Patrick (PJ) McDermott grew up in Scotland and now lives in Australia with his wife, two daughters, and grandchildren Mia and Ryder Patrick. As a schoolboy, he read Sci Fi morning and night reveling in the genius of Asimov, Herbert, Niven, Moorcock and Le Guin (don't forget H.G. Wells!). These days he enjoys the fantasy novels of Robin Hobb, George Martin and the modern SF writers, Vaughn Heppner and Alex Weir.
In addition to Avanaux: A Hickory Lace Adventure (Book 1 in the Prosperine Trilogy), PJ has written a prelude titled The Second Coming which details events before the happenings in Avanaux. The second book in the trilogy, Rise of the Erlachi, is due to be published in late November, 2015.
Under the pen name Jacob Carlisle, he has published the YA novel Small Fish Big Fish, the short story compendium Dark Fantasy, and the short story Sting like a Butterfly - all of which are available on Amazon.
Avanaux: A Hickory Lace Adventure (Book 1 of the Prosperine Trilogy)
AD 2179, the planet Prosperine, Eridanus Constellation, twenty light years from Earth.
Hickory Lace, recently reinstated to the rank of Commander in the Alien Corps, is assigned to investigate the Prosperine mystic known as the Teacher. The Corps has spent decades hoping to find evidence of the Son of God on remote planets, and the Teacher could be the proof they’ve been looking for.
Hickory’s estranged father is an admiral in the Intragalactic Agency, a federation of planets with common trading interests. He has been negotiating with the Prosperine government for the sale of crynidium—a vital and rare ingredient of FTL travel. To sweeten the deal, the Prosperine leadership has asked the IA for their help in dealing with an upsurge of violence and the threat of revolution in the capital city of Ezekan.
On their part, the IA have requested the assistance of the Corps, and Hickory in particular, as they believe her unique empathic abilities might prove pivotal.
Hickory and her team become embroiled in the local politics and discover that the rebel Pharlaxian faction have teamed up with a battalion of alien Bikashi soldiers supplied by the non-aligned planets who are intent on seizing the crynidium for themselves.
The fate of the Earth and its allies is at risk. Hickory must find a way to prevent the revolution from being successful and at the same time determine who the Teacher is and what he represents.
Rise of the Erlachi: A Hickory Lace Adventure (Book 2 of the Prosperine Trilogy)
AD 2180, the planet Prosperine in the Eridanus Constellation, 20 Light years from Earth.
Twelve months after successfully defeating the Pharlaxian rebel forces, Commander Hickory Lace has been seconded to the Intragalactic Agency to work alongside the man she once thought her father. The fabled Sword of Connat-sèra-Haagar is missing and Hickory and her team have been ordered to find it.
Their search takes them deep into the land of the Erlach, high in the mountains of the north, where they encounter their arch-enemy Sequana, and discover that the Teacher is being held in an impenetrable fortress.
As well as the dangers of a hostile environment, Hickory and her team must overcome an enemy force emboldened by the mysterious powers of the Sword if they are to rescue The Teacher.
Fail in their mission, and Prosperine will be plunged into a new Dark Age that will threaten the very existence of the Aligned Planets.