Ar Theta One, aka Roan, is a doctor in the Hospital of Little Mercies on the perpetually war-torn planet Pequena. She doesn't expect much out of life, although survival would be nice. The odds aren't in her favor, though, when she's taken to a military post on the moon.
During a military coup the prisoner Roan kept alive for torture saves her life, and loses his own when they crash land on an alien planet.
As a reminder, Roan has the metal shrapnel from the shuttle and a piece of the prisoner's face mask made into a ring. She wears it everywhere. Including to the new university where she teaches, and in front of a man with a familiar face and strange scars.
Explosions, bad decisions, and secrets alienate Roan in her new world. With a past like this haunting her, can she ever build a future?
I wrote TWISTED METAL back in February of 2010, the fourth novel in that universe. I abandoned the whole universe later that year.
Sometimes I go back in my files, find an old story, and wonder why I quit. With TWISTED METAL I quit because the ending was a Hawt Mess (that's the official term) and I wasn't sure how to fix it. Two years away from the disaster zone gave me a clearer perspective. That means TWISTED METAL is up for revision and publication.
*note* I will need betas when the ending is cleaned up. I'm looking at late 2012, early 2013. Let me know if you're interested and I'll let you know when I need betas.