The challenge when writing Science Fiction/Paranormal is the vocabulary. Does everyone speak English? Are all foods the same? What about names, and more important, how do you pronounce them? What may seem to be a logical pronunciation to my brain may register as complete gibberish to yours. With this in mind, let me phonetically spell out some of the main characters and items in NiiKoh’s Chosen: Family Matters.
NiKoh SiLah: Nee-Koh See-Lah: Oldest son of ReNei (Renee)
BeSai: Behs-Eye: NiKoh’s 1st Bond Mate
AnKie: Ann-Key: BeSai’s nurse
ViShe: Vi-shee (small ‘I’): NiKoh’s Domestic
GiNae: Zshen-Ay: ViShe’s daughter
RiKar: Ry-Kar: Elder who oversees the SiLah family
OkVei: Ahk-Vay: NiKoh and BeSai’s son
Dogas: Doh-gas Dog-like animal
Catois: Cat-oy Cat-like animal
Pannei: Pan-ay: Horse-like animal
SpaKles: Spah-Klees GiNae’s favorite pannei
XaDie: Zshah-Dee: Rescued pannei
Still mourning the tragic death of his beautiful mate, could another Chosen one already be waiting for NiKoh SiLah? To avoid what he’s not ready to accept, he throws himself into his work at Planet Security.
Leaving the Academy behind to follow her dream of working with animals, GiNae SoJae returns home. Preoccupied with work and not ready to take a mate, she’s horrified when her body enters Maturity. GiNae fights the changes occurring within her. But during nightly dreams she cannot control, an unknown man teaches her the secrets of her body.
Will NiKoh and GiNae succumb to the paths they think have been chosen for them or will they discover the true Chosen life that awaits them?
“GiNae, I know you are entering Maturity, and that NiKoh has feelings for you.” ViShe sighed. “I am not going to be one of those mothers who refuse to acknowledge their child is growing up and never talk about this. So there. I know, honey. I saw NiKoh’s face last night as well as yours. I don’t know what you felt, saw, thought, whatever, but I’m here to guide you through this. If you have any questions, you can always come to me or RaKel, or one of your other friends. But you cannot ignore this, and think it’s going to go away.”
“But why? Why does this have to happen? Will the Council of Elders force us to bond, when neither of us wants this? NiKoh is closer to your age, Mother.” GiNae shuddered. She pulled out a chair and sat down. “We talked about it, somewhat. He is not going to rush me, or push me to do anything I don’t want to do. I took that to mean he’s going to ignore it, and RaKel told me today there are some circumstances where—”
“Yes, the Elders can grant special dispensations.” ViShe nodded, interrupting her. “But NiKoh is a good man, and he won’t stand in your way of working with animals. Look at how he encouraged BeSai in her Botany work, even after OkVei was born.”
GiNae gagged. “I don’t want children, Mother.”
“I’m disappointed to hear that, but you’ll change your mind—”
“No, I won’t.” Too agitated to sit, GiNae stood up and paced the length of the kitchen. “I’ve seen it among my friends. They Bond, have babies, and all of a sudden, they’re too busy with their Dwellings, mates, or children, to do anything fun anymore. Look at ZuChe, who mated two years ago. Every other word out of her mouth is ‘BaJei thinks’ or ‘BaJei says’. Ugh. Where is the girl who giggled when we took chalk and drew faces on BeHah’s compound wall? She’s the one who thought up the prank! I don’t want to turn into someone who suddenly has no interest outside of the home. That would suffocate me, Mother. You know it would.” She came to a halt in front of the sink and paused to catch her breath.
“Not all Bondings are like that. NiKoh’s brother BaRok is mated to a woman who owns her own restaurant. They work together and seem very happy.” ViShe reached out and squeezed GiNae’s arm.
“I understand. Maybe I need to travel to another planet, and learn about the wildlife on it. Maybe then the Elders will leave me alone.”
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Kenzie Michaels resides in the Midwest with her husband, three children, and various household pets. Her fifth-grade teacher showed this avid reader how to write the stories swirling in her head, successfully unleashing her imagination upon the written word.
Kenzie is the ‘wild child’ of author Molly Daniels. They cohabitate nicely inside the brain of a woman in Indiana who’s the mother of three and ‘Aunt Molly’ to the entire neighborhood. A devout chocoholic, her hubby has learned to watch out when the characters in her head take over and not get too upset when the words are flowing and all concept of time is lost. (LOL)