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One of One

by S. R. Cronin

One of One - S.R. Cronin - 46. Ascending
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ISBN: 978-0-985156-19-0
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ISBN: 978-1-941283-37-0
Pages: 256
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ISBN: 978-0-985156-18-3
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Celebrate the superhero in each of us in this unique exploration of the connections we forge.

A young Nigerian telepath faces a crisis when her sister is forced into a frightening marriage, then disappears. Once Somadina cannot locate her sibling’s thoughts, she seeks another telepath to help.

What she finds is Lola, a busy Texan scientist who has ignored the disturbing phenomenon in her mind for decades, and has no intention of embracing this nonsense now. Yet these two women have more in common than they know, and a powerful link will be forged.

When Somadina discovers her sister is a pawn in a dangerous political game, the stakes rise for everyone, including an ancient organization of telepaths compelled to intervene. For both women are stronger than they realize, and they have ignited the wrath of a fanatic willing to kill anyone to alter his nation’s future.


On Wednesday Lola decided to sleep in late, then spend a few hours by the pool relaxing before the nineteen-hour trip home. Sleep came and went that night, with nothing upsetting. It wasn't until morning that she felt the sense of turmoil.

You're leaving? You just got here. You can't go! It was an unmistakable thought, as clear as if it had come from a distraught lover, needy parent, or clingy friend. There was anger and disappointment. Even a bit of panic. Who the hell cared if she stayed in Nigeria?

Impatient, she got out of bed and began to gather together her toiletries. Leave me alone. I don't want to hear from you. Whoever you are. Get out of my head.

Then to herself. Stop thinking this is real. It's not. You have a thirteen-year-old daughter and two other kids counting on you and this is absolutely no time to have mental issues. You're fine. Get a grip. Act like a normal person.


She took a moment and sat in the uncomfortable easy chair and forced herself to use the mental imagery she had learned in Lamaze classes so long ago. Instead of picturing a beautiful lake at sunset like they had taught her to do in order to relax, she pictured the giant steel doors to a vault, glimmering in a cold artificial light, clanking closed in her head. The doors seemed to work. She got out of the chair feeling better. As she finished packing and headed poolside for lunch, she felt fine, although strangely alone.




Leave me alone! Somadina heard the thought, and felt the vehemence behind it. I don't want to hear from you. Get out of my head. Somadina could feel the woman picturing giant steel doors, glimmering in a cold artificial light, clanking closed in her head.

No! Somadina pleaded. Don't shut me out. Please. But the doors were now closed tight, and Somadina, even as a small child, would not have dreamed of trying to force open the doors of another's mind. So she sat at her kitchen table, upset by this unexpected setback, and feeling strangely alone.

Yet, there was nothing to be done. Somadina smoothed the folds of her lightweight loose cotton wrap, working to smooth her own emotions as she flattened the soft worn fabric.

It would be okay. Either she would find her sister’s mind all by herself, or eventually, the doors into this other woman’s mind would open again. Then she could find a way to show the woman she had nothing to fear. Somadina was merely a harmless fellow psychic, seeking assistance with an understandable need. What was so scary about that?


Reviews: The Avid Reader wrote:

"One of One is a very intense and intriguing read that will have you ... racing all over the country meeting people, people who have never met before who are all trying to save one girl, people from all walks of life coming together as one. I truly enjoyed reading One of One. The author did a wonderful job in writing the story." -- The Avid Reader

Kit 'N Kabookle wrote:

"This is a fascinating look at what hearing the thoughts around you could [do]...This is the kind of book that reminds me why I enjoy science fiction. It is powerful without being overbearing, but it packs a punch... Overall, I found this to be an entertaining and enlightening read... Give this book a try. You won't regret it." -- Kit 'N Kabookle

Author Brian Rush wrote:

"This book is really creative and unusual... The voice is good, the characters are interesting, and so is the plot... [A] good story, and a worthy read." -- Author Brian Rush

46. Ascending is six interrelated novels about five family members who each discover they can do something extraordinary.  The stories overlap in time and can be read in any order.

The first book, One of One, is the story of telepathic Lola as she finds herself the unlikely hero in a rescue mission in Nigeria. As a lifelong empath, this sensible Texan wife and mother must come to terms with her mind-reading tendencies and in the process deal with how difficult it is to dislike others when you can feel their hopes and fears. One of One will allow you to explore the Niger Delta of Africa as you enjoy a story of very different people learning to understand one another.

About the Author

Sherrie Cronin is the author of a collection of six speculative fiction novels known as 46. Ascending and is now in the process of publishing a historical fantasy series called The War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters. A quick look at the synopses of her books makes it obvious she is fascinated by people achieving the astonishing by developing abilities they barely knew they had.

She's made a lot of stops along the way to writing these novels. She's lived in seven cities, visited forty-six countries, and worked as a waitress, technical writer, and geophysicist. Now she answers a hot-line. Along the way, she's lost several cats but acquired a husband who still loves her and three kids who've grown up just fine, both despite how odd she is.

All her life she has wanted to either tell these kinds of stories or be Chief Science Officer on the Starship Enterprise. She now lives and writes in the mountains of Western North Carolina, where she admits to occasionally checking her phone for a message from Captain Picard, just in case.