Ainy Rainwater's books are available as ebooks from most online stores. Links to some of these stores are below. The most recent book is If Wishes Were Spaceships. The other books are much older, and consequently may not always include current technology. In the Hands of Time is set in the same universe as If Wishes Were Spaceships, but not in the same part of that universe. As a full-time writer and author Ainy Rainwater also makes chapters of novels she's working on, as well as short stories, book reviews, and supplementary material to her books available to subscribers on Patreon every month.
If Wishes Were Spaceships
When Jazlyn is forced to make an emergency landing on a quarantine planet, the worst she expects to find are a bunch of irate scientists complaining because she messed up the pristine conditions of some experiment. But the buildings look like works of art and the inhabitants are a wealthy scion of a galactic dynasty and an anxious techie. While the compound has all the comforts of home, it has none of the basic hospitality she expects. Cut off from all communication, surrounded by a thicket of dangerous carnivorous plants, Jazlyn must find a way to repair her ship --- if possible --- or hope that her friends find her distress beacon before Sterneworth, the planet’s resident tyrant, does something drastic. Can she trust Blaine, the techie who is completely under Sterneworth’s thumb, and who desperately wants off the planet by any means? Jazlyn has never been one to knuckle under or buckle under pressure. Nor is finesse is one of her skills. She will tackle the problems -- the ship repair, the bizarre plants, and the duplicitous inhabitants of the planet --- head on. Has the sassy spacer who’s used to getting her way met her match in the power and might of the Sterneworth dynasty? Everyone on the planet has a secret agenda. She has a ship to repair…
The Malice Plant
"Gardening with intent to kill.... Ainy Rainwater's fast-paced and witty mystery is a winner. Her Cedar Lake reminds me of Bill Crider's delightful small-town Texas, and she handles the gardening aspects of the story with such a sure hand she made me believe in the malice plant."--Lillian Stewart Carl, author of the Jean Fairbairn/Alasdair Cameron mystery series
After Ivy Willowby dies in her garden with a Malice Plant in her hand, Rosemary Wilde is stunned to find she's the beneficiary of Ivy's will---if she outlives the survivorship clause. With potential heirs buzzing around like angry bees, burglaries, and unexpected liaisons, the Cedar Lake Garden club isn't lacking either dirt or manure. But who---or what---killed Ivy? When Rosemary decides to test the "curse" of the Malice Plant, she finds there's more than enough malice to go around.
Joshua Mansfield and Sherry Zod
This whimsical short novel is a story about choices, about what happens (for better or worse) when people step off the beaten path. Joshua Mansfield and Sheri Zod journey through a fantastic, allegorical American Southwest accompanied---or led---by totem animals or spirit guides. At first they both seem to be finally escaping the life of an older "career" student, but the apparently chance finding of a discarded letter initiates a quest to find out what happened to a pair of lovers, Joan and Karl, thirty years earlier---a story which increasingly resonates with Joshua and Sheri.
Along the way they meet ghosts, sad machines, baffling art, mirages, mysterious figures in a literally petrified forest, a hostel for lost souls, and a cafe for lost dreams as they search for what happened to Joan who ventured off the beaten path a generation earlier. Instead of a travel journal, Joshua writes stories in his notebook, creating interrelated allegories which are as real as the strange world they travel through. It is a journey both inward and outward as Joshua and Sheri are both in their own way "lost souls" navigating the shifting sands between odd cities in a world which is magical, futuristic, and anachronistic, but recognizable because there is an underlying truth to it. In flashbacks we see that being adrift is for both of them uniquely tied to their drive. What---if anything---can finally anchor them?
As mysterious encounters and the discovery of clues, artifacts and magical objects increase, it begins to look like the universe is trying to tell them something...or perhaps Joan is...
In The Hands of Time
When Jason Chenault lands at the remote spaceport of Zan, his only concern is finding a replacement crewman for his two-person ship and getting his next mapping assignment. But his quiet, lonely life is about to change. A religious fanatic from Earth has been killed. If that news were not disquieting enough, Jason's new crew, Sien, is a visionary who spends too much time in disturbing visions. They're ill-suited companions on a very small ship---and the ship becomes even smaller when they pick up the McGraths, a family from Earth. Do Sien's violent visions hold the key to what's happening on Zan? Or are they connected to the overbearing McGraths and their enigmatic daughter, Claire? How much power do they all have to change the universe around them---or the landscape of their own lives? What Jason and Sien discover on the anything-but-routine mapping assignment, they---and their uneasy allies on Zan---must piece together before time runs out.
In the Hands of Time is the story of a clash between cultures and human values, between age and youth, between business and humanity. In the end, what is each person's responsibility to another?
Lisa Lightner fled social work for the relative quiet of a bookstore. A safe haven from violence. But the publication of a horror novel which unleashes an Evil on the world threatens not only her peace of mind, but society itself. When her glamorous sister announces that she's been hired to write the screenplay, and her best friend joins the Christian Resistance to destroy Miasma, Lisa is caught between fanatical extremes, trying to survive an apocalypse with her humanity intact.