Release Day Party Maia and the Secrets of Zagran


Today is the release day for YA scifi / fantasy book “Maia and the Secrets of Zagran”. Happy release day for the book! You can buy your copy on Amazon.

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Book Excerpt

“We’re almost there,” Dani said as the transporter glided past a bluish-yellow embankment. “As soon as we turn around that ridge, you will see—”

The transporter made its way past the ragged edge of the underwater hillock. A stunned silence descended on all conversation, and Maia forgot to breathe.

Sprawled all along the left of the transport line was a structure that could have popped out of a dream. It was a breathtaking arrangement of shimmering shapes, a composition of gigantic bubbles stacked and connected with each other through a complex series of tunnels, passages, and corridors. Its transparent surface gleamed in the soft blue light filtering through the waters; the curves and the bulges that housed the city reflected the myriad of colorful sea creatures that swam all around it.

“This is it,” Dani’s reverential voice came over the wristband. “This is Zagran.”

As the transporter drew closer to the colossal mountain of bubbles, the lights of the glistening city inside it slowly became visible. The Aquiccela suddenly seemed miniscule—the length of the whole structure could easily rival the Dorgashians, Maia guessed.

Dani’s voice sounded again. “Zagran is built around the Mount Setna, an underwater mountain. You can think of the Setna as Zagran’s backbone, it forms the axis to which the frame of the city is anchored. The city now looks like a cluster of berries, but it wasn’t always like this. The first few levels of it were partially carved into the mount, and partly erected upon an impervious rocky ledge. Slowly the structure grew. When our technology was advanced enough, the buildings grew taller. The bubble meshes were built over them as a protective cover.”

On nearing the city, the TTL subdivided into narrower transport lines. The Aquiccela picked one of these smaller lines that circled halfway around the underwater city, and plunged into the side of a shabby-looking dome protruding rather sorely from the middle of the superstructure. Within moments, the transporter came to stop at a platform.

The doors opened one by one, and people streamed out of the Aquiccela. By the time Maia, Kusha, and Nafi made their way out of the transporter, Dani and Ren were already waiting on the platform.

“So, what do you think?” Dani asked the instant they were together. Her eyes shone with pride.

“It’s ridiculously big.” Nafi exclaimed. “I have to say, I didn’t expect anything as huge as this.”

About The Book

Book2_400x600Title: Maia and the Secrets of Zagran

Author: S.G. Basu

Genre: YA Science Fiction / Fantasy

Thirteen year old Maia thinks she has seen it all.

She has survived an assassination attempt, she has been threatened by the chancellor, and she has faced off with saboteurs trying to bring down a nation. She lets nothing get to her anymore-not the ominous nightmares she has been having lately, not the fear of being targeted for another soul extraction, not even the memories of her dead mother’s terrifying communique.

More than ever, Maia wants the Initiative to resume. She longs to visit Zagran-the undersea capital of the Jjord. She wants to ride the underwater transport lines, learn about the Jjordic energy farms and most of all-she wants to goof off with her friends.

But, around the charming city of Zagran, evil is gathering. Maia and her friends do not know it yet, the countdown to their planned extinction has already begun.

Author Bio

author_smS. G. Basu is a telecommunications engineer by profession, but she likes to call herself a dreamer. Imagination, fueled by a voracious appetite for books, has been her steady friend since childhood. She discovered her passion for writing quite by chance and there has been no stopping her since then.

Find out more about the futuristic worlds she creates, the characters that come to life with their emotions and ambitions, successes and failures, joys and heartbreaks, at





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