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Shielder - A Science Fiction Romance (Shielder series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Catherine Spangler
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Book Description

Science Fiction Romance from RITA nominated author!

The Controllers have engineered a virus that is killing Shielders. In the hopes of finding a cure, the Shielders need a human host to get the deadly virus past Controller checkpoints and to a medical lab on the planet Santerra. With her people facing extinction, outcast Nessa dan Ranul volunteers to be the host and is injected with the virus. She has only four weeks to make it to Santerra before it kills her.

When her ship breaks down in deep space, she’s rescued by her most dangerous enemy—a shadower, a bounty hunter who tracks down Shielders. She can’t tell him the truth about her dilemma, or he will turn her in to the Controllers.

Shadower Chase McKnight has an agenda more pressing than claiming bounty rewards—vengeance. He doesn’t have time for a homeless waif who ignites emotions he buried long ago. He refuses to allow anything to deter him from his mission, which results in traveling away from Santerra—while the time bomb inside Nessa is ticking down. But she doesn’t dare trust this man who is an enemy of Shielders.

Their secrets and agendas don’t prevent the growing attraction between them, even as they fight their individual demons—even as time runs out for Nessa. Only love can bring them full circle, offering Chase redemption, and the chance to save Nessa—and ultimately, her people.

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What readers are saying about this science fiction romance:

—“Shielder is the first book in Catherine Spangler's well-loved Shielder sci-fi romance series. . . . This book has everything: passion, suspense, humor, action, and adventure.” —Booklover

—“A sensational space story that will leave fans of SF and futuristic romance seeking out her previous titles even as they await her future novels!” —Under the Covers Book Reviews

— “This is an excellent romantic suspense sci-fi book. There's so few of them out there that they are a rare find and Shielder is a gem!” —Monique Atwood

— “If you like futuristic romance, you will love this book. Not only is it extremely well written, but the plot is fresh, complex and very unusual.” —Jana L. Perskie

— “Futuristic romance and SF fans will relish this tale. Shielder is more than just a futuristic romance as it has cross genre appeal to speculative fiction readers.”—Harriet Klausner

— “With a remarkably complex, yet seamlessly woven plot, Shielder will delight futuristic romance fans.”—C. Penn, Wordweaving

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Books by Catherine Spangler:

The Shielder Series (Science Fiction Romance)
— Shielder, Book 1
— Shadower, Book 2 (Release Date: March 2014)
— Shamara, Book 3 (Release Date: Summer 2014)
— Shadow Crossing, Book 4 (Release Date: Fall 2014)
— Shadow Fires, Book 5 (Release Date: Winter 2014)

The Sentinel Series (Urban Fantasy Romance)
—Touched by Darkness, Book 1
— Touched by Fire, Book 2
— Touched by Light, Book 3
— The Sentinel Series Book Bundle (Books 1, 2, 3)

Demon’s Delight Anthology, “Street Corners and Halos” (Paranormal, Vampire)

Editorial Reviews


Shielder is a bold and invigorating futuristic written by Catherine Spangler. The passion that rises between characters is nearly tangible, but it's the fear of discovery and betrayal that binds them so tightly, leaving the reader struggling for breath. The Shielder colonies are in dire trouble. A killer virus threatens to destroy every Shielder living in the realm of the Controllers. As a discarded and exiled member of the Shielder colony on Liron, Nessa dan Ranul volunteers to be a live carrier of the virus and attempt to reach the medical laboratory at Sonoma colony. Her only hope of feeling useful is to help all Shielders by finding a cure for the vile disease. She has only one moon cycle to achieve her goal, then the virus will kill her. When Chase McKnight picks up Nessa's distress signal, he thinks he can simply dump her off at a Star Base and he will be free of her. As a Shadower, however, he has other dealings to take care of, and that means Nessa will have to wait. With his rules to keep her in line, such a small and fearful woman shouldn't cause him any grief. Nessa doesn't have time to be chasing every criminal on Chase's list, and she fears for her life and those of other Shielders if she doesn't make it to Sonoma in time. With every day, she wonders whether she can trust this Shadower. He doesn't know that she is a Shielder and the enemy of the Controllers for whom he works. His care of her injuries and her seizures confuses her. But it is the smoky look of passion that fills his eyes that begins to slowly bind her to him. The attraction is so strong, and yet Nessa has no knowledge of the power of touching and stroking. One kiss binds Chase to Nessa. He is powerless to ignore the feelings he has for this childlike woman. Even Nessa's refusals to follow his orders do not seem to block her from his mind. Only her obvious betrayal of his trust and her deceit yank him back to the cold reality of his world. When he tracks her down, he will punish her as she properly deserves. Catherine Spangler's Shielder is wonderfully devised with very strong characters, including the support characters. However, the plot has too many repeating events. The "stopping off at another planet to hunt down another bad guy" bit happens over and over, and the final battle scene between the "really big nasty bad guy" and Chase is almost too soft, considering the nature of the crimes committed. So, Shielder is great for it's characters and love scenes, but a bit weak in the knees when it comes to battles between good and evil. Boldly alive! A future full of danger, tempered with passion! Shielder is remarkable in its intensity! Characters that heat like wild fire! Catherine Spangler's Shielder is fast and furious! Passion that builds an attraction that won't die! Karen Ellington -- Copyright © 030199 Literary Times, Inc. All rights reserved -- From Literary Times

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary Futuristic Novel - Romantic &, Suspenseful! September 7, 2004
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Catherine Spangler's "Shielder" is The Best!! Of course, I haven't read "Shadower" yet, but am about to begin the novel right after I write this review. If you like futuristic romance, or time travel, you will love this book. Not only is it extremely well written, but the plot is fresh, complex and very unusual. The characters are so realistic they jump right off the page. They sure found a place in my heart!

Leonessa dan Ranul is a Shielder, a race of people hunted all over their quadrant of the universe by Controllers. Shielders are able to block brainwashing and programing that the Controllers have performed on most inhabitants of the quadrant. Nessa and her people are immune to telekinetic control. However, Shielders are becoming extinct because Controllers and their minions are exterminating them at a rapid rate. A new deadly virus has been developed which only Shielders are vulnerable to. Nessa, is slightly handicapped and therefore shunned by the entire colony on Liron, including her parents. The dwindling colony does not have sufficient resources to share with anyone who is not perfect. She volunteers to be inoculated with the virus. She is willing to become a live host, and travel to the larger, better developed Shielder colony on Sonoma, where someone might be able to create an antidote. She has only four weeks before the virus will manifest itself. With only a small store of supplies and Turi, her affectionate Lanrax pet and only friend, Nessa takes off in an old, outdated transport shuttle.

After only two days in space, the decrepit lemon breaks down, leaving Nessa and Turi stranded. They are vulnerable to any passersby, including Shadowers, a group of space bounty hunters who hunt Shielders and criminals to deliver to the Controllers.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Futuristic romance and SF fans will relish this tale February 6, 1999
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A decade has passed since her Shielder community shunned Nessa because she was imperfect. Anyone suffering deformity like her bad leg and her seizures normally means death because the people believe any handicap drains their survival. Only her beloved brother kept her alive as even Nessa's parents reject her. Now Nessa has a chance to be accepted by her people. The Shielder enemy, the Controllers has developed the Orana virus, which is destroying Nessa's people.
Nessa has volunteered to be a guinea pig, working for a cure at a lab. However, something goes wrong during her space trip to Sonoma and she is left stranded with the clock ticking towards her death. Shadower Chase McNight rescues Nessa. However, Chase is a bounty hunter employed by the Controllers to destroy the Shielders. Though clearly on opposite sides of a stellar struggle, neither one expected love to blossom even if the emotion has no chance of success.
SHIELDER is more than just a futuristic romance as it has cross genre appeal to speculative fiction readers. The non-stop story line is filled with action and suspense. The lead protagonists are a fantastic duo, struggling with forces beyond their understanding such as love and the fight between the Controllers and the Shielders. The obviously gifted Catherine Spangler scribes a sensational space story that that will leave fans of SF and futuristic romance seeking out her previous titles even as they await her future novels.

Harriet Klausner
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An emotional tour-de-force! February 14, 1999
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In SHIELDER, incredibly talented newcomer Ms. Spangler has created the ultimate story about the healing power of love. Though technically a futuristic, SHIELDER transcends the boundaries and speaks to the dreamer in all of us. This is a must-read story about two strong but lonely people who discover that through love, anything is possible. Outcast Nessa dan Ranul has nothing left to live for. Knowing ths, she willingly accepts a dangerous mission to try and save her people from a devastating illness, even if it means sacrificing her own life in the process. Her strength and courage will tear at your heart! Chase McKnight is a renegade on a deadly mission of revenge. He doesn't have time for distractions, but when he discovers Nessa stranded in space, his long dormant honor mandates he help her out. Thus begins Nessa and Chase's action-packed adventure. As they travel the limits of the galaxy -- and emotion -- Nessa longs to tell Chase of her dilemna, but she can't let herself trust him, not when doing so in error could spell the end of her race. Every day brings her one step closer to her demise, and one step closer to finding the courage to trust this incredible stranger who makes her long to believe, just once, that love does indeed, conquer all. Ms. Spangler has blazed onto the scene with a gripping and emotional page-turner. SHIELDER is a story not to be missed! In addition to the appealing main characters, Ms. Spangler has created an enticing alternate world, populated by stunning locales and a cast of intriguing secondary characters. Might we get treated to a glimpse at Sabin and Moriah next? One can only hope! Bravo, Ms. Spangler.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the trilogy March 1, 2003
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I really liked this book. Nessa, the heroine, is a cripple and for that she is banned by her own people, including her parents! She is a shielder, a race on the brink of extinction. The shielders are hunted down and killed by an evil dominion that rules the galaxy. When her help is needed for a dangerous mission, Nessa takes off in an old spaceship and encounters Chase. The story is really heartbreaking sometimes and also very original (I loved her pet). The love story between Nessa and Chase is convincing and there is enough action in the novel too. I liked this first book even better than the second book, Shadower (which actually takes place before this one)and the third, Shamara. But they are all 3 very good!
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best scifi romance books I've read
I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it, and do want to read the rest of the series. I read it all the way through, from start to finish, without having the desire to... Read more
Published 14 days ago by HappyBookWorm
5.0 out of 5 stars Great job. Lots of fun.
This was a good read. Lots of action, understanding the characters and their fears. Some sex. I. Am looking forward to the. next book.
Published 1 month ago by Verna Church
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Great story. I am very happy it come up after I finished reading another book. I love sci-fi books, can't wait for the next one.
Published 2 months ago by g seed
1.0 out of 5 stars Definitely NOT a fan
I've read Shielder and the second book in Catherine Spangler's series, Shadower (I read Shadower first). Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... an extraordinary story of a young heroine defying the worst odds,...
This it's an extraordinary story of a young heroine defying the worst odds, while finding herself and what truly matters. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I loved this book cant wait to read the others!!! Whoot!!!! Im so referring everyone I know to this book and all the others!
Published 3 months ago by Angela
5.0 out of 5 stars Stand Out in the Genre
Among the many Kindle books in this genre, Catherine Spangler's "Shielder" stands out. The character development, writing and editing are all of the highest quality. Read more
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Published 4 months ago by Brat
4.0 out of 5 stars Shielder series book 1.
This is my first book by Ms Spangler and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Always a treat to find a new author that you like and this story of Nessa and Chase was a great introduction to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by TSK
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Enjoyed the story greatly. Looking forward to more books in the series. New to this author but will definitely look for more of her work.
Published 5 months ago by PEGGY J BLACK
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More About the Author

Catherine Spangler is a bestselling and award winning author of the Sentinel Series (urban fantasy romance) and the Shielder Series (science fiction romance). She is a two-time Golden Heart finalist and a RITA finalist and has received numerous other awards and honorable mentions.

She is an active member of Romance Writers of America and her local chapter, Dallas Area Romance Authors. A frequent speaker at writers' groups and conferences, she has taught workshops on the creative process, writing techniques, writing paranormal romance, and goal setting.

Catherine lives in north Texas with her husband and a menagerie of critters. She loves reading, taking naps on the sofa with a good football game for background noise, eating chocolate, and playing poker.

Her fun fact: I celebrated the sale of my first book, Shielder, by drinking champagne from a plastic cowboy boot mug. My critique partners brought four of them to my house, along with the champagne. Drinking champagne from those cowboy boot mugs every time one of us sold a book became a tradition, which we still honor.

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