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GesternFrontCoverYou never escape your past…

Andi Lloyd is more comfortable than most with interstellar travel, but she’s not prepared for the perils and peculiarities of a world she has all but forgotten—the planet Earth. As the Surveyor undergoes repairs, her brother August receives a message with news that will send both of them across the world to a place he never wanted to visit again.

Neither of them are prepared to be thrust into a world of political intrigue amid the tangled forests and crumbling ruins of Austria. They aren’t prepared to encounter wild animals and endure cross-country hikes. And they definitely aren’t prepared to face it all alone.

But despite the dangers they must press on into the unknown to find a way to save Andi’s life, to decide the fate of Earth itself—and to rescue a lonely girl who just happens to be their little sister.

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About the Author

Author photoGrace Pennington has been telling stories since she could talk and writing them down since age five. Now she lives in the great state of Texas, where she writes as much as adult life permits. When she’s not writing she enjoys reading good books, having adventures with her husband, and looking up at the stars.


           Crash sat at a table on the other side of the mess hall with a group of engineers. He leaned back nonchalantly, letting a tuft of his dark hair hang over his handsome face, cheerfully rambling on as though everything were exactly as it always had been.

            August noticed me watching him and leaned over to rest his hand on mine. I forced myself to look away from my cousin and focus on my brother, who sat across from me at our customary little round table.

            “You should ignore him,” he said, making it sound more like a question than a suggestion.

            I smiled a little, and looked down to study my spaghetti. The rich, red sauce had already stopped steaming. “You’re right.”

            The Surveyor had been through many difficult adventures in the eleven years I had lived and worked aboard and many had left the crew in pretty bad shape, but never had I felt such a heaviness settle over the entire atmosphere of the starship. Normally when headed back to Earth there was excitement and increased motivation across all ranks, with everyone looking forward to a time of rest in their upcoming shore leave.

            Now, however, everyone went about his or her work silently, often going above and beyond the call of duty, but rarely talking during work hours. Many didn’t even seem to want to talk after their work was finished.

            I didn’t blame them. How was a crew supposed to respond when every one of them had recently been subjected to such a severe personality turnaround? How were they supposed to look one another in the eye in the face of that kind of embarrassment or shame, depending on their own personal degree of unusual behavior?

            The one person on board who acted almost exactly like his normal self on our journey back to Earth was the one person who had the most reason not to.


            I twirled my fork in my spaghetti and stole another glance at him.  

           He had managed to coax a general laugh from his table, though even from across the room I could see that their laughter brought tension rather than relaxation to their bodies, that they glanced at one another almost as if asking permission to chuckle at this man. This man who had betrayed us all while under the spell of his own reversal; this man who had never in his life failed to charm himself out of any trouble he found himself in.

            I wanted to both slap him and hug him.

            Not this time, Crash.



Grace Pennington is offering three great giveaways! One is the CD she listened to while she wrote Gestern. The other two are a signed paperback of the winner’s choice. You can enter here: a Rafflecopter giveaway

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