Beyond the Empyreal Stars
***2016 FCRA's Wondrous Worlds Winner!***
***A science fiction retelling of Beauty and the Beast***
As Paragon of her planet Terra, Odette understood what her duties included - intergalactic diplomacy, flight and defense training, and the knowledge and understanding of each alien race in the universe, friendly or otherwise. With the rogue tyrant leader of the planet Anur, Comae, threatening a path of destruction, she found herself on assignment to Earth, a planet she had a connection to in the past. Passing as a human girl, her mission was to get close the President of the United States...and she found a way when she met his son.
Duke Mitchell was used to the cameras on him at all times, being the son of one of the most powerful men on Earth. With a new girl shaking up his world, he found himself falling head-first, especially with her fascination of random things, like sunsets through the autumn leaves and libraries filled with books. It wasn't until he learned her true identity that he, along with the rest of the world, realized they really weren't alone in the universe.
When Earth fell into chaos, Odette and Duke were separated by both space and time - years passing for Duke, changing him into a scarred, beastly man, but only moments for Odette. When her ship was taken down by his forces in the ruins of New York City, Odette was captured and held captive, though friends from her time spent on Earth before made it more bearable. But with a final threat from Comae, promising complete annihilation, she must stand up and defend the planet and the human boy she grew to love...and somehow make Duke Mitchell stop thinking of her as the enemy.