Book 1: Caren
Caz has spent her whole life on an interplanetary city station. More than anything, she longs to explore the planets below her. When one of her bursts of temper results in a sentence on the Surface, she sees the punishment as an adventure. But an encounter with gypsies–and their strange pet–changes her destiny forever. She is no longer just in search of some fun. She is on a dangerous quest to seek out three worlds, three gifts, and three powers. Finding them means finding interplanetary peace–and finding herself.
“With imaginative world-building, a riveting plot, and emotional twists, The Gypsy Pearl is a futuristic YA that will leave you breathless and eager for more.”
“Lia London is a master of her craft. In this amazing sci-fi adventure she takes the reader to new levels of understanding the ordinary. The Gypsy Pearl takes you to another place and time where extraordinary things can happen with characters who you will love.”
“This story is packed with surprises. Caz continually uses ingenuity to solve problems. As I mentioned earlier, it is a fast-paced page-turner. If you enjoyed C.S. Lewis’ Narnia, I think you’ll enjoy this story.”
Book 2: Craggy
Caz, Alf and the alien creature, King continue the quest to “cycle” the Gypsy Pearl. To do so means untold power for her and freedom for the fanep species. But there are several leaders throughout the Granbo System who will do anything to make sure she doesn’t get to her next destination alive. She most go under cover as a male miner on the forbidding planet of Craggy to reach the next step in the cycling. Discovery could mean death…
“The harsh environment of Craggy puts Caz and her friends to the test, and it is so well described – including its animals and culture – that it feels at times like a character in itself.”
“It’s amazing how Lia London can make me visualize planets, people groups, animals, and plants that I’ve never seen before because they don’t exist. I got invested in the believable characters, and I can’t wait to see how everything ties together in book #3.”
“Craggy is just as moving, action packed, filled with wonderful vivid imaginary, and a superbly woven tale.”
3 Worlds, 3 Gifts, 3 Powers… Caz must find them all in order to free the fanep species and become queen of the entire Granbo System. When she reaches the third planet, Tye, she figures she’s almost done with the mystic cycling process. But the third Gift, instead of giving her Power, threatens to derail everything. It renders her paralyzed every time her adrenaline spikes–something that’s hard to avoid when forces from the other two planets are converging to kill her!
“This story resonates with gentle nudges of wisdom that are well balanced by Caz’s quick wit. At one point her boyfriend Alf observes, ‘You are not a wave watcher, Caz. You are the wave.’ It is Caz who drives this series. It is her growth that is so admirable and fun to watch. And it is so satisfying to see her journey reach its conclusion.”
“My favorite part was the different settings and the way the author developed the various cultures there. Though they’re all on the same planet, each one is totally unique, and I felt as though I was really visiting different cultures on earth. Several of them are now on my list of places I want to visit!”
“This trilogy is a keeper to be re-read more than once.”
CIR: What inspired this story?
LONDON: I actually had a dream about a girl who broke into an old-style gypsy caravan. As she tried to escape, a creature put a pearl into her arm. The pearl traveled around her body making each part of her stronger as it went. The last two stops were the brain and the heart, which made her smarter and more loving respectively. I’ve tweaked the idea to bring it into the futuristic world of space-travel, and the pearl reacts a little differently, but by the end of the trilogy she will definitely be wiser and have a change of heart.
CIR: What was the writing process like?
LONDON: Actually, this started as a collaborative fiction project. I shared the general outline with the participants, wrote a chapter, got feedback about what should come next, and then wrote some more. Rinse and repeat until we got so far that I realized this would be much longer than a single novel. At that point, I took over the reins and re-wrote the whole thing in 1st person so I could get inside of Caz’s head better. Months later, some of those original collaborators were beta readers for both books one and two, but the story has definitely been evolving since we started it. I’m often surprised at what Caz does. It was also interesting to me to see that themes I thought would be important as Caz evolved and took the focus in a new direction. The plot stayed the same, but her take on it was different than mine, and I didn’t know that was possible!
CIR: Tell us about Caz.
LONDON: At first, she’s kind of a bored brat teenager. She has a curiosity and wanderlust that puts her at permanent odds with life on a closed, ultra-clean life on a space station. Her personality clashes with the culture of uniformity, and she is viewed as a trouble-maker. Because of this, she doubts her own worth a lot. She knows she’s smart, but she doesn’t trust herself enough to believe that she’ll amount to much. This is her journey to discover what good she has inside and how she can use it to help others.
CIR: What do you hope people will get out of this story?
LONDON: We need to see the good and the potential in everyone, and we should work with differences instead of trying to squish everyone into the same mold. We have to believe in ourselves before we can really believe in others enough to empower them.
Learn more about Lia London and her writing at www.LiaLondonBooks.com