Book Feature: By The Stars by Jessica Marie Baumgartner

Genre: Science Fiction/Space opera

Synopsis: Allie is faced with her worst nightmare as she boards a space ship that will transport her and her children from their home forever. The human population has dwindled to around 15,000 as the Earth’s become hostile. If they stay they will die.
The alien race who’s come to their rescue seem to have no concept of selfishness, but Allie has her doubts. She’s separated from her husband and left to fend for her family on her own. It’s up to her to make sure that they survive the trip across the stars.excerpt1

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Jessica is a member of The St. Louis Writer’s Guild. Her stories have been featured by Bewildering Stories, Fiction on the Web, Beyond Imagination Literary Magazine, Hellfire Crossroads, and others. She has a Paranormal Romance novelette titled Tale of Two Bookends through Cobblestone Press LLC, and a children’s book about religious diversity and acceptance titled, My Family Is Different. You check her out at

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Book Excerpt:

I used to have nightmares about this. I would wake up scream¬ing as they forced me to leave. People giving up; abandoning Mother Earth. The thought alone caused my heart to race, my under arms to sweat.

Here I stand clutching my children, one on each side, as we pre¬pare to be torn away from everything that’s tangible. Before me, a gargantuan structure glares from above. This beast, this ship is supposed to save humanity, or at least what’s left of it.

I’ve lived through mass devastation. It’s hardened me enough.Jessica Marie Baumgartner

But leaving? It still scares me.

We have no idea what’s out there for us.

My husband has faith in the alien colony that is aiding us. They made contact just in time. Said they had revolutionized their space program and stumbled upon our signal.

I don’t know what I believe.
As the line moves forward, I pull my girls along. They stumble ahead with fright, carrying their backpacks strapped to their bodies. Our packs are the only human luggage allowed on the crowded craft. But that’s not what they’re worried about.

It’s not the new race they fear. Or even the new world. It is the missing presence of their father.

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Why I decided to Storm the Publishing World…

Ever since I was a little girl, I can remember being pulled in by the words weaved in pages of the books I read. Whether it was The Chronicles of Narnia drawing me into a spectacular fantasy world, or The Silver Kiss introducing me to the darker side of fiction… I was always wrapped in a story.

As I grew up, I found many other passions – music, theater, writing, and art. I dove into everything, devouring the artistic world as I tried to find my way in life. I moved into the corporate world as I aged, managing bigger and bigger stores – learning the behind the scenes of the businesses I worked in.

I have always been drawn to the literary world, as both a reader and a writer. My family has deep roots in the written word… One of my cousins has had several works published and was an editor for one of the Big 5 for many, many years; another is a successful screenwriter and author. They have been my idols of sort, people deeply involved in a business that I had always wanted to focus on.

After 11 years of managing highly successful businesses for others, I finally decided to take a step back. I had had enough of seeing other’s businesses grow, and wanted to do something for myself. I started out slowly, a freelance editor and reviewer for many international companies – as well as the occasional self published author here and there.

Then it hit me.

I have spent the last decade managing high volume businesses.

My husband has two bachelor’s degrees in finance & accounting and international business.

With my background working in both the corporate and art world joined with my husband’s business ability – I knew I was in the perfect place to launch a brand new company.

So I did… I took what had begun as a hobby book blog (European Geeks in Rural America) and spun it into a brand new small publishing company: European Geeks Publishing.

EG Statement

As someone who has been on both sides of the bar – both in the business world and the art world – I have a leg up on those who are solely from the business side of it. I understand what it’s like to be the creator of work as well as the producer and manager. This allows us to sympathize with our authors. We support our authors. And we work as partners with our authors, to make sure they are happy from the start all the way up to the release of their work, and beyond.

One of the biggest reasons I decided to start European Geeks Publishing was to help authors. There are so many fantastic novels that have been sitting on someone’s desk, or in a slush pile, completely ignored and unattended. I wanted to help get more of these out to the public. I wanted to help support the authors who felt ignored or bullied by their current publishers, or lost in the world of Self-Publishing.

I wanted European Geeks to become THE author friendly place to go… to be home to those who live for their art, who take pride in their words, and enjoy being involved in every step of the process.

To do this, we focus on a smaller catalogue than most publishers, allowing us to really focus on our authors throughout the entire process. We can provide everything from start to finish – and we keep our authors in the loop, allowing them to have approval and input every step of the way.

This has gotten our name out fairly quickly – and we’ve been seeing some great results.

Within a matter of three months, we had submissions pouring in. We’ve released a children’s book, a science fiction novella, and a Young Adult Time Travel novel within that three month period and have another dark fantasy novel in the editing stage at the moment – due out at the end of this fall.

We’ve had a very busy three months… and we’re only going to get busier from here.