The Astra Chronicles
The Astra Chronicles is a series of short stories following Semra and Rome as they travel to different lands on behalf of their queen. Serving as diplomatic ambassadors – astras – they seek out foreign rulers, forge new alliances, and often assist with dangerous conflicts. Astras are picked for their character, special gifts, and always work in pairs.
Stellar (The Astra Chronicles #1) – In this short story, Semra has spent the past five years completing her required higher education for the kingdom of Cygnus. She enjoys staying out of the spotlight, and expects her post-education assignment to take her to a small hub outside the city. She is prepared for an ordinary labor position, an ordinary life, and she has never imagined otherwise.
When Graduation Day comes, she receives an assignment that sends her life in an entirely different direction. She has to learn new skills, act as an official diplomat, and work directly with the royal family. Her ordinary life is gone in the blink of an eye.
Luminosity (The Astra Chronicles #2) – In this short story, Semra and Rome receive their first assignment as astras of Cygnus. When an ice shelf collapses in the nearby kingdom of Anser, the pair join a caravan of supplies and labor workers to offer assistance.
Alongside the king of Anser, Semra becomes absorbed in a mass effort to rebuild the kingdom’s residential housing. Drawing on her background of manual labor, she grows comfortable with her surroundings, and successfully forms new diplomatic friendships.
When she’s callously injured, however, her confidence wavers, and she begins to question her future. To her great surprise, Rome is the one who comes to her side. With several issues of their own, the young astras need to come to terms with their new partnership.
To Be Written…
– Why I Choose to Write Short Stories
– Goals Behind the Astra Chronicles