Bio: Formerly a research chemist who worked for a pharmaceutical company, Mary Ann Steele grew tired both of the corporate culture and the crowded East. She moved to a small town in Wyoming where she taught physics, chemistry, geology and astronomy in the local public secondary school for seven years. She and her husband, a local rancher, have two sons. When the first child arrived, Mary Ann ceased teaching, so as to be home when her sons got off the school bus. When the boys grew older, she created and taught a popular hands-on science program for the third, fourth and fifth graders in the same rural school district in which she had taught earlier. Living with her husband on a small, family-owned cattle ranch, the author now divides her time between ranch work and writing. Over a fifteen-year-long span, Mary Ann wrote nine futuristic novels: a series of narratives in which many of the characters keep reappearing. Those nine books form an ongoing saga of character-driven action, adventure and romance. Although each novel stands alone, Mary Ann wrote them simultaneously, not sequentially, in a sustained burst of creative effort that bordered on obsession. At times, she admits wryly, the characters seemed more real to her than her neighbors. The personalities of the major characters grow in depth and complexity as the saga unfolds. Two mutually hostile worlds populated by the descendents of spacefaring, Earth-born, galactic pioneers form the setting. Although a wealth of research went into the creation of the imagined technology, the science remains muted. The stories focus on the interactions among a host of purely imaginary personalities living action-filled lives in a fictional, futuristic realm.

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A Ship Takes Shape [Master of My Fate Volume 2]
Having fallen deeply in love with Cleo, his Gaean prisoner of war, Michael, Captain of a Columbian crew stranded on an abandoned space station, worries constantly about what he knows will happen to Cleo, when their improvised escape vehicle arrives in Columbia. Michael secretly weighs implementing a wild, fanciful plan that could solve his problems as well as Cleo's. He hones his plan, frets over it, and refines it in the inner reaches of his mind. Cleo's joy at Nigel's change of heart soon cont... more info>>
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Ashes of Wrath [Master of My Fate Volume 1]
Four Earthyears before Signe drives Norman's force of invaders off Gaea, Michael, Captain of a six-man Columbian military scientific team, docks a crippled ship on an isolated Gaean space station occupied by a team of civilian researchers. The Columbians capture a female Gaean life-support engineer, but fail to force her to reveal the location of the sole escape vehicle, before her comrades lift. Cleo's feat provokes bitter anger in three of the six men now marooned on the isolated outpost, but ... more info>>
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Birth of a New Breed: Attainment [Science Fiction Series Book 4 Vol. 2 of 2]
At the headquarters of the Interworld Corps, the matching of couples continues. Theo instantly warms to his prospective bride, until she frankly makes a confession that scandalizes the morally upright Gaean. Managing to control the violent emotions unleashed by her candid admission, the Captain narrowly avoids disaster. Jassy falls in love at his first sight of his prospective wife, but fails to realize that she endures bitter disappointment owing to his inability to rouse her to passion. Arlen ... more info>>
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Birth of a New Breed: Genesis [Science Fiction Series Book 4, Vol. 1 of 2]
After founding a new world on Wheeler, as described in the third novel in the series, Partnership of Equals, Signe and Arlen begin implementing their plan to create a computer program that will match some seventy couples for compatibility. Having consigned that task to a committee that includes Jess, the Co-Commanders find that Conor's second officer seizes on an opportunity to solve her unique dilemma: finding a husband willing to wed the Corps' only female lieutenant. Equally wary of what sort... more info>>
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Calculated Risk [To Find and Not to Yield]
Lacey, formerly a captain in Arlen's Special Force, finds the idle life of a wealthy ship-owner boring. When he seeks information regarding the issuance of government shipping contracts from Darley, an official, Darley offers to introduce him to Adrienne. Lacey's preconceived notions having shattered when he attends Adrienne's nightly gathering, he becomes her lover, displacing Marcus, the corrupt Minister of Internal Resources, thereby making a dangerous enemy. Lacey grows to love the legendary... more info>>
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Dangerous Adversaries: Battle Joined
In this first volume of the two-volume sixth novel of the series, Sebastian, Chief of Internal Security of the Military Complex, captures and interrogates Marianne, a Gaean spy who accessed secret data. Knowing that if Milhauss discovers that she entered the Arsenal, he'll confine her in a military penal work force, Sebastian conceals evidence. He offers to confine her in his aunt's home, but demands that she engage in sexual exchanges in which he'll indulge his penchant for inflicting pain. Mar... more info>>
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Daring Rewarded [To Find and Not to Yield]
Having purchased a second ship, Lacey hires Gaean women. Rafael, now Captain, appoints as second officer Matesi, a Gaean ex-rockhopper spacer. Lacey hires four Gaean women and two Gaean men. Adrienne fears that if these likeable new shipmates find out that she was once a courtesan, they will withdraw their friendship. When a misunderstanding arises between Liam and Hilary, a Gaean crewmember, Adrienne reconciles the pair. When Liam marries Hilary, Rafael weds Matesi, and Ian marries Norah, Lacey... more info>>
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Dark Bargain
Aubrey, brother of Islara, a female broker, unwittingly causes Regan, a former Second Corps Captain turned broker, a huge financial loss. To prevent Regan's pressing charges, Islara offers to work for Regan for a mere pittance. The irate broker offers a counter-proposal: if she'll marry him, and accept his unorthodox means of gaining sensual satisfaction, he'll hire her, and prove a generous, considerate employer/husband. Appalled, Islara yet agrees, to protect Aubrey. Finding that Regan does tr... more info>>
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Master of Intrigue [Science Fiction Series Book 2]
Six Earthyears after the pivotal event that radically changed Signe's and Arlen's perceptions of each other, Galt, the perpetrator of a heinous crime that no one, even Arlen, suspects he committed, plots to overthrow Arlen. Well aware of his danger, the warrior/statesman who wields dictatorial power over Columbia sets a trap for his power-hungry rival. With the aid of Adrienne, a bewitchingly lovely, highly intelligent, and astonishingly courageous courtesan, Arlen eliminates one threat to his d... more info>>
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No Turning Back [Dangerous Adversaries Book 2]
In this second volume of the two-volume sixth novel of the series, Marianne marries Sebastian, despite harboring troubling misgivings about doing so. Sebastian, now a teaching fellow at the University and a consultant to the Ministry of Internal Security, and Marianne, a full-time student, begin an arduous regimen of work and study. Marianne observes with dismay that Gavin, a swordsman capable of besting Sebastian in a duel, lusts after her. Bianca accosts Sebastian, and pleads for his help, whe... more info>>
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Partnership of Equals [Science Fiction Series Book Three]
Signe and Arlen found the Interworld Corps: a body of spacer-fighters, half Gaean and half Columbian, dedicated to keeping the peace newly forged between Gaea and Columbia. The former archenemies marry, having fallen in love after achieving the accord described in the second book, Master of Intrigue. They lift the Flagship into its last flight, and land Johann's mobile stronghold on Wheeler, intending to found a new colony: a third world. Immediately, the Co-Commanders begin conducting a rigorou... more info>>
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The Disappearance Enigma
When a startling number of Americans prominent in the fields of science, math or technology mysteriously vanish, two NSA field agents, Ruthanne Carter and Larry Tracker, investigate the disappearances. Unknown to them, Caden Jordan, a highly competent detective, generates strong doubts that certain missing persons vanished of their own accord. The two agents and the detective compile an array of intriguing information that leads them, in company with other specialists within the NSA, to conclu... more info>>
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The Phoenix Rises [Master of My Fate Volume 3]
As launch approaches, Michael initiates changes that he sees as necessary if he succeeds, eventually, in persuading his crewmen to accept his wild plan, so as to keep Cleo safe. He announces that since the voyage home could take an Earthyear, seven people will engage in activities intended to keep them productively busy. Each will engage in pure research on a project of his choice, and six will offer courses to Leonard, who lacks an advanced degree. That announcement generates a huge surge of ex... more info>>
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Trial By Fire: Final Reckoning
In this second volume of the two-volume fifth novel of the series, Hogar's friend Wolf, who went renegade so as to keep his ship from being confiscated by unscrupulous financial manipulators, runs out of parts to sell to rock-hopper captains. In desperation, Wolf raids Barton, a grasping Gaean supplier. Having discovered that Barton possesses a supply of Gaeanite, Wolf abducts Lesley, Barton's niece, intending to trade his hostage for the priceless mineral. To Wolf's intense chagrin, Barton refu... more info>>
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Trial By Fire: Survival
In this first volume of the two-volume fifth novel of the series, Merline, a Gaean spacer-fighter, crash-docks a lifeboat in Columbia, and gets captured, after learning that Slade, a Second Corps captain, deals in illicit drugs. Callously and secretly, Slade confines the prisoner of war in a military penal work force, figuring that she won't survive incarceration with fifteen hardened male criminals. Hogar, a former Second Corps captain serving a twenty-Earthyear sentence for a murder committed ... more info>>
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Warrior-Woman: The Forging of the Legend [Science Fiction Series Book 1]
A charismatic rebel commander of legendary fame, Signe drives a force of rapacious Columbian invaders off Main World of Gaea. Her patriotic, cooperative, intensely loyal fellow citizens unfailingly give their world's leader their full support. During a succession of lightning strikes launched at military installations in the heart of Columbia, the warrior-woman parlays a single space ship captured during a raid, into a fleet. A brilliant strategist, Signe fights Arlen, Commander-in-Chief of Colu... more info>>
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