She has found her calling in this world as a physician. It’s an ideal outlet for her compassionate spirit...and unearthly healing powers.
Palta may spend her nights rereading Jane Austen novels, but she deliberately avoids pursuing her own love story. Human men—attractive as they may be—inevitably grow old and wither, leaving her to grieve in solitude. Frankly, no one has seemed worth the torment.
Enter Eric Moran, the intensely attractive and enigmatic new coworker on the scene. With his quiet confidence and warm smile, he manages to draw Palta’s attention. Little does she know that he, too, holds a secret…one that will propel them both into an escalating collision of two worlds.
My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author M. A. George.)
Palta Capal has secrets, firstly; she’s not human, her parents travelled to earth from a faraway planet called Ononti before she was even conceived. Secondly, she’s over 100 years old, even though she still looks less than thirty.
Palta’s other secret is that she has the hots for a man, a human man – Eric, although she doesn’t intend to act on it.
When she later finds Eric with his head bashed in in his lab, Palta knows that she must do something, not only because he is injured, but because his blood is bright orange – the same as hers, marking him as a traveller from Ononti. Using her healing powers Palta saves his life, only to have him run from her once he regains consciousness.
Who is Eric really though? What is he doing on earth? Why did he run from Palta when she saved his life? And what more can she do to help him?
I enjoyed this story, I liked the sci-fi aspect, and I also liked the romance.
I was in two minds when I started this book, I wasn’t sure if I would like it, but once I got used to the writing style this wasn’t an issue.
Palta was an interesting character, and I liked how she immediately helped Eric, even when she didn’t know who he really was, or what he was doing on earth. I liked how she willing to make sacrifices for love, and how dearly she loved her father and sister.
Erin was a bit of a honey, and I liked the romance between him and Palta. Their feelings developed quickly but this didn’t bother me, and I liked how sweet they were together.
I thought the ‘alien’ aspect of the story was done well, and I liked the little touches like the fact that their blood was bright orange! The rest of the storyline flowed well, and I liked that there was action as well as science in the solution to their problems.
The ending had action as well as some unexpected twists, and although there was an ending to the story, it is obvious that there will be another book to continue the parts of the story not wrapped up.
Overall; a good sci-fi/romance.
6.5 out of 10.
M. A. George
Hi Melissa! Welcome to the blog!
Thanks, Sarah Elizabeth! It’s wonderful to be here!
When did you start writing?
I’ve had snippets of stories swimming around in my head for as long as I can remember…but I’ll confess I only took to writing them down very recently. I made an offhand comment at work that I’d always wanted to be a writer, and a coworker encouraged me to give it a try. I had no idea how much I would love it, and I haven’t stopped writing since.
What was your inspiration for ‘Proximity’?
I just awoke one day with one of those “snippets” of a story in my mind…A woman who was not human, but who was trying to lead a normal existence on Earth. I spent the day brainstorming with that premise in mind, and the foundation of Proximity was born! I wanted to do something that would “soften” science fiction a little bit, hopefully appealing to those who don’t typically consider themselves to be sci-fi readers.
What three words would you use to best describe ‘Proximity’?
Wow. Um….Hmm. (No, those aren’t my three words…That’s just a challenging question!) I’m going to go with some of the wonderful words used by readers who have reviewed Proximity: “Unique”, “Gripping”, and “Unexpected”.
What are your favourite things about the character Dr. Palta Capal?
There’s so much more to Palta than what she shows on the surface. As an alien trying to survive in a human world, she has become quite adept at laying low. But to the precious few people who know her best, she’s quick-witted, impulsive, passionate, and strong yet humble.
Is ‘Proximity’ a standalone novel or will this be part of a series?
Proximity is the first book in a series (The Proximity Series). Book two, Relativity, was released in January. The third book in the series will be released later this year.
Can you tell us about your other books?
Proximity was my debut novel. Its sequel, Relativity, is the continuing story of Palta and her friends and family. Much like Proximity, it is a mixture of action, suspense, humor, love, and appreciation for family ties.
Can you tell us what you’re working on at the moment?
I am currently working on book three in the Proximity series. It will pick up where Relativity leaves off, and promises to be another fun-filled yet harrowing adventure in the life of Palta Capal.
Other than your own, what are your favourite books?
I’m open to a wide assortment of genres, but my favorites tend to be the classics. I love everything Jane Austen penned, Jane Eyre, and Dickens. I love stories that have survived the ages without losing any of their appeal.
What’s your favourite treat?
Peanut butter. I could eat it by the truckload.
What’s your Favourite place to read/write?
I have a cushy, old recliner chair salvaged years ago from my parents’ attic. I had it recovered in white denim, and it’s the most comfortable chair in the world. I prop my netbook on my lap (or fire up my Kindle), pop in some earbuds, and drift away into an imaginary world…whether it be of my own making, or someone else’s.
If you won the lottery what would you most look forward to spending money on?
I would pack my husband and two young boys up in our camper trailer (okay, maybe I’d upgrade to a slightly more spacious model), and head out on the open road. My husband and I share a love for the beauty of America’s national parks, and we dream of someday showing our boys all the wonders we have seen and more.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I would love, love, love to take the family on a worldwide tour and see all the amazing places I’ve only seen in pictures and on film. But truth be told, I’d still call this beautiful little Texas town where I was born and raised “home”. My extended family is here, dating back through generations. I can’t imagine another place—no matter how amazingly beautiful—filling that spot in my heart.
M. A. George is part proud mother of two adorable children, part super top secret agent…Oops, probably just lost that job.
Writing is what keeps her up into the wee hours of the night. Fortunately, she has a lot of energy (Read: caffeine is her friend). She has a bit of an obsession with music (It does a fantastic job of tuning out rambunctious children while she attempts to focus).
She sincerely hopes people out there enjoy reading her work as much as she enjoys writing it. And if anyone hears of work for a super top secret agent, she’s now available (Discretion guaranteed…).
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She’s lived a lifetime where she never belonged…but relocating to the “home world” she’s never seen has her feeling more like an outsider than ever.
Teetering between the thrill of newfound love and the despair of family loss—not to mention the looming threat of global war—Palta doesn’t need any more excitement in her life.
But what she needs and what she gets are two entirely different things.