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It's the fourth decade of the 21st century, and a group of people calling themselves the Deep Space Research Institute have made some noteworthy scientific breakthroughs. They've managed unravel the secrets of gravity itself, and have used that knowledge to develop a working gravitational propulsion system for spacecraft... but they aren't telling anyone about it, because their real ambition is to establish a permanent settlement on the Moon.
Of course, the U.S. Goverment (among others) might have some objections, or might simply want to take over the project. So... the DSRI leadership comes up with a simple idea: build their Moon base in secret, move up there, and declare themselves to be an independent nation.
Welcome to the Lunar Free State.
(The Moon and Beyond - 2014 Darrell Award finalist - Best SF Novel by a Midsouth Author)
It's been ten years since the Lunar Free State established itself as a independent nation on Earth's Moon. The "Moonies" have done well, exploiting the mineral resources of the asteroid belt and exploring the outer reaches of the solar system.
On a mission to study Saturn's rings, the LFS research ship Stephen Hawking encounters what appears to be a spacecraft of alien origin. The strange craft leads Hawking on a merry chase before vanishing into... well, for want of a better term, call it hyperspace.
Now the Lunar Free State must deal with two undeniable facts: humans of Earth are not the only intelligent lifeforms in the universe, and travel between the stars is possible. Of course, they also need to figure out what to do if the aliens return...
(Someday the Stars - winner of the 2014 Darrell Award - Best SF Novel by a Midsouth Author)
Meet Carla Greenwood, one of the Lunar Free State's most noteworthy scientists (who also happens to be the daughter of Admiral Lorna Greenwood, commanding officer of the entire LFS Fleet).
Carla really isn't into things military, but the LFS is about to enter into an intersteller war with a race of carnivorous aliens preying on primitive humans in another star system. Carla is quite content to let her mother (and the LFS Fleet) handle these alien nasties... all she wants to do is go out among the stars and unravel the mysteries of the Universe.
But it seems that the Universe has other plans, and Carla keeps finding herself in the wrong place at the wrong time...
(Valkyrie's Daughter - First Runner-Up for the 2015 Darrell Award - Best SF Novel by a Midsouth Author.
Lorna Greenwood II is the namesake granddaughter of a legendary military heroine and former CEO of the Lunar Free State. Nova Sakura is the headstrong daughter of recent immigrants to the LFS. Now the two of them are thrown together as they begin their careers as military officers -- Lorna in the Navy, Nova in the Marines -- in the service of the Lunar Free State.
Newly commissioned graduates of the Lunar Free State's Fleet Academy, Lorna and Nova are assigned to the deep space survey cruiser LFS Lewis and Clark. Exploring a star system 47 light-years from Luna, the cruiser discovers an Earth-like planet with a pre-industrial human civilization. Unfortunately, humans on the planet are being used as forced labor by insect-like aliens who are exploiting the planet's mineral resources.
When the aliens discover and attack Lewis and Clark, Lorna gets her trial by fire as the cruiser's tactical officer. Outgunned by the "Bugs" Lewis and Clark is forced to retreat, leaving Nova and a squad of Marines stranded on the planet.
(In the Service of Luna - First Runner-Up for the 2019 Darrell Award - Best SF Novel by a Midsouth Author)
Lorna Greenwood has her first command and she's going to war! LFS Lynx has been assigned to Destroyer Squadron 12, the battle-hardened "Cat Pack" under Commodore Rebecca Ling.
More importantly, they're going back to the Sacagawea system, to the planet known as Tatanna, where LFS Lewis and Clark (with Lorna aboard) discovered a medieval human civilization being exploited by the alien Ayuskanar -- better known as the Bugs. Their mission: to evict the Bugs and free the native humans from Bug rule.
The Cat Pack won't be alone, of course. They'll be part of a battle group supporting carriers that will be landing two divisions of LFS Marines on the planet, but first they've got to get through the Bug defenses in space.
Where the battle is hottest, that's where you'll find Lynx and the rest of the Cat Pack, but securing the planet's orbitals is only the beginning of the Next Crusade.
(The Next Crusade - Now available on Amazon in Kindle and print editions)
Lorna Greenwood has a new ship...
LFS Werewolf isn't the newest or the most powerful ship in the Lunar fleet, but she's a light cruiser -- a step up from Lorna's previous command. Lorna is happy with her, with her new crew, and with the rather routine deep space assignment she's been given.
Little does she know she's sailing into a hornet's nest, where an enemy force of unknown origin has all but wiped out the LFS system picket. On arrival, she finds herself the senior officer of a squadron far too small to deal with the unknown enemy still lurking in the system. It's only a matter of time before the bad guys wipe out the defenders and take control of the system.
Or so they think... until they meet Lorna's "wolf pack"...
(Season of the Wolf -- Now available on Amazon in print and Kindle versions.
A Storm is coming...
When the Akara reveal the location of a yet another planet with a primitive human population, the Lunar Free State rushes to check it out, but thanks to a security leak, the Confederacy of Nations also learns of the discovery, setting up a military confrontation with the LFS.
Another Confed operation threatens the Lunar Free State’s relationship with the ruling monarch on planet Tatanna. Luna’s Marines respond to that threat, but what will happen when the Confeds launch an attack on LFS naval forces in the system as well?
Lunar warships are forced to engage the enemy in two distant star systems, but the biggest test will come at home, where Luna's enemies plan for an attack that will cripple the Lunar fleet… without firing a single shot.
(The Gathering Storm -- Now available on Amazon in print and Kindle versions.
The War has started...
“War” is a dirty word on Ragnarok. For the past hundred years, the planet’s human inhabitants have been trying to rebuild their civilization after a self-inflicted nuclear holocaust. The event—which they call the “Great Destruction”—was so traumatic they’ve destroyed all the records and refuse to talk about it, other than to swear it will never ever happen again. At least, that’s what they tell the Lunar Free State’s contact team.
Unfortunately, not all the inhabitants agree on what that peaceful society should look like, and their disagreement has reached the level of an armed conflict between two groups, one of which is supported by a covert ops team from the Confederated Nations of Earth. The locals may not be willing to call it a war… but the LFS ends up in the middle of it, just the same.
When a Confed Navy task force arrives to take over the planet, the LFS is forced to respond, taking the war that was never supposed to happen to the interstellar level.
(The Never Ever War -- Now available on Amazon in print and Kindle versions.
Welcome to Planet Xanadu
When the deep space survey cruiser LFS Neil Armstrong discovers an Earth-like planet that isn't currently occupied or claimed by anyone, it causes a stir back on Luna. The word "colony" gets tossed around, and Lunar Command starts to examine the implications.
Unfortunately, security isn't perfect, and the discovery comes to the attention of the Confederated Nations of Earth. If the "Moonies" are going to build a colony on Xanadu, the CNE will have to build one as well.
All plans are subject to change, however, when exobiologist Kim Jin Li discovers something the original survey team overlooked -- an intelligent race of feline predators with an established society of their own under the canopy of the planet's rain forest.
The desire to protect these newly-discovered aborigines from exploitation by off-worlders puts the LFS in conflict with the CNE, but the tensions in orbit are of no concern to the irrepressible Ms. Kim. All she wants to do establish communication with the "Kitties."
(Stand on Xanadu -- Now available on Amazon in print and Kindle versions.