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About Roy Hayward
Since early childhood I have had two loves; Computers and Fiction. I have been extremely blessed to have my love of computers turn into a career, and am now working on turning my love of reading into my second career.
Arbor Colony was released in both e-book and paperback In November 2016. Arbor Colony is the first book in the "Legend of Tree" trilogy. The second book, "Seed of Stars" comes out in the spring of 2017. The Legend of Trees novels are about a group of colonists who are establishing a colony on a forested planet. There is a life form there that they didn't anticipate but that would like to integrate humanity into its ecosystem. Humanity might not survive this integration.
Periculum is the first story that I have published. It's a short story that begins to explore the effect of a luck based technology. I am working on a couple more short stories in this same area, and hope to have them ready soon.
In between my writing and working, I spend my time with my wife and kids fixing cars, toilets, helping with homework and housework as I try to keep one step ahead of entropy and the chaos that will follow if it ever catches me.
And I also like to read.
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My mother, Janet, was a wonderful storyteller. As children, we spend days in the car driving to vacation destinations listening to her tell us stories of her own making. For years she contemplated trying to publish her writing but never followed through. Later in life, she wrote this and shopped it to an agent that took her on for a short period. They did some editing and formatting, but never got the book ready to publish. And so it ended up just sitting there. I told her over and over that if she didn't get it published that I would do it after she died. She passed away in 2011.
So the time has come.
I've done a bunch of editing, formatting, and some fixing of word choices and smoothing out a scene or two. But the story is hers.
This anthology includes stories by award winning, bestselling, and premier authors—Michaelbrent Collings, Bryce Beatty, Berin Stephens, Elizabeth Mueller, Roy Hayward, Jenna Eatough, Kevin Folkman, James Pyles, Nate Givens, Carl Duzett, Lee Allred, Justin Riley, John D. Payne, Sean Smith, Christopher McAfee, Jay Barnson, and David J. West.
Edited by Holli Anderson
The struggle leads Terrance, a starship engineer, into conflict with colony leaders as they grapple with understanding the nature of the forest planet and the native life that makes this planet different from any other humans have set foot on. The colony can never go back and risk contaminating other human worlds, so whatever they choose, they must do it themselves.
Survive or die trying.
Some colonists are integrating with the forest life. Others are working to eliminating the threat. Neither truly understands the nature of the life native to Arbor.
Facing the advanced technology of spacefaring humans, does the forest stand a chance? Facing a life form that has truly tamed a world, does the human colony stand a chance? Check out Arbor Colony and find out what happens.
The crew of the starship have also been stranded. In a different location, and with the remainder of the colonists they seek to find a way to fight the influence of the trees. Some of them also seek the lives of those that have been turned by the trees.
And then there are the trees of the forest. They have recently learned of stars and other planets by probing the memories and knowledge of human colonists. They want to build ships to take tree-kind out into the universe.
Will the colony survive? Will the crew of the starship succeed in immunizing people against the spore of the trees? Will the trees be able to reach for the stars?
He's been hanging around colleges, schools, and places where young people live for hundreds of years. Keeping himself young and enjoying youth borrowed from others. A chance but inevitable encounter, an accident, being faced with the consequences of his life bring him to a new purpose.
Check out this journey of discovery for an old soul who becomes young at heart.
The time has come for Jac to take over the duties of his father as a protector of the city and holder of the Periculum. His first job looks simple, but becomes complicated as he uncovers a plot against the city he must protect. He is forced to make choices between the lives of his friends and his duty to his city. And find a way to avoid a confrontation that would tear everything apart.