Just a girl standing in front of a planet asking it to get its shit together.
Humans have always feared Caen’s kind.
Survivors of a mysterious virus, Ruĝa Morto, that killed 80% of Earth’s population two centuries ago, they have endured enslavement as Neurologically Compromised Individuals, or NiCIes, owned by OnyxCorp. Now, in 2261, Caen begins a perilous journey to seek the Vagabonders, the original moon colonists, whom many believe hold the key to freeing his people.
He knows he is hunted. He expects death at every turn.
But he doesn’t anticipate meeting Dr. Ligeia Obumbwe, a human biogeneticist desperate to protect her brother Finn, yet another victim of the endemic virus. When OnyxCorp promises to keep Finn safe in exchange for her work in their lunar lab, she accepts despite her increasing unease regarding the Corporation’s motives.
Ligeia and Caen become unlikely partners in a dangerous quest to reach the Vine, the space elevator that is the first step in their journey to the moon.
What they find along the way could help them bring OnyxCorp to its knees…or destroy everything they love.
I grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, where I nurtured a passion for reading and writing while nestled among blankets and pillows in my bedroom closet. My love of science fiction was born when I saw Star Wars in the theater in 1977. I've been disappointed ever since that I can't actually be Princess Leia.
Since then, I've lived in Texas and Minnesota and worn many hats, including mom, middle school teacher, college professor, and instructional designer. After the last of our three children left the nest, my husband Joe and I sold all our possessions, bought a 5th wheel, and traveled the United States for three years, during which time I wrote my first novel, Vagabonder.
When I'm not teaching or writing, I'm working on my newest project: Willow Oak Farm, a 25-acre plot in the heart of my beloved home state. My dream is to become a full-time writer, open my own yoga studio on my farm, and enjoy my life with my dogs, my best friend, and our family.
In Review & the Press
"At times otherworldly and dystopian, its themes speak to issues relevant in modern society. Vagabonder is an engaging read. Its ease and clarity of language effortlessly gets the mainpoints across and allow for a precise communication of ideas."
R. T. Coleman’s debut novel “Vagabonder,” is a high-octane, thrilling adventure from start to finish. If you’re looking for a delightful, sci-fi read, grab it up now. - Amazon review
With its well realised world building, Vagabonder is a good slice of cyberpunk fiction. It has the cynicism and darkness you would expect from a Bladerunner or classic noir from the 50s. One for cyberpunk and thriller fans to enjoy. -Sam Tyler, SFBook Reviews
-Patrick Sanders, Editor
Thrilling and action-packed, easy to read. Every chapter and scene in the book contributes to the feeling of progressing the story so the book feels like it doesn’t have any slow or pointless sections to slog through. A rich, expansive world where a ton happens, filled with fun, complex characters, and creatures. A great journey. - On a Reading Bender