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Lady Grace: A Thrilling Adventure Wrapped in the Embrace of Epic Love (Tales from Earth's End 2) Paperback – March 23, 2012

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THIS IS BOOK 2 OF THE EARTH'S END SAGA. We recommend that you read the books in order to fully understand the story. Book 1 is The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy. Book 3 is Sam & Emily: A Love Story from the Underground
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From the Author

AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR SANDY NATHAN

Where did you get the idea for the novel?

About five years ago, my brother died suddenly and tragically. He was my only sibling and adored little brother. I was grieving, with all sorts of thoughts and feelings arising. About three months after his death, I had a dream. In the dream, a shining creature like an angel hovered above me. She was absolutely good, a being of love and light. She appeared to me as light. The light dropped closer and finally merged with me, so that I got to feel what it was like to be that angelic creature.

That was the angel in the first book of the Tales from Earth's End Series, which my creative process turned into an angelic alien sent to earth on a vitally important mission.  The dream was the basis of The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy.

The rest of the plot of The Angel popped into my brain in the next few days. When I finished writing that book, Lady Grace was rocketing around in my brain. I wrote it down. Lady Grace is the story of what happens after the radiation clears enough to permit life on earth to continue. None of the survivors knows exactly how much time has passed since the nuclear conflagration. When I finished writing Lady Grace, its sequel was front and center in my mind. That sequel is Sam & Emily: A Love Story from the Underground.

Lady Grace, like the other books in the series, is an action-filled adventure with elements of sci-fi, and fantasy. And it's a love story of epic proportions. What's unusual about it--besides pretty near everything--is that two of my characters from my other series Bloodsong Series' first book, Numenon: A Tale of Mysticism & Money, "jump ship" and have roles in Lady Grace. This was really fun to write and I hope you enjoy reading it. The idea of having Bud, Wes and Will Duane show up just happened--serendipity.

How did you come up with the title?


The book is about rejuvenation and personal change. It's about grace and the power of grace. Lady Grace is a perfect title.

Who is your favorite character?


My favorite character is Lady Grace. I noticed after writing the book that its major heroes are female. I wrote the story without being aware I'd done that.  I guess I'd have to say that my favorites in most books are those tough and wonderful women that save the day.

Do you have plans for sequels? Can you describe them? When will it/they be released?


Yes. The sequel to Lady Grace and the third book in Tales from Earth's End was issued in May 2012 and is available on Amazon now. Sam & Emily: A Love Story from the Underground is a breathtaking romance of legendary proportions. It takes place in the underground bomb shelter on the Piermont estate after the nuclear meltdown. I've been told it's the best thing I've written. The Kindle book should be out very soon.

A fourth volume in the series is shaping up in my mind and partially written. That follows directly on Lady Grace. This is going to be a few years out. I have two series in process: The Bloodsong Series and Tales from Earth's End they're going to intertwine, but not merge. First, I have to get them to the same point in time.

Numenon, the first book in the Bloodsong Series, takes place in 1997. When we see Bud and Wes in Lady Grace, it's 2015.  Eighteen years have elapsed since Numenon's characters first appeared at that marvelous Native American retreat led by the ancient shaman, Grandfather. Much can happen in eighteen years: We have to see what our billionaire, Will Duane, and his little band of outlaws have been up to.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 426 pages
  • Publisher: Vilasa Press (March 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937927008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937927004
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,851,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Chambers HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on April 25, 2012
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After reading "The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy," I had to wait almost a year for "Lady Grace," the sequel, to be published. It was worth the wait. As much as I enjoyed the freshness and originality of the first book, Lady Grace was even better. When the story began, hundreds of years have passed since the earth was devastated by a nuclear conflagration. Jeremy and Ellie and their friends have been transported back to Earth, near the bunker beneath the now destroyed Edgarton manor. Jeremy's mom, Veronica Edgarton, has been reunited with Jeremy. The descendents of village chief Sam Baahuhd have survived and proliferated in the bunker, but at a terrible price - many have mutated into monsters who terrorized and tortured their kinsmen.

That's the setting for the story. Sam Baahuhd had been dead for centuries, but one of his descendents, also called Sam, had all of the original Sam's good qualities. When Sam was rescued by Jeremy and the others, he met Veronica, which was the beginning of a poignant love story set amidst the turmoil as the small band of survivors made their plans to attack the bunker and save Sam's unmutated kinfolk. Jeremy and Ellie were still deeply in love, but Jeremy and the others had no inkling of the dramatic changes that Ellie would soon undergo.

Lady Grace was first-rate science fiction and one of the most absorbing page-turners of that genre that I've read in years. Author Sandy Nathan exhibits the imagination of Ray Bradbury combined with the whimsicalness of Douglas Adams. That's high praise, but it's warranted. The story includes so much action; tense, suspenseful drama; and two charming love stories that it's irresistible.

Lady Grace is the second book in a proposed series.
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Lady Grace could well be categorized as suspense because the author skillfully keeps the reader on edge wondering what will happen next. The novel's fantasy world holds the potential for unexpected, monstrous perils and magical, heroic rescues. Sandy Nathan never fails to surprise with plot twists and character transformations. But Lady Grace offers more than an exciting read. The author shows us the possibility of redemption and illuminates the power of having a spiritual practice without endorsing any particular religion. A must read for fantasy lovers who appreciate the transcendental.

Although Lady Grace is the second book of a series, you don't have to read the first book (The Angel and the Brown-Eyed Boy)to follow what's going on. But if you wonder how the characters in Lady Grace ended up in this strange post-apocalyptic world, you should read The Angel - another great fantasy from Sandy Nathan."
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After reading the first book in this series, "The Angel and the Brown-Eyed Boy", I was eager for the second, "Lady Grace" to be published.

At the conclusion of the first novel, the earth is within hours of destruction by nuclear holocaust. The characters we've been following have had to choose. They can join the group living in an ingenious underground bunker until the earth is ready to be repopulated, or take a literal leap of faith - into a strange transport to an unknown planet with the angel-like extraterrestial Eliana and Jeremy, her "brown-eyed boy."

When "Lady Grace" opens, centuries have passed. We find that the golden planet to which the small group fled is not paradise for our human friends. Inbred mutations have caused most of the inhabitants of the earth bunker to evolve into monsters. I was upset! I wanted all to be well with these characters I grew so fond of in the first novel. Yet from their dire circumstances come the opportunity to redeem humanity and begin again.

We are reacquainted with many of the characters from "Angel" and introduced to several new new ones. All band together to embark on an inspired and heroic struggle. They must find the means to survive on this new "earth". In order to do so, they must fight the mutants and rescue the few normal humans that survive in the bunker.

Sandy Nathan has created a grand epic, richly embroidered with details that keep this highly imaginative science-fiction fantasy grounded in a way that made it fully real to me. I won't spoil the surprises - and there are many! I'll simply say that it's a great read.

The third book in the series arrived yesteday; I can't wait to start it!
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The cast of this totally original intergalactic sci-fi thriller fest is recognizable to those who read book one of Ms. Nathan's Tales from Earth's End: Eliana, an alien from another planet and her human lover Jeremy, Mel and James, Henry and Lena, Veronica (Jeremy's mother who has a lot of baggage), Sam and two action hero movie stars (extracted from a more innocent century) Bud and Wes. This not so merry band has survived Armageddon. Veronica spent the centuries in her super outfitted underground shelter. The others have been prisoners on another planet and just recently allowed to leave. The group surveys the barren landscape of the world they knew many decades hence and decide how to resume life and perhaps repopulate the earth. Veronica's shelter was outfitted to survive the cataclysmic destruction of earth but she needs each person's expertise to put the stored equipment in working order and set up a semblance of daily life.

In this bleak and disturbing world, bad people have also survived the holocaust. The monstrous Bigs, whose despicable behavior runs to killing babies, murder through rape and cannibalism, have commandeered one of the shelters and a munitions container. These descendants from two conflicting bloodlines are a constant threat. Mix in interference from Eliana's superior planet whose ethics run to baby stealing and slavish devotion to reality shows and you have a gripping original tale that brings politics, spirituality and personal responsibility into the mix.

As in all interesting tales of good versus evil, the path to outcome is not predictable but the trip is full of invention and will keep you turning the pages.
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