warrior, or even someone who can walk and chew chicle at the same time, but her cryptography skills earn her wartime notoriety. When enemy marines show up at her family`s plantation, she expects the worst. But they`re not there to kill her. They need her to decode mysterious runes, and they ask for help in the manner typical of a conquering empire: they kidnap her, threaten her family, and throw her in the brig of their fastest steamship. Her only ally is a fellow prisoner who charms her with a passion for academics as great as her own. Together, they must decipher mind-altering alchemical artifacts, deadly poison rockets, and malevolent technological constructs, all while dodging assassination attempts from a rival power determined the expedition should fail. As if Tikaya didn`t have troubles enough, her new ally turns out to be exiled fleet admiral, Federias Starcrest, the man who recommended taking over her nation. To trust him could be a mistake; to fall in love with him would be a betrayal to her people, her family, and the fiancé she lost in the war. Those runes cloak more than mysteries, however, and he may be the only one who can help her unravel them before their secrets destroy the world

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Lindsay buroker

A book by Lindsay buroker

I`ve been a lifeguard, a fast-food-flinger, a network administrator, and a soldier in the US Army. From 2004 to 2011, I made a living as a blogger and affiliate marketer. I worked from home and made my own hours, so in many ways it was a dream job, but I`d always wanted to tell stories (instructing people on how to select a home security system or which gym equipment to buy wasn`t quite as fun as you`d think). Back in 2009 or so, I decided to “get serious” about finishing up some novels. I had a number of half-written manuscripts I could have focused on, but the characters I`d known longest were the Emperor`s Edge crew, and I also enjoyed spending time with them (seriously, who wouldn`t want to spend time with Maldynado ?). I finished Emperor`s Edge ...

and then let it sit on my hard drive for a year. I wasn`t sure it was good enough to send off to an agent (nor was I excited by the idea of ​​querying ten bazillion agents). And there wasn`t much point in starting EE2 if I hadn`t sold EE1. So, I went on to write Encrypted, thinking that would be easier to sell because it was a stand-alone story and I had more experience as a writer by then. But ...

what started out as high-fantasy in a steam-age world ended up having this strange science-fiction bent in the end, and I wasn`t sure how to “sell” it to agents. Cross-genre? Steampunk? High fantasy? It wasn`t really any of the above, and, either way, I didn`t see many agents looking for those things (in fact, I saw more of them saying, “under no circumstances send us that secondary-world-fantasy crapola ”- it`s possible I`m paraphrasing). About that time (fall of 2010), I got my first Kindle and stumbled across JA Konrath`s blog on self-publishing. Within weeks, I`d decided I wanted to go that route. Since I had a background in blogging, search engine optimization, internet marketing, etc., I wasn`t intimidated by the idea of ​​online book promotion (though, as it turns out, my background helped less than you`d think, and I had a lot to learn!). In late 2011, I e-published my fourth novel, and, thanks to your support, I`ve been able to leave the old day job and make this author thing a full-time gig. I`m not making what I used to make, but it`s my dream job, and that`s what matters most to me.

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